Examining the Scriptures Daily

2011

Examining the Scriptures Daily

2011

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Examining the Scriptures Daily

2011
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In whatever form or language. we have another basic need to care for if we truly want to be happy. It seems to say: “Hello. Jesus said: “Man must live. but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth. When tempted by the Devil to turn stones into bread. when greeted with the words “good morning. it is just an expression.” one individual would often say. Others equate a good day with feeling well and being energetic. To many. In fact. “Let’s make it so. the Bible. In his Sermon on the Mount. shelter. Jesus made mention of it when he said: “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need. having a good day is just being able to get started and satisfy their needs.” But what would make a morning “good”? Some feel that starting the day with a nourishing breakfast is most important. however. 4:4) Yes. Those needs.” (Matt. however. 5:3) Happiness is possible because that need can be satisfied through an understanding of God’s written Word. that spiritual need comes to the surface when they ask: ‘Why are we here? What is the purpose of life?’ The answer becomes clear when . not on bread alone. and other basic necessities.” For most people. For many. clothing. it is usually the first thing said to family members on awakening or to others we meet later on.” (Matt. it’s good to see you. Hope you have a nice day. Weather conditions can also be a significant factor in our outlook. include more than food.Examining the Scriptures Daily Foreword “Good morning!” This cheerful greeting is heard around the world countless times each day.

we learn spiritual truths—facts about God. 40:26. and his purpose for mankind. 48:17. We have an innate desire to know and worship God. 4:11) By studying the Bible. (Gen. We are bombarded by the propaganda of Satan’s system of things. . the 2011 edition of Examining the Scriptures Daily. either by themselves or with their family at the breakfast table. We become engrossed in the daily concerns of life.” —2 Tim. and keep us “fully competent. of the need to stay spiritually awake. In it you will find a Scripture text with comments for each day of the year. it will truly be a good start to the day. Moreover. Many do this in the morning. our imperfect minds tend to forget. But the inspired Word of God can teach us. Isa. If you begin each day in this way. What we learn is for our good because Jehovah teaches us the best way of life. his standards. we were formed “in God’s image. (Rev.they are helped to realize that rather than evolving from lower life-forms. is produced. How important.—Isa. completely equipped for every good work. 1 John 4:8) Jehovah created us not only with physical needs but also with a spiritual need. Luke 11:28. our spirituality must be nourished regularly. Just as our body needs to be sustained regularly with physical food. 17. Job 12:13.” mirroring some of his qualities. (1 Thess. 5:6) The brevity of the printed comments makes it possible to review them in just a few minutes. set matters straight. then. Even though we have learned many spiritual truths. reprove us when necessary. These daily gems will remind you of the truths you cherish. man was created by a loving God. daily reminders from the Bible are! That is why this publication. 32:4. 1:27. and of the way you can please God. Deut. 3:16.

the Haitian city of Port-auPrince was struck by a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7. Not knowing where to go for refuge. Why? After foretelling the Devil’s . Also of note is the prophetic account in Revelation chapter 16. “no flesh would be saved”?—Matt. schools.0. even global? Those who think that a global calamity is far-fetched need to consider the Flood and Jesus’ warning: “Just as the days of Noah were. they do indicate that destructive events of global proportions are coming and that there is a great need to seek a place of refuge. there is a need to find refuge. including hospitals. people poured into the streets and for weeks afterward camped in any open areas they could find. More than 225. 3:12. 1:14.000 deaths resulted. as aftershocks rocked the city. On January 12. This proved wise. and sections of the presidential palace. so the presence of the Son of man will be.” The prophecy goes on to relate that “a great earthquake occurred such as had not occurred since men came to be on the earth. 16:18) While those statements are symbolic in nature. the headquarters of the United Nations mission. 3. 18.1 magnitude that occurred on January 20. including one of 6.” And did not Jesus say that unless the great tribulation was cut short.” (Rev. to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty. The best place to seek refuge is always a question when a calamity strikes. In verse 14.” —Zeph. 37. we learn that demonic expressions “go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth.2011 Yeartext “Take refuge in the name of Jehovah. before those foretold events occur. 2010. 15.—Zeph. so great. But what if the calamity is widespread. Even now. so extensive an earthquake. 24:22. Many buildings collapsed. Should one stay put or move? What location will prove safest? Who can be turned to for help? Decisions are easier when just a relatively small area is affected. And Jehovah has promised such refuge for those who seek him in true faith. 2:2.

What better stronghold. it is Jehovah God in whom we too must find refuge. But there are those who are more powerful than Satan. A powerful. It is with this in mind that the Governing Body has chosen as the yeartext for 2011 these words found at Zephaniah 3:12: “Take refuge in the name of Jehovah. you will find a Scripture text for each day and comments on that text. what better place of refuge.” (Joel 2:32) The apostle Peter confirmed this when the Christian congregation was founded on the day of Pentecost 33 C. 4. 10:13) Today. Figures following the date of the Watchtower issue refer to the number. King Solomon wrote: “The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. 3. 18:10. There is no greater refuge in these trialsome times. of each study article (1.defeat and his ouster from heaven at the time of the Kingdom’s birth in 1914. in order. The comments are taken from the Watchtower (w) issues of April 2009 to March 2010. He will do so for the sake of his people and in line with his purpose. 2. (Rom. foremost of whom is Jehovah God.E. could there be than in the protection of the Almighty One himself? With inspired wisdom. God will prove to be whatever is needed in any circumstances. 12:17. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection.” —Prov. followed by the paragraphs where further comments may be found. He will prove to be our unconquerable stronghold! As the name Jehovah (meaning “He Causes To Become”) implies. the Bible relates that Satan—full of wrath and confined to the vicinity of the earth—goes off to wage war with those “who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus.” (Acts 2:21) Years later. Jehovah can meet any challenge successfully.” —Rev. Peter said: “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved. The Hebrew prophet Joel cited the saving power of Jehovah’s name when he wrote: “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will get away safe. the apostle Paul made the same point. invisible enemy who is aware of our personal weaknesses is a fearsome foe indeed.” DAILY TEXTS AND COMMENTS In the following pages. . or 5) appearing in that issue.

Jesus Christ told the apostle Peter: “Simon. 8:16. His love moved him to feel pity for them and he cured them. Simon. What precious knowledge we as Jehovah’s servants have! Yes. (John 14:15) Like Jesus. 17. then. He is determined to put us to the test. seeking to devour someone. 2:7. but they do share Jesus’ compassionate attitude toward the sick. w09 9/15 3:16. 5:8. and to explain to others how he will put an end to Satan and to mankind’s woes? Satan is responsible not only for many of the world’s sorrows but also for the opposition that God’s people experience. Peter compared the Devil to “a roaring lion. but also our own souls.Saturday. Let us courageously obey all of Jehovah’s requirements. feel impelled to share in the field ministry so as to inform people of the identity of the chief troublemaker? And are we not happy to stand up for the true God. 20 Sunday.” (Heb. 17 Monday. he offered it with love. Jesus was patient and understanding.—1 Thess. (John 13:1. who wrote: “Having a tender affection for you. w09 7/15 3:16. 34. “let your brotherly love continue. not only the good news of God. 6 mandments. Christians do not have Jesus’ miraculous power to heal. even in the face of trials. January 1 All those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with Christ Jesus will also be persecuted. January 3 [Jesus] cured all who were faring badly. Finally. let us show Christlike love to all our brothers. 2:8. Practically everyone must face health problems. Today. The love he showed to his disciples impelled them to love him in return and to keep his com- . each of us who follows in Jesus’ footsteps will experience trials in some way or other. his disciples displayed deep love and affection for those to whom they preached. as Christ himself did. Jesus’ mental attitude toward the sick serves as an example for us.” Such love identifies us as Jesus’ true followers.” —1 Pet. May we also strive to treat others kindly. even when their imperfections and weaknesses come to the fore.—Matt.”—1 Thess. look! Satan has demanded to have you men to sift you as wheat. we were well pleased to impart to you. 13:1) Do not hold back! Use your life to praise Jehovah and to help others! Jehovah will bless your sincere efforts.—2 Tim. they ministered to others and succeeded in preaching the good news. Enduring persecution and risking death. “to the end. (Mark 9:33-37) He encouraged them by expressing confidence that they would be effective preachers of the good news. we understand who is to blame for deteriorating world conditions. either his own or those of family members. Jehovah. 3:12. 35) Yes. When his disciples needed correction.” (Luke 22:31) Similarly. What affection they felt for those whom they helped spiritually! Touching indeed are the words of the apostle Paul. because you became beloved to us. January 2 We became gentle in the midst of you. w09 4/15 2:5. 19. No man has ever been a more loving teacher than Jesus. Do we not.

Nevertheless. Among such treasures is “the fear of Jehovah. 43:10) All members of the nation were included in that one servant class. many decisions need to be made that involve our obedience to God. (2 Chron. the Bible. and discernment. as a collective servant. Finding “the very knowledge of God” can lead to the greatest honor any human can have—a close personal relationship with the Most High. when it comes to spiritual instruction. For example. but they usually have little or no effect on our day-to-day life. has its limitations. Discoveries of hidden treasures have often made headline news. w09 8/15 4:6. w09 7/15 1:1-3 Thursday. right or wrong. standing forever. 5 Wednesday. 21:43. 2:7) Was the nation of Israel the slave about whom Jesus spoke in Matthew 24: 45? No. God’s Word invites us to search for treasures that truly affect us. 19:9.’ ” (Isa. Mal. However. a change was to occur. 8 treasures that Jehovah urges his worshippers to seek. knowledge.—Ps. 17:9) If we do not rely on the sure. What is the conscience? It is a special kind of self-awareness. —Matt. 35:3. How can we be sure that these decisions are in harmony with God’s will? Jehovah has given us a gift that can help us greatly in this matter of obedience. 2: 14. January 5 The fear of Jehovah is pure. 11. It is the conscience.Tuesday. it is important to note that only the priests together with the nonpriestly Levites were responsible for teaching the nation. unchanging guidance of God’s Word. (Jer. ‘even my servant [singular] whom I have chosen.—Ps. the work of the slave in Jesus’ illustration does follow a pattern similar to that of God’s “servant” in ancient Israel. however. —Prov. Some finds may have historical or artistic value. and the reward is worth far more than any material treasure. 2: 1-6) Consider the value of the .” which can be a protection and a safeguard for us in these perilous times. 119:105. The invitation is open to everyone. “ ‘You [plural] are my witnesses [plural]. we will be able to deal successfully with problems and issues in our daily life. January 6 The kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to a nation producing its fruits. We know that from the words of today’s text. 15) The conscience.—Prov. In the complex world in which we live. (Prov. It acts like an internal judge. our selfish tendencies might well distort the conscience. enabling us to look at the choices we face in life or to reflect on the actions we have already taken and to evaluate them as to good or bad. However. Jehovah would use a new nation. 4:23. 9:10. the ancient nation of Israel. Clearly. And with the treasures of God-given wisdom. w09 6/15 4:4. Jehovah spoke of his people. (Rom. if we were to give the desires of our heart too much prominence. January 4 Safeguard your heart. our conscience might be nearly useless. which Jesus said to the Jews of his day.’ is the utterance of Jehovah.

w09 5/15 3:20. —Isa. good King Asa vigorously pursued a campaign to root out immorality in Judah. must battle to keep free from the contamination of pornography that is displayed on billboards. Jesus showed that kind of love. all of God’s servants. He is sensitive to the abilities and circumstances of his students. 16 Saturday. January 9 He went journeying from city to city and from village to village. 19:11-14) John also “saw an an- . (Rev. w09 6/15 2:14. zealous for fine works. 20:1-3. January 7 Keep yourselves clean. he traveled hundreds of miles on foot to share the good news with them. Many years before Isaiah wrote the above words. January 8 The Devil has been sinning from the beginning. who will bind the Devil and hurl him—and evidently the demons—into the abyss. he described Jesus and the angelic heavenly armies as going forth on white horses in order to carry on war in righteousness. Our zeal in heeding God’s warnings can help us to develop a hatred for what is bad. 15 gel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. w09 7/15 3: 15. 52:11.—1 John 3:8. 1:6-10) When John saw that same event in vision. A loving teacher imparts knowledge because he genuinely cares for his students. it is not easy—especially for youths—to keep morally clean. 7-10) All rebellion against God will have been removed. and particularly on the Internet.—Luke 8:1.” all “who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus” will be destroyed. Thereafter.Friday. (2 Thess. “At the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels. Satan and all other rebels will suffer destruction. and teaching and learning are enjoyable. His greatest expression of love was to surrender his perfect human life so that others might be saved. When teachers have such love. students will discern it. (Rev. preaching and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God. Jesus tirelessly cared for people physically and especially spiritually. in films. (1 Ki. For instance.” (Titus 2:14) In today’s vice-ridden society. He adapts his teaching to their needs and their level of understanding. (John 15:13) During his ministry.” as one Christian expressed it. Rather than expecting people to come to him. 21 Sunday. A good teacher makes his students feel comfortable so that they are eager to involve themselves in what they are learning and are happy to express themselves. 15:11-13) And centuries later. 97: 10. 4:23-25. 12:9) We need to abhor pornography in order to “break free from its powerful. the apostle Paul told Titus that Jesus gave himself to cleanse his followers to make them “a people peculiarly his own.” This is none other than the archangel Michael.—Matt. (Ps. young and old alike. on the TV screen. Rom. They will be released briefly at the end of Christ’s Millennial Reign when perfect mankind will experience a final test. magnetic pull.

—John 2:17. over seven million Christians manifest concern for God’s house. —2 Tim. (John 2:1316) Jesus’ actions relate directly to his concern for the temple. drug or alcohol abuse. the book of creation speaks volumes about God’s qualities and abilities. (Rom. In Jerusalem at the temple in the Court of the Gentiles. 1:7. January 12 God gave us not a spirit of cowardice. 4:11. 17. January 11 [God] is not far off from each one of us. We can seek God and really come to know him.” (John 2:16.” (Rev. constant partying. Ps. 77:12) A very fine way to become even more intimately acquainted with Jehovah is to follow the Christ. January 10 The zeal for your house will eat me up. w09 5/15 4:3. “Stop making the house of my Father a house of merchandise!” he commands. 4:7) Thus. (Col. 10 Tuesday. you will develop confidence in “the strength that God supplies. “Soundness of mind” involves being able to think and reason sensibly. he drives out all the animals. 3:14) As “the firstborn of all creation.” he lived for aeons in heaven with his Father. Christians are admonished “to repudiate ungodliness and worldly desires and to live with soundness of mind and righteousness and godly devotion amid this present system of things. Appreciatively reflecting on his creative works can teach us a great deal about the Creator. He orders those selling doves to take what they have and leave. (Ps. For example. they recall the words penned centuries earlier by the psalmist David: “The zeal for your house will eat me up. Individually. we may ask. As Jesus’ disciples observe these events. Just think of the glory Jesus had alongside his Father “before the world was”! (John 17:5) He is “the beginning of the creation by God.” (Titus 2:6) Heeding this counsel means that you will face problems prayerfully and will rely on God-given strength. (1 Pet. w09 5/15 2: 9. Jesus did more than just spend time with his Father. Jesus also pours out the coins of the money changers and overturns their tables.Monday. or sexual immorality.’ the better we can get to . He was God’s personal companion. 4 Wednesday.” Brandishing a whip made of ropes. Jesus discovers “those selling cattle and sheep and doves and the money brokers in their seats. 69:9) In this 21st century. Some immature youths manifest a spirit of cowardice and mentally try to escape stressful situations by resorting to excessive sleep or TV viewing. the Bible.—Acts 17:27. 3:16. It includes the ability to face things as they are—not the way you would like them to be. but that of power and of love and of soundness of mind.”—1 Pet. Jehovah. 1:20) Jehovah has also revealed details about himself in his written Word. (2 Tim. 17) The more we ‘meditate on his activity’ and ‘concern ourselves with his dealings. 1:15) During his prehuman existence. ‘How can I increase my personal zeal for Jehovah’s house?’ w09 6/15 1:1-3 know Jehovah.” (Titus 2:12) The Bible exhorts “younger men to be sound in mind.

” so that we will be alive when the earth is filled with righteous. and learn.700 years ago when Isaiah wrote those words are evidently still alive today. (Rev. Like D avid.000. Those loving relationships will continue to grow indefinitely. 11 The narrative opens our eyes to events of far-reaching importance that occurred in heaven and underscores the paramount issue of God’s universal sovereignty. (Rev. Shortly after he was installed as King of God’s Kingdom. 37:27-29. The prophet Isaiah was inspired to write about the kind of life that God’s people will enjoy on earth. and he will protect the “great crowd” through Armageddon. (Isa. What a wonderful future awaits them! May we all be determined to continue to “do what is good. 8:21. Furthermore.” (Acts 24:15) Those who are resurrected on earth will have the prospect of living forever. under the rule of Jesus and his joint heirs. plant. In what ways? .—Job 1:21. 65:2125) Certain trees that were alive some 2. Jewish tradition holds that Moses wrote the book of Job sometime after Job’s death. Think of the friendships you will be able to cultivate. he conquered Satan in battle and hurled him and his demons down to the earth. Moses was about 40 years old when he fled from Egypt and took up residence in Midian.—Ps. 6:2. The book of Job strengthens the faith of God’s servants in modern times. he could have heard of the trials of Job. 12: 7-9) His victorious ride will continue until he will “complete his conquest. 14) Furthermore. happy subjects of the Greater David. 7:9. (Acts 7: 23) During his stay in that land. though. the resurrected 144. January 14 Let the name of Jehovah continue to be blessed. there will be “a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. the prospect of living forever on earth fills the hearts of millions with gratitude toward Jehovah. (Rev. w09 4/15 5:10. January 15 The creation itself also will be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. Jesus is a compassionate king. Jesus is a conquering king.Thursday. January 13 He went forth conquering and to complete his conquest. w09 4/15 1:1. The book also shows that imperfect humans like Job can remain loyal to Jehovah despite intense testing. the book of Job identifies Satan the Devil as Jehovah’s chief Adversary and mankind’s enemy. The account of Job also deepens our understanding of what is involved in keeping integrity and helps us to grasp why Jehovah sometimes allows his servants to suffer.” completely destroying Satan’s wicked system. What “glorious freedom” will then be enjoyed on earth by “the children of God”! w09 8/15 3: 17-19 Friday. 19: 11. life will present endless opportunities to build.—Rom. 2 Saturday. Today. 19-21) Like David. who was living nearby in the land of Uz. Can you imagine yourself living that long with strength and good health? Instead of being a short walk from the cradle to the grave. —Rev.

Jehovah’s Witnesses scour the earth in search of those who yearn to know and serve God. and to him you should cling.—Rom. Do not let that happen to you! God’s Word warns: . we need a threefold love—love for God. January 17 Abhor what is wicked. We do so willingly. 2:4. 39:5. Like Jesus. no human has lived for even “one day” from Jehovah’s point of view. 1 Pet. January 18 Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin. love of the truth. (John 17:3) Love moves us to help honesthearted ones to come to know and love Jehovah as we do. association with those who do not adhere to God’s laws —whether at school or at work or through some form of ungodly entertainment—might affect our determination to do what is right. (Ps.—1 Tim. Actually. January 16 [God’s] will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. Yes. we have spent over one billion hours annually in the preaching and disciple-making work. 12:9. and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned. and love for people.” Many today do not see sin and death in such dire terms.—Eccl. we experience not only the joy of giving but also the satisfaction of knowing that we imitate Jesus and please Jehovah. Our lifespan is infinitely shorter than he meant it to be. 5:12. w09 9/15 5:3.” (Heb. w09 7/15 3:18. we understand that our loving heavenly Father desires that people acquire the knowledge that leads to everlasting life. to be truly effective teachers. 7:12. 3:7) Instead. The unwholesome influences that are prevalent in Satan’s world could cause us to lose our grip on godly principles. for the past 17 years in a row. 1:24) We need to keep that perspective in mind. energy. Him you should serve.” (Deut. For instance. and material resources. The infection rate of sin is 100 percent. 19 Tuesday. As we cultivate that kind of love and display it in our ministry. 20 “Do not become wise in your own eyes. we will be imitating Jesus. we can better appreciate the value of the “cure”—our deliverance. (Rom. follow the wise counsel that Moses gave to God’s people in ancient times: “Jehovah your God you should fear.” (Prov. 3:8) God’s Word thus says that our lives are as transitory as a season’s growth of grass or as an exhaled breath. cling to what is good. 3:23) And what is the mortality rate? Paul wrote that sin brings death “to all men. (2 Pet. They worry about what they call premature death. Why? If we see the severity of the “disease” that afflicts us. w09 4/15 3:18. 10:20) By clinging to Jehovah. but they dismiss as “natural” the death that creeps up on humans through the aging process.—Rom. of whom it was said: “You loved righteousness. although the preaching work requires that we sacrifice time. 4 Monday. 1:9) Paying attention to godly wisdom will deepen our happiness now and safeguard us in times to come. It is all too easy for humans to forget the Creator’s perspective. and you hated lawlessness.Sunday. In fact.

4:2) Hence. —2 Cor. He derives strength and guidance from Jehovah as he shepherds his “little flock” and the “other sheep. He knows his flock so well that he calls each sheep . you will remain in my love. January 20 I am the fine shepherd.” (Luke 12:32. Jehovah does not ask us to do something that is too hard for us. The apostle John expressed it this way: “This is what the love of God means. 6:4.” (2 Cor. the buyer asked the brother if he was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. then. just as I have observed the commandments of the Father and remain in his love. John 10:16) Thus Jesus proves to be the Fine Shepherd. This text implies that some action is required on our part. 14. by truthful speech. not walking with cunning. that we observe his commandments. The ensuing discussion led to a fine witness being given. w09 8/15 4:2-4 Thursday. 20 by name. . including those that could not be seen. 15) As the Fine Shepherd. and yet his commandments are not burdensome. Attempting to sell a car to a prospective buyer. spoken on the final night of his life here on earth.Wednesday. if that was true of the perfect Son of God. w09 4/15 5:7 Friday. 78:70. Jesus accomplishes something that David could never do.” (1 John 5:3) Yes. w09 6/15 3:19. —John 10:11. would it not be true of us also? Primarily. we will bring glory to our heavenly Father and to his people. let us do our utmost to speak truth with our neighbor. we show that we love Jehovah by obeying him. . 7. This certainly proved to be the case with a Witness living in Britain. Nothing will stop him from shepherding his “little flock” to immortal life in heaven and leading his “other sheep” to everlasting life in a righteous new world free from wolflike predators. The years David spent in fields and on hills tending sheep prep ared him for the demanding duties and responsibilities of shepherding the nation of Israel. .” (John 15:10) Clearly. Now.—John 10:27-29. Jesus felt that observing Jehovah’s commandments was essential to keeping a good standing with his Father. 71) Jesus too has proved to be a model shepherd. (John 10:3. (Ps. January 21 Keep yourselves in God’s love. After taking the car for a test drive. do we need to do in order to remain in God’s love? We find the answer to that question in Jesus’ own words. He loves his sheep so much that while on earth he willingly gave of himself for their well-being. he described all its good points as well as its faults. —Jude 21. Why did he draw that conclusion? The man had taken note of the brother’s honesty as well as his neat appearance. He said: “If you observe my commandments. His ransom sacrifice opened the way for mankind to be rescued from death. Do we likewise bring praise to our Creator by our good moral character? Paul said: “We have renounced the underhanded things of which to b e ashamed. What. In so doing. January 19 In every way we recommend ourselves as God’s ministers.

the hope of . ftn. 18:20) Hence. January 22 What will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things? —Matt. The initial fulfillment of the prophecy that Jesus gave his disciples in answer to their question took place in the first century.) Practically every day. January 24 He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved. Should we be any less vigilant in protecting ourselves from Satan’s “crafty acts”? (Eph. By following Christ’s example of obedience even “as far as death. After all. 21:4. including when that association might be in the form of violent. leaving open a window of opportunity for endangered ones to escape to safety.E.—Rev. 9 Sunday. Upon observing that development. w09 5/15 1:1.. 2 Monday. 24:21) In 66 C. But then he suddenly withdrew. 2:8. w09 8/15 1:1. we must obey God and live by his righteous principles. It molds our very outlook on life. the signal marking the opening stage of a “great tribulation” was only about five years away. Computer users take pains to prevent their equipment from becoming infected with malicious viruses that can destroy data. Instead. people will no longer grow old and die but will live forever on earth.E. immoral entertainment. 24:13. —Phil.” (Matt. 2 everlasting life is an essential aspect of the good news that we preach. w09 9/15 2:8. 24:3. Cestius Gallus led Roman troops in a nearly successful attack on Jerusalem. “those in Judea [were to] begin fleeing to the mountains. perhaps thinking that we are strong enough to resist the effects of bad association.Saturday. Jesus spoke of an unusual development that would signal that the end was imminent.” we show that our faith is real. Unknown to both Paul and his fellow believers. —Matt. 2. and death will be no more. 6:11. For the most part. (Matt. neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. January 23 He will wipe out every tear from their eyes. In order to gain salvation. Perhaps you recall the joy you felt when you first learned that in the near future. many people are skeptical about everlasting life on earth. we must protect ourselves and our children from the corrupting influences of Satan’s spirit. 15-22) Nearly three decades later. in some way we have to choose if we will do things Jehovah’s way or not. (John 17:3) You have probably enjoyed sharing that Scriptural hope with others. interfere with operation. It would be a mistake to lower our moral and spiritual standards. The former things have passed away. the religions of Christendom have ignored the hope of everlasting life on earth. sobering message to Hebrew Christians living in Jerusalem and its surroundings. the apostle Paul penned a strong. Whereas the Bible teaches that the soul dies.. (Ezek. the majority of churches teach the unscriptural doctrine that man has an immortal soul that survives death and lives on in the spirit realm. 24:1. in 61 C. and even take over the machine.

4) Jesus did not stop with that. As Jews. January 27 Jehovah God will raise up for you from among your brothers a prophet like me.—Eccl. January 25 Unless anyone is born from water and spirit.E. the Chosen One” of Jehovah.—Acts 3:22. 18. 6:33) Therefore. 14 Thursday.” (John 4:5. The parents’ words and teachings will carry weight. Jesus taught his disciples to make spiritual values and pursuits their priority. quoting from the Hebrew Scriptures. including those who will live on earth. Shortly after Pentecost 33 C. he met a woman at Jacob’s fountain near the city of Sychar in Samaria. (Deut. If parents strive to apply Bible principles in everyday matters. in imitation of Jesus.. He told her: “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all. Christian parents realize that a child’s upbringing entails more than providing for his material needs. 9 to weaken in the face of worldly pressure. this will not escape their children’s notice.” (John 3:3. Peter was standing before a crowd of worshippers in the temple. they looked forward to the coming of a prophet greater than Moses. 19) Those words of Moses were likely familiar to Peter’s audience. w09 4/15 4:6. After speaking to Nicodemus in Jerusalem. Jesus traveled north toward Galilee. he said the words found in today’s text. (John 3:16) Jesus was referring to the hope of everlasting life for his anointed followers in heaven and for others on earth. but the Messiah. “the Christ of God. —John 3:5. As a result. but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life. 34:10) With keen anticip ation. he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Heb. 7:12. the children may be more inclined . 7 Wednesday. Jesus told Nicodemus that those entering the Kingdom of the heavens must b e “b orn again. That prophet would prove to be not just a messiah. the apostle Peter quoted a prophecy by Moses that was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. 11:26. On the way. (Deut. Christian parents should also strive to cultivate in their children a desire to pursue spiritual goals. an anointed one of God like Moses. January 26 The advantage of knowledge is that wisdom itself preserves alive its owners. they might draw the conclusion that Bible principles are not really important or practical. 6.Tuesday. (Matt. 14) This water represents God’s provisions for the restoration of all mankind to everlasting life. they had a high regard for Moses. However. if children perceive a double standard. Therefore. (Acts 3:11) Peter explained that this astonishing act was a result of Jehovah’s holy spirit operating through Jesus Christ.—Luke 23: 35. The people were “surprised out of their wits” when Peter and John healed a beggar who was lame from birth. He then spoke of the hope that is open to the whole world. w09 7/15 2:13. w09 8/15 2:8. it would be extremely shortsighted to teach a child to pursue goals that would serve only for his material advantage. Then. 18:15.

(Matt. 11:29. The Bible . January 28 He has not done to us even according to our sins. 11:28. 3:16-19) At the same time. January 30 Come to me. they threw away that precious gift. and I will refresh you. 9 Sunday. Satan the Devil. he holds out the hope of deliverance. and he was patient with his disciples despite their faults.” Under David’s leadership. —John 13:14-17.—John 14:30. Jesus washed their feet. (Mark 5:2. Rightly. Yet. rescuing victims from their clutches. January 29 In the world you are having tribulation. he showed his authority over the demons. thereby teaching them a lesson in being “lowly in heart” that they would never forget. Jesus always maintained his joy and self-control. nor according to our errors has he brought upon us what we deserve. feelings. (Gen. willingly came to earth to serve among imperfect and sinful people. (1 Pet. he became a most powerful ruler. As KingDesignate. has no hold on him. and Jehovah himself put the dread of him upon all the nations. and you will find refreshment for your souls. That may be difficult at first because sin cost us something we have never yet experienced. 3 Saturday. On the night before he died. 2:21-23) ‘Looking intently’ at Jesus’ example can help us to do the same when others’ faults and imperfections affect us. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. we must try to fathom what it has cost us. Adam and Eve initially enjoyed perfect human life. w09 9/15 1:1. In order to grasp the severity of sin and its effects. (2 Sam. —Ps. 1 John 5:19. all you who are toiling and loaded down. Jesus. they lost for themselves and their offspring the kind of life that Jehovah intended for them. —Matt. the man Jesus w as fearless. But for us. the nation’s boundaries were extended from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates. Jesus was mild-tempered. to fulfill the tremendous potential within them. ftn. By choosing to sin against Jehovah. and actions. 29. they could choose to control their thoughts. Some of those would later kill him. w09 9/15 5:5 states: “David’s fame began to go out into all the lands. for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart.” (1 Chron. which lies in Satan’s power. they inflicted on themselves and on us the terrible “disease” of sin. and “Jehovah kept saving David wherever he went. Instead. 14:17) Like King David. Thus they were free to grow as servants of Jehovah God. Jesus conquered the world. Jehovah condemned them. Perfect in mind and body.) What could they learn? For one thing. w09 4/15 5:8. Luke 4:36) Even the archenemy. 6-13. the perfect Son of God. —John 16:33. 103:10. As king. (Heb. With Jehovah’s support. David was a resolute warrior who protected the land of God’s people.Friday. 8:1-14) In Jehovah’s strength. but take courage! I have conquered the world. 12:2) Jesus invited his disciples to ‘get under his yoke with him’ and thus to learn from him.

faith. 3:1-3. Moreover. February 1 Become an example to the faithful ones. as well as in the way he fulfilled his ministry. (1 Thess. February 2 Ezra . One way to prepare our heart is by diligently studying the Scriptures and Bible-based publications. ‘If I deliberately expose my heart and mind to such programs. just as it befits holy people.E.Monday. Paul was urging Timothy to keep applying himself in order to make progress in speech. in double amount. As you weigh this inspired counsel. In 49 or 50 C. You have plans to watch a particular movie on TV the next evening. love.” he regularly offered sacrifices.. had prepared his heart to consult the law of Jehovah and to do it. —Job 42:10. 4:12. What Job learned about God aroused in him the desire to please Jehovah. Job still said positive things about Jehovah. w09 5/15 2:3-5 Wednesday. so the integrity of God’s servants today makes Jehovah’s heart rejoice.—Ezra 7:10. You have just prayed for Jehovah’s spirit to help you to apply what you learn from his Word. 4:13-15) When Paul penned this counsel sometime between 61 and 64 C.” who had observed his spiritual progress.—1 Tim. and the preaching of the good news. Paul dispatched him to Thessalonica in order to comfort and make firm the Christians in that city.” You also recall Paul’s advice at Philippians 4:8. conduct. and chasteness. Timothy was already an experienced elder. . and Jehovah began to give in addition all that had been Job’s. (Job 1:5) Even when being severely tested. (Job 10:12) What a fine example! We too must regularly take in accurate knowledge of Jehovah and his purposes. You ponder Paul’s counsel at Ephesians 5:3: “Let fornication and uncleanness of every sort or greediness not even be mentioned among you. Imagine yourself in the following situation. (1 Tim. he was “well reported on by the brothers in Lystra and Iconium. Timothy began to make his advancement manifest to others when he was a young person. After observing Timothy’s further progress for some months. yet you know that it contains some immorality and violence. 18 Tuesday. meeting attendance. And just as Job’s integrity pleased Jehovah. In case his family members might have done something displeasing to God or “have cursed God in their heart. w09 4/15 1:9. We hold to a healthy routine in such spiritual activities as study. am I following Jesus’ example of strict obedience to God?’ What will you do? Will you watch that movie anyway? w09 9/15 2:5-7 . He was to strive to make his manner of life exemplary. prayer. (Acts 16: 1-5) At that time. Suppose it is your evening for personal study. when Timothy was likely in his late teens or early 20’s. Paul took Timothy with him on his missionary journey. you ask yourself.E. we do everything in our power to make known the name of Jehovah. 6) Clearly. . January 31 Jehovah himself turned back the captive condition of Job when he prayed in behalf of his companions.

47) Jesus. we want to have as full a share as we can in the Kingdompreaching and disciple-making work. February 5 Maintain your conduct fine among the nations. than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.”—Titus 2:14. Historian Philip Schaff was moved to state of this young man: . the steward must represent the “little flock” of anointed disciples as a collective body. In the context of Luke’s Gospel. Jesus then went on to say that this slave would be rewarded for his faithfulness by being appointed over all of the Master’s belongings. as employers value their conscientious attitude and do not want to lose them as employees. After raising this question. 3 “Without writing a single line. began a ministry that lasted just three and a half years and yet changed history. brothers and sisters work zealously and for no wages.Thursday.” refers to this same group but highlights their role as individuals.” or “slave. February 4 Jehovah God will raise up for you from among your brothers a prophet like me.” whom he would appoint over all his belongings. Jesus had just referred to these ones. the “master” in the illustration. discussions. to give them their food at the proper time?—Matt. he set more pens in motion. (Matt. the birth of a certain male child caused a multitude of angels in heaven to praise God in the hearing of some shepherds. 3:23. orations. that child.” That remarkable young man was. 24) This often results in improved job security. w09 6/15 4:1. (Col. 42) The “body of attendants. we shall reap many benefits. In addition. Two thousand years ago. many other things also which Jesus did. he clearly stated that there would be only one “steward.—1 Pet. the world itself could not contain the scrolls written. if ever they were written in full detail. Similarly. February 3 Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics. 24:45. Whether we are young or old. Jesus Christ. and the care we take of our meeting places are among ways that we demonstrate zeal for Jehovah’s house. Said the apostle John: “There are. or group. So as The Watchtower has often explained.”—John 21:25. did not say that there would be a multitude of slaves scattered throughout the various sects of Christendom.—Acts 3:22. and songs of praise. and furnished themes for more sermons. (Luke 12:32. our obedience to his instructions.” or “domestics. in fact. Instead. And we will continue to be known as a people “zealous for fine works. Our trust in Jehovah. w09 6/15 2:16-18 Friday. 2:12. of course. which. by our strenuously upholding the clean standards associated with our worship. 24:46. w09 4/15 4:1. brothers and sisters who work secularly to care for their families go about their business in a whole-souled way. (Luke 2:814) Thirty years later. now an adult. works of art. 2 Saturday. You must listen to him. volunteering their time and energy to help publish the good news. learned volumes. I suppose. At Bethel homes throughout the world.

