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COMFORT FROM THREATS ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE SHEPHERD ~ CAN YOU COMFORT OTHERS WITH THIS HOPE?

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A Lost Sheep 

To teach his listeners Jehovah’s view of those who have strayed, Jesus gave two brief illustrations. One was about a shepherd. Jesus said: “What man of you with a hundred sheep, on losing one of them, will not leave the ninety-nine behind in the wilderness and go for the lost one until he finds it? And when he has found it he puts it upon his shoulders and rejoices. And when he gets home he calls his friends and his neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ I tell you that thus there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine righteous ones who have no need of repentance.”—Luke 15:4-7

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What does the shepherd do when he finally finds the lost sheep? “He puts it upon his shoulders.” (Luke 15:5) What a touching and telling detail! The sheep may have wandered for days and nights through unfamiliar territory, perhaps even being exposed to the threat of stalking lions... No doubt the sheep is weakened by a lack of food. It is simply too frail to overcome in its own strength the hurdles it will encounter on the way back to the fold. Therefore, the shepherd bends down, gently lifts up the sheep, and carries it across all obstacles back to the flock. How can we reflect the care shown by this shepherd?

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In this first illustration, Jesus says that the shepherd will “go for the lost one.” The shepherd takes the initiative and makes a deliberate effort to find the missing sheep. Hardship, danger, and distance do not hold him back. On the contrary, the shepherd persists “until he finds it.”—Luke 15:4

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Similarly, reaching out to a person in need of encouragement often requires that the stronger one take the initiative. 

Christian elders, in particular, have the responsibility to “strengthen the weak hands . . . and make the knees that are wobbling firm” and to “say to those who are anxious at heart: ‘Be strong. Do not be afraid.’” (Isaiah 35:3, 4; 1 Peter 5:1, 2) 

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Note, however, that Paul’s admonition to “speak consolingly to the depressed souls” and to “support the weak” was not given to elders only. Rather, Paul’s words were directed to the entire “congregation of the Thessalonians.” (1 Thessalonians 1:1; 5:14) 

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Reaching out to those who are weak is thus a task for all Christians. Like the shepherd in the illustration, each Christian should be moved to “go for the lost one.” Of course, this is done most effectively in cooperation with the elders. Could you take some steps to assist a weak one in your congregation?

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-w03 2/1 p. 16 par. 15 “Have Love Among Yourselves”

 

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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Keep On Seeking First the Kingdom
      In the model prayer, Jesus indicated that matters relating to JehovahÂ’s purpose and the Kingdom should be our primary concern.
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        God’s name
      GodÂ’s Kingdom
      GodÂ’s will
        Daily bread
      Forgiveness of sins
      Deliverance from temptation
      Some things relating to the Kingdom that I can pray for:
      The advancement of the preaching work
      GodÂ’s holy spirit to sustain those being persecuted
      GodÂ’s blessing on specific theocratic construction projects or preaching campaigns
      GodÂ’s wisdom and strength to guide those taking the lead
      Pray, Pray, Pray! 

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      Sheep Can Recognise Celebrity Faces From Photos Alone, Which Is Crazy
      Their face recognition is as good as ours.

