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  2. Sostar : Do you need passport to go to another country? Do you need identification from your country to show where you come from? This is worldly or secular stuff I was referring to. You cannot go out from this world - you need to comply with the law. You need to register a business. When you have people working for you - you need order and you need finance to support them... to buy food and pay electricity...for them. This is things I am talking about. I did not mean that we must be worldly in our personality.... so I think you were misunderstanding me.
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  4. War Memorials Removed Across America

    Thank you for bringing out that point. However, in some parts of USA that salient point will be completely ignored.
  5. These extreme answers are not spoken from wisdom but self-interest.
  6. Obviously you have never seen a real stoning! Not associating with someone cannot be compared to stoning - it is comparing a rock with a banana.
  7. What kind of Cosmetics can you use if you are TWO FACED?

    Pure guesswork follows, I admit, but it is educated guesswork. It could be wrong. But it could well be right, seeing that the reporter has shown herself either partial or inept. Any decent lawyer will raise objections at any trial. Some are sustained. Some are over-ruled. When overruled, the judge will say why, which invariably can be taken as a slap at that lawyer. A biased reporter, if she was one, could report that as the judge's 'exasperation' or sharp rebuke - implying that the lawyer really pushed her buttons, whereas in fact such retorts are routine. A vengeful reporter, if she was one, would surely report things this way. We should not assume that she isn't. In the field of politics today, many reporters are vengeful, for either one side or the other. Neither is. That is not even the nature of a tort case. One side is equating money with justice. The other side expelled a scoundrel (you have described expulsion as a fate worse than hellfire) once his deeds were known and presumably saw him jailed for a long long time, though that doesn't seem to have happened - but if it did not happen, it is clearly the legal system's screw-up, not ours. Unless there is some reason he should not be jailed, a reason not reported, and a reason that would alter everything.
  8. Portrait of Frederick W. Franz Approximately 36โ€x48โ€ Oil on canvas Patterson Educational Center Patterson, NY Artist: anonymous (not me) This portrait depicts brother F.W. Franz in his later years. He spoke several languages including Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English and Spanish, was a Bible scholar, had a sense of humor, sang opera, played the harmonica, was a member of the Governing Body and the fourth president of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. I had the privilege to sit at the head table at Bethel with him for morning worship and breakfast at Brooklyn for about 4 years and his office was on the 9th floor of the 25 Columbia Heights Building where I also worked. We crossed paths often as he gave a cheery greeting. He received his heavenly reward in 1992 at the age of 99. The painting is close to life size and is a true masterpiece of art. @edsalazarfineartใƒปใƒปใƒป #jw #brooklynbethel #edsalazarfineart
  9. The little one will become a thousand And the small one a mighty nation. I myself, Jehovah, will speed it up in its own time. - Isa 60:22 ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ† This is a galaxy that is moving at over 2 million mph. It's going so fast, that the gas is being pulled out of it because it can't keep up. ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ† Scientists don't know what force caused this galaxy to move so fast. We may not know exactly what force did this, but we know the source of the power behind that force. ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ† Jehovah. Driver of the celestial chariot that we, our congregations, circuits, zones, and even the governing body are so desperately trying to keep up with. ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ† May we be like the stars in that galaxy, keeping up with the chariot through regular meeting attendance, prayer, and talking to people about Jehovah whenever we can. We don't want to be like the gas, dragging behind. And just think. The force that will help us keep up with that chariot is the same force that can send galaxies flying. ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ†
  10. Deuteronomy 31:8 - Jehovah is the one marching before you, and he will continue with you. He will neither desert you nor abandon you. Do not be afraid or be terrified. Psalms 46:7,8 - Jehovah of armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our secure refuge. Come and witness the activities of Jehovah, How he has done astonishing things on the earth. (NWT) Please Visit: JW.Org. - TV.JW.Org.
  11. God is very approachable. Just as a loving father is glad to have his children speak freely with him, Jehovah God welcomes our prayers. At the same time, like any wise father, God has good reasons for not answering some requests. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป The apostle John explains: โ€œThis is the confidence that we have toward him, that, no matter what it is that we ask according to his will, he hears us.โ€ (1 John 5:14) ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป Our requests must be in harmony with Godโ€™s will. Some pray for things that are clearly not Godโ€™s will. Others pray with improper motives. The disciple James warns against such abuse of prayer, saying: โ€œYou do ask, and yet you do not receive, because you are asking for a wrong purpose, that you may expend it upon your cravings for sensual pleasure.โ€โ€”James 4:3. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป On the other hand, Jehovah will always listen to the sincere prayers of worshippers who are doing their best to serve him according to his will. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป The apostle Paul prayed for relief from what he called his โ€œthorn in the flesh.โ€ (2 Corinthians 12:7) This โ€œthornโ€ may refer to a chronic eye affliction or to the constant harassment of opposers and โ€œfalse brothers.โ€ (2 Corinthians 11:26; Galatians 4:14, 15) Paul wrote: โ€œI three times entreated the Lord that it might depart from me.โ€ However, God knew that if Paul continued preaching despite this nagging โ€œthorn in the flesh,โ€ it would clearly demonstrate Godโ€™s power and Paulโ€™s implicit trust in Him. So rather than grant Paulโ€™s request, God told him: โ€œMy power is being made perfect in weakness.โ€โ€”2 Corinthians 12:8, 9. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป Yes, God knows better than we do whether granting certain requests is in our best interests. Jehovah always responds for our good, in harmony with his loving purposes recorded in the Bible. jw.org
  12. excellent compare ! What in the world is a 'spiritual stoning?' Who is to say it is bad?
  13. The Holy Spirit

