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  2. CAN WE SPOT A LOST SHEEP ?......

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  4. My wife and I are planning to see the movie "DUNKIRK" this weekend, and I have seen "Saving Private Ryan", and "Schindler's List", all very violent war movies, and in my opinion very IMPORTANT movies to see. The list of incredibly important movies could fill a notebook. I could probably list 10 off the top of my head .. some important for very different reasons. "The Notebook" comes to mind. Some, merely cultural icons, like the entire STAR WARS and STAR TREK franchises, etc. What has been your actual experience about what kinds of movies the Brotherhood actually sees ?
  5. Thank you, dear sister Annie Yes, thats true, we all have this BIG hope, THE BEST TIME IS STILL COMING.... Lets stay firm and loyal in the TRUTH then we have the chance, Jehovah will awake us, by longer waiting - And in the need, we can driving comfy in the Paradise -Train >>>>>>>>> My best wishes to you from Germany !
  6. What a wonderful story and such a wonderful hope this young sister had ,something for us all to keep in mind
  7. Territory claimed by Spain and Portugal due to Treaties of Tordesillas and Zaragoza. World News
  8. Territory claimed by Spain and Portugal due to Treaties of Tordesillas and Zaragoza. World News
  9. The French government was unsuccessful at taxing the JW's out of existence... so they funded anti-religious fervor in Russia. I wonder if the Catholic Church in France wielded any influence on the French government to make this NGO fund a Russian ban? The French recently also went after Scientology if I remember correctly. Interesting to see "France"... with it's "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite" fund exactly the opposite.
  10. Pioneer textbook & references -

