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Alex Rance has begun to confide thoughts of retirement to teammates.

Alex Rance has begun to confide thoughts of retirement to teammates. Photo: Getty Images

Jehovah's Witnesses do play professional sport, but body contact and ruthless competitiveness are questionable, according to a senior elder.

Alex Rance's devotion to the Jehovah's Witness faith has been cited as a reason – though not the only one – why the Richmond defender is considering his football future at the age of just 25.

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 that while he is considered unlikely to walk away from the game, he was feeling drawn to a different life.

There was no indication he wanted to take up religious service full-time.

Graeme Martin, a senior elder at Jehovah's Witnesses headquarters in Australia, said it was up to the individual to consider how their sport fitted in with what they read in the bible.

He said the organisation was not against all competition, but it discouraged competition that stirred up negative feelings such as vanity, greed and violence.

"The competitiveness, win-at-all-costs no matter what the consequence for other players is questionable, but we don't dictate what a person chooses to do," Martin said.

There was no clear line on whether a sport was too violent or competitive, he said, so it was impossible to say whether AFL was acceptable.

"We're not going to make these arbitrary rules," Martin said.

"[When] adults are making career choices, it's really up to them."

There are examples of practising Jehovah's Witnesses making a huge impression in the world of sport.

Tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams were raised Jehovah's Witnesses and remain active in the faith – their mother Oracene converted in 1984, just as her daughters began to play.

The pair had even been spreading the word since they became famous, according to sister Isha, in a 

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In Billy Bragg's God's Footballer, the folk singer told the true story of promising British soccer player Peter Knowles, who in 1969 gave away the game to devote his time to his Jehovah's Witness faith.

Martin said the priorities of promising Jehovah's Witness sportspeople sometimes changed as their faith deepened, and that prompted them to take a different path.

Many adherents to the faith, particularly single people or couples without children, devoted themselves to missionary service full-time, then pursued part-time paid work to make ends meet.

"A lot are fully leading towards a sporting or professional career, then they study the bible and it changes their viewpoint on what the future holds," he said.

The type of person who had been previously fully committed to one thing – the sport of their choice – was unlikely to then pursue religious service in a piecemeal way.

A number of Australians have stepped back from professional sport in recent years in favour of religious service.

Will Hopoate took two years out from his promising rugby league career to complete a mission for the Mormon faith, returning to join the Parramatta Eels last year.

Fellow NRL player Lagi Setu spent his two-year Mormon mission in England, and now plays for the Sydney Roosters.

Richmond half-back Bachar Houli, a practising Muslim, makes some small adjustments to make sure he can fulfil his religious duties.

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 during Ramadan, training with the team for the main session then squeezing the extra sessions into a shorter timeframe, forgoing a break. 

Houli says his form sometimes improved during the holy month.

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      ALEX Rance describes it as a war, the constant battle he plays with his mind.
      Richmond’s enigmatic champion is a study of contradictions, a 27-year-old with a million competing philosophies screaming to get out.
      A man in a hurry who wants to slow down and smell the roses.
      A deep thinker about religion and morals who still laughs it up at Footy Show agent provocateur Sam Newman on a weekly basis.
      A star footballer who wants an abiding legacy in AFL - but believes hanging around might get in the way of ambitious plans to overhaul Victorian education’s teaching methods.
      As he tells the Sunday Herald Sun, next year could be the last of his glittering career or he could be just getting started.
      So the question for Rance is where to direct those manic energies: footy, friends, travel, religion or education.

      Richmond star Alex Rance has many interests away from footy. Picture: Alex Coppel
      Or just maybe do what he is attempting to right now — keep all those balls up in the air at the same time.
      “My mind doesn’t work very logically,” Rance says with a laugh during a spare moment this week when asked about his decision to re-commit to Richmond in late 2015.
      “There has never been a moment where I think — this is 100 per cent the best decision of my life.
      “I constantly float between the different spheres of my life.
      “I want to be with my family, I want to travel the world, I want to be a better spiritual man, all these different things that compete with my life.
      “I want to be a better footballer and leave a legacy, so there are these spheres I continually float through and it depends on which days of the week or month one is pulling me that way.
      “There are times in my life when I am like, ‘I am so glad I re-signed, I have got security, I am spending more time with my mates, the timetable is great. Oh hang on, my body is still a little sore, maybe I shouldn’t have played on.’ It goes in circles.”
      Rance rivals Patrick Dangerfield as the busiest media presence with The Footy Show and Postcards and admits he needs time to attend to his family and religious life.
      So what does the busiest player in footy do?
      He starts a school.
      THE ACADEMY
      Rance’s The Academy is a Year 11 and 12 school in Essendon that combines an AFL-related focus with the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.
      He hopes it will eventually become a greater legacy than his time in football.
      “It was mainly when I was seriously thinking about leaving the game and finishing up and the things I didn’t like about life at that stage and my footy life,” Rance says.
      “When it came to the crux of it I had to think about what I would miss about the footy club and if I could live without it.
      “The things I would mis were being a leader with the young fellas coming to me for help and using creative licence to teach people.
      “Footy are clubs are ‘see something, do something’. I like that about them.
      “Some guys are in the fog of life when they finish school and have no understanding of what they want to do.
      “So after six months of thinking about that theory, it was, ‘Why don’t I start a school, what could I tell myself if I was 16 again?’

