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We are pleased to make available the outlines for your meeting with the regular pioneers, special pioneers, and field missionaries that will be held in conjunction with one of the circuit assemblies during the 2018 service year. Please note that you will now be allowed the flexibility to determine with which circuit assembly the meeting will be held. Your primary consideration should be what is in the best interests of the majority of the pioneers, not what is most convenient for you.There are many factors to be considered, such as weather, travel distance, accommodations, and so forth. The theme of the meeting is “‘Grow Mighty’ as Spiritual Persons,” based on 1 Corinthians 16:13. For your personal reference, an outline of the program is provided below. Please see Circuit Overseer Guidelines, chapter 3, for instructions on making arrangements for this meeting. Circuit Overseer Guidelines will soon be updated to reflect the adjustment noted above.
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    • By The Librarian
      The 2018 Circuit Assembly Talk Outlines are available here in English. There are two ONE-DAY circuit assemblies. The theme of one is “Don’t Give Up in Fulfilling the Law of Christ!” and is hosted by a Branch Representative. The theme of the other is “Don’t Give Up in Doing What Is Fine!” and is hosted by the Circuit Overseer.
      Theme: Don’t Give Up in Fulfilling the Law of Christ!
      Hosted by the Branch Representative
      Morning Session
      9:40 Music
      9:50 Song Number 17 and Prayer
      10:00 What Is the Law of Christ?
      10:15 Fulfilling the Law of Christ When Unseen by Humans
      10:30 Fulfilling the Law of Christ in the Field Ministry
      10:55 Song Number 70 and Announcements
      11:05 The Law of Christ—Why Superior?
      11:35 Dedication and Baptism
      Never Abandon Your Loyal Love for Jehovah Do Not Give In to Fear! 12:05 Song Number 51
      Afternoon Session
      1:20 Music
      1:30 Song Number 76
      1:35 Experiences
      1:45 Summary of The Watchtower
      2:15 Fulfilling the Law of Christ in the Family
      2:30 Fulfilling the Law of Christ at School
      2:45 Song Number 35 and Announcements
      2:55 Love One Another, Just as Jesus Loved You
      3:55 Song Number 13 and Prayer
      Full Video for Morning Session
       
       
       
       
       
      Theme: Don’t Give Up in Doing What Is Fine!
      Hosted by the Circuit Overseer
      Theme: Don’t Give Up in Doing What Is Fine!
      Hosted by the Circuit Overseer
      Morning Session
      9:30 Music
      9:40 Song Number 77 and Prayer
      9:50 Why Is It Difficult to Do What Is Fine?
      10:05 Symposium: Avoid Sowing to the Flesh
      Use Social Media Wisely Choose Wholesome Entertainment Fight the Spirit of Envy Invest in a Secure Future 11:05 Song Number 45 and Announcements
      11:15 Keep Working Good Toward All
      11:30 Dedication and Baptism
      Never Abandon Your Loyal Love for Jehovah Do Not Give In to Fear! 12:00 Song Number 63
      Afternoon Session
      1:10 Music
      1:20 Song Number 127 and Prayer
      1:30 Public Bible Discourse: Avoid Mocking God—In What Sense?
      2:00 Summary of The Watchtower
      2:30 Song Number 59 and Announcements
      2:40 Symposium: Keep Sowing to the Spirit
      Develop Good Study Habits Use Bible Principles to Guide Your Life “Do Not Let Your Hand Rest” 3:40 What We Will Reap if We Do Not Tire Out
      4:15 Song Number 126 and Prayer
      Full Video for Afternoon Session
    • By Jack Ryan
      Recently some secret “eldersÂ’ training videos” that are going to be used for the 2018 Kingdom Ministry School of JehovahÂ’s Witnesses were leaked online. One particular video was very disturbing; it showed a skit of three elders discussing what the religion calls “regular pioneers.” These are persons who spend a high amount of time in the preaching and proselytizing work of JehovahÂ’s Witnesses; in 2018, these pioneers were required to report a total of 840 hours for the year, equaling 70 hours per month.
      The elders, in this demonstration, are discerning if three such pioneers in their congregation should be allowed to remain as pioneers, as each one has failed to meet that hourly requirement for the past year.