    Does anyone have the 2014 fully accomplish your ministry pioneer textbook electronic version and the accompanying references as well to send me. I go to m pioneer school in 2 weeks. Hoping some good sis or Bro can help me. Agape' Sis Diana M.
  11. The Russian Supreme Court’s July 17 ban on the Jehovah’s Witnesses was the result of a decades long conspiracy funded by the French government, blessed by the Russian Orthodox Church, and sanctioned by the Putin administration. A French NGO — fully-funded by the French government with the aim of combatting religious minorities — partnered with the Putin administration and the Russian Orthodox Church to label non-Orthodox religions in Russia as extremist groups and eliminate them. The latest phase of that plan first garnered international attention with Russian authorities’ arrest of a Danish citizen. The Arrest of Dennis Christensen The May 25 arrest of Danish citizen Dennis Christensen in Russia thrust the plight of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) into the global spotlight. Russian authorities arrested Christensen, along with 15 other Jehovah’s Witness members, during a raid on a JW compound while the members within were engaged in a Bible study. The raid was conducted after the the Russian Supreme Court banned the JWs in Russia on April 20, and labeled them an extremist organization. Christensen appealed his pre-trial incarceration, but a Russian court denied his appeal June 21. Parallel to Christensen’s court hearings was the legal battle of the entire Russian JW organization. The JWs appealed the April 20 ruling to the Russian Supreme Court, which ruled against them and upheld the ban against them July 17. Christensen faces up to 10 years imprisonment on the charge of organizing an illegal religious activity, since the Bible study took place after the initial banning of the JWs on April 20. The Russian Supreme Court’s April 20 ruling against the JWs upheld the Russian Justice Ministry’s decision that added the group in May to a list of organizations officially banned for extremist activities. But why did the Justice Ministry have Christensen, a peaceful man honored by Russian authorities for outstanding community service, arrested? Why did the Justice Ministry add the JWs, who are avowed pacifists and eschew political activity, to a list of banned extremist organizations? The French Connection The Justice Ministry made its decision based on counsel from the Ministry’s Expert Council for Conducting State Religious-Studies Expert Analysis. The Expert Council’s purpose is to investigate religions that deviate from Russian Orthodox teaching and to recommend actions against those religions to the state. The Expert Council is headed by Aleksander Dvorkin, vice president of the Russian branch of FECRIS. FECRIS, the European Federation of Research and Information Centers on Sectarianism, is a French NGO dedicated “according to its bylaws, to identify as a sect/cult or a guru the organization or the individual which misuses beliefs and behavioral techniques for his own benefit,'” according to the Coordination of Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience (CAIFC). The UN and the Council of Europe recognize FECRIS as an NGO, despite the fact that the department of the French prime minister supplies 100 percent of the organization’s funding, according to CAIFC. “How can a Prime Minister declare that there is no legal definition of a sect/ cult in France and at the same time finance at the level of 100% a NON-GOVERNMENTAL association whose objective is to point at ‘sects/cults'” the statement from CAIFC reads. FECRIS in Russia CAIFC also noted the partnership of FECRIS, and Dvorkin, with the Russian Orthodox Church in the campaign in Russia against religious minorities like the JWs. “If the action of FECRIS is not religious and claims to be neutral in this regard, how can it explain that an organization registered in a secular state – France – is massively financed with the money of all French tax-payers, while its vice-president, Alexander Dvorkin, a Russian citizen is blessed and financed by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church for its anti-sect activities,” CAIFC’s statement added. “This same Russian Orthodox Church which, along with Putin, has been persecuting religious minorities for years in Russia.” FECRIS’ campaign against the Russian JWs had been going on for years before Christensen’s arrest. A FECRIS associate organization partnered with the Russian Orthodox Church, the Committee for the Salvation of Youth from Totalitarian Cults, filed the first legal complaint against the JWs of Moscow in 1995, according to a study of FECRIS published in the Journal for the Study of Beliefs and Worldviews (JSBW). The initial complaint was dismissed, but the committee refiled their complaint against the JWs in Moscow four times, until Russian authorities agreed to launch an investigation in 1998. A Moscow district court upheld the complaint against the JWs in 2004 after a prolonged legal battle, and ordered a permanent ban against the Moscow community of JWs. Several suits todisperse individual JW communities were filed in other cities as well, despite the European Court of Human Rights ruling in 2010 that the ban on the Moscow JWs violated Russian law. The Russian Supreme Court’s latest ruling made the ban on JWs nationwide. Aleksander Dvorkin Dvorkin is not only the vice president of FECRIS, but also the director of FECRIS’ member organization in Russia, the St. Irenaeus of Lyons Religious Studies Research Centre, which is partnered with the Russian Orthodox Church. Dvorkin’s campaign through FECRIS against the JWs in Russia attacked them on both the legal and the social front. Violence against the JWS, including arson and assault, was linked to several comments by Dvorkin encouraging public suspicion and action against the religious group and others according to JSBW’s study. “Their adepts recruit failed university enrollees, and people on vacation as well; they have a wide range of psychological influence, especially on the unstable minds of adolescents and youths,” Dvorkin said of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Hare Krishna sect. Dvorkin encouraged the public to “take part in the fight against sects, file complaints and collect raw data so that the local authorities can react quickly.” Dvorkin also gave an interview in a 2009 documentary called Emergency Investigation: Jehovah’s Witnesses, in which he compared the JWs to drug dealers and called them “slaves.” According to the study from JSBW, that documentary was used as a justification for public violence against JW members in Russia. Legalization of Russian Religious Purification Russia’s 2002 Anti-Extremism Law paved the way for Dvorkin and FECRIS to label a peaceful group like the JWs as extremists and have them banned nationwide. The Putin administration passed the law ostensibly in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, but soon began to use the 2002 law to make Putin’s “spiritual security” concept a Russian reality, as described in the administration’s 2000 National Security Concept. “Assurance of the Russian Federation’s national security also includes protecting the cultural and spiritual-moral legacy and the historical traditions and standards of public life, and preserving the cultural heritage of all Russia’s peoples,” the statement read. “There must be a state policy to maintain the population’s spiritual and moral welfare, prohibit the use of airtime to promote violence or base instincts, and counter the adverse impact of foreign religious organizations and missionaries.” The law initially listed violent action as one of the qualifications for extremism. A 2006 amendment to the Anti-Extremism law removed violence as a qualification, and gave the following qualifications for extremist activity, according to the JSBW study: A. The definition of extremism shall include libel against state officials related to accusation in extremism or in a particularly grave crime; B. Any act of violence (incl. hooliganism) against an official shall qualify as extremism; and C. Not only calls to extremist activity but also “justifications” of extremist activity will be banned. The law then defined extremism as “incitement to racial, nationalistic, or religious enmity, and also social enmity.” With the addition of incitement to religious or social enmity, FECRIS and its associate organizations, with its partnership with the Russian Orthodox Church and its members’ positions in the Russian government, were free to label any religion that deviated from Russian Orthodox doctrine as extreme. Dvorkin has reveled in that freedom and targeted Mormons, Hare Krishna, New Pentecostals, Falun Gong, and Jehovists, labeling them more dangerous than Satanists because they “conceal evil under the guise of good,” according to the JSBW study. “As part of the strategy of religious purification in Russia, complaints have been lodged by anti-sect groups and various state institutions seeking the liquidation of a number of non-Orthodox movements, including Catholic organizations,” the study’s section on Russia concluded. “However, the reality is that State neutrality and impartiality in the countries covered by this research work (France, Austria, Germany, Russia and Serbia), unfortunately does not exist. In all five countries, the state and public powers take sides with FECRIS’ affiliates and finance their activities even if they are used for the missionary activities of a mainline Church or if they are meant to defend the position and influence of a specific Church in society, to fight against the erosion of its membership or to expand it,” the study added.
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  12. Would you like to know the truth about Hell?

    Thank you for the references. However, I must stand firm that (Hell) was a later insertion of the scriptures. Jesus did speak of death, the grave, and gehenna. Even though the Great Apostasy that began with the death of the Apostles. Jesus never spoke about (Hell). It's a trinitarian doctrine along with the false teaching that the soul never dies. Scripture state otherwise. "the soul that sinneth, it shall die." (Ezekiel 18:4) Take Care. Brother Rando
  13. Would you like to know the truth about Hell?

