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km 9/14 p. 3 Schedule for Week of September 22
WEEK STARTING SEPTEMBER 22
Song 9 and Prayer
□ Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 13 ¶11-18 (30 min.)
 

□ Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Numbers 30-32 (10 min.)
No. 1: Numbers 32:16-30 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: Why God Did Not Destroy Satan Promptly After He Rebelled—rs p. 363 ¶3–p. 364 ¶1 (5 min.)
No. 3: Administration—Human Administrations From Adam to the First Century—it-1 p. 48 ¶3-8 (5 min.)
 

□ Service Meeting:
Song 93
15 min: The Rich Life of a Missionary. (Prov. 10:22) Discussion based on the 2014 Yearbook, page 123, paragraph 2, to page 127, paragraph 4; and page 169. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.
15 min: “Use jw.org in Your Ministry.” Discussion. Demonstrate the presentation in paragraph 2. Then ask the audience: What advantages are there to having the video downloaded to our portable device? Why is it often best to play the video for the householder without a long introduction or without asking for permission? What experiences have you had using this video in the ministry? Conclude by encouraging publishers to become familiar with the various features of jw.org and to make use of the Web site in their ministry.
Song 84 and Prayer
 

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SEPTEMBER 22-28, 2014
“You Will Be Witnesses of Me”
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SEPTEMBER 22-28, 2014
“You Will Be Witnesses of Me”
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All References Week Starting september 22


Congregation Bible Study ▲

Chapter 13. “The Law of Jehovah Is Perfect”

References and Scriptures



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Deuteronomy 19:21 should not feel sorry: Life will be for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
1 Timothy 2:5, 6 there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all—this is what is to be witnessed to in its own due time.
 
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Deuteronomy 19:15 single witness may convict another for any error or any sin that he may commit. On the testimony of two witnesses or on the testimony of three witnesses the matter should be established.
Deuteronomy 19:18, 19 judges will thoroughly investigate, and if the man who testified is a false witness and has brought a false charge against his brother, 19 you should do to him just as he had schemed to do to his brother, and you must remove what is bad from your midst.
Exodus 23:8 must not accept a bribe, for the bribe blinds clear-sighted men and can distort the words of righteous men.
Deuteronomy 27:25 is the one who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.’ (And all the people will say, ‘Amen!’)
Leviticus 19:35, 36 must not use dishonest standards in measuring length, weight, or volume. 36 You should use accurate scales, accurate weights, an accurate dry measure, and an accurate liquid measure. I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 23:19, 20 must not make your brother pay interest, whether interest on money, on food, or on anything on which interest may be charged. 20 You may make a foreigner pay interest, but you must not make your brother pay interest, so that Jehovah your God may bless you in every undertaking of yours in the land you are going to take possession of.
 
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Psalm 19:7 law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring strength. The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.
 
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Deuteronomy 25:1-3 “When a dispute arises between men, they may present themselves before the judges, and they will judge them and pronounce the righteous one innocent and the wicked one guilty. 2 If the wicked one deserves to be beaten, the judge will have him lie down prostrate, and he will be beaten in his presence. The number of strokes should correspond to the wickedness of his deed. 3 He may beat him with up to 40 strokes, but no more. If he would continue beating him with more strokes than this, your brother would be disgraced before your eyes.
Leviticus 6:1-7 Jehovah went on to say to Moses: 2 “If someone sins and behaves unfaithfully toward Jehovah by deceiving his neighbor in connection with something entrusted to him, or something deposited with him, or he robs or defrauds his neighbor, 3 or he finds something lost and is deceptive about it, and if he swears falsely over any such sin he may commit, this is what he should do: 4 If he has sinned and is guilty, he must return what he stole, what he extorted, what he took by fraud, what was entrusted to him, or the lost thing that he found, 5 or anything about which he swore falsely, and he must make full compensation for it, and he will add to it a fifth of its value. He will give it to the owner on the day his guilt is proved. 6 And he will bring to the priest as his guilt offering to Jehovah a sound ram from the flock according to the assessed value, for a guilt offering. 7 The priest will make atonement for him before Jehovah, and he will be forgiven for anything he may have done resulting in his guilt.”
Exodus 22:7 a man gives his fellow man money or articles to keep and these are stolen from the fellow man’s house, if the thief is found, he must make double compensation.
 
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Numbers 15:30, 31 the person who does something deliberately, whether he is native-born or a foreign resident, is blaspheming Jehovah and must be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he has despised Jehovah’s word and broken his commandment, that person should be cut off without fail. His own error is upon him.’”
Numbers 35:12-25 cities will serve as a refuge for you from the blood avenger, so that the manslayer will not die until he stands trial before the assembly. 13 The six cities of refuge that you provide will serve this purpose. 14 You will provide three cities on this side of the Jordan and three cities in the land of Ca′naan to serve as cities of refuge. 15 These six cities will serve as a refuge for the Israelites, for the foreign resident, and for the settler among them, for anyone to flee there who unintentionally kills someone. 16 “‘But if he struck him with an iron instrument and he dies, he is a murderer. The murderer should be put to death without fail. 17 And if he struck him with a stone that could cause death and he dies, he is a murderer. The murderer should be put to death without fail. 18 And if he struck him with a wooden instrument that could cause death and he dies, he is a murderer. The murderer should be put to death without fail. 19 “‘The avenger of blood is the one who will put the murderer to death. When he encounters him, he himself will put him to death. 20 If death resulted because he pushed him out of hatred or threw something at him with malicious intent, 21 or out of hatred he struck him with his hand, and he died, the one who struck him will be put to death without fail. He is a murderer. The avenger of blood will put the murderer to death when he encounters him. 22 “‘But if it was unexpectedly and not out of hatred that he pushed him or threw any article at him without malicious intent, 23 or if he did not see him and caused a stone to fall on him and he was not an enemy or seeking his injury, and the person died, 24 the assembly should then judge between the one who struck him and the avenger of blood, in harmony with these judgments. 25 The assembly should then save the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood and return him to his city of refuge to which he had fled, and he must dwell in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.
 
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Deuteronomy 24:10-14 you make any sort of loan to your neighbor, you must not enter into his house to seize from him what he has offered as security. 11 You should stand outside, and the man who received the loan should bring outside to you what he is giving as security. 12 And if the man is in need, you must not go to bed with what he gave as security still in your possession. 13 You should by all means return to him what he has given as security as soon as the sun sets, and he will go to bed with his garment, and he will bless you; and it will mean righteousness for you before Jehovah your God. 14 “You must not defraud a hired worker who is in need and poor, whether one of your brothers or a foreign resident in your land, within your cities.
 
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Numbers 21:14 is why the book of the Wars of Jehovah speaks of “Va′heb in Su′phah and the valleys of Ar′non,
Deuteronomy 20:10-15 you approach a city to fight against it, you should also announce to it terms of peace. 11 If it gives a peaceful answer to you and opens up to you, all the people found there will become yours for forced labor, and they will serve you. 12 But if it refuses to make peace with you and instead goes to war with you, you should besiege it, 13 and Jehovah your God will certainly give it into your hand, and you must strike down every male in it with the sword. 14 However, the women, the children, the livestock, and everything that is in the city, all its spoil, you may plunder for yourself, and you will eat the spoil of your enemies, which Jehovah your God has given to you. 15 “That is what you will do to all the cities very far away from you that are not of the cities of these nearby nations.
Deuteronomy 20:19, 20 you lay siege to a city and capture it after fighting against it for many days, you should not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them. You may eat from them, but you should not cut them down. For should you besiege a tree of the field as you would a man? 20 You may destroy only a tree that you know is not used for food. You may cut it down and build siegeworks against the city that is making war against you, until it falls.
Deuteronomy 21:10-13 you go to war against your enemies and Jehovah your God defeats them for you and you take them captive, 11 and you see among the captives a beautiful woman and you are attracted to her and you want to take her as your wife, 12 you may bring her into your house. She should then shave her head, attend to her nails, 13 and remove the clothing of her captivity, and dwell in your house. She will weep for her father and her mother a whole month, and afterward you may have relations with her; you will become her husband and she will become your wife.
 
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Numbers 1:2, 3 a census of the whole assembly of the Israelites individually according to their families, according to their paternal houses, according to the count of the names of all the males. 3 You and Aaron are to register by their companies all those from 20 years old and up who can serve in the army in Israel.
Deuteronomy 20:5, 6 officers too should tell the people, ‘Who has built a new house and has not inaugurated it? Let him return to his house. Otherwise, he may die in the battle and another man will inaugurate it. 6 And who has planted a vineyard and not begun to use it? Let him go and return to his house. Otherwise, he may die in the battle and another man will begin to use it.
Deuteronomy 20:8 officers should also ask the people, ‘Who is fearful and fainthearted? He should return to his house, so that he may not cause his brothers to lose heart as he has.’
Deuteronomy 24:5 a man is newly married, he should not serve in the army or be given any other duties. He should remain exempt for one year and stay at home and bring joy to his wife.
   

Theocratic Ministry School ▲

No. 1: Numbers 32:16-30 (4 min. or less)

(Numbers 32:16-30) later approached him and said: “Let us build here stone pens for our livestock and cities for our children. 17 But we will continue ready for battle and will go before the Israelites until we have brought them to their place, while our children will dwell in the fortified cities, safe from the inhabitants of the land. 18 We will not return to our houses until each of the Israelites has received his land as an inheritance. 19 For we will not receive an inheritance with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, because we have received our inheritance on the east side of the Jordan.” 20 Moses replied to them: “If you will do this: Take up arms before Jehovah for the war; 21 and if every one of you takes up arms and crosses the Jordan before Jehovah as he drives away his enemies from before him 22 until the land is subdued before Jehovah, afterward you may return and be free from guilt before Jehovah and Israel. Then this land will become your possession before Jehovah. 23 But if you do not do this, you will have sinned against Jehovah. In that case, know that your sin will catch up with you. 24 So you may build cities for your children and pens for your flocks, but you must do what you have promised.” 25 The sons of Gad and the sons of Reu′ben said this to Moses: “Your servants will do just as my lord is commanding. 26 Our children, our wives, our livestock, and all our domestic animals will stay there in the cities of Gil′e•ad, 27 but your servants will cross over, every man armed for battle to wage war before Jehovah, just as my lord is speaking.” 28 So Moses gave a command concerning them to El•e•a′zar the priest, to Joshua the son of Nun, and to the heads of the paternal houses of the tribes of Israel. 29 Moses said to them: “If the sons of Gad and the sons of Reu′ben cross over the Jordan with you, every man armed for the war before Jehovah, and the land is subdued before you, you will then give them the land of Gil′e•ad as a possession. 30 But if they do not take up arms and cross over with you, they will then settle among you in the land of Ca′naan.”