      Despite this outright instruction to think of themselves as equals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and their elders dole out this position of pioneer, blatantly elevating it above other “publishers,” or congregation members. This is demonstrated when the men in the skit read a letter sent to all elders, dated May 1, 2017, which discusses how to handle various scenarios of pioneers who cannot meet their hours. The letter notes that a person could be considered an “infirm pioneer,” if they felt that removing the person from the pioneer ranks would be a “backward step” for them:

      This point, that being a pioneer elevates you above the rest of the congregation, is emphasized again in that same letter, when it separates and divides the everyday congregants or publishers from these pioneers:

      Obviously, to this woman and those whom she represents in this skit, the preaching work itself is not of importance; itÂ’s having a special title that says youÂ’re doing more than the next person thatÂ’s the real priority.
      The elders sitting in a room, judging and critiquing pioneers or any congregation member without them present, about any subject, is disturbing enough. However, this video also demonstrates that pioneering is not about how effective you are in preaching and teaching, and it’s not about fulfilling any command given by Jesus, or about the people you might be helping. This title of pioneer is about just that; the title. It’s given to those who toe the company line and is taken away from those who are struggling, in order to elevate some above the congregation and then put others in their place. This harsh judging and critiquing of such ones shows that the preaching work of Jehovah’s Witnesses shouldn’t be called “field service,” but should just be called what it is; self-service.
    • By Jack Ryan
      Revision date: 8/17. The Talk outline 
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      Note: This is the special public talk outline for 2018. The talk will be given in most congregations the week of Monday, March 19, 2018.
    • By Jack Ryan
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. new jw term: "Infirm Regular Pioneer"
      PIONEER: from Old French peonier foot soldier, from peon foot soldier. - Merriam Webster Online Dictionary.
       