February 8 [Christ] obtained an everlasting deliverance for us. she should discuss the matter with her husband before anything is decided. 2: 21. 6:4. 16:1-30) The apostle Paul was inspired to reveal the meaning behind those symbolic actions. he foreshadowed Jesus’ entry into heaven itself to present before Jehovah God the value of the ransom sacrifice.—Phil. 9 Monday. February 6 In the re-creation. 19:28.” —Isa. it would be appropriate for the mother to inquire. the high priest offered sacrifices to Jehovah to provide for the atonement of sins—first those of the priestly class.000 spiritanointed brothers and the “other sheep.” that is. If she disagrees with her husband about something. 2:5-7. He showed that the high priest pictured the Messiah. he evidently referred to what had been the Jewish hope for centuries. a Christian wife would certainly want to avoid contradicting her husband or challenging his opinion in front of their children. 2) Consider a situation in which she has an opportunity to do this. Moreover. A Christian wife does well to imitate Jesus by supporting her husband’s headship. . while the offering of the sacrifices signified Christ’s sacrificial death. so that things would be as they were in the garden of Eden before Adam and Eve sinned. 3:1. “Did you ask your father?” If the son has not. Jesus told his ap ostles that they would be among those who would rule as kings and judge “the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matt. gave no consideration to a seizure. (1 Pet. . but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form. 9:1114) That perfect sacrifice would provide real atonement for two groups of people—the priestly class of Christ’s 144. you who have followed me will also yourselves sit upon twelve thrones. the world of mankind outside that heavenly ruling class. Such individuals too “will inherit everlasting life. Her son is seeking permission to engage in an activity for which parental permission is . No. 9:24. 6:2) He also spoke of a reward for “everyone” who follows him. 9:12. judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Among the most imp ortant sacrifices required by the Law were those offered on the annual Day of Atonement. The re-creation will fulfill God’s promise of “creating new heavens and a new earth. (1 Cor. February 7 Jesus . (Ex.Sunday.—Eph.” (John 10:16) When the high priest entered the Most Holy. Jesus Christ. namely. she would talk with him in private. On that day. Because the matter has not previously been discussed by the parents.—Heb. 10 Tuesday. w09 7/15 2:9. 5 needed. (Heb. —Matt. 65:17. 25: 22. when the Son of man sits down upon his glorious throne. w09 8/15 2:4. that he should be equal to God. 25. 19:29) All of this is to take place “in the re-creation. Lev.—Heb. There was to be a re-creation of conditions on earth. w09 9/15 5:8.” What did Jesus mean by “the re-creation”? Since Jesus used the term without explanation. then those of the nonpriestly tribes.

w09 9/15 1: 2. keeping in mind that our brother’s conscience may be more sensitive or restrictive than our own. But Robert chose to forgo what many viewed as a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity in order to pursue his goal of serving as a regular pioneer. do terrible things. Sadly. ‘How can I better reflect “the mind of Christ”?’ Try to keep in mind that Jesus did not become upset with his disciples. w09 9/15 4:1.—1 Cor. If the flaws of others easily annoy us. We make every effort to avoid stumbling them. 2:16. we should endeavor to respect the consciences of our beloved spiritual brothers and sisters.Wednesday. why did you give way to doubt?’ ” (Matt. we need to ask ourselves. When Jesus invited Peter to get out of the boat and walk toward Him on the water. 2 Thursday. let us continue to . (1 Tim. We need to listen to our Bible-trained conscience instead of letting our selfish inclinations overwhelm it. (Eph. they appreciate the excelling value of divine education. 2 Cor. 3:8.—Phil. 8:12. Consider the case of the apostle Peter. His academic achievements as a high-school student qualified him to attend any of the best universities in his country. 4:2. February 10 Hold a good conscience. many p eople in this world give undue prominence to the desires of the heart while paying little or no attention to the standards set out in God’s Word. though endowed with a conscience. At the same time. 4. which is the foremost reason. can we figuratively stretch out our hand and help him to gain more faith? That is certainly a lesson evident in Jesus’ mild-tempered action toward Peter. w09 8/15 4:8. February 11 I do indeed also consider all things to be loss on account of the excelling value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. Did Jesus become incensed and say to him: “Serves you right! Let that be a lesson to you”? No! “Immediately stretching out his hand Jesus caught hold of him and said to him: ‘You with little faith. February 9 We do have the mind of Christ. Robert excelled in school. 3:16. Have you considered lately what your life might be like if you had not come to a knowledge of the truth? Reflecting on some of the outstanding blessings we enjoy as a result of being taught by Jehovah will help us to maintain our appreciation for the good news and to be zealous in sharing it with others. even when they showed a measure of spiritual weakness. —1 Cor. 9 Friday. Peter actually did so for a while. 4:17-19) That is why so many people. 7: 29-31) What motivates Christians like Robert to expend themselves in the preaching work? In addition to their love for Jehovah. —1 Pet. 4:2) We should be determined never to be like that! Rather. From an early age. Then Peter looked at the windstorm and began to sink. 14:28-31) If we ever have to deal with a brother’s apparent lack of faith. 5 let God’s Word educate and train our conscience so that it can be truly useful to us. (1 Cor.

and shows us how to come into a loving relationship with him. reveals God’s purpose. The life span of Abraham was 175 years. that is not the case. to speak to you the good news. even if they are close family members. including secular humanism and the theory of evolution. It opens the way to everlasting life. w09 7/15 4:1. —Col. and much of the content of the Internet poses a real danger to young and old alike. I came to put. February 12 We mustered up boldness . The Flood survivor Shem lived for only 600 years. February 14 Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry you off as his prey through the philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men. and people grew old and died. 2:17. we need to grasp the meaning of Paul’s words to the Colossians and take his counsel to heart if we do not want to succumb to Satan’s cunning schemes. and his son Arpachshad for 438 years. 3:22) Adam’s early descendants no doubt learned about man’s fall from perfection. 2:2. . 2:9. 25:7. This good news assures us of an end to suffering.—Gen. sickness. How pleasant it is to hear good news! And the best news of all is the good news of God’s Kingdom. 5:5. Adam lived for 930 years. (1 Tim. Jesus told his disciples: “Do not think I came to put peace upon the earth. that of his son Isaac was 180 years. most people reject it. . 3: . lived for 205 years. The entrance to the garden of Eden was blocked. and death. shapes people’s thinking. God clearly indicated that Adam would live forever if he was obedient. w09 7/15 1:5. pain. —1 Thess. 32. 2 23.Saturday. Some make themselves enemies of those who proclaim it. 11:10-13. (Gen. which was confirmed by visible evidence. not peace. (Gen. but a sword. Constant exposure to these and other worldly trends can easily affect our feelings and attitude toward the direction that Jehovah provides. Indeed. 6:17-19) Clearly. The entertainment industry panders to the debased tendencies of the fallen flesh. Sadly. goals. . We too must beware of the influences from Satan and his wicked system. 35: 28. Abraham’s father. and that of Jacob was 147 years. 2:8. 24) With the passing of time. and lifestyle. morals. (Gen. 6 Sunday. Terah. February 13 As for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it. for in the day you eat from it you will positively die. though. . Jehovah’s purp ose for mankind was made evident at the very beginning of human history. False religion plays a major role in many popular holiday celebrations. Worldly philosophy. 10:3436) Instead of embracing the good news. the human life span declined. sorrow. causing us to relax our firm hold on the real life. You would think that everyone would rejoice to hear this news that Jesus shared with mankind. a man’s enemies will be persons of his own household. . 47:28) Many people must have realized what this decline meant —the prospect of everlasting life had been lost! w09 8/15 1:3 Monday.” (Matt.

19:18. Each member of that nation was given the commission to preach the good news and make disciples. Jesus Christ. Where would you wind up if you followed your schoolmates? Perhaps you have set certain goals for yourself. 20:14. Luke 12:6. The new nation. or becoming a Bethelite. 20) But was every member of that group to be involved with providing spiritual food at the proper time? No. 9:6) It came into existence with the outpouring of God’s spirit at Pentecost 33 C. You youngsters may at times be tempted to disobey your parents. serving in a territory where there is a greater need for Kingdom publishers. Will associating with your schoolmates help you reach your goals? w09 7/15 2:16.” is made up of spiritual Israelites. are they?” (1 Cor. He said: “Everyone that keeps . The apostle Paul tells us: “Not all are apostles.—Matt. 4:1-10) Likely. 6:16. (Matt. I am Jehovah. 28:19. saying: “Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those persecuting you. are they? Not all are prophets. how do you react? You know that if you allow yourself to be intimidated and go along with the crowd.Tuesday. 12:29) Although all spiritbegotten Christians engaged in the preaching work. February 16 You must love your fellow as yourself. even upon the Israel of God.” (Ex. —Gal. are they? Not all are teachers. 15:4-7) For example. Rom. all spirit-anointed Christians became part of the nation that now served as the slave class appointed by the Master. what can help you to follow Jesus’ example and resist temptation? (Matt. after quoting one of the Ten Commandments—“you must not commit adultery”—Jesus explained God’s view of what takes place inside the heart of a man long before he commits that act. They might try to get you to participate in questionable activities and make fun of you when you refuse. w09 6/15 4: 6. Do your schoolmates ever call you names because you refuse to participate in certain activities with them? If so. Matt. (Matt. February 17 Honor your father and your mother. Ex. 22:36-40. such as becoming a pioneer or a ministerial servant. February 15 Upon them be peace and mercy. 5:43. 15:4. w09 5/15 4:6 Thursday. 5:27. Thereafter. —Lev. 21:43. only a very limited number—just eight different men—were used to write the 27 books of the Christian Greek Scriptures. 10 on looking at a woman so as to have a passion for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matt. 2:28. Jesus showed what God requires of us and how he feels about his worshippers. most of your schoolmates have little or no regard for Bible standards. 28) After stating the Pharisaic interpretation of a statement in the Law—“you must love your neighbor and hate your enemy”—Jesus made known Jehovah’s thinking. 44. 7.” (Matt.E. 23:4) Gaining insight into how God thinks and feels and what he requires of us equips us to imitate him more fully. 29. you will disappoint your parents and Jehovah. “the Israel of God. 17 Wednesday. So.

then. 8:27. then. and where.Friday. In some countries. the house of God was the temple in Jerusalem. those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” After telling them that the Father “has committed all the judging to the Son. 60:4. Surrounded as we are by this world’s attitudes and conduct. —John 17:16. February 18 Will God truly dwell upon the earth? Look! The heavens. this house that I have built!—1 Ki. He never yielded to the world’s influence. Jehovah did not literally live there. Jesus restored a sick man to health at the pool of Bethzatha. then. and the earth is my footstool. those who did good things to a resurrection of life. w09 8/15 2:10 Sunday. nor should we. He never allowed the world to stop him from carrying out his preaching commission or to cause him to lower his standards for true worship and proper conduct. Heb. the heaven of the heavens. Rather. yes. the temple built during Solomon’s reign served as the focal point for the worship of Jehovah. 13. February 19 The man immediately became sound in health. w09 6/15 1:4. Studying Christ’s courageous example and reflecting on it can give us the necessary courage to remain separate from the world.” Jesus said: “He that hears my word and . 24-29) Jesus was telling the persecuting Jews that he was the one appointed by God to fulfill the Jewish hope of everlasting life on earth and that he would do so by raising the dead. 8. Christians deal with moral. (1 Ki. All of God’s faithful servants on earth unite to worship Jehovah in this spiritual temple. Where. social. Of course. Acts 17:24. To the Jews who criticized what he did. and religious pressures that could cause them to deviate from Jehovah’s righteous ways. themselves cannot contain you. we need courage to resist contamination. but only what he beholds the Father doing. In the face of such pressures. We must take action in order to resist and thus protect ourselves. 11 Saturday. In Jerusalem. how much less. 8:28-30) Today. is the place as a restingplace for me?” (Isa. educational institutions promote the theory of evolution ever more aggressively. w09 9/15 2:10. it is the arrangement for us to approach him in worship on the basis of Christ’s ransom sacrifice. —John 5:9. Many face family opposition. where prayers were offered. 8:5. Jesus’ example shows us how we can succeed.” (John 5:1-8. In ancient Israel. Jesus explained that “the Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative. financial. and atheism is gaining more attention. 19. is the house that you people can build for me. and he picked up his cot and began to walk. 22. February 20 I am no part of the world.” Jesus also said: “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear [the Son of man’s] voice and come out. 9:24. He declared: “The heavens are my throne. 5 believes him that sent me has everlasting life. we cannot merely hunker down and do nothing. 66:1) Nevertheless.—Isa. Jehovah’s house is no stone edifice in Jerusalem or anywhere else.

boredom. (Matt. That is the way Job would do always.—Ps. Instead. February 22 Give me now wisdom and knowledge. loneliness. Carefully evaluate what is stated there and apply it. 5:25) Our goal is to help our fellow servant to maintain his integrity. likely his livelihood. February 21 [Job] got up early in the morning and offered up burnt sacrifices according to the number of all [his children]. Jehovah answered Solomon’s prayer. Those animals were valuable. ask yourself: ‘Why do I want to get married? What expectations do I have? Is this the right person for me? What can I bring to a marriage?’ To help you make an insightful examination. believing that it is the solution to unhappiness. 32:9. 8 wisdom were unmatched among his contemporaries. come what may. 10:24. 3:27. young adults do not seriously consider the demands of marriage.Monday. (2 Chron. 3:9) But he could —and did—honor Jehovah with his lips! w09 4/15 2:7. that was no longer possible. power. The first asset that Satan caused Job to lose was his livestock. (Prov. (Prov. 12) As long as Solomon was faithful to Jehovah. 13 Tuesday. 24:45-47) View such material as advice that Jehovah is giving you. Never allow yourself to become “like a horse or mule without understanding. they find that much more is involved than they had realized. So before pursuing a courtship. Job had no “valuable things” with which to honor Jehovah. Jehovah appeared to him in a dream and said that He would give him anything he asked for.” She was impressed by what Solomon said and by the prosperity of his kingdom. 20:25) At times. “the faithful and discreet slave” has published very specific articles. But Job also used them in worship. Once the trials began. 13 Wednesday. Some young adults have rushed into marriage. we act like Elihu of old. (2 Chron. Later. 10:1-9) The Bible identifies the Source of Solomon’s wisdom by stating: “All the people of the earth were seeking the face of Solomon to hear his wisdom that God had put in his heart. his words of . or a longer life. When Solomon became king. Satan. he unselfishly asked for wisdom and knowledge. and thus make Jehovah’s heart rejoice. the exchanging of marriage vows is a serious matter. 1 Thess. 32. 34) Many of his proverbs were written down and are still treasured by those who seek wisdom. However. —Job 1:5. 1:10. We join our brother in the struggle against our common enemy. 1:7) Solomon could have asked for more wealth. 4:30. The queen of Sheba traveled some 1.500 miles to test Solomon’s wisdom with “perplexing questions.”—1 Ki. (1 Ki. (Prov. and problems at home. who spoke to Job as a true friend.” w09 5/15 2:12. February 23 Do not make yourselves like a horse or mule without understanding.—2 Chron. How can we show that we keep the real enemy in mind when a tragedy befalls a fellow believer? Instead of distancing ourselves from the affected brother. 1: 11. (1 Ki. w09 4/15 5:12.

and out of Egypt I called my son. 5. w09 5/15 1: 3. For instance. When they are faced with a decision. under its divinely appointed leader. February 26 He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel. as babes.” a rescuer.” They take in “solid food. However. His words were a prophecy that was fulfilled when Joseph and Mary returned from Egypt with Jesus after the death of King Herod. 6:1. —Matt. we learn something about the cost of deliverance. and stay there until I give you word. this training enables them to discern what Scriptural principles are involved and how to apply them. 21. which pleased God. “that we may never drift away. Job 1:5. February 25 Now that we have left the primary doctrine about the Christ. 22:13. In this prophecy. for Herod is about to search for the young child to destroy it. 2:13. Jacob. Jehovah would provide a “seed. that rescuer would suffer along the way. (Heb. both were ‘called out of Egypt. 31:54. Abel. and Job offered similar sacrifices. offered animal sacrifices to Jehovah. —Gen. 5:12-14) “Mature people” are not content to partake only of “milk. February 24 Take the young child and its mother and flee into Egypt. they know both “the elementary things” and “the deep things” of the truth. he met with divine approval. w09 9/15 5:6.”—Heb. 4:22. (Ex. 2:10) Moreover. the rescuer would have to provide a means of atonement. Later. When the first faithful human. That sounds painful and debilitating. (Ex. 7 Friday. receiving a figurative wound in the heel. crushing him out of existence. “It is necessary for us to pay more than the usual attention to the things heard by us. then I loved him.” wrote Paul. their percep- . Moses. let us press on to maturity. —Heb. Paul not only encouraged the first-century Hebrew Christians to press on to maturity but also told them what spiritual maturity involves. but what does it mean? Just what would Jehovah’s Chosen One have to endure? In order to save mankind from sin. 2:15. 6 Saturday. such Godfearing patriarchs as Noah. who would one day destroy Satan.” Therefore. 2:1. What would that involve? There were early indications that a sacrifice would be required. 4:4.” (Hos. 23.Thursday. the earthly life of Jesus resembled the life of Moses. 8:20. was led out of Egypt.’ The prophet Hosea stated: “When Israel was a boy. 19-23. 12:29-37) However. (1 Cor. 1:22–2:10) In addition. —Matt. Hosea’s words referred not only to a past event but also to a future one. 11:1) Hosea’s words pointed back to the time when the nation of Israel. Abraham. In some respects. both Moses and Jesus escaped death at the hands of a tyrannical ruler. w09 4/15 4:8 tive powers are trained through use—through application of what they know—helping them to distinguish right from wrong. 3:15. a way of reconciling humans to God by undoing the effects of sin.—Gen.

w09 4/15 2:4 Monday. w09 4/15 1:3-5 ones into everlasting life. 25:31. 32. and he will separate people one from another. 29:7-16. and his ten children had lost their lives. “the righteous ones” must be the earthly subjects of that Kingdom. —Matt. Our first parents. and Jehovah himself has taken away. deception. much of the responsibility for mankind’s woes rests with humans themselves. Thus. hatred. Still. corruption. March 1 When the Son of man arrives . and fearing God and turning aside from bad. 4:4. dying mankind a world system under his control. all the nations will be gathered before him. Many do not believe that Satan exists. they do not discern the real cause—Satan the Devil. And since then.” (Matt. successive generations have acted very unwisely. although they might be alarmed about world conditions. contentiousness. chose independence from their Creator. The Bible foretold: “[Jehovah’s King] will have subjects from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Job 1:1. (Job 1:13-19) Instead of caving in to Satan’s attack. True. 34. Jehovah allowed Satan to attack that faithful man. Because Satan is “the god of this system of things. Job said: “Jehovah himself has given. Jesus spoke of everlasting life in his discourse about the conclusion of the system of things. greed. As a result. 25:33. . 15) Such characteristics have led to political and religious conflicts. 1 Tim. . 40. 45. He is the one who has developed among imperfect. which contribute much to mankind’s misery.—1 Tim. it was the Devil who deceived Eve into rebelling against God. 46) Since the anointed are chosen to be rulers in the heavenly Kingdom. Let the name of Jehovah continue to be blessed. February 28 There is no one like him in the earth. 31:1) Satan claimed that Job’s worship of God was based on selfishness. Satan alleged that Job would be loyal to Jehovah only as long as God continued to reward and protect him. jealousy. To provide an answer to Satan’s charge.” (Ps. but the righteous . 72:8) These subjects will enjoy everlasting life on earth.Sunday. February 27 The woman was thoroughly deceived. w09 8/15 2:6 Tuesday. just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. not integrity. 24:1-3) He mentioned that those receiving an adverse judgment “will depart into everlasting cutting-off.—Job 1:8. and disorder.”—Job 1:21.” It was Job’s godly devotion—not his wealth and influence—that made him a target for the attacks of Satan the Devil. within the course of one day. 2:14. (2 Cor. his attendants had been killed. 3:6.” “The righteous ones” who receive everlasting life are those who loyally support Christ’s spirit-anointed “brothers. Adam and Eve. . (Matt. and rebelliousness.” human society displays the same basic characteristics that he does —pride. 41. 3:14. Job is described as a man who “proved to be blameless and upright. Job learned that his livestock had been stolen or destroyed. Jas.

9:6. David was a shepherd and a king who conquered Israel’s enemies. a mediator. (1 Ki. 6:6. Solomon was a wise ruler. Prince of Peace. . let him disown himself and . the Bible tells us that Moses was a prophet. attend Christian meetings regularly. So. March 4 The princely rule will come to be upon his shoulder. What about those of us who are already walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ? We are exhorted to “keep on doing it more fully. How so? He lovingly and patiently taught his disciples by word and example.” Clearly. —Luke 9:23. (Luke 8:1) Jesus’ disposition and conduct toward his disciples taught them how they were to treat one another.Wednesday. Jesus is saying that disowning yourself and becoming his follower is something you would want to do. 2) Whether we embraced true worship recently or decades ago. John and the other three Gospel writers point to Moses. w09 5/15 4:1. March 2 If anyone wants to come after me. 4:25. In what way did those ancient servants of God provide foregleams of Jesus. He showed them how to carry out the commission that he gave them. Mighty God. Jesus too is a shepherd and a conquering king. How delighted Jehovah must feel to see among the congregated throngs of his worshippers on earth you newly interested ones and young ones! As you continue to study the Bible. 5 Thursday. w09 4/15 4:4. .” (1 Thess. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor. and Solomon as men who foreshadowed Jesus as God’s Anointed One and designated King. Christ Jesus’ role resembles that of those earlier men but Jesus’ place in God’s purpose is superlative. Jesus is an excellent model for Christian parents. (John 13:1417) Children tend to imitate their . and a deliverer. and grow in your knowledge of the lifesaving truth found in God’s Word. ask yourselves: ‘What message are we sending to our children when it comes to the amount of time that we dedicate to TV and entertainment on the one hand and Bible study and participation in the field service on the other? What really are our family’s priorities? Are we setting a good example by centering our lives and our decisions on true worship?’ God’s law must first be in the parents’ own hearts if they are to rear God-fearing children. and under his kingship Israel enjoyed peace. reflecting on reasons for following the Christ will help us to apply Paul’s exhortation and follow Him ever more fully in our daily lives. Eternal Father. 25) While still faithful. 2 parents.—Isa. w09 7/15 2:11. 12 Friday. March 3 These words that I am commanding you today must prove to be on your heart. 37:24. David. (Ezek. follow me continually. either for good or for bad.—Deut. you need to take to heart Jesus’ invitation stated in today’s text. 29) Jesus too is supremely wise and is called “Prince of Peace. parents. 4:1. So is Jesus. and what can we learn from these accounts? In brief.

in large part. Only one human clearly surpassed Solomon in wisdom.—Isa. 11:2. did he shrink back or rebel? On the contrary. w09 4/15 5:14 Monday.—Matt. More than 5. 53:5. the Sermon on the Mount expands on the principles of some of Solomon’s proverbs. 8:32. Two fleshly sisters.—1 Pet. he submitted willingly to his Father’s instruction. Why? In order to make their new home available to relief workers.” (John 14:31. 5:8) Christ embodies “the wisdom of God.”—Isa.Saturday. more than 20.600 homes of Witnesses and others in the region have been rebuilt or repaired. 30) As the Messianic King.” (1 Cor. who described himself as “something more than Solomon. What an example of displaying Christ’s mental attitude! w09 9/15 3:12-15 bring happiness to a worshipper of Jehovah. w09 9/15 5:10. He would have to suffer terribly and then be put to death.000 miles to help. Though it cost him his perfect human life. 22:11. 1:24. (Prov. “the source of life. many leaving comfortable homes and secure jobs to help their afflicted brothers. since the kingdom of the heavens belongs to them. 16:20) Jesus emphasized that true happiness stems from things that are related to the worship of Jehovah and the fulfillment of God’s promises. while on earth. or pierced.” (Matt. and executed. packed their belongings into a pickup truck and drove over 2. God’s onlybegotten Son was aware of what our deliverance would cost him. That was Jesus Christ. Jesus obediently carried out his Father’s will. Why? He provided one answer in these words: “I love the Father. to the love of Jehovah’s Son. Those who apply the principles found in Jesus’ teachings are drawn closer to Jehovah. 15:13) So our deliverance is due. he was glad to do it for the sake of our deliverance. When his Father taught him those truths. 5:3. March 6 Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need. March 7 He was being pierced for our transgression. In numerous cases. (Isa. Around the world. Matt. 11 Sunday. widows. displaced local Witnesses remained in their temporary accommodations for a year or more after their houses had been rebuilt. 33. Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would be rejected.000 volunteered. 7) Before he came to the earth. Jesus Christ has “the spirit of wisdom. Consider the Witnesses who responded to the call for help after storms and hurricanes devastated widespread areas of the southern United States in 2005. Prov. 53:4. 4:8.” (John 6:68) For example. 36:9.” (Ps. Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for putting their Christlike love into action. 3:13. Solomon described a number of things that . 12:42) Jesus sp oke “sayings of everlasting life. March 5 Have intense love for one another. that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends. Moved by Jesus’ example. 14:21. (Isa. persecuted. 50:4-6) Likewise.” He provided another in these: “No one has love greater than this. to bear the sins of imperfect humans.

—Prov. (Matt.” (Hag. In fact. March 8 If . As a result. Exercising his authority as God’s Son. we would never have come to a knowledge of God.—John 18:8. w09 9/15 2: 12. saying the words of today’s text. and his health. But when Satan challenged Job’s integrity. his children. 9) And Jesus said: “You have carefully hidden these things from wise and intellectual ones. 12:10. 5:5. he had more in mind than just the man Job. (John 18:11) Jesus fearlessly exposed the unloving false teachers of his day and their wrong teachings. he fearlessly “entered into the temple and threw out all those selling and buying in the temple. who sent me. 23. . 2:7) Are you not grateful to be one of those whom Jehovah has drawn to his Son?—Jer.Tuesday. 24. 5 Thursday. 9:23. 24:9. 21:12) When soldiers came to arrest Jesus on his last night on earth. Satan is still challenging the integrity of God’s servants!—Rev. 25:8. it is I you are looking for. 23:13. let these go. and overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. Satan was seen accusing God’s servants following his eviction from heaven some time after the establishment of God’s Kingdom in 1914. and make my heart rejoice. “Skin in behalf of skin. and have revealed them to babes. Jehovah permitted Satan to test the integrity of God’s loyal servant Job. thus showing that the source of Jesus’ confidence lay.” (Matt.” (Ps.” (Luke 10:21) As servants of Jehovah. 2 Wednesday. “the desirable things of all the nations. Job lost his livestock. March 10 Be wise.” claimed Satan. draws him. 27:11.—1 Pet. . 13 selves with having the good sense to find the truth? No. w09 9/15 4:4. How can we qualify to benefit from divine education? A major requirement is that a person be meek and teachable. —Matt. w09 4/15 2:1. so deep into the last days of this wicked system. Moments later. The psalmist David wrote: “[Jehovah] will teach the meek ones his way. and everything that a man has he will give in behalf of his soul. he courageously stepped forward to protect his disciples. he told Peter to put away his sword. 25) Jesus’ disciples would need similar courage because false religious leaders would also persecute them and kill some of them.” (John 6: 44) By means of the preaching work and by means of holy spirit. (Job 2:4) In a vision given to the apostle John. can we credit our- . that I may make a reply to him that is taunting me. 23:34. on our own initiative. March 9 [God] gives undeserved kindness to the humble ones. Jesus manifested great courage throughout his ministry. Yes. Jehovah is drawing sheeplike individuals. but in Jehovah. even today. This challenge raised an issue that went far beyond Job as an individual and that has continued long after his death. not in earthly weapons. my son. Jesus said: “No man can come to me unless the Father.

8:20. Rom. At the Festival of Dedication in Jerusalem.” (Heb. his words included both the hope of heavenly life for the “little flock” and the hope of everlasting life on earth for millions of “other sheep.—Rom. March 13 They will by no means ever be destroyed. however.” (John 10:16) Hence. (2 Pet.” (John 10:26-28) Was Jesus speaking only of life in heaven. 4 Sunday. 5 lent grasp of the truth. . and confined them in stocks. . 4:1921) Abraham also had Jehovah’s word. March 11 The [human] creation was subjected to futility . on the basis of hope. Paul wrote: “After we had first suffered and been insolently treated (just as you know) in Philippi. . yet even he had times when it was a struggle for him to preach. .Friday. Consequently. 2:2) In Philippi the authorities had beaten Paul and his companion Silas with rods. we mustered up boldness by means of our God to speak to you the good news of God with a great deal of struggling. (Gen. but we do meet with disdain and apathy. —John 15:20. After all. or some aspect of it may seem intimidating. God had said to him: “It is by means of Isaac that what will be called your seed will be. 15) That promise provided a basis for hope that God would not abandon his purpose for mankind. we need faith and courage to endure in our work of preaching the good news with boldness. and no one will snatch them out of my hand. they will persecute you also. or did he also have in mind eternal life in an earthly paradise? Jesus had recently comforted his followers with the words: “Have no fear. because you are none of my sheep.” (1 Thess. to produce a son in their old age. When being tested. w09 7/15 4:3. In many lands we do not face outright persecution. Sarah. Abraham had sound reasons for expecting that God would resurrect Isaac. 18:10-14. w09 8/15 1:4. Abraham “as good as offered up Isaac. 11:17) Why was he willing to do this? (Heb. The very first prophecy of the Bible pointed to a “seed” that would ‘bruise the serp ent in the head. Jehovah had brought back to life Abraham’s reproductive powers and had made it possible for him and his wife. And I give them everlasting life. those also I must bring.” (Gen. when Jesus spoke to those opposers. 21:12) Therefore. 11:19) He believed in the resurrection! Abraham had a basis for his belief. —John 10:28. To the Christians in Thessalonica. Jesus told his opposers: “You do not believe. which are not of this fold. little flock. . Jesus said: “I have other sheep.” w09 8/15 2:12 Saturday. March 12 If they have persecuted me. 3:1-5. thrown them into prison. and they follow me. My sheep listen to my voice. his only-begotten son. The apostle Paul was a bold and fearless preacher who had an excel- .—Acts 16:16-24. 1:5-8) Perhaps you at times find it hard to share in the ministry.’ (Gen. Consider Abraham. and I know them. because your Father has approved of giving you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) At the time of this same Festival of Dedication. 21:1-3.

simplicity. 2 fice of oversight.” (Matt. w09 6/15 4:7. 7: 28) Jesus was unquestionably the greatest Teacher who ever lived.” (Luke 4:22. and irrefutable logic.—John 7:46. but it has little value in the life and death struggle for survival and security. For instance. They do not hesitate to speak the truth. to the ministry of the word. to marvel at the winsome words proceeding out of his mouth. . we know you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth. He always spoke the truth. w09 6/15 3:1-3 Tuesday. First-century Roman Governor Pontius Pilate reflected a warped view of truth when he cynically asked Jesus: “What is truth?” (John 18:38) Conflicting attitudes about truth abound in our day. saying: “Never has another man spoken like this. The Bible gives us glimpses of the impact Jesus made on those who met him. March 16 Speak truth each one of you with his neighbor. 8 Wednesday. Man has little choice in the matter—he must lie to live. their primary work involved being sent out to preach the good news to others. . The truths he taught were easy to grasp yet truly profound.” Matthew rep orts that those who listened to Jesus as he taught in the Sermon on the Mount “were astounded at his way of teaching. (Mark 3:13-15) This assignment was in harmony with the basic meaning of the Greek word apostolos.” (Acts 6:7) So the primary responsibility for the spiritual feeding work rested with the apostles.—Eph.” And John observes that the officers who were sent to arrest Jesus returned empty-handed. —Acts 6:4. which is derived from a verb meaning simply “send forth. in response to a dispute that arose about the daily distribution of food to widows. 22:16) Genuine Christians imitate Jesus’ example. Many people say that the word “truth” has various shades of meaning or that truth differs from one person to another. (Acts 6:1-3) The new arrangement resulted in Jehovah’s blessing as “the word of God went on growing. 4:25. Gospel writer Luke relates that people in Jesus’ hometown “began . Others are truthful only when it is convenient or expedient.” How different it is for Christ’s disciples! Jesus’ view of truth was not philosophical. as time went on and the Christian congregation was about to be established. When Jesus app ointed his 12 apostles. Matt. March 14 Never has another man spoken like this. . w09 7/15 3:1. He adapted his teaching to those to whom he spoke.Monday. and the number of the disciples kept multiplying in Jerusalem very much. The book The Importance of Lying states: “Honesty may be a noble ideal.” (Acts 1:20-26) What was the primary concern of the 12 apostles? The answer is found in the words of today’s text. March 15 We shall devote ourselves . .—Acts 2:42.” However. whether they were of high station or low. Even his enemies acknowledged: “Teacher. the role of an ap ostle became an “of- . He taught with clarity. He skillfully used illustrations and questions.

his message to us. Since this message is contained in his Word. Jehovah. 7 Friday. and he taught that only by being forgiving can we receive forgiveness.Thursday. March 18 Everyone that partakes of milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness. he never used that power for personal gain or with the intent of harming others. (Ps. the Bible. 12:42) What can we say about the love Jesus displayed by surrendering his soul in behalf of others except that “no one has love greater than this”? —John 15:13. 6:14. our unity helps to identify us as Christ’s followers. John 11:32-35) Think of how Jesus’ actions shed light on God’s cardinal attributes. To enjoy such unity. Consider the example of a Christian named Orchid. we must become well-acquainted with God’s word. I learned about his ways. She says: “The reminder that has had the biggest effect on my life is the one about regular Bible reading. (Luke 4:1-4) How clearly his action of throwing greedy merchants out of the temple shows his sense of justice! (Mark 11:1517. we must view others’ imperfections as Christ did. 15. 24:45-47) Absorbing God’s . Jesus was forgiving. do we not see the Father feeling the same emotions? (Mark 1:40-42. not to be ministered to. To attain maturity. 5:13. w09 9/15 1:6. It took me about two years to finish the whole Bible. Do not the miracles Christ performed show the tremendous p ower he had at his disposal? Yet.” (John 17:23) Thus. 8 thinking in this way can help us to train our perceptive powers. 14. his likes and his dislikes. 133:1) Jesus prayed to his Father that all true Christians would be united. When we read in the Gospels that Jesus felt compassion for the needy. wants his children to “dwell together in unity. but it seemed that I was meeting my Creator for the first time. for he is a babe. but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many. March 17 He that has seen me has seen the Father also. John 2:13-16) His teachings and the winsome words he used to reach people’s hearts indicate that he was “more than Solomon” in wisdom.” w09 5/15 1:7 Saturday.” to get along. (Matt. the degree of his power.—Matt. and the depth of his wisdom. 10:13. Reflecting on Jesus’ humble mental attitude can help us to ‘conduct ourselves as lesser ones’ among our brothers.—Heb. (Luke 9:4648) Doing so contributes to unity. —Matt.” (Matt. empathy for those suffering. we should be good students of the Scriptures and the publications of “the faithful and discreet slave. indignation at his disciples who reprimanded young children. Reading the Bible daily has sustained me through some of the darkest moments of my life. March 19 The Son of man came.—John 14:9. 20:28. w09 5/15 4:7. in order that “the world may have the knowledge that you sent me forth and that you loved them just as you loved me. like the father of a large family.

thus demonstrating that they had Jehovah’s backing. Therefore.” Each of us wants to “become wise. 12 Monday. We make a special effort to show others the actual words of the Bible. He befriends such people today. w09 6/15 2:7. nor can he ever be corrupted by anyone. Yet. 13:20) None of us want to “fare badly. 8:23-27. and obedient —a man of faith. righteous. Worldwide we endeavor to teach people from the Bible. The householder lamented: “I don’t know what I have done that God allowed this to happen to me. 4:1-9) For example. 17:5-7) Jesus too performed miracles involving water.” Jehovah cannot be made any wiser than he is. he gives us this wise counsel: “He that is walking with wise persons will become wise. Linda acknowledges: “I was able to give comfort by using the Bible. but he that is having dealings with the stupid ones will fare badly. March 20 With them there was the book of Jehovah’s law. 14:21. over their Nile canals and over their reedy pools and over all their impounded waters.” (Prov. March 22 Bad associations spoil useful habits.” Linda responded: “May I assure you of something?” She then read the words of James 1:13 and added: “All the suffering that we and our loved ones experience is not punishment from God.—2 Chron. Moses performed miracles . and water came gushing out of rock in the desert. the householder gave Linda a warm hug. March 21 Take your rod and stretch your hand out over the waters of Egypt. Indeed. over their rivers. Our Creator well knows how dangerous—and how helpful—associations can be for imperfect humans. (John 2: 1-11) Later. people are like sponges. 9 involving water when at his command the waters of the Nile and its reedy pools became blood. (Jas.” That conversation led to a regular home Bible study with the woman. that her husband had suffered a stroke and needed her attention. 2:21-23) That is the kind of friend Jehovah chooses. Think of it —which imperfect humans does Jehovah choose as his friends? Jehovah referred to the patriarch Abraham as “my friend. (Ex. 15:33. since it is the Word of God. When it comes to associations.Sunday. And on one occasion. We tend to absorb whatever is around us. a Witness. featuring it in our ministry. 41:8) This man was outstandingly faithful.—1 Cor. he sets a beautiful example for us when it comes to associations.” At that. w09 4/15 4:9 Tuesday. Moses was the first human on record to perform miracles. 7:19. he calmed the turbulent Sea of Galilee. 17:9. Both Moses and Jesus p erformed miracles.” (Isa. he even walked on water!—Matt. 14:23-25. w09 8/15 4:11. One householder explained to Linda. His very first miracle was that of turning water into wine at a wedding feast. (Ex. Sometimes the verses we read from the Bible are ones the householder has never heard before.—Ex. that they may become blood. the Red Sea was parted.

cultivating genuine friendships within the congregation. and faultless. because love covers a multitude of sins. 2: 1-5. 4:8.” (1 Pet. urged Christians to cultivate “unhypocritical brotherly affection” and to display “obedience to the truth. w09 5/15 2:15.—Job 1:6. Satan was also present. the Devil challenged the integrity not only of Job but of any “man” who worships Jehovah. as the recent turmoil in the world’s financial system vividly demonstrates.” (1 Tim. The expression “be absorbed” conveys the idea of being immersed in an activity. 4:6) How can you be “nourished with the words . God permitted Satan to strike Job with a painful disease. Already. saying: “Above all things. fully accomplish your ministry. Ponder over these things. 5) To fulfill this charge. As used in the Bible. and everything that a man has he will give in behalf of his soul. Drawing attention to Timothy’s imp ortant assignment. No one should put his confidence in any element of this old world. Later. March 23 Satan proceeded to enter right among them. pressures on all of God’s people are intensifying. 6 of the faith”? Paul wrote: “Continue applying yourself to public reading. preach the word. 4: 13.—Job 2:1-8. March 24 The spirit searches into all things. Paul wrote: “I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. we need more than ever to develop such Christlike qualities. to exhortation. 2:10.” By saying that. we need to draw closer to Jehovah and to one another. Thereafter. In showing honor to one another take the lead. The introductory narrative of the book of Job describes a gathering in heaven where the angels took their station before Jehovah. 2:10) Or do you put forth only minimal effort? Pondering over what you study will move your heart. 16 Friday.” They are to “love one another intensely from the heart. . as the end of this system draws ever nearer. 4:1.—Rom. be absorbed in them. human integrity denotes a completeness of heart devotion to the person of Jehovah. to teaching. Peter. 12:10. And Peter emphasized the point further. Again Satan leveled charges against Job. Timothy had to be “nourished with the words of the faith. March 25 In brotherly love have tender affection for one another.” He added: “Do the work of an evangelizer. . (Job 1:6-11) Although Satan mentioned Job’s possessions. How are your study habits? Are you absorbed in “the deep things of God”? (1 Cor. and he leveled charges against Job. 1:22) Today. 15) Improvement requires diligent personal study.Wednesday.—1 Cor. (1 John 2:1517) Rather. he focused his attention on challenging Job’s integrity. saying: “Skin in behalf of skin. . 2. w09 4/15 1:4. blameless.”—1 Pet. The term “integrity” carries the thought of being upright. have intense love for one another.” (1 Tim. be at it urgently. there was another gathering in heaven. w09 9/15 3:12 Thursday. a recipient of Jesus’ love. righteous. even the deep things of God.—Prov.

