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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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10-04-2014
by Philip Shields
(No Audio available; need some repairs. Use the notes) This day is the holiest and most solemn day in Judaism. But I ask, is the apprehension associated with this day really what the Bible teaches? It’s vital to get the truth about the meaning of this spectacular day and all that it points to. Some groups spend a lot of time talking about sin, what the human high priest did, or man-made traditions. Others focus on Satan on this day. In the New Covenant, and Hebrews 8-10 etc., our focus must be on our victory in Christ. We focus on the POINT of Lev 16, on our victory, our reconciliation, and on Yeshua (Jesus) who makes it all possible. To him be all glory.
09-25-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 5 secs
I preached this message about Yom Teruah, Feast of Trumpets, in 2013. The dates are different from 2014, but the message is timeless. This year, if you keep the rabbinic calendar, you’re keeping this holyday Sept 25. If you are basing it on seeing the moon in Jerusalem, you’ll likely be keeping it on Sabbath 9/27. Hear this message to learn the next steps leading up to the coming of Yeshua. Does the 7th trumpet sound on the Feast of Trumpets? You might be surprised. Do the saints hover over Jerusalem for a day or two and then land on the Mount of Olives? Learn all about the ram’s horn “shofar”/trumpet. What does it mean for us today? Why is it called a Memorial day? Why is it called “Yom Teruah” in scripture but Jews call it Rosh Hashanah? This and more… be sure to hear this sermon. And be checking the blogs too. I might have a brand new message this year 2014 also.
09-14-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Paul told Timothy that the House of God, the Temple, is the church – the called-out ones. In this message learn what responsibilities and opportunities it brings to be the dwelling place of God’s presence. Are our lives His House of Prayer? Being dedicated and consecrated for sacrifice, prayer and worship. Temples and threshing floors. When God’s temple needs cleansing. All this and more.
08-23-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Why do we “go to church services” or to the Feast? This sermon explores the word “worship”. What did that word mean in the original Hebrew and Greek? Does our concept of “worship” in English match what the original Hebrew and Greek referred to? What did Yeshua mean when he said we would worship God “in spirit and truth”? Do you and I really worship? We could be worshiping in vain, according to our Savior. Let’s worship correctly. This message explains how and why.
08-08-2014
by Philip Shields
Passage: Psalm 52:12
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
King David recorded his prayer of repentance for us and in Psalm 51:12 asks for “the joy of Your Salvation” to be restored to him, after he had killed Uriah and committed adultery with Uriah’s wife. Are you and I living in the sheer joy of our Father’s salvation? Why do so many of God’s children seem so dour and joyless about the Almighty’s salvation? What is robbing us of our joy of salvation? How do we get that joy in the first place, or have it restored – if we’ve lost it? Whose joy is it? But we all sin – so how can we have any joy of being saved? You’ll find all this and more keys in this latest message about experiencing the wonderful joy of our Creator’s salvation.
07-19-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 30 secs
We know Abba, our heavenly Father, is love personified. This sermon continues that theme (hear the previous sermon first) but now we focus on the question: when we sin, does God still love us? Or do we fall out of His love when we sin? Does God really not hear sinners? If not, how would they ever repent? Did Yeshua heal sinners? Can we come to God when we’ve failed to “measure up”? We hope this message gives you a lot to think about as we grow in our relationship with our Father and Savior.
06-21-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Most people would probably admit they think of Yeshua (Jesus) as the loving, kind, gentle part of the Godhead but that God the Father seems distant, harsh or unknowable. Learn the truth about Almighty God in the Highest who is also our dear heavenly Daddy – or Abba in Hebrew. Many of us had very imperfect human fathers and that may be affecting how we think of “God the Father”. Our prayer is that this sermon will help you begin to have great joy in Abba’s presence and begin to feel his love for you. God is love. He can’t stop being what He is. We love him because He first loved us. And perfect love casts out fear. Praise be to our Abba.
06-07-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 38 secs
Your eternity could rest on learning this topic well. It is more blessed to give than receive, but we’re also called to actively take hold of what our Father is sending us. Our Father is the greatest giver of all, but if we don’t learn to receive Him and His gifts, including the gift of His Son, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the dozens of other gifts he showers on us, we’re blocking His generosity and possibly even insulting Him. (Note: the last 3 minutes were cut off when my battery on the mic died. So please check the notes for the final page of what was cut off.) What are some of God’s “gifts” he wants us to receive? Why do some of us refuse to receive? How do we learn to become better at receiving the things from God?
05-18-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 15 secs
In the time between the first Passover and Pentecost, YHVH gushed water from the Rock after it was smitten. Forty years later, He does it again but this time Moses is told to SPEAK to the Rock. Why the difference? Why were Israel’s elders on the rock with Moses the first time, and not the second time? Why did Moses’ disbelief in this instance keep him from entering the Promised Land? And what does all this have to do with us today?