No. 2: Why God Did Not Destroy Satan Promptly After He Rebelled—rs p. 363 ¶3–p. 364 ¶1 (5 min.)

rs p. 363 ¶3–p. 364 ¶1 Satan the Devil
Serious issues were raised by Satan: (1) The righteousness and rightfulness of Jehovah’s sovereignty. Was Jehovah withholding from mankind freedom that would contribute to their happiness? Were mankind’s ability to govern their affairs successfully and their continued life truly dependent on their obedience to God? Had Jehovah been dishonest in giving a law that stated that disobedience would lead to their death? (Gen. 2:16, 17; 3:3-5) So, did Jehovah really have the right to rule? (2) The integrity of intelligent creatures toward Jehovah. By the deflection of Adam and Eve the question was raised: Did Jehovah’s servants really obey him out of love or might all of them abandon God and follow the lead being given by Satan? This latter issue was further developed by Satan in the days of Job. (Gen. 3:6; Job 1:8-11; 2:3-5; see also Luke 22:31.) These issues could not be settled by merely executing the rebels.
Not that God needed to prove anything to himself. But so that these issues would never again disrupt the peace and well-being of the universe, Jehovah has allowed ample time for them to be settled beyond all doubt. That Adam and Eve died following disobedience to God became evident in due time. (Gen. 5:5) But more was at issue. So, God has permitted both Satan and humans to try every form of government of their own making. None have brought lasting happiness. God has let mankind go to the limit in pursuing ways of life that ignore His righteous standards. The fruitage speaks for itself. As the Bible truthfully says: “It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jer. 10:23) At the same time God has given his servants opportunity to prove their loyalty to him by their acts of loving obedience, and this in the face of enticements and persecution instigated by Satan. Jehovah exhorts his servants, saying: “Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice, that I may make a reply to him that is taunting me.” (Prov. 27:11) Those proving faithful reap great benefits now and have the prospect of eternal life in perfection. They will use such life in doing the will of Jehovah, whose personality and ways they truly love.

No. 3: Administration—Human Administrations From Adam to the First Century—it-1 p. 48 ¶3-8 (5 min.)

it-1 p. 48 ¶3-8 Administration
The Hebrew word translated “administration” in 1 Chronicles 26:30 (pequd•dah′) comes from the root pa•qadh′, meaning “visit; turn attention to.” (Ru 1:6, ftn) It is also rendered “care; oversight.”—2Ch 24:11; Nu 3:32; compare 2Ki 11:18, ftn; see OVERSEER.
From the start of human history God authorized perfect man to care for the earth and have in subjection its creatures. (Ge 1:26-28) After man’s rebellion, particularly from the Flood forward, a patriarchal system of administration developed and became prominent. It managed family affairs and property and enforced standards of conduct.
The handling of Israel’s national affairs by Moses according to the divine will during the 40-year wilderness trek provides a brilliant example of administration, including the delegation of authority to reliable subordinates. (Ex 18:19-26) Within the priesthood the prime responsibility for administration rested on the high priest (Nu 3:5-10); however, others were given the responsibility of the oversight and supervision of certain departments of service. (Nu 3:25, 26, 30-32, 36, 37; 4:16) Following Israel’s entry into the Promised Land, judges acted as administrators of the nation, with divine backing.—Jg 2:16, 18; Ru 1:1.
Upon the establishment of the kingdom in Israel, a more complete system of administration developed. Under King David the administrative structure was quite detailed, with officials directly under the king and with divisional administrators serving throughout the country. (1Ch 26:29-32; 27:1, 16-22, 25-34) The priesthood was also thoroughly organized during David’s reign, with supervisors for the tabernacle work, officers and judges, gatekeepers, singers and musicians, and the setting up of 24 priestly divisions for handling the service at the tabernacle. (1Ch 23:1-5; 24:1-19) Solomon’s administration was even more extensive and provides an outstanding example of capable administration in the construction of the temple.—1Ki 4:1-7, 26, 27; 5:13-18.
Other nations also developed complex systems of administration, as indicated by the classes of officials assembled by King Nebuchadnezzar at the time of inaugurating his golden image. (Da 3:2, 3) Daniel himself was ‘made ruler’ (from Aramaic, shelet′) over the jurisdictional district of Babylon and under him civil “administration” (Aramaic, ʽavi•dhah′) was given to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.—Da 2:48, 49.
In the Christian Greek Scriptures, proper use of the delegated authority and responsibility resting upon those charged with overseeing the application and execution of God’s expressed will among his people is often discussed; and this is done by references to stewardship and oversight. (Lu 16:2-4; 1Co 9:17; Eph 3:2; Col 1:25; Tit 1:7) While responsibility to God is shown to be of paramount importance (Ps 109:8; Ac 1:20), the interests of those who serve under such administration are also stressed.—1Pe 4:10; see STEWARD.

Highlights of the Bible ▲

Highlights From the Book of Numbers 30-32

*** w04 8/1 p. 27 par. 3 Highlights From the Book of Numbers ***
30:6-8—Can a Christian man set aside his wife’s vows? With regard to vows, Jehovah now deals with his worshipers individually. For example, dedication to Jehovah is a personal vow. (Galatians 6:5) A husband does not have the authority to set aside or cancel such a vow. A wife, though, should avoid making a vow that conflicts with God’s Word or her duties toward her husband.

*** w10 7/1 pp. 17-18 She Opened Her Heart to God in Prayer ***
The next morning, Hannah returned to the tabernacle with Elkanah. She had likely told him of her request and her commitment, for the Mosaic Law said that a husband had the right to nullify a vow made by his wife without his consent. (Numbers 30:10-15) But that faithful man made no such move. Rather, he and Hannah worshipped Jehovah together at the tabernacle before heading homeward.

*** g93 10/8 pp. 7-8 How Can We Protect Our Children? ***
Do not limit such training to a onetime talk. Children need much repetition. Use your own judgment in determining just how explicit the training should be. But be thorough.
Be sure, for example, to forestall any attempt by an abuser to create a secret pact. Children should know that it is never all right for an adult to ask them to keep a secret from either parent. Reassure them that it is always proper for them to tell—even if they had promised not to. (Compare Numbers 30:12, 16.) Some abusers blackmail the child if they know that the child has disobeyed some family rule. “I won’t tell on you if you won’t tell on me” is the message. So children should know that they will never get in trouble for telling—even under these circumstances. It is safe to tell.
Your training should also be threat-resistant. Some abusers have killed small animals in front of a child and threatened to do the same to the child’s parents. Others have warned their victim that they will abuse younger siblings. So teach children that they should always tell on an abuser, no matter what scary threats are made.

*** w10 11/15 pp. 20-21 ‘Let Us Present Jehovah’s Offering’ ***
WHEN someone extends an act of kindness to you, how do you show your appreciation? Consider how the military chiefs in Israel showed their gratitude after an armed conflict with the Midianites. The battle was fought after Israel had sinned in connection with Baal of Peor. God gave his people victory, and the spoils were divided between the 12,000 soldiers and the rest of Israel. In accord with Jehovah’s direction, the soldiers gave a percentage of their portion to the priests, and the other Israelites gave a similar percentage to the Levites.—Num. 31:1-5, 25-30.
However, the military chiefs wanted to do more. “Your servants have taken the sum of the men of war who are in our charge and not one has been reported missing from us,” they told Moses. They decided to present gold and various ornaments as Jehovah’s offering. The total weight of the gold ornaments amounted to over 500 troy pounds (190 kg).—Num. 31:49-54.
Today, many people are likewise moved to show their appreciation for what Jehovah has done for them. Moreover, such feelings of appreciation are not limited to God’s dedicated servants. Consider, for example, a bus driver who took a group of delegates to and from the stadium for the international convention held in Bologna, Italy, in 2009. Because he was a very careful driver with a mild spirit, those who rode his bus decided to write a thank-you note and to give him a tip along with a copy of the book What Does the Bible Really Teach? To that, the driver responded: “I gladly accept the card and the book, but I return the money because I wish to contribute it so that you can continue the work you are doing. Even though I am not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I want to make this contribution because I’ve seen that you do things out of love.”
When moved by appreciation for what Jehovah has done for you, one way to show your gratitude is by making contributions to the worldwide work of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Matt. 24:14)

*** w02 10/1 p. 21 par. 16 Cultivate Obedience as the End Draws Near ***
16 The Christians in Pergamum and Thyatira were commended for their integrity, endurance, and zeal. (Revelation 2:12, 13, 18, 19) Yet, they were influenced by certain ones manifesting the wicked spirit of Balaam and Jezebel, who by means of sexual immorality and Baal worship acted as corrupting influences in ancient Israel. (Numbers 31:16; 1 Kings 16:30, 31; Revelation 2:14, 16, 20-23) But what about our time—“the Lord’s day”? Are the same evil influences evident? Yes, for immorality is by far the leading cause for disfellowshipping among God’s people. How important, therefore, that we avoid association with all individuals—inside and outside the congregation—who are a morally corrupting influence! (1 Corinthians 5:9-11; 15:33) Those who want to be Shiloh’s obedient subjects will also eschew questionable entertainment as well as printed and Internet pornography.—Amos 5:15; Matthew 5:28, 29.