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      What is your Dream of Paradise? - Can you imagine what the world will be like? -
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      We have never had Paradise on earth, yet; yes we have beautiful gardens right now that gives us a view of our future on earth!....LOOK...???????
      “THE nostalgia for paradise is among the powerful nostalgias that seem to haunt human beings. It may be the most powerful and persistent of all. A certain longing for paradise is evidenced at every level of religious life.” So says The Encyclopedia of Religion. 
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      Such nostalgia is only natural, since the Bible tells us that human life began in Paradise—a beautiful garden free of disease and death. (Genesis 2:8-15) It is not surprising that many of the world’s religions hold out the hope of future life in a paradise of one kind or another.
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      WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT PARADISE ON EARTH?(Isaiah 35:1,2) "The wilderness and the waterless region will exult, and the desert plain will be joyful and blossom as the saffron. 2 Without fail it will blossom, and it will really be joyful with joyousness and with glad crying out. The glory of Leb?a·non itself must be given to it, the splendor of Car?mel and of Shar?on. There will be those who will see the glory of Jehovah, the splendor of our God."
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      One of the English-speaking worldÂ’s famous poets, John Milton (1608-1674), wrote Paradise Lost and its sequel Paradise Regained. In his works, Milton referred to the reward that the faithful will receive in an earthly paradise. Although Milton dedicated much of his life to Bible study, he recognized that Scriptural truth would not be pieced together until ChristÂ’s presence.
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      Today, John Milton is best remembered for composing Paradise Lost, a poetic retelling of the Biblical account of man’s fall from perfection. (Genesis, chapter 3) It is primarily this work, first published in 1667, that earned Milton literary fame, especially in the English-speaking world. He later published a sequel entitled Paradise Regained. These poems present God’s original purpose for man—to enjoy perfect life in an earthly paradise—and point to God’s restoration of Paradise on earth through Christ. In Paradise Lost, for example, Michael the archangel foretells the time when Christ will “reward His faithful, and receive them into bliss, whether in heaven or earth, for then the earth shall all be paradise, far happier place than this of Eden, and far happier days.”
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      (Isaiah 35:3-4) . . .Strengthen the weak hands, YOU people, and make the knees that are wobbling firm. 4 Say to those who are anxious at heart: “Be strong. Do not be afraid. Look! YOUR own God will come with vengeance itself, God even with a repayment. He himself will come and save YOU people.”
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      (Psalm 37:9-11) . . .For evildoers themselves will be cut off, But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth. ? [Waw] 10 And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. 11 But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.
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      (Psalm 37:29) . . .The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.
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      REJOICE! - SOON THAT PARADISE WILL BE HERE! LEARN NOW HOW TO BE PART OF THOSE THAT LIVE IN THAT EARTHLY PARADISE! 
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      "Be sound in mind."—1 Pet. 4:7. 
      New in the Force Actuating Your Mind.” 
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      The inclination of the mind of imperfect man is naturally toward wrong thinking. The Bible terms it the “fleshly frame of mind.” ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Christians are reminded that formerly they were enemies of God because their minds had been on the works that were wicked.— Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      The mind of the “physical” (literally, “soulical”) man, as distinguished from the “spiritual” man, is inclined in the direction of materialistic things. The force that actuates his mind has been formed in him in part by inheritance and in part by the things he has been taught and has experienced. When a matter is presented to him, this force pushes or inclines his mind in a materialistic or fleshly direction. Christians are commanded, therefore, to “be made new in the force [spirit] actuating your mind.” ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) By a study of God’s Word of truth and by the operation of God’s spirit, this actuating force can be changed so that the person’s dominant mental attitude is inclined in a right direction. Then, when a matter is presented to the person, the mind will be inclined by this force toward a proper spiritual course. ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Such a person comes to have “the mind of Christ,” who was at all times actuated by the proper force, his mental inclination always being spiritual.— Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      Mere knowledge or intellectual power is not enough to bring one into God’s favor. These things themselves will not make the mind over in the direction of God’s will. ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Jehovah says: “I will make the wisdom of the wise men perish, and the intelligence of the intellectual men I will shove aside.” ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) It requires the help of God’s spirit to get true understanding ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ), wisdom, and good sense.— Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      The ‘Law of the Mind.’ The apostle Paul calls that which directs the operation of this renewed mind the law of the mind. It controls the new mind according to “the law of God,” and the new mind delights in this law. But “sin’s law” operating in fallen flesh fights against the ‘law of the mind,’ so that there is a constant conflict within the Christian. Can he be victorious? Yes, “thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” God’s undeserved kindness provides, on the basis of Christ’s ransom sacrifice, forgiveness for the sins of the flesh and, additionally, the help of holy spirit. The Christian is in a situation different from that of the non-Christian, as Paul sums it up: “So, then, with my mind I myself am a slave to God’s law, but with my flesh to sin’s law.”— Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      How does the mind win out in the battle? The apostle illuminates the matter further, saying: “Those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those in accord with the spirit on the things of the spirit. For the minding of the flesh means death, but the minding of the spirit means life and peace; because the minding of the flesh means enmity with God, for it [fallen, imperfect flesh] is not under subjection to the law of God, nor, in fact, can it be. . . . If, now, the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through his spirit that resides in you.”— Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      The “Meaning” of the Spirit. At Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , Paul shows that, when God’s servants are praying, they may not always know exactly what they should pray for as they need to. But God knows that they desire his will to be done. He also knows what his servants need. God has in the past caused many inspired prayers to be recorded in his Word, expressing his will or mind for them. He therefore accepts these inspired prayers as being what his people should like to ask and pray for, and accordingly, he fulfills them. God knows the righthearted ones and also knows the meaning of the things that he caused his spirit to speak through the Bible writers. He knows what the “meaning [mind, thought] of the spirit is” when the spirit thus “pleads,” or intercedes, for them.
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      Jehovah’s servants are commanded to be “fitly united in the same mind and in the same line of thought.” ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) This means, of course, being united where the interests of pure worship are involved—the important things—not in individual tastes or in minor matters that will be resolved as maturity is reached. ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) They are to be “of the same mind in the Lord” ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ), not to be quarreling, but to “think in agreement.”— Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      Christians are to strive to know God better, to the extent that he reveals his mind on matters. ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) And they are to have the mental attitude of obedience and humility of Jesus Christ; then they will have “the mind of Christ.” ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Peter counsels: “Since Christ suffered in the flesh, you too arm yourselves with the same mental disposition.”— Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      ”God is our refuge and strength,
      A help that is readily found in times of distress.”
      Meeting TodayÂ’s Adversities With Courage
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      WE LIVE in difficult times. The earth has been affected by one disaster after another. People have suffered terribly because of earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, volcanoes, tornadoes, typhoons, and hurricanes. Also, problems in the family and personal problems have made many sad and afraid. Just as the Bible shows, bad things can happen to any of us at any time.— Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      When bad things happen to us, we should remember that Satan tries to use these things to weaken our faith and take away our joy. But we must not allow him to do that.  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  says that if we get discouraged, we will not have the energy to endure our problems. If we meditate on examples from the Bible, such as those we talked about earlier, we can get the courage we need when we have problems.
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      It is also good to remember that we cannot remove all problems. In fact, we can expect them. ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  tells us: “We must enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations.” Instead of allowing problems to discourage you, think of them as opportunities to show your faith in God’s ability to help you.
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      WHO IS YOUR TRUE FRIEND? Ö I KNOW WHO IS MINE.....
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      "I write you these things so that you may know that you have life everlasting, you who put your faith in the name of the Son of God. 14  And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that no matter what we ask according to his will, he hears us. 15  And if we know that he hears us concerning whatever we are asking, we know that we are to have the things we ask for, since we have asked them of him." (1John 5:13-15) 
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      (1 John 5:13-15)
      "I write YOU these things that YOU may know that YOU have life everlasting, YOU who put YOUR faith in the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that, no matter what it is that we ask according to his will, he hears us. 15 Further, if we know he hears us respecting whatever we are asking, we know we are to have the things asked since we have asked them of him.”

