New Hope In The Lord
       International Ministries

Office Hours: M-F 9:30am-5:00pm
PO Box 418 Valhalla,
New York, USA 10595

brotherjoe@newhopeinthelord.com              Phone: (914) 948-4481

Newsletter

                                                                        November 2017
Dear Family,

I trust you are well in the Lord. The Father has wonderfully blessed us by sending His only Son to be our righteous Shepherd. In Jeremiah 23, the prophet speaks for the Lord against the unrighteous pastors. "Therefore, thus says the Lord God of Israel against the shepherds who feed my people: ‘You have scattered my flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings, says the Lord. But I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,' says the Lord. ‘Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord, ‘That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.'"

Righteousness in ancient Hebraic culture and thought meant "to follow the correct path" (God's path). "The ancient Hebrews were a nomadic people who traveled a circuit through the wilderness, following the same paths from pasture to pasture, campsite to campsite and watering hole to watering hole." "Anyone leaving this path could become lost and wander aimlessly" and would be seen as "one who ‘departed' from the path". "A righteous personis not one who lives a religiously pious life (the common interpretation of this word), but one who follows the correct path, the path (way) of God." (Quotes from www.ancient-hebrew.org/righteous.) David in Psalm 18:21-22 concurs with this definition, "The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God."

The pastors to whom Jeremiah was referring, were causing the sheep to scatter (because they were not walking in God's path). They did not attend to the sheep. God in contrast raised up His righteous Branch, His Son, to faithfully attend to His sheep. We are the the sheep of His pasture and He is our Shepherd. The Lord is the great Shepherd of His sheep. The word "attend" according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary means to be present at, to pay attention to, to look after, to take charge of, to go or stay with. Wow! Do we matter to Him or what?!!! Yes we do, Jesus is our Good Shepherd. In John 10:11, Jesus said, "I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep."

What a sacrifice! He died on the cross, so we could be restored to a right relationship with Him, His Father, and the Holy Spirit; so the triune God could have a family. Paul amplifies this in 2 Corinthians 8:9, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich" (rich in relationships and fellowship attending to others diligently). Jesus is faithfully watching over us and continually praying for us. In Hebrews 7:25, it is written: "Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."

Recently, Rev. Joseph has been ministering on Ps. 119:11, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee." He asked the Lord to show him, what was the sin, if the word was not hid in one's heart? The Holy Spirit showed him that it was the sin of doubt, fear and unbelief, (the very opposite of the path the Lord wants us to walk in, which is trust, love and faith) . Being in the Word, fellowshipping with the Father and other believers, trusting Jesus as our good Shepherd and the Holy Spirit as our guide will help us to walk in that righteous path. Rev. Joseph, myself and our New Hope staff members wish you and your family a joyous Thanksgiving. May we remember every day what Jesus did for us at Calvary.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support of "New Hope in The Lord".
Serving Our King Together,
Rev. Benjamin