       
      Helping people in need is one of the cornerstones and most honorable pursuits in Christianity. It takes a spiritual person to voluntarily look after others who are incapable of taking care of themselves. But in the Watchtower world it isn't permitted if you want to remain a pioneer - only time spent preaching the Watchtower message counts, and is the main marker of spirituality.
      Looking at this from a distance now, it is clear just how perverted this is....
    • By Jack Ryan
      Table of contents
      Friday morning
      No. 1 Chairman’s Address: We Must Not Give Up —Especially Now!
      No. 2 Continue Preaching “Without Letup” (Symposium)—Informally
      No. 3 Continue Preaching “Without Letup” (Symposium) —From House to House
      No. 4 Continue Preaching “Without Letup” (Symposium)—Publicly
      No. 5 Continue Preaching “Without Letup” (Symposium) —Making Disciples
      DRAMATIC BIBLE READING: Jehovah Delivers His People
      No. 7 Jehovah—The Greatest Example of Endurance
      Friday afternoon
      No. 8 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Unjust Treatment
      No. 9 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Advancing Age
      No. 10 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Our Own Imperfections
      No. 11 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Humbling Experiences
      No. 12 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Prolonged Illness
      No. 13 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —The Loss of a Loved One
      No. 14 Enduring Despite . . . (Symposium) —Persecution
      DRAMA: Remember the Wife of Lot—Part 1
      No. 16 Cultivate Qualities That Promote Endurance (Symposium)—Faith
      No. 17 Cultivate Qualities That Promote Endurance (Symposium) —Virtue
      No. 18 Cultivate Qualities That Promote Endurance (Symposium) —Knowledge
      No. 19 Cultivate Qualities That Promote Endurance (Symposium) —Self-Control
      No. 20 How You Can “By No Means Ever Fail”
      Saturday morning
      No. 21 How Jehovah “Supplies Endurance and Comfort” to . . . (Symposium)—The Weak and Those Who Are Depressed
      No. 22 How Jehovah “Supplies Endurance and Comfort” to . . . (Symposium)—Those in Material Need
      No. 23 How Jehovah “Supplies Endurance and Comfort” to . . . (Symposium)—“The Fatherless”
      No. 24 How Jehovah “Supplies Endurance and Comfort” to . . . (Symposium)—Older Ones
      No. 25 Build a House That Will Endure (Symposium) —Be “Content With the Present Things”
      No. 26 Build a House That Will Endure (Symposium) —Safeguard Your Children From “What Is Evil”
      No. 27 Build a House That Will Endure (Symposium) —Train Your Children in ‘the Way They Should Go’
      No. 28 BAPTISM: “Do Not Give In to Fear”!
      Saturday afternoon
      No. 29 Imitate “Those Who Have Endured” (Symposium)—Joseph
      No. 30 Imitate “Those Who Have Endured” (Symposium)—Job
      No. 31 Imitate “Those Who Have Endured” (Symposium) —Jephthah’s Daughter
      No. 32 Imitate “Those Who Have Endured” (Symposium)—Jeremiah
      DRAMA: Remember the Wife of Lot—Part 2
      No. 34 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Camels
      No. 35 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Alpine Trees
      No. 36 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Butterflies
      No. 37 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Arctic Terns
      No. 38 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Lapwings
      No. 39 Learn Endurance From Creation (Symposium) —Acacia Trees
      No. 40 Young Ones—Your Endurance Makes Jehovah Rejoice!
      Sunday morning
      No. 41 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Run to Win!
      No. 42 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Train Diligently
      No. 43 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Let Go of Unnecessary Burdens
      No. 44 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Imitate Good Examples
      No. 45 We Must “Run with Endurance” (Symposium) —Eat Nutritious Food
      No. 46 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Drink Plenty of Water
      No. 47 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Obey the Rules of the Contest
      No. 48 We Must “Run With Endurance” (Symposium) —Be Confident of Gaining the Prize
      No. 49 PUBLIC BIBLE DISCOURSE: Never Give Up Hope!
      No. 50 Summary of The Watchtower
      Sunday afternoon
      DRAMA: Remember the Wife of Lot—Part 3
      No. 52 “Keep in Expectation . . . It Will Not Be Late!”
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    • By Jack Ryan
      This is to inform you that older, 45-minute public talk outlines are in the process of being shortened to 30 minutes, and their content and references are being updated. The revised outlines will be posted on jw.org. Some outlines are being given new titles, and others are being discontin- ued. When an outline that you deliver is revised, please update your talk as soon as possible so that it harmonizes with the revised outline. When an outline is discontinued, it should no longer be used. At times, a discontinued outline may be replaced with a new one that has a different theme but the same number. Please inform all ministerial servants who give public talks of this direction.
      2016_01-31-E_BOE--Revised_Public_Talk_Outlines_[1].pdf
    • By searcher
      After the discussion with the pioneers, all 4 were invited to a candle light dinner in the library of the congregation. 