*** w98 1/15 p. 15 pars. 8-9 Keep On Walking With God ***
8 What might cause a person to fall into a similar snare in our day? Although he may know the seriousness of sexual immorality, if he does not also appreciate the danger of self-confidence, he may allow himself to get into a situation where the enticement to wrongdoing overwhelms his reason.—Proverbs 7:6-9, 21, 22; 14:16.
9 In plain language God’s Word warns us not to be misled into thinking that we are so strong that bad associations will not corrupt us. That includes watching television programs that feature the lives of immoral people and looking at magazines that stimulate immoral desires. (1 Corinthians 10:11, 12; 15:33) Even association with fellow believers under wrong circumstances can lead to serious problems. The attraction between the sexes is strong. With loving concern Jehovah’s organization has therefore cautioned against being alone and out of public view with someone of the opposite sex to whom we are not married or who is not a family member. In order to keep on walking with God, we need to shun the snare of self-confidence and heed the warning counsel that he gives us.—Psalm 85:8.

*** w99 4/1 pp. 15-16 pars. 5-6 Life After Death—What Does the Bible Say? ***
5 Interestingly, in the Bible the word “soul” applies not only to humans but also to animals. For example, in describing the creation of sea creatures, Genesis 1:20 says that God commanded: “Let the waters swarm forth a swarm of living souls.” And on the next creative day, God said: “Let the earth put forth living souls according to their kinds, domestic animal and moving animal and wild beast of the earth according to its kind.”—Genesis 1:24; compare Numbers 31:28.
6 Thus, the word “soul” as used in the Bible refers to a person or an animal or to the life that a person or an animal enjoys. (See box above.) The Bible’s definition of the soul is simple, consistent, and unencumbered by the complicated philosophies and superstitions of men. That being the case, the urgent question that must be asked is, According to the Bible, what happens to the soul at death?

*** w97 9/1 p. 17 par. 18 Beware of False Teachers! ***
18 Peter notes that Balaam was hindered when his donkey spoke to him, yet Balaam “loved the reward of wrongdoing” so much that even when that happened, he did not discontinue his “mad course.” (2 Peter 2:15, 16) How wicked! Woe to any like Balaam who try to corrupt God’s people by tempting them to commit immorality! Balaam died for his badness, a preview of what will happen to all who follow his path.—Numbers 31:8.

*** w97 8/15 p. 27 Why Report What Is Bad? ***
When elders learn about serious wrongdoing, they approach the individual involved to give needed help and correction. It is the elders’ responsibility to judge such ones inside the Christian congregation. Keeping a close watch on its spiritual condition, they assist and admonish anyone who is taking an unwise or wrong step.—1 Corinthians 5:12, 13; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 5:1, 2.
But what if you are not an elder and you come to know about some serious wrongdoing on the part of another Christian? Guidelines are found in the Law that Jehovah gave to the nation of Israel. The Law stated that if a person was a witness to apostate acts, sedition, murder, or certain other serious crimes, it was his responsibility to report it and to testify to what he knew. Leviticus 5:1 states: “Now in case a soul sins in that he has heard public cursing and he is a witness or he has seen it or has come to know of it, if he does not report it, then he must answer for his error.”—Compare Deuteronomy 13:6-8; Esther 6:2; Proverbs 29:24.

*** w96 1/15 p. 15 par. 2 Jehovah’s Sheep Need Tender Care ***
2 As recipients of tender care, we can say with the psalmist: “Serve Jehovah with rejoicing. Come in before him with a joyful cry. Know that Jehovah is God. It is he that has made us, and not we ourselves. We are his people and the sheep of his pasturage.” (Psalm 100:2, 3) Yes, we are joyful and secure. It is as though we were safe from evil predators in a sheepfold having strong stone walls.—Numbers 32:16; 1 Samuel 24:3; Zephaniah 2:6.

*** w93 11/15 p. 14 par. 13 Courageously Walk in Jehovah’s Ways ***
13 Courageous Joshua and Caleb provided evidence that we can walk in God’s ways. They “followed Jehovah wholly.” (Numbers 32:12) Joshua and Caleb were among the 12 men sent to spy out the Promised Land. Fearing its inhabitants, ten spies tried to dissuade Israel from entering Canaan. However, Joshua and Caleb courageously said: “If Jehovah has found delight in us, then he will certainly bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that is flowing with milk and honey. Only against Jehovah do not rebel; and you, do not you fear the people of the land, for they are bread to us. Their shelter has turned away from over them, and Jehovah is with us. Do not fear them.” (Numbers 14:8, 9) Lacking faith and courage, that generation of Israelites never reached the land of promise. But Joshua and Caleb, together with a new generation, did enter it.

*** w04 6/1 p. 15 pars. 4-5 Blessed Are Those Who Give Glory to God ***
Before entering the Promised Land, members of Israel’s tribe of Gad requested that they be allowed to settle in the cattle country east of the Jordan. (Numbers 32:1-5) Living there would mean coping with serious challenges. The tribes to the west would have the protection of the Jordan Valley—a natural barrier to military invasion. (Joshua 3:13-17) However, concerning the lands east of the Jordan, The Historical Geography of the Holy Land, by George Adam Smith, says: “[They] all roll off, with almost no intervening barrier, upon the great Arabian plateau. Consequently they have been exposed in all ages to the invasion of the hungry nomads, some of whom swarm upon them every year for pasture.”
5 How would the tribe of Gad fare under such unrelenting pressure? Centuries earlier, in his death-bed prophecy, their forefather Jacob foretold: “As for Gad, a marauder band will raid him, but he will raid the extreme rear.” (Genesis 49:19) At first glance those words may seem gloomy. In reality, though, they amounted to a command for the Gadites to strike back. Jacob assured them that if they did so, the raiders would make a humiliating retreat, with the Gadites pursuing their extreme rear.

Service Meeting ▲


Song 93
15 min: The Rich Life of a Missionary. (Prov. 10:22) Discussion based on the2014 Yearbook, page 123, paragraph 2, to page 127, paragraph 4; andpage 169. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.
15 min: “Use jw.org in Your Ministry.” Discussion. Demonstrate the presentation in paragraph 2. Then ask the audience: What advantages are there to having the video downloaded to our portable device? Why is it often best to play the video for the householder without a long introduction or without asking for permission? What experiences have you had using this video in the ministry? Conclude by encouraging publishers to become familiar with the various features of jw.org and to make use of the Web site in their ministry.
Song 84 and Prayer


Song 93

“Let Your Light Shine”

(Matthew 5:16)
1. Jesus has commanded That we shine our light,
Like the sun, impartial, That all might gain sight.
Through God’s Holy Scriptures, Words of wisdom shine.
May we now reflect his light By our deeds so fine.
2. With God’s Kingdom message Light on hearts is shed,
Comfort brought to mourners, Hope for those now dead.
Light from Scripture guides us As we do His will;
Gracious words, well-seasoned too, Make it brighter still.
3. Light from fine works gleaming, Brightens up this world,
To our words adds luster, Like a priceless pearl.
May our light keep shining As we do what’s right,
Then our works will always be Pleasing in God’s sight.
(See also Ps. 119:130; Matt. 5:14, 15, 45; Col. 4:6.)

15 min: The Rich Life of a Missionary. (Prov. 10:22)

Discussion based on the2014 Yearbook, page 123, paragraph 2, to page 127, paragraph 4; andpage 169. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.
^ (Prov. 10:22) It is the blessing of Jehovah that makes one rich, And He adds no pain with it.

^ ***yb14 pp. 123-127 1945-1990 ‘Bringing Many to Righteousness.’—Dan. 12:3. (Part 4)***

Zealous Missionaries Stimulate Growth

From the mid-1970’s onward, a steady stream of Gilead-trained missionaries boosted the work in Sierra Leone and Guinea. Some had served in other African lands and quickly adapted to the local conditions. Others were new to Africa. How would they cope with the “white man’s graveyard”? Consider some of their comments.
“People were humble and spiritually starved. Seeing the truth improve their lives brought me great satisfaction.”—Hannelore Altmeyer.
“Dealing with the tropical climate and disease was a challenge. But the joy of helping honesthearted ones serve Jehovah was worth it.”—Cheryl Ferguson.
“I learned to develop patience. When I asked a sister when her visitors would arrive, she replied: ‘Maybe today. Maybe tomorrow. Or maybe the next day.’ I must have looked shocked because she insisted, ‘But they will come!’”—Christine Jones.
“Fourteen missionaries from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds lived in the Freetown missionary home. We shared two toilets, one shower, one washing machine, and one kitchen. Food supplies were limited and of poor quality. The electricity would fail unpredictably—sometimes for days. Most of us suffered from malaria and other tropical diseases. Though this may sound like a recipe for disaster, we learned to live together, to forgive, and to find humor in difficult situations. Preaching was a delight, and the missionaries forged close bonds of friendship.”—Robert and Pauline Landis.
“Our time in Sierra Leone was among the best days of our lives. We have no regrets and no complaints. We just miss it very much.”—Benjamin and Monica Martin.
“Once, we stayed with an interested woman who offered us a strange-looking meal. ‘It’s viper,’ she said. ‘I’ve removed the fangs. Would you like some?’ We tactfully declined, but she insisted. As daunting as such experiences were, we appreciated our hosts’ warm hospitality and grew to love them very much.”—Frederick and Barbara Morrisey.
“During my 43 years of missionary service, I have lived with over 100 other missionaries. What a privilege it has been to come to know so many people, all having different personalities yet all working with the same objective! And what a joy to be a fellow worker with God and to have a share in seeing people embrace Bible truth!”—Lynette Peters.
Since 1947, 154 missionaries have served in Sierra Leone, and 88 in Guinea. Many other Witnesses came to serve where the need was greater. Today, there are 44 missionaries in Sierra Leone and 31 in Guinea. Their tireless efforts and selfless devotion have touched the lives of countless individuals. Alfred Gunn, a longtime member of the Branch Committee, says, “We think of them with great fondness.”

