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TWIN FALLS — Convention is like a big family reunion for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

And for the first time in nearly 20 years, it will be held in Idaho. The last three-day convention in Idaho was at Nampa’s Ford Center in 1997.

Royce Porkert, a regional spokesman, said they expect about 4,200 attendees to the regional convention July 29 through July 31. Delegates will travel from all over Idaho, Nevada and Oregon. Since 1997, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Idaho have been meeting in other states, including Kennewick, Wash., and Ogden, Utah. This year, more than 480 conventions will be held in the U.S., with 1.8 million attendees and conducted in 26 languages.

Who are Jehovah’s Witnesses?

They are Christians known for their door-to-door evangelizing work. Though they are Christians, they are different in several ways from other Christian religious groups. They believe that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, not part of a Trinity. They also do not believe the soul is immortal, that there is an everlasting Hell or that those who take the lead in religious activities should have titles that elevate them above others.

“It’s not a title,” said Stephen Partridge, a Jehovah’s Witness, who lives in Twin Falls. “It’s a description of what it is. Jehovah means God. We witness for them. That’s why we go door-to-door. We spread the good news of the kingdom. If you knew your neighbor’s house was on fire, would you want to tell him about it? We care about people.”

Patridge said they do not push their faith on people, but rather make it available. If someone declines, he said he moves on to the next house.

“People in this area are very kind,” Partridge said.

He goes door-to-door a couple of times a week. Others often put in as much as 70 hours of month going door-to-door.

They do not venerate the cross or any other images. Key aspects to their worship include praying to God, reading and studying the Bible, meditating on what they learn from the Bible and meeting together to pray, sing and encourage each other. Their meetings at Kingdom Hall are open to the public.

Jehovah’s Witnesses also do not celebrate birthdays or holidays such as Easter. The Easter holiday celebration is not based on the Bible.

“It’s Bible-based, not church-based,” Patridge said of the religion.

There are more than 8 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide. In Twin Falls, there are four congregations of about 400 people. These congregations are made up of three English-speaking congregations and one Spanish. There are also other congregations in the Magic Valley including Wendell, Jerome and Hailey.

Partridge attended his first convention when he was 4 years old. In 1958, his family boarded a train in Shoshone and headed east to New York City. They were part of the largest crowd in Yankee Stadium history — 123,707 Jehovah’s Witnesses — on Aug. 3, 1958.

Patridge was excited Tuesday because the regional convention was returning to Idaho. Patridge and fellow Jehovah’s Witness Bryan Newberry said it’s like a mini-vacation for them.

“I enjoy seeing friends I have not seen in six months or a year,” Partridge said. “Convention is the highlight of our lives.”

The convention’s program will cover the topic of “loyalty” and will feature 49 presentations, 25 video segments and two short films. Patridge said one of his favorite aspects of the convention is where everyone brings their own lunch and they are encouraged to sit with someone they don’t know.

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      The Jehovah's Witness elder said, "We are living in the last days of the system of things - wars, diseases, natural disasters - and Jesus will act to bring an end to this system any time now.

      "So when Satan is gone, so will all hatred. Everyone will be able to live in love and unity," Paisely said, adding that true love could only manifest itself when we served God.

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      "Through this convention, loyal love was explained in such a way that people attending for the first time got a clear understanding," Jackson told The Gleaner .

      Byron Smith, a senior elder and one of the organisers, said the objectives of the convention were met.

      "Judging from the participation and feedback of both the young and senior members, I am quite sure that our objectives of exploring loyal love were satisfied."

      Smith disclosed: "Everyone keenly took part and made their contributions in all the sessions."

      The regional convention will continue on August 26, with members from a different congregation taking part.

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      Everyone is invited to the 2016 “Remain Loyal” Regional Convention at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Belleville.
      The convention runs from 9:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21, at the hall on 43777 Ecorse Road in Belleville, Michigan.
      The three-day program includes 49 presentations, all looking at ideas involving loyalty, with 35 video segments and two short films to be shown on Saturday and Sunday.
      Questions explored include:
      • Why does God expect us to be loyal?
      • How can being loyal improve our lives?
      • How will God “act in loyalty” toward us?
      The event is free, funding for the Jehovah’s Witnesses coming from voluntary donations.
      For more information, visit www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions.

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      JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES will begin their three-day convention tomorrow morning at the Kukum Kingdom Hall.
      The Witnesses are extending an open invitation to attend the programme that will highlight how we can remain loyal and examine King David’s words: With someone loyal you act in loyalty.
      The programme will also feature why God expects us to be loyal and how being loyal can improve our lives.
      A special feature will be the series of talks and short videos that show how Jesus Christ set a perfect example as God’s loyal one.
      Jehovah’s Witnesses invite people of all ages to attend the Remain Loyal To Jehovah Convention.
      The programme sessions will begin at 9.20am on all three days of the convention.
      Admission is free. Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations.

