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      The Trump administration will impose a fresh round of sanctions on 11 individuals, including Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, as tensions between the United States and China accelerate.
      The Treasury Department designated Lam for her role in overseeing and “implementing Beijing’s policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes.”
      https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/07/us-sanctions-hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam.html

    • By Michael Krewson
      couple things to put in perspective.
      we have only eradicated 2 diseases from the planet, smallpox and rinderpest.
      the bubonic plague is still around. there was another case this year in the us. antibiotics have rendered the once greatest plague in history almost an afterthought.
      H1N1 was the common flu strain in 2018. that is the same viral lineage that spawned the spanish flu of 2018 and swine flu.
      these plagues continually fade away and resurface. So yes, covid will fade, but it may come back a later date. the key is keep an eye out for aggressive strains, and take appropriate actions to contain them.

      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  
      You're telling me it's not going to magically disappear???
       
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      "Morning worship announcement at Bethel.
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      20th April 2020 By Manolo Gatt
      Jehovah’s Witnesses all around the world have reacted quickly to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Since the initial stages of this, now pandemic, rigorous measures have been taken including the suspension of all public religious activity including large assemblies as well as local meetings usually held in Kingdom Halls.
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      However, we have been using other means at our disposal such as video conferencing to continue to “meet together”, thus encouraging one another whilst also continuing, to the extent possible, to receive much needed spiritual instruction and comfort.
      We of course continue in our determination to fully collaborate with the health authorities, which we thank for their invaluable work, as we endure these challenging times.
      Please note that our website, JW.org, is open to everyone, where you can find encouraging and up building information for all age groups, including Bible-based movies which are very practical for our days.
      In the meantime, our younger members are helping out as volunteers and are offering themselves to help their neighbours and the elderly going to supermarkets, pharmacies and taking them to the hospital to the doctor when they have an appointment.
      We also very much take into consideration the needs of the deaf and the blind by providing them with programmes transmitted by video conference to their own homes in sign language by a team of translators and also Braille publications for those who need them.
      Finally, although some people may say that Jehovah’s Witnesses are saying that the coronavirus is a sign of the end of the world, the fact is that we would never make such an affirmation.
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] what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” Jesus answered, and we are quoting only in part: “There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences (epidemics)” (Luke 21:7, 11).
      So it would be wrong to say that the Coronavirus is the sign of the end of the world. The truth is that epidemics and diseases have plagued and continue to plague the human race. As we all know humanity has been plagued in recent times, like “the Spanish flu” (1918-1919), that killed more than 40 million persons, the ‘simple flu’, that every year causes the death of between 250,000 and 500,000. Or aids that has infected more than 76 million persons and caused the death of 35 million with deceases related to this ailment. Only in 2016 1.8 million died because of Aids.
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      That is why Jesus wanted everyone to know about this, so he told his disciples that: “this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).
      This is the true essence of real Christianity.
      Manolo Gatt is the Overseer Public Relations in the Gibraltar Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses
      Nice to have a balanced viewpoint. 
       
      However, we have been using other means at our disposal such as video conferencing to continue to “meet together”, thus encouraging one another whilst also continuing, to the extent possible, to receive much needed spiritual instruction and comfort.
      We of course continue in our determination to fully collaborate with the health authorities, which we thank for their invaluable work, as we endure these challenging times.
      Please note that our website, JW.org, is open to everyone, where you can find encouraging and up building information for all age groups, including Bible-based movies which are very practical for our days.
      In the meantime, our younger members are helping out as volunteers and are offering themselves to help their neighbours and the elderly going to supermarkets, pharmacies and taking them to the hospital to the doctor when they have an appointment.
      We also very much take into consideration the needs of the deaf and the blind by providing them with programmes transmitted by video conference to their own homes in sign language by a team of translators and also Braille publications for those who need them.
      Finally, although some people may say that Jehovah’s Witnesses are saying that the coronavirus is a sign of the end of the world, the fact is that we would never make such an affirmation.
      What then? According to the Revised Standard Version (Catholic Edition), Jesus, responding to a question asked by his inquisitive disciples: “Tell us [
] what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” Jesus answered, and we are quoting only in part: “There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences (epidemics)” (Luke 21:7, 11).