      Alex Rance has started an academy for Year 11 and 12 students. Picture: Michael Klein
      The Academy is Rance’s dream realised, this year with a dozen students but hopefully soon 25 boys and girls at both Year 11 and 12 level.
      After checking in for physical and mental wellbeing assessments in the morning, students complete a slab of theory in the morning.
      Then the middle chunk of their day is filled with football and sports skills, strength and conditioning, yoga and rehab until another afternoon session of theory.
      Rance attended a non-denominational arts and music-based school until Year 10, his sporting outlet not satisfied despite competing in every swimming and athletics event possible.
      “To be smashed in every sporting thing did my head in,” he says.
      It was only when he moved to a school with elite sporting programs - “These are my boys,” Rance immediately realised - did he flourish.
      “They got me. All of a sudden I was connecting with teachers, I had the outlet to train with the school team, I thought this is how the music and arts kids felt at my old school.
      “Education needs to be contextualised with your passion. If we can have arts schools, music schools, sports schools, you will get 100 per cent buy in.
      “I would love to change the whole education space. It’s obviously one step at a time but it’s what education looked like for me and what my future vision is.”
      To kick-start next year’s enrolments The Academy is offering one student a full two-year scholarship worth $18,000.
      To win that scholarship applicants must make a short video making their pitch to Rance at www.theacademy.com.au.
      SLIDING DOORS
      Before Rance was the AFL’s best defender he was a wildly talented athletic beast going nowhere.
      Games were full of glimpses of brilliance ruined by Alex Rance moments - horrific turnovers, inexplicable brain fades.
      Rance confirms how seriously both sides considered a trade around the end of 2010, with Damien Hardwick often joking he was nearly traded for a six-pack of Coronas.
      Thankfully the club that brought you the Aaron Fiora-Matthew Pavlich deal and many others stopped short of trading away potentially the game’s greatest full back.
      “He says it was Coronas now, but at the time it was Emu Export, something really cheap,” jokes Rance.

      Rance is considered the league’s best defender. Picture: Michael Klein
      North Melbourne were interested through his father’s links there, as Rance and manager Tom Petroro assessed outside interest.
      “We had a good look around with Tommy,” Rance says.
      “I wasn’t doing well here and I am sure the club was shopping me around, what can we get for this athletic horrible ball user?
      “We were both within our rights to do it and it was good for me to realise I did have a bit more currency than I thought I did.
      “It was the clubs you said, the WA clubs back home, there was Hawthorn, a few clubs were interested but none I pursued wholeheartedly.
      “Then the club stretched out their hands again. You see players in limbo who have a look around and they are suddenly empowered.
      “They say, ‘Maybe I can be a great player (after realising their currency)’. Or it can take a move to realise their talent.”
      Has he considered how many flags he might have won at Hawthorn?
      “Yeah, I have thought about it a couple of times. If I went home I might not have met my wife (Georgia). She is from Perth anyway, but there are all those Sliding Doors, what-if moments.
      “But I wouldn’t take my time back. You think about the reasons you play the game, you love the football but it’s the people you play it with. I am so glad I have built relationships here with the boys because they are friends for life.”
      RIVALRY WITH JACK
      Richmond enjoyed a summer of catharsis, as the coaches freed up the game plan and the leaders poured out their souls in an effort to better connect with the group.
      Trent Cotchin’s admission of vulnerability is well documented but Rance did something similar in front of the playing group.
      He also became much closer with fellow vice-captain Jack Riewoldt, a player who he admits he previously judged harshly for some of his leadership in previous years.
      “I think it was that (Jack and I) are more like brothers than you realise,” Rance says.
      “You get to the point with your siblings that you realise you can both be cool without it being to the detriment of the other.
      “And it was a maturing moment for both of us to know we weren’t stepping on each other’s toes.
      “I understand his leadership style more and thought, ‘Hang on, it does look a lot like my leadership style.’
      “We connected more on a personal level and it was nice to put the guard down and we find out we are very similar beasts in a lot of ways.
      “Now we are very close mates and I am almost disappointed I wasted all those years. There wasn’t an intervention, (the tension) naturally just dissolved over time.”
       