Jehovah indicated his approval of Job by referring to him four times as “my servant” and by instructing him to intercede in behalf of the wrongdoers. and Zophar because they had not spoken the truth. Contrary to what the Devil claims. 8 Monday. Even though Job was grief-stricken and had endured much. 97:10) Love moves us to honor the name of Jehovah. 17:9. March 27 They kept going around through all the cities of Judah and teaching among the people. God expressed his anger toward Eliphaz. we must avail ourselves of the help and direction that Jesus provides. and two priests. 28:28) In the final chapter of the book of Job. w09 6/15 2:7. to find the knowledge of God. 17:10) By visiting homes at various times on different days.” Jesus said that he is “the truth and the life. He sees our good motives and does not judge us if we cannot do all we would like to do. Rather. —2 Chron. He had them travel through all the cities to teach the people Jehovah’s laws. To say that all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge are “concealed in” Christ does not mean that they are locked away. no matter how limited we may feel. we must put forth strenuous effort.—Col. Bildad. w09 7/15 1:7-9 rounding nations began to fear Jehovah.” (John 14:6) Yes. w09 4/15 2:12. it simply means that to find the treasures. 13 Sunday. he spoke to his accusers about his love for Jehovah’s ways.Saturday. What counts is not only what we do but also why we do it. 2:3. and our attention must be directed to Jesus Christ. 2:8. Many of God’s servants in modern times have been willing to leave their homes and move to serve where there is a greater need for zealous Witnesses.” This indicates that his role is much more than that of being the means of approach to the Father. (Job 10:12. out of the reach of anyone. March 28 [Jehovah] will guard the very way of his loyal ones. (Ps. At the same time. Jehoshaphat sent for five princes. March 26 Carefully concealed in [Christ] are all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge. nine Levites. we give our love to Jehovah voluntarily and unconditionally. Can you do so? Some of us who cannot move away may try to witness to people who live in our area but speak a different language. No one comes to the Father except through me. This is in harmony with what Jesus said about himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life. In addition to being “the way. When we engage in the houseto-house ministry. Jesus also has roles that are vital to the understanding of Bible truth and the gaining of everlasting life. (2 Chron. how thoroughly do we cover our assigned territory? Interestingly. —Prov. So effective was their campaign that the people of the sur- . we may be able to speak with several members of a household. (Rev. in the third year of his reign. (Job 42:7-9) May we too act in such a way that Jehovah views us with favor. 12:10) This heartfelt love strengthens us to maintain integrity under test.

that your advancement may be manifest to all persons.” (1 Cor. As their descendants. obedience does not come naturally. March 29 Jehovah is with you as long as you prove to be with him. in chasteness. March 31 Ponder over these things. 14:20) Heeding the counsel to acquire the ability to think and reason like a full-grown person will help young people to avoid making serious mistakes. in love. . If you are a young person. in faith. Of course. Continue applying yourself to public reading. 15:9-15) Jehovah will likewise surely bless us when we serve him wholeheartedly. 4:15. 13) Christian youths need to make progress and make their advancement manifest to others. be absorbed in them. and Jehovah continued to give them rest all around. in conduct. (Mark 12:30) Sadly. obedience is easier. pain. Asa later resented correction from Hanani the seer. to teaching. We read: “They swore to Jehovah. 8 to choose to obey him or to disobey. He wrote: “Do not become young children in p owers of understanding . In other words. (2 Chron. w09 9/15 2:4. .Tuesday. March 30 I behold in my members another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my members. to exhortation. or inconvenience is involved. King Asa’s reforms united the people of Judah as well as a great number of people from the kingdom of Israel who came down to join in a grand assembly at Jerusalem. 5 Thursday. accountability. It is not always easy to obey God’s laws. Good judgment needs to be exercised by young people. w09 5/15 2:2. Because of our inherited imperfection. God has given us the freedom . God created Adam and Eve as intelligent creatures and free moral agents.” (1 Tim. . Become full-grown in p owers of understanding.—Rom. . . And all Judah gave way to rejoicing over the thing sworn. —2 Chron. Consider the advice the ap ostle Paul gave to the Corinthians. . 7:23.” (2 Chron. . 4: 12. . Along with such great freedom comes responsibility. bear in mind that becoming mature requires effort. But how do we respond when there is a conflict between our desire to be obedient and “the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes”?—1 John 2:16. for it was with all their heart that they had sworn and with full pleasure on their part that they had looked for him. Paul told Timothy: “Become an example to the faithful ones in speaking. 16:710) How do we react when Jehovah offers us advice or direction through Christian elders? Do we promptly take to heart their Scripturally based counsel and avoid falling into the trap of resentment? w09 6/15 1:7. What does that mean? It means that we can decide to do good or to do bad. 15:2.—1 Tim. They also impact on those around us. 3 Wednesday. so that he let himself be found by them. Together they declared their determination to worship Jehovah loyally. we too are free moral agents. when no sacrifice. Our moral decisions mean life or death for us.

Formerly violent people have become peaceable. (Jude 14. 21 and those who served Satan. April 1 We all stumble many times. Isaiah’s prophecy depicts the transformation of human personalities that is taking place in our time. April 2 I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. enmity was directed against Enoch. tribe. they have ‘beaten their swords into plowshares. it will become “a perfect bond of union. He prophesied that God would come with His holy myriads to execute judgment against the ungodly. 11:19.’ (Isa. 2:4) What accounts for these remarkable changes? People have taken in “the knowledge of Jehovah” and have applied it in their lives. People hated Enoch and evidently would have murdered him had Jehovah not cut his life short. of course. since the beginning of human history. The universal appeal of the good news and the fine fruitage it produces testify to the excelling value of divine education. they form a true international brotherhood. This enmity quickly became evident when Abel. Such a course requires courage. boldness has always been needed by all of those loyal to Jehovah. Later. 11:6-8) Those who were once at enmity with one another because of differences in race.—Matt. 3:13. (Col. Why so? Following the rebellion in Eden. How vital it is that we build strong friendships by communicating openly and forgiving one another freely! If we display such love. (Isa. Jesus Christ. was killed by his brother. another faithful man who lived before the Flood.—Isa. and they too will do or say things that irritate us. What would you do if you noticed that an unmarried friend was becoming emotionally attached to an unbeliever? Out of fear of harming your friendship. or some other cultural background have learned to dwell together in unity. nationality. what would you do? A good friend would seek the help of loving shepherds in assisting a companion who has taken a false step. Although God’s servants are imperfect. April 3 The earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters are covering the very sea.Friday. Figuratively sp eaking. w09 7/15 4:5 Sunday. 11:9. Using a beautiful word picture. w09 9/15 4:6 Saturday.” w09 10/15 4: 20. 5:21-24. What boldness Enoch displayed! —Gen. The supreme example of courage and boldness was. 14) However. Still. 15) This message was certainly not a popular one. Jehovah foretold that there would be enmity between those who served God . —Gen. —Jas. would you hold back from voicing your concerns? Or if your friend ignored your counsel. 3:2. At times. a righteous man. no lasting damage will come to a friendship based on love for Jehovah. we will give our friends “cause for complaint” against us. Yet. 3:15. the measure of a friendship is not how often we sin against each other but how completely we forgive those grievances.

(Ps. Job’s wife suffered the same blows that her husband suffered. True. he could be faulted when he turned to “declaring his own soul righteous rather than God.” For example. At the time. He even questioned whether those who keep integrity are of any value to God! (Job 2: 11. 4:14. 16:2. April 5 O Hearer of prayer. At some point. Timothy may have been in his late teens or early 20’s.” helping us to pursue a course leading to everlasting life. w09 4/15 1:7 Tuesday. 1:6. three men arrived—Eliphaz. things began to change with the apostle Paul’s second visit to the area. Instead. 15) Timothy surely enjoyed his life as a young Christian amid those familiar surroundings. 2 Jehovah to examine us. several Christian congregations were established after Jesus’ death. Even if millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses were to pray to God at the same time. Then.Monday. Jehovah can lead us in “the way of time indefinite. 22:2. 3) Under such heavy pressure. w09 12/15 1:1. they used deceptive reasoning and proved to be “troublesome comforters.” (Job 32:2) Still.’ If our prayers are to be answered. and his grandmother embraced Christianity and became active in one of the congregations.” (Ps. Then. 1:5. 139:23. 65:2. Eliphaz insinuated that Job’s suffering was punishment for past sins. Bildad.—1 Tim. Jehovah never turns a deaf ear to the petitions of his faithful servants. (2 Tim. (Job 1:1319) It must have hurt her to see her husband suffering a painful disease. April 6 Are you yet holding fast your integrity? Curse God and die! —Job 2:9. young Timothy. his mother. 3: 14. and see whether there is in me any painful way. However. O God. We can be confident that he hears us. 8:4. Examine me. April 4 The body of older men laid their hands upon you. The loss of her children and the family wealth must have devastated her. —2 Tim. —Ps. and know my heart. we must approach God with humility. Job kept his integrity. even to you people of all flesh will come. Bildad suggested that Job’s children had engaged in wrongdoing and deserved their fate. setting him apart for special work in the congregation. (Acts 16:2) Young Timothy must have displayed a maturity beyond his years. under the direction of the holy spirit. Paul and the local body of elders laid their hands upon Timothy. There. 138:6) We should ask . 4:8. not one would get a ‘busy signal. was home to the boy Timothy. and know my disquieting thoughts. causing her to say the above. 24) Let us not only pray but also submit to God’s examination and the counsel of his Word. he remained faithful through it all. in what is now Turkey. Paul took note of the fact that Timothy was “well reported on by the brothers” in the local congregations. and Zophar—ostensibly to offer Job comfort. and lead me in the way of time indefinite. w09 11/15 1:1-3 Wednesday. as David did when he said: “Search through me. Initially. The Roman province of Galatia.

bless themselves. 14. 4:2) By arranging to share in the ministry with those who are experienced in this work. (Heb. 2:19-23) Do you show this self-sacrificing spirit in your ministry? w09 5/15 2:15. since they were “skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd. Rather. defended it. do the work of an evangelizer. How many his “seed” would number was unknown to Abraham. later that number was revealed. 7:9.—Gen. (1 Thess. but Jesus loved “the word of God”—he taught it. and lived by it. Further. What made Jesus’ way of teaching so different from theirs? The religious leaders of the day had no love for the common people.—2 Tim. .000. (Luke 11:28) Yes. 4:17) Referring to those he had helped. Jesus. fully accomplish your ministry. However. 11:10) That city is God’s Kingdom. April 9 Keep your senses in all things. April 8 You do not have the love of God in you. 7 them. 22:18) Abraham could not p ossibly have understood the full significance of the covenant Jehovah made with him.’ (Phil. To receive blessings under that Kingdom. however. “he was awaiting the city having real foundations. sympathetic. 20:12-14. viewing them as “accursed people. they despised them. 22:17. (1 Cor. 7:4. Jesus was moved with pity for .” (Matt. ‘Doing the work of an evangelizer’ means making your ministry more effective and helping others to gain salvation. and kind. . This requires developing the “art of teaching. The religious leaders twisted God’s words to serve their own ends. 18 Friday. April 7 I shall surely multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the grains of sand that are on the seashore. Nevertheless. 2:8) To follow Paul’s example in the ministry. the religious leaders had no true love for God. because they became beloved to him. w09 7/15 3:3 Saturday. as Timothy learned from working with Paul.” (John 7:49) In contrast. governing what he taught and how he dealt with people. Among the scribes and Pharisees. suffer evil. who genuinely cared about others and ‘slaved in furtherance of the good news.—John 5:42. 9: 36) He was warm. who will rule with him in his Kingdom. loved his Father and delighted to do his will.—Rev. Jesus Christ and the 144. you must have the same disposition as Timothy. 14:1) The Messianic Kingdom is the means by which “all nations of the earth will .Thursday. And life eternal will be possible for those who survive Armageddon or those who will be raised from the dead.” states the Bible. 4:5. constitute the “seed. love permeated the very being of the Christ. 3:29.’ or used his very life in helping them. explained it. w09 8/15 1:6.” (Gen. there were doubtless intelligent men who possessed knowledge and the skills to impart it. Abraham will have to live again.” (2 Tim.” (Gal. you will be able to learn from their teaching methods. Rev. Paul said that he not only shared the good news with them but also gave of his ‘own soul. Everlasting life on earth will be possible for him through the resurrection.

(John 4:5-26) We. We can learn much by imitating the faith of those who have spent many years imitating Christ. April 11 Have among yourselves the same mental attitude that Christ Jesus had. 4:25) Speaking truth involves sharing information that is factual. w09 9/15 1:8. 15:1) Furthermore. which is part of the fruitage of God’s holy spirit. we show that we love him and are determined to uphold God’s sovereignty at any cost. As we think about what Christ has done for us. April 10 God is not partial. even embarrassing or uncomfortable situations can be tactfully resolved without resorting to guile. 15:10. 15:5.—Rom. 10. (Gal. Jesus’ course stimulates a response in us. our love for him deepens. 12:9) In imitation of “the God of truth. these usually show understanding of others’ imperfections. (Ps. This requires that we successfully cultivate love of God to the fullest extent possible. w09 6/15 3:4. 35. In responding to Christ’s love for all mankind. what did Paul mean when he said that we should speak truth with our neighbor? (Eph. And the model Christ left for us to follow closely enables each of us to have a part in that divine purpose. 11:29) Therefore. Like Jesus. should regard all people as our neighbor. 3:9. 22:37) By observing what Jesus taught and keeping his commandments. (Matt. 5:14. so that we can imitate that example properly.” we should strive to be honest and forthright in all our dealings.Sunday. 15) The love Christ displayed was central to his accomplishing what God has purposed for mankind. therefore. We should pray for God’s holy spirit and strive to cultivate its fruitage.—John 14: 23. we need Jehovah’s holy spirit. Jesus showed his disciples that God does not favor one race or nationality over another. free from any deceit. They have learned that showing Christlike compassion not only helps us to “bear the weaknesses of those not strong” but also contributes to unity. extending love even to those who act like enemies. to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many. 23) By thus following the pattern of humility and mildness that Jesus provided. . 5:43-45) Yet. 2. Jesus linked being “lowly in heart” with mildness. we will please our heavenly Father. 24. but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him. (Matt. They “abhor what is wicked” and “cling to what is good. 5:22. (2 Cor.—Col.—Matt. we feel compelled to finish our assignment before the end comes. True Christians do not twist or misrepresent the facts so as to mislead others. 31:5) By choosing our words carefully. 20:28. just as Jesus did. w09 12/15 4:9-11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 9) Matthew 26:6-13 Monday. Jehovah. along with studying Jesus’ example. 15:1. it encourages the entire congregation to reflect Christ’s mental attitude. (Matt.” (Rom. . April 12 The Son of man came . 5 (Rom.—Acts 10:34. . 9 Tuesday.

including that he would be a political messiah who would liberate them from Roman oppression. they could not accept the Messiah who fulfilled the prophecies that said he would be despised. 24:1-3 Thursday. 23:1-12. On earth. 5) Even some of Jesus’ loyal disciples were disappointed at his not providing political deliverance.—Luke 24:21. What Jesus did in washing his disciples’ feet was neither a mere ritual nor just an act of kindness. John wrote: “Jesus. Jesus was “the Father’s representative. Why? Because they had their own preconceived ideas about the Messiah.—John 14:6. having loved his own that were in the world. April 13 What I teach is not mine. 21 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 11) Matthew 21:33-41. 21:12. whose feet were washed by the Lord. it is impossible to draw close to Jehovah without first drawing close to Christ. (John 12:34) Thus. The men sitting in the upper room with Jesus that night in Jerusalem were convinced that Jesus was the promised Messiah. John 12:20-50 Friday. (John 10:16) No matter what our background.”—1 John 3:18. avoided by men. (Isa. we can have the privilege of being friends of Jesus. to their “other sheep” companions. April 15 I set the pattern for you.—John 15:15. you should do also. genuine brotherly love should move us to display care and concern for all our Christian brothers and sisters.” (John 13:1) It was his love for the disciples that moved Jesus to render a service usually performed by a slave. 22:15-22. but belongs to him that sent me. that. April 14 I have called you friends. loved them to the end. w09 11/15 4: 20. 19. Now they must humbly do loving things for one another. 28) Although Jesus had overwhelming credentials proving that he was the Messiah. But they remained loyal. w09 12/15 3:10. 11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 9) Matthew 21:1-11. because all the things I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. The apostle John. —John 7:16. 21. and in time. 13. w09 10/15 3:1. Our friendship with him is of utmost importance because being his friends makes us friends of Jehovah too. 14-17 to his faithful apostles apply in principle to all anointed Christians today and. In fact. Those words of Jesus . 2 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 10) Matthew 21:18. 69) It must surely have warmed their hearts to hear him say to them the words of today’s text.—John 13:15. wrote: “Little children. the vast majority of the first-century Jews did not acclaim him. and finally killed. Yes. (John 6:68. Before relating the account. accurate understanding was given them. but in deed and truth. 53: 3. by extension.Wednesday. let us love. just as I did to you. neither in word nor with the tongue.” (John 16: 27. meant for pains and for having acquaintance with sickness.

Saturday. to the glorious visions of the book of Revelation. Jesus himself first used the term “Jesus Christ”—the name followed by the title. —Luke 23:43. He knew about the hope of everlasting life on earth in a world to come.” the title preceded by the definite article. 19:10.—2 Cor. 11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 14) Matthew 27:1. April 17 You will be with me in Paradise. it highlights that Jesus was the Anointed One of Jehovah. Bible prophecies can be correctly understood only when the role of Jesus in connection with the Messianic Kingdom is taken into consideration. (John 14:2-5) Later Jesus told them: “When that one arrives. April 18 We are preaching . . From Jehovah’s first prophetic declaration. 1:5. Christ Jesus. —Rev. w09 5/15 4:10. Luke 22:1-6 en to prepare a place for them. held by him. In the Bible. however. when they were anointed by God’s spirit to be future kings did Jesus’ followers discern that their thrones would be in heaven. 2. When the title is placed ahead of the name. 4:5. as in “Christ Jesus. 1 Pet. It also explains why Jesus appears to be no more than a great man to those who do not value the Hebrew Scriptures. Col.E. Using the expression “the Christ. which contain many Messianic prophecies. and the Christ. was Jesus’ reference to the heavenly hope. the title “Christ” is used with reference to Jesus in various ways. such as Jesus Christ.—1 Cor. the spirit of the truth. 27-37 Memorial Date After Sundown Sunday. When he spoke to his disciples about his going to heav- . he will guide you into all the truth. w09 7/15 1:11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 12) Matthew 26:1-5. they did not understand what he meant. 4. (Acts 5:42) Regardless of how the title “Christ” is used with reference to Jesus. 14-16. recorded at Genesis 3:15. That explains why many of the prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures are puzzling to those who do not accept Jesus as the promised Messiah. 14 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 13 and 14) Matthew 26:17-56. is another way to emphasize Jesus’ office as the Messiah.” (John 16:13) Only after Pentecost of 33 C. Christ Jesus as Lord. The evildoer to whom Jesus spoke needed no explanation about Paradise. Knowledge of Jesus gives God’s people the key to unlocking the meaning of Bible prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled. Luke 22:7-13 Monday. April 16 The bearing witness to Jesus is what inspires prophesying. 15:49.—2 Cor. . (John 17:3) This usage clearly draws attention to the one who was sent forth by God and became his Anointed One. 1: 20. 1:3.” the emphasis shifts from the person to the position. w09 8/15 2:13. What did require an explanation. or office.

Tuesday, April 19 Esau . . . began to embrace [Jacob] and fall upon his neck and kiss him, and they burst into tears.—Gen. 33:4.
Prayer can reduce anx iety. Fearing danger from his twin brother, Esau, Jacob prayed: “O Jehovah, . . . deliver me, I pray you, from my brother’s hand, from Esau’s hand, because I am afraid of him that he may come and certainly assault me, mother together with children. And you, you have said, ‘Unquestionably I shall deal well with you and I will constitute your seed like the grains of sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’ ” (Gen. 32:9-12) Although Jacob took precautionary steps, his prayer was answered when he and Esau were reconciled. (Gen. 33:1-3) Read that petition carefully, and you will see that Jacob did not just plead for help. He expressed faith in the promised Seed and gratitude for God’s loving-kindness. Likewise, our prayers should contain not only requests but also expressions of faith. w09 11/15 2:5, 6

thanksgiving. In the Christian congregation, Jehovah does not require us to offer such formal, material sacrifices. However, the apostle Paul shows that we are still expected to offer sacrifices. Paul explains that Christians should show their gratitude by a life of self-sacrifice. To that end, we have to make our minds over. Through inherited imperfection, we are subject to “the law of sin and of death.” (Rom. 8:2) We, therefore, need to be transformed, “be made new in the force actuating [our] mind,” by radically changing our inclinations.—Eph. 4:23. w09 10/15 1:1, 2

Thursday, April 21 Come out of the man, you unclean spirit.—Mark 5:8.
Jesus took a courageous stand even against the demons. On one occasion, he was confronted by a demon-possessed man so strong that no one could bind that man with a chain. Unintimidated, Jesus expelled the many demons that held the man in their control. (Mark 5:1-13) Today, God has not given Christians the power to perform such miracles. Still, in our preaching and teaching, we too must wage spiritual warfare against Satan, the one who has “blinded the minds of the unbelievers.” (2 Cor. 4:4) As in Jesus’ case, our weapons “are not fleshly, but powerful by God for overturning strongly entrenched things”—deeply ingrained but wrong religious notions. (2 Cor. 10:4) In wielding these spiritual weapons, we learn much from Jesus’ example. Jesus’ courage was based, not on bravado, but on faith. Ours must be too.—Mark 4: 40. w09 9/15 2:14, 15

Wednesday, April 20 Present your bodies a sacrifice living, holy, acceptable to God. —Rom. 12:1.
Jehovah appreciates willing sacrifices made by his servants to express their love for him and their submission to his will. In ancient times, he accepted various animal sacrifices and other offerings. These were made according to the Mosaic Law by Israelites seeking to obtain forgiveness for sins and to express

Friday, April 22 Jehoshaphat . . . set his face to search for Jehovah. —2 Chron. 20:3.
Faced with the threat of the combined forces of Ammon, Moab, and the people of the mountainous region of Seir, Jehoshaphat movingly beseeched Jehovah: “O our God, will you not execute judgment upon them? For in us there is no power before this large crowd that is coming against us.” (2 Chron. 20:12, 13) After Jehoshaphat prayed, Jehovah’s spirit moved Jahaziel, a Levite, to utter words of comfort that instilled confidence in the people. (2 Chron. 20:14-17) Yes, back then, Jehoshaphat and the kingdom of Judah received direction from Jehovah through Jahaziel. Today, we receive comfort and direction through the faithful and discreet slave class. Certainly, we always want to cooperate with and show respect for the appointed elders, who work hard in shepherding us and implementing the directions of “the faithful and discreet slave.” —Matt. 24:45; 1 Thess. 5:12, 13. w09 6/15 1:9, 10

That son became John the Baptizer, who announced the coming of the long-awaited prophet greater than Moses—Jesus Christ. (John 1:23-36) As a prophet, Jesus spoke about his own death, foretelling how he would die, where he would die, and at whose hands he would die. (Matt. 20:17-19) To the surprise of his listeners, Jesus also foretold the destruction of Jerusalem with its temple. (Mark 13:1, 2) His prophecies reach right down to our own time.—Matt. 24:3-41. w09 4/15 4: 10, 11

Sunday, April 24 By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves. —John 13:35.
Marcelino, a man in Cameroon, lost his eyesight at work. After his accident, the rumor spread that he had become blind because he was a witch. Instead of giving him comfort, his pastor and other members of his church expelled him from the congregation. When one of Jehovah’s Witnesses invited him to a meeting, Marcelino hesitated. He did not want to face more rejection. Marcelino was surprised by what happened at the Kingdom Hall. He was warmly welcomed, and he gained comfort from the Bible teachings he heard. He began attending all congregation meetings, progressed in his Bible study, and was baptized in 2006. Now he is sharing the truth with his family and neighbors and has started several Bible studies. Marcelino wants the individuals studying the Bible with him to feel the same love he has experienced among God’s people. w09 11/15 4:1-3

Saturday, April 23 You will be called a prophet of the Most High.—Luke 1:76.
A true prophet is an inspired sp okesman for Jehovah, one who proclaims “the magnificent things of God.” (Acts 2:11, 16, 17) Among other things, his prophesying could include announcing future events, revealing aspects of Jehovah’s purpose, or proclaiming God’s judgments. In the first century, Zechariah acted as a prophet in revealing God’s purpose regarding his son, John.

Monday, April 25 They pained even the Holy One of Israel.—Ps. 78:41.
Jehovah is not paralyzed by hurt and disappointment. When complications have arisen, Jehovah has promptly taken steps to minimize the bad consequences of what happened. He has also taken long-term measures so that in the end his purpose will be fulfilled. (Ps. 104:31) Yes, Jehovah remains “the happy God.” (1 Tim. 1:11; Ps. 16:11) Because we were created in Jehovah’s image, we have thinking ability and practical wisdom, allowing us to analyze our problems and take positive action whenever possible. One important factor that can help us cope with life’s problems is to recognize that certain things are simply beyond our control. Agonizing over such matters may lead to added frustration and rob us of the many joys associated with true worship. After taking reasonable measures to resolve a problem, it is best to move on and focus on more productive endeavors. w09 12/15 2:5-8

sometimes “a man’s enemies will be persons of his own household.” (Matt. 10:36) How comforting to know that within the congregation, we can find those who will stick closer to us than a literal brother! (Prov. 18:24) As indicated by Paul’s personal greetings at the conclusion of his letter to the congregation in Rome, he forged many close friendships. (Rom. 16:8-16) Obviously, the apostle John too developed many enduring friendships. w09 10/15 3:19, 20

Wednesday, April 27 I came to be beside him as a master worker, and I came to be the one he was specially fond of.—Prov. 8:30.
Jesus was not the Originator or Purposer behind the ransom sacrifice. Rather, this means of deliverance was a key feature of Jehovah’s will. The apostle Paul indicated that the altar at the temple, upon which the sacrifices were offered, represented Jehovah’s will. (Heb. 10:10) So the deliverance we receive by means of Christ’s sacrifice is something we owe first and foremost to Jehovah. (Luke 1:68) It is an expression of his great love for humans. (John 3:16) He and his Son had enjoyed associating together for countless millions, perhaps even billions, of years. The Son worked joyously with the Father as his beloved “master worker” and as his Spokesman, “the Word.” (Prov. 8:22, 31; John 1:1) What Jehovah endured as his Son was tormented, ridiculed, and then executed as a criminal is far more than we can know. Our deliverance cost Jehovah dearly! w09 9/15 5:12, 14

Tuesday, April 26 Give my greetings to the friends by name.—3 John 14.
Jesus continues to care for us not only through the oversight of loving shepherds but also by providing us with spiritual mothers and brothers and sisters within the congregation. (Mark 10:29, 30) When you first began associating with Jehovah’s organization, how did your relatives react? Hopefully, they supported your efforts to draw close to God and Christ. But Jesus warned that

2:23. we can have a close relationship with God despite our imperfection. 13 and if we read it and meditate on its contents. On the basis of that sacrifice. 1 Sam. we benefit greatly from being part of the earth-wide brotherhood that Jehovah supplies with spiritual food. Paul wrote: “You have closely followed my teaching. but I have chosen you out of the world.” Then Paul added: “In fact. Further. 4:8) When facing trials. 2:19-22) These friendships thrived for one reason above all others: They were based on genuine love for Jehovah. Jesus warned his followers that they would meet up with opposition from the nations of the world. and on the evening preceding his death. 8) They will help you to remain in God’s love. The apostle Paul experienced the truthfulness of Jesus’ words. w09 10/15 2:1. (Ruth 1:16. Now because you are no part of the world. Rather. we have the complete Bible. —Jude 21. and it was counted to him as righteousness. (Jas. Consider the friendship between Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. w09 8/15 4:12. my longsuffering. April 30 If you were part of the world.” and he came to be called “Jehovah’s friend. Phil. on this account the world hates you. my persecutions. Such friends will not lead you to fare badly in a spiritual sense.” (2 Tim.—1 John 2:1. Additionally. Can you find friends who love Jehovah as much as you do? Be assured that the Christian congregation is rich with potential for finding friends of that kind. 16 Saturday. 2 Friday. —Rom. 12:17-21. all those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with Christ Jesus will also be persecuted. . 3:1012) In writing to the Christians in Rome. 24:45-47) In each of the approximately 100. he explained why by saying the above. my course of life. 6:7. the world would be fond of what is its own. What can help you to make good choices as to your friends? Studying Bible examples can prove motivating. (Gal. my endurance. meetings are conducted that instruct us and strengthen us. to grow spiritually. my purpose. and to sow with a view to the spirit. For instance. Jesus Christ. Paul gave wise counsel on how they should react to opposition. (Matt. my faith.—John 15:19. As Jehovah’s servants today. 23:16-18. In his second letter to his young companion Timothy. 17. w09 4/15 2:15. Study helps us to understand the issues of universal sovereignty and personal integrity. April 29 We have a helper with the Father.000 congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. we enjoy important benefits. my love. my sufferings.Thursday.” —Jas. we prepare ourselves for tests of faith. we also pray for the support and strengthening aid of God’s holy spirit. they will help you to obey Jehovah. or the one between Timothy and Paul. the one between David and Jonathan. His words can give us guidance in this time of the end. Jesus Christ provided the ransom sacrifice and thus laid the groundwork for forgiveness of sins. April 28 “Abraham put faith in Jehovah.

he drove home this important point. 4 Monday. even as I am of Christ.” (Ps. the Source of which is Jehovah God! The Bible tells us that Jehovah is “wise alone. Some say that a person is wise if he has merely accumulated a wealth of knowledge. w09 12/15 4:12 Tuesday. the world’s so-called intellectuals offer no trustworthy guidance for finding true meaning in life. The physical laws of nature—upon which humans rely for their research—are all of Jehovah’s making. When Abraham raised questions regarding the people of Sodom. such as healing and speaking in tongues. God’s good manners are also evident in the way he listens to humans. May 2 Become imitators of me. —Eph. (Ps.” (Rom. 13:1-3) If he had certain outstanding abilities and accomplished great things but did not have love. he is not impressed by man-made inventions.—1 Cor. —1 Cor. Jehovah listens to the prayers of his servants and to the cries of repentant sinners. May 3 Become imitators of God. Jehovah patiently answered each one. Because of following Christ’s steps closely. In addressing both Abraham and Moses.” The context in the verses that follow shows that this was the surpassing way of love. 2 was something better to pursue. w09 4/15 3:1. Jehovah used a Hebrew term often translated “please. Jehovah God sets the perfect example of courtesy. 86:15) He is far different from some humans who explode with fury when others do not meet their expectations. 51:11. he explained: “Yet I show you a surpassing way. and he is not intrigued by the so-called elevated thinking of human philosophy. 11:1. he treats humans with great kindness and respect. The word “wisdom” is used loosely. 5:1. 18:23-32) He did not view Abraham’s concern as a drain on His time.” (Gen. Paul had freeness of speech in urging his brothers to become imitators of him. (Gen. On the contrary. 13:14. The apostle Paul was an imitator of Christ.” (Eph. 3:19. 4: 14) How different it is with those who acquire true wisdom. (1 Cor. Despite his high position as Sovereign of the universe. However. Thus. In what sense was it surpassing? Paul proceeded to illustrate what he meant. 4:6) When his servants commit errors. those who allow themselves to be influenced by such ones end up being “tossed about as by waves and carried hither and thither by every wind of teaching.Sunday. Jehovah is “merciful and gracious. slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and trueness. including its composition and its history. At 1 Corinthians 12:31. what would he amount to? Nothing! Moved by God’s spirit. Paul showed them that there . Ex. May 1 The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. 17) Should we not imitate Jehovah by listening when others speak to us? w09 11/15 5:3. Although he urged Corinthian Christians to keep zealously seeking certain gifts of the spirit that were manifest in the first century. 16:27) He knows all that there is to know about the universe.

not for his connections to the wealthy and prominent. Why is this so difficult for us to do at times? For one thing. your ruler? If we choose Jehovah as our Sovereign. We struggle with an inborn tendency to rebel. (1 John 5:3) We will fight against our tendency to sin. (Matt. so that they too may have a clean standing with Jehovah and the hope for an eternal future. May 5 He is a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins. 3:14) We will show it by sharing with others our wonderful hope of deliverance. but for befriending the lowly and despised. how would Jehovah view our actions?—1 Thess. forever—all because of what Jehovah has done to deliver us! —Rom. however. 4 show our appreciation by working hard to stay clean in God’s sight. If we were to rebel against those humans. we will . ‘If it is such a challenge for us to respect authority.—Prov. Never will we give in to the willful practice of sin and lead the hypocritical double life that often goes with it.—1 John 2:2. Their action incensed the other apostles. Rather. humans in positions of authority are imperfect. and the issue of prominence was an ongoing cause of contention. we will show it. 17 Friday. You might wonder. w09 8/15 4:14. 5:12. —1 Thess. Jehovah usually exercises his authority through imperfect humans whom he entrusts with responsibility to care for his people.—Matt. In addition. can we truthfully call him our Ruler? Furthermore. in perfection. 16:21-23) James and John showed an ambitious spirit when they asked that Jesus give them prominent positions in the Kingdom. Peter on occasion failed to view matters from a spiritual perspective. Whom will you choose as your sovereign.Wednesday. w09 9/15 5:15. we need to respect his authority. (Matt. why do we need to do it?’ The answer comes down to the issue of sovereignty. 4:16) Surely Jehovah and his Son are worth every bit of the time and energy we can devote to praising them! (Mark 12:28-30) Think of it! We can look forward to life as God meant it to be. (1 Tim. then. He was not swayed by a person’s financial or social status. patiently tried to correct the thinking of his friends and did not easily become exasperated with them. May 6 Have regard for those who are working hard among you and presiding over you. Jesus. we ourselves are imperfect. That observation sums up the tendency of imperfect humans to form friendships based on what they can receive rather than on what they can give. We must show respect for authority. 8:21. (2 Pet. 14:20. Jesus was known. Jesus’ friends were flawed individuals. 11:19) Certainly. If we appreciate what Jehovah and his Son have done in order to deliver us from sin and death. 20:2028. May 4 Many are the friends of the rich person. Such a course would amount to saying that we do not value or appreciate the ransom at all. w09 10/15 3:3. Jesus displayed no such weakness. If we do not. 5:13. 15 Thursday.

some seven million of Christ’s followers spent over 1. Do you have a meaningful share in that work? Meditating on the example of Jesus moves us to “stay awake and keep our senses” as to what God will soon do.” (Matt. Jesus was a preacher and a teacher. w09 5/15 4:12.” (Eph. and he inspired his followers with that same zeal for the Kingdom. Thus. (Isa. (Luke 4:1621. Just as a magnet draws iron. just as the Christ also loved you and delivered himself up for you as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling odor.—John 14:6. the wonderful bond of love in the congregation will weaken unless we as individual Christians work to strengthen it. the Bible explains: “The blood of Jesus . In addition to being a prophet. (Rev. 13 Monday. Likewise.500. He preached the good news of God’s Kingdom. 5:2. ‘In what ways can I go on walking in love?’ w09 11/15 4:1. The love of the true Christian brotherhood has no equal in human society. 21: 1-4) How so? Jesus Christ is “the way. and no one spoke with greater boldness than he did. so love draws Jehovah’s servants together in unity and attracts sincere ones to true worship. our brotherly love cannot be taken for granted. he laid the foundation for a global preaching and teaching campaign that is still continuing. Appealing as it is.—1 Thess. May 8 I am the way and the truth and the life. 13 request in harmony with His will. he is the only one through whom it is possible for us to approach God. it will go out. May 7 Never has another man spoken like this. How can we do so? The apostle Paul answers: “Go on walking in love. This is true in the matter of prayer. 43) As a teacher. Jesus was zealous in his efforts to spread the good news.” (1 John 1:7) The Son has thus opened up the way of reconciliation with God. Jesus’ words have meaning for those who hope to gain everlasting life on earth. (John 15:16) However. 7:9. 59:2) Jesus gave “his soul a ransom in exchange for many. cleanses us from all sin. 5:8-10) It is by putting faith in Jesus and obeying him that we can have an approved relationship with God. 4 Sunday. . he had no equal.—John 13:34. 5:2) So ask yourself. flickering flames. Unless those enjoying the fire supply it with fuel. Think of a campfire burning at night. drawing people to its warm. 10. . w09 4/15 4:12. that you love one another. for only by praying through Jesus do we have the assurance that the Father will give us whatever we may . (Rom.000 hours in preaching the good news of the Kingdom and teaching interested ones Bible truths. 20:28) As a result.” That is.000. 6. Acts 5: 42) Last year.Saturday. Jesus is “the way” also in a further sense. 2. 28:18-20. (Matt. Sin has alienated mankind from God.—John 7:46. —John 3:36. May 9 I am giving you a new commandment.

The Christian mate resists the temptation to repay an unkind word or act with another unkindness. we should not retaliate in kind. They must remain faithful until death in order to obtain this prize. to mention just a few. w09 10/15 2:3. 14. 1:21. May 12 Return evil for evil to no one. 1:3. but . Paul explained that when faced with hostility. . May 11 Brothers.) This personal invitation is from God. upon them. but powerful by God for overturning strongly entrenched things. 4) They realize that although they have received a wonderful invitation. I do not yet consider myself as having laid hold on it. —Phil. No good comes from ‘returning evil for evil. (2 Cor. ftn. They do not . with complete lowliness of mind. I am pursuing down toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God by means of Christ Jesus. 14 Thursday. 3:13. but Jehovah puts his seal. and not according to Christ. . —Col.” or “invitation. a wife who shows genuine kindness to her husband after he makes unpleasant comments about her beliefs may well defuse a potentially explosive situation. or holy spirit. Paul recommends a better way: “Provide fine things in the sight of all men. 12:17. such an attitude can only aggravate the situation.’ doing so “with fear and trembling. Heeding his counsel is particularly important in homes that are religiously divided.” —Eph. May 10 Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry you off as his prey through the philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men . 3:1. w09 9/15 4:7 select this hope for themselves. 2:12. The anointed remnant must do their utmost to ‘walk worthily of the calling with which they were called. 2:8. 2:12. 22.” (Heb. 1 Pet.’ On the contrary. (Prov. For we are overturning reasonings and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God. . —Rom. . Individuals who are anointed by God’s holy spirit receive a heavenly “calling.” Jehovah’s Witnesses have often overcome prejudice by providing practical assistance to their neighbors when a disaster strikes. and human philosophies. 2. The apostle Paul likened the ministry of God’s servants to spiritual warfare. w09 6/15 4:13. 4 Wednesday. 31:12) As to providing “fine things in the sight of all men. it is only that —an invitation. He wrote: “The weapons of our warfare are not fleshly. Divine education helps people to overcome bad practices and to cultivate godly qualities. 10:4. 6:9-11) It improves family life. Phil.” In the domestic setting.” (2 Cor. (1 Cor. superstitions. This is the kind of education that is needed today.Tuesday. 4:1. And it gives those without hope a real purpose in life. 5) What are some of the “strongly entrenched things” from which divine education frees people? The burden of false teachings. 1 Thess.

