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“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven  their angels always  see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For  the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the  will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. Reference Matthew 18:10-14 NKJV

Some would argue that it’s not right for the shepherd to leave his flock to chase after one that strayed. When you look how the sheep act, they usually will stick together and not wonder off, they feel safe in a group.

The Shepherd knows that He can leave His Flock unattended for a short period, to go after the one who wondered off. He Knows, that in a sense, the sheep will keep each other in line. He Knows that they will feel safe being together.

That should be an encouragement to each of us. God cares for each one of us. Jesus is saying here that if even one of us goes astray, He will pursue us. He wants each of us to be part of His Family. He wants to keep us safe.

When preparing to go visit Mario, I asked Our Lord if I was doing the right thing. Was the Lead Pastor supposed to leave the fellowship behind to go and visit one person on a Sunday? His answer was this passage.

I felt reassured that I was doing the right thing. We had a leadership crew in place, that could handle taking care of services in my absence. It was important to try to make this connection, even though it didn’t happen, because Mario knew me but he didn’t know others. We needed to make sure he knew he would have the encouragement and discipleship he needed with us, when he got out.

It can be easy for us to get into a mentality of sticking to a group, that we overlook that one who is hurting. We are to reach out, even if it means to step outside of our comfort ability. After all, someone did that for us.

Jesus paid it all on the Cross when He didn’t have to. Shouldn’t we be willing to lead others to that as well?

If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.  
It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it. We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already.
If you need help, have questions or need direction in this regard, please, feel free to let me know. Maybe today you are struggling with something. Maybe you may have found yourself not as close to The Lord as you thought. We would like to help you in this through prayer and guidance.
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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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