      Alex Rance and Jack Riewoldt take on Lance Franklin together. Picture: Getty Images
       
      Rance believes Cotchin could be the AFL’s best captain.
      “You look at Trent and Jack, maligned for so long and for them to maintain the people they are through that scrutiny, I respect them even more for that.”
      Rance is the club’s resident practical joker and has few onfield weaknesses, but his honesty with his teammates opened new doors.
      “As men you don’t tend to embrace vulnerability as much as we should,’’ he says.
      “We all opened up on why we are who we are, and it’s nice to share that with the boys. It changes their perspective of you.”
      FUTURE AT RICHMOND
      Ask Rance about the tag as one of the AFL’s greats after a trio of All-Australian nods and he laughs sheepishly.
      As he says, he wants his teammates to respect his contribution rather than boast about his achievements through “some Wikipedia entry”.
      But he remains conflicted between leaving the legacy for the Tigers and pouring himself full-time into education.
      “Two years is a long time. I have got two years left, it makes me 29. I am still loving it and my body is going OK and I think my form warrants me to keep going,’’ he says.
      “But I don’t know. I really couldn’t say what I am going to do in two years time, I probably can’t say what I am doing in a year.
      “I am really loving what I am doing with my school and after a year I could say I want to immerse myself full time in that.
      “I really couldn’t say what I want to do.”
      Put to Rance that he might have just scared the heck out of the Richmond faithful and he agrees he has unfinished business.
      “It was the hard part of what I could potentially leave behind, the hole within the football club I could leave.
      “I leave football, I let my mates down, I stay in football and I potentially might not be able to give enough to my family and myself.
      “So that was the constant warring within myself.”

      Alex Rance doesn’t know what the future holds for him. Picture: Sarah Reed
      Rance grew up a Jehovah’s Witness, still strong with his faith but perplexed by the mixed feelings religion causes in Australian society.
      “It’s just a part of who I am. I don’t want to stand up and be a poster boy for Jehovah’s Witnesses,” he says.
      “My faith has given me and my family some great values and it is something I believe is the truth.
      “It’s strange in Australia that it’s almost offensive to talk about one’s faith.
      “You go to the (United) States and they are always praising God. Jesus this, and God that.
      “Bachar and I, we have great conversations about our beliefs. It’s more about opening conversations rather than shutting the doors.”
      “I am more than happy to talk about my faith but I am not going to bash you over the head with a Bible because it’s about a relationship at the end of the day.”
      WINNING IT ALL
      Ask Rance what it would finally mean to win a final after a trio of elimination final losses and he admits he is fiercely ambitious
      “I want to go the whole way. To win one final would be great but once you have done that you are like, ‘What’s next?’.
      “It’s about having pride in the process and framework.
      “Even this year, we have lost games but been proud of the brand we played.
      “Even in a final if we played a cracking brand and the other guys got a couple of lucky bounces or it was a great clash and we lost, we could take some solace out of that.
      “But it would be nice to win a couple and get the Tiger faithful really roaring.
      “The Port Adelaide (final) especially, my frustration boiled over a couple of times.
      “I don’t think supporters want to see that, they don’t want to see blowouts in finals. They want to be on the edge of their seats.
      “That’s the type of footy we want to bring.”

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    • Guest Kurt
      By Guest Kurt
      She left it all behind —a normal college life, her teammates, a skyrocketing volleyball career that would have gave her a crack at the national. All to become one of the Jehovah’s witnesses.
      Cebuana volleybelle Frances Karen Derder had everything going her way as she made it into the lineup of perennial UAAP champions Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles in 2014. But her stint with the Lady Eagles was cut short since, according to her, Ateneo coach Tai Bundit did not allow her to continue her religious service, a move which left some of the Lady Eagles faithfuls clueless to this day.
      “I transferred to Ateneo but I went back to Cebu in the second semester because Coach Tai was strict. He did not allow me to attend our meeting or worship. They all say the reason I went home was because I was homesick, but it is not,” she said.
      The 19-year-old Derder returned to Cebu and went on to help the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras win the 2015 Cesafi title while being recognized as the league’s best server.
      But little did anyone know that title-clinching game two years ago against the University of San Jose-Recoletos was going to be her last stint in the sport that she really loved.
      Although there are days wherein she’d like to play volleyball, the Minglanilla, Cebu-native has learned in the past few years that she can’t serve two masters at a time, quoting the renowned scripture from the bible known as the Matthew 6:24 which reads: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else, he will hold to the one, and despise the other.”
      “To tell you honestly, I was really sad when I stopped playing because volleyball was my passion since elementary but when I learned the truth, I sacrificed my own interest to have a good relationship with Jehovah.”
      Regardless of the fact that her love for the sport is still in her heart, Derder said she has closed the doors on a return to volleyball, saying she has already found true happiness by preaching the word of God.
      Derder may have lost her chance on volleyball fame and glory. But in exchange, she received even more, something that people spend their whole life finding: the meaning of true happiness.

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      There are over 8.2 million practicing evangelical Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide. Many famous athletes are Jehovah's Witnesses. Several 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , NBA players, and baseball stars follow the teachings of the Jehovah's Witness faith. Some of these athletes were raised in the faith, while others converted later in life. Two of the best female tennis players of all time are Jehovah's Witnesses.