04-15-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
This message is not only about Yeshua's blood, but also about Father's love, whose idea it was to find a way to wash away ALL our sins in the blood of His Word, who became flesh - Yeshua (Jesus). You'll appreciate the crimson thread of the promise of the blood of Christ woven through scripture. You'll need the printed notes to see the diagrams, signs and photo as you hear the audio. I'm sorry I spoke so fast to get thru it all. See what the camp of Israel looked like from the air. Hear something intriguing about Golgotha. Be inspired by the "hidden-in-plain sight" message the pagan Pilate put over the head of our Messiah. . . and much, much more. Embrace Father's love. Receive our Savior's loving sacrifice, amen.
04-05-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
This 2-part sermon is to help us be mentally and spiritually ready to take the Passover service. We discuss the 2 sides of Passover: the incredible love of God as well as the incredible severity of God (Romans 11:22). Why does it take so much innocent blood to be shed in order to forgive sin? We explain. In Part 1 - we also introduce the beginning of "the crimson thread" throughout scripture pointing to the coming Messiah. For example, why did Isaac carry the wood to his own sacrifice? When was our Savior sacrificed - at least in God's mind? Also we go in depth into the many things our dear Father provides for us through the blood of His Son, the Christ (it's much, much more than just being forgiven of our sins). This sermon ends with us beginning to explore the nuances of Exodus 12. (To be continued in part 2).
03-05-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
This sermon will change your life and the number of dramatically answered prayers you receive - if you practice the keys revealed from scripture in this message. Learn the lesson of the 10 lepers, the fig tree, the key from the resurrection of Lazarus, what David said to Goliath, and so much more.
02-05-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 56 secs
Yeshua is coming as "King of kings" but it's going to be a new order of governance. Only with this vital quality will we be chosen as leaders in the world to come. Learn how Yeshua serves and how He wants to continue serving through you. Learn why there are 4 gospels. What are the hallmarks of balanced service? Are YOU building the track record of a servant? Who's the greatest servant in your household?
01-15-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
This brand new message is one of my most important ones I've ever done. After hearing it, you will feel profound joy and want to shout out praises to our High Priest and King for what He is doing. We go through key understandings from Hebrews and Exodus 28, the Priest chapter - but combine it with New Covenant understanding to bring glory to Yeshua, our High Priest. We also delve deeply into the profound concepts of being "in Him", which make the New Covenant possible. I highly recommend this study.
01-05-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 48 secs
This brand new message is one of my most important ones I've ever done. After hearing it, you will feel profound joy and want to shout out praises to our High Priest and King for what He is doing. We go through key understandings from Hebrews and Exodus 28, the Priest chapter - but combine it with New Covenant understanding to bring glory to Yeshua, our High Priest. We also delve deeply into the profound concepts of being "in Him", which make the New Covenant possible. I highly recommend this study.
12-15-2013
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 6 secs
When our beloved pet dies, will we ever see it again? Is it up in heaven, as some now believe? What is mankind? What is an animal? WHY does all this even matter? It matters a lot. Are animals and humans the same in God's eyes? And what's the place and future for man and animals in scripture? Are there animals in heaven? Does God care about animals? All this and much more...
12-05-2013
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 41 secs
It's Christmas season again. Most of you who come to this site realize Christmas has very pagan roots, long before Christ was born. But is it OK with God for us to observe Christmas with its pagan roots, as long as we do it unto Christ, and in our hearts know we're worshiping HIM, and not the pagan gods? Does it matter, in that case? What does YHVH say about that? What did Paul and Yeshua teach about that? And how should we deal with all the issues that come up in this season - the issue of gift giving, Christmas parties and so on.
11-05-2013
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 37 secs
Whether you're male or female being called by God, you need to hear this teaching. After hearing this message, we pray you'll profoundly appreciate more than you ever have before, your high calling to possibly be a part of the Bride of Christ. We answer: Does the Bible really mention a Bride for Christ? WHO is that Bride? Is it a group of people, or the city of Jerusalem, or both? Is it the nation of Israel or the church, or both? Will our Messiah have one wife, or several? Where is the wedding? How does Scripture describe the Bride? Are YOU confident about being the Bride of the Son of God? How do you think Christ feels about His Bride - and you? Where do Song of Solomon and Proverbs 31 fit in? You'll find all that and more in this message.
10-25-2013
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 20 secs
Are you really a true disciple of Christ? How would you find others? The Bible gives at least 7 identifying signs. Yeshua came to live and die for all mankind, of course - but he also came to prepare disciples. Disciples who would be just like Him and change the world. Learn how Christ continues calling and grooming disciples - and how to identify who they are - in this 21st century. (This is a completely new sermon, though I gave one with a similar title in June 2004.)