      So it would be wrong to say that the Coronavirus is the sign of the end of the world. The truth is that epidemics and diseases have plagued and continue to plague the human race. As we all know humanity has been plagued in recent times, like “the Spanish flu” (1918-1919), that killed more than 40 million persons, the ‘simple flu’, that every year causes the death of between 250,000 and 500,000. Or aids that has infected more than 76 million persons and caused the death of 35 million with deceases related to this ailment. Only in 2016 1.8 million died because of Aids.
      Therefore, what can certainly be said is that we are living in the time Jesus foretold when he answered his disciples question.
      However, anyone that aims to take advantage of such a tremendous situation as the one we are experiencing today, so sad and tragic with its many deaths and economic instability, to frighten or intimidate the people that are our neighbours, does a great disservice to the real message of hope that the Bible highlights and Jesus taught us to pray for, saying: “Let your Kingdom come”.
      That hope is the promise of a better world that everyone can aspire to where God Himself “will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things shall pass away.” And they will pass away. The Kingdom of God will accomplish this. (Matthew 6:9; Apocalypse 21:4; RSV Catholic Edition).
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      This is the true essence of real Christianity.
      Manolo Gatt is the Overseer Public Relations in the Gibraltar Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses
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      I have noticed many friends seem to be stressing about the acquisition of the memorial symbols during the coronavirus lockdown. There have been quite a few discussions on social media and in person.
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )which says in part: "On occasion, raging storms or floods have prevented a congregation, or some of its members, from meeting together as planned. In rare cases, martial law has been in effect with armed soldiers barring citizens from being out-of-doors after sunset. Other Christians have not been able to be at the congregation’s celebration because of being hospitalized or seriously ill. What can be done in such instances?
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      I like how our website puts it: "The purpose of the Lord’s Evening Meal is to remember Jesus, showing our gratitude for his sacrifice in our behalf. (Matthew 20:28; 1 Corinthians 11:24) The observance is not a sacrament, or a religious practice that imparts merit such as grace or the forgiveness of sins. * The Bible teaches that our sins can be forgiven, not by a religious rite, but only through faith in Jesus".—Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:1, 2.
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Unfortunately, it seems like some are viewing the memorial as some kind of religious ritual, and are even going to pass the emblems among themselves as if touching them somehow makes all the difference....Because I come from a Catholic family, I find this kind of reasoning a little disappointing...
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    • By Health and Medicine
      Guangzhou now under quarantine, 7 February
      http://m.xinhuanet.com/gd/2020-02/07/c_1125542462.htm
      Translation, per Google translate:
      At noon on February 7, the Guangzhou City Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention Command for New Coronavirus Infection issued the No. 3 Circular on Further Strengthening Community and Rural Epidemic Prevention and Control, which requires the concentration of culture and entertainment in the village living room. Places are always closed. All residential communities (villages) in the city are closed. Strengthen the management of people (vehicles) access, and restrict non-owners (villages) owners, residents or users and vehicles from entering the property management area. All entrances and exits shall be provided with prevention and control card points, and resident personnel shall enter and exit with their credentials and perform temperature monitoring.
      The notice also requires that enterprises, institutions, rental house owners or other house lessors must implement their prevention and control responsibilities. Enterprises, institutions, and owners of rental housing are responsible for the management of related personnel, and the management of rental housing is directly responsible.
      ć…šæ–‡ The full text of the announcement is as follows:
      Guangzhou City Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters on Further Strengthening Communities and Rural Areas
      的 Notice of prevention and control of epidemic situation (No. 3)
      In order to do a good job in epidemic prevention and control, to effectively protect the lives and health of the people, and to safeguard public interests, in accordance with laws and regulations such as the Law of the People's Republic of China on Infectious Disease Prevention and Control and the Law of the People's Republic of China on Emergency Response, in accordance with Guangdong Province The first-level response requirements for major public health emergencies are hereby notified as follows:
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      Ii. All residential communities (villages) shall be closed. Strengthen the management of personnel (vehicles) access, and restrict non-owner (village) owners, residents or users and vehicles from entering the property management area (including but not limited to people such as courier, takeaway and their vehicles). Items delivered by courier companies, takeaways, etc. should be sent to a designated area for centralized storage and management, and collected by customers themselves. All entrances and exits should be equipped with prevention and control card points. Residents must enter and exit and conduct body temperature monitoring. Those whose body temperature exceeds 37.3 degrees Celsius are required to actively cooperate with medical observation and other related disposals in accordance with work guidelines, and promptly report to the residents (village) committee Will report.