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      THE word of God and its many forms thereof have been celebrated at the annual convention of Jehovah's Witnesses.
      Some 6,500 people turned out at the Bournemouth International Centre last weekend (AUG 5-7) for the Remain Loyal to Jehovah event.
      And it seems their teachings span a plethora of countries as visitors were told that printed, audio and video literature is delivered in more than 750 languages, including 80 sign languages.
      This was made all the more evident when a number of foreign nationals were able to speak to delegates despite the convention being delivered in English, a spokesperson said.
      Holly Powell, local media representative, said: "An Argentinean woman who has had contact with Jehovah’s Witnesses in South America asked for a convention programme at the event’s welcome desk. One of the Witnesses at the desk spoke Spanish so was able to greet and welcome her in her language, which she greatly appreciated.
      "A young Romanian couple who had taken up a free personal Bible study course with the Witnesses decided to attend the convention. They also invited along the husband’s brother and his family. After enjoying the first morning, the family accepted a Bible study aid, the book What Does the Bible Really Teach? in the Romanian language with a view to beginning the free course immediately.
      "A Polish staff member asked how he could get a Bible. He was shown right away how to download a copy onto his electronic device in his language. All were impressed to see publications, both printed audio and video, in their mother tongues – and all free of charge."
      The week leading up the convention saw a huge number of Witnesses at mobile literature displays across Bournemouth inviting people to the convention.
      Ms Powell added: "Jehovah’s Witnesses are pleased to welcome all, in line with their heart-felt desire to let the Bible’s message reach 'every nation and tribe and tongue and people' as the Bible directs at Revelation 14:6."

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      The 2016 Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lagos and Ogun
      States kick off in August and September at the Assembly Halls in Ota,
      Daluwon, Lekki and Badagry respectively.
      The series of convention in Ota Assembly Hall starts on August 26 and
      ends on December 16, while the ones in Badagry and Daluwon start on
      September 9 and end on December 16. The convention series in Lekki
      Assembly ground starts on September 14 and ends on December 15, 2016.
      A spokesman of the Witnesses, Mr. Martins Omotehinse said the theme of
      the convention is: “Remain loyal to Jehovah”. He said that members of
      the public are cordially invited to the spiritually uplifting event
      which is free of charge.
      The convention which holds on Fridays to Sundays, each week would
      feature talks, short videos, symposia and Bible dramas. The first
      drama which comes up on Friday is entitled: “Who is on Jehovah’s
      side”. On that day, also by way of talks and short videos, delegates
      would be shown how Jesus Christ set outstanding examples of loyalty to
      Jehovah.
      On Saturday by 10:45am there would be baptism of new members.
      On Sunday, there would be a public Bible discourse entitled “When will
      loyal love triumph over hatred”. The convention will feature a total
      of 49 presentations with 35 video segments.
      Also on Sunday, delegates would be treated to a gripping
      feature-length film showing how King Hezekiah of ancient Judah trusted
      in Jehovah as enemies besieged Jerusalem.
      The series of conventions would be held throughout Nigeria in English,
      Nigerian Pidgin, Igbo, Egun, Efik, American Sign Language (ASL),
      Yoruba,  Isoko, Esan, Ijaw, Urhobo, Abua, Edo, French, Khana, Okpe,
      Hausa and Khogana.

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      Our brother Lett, thanking each department for their hard work at the convention in Long Beach, California.

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      RALEIGH 
      Jehovah’s Witnesses capped a three-day convention in Raleigh on Sunday, stressing loyalty in unstable times and drawing a total of more than 20,000 people to PNC Arena.
      The free event echoed more than a dozen other regional events held around the country by the denomination, which has 118,000 congregations worldwide, including 30 in Raleigh.
      Saturday’s events at the arena saw total attendance at 9,193 and featured 39 baptisms. A full-house crowd Sunday saw the last of 49 presentations and 35 video segments on the theme. More than 450 attendants helped a crowd that ranged from an elementary-school-age boy in a seersucker suit and bow tie to a row of white-haired listeners in wheelchairs.
      “We don’t see a lot of loyalty today, in general,” said Ken Weiss, media services overseer for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Not only do we as individuals need to be loyal to each other and our loved ones, but also to Jehovah. ... It seems like we’re all broken apart.”
      Speakers on Sunday cited an abundance of cruelty in the world torn by war and terrorism.
      “There’s so much hatred in the world today,” said Richard Wendt, a media assistant. “These terror attacks ... People see these things and they happen and they blame God. It’s a question of loyalty as we realize that isn’t the case at all.”
      Videos featured a Palestinian man jailed for his involvement in resisting Israeli occupation and a Jewish man surrounded by hatred of Arabs, both of whom became drawn to Jehovah’s Witnesses and through the message of peace and acceptance.
      “Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world, people of different ethnicities, skin colors, racial backgrounds are all being brought together,” said Mark Ramirez, a representative from the denomination’s headquarters in Warwick, N.Y. “How can that be in a world that is divided? Because we are following the teachings. ... We are also learning how to be loyal. Loving loyalty is so powerful that (people) could do things they once thought would be impossible.”
      Sunday’s event marked the second straight convention weekend for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Raleigh. Similar events have been held recently in Charlotte and Winston-Salem.

