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Short Tax Collectors

  • There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of the crowd, because he was short. He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.' Luke 19:2 WEB

    Tax collectors were the lowest of the low in Israel when Jesus was ministering. They were hated by everyone, even sinners. They were viewed as traitors to their country because they were Jews, but worked for the Roman occupiers to collect taxes from the people. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector.

    When Jesus came to his town, it was so crowded with people that he could not see Him because he was a short man. So Zacchaeus ran on ahead and climbed up a tree to get a better view of Jesus. When Jesus came to the tree, He stopped, looked up and called Zacchaeus by name, then went and ate at his house.

    Jesus passed by crowds of people to get to the one that was desperate. He could just have easily eaten at a priest's house. He chose the one who was an outcast, but so desperate that he would climb a tree just to get a glimpse of Him. Jesus went to his house and spent time with him, instead of the religious leaders.

    I have lived this and as least of the least, saw the Lord show up at my work place, while nothing was happening at church. You may feel like you are standing in the back of the line, unnoticed, and disliked by everyone around you. But the Lord will pass by a thousand people to get to the one that wants to see Him, more than the rest. You've gotta want it.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for noticing the rejected and the outcasts. I want more of You Lord in my life. Lead me into all that You have for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! FAAD members, the chat topic this week will be "Seeing the Blessing", which will be focused on seeing life through God''s blessings! For FAAD members and anyone interested in an encouraging time, please join us in the RHM chatroom on Thursday 3/17 at 7pm EST (you do need to be a registered member and signed in).

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for noticing the rejected and the outcasts. I want more of You Lord in my life. Lead me into all that You have for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
March 16, 2016
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Thank you Lord for always seeing me when sometimes I feel that no one does.
March 16, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen Jesus. 
March 16, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson I seek you everyday Lord and thank you for seeking and finding me as well.  I am your precious child and feel so blessed to be loved by you.  Thank you for yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Amen!!
March 16, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Marisa!
March 16, 2016
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell It is amazing how God calls just the one He choses. God knows exactly what He is doing and how to dit just that! Good word Pastor Deon.
March 16, 2016
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank you Pastor Dion for sharing the words of the Lord this Morning.
March 16, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Hallelujah Hallelujah amen
March 16, 2016
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Marie Hall
Marie Hall Amen
March 16, 2016
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Thank you Pastor Dion for the the words of encouragement God bless.
March 16, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen.  Thank You Paator for this message!
March 16, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
March 16, 2016
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen
March 16, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Dion~ I am grateful my God halted my initial response to this.  I read trough what others has said and re-read what you had shared.  The my Higher Power and I had see the real response to this. I have often felt like the outcast ones.  God has given me the gift of reaching out to those that won't ask.  I have been gven the gift to help folks like feel a part of.
March 16, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Jesus knew what rejection felt like, and that's why He understands what we feel when we're rejected by others.
March 16, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd So true, Kathy!
March 16, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen! Great message, I love it! Thank you Jesus for everything,  thank you for believing in me , and thank you for noticing the rejects and outcasts!! I love you Jesus!!
March 16, 2016
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran Our God is a AWESOME God.  I am so glad He has a spot in His heart for those of us  that feel like we're outcast's.
March 16, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you Lord because you care for those who are different and outcast. You find lonely people and touch them as only you can. There are great stories from around the world of Jesus showing up in very unlikely countries and situations. Thank you Lord for caring for people everywhere, for appearing to unbelievers, people dying, the lonely, prisoners, outcasts and the persecuted and many more. Its so wonderful that you care for us all no matter what. It is a great example for us to follow: Matthew 25.40 "Whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers, you did it for me." 
March 16, 2016
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker Amen!! I have often felt like the outcast.  But Thank God He saw me in a different light!!  Great devotional today Pastor Todd!! God Bless you!!
March 16, 2016
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Greater are these that are the least among you.
March 17, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, I want more of You.  Help me to pursue You more!
March 17, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen
March 17, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Thank you Father for showing us and teaching us by your word,how you love those that were rejected and hated.Feeling like your not wanted or loved,is not from you.That obstacle in our lives we can over come knowing how much you love us,and really care.Help us Father to reach out to those who feel this way,and to share your love for them .In Jesus name I pray.Thank you Pastor.
March 17, 2016