    Yes, I have no doubt that you really highly suspect that.
  14. The Holy Spirit

    Gone fishing, Iโ€™m sorry but I totally disagree, to claim that we cannot really know the meaning of anything writing after an author is dead regardless even of the context, is very poor logic. In the three passages you cite, the referent in each is a Person. <><
  15. JTR gives you, Anna, biblical answer :)) on non biblical question, hehehe. No hard feeling dear Anna, but what to do with such logic that are opposite to main purpose and expectations that JHVH have from the first day when he was threw first human from paradise. Do Work my son, do work. In paradise was the way of living not to do nothing hard, but smiling and giving names to animals, and eating and sleeping. Obviously some people today want to create paradise again. "You do work but i will not work - because you working already" :))))
  16. Witness' view of the GB

    Thanks for your ability to notice, to see, to understand and have good, accurate perception on WT GB manipulation they doing with the "help" of Bible, Jesus and JHVH. They made one explanation that suites to them for reason of "daily politics theme in regard to so called apostates" with two confusing verses that belong to so different time events and reasons of why it was told to Israel. In fact GB put JHVH and Jesus on opposite camps. Jesus said, who see me see father... i am not telling nothing that my father not telling...and similar". But here, for need to give lesson to JW members, WT GB followers, they said how OT words have more power than NT words. Despite the fact how that same JHVH prophesied that he will made New Law in Heart of people not on stone or paper. But no, GB stick with OT "stone heart" and not on NT "spirit heart" that is not bond to written law, regulations, paragraphs, rules ....... from human. You point very well on GB discrepancy. I will continue with comments on this part from WT magazine paragraph; .... "Jesus encouraged his followers to love their enemies, but God's Word also says to "hate what is bad." When a person persists in a way of badness after knowing what is right, when the bad becomes so ingrained that it is an inseparable part of his make-up..." 1 )Jesus IS GOD'S WORD :))) so this word BUT have no place in GB interpretation. 2) Second, they dare to put themselves as God. God is able to see in deep things of "heart and kidneys" , but here GB said that they know what is with person and made final judgement about "bad is ingrained" in person's heart with no hope to change. This is blasphemy, GB put themselves in Judge Throne and suggest that all average JW member have also the same right and power to analysed other people heart and make own judgement what would be future of that person. Idiotic premise. Tragedy and comedy in one
  17. Valley Township man cheats death after 75-foot tree falls where he was standing. Steve Olinick stands next to a 75-foot tree that fell suddenly on his property this week, crushing his sheds, lawn equipment, and camper. VALLEY TOWNSHIP >> What a difference a half-hour makes. On Tuesday, Steve Olinick, who lives on Lafayette Drive off Route 30 just outside of Coatesville, was working in his yard when he decided to call it quits and into the house about 6 p.m.A half-hour later, a huge, 75-foot tree fell in the exact spot Olinick was standing. โ€œI would have been dead, no doubt about it,โ€ Olinick said. โ€œLook at the size of that thing,โ€ he said, pointing to the tree.Olinick said there was no wind and no unusual weather. He was inside and he heard a loud, booming noise. โ€œI thought an airplane crashed because the airport is close to here,โ€ he said. โ€œIt was a loud bang, real loud.โ€ Not as lucky was some of his property. The tree crushed several sheds, a camper, and several lawn tractors. โ€œThose buildings are full of tools, fishing stuff and equipment, probably $30,000 worth of tools,โ€ he said. โ€œThey are crushed.โ€ Olinick said he is hoping his insurance company will pay for some of the cost of removal, which is likely to be several thousand dollars. โ€œIโ€™m just lucky,โ€ Olinick said. โ€œIโ€™m a Jehovahโ€™s Witness and I try to live a good life and be fair with everybody. But if I was out there a half-hour later, I would be dead.โ€ source
  18. Early Tesla Model 3 owners are beginning to see the vehicleโ€™s automatic parallel and perpendicular parking feature dubbed as โ€˜Autoparkโ€™ come to life in the latest software update. A Model 3 owner took to YouTube to demonstrate the vehicleโ€™s ability to identify a vacant parking space and then automatically park itself into the designated spot. While Teslaโ€™s Autopark feature isnโ€™t new and has been around since 2015 during the days of Autopilot 1.0 and Firmware 7.0, this is the first time weโ€™re seeing it activated on a Model 3. Owners were recently notified by Tesla that Parallel and Perpendicular Autopark would be enabled only after the vehicleโ€™s Autopilot hardware completed its recalibration. Very similar to Autopark on a Model S and Model X, a โ€œPโ€ icon appears on the Model 3โ€™s touchscreen whenever the vehicle becomes properly aligned for self-parking. Tapping on the โ€œStartโ€ button while shifting the vehicle into (R)everse will initiate the parking sequence. Itโ€™s worth noting that this process can be applied to both parallel and perpendicular parking situations. In addition to enabling Autopark through Model 3โ€™s latest software, Tesla is expected to roll out additional Autopilot features including Autosteer and automatic lane changing in next iterations of its over-the-air update. For now, letโ€™s watch this Model 3 squeeze itself into a tight parking space with laser precision. The post Tesla enables โ€˜Autoparkโ€™ on Model 3 after Autopilot calibration period appeared first on TESLARATI.com. Via