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      Dance and Be Happy Today! Are You Rejoicing in Christ's Day?
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      Let the World Have its Own Problems.. "Be Innocent Like Children" “For God is the one who for the sake of his good pleasure energizes you, giving you both the desire and the power to act.
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      “Keep doing all things free from murmuring and arguments, so that you may come to be blameless and innocent, children of God without a blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation,  among whom you are shining as illuminators in the world, 16  keeping a tight grip on the word of life. Then I may have reason for rejoicing in Christ’s day, knowing that I did not run in vain or work hard in vain.” (Phil 2:13-16) - Bible Speaks

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      “Be My Follower”—What Did Jesus Mean? - YOU will be Refreshed! ???????
      (Psalms 23:1-6)
      Jehovah is my Shepherd.
      I will lack nothing.
      2   In grassy pastures he makes me lie down;
      He leads me to well-watered resting places.
      3   He refreshes me. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name.
      4   Though I walk in the valley of deep shadow,
      I fear no harm, For you are with me; Your rod and your staff reassure me.
      5   You prepare a table for me before my enemies.
      You refresh my head with oil; My cup is well filled.
      6   Surely goodness and loyal love will pursue me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of Jehovah for all my days." 
      WHAT is the best invitation you have ever received? You might think of a time when you were invited to attend a special occasion, perhaps the wedding of two people very dear to you. Or you might recall the day you were invited to take on an important job. If such invitations have come your way, you were no doubt thrilled, even honored, to get them. 
      The truth is, though, that you have received a far better invitation. Each one of us has. And the way we choose to respond to that invitation affects us profoundly. It is the most important choice we will make in life.
      What is that invitation? It comes from Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of Almighty God, Jehovah, and it is recorded in the Bible. At Mark 10:21, we read Jesus’ words: “Come be my follower.” That is, in effect, Jesus’ invitation to each one of us. We do well to ask ourselves, ‘How will I respond?’ The answer might appear to be obvious. Who would refuse such a splendid invitation? Surprisingly, most people do refuse. Why?
      Jesus was “the fine shepherd” in another sense. He said: “I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (John 10:14)
      The sheep know their shepherd as well. They recognize his voice, never mistaking it for that of any other shepherd. When there is a tone of alarm or urgency in his call, they respond quickly. Where he leads, they follow. And he knows just where to lead them. He knows where the grass is lush and green, where the streams are fresh and clear, where the pastures are safe. As he watches over them, the sheep sense that they are secure.—Psalm 23.
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      Coming to Know Jehovah’s Ways - Pray for Help and Direction!
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      “Make me know . . . your ways, that I may know you.”—EXODUS 33:13
      What Jehovah Expects of His People
      What Jehovah expected of his people was disclosed orally at Mount Sinai. Moses later received two tablets containing the Ten Commandments in written form. Upon descending from the mountain, he saw the Israelites worshiping the molten calf and angrily threw down the tablets, shattering them. Jehovah again inscribed the Ten Commandments on stone tablets that Moses had carved out. (Exodus 32:19; 34:1) 
      These commandments had not changed since they were first given. Moses was to act in harmony with them. God also impressed upon Moses the sort of person that He is, thus showing Moses how to conduct himself as JehovahÂ’s representative. Christians are not under the Mosaic Law, but what Jehovah told Moses embodies many basic principles that have not changed and that continue to apply to all who worship Jehovah. (Romans 6:14; 13:8-10) Let us consider a few of these.
      Give Jehovah exclusive devotion. The nation of Israel was present when Jehovah declared that he requires exclusive devotion. (Exodus 20:2-5) The Israelites had seen abundant evidence that Jehovah is the true God. (Deuteronomy 4:33-35) Jehovah made it clear that regardless of what other nations were doing, he would not tolerate any form of idolatry or spiritism among his people. Their devotion to him was to be no mere formality. All of them were to love Jehovah with their whole heart, their whole soul, and all their vital force. (Deuteronomy 6:5, 6) This would involve their speech, their conduct—indeed, every aspect of their lives. (Leviticus 20:27; 24:15, 16; 26:1) 
      Strictly obey Jehovah’s commandments. The people of Israel needed to be reminded that when they entered into a covenant relationship with Jehovah, they vowed to obey him strictly. They enjoyed much personal freedom, but in matters on which Jehovah had given them commandments, they had to be strictly obedient. Doing so would give evidence of their love for God and would benefit them and their offspring because all of Jehovah’s requirements were for their good.—Exodus 19:5-8; Deuteronomy 5:27-33; 11:22, 23.
      Give priority to spiritual matters. The nation of Israel was not to allow caring for physical needs to crowd out attention given to spiritual activities. The Israelites’ lives were not to be devoted solely to mundane pursuits. Jehovah set aside time each week that he designated as sacred, time used exclusively for activity related to worship of the true God. (Exodus 35:1-3; Numbers 15:32-36) 
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      "Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) 
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      Jesus Christ is “the way.” That is, he is the only one through whom it is possible for us to approach God. This is true in the matter of prayer, for only by praying through Jesus do we have the assurance that the Father will give us whatever we may request in harmony with His will. (John 15:16) 
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      However, Jesus is “the way” also in a further sense. Sin has alienated mankind from God. (Isa. 59:2) Jesus gave “his soul a ransom in exchange for many.” (Matt. 20:28) As a result, the Bible explains: “The blood of Jesus . . . cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7) 
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      The Son has thus opened up the way of reconciliation with God. (Rom. 5:8-10) It is by putting faith in Jesus and obeying him that we can have an approved relationship with God.—John 3:36