“the meek ones themselves will possess the earth. but on the third day. 17) Jesus’ ministry brought to the people spiritual enlightenment and freedom from enslavement to false religious teachings. we contribute to the beauty of the spiritual paradise. 12:46) Do you appreciate the spiritual treasures you have found in Jesus so much that you would recommend them to others. May 15 I am the light of the world. 25. As for those dwelling in the land of deep shadow. the prophet Isaiah foretold: “The people that were walking in the darkness have seen a great light.” (Isa. both by word of mouth and by your fine Christian conduct? w09 7/15 1:12. 37:11. for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near. Long before Jesus’ birth on earth. John 3:3.” but because the Jews charged him also with sedition. w09 4/15 5: 18. After they pass the final test at the end of the Thousand Year Reign. 2:3. Pilate “surrendered Jesus to their will. we enjoy a true spiritual paradise.” and being “no part of the world.’ ‘eating’ Jesus’ flesh and blood. Jesus foretold that he would be condemned by the chief priests and be impaled by Gentiles. One reason why people rejected Jesus as the promised Messiah was his teachings. Nation will not lift up sword against nation. 8:21. However.”—Luke 23:13-15. May 13 This man is for a certainty the savior of the world. Entry into the Kingdom would require ‘disowning oneself. which many found hard to accept. 4) By acting in harmony with God’s spirit.Friday. 20:7-10.” (Mark 8:34. However. you people.—John 4:42. light itself has shone upon them. “I have come as a light into the world. As obedient humans enjoy peace to an unprecedented degree under Jesus’ rule. they will reach human perfection. 17:14.” (Matt. (Matt. 19 Sunday. as did some Samaritans.” (John 1:3-5. Note what Isaiah prophesied about the conditions that we are experiencing today: “They will have to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. 16) The proud. the rich.” said Jesus. 26:63-66) Pilate found in him “nothing deserving of death. 4:16. “in order that everyone putting faith in me may not remain in the darkness. 20:17-19) His affirmation before the Sanhedrin that he was “the Christ the Son of God” was judged to be blasphemy. We have peace with God and with our fellow man.” (Isa. In the Christian congregation. 6:53. 13 Saturday. 13 learn war anymore. and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”—Ps. May 14 The creation itself also will be set free from enslavement to corruption. Rev. humble Jews accepted Jesus as the Messiah. 9:2) The apostle Matthew explained that Jesus fulfilled that prophecy when He commenced preaching and said: “Repent. w09 12/15 3:12. neither will they . and the hypocritical viewed these requirements as too difficult to fulfill. —John 8:12. the future will be even better. (Matt. being “born again. he would rise.—Rom.

(Ps. Eph. When hypocritical religious leaders asked him by what power or authority he performed signs and miracles. May 17 I am writing you these things . 12: 7-10) This does not mean that we should stop praying to Jehovah about distressing matters. Does being truthful with others mean that we must disclose every detail to whoever asks us a question? Not necessarily. and improper use of the Internet. 3 Wednesday. 28) Similarly today. 10:16. 24:45-47) We need to examine our response to the direction we receive from the slave class. Paul did what he could to remove this affliction. You answer me. are we making time for personal study of the Scriptures? Jehovah will bless us individually and as families if we follow the guidance of the slave class. 4:25. While on earth. God’s Word entreats us: “Do not be anxious over anything.—Matt. After praying about a matter. Jehovah’s people need to be on guard against apostates and other wicked men who use trickery or cunning for selfish purposes. Whatever its nature. May 16 The peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus. Jesus said: “I will ask you one question. 3:14. The apostle Paul had an affliction that caused him much distress. and I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. After the third time. —Phil. praying to Jehovah for relief.” When the scribes and older men were unwilling to give an answer. entertainment. God revealed to Paul that the “thorn in the flesh” would not be removed miraculously. w09 6/15 3:3. (2 Cor. Jesus demonstrated that some people are undeserving of a direct answer or of certain information. 4:7. 23:27. Paul accepted this fact and concentrated on serving Jehovah fully. that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in God’s household. we have received pointed direction on dress and grooming.—Eph. Over . 6 Tuesday.Monday. Do we carefully heed this good counsel so that we are spiritually protected? What about the admonition to establish a regular routine of family worship? Have we taken the advice to heart and set aside an evening for that purpose? If we are single. 4:14. (Matt. 86:7) On the contrary. 11 the years. but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. we may realize the danger of being consumed by anxieties. —1 Tim. but he can respond to our prayers by guarding our mental powers.” (Mark 11:2733) He did not feel obligated to answer the question in view of their corrupt practices and faithless example. . 15. for example. (Matt. Jesus said: “Neither am I telling you by what authority I do these things. May 18 Speak truth each one of you with his neighbor. 12:10-13.” (Phil. w09 11/15 3:2. . One way to find our place in the congregation and give evidence that we treasure it is to cooperate fully with “the faithful and discreet slave” and its representative Governing Body. w09 12/15 2:10. 4:6) Jehovah may not take away our problem.

Elihu commended Job for his upright course. —2 Pet. (Heb. (Job 36:1.” thus enabling humans to reflect the Creator’s lofty qualities. 3:13) They will be replaced by “new heavens”—God’s Messianic Kingdom—and “a new earth”—a righteous human society of true worshippers. who had also come to visit Job. May 19 Are they not all spirits for public service. May 21 The heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men. w09 8/15 2:16. w09 5/15 3: 1. The last book of the Bible stirs our hearts with its vision of mankind lifted to perfection. Although younger than the other four men. This hope is solidly based on both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Greek Scriptures. 11) What a fine example for those who need to offer counsel today! Elihu showed patience. But he also said that Job had focused too much on trying to prove his own faultlessness. 4 He addressed Job considerately. saying the above. There are millions of faithful angels in heaven. Elihu showed greater wisdom. the apostle Peter wrote about the future of mankind. Elihu first listened to the arguments presented by Job and his three companions. carrying out his word. 2. 22:1. divine qualities. May 20 Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite proceeded to answer and say: “Young I am in days and you men are aged. 5:11) These spirit sons of God have personality. 2. listened carefully. Rev. 1:14. They are superbly organized and have high positions in God’s arrangement. (Rev. By inspiration. and free will. Upright people will live in Paradise on earth endlessly without aging. 103:20. 3:7.Thursday.—Job 33:32. 17 Friday. w09 4/15 1:8 Saturday. Then Elihu assured Job that serving God faithfully is always worthwhile. Adam and Eve and their descendants could have enjoyed life in a paradise home as part of Jehovah’s universal family of intelligent creatures. (Job 38:4. After reading of Job’s three false comforters. Gen. 2:7. 1:26) By exercising the gift of free will properly. and offered upbuilding counsel. sent forth to minister for those who are going to inherit salvation?—Heb. All the angels rejoiced at the ‘founding of the earth’ and shared with delight in their assigned work as this unique jewel in space developed into mankind’s home.—Rev. commended where possible. we read of Elihu. That is why I drew back and was afraid to declare my knowledge to you men. What will replace the governmental heavens and the wicked human society that are present now? (2 Pet. 7) Jehovah created man “a little lower than angels” but in His “image. 21:1-4) This has been the hope of believing mankind ever since human perfection was lost in the garden of Eden.”—Job 32:6. All of them are “mighty in power. and it continues to strengthen faithful servants of Jehovah to this day. .” (Ps. using Job’s personal name.

Whether we have a lot of knowledge or just a little.—Ps. Furthermore. and warped thinking. 3: 7-14) If you receive service privileges that seem overwhelming. May 24 Quit being fashioned after this system of things. It also requires serious effort on our part.” Thus. 5:10.—Zech. an abundance of teaching skills or just a few. Moses prayed for knowledge of God’s ways. pray for wisdom and display a humble spirit. Eph. 5 he was to take the lead among Jehovah’s people. 54:13. make me know. . I have found favor in your eyes. that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 8 Tuesday. and Jehovah. To be truly effective in our disciple-making work. A desire to please Jehovah should motivate you to pray for wisdom. When knowledge. your ways. —Rom. and love work together. May 22 Christ [left] you a model for you to follow his steps closely. Thus. 25:4. who gave him not only what he requested but also riches and glory. we should aim to teach not only with our minds but also with our hearts. to be good teachers. w09 11/15 2:7. we engage in Christian activities because we are moved by God’s spirit to demonstrate our heartfelt love for Jehovah. May 23 Make me know your own ways. especially his love. “See. “you [Jehovah] are saying to me. helps us to do so today. skill. the results can be most satisfying. the love we show will go a long way in reaching the hearts of those to whom we preach. Luke 12: 42) Still. 4:6. 2:21. 33:12. w09 10/15 1:2.” (Ex. God gave Moses greater knowledge of His ways—a necessity if . w09 7/15 3:4. (1 Ki. O Jehovah.” (Rom.” he pleaded. our objective is not only to impart Bible knowledge but also to reflect Jehovah’s qualities. please. 2:1-3) Paul also invites us to use our “power of reason” to prove to ourselves what is “the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. we need knowledge of our subject and we need skill to impart that knowledge. we are personally convinced that carrying out such activities is God’s will for us. but be transformed by making your mind over. we desire to imitate him in our ministry and in our life. (Isa. if. —1 Pet. Solomon entreated God for the wisdom required to discharge the duties of kingship in Israel. Of course. . Jesus helped his disciples to acquire both. ‘Lead this people up [from Egypt]’ . debased entertainment. Then God will help you to acquire the knowledge and exercise the wisdom needed to care for your responsibilities in a proper and loving manner. Such a complete change can be brought about only with the help of God and his spirit. As followers of Christ.Sunday. And now. we must imitate Jesus by teaching with love. through his organization. Solomon’s prayer pleased Jehovah. using our “power of reason. 3 Monday. 13) In response. please. (Eph. 12:1) It means that we do our utmost not to be “fashioned after this system of things” with its corrupt morals. 12:2.

. w09 8/15 1:8 Thursday. This should strengthen our faith and help us to realize that we can maintain our integrity and uphold Jehovah’s sovereignty. Consider one instance. Did Jesus reprimand this poor. For 12 long years. The book provides insight into Jehovah’s righteousness in exercising his sovereignty. —Acts 16:3. 15:25-27) Still. Go in peace. However. (Lev. w09 12/15 1:3 moning courage. The Bible book of Job.” —Phil. likely composed by Moses. She knew that under the Mosaic Law. and he looked around to see who it was. (Mark 5:2533) How comforted she must have been to hear such kind words! w09 9/15 1:11. Timothy would travel with Paul and at times with others. Jesus put his pity and compassion into action. May 26 Daughter. and it reveals that the integrity and life prospects of all of God’s earthly servants are involved in the issue raised in Eden. the apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians: “I have no one else of a disposition like [Timothy’s] who will genuinely care for the things pertaining to you. Timothy became well-known to many Christians for his spiritual advancement. carrying out various missions on behalf of the apostles and older men. (Acts 16:4.Wednesday. She kept saying: “If I touch just his outer garments I shall get well. Paul and Timothy engaged in traveling work that contributed much to the spiritual upbuilding of the brothers. Jesus was aware that someone had touched him. likely fearing a rebuke because she had violated the Law. Like a child with a father he slaved with me in furtherance of the good news. it centers on issues of universal importance. During the time period between the lives of Abraham’s great-grandson Joseph and the prophet Moses. —Mark 5:34. 2:20-22. Jesus’ reputation and demeanor must have convinced her that he could and would heal her. he did not allow his three companions to make him think that he had failed as an integrity keeper. .” Sum- . she did so and immediately sensed that she had been healed. your faith has made you well. the book of Job is not merely an account about one man’s trials. Timothy was presented with an unusual invitation—to become the apostle Paul’s traveling companion! Imagine how surprised and excited Timothy must have been! For years to come. The woman. May 25 Paul expressed the desire for [Timothy] to go out with him. a woman suffered from an abnormal flow of blood. After some ten years of working with Timothy. 5) Hence. he said the words of today’s text. Although Job did not understand this issue. May 27 Until I expire I shall not take away my integrity from myself! —Job 27:5. . her condition made her and anyone who touched her ceremonially unclean. suffering woman? Far from it! Reassuringly. fell down trembling at his feet and poured out the whole truth. there lived a man named Job. explains why Jehovah allowed Job to suffer and how the matter turned out for him. 12 Friday.

—Rom. (Matt. 21:13. However. Indeed. How can we acquire real faith? Jesus’ example guides us. be peaceable with all men. w09 10/15 4:1. (2 Tim. 16 God and to one another. we must rise above such attitudes. Today. Kyle had an altercation with one of her workmates.” The meeting was very successful. people in general are disloyal and fail to show natural affection. we must read and study the Bible daily and attend Christian meetings. 2 Monday. (Jas. What did she do to heal the breach? She explains: “The scripture that readily came to my mind was Romans 12:18. 5:13) They did not acquaint themselves with the message by allowing it to guide them in making wise decisions in their lives. that you love one another. (Heb. 2:17) And we must pray for holy spirit because faith is part of the spirit’s fruitage.’ So I made an appointment to meet this workmate after work. During his final night on earth. The experience of a Christian sister named Kyle shows how this can be done.Saturday.—Heb. The apostles needed to remain close friends if they were to endure the trials that lay ahead and to accomplish the work that Jesus would soon assign them. which says: ‘As far as it depends upon you. To become acquainted with the Word of God means to know what it says and to put that knowledge into practice. May 28 Faith follows the thing heard. in God’s Word. 10:17. first-century Christians became known for their unbreakable devotion to . May 30 The word of God is alive and exerts power. John 8:17) To build faith that can withstand the trials of the sort that inevitably come with discipleship. Often he prefaced his words with the statement: “It is written. letting it sink into our heart. May 29 These things I command you. but the sword of the spirit. w09 5/15 1:8-10 Sunday. Jesus wielded.” that is. God’s Word. Time and again he supported his teachings with a reference to the Scriptures. He displayed a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and complete confidence in them. As a weapon. Spiritual babes of Paul’s day failed to use God’s Word and test its value by actual practice. 4:12. 3:1-3) The friendships they do form are often shallow and self-serving. w09 9/15 2:15. To keep our identity as true Christians. not a literal sword.” says Kyle. putting into our minds the truths that are the foundation of faith. Only faith that is alive can move us to courageous action.—Gal. —John 15:17. 5:22. what a pleasure it is to be associated with a worldwide organization whose members follow the pattern set by those firstcentury Christians! We are determined to obey Jesus’ command to display genuine love for one another. “I learned that we can never go wrong if we apply Bible principles. We must also meditate—reflect deeply—on what we learn. and the fellow employee was impressed that Kyle had taken that step. Jesus encouraged his loyal disciples to remain friends with one another. during these last days.

we need to persevere in asking God for wisdom.” (Eccl. (John 10:16. If we stand up for him. A young German Witness named Wilhelm well illustrates this. and problems they encounter? Basically it is love based on principle. as we wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things.”—Heb. 1:5. 1:18) Therefore. our words and deeds will show that we are walking and living by spirit. long-suffering. 13:18.” he wrote. faith. (Gal. where we are ‘taught continually.Tuesday. (Luke 9:25) Reflect on the faithful course of Witnesses who suffered in concentration camps. Paul told Christians in Corinth the words of today’s text. With the help of the holy spirit. particularly the recorded words of Jesus. —Luke 9:24. June 1 Whoever loses his soul for my sake is the one that will save it. 23) If so. Such love goes beyond just giving up something in a material way. June 2 We pray to God that you may do nothing wrong. mildness. and self-control? (Luke 11:13. w09 11/15 1:10. God’s Word assures us that our sincere prayers for help will be answered. labor camps. peace. How can we. It extends to the point of being willing to maintain our integrity and even to lose our life for the sake of Christ. 15:8) We can ask that others pray for us. let him keep on asking God. 5:16. we should pray for them and also give them Scriptural help so that they will act honestly and will not do anything wrong. “Carry on prayer for us. 25) If we learn that our children are being tempted to cheat on tests at school. (Prov. and prisons during and after World War II. 2: 1-5) Further. 11 . he wrote: “Above all we must love God. 13:7. even as the apostle Paul did.—Jas. joy. What enables Christians to endure no matter what trials. and by meditating on what we read. Col. is also a congregator of his people. difficult situations. Humble prayers of that kind please Jehovah and speak well of us. benefit from godly wisdom? Since Jehovah’s wisdom is revealed in his Word. we do well to attend congregation meetings. 10) Jesus. we will find gems of wisdom in God’s Word that can help us to deal with challenges and make wise decisions. we must put forth the effort to find it by carefully studying the Bible. 12:9. 15 Thursday. Gal. he remained loyal when facing death by a Nazi firing squad. Do we individually pray for holy spirit. 5: 22.’ w09 4/15 5:15 Wednesday.” w09 12/15 4: 14. he will reward us. May 31 If any one of you is lacking in wisdom. (Luke 11:13) Solomon was also called “the congregator” who “taught the people knowledge continually. Rather than compromise. In a farewell letter to his family. as Head of the Christian congregation. as our Leader Jesus Christ commanded. (Prov.—2 Cor. asking Jehovah to help us display its fruitage of love. goodness. “for we trust we have an honest conscience. as followers of the Greater Solomon. kindness.

June 4 The accuser of our brothers has been hurled down. The police officer there could not believe his eyes! Later. Sovereign of all creation. Satan was proved to be a liar in the case of that faithful though imperfect man. it would be a great achievement.” Impressed. Why did he not ignore the Devil’s challenge concerning Job? God knew that neither ignoring Satan nor destroying him would resolve the issue that had been raised. 11 Sunday. “Why did you choose to turn in the chain?” She explained. God purposed that one from within the heavenly part of his organization would crush all rebels and that through him “the things in the heavens and the things on the earth” would be brought together.” Yes. 12:10.” When we consider the millions of lives that have been improved by divine education. but his integrity was not broken. the accusations of that remorseless enemy are false. and they thus joined Satan in becoming “wicked spirit forces” and vicious foes of God’s servants. (Jude 6. Then Satan claimed that any human would turn away from God if he suffered physically. another officer asked her. a number of angels left their “proper dwelling place” and materialized fleshly bodies in order to pursue selfish pleasure on earth.—Rev. The Devil had claimed that Job would not remain loyal if he lost his favored economic .Friday.S. 2:4. Gen. A woman in India accepted a Bible study and in time qualified as an unbaptized publisher.). Hence. Job’s loyalty withstood the test. 13:18. Jehovah viewed the heavenly organization of faithful spirit creatures as a beloved wife bonded with him as Husband. Enmity would persist between Satan and God’s “woman. 1:8-10) In Noah’s day. June 5 I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. June 3 We wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things. do we not have abundant reasons to praise Jehovah? w09 9/15 4:8 situation. she took the chain to the police station and turned it in. so I am an honest person now. If you can help ten people to become like this woman. —Heb. 3:15. “Bible teaching has transformed me. who accuses them day and night before our God. Jehovah is the Creator of the universe. 6:11-13. each servant of God who keeps his integrity despite whatever Satan brings against him demonstrates that in his own personal case. he said to the Christian elder who accompanied her to the station: “There are over 38 million people in this state. 2 Pet. w09 4/15 1:10. —Gen. 6:1-4) Jehovah cast those rebels into dense darkness. although the details remained a “sacred secret” to be revealed progressively. One day while returning home from working on a Kingdom Hall construction project. This prophecy provided a sure basis for hope. she found on the ground near a bus station a gold chain worth eight hundred dollars (U. (Eph. Although of humble means. w09 5/15 3:6.—Eph. 7 Saturday. What of other worshippers of God? In effect. Job suffered.

looked to a bright and appealing future. 14:26. Jeremiah and other bold servants of God in ancient times took courage because of Jehovah’s assurance. for ‘I am with you. June 8 Each of us will render an account for himself to God. 8 Wednesday.Monday.’ is the utterance of Jehovah.” (Heb. Remember.000 underpriests. that they may do this with joy and not with sighing. When the Israelites murmured and rebelled against Moses. However. Is that goal not worth our every effort? w09 8/15 4:16. If we were ever to rebel against those he has put in positions of authority. They do not believe that their being of the anointed gives them special insights beyond what even some experienced members of the “great crowd” may have. Jehovah took their reb ellious actions personally. 2:7. when we reflect on God’s promises for our future and his assurance of spiritual protection. Abraham. reflected in his promise to Jeremiah: “They will be certain to fight against you. (Num. ‘to deliver you. 1:19) Today. 27) God has not changed. Sarah. (John 10:16) They do not expect special treatment.—Prov. The matter is between this person and Jehovah. 13:17) Granted. He wrote: “Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive. we are likewise strengthened. 14:12. (Rev. they will eventually reach perfection and be “set free from enslavement to corruption” . (Titus 1:2) Upon being resurrected. though. that we are working to remain in God’s love.’” (Jer. nor do they claim that their partaking of the emblems places them above the appointed elders in the congregation. 7:9) They do not believe that they necessarily have more holy spirit than their companions of the “other sheep” have. 14:27. Christians who have truly received this anointing do not demand special attention. —Rom. 11:13. Faithful ones of pre-Christian times. such as Abel. w09 6/15 4:15 Tuesday. 18. but they will not prevail against you. 4:17. for they are keeping watch over your souls as those who will render an account. 2 Cor. as directed against him. How should other Christians view a person who claims to have been anointed and begins to partake of the emblems at the Memorial? He or she should not be judged. 8:21) Moreover.—Heb. (Rom. we would be rebelling against him! The apostle Paul reveals the right attitude to cultivate toward those who have positions of responsibility in the Christian congregation. and Jeremiah. for this would be damaging to you. June 6 They are murmuring against me. but they saw them afar off and welcomed them. it takes real effort on our part to develop such an obedient and submissive spirit.—Num. June 7 They did not get the fulfillment of the promises. w09 7/15 4:7. Elij ah. 17 through the priestly services of Christ Jesus and his 144.

” Jesus paid the penalty for sin inherited by . w09 5/15 4:12. Christ was resurrected. as “a corresponding ransom. that friendship will endure. (Rev. But when individuals are drawn together by a mutual love for God. And a threefold cord cannot quickly be torn in two. The strongest friendships are founded on a love for Jehovah. proving that he was alive and giving them further instructions. If misunderstandings arise. to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many.—John 14:6. In the meantime. w09 12/15 3:14. w09 10/15 4:3-5 Adam’s offspring and made it possible to give everlasting life to all who accept him as God’s means of salvation. these enemies discover that friendships among true Christians are unbreakable. (1 Tim. (Heb.” —Rom. . If opposers of God try to cause divisions. (1 Tim. 27) He proved to the ultimate degree that a perfect man can maintain “godly devotion” and uphold God’s sovereignty despite the severest of tests imposed by Satan. 20:28. servants of Jehovah have proved their willingness to face death rather than betray one another. 2:17) Jesus is the focal point on which all prophecies concentrate. “they have become Yes by means of him.—Eccl. June 10 The Son of man came .” (2 Cor. their friendship will be unshakable. and they shed light on his central role in the outworking of Jehovah’s purpose. “No matter how many the promises of God are. two together could make a stand against him. June 9 If somebody could overpower one alone. Throughout history. 1:20) Even “a shadow of the good things to come” contained in the Mosaic Law became a reality in Christ Jesus. and everlasting life is a gift that God gives “by Christ Jesus our Lord. June 11 I am the way and the truth and the life. Jesus is “the life” because he has bought the human race with his lifeblood. 3:16) And. 6:23. he had much to do. 15 Friday.—Matt. true friends will treat each other in a way that pleases Jehovah. Col. Jesus is “the truth” not only because he always spoke and lived the truth but also because all the prophecies written about the Messiah—scores of them—were fulfilled in him.” wrote the apostle Paul. Jesus’ faithfulness unto death resolved an important aspect of the “sacred secret. 15 Saturday. we need to follow the Messiah. 14. those who do not love Jehovah can also form rewarding friendships. 19:10) To benefit from the fulfillment of what God has purposed for us. 1:26. (Acts 1:3-5) Then he ascended to heaven to present to Jehovah the value of his precious sacrifice and await the appointed time when his presence as Messianic King would begin. and for 40 days he appeared to his disciples. When Jehovah is the third cord in a friendship. True. 10:1. the most satisfying friendships we can enjoy are with those who love Jehovah. (1 John 3:16) Without a doubt. .Thursday. 2:5. 4:12.” (Col. 6) After three days in the grave.

No matter where we look—to the heavens above or to the soil beneath our feet—we find abundant evidence of an all-wise and loving Creator. Jehovah’s works reveal aspects of his personality. —2 Cor. can be observed in the things he made. 6) Jehovah’s wisdom. a positive perspective will help us to focus on aspects of our lives from which . 13 Tuesday. 18:1. In fact. some in the congregation drew away from him. the last thing we should do is discontinue our healthy routine of worship. The wisdom that comes from God lays emphasis on sound judgment and is based on accurate knowledge and understanding. we receive “pleasant sayings” that can buoy us up and make our hearts rejoice. 40:26. 12:25. and they may isolate themselves from fellow worshippers. (Prov.E. 1:1. 11:5. 6: 1-10) Others may have listened to the slander of the “superfine apostles. (Ps. After all. w09 12/15 2:12. 5:1-5. 4 we can derive delight and joy. June 12 O the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable his judgments are and past tracing out his ways are!—Rom. the apostle did not give up. —Prov.” Paul spent himself teaching and strengthening the new congregation. 14) On the other hand. (1 Cor. 6:13. he had deep love for the Corinthian Christians. When matters go wrong in our lives. w09 11/15 4:5. Their prayers have become perfunctory. remaining in a state of dejection can be harmful. 6. Some Christians have become disheartened to the point of discontinuing their personal Bible reading and their meditation on God’s Word. (Acts 18:5. Jehovah knows more than anyone else what we need in order to be happy. 6 Monday. Clearly. However. widen out. 3:5.” (2 Cor. June 14 You. We can learn much about him by considering the things that he has made. Isa. (Jas. w09 4/15 3:3. Paul came to Corinth in the fall of 50 C. 6) Paul wanted the genuine love of all his brothers and sisters. For “a year and six months. Why did Paul urge the Corinthians to widen out in their love? Consider how the congregation in ancient Corinth got its start.—Ps. 2. many in that city put faith in the good news. (Prov. along with his other matchless qualities. 15:13. 3:17) Because Jehovah is all-wise. In a short time. Jas. too. an antidote for sadness is to engage in activities that bring happiness. So he entreated them to “widen out” by drawing close to him and other fellow believers. (Rom. Although his preaching work there began with difficulty.—Prov. 16: 24. Jehovah tells us that we can find delight and happiness in reading his Word and in peering into it regularly. Clearly. Perhaps a few did not like his frank counsel. 19:1. 1:20) From the largest to the smallest. we are confident that his laws guide us in the best way of living. June 13 Because of the pain of the heart there is a stricken spirit.Sunday. 11:33. 9-11) They had every reason to love and respect him in return. 1:25) Both from the Holy Scriptures and from Christian meetings.

Jesus set the perfect example of love. talking of things they ought not. June 17 They . his conduct. It also motivates us to show similar love toward our spiritual brothers and sisters as well as toward all others. as Jesus foretold he would. congregation elders may need to ask questions about personal matters in order to carry out their assigned duties. —1 Pet. Paul indicated that some people may not be entitled to receive a full or complete answer. (Mark 14:66-72) Yet. Acts 2:14. our cooperation in speaking truth is much appreciated and is a great help. feed him. 5:2. 8:14-17.” Yes. Jesus entrusted Peter with weighty responsibilities. —1 Tim. 22: “If the one hating you is hungry. gadding about to the houses. 45. . his own apostle Peter denied him three times. June 15 If your enemy is hungry. In such a case.Wednesday. for by doing this you will heap fiery coals upon his head. 10:44. 5:13. Rather. give him something to drink. once Peter had returned. . and his sacrificial death—demonstrated his love. loved them to the end. Jesus forgave him. w09 6/15 3:7 Thursday. To the very end of his life on earth. Kind actions can win people over to a more favorable attitude toward Jehovah’s people and the Bible message they preach.” In view of his counsel found in Romans chapter 12. Paul could hardly have meant that the illustrative coals were to inflict punishment or shame upon an opposer. Later.” acts of kindness can warm the hearts of opposers and perhaps melt down their hostility. Jesus’ . w09 9/15 3:1-3 Friday. and Jehovah himself will reward you. —Luke 22:32. Jesus showed love toward those whom he met and especially toward his disciples. not only unoccupied.” (1 Thess. Like “fiery coals. For coals are what you are raking together upon his head. On the night before Jesus’ death. 12:20. his teaching. and if he is thirsty. if he is thirsty. yes.—John 13:1. 4:11) At times. Paul doubtless had in mind what we read at Proverbs 25:21. How much better it is to heed Paul’s inspired counsel: “Make it your aim to live quietly and to mind your own business. learn to be unoccupied. w09 10/15 2:5.—Rom. however. He said that “gossipers and meddlers in other people’s affairs” are “talking of things they ought not. give him bread to eat. Everything about him —his speech. those who pry into the affairs of others or those who cannot be trusted to keep a confidence may find that others are reluctant to share personal information with them. 6 outstanding example of love sets a high standard for his followers to uphold. the proverb—as well as Paul’s similar words to the Romans—seems to refer to an ancient method used for smelting metal ores. June 16 Jesus. but also gossipers and meddlers in other people’s affairs. give him water to drink. having loved his own that were in the world.

until the time of the end. (Matt. It also moved him to speak about Jehovah and to help others to know and love God.” Jesus said. (Matt. Its laws are inscribed by God on human hearts. Untold multitudes. Usually. . (1 Tim. w09 4/15 4: 14. 2:5. 2:1) The apostle Paul spoke of “a period of time when [people would] not put up with the healthful teaching. Before we can cultivate love for Jehovah in others. but. (Gal.E. 8:10) Thus. true worship is based on love for God. 12:4. 4:3. they are not the only ones to benefit from it. The lifting of mankind to the perfection that Adam lost was part of the hope of Israel. who hypocritically claimed to represent God. 4) Satan is involved in misleading people and has used apostate Christianity to obscure the heartwarming truth about God’s purpose for man and the earth. After all. we are eager to share with others what we know about a person whom we love. June 19 O Daniel. Heb. we must know and love him ourselves.Saturday. It impelled him to denounce the religious leaders. the covenant mediated by Jesus is superior.” which became a worldwide congregation made up of anointed Christians. 24:11) The apostle Peter warned Chris- . “the Israel of God” is now God’s special property. even many who at present are asleep in death. 15 Sunday. We do that because we want others to feel as attracted to that person and his qualities as we are. 7 tians: “There will also be false teachers among you. make secret the words .” (2 Tim. —Ex. In 33 C.. mind. 4:3. will receive everlasting blessings because of that superlative covenant. 22:36-38) Jesus set a perfect example. The result? “I love the Father. Having spent perhaps billions of years in heaven with his heavenly Father. 3 Monday.” (2 Pet. Jesus knew him well. Like Moses. 21:43) Members of that spiritual nation are the participants in that new covenant. w09 8/15 3:2.—John 8:29. (Matt. w09 7/15 3:6. soul. A mediator acts as a bridge between two parties. and defend him. and strength. We praise. 19:5. (John 14:31) That love motivated him always to do the things pleasing to God. in accord with their own desires. honor. Jehovah initiated a better covenant with a new Israel. “the Israel of God. So why did man’s hope have to be rediscovered? Jesus foretold that false prophets would corrupt his teachings and that most people would be misled.—2 Cor. Moses mediated the Law covenant between Jehovah and the Israelites. Jesus was a mediator. they [would] accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled. . —Dan. The Christian Greek Scriptures explain by what means God will make possible everlasting life for mankind in Paradise on earth. June 20 Keep my covenant. ‘a nation producing the fruits’ of the Messianic Kingdom. He loved Jehovah with his whole heart. Still. 6:16) While the covenant mediated by Moses included laws written by God on stone. June 18 I always do the things pleasing to [the Father]. 4.

June 21 Let us press on to maturity. Why? Some in that city were becoming a divisive influence in the congregation by introducing false teachings. (Heb. that of b eing King and High Priest. attendance at Christian meetings. that your advancement may be manifest to all persons. Solomon offered a heartfelt prayer.C. —Heb. Pressing on to maturity requires that we do our utmost to obey Jehovah. in faith. To be heard. 9) Before coming to earth. 39) The same prayer shows that there is hope for a sinner who ‘returns to God with all his heart. obedience is often learned from the things suffered. in chasteness. As exemplified by Jesus Christ. 29. 6 Thursday.Tuesday. June 23 Your heart must prove to be complete with Jehovah our God by walking in his regulations and by keeping his commandments as at this day. 4:16. 5:3-5. recorded at 1 Kings chapter 8. 1:6. June 22 Stay by these things. 13 purity of the congregation. prayer must come from the heart. in love. 6:1. honesty. 12.’ If an enemy captured God’s people. 7) God’s counsel regarding morals. 25) Our obedience. Prior to writing those words. 28:19. 10:24. However. This is the kind of advancement that every Christian should want to manifest. then. proper use of the tongue. 20. Eph.” Paul added: “Ponder over these things. —1 Tim. 8:48. and participation in the preaching work is clear.” (1 Tim. 10 Wednesday. After the ark of the covenant was placed in the Most Holy and Jehovah’s cloud filled the temple. 15) This advancement had to do with Timothy’s spiritual qualities rather than with any position of authority. 8:61. in conduct. and note its references to the heart. is an indication that we have progressed toward maturity. Paul wrote to Timothy: “Become an example to the faithful ones in speaking. Heb. Matt. for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you. 4:12. How was he to accomplish this? In part. 5:8. w09 12/15 1:5. Jesus was obedient to his Father. your prayers should come from the heart. —1 Ki. Paul had journeyed to Macedonia but had asked Timothy to remain in Ephesus. 28. (1 Ki. 58) Surely. w09 11/15 2:9. 1:8. 4: 25. 8:38. Solomon acknowledged that Jehovah alone knows a person’s heart. Solomon praised God. Through obedience under extreme adversity. be absorbed in them. w09 5/15 1:3. before throngs assembled in Jerusalem for the inauguration of Jehovah’s temple in 1026 B. doing his Father’s will on earth involved physical and mental suffering. (Josh. even under adversity. What about us? Are we determined to obey Jehovah even when we are faced with distressful problems? (1 Pet. personal reading and study of the Scriptures. their pleas would be heard if their heart was complete with Jehovah.E. Jesus was “made perfect” for the new position God had in mind for him. Timothy was to protect the spiritual . by setting a good example for others to imitate. Study Solomon’s prayer. (1 Ki.

and a light to our roadway. (John 10:16) Paul asked fellow worshippers to pray so that ‘ability to speak might be given him to make known the sacred secret of the good news. Jesus had already dismissed Judas when He declared His friendship with the remaining 11 faithful apostles. —Col.Friday.’ (Eph. Though the apostle Paul may not have . though. June 24 You are my friends if you do what I am commanding you. 4. but the flesh is weak. Jesus detected that this former close companion had allowed his heart to be corrupted. 6:17-20) Do we personally pray for other Christians in that way? w09 11/15 1:8. that our ministry might not be found fault with. Rather. since we heard of your faith in connection with Christ Jesus and the love you have for all the holy ones.—John 13:2135. June 26 In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling. saying: “The spirit. he wrote the above. (Jas. Jesus did not remain friends with his imperfect disciples because he was overly indulgent or blind to their imperfections. We are wise also to consider how the choices we make in personal matters affect our ministry and other people. 6:3. June 25 We thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ always when we pray for you. 1:3. and John fell asleep instead of supporting Jesus through his most trying hour.’ (Ps. Even so. Its message should prove to be ‘a lamp to our foot. (2 Thess. w09 11/15 3:4. Paul also prayed for Christians in Thessalonica. Peter. 1:11. 9 Sunday. For the dedicated Christian who cherishes his place in the congregation. Jesus ended his friendship with Judas Iscariot.—2 Cor. Consideration must especially be given to Jehovah’s viewpoint as revealed through his Word. Because Judas had become a friend of the world. he had made himself an enemy of God. but in every way we recommend ourselves as God’s ministers. We undoubtedly pray for ourselves. For example. he chose to focus on their good intentions and positive qualities. he saw that their motives were good. 26:41) In contrast. 119: 105) Thus we can guard against developing a spirit of independence. Our prayers for anointed Christians and for their “other sheep” companions give evidence of our concern for God’s organization. Even though Judas maintained the outward appearance of friendship. Jesus was understandably disappointed in them. personal preferences should not be the sole determining factor when making decisions. 12) Prayers of that kind say much about us and how we view our brothers and sisters in the faith. is eager. w09 10/15 3:5. the Bible. Some might reason that areas such as entertainment and dress and grooming are personal matters. 6 known all the believers in Colossae. of course. but our prayers ought to include others—even Christians we do not know by name. 4. James. —John 15:14. 5 Saturday. 4:4) Therefore.” (Matt. both inside and outside the congregation.

they would recall that Jesus Christ ‘took them into his arms and blessed them. from an early age. 12:4. or the . More important.—Job 32:18. 5. Jesus’ disciples tried to prevent people from bringing their young children to Jesus for him to touch. unselfish interest. 14 Tuesday. teaching.E.” (Rom. do not try to stop them. 14) Then. 4:10-27) That dream indicated that divine sovereignty toward the earth expressed by a kingdom in the line of King David would be manifested again after a period of 2. using the children to provide an object lesson. They show themselves to “be at this ministry” when they earnestly provide guidance and instruction to the congregation from God’s Word by their prayerful study. Just think of how Kingdom rule will soon fulfill the hopes of obedient mankind! w09 8/15 1:9.Monday. This can be seen from Daniel’s prophecy involving Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about the chopping down of an immense tree. Although what Elihu spoke under inspiration was fulfilled in Job’s restoration. children who receive such genuine concern in the congregation learn that Jehovah’s spirit is on his people. Jesus was not pleased with his disciples. his words are also meaningful to others. (Dan. beginning in 607 B.” What does such a ministry involve? Christian elders use their gifts to build up the members of the congregation.” That same earnestness should be evident.” (Mark 10:13. he said the words of today’s text. Some of the gifts Paul mentions—exhorting. 5 Wednesday.C.520 years. 12:6. June 28 We have gifts differing according to the undeserved kindness given to us. states Paul. presiding—especially concern Christian elders.—Rom. w09 9/15 1:13. God’s sovereignty toward our globe began to be asserted anew with the installation of Jesus Christ as heavenly King in the year 1914. They hold out hope for all integrity keepers. 7. 10 “one body.” The context seems to indicate that Paul here refers to “a ministry” carried out within the congregation. On one occasion. spirit has brought pressure upon me in my belly. June 29 Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a young child will by no means enter into it. and shepherding. 8) That ministry is similar to the one mentioned at Acts 6:4. research. Jehovah sometimes gives a message to an individual that also has a broader application for mankind in general.’ (Mark 10:16) Today’s children too will look back with fondness on the elders and others who show them wholesome. Think for a moment about how some of those children would feel years later when as men and women.—Mark 10:15. He told them: “Let the young children come to me. w09 10/15 1:4. where the apostles declare: “We shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. June 27 I have become full of words. in the way overseers serve as teachers and carry out “a ministry. for the kingdom of God belongs to suchlike ones. who are admonished to preside “in real earnest.