      Who is the Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  who is a Jehovah's Witness? Serena Williams tops our list. She and her sister Venus were raised as Jehovah's Witnesses and still practice today. Serena says, “I've been studying to be a Jehovah's Witness, so I go to Kingdom Hall. I grew up a Witness and it's what I know, and we teach things that come from the Bible." Danny Granger was raised in a Jehovah's Witness household. It is unclear if he still practices the faith today.

      On Dave Pear's blog he states, "I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and an advocate for justice!" Chet Lemon is a Jehovah's Witness. He Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  from a blood disorder in 1991, when he decided against surgery because his religion prohibits him from receiving a blood transfusion. Kid Gavilán became a Jehovah's Witness in the late-1960s.

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      Dave Meyers is a Jehovah's Witness. He retired from basketball in 1980 to spend more time with his family and practice his faith

      Kid Gavilán became a Jehovah's Witness in the late-1960s.

      Mark McCumber is a devout Jehovah's Witness. He says, "It's a very misunderstood religion."

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      February 1, 2017
      On Saturday, January 27, there was no maddening rush at the White House to reach Serena Williams, like in 1999, when she won the first of her 23 Grand Slam titles in Flushing Meadows. Or as it was when she won her third Wimbledon, a few months into 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ’s first term. The din of Serena’s feat, now officially the most decorated player in the Open era, died out in the bustle of America’s latest, and loudest, president’s “extreme vetting” immigration diktat. Yet, the symbolism of Serena’s triumph couldn’t be more relevant. At a time when “America First” rings louder than ever, the greatest of its sporting icons, across genders, is an African-American woman, a Jehovah’s Witness from the wrong side of Los Angeles, where she had lost her eldest sister in a gang shootout, and the daughter of a father who was shooed off a tennis court by affluent whites. Even after she broke into the circuit, Williams has had to confront racism and racist stereotypes — from officials, commentators and even her adversaries.
      While it’s overreaching to imagine that her storied success would trigger a revolution in race relations in the US, it’s fair to assume that America’s greatest sporting specimen of the 21st century is an antithesis to its president’s vision for his country. She may not allay the sudden cynicism or the morbid fear of the discriminated and marginalised in the US — sport as a cure to societal dysfunction is grossly hyperbolic — but she stands as an indelible symbol of hope, or an escape. In a metaphorical way, with the mighty swings of her racquet, she’s penning as scathing a verse as Maya Angelou. It won’t seem out of place, if Serena were to recite Angelou’s Still I Rise (in fact, there’s Serena’s rendition of the poem on YouTube).
      Concurrently, any interpretation of Serena’s greatness shouldn’t be constricted to her context. These are mere embellishments in her grand narrative. Serena, as a player in isolation, is a worthy premise for weaving enough eulogies. Maybe she is not celebrated as much outside her country because her feats have come to a stage where her winning spree is taken for granted.
      Such has been the nature of her hegemony that often the rare opponent who beats her ends up being more glorified, ranging from one-season wonders like Samantha Stosur, to more recent peers like Angelique Kerber. There hasn’t been much of a rivalry to speak of, expect the brief but fiery rancour with Maria Sharapova or the more passionless exchanges with her sister Venus.
      Or, as some would say, there were no two equally gifted players playing at the same time. Earlier, it was a case of several similarly endowed players, outstripped by a force superior in craft, more athletic in build, more ruthless in execution of plans. Think of Sharapova, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters, Dinara Safina or Amelie Mauresmo — the draw was far more competitive. And Serena, despite hitting the wrong side of her 30s, isn’t showing signs of fatigue or adieu.
      Or as some would nitpick, her game is graceless (sometimes with racist undertones). But there is a brutal beauty to her game — those booming serves and guillotine groundstrokes are a vindication — like in boxing. There’s a powerful symmetry to her movements. Then there is the spontaneous thrill of her athleticism.
      To put it simply, there has been no better player than Serena in the 21st century, or arguably ever in the history of tennis. That she happens to be the greatest American sporting icon in the Trump era is a mere coincidence, or perhaps, a bit of satire by the fates.

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      Wolverhampton Wanderers Vs. Nottingham Forest. Peter Knowles rins onto the pitch for the last time, he left football to become a Jehovah's Witness. 8 October 1969

      Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Nottingham Forest. Peter Knowles runs off the pitch to avoid fans, he left football to become a Jehovah's Witness. 8th October 1969

      Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Nottingham Forest Peter Knowles is kissed by a girl fan after his final game for Wolves. 8 October 1969

      Former player Peter Knowles coaching schoolboys in Wolverhampton. November 1969 

      Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer Peter Knowles waves to the Wolves supporters at Molineux before his final game

      Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer Peter Knowles 1962

      Wolves footballer Peter Knowles with his bride Jean at their wedding ceremony shortly before he quit football for his religion

      Wolves player Peter Knowles pictured with his wife Jean on their rounds speaking the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses to housewife