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      24. Personnel who are still stranded in key epidemic areas shall not return to the province until the first-level response to a major public health emergency in the province is cancelled. Public officials (party and government agencies, institutions, and state-owned enterprise staff) who return to Guangzhou in advance shall be held accountable by the disciplinary inspection and supervisory organs at the same level; foreign visitors from Guangzhou have a history of staying in key epidemic areas. Eligibility for points-based household registration and eligibility for points-based public rental housing.
       
    • By Isabella
      By Jethro Ibileke
      The deadly Coronavirus, like the Spanish Influenza, is currently spreading like a wild fire around the world and is taking tolls on lives of people on its path. This deadly disease might sound strange and new to many, including even health care providers and experts, but, actually, Jehovah’s Witnesses, a religious group, had sounded a warning of its emergence 15 years ago, in one of its magazines, Awake!
      Writing on the subject “The Next Global Epidemic, WHEN?” the December 22, 2005, edition of Awake! did not only raise the alarm that a pandemic virus might emerge in China or a nearby country, it also warned that it might emanate from an animal and could surface from antigens or virulence factors derived from animal influenza viruses.
      Photos of the front and inner pages of the Awake! magazine has since gone viral.
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      Qu’est-ce que le Jour du Jugement ?

      La Bible dit que Dieu “ a fixĂ© un jour oĂč il va juger la terre habitĂ©e ”. (Actes 17:31.) Pour beaucoup, l’idĂ©e d’ĂȘtre soumis Ă  un jugement, quel qu’il soit, est dĂ©sagrĂ©able. Voyez-vous les choses ainsi ?
      SI C’EST le cas, rassurez-vous : le Jour du Jugement est une disposition pleine d’amour qui apportera de grands bienfaits Ă  la famille humaine, y compris aux morts (Matthieu 20:28 ; Jean 3:16). Mais pourquoi est-il nĂ©cessaire ? Et que se passera-t-il rĂ©ellement pendant ce “ jour ” ?
      Pourquoi le Jour du Jugement est nécessaire
      Lorsque Dieu a placĂ© les humains sur la terre, il ne la destinait pas Ă  n’ĂȘtre qu’un lieu d’épreuve en vue d’une existence dans un autre monde. Il a crĂ©Ă© les humains pour qu’ils y vivent Ă©ternellement. Bien que parfaits physiquement et mentalement, Adam et Ève, le premier couple, se sont rebellĂ©s contre Dieu. Ils ont alors perdu la perspective de la vie Ă©ternelle pour eux-mĂȘmes, et ont transmis le pĂ©chĂ© et la mort Ă  tous leurs descendants. — GenĂšse 2:15-17 ; Romains 5:12.
      Le Jour du Jugement sera une pĂ©riode de mille ans durant laquelle les hommes auront la possibilitĂ© de retrouver ce qu’Adam et Ève ont perdu*. Remarquez que, selon Actes 17:31, citĂ© plus haut, ce “ jour ” concerne les personnes qui vivent sur “ la terre habitĂ©e ”. Celles qui recevront un jugement favorable vivront sur la terre, Ă©ternellement et dans des conditions parfaites (RĂ©vĂ©lation 21:3, 4). Le Jour du Jugement contribue donc Ă  l’accomplissement du dessein originel de Dieu pour l’homme et pour la planĂšte.
      Le Juge que Dieu a Ă©tabli est Christ JĂ©sus. La Bible rĂ©vĂšle qu’il va “ juger les vivants et les morts ”. (2 TimothĂ©e 4:1.) Qui sont “ les vivants ” qui seront jugĂ©s ? Comment les morts vont-ils revenir Ă  la vie sur “ la terre habitĂ©e ” ?
      JĂ©sus juge “ les vivants ”
      Nous sommes maintenant proches de la fin annoncĂ©e du prĂ©sent systĂšme de choses, oĂč Dieu va dĂ©truire tous les Ă©lĂ©ments de la sociĂ©tĂ© humaine corrompue et supprimer les mĂ©chants. Les personnes qui rĂ©chapperont seront “ les vivants ” qui seront jugĂ©s. — RĂ©vĂ©lation 7:9-14 ; 19:11-16.