We have used appealing printed invitations to invite people in our territories to gather with us in commemorating the Lord’s Evening Meal. we can. the one that has been chosen. Listen to him. as a substitute.790. including sheep and goats. sheep played a notable role in the remission of sin and approach to God. 18:6. on the other hand. 5:6. 22:12. 23) Listening to Jesus involves ‘looking intently at him. Lev. (John 10:27) Can we succeed in following the Christ continually? Yes. after Abraham had demonstrated that he was willing to offer his son Isaac. 15 Friday. For instance. no sacrifice offered by humans—could bring permanent release from sin and death. 29:38-42. 10:1-4) Jesus. 2:1. w09 7/15 1:14. or male sheep.—Deut.” (John 1:29) This fact alone makes Jesus a treasure that outranks any material treasure that has ever been found. 3) Hence. the Lamb of God! —John 1:36. July 1 This is my Son. (Luke 22:19. (2 Chron. (Heb. 30:16. July 2 He kept sticking to Jehovah. 12:1-13) Further.’ (Heb. in 2008.” as well as what we hear about him at Christian meetings. and a total of 17. June 30 See. the Mosaic Law provided for the sacrifice of various animals. 13) When the Israelites were delivered from Egypt.631 people attended! It was said of Hezekiah: “In Jehovah the God of Israel he trusted. some seven million of us distributed invitations. Throughout the Bible. And how Jehovah has blessed this effort! Why. Matt. (Gen. let us be eager to listen to Jesus and follow him. this time as part of “Jehovah’s passover. 30:6-9) In recent years. Peter. 1:13. provided that we “keep holding the pattern of healthful words” by practicing what we learn “with the faith and love that are in connection with Christ Jesus. in obedience to Jesus’ command. (Ex. Our zeal for God’s house will help us ‘keep sticking to Jehovah’ with the prospect of everlasting life in view. At that time. 20) We have zealously shared in this work.” (Ex. (Heb. is “the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.”—2 Tim. John. Runners sped through the land carrying letters of invitation. Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem invited the whole nation—even those of the northern kingdom—to attend the Passover celebration. sheep again played a significant role. 12:2. we do well to “pay more than the usual attention to the things” we read about him in the Bible and in the publications of “the faithful and discreet slave. —Luke 9:35. 24:45) As his sheep. w09 5/15 4:17-19 Saturday. w09 6/15 1: 16-18 . and James witnessed the transfiguration. Our obeying the command to listen to the Messiah is a serious matter. —2 Ki. (Acts 3:22. 7) None of those sacrifices—in fact. they heard a voice from heaven say the above. he was told not to harm Isaac and was provided with a ram. 18:5) May it be similar in our case. considering his example closely.Thursday. we have shared in a similar effort.” (2 Ki.

by reading Bible-based publications. What enabled such ones to endure mistreatment? Not just their love for the brotherhood but. 104:34. for my part. 5: 28) They knew that Jehovah was with them and would bless them —and bless them he did! In fact. 10:35) Teenagers have endured opposition from unbelieving parents. Did not Jesus foretell that this would take place? Yes. Then. the apostle Paul could write that the good news had been preached “in all creation that is under heaven. it is quite different. w09 11/15 5:6. (1 Pet. Mary. 1:22. 3:14. less than 30 years after Jesus’ death. Rather. July 3 I. As we grow in knowledge of God.—Ps. Of course. and many others heard him call them by their name. —Matt. we do not follow rigid protocol in regard to manners. and many have experienced the truthfulness of his words. we allow Bible principles to give us flexibility in dignifying fellow humans everywhere. 1 John 4: 21) There are many other situations in life that call for the love that endures all things. 42. Hence. 1: 23) If we want to be truly effective teachers. July 5 A man’s enemies will be persons of his own household. (Luke 10:41. as we express our love for God in words and deeds. a husband and wife clothed with this quality are fortified to stick to each other and keep their marriage intact. It was not so with the Son of God. When opposition comes upon individual Christians from family members.Sunday. We also strengthen our love for God by studying his Word. The Jewish religious leaders viewed those who did not know the Law as “accursed people” and treated them as such. 7 Tuesday. 2:1-4) The gracious way that God and his Son treat people of all nations and ethnic groups dignifies such individuals and attracts those rightly disposed to the truth. above all. (Jas. Some have even been ordered out of the home. —Col. we too need to make sure that we continue to strengthen our love for God. (Matt. Martha. —John 7:49.” (Col. w09 12/15 4:17. July 4 This crowd that does not know the Law are accursed people. and by attending Christian meetings. (Acts 4:20. but they were taken in by kindly Witnesses. Others have been disowned. our hearts will be filled with love for him. 10:36. Within the marriage union. Frontal assaults against God’s people in general are one thing. How can we do that? By often communicating with God through prayer. 19:5) While cultural norms and circumstances may dictate how we address people today. 18 Monday. . w09 7/15 3:8. Jehovah’s servants cultivate warmth toward others. Jesus’ first-century disciples simply could not stop speaking about the things they had seen and heard. others will observe it and may be drawn to Jehovah. their genuine love for Jehovah and his Son. shall rejoice in Jehovah. Zacchaeus. 9 They do not allow class distinctions to curtail the respect their fellow believers and others deserve. what constitutes good manners varies from place to place.

It is similar today. 5:20) Nevertheless. some had to be disfellowshipped . When someone is truly repentant.—Prov. the deliverance Jehovah performed through Jesus is much greater. Like Jesus. A situation that can be particularly heartrending is dealing with serious wrongdoing. Likewise. On their last night before the Exodus. 12:1-13. and love.—Heb. But enduring friendships are a product of hard work and self-sacrifice. (Ex. being hospitable involves taking a series of small. then. they reflect Jehovah’s mildness. the whole nation was in serious danger. some of the offspring of Israel were in grave danger. They were trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptian war chariots. 18) And that deliverance is “an everlasting deliverance. 21) Great as those acts of deliverance were.Wednesday. Good friendships are not formed by accident. A mutual love for Jehovah is the foundation. Can you make it a regular part of your routine to show hospitality to members of your congregation? w09 10/15 4:6. (Rom. 1 Tim. one after the other. 5 Friday.” (Rom. this can have a profound impact on the wrongdoer. The world’s bad or indifferent moral attitudes can rub off on young and old alike. 3:27. One way you can be hospitable is by inviting different ones in the congregation to share a simple meal with you. eroding their resolve to walk the narrow way. 14:13.”—Ps. as the last days of Satan’s system come to their climax. it may not be difficult for elders to “readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness. July 7 Try to readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness. Jehovah again provided deliverance through Moses. 5:1113. (1 Cor. regular actions. Even siblings who worship Jehovah within Christian families need to work at forming a close friendship. God’s angel would pass through the land of Egypt. July 8 [Jesus] obtained an everlasting deliverance for us. In the first century. How. Soon. kindness. In doing so.” w09 4/15 4:16. who miraculously parted the waters of that sea. the spirit of the world is taking an ever greater moral toll. The apostle Paul encourages us to “follow the course of hospitality. and others were reproved. 5:12.—Gal. when it happens to be in the power of your hand to do it. (Ex. 17 Thursday. Later. 34:18. 7 from the Christian congregation. elders must uphold Jehovah’s righteous standards at all times. 9:12. Sadly. can you make good friends? Take the initiative. killing all the firstborn. Jehovah told Moses that the firstborn of Israel would be saved if the Israelites took the blood of the Passover lamb and sprinkled it on the lintels and doorposts of their doorways. Jesus is the means by which obedient ones are delivered from slavery to sin. w09 9/15 3:4. 12: 13) Following a literal course involves taking a series of steps. 21-23) So it proved to be. when elders who handle these matters show Christlike love. 6:1. Nobody else can walk the path of hospitality for you. July 6 Do not hold back good from those to whom it is owing.

11. Jesus stood bound before Pilate. 12 Sunday. . How different this is from the way man is presented in the Bible! Man is a physical creature. for I shall yet laud him as the grand salvation of my person and as my God. and for this I have come into the world. is man’s everlasting home. 21:1-4) However. wait patiently for God to act in your behalf. and Jesus delighted to do so because he loved his heavenly Father. July 10 To Jehovah the heavens belong. who could have freed him. and pray for endurance while you “wait for God” to restore you to active association with his people. w09 11/15 2: 11. O my soul. Jesus did say: “For this I have been born. Something similar happened to the early Jewish hope of everlasting life on earth. —Matt. 42:5. but the earth he has given to the sons of men. 57-65) Shortly thereafter. But Jesus remained silent in resp onse to the accusations against him.Saturday. (Mark 15: 1-5) All of this took much courage. apostate religious leaders of Christendom have embraced other ideas. (Rev. Studying the Psalms can enrich your prayers and help you to wait for God to answer them. July 11 Roll upon Jehovah your way.” (John 18:37) Jehovah had commissioned Jesus to preach the good news. 104:5. Theologians twisted the Scriptures to make texts that describe the heavenly hope appear . 115:16. w09 8/15 3:4.” (Ps. . Likewise. a person’s life on earth is intended to be transitory—a test to determine if he is worthy of life in heaven. 20:1-3. and rely upon him. Meditate on past joys in God’s service. 7 Monday. He knew their lives were difficult. w09 7/15 4:10. and why are you boisterous within me? Wait for God. not a spirit. As the Jews gradually adopted the Greek idea of inherent immortality. 37:5. 19) Jesus also had love for the people. Jehovah said to the first man: “Dust you are. their original hope of life on earth faded. Consider the patience of an exiled Levite.” (Gen.—Ps. (Luke 4:18. not heaven. 43:5) What can you learn from that Levite? If imprisonment for righteousness’ sake were to prevent you from being with fellow believers in their place of worship for a time. Although he could not go to Jehovah’s sanctuary for a time. that I should bear witness to the truth. appear righteous to men. our bold and fearless witnessing is deeply rooted in love of God and love of neighbor. but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. According to this view. 6. To Pilate. and he himself will act. Jesus fearlessly affirmed that He was both Christ and the Son of God. According to the Scriptures. July 9 You . 22:36-40.—Matt. 23:28. 3:19) The earth. mankind will be elevated to perfection on earth.—Ps. 11 to teach that all good people go to heaven. he sang: “Why are you in despair. Led before the Sanhedrin and questioned by the high priest. (Mark 14:53. 12.—Ps.

5:14. and Peter but did not prevent the deaths of Stephen and James at enemy hands. males. and workers. w09 5/15 3:9. 12:1-3. but help may come in a different manner. 30:24. Daniel. 6:22. w09 4/15 3:7-9 Wednesday. Similarly. transplants. 3:17. To illustrate: The Scriptures at times speak of “the congregation” as taking certain action in handling judicial matters. whereas Jehovah saw to it that most of them survived. Acts 7:59. and in most colonies three types of ants can be found: queens. The Scriptures do not teach that each person on earth has a guardian angel. not all individuals of the slave class have the same responsibilities or work assignments. 18. 28. Consider the instinctive wisdom of the ant. Fellow Christians may be motivated to provide help and comfort. —Matt. 12:14-18) In the first century. They rescued Shadrach. 1 Thess. Are all anointed ones throughout the earth part of a global network that is somehow involved in revealing new spiritual truths? No. God may give us the wisdom and inner strength needed to cope with “a thorn in the flesh” that afflicts us as if we were being slapped by “an angel of Satan. w09 6/15 4:16. 60. Although as a composite body the slave class is responsible for feeding the spiritual household. 11) The circumstances and issues were different. July 13 The angel of Jehovah is camping all around those fearing him. speak to the congregation. This little insect fertilizes. 17 ed. In real terms.000 ants. all of them busily toiling on and under the earth’s surface. July 12 If he does not listen to them. We can learn from the ants. 12:7-10. 18:17. 34:7. But only a very limited number were used to write the books of the Bible and oversee the Christian congregation. all were involved in the vital preaching work. it is only the elders who take this action in their capacity as representatives of the congregation. some of our brothers in Nazi concentration camps were execut- . Ants are organized into colonies. 7. (Prov.” —2 Cor. (1 Cor. 25) Some researchers believe that for every human there are at least 200. Abednego. Jehovah could send an angel to assist us. 10 Thursday. though. Meshach. 6:6. and he rescues them. Angels are ever alert to intervene according to God’s will. the South American leaf-cutting ant. Each group contributes in its own way to caring for the colony’s needs. Researchers have found that this skillful “gardener” adjusts its efforts according to the amount of food that is needed by the colony. One particular ant. you lazy one. —Ps. Of course.Tuesday. —Prov. see its ways and become wise. (Dan. and prunes its fungus gardens in ways that maximize yield. They teach us that diligent effort is needed if we wish to produce good fruitage. July 14 Go to the ant. could be called a sophisticated gardener.

along with the help that Jehovah provides by means of his holy spirit.” The message found in God’s Word. 11:32. 23) Colossians 3:10 says: “Clothe yourselves with the new per- . We should humbly recognize that any fruitage we may have in our ministry is the result of God’s blessing. 5:5. July 16 The word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit. Jehovah. 7) In line with this. 8 Saturday. Deut. That is of great importance. (Rom. which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it. has the power to reveal what a person really is on the inside. for people may be drawn to the God we serve because they notice how we stand out as different from the crowd in this defiled world. July 17 Our being adequately qualified issues from God. 5:22.Friday. feet. Lev. enables people to make profound changes in their lives. 30:17-21. It takes true humility and conscious effort to recognize that each of our brothers and sisters is superior to us in one way or another. 11:44. the cleansing of vessels. and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart. w09 8/15 4:18. 12:16. (Lev. 4:12.—Heb. In ancient Israel. and clothing. 1 Pet. (Phil. The transforming p ower of God’s Word. our heavenly Father. 11: 45. or being aware of our limitations. Gal. 12:3) Therefore.” (Rom. 15:31) The Mosaic Law touched on such matters as the disposal of waste. 3:5.” It is necessary that we have self-respect and find joy and satisfaction in our Kingdom service. and it can change the way he thinks and even how he feels about things. and of joints and their marrow. being modest. Num.—2 Cor. is holy—which means “clean. in all respects. 23:13. He knows that cleanliness is essential to our well-being.” humble tasks that often go unnoticed by men. w09 10/15 1:7. Paul states: “I tell everyone there among you not to think more of himself than it is necessary to think. Jehovah made it clear to his people that physical cleanliness was essential.—Lev. July 15 You must not make your souls unclean. w09 9/15 4:9 Sunday. He also knows that our cleanliness reflects on him. with the prospect of living forever. we should not glorify ourselves. 3:6. (Ex. 19 sonality. will prevent us from becoming opinionated. not our own competence. 2:3) While privileges of special service may bring some into the limelight.—Rom. 12:2. the Bible. 19:17-20. (1 Cor. Jehovah wants us to be clean.” and “sacred.” Servants of the holy God need to be holy as well. 14) The Israelites were reminded that their God. and the washing of hands. However. a person can become a friend of God.” “pure. all will find deep joy in accomplishing “lowly things.—Lev. In what ways do we need to remain clean? Really. By coming to an accurate knowledge of the Scriptures and by conforming his life to Jehovah’s righteous standards. The gifts we may have are due to Jehovah’s “undeserved kindness.

Monday. Sarah. 9 Hebrews chapter 11 had strong faith in God’s promise. or made complete. comfort. How essential that we clearly understand and recognize Jesus’ role as “the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith”!—Heb. honest. mature Christians strive to build up.—Eph. 23:12. we find Paul’s masterful discussion of faith. In that sense. Paul urged his fellow Christians to “look intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith. 12:34. which includes a concise definition and a list of such exemplary men and women of faith as Noah. 12:1. to our children. or to other close family members? Offering a sincere apology from the heart helps to promote peace and unity within the family. and encourage. their faith was incomplete. 4:32. Abraham. 1:26) Our speech can reveal to others in the congregation the degree to which we have progressed spiritually. 3:8-10) Speaking truth does not mean that we should be blunt. Being rude does not increase the value of the truth or its impact. freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you. it elevates our message and shows honor to those to whom we speak. tactless. 6: 3-5. Jesus. w09 7/15 1:16. negative. and Rahab. 1:11. —Matt. July 20 Become kind to one another. 20) Our readiness to discuss our moral convictions with others and to speak out in defense of God’s lofty standards can reveal our devotion to God. or hurtful.—Phil. w09 12/15 1:8. 9. and kind in our communication. Jesus’ half brother James recognized the impact that our speech can have on our worship. they did not know all the details of how God would fulfill his promise through the Messiah and the Kingdom. 12:18. July 19 They kept on investigating. With all of this in mind.” Why? Although those faithful men and women listed in . (Prov. Only through Jesus can faith be perfected. Accordingly. Paul said: “Let all malicious bitterness and anger and wrath and screaming and abusive speech be taken away from you along with all badness. 9 Tuesday. (1 Pet. when we make a mistake. this man’s form of worship is futile.” (Jas. —Matt. Our speech says much about us. —1 Pet.” (Eph. 1 Tim. console. 4:29. tenderly compassionate. In Hebrews chapter 11. 4:8. instead of using speech that is undignified. July 18 Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 4:31) When we speak in a kind and dignified manner. w09 6/15 3:8. even those who were used by Jehovah to pen the many Messianic prophecies did not fully grasp the import of what they wrote. Eph. In fact. (Rom. critical. 2. but goes on deceiving his own heart. Many problems and misunderstandings can be reduced or eliminated by being open. do we hesitate to acknowledge it to our mate. 16) Righthearted ones will surely observe how we use the gift of speech and may follow our example. For example. He wrote: “If any man seems to himself to be a formal worshiper and yet does not bridle his tongue. 1:15. 17 Wednesday.

3:1) In Bible times. fellow employees. 14 health problems or other adverse circumstances.) One way to be a peacemaker within the family circle is to settle disagreements as quickly as p ossible rather than allow situations to deteriorate. we learn of the vindication of Jehovah’s sovereignty and Satan’s final destruction. without love of goodness. we find more information about Satan’s opposition to Jehovah. 5:9. having no natural affection.” (1 Thess. After he accused Job and received permission to test him. When Satan was present at the gatherings in heaven. support the weak. and people we meet in our public ministry. 16 Saturday. be peaceable with all men. many in the congregation need our help and encouragement because they face . July 21 Satan went out away from the person of Jehovah and struck Job with a malignant boil from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. The book of Job adds to our knowledge of Satan’s rebellious course. w09 10/15 2:7-9 Friday. schoolmates. however. The Devil had a malicious attitude and a sinister objective. (Matt. 5: 14) This involves putting Christlike kindness to work. w09 9/15 1: 15. 3:2. Paul.” (Job 1:12) Hence. he did not attend with the intention of praising Jehovah. July 23 If possible. . (Prov.—Rom.—Job 2:7. be longsuffering toward all. saying: “If possible. Accordingly.” That includes neighbors. Christians suffered from similar problems. The Hebrew Scriptures provide details about Satan’s shameful role in challenging Jehovah and leading mankind astray. In these “last days. In the Christian Greek Scriptures. However. 15:18.” That means doing all we reasonably can to be “peaceable with all” but not to the extent of compromising God’s righteous principles. How can we do so? To begin with. The apostle qualifies his counsel. (2 Tim. as far as it depends upon you.Thursday.” such problems may be on the rise. . “Satan went out away from the person of Jehovah. for example. By imitating Jesus. 3. 12:18. . . . The atmosphere within the true Christian congregation provides a refreshing contrast to that of the unkind world. exhorted Christians to “speak consolingly to the depressed souls. ftn. each of us can contribute to that wholesome atmosphere. Eph. He says that we should be “peaceable with all men. Genuine Christians are peace lovers and peacemakers. and in the book of Revelation. . helpful actions are as appropriate now as they were for Christians living back then. but they are by no means new. the book of Job identifies Satan as mankind’s merciless enemy. 4: 26) This also holds true within the Christian congregation. —2 Tim. Paul goes beyond the need to be peaceable within the family circle and in the congregation. July 22 Men will be lovers of themselves. as far as it depends upon you. w09 4/15 1:13.

both immortality in heaven for anointed Christians and everlasting life on earth for Jesus’ “other sheep” depend on the exercising of faith in Christ’s ransom sacrifice. Elihu’s words reflect the hope that God would one day accept a ransom and set man free from the process of aging and from death. w09 8/15 1:11-13 Monday. blind people reduced to begging. we follow Jesus’ example by being kind and helpful. The book of Job also shows that there will be a resurrection. neighbors. 10. 4:8.Sunday. While we wait for the wonderful future in store for us. Luke 18:35-41) As Christians. Lepers. 1 Pet. It is the gift of God. 3: 12-14. Jesus was always patient and kind.” (Eccl. (Mark 5:30-33. Elihu’s words continue to have meaning for millions of Christians who hope to survive the destruction of the present system of things. 6:10. Jehovah’s will is that we enjoy the good things that he gives us. 1:10-12) Still. Elderly ones among the survivors will return to the days of their youthful vigor. 14-17) Moreover. such conduct glorifies Jehovah and brings us happiness. Jesus said that there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. He did not ig- . Jesus was extraordinarily considerate toward those who put their faith in him. Elihu probably did not understand the full significance of the ransom. and others in need found Jesus ready and willing to help them. and other relatives bring deep satisfaction. w09 11/15 5:5 Tuesday. 6:23. the prospect of seeing resurrected ones restored to the days of their youth continues to delight faithful people. Go in peace. Rom. Elihu’s words presented the wonderful prospect of everlasting life. 7:9. Of course.—John 10:16. Such conduct does not go unnoticed by our relatives. children. Moreover. and it pleases Jehovah. July 25 Daughter. 3:27) Being tender. and forgiving toward our spiritual brothers and sisters also results in much joy. 13) “To do good” includes performing good deeds in behalf of others. (Rev. w09 12/15 2:15 nore them. Among the many things that Jesus Christ learned from his Father was courtesy. 3:12. parents. hospitable.—Gal. and also that every man should eat and indeed drink and see good for all his hard work. 15) Today. 9) And accomplishing our ministry with a selfsacrificing spirit is truly rewarding. July 24 Let us work what is good toward all. July 26 I have found a ransom! —Job 33:24. your faith has made you well. Although his ministry at times placed great demands on his time and energy. Acts of kindness toward our mates. and others. although they came to him without an appointment. (Job 14:14. (Prov. He often stopped what he was doing in order to help a distraught individual. The Bible says: “I have come to know that there is nothing better for [mankind] than to rejoice and to do good during one’s life. (Col. and be in good health from your grievous sickness.—Mark 5:34. (1 Pet.

though. It is a real protection for a Christian to have p erceptive powers that are properly trained to distinguish right from wrong in a world that is “past all moral sense. who regularly read and deeply appreciated Scriptural publications. she began making sexual advances. admit to one’s society and friendship. The Greek word rendered “welcome” means “to receive kindly or hospitably. 28) But Jesus gave his life as an expression of love.”—John 15:13. There is no need to worry if we do not get to speak with everyone on the same day. I promptly pushed the girl away. —Eph. not even be mentioned among you. in order that they may be one just as we are. 16:13-16. a brother named James. Jesus looked past the faults of his loyal friends and acted in their best interests. 14 coming fellow worshippers. . we can pay attention to those whom we have not seen or with whom we have not spoken recently. . “that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends. —Rom. July 29 Holy Father. we can do the same with others. he prayed for his Father to protect them during their trials. Right then I recalled an experience related in The Watchtower regarding a brother who faced a similar temptation on his job. In a short while. The article used the example of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife.—John 17:11. July 28 Welcome one another. 9 Friday. just as the Christ also welcomed us. w09 10/15 3:7. 4:19) For example. 15:7. w09 11/15 4:8. 1:5. Heb. 8 Thursday. he let them know how happy he was to see them. 9:22.” said Jesus. Why not spend a few minutes conversing with them? At the next meeting. As we greet our brothers at the Kingdom Hall and other places. 17:2426) Jesus both lived and died for his friends. watch over them on account of your own name which you have given me. “one employee seemed to be of good character and showed interest in Bible truth. 28.” (Gen. (Matt. and she ran out. .Wednesday. “No one has love greater than this. True.” When a hospitable host in Bible times received friends into his home. 5:3. For instance. No one should take offense if we are not able to greet them at every meeting. . and we are exhorted to imitate him in wel- . 39: 7-12) James was thankful that he maintained a good conscience. (Matt.” (Eph. Christ has figuratively welcomed us in that way. Jesus showed consideration for their physical limitations. w09 5/15 1:13. he knew that he must offer his life as a legal requirement to satisfy his Father’s standard of justice. July 27 Let fornication .” says James. When we were alone in a production room. 26:27. (Mark 6:30-32) And he was interested not just in telling them what he thought but also in hearing and understanding what they thought and felt. we will have had delightful conversations with just about all our brothers and sisters. accepted a job where all his coworkers were women. —1 Tim. “While many of these clearly showed a lack of moral sense. .

July 30 Whatever you are doing. Rev. 17 that we can perceive the dangers that lurk in Satan’s world. traveling overseers. He will then tell sheeplike ones who accept him as Jehovah’s means of salvation to “inherit the kingdom. and members of Bethel families throughout the world. 25) Furthermore. 10:24.—Rom. (Col. 41) Those who reject Jesus as King will suffer destruction. 19:11. (Rev. 24:3. 25:34. —1 Pet. August 1 Keep your senses. Many brothers and sisters assist with Kingdom Hall construction. w09 12/15 3:16. 1: 12. work at it whole-souled as to Jehovah. 25:31-33. Soon he will judge all the living. Jesus has faithfully supervised the activities of the Christian congregation over which he has been ruling as King. The great majority of Jehovah’s people are doing their best to care for the spiritual needs of their families and have a full share in the ministry each week. 11:13) Some are able to be regular pioneers. 1:13) At the appointed time. Study of God’s Word and attendance at Christian meetings should not be neglected. be watchful. The rock badger is a comparatively small creature that can teach us important lessons. note that this animal does not leave itself vulnerable to attack. and it stays close to holes and crevices that can provide lifesaving shelter. July 31 Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world. it takes advantage of its keen eyesight to see predators from afar. —Col. Bible prophecies and world events confirm that his presence as King began in 1914. (Prov. Similarly. We can be confident that when we offer ourselves willingly in God’s service and do our best to serve him whole-souled. (Luke 4:4. Throughout the centuries since his resurrection. 30:26) First. we need to stay close to our fellow Christians so that we can enjoy “an interchange of encouragement” with them. he would start wielding his power as King of God’s Kingdom.—Rev. for you know that it is from Jehovah you will receive the due reward. (Rom. w09 11/15 3:6 Sunday.Saturday. One way we can be watchful is by taking advantage of the spiritual protection that Jehovah makes available to us.—Matt. A way to show that we cherish our place in the congregation is by closely examining our personal circumstances and doing all we can to ‘glorify our ministry’ and bring honor to Jehovah. Heb. there is always a place for us in his arrangement.” (Matt. and not to men. 11:15) Shortly thereafter. as did “the conclusion of the system of things. we need to have sharp spiritual vision so . 3:23.E. w09 4/15 3:11-13 Monday. is nearing its grand climax. 5:8. Others serve in such special forms of full-time service as missionaries. just as the rock badger thrives in a close-knit community. he led the holy angels in casting Satan and his demons from heaven. 24. Rather. 12:710) The preaching and teaching work that Jesus began in 29 C.” (Matt.

22) One of the English-speaking world’s famous poets. In accord with Jehovah’s purpose. (Matt. yet facing persecution confidently. (Matt. Down through the ages. (Matt.—Acts 14: 14. Acts 2: 32. Jehovah therefore resurrected Jesus to immortal heavenly life. (Acts 16:4. John Milton (1608-1674). August 4 Light itself has flashed up for the righteous one. But at the same time.” (1 Cor. 4:5-7) So let us imitate Jesus’ example by living with “soundness of mind. giving him “all authority” and making angels subject to him. 3:16) Jesus knew that it was wrong for him to put Jehovah to the test by expecting angels to rescue him if he were to engage in reckless behavior. members of the great crowd are careful not to elevate any individuals who claim to be part of that slave. 5) Members of the great crowd appreciate the spiritual food produced under the Governing Body’s direction. 13:37-39) By the 1600’s. and Eternall Life on Earth. 15:21. 12 with each individual member of the slave class before making decisions. 1 Pet. Gal. I myself am also a man. Bible translation and printing had made the Holy Scriptures more widely available. 3:22) Jesus thus proved to be the principal part of the “seed” of God’s “woman. a few careful Bible readers saw flashes of truth as they understood some aspects of how God will restore mankind to perfection. 15.Tuesday. 14. —Luke 22:43. Jesus died a sacrificial death and furnished proof that a perfect man can maintain integrity to God despite being tested to the limit. August 2 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 7: 13. In 1651. w09 8/15 3:8 Wednesday.” (Gen.—Titus 2:12. w09 5/15 3: 11. They make up the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses.” —Acts 10:26. wrote Paradise Lost and its sequel Paradise Regained. however. 3: 15. These spirit-anointed men oversee the Kingdom work and the spiritual feeding program. No Christian who genuinely receives the anointing with God’s spirit would want or expect such treatment. an angel was sent to strengthen him. w09 6/15 4:18. As in the first century. August 3 Peter lifted him up. though. Satan did not always succeed in obscuring the truth. 19 Thursday. Today a limited numb er of anointed men have the responsibility of representing the slave class. one scholar wrote that since through Adam men “have forfeited Paradise. while respecting the slave as a class. 97:11.” so in the Christ “all men shall be made to live on Earth.—Ps. for else the comparison were not proper. 28:18. In his works. Although most religions that claim to be Christian deny the hope of everlasting life on earth. Luke 24:4-7. the Governing Body does not consult . The angels could have prevented Jesus’ arrest and cruel death. Instead.” not taking unnecessary risks. Milton referred to the reward that the faithful will receive in an earthly paradise. saying: “Rise.

and the rightfulness of his universal sovereignty fully vindicated. 7:16) After the final test. . and to rest their hope.” (Rev. 24. 5:47.” (Isa. 9:6. Talk to them. we should strive “to work at good” and “to be rich in fine works. including those resurrected from the dead. what extraordinary thing are you doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing?—Matt. such as “Wonderful Counselor. 9 Sunday. 16:26. who will live forever in perfect health and happiness. 7:17. will be “hurled into the lake of fire. 19 Saturday.” By putting spiritual matters first in our lives. One distinct way that divine education prepares us for the coming of Jehovah’s day is by helping us to set proper priorities.Friday. Mighty God. What a grand heritage lies just ahead for all who obey God’s Anointed One! w09 12/15 3:18. Prince of Peace. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “Give orders to those who are rich in the present system of things not to be highminded. w09 11/15 5:8. but on God.—Rev. 16:27) In view of the nearness of Jehovah’s day. 6:19. The remedy is simple: Greet people. . all rebels. (Rev.’ (1 Tim. Is it your custom to greet people? Or do you often walk by without a smile or a pleasant word? With no bad intention. During his Thousand Year Reign. Eternal Father. (Matt. Jehovah’s sacred name will have been cleared of all reproach. What does it involve? Instead of storing up material riches. a person could develop a habit that is in reality ill-mannered.” Even if we are not affluent. 20: 10) How wonderfully and flawlessly Jesus fulfills his role as the Messiah! A paradise earth will be filled with redeemed humans. In many other situations. two people often pass each other without saying “hello” or “how are you?” Of course. 20.” enabling obedient mankind to enjoy a peaceful relationship with Jehovah. (John 5:26-29) The Messiah will guide willing humans to “fountains of waters of life. we will have good results. it is appropriate and desir- . In the fast-paced life that is common in many places today. In this regard. we can benefit from this divinely inspired counsel. we ‘treasure up for ourselves a fine foundation for the future. consultant Donald Weiss wrote: “People resent it when others look through or past them. not on uncertain riches. . 6:17-19) Such a course of self-sacrifice reflects practical wisdom. w09 9/15 4:11 able to greet others. Jesus will fully live up to all his titles. August 5 What benefit will it be to a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul?—Matt. each of us does well to consider: ‘Where am I storing up treasure? Am I slaving for God or for Riches?’—Matt. August 7 God will wipe out every tear from their eyes. including Satan and his demons. no one is expected to speak to everyone passing by on a crowded sidewalk. 7) His Kingdom rule will lift humans to perfection. however.” If we do not let aloofness or coldness on our part chill our contact with others. August 6 If you greet your brothers only.

but the greatest of these is love. ‘Do I greet both older and younger ones in the congregation?’ Greeting others is the first step in welcoming them. August 8 Safeguard your tongue against what is b ad. When his apostles repeatedly argued among themselves as to who was greater. First. For example. w09 12/15 4:20. 10 Tuesday. (Mark 10:4244) They imitate Christ by being “kind to one another” and “tenderly compassionate” in their dealings with others. 4:32) By being candid with our brothers but not overly frank. (Eph. The opportunities for forming lasting friendships abound in Jehovah’s organization. With everlasting life in view. —Ps. 6:13. w09 11/15 4:5. they look forward to seeing one another again. (1 Cor. Jesus firmly but patiently helped them to understand the need for humility.” It would be wise to ask ourselves. these three. we can express what is on our mind without being offensive. 22:24-27. —1 John 2:17. we see the wisdom of pursuing the surpassing way of love. we will surely see and understand ever more facets of God’s love. he pointed out that gifts of the spirit would pass away and that the Christian congregation would . Truly. 11 grow out of its infancy stage and reach maturity. 15:7) It is a step that can lead to enjoyable discussions and lasting friendships. Hope in promises we long to see fulfilled will no longer be entertained after all things have become new. and your lips against speaking deception.” using it to inflict painful wounds with abusive or degrading speech. If the interests that we share with some Christians separate us from others. (Ps. Among Jehovah’s people today. however. 21 Wednesday. But what about love? That will never fail. Note how the apostle Paul emphasized that truth. we honor God and promote unity in the congregation. (Rom. Indeed. never would we want our tongue to be “sharpened like a razor. 13:13. or end. 52:2. If we “widen out. Kingdom Hall construction volunteers as well as those sharing in relief work often become good friends because they get to know one another’s fine qualities through the experiences they share. (Mark 9:33-37. while firm for righteousness. we need to “widen out. 7. 13:812) Then he concluded with the words of today’s text. Luke 9:4648.” our circle of friends will grow. too. widen out. —1 Cor. John 13:14) Similarly. 12:18) In this way. August 9 Now. and therefore the need for faith in them will end. Christian elders today do not lord it over God’s flock. 34:13. August 10 You. love. Prov. w09 6/15 3: 10. intensifying the love that unites us in true worship. things that we have faith in will become reality. —2 Cor. when those attending conventions and assemblies introduce themselves to others and begin talking. Eventually. it excels in any and all situations. hope.Monday. there remain faith.

w09 4/15 4:17. 18 Friday. affection.” (1 Tim. As a result. 66-68. 42. 50) True to his words. 49. and people will give to you. —1 Cor. Knowing the damage the person has already caused. people were drawn to him and were happy to give to him in return. To visualize what that will mean. they may be tempted to express their own feelings about the individual’s actions and attitude. but never once did he say anything that was hateful or was intended to cause pain. 20) Jesus warned some in his day in no uncertain terms. 60. 10 1:19. Jesus could say: “Practice giving. For with the measure that you are measuring out. the girl rose from the dead! Can you imagine the joy of her parents? Then you have an idea of the surpassing joy that will be ours when “all those in the memorial tombs will hear [Jesus’] voice and come out” in the resurrection. elders and others may feel indignant.Thursday. one of the main reasons for Jesus’ coming into the world was “to save sinners. but they did their best to support him during good times and bad.” (Luke 8:41. (1 Pet. 29. . The deliverance from sin that Jesus provides will in due time include freedom from its grim effects—sickness and even death. Rather than give Jesus the benefit of the doubt. shaken together and overflowing. pressed down. some did try to associate with Jesus purely for what they could get out of him. 2:6-8.—John 6: 26. (Luke 8:1-3) From personal experience. w09 10/15 3:9. Yet. These false friends abandoned Jesus when they misunderstood something he said. they will measure out to you in return.—Matt. he left the way open for wrongdoers to repent and return to Jehovah’s favor. 2:16. —Luke 22:28. consider what happened when Jesus went to the home of a certain man named Jairus. Their friendship with Christ was often tested. the apostles were loyal.—John 5: 28. —2 Cor. and resources. Jesus reassured Jairus: “Have no fear. and she will be saved. Jesus not only rescues us from our past sins but also opens the way for us to enjoy a better future. August 12 We do have the mind of Christ. Jesus was generous in giving of his time. They will pour into your laps a fine measure. anger is damaging and does not reflect “the mind of Christ. Indeed. 1:21. In contrast. When a wrongdoer rej ects Scriptural counsel or tries to shift the blame for his wrong. By delivering them from slavery to sin. only put forth faith. Jesus saves his followers from the wrath of God and brings them into a loving relationship with Jehovah.” (Luke 6:38) Of course. 2: 23) Rather. w09 9/15 3:6. 7 Saturday. August 11 You are the ones that have stuck with me in my trials. 56. whose 12-year-old daughter had died. August 13 He will save his people from their sins. 1:15) Remember that the Scriptural arrangement for judicial action within the congregation protects the flock and may move a disciplined wrongdoer to repentance. they jumped to a wrong conclusion and turned their backs on him.” (Jas.

you have known about the distresses of my soul. in that you have seen my affliction.—John 6:68. (Col. how can he expect his students to value what they are hearing? Never underestimate your example as a teacher of God’s Word. and other wonders of nature cost nothing. 16) Although the “other sheep” are not part of the composite body of Christ. for he is the Giver of all good things. 31:7. On the other hand. his enthusiasm will be evident. the antics of young animals. From him all the body. are one body in union with Christ. the truths that Jesus taught exposed what was bad and highlighted what was good.—Rom. 10 Monday. and faith in the ransom sacrifice will result in our complete relief from the adversities of imperfect life and lead us to lasting joy. He knew he had something precious to share—the truth about his heavenly Father.—Ps. we grow in our love for Jehovah. Ultimately. Furthermore. a breathtaking sunset. 11 As we reflect on such things.” (John 3:34) Like a piercing light. if a teacher does not truly appreciate what he teaches. (1 John 5:3) In the meantime. 12:5. are one body. 1:18) He reminds spirit-begotten Christians that a body has many members with different functions and that they. 4:15. by being harmoniously joined together and being made to cooperate through every joint that gives what is needed. a majestic landscape. Paul exhorted anointed Christians in Ephesus: “Let us by love grow up in all things into him who is the head.” (Luke 6:40. August 14 You have sayings of everlasting life. w09 12/15 2:16. Even while undergoing trials.” (Rom. our love for God. exerting a powerful influence on those whom he teaches. although many. Jesus said: “Every well-trained student will be like his teacher. w09 7/15 3:10. yet they can fill us with awe and bring us joy. according to the functioning of each respective member in due measure. they can learn much from this illustration and do their share to contribute to Christian unity. obedience to his commandments. “although many. They brought hope and comfort to humble ones who were deceived by false religious leaders and oppressed by the Devil. Christ. we find comfort in knowing that Jehovah is well-aware of all the things that afflict us. August 16 We.—John 10:16. (Acts 10:38) The love Jesus had for truth is found not only in his teachings but in all he did.” (Eph. we can find joy in whatever material gifts we have received from Jehovah. makes for the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. the very “sayings of God. The New Berkeley Version in Modern English) Jesus loved what he taught. 17 Tuesday. If a teacher cares about what he teaches.Sunday. 34:19. Christ. Moved by his love for us. w09 10/15 1: 9.—Ps. . August 15 I will be joyful and rejoice in your loving-kindness. Jehovah will rescue us from calamity. Paul compares anointed Christians to members of a body serving unitedly under their Head. 12:4) In a similar vein.