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      Jésus juge “ les vivants ”
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      Pendant le Jour du Jugement, Satan et ses démons ne seront plus libres d’influencer l’activité humaine (Révélation 20:1-3). Toutefois, à la fin de ce “ jour ”, Satan sera autorisé à éprouver la fidélité de tous les humains alors en vie. Ceux qui resteront fidèles à Dieu passeront avec succès l’épreuve à laquelle Adam et Ève ont échoué. Ils seront jugés dignes de recevoir la vie éternelle sur la terre redevenue un paradis. Ceux qui décideront de se rebeller contre Dieu seront détruits pour toujours, de même que Satan et ses démons. — Révélation 20:7-9.
      Le jugement des “ morts ”
      On lit dans la Bible qu’au Jour du Jugement les morts “ se lèveront ”. (Matthieu 12:41.) Jésus a dit : “ L’heure vient où tous ceux qui sont dans les tombes de souvenir entendront sa voix et sortiront, ceux qui ont fait des choses bonnes, pour une résurrection de vie, ceux qui ont pratiqué des choses viles, pour une résurrection de jugement. ” (Jean 5:28, 29). Il n’est pas question ici des âmes désincarnées des défunts. Ces derniers sont totalement inconscients et n’ont pas d’âme qui survive à la mort (Ecclésiaste 9:5 ; Jean 11:11-14, 23, 24). Jésus relèvera sur la terre tous ceux qui se sont endormis dans la mort.
      Seront-ils jugés sur la base de ce qu’ils ont fait avant leur mort ? Non. Les Écritures enseignent que “ celui qui est mort a été acquitté de son péché ”. (Romains 6:7.) Ainsi, tout comme les survivants de la fin du système actuel, les ressuscités pour la vie sur la terre seront jugés “ selon leurs actions ” au cours du Jour du Jugement (Révélation 20:12, 13). En fonction de l’issue de leurs actions, leur résurrection se révélera aboutir soit à l’éternité, soit à la destruction. Nombre de ces ressuscités découvriront Jéhovah Dieu et ses exigences pour obtenir la vie. Ils auront la possibilité de se conformer à la volonté de Dieu et de recevoir la vie éternelle sur la terre.
      Aucune raison d’avoir peur
      Le Jour du Jugement ne sera pas seulement un temps d’instruction divine, mais aussi un temps où tous les vivants appliqueront ce qu’ils apprendront et en verront les bienfaits. Imaginez la joie que vous ressentirez quand vous retrouverez vos chers disparus et progresserez à leurs côtés vers la perfection !
      Imaginez la joie que vous ressentirez quand vous retrouverez vos chers disparus.
      Au terme du Jour du Jugement, Dieu permettra à Satan d’éprouver la fidélité des êtres humains. Il n’y a cependant pas lieu d’être inquiet ou d’avoir peur. Tous seront alors solidement armés pour faire face à cette dernière épreuve. Ainsi, le Jour du Jugement est une étape dans l’accomplissement du dessein divin qui effacera toutes les conséquences de la rébellion originelle contre Dieu dans le jardin d’Éden.

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Chantons avec coeur et allégresse 
      Psaumes
      146 Louez Jah!
      Que tout mon être loue Jéhovah !
       2 Je veux louer Jéhovah toute ma vie.
      Je veux chanter des louanges à mon Dieu aussi longtemps que je vivrai.
       3 Ne mettez pas votre confiance dans les princes,
      ni dans un fils d’homme, qui est incapable de sauver.
       4 L’esprit de l’homme sort, l’homme retourne au sol ;
      ce jour-là, ses pensées périssent.
       5 Heureux celui qui a pour secours le Dieu de Jacob
      et dont l’espoir est en Jéhovah son Dieu,
       6 Celui qui a fait le ciel et la terre,
      la mer, et tout ce qui s’y trouve,
      celui qui reste fidèle pour toujours,
       7 celui qui garantit la justice aux spoliés,
      celui qui donne du pain aux affamés.
      Jéhovah libère les prisonniers ;
       8 Jéhovah ouvre les yeux des aveugles ;
      Jéhovah relève ceux qui sont courbés ;
      Jéhovah aime les justes.
       9 Jéhovah protège les résidents étrangers ;
      il soutient l’orphelin de père et la veuve,
      mais il contrecarre les projets des méchants
      10 Jéhovah sera Roi pour toujours,
      ton Dieu, ô Sion, de génération en génération.
      Louez Jah !

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    • REDROCHA  »  T.B. (Twyla)

      Thank you Sister !!!!
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    • Eric Ouellet

