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Shepherd Or Hireling?
by Sandy Simpson
This DVD is a message based on the article: "Shepherd Or Hireling?"

The Bible lays out the definitions of both an overseer (under shepherd) and a hireling.  John 10:11-13  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (KJV)  1 Tim. 3:1-3   Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. (NIV)  Titus 1:7-13  Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless-not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach-and that for the sake of dishonest gain. Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons." This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith. (NIV) A hireling does not really care about being a watchman, but is more concerned with protecting his reputation, position and income.  A true watchman will guard the flock against wolves from within (Acts 20:30) and without (Acts 20:29) no matter the cost to his reputation, position or income. Following is a little quiz you can take to see if you are a true Biblical under shepherd as a leader in your church, are becoming a hireling, or are one now. 

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NOTE: It was pointed out to me that at the end of the article "Is Pope Francis Laying The Groundwork For A One World Religion?" by Michael Snyder in the last newsletter the author apparently gives legitimacy to the prophecy that the next pope would be the last pope.  I want my readers to understand that I do not endorse prophecies made by adherents to the false apostate religion of Catholicism no matter how interesting they may be to speculate about.  This is because any prophecies emanating from the RCC may well mislead people because they cannot be true prophecies from God.


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When ALL RELIGIONS become one
by Mike Oppenheimer, 4/23/13 Let Us Reason


It's been stated there are only two religious systems in the world, though there are thousands of religions. The most popular system is that man makes his own way to God and does various works to please him, to be accepted by Him (or her, or it). The other way, the true way - That God came from heaven, became man, did the work for mankind that no other man could do and man needs to accept it and live by it.


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The Alpha Course: British Christianity's Biggest Success Story?
by The Berean Call, 4/17/13 The Berean Call


Too many of those produced by the Alpha Course do not have their anchor in a sufficient and authoritative Scripture.


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Overcoming Obstacles to Trusting in the Lord
by Maria Kneas, 4/21/13 LT Publishing

How can we increase our trust in God? One way is to identify some of the obstacles to trusting so that we can deal with them. We can ask God to: (1) make us aware when we fall into these ways of thinking or reacting, (2) deal with things in our hearts that are fertile ground for these hindrances, and (3) give us practical strategies, and grace, to overcome these problems.
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The Real Spiritual Warfare taking place
by Mike Oppenheimer, 4/23/13 Let Us Reason

The invisible world is not a separate supernatural realm, it is not a realm of evil spirits. It is the same dimension we live in except the spirits are invisible to us, both God's and Satan's angels use it. They (fallen angels) have influence on men's minds who are darkened by sin. They influence us in writing, in art, in education and especially in spiritual matters since this when people come closest to the truth. The warfare is not about finding what demon is doing what as modern teachers of spiritual warfare are tecahing, but it is found in the church just as the Bible warned it would be.


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