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The Lost Sheep

  • He told them this parable. 'Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it?' Luke 15:3 WEB

    When I first got serious about serving the Lord Jesus, I was a professional musician and played music somewhere almost every night. I played everywhere, in festivals, weddings, rodeos, bars, and in the praise team at church.

    I had enrolled in Bible College, and playing music helped pay for it. The southern religious side of me was ashamed to be seen in a bar, so I prayed about leaving music but always felt 'No', or 'Not yet.' I even went to my pastor and had him pray and he told me, 'Not yet.' So I reluctantly stayed where I was.

    One night while performing in a bar at around 2 A.M, I suddenly felt the Holy Spirit's presence descend on me heavily like a warm blanket. I actually asked the Holy Spirit, 'What are You doing here?' because I was very surprised that He showed up in the bar.

    Scriptures started coming to my mind, and the guitar player across the stage caught my attention. I knew they were for him, but I had learned a lesson about pursuing people with scripture that didn't want to hear it. It would merely push them away. So I told the Lord 'Break time is coming up and I am going to sit in my car. If you want me to witness to him, then send him out to me.'

    When the band went on break, everyone headed to the bar for a drink, and I headed out to my car. I opened my Bible to the scripture that had come to me and sat there reading it. There was a tap on the window, it was the guitar player, and he started asking me questions about the Bible. I was already on the right page and I began sharing the scriptures with him.

    This person came under such conviction that they started trembling. When I met them Wednesday at practice, they were still shaking and in tears. We knelt down together and I led them to Jesus. My friend wouldn't come to church, so God went after him. Soon after, the Lord released me from the band.

    I learned that sometimes we can be too religious to do God's work. God had snuck me into the band to reach those inside it, while I thought that it may have been against His will for me to even be there. Quite a few times in my life, God has placed me in the center of a group of lost ones, and then changed the environment around me.

    God will use you wherever you are standing if there is a lost sheep near by. Where is God today? He is Looking for the lost sheep. What is important to God today? Finding the lost sheep. You may be where you are because He chose you to reach someone there. After all, it is not all about us is it? If you are a lost sheep, know that He is looking for you.

    Prayer: Father, help me to see those that need You, like You do. Fill me with Your wisdom, speak to me and through me. Help me bring in the lost, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen.
March 11, 2016
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Alvin Gann
Alvin Gann Pastor Dion Todd: Thank you so much for the message. It spoke directly to me. Your witness is a continual source of support for me. God Bless!
March 11, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen. 
March 11, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Dion~ Thank you.  This at first I thought, how does this apply to me?  It really doesn't, it apples to us all.  Yesterday I spent an hour with my sponsor glorifying My Higher Power and what We have done together.  She may now be closer to her God today than she was.  We have a non believer living in our home.  We are not hitting him over the head with God but living by following God in everything we do.  He joins us for prayer at meal time.  One time when it was just him and me he said go ahead and pray so we can eat. Slowly, he's getting it!
March 11, 2016
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Martin Snyder
Martin Snyder Amen!
March 11, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
March 11, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan This really smakes Me up side the head!! I work with a man who needs help seriously!! I can do nothing for Him until I get Me right first!! To suffer needlessly-if we find Our way out!!!
March 11, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Thank you for sharing that Brother. A lot of the people that are in places most folks like to call, "Den of Iniquity" are among the most hurting among us. They are searching for meaning and purpose, and Love of course. I have spent more than a few evenings in such places myself....Another great Word. Love you Guys
March 11, 2016
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Juanita Johnson
Juanita Johnson Thank you for this word today from God. I love reading your blogs as some are leading me, some are teaching me, but all are blessing me! Amen and thanks for the good words.
March 11, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen
March 11, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I prayed that God would give me the compassion of Christ for others. He has done that and I feel pulled by the Holy Spirit to reach out to others. He is encouraging me to hand out more pocket testament Gospels of John. I am amazed by how I can look on these people and love them with the heart of Jesus!
March 11, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield AMEN--we don't have to do the work--the Holy Spirit does it all through us!
March 11, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.
March 11, 2016
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Malissa Birket
Malissa Birket I've been in situations like this before where I've met people who seemed to be searching for something. It's never been a coincidence to me that they needed to hear about God and his love for his lost children. It truly is humbling to be the messenger. Thank you Pastor Dion for sharing your stories. I look forward to many more. God Bless.
March 11, 2016
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Joseph Krell
Joseph Krell Amazing, the difference between it being a religion and a relationship!
March 11, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen. I agree.
March 11, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli This reminded me of how Jesus mingled among sinners.  What better place in our modern world to find sinners but in a bar.
March 11, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt What a wonderful story of Gods grace. I pray that God will send me where the lost sheep are and bring them to me. I have experenced this several times. I want to be in Gods will and to listen to His voice so I will do His will.
March 11, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!! Amen!! Amen!!
March 11, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
March 11, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus AMEN pastor Dion. Great testimony.
March 11, 2016