06-05-2013
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 2 secs
Why does Yehoweh allow even His own called-out children to go through so much pain and suffering? We are referring to mental anguish and suffering and not just physical pain. Why do so many suffer unhealed illness, or prolonged unemployment or year after year of unending physical pain? Why do so many innocent children also suffer, especially among the family of God? Abba is able to remove suffering - so why doesn't He do so, more often than He does? What's the final purpose, the point of prolonged pain and suffering? We hope this will be a life-changing message for you to bring you peace and joy even in your pain.
04-20-2013
by Philip Shields
This is the conclusion to Five women who were vital parts in the Messianic lineage of Yeshua, our king of Kings. The Davidic-Messianic line will indeed change the world. Glean some fascinating insights into each of these women and learn lessons that can change your life as well. (Note there are other sermons about and for women you can find in 2005 in the months of February, April and September 2005). Whether Gentile or Israelite, all of these women needed God’s grace – but all five women helped change the world.
04-15-2013
by Philip Shields
The Messiah changed the world. Only five women, (5 the number of grace) are listed by name or referred to, in Matthew’s lineage of Yeshua, our Savior. Why were these five chosen? And why were most of them Gentile? Why couldn’t five “pristine” women who were more ‘righteous’ be chosen? What role did each of these women play in the Royal family tree? Caution: this and the next sermon are fairly graphic, but nothing is said that the Bible doesn’t say. Hear/read about these women who changed the world and the lessons they bring to all of us.
03-16-2013
by Philip Shields
This message goes way beyond my blog about the "Hidden Leaven". Your home may be perfectly deleavened but could we be missing the biggest leaven still lurking in our more important house? Have you and I really deleavened 100%? Probably not. This heart-felt sermon is not the standard message about deleavening. Topics include: how we all protect and retain certain "leaven" in our lives; deleavening of the true leaven must be 100% or we're still leavened; who does the true deleavening; total absolute surrender of everything we are and have been - and much more.
12-15-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 43 secs
Could paganism be part of your worship without you even realizing it? Paganism has infiltrated our conversations, our language and our worship. Does it matter to Yehovah? If we know something we're involved in has pagan roots, isn't it OK as long as we "know in our hearts" that we're really worshiping the true God? What about Christmas? If we "keep Christ in Christmas", doesn't that make it OK? Read what Yehovah says. Find out.
12-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
I consider this to be one of the most important topics to understand in our lives as chosen children of YHVH. After we repent, accept Yeshua's sacrifice and have our sins forgiven, then what? How do we ever become righteous enough to be worthy of the Kingdom of God? Hear about the seldom discussed gift our Father offers us by faith that will see us to perfection at the resurrection. That and so much more are discussed.
10-25-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
God's final holyday after the seven-day feast of Tabernacles is simply called "the 8th Day" in Scripture. Jews call it "Shemini Atzeret" - which also points to 8th day. Hear how "8" points to new beginnings. So when correctly understood, the 8th day is not the Last Day of a feast now past, but the FIRST of everything that comes after the Millennium. Be excited about this day because ALL the holydays really point to this day - WHEN ALL things will be made new and when all humanity will be truly one with YHVH and one another. It's a day of massive resurrections including of your loved ones. It's a day of universe-sized changes and new creations. There's so much to be thrilled about in this exciting message.
09-15-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 56 secs
Yahweh made promises and covenant with Abraham and his children. Who are Abraham's children today? Can Yahweh also call Gentiles (non-Israelites by birth) "My people"? Why are there no gates in heavenly Jerusalem named after any Gentiles? Are Gentiles able to be part of the covenant with Abraham and Israel -- or does that depend on where you are born? Or has Yahweh rejected Israel in favor of Gentiles instead?
09-05-2012
by Philip Shields
WHO are the "children of God" and the real "children of Abraham"? Are Gentiles "2nd class citizens" of the Kingdom? How do Gentiles fit into all the promises made to Abraham and to Israel? Is YHVH the God of the Gentiles too, or just Israel? Are all Jews automatically part of the new covenant people of God? When, according to scripture, can a natural-born Jew not be a Jew? How does one become known as a "child of God" or a "son of Abraham"? You'll hear all this and more in this first of 2-part teaching.
08-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 7 secs
Please listen to Part 1 first. We cover: the importance of having godly marriages. Learn how the word for "man" and "woman" (ish, isha) in Hebrew word pictures tells us the hidden, embedded key to having God's glory give us amazing marriages. It's the key to all male-female relationships. The importance of ending the scourge of divorce and separation. Do we have to understand all the opposite sex -- or is it more specific? Is there a perfect model husband and man and the model woman? Enjoy and use this material to begin markedly improving your marriage and relationships.