      Durant la pĂ©riode de jugement qui durera mille ans, Christ JĂ©sus ainsi que 144 000 hommes et femmes ressuscitĂ©s pour vivre dans les cieux dirigeront la terre. Exerçant les fonctions de rois et de prĂȘtres, ils dispenseront les bienfaits du sacrifice rĂ©dempteur de JĂ©sus et amĂšneront progressivement les humains fidĂšles Ă  la perfection physique et mentale. — RĂ©vĂ©lation 5:10 ; 14:1-4 ; 20:4-6.
      Pendant le Jour du Jugement, Satan et ses dĂ©mons ne seront plus libres d’influencer l’activitĂ© humaine (RĂ©vĂ©lation 20:1-3). Toutefois, Ă  la fin de ce “ jour ”, Satan sera autorisĂ© Ă  Ă©prouver la fidĂ©litĂ© de tous les humains alors en vie. Ceux qui resteront fidĂšles Ă  Dieu passeront avec succĂšs l’épreuve Ă  laquelle Adam et Ève ont Ă©chouĂ©. Ils seront jugĂ©s dignes de recevoir la vie Ă©ternelle sur la terre redevenue un paradis. Ceux qui dĂ©cideront de se rebeller contre Dieu seront dĂ©truits pour toujours, de mĂȘme que Satan et ses dĂ©mons. — RĂ©vĂ©lation 20:7-9.
      Le jugement des “ morts ”
      On lit dans la Bible qu’au Jour du Jugement les morts “ se lĂšveront ”. (Matthieu 12:41.) JĂ©sus a dit : “ L’heure vient oĂč tous ceux qui sont dans les tombes de souvenir entendront sa voix et sortiront, ceux qui ont fait des choses bonnes, pour une rĂ©surrection de vie, ceux qui ont pratiquĂ© des choses viles, pour une rĂ©surrection de jugement. ” (Jean 5:28, 29). Il n’est pas question ici des Ăąmes dĂ©sincarnĂ©es des dĂ©funts. Ces derniers sont totalement inconscients et n’ont pas d’ñme qui survive Ă  la mort (EcclĂ©siaste 9:5 ; Jean 11:11-14, 23, 24). JĂ©sus relĂšvera sur la terre tous ceux qui se sont endormis dans la mort.
      Seront-ils jugĂ©s sur la base de ce qu’ils ont fait avant leur mort ? Non. Les Écritures enseignent que “ celui qui est mort a Ă©tĂ© acquittĂ© de son pĂ©chĂ© ”. (Romains 6:7.) Ainsi, tout comme les survivants de la fin du systĂšme actuel, les ressuscitĂ©s pour la vie sur la terre seront jugĂ©s “ selon leurs actions ” au cours du Jour du Jugement (RĂ©vĂ©lation 20:12, 13). En fonction de l’issue de leurs actions, leur rĂ©surrection se rĂ©vĂ©lera aboutir soit Ă  l’éternitĂ©, soit Ă  la destruction. Nombre de ces ressuscitĂ©s dĂ©couvriront JĂ©hovah Dieu et ses exigences pour obtenir la vie. Ils auront la possibilitĂ© de se conformer Ă  la volontĂ© de Dieu et de recevoir la vie Ă©ternelle 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 oĂč 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 Ă  leurs cĂŽtĂ©s vers la perfection !
      Imaginez la joie que vous ressentirez quand vous retrouverez vos chers disparus.
      Au terme du Jour du Jugement, Dieu permettra Ă  Satan d’éprouver la fidĂ©litĂ© des ĂȘtres humains. Il n’y a cependant pas lieu d’ĂȘtre inquiet ou d’avoir peur. Tous seront alors solidement armĂ©s pour faire face Ă  cette derniĂšre Ă©preuve. Ainsi, le Jour du Jugement est une Ă©tape dans l’accomplissement du dessein divin qui effacera toutes les consĂ©quences de la rĂ©bellion 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 ĂȘtre loue JĂ©hovah !
       2 Je veux louer Jéhovah toute ma vie.
      Je veux chanter des louanges Ă  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 JĂ©hovah son Dieu,
       6 Celui qui a fait le ciel et la terre,
      la mer, et tout ce qui s’y trouve,
      celui qui reste fidĂšle pour toujours,
       7 celui qui garantit la justice aux spoliés,
      celui qui donne du pain aux affamés.