       
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      Jarrod Clymer baptizes his son, Joshua Clymer, 12, on Saturday at the annual Jehovah’s Witnesses Regional Convention at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. 

       
      Jehovah’s Witnesses held their annual Regional Convention at Nampa’s Ford Idaho Center this weekend for the first time in almost 20 years, drawing around 4,200 people to the area, according to a church press release.
      Thirty-two people were baptized during services on Saturday, said spokesman Royce Porkert. The baptisms were part of a three-day church program that focused on loyalty, according to the release.
      Officials said the influx of people from across Idaho, Oregon and Nevada was expected to create about $1.5 million in revenue in the area. The attendees were part of 1.8 million around the country from a religion with more than 8 million members worldwide.


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      Steve Mathey of Bowling Green is a Jehovah’s Witness who, in a way, converted his mother to the faith when he was a child, before he even knew the church.
      “I was about 8 years old, in Columbus,” he said. “The Witnesses would come to the door on Saturday morning, and my parents would be asleep. I’m just a little guy, and they’re selling Watchtower and Awake.”
       
      Those are religious publications now given away rather than sold, he said.
      “I thought as a little kid at that age that this poor lady needed money. … I’d give it to her and I’d put [the publications] next to the door. I didn’t know my mom was reading them — reading, reading — and that’s how she became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      “A little bit later, when I was 13, 14, that’s when I did. I was Lutheran before.”
      On Thursday Mr. Mathey, 56, was at the SeaGate Centre helping to set up for two weekends of annual Witnesses conventions which, he said, “bolster our faith. … For me, it’s like a shot in the arm, like a big vitamin shot.”
      Mr. Mathey said he is “heading up the sound part” for the event. He took a break from preparations Thursday to talk about the operation, and when asked if he was the one in charge, he replied, “I don’t know that anybody’s officially in charge. We like to think Christ is our leader on this one, you know; that would make the most sense for us.”
      There is a convention committee that takes part in the planning and operation.
      Local Witnesses have held their summertime conventions at the SeaGate Centre every year since 2005.
      Their move-in for a convention is a bit unusual because it is all done by church volunteers who take a day off work or away from their daily duties.
      First they clean the convention space, then they unload and set up equipment owned and sent there by the denomination, headquartered in Warwick, N.Y. That includes arena-size TV screens and all the cabling and equipment for video and audio.
      When the convention is done, the gear will be shipped to the next Witnesses convention site and volunteers will clean the SeaGate auditorium for the next users.
      “When we leave, it’s cleaner than when we came,” said Dan Brown, a local spokesman for the convention.
      Even those who do specialized work are church volunteers, said Mark Smith, another local convention spokesman. “When they started off, they didn’t even know how to do it at all, but they volunteered, and the next thing you know they’re getting trained. The next year they might be running it because they’ve been taught how to do it.”
      This year’s program is titled “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” Each day, the sessions begin at 9:20 a.m. with a music and video presentation. A closing song and ending prayer are scheduled for 4:50 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:45 p.m. Sundays.
      “If you go to this one or you go to L.A. or you go to Munich, Germany, you’re going to get exactly the same program,” Mr. Mathey said.
      The English-language convention began Friday and continues through Sunday, then the same content will take place in Spanish from Aug. 5-7, and all activities are at the SeaGate Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave.
      Almost 6,000 people from more than 50 area congregations are expected, Mr. Brown said.
      The convention is open to all, and while there is no charge for admission, contributions are accepted.
      Mr. Mathey said that he’s looking forward to the convention videos. He’s seen trailers and, when he was recently in New York, he saw the set that church producers built for the Temple.
      “It was just unbelievable, so they could film a couple scenes,” he said. “All the actors, actresses, and all the costumes and everything is done in-house — scripting, special effects, the whole thing.”

