The Good Shepherd -VS- The Hired Hand

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“God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.” – Voltaire

Lately I have been seeing A LOT of “Big production” Christianity around, and hearing a LOT of rumors abounding about myself, and my ‘ministry’….but I digress…let us address this from the beginning…

I am sure you have too…the fancy stage productions, the big names slapping a Bible and preaching at the top of their lungs…the VAST crowds of people waving their hands about with their eyes closed…. and I am NOT against these things, but I DO however question their sincerity.

I see compounds and amphitheaters filling up to capacity, discreet men in “uniforms” wandering around the back or in the isles of these stage shows (security….at a CHURCH???)….and it makes me remember those old time tent revivals they use to have back in the middle 19th century.

Now, I myself DO have a modestly largish “Parish” online, but that is because my ‘preaching’ online is more capable of reaching out without me actually TRYING to….trust me…I did not intend nor pursue this..it simply HAPPENED that way… I simply speak the words that my Master said, no more, no less, and it speaks to THEM.

I do not try to bring in masses of people…it sort of just happened…Divine plan, or accident??…anyhoo… the point I am trying to make is this:

ARE THESE PEOPLE IN THESE BIG “SHOW PRODUCTION” CHURCHES ACTUALLY GETTING THEIR SPIRITUAL NEEDS FULFILLED???

I mean to say: Are they REALLY being filled with God’s Word…or is it just a flim-flam?

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” -Acts 4:31

What I mean is are they actually leaving these big meetings, going home, and KEEPING The Word in their hearts? Or is it just a show? Do they believe, or are they just caught up in the moment?

Do they go home, with God in their hearts, change their lives to live a good and just means in His eyes? Or do they just continue to treat these shows like any other church that I have seen lately….saying they are Godly, but still continuing to live a life of corruption behind closed doors?

What I do IS different, you see….I do what I like to call the “Single Shot” preaching method…sometimes I also call it the “Feather Hammer” approach. I APPLY the Word to their lives… softly…gently…answering any questions they have.

Salving their souls and lives…BEING THERE FOR THEM WHEN THEY NEED ME TO BE.

For some, it is enough to go to these tent revival style meetings and get their weekly doses of “Holy Spirit” and then slack off the rest of the week. I have seen Churches, and Ministers, who ONLY minister on specific days, during specific hours….but what about the REST OF THE TIME???

Faith is not just confined to Sundays, or Saturdays…it is a DAILY THING that must be nurtured and seen to. Peoples problems are not limited to “office hours”.

Their lives are a 24-7-365 thing!

When a problem erupts in their lives, do you think that it can wait the remaining days between “meetings” before they can get the help they need? NO!

This is, in effect, a CLARION CALL to other clerics and ministers… WAKE UP! YOUR FLOCK IS WANDERING OFF INTO THE WOLVES DEN!

You can have those weekly meetings, but you HAVE to start tending your flock MORE than just the 2 hours a week!

“Woe to the worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! May his arm be completely withered, his right eye totally blinded!” -Zechariah 11:17

It is all well and good to “bring in the masses” and “Fill the pews” twice a week, but a shepherd does not just go out twice a week to check on the sheep!

No, he watches over them…daily…seeing to their needs DAILY….not just in matters of preaching, but in matters of HELPING.

Their lives are so much MORE now. They have problems they need solved NOW…not in two or three days time….they need the advice and counsel only a minister CAN give…NOW.

I do not spray the Word of God like a chain gun, saturating the crowds and hopefully hitting a target in the midst of the field…I take my time, valuing each person…concentrating on their problems as INDIVIDUALS…like a single shot…being there for them when THEY NEED, not when ‘office hours’ are posted.

It is all well and good to have a big flock who shouts and waves about their hands…and if they throw money into the collection box, or donations…or if they pay a “entrance fee” to get in…

Personally, I am AGAINST such things…THE WORD OF GOD WAS GIVEN TO US FOR FREE, AND SHOULD REMAIN FREE AS IT WAS INTENDED.