^ ***yb14 p. 169 I Fell in Love With Sierra Leone***

SIERRA LEONE AND GUINEA

I Fell in Love With Sierra Leone
Cindy McIntire
BORN 1960
BAPTIZED 1974
PROFILE Missionary since 1992. She served in Guinea and Senegal and is currently serving in Sierra Leone.
WHEN I first arrived, it took me all of two weeks to fall in love with Sierra Leone. I marveled at how people bore heavy loads on their heads with effortless poise. Neighborhoods teemed with life. Children played and danced in the streets, clapping their hands and stamping their feet in lively rhythms. I was surrounded by color, motion, and music.
What I enjoy most is preaching here. Sierra Leoneans take pride in welcoming strangers. They respect the Bible and listen to its message. They often invite me into their homes. When I leave, some walk with me all the way down the street. These endearing traits help me to cope with minor discomforts, such as water shortages and power outages.
Because I am single, people sometimes ask me if I ever feel lonely. Actually, I have so much to do that I haven’t had time to get lonely. I lead a life full of purpose.


15 min: “Use jw.org in Your Ministry.”

Discussion. Demonstrate the presentation in paragraph 2. Then ask the audience: What advantages are there to having the video downloaded to our portable device? Why is it often best to play the video for the householder without a long introduction or without asking for permission? What experiences have you had using this video in the ministry? Conclude by encouraging publishers to become familiar with the various features of jw.org and to make use of the Web site in their ministry.

USE JW.ORG IN YOUR MINISTRY

Our Web site is a valuable tool to help us spread the good news “to the most distant part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) Most householders do not find jw.org on their own. Rather, they learn about it only after a publisher directs them to it.
A traveling overseer has downloaded the video Why Study the Bible? to his phone and shows it every chance he gets. For example, when going from house to house, he says: “I’m making brief visits to help people find answers to three important questions: Why does the world have so many problems? How will God fix them? And how can we cope in the meantime? This short video addresses those questions.” He then presses the play button and watches the householder’s reaction. The video is so captivating that most people do not take their eyes off the screen until the end. Then the traveling overseer says: “You just heard that you can request a Bible study online. Since I’m here, I could give you a quick demonstration now.” If the householder agrees, he demonstrates the study using the Good News brochure. If the householder does not have time, he makes arrangements to do so on the next visit. When he goes to a coffee shop to take a break, he says something similar to someone sitting nearby after striking up a friendly conversation. Are you using jw.org in your ministry?
^ (Acts 1:8) But you will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, in all Ju•de′a and Sa•mar′i•a, and to the most distant part of the earth.”

Song 84

“I Want To”

(Luke 5:13)
1. Oh, what love God’s Son for us showed
When he left his Father’s abode
That with men he might live,
God’s truth he could give;
This truth from his lips ever flowed.
Greatly he did comfort mankind,
Healed those who were sick, lame, and blind.
To his royal commission he proved true
And lovingly said: “I want to.”
2. Oh, what help Jehovah God gave
When he sent the faithful wise slave,
With whom we serve with joy,
Our powers employ,
That meek ones we might help to save.
Those in need can easily tell
When we love them ever so well.
So if widows and orphans should ask you,
Then readily say: “I want to.”
(See also John 18:37; Eph. 3:19; Phil. 2:7.)

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THE WATCHTOWER (STUDY EDITION) JULY 2014

“You Will Be Witnesses of Me”

“[Jesus] said to them: ‘. . . You will be witnesses of me . . . to the most distant part of the earth.’”—ACTS 1:7, 8.

CAN YOU ANSWER?

• How did Jesus live up to the meaning of his name?
• Why did Jesus say: “You will be witnesses of me”?
• Why can we be confident that we will succeed in our witnessing work?