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      More than 14,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses will attend the 2016 “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” Regional Conventions in Frisco, Texas.
      The first convention will be held July 29 – 31 followed by conventions August 5 – 7, August 19 – 21 and August 26 – 28 at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco.
      The three-day program will feature 49 presentations, each exploring the theme “Loyalty.” Additionally, the World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses have prepared 35 exciting video segments specifically highlighting the theme “Remain Loyal to Jehovah and Family” for the program plus two dramatic short films that will be shown on Saturday and Sunday. The meetings are open to the public with no admission charge and begin at 9:20 a.m.
      Last year, Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States organized 438 conventions—in 32 languages—in 110 cities. Worldwide, there are over 8,000,000 Witnesses in more than 115,000 congregations.
      David A. Semonian, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, states: “We strongly believe that loyalty is an essential part of any healthy relationship. Our convention this year features content that will help people develop stronger bonds with friends, family members and, above all, with God. We are confident that all who attend will enjoy this program.”
      For more information, please visit their Web site at www.jw.org

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      The silence will speak volumes at a three-day convention in Brampton from July 29 to 31.
      More than 600 deaf and deaf-blind from Canada are expected to take part in a series of religious talks conducted solely through American Sign Language (ASL).
      The Bible-themed talks, drama and movies are being held at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 2594 Bovaird Dr. W. near Bovaird and Heritage Rds.
      At the event, there will be tactile services for the deaf and deaf-blind, 10 television screens, Braille literatures and 18 sign language interpreters, explained Mike Franklin, spokesperson, ASL Convention, adding the entire program will be in ASL with speakers from across Canada, including both hearing and hearing impaired.  
      “Sign language is the language of heart for the deaf and deaf-blind and it’s really their first language,” he said. “This event will give many an idea of how valuable it is to deaf people to have both a program in their language and three days of association with people who all use sign language. ”
      Last year, some 600 ASL users from across Canada, including a few new immigrants,  attended what was the first ever event in the Toronto area.
      Stewart Milner, 46, a Burlington resident who is deaf and has low or tunnel vision, was one of the many travelling to Brampton.
      “Last year’s (convention) was uplifting and a spiritual feast,” Milner signed via Brandon Muldoon, an interpreter.
      Milner, who was born deaf, could see, but slowly over the years, his vision degenerated. He cannot communicate verbally.
      Milner said a loss in vision means that sometimes he cannot see the person using the sign language, and so he has to resort to tactile (touch) methods in which he will place his hands over the signer’s hands to feel the movement and location of the signs.  
      Milner said he was angry and hurt about the cards he had been dealt with in life for many years until he found solace in spirituality some eight years ago.
      “Before I connected with the Witnesses (Jehovah’s), I was very frustrated,” Milner signed. “I was an angry person. As I began to study and understand the Bible, I gave up a lot of bad habits. It wasn’t a quick change, it took years, but I feel I am a happier person for it…”
      Many of the hearing and sight impaired that live alone have no opportunity to interact with another humans and this can often lead to a sense of isolation, Franklin explained. By coming to a convention, they can forge friendships. What’s more, they will be in an environment that’s inclusive to their needs.
      Muldoon, who works in Mississauga as a sign language interpreter, said his job allows him to help the deaf and deaf-blind individuals like Milner. It has proven to be a fulfilling vocation, both personally and spiritually.
      The convention is free and open to all. For more details visit www.jw.org/ase.

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      During their weekends in Berks County for the annual Jehovah's Witnesses conventions each summer, the Outland family from Baltimore has a few must-stops on their agenda.
      Veronica Outland enjoys the deals at VF Outlet in Wyomissing, while Eric Outland breaks into a big smile when mentioning a meal at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill in Spring Township.The Outlands have been attending the regional conventions in Reading for 10 years, missing only one year to attend an international convention.
      This weekend marked the first of five three-day weekend conventions held at Santander Arena this summer.The Outlands often volunteer to help during the convention for their congregation, and later come to a convention to enjoy the symposiums, dramatizations, lessons, testimonials and singing from the seats."It's a great location," Veronica Outland said of Reading. "The city's not too big, but big enough to accommodate us."The Outlands weren't fortunate enough to find rooms at the new DoubleTree by Hilton across the street and are instead staying in Limerick, Montgomery County, for the weekend.Dan Hoch, DoubleTree's food and beverage manager, said the hotel is sold out all five weekends of the conventions, and the hotel staff was more than ready for the rush."It was something we probably overprepared for," Hoch said. "For us, it's just about suiting the needs of all the guests, just like any other concert, and adjusting to how they like to be serviced."For the conventions, that includes offering buffet-style meals in the hotel's ballrooms so that attendees can eat without too much of a time strain to get to the next event. Hoch said the hotel also widened its check-in and check-out windows knowing that those days would be the busiest.Hoch said the feedback has been positive."Guests love to be able to walk in, do their thing all day and then literally walk 50 feet to the hotel," he said. "They come in and enjoy it and they don't have to do anything other then focus on what their mission is."Saturday's services drew 5,579 Witnesses and guests, but event organizers said that number likely will grow to more than 6,000 for today's events.Overall, organizers expect more than 25,000 people from 225 congregations in Pennsylvania and Maryland to attend the conventions.This year's theme is "Remain Loyal to Jehovah!" with symposiums focused on Jehovah's loyalty, examples of individuals in the Bible who were either loyal or disloyal and encouraging attendees to pursue loyalty in their relationships with friends, family and God.The free conventions are open to the public, and Jehovah's Witnesses invite people of all ages to attend.The conventions will continue the next four weekends.The Aug. 5-7 convention will be held in Spanish.Sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. each of the three days of a convention.