      JĂ©hovah libĂšre les prisonniers ;
       8 Jéhovah ouvre les yeux des aveugles ;
      Jéhovah relÚve ceux qui sont courbés ;
      JĂ©hovah aime les justes.
       9 Jéhovah protÚge les résidents étrangers ;
      il soutient l’orphelin de pùre et la veuve,
      mais il contrecarre les projets des méchants
      10 JĂ©hovah sera Roi pour toujours,
      ton Dieu, Î 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 Ă  ĂȘtre un responsable, il dĂ©sire une belle Ɠuvre. 2 Il faut donc qu’un responsable soit irrĂ©prochable, mari d’une seule femme, modĂ©rĂ© dans ses habitudes, rĂ©flĂ©chi, ordonnĂ©, 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 dignitĂ© 5 (car si un homme ne sait pas diriger sa propre famille, comment prendra-t-il soin de l’assemblĂ©e de Dieu ?), 6 que ce ne soit pas un homme rĂ©cemment converti, de peur qu’il se gonfle d’orgueil et tombe sous le coup de la condamnation portĂ©e contre le Diable. 7 D’autre part, il faut aussi qu’il reçoive un beau tĂ©moignage des gens extĂ©rieurs Ă  l’assemblĂ©e, afin de ne pas tomber dans le dĂ©shonneur et dans un piĂšge du Diable.
      8 De mĂȘme, il faut que les assistants soient des hommes dignes, qu’ils n’aient pas un langage double, qu’ils soient modĂ©rĂ©s dans la consommation de vin, non avides d’un gain malhonnĂȘte, 9 attachĂ©s au saint secret de la foi avec une conscience pure.
      10 De plus, qu’ils soient d’abord mis Ă  l’épreuve quant Ă  leurs aptitudes ; puis, s’ils sont exempts d’accusation, qu’ils servent comme ministres.
      11 De mĂȘme, il faut que les femmes soient dignes, non calomniatrices, modĂ©rĂ©es dans leurs habitudes, fidĂšles en toutes choses.
      12 Les assistants doivent ĂȘtre 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 acquiĂšrent une belle rĂ©putation et une grande confiancepour parler de la foi en Christ JĂ©sus.
      14 Je t’écris ces choses, bien que j’espĂšre venir bientĂŽt chez toi, 15 pour que, au cas oĂč je serais retardĂ©, tu saches comment tu dois te conduire dans la maison de Dieu, qui est l’assemblĂ©e du Dieu vivant, colonne et soutien de la vĂ©ritĂ©. 16 Oui, il faut avouer qu’il est grand, le saint secret de l’attachement Ă  Dieu : « Il a Ă©tĂ© manifestĂ© dans la chair, a Ă©tĂ© dĂ©clarĂ© juste dans l’esprit, est apparu aux anges, a Ă©tĂ© prĂȘchĂ© parmi les nations, a Ă©tĂ© cru dans le monde, a Ă©tĂ© enlevĂ© dans la gloire. »





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    • Eric Ouellet

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

      QUAND un berger s’intĂ©resse de prĂšs au bien-ĂȘtre 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 prĂ© puis n’y prĂȘte plus attention risque fort, en quelques annĂ©es, d’avoir de nombreuses bĂȘtes malades qui ne rapportent rien ». Par contre, quand les moutons reçoivent l’attention voulue, le troupeau prospĂšre.
      La qualitĂ© des soins et de l’attention que les bergers du troupeau de Dieu prodiguent Ă  chaque brebis dont ils sont responsables influera sur la santĂ© spirituelle de toute la congrĂ©gation. Tu te souviens peut-ĂȘtre que JĂ©sus a eu pitiĂ© des foules parce qu’« elles Ă©taient dĂ©pouillĂ©es et Ă©parpillĂ©es comme des brebis sans berger » (Mat. 9:36). Pourquoi se trouvaient-elles en si piteuse condition ? Parce que les hommes chargĂ©s d’enseigner la Loi de Dieu au peuple Ă©taient durs, exigeants et hypocrites. Au lieu de soutenir et de nourrir les membres de leur troupeau, les guides spirituels d’IsraĂ«l posaient sur leurs Ă©paules de « lourdes charges » (Mat. 23:4).