References and Scriptures


John 18:33-37;1 Timothy 6:13;Revelation 3:14;Isaiah 43:10;Matthew 1:20-21;Matthew 10:6;Matthew 15:24;Luke 19:10;Mark 1:14-15;Mark 11:17-18;Mark 15:1-15;1 Peter 3:18;Matthew 28:8-10;Luke 24:13-16;Luke 24:30-36;John 20:11-18;Luke 24:44-48;Acts 1:8;Acts 2:5;Acts 2:11;Acts 2:37-41;Hebrews 9:11-12;Hebrews 9:24;Matthew 20:28;1 Timothy 2:4-6;John 1:29;Acts 5:30-32;Colossians 1:5;Colossians 1:23;Acts 20:29-30;2 Peter 2:2-3;Jude 3-4;Matthew 13:37-43;2 Timothy 3:1;Daniel 4:16;Matthew 24:3;Matthew 24:7;Matthew 24:14;Luke 21:24;Revelation 18:2;Revelation 18:4;John 10:16;Revelation 7:9-10;Revelation 7:14;1 Thessalonians 2:2;Isaiah 6:11;2 Corinthians 4:1;2 Corinthians 4:7;Luke 11:13;Titus 1:16;1 Peter 4:14;John 5:43
(John 18:33-37) 33  So Pilate entered the governor’s residence again and called Jesus and said to him: “Are you the King of the Jews?” 3434  Jesus answered: “Are you asking this of your own originality, or did others tell you about me?” 3535  Pilate replied: “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What did you do?” 3636  Jesus answered: “My Kingdom is no part of this world. If my Kingdom were part of this world, my attendants would have fought that I should not be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my Kingdom is not from this source.” 3737  So Pilate said to him: “Well, then, are you a king?” Jesus answered: “You yourself are saying that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is on the side of the truth listens to my voice.”
(1 Timothy 6:13) 13  Before God, who preserves all things alive, and Christ Jesus, who as a witness made the fine public declaration before Pontius Pilate, I give you orders
(Revelation 3:14) 14  “To the angel of the congregation in La•o•di•ce′a write: These are the things that the Amen says, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation by God:
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(Isaiah 43:10) 10  “You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “Yes, my servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and have faith in me And understand that I am the same One. Before me no God was formed, And after me there has been none.
(Matthew 1:20-21) 20  But after he had thought these things over, look! Jehovah’s angel appeared to him in a dream, saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take your wife Mary home, for what has been conceived in her is by holy spirit. 2121  She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
(Matthew 10:6) 6  but instead, go continually to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
(Matthew 15:24) 24  He answered: “I was not sent to anyone except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
(Luke 19:10) 10  For the Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
(Mark 1:14-15) 14  Now after John was arrested, Jesus went into Gal′i•lee, preaching the good news of God 1515  and saying: “The appointed time has been fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent, and have faith in the good news.”
(Mark 11:17-18) 17  He was teaching and saying to them: “Is it not written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a cave of robbers.” 1818  And the chief priests and the scribes heard it, and they began to seek how to kill him; for they were in fear of him, because all the crowd was astounded at his teaching.
(Mark 15:1-15) 15  Immediately at dawn, the chief priests with the elders and the scribes, indeed, the whole San′he•drin, consulted together, and they bound Jesus and led him off and handed him over to Pilate. 22  So Pilate put the question to him: “Are you the King of the Jews?” In answer he said: “You yourself say it.” 33  But the chief priests were accusing him of many things. 44  Now Pilate began questioning him again, saying: “Have you no reply to make? See how many charges they are bringing against you.” 55  But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. 66  Well, from festival to festival, he used to release to them one prisoner whom they requested. 77  At the time the man named Bar•ab′bas was in prison with the seditionists, who in their sedition had committed murder. 88  So the crowd came up and began to make their request according to what Pilate used to do for them. 99  He responded to them, saying: “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 1010  For Pilate was aware that out of envy the chief priests had handed him over. 1111  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Bar•ab′bas to them instead. 1212  Again in reply Pilate said to them: “What, then, should I do with the one you call the King of the Jews?” 1313  Once more they cried out: “To the stake with him!” 1414  But Pilate went on to say to them: “Why? What bad thing did he do?” Still they cried out all the more: “To the stake with him!” 1515  At that Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Bar•ab′bas to them; and after having Jesus whipped, he handed him over to be executed on the stake.
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(1 Peter 3:18) 18  For Christ died once for all time for sins, a righteous person for unrighteous ones, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
(Matthew 28:8-10) 8  So, quickly leaving the memorial tomb, with fear and great joy, they ran to report to his disciples. 99  And look! Jesus met them and said: “Good day!” They approached and took hold of his feet and did obeisance to him. 1010  Then Jesus said to them: “Have no fear! Go, report to my brothers so that they may go to Gal′i•lee, and there they will see me.”
(Luke 24:13-16) 13  But look! on that very day, two of them were traveling to a village named Em•ma′us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 1414  and they were conversing with each other about all these things that had happened. 1515  Now as they were conversing and discussing these things, Jesus himself approached and began walking with them, 1616  but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
(Luke 24:30-36) 30  And as he was dining with them, he took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and began handing it to them. 3131  At that their eyes were fully opened and they recognized him; but he disappeared from them. 3232  And they said to each other: “Were not our hearts burning within us as he was speaking to us on the road, as he was fully opening up the Scriptures to us?” 3333  And they got up in that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and they found the Eleven and those assembled together with them, 3434  who said: “For a fact the Lord was raised up, and he appeared to Simon!” 3535  Then they related the events on the road and how he became known to them by the breaking of the bread. 3636  While they were speaking of these things, he himself stood in their midst and said to them: “May you have peace.”
(John 20:11-18) 11  Mary, however, kept standing outside near the tomb, weeping. While she was weeping, she stooped forward to look into the tomb, 1212  and she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. 1313  And they said to her: “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them: “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 1414  After saying this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 1515  Jesus said to her: “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She, thinking it was the gardener, said to him: “Sir, if you have carried him off, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 1616  Jesus said to her: “Mary!” On turning around, she said to him in Hebrew: “Rab•bo′ni!” (which means “Teacher!”) 1717  Jesus said to her: “Stop clinging to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father and to my God and your God.’” 1818  Mary Mag′da•lene came and brought the news to the disciples: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them what he had said to her.
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(Luke 24:44-48) 44  He then said to them: “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all the things written about me in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and Psalms must be fulfilled.” 4545  Then he opened up their minds fully to grasp the meaning of the Scriptures, 4646  and he said to them, “This is what is written: that the Christ would suffer and rise from among the dead on the third day, 4747  and on the basis of his name, repentance for forgiveness of sins would be preached in all the nations—starting out from Jerusalem. 4848  You are to be witnesses of these things.
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(Acts 1:8) 8  But you will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, in all Ju•de′a and Sa•mar′i•a, and to the most distant part of the earth.”
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(Acts 2:5) 5  At that time devout Jews from every nation under heaven were staying in Jerusalem.
(Acts 2:11) 11  Cre′tans; and Arabians—we hear them speaking in our languages about the magnificent things of God.”
(Acts 2:37-41) 37  Now when they heard this, they were stabbed to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Men, brothers, what should we do?” 3838  Peter said to them: “Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the free gift of the holy spirit. 3939  For the promise is to you and your children, and to all those who are far away, to all those whom Jehovah our God may call to himself.” 4040  And with many other words he gave a thorough witness and kept exhorting them, saying: “Get saved from this crooked generation.” 4141  So those who gladly accepted his word were baptized, and on that day about 3,000 people were added.
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(Hebrews 9:11-12) 11  However, when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have already taken place, he passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 1212  He entered into the holy place, not with the blood of goats and of young bulls, but with his own blood, once for all time, and obtained an everlasting deliverance for us.
(Hebrews 9:24) 24  For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with hands, which is a copy of the reality, but into heaven itself, so that he now appears before God on our behalf.
(Matthew 20:28) 28  Just as the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his life as a ransom in exchange for many.”
(1 Timothy 2:4-6) 4  whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. 55  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus, 66  who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all—this is what is to be witnessed to in its own due time.
(John 1:29) 29  The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and he said: “See, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
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(Acts 5:30-32) 30  The God of our forefathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed, hanging him on a stake. 3131  God exalted this one as Chief Agent and Savior to his right hand, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 3232  And we are witnesses of these matters, and so is the holy spirit, which God has given to those obeying him as ruler.”
(Colossians 1:5) 5  because of the hope that is being reserved for you in the heavens. You previously heard about this hope through the message of truth of the good news
(Colossians 1:23) 23  provided, of course, that you continue in the faith, established on the foundation and steadfast, not being shifted away from the hope of that good news that you heard and that was preached in all creation under heaven. Of this good news I, Paul, became a minister.
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(Acts 20:29-30) 29  I know that after my going away oppressive wolves will enter in among you and will not treat the flock with tenderness, 3030  and from among you yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves.
(2 Peter 2:2-3) 2  Furthermore, many will follow their brazen conduct, and because of them the way of the truth will be spoken of abusively. 33  Also, they will greedily exploit you with counterfeit words. But their judgment, decided long ago, is not moving slowly, and their destruction is not sleeping.
(Jude 3-4) 3  Beloved ones, although I was making every effort to write you about the salvation we hold in common, I found it necessary to write you to urge you to put up a hard fight for the faith that was once for all time delivered to the holy ones. 44  My reason is that certain men have slipped in among you who were long ago appointed to this judgment by the Scriptures; they are ungodly men who turn the undeserved kindness of our God into an excuse for brazen conduct and who prove false to our only owner and Lord, Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 13:37-43) 37  In response he said: “The sower of the fine seed is the Son of man; 3838  the field is the world. As for the fine seed, these are the sons of the Kingdom, but the weeds are the sons of the wicked one, 3939  and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is a conclusion of a system of things, and the reapers are angels. 4040  Therefore, just as the weeds are collected and burned with fire, so it will be in the conclusion of the system of things. 4141  The Son of man will send his angels, and they will collect out from his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling and people who practice lawlessness, 4242  and they will pitch them into the fiery furnace. There is where their weeping and the gnashing of their teeth will be. 4343  At that time the righteous ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Let the one who has ears listen.
(2 Timothy 3:1) 3  But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.
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(Daniel 4:16) 16  Let its heart be changed from that of a human, and let it be given the heart of a beast, and let seven times pass over it.
(Matthew 24:3) 3  While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?”
(Matthew 24:7) 7  “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.
(Matthew 24:14) 14  And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
(Luke 21:24) 24  And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations until the appointed times of the nations are fulfilled.
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(Revelation 18:2) 2  And he cried out with a strong voice, saying: “She has fallen! Babylon the Great has fallen, and she has become a dwelling place of demons and a place where every unclean spirit and every unclean and hated bird lurks!
(Revelation 18:4) 4  And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.
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(John 10:16) 16  “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.
(Revelation 7:9-10) 9  After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. 1010  And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
(Revelation 7:14) 14  So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
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(1 Thessalonians 2:2) 2  For although we had first suffered and been insolently treated in Phi•lip′pi, as you know, we mustered up boldness by means of our God to tell you the good news of God in the face of much opposition.
(Isaiah 6:11) 11  At this I said: “How long, O Jehovah?” Then he said: “Until the cities crash in ruins without an inhabitant And the houses are without people And the land is ruined and desolate;
(2 Corinthians 4:1) 4  Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy that was shown us, we do not give up.
(2 Corinthians 4:7) 7  However, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the power beyond what is normal may be God’s and not from us.
(Luke 11:13) 13  Therefore, if you, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him!”
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(Titus 1:16) 16  They publicly declare that they know God, but they disown him by their works, because they are detestable and disobedient and not approved for good work of any sort.
(1 Peter 4:14) 14  If you are being reproached for the name of Christ, you are happy, because the spirit of glory, yes, the spirit of God, is resting upon you.
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(John 5:43) 43  I have come in the name of my Father, but you do not receive me. If someone else came in his own name, you would receive that one.

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*** w04 8/1 p. 27 par. 3 Highlights From the Book of Numbers ***
30:6-8—Can a Christian man set aside his wife’s vows? With regard to vows, Jehovah now deals with his worshipers individually. For example, dedication to Jehovah is a personal vow. (Galatians 6:5) A husband does not have the authority to set aside or cancel such a vow. A wife, though, should avoid making a vow that conflicts with God’s Word or her duties toward her husband.

*** w10 7/1 pp. 17-18 She Opened Her Heart to God in Prayer ***
The next morning, Hannah returned to the tabernacle with Elkanah. She had likely told him of her request and her commitment, for the Mosaic Law said that a husband had the right to nullify a vow made by his wife without his consent. (Numbers 30:10-15) But that faithful man made no such move. Rather, he and Hannah worshipped Jehovah together at the tabernacle before heading homeward.

*** g93 10/8 pp. 7-8 How Can We Protect Our Children? ***
Do not limit such training to a onetime talk. Children need much repetition. Use your own judgment in determining just how explicit the training should be. But be thorough.
Be sure, for example, to forestall any attempt by an abuser to create a secret pact. Children should know that it is never all right for an adult to ask them to keep a secret from either parent. Reassure them that it is always proper for them to tell—even if they had promised not to. (Compare Numbers 30:12, 16.) Some abusers blackmail the child if they know that the child has disobeyed some family rule. “I won’t tell on you if you won’t tell on me” is the message. So children should know that they will never get in trouble for telling—even under these circumstances. It is safe to tell.
Your training should also be threat-resistant. Some abusers have killed small animals in front of a child and threatened to do the same to the child’s parents. Others have warned their victim that they will abuse younger siblings. So teach children that they should always tell on an abuser, no matter what scary threats are made.

*** w10 11/15 pp. 20-21 ‘Let Us Present Jehovah’s Offering’ ***
WHEN someone extends an act of kindness to you, how do you show your appreciation? Consider how the military chiefs in Israel showed their gratitude after an armed conflict with the Midianites. The battle was fought after Israel had sinned in connection with Baal of Peor. God gave his people victory, and the spoils were divided between the 12,000 soldiers and the rest of Israel. In accord with Jehovah’s direction, the soldiers gave a percentage of their portion to the priests, and the other Israelites gave a similar percentage to the Levites.—Num. 31:1-5, 25-30.
However, the military chiefs wanted to do more. “Your servants have taken the sum of the men of war who are in our charge and not one has been reported missing from us,” they told Moses. They decided to present gold and various ornaments as Jehovah’s offering. The total weight of the gold ornaments amounted to over 500 troy pounds (190 kg).—Num. 31:49-54.
Today, many people are likewise moved to show their appreciation for what Jehovah has done for them. Moreover, such feelings of appreciation are not limited to God’s dedicated servants. Consider, for example, a bus driver who took a group of delegates to and from the stadium for the international convention held in Bologna, Italy, in 2009. Because he was a very careful driver with a mild spirit, those who rode his bus decided to write a thank-you note and to give him a tip along with a copy of the book What Does the Bible Really Teach? To that, the driver responded: “I gladly accept the card and the book, but I return the money because I wish to contribute it so that you can continue the work you are doing. Even though I am not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I want to make this contribution because I’ve seen that you do things out of love.”
When moved by appreciation for what Jehovah has done for you, one way to show your gratitude is by making contributions to the worldwide work of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Matt. 24:14)

*** w02 10/1 p. 21 par. 16 Cultivate Obedience as the End Draws Near ***
16 The Christians in Pergamum and Thyatira were commended for their integrity, endurance, and zeal. (Revelation 2:12, 13, 18, 19) Yet, they were influenced by certain ones manifesting the wicked spirit of Balaam and Jezebel, who by means of sexual immorality and Baal worship acted as corrupting influences in ancient Israel. (Numbers 31:16; 1 Kings 16:30, 31; Revelation 2:14, 16, 20-23) But what about our time—“the Lord’s day”? Are the same evil influences evident? Yes, for immorality is by far the leading cause for disfellowshipping among God’s people. How important, therefore, that we avoid association with all individuals—inside and outside the congregation—who are a morally corrupting influence! (1 Corinthians 5:9-11; 15:33) Those who want to be Shiloh’s obedient subjects will also eschew questionable entertainment as well as printed and Internet pornography.—Amos 5:15; Matthew 5:28, 29.