“My heart was not ablaze with the desire to serve Jehovah. Louise developed ‘firmness of heart. (John 8:44) No wonder servants of Jehovah avoid all contact with them! —2 John 10. Rom. Modern-day apostates . It is important to scrutinize our circumstances because. Job’s faithfulness showed that Satan is a liar. 15 Friday. “I struggled greatly.—Job 2:3. Jehovah. w09 11/15 3:7 display characteristics similar to those of the Devil. Some apostates oppose the use of the divine name. Satan has no compassion for the needy or for victims of calamity. August 17 We have gifts differing according to the undeserved kindness given to us. “The beauty of young men is their power. Satan. Age.” w09 5/15 1:15. Satan was the first creature to turn apostate. health.” states Proverbs 20: 29. (Jas. August 19 Become full-grown in powers of understanding. or the Governing Body. The Devil tested Job both when he was prosperous and when he was destitute.—Acts 14:26.Wednesday. For example. A sister named Louise admitted that for some time after baptism.” she said. her main concern was the impression she gave to others. although you incite me against him to swallow him up without cause. but I really drew close to Jehovah. 1:9. 11. and other factors also influence what we are able to do in Jehovah’s service. whereas older ones benefit the congregation greatly because of their wisdom and experience. our mind stays focused on “the more important things. “I realized that I had to make some changes if I was going to feel that I was giving everything I could to Jehovah.’ and it proved to be vital when she faced a distressing health problem. Their mind may be poisoned by a critical attitude toward individuals in the congregations.” Younger members of the congregation may be able to do more physically because of their youthful energy. The biggest change was to throw my whole heart into his worship. 16 Thursday. (Rom. We also need to bear in mind that anything we are able to do in Jehovah’s organization depends on God’s undeserved kindness.—1 Cor. apostates target people of integrity. 12:6.—Rom. 5:8) Louise said. to some extent. 14:20. Clearly. 12:6-8. 3: 24) A Christian who is “full-grown in powers of understanding” develops such gratitude and enjoys intimacy with Jehovah.” (Phil. When we strive to make spiritual progress. our place in the congregation depends on what we are able to do or are in a position to do. Christian elders. “and the splendor of old men is their gray-headedness. Like their father. the place a brother occupies in the congregation differs in some respects from that of a sister. They are not interested in learning about Jehovah or in serving him. (Job 2:3-5) Nevertheless. w09 4/15 1:14.” By putting forth such effort. 10) We thus grow in our appreciation for God and for all the provisions he has made for our benefit. August 18 Even yet [Job] is holding fast his integrity. He hates people of integrity.

” (Acts 2:41. —Isa. “not doubting at all. does not rest with us. get out of there. requesting: “Jehovah. we insist on keep- . the two reported to the brothers what had occurred. we too can come off victorious in the face of any opposition. —Jas. If you are facing a test of integrity.—1 Sam. it is a challenge to remain clean. Most important. and many portents and signs began to occur through the apostles.—Acts 2:43. for example. regardless of the sexual degradation of the world around us. the religious leaders arrested Peter and John and ordered them not to speak about Jesus. August 22 Keep on asking in faith.” The result? “They were one and all filled with the holy spirit and were speaking the word of God with boldness. With Jehovah’s help. even to opposers. 1:6. (1 Sam. and do not doubt that he can give you the wisdom needed to cope with your trial. True. . prayed for a son and had faith that her prayer would be answered. . 52:11. Regardless of your circumstances. We strive to keep our thoughts clean. August 20 Fear began to fall upon every soul. That is why. we carefully avoid the false religious celebrations and holidays so popular in today’s world. We need to be clean on the inside as well as on the outside. and they all prayed about the opposition they faced.Saturday. get out from the midst of her. and he can guide and comfort you by means of his spirit. 2:1-10. grant your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness. 1:5-8) God is aware of any disturbing thoughts you may have. Childless Hannah. —Ps. one of the Levite Elkanah’s two wives. w09 8/15 4:20 Monday. w09 11/15 2: 13-15 Sunday. Upon being released. turn away. Jehovah can and will give us his holy spirit if we ask him to do so. 4:24-31) Notice that it was Jehovah’s powerful holy spirit that helped the disciples speak God’s word with boldness. 138:3. —Jude 21. . We adhere faithfully to Jehovah’s standards of moral cleanness. Turn to Jehovah in prayer. Open your heart to him in full faith. 1:918) Your taking time to meditate on her prayer on that occasion may well enrich your own prayers and help you to see that even sadness over a distressing problem can be overcome if you pray in faith that Jehovah will answer you. August 21 Turn away. follow the counsel of the disciple James. we stay spiritually clean by refraining from even touching what our heavenly Father views as unclean in a religious sense. w09 7/15 4:12-14 ing our worship clean. The courage to speak the truth to others. Today. But Jehovah’s people strive to do so because this helps them remain in God’s love. keep yourselves clean.” and accept the guidance of his spirit and the counsel of his Word. (Jas. touch nothing unclean. always pray in faith. avoiding any contamination from false religion. We keep ever in mind the inspired warning that is found in today’s text. Infuriated by what Jesus’ disciples were accomplishing.

Jehovah inspired other Bible writers to mention the hope of everlasting life. 18 Timothy. always being refreshing to others. (3 John 5-8) As Jesus took the initiative in showing compassion to others. August 25 You must keep my statutes and my judicial decisions.—Lev. w09 12/15 1:10. even life to time indefinite. learning to show “love free from hypocrisy. 11:29. 3:13) After Moses. —Matt. Matt. 37: 29) For example.—1 Tim. —1 Tim. however.” urged Paul. Reach out! “In brotherly love have tender affection for one another. 30. Paul was well-acquainted with the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the damaging result of their course. 1:5) Still. Jehovah assures his people that sin and death will be swallowed up. 6:6-8. (Gal. which if a man will do. 8) Like a suffocating “envelopment” —a blanket—sin and death have weighed heavily on mankind. Saying the right things without doing the right things would make one a hypocrite. (Ps. treating others with warmth and kindness. 133:3) Jehovah inspired Isaiah to prophesy about everlasting life on earth. 11:28) Each of us can show kindness by taking an active interest in the welfare of others.” (Ps.” (2 Tim.’ to treat them as Jesus would have treated them. he must also live by means of them. “from all the earth. 12: 10) That means following Christ’s example. August 24 The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things. The love of riches is a sign of spiritual deficiency. Phil. Paul wrote: “I recollect the faith which is in you without any hypocrisy. When giving the nation of Israel the Law. so should we. showing genuine concern even for those we may never before have met. August 23 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. 6:10. 4:11-13. he cautioned Timothy against such insincerity and pretense. (1 Tim. 2) But Timothy was not a hypocrite. (Isa. 6:6. 4: 1.” w09 8/15 1:14-16 Wednesday.”—2 Cor. and you will find refreshment for your souls. Jehovah stated the above. the psalmist David concluded a psalm about the unity of true worshippers at Zion with the words: “There Jehovah commanded the blessing to be. (Isa. 32:2. Since they could not live up to the Law’s perfect standards. adding: “In showing honor to one another take the lead. More than once. Timothy needed to make his genuineness as a Christian manifest to others.” (Rom. or removed. Christians have the responsibility to ‘receive their brothers kindly.Tuesday. Paul’s two letters to Timothy provided exhortation on several areas of conduct. In contrast.” manifest spiritual advancement. 1:5. 21:4. For my yoke is kindly and my load is light. w09 9/15 1:17. “having sustenance and covering. Christians who find contentment in a simple life. Look for ways and make opportunities to do so. 25:7. for I am mildtempered and lowly in heart. In his second letter to . the Israelites were condemned by the Law and needed a release from that condemnation. 11 Thursday. Timothy was to avoid the pursuit of riches. For instance. 18:5.

the book of Genesis states that a man must “stick to his wife and they must become one flesh. which gives guidance to man on how best to cope with inherited imperfection. Our prayers to God reveal our motives. the Bible. including outright opposers. August 27 Do not avenge yourselves. —Matt. our ministry.” —Prov. (Ps. Jesus emphasized that marriage was intended to be permanent. (Rom. I will repay. just as the people of the nations do. Jehovah knows what we are inside. 5:27-37. 119: 105) In his Word. Let your will take place. as in heaven.” (Ps. “When praying. After the first human p air sinned. 6:9. 25: 40) He knows whether we really desire what we pray for or we are merely repeating a set of words. you also must likewise do to them.” To whose wrath is Paul referring? He could hardly mean that we should give free rein to our own wrath. beloved. and our spiritual brothers and sisters. Clearly. Jehovah is aware of what we think of Christ’s “brothers. for it is written: “Vengeance is mine. He taught principles that when applied would help family members to avoid attitudes and conduct that threatened their marriage or the happiness of their family. Regarding marriage. August 28 Our Father in the heavens. do not show yourself heated up only to do evil.” (Gen. also upon earth. Jehovah provides direction to help people maintain strong.Friday.” God sees what is in our heart. happy families. let your name be sanctified. says Jehovah.” (2 Tim. 13 Saturday. for they [wrongly] imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words. therefore. that you want men to do to you. August 26 All things. 12:19. As Christians. Jehovah provided his Word. we yield place to God’s wrath. Let your kingdom come. 16:7) He knows how we feel about our meetings. w09 10/15 2:10 Sunday.” said Jesus. the redemption of sinful mankind became an important part of Jehovah’s purpose. 7:12. 37:8) And Solomon counseled: “Do not say: ‘I will pay back evil!’ Hope in Jehovah. but yield place to the wrath. 20:22. “do not say the same things over and over again.—Matt. w09 11/15 1:12. interests. 5:8) Furthermore. w09 7/15 2:2. 6:7. The psalmist wrote: “Let anger alone and leave rage. 2:24) During his earthly ministry. 2:23-25) . and he will save you. 3 Paul counsels Christians not to avenge themselves but to “yield place to the wrath. we will keep ourselves “restrained under evil” and act “with mildness.—Matt. we know that it does not belong to us to take vengeance. Says Proverbs 17:3: “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold.”—Rom. but Jehovah is the examiner of hearts. 10. Even with “those not favorably disposed” toward our work and our message. (1 Sam. Jehovah provided Christ’s ransom sacrifice to make that redemption possible.” —Matt. and desires.” (Matt.

the Israelites “refused to become obedient. 7-9) Whatever their reason was. . 7) . Satan’s world was not kind to them. 1218. (Prov. our petitions to Jehovah unite us with “the entire association of [our] brothers in the world. (Ex. August 29 Make for us a god who will go ahead of us. . 11:37. in tribulation. Pharaoh was not accustomed to having others tell him what to do. .” they violated his law on idolatry. 12:3. 24:3.” (2 Chron. . and stubborn. let us follow the fine example set by Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah and turn to Jehovah in prayer with full trust in Him. 32:2. Moses showed b oldness in speaking to Pharaoh. 12 Wednesday. And what did he demand? Permission for several million of Pharaoh’s slaves to leave the country! Did Moses need boldness? Absolutely! (Heb. 7 Tuesday. For example. 4:6. 4:3. arrogant. 11. 6.—Heb. It was before this man that Moses. And what did Moses foretell? Devastating plagues. he ruled by decree. let us not neglect regular attendance at congregation meetings along with our brothers and sisters.” (Acts 7:3941) Paul urged Christians to ‘do their utmost’ to avoid ‘falling into the same pattern of disobedience’ that the Israelites showed when they were afraid to enter the Promised Land. Powerful. With what result? They came off victorious in the ensuing battle and returned to Jerusalem “with rejoicing” and “with stringed instruments and with harps and with trumpets to the house of Jehovah. .” (1 Pet. w09 7/15 4:6. 5:9) Jehoshaphat and his people followed Jahaziel’s God-given direction. August 30 They came to consult Jehovah. August 31 Moses was by far the meekest of all the men. . appeared repeatedly—unbidden and unwelcome. prophets and other faithful servants of God continued to take a courageous stand for pure worship. a ruler who was viewed. If we sometimes find ourselves in sore straits. Pharaoh’s word was law. . 17:1-4) Less than two months after entering into a divine covenant and agreeing to do “all the words that Jehovah [had] spoken. particularly when circumstances are difficult. Paul states: “They were stoned. we certainly do not know what has happened to him. under ill-treatment.—Num. they died by slaughter with the sword. not knowing what to do. Just as Jehoshaphat and his people gathered together to seek Jehovah’s guidance. Phil. . .—Ex. w09 5/15 1:11 Even if we are isolated. 20: 27. 11:27) During the centuries that followed. Applying what we have learned from the Scriptures can be a challenge. 11.” Why? Because of a lack of water to drink. —2 Chron. 28) We likewise respect Jehovah’s direction given through his channel and join in praising him. shortly after Jehovah liberated the sons of Israel from Egyptian bondage. because as regards this Moses. 20:4. they were in want. 3:5. they “fell to quarreling with Moses” and kept “putting Jehovah to the test.Monday. 32:1.”—Heb. w09 6/15 1:9. a meek shepherd. but as a god himself. not as a mere representative of the gods. (Ex.

With God.—Isa. it is not the mere outward appearance that matters. he sees what the heart is. 13. And the spirit of Jehovah began to be operative upon David from that day forward. if someone came to you for aid. September 3 You are my witnesses. you acknowledge your reliance on Jehovah. —Isa. showing trust in you.Thursday. 43:10. 5:22. assemblies. and conventions. 148:11-13. The account says: “Accordingly [Jesse] sent and had [David] come. 16:7. Then Jehovah said: ‘Get up. Yet. Jehovah finds pleasure in your asking him for his spirit. 2) Jehovah’s holy spirit will produce in you such godly qualities as peace and faith. (Rom. not on merely pleasing yourself or acquiring material possessions. Have you made a dedication to God in prayer. w10 3/15 2:8. September 1 Mere man sees what appears to the eyes. Now he was ruddy.” (Eph. for this is he!’ Accordingly Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. God could discern David’s heart condition. to the prophet Samuel. and are you hoping to get baptized? From your study of the Bible. though. your life will have the highest purpose. if someone inquired. he appeared to be nothing more than a young shepherd boy. For example. and he will give it to you. one reason being that he asked you to assist him. 12. 23) God will answer your prayers and bless your efforts to conform your life to his Word. 15:8. a young man with beautiful eyes and handsome in appearance. by praying for holy spirit. You will be happy because you are doing the divine will. you would do whatever you could to help him. 9 Saturday. 5 Friday. 43:11. he asked that the youngest be brought in from the pastures. it is what a person really is on the inside. Paying attention to the program is very important in understanding “the deep things of God. w10 2/15 4:4. 2:10. We need to keep asking for Jehovah’s help and guidance. He can “do more than superabundantly beyond all the things we ask or conceive. Moreover. 12:1. —Prov. making a dedication and getting baptized will show that you really want to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. and it was pleasing to him. (Gal.”—1 Cor. Your ministry will be joyful. —1 Sam. for one . 16:12. Rather. September 2 The prayer of the upright ones is a pleasure to [Jehovah]. (Compare Proverbs 3:27. So when Samuel learned that Jehovah had not chosen any of the seven older sons of Jesse. (Ps. “Why should I continue to ask if God already knows ‘what things I am needing before ever I ask him’?” (Matt. 6:8) Well. 3:20. Luke 12:15) As a dedicated Christian.”—1 Sam. 3 thing.) Likewise. Luke 11:13) How would you answer. and living in the way that God approves will strengthen your hope of everlasting life. anoint him. but as for Jehovah. He did not look like a king. Another way to come under the influence of God’s spirit involves our meetings. w09 4/15 5:1. you very likely now know that your life should be focused on praising Jehovah.

17. he was alluding to a very specific area of conduct. along with his resurrected spiritbegotten brothers. 24:14) People who merely profess to be followers of Christ do not engage in this work—in fact.—1 Tim. Our striving to cultivate and show Christlike kindness at all times and in every situation brings us rich rewards. (Rom. 4:12. Therefore. w09 12/15 1:12. Why? For at least three reasons: First. he commanded his followers to proclaim that Kingdom until the end of the present system of things. —Luke 4:43. He was to treat “older women as mothers. (Matt. united worship will bring joy to God himself. our advancement will be made manifest to all.—John 14:16. they cannot. our happy. 5:12.” (1 Tim. they cannot preach what they do not understand. most of them lack the humility and courage needed to face the ridicule and opposition that may result from sharing the Kingdom message with their neighbors. 19 Monday. w10 1/15 3:6 When we display these qualities in our daily activities. When Paul told Timothy to be exemplary in chasteness. (1 Tim. when we follow the pattern Jesus left and help others to do the same. (Matt. does not get puffed up. In addition. Paul described Christlike love this way: “Love is long-suffering and kind. false Christians do not have God’s spirit. 2:23) And third. September 5 Women [should] adorn themselves in well-arranged dress. freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you. Jehovah’s spirit will be able to operate freely in the congregation. 13 Tuesday. 3:2) . that of sexual morality. may we heed the admonition of today’s text.—1 Tim. as well as in other areas of their personal life.Sunday. 1 Pet. Women who are modest and sound in mind in their choice of dress and grooming. 5:24. orderly. 2:9. w09 9/15 1: 18. 24:9. tenderly compassionate. 5:2) Even acts of immorality that might seem to be secret are known to God and are certain to become known to fellow humans eventually. younger women as sisters with all chasteness. 4:32. 20:10) Hence. September 6 Become kind to one another. sound in mind.” (1 Cor. Especially in Timothy’s dealings with women was his conduct to be above reproach.—Eph. let us constantly strive to reflect Jesus’ mildness and kindness in our dealings with others. Rev. 3:11) This principle applies to Christian men too. Why did Jesus make God’s Kingdom the main theme of his ministry? He knew that he himself as King of that Kingdom. Second. Love is not jealous. September 4 I must declare the good news of the kingdom of God. Paul admonished overseers to be “moderate in habits. set excellent examples. producing the spirit’s good fruitage. it does not brag. with modesty and soundness of mind. would deal with the root causes of mankind’s woes—sin and the Devil. 13:4) Rather than holding grudges against our brothers and sisters.” (1 Tim.

w09 5/15 3:14. 12:7) Our worship. 107: 15. Never did he abdicate his responsibilities. or message.—Rev. but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. Instead. 1: 12) So. (Luke 1:26. If we prayed only when we needed something. (Matt. 22:9. what would that reveal about our motives? Paul said . 18) Although there are millions of spirit creatures in heaven. 32:29.” (Matt. nor did he make them feel unloved or incapable of carrying out what he was teaching them to do. September 8 Do not be anxious over anything. should go only to God. the Bible reveals the names of only Michael and Gabriel. 4:6. Jehovah’s angels provide us with fine examples of humble service. what do they do? They wait patiently until God’s due time for his “diversified wisdom” to “be made known through the congregation. Certain angels refused to disclose their names to humans. Though they are intensely interested in knowing God’s sacred secrets.—Ps.Wednesday. (Mark 6:34. Jesus did not berate or humiliate them. 119:62. 5:25. 20:21-28. now available in the Bible. 13:17.—Phil. we should “give thanks to Jehovah” for “his wonderful works to the sons of men. just as the Christ also loved the congregation. they are not privy to all of them. Luke 22:24-27) Still. September 9 Husbands. he praised and encouraged his disciples. even repeatedly when necessary. continue loving your wives. Judg. —Eph. w09 11/15 1:5-7 Friday. however. “Into these very things angels are desiring to peer. 15:36. w09 7/15 2:4-6 Thursday. This may serve as a safeguard against our giving angels undue honor. 3:10.”—Eph.” We certainly have reason to express sentiments like those of David found at 1 Chronicles 29:11-13.” and for his word.” for his “righteous judicial decisions. 23) Besides expressing similar gratitude. including our prayers. Jesus was “mild-tempered and lowly in heart. “To supplicate” means “to make a humble entreaty. (1 Pet. 105. Rather. (Matt. Jesus thanked God for food and for the bread and wine used at the Lord’s Evening Meal.” states the Bible. it is one marked by respect and self-sacrificing love. 11.” Especially during danger or persecution should we beseech Jehovah for help and guidance. (Matt. 4:8-10) The angels also set an example in patience. 11:29) He was also a man of action. (Gen. 15 that we should make our petitions known to God “along with thanksgiving. September 7 Be careful! Do not do that! All I am is a fellow slave of you and of your brothers. Rev. Mark 9:33-37. (Luke 10:17-21) No wonder Jesus gained the respect of his disciples by his loving and compassionate treatment of them! Jesus’ example teaches husbands that Christian headship is not a position of harsh domination. John 2:1417) He kindly gave counsel to his disciples. Mark 14:22.

1:15. He wrote: “To me. we may send the message that we prefer not to have their company. 16.” (Eccl. As directed by the elders. If others often see us engrossed in looking at a handheld computer. where our brothers and sisters from many nations. and to fortify us in times of adversity. w09 7/15 3:12. —Eph. 65:13.—Rom. (Isa.Saturday. for example. engaging in friendly conversation even when we are not inclined to do so is evidence of love that “does not look for its own interests. we may be blessed with the privilege of helping certain new ones. For I am not ashamed of the good news. . ‘Do I make myself available to others or do I often appear to be too busy?’ Habits that are not wrong in themselves can sometimes raise barricades to conversation. and ethnic groups come together in an atmosphere of peace. This is especially evident at international conventions. that I should declare .” Nonetheless. w09 11/15 4:12 Sunday. 54:13. The good news found in God’s Word enables us to come to know the Creator and to enter into a loving relationship with him. It is also a blessing to assist those who have recently become associated with the congregation and would benefit from training in the ministry. The spiritual paradise that we enjoy stands in stark contrast with the deplorable conditions in the world today. September 11 There is eagerness on my part to declare the good news . we have the privilege of extending to others an invitation to enter the spiritual paradise. 14) By proclaiming the Kingdom message. September 10 The peace of your sons will be abundant. “I prefer to keep to myself” or “I don’t feel like talking in the morning. —Acts 18:24-26.” But when we are around people. 13:5. 3:7) Some might say. Paul considered it an honor to proclaim the truth. Each Christian should ask himself.—Isa. languages. his disciples loved and valued the truth about Jehovah and Christ so much that opposers could not discourage them from sharing it with others. September 12 Go on walking in love. 13 to the nations the good news about the unfathomable riches of the Christ. they might conclude that we do not care to speak to them. w10 2/15 4:12. If we frequently use a cellular telephone or use earphones to listen to recordings in the presence of others.” —1 Cor. Of course. and brotherly love. there is “a time to keep quiet. That good news provides satisfying answers to life’s important questions and has the power to transform our life. 13 Monday. unity. this undeserved kindness was given. . Like Jesus. 3:8) It is not difficult to imagine Paul’s enthusiasm as he taught others about Jehovah and His purposes. . it is often the “time to speak. The world has nothing that can rightly be compared with our spiritual paradise. to infuse us with hope. . even as Aquila and Priscilla “expounded the way of God more correctly” to Apollos.” (Eph. . 5:2.

Why not approach them with renewed zeal and show them that Jesus Christ is indeed the promised Messiah. Acts 3:19. When elders show a Christlike attitude. do you highlight Jesus’ role as the Messiah? Doing so will enhance your appreciation for what he has done for you. 5:22. September 13 These have been written down that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God. and change our ways. as many do. though. September 14 The fruitage of the spirit is love. repent. 6: 19) We were not born as sons of God because when the first human pair sinned. yet it is heartwarming to know that a large number of such ones later return to Jehovah and his congregation. Nevertheless. We must get to know God. They too want a political messiah or at least one who will work through human political rulers. (1 Tim. None of us have a natural father who could pass on to us life as it should be—perfect life. there are steps we must take. —Rom. 5:10. and what he will yet accomplish. In the future. 21 all the Scriptural counsel that the elders gave them. w10 1/15 1: 11. you were moved to proclaim: “We have found the Messiah. alienated from God. 12. w09 9/15 3:7. learn to trust him. the world of mankind has lived outside Jehovah’s universal family. 4:8. what he is doing now. 20. you no doubt have talked to your relatives and friends about the Messiah. 3:21) Prior to baptism. Elders should never rush to put a wrongdoer out of the congregation. September 15 We became reconciled to God through the death of his Son.—Eph. You. 12 Wednesday. (1 Pet. they help to smooth the way for the person to have a change of heart and eventually to return. 11. he may be deeply grateful both to Jehovah and to the “gifts in men” who made it easier for him to return to the congregation. but they will certainly remember that the elders respected their dignity and treated them with love.) From that time onward. 8 Thursday. when a sinner later has a change of heart. At baptism we make a request to God for a good conscience so as to be acceptable to him.” (John 1: 41) Today. (Compare Deuteronomy 32:5. Thus.—John 17:3. It is tragic that some are unrepentant and must be disfellowshipped. Just like the first-century Jews. —John 20:31. 11:6. How is that possible for sinners such as we are? The apostle Paul answered with the words of today’s text. the human race was separated from its loving Father and Creator. most people today ignore the evidence of the Messiah’s presence.Tuesday. —Gal. God’s means of salvation? w09 12/15 3:2. Heb. Like Andrew and Philip. as individuals we can request that God accept us into his family of approved servants. some of these former wrongdoers may not remember . when you talk about the truth. Were you not thrilled to find that out? Just like the first-century disciples. They ought to show that they want erring ones to return to Jehovah. however. came to know that Jesus is now reigning as King of God’s Kingdom.

28:19. teach me your own paths. and then the end will come. 25:4. we have an active share in a work that had its beginning in the first century. ask Jehovah to make us want to do his will? King David of ancient Israel did just that. It comes from the Bible—the book written under the direct influence of God’s spirit. . become disciples of Jesus Christ. 26:1. Make me walk in your truth. and extend the invitation to still others? The spirit is involved in their case too. the resurrected Jesus commissioned his followers . teaching them to observe all the things he had commanded them. September 16 Make me know your own ways. the holy spirit. September 18 Make disciples of people of all the nations. Thus. directed by that spirit. What about those who accept the invitation. 20) As Jehovah’s Witnesses. What if we simply lack motivation to do more in Jehovah’s service and are inclined to coast along in the congregation? Paul states: “God is the one that. —Matt. the invitation is extended by means of holy spirit. 2: 13. O Jehovah. We can do the same by praying that Jehovah will make us want to do what pleases him. the Bible. (Phil. When we reflect upon how Jehovah God and his Son feel about what we do in serving their interests.” Yes. 4:13) Should we not. or desires.Friday. 2 Sunday. is acting within you in order for you both to will and to act. We are. 10 to ‘make disciples of people of all the nations. He uses the spirit to open the hearts and minds of the bride class to understand his Word.’ they cooperate with and rely on the spirit to help them. as shown in the words of today’s text. No other work is equal in importance to the lifesaving work of Kingdom preaching and disciple making. 26:6-10. Think also of the message preached by the anointed and the growing great crowd. our hearts are filled with appreciation for them.” (Matt. then.’ He promised them that he would be with them “all the days until the conclusion of the system of things. that we be effective in our ministry! w10 2/15 1:1. September 17 They were . baptizing them in the name of .—Ps. for the sake of his good pleasure. Jehovah can act within us and affect our will. 24:14. in fact. Jesus told his disciples: “This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations. Three days before his death. 28:19. 2. w09 11/15 3:9.—Acts 4:31. . . The spirit impels them to extend the invitation and explain Scriptural truths to those who have the prospect of living forever in Paradise on earth. then. 5. Jehovah is the Source of holy spirit. Luke 21: 1-4) That feeling of gratitude can move us to beg Jehovah to make us want to make spiritual advancement. filled with the holy spirit and were speaking the word of God with boldness. Having been baptized ‘in the name of the holy spirit. (Matt. .” Before his ascension to heaven. w10 2/15 3:12 Saturday. How vital it is.

to save you and to deliver you. 19 Wednesday. (Prov. When applying for a job. 3:9) No one could be more appreciative of their self-sacrifice than he is. 14 Tuesday. 15:20) Just as Jehovah strengthened Jeremiah. —Jer. The Bible says: “Draw close to God. 2:12. exaggerate their experience or education ´ ´ on a resume in order to obtain a better or higher-paying job. True Christians do not view being honest and truthful as something optional.—1 Pet. September 19 I actually do not know how to speak. (Eph. w10 1/15 1:18. The Bible says: “Trust in Jehovah with all your heart . The honor of being “God’s fellow workers” makes them happy. . 6:24. If we allow Jehovah to guide our steps in life. for instance.” (Jer. —Heb. 19. many resort to outright lies. 6:16-19) Thus. They may.” —Jas. Dedicating ourselves to Jehovah and thereafter living in harmony with that dedication by doing his will brings more happiness than being dedicated to anything or anyone else. In all your ways take notice of him. or browsing the Internet. 6) We reveal that we trust in Jehovah when we avail ourselves of the help he provides through his Word and through the congregation. (1 Cor. and he himself will make your paths straight. 1:6. w10 1/15 2:7. 6:10) Dedicating your life to Jehovah brings you into a close relationship with him. those who dedicate themselves to Jehovah find . They may be reading material unrelated to their job. with Jehovah’s encouragement. Heb. yet their dedication is not to a work but to our appreciative God.Monday. 1:8. 4:8. many people devote their life to the pursuit of material wealth without attaining true happiness and genuine satisfaction. . The key factor is to rely on God. 6: 5-8) Being a conscientious worker can also bring praise to our heavenly Father. though that is contrary to company rules.” (Jer. We are living in an age of rampant dishonesty.—Matt. Jehovah repeatedly reassured him with the words: “I am with you. However. he even said: “I shall speak no more in his name. 8 long-lasting happiness. making personal phone calls. When Jehovah assigned Jeremiah to be His prophet. September 20 You cannot slave for God and for Riches. he can help us to do what he expects of Christians today. 3: 5. On the other hand. w09 6/15 3:13. and he will draw close to you. For example.” (Prov. nothing will prevent us from being faithful to him. so it may be difficult to resist the temptation to be less than honest with an employer. 20:9) Yet. Jeremiah was able to preach an unpopular message for 40 years. sending personal electronic messages. He will even restore his loyal ones to their youth so that they can benefit from his care forever. (Job 33:25. Later. many employees claim to be working when they are actually attending to personal matters. for I am but a boy. Christians give their employer a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. Jeremiah said the above. September 21 We wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things. 13:18.

(Acts 28: 31) By all means. —Gal. Paul began to stand out among his contemporaries. —Acts 1:8. surely you have experienced the influence of the holy spirit. then take the steps you have learned to be right. The resurrected Jesus told his disciples the words above. —Phil. 14 Saturday.5 billion hours a year in the ministry. The work that began then is being done on an unprecedented scale today. the apostle Paul was being groomed for success in the Jewish system of things. If we respond to the spirit’s direction. Did Paul regret the choice he had made? No. into the endless future. (Gal. then. Prior to his becoming a Christian. 14) When he accepted the good news and took up the preaching work. he left all of that behind. be determined to keep on walking by holy spirit. ask yourself. let us be guided by the spirit as we declare the good news of God’s Kingdom! w10 2/15 1:17. (Acts 22:3) In time. w10 3/15 2:17. Through God’s Word and his spirit-directed organization.Thursday. September 24 You will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon you. but you have yet to take the vital steps of dedication and baptism. 5:16. If you were baptized years or decades ago. ‘Why should I hesitate?’ If you recognize the holy spirit’s role in accomplishing Jehovah’s will today and appreciate its operation. Jehovah will richly bless you. Your goal is to serve Jehovah forever.—Mark 10:29. September 23 I do indeed also consider all things to be loss on account of the excelling value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. Thus. enjoying spiritual association with them. 18 was likely no more than 13 years old. and had he continued in that course. September 22 Keep walking by spirit. When he . That can continue to be the case—yes. 30. Like Paul. We need God’s spirit so that we can lead a life dedicated to him. we will display “the greatest freeness of speech” in our ministry. holy spirit will move you in the right direction. 18 Friday. How thrilling it is to have a zealous share in this never-to-berepeated work! As in the first century. as the words of today’s text show. 1:13. he might have risen to prominence in Judaism. and you will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distant part of the earth. If you have been studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses. 3:8. w09 9/15 4:13. the global preaching work today is done under the direction of God’s spirit. spending nearly 1. Close to seven million Witnesses of Jehovah are declaring the Kingdom message in over 230 lands. Christians today make sacrifices for the sake of the good news. he moved from his native city of Tarsus to Jerusalem to study under the highly esteemed Law teacher Gamaliel. You have seen and felt how God can strengthen you with his spirit. He will generously provide his holy spirit for you. On account of him I have taken the loss of all things and I consider them as a lot of refuse.

It is not ordinary water composed of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. The water of life represents all of God’s provisions for recovering obedient humans from sin and death and giving them unending perfect life in Paradise on earth. September 26 You. for the speech and conduct of a man’s family have a bearing on how he is viewed in the congregation. The invitation is to “come” and satisfy one’s thirst with a very special type of water. September 27 Jehovah is my helper. 10:22) At times. 16 Tuesday. Always remember. This is important. (Matt. 10. (Matt. is eagerness to serve in a position of oversight among God’s p eople really a humble desire to be helpful and to do the most we can for the advancement of Kingdom interests? Or could it be that we want to have “the first place” or even wish to “lord it over” others? . 22:17. honesty in praying to Jehovah God can expose them and help us to change before they become firmly entrenched. Keep strong your love of God and neighbor. 18 Monday. as in times past. September 25 Let anyone that wishes take life’s water free. Christian wives may have a keen desire that their husbands serve as ministerial servants or elders. Therefore. but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life. while others neither understand nor appreciate our form of worship. we are the target of misinformation and malicious propaganda through the media. ridicule. (Ps.—Luke 22:26. 28:20) Holy spirit will strengthen you.—Rev. w10 2/15 3:3. Jesus had in mind a different type of water when he said to a Samaritan woman at a well: “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all. or even hate us. These sisters may work along with the feelings they express in their private prayers by striving to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. are not to be that way. I will not be afraid. In our day. For instance. Though literal water is essential for sustaining life on earth. it takes boldness to preach as Jesus did. What can man do to me?—Heb. Pray to Jehovah for courage. w09 11/15 1: 15. An open invitation has been extended to humans by means of holy spirit. though. may we be of good courage and say the words of today’s text. Some respond favorably. the truth continues to divide people. —1 John 4:9. you are never on your own. 4 (3 John 9. Luke 22:24-27) If we have wrong desires. 109:1-3) In this world alienated from God.” (John 4: 14) The extraordinary water that humans are invited to partake of imparts everlasting life. for Jesus is with you. 10. What will help you to do so? Look to the future. 13:6. just as Jesus foretold. Some criticize. And Jehovah will bless and support you. Honest prayer to Jehovah regarding our motives can help us to discern the truth about them.Sunday. w09 7/15 4: 15.

do we loyally defend our friend? w09 10/15 4:11 soften the attitude of those who insult us. But Jonathan accepted the fact that Jehovah had chosen David for this privilege. Christ’s true followers do not merely refrain from being a part of the world. David. not to take them out of the world. Unlike Saul. 20:24-34) Are we like Jonathan? When our friends receive privileges. 6: 17. we are better prepared to face mockery and insults in a way worthy of a Christian. seasoned with salt. The world and its fleshly spirit stand in opposition to Jehovah and his holy spirit. are we quick to believe it? Or. 8) Paul recommended: “Let your utterance be always with graciousness. —1 John 2:15.” (Col. and is a brother that is born for when there is distress. alw ays ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of you a reason for the hope in you. so as to know how you ought to give an answer to each one. 4:3. 4:6) If we make it a habit to be courteous to family members. just as I am no part of the world.” (John 17:15. members of the congregation.” (1 Pet. 12:17-21. 16) Ask yourself: ‘Do I strive to be no part of the world? Do others know my stand on unscriptural celebrations and customs as well as on those that may not have a pagan origin but clearly reflect the spirit of the world?’—2 Cor. (1 Sam. w09 11/15 5:11. they will persecute you also. do we comfort and support them? If we hear harmful gossip about a friend. (Titus 2:7.” (Jas. He did not resent the praise David received. 1 Pet.Wednesday. —John 15:20. 17:17. They reject it at heart. “friendship with the world is enmity with God. —Prov. 4:10) Jesus therefore prayed in behalf of his followers: “I request you. like Jonathan. Solomon may have had in mind the friendship that his father. the love of the Father is not in him. Jonathan did not become envious of David. and people in the neighborhood. Responding in kind to disparaging comments does not produce good results. w10 1/15 3:15. fellow students. September 29 If they have persecuted me. 4. 12 Friday. knowing that as the disciple James wrote. How should we react? The apostle Peter wrote: “Sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts. 16 Thursday. Hence. September 30 If anyone loves the world. 3:15) Our displaying courtesy—responding mildly and respectfully—may . They are no part of the world. (1 Sam. nor did he swallow the slander that Saul spread about David. enjoyed with Jonathan. September 28 A true companion is loving all the time. (2 Tim. but to watch over them because of the wicked one. coworkers.—Rom. When composing those words. are we happy for them? When they suffer hardships. 18:1) King Saul wanted his son Jonathan to inherit the throne of Israel. but doing so together with a mild temper and deep respect. 4:4) It can be a challenge to heed James’ words in a world that offers countless temptations.