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      A WOMAN who rorted the Medicare system for 10's of thousands of dollars will spend the next six months behind bars.
      Narelle Gourley, 40, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton District Court on Thursday to 55 counts of fraud.
      The court heard Gourley owned a medical practice from January 2012 to December 2012 and in that time fraudulently claimed $64,937 from Medicare by completing health care plans for patients and receiving the rebate despite not being a doctor.
      The claims were sent electronically to Medicare and the rebates were paid into the practice's account bank account to which Gourley was the sole signatory.
      In that time she administered health assessments, chronic disease assessments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care plans.
      The mother-of-two cried silently in the docks for the duration of the sentencing while her partner of three years sat in the gallery supporting her.
      The court heard from the Director of Public Prosecutions and defence barrister Maree Willey the details of Gourley's offending and life.
      Gourley's troubled life began in Victoria where she was raised in a strict household as the daughter of a Speaker in the church of Jehovah's Witnesses.
      She left school in Year 10, then and at the age of 19, moved up in the church to the role of Pioneer, door knocking for her faith for up to 90 hours a month while working a part time job.
      At the age of 21, Gourley had a daughter and when she was three-years-old moved to Murgon and got her first job in a medical practice.
      She then went on to work at QML pathology in Rockhampton for five years.
      In 2011 Gourley became practice manager at the Ross Medical Centre and when the head practitioner retired in early 2012, she bought the business for $150,000.
      She was forced to relocate the practice to Mount Morgan and it was renamed the Mount Morgan Medical Centre.
      The unwillingness of doctors to travel to Mount Morgan meant Gourley was paying practitioners up to $5000 a week, even hiring them cars to travel to work.
      During this time, Gourley's marriage to the father of her son was breaking down, culminating in her attempting suicide and leaving her faith.
      Gourley eventually sold her practice in June 2013 for $250,000, and has since filed for bankruptcy in June of this year.
      In August 2012, Centrelink received a number of complaints from Mount Morgan Medical Centre patients regarding health care plans.
      In some cases patients were unaware claims had been made in their name and in other cases they said they had never seen a practitioner.
      An additional complaint was received from a doctor working at the Mount Morgan Medical Centre who noticed services been billed under their provider number that they knew hadn't been provided to patients.
      Investigations into the fraud commenced in October 2012.
      Doctors and receptionists gave evidence to police that Gourley looked after all the medical practitioners' billing and would take patients in for private consultations to complete health care assessments for them.
      Gourley used the provider numbers of three doctors to process her fraudulent claims.
      One of the doctors grew suspicious when their provider number had been used to process 19 health care plans despite never having worked at the Mount Morgan Medical Centre.
      The doctor in question worked at the practice's predecessor, the Ross Medical Centre, for two weeks.
      These 19 claims resulted in fraudulent rebates totalling $18,971.
      The second doctor, who made the initial complaint, had 18 claims made using their provider number, leading to $20,147 being paid out from Medicare.
      The third doctor also had 18 claims made against their name, and unlike the other doctors, signed off on the health care plans on a number of occasions.
      They had previously worked for the Australian Defence Force and were unaware of how the Medicare system worked, thinking the plans looked reasonable.
      Although there were 55 fraudulent claims made, several services were 'batched' in each claim, meaning the actual number was higher.
      Despite the financial gain from this racketeering, Gourley did not use the money to enhance her own life, but fed it back into the business.
      Ms Willey argued although her client filled out the health care plans, the patients were still receiving the services.
      Judge Burnett rejected this notion, saying the plans by definition had to be signed by a doctor.
      Adding even if patients received the services down the track, it was unclear if they actually required the service.
      Gourley was given a head sentence of two years and will spend six months behind bars.
      After this time she will be released on a $1000 bond on her own recognisance with a good behaviour period of four years.
      No reparation has been ordered, but it is not yet apparent if Centrelink will take civil action against Gourley for damages.

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Pioneer Meeting during visit of CO this week in Alausi Quichua congregation. We are a total of 15 pioneers and three publishers. 

    • By Bible Speaks
      I was baptized two weeks ago. I decided to become an auxiliary pioneer in July. And if all goes well, I wish I can be pioneer the rest of the months! Lots of love from Famões, Lisbon, Portugal! By @sofyushkaaa


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    • By Selena1000
      I just jumped in. I never really traveled outside the US except for once to an International. I didn't visit ahead of time but did my research on the net and spoke to other Need greaters in Thailand. I created a video to celebrate this first year. Please help support my ministry by watching and please if you know of anyone looking to serve where the need is great please forward this video. Thank you      You can click the picture to see the video.!
       




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    • folens  »  Eric Ouellet

      Bonjour Eric, merci pour cet exposé sur Hanna, Bonne journée. Michel
      ENTRETIEN AVEC DIEU.pptx
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    • Eric Ouellet