      LES QUALITÉS D'UN BERGER ET LES ASSISTANTS DE L'ASSEMBLÉE 

      PREMIÈRE LETTRE DE TIMOTHÉE

      3 La parole suivante est digne de foi : Si un homme aspire à être un responsable, il désire une belle œuvre. 2 Il faut donc qu’un responsable soit irréprochable, mari d’une seule femme, modéré dans ses habitudes, réfléchi, ordonné, hospitalier, capable d’enseigner, 3 que ce ne soit pas un ivrogne ni un homme violent, mais un homme raisonnable, non querelleur, non ami de l’argent, 4 un homme qui dirige d’une belle façon sa propre famille, qui tienne ses enfants dans la soumission en toute dignité 5 (car si un homme ne sait pas diriger sa propre famille, comment prendra-t-il soin de l’assemblée de Dieu ?), 6 que ce ne soit pas un homme récemment converti, de peur qu’il se gonfle d’orgueil et tombe sous le coup de la condamnation portée contre le Diable. 7 D’autre part, il faut aussi qu’il reçoive un beau témoignage des gens extérieurs à l’assemblée, afin de ne pas tomber dans le déshonneur et dans un piège du Diable.
      8 De même, il faut que les assistants soient des hommes dignes, qu’ils n’aient pas un langage double, qu’ils soient modérés dans la consommation de vin, non avides d’un gain malhonnête, 9 attachés au saint secret de la foi avec une conscience pure.
      10 De plus, qu’ils soient d’abord mis à l’épreuve quant à leurs aptitudes ; puis, s’ils sont exempts d’accusation, qu’ils servent comme ministres.
      11 De même, il faut que les femmes soient dignes, non calomniatrices, modérées dans leurs habitudes, fidèles en toutes choses.
      12 Les assistants doivent être maris d’une seule femme et diriger d’une belle façon leurs enfants et leur propre famille. 13 Car les hommes qui servent d’une belle façon acquièrent une belle réputation et une grande confiancepour parler de la foi en Christ Jésus.
      14 Je t’écris ces choses, bien que j’espère venir bientôt chez toi, 15 pour que, au cas où je serais retardé, tu saches comment tu dois te conduire dans la maison de Dieu, qui est l’assemblée du Dieu vivant, colonne et soutien de la vérité. 16 Oui, il faut avouer qu’il est grand, le saint secret de l’attachement à Dieu : « Il a été manifesté dans la chair, a été déclaré juste dans l’esprit, est apparu aux anges, a été prêché parmi les nations, a été cru dans le monde, a été enlevé dans la gloire. »





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    • Eric Ouellet

      Bergers, imitez les Grands Bergers
       
      Christ [...] a souffert pour vous, vous laissant un modèle pour que vous suiviez fidèlement ses traces » (1 PIERRE 2:21)

      QUAND un berger s’intéresse de près au bien-être de son troupeau, les moutons se portent bien. Selon un manuel sur l’élevage ovin, « l’homme qui se contente de mener le troupeau au pré puis n’y prête plus attention risque fort, en quelques années, d’avoir de nombreuses bêtes malades qui ne rapportent rien ». Par contre, quand les moutons reçoivent l’attention voulue, le troupeau prospère.
      La qualité des soins et de l’attention que les bergers du troupeau de Dieu prodiguent à chaque brebis dont ils sont responsables influera sur la santé spirituelle de toute la congrégation. Tu te souviens peut-être que Jésus a eu pitié des foules parce qu’« elles étaient dépouillées et éparpillées comme des brebis sans berger » (Mat. 9:36). Pourquoi se trouvaient-elles en si piteuse condition ? Parce que les hommes chargés d’enseigner la Loi de Dieu au peuple étaient durs, exigeants et hypocrites. Au lieu de soutenir et de nourrir les membres de leur troupeau, les guides spirituels d’Israël posaient sur leurs épaules de « lourdes charges » (Mat. 23:4).
      Les bergers chrétiens d’aujourd’hui, les anciens, ont donc une lourde responsabilité. Les brebis du troupeau sous leur garde appartiennent à Jéhovah ainsi qu’à Jésus, qui s’est présenté comme « l’excellent berger » (Jean 10:11). Les brebis ont été « acheté[e]s à un prix », que Jésus a payé avec son propre « sang précieux » (1 Cor. 6:20 ; 1 Pierre 1:18, 19). Jésus aime tellement les brebis qu’il a bien voulu sacrifier sa vie pour elles. Les anciens ne devraient jamais oublier qu’ils sont des sous-bergers sous la surveillance du Fils bienveillant de Dieu, Jésus Christ, « le grand berger des brebis » (Héb. 13:20).
      Comment les bergers chrétiens devraient-ils traiter les brebis ? Les membres de la congrégation sont exhortés à « obéi[r] à ceux qui [les] dirigent ». De leur côté, les anciens ne doivent pas « commande[r] en maîtres ceux qui sont l’héritage de Dieu » (Héb. 13:17 ; lire 1 Pierre 5:2, 3). Alors comment peuvent-ils diriger le troupeau sans le commander en maîtres ? Autrement dit, comment peuvent-ils répondre aux besoins des brebis sans abuser de l’autorité dont Dieu les a investis ?
      « IL LES PORTERA SUR SON SEIN »
      Parlant de Jéhovah, le prophète Isaïe a déclaré : « Comme un berger il fera paître son troupeau. De son bras il rassemblera les agneaux ; et sur son sein il les portera. Il conduira doucement celles qui allaitent » (Is. 40:11). Cette comparaison montre que Jéhovah se soucie des besoins des membres de la congrégation faibles et vulnérables. De même qu’un berger connaît les besoins particuliers de chaque brebis de son troupeau et se tient prêt à les combler, Jéhovah connaît les besoins des membres de la congrégation et est heureux de leur apporter le soutien voulu. À l’image d’un berger qui, si nécessaire, porte un agneau nouveau-né dans le pli de son vêtement, « le Père des tendres miséricordes » nous portera, ou nous consolera, quand nous serons durement éprouvés ou rencontrerons un besoin particulier (2 Cor. 1:3, 4).