  19. Again the scriptures are used out of its context! You apply the scriptures to your own way of thinking! Israel had a literal building where they used to go and worship - it was part of the system - the pathway Jehovah chose for them to worship as a nation. The building would be destroyed in future to indicate that acceptance of worship at this place was not longer acceptable to God. Jesus fulfilled every aspect of the temple so it was redundant. Now we worship in spirit and truth - and we do not regard the kingdom halls as buildings needing veneration. They are put separate (holy) for worship of Jehovah through his son. I have never seen a JW put their face towards the USA and make the 'organization a place of worship. To speak of accomplishment is not worship. Most organizations in the world that are so very large are run by peopleCEOs who earn MILLIONS of dollars a year. The GB are doing it as a 'group' of simple men without worldly degrees and they get their plate of food and a roof over their head for that.... We were cautioned recently that we should not even ask to have a photo taken with one of the governing body. So they do not get worship but do a function - of organizing the preaching world-wide and feeding the flock. Yes, there are silly people who put them on a pedestal - but those are people who do not have the correct perspective on what the bible teaches..... they still have to grow spiritually. I bet you are not preaching every day - Jesus said 3 times to Peter - feed my sheep! If you are not doing this to the best of your ability you are only benefitting yourself and do not have a basic understanding of your Christian duties. You are also supposed to meet regularly. Where do you meet regularly? I have often thought about the fact that Satan can make it appear to people that they are anointed....... but when you watch these people ...... they are very self-centered..... and usually are a cause for division in the congregation.....In the end Jehovah is the judge. Satan has always used those whom he can manipulate and usually they feel they are more special than anyone else. Saul was humble - Jehovah chose him - but his office made him lose his humility. Since the most soft-spoken people can also be haughty - I reserve judgment...... but I believe that these are the ones who can do the most damage to the true Kingdom heirs. There are many indications of a 'governing body' when the congregation started in Jerusalem and spread throughout the Hellenistic world - which you deny in your words... because you do not acknowledge the GB. Paul went to testify in front of James and the brothers in Jerusalem and they made the final decision about the circumcision. This is an indication of humility on Paul's part because he did not make the decision himself but went up to the men who were appointed with the task. He did however, chastise Peter for his hypocrisy in front of others. How do you think the world-wide work should be organized at present to get uniformity? The prophecy in Matt 24:14 has to be fulfilled - do you not think so? One needs to have a branch registered in every country - by law. To say they are secular because they are legally registered is to throw the baby out with the bathwater. This is short-sighted thinking and putting yourself on high. These worldly rulers can and will (in future) destroy those registered offices very quickly if they want to - proof is in Russia! Does this mean that the brothers cannot go on without the GB? No they have been given the nourishment and knowledge by the GB to go on as a group of Jehovah's people - truly identified by their neutrality regarding world events. But I bet they long to hear encouragement from the world-wide brotherhood! You are quoting scriptures which indicate that these people in the time of the apostles were anointed and sealed. That is correct. A seal is a stamp of authenticity......which is obtained after the anointing and Jehovah will not seal anyone if they have not proved absolutely faithful. Jesus was speaking to those future anointed when he said: The ax is already lying at the root of the trees. Every tree, then, that does not produce fine fruit is to be cut down and thrown into the fire. The hate speech against the governing body on this forum is showing the fruits clearly. I do not fall for the deceitful "holiness" or "righteousness" I see here. Mr Rook: Your hope can be dashed to get the transcripts. You are setting yourself up for disappointment and then you will have a new rod to beat the GB with. As I said before - they do not have time for petty requests from every Tom Dick and Harry. They cannot follow through on every deviant request. Their responsibility is the spiritual food. Any case if you understand the structure of the Russian government you will know that the justice department is subject to the government. Not like in USA where it is independent..... and supposed to be unbiased. But what I have seen lately makes me think that the checks and balances are not as strong as they looked before in USA - the supreme court is highly politicized and prone to make 'party' decisions. Most Americans do not understand how other countries function. Russia is a totalitarian (oligarchy) government which controls everything. To think that a vestige of justice will be found there is ludicrous. They have killed off all their human rights lawyers and anyone talking against the regime in the past 13 years. Remember the Russian who was killed with plutonium - in London? Journalist who write about injustices are assassinated. It is a powerful thugocracy. Putin has filled his own coffers and those of his friends who are all rallying around him. Those who do not play the game are put in prison on trumped up charges and their wealth divided to friends. Again: The GB is not there to fulfill every personal request UNrelated to the preaching work with satisfactory 'service'.
  20. Figuratively ...after all ... denile is just a river in Egypt.
  21. What kind of Cosmetics can you use if you are TWO FACED?