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      NAMPA — A three-day regional convention for Jehovah’s Witnesses will be held in Nampa this week at the Ford Idaho Center.
      According to organizers, this is the first time since 1997 that the convention will be held in this area. They expect to have about 4,200 people in attendance from Idaho, Oregon and Nevada.
      The convention runs from July 29 through 31. About 600 volunteers will arrive at the Ford Idaho Center the day before the event to begin setup. The convention will start at 9:20 a.m. each day and will feature presentations, video segments and films.
      Organizers anticipate the convention will generate about $1.5 million in revenue from shopping, hotel and restaurant use from attendees.

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      DAYTON (WRGT) - More than 6,200 people gathered at the Wright State Nutter Center July 23 for the 2016 Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses.
      The theme for Saturday was "remain loyal to Jehovah!" and highlights included a number of individuals being baptized.
      More than 80,000 people are expected to have attended the convention by July 24, which will be the last day.
      The convention is free to the public with no plates passed around. Sunday's program beings at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.
      Reportedly the convention has brought a lot of revenue to the town, particularly due to hotel accommodations.

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      The first of three conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses was held at the Bell County Center in Belton last weekend, and we are more convinced than ever that, if we want to have God’s approval, we must always imitate Him (Revelation 15:4).
      More than 5,000 Central Texans were on hand Sunday for the conclusion of the “Remain Loyal to Jehovah” regional convention program.
      Anyone who would like to enjoy the program in Spanish is urged to attend the convention this weekend orJuly 29-31.
      Three Bible examples of loyalty will be highlighted.
      Two full-length movies on two giant LED screens will take attendees on a journey back into biblical history and a modern-day drama of a family going through turbulent times will help you learn the meaning of loyalty.
      The program includes dozens of public talks as well as interviews and real life experiences of people who have learned how God rescues those who strive to be like him.
      Admission to the convention is free.
      Doors open at 8:15 a.m. each day. The Bell County Expo Center is at 301 W. Loop 121 in Belton.

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      CLIFTON — Each year, Jehovah's Witnesses in Clifton look forward to their annual three-day regional convention. The 2016 convention will be held at the Jersey City Assembly Hall, the former Stanley Theater in Journal Square, in Jersey City on July 29 to 31, and again from Sept. 9 to 11.
      Jack Kelly, Jerrold Sameth, and Shaun Dew, all from Clifton will be featured speakers at the "Remain Loyal to Jehovah!" Regional Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses.
      More than 3,000 worshippers are expected to attend this special event and hear a variety of talks, demonstrations, interviews, and more than 40 video presentations as well as two full length Bible dramas that focus on the practical application of the Bible to the problems and challenges of everyday life including coping with the tragic loss of the death of a family member.
      A key feature of each program will be the baptism of new witnesses which will be held at each program on Saturday at noon.
      The Clifton residents will be featured as speakers on talks that will cover family life, Bible prophecy, and the application of Bible principles in everyday life.
      The program will be at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses which is located at 2932 Kennedy Blvd in Jersey City. Admission is free and no collections are taken.

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      FREMONT - Jehovah’s Witnesses will hold a three-day annual convention July 29 to 31 at the Seagate Center in Toledo. The theme of this year’s program is “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” The event begins at 9:20 a.m. daily.
      The Witnesses from congregations in the Fremont area attending extends an invitation to the public to attend. There is no admission fee. Two feature-length videos will be played at the convention.
      The first will be shown at 3:25 p.m. July 30 and the second at 1:50 p.m. July 31.

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      PRESS RELEASE:-Hundreds of local Jehovah’s Witnesses will on Friday, July 22, 2016 begin the first in a series of two three-day regional conventions.
      The second convention will be held from July 29-31.
      The events are being held under the theme ‘Remain Loyal to Jehovah’ at the Witnesses assembly hall at Bexon.
      The conventions have a set format that includes 49 presentations, each exploring the theme ‘loyalty.’
      Additionally, the Witnesses have prepared 35 video segments specifically for the programme, plus two short films that will be shown on the Saturday and Sunday of each weekend.
      Each day the morning and afternoon sessions will be introduced by music videos recorded for the convention.
      The sessions begin at 9:20 am.
      Bible based discourses on Friday morning’s programme will help attendees to see how they can maintain loyalty in thought, word and action.
      The Friday afternoon session will feature a symposium – ‘Be Loyal as Jesus Was’ – when young, when persecuted, tempted, praised, tired, abandoned or facing death.
      Saturday’s programme will include a baptismal talk, entitled ‘Never Abandon Your Love For Jehovah,’ followed by the baptism of candidates.
      On Sunday, one of the highlights will be a bible discourse with the intriguing theme: ‘When Will Loyal Love Triumph Over Hatred?’
      Organizers have said that they strongly believe that loyalty is an essential part of any healthy relationship.
      They say the ‘Remain Loyal to Jehovah’ Convention series will help people develop stronger bonds in relationships with loved ones and especially with God.
      Admission to the two conventions is free and no collections are ever taken.
      Everyone is invited.
       

