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So glad to have you all come and visit our FREE website, where we have over 125 sermons and lots of short articles or blogs (see LOTR Blogs).   Brothers and sisters from 70 countries come to this site.  Welcome to all of you.  Many of you visit us from China, Russia, the Philippines, the UK, Italy, France, Canada, Australia and of course, the USA and dozens of other countries.  Don’t keep us a secret. Tell your friends.  We worship our dear Father (whom I often call Abba), God Most High and His Son – Yeshua the Messiah, more commonly known as Jesus Christ.  We keep the sabbath and live by faith in His grace, as He transforms our lives in the Messiah through the Holy Spirit.

Let’s look ahead at our great and high calling. We don’t want to look back.  Let’s come together and each do our part in the body of Christ. Feel free to contact me. 

--Your brother in our Savior,  Philip.  

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10-10-2011
by Philip Shields
Series: Hebrew Roots
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
Names are important. The living God's personal name is important as well, according to Him in His own word. All we ask is that you hear Parts 1-2 to the end, and then decide what you believe on this issue. Is there a restoration work of an end-time Elijah? What one name did our fathers most often use when addressing their Creator in prayer? Read and hear their recorded prayers. Is "God" His name, or what He is? A close look at the 3rd commandment. Shouldn't we just call him "Father"? Is that His name? More on the question of is Yahweh just the Father - or Father and Son? See the prophecies of Gentiles and all the world worshiping His name soon. Hallelu Yah!
10-02-2011
by Philip Shields
Series: Hebrew Roots
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 35 secs
Satan has deceived the whole world, so is it possible he's also deceived us on the Creator's name? Does God's name even matter? Does God even have a personal name, or does He have so many names you can take your pick from many to choose from? This sermon will challenge you, regardless of the side you start on. I just pray you will hear it to the end. Do we translate God's name and use that? Have we changed His word against His clear command not to?
09-02-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 39 secs
Without being a partaker of God's own holiness we won't see God (Heb. 12:10, 14). There are many misconceptions about holiness. What does "holy" mean? Why is it important? Whose holiness counts? How does one become holy? Were there more than one messiah? Can someone unconverted be holy? Is God still filling His temple on earth with His glory? What's the meaning of the two kingdoms at war in Rebekah and what that means for us? Why Samson lost his strength when he broke one Nazirite vow but not when he broke the other Nazirite vows. Guarding and cherishing the holiness we've been given is the focus of the last third of the sermon.
07-02-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 28 secs
Though Jesus himself said "the poor you have with you always", the Eternal God has a plan that if followed, would result - in his own words - with nobody being poor. Listen to Father's loving words on how He views the poor. We also discuss "third tithe" briefly. Father provides clear opportunities for us to help the needy. How would you like to lend to God? Hear what He promises, when we help poor folks. This is not a "redistribution of wealth" sermon imposed by big government - but a sermon about what God in heaven says He will do for us if we follow His directions, especially when it comes to poor people.
05-02-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
There's a fantastic meaning to the last day of Unleavened B read. It has everything to do with spiritual victory ending in the righteousness of God and being created in the image of God. But as usual, there are many more poignant meanings for this day. We cover a lot, including putting out our Ishmael human efforts to produce God's work vs. faith/Isaac work of God. Eve/Adam and the spiritual bride of Christ. A lot is covered in a short time, so print a transcript first and listen to the message with a transcript.
04-22-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 11 secs
(From March, 2009) We present fresh material and review what is commonly known, about the footwashing, broken matzah and red wine and how these depict our relationship with Jesus and the first step of God's plan of salvation. Also: the Jewish Seder, why the 15th is called "the Night to be Much Observed", why 4 cups of wine at the Seder and why Jesus did not drink the 4th cup. Meaning of "The Cup"; the engagement to Christ; Cana's significance, and more!
04-19-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins 52 secs
(From March, 2009) By sundown of Passover day we may have our homes deleavened - but could we have missed the most important leavening still in our homes? Could we be entering the Feast of Unleavened Bread full of leavening? This is a timely and important topic about the most important deleavening we can do before the Passover.