Saturday, October 1 For this I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.—John 18:37.
Jesus knew that the best way of life centered on serving God and bearing witness to the truth. He knew that he would be tested severely and put to death. (Matt. 20:18, 19; Heb. 4:15) Shortly after Jesus was baptized, Satan tempted him to abandon the best way of life—but to no avail. (Matt. 4:1-11) This teaches us that regardless of what Satan does, we can maintain our integrity. He is likely to focus his attention on those approaching baptism as well as on newly baptized ones. (1 Pet. 5:8) Opposition may come from well-intentioned but misinformed family members. Yet, such tests afford us opportunities to manifest fine Christian qualities, such as respect and tact, when we answer questions and give a witness. (1 Pet. 3:15) These experiences can therefore have a positive effect on those who listen to us.—1 Tim. 4:16. w10 2/15 4:14, 15

our persecutors, we try to enlighten them, realizing that some among them may be acting out of ignorance. (2 Cor. 4:4) We endeavor to heed Paul’s counsel as found in today’s text. One way to bless opposers is to pray for them. Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount: “Continue to love your enemies, to do good to those hating you, to bless those cursing you, to pray for those who are insulting you.”—Luke 6:27, 28. w09 10/15 2:13, 14

Monday, October 3 Peter said to them: “Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the free gift of the holy spirit.”—Acts 2:38.
Think of the religious situation of those Jews and proselytes who heard Peter. They had already accepted Jehovah as their God. And from the Hebrew Scriptures, they knew about the holy spirit, God’s active force used during creation and thereafter. (Gen. 1:2; Judg. 14:5, 6; 1 Sam. 10:6; Ps. 33:6) But they needed something more. It was vital for them to understand and accept God’s means of salvation—the Messiah, Jesus. Hence, Peter highlighted their need for being “baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.” Some days before, the resurrected Jesus commanded Peter and others to baptize people “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit.” (Matt. 28:19, 20) That had profound meaning in the first century, and it still does. w10 3/15 1:2, 3

Sunday, October 2 Keep on blessing those who persecute; be blessing and do not be cursing.—Rom. 12:14.
We know that our Christian activity will provoke the anger of our enemies, for Jesus warned us: “You will be objects of hatred by all the nations on account of my name.” (Matt. 24:9) Consequently, we are not surprised or discouraged when we meet up with opposition. (1 Pet. 4:12, 13) Rather than feeling animosity toward

Tuesday, October 4 Offer your very selves to him: a living sacrifice, dedicated and fit for his acceptance.—Rom. 12:1, “The New English Bible.”
Before someone who is alienated from God can become a member of God’s family of approved servants, he first needs to make a solemn promise to Jehovah. To understand why, imagine a respectable father who shows kind interest in an orphaned youth and wishes to adopt him as a member of his own family. The father is known to be a good man. Still, before accepting the youth as his son, the man wants the boy to make a promise. So the man says, “Before I accept you as a son, I need to know that you will love and respect me as your father.” Only if the youth is willing to make a solemn promise will the man admit him into his family. Is that not reasonable? Similarly, Jehovah accepts into his family only those who are willing to make a vow of dedication to him. w10 1/15 1:13

their generosity abound. For according to their actual ability, yes, I testify, beyond their actual ability this was, while they of their own accord kept begging us with much entreaty for the privilege of kindly giving and for a share in the ministry destined for the holy ones [in Judea].” (2 Cor. 8:2-4) Although poor themselves, Christians in Macedonia were very generous. They considered it a privilege to share with their needy brothers in Judea. w09 10/15 1:12

Thursday, October 6 [Jesus] continued in retirement in the deserts and praying. —Luke 5:16.
Jesus often withdrew from the crowds in order to pray to his Father privately. (Matt. 14:13; Luke 6:12) We have the same need for solitude. In calm prayer under peaceful conditions, we are likely to make decisions that please Jehovah and are in our best spiritual interests. However, Jesus also prayed publicly. At our meetings, loyal men represent the congregation in public prayer. (1 Tim. 2:8) Fellow believers should be able to say “amen,” meaning “so be it,” at the end of such a prayer. To do so, however, they must agree with what was said. There is nothing shocking or tactless about Jesus’ model prayer. (Luke 11:2-4) Moreover, he did not itemize all the needs or problems of each person in his audience. Personal concerns are suitable subjects for private, not public, prayer. And when representing a group in prayer, we should refrain from including confidential matters. w09 11/15 1: 17, 18

Wednesday, October 5 Share with the holy ones according to their needs. —Rom. 12:13.
Our love for our brothers will move us to “share with the holy ones according to their needs” and according to our ability. Even if we have few of this world’s goods, we can share what we have. Writing of Christians in Macedonia, Paul stated: “During a great test under affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty made the riches of

Friday, October 7 Let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains.—Luke 21:21.
During their flight from Jerusalem, Christians needed to show Christlike love for one another, even as Christ had shown love for them. They surely had to share whatever they had with one another. But Jesus’ prophecy reached far beyond the razing of that ancient city. He foretold: “There will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again.” (Matt. 24:17, 18, 21) Before and during that “great tribulation” yet ahead, we too may face hardships and deprivations. Having Christ’s mental attitude will help us to get through them. At that time, we will need to follow Jesus’ example, showing unselfish love. In this connection, Paul counseled: “Let each of us please his neighbor in what is good for his upbuilding. For even the Christ did not please himself . . . Have among yourselves the same mental attitude that Christ Jesus had.”—Rom. 15:2, 3, 5. w09 9/15 3:9-11

are those who ridicule or oppose us. (2 Pet. 3:3) Opposition may come from those in authority, from schoolmates or workmates, or even from close family members. Add to this our own personal weaknesses, such as shyness and fear of being rejected. A multitude of factors can make it difficult for us to exercise “freeness of speech” and speak the word of God with “boldness.” (Eph. 6: 19, 20) Boldness, however, does not mean bluntness or rudeness. (Col. 4:6) While being bold, we also want to be peaceable with all.—Rom. 12:18. w10 2/15 1:3, 4

Sunday, October 9 Taste and see that Jehovah is good.—Ps. 34:8.
If you have been sharing in the preaching and teaching work for some time now, you have no doubt had opportunities to taste and see that Jehovah is good. Have there been times when you sensed the help of his spirit as you were presenting the good news? Have you seen others’ eyes light up as Jehovah opened their heart to pay attention to the message? (Acts 16:14) Has Jehovah helped you to overcome obstacles, perhaps opening the way for you to expand your ministry? Has he supported you in times of difficulty, enabling you to continue serving him when you felt that your strength was giving out? (Phil. 4:13) When we personally experience Jehovah’s helping hand as we carry out our ministry, he becomes more real to us and we feel even closer to him. (Isa. 41:10) Is it not a blessing to be one of “God’s fellow workers” in the grand work of divine education?—1 Cor. 3:9. w09 9/15 4: 14, 15

Saturday, October 8 They were . . . speaking the word of God with boldness. —Acts 4:31.
Our God-given work of Kingdom proclamation is a privilege beyond compare. However, it is not without challenges. While some people readily accept the good news of God’s Kingdom, many prove to be like those living in the days of Noah. They “took no note until the flood came and swept them all away,” said Jesus. (Matt. 24:38, 39) Then there

younger men as brothers. need to be like Timothy in displaying strong. (1 Cor.” (1 Tim. October 11 He is . w09 12/15 1:16. Now he tries to imitate them by conversing with his fellow Bethelites. 17 Wednesday. children of our own parents. we can make our advancement manifest and be an example in faith. October 12 Do not severely criticize an older man. 57:9-11) What heartwarming sentiments! Do you not agree that such touching words from the Psalms can affect and enrich your prayers? w09 11/15 2:18. Paul encouraged young Timothy to have respect for all members of the congregation. .—1 Tim. for Paul urged Timothy to “fight the fine fight of the faith” and turn away “from the empty speeches that violate what is holy and from the contradictions of the falsely called ‘knowledge. Could Timothy risk toying with the harmful ideas that were infiltrating the congregation? No. 6: 12. . and your trueness up to the skies. 122:1) Gratitude for your precious relationship with God may move you to pray from the heart with thoughts like these: “I shall laud you among the peoples. O Jehovah . 14 Tuesday. In prayer. 10:12) Interestingly. remember to praise and thank Jehovah. 19 wise advice. unwavering faith. 21) There can be no doubt that Timothy followed Paul’s . that is. mentally diseased over questionings and debates about words. 6:4. As we engage others in upbuilding conversation.Monday. 2. we contribute to their spirituality and emotional wellbeing. Their encouraging words made him feel that he really was part of the Bethel family. let your glory be above all the earth. We too should treat older Christians as if they were our mothers and fathers and the younger ones as our siblings. including those in positions of responsibility. 145:11-13) Do your prayers show that you appreciate the privilege of announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom? Words of the psalmists may also help you to express to God in heartfelt prayer your gratitude for Christian meetings. By taking a strong stand and decisive action against apostasy. (Ps. A brother working at a branch office fondly remembers several older Bethelites who regularly took time to speak with him in his early days at Bethel. paying attention to misleading inspired utterances and teachings of demons. w09 11/15 4: 13.’ ” (1 Tim. and conventions. 4:1) All in the congregation. 20. assemblies. . To the contrary. When we have that attitude. 145:10. older women as mothers. —1 Tim. For your lovingkindness is great up to the heavens. O God. 5:1. There are so many reasons to do so! For example. none of our dear brothers and sisters will feel like strangers in our presence. October 10 Your loyal ones will bless you. Timothy was told that in “later periods of time some [would] fall away from the faith. —Ps. entreat him as a father. younger women as sisters with all chasteness. 27:4. Do be exalted above the heavens. . (Ps.” (Ps. David was eager to extol Jehovah’s kingship.

12 Friday. bringing us great joy. w09 7/15 3:13. as Jesus did when he was tempted by the Devil. should we not endeavor to participate in the ministry each week? w10 2/15 3:14. October 13 There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.Thursday. 19-22) He did not change his spiritual routine—his habit of praying to God “three times in a day. —Acts 20:35. 4:4. 5) Scriptural truth can overturn “strongly entrenched things. expose false doctrines. 10:20. For example.” that is. we should not let a month go by without speaking about Jehovah to others! If at all possible. as he had been regularly doing”—even for one month. those whom you teach will sense that love. the Bible is not a club with which to browbeat our listeners. Picture yourself in the new world. 10) When handled properly. We can use the Bible to cut away any ideas that are “raised up against the knowledge of God. 6:16. 4:15. and philosophies that reflect imperfect human wisdom. what can the truth of God’s Word accomplish? (2 Cor. w10 2/15 2:11. Matt. 8:3. How clearly . 6:4-10. . and envision how different life will be.—1 Pet. pause at times to reflect on what you read. October 14 Your God whom you are serving with constancy. we should carefully ponder what we have learned and pay attention to what we teach. “Handling the word of the truth aright” involves more than explaining Scriptural truths accurately. What can you do to strengthen your love for the good news even further? While reading God’s Word. What about us? What sacrifices are we making or are we willing to make in order to declare the good news of God’s Kingdom with constancy? Why. . harmful practices. There is no body of knowledge more precious or more important than the good news.—1 Tim. The prophet Daniel demonstrated the importance of regularity in worship. 2:15) We should be careful that we do not use the Bible to intimidate people.—Dan. then. imagine yourself accompanying Jesus during his earthly ministry or traveling along with the apostle Paul. (Deut. Reflect on the blessings you have received through your obedience to the good news. (Dan. 16.” The teachings of the Bible can be used to help others bring their thinking in line with the truth. (2 Tim. 14 his actions indicated to observers that nothing is more important than regular worship of Jehovah! (Matt. It is a priceless gift that has been given to us. 5:16) Daniel was willing to die rather than neglect his spiritual routine. 7. 16 Saturday. 10:4. For good reason. although that meant being thrown into the lions’ pit. 6:16. 3:15. . Though we can use the Scriptures to defend the truth. And it brings us added joy when we share that gift with others. October 15 Always [be] ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of you a reason for the hope in you. he himself will rescue you. If you keep your love for the good news strong.

“[God] now has again reconciled by means of [Jesus’] fleshly body through his death. —2 Cor. Just as our confidence in a surgeon may grow as we learn of his reputation. How did you feel upon learning what the Son of God did for you? (2 Cor. and actually you had no valid hope. we continue to study God’s Word carefully because that will help us to love him in a way that will dispel any fear of belonging to him. Hence.—1 Tim. 115:4-8. (Eph. We engage in a campaign to help people break free from false religious teachings.’ Being baptized in the name of the Son means acknowledging what Jesus has done for you and accepting his authority as “the Chief Agent of life. 5:15) Likely you felt deep gratitude. 2:4. but for him who died for you. helping other people spiritually. by loving Jehovah your God. Jehovah. Our houseto-house ministry enables us to meet all sorts of people. Reasoning that not all the images could represent the true God. His Word says: “You must choose life in order that you may keep alive. 14:8. 1:9.—2 Tim. October 16 [God’s] will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. w10 3/15 1:11 Monday. When she answered a knock on the door of her house. we live to Jehovah.Sunday.” (Acts 3:15. 13) “You who were once alienated and enemies because your minds were on the works that were wicked. But by exercising faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and being baptized. That helped to move you to dedicate your life to God and to ‘live no longer for yourself. Only God’s undeserved kindness makes it possible. including the practice of idolatry. One young Asian girl rememb ers how her mother performed rituals in front of numerous images in their home. 2:12.—Rom. and if we die. we die to Jehovah. in order to present you holy and unblemished. w10 1/15 2:17-19 Tuesday. 1: 21. you now have a relationship with the Father. belonging to the God we love will surely make and keep us happy. October 18 One man died for all. 1 John 5:21. October 17 Both if we live. 83:18. 22.” (Deut. you had no relationship with the Creator. she found two Witnesses who were ready to help her learn the true God’s distinctive name.”—Col. —Ps. (1 John 4:18) Jehovah grants free- . 5:31) Previously. 5:14. you and your offspring.” wrote the apostle Paul. w09 6/15 2:6 dom of choice to all people. 30:19. Rather than robbing us of freedom. 20) He wants us to express our love for him by freely choosing to serve him. And how grateful she was to learn the truth about idols! Now she demonstrates commendable zeal by sharing diligently in field service. As sinners. so our trust in Jehovah will grow as we continue to learn about him. the girl often prayed that she could get to know his real identity. we do not deserve to belong to a perfect God.

October 21 You husbands. In the past. Now. Perhaps a decision has to be made regarding a move or a change of job or regarding everyday matters. If you face this challenge. more considerate decision. and he feels the need to limit his contact with such compan- . On the other hand. 29. He may have companions whose company he enjoys but who do not live by the Bible’s moral code. October 20 Bad associations spoil useful habits. false friends will “go on speaking abusively of you” because you do not run with them to “the same low sink of debauchery. he lacked all hope of being happy. . 15:22) Christian husbands who honor their wives gain not only the love and respect of their wives but.Wednesday. The Witness offered him a Bible study. for example. as it may help him to arrive at a balanced. he noticed that the guest was watching him from a short distance away. Even so. 4) Really. . the brother left the door. it is these friends who are being disloyal to you. He or she may even want to join with you in learning about Jehovah. When a Bible student begins to make changes in his lifestyle. be peaceable with all men. he may face a real challenge regarding friendships. Because the family will be affected. w09 7/15 2:6. remember that a true friend will be happy that you are trying to improve your life. w09 11/15 5:12. What do I have to do to be like that?” Because that man had lost his job and his mother had just died. as far as it depends upon you. 4:3. he is being disloyal. more important. With a courteous attitude. he sees that their activities could have a bad influence on him. 3:7. 13 Friday. 5:28. If possible. and it will be easier for her to support him.—Eph. 15:33. 7 Thursday. October 19 Return evil for evil to no one.—1 Pet. he may regularly have spent time socializing with them. which the man accepted. When the brother approached him. a certain Witness faced ridicule from both a householder and his guest. Provide fine things in the sight of all men. 13 ions. Even though we said unkind things to you. such as where to take a vacation or how to adjust the family budget so as to cope with the rising cost of living. the man said: “I’m sorry about what happened. As he continued preaching in the territory. the approval of Jehovah. (Prov. not the reverse. I noticed that you kept smiling. 18. Soon he was studying twice a week. Displaying good manners in difficult situations brings good results. —Rom. continue dwelling in like manner with [your wives] .” (1 Pet. it would be beneficial and kind for the husband to consider his wife’s opinion. he may feel that if he does not associate with them. assigning them honor. 12:17.—1 Cor. though. How can a husband exercise his authority and at the same time treat his wife as someone worthy of honor? One way a husband can honor his wife is by carefully considering her point of view and her feelings before he makes decisions that affect the family. w09 10/15 4:12. In Japan.

w10 1/15 3:7. why not make it your goal to do so? Perhaps you could select a few key texts that explain what God’s Kingdom is and how it will solve specific problems that concern people in your neighborhood. Jesus “designated seventy others and sent them forth by twos” to do the same work.’ tour.” (Job 13:26) During adolescence and the following early years of life. a young Christian often has to make weighty decisions. proclaiming it worldwide. pray and ask for more workers. therefore. 11:10. 5) Later.” (Eccl. The Originator of this message. 9 Monday. w10 2/15 2:1. perhaps by spending more time in the ministry or by being more effective in it? Some have tried to improve the quality of their ministry by making better use of the Bible. w09 5/15 2:1 Sunday. October 23 He reasoned with them from the Scriptures. The fields are indeed ripe for harvesting. It exceeded the total number of Jehovah’s Witnesses by over 10 million.Saturday. 28:19. 9:35-38. Christ’s true followers give the interests of God’s Kingdom priority in life. Bad judgment can leave deep emotional scars and create problems that may affect the rest of his life. After speaking those words. (Heb. But how can we act in harmony with such requests? We can do so by becoming more effective ministers as we zealously share in the Kingdompreaching and disciple-making work. Acts 17:3) So if it has not been your custom to use the Bible regularly in your ministry. Even faithful Job bemoaned having to face “the consequences of the errors of [his] youth. However. 9:38. Mark 13: 10. with the help of Jehovah’s spirit. 2) The need for more Kingdom proclaimers is also great today. (Luke 10:1. 2 “The word of God is alive and exerts power. “he summoned his twelve disciples” and sent them out on a preaching. Tanakh—The Holy Scriptures) So wrote wise King Solomon of ancient Israel.—Acts 17:2.168. those days of youth are often marred by painful mistakes that may affect a person’s future happiness. October 24 Remove vexation from your heart. More than that. and ward off calamity from your flesh. 20.—Matt. or ‘harvesting.—Matt. (John 4:34. enjoy yourself while you are young! Let your heart lead you to enjoyment in the days of your youth. Jehovah wants your joy to last beyond the time of youth. The worldwide Memorial attendance for the 2009 service year was 18. Jesus did not stop with just saying what is quoted above.323. —Eccl. 4:12. (Zech. Then be prepared to read them as you preach from door to door. 11:9. “O youth. . for youth and the prime of life are vanity. who made it his custom to reason from the Scriptures. 4:6) Are you having a regular share in this work? Are you trying to improve as a Kingdom proclaimer. (Matt. Jehovah God. certainly wants you youths to be happy.” wrote the apostle Paul. October 22 Beg the Master of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest. 10:1. 35) We should.

Tuesday, October 25 Pay back, therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.—Matt. 22:21.
What sort of “things” do we owe Caesar, that is, the governmental authorities? When Jesus uttered those words, the discussion centered on taxes. So to maintain a clean conscience before God and men, Christians obey the laws of the land, including those pertaining to the paying of taxes. (Rom. 13:5, 6) But we recognize that Jehovah is the Supreme Sovereign, the only true God, whom we love with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Mark 12:30; Rev. 4:11) We therefore render to Jehovah God submission without reservation. (Ps. 86: 11, 12) Many countries offer social programs or services to help those in need of material support. There is nothing wrong with a Christian’s receiving such assistance—provided that he qualifies. Speaking truth with our neighbor would rule out giving false or misleading information to governmental authorities in order to receive public assistance. w09 6/15 3:16, 17

(Prov. 8:30) Nevertheless, personally enduring in faith as a human despite suffering proved his complete integrity. Although he was a perfect man, Jesus did not try to remain perfectly obedient on his own. He prayed for God’s help to remain obedient. For us to remain obedient, we too need a humble, prayerful attitude. For this reason, the apostle Paul counseled Christians: “Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus,” who “humbled himself and became obedient as far as death.”—Phil. 2:5-8. w09 9/15 2:2, 3

Thursday, October 27 Love never fails.—1 Cor. 13:8.
Love is a basic human need. Yet, genuine love of God and neighbor is woefully lacking. We see happening what the Bible foretold about these last days. Men are “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, . . . lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5) God’s Word warns us against misguided love. And the Bible describes what happens when such love takes root in one’s heart. (1 Tim. 6: 9, 10) Though Demas was associated with Paul, Demas turned to loving what the world offered. (2 Tim. 4:10) The apostle John warned Christians against this very danger. (1 John 2:15, 16) Loving the world and its transitory things and ways is not compatible with loving God and what originates with him. We are no part of this world, though we are still living in it. Thus, we have the challenge of avoiding the world’s distorted view of love. It is vital that we not let ourselves be trapped by misguided or perverted love. w09 12/15 4:1-3

Wednesday, October 26 Christ offered up supplications and also petitions to the One who was able to save him. —Heb. 5:7.
Jesus’ experience as a human on earth taught him new aspects of obedience. (Heb. 5:8) It may seem that there could be nothing more for Jesus to learn about serving Jehovah. After all, he had enjoyed intimate association with Jehovah for unknown aeons and had been God’s “master worker” during creation.

Friday, October 28 Let the sayings of my mouth and the meditation of my heart become pleasurable before you, O Jehovah.—Ps. 19:14.
Today, many simply do not want to hear what the Bible says. If we are to persevere in speaking the word of God, it is important that we study the Scriptures in a manner that allows us to absorb their message fully. Regularity—not a hit-or-miss approach—should mark our study habits. How important it is that we take time to meditate on what we read, so that Bible truths sink deep down into the heart! Surely, we should strive to improve the quality of our personal study. Another way to benefit from Jehovah’s holy spirit is to “consider one another to incite to love and fine works, not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together.” (Heb. 10:24, 25) Exerting ourselves to be in regular attendance at Christian meetings, listening carefully, and applying what we learn are fine ways to be guided by the spirit. w10 2/15 1:11, 12

ries for missionaries. The apostle Paul and his companions were “forbidden by the holy spirit to speak the word in the district of Asia”; nor were they permitted to go into Bithynia. We do not know exactly how the spirit prevented their going into those places, yet it is clear that the spirit led Paul into the vast field of Europe. He received a vision of a Macedonian man pleading for help. (Acts 16:6-10) Today, Jehovah’s spirit is likewise directing the worldwide preaching. w10 3/15 2:10-12

Sunday, October 30 The dragon grew wrathful at the woman, and went off to wage war with the remaining ones of her seed, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus.—Rev. 12:17.
The apostle John saw an “angel flying in midheaven, and he had everlasting good news to declare as glad tidings to those who dwell on the earth.” (Rev. 14:6) Jehovah’s servants are thus assured of angelic backing as they preach the good news of the established Kingdom despite the Devil’s vicious opposition. Today, angels do not lead us to honesthearted ones by speaking to us as an angel spoke to Philip and directed him to the Ethiopian eunuch. (Acts 8:26-29) However, many modern-day experiences give evidence that angels behind the scenes are supporting our Kingdom-preaching work and guiding us to those “rightly disposed for everlasting life.” (Acts 13:48) How important it is, then, to share in the ministry regularly!—John 4: 23, 24. w09 5/15 3:17, 18

Saturday, October 29 The spirit and the bride keep on saying: “Come!”—Rev. 22:17.
The spirit, working through the anointed bride class, is extending this invitation regarding life’s water. If you have accepted the call to “come!” are you determined to say, “Come!”? What a privilege it is to be able to share in this lifesaving work! This vital work is now being accomplished under the guidance of holy spirit. We read how the holy spirit was involved in the first century in opening up new territo-

Monday, October 31 You must love your neighbor as yourself.—Matt. 22:39.
That love (a·ga pe in Greek) is a moral love that takes into account duty, principle, and propriety, but it can be warm and intense. (1 Pet. 1:22) It is reflected in selfless words and deeds. (1 Cor. 13:4-7) Because love is a product of God’s holy spirit, it enables true Christians to do what others cannot do, such as overcome racial, cultural, and political barriers. (John 13:34, 35;

Gal. 5:22) Sheeplike ones cannot help but be moved when they see such love. For example, when a young Jewish man in Israel attended his first Christian meeting, he was amazed to see Jewish and Arab brothers worshipping Jehovah side by side. As a result, he began to attend meetings regularly and accepted a Bible study. Do you show such heartfelt love to your brothers? And do you make it a point to extend a warm welcome to newcomers at your Kingdom Hall, regardless of their nationality, skin color, or social standing? w10 1/15 3:18, 19

Tuesday, November 1 The two will be one flesh. —Matt. 19:5.
Marriage is a relationship that requires a high level of commitment. Two people who merely live together without getting married can never enjoy real security; neither can their children. But partners who are committed to each other in honorable marriage have an impelling Scriptural reason for striving to resolve their difficulties with love when problems arise. (Matt. 19:6; 1 Cor. 13:7, 8; Heb. 13:4) In Bible times, people benefited from having binding contracts in business and employment. (Matt. 20:1, 2, 8) Today, the same holds true. For example, we benefit from having a binding written agreement, or written contract, before we begin a business venture or start working as an employee in a company. Hence, if commitment enhances relationships such as friendship, marriage, and employment, how much more will making an unreserved dedication benefit you in your relationship with Jehovah! w10 1/15 1:6, 7

Wednesday, November 2 For everything there is an appointed time.—Eccl. 3:1.
When we are being represented in public prayer, we need to display reverential “fear of God.” (1 Pet. 2:17) There may be a proper time and place for some actions that would be inappropriate at a Christian meeting. For instance, suppose someone sought to have all in a group link arms or hold hands during such a prayer. This might offend or distract some, including visitors who do not share our beliefs. Some marriage mates might discreetly hold hands, but if they embraced each other during public prayer, those who got a glimpse of such conduct might be stumbled. They might think or get the impression that the couple was focusing on their romantic relationship instead of reverence for Jehovah. Out of deep respect for him, let us therefore “do all things for God’s glory” and avoid conduct that could distract, shock, or stumble anyone.—1 Cor. 10:31, 32; 2 Cor. 6:3. w09 11/15 1:19

not making p artial distinctions. full of mercy and good fruits. if our means or our strength do not allow us to invite others for a meal. w10 1/15 5:16. 65:21) Under God’s rule. November 4 O the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable his judgments are and past tracing out his ways are!—Rom. God’s rule will remove all the wicked from the earthly scene. (Isa. The disciple James said: “The wisdom from above is first of all chaste. But if we show initiative.” (Ps. w09 10/15 1:12-14 Nothing can impede God’s ability to handle matters successfully. sharing a cup of coffee. disobedience. Isa. (Gen. 46:9) Why. God’s rule will even restore peace between humans and animals! (Isa. Of course. 9) Man’s rule has led to incessant warfare. 17 Friday. 37:1. Human rule has been unable to solve the problem of crime. Acts 24:15. as well as his progressively revealing details of this purpose to his servants. we will discover many other ways of being hospitable. ready to obey. reasonable. the old and the sick will delight in a return to youthful vigor. —Rom. Hospitality is sometimes expressed by inviting someone for a meal. not hypocritical. 11:6-9) Poverty and hunger have been constant features under human rule.—Luke 23:43. but God’s rule will eliminate them. For one thing. Christians who strive to learn another language so as to preach the good news among foreigners who have moved into the territory of their congregation can truly be counted among those who are following the course of hospitality. tea. Jehovah has had ample opportunity to demonstrate to his creatures what real wisdom is. 6) Indeed. partiality. mercilessness. —Rev. 11:33. and hypocrisy. November 5 I am making all things new. 3:15) Such immediate action. then peaceable. In a world marked by immorality. Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned. or some other beverage is also a way of showing hospitality. it is commendable.”—Jas. brought Jehovah’s wisdom into sharp focus. which contains a Bible message in many languages. 12:13. many of us are not in a position to learn another language. 35:5. 21:5. Still. and when this is done in love. Those who have not as yet made a definite decision in favor of Jehovah should prayerfully consider the benefits that God’s way of ruling will bring to mankind. (Ps. 2. war. including terrorism. unreasonableness. w10 1/15 4:14 Saturday. all of us can have a meaningful share in helping foreigners by making good use of our booklet Good News for People of All Nations. 3:17.Thursday. the earth will become a paradise in which there will even be a resurrection of the dead. but God’s rule will make “wars to cease to the extremity of the earth. . Jehovah revealed the way that he would undo all the bad effects caused by their rebellion. November 3 Follow the course of hospitality. (Job 33: 25.

. and security. (Ruth 1:15) She acted on her faith and knew to whom she wanted to belong. . but she came to know the true God. .” but Ruth did not.” The one persuaded is “so convinced that [he] puts confidence in someth[ing]. and she married an Israelite who had come to take refuge in her land. 15 rael. started out with their mother-inlaw. to turn back from accompanying you. focus attention on the importance of knowing God’s thinking on the subject. (Ruth 1:1-6) Later. protection. w09 11/15 3:13. 14 Monday.” Because of her choice to serve Jehovah. It would not be easy for them to settle in Is- .” (Titus 2:3-5) What a force for good the mature sisters in the congregation can be! By respecting the brothers who take the lead and by making wise decisions in such areas of life as dress and grooming and entertainment. After posing a question and getting the householder’s response. —Ruth 1:16. to love their children. ‘Let us see how we can get God’s mind on the matter. Under Jehovah’s wings. By having a full share in the ministry and by willingly making sacrifices for that work. and your God my God. Jehovah. ‘What does God have to say about this situation?’ Introducing the text in this way emphasizes that the Bible is from God and helps build high regard for it in the mind of the listener. Paul stated: “Let the aged women be reverent in behavior. teachers of what is good. When you introduce a scripture.—Acts 19:8. which made special provision for widows and for the poor and landless. to be sound in mind. To “persuade” means to “win over. good.” When we persuade a person to accept a Bible teaching. that they may recall the young women to their senses to love their husbands. she found happiness. chaste. November 6 He spoke with boldness . As a girl. . they set a fine example for others and show a high regard for their own place in the congregation. In writing to Titus. Ruth benefited from God’s Law. and where you spend the night I shall spend the night. giving talks and using persuasion. . w10 2/15 2:14. She told Naomi: “Do not plead with me to abandon you. Naomi. To accomplish this. November 8 The women telling the good news are a large army. workers at home. as Ruth and her sister-in-law. sisters prove that they treasure their role in the congregation. for Bethlehem. November 7 Your people will be my people. we need to convince our listener of the truthfulness of what we say.’ Or you might ask. for where you go I shall go. we are winning him over to place his trust in that teaching. —Ps. so that the word of God may not be spoken of abusively. Orpah.Sunday. subjecting themselves to their own husbands. Ruth had probably worshipped Chemosh and the other gods of Moab. . Naomi urged the two young women to return home. 68:11. Orpah indeed “returned to her people and her gods. you may want to say something to this effect. w10 1/15 2:4 Tuesday.

—Matt. that slave would not release his fellow slave who owed him 100 denarii. To emphasize this need. and you should both be forgiving. do you bear in mind that both of you are sinners? You both need God’s forgiveness. 2 Friday.—1 Pet. Jesus said that those falsely professing to serve him would be distinguished from his true followers by their fruits—their teachings and their conduct. 7:15. people are inevitably influenced by what they take into their mind and heart. 3: 1-5) Ask yourself: ‘Do my conduct and teachings clearly harmonize with God’s Word? Do I beautify the truth in the eyes of those searching for it?’ w10 1/15 3:1. 12:3. Jesus gave an illustration: The master of a slave canceled his debt of ten thousand talents (60 million denarii). 10) False Christians have a distorted view of God and often a hypocritical form of godly devotion. we bear up. —Rom. we bless. 16. 7:17. but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit. (Dan. 20) Indeed.” The two kinds of fruits have become clearly manifest during this time of the end. you are keenly aware of your own sinful inclinations. 12:11) This shows that the best way to conquer Satan and the evil influence he is exercising over the present system of things is to do good by our work of witnessing. 23) In another letter.” (Rev. 1:13-16. That awareness is helpful every day. The apostle Paul knew from his own experience that a persecutor can become a faithful disciple of Christ and a zealous servant of Jehovah. 2 Tim. Jesus then made this point: Jehovah will not forgive the one who does not forgive his brother. when being defamed. whereas those having spiritual insight worship God “with spirit and truth. but keep conquering the evil with the good. November 11 Fo rgi v e w ha t ev e r you h a v e against anyone. (Gal. preaching the good news of the Kingdom. a true Christian will heed the words of today’s text. if someone offends you. 2:21. being baptized in the name of the Son means recognizing Jesus’ authority and striving to follow his example and teachings. 19) Those who are fed falsehoods produce “worthless fruit. 1 John 5:19) Jesus revealed that his anointed brothers have “conquered [Satan] because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their witnessing. 13) Accordingly. November 9 Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil. 18:23-35) Yes. (Matt. w09 10/15 2:13-15 as those who are taught spiritual truth produce “fine fruit. Paul stated: “When being reviled.” (John 4:24. Though you were baptized in the name of the Son. w10 3/15 1:12 Thursday.” (1 Cor. including that of being willing to forgive others. (Matt. in order that your Father who is in the heavens may also forgive you. 12:21. (John 8:44. 15:18. when being persecuted. November 10 Every good tree produces fine fruit. —Mark 11:25. we entreat. Later. 4:12.” where- .Wednesday. The source of all evil is Satan the Devil. 1 John 2:6. For example. (Matt.

Jehovah. when we donate money toward the construction and maintenance of our meeting facilities. entertainment. for it figuratively pierces to the dividing of bones and their marrow. One complica- . it is not easy for us imperfect humans to live up to our dedication to our perfect God. As an ordained minister. 17: 17. has! In a figurative sense. 3:10) Yes.—2 Cor.—1 Pet.” Not that we can buy friendship with Jesus or Jehovah. One way that those of the other sheep class can help Christ’s brothers is by financially supporting the preaching work. 2:9. but “in deed and truth. Granted. as is the case of the anointed.—Heb. 3:5. (Jas. employment. 1 Tim. 10:14) You may not feel fully qualified to shoulder such a responsibility. the most important being with Jehovah and Jesus Christ. (Rom. dress. 37:25. Rather.Saturday. Whether the amount we contribute is small or great. so that. they may receive you into the everlasting dwelling places. November 14 Make friends for yourselves by means of the unrighteous riches. John 15:14. It contains helpful information that can show people how to live in this complex world. 9:7. it is God who qualifies you. the Bible is a book of matchless wisdom. and when we contribute funds toward the worldwide preaching work. or message. November 12 The word of God is alive and exerts power. 13:20. 2:21-23) It is also vital to get to know the brothers and sisters in your local congregation. and so forth. 15 Monday. 4:4) Yet. God’s Word can change lives! Moreover. we prove our friendship and love. (Ps. you have a ministr y to p erform. 2:17. w09 10/15 3:17 Sunday. 5 tion is that some with whom you once associated may be puzzled at your new way of life and may ‘speak abusively of you. w10 3/15 2:14. —2 Cor. 4:12. Prov. That truth can exert its transforming power and can bring about genuine changes in a person.’ (1 Pet. w10 2/15 2:4. (Col. when such fail. exposing what he really is on the inside. You can live up to your dedication by doing your best and relying on God’s spirit. both Jehovah and Jesus certainly appreciate our cheerful giving. by using our material assets to further Kingdom interests. Jesus encouraged his followers to make friends for themselves by means of “the unrighteous riches. —Luke 16:9.—Ps. the message emanating from the Bible is sharper than any man-made sword. 119:105) It is a tremendous help when we are dealing with problems or are making decisions about our choice of friends.” (1 John 3:16-18) We provide such financial support when we engage in the preaching work. part of “the whole association of brothers” throughout the world. Scriptural truth reaches the innermost part of a person and penetrates his thoughts and emotions. not just in word. Prov. do not overlook the fact that you have since cultivated new friendships. What p ower God’s word. But. November 13 Our being adequately qualified issues from God.