*** w98 1/15 p. 15 pars. 8-9 Keep On Walking With God ***
8 What might cause a person to fall into a similar snare in our day? Although he may know the seriousness of sexual immorality, if he does not also appreciate the danger of self-confidence, he may allow himself to get into a situation where the enticement to wrongdoing overwhelms his reason.—Proverbs 7:6-9, 21, 22; 14:16.
9 In plain language God’s Word warns us not to be misled into thinking that we are so strong that bad associations will not corrupt us. That includes watching television programs that feature the lives of immoral people and looking at magazines that stimulate immoral desires. (1 Corinthians 10:11, 12; 15:33) Even association with fellow believers under wrong circumstances can lead to serious problems. The attraction between the sexes is strong. With loving concern Jehovah’s organization has therefore cautioned against being alone and out of public view with someone of the opposite sex to whom we are not married or who is not a family member. In order to keep on walking with God, we need to shun the snare of self-confidence and heed the warning counsel that he gives us.—Psalm 85:8.

*** w99 4/1 pp. 15-16 pars. 5-6 Life After Death—What Does the Bible Say? ***
5 Interestingly, in the Bible the word “soul” applies not only to humans but also to animals. For example, in describing the creation of sea creatures, Genesis 1:20 says that God commanded: “Let the waters swarm forth a swarm of living souls.” And on the next creative day, God said: “Let the earth put forth living souls according to their kinds, domestic animal and moving animal and wild beast of the earth according to its kind.”—Genesis 1:24; compare Numbers 31:28.
6 Thus, the word “soul” as used in the Bible refers to a person or an animal or to the life that a person or an animal enjoys. (See box above.) The Bible’s definition of the soul is simple, consistent, and unencumbered by the complicated philosophies and superstitions of men. That being the case, the urgent question that must be asked is, According to the Bible, what happens to the soul at death?

*** w97 9/1 p. 17 par. 18 Beware of False Teachers! ***
18 Peter notes that Balaam was hindered when his donkey spoke to him, yet Balaam “loved the reward of wrongdoing” so much that even when that happened, he did not discontinue his “mad course.” (2 Peter 2:15, 16) How wicked! Woe to any like Balaam who try to corrupt God’s people by tempting them to commit immorality! Balaam died for his badness, a preview of what will happen to all who follow his path.—Numbers 31:8.

*** w97 8/15 p. 27 Why Report What Is Bad? ***
When elders learn about serious wrongdoing, they approach the individual involved to give needed help and correction. It is the elders’ responsibility to judge such ones inside the Christian congregation. Keeping a close watch on its spiritual condition, they assist and admonish anyone who is taking an unwise or wrong step.—1 Corinthians 5:12, 13; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 5:1, 2.
But what if you are not an elder and you come to know about some serious wrongdoing on the part of another Christian? Guidelines are found in the Law that Jehovah gave to the nation of Israel. The Law stated that if a person was a witness to apostate acts, sedition, murder, or certain other serious crimes, it was his responsibility to report it and to testify to what he knew. Leviticus 5:1 states: “Now in case a soul sins in that he has heard public cursing and he is a witness or he has seen it or has come to know of it, if he does not report it, then he must answer for his error.”—Compare Deuteronomy 13:6-8; Esther 6:2; Proverbs 29:24.

*** w96 1/15 p. 15 par. 2 Jehovah’s Sheep Need Tender Care ***
2 As recipients of tender care, we can say with the psalmist: “Serve Jehovah with rejoicing. Come in before him with a joyful cry. Know that Jehovah is God. It is he that has made us, and not we ourselves. We are his people and the sheep of his pasturage.” (Psalm 100:2, 3) Yes, we are joyful and secure. It is as though we were safe from evil predators in a sheepfold having strong stone walls.—Numbers 32:16; 1 Samuel 24:3; Zephaniah 2:6.

*** w93 11/15 p. 14 par. 13 Courageously Walk in Jehovah’s Ways ***
13 Courageous Joshua and Caleb provided evidence that we can walk in God’s ways. They “followed Jehovah wholly.” (Numbers 32:12) Joshua and Caleb were among the 12 men sent to spy out the Promised Land. Fearing its inhabitants, ten spies tried to dissuade Israel from entering Canaan. However, Joshua and Caleb courageously said: “If Jehovah has found delight in us, then he will certainly bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that is flowing with milk and honey. Only against Jehovah do not rebel; and you, do not you fear the people of the land, for they are bread to us. Their shelter has turned away from over them, and Jehovah is with us. Do not fear them.” (Numbers 14:8, 9) Lacking faith and courage, that generation of Israelites never reached the land of promise. But Joshua and Caleb, together with a new generation, did enter it.

*** w04 6/1 p. 15 pars. 4-5 Blessed Are Those Who Give Glory to God ***
Before entering the Promised Land, members of Israel’s tribe of Gad requested that they be allowed to settle in the cattle country east of the Jordan. (Numbers 32:1-5) Living there would mean coping with serious challenges. The tribes to the west would have the protection of the Jordan Valley—a natural barrier to military invasion. (Joshua 3:13-17) However, concerning the lands east of the Jordan, The Historical Geography of the Holy Land, by George Adam Smith, says: “[They] all roll off, with almost no intervening barrier, upon the great Arabian plateau. Consequently they have been exposed in all ages to the invasion of the hungry nomads, some of whom swarm upon them every year for pasture.”
5 How would the tribe of Gad fare under such unrelenting pressure? Centuries earlier, in his death-bed prophecy, their forefather Jacob foretold: “As for Gad, a marauder band will raid him, but he will raid the extreme rear.” (Genesis 49:19) At first glance those words may seem gloomy. In reality, though, they amounted to a command for the Gadites to strike back. Jacob assured them that if they did so, the raiders would make a humiliating retreat, with the Gadites pursuing their extreme rear.

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The master and the dog - Parables for Values ​​Education

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Honoring the sufi Sage, the disciples came up with a plate of his master on the facade of the new monastery. "His extraordinary wisdom - they said - can only come from a higher intelligence. Behind every wise, there is always a great teacher. We know his name and record it on the façade so that oblivion does not kill him and stay for years". Then, they approached and asked the name of his master.
Sage looked at them confused.
-Do my teacher? - and after thinking a while, said:-my teacher was a dog.
-How? -asked bewildered students.
-Yes, it was a dog. One day, I saw a dog that died of thirst, came to a well to drink water. When he saw reflected his own image in the clean, transparent water, he escaped scared fearing that it was another dog. As I was so thirsty, he returned to reach the well several times, but always made him flee his image reflected in the water. Finally, decided with courage, sank his head in the water, disappeared the image and so could quench their thirst. That day I realized that if I wanted to sink me in God and quench my thirst from it, I had to delete my
ego that stood between us.

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The Jewish version of this same story, tells us that a shopkeeper complained to the Rabbi because a man had opened a shop near his and feared that all their customers would remove it.
After hearing the complaint, the Rabbi told him:
-Have not seen when a horse drink water in a pool, first hitting the pond several times with one leg?
-Yes I have seen it - replied the shopkeeper.
That happens because, to lower the head to drink, the horse sees his image reflected in the water and think there's another horse drinking. Then, it's scaring him because she is afraid that there is not enough water for both. However, there is water for all horses and like you, he is afraid of an imaginary enemy.
In the first version, our ego is interposed between us and God, between ourselves and others, between us and our students. We are afraid of ourselves, show us as we are, we don't know, and therefore try to stack things, titles, fame, to introduce ourselves to the
others. While not quebremos our own image will be unable to meet us in depth, and can not see others as they are in reality. If not we got out of our title, we can not see students. From above all small looks, look crushed. If you want to meet with your student, get title, put on his land, looking at it through the eyes of the heart.
In the second version, the horse believes that it is frightening to another horse that goes to drink its water, when in fact it is his own image which causes their fears, and makes you see a non-existent enemy. Our selfishness, the inability to share, lead us to grab and consume more and more, regardless of the needs or the hunger and thirst of others. Having and consuming are like drugs: the more you have, more is required. We see each other as threats, eager to snatch away what belongs to us, and we are no longer able to look them in the eyes to see them as brothers. We not fall into the account that the problem is not outside of us, but in our own image, our ghosts and fears that non-existent enemies create. If today, given the levels of scientific and technological development, hunger and misery would be easily derrotables, selfishness and individualism are shaping an absurd world, where a few dominate unimaginable riches, while billions of people are sunk in the most atrocious of the miseries or even have more output than dying of hunger. The 225 wealthiest characters accumulate a wealth equivalent to 2.5 billion poorest inhabitants which have. The three characters from the world's rich have assets that exceed the gross domestic product (GDP) combination of the 48 least developed countries. It is estimated that hunger kills more people worldwide than all those who died in the second World War (about 48 million victims) a year.
According to the program for the development of the United Nations, about $ 13 billion a year would be required to provide basic health and nutrition services to the 4.4 billion poor in the world, so that no one died of hunger or diseases of poverty. $ 17 billion annually in food for dogs in Europe and the United States is currently spend. Only Europe spends on cigarettes $ 50 billion and 115 billion dollars a year on alcoholic beverages every year. It is estimated that drug trafficking moves $ 400 billion a year; and some $ 800 billion is spent on armaments. In short, with the third part of what smoking Europeans spend, or with less than 2% of what is spent on weapons in the world, could eradicate poverty.
Dare to propose the globalization of generosity, service, justice and brotherhood. Say fashion solidarity and love. Offer our students an education aimed at cultivating your heart, so that they can live spilling into service and be a gift to others.