      Quel exemple admirable pour un berger chrétien ! Comme son Père céleste, il lui faut être attentif aux besoins des brebis. S’il est au courant des difficultés qu’elles rencontrent et des besoins qui méritent une attention immédiate, il sera en mesure d’offrir l’encouragement et le soutien nécessaires (Prov. 27:23). Il doit donc bien communiquer avec ses compagnons chrétiens. Tout en respectant la vie privée de chacun, il s’intéresse à ce qu’il voit et entend dans la congrégation, avec amour, il se rend disponible pour « venir en aide aux faibles » (Actes 20:35 ; 1 Thess. 4:11).
      Parlons de la mentalité de bergers que Jéhovah a désapprouvés. Aux jours d’Ézékiel et de Jérémie, Jéhovah a dénoncé ceux qui auraient dû s’occuper de ses brebis, mais ne le faisaient pas. Quand personne ne surveillait les brebis, le troupeau devenait la proie de bêtes sauvages et se dispersait. Ces bergers exploitaient les brebis et, plutôt que de les faire paître, « ils se paissaient eux-mêmes » (Ézék. 34:7-10 ; Jér. 23:1). Le reproche que Dieu leur a fait est tout aussi valable pour les chefs de la chrétienté. Mais il souligne également combien il est important qu’un ancien s’occupe avec sérieux et amour du troupeau de Jéhovah.
      « JE VOUS AI DONNÉ L’EXEMPLE »
      En raison de l’imperfection humaine, certaines brebis peuvent être lentes à comprendre ce que le Berger suprême attend d’elles. Elles ne se conforment pas toujours à un conseil biblique ou ont un comportement trahissant un manque de maturité spirituelle. Comment les anciens doivent-ils réagir ? Ils devraient imiter la patience qu’a eue Jésus envers ses disciples quand ils cherchaient à savoir qui parmi eux serait le plus grand dans le Royaume. Au lieu de perdre patience, Jésus a continué à les enseigner et à leur donner des conseils bienveillants sur la pratique de l’humilité (Luc 9:46-48 ; 22:24-27). En leur lavant les pieds, il leur a fait une démonstration d’humilité, qualité que les surveillants chrétiens sont tenus de manifester (lire Jean 13:12-15 ; 1 Pierre 2:21).
      Le point de vue de Jésus sur le rôle du berger n’était pas le même que celui que Jacques et Jean ont un jour manifesté. Ces deux apôtres cherchaient à s’assurer une place en vue dans le Royaume. Mais Jésus a rectifié cet état d’esprit ainsi : « Vous savez que les chefs des nations dominent sur elles, et que les grands usent d’autorité sur elles. Il n’en sera pas ainsi parmi vous ; mais quiconque voudra devenir grand parmi vous sera votre serviteur » (Mat. 20:25, 26, Bible de Darby). Les apôtres devaient résister à l’envie de « commander en maîtres » leurs compagnons ou de « dominer sur » eux.
      Jésus tient à ce que les bergers chrétiens traitent le troupeau comme lui le traitait. Ils doivent être disposés à servir leurs compagnons, pas les dominer. Paul a manifesté une telle humilité. Il a dit en effet aux anciens de la congrégation d’Éphèse : « Vous savez bien comment, depuis le premier jour où j’ai mis le pied dans le district d’Asie, j’ai été avec vous tout le temps, travaillant comme un esclave pour le Seigneur, avec la plus grande humilité. » L’apôtre souhaitait que ces anciens soutiennent les brebis avec dévouement et humilité. Il a ajouté : « Je vous ai montré en toutes choses que c’est en peinant ainsi que vous devez venir en aide aux faibles » (Actes 20:18, 19, 35). Il a par ailleurs dit aux Corinthiens qu’il ne dominait pas sur leur foi. Il était plutôt leur humble compagnon de travail, pour leur joie (2 Cor. 1:24). C’est un bel exemple d’humilité et de courage pour les anciens de notre époque.
      « FERMEMENT ATTACHÉ À LA PAROLE FIDÈLE »
      Un ancien doit être « fermement attaché à la parole fidèle pour ce qui est de son art d’enseigner » (Tite 1:9). Mais il le sera « dans un esprit de douceur » (Gal. 6:1). Un bon berger chrétien ne force pas une brebis à agir de telle ou telle façon. Non, il réfléchit à la manière dont il stimulera son cœur. Il attirera peut-être son attention sur les principes bibliques à considérer avant de prendre une décision importante. Il reverra avec elle ce que les publications ont dit sur la question. Il l’exhortera à réfléchir aux conséquences de tel ou tel choix sur ses relations avec Jéhovah. Il pourra aussi insister sur l’importance de demander à Dieu sa direction avant de prendre une décision (Prov. 3:5, 6). Ensuite, il la laissera prendre elle-même sa décision (Rom. 14:1-4).