04-17-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 52 secs
(From March, 2009) One of my favorite heart-felt messages, delivered to a live audience in CA in 1989 but as current as ever. Use this as part of a pre-baptism or pre-Passover examination of how far we have truly overcome or changed since God called us. We explain how we do what we do because of what we are. We have to acknowledge what we are, repent and have God give us His new nature before real and permanent change occurs. Why does this make any difference? Repentance will take on a much more personal and much deeper meaning after this message.
04-10-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 42 secs
(From March, 2009) A helpful message for anyone contemplating baptism or wishing to review and recommit before Passover. Baptism is so much more than a ritual we go through. Why do we immerse people? How many types of baptisms are there? Also: "baptism of fire" and how that differs from the baptism of the Holy Spirit, overview of repentance, counting the cost, the Jewish mikvahs, who should baptize, and into what name are we baptized and much more.
03-05-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 46 secs
We examine many scriptures showing God regards sins of knowledge (knowing what we're doing is wrong) far more seriously than sins of ignorance, or unintentional sins. A good Pre-Passover examination. We discuss: how often in fact we sin with full knowledge of what we're doing; how to put the real leaven of sin out of our lives. Really overcoming sin, really changing. "Casual sin", sins done in defiance. We hope Passover means more after this message.
02-05-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 50 secs
You may realize that the Holy Spirit is called a "parakletos" four times in scripture. Plus, Jesus is called our "Advocate" in 1 John 2:1, which is also from the word "parakletos." But how about you and me? Be motivated, inspired and moved as you hear how we are also called to be a parakletos, if we are part of the body of Christ.
02-05-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 27 secs
It seems with everything going on that a lot of people - once again - are saying we must be in the last 7-8 years before the Messiah lands on the Mt. of Olives. This sermon analyzes that sentiment, reviews the ancient history of the animosity between Israel and the Arab community, what our priorities should be, and what a good watchman is doing, and more.
01-05-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 50 secs
"My beloved son/daughter- in whom I am well pleased". Do you think that would ever be said of you or me? Can we ever really please perfect Yahweh? Or is He a hard-to-please Father? We hope you'll feel encouraged as you hear how God's children make it their aim to please Him, and how they accomplish that goal.
12-15-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 35 secs
Last time I discussed - the forgotten gift - God's righteousness imputed to His children by faith. How do we live in that righteousness? How do we evidence the fruit of His life in us? I discuss the implications of being part of His perfect body; how you and I must witness to His resurrection, even almost 2,000 years after the fact.
11-15-2010
by Philip Shields
This is one of the most important messages I've ever given. We all know about God's grace and receiving His forgiveness for our sins. But then what? Going forward, even WITH God's Spirit, will we be judged by our righteousness? Even with the Holy Spirit, Paul said HE kept failing (Romans7). What's the answer? We must be righteous, for the unrighteous won't be in the kingdom of God. But whose righteousness alone is good enough for the kingdom? God offers a gift many believers have not fully received. Experience the joy of His salvation that comes when we truly understand this great gift - while avoiding the two ditches: the ditch of legalism or the ditch of license to disobey Yahweh's ways.
10-15-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
We see environmental extremes: corporations exploiting God's creation-and then others practically worshiping the earth and its creatures. As a child of the Eternal God, what are our responsibilities to God's earth, the environment and to His creation? What does Yahweh have to say about animals, land, seas and rivers, and His earth? We pray this message will make the rounds among children of God and help us all be better stewards over His creation without going to the extremes of some environmental activists. We end with tips on what we can be doing now.
10-05-2010
by Jeff Niccum
Series: Prophecy
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 44 secs
God exists in eternity. There was nothing but the spirit dimension prior to the physical creation. Will the physical creation last forever, or will the reality of the universe revert back to only the spirit dimension? Is the physical creation the means to an end - and if so, what end? Based on clues from scripture, this message is a thought-provoking and fun hypothesis to ponder. This message also includes an intriguing analysis of the new Jerusalem. Enjoy. (Philip's note: This message is from Jeff Niccum, a friend and elder in WA state. From time to time, I'll try to add other messages for a change of pace.)
08-15-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 54 secs
Most people set their hearts on something or someone. Have you thought about what, or who, your life is set on? Have you ever "reset" what which you've set your life on? Are our hearts set on the right One and the right end result? Why is this important? What does scripture say about setting ourselves, and setting our hearts? Individually and as children of the Highest, it's time to set or reset ourselves to do and to be what we've been called to do and to be.