    If both terms can mean destruction, I can't tell if you distinguish in the same way between Hades and Gehenna. Naturally, I think it makes a lot of sense that Revelation shows Death and Hades thrown into a "Gehenna" (lake of fire), which is a fitting symbolism for the final destruction of Death and the Grave, through resurrection and the potential of eternal life, where the only type of death that remains is total destruction, a second death. When I first noticed that the 2013 Revised NWT was going to begin translating "Ha'des" as "Grave," I quickly rushed over to Matthew 10:28 to see if Gehenna might appear as "Destruction" with a capital "D." With this in mind, some have translated Matt 23:15 with “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. -- NKJV If this term "Gehenna" had become "Destruction" the verse could have read: "you make him twice as much a son of Destruction as yourselves" and then it would match the idea of persons like Judas and a person like the Antichrist. (John 17:12) 12 When I was with them, I used to watch over them on account of your own name, which you have given me; and I have protected them, and not one of them is destroyed except the son of destruction, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. (2 Thessalonians 2:3) 3 Let no one lead you astray in any way, because it will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness gets revealed, the son of destruction. It would mesh well with other Biblical references. (Revelation 9:11) 11 They have over them a king, the angel of the abyss. In Hebrew his name is A·badʹdon [Destruction], but in Greek he has the name A·polʹlyon [Destroyer]. (Matthew 10:28) . . .fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Ge·henʹna. Do you believe that the "torment" is only at the time of facing destruction? You mention 2 Peter where the word is Tartarus a word known from Greek mythology, and already used in the OT LXX (e.g., Job) a prison of darkness for the lesser gods/spirits. These spirit creatures are said to be alive and waiting in prison for the judgment. Do you believe that the "spirit" of humans who await resurrection also include those who will be resurrected to judgment? If so, do you think those spirits can be in a kind of "torment" while waiting, or do they possibly feel the "torment" after Hades is destroyed?
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  16. Thats right yes, all JW looking interested to the stage, understand the Brother ! Deaf JW are different to hearing JW... other culture - but of course the same goal ! Small Assembly, I not believe, bec. 1400 ! attendees Yes, the granny or mom ( unseen ) probable belongs to the very young sister A very nice picture ! May Jehovah bless them all ❤ I love Deafies alot bec. my Brother and friends... I learned a little DGS in the past and ASL last time ! Sorry, in my current town we have no SL CONG. only 60 km distantly. Thanks for your comment @Bible Speaks Best wishes from Germany
  17. Sign Language Assembly, smaller size! I was told very good and happy people! Grandmother was being held up to stand by someone in Picture. They also find "The Joy of Jehovah!"
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  19. "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Rev.21:4) 🕊👑📖👑🕊 How Can You Comfort Someone? 🎉💞📖💞🎉 In our ministry, we meet someone who believes that all good people go to heaven. This idea will affect how the householder understands the Bible. For example, if we were to read Revelation 21:4, the person might assume that this verse describes life in heaven. (Read.) How could you reason with him? Instead of using more scriptures, we could focus on a phrase in Revelation 21:4. It says that “death will be no more.” So we could ask, “Do you agree that for something to be no more, it must have been there in the first place?” He will probably say yes. Then we could say that there is no death in heaven. People die only here on earth. It is logical, then, that Revelation 21:4 is describing blessings here on earth.—Psalm 37:29. 29 The righteous will possess the earth,+ And they will live forever on it." 🕊👑📖👑🕊
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  20. CAN WE SPOT A LOST SHEEP ?......

    Who would have thought that that little slip of paper would cause such chaos!
  21. Jehovah' s Witnesses - The Paradise train >>>>>

    Another POEM I found.... The train to the Paradise On the death bed for cessation, a platform free from brawl, I perceive in peace my debilitating breath. And give off a brief one as I hear my call, The one from the train to the paradise. My soul boards it on, waving a good-bye to my body and kins. The journey commences, the patrons graciously welcome me with smiles. I gladly accept the offered window seat to witness the realm free from sins, Inhaling the pristine air of contentment. Breaching the clouds, up above the sky we go, The chirping of birds, the whistle of the engine a merry music to our ears. The spruce of blossoms of all the shades that we know, A pleasant company all along the path. The track so well embellished with assorted vines. The aroma of satiation by the sight of mighty green grooves, The breathtaking millisecond vision sends shivers down our spines, Of the fiery magnificent flight of the phoenix. Revelation of the antiquities, is more a shocking miracle than delight. The Unicorn's excursion although contradicts it being mystique. Is crystal clear to our eyes, to our intellects with dynamic energy we are forced to fight. Such is the greatness of the train journey. The train ceases and the Train-master affirms the journey concludes at the moment. My face dims down, I wish it would go on forever. My most awaited end I've reached, but a great transition is encountered by my temperament. Once, only for once again, I want to travel in 'The train to the Paradise'. Copyright © Nishant Patil | Year Posted 2015
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  23. A small portion of the pioneers and the food service volunteers for the 2017 Warwick North congregation Pioneer School. This photo was taken after "The Best Lunch Ever." 🎉🥘🍰🍇🍓🎉
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