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km 9/14 p. 3 Schedule for Week of September 22
WEEK STARTING SEPTEMBER 22
Song 9 and Prayer
□ Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 13 ¶11-18 (30 min.)
 

□ Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Numbers 30-32 (10 min.)
No. 1: Numbers 32:16-30 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: Why God Did Not Destroy Satan Promptly After He Rebelled—rs p. 363 ¶3–p. 364 ¶1 (5 min.)
No. 3: Administration—Human Administrations From Adam to the First Century—it-1 p. 48 ¶3-8 (5 min.)
 

□ Service Meeting:
Song 93
15 min: The Rich Life of a Missionary. (Prov. 10:22) Discussion based on the 2014 Yearbook, page 123, paragraph 2, to page 127, paragraph 4; and page 169. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.
15 min: “Use jw.org in Your Ministry.” Discussion. Demonstrate the presentation in paragraph 2. Then ask the audience: What advantages are there to having the video downloaded to our portable device? Why is it often best to play the video for the householder without a long introduction or without asking for permission? What experiences have you had using this video in the ministry? Conclude by encouraging publishers to become familiar with the various features of jw.org and to make use of the Web site in their ministry.
Song 84 and Prayer
 

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Monday, September 22

The dead themselves do not praise Jah.—Ps. 115:17.
“How are you feeling?” This common expression betrays a grim reality. Because our first parents allowed Satan to distance them from Jehovah, we are all subject to illness. Sickness serves Satan’s purpose, for when we are sick, it is harder for us to serve Jehovah. And if we die, we cannot serve him at all. Naturally, then, we want to do what we can to stay healthy. And we should be concerned about our brothers’ health and welfare. However, it is not appropriate to promote health or beauty products and practices before or after meetings at the Kingdom Hall or at assemblies or conventions. On such occasions, offering health advice or products—solicited or unsolicited—can detract from our spiritual purpose and rob others of their joy. (Rom. 14:17) How a person addresses health concerns must be his or her own decision. Further, no one has a solution to all illness. w13 1/15 3:7-9

Tuesday, September 23

Jehovah will . . . war against those nations.—Zech. 14:3.
On October 30, 1938, millions of people in the United States were listening to a popular radio program that featured theatrical plays. The performance that evening was an adaptation of the science fiction novel The War of the Worlds. Actors portraying news announcers described the landing of an invasion force from Mars that would cause widespread destruction on Earth. Although it had been announced that the radio program was a play, many listeners thought that the attack was real and became frightened. Some even took certain measures in an attempt to protect themselves from imaginary aliens. Today there is a real war looming on the horizon. However, people are failing to respond to its approach. This war is foretold, not in a science fiction novel, but in God’s inspired Word, the Bible. It is the war of Armageddon—God’s war against this wicked system of things.—Rev. 16:14-16. w13 2/15 3:1, 2

Wednesday, September 24

Let him that thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall.—1 Cor. 10:12.
Pilots who fly one of the most successful aircraft ever built have a preflight inspection checklist consisting of more than 30 items. If they do not carefully follow the checklist each time before takeoff, the pilots increase the possibility of a tragic accident. Do you know what type of pilot is especially urged to complete the checklist every time? It is the very experienced pilot! The seasoned pilot could easily become complacent and fail to carry out the preflight inspection in every detail. Like a safety-minded pilot, you can use a type of checklist to make sure that your faith will not falter when you need it most. Whether you are newly baptized or you have been serving God for many years, regularly checking the depth of your faith and devotion to Jehovah God is essential. Failure to check on this regularly and diligently can lead to spiritual ruin. w13 3/15 3:1, 2

Thursday, September 25

Keep strict watch that how you walk is not as unwise but as wise persons, buying out the opportune time for yourselves.—Eph. 5:15, 16.
Excessive time spent on entertainment can rob us of time needed for personal study. One brother observes: “It is so easy to let personal study slip. Entertainment is more available now than ever before, and it is less expensive than ever before. It is available on TV, on the computer, and on the phone. We are surrounded by it.” Unless we are careful, time needed for in-depth personal study can gradually diminish until it all but disappears. Each of us does well to ask: ‘How often do I take time to dig deeper in my study of God’s Word? Is it only when I have a talk or a meeting part to prepare?’ If so, perhaps we could make better use of the evening set aside for family worship or personal study to treasure up the spiritual wisdom that Jehovah provides to safeguard us for salvation.—Prov. 2:1-5. w12 4/15 5:13

Friday, September 26

Whoever divorces his wife, except on the ground of fornication, and marries another commits adultery.—Matt. 19:9.
Those who experience heartache in the marital relationship may wonder: ‘Is my unhappy marriage really worth saving? If only I could turn back the clock and begin again with another marriage mate!’ They may dream of breaking the bond—‘Oh, to be free again! Why not get a divorce? Even if I cannot get a Scriptural divorce, why not separate and enjoy life again?’ Instead of thinking in those terms or fantasizing about what might have been, Christians should make the best of their current state by seeking God’s guidance and following it. If a Christian were to get a divorce, he or she may or may not be Scripturally free to get married again. It is vital to weigh prayerfully any thought of divorce when neither mate has been guilty of sexual immorality. w12 5/15 2:5, 6

Saturday, September 27

God is the one that, for the sake of his good pleasure, is acting within you in order for you both to will and to act.—Phil. 2:13.
Some may not feel particularly inclined to pioneer or qualified to do so—even if their circumstances would allow it. (Ex. 4:10; Jer. 1:6) Then what? Might this not be a suitable subject for prayer? Certainly. If you do not feel motivated to expand your ministry, ask Jehovah to give you both the desire and the ability to do so. (2 Pet. 3:9, 11) Noah, Moses, Jeremiah, Paul, and Jesus were all devoted men. They used their time and energy to proclaim Jehovah’s warning message. They did not allow themselves to be distracted. The end of the present system of things is imminent; hence, all of us who have dedicated our lives to God need to be sure that we are continuing to do our utmost in following these excellent Scriptural examples. (Matt. 24:42; 2 Tim. 2:15) By doing so, we can please Jehovah and reap his rich blessings.—Mal. 3:10. w12 6/15 3:18, 19

Sunday, September 28

[God] will make you firm, he will make you strong.—1 Pet. 5:10.
Whether we have served God for a few months or for several decades, we want to serve him forever. Patience helps us to endure until we gain salvation, no matter how much time remains in this system. Jehovah is now giving us the opportunity to prove our complete trust in his decisions and—if necessary—to be willing to suffer evil for the sake of his name. (1 Pet. 4:13, 14) God is also giving us training that can help us to have the patience needed for salvation. Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, and nothing can snatch you away from his protective care—except you. (John 10:28, 29) There is no need to fear the future or even death. Those who patiently endure to the end will be saved. So we must make sure that we do not allow the world to seduce us and make us stop relying on Jehovah. Instead, be determined to grow in faith and use the time of God’s patience wisely.—Matt. 24:13; 2 Pet. 3:17, 18. w12 9/15 3:17, 18

“You Will Be Witnesses of Me” - References and Scriptures

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“You Will Be Witnesses of Me”

“[Jesus] said to them: ‘. . . You will be witnesses of me . . . to the most distant part of the earth.’”—ACTS 1:7, 8.

CAN YOU ANSWER?

• How did Jesus live up to the meaning of his name?
• Why did Jesus say: “You will be witnesses of me”?
• Why can we be confident that we will succeed in our witnessing work?

References and Scriptures


John 18:33-37;1 Timothy 6:13;Revelation 3:14;Isaiah 43:10;Matthew 1:20-21;Matthew 10:6;Matthew 15:24;Luke 19:10;Mark 1:14-15;Mark 11:17-18;Mark 15:1-15;1 Peter 3:18;Matthew 28:8-10;Luke 24:13-16;Luke 24:30-36;John 20:11-18;Luke 24:44-48;Acts 1:8;Acts 2:5;Acts 2:11;Acts 2:37-41;Hebrews 9:11-12;Hebrews 9:24;Matthew 20:28;1 Timothy 2:4-6;John 1:29;Acts 5:30-32;Colossians 1:5;Colossians 1:23;Acts 20:29-30;2 Peter 2:2-3;Jude 3-4;Matthew 13:37-43;2 Timothy 3:1;Daniel 4:16;Matthew 24:3;Matthew 24:7;Matthew 24:14;Luke 21:24;Revelation 18:2;Revelation 18:4;John 10:16;Revelation 7:9-10;Revelation 7:14;1 Thessalonians 2:2;Isaiah 6:11;2 Corinthians 4:1;2 Corinthians 4:7;Luke 11:13;Titus 1:16;1 Peter 4:14;John 5:43
 