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      CHRISTIAN CONGREGATION OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES CONVENTION (SELECT HMONG SESSIONS)
      at Sacramento Convention Center
      August 5 - August 7, 2016
      Each year, Jehovah’s Witnesses meet together in large groups at three-day conventions. Learn more about these annual events on their website.
      Note: There will be a select number of Hmong sessions throughout the convention.



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      Free
      Phone: (718) 560-5000
      Official Website
      Upcoming Dates & Times
      Individual Dates &Times:
      Aug 5, 2016 at 8:00 am (Fri)
      Aug 6, 2016 at 8:00 am (Sat)
      Aug 7, 2016 at 8:00 am (Sun)
       

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    • Claud's Lst  »  misette

      Bonjour ma sœur Misette. Comment vas-tu ? J'espère avec l'aide de Jéhovah toute la communauté et especialement toi vont bien. 
      Je n'ai pas reçu la réunion de cette semaine, est-ce qu'il y a un problème pour cette semaine ? 
           Bonne journée ou soirée 
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      Bonjour Eric merci pour cet exposé.
      Bonne journée Michel
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      La sagesse est plus précieuse que l’or et la crainte envers Jéhovah est notre salut.
       
      La vraie sagesse de Dieu est un cadeau inestimable, car seul ceux qui obéissent et suivent ces préceptes en recoivent les bienfaits. En Psaume 111:10 déclare ceci: “La crainte de Jéhovah est le commencement de la sagesse.”
      Qu’est-ce que cela veut dire? La sagesse est la capacité d’utiliser efficacement sa connaissance et son intelligence pour résoudre un problème, éviter un danger, atteindre un objectif. Elle sous-entend un bon jugement. Le commencement, la première partie, le fondement de cette sagesse, c’est la crainte de Jéhovah. Pourquoi cela? Bien que toute création est l’œuvre de ses mains et dépend de lui. Il a accordé aux humains le libre arbitre, mais pas la faculté de diriger leurs pas avec succès sans tenir compte de sa direction (Josué 24:15; Jérémie 10:23). Nous ne connaîtrons le succès durable qu’à la condition de bien saisir ces idées fondamentales sur la vie, et de nous y conformer. Si notre connaissance de Jéhovah nous donne la ferme conviction que la volonté divine est promise au succès, et qu’il tiendra sa promesse de récompenser ses fidèles, alors la crainte pieuse nous poussera à agir sagement. — Proverbes 3:21-26; Hébreux 11:6.
      Prenons un exemple: Il y a quelques dizaines d’années, un jeune homme fréquentait l’université de Saskatchewan, au Canada. Au programme de sa formation figurait la biologie, et on lui a enseigné l’évolution. Après avoir été diplômé, il s’est spécialisé dans la physique nucléaire, profitant d’une bourse pour continuer ses études à l’université de Toronto. Au cours de ses études, il a constaté dans la structure des atomes révélaient des témoignages stupéfiants d’un ordre et d’une finalité extraordinaire . Mais personnes ne répondait pas à ces questions: Qui a conçu tout cela? Quand? Et pourquoi? Sans ces réponses, pouvait-il utiliser sagement ses connaissances dans un monde remplis interrogations ? Qu’est-ce qui le guiderait? Le nationalisme? Le désir de gratifications matérielles? Avait-il acquis la vraie sagesse?
      Peu après avoir été diplômé, cet homme ainsi que sa femme se sont mis à étudier la Bible avec les Témoins de Jéhovah. Dans la Parole de Dieu, ils ont peu à peu trouvé les réponses qui leur manquaient. Ils ont appris à connaître le Créateur, Jéhovah Dieu. En étudiant ce qui est arrivé à Moïse à la mer Rouge, à Daniel et à ses compagnons à Babylone, ils ont appris l’importance de craindre Dieu, et non les hommes (Exode 14:10-31; Daniel 3:8-30). Cette crainte pieuse mêlée d’un amour sincère pour Jéhovah a commencé à les animer. Rapidement, leur vie a changé. Enfin cet homme connaissait Celui dont il avait étudié l’œuvre en biologie. Il a progressivement compris le dessein de Celui dont il avait constaté la sagesse dans ses cours de physique. Au lieu d’employer sa connaissance à élaborer des instruments de destruction, il a choisi, avec sa femme, d’aider autrui à aimer Dieu et son prochain. Ils ont entrepris le service de prédicateurs du Royaume de Dieu à plein temps. Par la suite, ils ont suivi les cours de Galaad, l’École biblique de la Société Watchtower, et ont été nommés missionnaires.