      Les bergers chrĂ©tiens d’aujourd’hui, les anciens, ont donc une lourde responsabilitĂ©. Les brebis du troupeau sous leur garde appartiennent Ă  JĂ©hovah ainsi qu’à JĂ©sus, qui s’est prĂ©sentĂ© comme « l’excellent berger » (Jean 10:11). Les brebis ont Ă©tĂ© « achetĂ©[e]s Ă  un prix », que JĂ©sus a payĂ© avec son propre « sang prĂ©cieux » (1 Cor. 6:20 ; 1 Pierre 1:18, 19). JĂ©sus 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, JĂ©sus Christ, « le grand berger des brebis » (HĂ©b. 13:20).
      Comment les bergers chrĂ©tiens devraient-ils traiter les brebis ? Les membres de la congrĂ©gation sont exhortĂ©s Ă  « obĂ©i[r] Ă  ceux qui [les] dirigent ». De leur cĂŽtĂ©, les anciens ne doivent pas « commande[r] en maĂźtres ceux qui sont l’hĂ©ritage de Dieu » (HĂ©b. 13:17 ; lire 1 Pierre 5:2, 3). Alors comment peuvent-ils diriger le troupeau sans le commander en maĂźtres ? Autrement dit, comment peuvent-ils rĂ©pondre aux besoins des brebis sans abuser de l’autoritĂ© dont Dieu les a investis ?
      « IL LES PORTERA SUR SON SEIN »
      Parlant de JĂ©hovah, le prophĂšte IsaĂŻe a dĂ©clarĂ© : « Comme un berger il fera paĂźtre 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 JĂ©hovah se soucie des besoins des membres de la congrĂ©gation faibles et vulnĂ©rables. De mĂȘme qu’un berger connaĂźt les besoins particuliers de chaque brebis de son troupeau et se tient prĂȘt Ă  les combler, JĂ©hovah connaĂźt les besoins des membres de la congrĂ©gation et est heureux de leur apporter le soutien voulu. À l’image d’un berger qui, si nĂ©cessaire, porte un agneau nouveau-nĂ© dans le pli de son vĂȘtement, « le PĂšre des tendres misĂ©ricordes » nous portera, ou nous consolera, quand nous serons durement Ă©prouvĂ©s ou rencontrerons un besoin particulier (2 Cor. 1:3, 4).

      Quel exemple admirable pour un berger chrĂ©tien ! Comme son PĂšre cĂ©leste, il lui faut ĂȘtre attentif aux besoins des brebis. S’il est au courant des difficultĂ©s qu’elles rencontrent et des besoins qui mĂ©ritent une attention immĂ©diate, il sera en mesure d’offrir l’encouragement et le soutien nĂ©cessaires (Prov. 27:23). Il doit donc bien communiquer avec ses compagnons chrĂ©tiens. Tout en respectant la vie privĂ©e de chacun, il s’intĂ©resse Ă  ce qu’il voit et entend dans la congrĂ©gation, avec amour, il se rend disponible pour « venir en aide aux faibles » (Actes 20:35 ; 1 Thess. 4:11).
      Parlons de la mentalitĂ© de bergers que JĂ©hovah a dĂ©sapprouvĂ©s. Aux jours d’ÉzĂ©kiel et de JĂ©rĂ©mie, JĂ©hovah a dĂ©noncĂ© ceux qui auraient dĂ» s’occuper de ses brebis, mais ne le faisaient pas. Quand personne ne surveillait les brebis, le troupeau devenait la proie de bĂȘtes sauvages et se dispersait. Ces bergers exploitaient les brebis et, plutĂŽt que de les faire paĂźtre, « ils se paissaient eux-mĂȘmes » (ÉzĂ©k. 34:7-10 ; JĂ©r. 23:1). Le reproche que Dieu leur a fait est tout aussi valable pour les chefs de la chrĂ©tientĂ©. Mais il souligne Ă©galement combien il est important qu’un ancien s’occupe avec sĂ©rieux et amour du troupeau de JĂ©hovah.