This is one of the reasons I am a Mendicant, and DO NOT receive money for ANY of my services I perform for them….not a prayer, counsel session, or problem resolution has paid me a single CENT…NOT ONE SINGLE PENNY.. If I was a person of lesser morals and values I COULD HAVE accepted money MANY A TIME…

I have turned aside the petitions of people when they offer to pay me!

Have I accepted ANY money? NO…but I have hopefully done MUCH MORE than ’emptied their wallets’ (as some have accused me of, MISTAKENLY I might add) I have FILLED THEIR SOULS…I EMBRACE them as a fellow Christian, and see to their needs of faith WITHOUT being paid to do it!

I do not seek reward HERE…I seek a reward that cannot be counted in pennies and dollars…one that cannot be stolen, or pointed to and say “SEE, HE ONLY WANTS YOUR WALLETS…” (as some HAVE said recently to me…)

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” -Matthew 6:20

Charging people to have their faith restored is similar to the Temple during my Master’s time…

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.

“It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’ ” -Matthew 21:12-13

STOP MAKING HIS HOUSE A HOUSE OF ILL REPUTE!

Be “The Good Shepherd”!!!

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.

The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.a They will come in and go out, and find pasture.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.

The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.

No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” -John 10:1-5,7-18

So, to summarize: I do not accept a single cent…not one penny…from ANY of my parish, and yet I fill their “Spiritual Cup” for them WHEN THEY NEED IT, not when it is convenient for ME.

Let us put an END to these rumors of “he is bilking others out of their possessions” and “He is secretly doing this or that”….I DO NOT MAKE A SOLITARY SINGLE PENCE FROM ANY OF THE SERVICES OF FAITH THAT I PROVIDE. I DO NOT NEED TO!

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” -Luke 8:17

I can say with a CLEAR SOUL what I have done…can you?

Peace be with you, I have a feeling your going to need it….

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SAINT OF THE DAY: 12 MAY, 2013

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Saint Imelda
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(† 1333)

Saint Imelda was born at Bologna in Italy, in the early 14th century. Still a child, she arranged a little oratory in her house, where she often would pray.

She resolved to enter a monastery and make the vows of religion, and to give herself entirely to her Saviour. Her parents permitted her entry into a Dominican convent at Valdipietra, near Bologna.

She practiced mortifications above her age, and manifested a very tender love for the Queen of Angels and the Holy Eucharist, though she could not yet receive Holy Communion.

But God was soon to manifest that it is not age which wins His favor, but virtue.

On the day of the Ascension in 1333, when Imelda was twelve years old, she alone remained unable to advance to receive Holy Communion. She raised her eyes to heaven and prayed to her Lord: Come, for I am languishing with love and dying with desire for Your adorable presence!

When He did not come, she continued to pray and weep.

Suddenly, a miraculous Host came forth from the tabernacle, crossed the grill separating the choir, and stopped in the air before her.

The nuns, amazed, hardly dared raise their eyes, but soon they realized there was no illusion: the miracle continued, a sudden brightness and a sweet fragrance filled the church, while an invisible hand continued to hold the mystical Bread in the air before the young girl.

She herself seemed an Angel in adoration.

Her confessor was told to come, and saw all that the Sisters were seeing.

He placed the Sacred Host on a paten, and then gave it to the child.

She seemed to lose consciousness.

But soon the Sisters grew anxious; they called her by name, told her to rise, touched her, but Saint Imelda was no longer of this world; she had expired in an ecstasy of pure love.

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READING OF THE DAY: 12 MAY, 2013

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“Behold, I am coming soon.

I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Blessed are they who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city through its gates.

“I, Jesus, sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches.

I am the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star.”

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”

Let the hearer say, “Come.”

Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of life-giving water.

The one who gives this testimony says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!” -Book of Revelation 22:12-14.16-17.20.