      LA FOI D'HANNA ENVERS DIEU APPORTE SA RÉCOMPENSE
      UNE femme de foi adresse une prière à Jéhovah. Convaincue que c’est Dieu qui l’a relevée de la poussière, transformant son abattement en exultation, elle le loue à haute voix.
      Cette femme, c’est Hanna. Qu’est-ce qui explique son spectaculaire changement d’état d’âme ? Pourquoi est-elle à présent si joyeuse ? En quoi ce qu’elle a vécu peut-il nous être utile ? Intéressons-nous à son histoire.
      Une famille sous pression
      Hanna est l’une des deux femmes d’Elqana, un Lévite de la région d’Éphraïm (1 Samuel 1:1, 2a ; 1 Chroniques 6:33, 34). Bien que n’entrant pas dans le dessein originel de Dieu pour l’humanité, la polygamie est autorisée et réglementée sous la Loi mosaïque. Elle est néanmoins une source fréquente de discorde. La vie de cette famille, qui pourtant adore Jéhovah, en témoigne.
      Hanna est stérile, tandis que Peninna, l’autre femme d’Elqana, a plusieurs enfants. Peninna se comporte en rivale. — 1 Samuel 1:2b.
      Pour une Israélite, la stérilité est un déshonneur, et même un signe de la défaveur divine. Mais, dans le cas de Hanna, rien n’indique que son incapacité de procréer soit liée à la désapprobation de Dieu. Peninna ne la console pas pour autant ; elle se prévaut au contraire de son statut de mère pour l’humilier.
      Au sanctuaire de Jéhovah
      Malgré ces tensions, la famille entreprend le voyage annuel en direction du sanctuaire de Jéhovah, à Shilo, pour y offrir des sacrifices. L’aller-retour de quelque 60 kilomètres se fait vraisemblablement à pied. Cet événement doit être particulièrement pénible pour Hanna. En effet, Peninna et ses enfants reçoivent plusieurs portions du sacrifice de communion, alors que Hanna, elle, n’en reçoit qu’une seule. Peninna trouve là une opportunité supplémentaire de la blesser et de la mettre dans l’embarras ; il semble que Jéhovah ait “ fermé sa matrice ”, et elle ne manque pas de le lui rappeler. Tous les ans, c’est le même calvaire. Tous les ans, Hanna pleure et cesse de manger. Ces voyages qui normalement devraient la mettre en joie la plongent dans une profonde détresse. Hanna se rend néanmoins chaque année au sanctuaire de Jéhovah. — 1 Samuel 1:3-7.
      Voyez-vous en quoi Hanna est un bel exemple ? Comment réagissez-vous lorsque vous êtes déprimé ? Vous isolez-vous et évitez-vous les contacts avec vos compagnons chrétiens ? Ce n’est pas ce qu’a fait Hanna. Les rassemblements avec les adorateurs de Jéhovah étaient pour elle une habitude de vie. Même face à des circonstances éprouvantes, il devrait en être de même pour nous. — Psaume 26:12 ; 122:1 ; Proverbes 18:1 ; Hébreux 10:24, 25.
      Elqana tente de réconforter Hanna et il l’amène à exprimer ses sentiments profonds. “ Hanna, pourquoi pleures-tu et pourquoi ne manges-tu pas ? Pourquoi ton cœur a-t-il mal ? lui demande-t-il. Est-ce que je ne vaux pas mieux pour toi que dix fils ? ” (1 Samuel 1:8). Peut-être n’a-t-il pas conscience de la malveillance de Peninna. Et peut-être Hanna préfère-t-elle se taire plutôt que de se plaindre. Quoi qu’il en soit, cette femme spirituelle se tourne vers Jéhovah dans la prière pour retrouver la paix intérieure.
      Le vœu de Hanna
      Les sacrifices de communion étaient consommés dans le sanctuaire. Après avoir quitté la salle à manger, Hanna prie Dieu (1 Samuel 1:9, 10). “ Ô Jéhovah des armées, implore-t-elle, si tu ne manques pas de regarder l’affliction de ton esclave et si vraiment tu te souviens de moi, si tu n’oublies pas ton esclave et si vraiment tu donnes à ton esclave un descendant mâle, oui je le donnerai à Jéhovah pour tous les jours de sa vie, et le rasoir ne viendra pas sur sa tête. ” — 1 Samuel 1:11.
      La prière de Hanna est précise. Elle demande un fils, et elle fait le vœu que cet enfant sera toute sa vie un naziréen de Dieu (Nombres 6:1-5). Ce vœu nécessite l’approbation de son mari, et certaines actions ultérieures d’Elqana montrent qu’il approuve l’engagement pris par sa chère femme. — Nombres 30:6-8.
      À cause de la manière dont Hanna prie, le grand prêtre Éli la croit ivre. Il voit effectivement ses lèvres frémir, mais il ne l’entend pas parler. C’est qu’en fait Hanna prie dans son cœur, avec ferveur (1 Samuel 1:12-14). Imaginez ce qu’elle ressent lorsque le grand prêtre l’accuse d’être ivre ! Pourtant, elle lui répond respectueusement. Comprenant alors que Hanna était en train de prier “ dans l’abondance de [son] inquiétude et de [son] dépit ”, il lui dit : “ Que le Dieu d’Israël accorde ta requête. ” (1 Samuel 1:15-17). Sur ces paroles, Hanna s’en va ; elle mange et “ son visage ne par[aît] plus soucieux ”. — 1 Samuel 1:18.