      Bien entendu, tout le monde ne peut pas être missionnaire. Mais tous nous pouvons bénéficier de la sagesse fondée sur la crainte de Jéhovah. Si nous cultivons cette sagesse, nous ne consacrerons pas le meilleur de notre vie à étudier les philosophies humaines, qui n’échafaudent que des suppositions sur le but de la vie. Nous nous appliquerons à l’étude de la Bible, livre inspiré de Jéhovah Dieu, la Source de la vie, celui qui peut nous donner la vie éternelle (Psaume 36:9; Colossiens 2:8). Au lieu de nous rendre esclaves d’un système commercial chancelant, au bord de la ruine, nous écouterons Jéhovah, qui nous conseille de nous contenter de la nourriture et du vêtement, et d’accorder à nos relations avec lui la priorité dans notre existence (1 Timothée 6:8-12). Au lieu de nous comporter comme si notre avenir dépendait d’une belle situation dans le monde actuel, nous croirons la Parole de Jéhovah, qui nous affirme que le monde est en train de passer, de même que le désir du monde, alors que celui qui fait la volonté divine demeure pour toujours. — 1 Jean 2:17.
      Dans le livre de Proverbes 16:16, Salomon nous encourage par cette déclaration certaine: “Acquérir la sagesse [la sagesse qui commence par la crainte de Jéhovah], oh! combien cela vaut mieux que l’or! Et acquérir l’intelligence est préférable à l’argent.” Poussés par cette sagesse et cette intelligence, nous considérerons l’accomplissement de la volonté de Dieu comme le premier centre d’intérêt de notre vie. Et quelle activité Dieu a-t-il confiée à ses Témoins en cette période de l’histoire humaine? Faire connaître son Royaume par la prédication et aider les personnes sincères à devenir de vrais disciples de Jésus Christ (Matthieu 24:14; 28:19, 20). Il s’agit d’une activité dont on retire une satisfaction véritable et un grand bonheur. C’est donc à propos que la Bible dit: “Heureux l’homme qui a trouvé la sagesse, et l’homme qui acquiert le discernement.” — Proverbes 3:13.
      Elle nous retient de commettre le mal
      Un deuxième bienfait que nous procure la crainte de Dieu est qu’elle nous retient de commettre le mal. Celui qui respecte profondément Dieu ne détermine pas par lui-même ce qui est bien et mal. Il ne tient pas pour mauvais ce que Dieu déclare bon, ni ne considère comme bon ce que Dieu déclare mauvais (Psaume 37:1, 27; Ésaïe 5:20, 21). De plus, celui que motive la crainte pieuse ne se contente pas de savoir ce que Jéhovah déclare bon ou mauvais. Une telle personne aime ce que Jéhovah aime et elle hait ce que Jéhovah hait. En conséquence, elle agit en harmonie avec les préceptes divins. Ainsi, comme le dit Proverbes 16:6, “par la crainte de Jéhovah, on se détourne du mal”. Cette crainte pieuse devient une motivation puissante qui permet d’atteindre des résultats qu’on n’obtiendrait pas même si une personne commence tout juste à l’éprouver, la crainte pieuse peut lui donner le courage de ne pas faire quelque chose qu’elle regretterait le restant de ses jours. Au Mexique, par exemple, une femme enceinte a demandé à une chrétienne Témoin de Jéhovah ce qu’elle pensait de l’avortement. La chrétienne lui a lu plusieurs versets bibliques, puis lui a tenu ce raisonnement: “Pour le Créateur, la vie est très importante, même la vie de ceux qui ne sont pas encore nés.” (Exode 21:22, 23; Psaume 139:13-16). Des examens laissaient entendre que le bébé serait anormal. Néanmoins, après ce qu’elle avait vu dans la Parole de Dieu, cette femme a décidé de garder son enfant. Son médecin a refusé de la revoir, et son mari l’a menacée de la quitter, mais elle a tenu bon. Elle a finalement donné naissance à une magnifique petite fille, normale et en bonne santé. Par gratitude, elle a recherché les Témoins et s’est mise à étudier la Parole de Dieu avec eux. Moins d’un an après, son mari et elle se faisaient baptiser. Quelques années plus tard, à une assemblée de district, tous deux ont été enchantés de rencontrer la chrétienne qui avait parlé à la femme la première fois. Ils lui ont présenté leur jolie fillette de quatre ans. Incontestablement, le respect de Dieu et le désir puissant de ne pas lui déplaire exercent une grande influence.