      « JE VOUS AI DONNÉ L’EXEMPLE »
      En raison de l’imperfection humaine, certaines brebis peuvent ĂȘtre lentes Ă  comprendre ce que le Berger suprĂȘme attend d’elles. Elles ne se conforment pas toujours Ă  un conseil biblique ou ont un comportement trahissant un manque de maturitĂ© spirituelle. Comment les anciens doivent-ils rĂ©agir ? Ils devraient imiter la patience qu’a eue JĂ©sus envers ses disciples quand ils cherchaient Ă  savoir qui parmi eux serait le plus grand dans le Royaume. Au lieu de perdre patience, JĂ©sus a continuĂ© Ă  les enseigner et Ă  leur donner des conseils bienveillants sur la pratique de l’humilitĂ© (Luc 9:46-48 ; 22:24-27). En leur lavant les pieds, il leur a fait une dĂ©monstration d’humilitĂ©, qualitĂ© que les surveillants chrĂ©tiens sont tenus de manifester (lire Jean 13:12-15 ; 1 Pierre 2:21).
      Le point de vue de JĂ©sus sur le rĂŽle du berger n’était pas le mĂȘme que celui que Jacques et Jean ont un jour manifestĂ©. Ces deux apĂŽtres cherchaient Ă  s’assurer une place en vue dans le Royaume. Mais JĂ©sus a rectifiĂ© cet Ă©tat d’esprit ainsi : « Vous savez que les chefs des nations dominent sur elles, et que les grands usent d’autoritĂ© 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 apĂŽtres devaient rĂ©sister Ă  l’envie de « commander en maĂźtres » leurs compagnons ou de « dominer sur » eux.
      JĂ©sus tient Ă  ce que les bergers chrĂ©tiens traitent le troupeau comme lui le traitait. Ils doivent ĂȘtre disposĂ©s Ă  servir leurs compagnons, pas les dominer. Paul a manifestĂ© une telle humilitĂ©. Il a dit en effet aux anciens de la congrĂ©gation d’ÉphĂšse : « Vous savez bien comment, depuis le premier jour oĂč j’ai mis le pied dans le district d’Asie, j’ai Ă©tĂ© avec vous tout le temps, travaillant comme un esclave pour le Seigneur, avec la plus grande humilitĂ©. » L’apĂŽtre souhaitait que ces anciens soutiennent les brebis avec dĂ©vouement et humilitĂ©. Il a ajoutĂ© : « Je vous ai montrĂ© 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 Ă©tait plutĂŽt leur humble compagnon de travail, pour leur joie (2 Cor. 1:24). C’est un bel exemple d’humilitĂ© et de courage pour les anciens de notre Ă©poque.
      « FERMEMENT ATTACHÉ À LA PAROLE FIDÈLE »
      Un ancien doit ĂȘtre « fermement attachĂ© Ă  la parole fidĂšle 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 chrĂ©tien ne force pas une brebis Ă  agir de telle ou telle façon. Non, il rĂ©flĂ©chit Ă  la maniĂšre dont il stimulera son cƓur. Il attirera peut-ĂȘtre son attention sur les principes bibliques Ă  considĂ©rer avant de prendre une dĂ©cision importante. Il reverra avec elle ce que les publications ont dit sur la question. Il l’exhortera Ă  rĂ©flĂ©chir aux consĂ©quences de tel ou tel choix sur ses relations avec JĂ©hovah. Il pourra aussi insister sur l’importance de demander Ă  Dieu sa direction avant de prendre une dĂ©cision (Prov. 3:5, 6). Ensuite, il la laissera prendre elle-mĂȘme sa dĂ©cision (Rom. 14:1-4).
      La seule autoritĂ© que les surveillants chrĂ©tiens dĂ©tiennent leur vient des Écritures. Alors ils doivent absolument se servir de la Bible avec habiletĂ© et adhĂ©rer Ă  son contenu. Ils se garderont ainsi d’un Ă©ventuel abus de pouvoir. Car ils ne sont que sous-bergers ; chaque membre de la congrĂ©gation est responsable devant JĂ©hovah et JĂ©sus de ses propres dĂ©cisions (Gal. 6:5, 7, 8).