07-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
The Battle of the sexes has gone on since the Garden of Eden. This 2 - part message is not just the traditional same approach. You'll find new insights as we explore the high destiny of man and woman and what Yah's ideal in the Garden was. We review women in the Bible. It was originally man who was told to "keep" their garden home. Find out what that means and how that applies today. Eve -- the "help-meet" for Adam: was she really to be the main "helper" in a home and marriage? Who else is our helper? We also explore the Hebrew "word pictures" within words like "Eden", helper, keep, and much more.
06-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 20 secs
Yahweh's Pentecost 2012 may be past now, but don't miss this teaching. If you ever feel like you're in a kind of wilderness, take heart from this message. Father often puts His children into a wilderness for His divine reasons and revelations. Find out more here in this Pentecost-related teaching. The wilderness you may be in may be for your good, by Yahweh's providence.
05-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 45 secs
The Feast of Pentecost/Shavuot is one of the divine appointments with Yahweh (Lev. 23:1-2). So much happened on this day. This teaching goes into many of the important aspects of this amazing feast day. Enjoy the message as you dig into the depths of this wonderful day. (Note: the first 6 minutes of the audio was not recorded properly, so it starts about 1-1/2 pages into the transcript.)
04-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 9 secs
How effective could we be as the Body of the Messiah, if more of us had powerful, effective, answered prayer - and less of us had "hindered prayer"? Discover 7 things God's Word tells us hinder prayer.
03-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Series: Prophecy
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 10 secs
Revelation 12 speaks of a place to which the Woman flees in the Wilderness. Is there a "Place of Safety" for Yahweh's children in the coming time of worst trouble the world will have ever seen? What has the Eternal done in the past and what does He say He'll do in the future to protect His family? Where could this "place" be? Does having a Place of Safety guarantee none of God's children will suffer severe persecution and martyrdom before the final years prior to Christ's return? Who will be in a Place of Safety?
02-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Series: Prophecy
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 24 secs
If the last message didn't persuade you, please hear this one. The Church says the world needs to repent. True. But how many times have we actually asked Yahweh to bring our nation to repentance and to be merciful to the church and nation? Many who came before us did, so why aren't we? Was Nineveh a "one off"? Why is there an "us vs. them" mentality? What will the end time Elijah's message be? Yahweh seeks someone praying "on behalf of the land". Will you? Can your country still come to repentance? Will you stand in the gap and pray?
01-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Series: Prophecy
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 28 secs
Preparing the last message - on being a Jonah or a Matthew - helped start this sermon. Philip gives clear signs if you're a Jonah or not. The books of Revelation, Daniel and the prophets have all been written. The time of great wrath is nearly here. Is it too late for our nation to repent? It's time we pray for that. I'll show you it's not too late for that. But where we start in our prayer is also all-important
12-16-2011
by Philip Shields
Series: Hebrew Roots
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 22 secs
Many sermons have been preached showing how our Savior is revealed to us in so many ways. He's sometimes "the Angel of Yahweh" ("of the LORD"). We can find Him depicted by the animal sacrifices, the Lamb, the temple and tabernacle furniture and so much more. In this message, I hope you'll delight to "find" our Yeshua in so many expressions we may just be reading right over. Enjoy, as we go looking for our Beloved Master and King as we come to know and recognize Him more and more in so many scriptures.
12-05-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 49 mins 28 secs
We usually just say "God" or "Christ" or "Jesus" when speaking about the Creator or Savior. This sermon explains the importance of having a closer identification with our God and Savior. People who don't know Yahweh often say "Oh my G--" when making an exclamation, breaking the 3rd commandment. But we of His people should be speaking of our Father and our God as "OUR" God and "OUR" - or MY - Father, my God, my Savior. The prophets and apostles did. Yeshua did. Making this one little change in the way you speak of Him will affect your relationship more than you might realize right now. This teaching explains why.
11-05-2011
by Jeff Niccum
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins 22 secs
Jeff Niccum, an elder in Spokane WA, explains the sequence of events as he understands them from scripture, leading up to the Messiah landing on the Mount of Olives. It will give you lots of food for thought.
10-15-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 22 secs
Our Messiah, Jesus the Christ (or Yeshua, as I prefer), cried out at the end of the Water Libation ceremony on the last day of the Feast. Which day was always called "the Great Day" and still is? In context, what was the meaning of His words? Who was it pointing to? Why were 70 bulls sacrificed? Why were the priests led by a flutist called "the Pierced One"? Learn how their Salvation (Yeshua) was "hiding in plain sight". John 7:37-39 is explained in context. Hear what is usually missed about this day and message.

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