      Que nous enseigne tout cela ? Lorsque nous prions Jéhovah à propos de nos inquiétudes, nous pouvons lui exprimer ce que nous ressentons et lui adresser des requêtes sincères. Si nous avons fait tout notre possible pour résoudre le problème, alors nous devrions laisser les choses entre ses mains. C’est ce qu’il y a de mieux à faire. — Proverbes 3:5, 6.
      Après une prière fervente, il est fréquent que des serviteurs de Jéhovah ressentent une sérénité comparable à celle que Hanna a éprouvée. Voici ce qu’a écrit l’apôtre Paul au sujet de la prière : “ Ne vous inquiétez de rien, mais en tout, par la prière et la supplication avec action de grâces, faites connaître vos requêtes à Dieu ; et la paix de Dieu, qui surpasse toute pensée, gardera vos cœurs et vos facultés mentales par le moyen de Christ Jésus. ” (Philippiens 4:6, 7). Après nous être déchargés de notre fardeau sur Jéhovah, nous devons le laisser s’en occuper. Puis, comme dans le cas de Hanna, il n’y a plus lieu de s’inquiéter. — Psaume 55:22.
      Un fils “ prêté ” à Jéhovah
      Dieu se tourne alors vers Hanna. Peu après, elle porte un enfant. Elle met au monde un garçon (1 Samuel 1:19, 20). C’est l’une des rares fois où la Bible fait état de la responsabilité de Dieu dans la naissance de l’un de ses serviteurs. L’enfant d’Elqana et de Hanna, Samuel, deviendra effectivement le prophète de Jéhovah, un prophète qui jouera un rôle important dans la mise en place de la monarchie d’Israël.
      Il est certain que Hanna parle de Jéhovah à Samuel dès sa petite enfance. Mais oublie-t-elle le vœu qu’elle a fait ? Absolument pas ! “ Dès que le garçon sera sevré, je devrai l’amener ; il devra paraître devant Jéhovah et habiter là pour des temps indéfinis ”, déclare-t-elle. Et en effet, une fois l’enfant sevré — peut-être à l’âge de trois ans ou un peu plus —, elle l’amène au sanctuaire, comme elle l’avait promis. — 1 Samuel 1:21-24 ; 2 Chroniques 31:16.
      Après avoir offert un sacrifice à Jéhovah, Hanna et son mari présentent Samuel à Éli. Hanna tient certainement la main de son petit garçon lorsqu’elle dit à Éli : “ Pardon, mon seigneur ! Par la vie de ton âme, mon seigneur, je suis la femme qui se tenait près de toi, en ce lieu, pour prier Jéhovah. C’est à propos de ce garçon que je priais, pour que Jéhovah m’accorde ma requête, ce que je lui demandais. Et moi, à mon tour, je l’ai prêté à Jéhovah. Oui, tous les jours qu’il sera, c’est quelqu’un de demandé pour Jéhovah. ” Ainsi commence, pour Samuel, une vie au service de Dieu. — 1 Samuel 1:25-28 ; 2:11.
      Le temps passe ; bien sûr Hanna n’oublie pas son fils. Les Écritures relatent : “ Sa mère avait coutume de lui faire un petit manteau sans manches, et elle le lui montait, d’année en année, quand elle montait avec son mari pour sacrifier le sacrifice annuel. ” (1 Samuel 2:19). Hanna prie sans aucun doute pour Samuel. Tous les ans, lorsqu’elle lui rend visite, elle l’encourage à coup sûr à demeurer fidèle dans son service pour Dieu.
      Pendant l’une de ces visites, Éli bénit les parents du garçon. Il déclare à Elqana : “ Que Jéhovah t’assigne une descendance de cette femme, à la place du prêt qui a été prêté à Jéhovah. ” C’est ainsi que le couple est récompensé par la naissance de trois autres fils et de deux filles. — 1 Samuel 2:20, 21.
      Quel formidable exemple pour les parents chrétiens ! Beaucoup de mères et de pères se montrent, eux aussi, disposés à prêter, figurément parlant, leurs enfants à Jéhovah ; en effet, ils les encouragent à entreprendre une forme de service à plein temps, même si cela implique que leur fils, ou leur fille, vive loin d’eux. De tels parents aimants méritent des louanges pour les sacrifices qu’ils font. Jéhovah les récompensera.
      Une prière qui déborde de joie
      Comme Hanna est heureuse, elle que la stérilité affectait tant autrefois ! Les Écritures ne contiennent que peu de prières faites par des femmes. Mais, en ce qui concerne Hanna, elles en rapportent deux. La première expose ses sentiments alors qu’elle est humiliée et affligée. La seconde exprime son exultation et son action de grâces ; elle commence par ces mots : “ Oui, mon cœur exulte en Jéhovah. ” Hanna se réjouit ensuite que ‘ même la stérile ait mis au monde ’. Et elle loue Jéhovah, celui “ qui élève [...], qui relève le petit de la poussière ”. Vraiment, il est celui qui “ de la fosse aux cendres [...] fait remonter le pauvre ”. — 1 Samuel 2:1-10.
      Cet épisode de la vie de Hanna, dont le récit a été inspiré par Dieu, montre que les imperfections, voire la malveillance, des autres peuvent nous blesser. Toutefois, nous ne devons pas permettre à ce genre d’épreuves de nous priver de notre joie de servir Dieu. Jéhovah est, par excellence, Celui qui entend la prière, qui répond aux appels à l’aide de ses fidèles et qui les délivre de l’affliction. Il leur accorde une paix profonde et de nombreuses autres bénédictions. — Psaume 22:23-26 ; 34:6-8 ; 65:2.