(John 18:33-37) 33  So Pilate entered the governor’s residence again and called Jesus and said to him: “Are you the King of the Jews?” 3434  Jesus answered: “Are you asking this of your own originality, or did others tell you about me?” 3535  Pilate replied: “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What did you do?” 3636  Jesus answered: “My Kingdom is no part of this world. If my Kingdom were part of this world, my attendants would have fought that I should not be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my Kingdom is not from this source.” 3737  So Pilate said to him: “Well, then, are you a king?” Jesus answered: “You yourself are saying that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is on the side of the truth listens to my voice.”
(1 Timothy 6:13) 13  Before God, who preserves all things alive, and Christ Jesus, who as a witness made the fine public declaration before Pontius Pilate, I give you orders
(Revelation 3:14) 14  “To the angel of the congregation in La·o·di·ce′a write: These are the things that the Amen says, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation by God:
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(Isaiah 43:10) 10  “You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “Yes, my servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and have faith in me And understand that I am the same One. Before me no God was formed, And after me there has been none.
(Matthew 1:20-21) 20  But after he had thought these things over, look! Jehovah’s angel appeared to him in a dream, saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take your wife Mary home, for what has been conceived in her is by holy spirit. 2121  She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
(Matthew 10:6) 6  but instead, go continually to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
(Matthew 15:24) 24  He answered: “I was not sent to anyone except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
(Luke 19:10) 10  For the Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
(Mark 1:14-15) 14  Now after John was arrested, Jesus went into Gal′i·lee, preaching the good news of God 1515  and saying: “The appointed time has been fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent, and have faith in the good news.”
(Mark 11:17-18) 17  He was teaching and saying to them: “Is it not written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a cave of robbers.” 1818  And the chief priests and the scribes heard it, and they began to seek how to kill him; for they were in fear of him, because all the crowd was astounded at his teaching.
(Mark 15:1-15) 15  Immediately at dawn, the chief priests with the elders and the scribes, indeed, the whole San′he·drin, consulted together, and they bound Jesus and led him off and handed him over to Pilate. 22  So Pilate put the question to him: “Are you the King of the Jews?” In answer he said: “You yourself say it.” 33  But the chief priests were accusing him of many things. 44  Now Pilate began questioning him again, saying: “Have you no reply to make? See how many charges they are bringing against you.” 55  But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. 66  Well, from festival to festival, he used to release to them one prisoner whom they requested. 77  At the time the man named Bar·ab′bas was in prison with the seditionists, who in their sedition had committed murder. 88  So the crowd came up and began to make their request according to what Pilate used to do for them. 99  He responded to them, saying: “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 1010  For Pilate was aware that out of envy the chief priests had handed him over. 1111  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Bar·ab′bas to them instead. 1212  Again in reply Pilate said to them: “What, then, should I do with the one you call the King of the Jews?” 1313  Once more they cried out: “To the stake with him!” 1414  But Pilate went on to say to them: “Why? What bad thing did he do?” Still they cried out all the more: “To the stake with him!” 1515  At that Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Bar·ab′bas to them; and after having Jesus whipped, he handed him over to be executed on the stake.
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(1 Peter 3:18) 18  For Christ died once for all time for sins, a righteous person for unrighteous ones, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
(Matthew 28:8-10) 8  So, quickly leaving the memorial tomb, with fear and great joy, they ran to report to his disciples. 99  And look! Jesus met them and said: “Good day!” They approached and took hold of his feet and did obeisance to him. 1010  Then Jesus said to them: “Have no fear! Go, report to my brothers so that they may go to Gal′i·lee, and there they will see me.”
(Luke 24:13-16) 13  But look! on that very day, two of them were traveling to a village named Em·ma′us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 1414  and they were conversing with each other about all these things that had happened. 1515  Now as they were conversing and discussing these things, Jesus himself approached and began walking with them, 1616  but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
(Luke 24:30-36) 30  And as he was dining with them, he took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and began handing it to them. 3131  At that their eyes were fully opened and they recognized him; but he disappeared from them. 3232  And they said to each other: “Were not our hearts burning within us as he was speaking to us on the road, as he was fully opening up the Scriptures to us?” 3333  And they got up in that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and they found the Eleven and those assembled together with them, 3434  who said: “For a fact the Lord was raised up, and he appeared to Simon!” 3535  Then they related the events on the road and how he became known to them by the breaking of the bread. 3636  While they were speaking of these things, he himself stood in their midst and said to them: “May you have peace.”
(John 20:11-18) 11  Mary, however, kept standing outside near the tomb, weeping. While she was weeping, she stooped forward to look into the tomb, 1212  and she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. 1313  And they said to her: “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them: “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 1414  After saying this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 1515  Jesus said to her: “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She, thinking it was the gardener, said to him: “Sir, if you have carried him off, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 1616  Jesus said to her: “Mary!” On turning around, she said to him in Hebrew: “Rab·bo′ni!” (which means “Teacher!”) 1717  Jesus said to her: “Stop clinging to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father and to my God and your God.’” 1818  Mary Mag′da·lene came and brought the news to the disciples: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them what he had said to her.
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(Luke 24:44-48) 44  He then said to them: “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all the things written about me in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and Psalms must be fulfilled.” 4545  Then he opened up their minds fully to grasp the meaning of the Scriptures, 4646  and he said to them, “This is what is written: that the Christ would suffer and rise from among the dead on the third day, 4747  and on the basis of his name, repentance for forgiveness of sins would be preached in all the nations—starting out from Jerusalem. 4848  You are to be witnesses of these things.
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(Acts 1:8) 8  But you will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, in all Ju·de′a and Sa·mar′i·a, and to the most distant part of the earth.”
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(Acts 2:5) 5  At that time devout Jews from every nation under heaven were staying in Jerusalem.
(Acts 2:11) 11  Cre′tans; and Arabians—we hear them speaking in our languages about the magnificent things of God.”
(Acts 2:37-41) 37  Now when they heard this, they were stabbed to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Men, brothers, what should we do?” 3838  Peter said to them: “Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the free gift of the holy spirit. 3939  For the promise is to you and your children, and to all those who are far away, to all those whom Jehovah our God may call to himself.” 4040  And with many other words he gave a thorough witness and kept exhorting them, saying: “Get saved from this crooked generation.” 4141  So those who gladly accepted his word were baptized, and on that day about 3,000 people were added.
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(Hebrews 9:11-12) 11  However, when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have already taken place, he passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 1212  He entered into the holy place, not with the blood of goats and of young bulls, but with his own blood, once for all time, and obtained an everlasting deliverance for us.
(Hebrews 9:24) 24  For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with hands, which is a copy of the reality, but into heaven itself, so that he now appears before God on our behalf.
(Matthew 20:28) 28  Just as the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his life as a ransom in exchange for many.”
(1 Timothy 2:4-6) 4  whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. 55  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus, 66  who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all—this is what is to be witnessed to in its own due time.
(John 1:29) 29  The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and he said: “See, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
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(Acts 5:30-32) 30  The God of our forefathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed, hanging him on a stake. 3131  God exalted this one as Chief Agent and Savior to his right hand, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 3232  And we are witnesses of these matters, and so is the holy spirit, which God has given to those obeying him as ruler.”
(Colossians 1:5) 5  because of the hope that is being reserved for you in the heavens. You previously heard about this hope through the message of truth of the good news
(Colossians 1:23) 23  provided, of course, that you continue in the faith, established on the foundation and steadfast, not being shifted away from the hope of that good news that you heard and that was preached in all creation under heaven. Of this good news I, Paul, became a minister.
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(Acts 20:29-30) 29  I know that after my going away oppressive wolves will enter in among you and will not treat the flock with tenderness, 3030  and from among you yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves.
(2 Peter 2:2-3) 2  Furthermore, many will follow their brazen conduct, and because of them the way of the truth will be spoken of abusively. 33  Also, they will greedily exploit you with counterfeit words. But their judgment, decided long ago, is not moving slowly, and their destruction is not sleeping.
(Jude 3-4) 3  Beloved ones, although I was making every effort to write you about the salvation we hold in common, I found it necessary to write you to urge you to put up a hard fight for the faith that was once for all time delivered to the holy ones. 44  My reason is that certain men have slipped in among you who were long ago appointed to this judgment by the Scriptures; they are ungodly men who turn the undeserved kindness of our God into an excuse for brazen conduct and who prove false to our only owner and Lord, Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 13:37-43) 37  In response he said: “The sower of the fine seed is the Son of man; 3838  the field is the world. As for the fine seed, these are the sons of the Kingdom, but the weeds are the sons of the wicked one, 3939  and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is a conclusion of a system of things, and the reapers are angels. 4040  Therefore, just as the weeds are collected and burned with fire, so it will be in the conclusion of the system of things. 4141  The Son of man will send his angels, and they will collect out from his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling and people who practice lawlessness, 4242  and they will pitch them into the fiery furnace. There is where their weeping and the gnashing of their teeth will be. 4343  At that time the righteous ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Let the one who has ears listen.
(2 Timothy 3:1) 3  But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.
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(Daniel 4:16) 16  Let its heart be changed from that of a human, and let it be given the heart of a beast, and let seven times pass over it.
(Matthew 24:3) 3  While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?”
(Matthew 24:7) 7  “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.
(Matthew 24:14) 14  And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
(Luke 21:24) 24  And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations until the appointed times of the nations are fulfilled.
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(Revelation 18:2) 2  And he cried out with a strong voice, saying: “She has fallen! Babylon the Great has fallen, and she has become a dwelling place of demons and a place where every unclean spirit and every unclean and hated bird lurks!
(Revelation 18:4) 4  And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.
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(John 10:16) 16  “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.
(Revelation 7:9-10) 9  After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. 1010  And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
(Revelation 7:14) 14  So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
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(1 Thessalonians 2:2) 2  For although we had first suffered and been insolently treated in Phi·lip′pi, as you know, we mustered up boldness by means of our God to tell you the good news of God in the face of much opposition.
(Isaiah 6:11) 11  At this I said: “How long, O Jehovah?” Then he said: “Until the cities crash in ruins without an inhabitant And the houses are without people And the land is ruined and desolate;
(2 Corinthians 4:1) 4  Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy that was shown us, we do not give up.
(2 Corinthians 4:7) 7  However, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the power beyond what is normal may be God’s and not from us.
(Luke 11:13) 13  Therefore, if you, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him!”
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(Titus 1:16) 16  They publicly declare that they know God, but they disown him by their works, because they are detestable and disobedient and not approved for good work of any sort.
(1 Peter 4:14) 14  If you are being reproached for the name of Christ, you are happy, because the spirit of glory, yes, the spirit of God, is resting upon you.
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(John 5:43) 43  I have come in the name of my Father, but you do not receive me. If someone else came in his own name, you would receive that one.

References consulted on: Watchtower Library 2013 CD‒ROM

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