08-10-2010
by Philip Shields
Series: Prayer
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins
Why pray? This summer, how much have we been praying? This message is tailor made for anyone who has been letting solid prayer slide lately. If you need some motivation to pray more diligently, listen to this heart-felt message as Philip discusses seven reasons to pray. One or two of the reasons may be new concepts for many. Understanding why we pray helps one be more motivated to be praying regularly, effectively and frequently.
06-10-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 17 secs
What was the first thing said about those assembled on Pentecost in Acts 2:1? They were together, in one accord. That is the theme of this message today: the body of Christ is to be one, together, working to the Eternal God's glory in one accord. We are not one today. The Holy Spirit wants us together, working together in love and harmony. It is God's stated will, and it will happen. Be a part of the One Body in truth, in fact, in deed and in heart. We discuss HOW and WHO in this message.
04-10-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 28 mins 21 secs
This touching account about Barabbas will change how you read that story forever, especially in the Passover season. Don't miss the teaching imbedded in a story so personal, and involving each of us so much, that all four gospels include it. Only 27 minutes long.
04-03-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
It's inspiring to see how perfectly Yeshua the Messiah fulfilled to the tiniest detail, the picture shown by the Passover lamb. This message shows how God's holydays actually rehearse future events in precise detail, down to the exact minute. What happened on the 10th of the month in Jesus' life? What exact words were sung at His last Passover? Did Yeshua help His Father deleaven? This and more.
03-25-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 11 secs
We present fresh material and review what is commonly known, about the footwashing, broken matzah and red wine and how these depict our relationship with Jesus and the first step of God's plan of salvation. Also: the Jewish Seder, why the 15th is called "the Night to be Much Observed", why 4 cups of wine at the Seder and why Jesus did not drink the 4th cup. Meaning of "The Cup"; the engagement to Christ; Cana's significance, and more!
03-22-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins 52 secs
By sundown of Passover day we may have our homes deleavened - but could we have missed the most important leavening still in our homes? Could we be entering the Feast of Unleavened Bread full of leavening? This is a timely and important topic about the most important deleavening we can do before the Passover.
03-19-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 52 secs
One of my favorite heart-felt messages, delivered to a live audience in CA in 1989 but as current as ever. Use this as part of a pre-baptism or pre-Passover examination of how far we have truly overcome or changed since God called us. We explain how we do what we do because of what we are. We have to acknowledge what we are, repent and have God give us His new nature before real and permanent change occurs. Why does this make any difference? Repentance will take on a much more personal and much deeper meaning after this message.
03-15-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 42 secs
A helpful message for anyone contemplating baptism or wishing to review and recommit before Passover. Baptism is so much more than a ritual we go through. Why do we immerse people? How many types of baptisms are there? Also: "baptism of fire" and how that differs from the baptism of the Holy Spirit, overview of repentance, counting the cost, the Jewish mikvahs, who should baptize, and into what name are we baptized and much more.
03-05-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 11 secs
We present fresh material and review what is commonly known, about the footwashing, broken matzah and red wine and how these depict our relationship with Jesus and the first step of God's plan of salvation. Also: the Jewish Seder, why the 15th is called "the Night to be Much Observed", why 4 cups of wine at the Seder and why Jesus did not drink the 4th cup. Meaning of "The Cup"; the engagement to Christ; Cana's significance, and more!
02-15-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 35 secs
One Flock is on the way. Today: Yahweh reveals how each of us is either helping or hurting His desire for us to be one body. Steps each of us can take to encourage oneness through His Spirit. Ezekiel 34 and what God says to ministers and brethren alike, and the role each of us plays in oneness or division. I reveal whom God will use to bring us together finally as one family, one body and one flock.
02-05-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 20 secs
Is it God's will that His Church be divided and splintered? Who is really behind the schisms? Who caused the splintering? What condition is the Body of Christ in right now? How will the Body end up as one Bride - and how will Christ do it? Can we ever be one family working together in this era? What first step can each of us start doing to promote healing and oneness of the Body? Christ will marry only one Bride - who is one.