      La seule autorité que les surveillants chrétiens détiennent leur vient des Écritures. Alors ils doivent absolument se servir de la Bible avec habileté et adhérer à son contenu. Ils se garderont ainsi d’un éventuel abus de pouvoir. Car ils ne sont que sous-bergers ; chaque membre de la congrégation est responsable devant Jéhovah et Jésus de ses propres décisions (Gal. 6:5, 7, 8).
      « DES EXEMPLES POUR LE TROUPEAU »
      Après avoir déconseillé aux anciens ( prêtres )« commander en maîtres ceux qui [leur] sont échus en partage », l’apôtre Pierre les exhorte à « devenir des exemples pour le troupeau » (1 Pierre 5:3, note). De quelle façon sont-ils des exemples pour le troupeau ? Prenons deux des choses requises d’un frère qui « aspire à une fonction de surveillant ». Il lui faut être « sain d’esprit » et « présider de belle façon, sa propre maisonnée ». S’il a une famille, il doit la présider de manière exemplaire, car « si quelqu’un [...] ne sait pas présider sa propre maisonnée, comment prendra-t-il soin de la congrégation ( assemblée) de Dieu ? » (1 Tim. 3:1, 2, 4, 5). Il doit également être sain d’esprit, c’est-à-dire comprendre clairement les principes divins et savoir comment les appliquer dans sa propre vie. Il est calme et équilibré et se garde de porter des jugements hâtifs. Autant de qualités qui inspirent confiance aux membres de la congrégation.
      Les surveillants donnent également l’exemple en prenant la tête dans l’œuvre de prédication. Jésus lui-même leur a donné l’exemple à cet égard. La prédication de la bonne nouvelle du Royaume a occupé une grande partie de son activité terrestre. Il a montré à ses disciples comment il fallait l’accomplir (Marc 1:38 ; Luc 8:1). Qu’il est encourageant, de nos jours, de prêcher aux côtés des anciens, de constater leur zèle pour cette œuvre salvatrice et d’apprendre de leurs méthodes d’enseignement ! Leur détermination à consacrer du temps et de l’énergie à la prédication malgré un emploi du temps chargé insuffle du zèle à toute la congrégation. Enfin, les anciens donnent l’exemple en préparant les réunions de la congrégation et en y participant, mais aussi en prenant part à des activités comme le nettoyage et la maintenance de la Salle du Royaume (Éph. 5:15, 16 ; lire (Hébreux 13:7) 
      « SOUTENEZ LES FAIBLES »
      Quand une brebis se blesse ou tombe malade, un bon berger vole à son secours. Pareillement, quand un membre de la congrégation souffre ou a besoin d’une aide spirituelle, les anciens doivent réagir rapidement. Un chrétien âgé ou malade a sans doute besoin d’une aide pratique, mais il a surtout besoin d’un soutien spirituel et d’encouragements (1 Thess. 5:14). Les jeunes rencontrent peut-être des difficultés. Résister aux « désirs de la jeunesse » en est une (2 Tim. 2:22). Le berger doit donc rendre régulièrement visite aux membres de la congrégation dans le but de comprendre les épreuves qu’ils traversent et de les encourager par des conseils bibliques bien choisis. Quand ces visites pastorales sont faites au bon moment, beaucoup de problèmes peuvent être résolus avant qu’ils ne s’aggravent.
      Et si les difficultés d’un chrétien s’aggravent au point de menacer sa santé spirituelle ? « Quelqu’un parmi vous est-il malade ?, a demandé le rédacteur biblique Jacques. Qu’il appelle à lui les anciens de la congrégation, et qu’ils prient sur lui, l’enduisant d’huile au nom de Jéhovah. Et la prière de la foi rétablira celui qui est souffrant, et Jéhovah le relèvera. De plus, s’il a commis des péchés, il lui sera pardonné » (Jacq. 5:14, 15). Même quand un chrétien « souffrant » « appelle à lui les anciens », ces derniers doivent lui venir en aide dès qu’ils sont au courant de son état. Les anciens qui prient avec sont là pour le fortifier et aussi tout frères en difficulté, et ils les soutiennent, se révèlent une source de réconfort et d’encouragement (lire Isaïe 32:1, 2).
      Dans tout ce qu’ils font au sein de l’organisation de Jéhovah, les bergers s’efforcent d’imiter « le grand berger », Jésus Christ. Grâce à l’aide de ces hommes dignes de confiance, le troupeau se fortifie et prospère. Tout cela nous réjouit profondément et nous pousse à louer le plus Grand Berger sans pareil,  notre Dieu Jéhovah



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