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    • Eric Ouellet

      1 Samuel 2 : 1-10
      Hannah pria Dieu en ces mots:
      Mon cœur se réjouit au sujet de Jéhovah
      ma force grandit grâce à Jéhovah.
      Ma bouche s’ouvre toute grande contre mes ennemis,
      car je me réjouis de tes actes sauveurs.
      Il n’y a personne qui soit saint comme Jéhovah,
      il n’y a personne qui soit comme toi,
      il n’y a pas de rocher comme notre Dieu.
      Arrêtez de parler avec orgueil ;
      que rien d’arrogant ne sorte de votre bouche,
      car Jéhovah est un Dieu qui sait tout
      et il juge les actions avec justice.
      Les arcs des hommes forts sont brisés,
      mais les hommes faibles reçoivent de la force
      Ceux qui mangeaient bien doivent trouver du travail pour avoir du pain,
      mais les affamés ne souffrent plus de la faim.
      La femme stérile a donné naissance à sept fils,
      mais celle qui avait beaucoup de fils est devenue stérile.
      Jéhovah tue et il garde en vie,
      il fait descendre dans la Tombe et il en fait remonter.
      Jéhovah fait devenir pauvre et il fait devenir riche,
      il abaisse et il élève.
      Il relève le petit de la poussière
      et fait remonter le pauvre du tas de cendres
      pour les faire asseoir avec les princes
      et leur offrir une place d’honneur.
      À Jéhovah appartiennent les fondations de la terre ;
      sur elles, il pose le monde
      Il veille sur les pas de ses fidèles,
      mais les méchants seront tués dans l’obscurité,
      car ce n’est pas par la force que l’homme triomphe. 
      Jéhovah anéantira ceux qui combattent contre lui ;
      pour exprimer sa colère, il fera gronder le tonnerre dans le ciel.
      Jéhovah jugera jusqu’aux extrémités de la terre,
      il donnera du pouvoir à son roi et il fera grandir la force de son oint.
       
       
       


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    • anniemsbelle@gmail.com  »  Queen Esther

      Do you have the print out for the regional convention 
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      Do you have the print out for the regional convention 
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