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      Armageddon Survivors
      A celestial phenomena is reverberating across the entire planet! All the streets and buildings are collapsing in an instant and the cities are being destroyed at will worldwide. The sights and sounds are so unforgettable it leaves the "great crowd" gasping in awe.
      Jehovah's Day of Judgment to vindicate his sovereignty has finally arrived!!! Then it gets quiet. Everyone is stunned and choked up with emotion. Is it all over? Did we just come out of the great tribulation?
      Suddenly the skies begin to open up miraculously and the universal rejoicing of the marriage of the lamb takes place! You see your loved ones cheering loudly and singing with extreme excitement!! And some are hitting the ground on their knees, with tears of relief streaming down their faces. This day will be remembered for the rest of eternity!
      After standing before Jehovah's throne, everyone walks side by side to contemplate the ruins and you come across your old neighborhood, completely destroyed. The old system of things has disappeared forever. And when the cleanup begins, many of us break down again and again, crying happy tears until we run out of tears.
      The years pass by and gradually the earth looks more beautiful. The sky becomes clearer, rivers and lakes become cleaner. Even the stars seem to shine more brightly.
      Then one evening you witness an extraordinary sight: A beautiful little girl is walking down the road with an elephant, surrounded by grass and blossoming flowers everywhere.
      Finally the day arrives when you get assigned to live in another area. The thrilling resurrection is beginning to take place and you will embark on an amazing journey to give bible studies to resurrected people in their place of origin! You hug your family and friends goodbye, thrilled to carry out your assignment. No matter where you go, no matter what you do, everything will be done for Jehovah: "Here I am! Send me."
      And as you walk off into the sunset toward the boat, you gaze at the sky and you say another prayer of thanks to Jehovah, one of many prayers that will last throughout all eternity. 
      ? Let your name be sanctified. 
      ? Let your Kingdom come. 
      ? Let your will take place. 
      ? As in heaven, also on earth!
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      Good News for People of All Nations
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      “You will be witnesses of me . . . to the most distant part of the earth.”—ACTS 1:8.
      To “the Ends of the Earth”
       major challenge faced by those preaching the good news is the extent of the territory—“all the inhabited earth.” (Matthew 24:14) During the last century, many servants of Jehovah worked hard to reach new lands in order to spread the good news. What was the result? Breathtaking worldwide expansion. At the dawn of the 20th century, preaching was reported in only a few lands, but at present, Jehovah’s Witnesses are active in 235 lands! Truly, the Kingdom good news is being proclaimed even to “the ends of the earth.”—Isaiah 45:22.
      Nowadays, though, we may not need to go abroad to share the good news with people of all tongues. In recent years, the arrival of millions of immigrants and refugees in economically developed lands has created numerous immigrant communities speaking many tongues.
      For instance, in Paris, France, some 100 different languages are spoken. In Toronto, Canada, the number is 125; and in London, England, more than 300 foreign languages are spoken! This presence of people from other lands in many congregation territories opens “a large door” leading to new opportunities to share the good news with people of all nations.—1 Corinthians 16:9.

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