      « DES EXEMPLES POUR LE TROUPEAU »
      AprĂšs avoir dĂ©conseillĂ© aux anciens ( prĂȘtres )« commander en maĂźtres ceux qui [leur] sont Ă©chus en partage », l’apĂŽtre Pierre les exhorte Ă  « 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 frĂšre qui « aspire Ă  une fonction de surveillant ». Il lui faut ĂȘtre « sain d’esprit » et « prĂ©sider de belle façon, sa propre maisonnĂ©e ». S’il a une famille, il doit la prĂ©sider de maniĂšre exemplaire, car « si quelqu’un [...] ne sait pas prĂ©sider sa propre maisonnĂ©e, comment prendra-t-il soin de la congrĂ©gation ( assemblĂ©e) de Dieu ? » (1 Tim. 3:1, 2, 4, 5). Il doit Ă©galement ĂȘtre sain d’esprit, c’est-Ă -dire comprendre clairement les principes divins et savoir comment les appliquer dans sa propre vie. Il est calme et Ă©quilibrĂ© et se garde de porter des jugements hĂątifs. Autant de qualitĂ©s qui inspirent confiance aux membres de la congrĂ©gation.
      Les surveillants donnent Ă©galement l’exemple en prenant la tĂȘte dans l’Ɠuvre de prĂ©dication. JĂ©sus lui-mĂȘme leur a donnĂ© l’exemple Ă  cet Ă©gard. La prĂ©dication de la bonne nouvelle du Royaume a occupĂ© une grande partie de son activitĂ© terrestre. Il a montrĂ© Ă  ses disciples comment il fallait l’accomplir (Marc 1:38 ; Luc 8:1). Qu’il est encourageant, de nos jours, de prĂȘcher aux cĂŽtĂ©s des anciens, de constater leur zĂšle pour cette Ɠuvre salvatrice et d’apprendre de leurs mĂ©thodes d’enseignement ! Leur dĂ©termination Ă  consacrer du temps et de l’énergie Ă  la prĂ©dication malgrĂ© un emploi du temps chargĂ© insuffle du zĂšle Ă  toute la congrĂ©gation. Enfin, les anciens donnent l’exemple en prĂ©parant les rĂ©unions de la congrĂ©gation et en y participant, mais aussi en prenant part Ă  des activitĂ©s comme le nettoyage et la maintenance de la Salle du Royaume (Éph. 5:15, 16 ; lire (HĂ©breux 13:7) 
      « SOUTENEZ LES FAIBLES »
      Quand une brebis se blesse ou tombe malade, un bon berger vole Ă  son secours. Pareillement, quand un membre de la congrĂ©gation souffre ou a besoin d’une aide spirituelle, les anciens doivent rĂ©agir rapidement. Un chrĂ©tien ĂągĂ© 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-ĂȘtre des difficultĂ©s. RĂ©sister aux « dĂ©sirs de la jeunesse » en est une (2 Tim. 2:22). Le berger doit donc rendre rĂ©guliĂšrement visite aux membres de la congrĂ©gation dans le but de comprendre les Ă©preuves qu’ils traversent et de les encourager par des conseils bibliques bien choisis. Quand ces visites pastorales sont faites au bon moment, beaucoup de problĂšmes peuvent ĂȘtre rĂ©solus avant qu’ils ne s’aggravent.
      Et si les difficultĂ©s d’un chrĂ©tien s’aggravent au point de menacer sa santĂ© spirituelle ? « Quelqu’un parmi vous est-il malade ?, a demandĂ© le rĂ©dacteur biblique Jacques. Qu’il appelle Ă  lui les anciens de la congrĂ©gation, et qu’ils prient sur lui, l’enduisant d’huile au nom de JĂ©hovah. Et la priĂšre de la foi rĂ©tablira celui qui est souffrant, et JĂ©hovah le relĂšvera. De plus, s’il a commis des pĂ©chĂ©s, il lui sera pardonnĂ© » (Jacq. 5:14, 15). MĂȘme quand un chrĂ©tien « souffrant » « appelle Ă  lui les anciens », ces derniers doivent lui venir en aide dĂšs qu’ils sont au courant de son Ă©tat. Les anciens qui prient avec sont lĂ  pour le fortifier et aussi tout frĂšres en difficultĂ©, et ils les soutiennent, se rĂ©vĂšlent une source de rĂ©confort et d’encouragement (lire IsaĂŻe 32:1, 2).
      Dans tout ce qu’ils font au sein de l’organisation de JĂ©hovah, les bergers s’efforcent d’imiter « le grand berger », JĂ©sus Christ. GrĂące Ă  l’aide de ces hommes dignes de confiance, le troupeau se fortifie et prospĂšre. Tout cela nous rĂ©jouit profondĂ©ment et nous pousse Ă  louer le plus Grand Berger sans pareil,  notre Dieu JĂ©hovah



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