01-05-2010
by Philip Shields
It's time. This is an urgent message to help the Bride be ONE Bride. It's time for God's children to cross organizational church lines and talk to one another. It's time for the Bride to be ready, as One wife, one body, one Flock. Learn how our Chief Shepherd looks for His lost and forsaken sheep - and how members of His Body are doing the same thing, right now. We explore John 9, John 10 and Jer. 23. We also cover how far to follow a human leader who was called by God. This message will also help you appreciate your brothers and sisters "over there" far more. Learn what to do to promote this oneness in the Body.
12-05-2009
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 6 secs
Whatever happened to the concept that the Body of Christ is One? Today: Why the Fast of Dec 19. What Scripture says the Body is, and how one becomes a member of that Body. How and when might true oneness come? Can we, should we, go back to one organization, under one "umbrella"? Steps we can take to start encouraging "oneness" in the Body. Whom we belong to, whom we follow. Handling heresy or even doctrinal disagreements while remaining one Body.
11-05-2009
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 16 secs
Is the Body of Christ living like the One Body that scripture describes? If not, why is that happening? Were we one at the Feast of Tabernacles? What happened to the unity we had in the 1960's? Was even that a true picture of the oneness we are to have? What can we do to beseech God to help us become more one with Him and with His body, the church? Is being perfectly One Body God's will?
09-05-2009
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 9 secs
The Eternal God is our healer. So why aren't we seeing more dramatic healings, more consistently and frequently than we are? In this concluding sermon, we examine if the days of healing are over, the role of faith and obedience, physicians, spiritual vs physical healing, who causes illness and disease. We also cover: can Satan make you sick? We conclude with 3 steps the church can take to improve the likelihood of seeing more dramatic and frequent healings.
08-05-2009
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 39 secs
God still heals, but why aren't we seeing more dramatic healings than we are? There are very real reasons we reveal in this 2-part series why and when God says He heals. We also cover many other points on healing that will get you thinking along fresh lines. If you want to see more healings in the church, you will want to hear these messages.
06-15-2009
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 58 secs
Is the gift of tongues a dead gift - or one we will yet see in great use as doors open for preaching the gospel around the world? What are signs of genuine speaking in tongues vs the counterfeits? Are the Pentecostal and charismatic tongues movement the real thing - or not? We'll review examples in the Old Testament. How would you know you have received God's Holy Spirit? The answer may surprise you. How does speaking in tongues rank among God's gifts? What rules did the Eternal God lay down for when genuinely speaking in other languages? You'll learn this and more as we dive into this vital topic.
06-05-2009
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 26 secs
Scores of millions claim to "speak in tongues". This will not be a traditional explanation for or against speaking in tongues. I compare what scripture says on the subject with the teachings of both camps - those for and those against, speaking in tongues. We'll examine meaning of "tongue", types of tongues described in the Bible, and issues relevant to both sides of the issue. What are "tongues of angels"? Is there a language of prayer? What languages or tongues are being described? In this part 1, you'll be left with much to ponder on this fascinating topic.
05-15-2009
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 32 secs
We'll cover a lot: The active, daily counting of the Omer up to Pentecost. "Feasts" or Divine Appointments? Many examples to illustrate God's holydays are "dress rehearsals" of important future events. Events leading to Pentecost. Sheaf or container of flour? The first Pentecost and wedding supper with the Eternal God in the Old Testament. Important details about the Feast of Weeks. You will probably see Pentecost in new light after this sermon.
05-05-2009
by Philip Shields
Series: Prophecy
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 43 secs
Are preparations underway behind the scenes for a 3rd Temple to be built in Jerusalem? You'll be amazed as I share insights and first hand reports from our recent trip to Israel. I discuss why it won't be easy even just to resume sacrifices without a temple. What we cover in this fast paced sermon will amaze you.
03-15-2009
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 15 secs
We examine keeping Passover "in a worthy manner". We must face and overcome sin. We look at "sins of ignorance" versus intentional or defiant sins. Scripture has strong warnings especially about sin not done in ignorance. Recognizing the Body, lest we take Passover unworthily and bring condemnation on ourselves. Take the Passover after careful examination, fully prepared and in a worthy manner.
03-05-2009
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 53 secs
The real answer to the question of "who, to you, is the 'least of these My brethren'", will stagger you when you understand it in its fullness. How we respond to this knowledge will affect tremendously what our Master says to each of us when we meet face to face. It will also affect our eternity. There's also the reminder of how this topic figures in to the Passover foot-washing.

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