Rom. To devote themselves fully to the Kingdompreaching work. 10:22. (Isa. Aquila. —Ps. 4:13) We know that we are imperfect. 15. 30) First-century Christians. Time and again. true Christians are hated and persecuted. 23. Natural disasters. John 15: 20. and other injustices. (Matt. 103: 13. 8 Thursday. 14. and in the coming system of things everlasting life. (Matt. come what may. (Rom. November 15 The drawing near to God is good for me. such as Lydia. houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields. November 17 All those taking refuge in [Jehovah] will rejoice. (Ps. 16:2) Does this mean that true Christians pursue a life devoid of joy and happiness? Should our lives be marked only by sadness and grief until the end comes? Clearly. w09 12/15 2:1-3 Wednesday. 15 for the sake of the good news who will not get a hundredfold now in this period of time.” (Mark 10:29. it is possible to experience considerable joy. Jehovah wants us to be happy as we await the fulfillment of his promises. peace of mind. in spite of our imperfection. 5:11. they had made important sacrifices.” but we trust in God’s promise to support us in our efforts. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not immune to the calamities that befall mankind in general. Why is that so? Our faith in Jehovah makes us confident that drawing close to God is good for us. 18:2-4. and Gaius. w10 2/15 4:7. 3 John 1. November 16 What actually will there be for us?—Matt. We know that it will not always be easy to walk with God while living among “a crooked and twisted generation. 65:13. like Jesus. as Jesus had promised. —Job 27:5. and death cause much distress. Peter wanted to know what the future held for him and for Jesus’ other disciples. with persecutions. were among those who provided “houses” and became “brothers and sisters and mothers” to fellow believers. He said: “No one has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and . 2:15.Tuesday. (Phil.—Acts 16:14. we perform an act of faith. to time indefinite they will cry out joyfully. Priscilla. 8:22) We are also victims of our own imperfection. 22:37) When we dedicate ourselves to God. sickness. and contentment even in the midst of calamities. 14) Yes. Many of God’s people have been victims of crime. w10 1/15 1:14. war. (Ps. 7:21-25) We have faith that Jehovah will reward our resolve to keep our integrity. 38:4) And. So we dedicate ourselves to God because. poverty. 73:28. 4:1822) What assurance did Jesus give them? Jesus indicated that his disciples would be part of a spiritual brotherhood. (Matt. 19:27. 5-8. we desire to belong to him and are resolved to be loyal to him. the Bible describes true worshippers as happy people. but we are confident that Jehovah will deal mercifully with us even when we make mistakes.—Ps. We cannot fully enjoy the benefits of being a member of Jehovah’s family without making a vow of dedication.

20. November 20 Jehovah. November 18 Euodia I exhort and Syntyche I exhort to be of the same mind in the Lord. saying the words of today’s text. Euodia and Syntyche. November 19 The spirit and the bride keep on saying: “Come!”—Rev. The anointed followers of Christ have been extending that invitation since as far back as 1918.S. 4:10) That key allows those at odds with each other to begin applying Bible principles.” wrote Paul.” the apostles Peter and John said: “Whether it is righteous in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God. w10 2/15 1:4. It must be done now. two Christian sisters in ancient Philippi.—Acts 4:29. In that year. Jehovah provides us with help to resolve conflicts and restore friendships. The key is humility.’ This message is to be proclaimed to those who have a desire for righteousness and truth.. in 1922 urged listeners to ‘advertise the King and his kingdom. you must put a key into the ignition and start the car’s engine. 31) God’s spirit can do the same for us. the bride class continues to extend that invitation.” To this day. In 1929. ‘Come. judge for yourselves. (1 Thess.Friday. 19. A heated dispute between Paul and Barnabas became public knowledge and resulted in their going separate ways for a while. give attention to their threats. Ohio.” In part.’ how did they ‘muster up boldness’ to speak to those in Thessalonica? “By means of our God. Before you can begin your journey. A talk given at the convention of Bible Students at Cedar Point. (Jas. and grant your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness. (Acts 4:5. But as for us. Imagine that you and a friend are going to take a trip by automobile. 4:2. the public talk entitled “Millions Now Living May Never Die” offered hope that many will gain life in a paradise earth after the battle of Armageddon. U. Jehovah helped them muster up boldness by means of his spirit.A. The process of resolving personal differences is also started with a key.—Phil. 5 Saturday. we cannot stop speaking about the things we have seen and heard. 22:17. w10 2/15 3:8 Sunday. the March 15 issue of The Watchtower contained an article entitled “Gracious Invitation. apparently had some difficulty in resolving a problem that arose between them. After the apostle Paul and his companions had been ‘insolently treated in Philippi. When challenged by “rulers [of the people] and older men and scribes. But he requires something of us. they and fellow believers made supplication. the article stated: “The faithful remnant class join [the Most High] in the gracious invitation and say.” Rather than praying to God for persecution to stop.’ This ap- . (Acts 15:3739) These accounts show that true worshippers are not immune to disagreements. 2:2) Jehovah God can dispel our fears and give us similar boldness. w09 11/15 4:15. 16 peal helped the remnant of the bride class to reach more people with the invitation.

but are now God’s people. They were restated by Jesus and others. w10 3/15 4:2-4 Wednesday. —Deut. Jehovah manifests justice in all his ways and in his perfect law. where the Bible is discussed.” (1 Pet. ‘we must love Jehovah our God. his love? It is expansive and affects us all. natural Jews who ac- . (Ps. ‘we must stick to Jehovah. ‘we must listen to Jehovah’s voice’ by studying God’s Word and obeying his commandments. for Peter went on to say: “You were once not a people. (Deut. while we were yet sinners. —Rev. (John 3:16.Monday. that you should declare abroad the excellencies’ of the one that called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. He expressed that love in providing the ransom for mankind’s redemption. By studying the Scriptures and progressively taking in knowledge of Jehovah. Matt. 10:6) Later. 19:7) We can reflect on all of Jehovah’s creative works and be in awe of his superior wisdom.—2 Cor. a royal priesthood.” (1 Pet. wisdom and. w10 2/15 4:16. 17 cepted Jesus as the Messiah were the first members of that new nation. 10:23-25) Third. 6 Tuesday. a people for special possession. November 23 God recommends his own love to us in that. above all. 20. —Rom.000. He wrote the following to his fellow Christians: “You are ‘a chosen race. (Isa.’ Regardless of what we must face. 40:26) What can be said about God’s dominant quality. the apostle John saw that these spiritual Israelites number 144. 104:24) The universe also gives proof that Jehovah is the Source of dynamic energy and inexhaustible power. 4. but the three basic requirements for life cited by Moses have not changed. First. by loving Jehovah your God. November 21 I have put life and death before you. by listening to his voice and by sticking to him. 2:9) As foretold. Ps. p ower. a holy nation. 9:27a. Israel proved unfaithful to God. many non-Israelites were also included in this nation. we can grow in appreciation for his attributes —his justice. (Dan. 14:1. and you must choose life in order that you may keep alive. the blessing and the malediction. (Matt. 4:1618. November 22 The kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to a nation producing its fruits. 2:10) This new nation is made up of anointed Christians. 36) God’s offering Jesus as a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins ought to stir love within us in return. The apostle Peter clearly identified this new nation. who have the heavenly hope.’ We demonstrate that we love God by acting in accord with his righteous ways. 5:8. 21:43. you and your offspring. Christ died for us. (1 John 5:3) This calls for our regular presence at Christian meetings. w09 12/15 4:5. —Matt. 6:16) In a vision. (Heb. They are “the Israel of God. This provision is available to the whole world of mankind. 30:19. 22:37) Second.” (Gal. superlative love. 20:6. let us always exercise faith in God and follow his Son. 32:4.

if a friend inside the congregation decides to turn his or her back on Jehovah. Jehovah wants us to enjoy the best way of life. but she was not. Was I serving Jehovah for the right reasons?” How did this sister cope? “I threw my burden on Jehovah. 34) The Ten Commandments given to the sons of Israel included this command: “Honor your father and your mother in order that your days may prove long upon the ground that Jehovah your God is giving you. November 26 Those who embraced his word heartily were baptized. w09 11/15 5:14. he was courteous even to his fellow prisoners. People can live in various ways. though. 6:10. 41:16. one sister said: “I felt as if something inside of me died. The good training from his parents was evident also in the case of Joseph. members of the congregation can fill the void. but especially toward those related to us in the faith.” she says. and on that day about three thousand souls were added. we please Jehovah and enjoy His blessing. —Gal. November 25 Let us work what is good toward all.—Gen. Jephthah’s daughter showed outstanding respect for her father by complying with his vow in a very trialsome situation. and he commissioned them to make disciples.” (Ex. Godly parents in Bible times made sure that their children learned basic points of courtesy in the home.Thursday. not just because he provides me with friends inside his organization. 40: 8. 20:12) One way for children to honor their parents was by having good manners at home. “Welcome to the best way of life!” (Acts 13:48) During the first century of our Common Era. Jesus taught his followers to worship God with spirit and truth.—Acts 2:41. November 24 I need not be considered! God will announce welfare to Pharaoh. thousands of people from different nations embraced the truth and gave public evidence of their devotion to God by being baptized. When those “rightly disposed for everlasting life” become believers and get baptized. (Gen. 11:35-40. Consider the polite way in which Abraham and his son Isaac addressed each other at Genesis 22:7. When Bible students are abandoned by former friends who have no love for God. 28:19. (Matt.—Judg. 15 Saturday. I wondered if she had been serving Jehovah just to please her family. When imprisoned. What. I thought my friend was firmly grounded in the truth. I then began to reassess my own motives. perhaps needing to be disfellowshipped? Such a circumstance . 15 can be very distressing. John 4: 24) By living in harmony with Jesus’ instructions. w10 2/15 4:1. 41:33. We can do nothing better with our life than conform to God’s Word and learn from his Son. but only one way is the best. 14) His words to Pharaoh show that he had learned the proper way to address a person of high office. “I am determined to show Jehovah that I love him for who he is. (Gen. Jesus Christ. Describing her reaction when a close friend stopped serving Jehovah. 20.” w09 10/15 4:14. 2 Friday. we have sound reasons to say to them.

Those include . w10 3/15 2:4. divisions. envies. 13) It will help to set your mind on the things of the spirit and cooperate with its leadings. practice of spiritism. diligently engaging in meaningful personal study. And we can be confident that Jehovah will note with approval our zeal for true worship. (2 Chron. w10 2/15 1:13.”—Rom. God provided a message condemning some of the religious practices that had been carried on in Judah. We want to respond to Jehovah’s direction promptly. 5:17. prayerfully meditating on what we read. loose conduct. taking to heart the warning example of what can happen if we allow apostasy and unfaithfulness to encroach on our worship.” (Gal. and it can empower humans to do Jehovah’s will.” (Rom. . November 28 Keep walking by spirit.” it becomes obvious that they were motivated by a stronger force. and he remained in Jehovah’s favor despite the calamities predicted for the nation as a whole. 18) If you are under the influence of the holy spirit.” (Col. 5 Tuesday. (2 Chron. 34:1418) What was the effect? The king immediately ripped his garments apart in grief and instructed the men to consult Jehovah. you “put the practices of the body to death by the spirit. just as he did in Josiah’s case. enmities. idolatry. rather than let yourself be controlled by fleshly desires. allowing the holy spirit to influence you. 5:16.—Acts 4:13. —Gal.Sunday. 1:23) When we consider that most of them were “unlettered and ordinary. “Walking by spirit” involves accepting the action of the holy spirit upon you. contentions. The combined benefits of constantly praying for the spirit. They preached the good news “in all creation that is under heaven. drunken bouts. began to read its contents to Josiah. . Yet. you seek to refrain from the works of the flesh. (Gal. the firstcentury Christians accomplished a tremendous preaching work. November 27 When they beheld the outspokenness of Peter and John. Galatians chapter 5 brings out the contrast between being under the influence of the holy spirit and that of the flesh. 12:11. —2 Chron. . strife. fits of anger. November 29 Hilkiah the priest found the book of Jehovah’s law. and regularly attending Christian meetings can help us to be “aglow with the spirit. Josiah’s good efforts to remove idolatrous practices were noted. uncleanness. in turn. Living in a way that allows holy spirit to direct our lives can also motivate us to carry out our ministry courageously. Through the prophetess Huldah. w09 6/15 1:20 Monday. Hilkiah handed the book to the royal secretary Shaphan who. 5:19-21) In a sense. Holy spirit is the most powerful force in the universe. 14 such things as “fornication. 34:14. revelries. sects. Under its influence. they got to wondering. jealousy. 34:19-28) Surely our desire is the same as Josiah’s was. 8:5. You might say that it means to be governed by the holy spirit in your daily activities.

Wednesday. —Ps. too. cause it to happen. As women drew water at a certain well. pride. For instance. 2:8) And many have been lured into the trap of illic- it sex relations. (Ps. —2 Cor. 14) The prayer of Abraham’s servant was answered when Rebekah watered his camels. And she cares about me so much. he will guide you in life if you pray and are determined to be led by his spirit. and false religion. that I may take a drink.’ and who will indeed say. 11:3) He catches others by promoting greed. (Rev. Bible study makes it evident that you should always pray for God’s guidance. 91:7-10.—Gal. Consider what happened when the patriarch Abraham sent his eldest servant —likely Eliezer—to Mesopotamia to obtain a God-fearing wife for Isaac. he and Timothy became close friends despite a difference in age and background. the enticement of immoral desires. please. —Matt. Of course. and materialism. November 30 He will give his own angels a command concerning you. 24:13. and numerous other harmful desires and influences. . 11:13) Paul did not restrict his friendships to those of his own age group. Have you ever felt that there is just no one in your congregation whom you can befriend? If so. Such spiritually harmful plagues have caused millions to lose their love for God. 10 Friday. Still others he misleads by such philosophies as patriotism. to Isaac. Satan has trapped many with a selfish desire for independence.’ this is the one you must assign to your servant. 4 . evolution. (2 Cor. “the faithful and discreet slave” provides spiritual food to protect us against the teaching of evolution. 91:11. w10 1/15 2:12. 13 Thursday. Today. who is in her early 20’s.” (Gen. to guard you in all your ways. . December 2 Jehovah . “I can tell her anything that I can tell friends my age. could it be that you are restricting your view of who can be a friend? (Rom. ‘Take a drink. Yet. please. many young ones treasure the friendships they have formed with older members of the congregation. and I shall also water your camels.—Gen. 6:13. you cannot expect God to give you a special sign. 24:12. 5:18.” Are you willing to build friendships with those outside your age bracket? Jehovah will certainly reward you for your efforts. w09 11/15 2:3. ‘Let your water jar down. the pursuit of riches and prominence. widen out.” says Vanessa. “I have a very dear friend who is in her 50’s. w09 10/15 4:9. Matt. December 1 You. 24:12) How comforting it is to know that heavenly angels guide and protect us so that we can preach the good news.” How are such friendships formed? Vanessa says: “I had to seek this friendship out and not just wait for it to come to me. 24:45. . (Col. the servant prayed to Jehovah: “What must occur is that the young woman to whom I shall say. She soon accompanied him to Canaan and became Isaac’s beloved wife. 14:6) Also.

Jesus found delight in making his Father’s heart rejoice.’ w10 2/15 3:9. undergone water baptism.—John 4:34. 22:17. —Eccl. December 4 It will not turn out well at all with the wicked one. And these. w10 1/15 4:1. Jesus pointed his followers toward a satisfying way of life when he said: “If anyone wants to come after me. he went without rest. having appreciatively heard the message. December 5 My food is for me to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work. 8:12) That is comforting news. our first parents joined Satan in challenging Jehovah’s rightful authority and became sinners in His sight. Foremost among the wicked who will be brought to justice is Satan the Devil.” (Matt. 1932. Hence. the identity of the “great crowd” mentioned at Revelation 7:9-17 was made clear. (John 8:44) Back in Eden. 27:11) Thus.” (Acts 20:35) Jesus fully experienced the happiness of giving during his earthly ministry. issue of The Watchtower stated on page 232: “Let the anointed encourage all who will to take part in telling the good news of the kingdom. let him disown himself. (Rom.” (John 8: 29. Jesus said: “I always do the things pleasing to him. that inevitable outcome had to be made obvious to all intelligent creatures. food. caused humans to reject Jehovah’s way of governing. Could we place ourselves in the hands of anyone else who could care for us more lovingly? w10 1/15 1:16. “Come!” in resp onse. They do not have to be anointed of the Lord in order to declare the Lord’s message. especially for those who love righteousness and who have suffered injustice and mistreatment at the hands of the wicked. 17 Sunday. It is a great comfort to Jehovah’s witnesses to now know that they are permitted to carry the waters of life to a class of people that may be taken through Armageddon and given everlasting life on the earth. When necessary.” In 1935. As a result.Saturday. 16:24) Doing so draws us closer to Jehovah. 5:22. Sooner or later the wicked will have to be brought to justice. Satan. 8:13. 10 self-importance. Jesus stated a basic truth when he said: “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. However. the August 1. Being dedicated to Jehovah results in happiness because it involves the giving of ourselves. 2 Monday. 5:12-14) Of course. (Prov. time was needed to settle the issue and to demonstrate convincingly that the rebels were utterly wrong. Those who hear the invitation to “come” are invited to say. Prov. and comfort so that he could help others to find the road to life. consumed by feelings of . Eccl. December 3 Let anyone hearing say: “Come!”—Rev. and joined the bride class in actively inviting others to ‘come and drink life’s water free. have made a dedication to God. Jehovah knew how their disrespectful and rebellious course would turn out for them. For ex ample.

We need to learn to understand and even share another person’s feelings. ask yourself: ‘Do I blend in with the world. particularly the spiritually older men. 12:15. but we should stand out as different from those who do not love and serve Jehovah. or do I remain firm for Bible principles. the appointed elders. When a fellow Christian rejoices. 3:16) Of course. 16 need to respect the way Jesus directs those dedicated to Jehovah. As you reflect on those words. whether at school or at work. . . You also .”—Matt. (John 11:3235) We want to follow Jesus’ example of showing empathy.” (Luke 10:17-21) He shared their joy. 5 Wednesday. even speaking up when appropriate?’ (1 Pet. The provision of having such men appointed is “with a view to the readjustment of the holy ones. 4:20-23) When you come to respect a friend. w10 1/15 3:4. or do I stand out as different? Do I always strive to fit in with my secular associates. weep with people who weep. If we are aglow with the spirit. —Eph. Do you believe that? w10 3/15 1: 13. the more you will produce “fine fruit. On the other hand. 14 Thursday. you likely try to learn from his example and good qualities. Paul’s counsel in this verse can be summed up in two words: Show empathy. In line with your wholehearted dedication to God. why not pray about the matter and seek spiritual strength through regular Bible study. Jesus himself “became overjoyed in the holy spirit. we wish to share his or her joy. you want to imitate Jesus to the best of your ability. 3:18. prayer. Jesus as King of the heavenly Kingdom is able to handle the matter in his time and way. between one serving God and one who has not served him. December 8 You people will again certainly see the distinction between a righteous one and a wicked one. December 7 Put on the new personality.” (Eph. 13:15. we should be sensitive to the pains and heartaches of our brothers and sisters. (Eph. Christ is using imperfect humans in the local congregation. our feelings of shared joy or compassion will be evident. This involves continuing to work at putting away the old personality and putting on the new. for the building up of the body of the Christ. you want to learn from Christ and imitate him. 12) Even if an imperfect human makes a mistake. When 70 disciples of Christ returned joyfully from a preaching campaign and related the good results of their work. If you see room for improvement.Tuesday. Often. Likewise. December 6 Rejoice with people who rejoice. w09 10/15 1:15. —Mal.” including “the fruit of lips which make public declaration to [God’s] name. and meeting attendance? The more God’s Word becomes a part of you. 4:24. we can bring much relief to fellow believers who are suffering emotional pain if we take the time to listen to them with a truly sympathetic ear. Jesus ‘wept with people who were weeping’ when his friend Lazarus died. 4:11. . Similarly. 7:17. —Rom. Heb. we do not want to appear self-righteous.

we do our best to conquer evil with good. 139:14-16) But once wickedness was introduced into the human family.” This will enable us to follow his further counsel to “endure under tribulation.” (John 3:16) Could God have shown his love for mankind in a more remarkable way than by sending his only-begotten Son to earth in order to ransom sinners? (John 15:13) This great demonstration of love also served as a pattern for humans.—Isa. During the past ten years. (1 Pet. That is an average of over 5.” (Acts 9:2) This expression was fitting because those who became followers of Christ adhered to a manner of life that centered on faith in Jesus Christ and on imitating his example. The fear-inspiring and wonderful way in which we are made bears witness to God’s love. 2:21) The disciple-making work has sped up in these last days and is now being done in over 230 lands. in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.—1 John 4:8. We should try to overcome opposition with acts of kindness. Ps. In addition to all this wise. How? The apostle John quotes Jesus as saying: “God loved the world so much that . 2:8. we need to keep our minds fixed on the future that Jehovah holds in store for us and to “rejoice in the hope” of everlasting life. (Gen.Friday.” Finally. 12:12. even as Jesus did. practical counsel.000 individuals every week! The decision to be baptized is based on love for God. It is also a demonstration of confidence that he will help us to serve him faithfully. w10 1/15 4:11 Sunday. December 9 Rejoice in the hope. w09 10/15 2:17. the apostle advises us to “persevere in prayer.—John 17: 25. more than 2. 18 he gave his only-begotten Son. Paul gives three admonitions. We should not retaliate in kind. Persevere in prayer. Baptism is a milestone in our life. and faith in what they teach. for it marks the beginning of an intimate relationship with Jehovah. 26. be it in heaven or on earth. The early disciples of Christ belonged to “The Way. 3 Saturday. 1: 29-31. we should endeavor to live peaceably with all men. Romans chapter 12 gives us abundant counsel on how we should react to opposition. Even when faced with outright hostility. Jehovah expressed his love in new ways. —Acts 19:23. Endure under tribulation. Jehovah also lovingly provided humans with a beautiful home containing everything necessar y for their happiness. 30:21. Since we could never do all these things without Jehovah’s help. 9. December 11 There arose no little disturbance concerning The Way. December 10 God is love. giving them the opportunity to reflect God’s self-sacrificing love in everyday life. w10 2/15 4:2. without violating Bible principles. knowledge of the Scriptures.—Rom. To the extent possible. remembering that vengeance belongs to Jehovah.700.000 people have made the decision to serve Jehovah and be baptized in symbol of their dedication to him.

“the fruitage of the spirit.’ (Ex. Joseph’s brothers dealt treacherously with Joseph. Joseph pardoned them. Of course. w10 1/15 2:6 Wednesday. what would be produced without the farmer’s hard work? (Prov. December 14 Humble yourselves in the eyes of Jehovah. 27) Unless we humbly apply that counsel. 5: 22. 24. and Jacob’s sons became a nation that had the privilege of bearing the name of Jehovah. For example. Jehovah is just as reasonable in what he expects of us. (Gen. Finally. for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart. . making peace will be difficult. w09 11/15 4:16. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. you are imitating the fine examples of the prophets. 1:10. 10. The Bible contains excellent counsel on resolving conflicts. we contribute to the unity and joy of the congregation. (Ps. 11:28. The other person may need time to sort out his feelings. December 12 A diligent inquiry and a careful search were made by the prophets.—1 Pet. 4:10. If our initial attempts to make peace seem unfruitful for some reason. 4:26. Yet.—Col. Moses felt inadequate when he was sent to speak to the Israelites and to the king of Egypt. 50:15-21) By maintaining peace with our brothers and sisters. without such he cannot expect any harvest. It was a long time before they faced him as prime minister of Egypt. 3:11. 7 not unreasonable in what he expected of Moses. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of being a servant of God. however. and speaking in his name. sunshine and water are necessary. you manifest godly qualities. 13-15) Since Moses accepted the help offered. Eph. But God was . Jehovah ‘taught him what to do. however. December 13 Come to me. living by his law. 23) You realize. . though. w10 3/15 2:6. 19 Tuesday. he experienced the joy of accomplishing God’s will. 18. (Matt.—Matt. As holy spirit operates upon you. 18:15-17. ‘Am I permitting holy spirit to produce its fruitage by working along with it?’ In order to come under the influence of the holy spirit. 29. we must read and meditate on God’s Word. 3:12-14. He understands our imperfect nature. 5:23.Monday. 4:1. So ask yourself. If you are doing that. how you cultivate the soil of your heart makes a difference in the quality and quantity of the fruitage of the holy spirit in you. Holy spirit is needed for us to manifest the fruitage of the spirit. 103:14) Serving God as a follower of Jesus is refreshing rather than overwhelming because such a life course benefits others and makes Jehovah’s heart glad. and he will exalt you. and he wants to help us. they had a change of heart and begged for forgiveness. . To illustrate: A farmer cultivates the land. We might compare holy spirit to sunshine. that this calls for effort on your part. 10:4) Yes. and I will refresh you. Waiting for the other person to show humility is not the solution when we too are holding the key of humility in our hand. You may have wondered if you will be able to do what Jehovah expects of you. —Jas.” (Gal. we should not give up hope.

which in reality attributes to the God of love the cruel traits of the Devil. December 15 Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive. so she asked the next Witness she met to show her that name in her Bible. We are likely aware of their imperfections. If certain aspects of the ministry—doing street witnessing. 7:31. What did she do to get the courage to speak up? “I prayed to Jehovah and asked for his spirit to help me. —Rom. When a fellow worker. know how to give good gifts to your children. France.Thursday. although being wicked. we should constantly pray for holy spirit. how can we personally live up to our unique name? For one thing. for this would be damaging to you. Indeed. 1 John 4:8. These men are app ointed by holy spirit under Christ’s direction. A way that all of us can prove that we are friends of Christ is by cooperating with the direction provided by congregation elders. the way we react to their authority directly influences our friendship with Christ. preaching informally. (Eph. 7 Friday. we should tactfully expose religious falsehoods that malign our Creator. disturbed by a report on mistreated children. 13:17. we may find it a challenge to obey the Bible-based direction given to us by the local elders. and this may distort our view of their counsel. She began to study the Bible and is now a faithful sister serving in another land. w10 2/15 1:6. w09 10/15 3:18 17-27) Are you proud to bear the name of your heavenly Father? Do you help others to come to know that holy name? A woman in Paris. that they may do this with joy and not with sighing. cried out. 10:13. When she read Psalm 83:18. such as the doctrine of hellfire. we can pray to Jehovah for his spirit and ask him to help us muster up the needed boldness. When we overlook the faults of the elders and joyfully follow their direction. to make that precious name manifest to all. Therefore. how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him! —Luke 11:13. the impact was profound. (1 Thess.—Heb. the Head of the congregation.” says Rosa. “What is this world coming to?” Rosa could not pass up such an opportunity to give a witness. As Jehovah’s Witnesses. we must faithfully bear witness to God. in imitation of Jesus. (Jer. The most direct way to receive God’s holy spirit is to ask for it. compare Mark 9: . 5:23) At times. Christ. 5:17) That is what a Christian woman named Rosa did. December 17 If you. She was able to give a fine witness and make a follow-up arrangement. heard that Jehovah’s Witnesses knew the name of God. w10 1/15 3:13. we prove our love for Christ. December 16 Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved. So be proud to bear God’s name and. Also. is pleased to use these imperfect men. Still. or working business territory—intimidate us. for they are keeping watch over your souls as those who will render an account. 14 Saturday.

(Eph. Although Jehovah permitted Israel to have a visible king. . Phil. 7:12. God’s active force can strengthen you whenever you feel weak and in need of help. (Matt. What you have to contend with may at times leave you feeling lost. 2:3. as if you were in a long tunnel of problems. 18) What a meaningful life a person can enjoy if he allows godly principles to guide his life! Think. 9 for his holy spirit.Sunday. you may still find it difficult to cope with daily challenges. (1 Tim.—Rom.” (2 Cor. he warned them that rule by a human king would come at a price. especially when that king proved unfaithful. but it is I whom they have rejected from being king over them. 6:12) Paul called God’s word “the sword of the spirit. December 19 May the God who gives hope fill you with all joy and peace by your believing. asking . 15:13. 4:710. “then I am powerful. That is especially a time for you to turn to Jehovah. 1 John 2:17. helping us to pursue a lifestyle that is consistent with that purpose. the Bible’s message can free people from spiritual bondage to Satan. Thus. but how can God bless those who do not submit to his way of ruling? —Ps. 12:10) Paul knew that God’s spirit can make up for human weaknesses. Even with helpful friends around you in the congregation. w10 1/15 5:8. Being ruled by a human king led to serious problems for Israel. December 20 Accept . 6 Monday. 8:9-18) History demonstrated the truth of Jehovah’s warning. —Eph. some politicians invoke God’s blessing on their efforts to achieve peace and security.” When presented effectively. too. 6:9) The Scriptures also foretell God’s purpose for the future. It is a sword that is saving lives instead of destroying them. that is. Israel demanded a visible. (1 Sam. Should we not strive to wield it skillfully? w10 2/15 2:5. With that example of Israel in mind. it is not surprising that throughout the ages.—1 Sam. Paul wrote that he could “take pleasure in weaknesses. Applying the principles found in God’s Word makes it possible for us to get along well with others. 6:33. regardless of their nature. December 18 It is not you whom they have rejected. 2:10-12. human king. True. You can experience the same feeling! w10 3/15 2:16 Tuesday. Through the prophet Samuel. 6:17.” wrote the apostle Paul. 4) With the road ahead figuratively well-lit. 8:7. that you may abound in hope with power of holy spirit.” It was when he was weak that he felt holy spirit operating on him. . “When I am weak. government in the hands of humans who do not know Jehovah has failed to bring permanent good results. (Matt. the sword of the spirit. Jehovah told Samuel to grant their request. God’s word. of what a powerful weapon the Bible is in our spiritual warfare. we are able to take into consideration the long-term effects of our decisions.

000 years. They need to understand the importance of sincerely saying “please. (Gen. of the p ain felt by God when Adam and Eve. (Ps. God must have been affected later when some other angels joined in the rebellion. children who are courteous. For some 6.—Prov. such as accidents. (Rom.—Isa. and sexual perversion. turned their backs .” “may I help you?. to answer the telephone.—Isa. so we must act continuously to protect ourselves from spiritual dangers. 3:1-10) Clearly. our association with the congregation helps us to b ecome wise. However. 6:5. Moreover. 13:20. bad things happen.” “you are welcome. December 23 Your father and your mother will rejoice.” “thank you. We seek the advice of the elders. (Prov. 54:17. w09 11/15 5: 16-18 Thursday. too.—Prov. 11. 41) The pain that Jehovah feels when his people reject him is certainly great. 8:38. show kindness to the elderly and sick. and upright will bring their parents joy and satisfaction. Think. The value of training our children to be well-mannered cannot be overestimated.” and “I am sorry. 3:23. They should be helped to understand why they ought to hold doors for people. December 21 Any weapon whatever that will be formed against you will have no success. criminals. And do we not benefit from the variety of qualities displayed by our Christian brothers and sisters? Indeed. mannerly. 15 on him. we should regularly take advantage of the guidance that Jehovah provides for us in our publications and at congregation meetings and assemblies. 5 Friday. 63:9. Just as we constantly have to protect ourselves from physical dangers.—Rom. Jehovah must have felt some disappointment when one of his spirit sons rebelled and became Satan. 78:40. Jehovah has observed acts of idolatry. he has heard despicable lies and blasphemies. 4: 10) We have no reason to doubt that Jehovah can protect us from anything that could cause us to lose his approval. 6. w09 12/15 2:4. (Jer. murder. Jehovah has the entire universe under his authority. 23:25. He lacks nothing and needs no one. and to eat a meal with others. They will be well-equipped to work with employers and coworkers. not to kill us. Since then. and Jehovah feels deeply distressed when they do. billions of their descendants have rejected Jehovah’s authority. 1 Pet.” The best way to train children to be courteous is by setting a good example. or infections. December 22 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Even God’s own true worshippers have on occasion hurt his feelings. w10 1/15 2:14. To get along well as adults. violence. but to separate us from our holy God. Hence. children will be able to make friends and will maintain peace with others. 39) He has protected the congregation from powerful religious and political enemies whose aim has usually been.Wednesday. young ones need to learn the proper way to greet visitors. 10. 12) Furthermore. the masterpieces of his physical creation. 23:24. Thus. and offer to help those carrying heavy packages.

(Acts 4:18-20) After being released. how do you react? Do you view the comments as an act of loving-kindness. How thrilling it must have been when that prayer was answered. 7 Sunday. 3:15) Jesus did not say that the wheat would become weeds. or do you take offense? w09 10/15 4: 17. prayer often includes pleas for help to serve Jehovah with courage. (Gen. w10 3/15 3:5. and in the sanctification of his holy name? (Matt.Saturday. 27:9) Is that how you view any counsel you receive from a friend? (Ps. those who are not our Christian brothers. 6:9. was old.—2 Pet.—Acts 4:24. (Col. 4:6. 10) They should. 39) In a literal sense. 13:38.” that is. So this illustration does not portray genuine Christians who fall away from the truth. if nonbelievers deserve respect when we speak to them. Rather. 22 be both gracious and forthright. December 24 They with one accord raised their voices to God. December 26 His enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat.’ those apostles courageously refused to quit. Prayer can also strengthen you to declare the good news boldly. w09 11/15 2:21. also the sweetness of one’s companion due to the counsel of the soul. it points to a deliberate effort on the part of Satan to corrupt the Christian congregation by introducing wicked people into it. This poisonous plant closely resembles wheat in its early stages before it reaches maturity. Do they reflect your keen interest in Jehovah’s Kingdom. Paul was specifically referring to the way we should talk to those “on the outside. 13:25.” (Prov. 18 Monday. this apostasy was clearly evident. 2: 1-3. Think about your own prayers. how much more so do our friends inside the congregation! Good friends value each other’s opinion. December 25 Let your utterance be always with graciousness. —Matt. so communication between them needs to . By the time that the last apostle. What a fitting picture of imitation Christians. When the Sanhedrin ordered Peter and John to stop ‘teaching upon the basis of Jesus’ name. Wise King Solomon wrote: “Oil and incense are what make the heart rejoice. for they were “filled with the holy spirit and were speaking the word of God with boldness”! (Acts 4:24-31) As a result. 1 John 2:18.” The weeds are described as “the sons of the wicked one. multitudes became worshippers of Jehovah.” (Matt. seasoned with salt. John.—Col. those who claim to be sons of the Kingdom but do not produce genuine fruitage! These hypocritical Christians who claim to be followers of Christ are really part of the “seed” of Satan the Devil. Jesus tells us that the enemy “is the Devil. the weeds that Jesus referred to were probably the bearded darnel. 141:5) If a friend expresses concern about some course of action that you are taking. Then all those present petitioned God for help in speaking his word with boldness. Because of persecution or other trials. in the doing of his will. 4:5) Surely. they told fellow believers what had happened.

and yet his commandments are not burdensome. 16 Wednesday. and we all stumble many times. 12:34. and shortcomings. By b eing “on fire with the Spirit. keep proving what you yourselves are. 55:7) Consider also this fact: Having been born as imperfect sinners. December 29 Consider the patience of our Lord as salvation. (Jas. we are moved to share knowledge of God with others as well as to observe all his other commands. —Matt. Our brothers around the globe persevere in observing God’s commandments despite facing apathy and outright rejection of the Kingdom message. 3:13.—Col. Doing that out of our heart’s abundance is an evidence that we observe God’s commandments with a pure motive. w10 1/15 4:15. 16 Kingdom. 17) Personally experiencing that heartwarming characteristic of Jehovah strengthens our love for him and encourages us to follow his example in our dealings with others. They do not let up in their efforts to accomplish their ministry fully. That is one reason we bear witness about his name and . Jehovah’s willingness to do so for thousands of years demonstrates that he possesses these marvelous qualities to a perfect degree. Jehovah’s qualities of patience and long-suffering would scarcely have come so prominently to the fore had it not become necessary for him to deal with human imperfections. How can we demonstrate our love of God in response to all that he has done for us? The inspired answer is significant: “This is what the love of God means. w09 12/15 4:7. We are all sinners. sins.—2 Cor. The Bible—An American Translation) What if we have lost our zeal for the ministry or our fervor for it is not what it used to be? Then an honest self-examination is in order. 8 Thursday. 3:2. (2 Tim. December 28 Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. that we observe his commandments.” (1 John 5:3) Yes. which benefits others.Tuesday. w10 2/15 1:14. 1 John 1:8. (Rom.—2 Pet. 4:5) Likewise. December 27 Keep testing whether you are in the faith. we are in a position to experience the profound joy we feel when God forgives us our errors. 13:5. and for that we should be most grateful. Ask yourself: ‘Am I still aglow with the spirit? Do I pray to Jehovah for his spirit? Do my prayers show that I rely upon him to do his will? Do they contain words of appreciation for the ministry entrusted to us? How are my personal study habits? How much time do I take to meditate on what I read and hear? How involved am I in congregation meetings?’ Reflecting on questions such as these can help you identify areas of weakness and take corrective measures. 51:5. 9.” we can demonstrate increased boldness in our houseto-house ministry and when witnessing informally. (Ps. 9) How grateful we should be that Jehovah is willing to forgive “in a large way”! (Isa. love of Jehovah God motivates us to observe his commandments. 3:15. 12:11.

December 31 [Paul] reasoned with them from the Scriptures. Using corroborative evidence can also ‘add persuasiveness to your lips. And what joy and satisfaction we experience because we have a place in the congregation! “Jehovah. (Acts 17:4) Like him. it may be necessary to do research and provide additional information. 20:5) Avoid being blunt. 26:8. Paul convincingly reasoned with others from the Scriptures.” (Ps. (Prov. Accepting this invitation was the best decision we ever made.Friday.—John 6:44. They should be supported by satisfying evidence. December 30 No man can come to me unless the Father. 12) The true God has a place for each of us in his organization. 16:23) At times. It is better to use one text well by explaining and illustrating the point than to read two or three scriptures in rapid succession. 17 Saturday. Jehovah has extended a personal invitation to us to be a part of his congregation today. Using heartfelt entreaty and sound logic. who sent me. w10 2/15 2:17 2011 S M T W T 3 4 10 11 17 18 24 25 31 JAN 2 9 16 23 30 S 1 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 26 27 28 29 F S MAY 1 8 15 22 29 M 2 9 16 23 30 T 3 10 17 24 31 W 4 11 18 25 T F S 5 6 7 12 13 14 19 20 21 26 27 28 SEP S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 FEB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 2 6 7 8 9 13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 27 28 29 30 3 4 5 10 11 12 17 18 19 24 25 26 31 JUN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 7 8 9 14 15 16 21 22 23 28 29 30 4 5 6 11 12 13 18 19 20 25 26 27 OCT 2 9 16 23 30 MAR JUL 3 4 5 6 10 11 12 13 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 31 1 2 3 AUG 7 8 9 10 14 15 16 17 21 22 23 24 28 29 30 31 NOV 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 APR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DEC . He also sang: “My own foot will certainly stand on a level place. among the congregated throngs I shall bless Jehovah. ‘Draw up’ what is in it by using kind questions that reflect personal interest in the individual.—Acts 17:2. Reason from the Scriptures in a way that is convincing. endeavor to reach the heart of your listener. Out of all the billions of people on the earth. Your statements should be solidly based on God’s Word.” said the psalmist.’ (Prov. It has given our life purpose and meaning. w09 11/15 3:16. I have loved the dwelling of your house. Jehovah has lovingly drawn each of his servants into a relationship with him. By continuing to follow theocratic direction and by staying busy in God’s service. we can keep our precious place in Jehovah’s arrangement. draws him. Present arguments in a clear and logical manner.

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