    Same with World War Two ... but I am not exonerating either aggressors or defenders when they "will do what they have to do". BOTH SIDES in OUR court cases are supposed to be seeking JUSTICE. If WE are "allowed" to subvert Justice ... we CANNOT GRIPE because they do, too. If WE are "allowed" to subvert Justice to win .... we did not really win. Not really. We saved money but became moral losers. Saving a hundred million dollars is not "winning", if we had to subvert Justice to save the money. I suspect there was more accountability when dueling was legal.
  22. Seize the day!

    I love that expression "Seize the Day!" My wife and I used it as a morning goodbye when I used to drop her off at work every morning ( she retired last week...). We used the Latin Version "Carpe Diem". When I was an engineering contractor, my motto was "Carpe Per Diem" Everything comes to he who waits ... and hustles while he waits.
  23. Theocratic Pins

    (?) can you post a link?
  24. Why doesn't the Society translate and provide the Russian Court Transcripts for us?

    When did the Apostle Paul find time to be a tent maker, I mean ... him being an Apostle and all, and also a full time minister who was severely nearsighted, yet penned about a third or so of the New Testament ... and had hip problems?
  25. Why doesn't the Society translate and provide the Russian Court Transcripts for us?

    I was kidding about the SPF 5 Million sun tan lotion .... only. It was a joke about the loving, kind retribution I expect to get locally. As a matter of dealing with the WTB&TS and the GB ... and secular authorities over many, many years, I suspect the Russian Embassy will not cash the check but will send me an English Transcript of the Supreme Court decisions. It will probably take about two months. I suspect the Society will NOT send a transcript in ANY language, but will cash the check. From the Society, I suspect I will get a form letter thanking me for my contribution, and not mention me asking for the transcripts, in about three months, but the check will clear in about three weeks. All of this is based on historical experiences ... What will really happen I don't know ... of course.
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