      La crainte pieuse peut nous garder d’un grand nombre de mauvaises actions (2 Corinthiens 7:1). Cultivée avec soin, elle est capable d’aider quelqu’un à mettre un terme à des péchés cachés, connus de lui seul et de Jéhovah. Elle peut l’aider à se libérer de la dépendance de l’alcool ou de la drogue. Un ancien drogué d’Afrique du Sud a raconté: “Au fur et à mesure que j’apprenais à connaître Dieu, la crainte de le décevoir ou de lui déplaire grandissait en moi. Je savais qu’il m’observait, et je désirais ardemment son approbation. Cela m’a incité à me débarrasser de la drogue qui était en ma possession en la jetant dans les toilettes.” La crainte pieuse a aidé des milliers de personnes de la même manière. — Proverbes 5:21; 15:3.
      La crainte salutaire de Dieu nous préserve également de la crainte de l’homme. La plupart des humains connaissent, à des degrés divers, la crainte de l’homme. Les apôtres de Jésus Christ l’ont abandonné et se sont enfuis lorsque les soldats se sont emparés de lui dans le jardin de Gethsémané. Plus tard, dans la cour du grand prêtre, désarçonné et en proie à la crainte, Pierre a nié faire partie des disciples de Jésus et même le connaître (Marc 14:48-50, 66-72; Jean 18:15-27). Mais grâce à l’aide qu’ils ont reçue, les apôtres ont retrouvé leur équilibre spirituel. Par contre, aux jours du roi Jéhoïakim, Urie, fils de Schémaïah, fut terrassé par la crainte au point d’abandonner son service de prophète de Jéhovah et de fuir le pays, ce qui ne l’empêcha pas d’être capturé et tué. — Jérémie 26:20-23.
      Comment vaincre la crainte de l’homme? 
      Après nous avoir prévenus que “trembler devant les hommes, voilà ce qui tend un piège”, Proverbes 29:25 ajoute: “Mais celui qui se confie en Jéhovah sera protégé.” La réponse tient donc dans la confiance en Jéhovah. Cette confiance s’appuie sur la connaissance et l’expérience. L’étude de sa Parole nous démontre que les voies de Jéhovah sont droites. Nous découvrons des événements attestant qu’il est digne de confiance, que ses promesses sont sûres (y compris celle de la résurrection), qu’il est amour et qu’il est tout-puissant. Lorsqu’ensuite nous agissons conformément à cette connaissance, accomplissant ce que Jéhovah demande et rejetant fermement ce qu’il condamne, nous commençons à constater dans notre propre cas qu’il prend soin de ses serviteurs avec amour et que l’on peut compter sur lui. Nous acquérons personnellement la certitude que sa puissance est à l’œuvre pour que s’accomplisse sa volonté. Notre confiance en lui s’accroît, de même que notre amour pour lui et notre désir sincère de ne pas lui déplaire. Cette confiance est bâtie sur un fondement solide. Elle est un rempart contre la crainte de l’homme.
      Notre confiance en Jéhovah, alliée à la crainte pieuse, nous rendra fermes en faveur du bien dans le cas où un employeur menacerait de nous renvoyer si nous refusions de participer à des pratiques commerciales malhonnêtes (voir Michée 6:11, 12). Grâce à cette crainte pieuse, des milliers de chrétiens persévèrent dans le vrai culte malgré l’opposition de membres de leur famille. Elle donne aussi aux jeunes le courage de se faire connaître comme Témoins de Jéhovah à l’école, et elle les affermit face aux moqueries de leurs camarades de classe qui méprisent les principes bibliques. Ainsi, une adolescente Témoin de Jéhovah a dit: “Ce qu’ils pensent m’est bien égal. L’important, c’est ce que pense Jéhovah.”
      La même conviction donne aux vrais chrétiens la force de rester attachés aux voies de Jéhovah lorsque leur vie est en jeu. Ils savent qu’ils risquent d’être persécutés par le monde. Ils sont conscients que les apôtres ont été fouettés et que même Jésus Christ a été frappé et tué par des hommes méchants (Marc 14:65; 15:15-39; Actes 5:40; voir aussi Daniel 3:16-18). Mais les serviteurs de Jéhovah sont assurés qu’il peut leur donner la force d’endurer, qu’avec son aide ils peuvent remporter la victoire, que Jéhovah récompensera sans faute ses fidèles, si besoin en les ressuscitant dans son monde nouveau. Leur amour pour Dieu ajouté à la crainte pieuse les pousse puissamment à éviter toute action qui pourrait lui déplaire.
      C’est parce qu’ils étaient animés d’une telle motivation que les Témoins de Jéhovah ont supporté les horreurs des camps de concentration nazis dans les années 30 et 40. Ils ont pris à cœur le conseil de Jésus consigné en Luc 12:4, 5: “D’autre part, je vous le dis à vous, mes amis: Ne craignez pas ceux qui tuent le corps, et qui après cela ne peuvent rien faire de plus. Mais je vais vous indiquer qui vous devez craindre: craignez celui qui, après avoir tué, a le pouvoir de jeter dans la Géhenne. Oui, je vous le dis, Celui-là, craignez-le.” Par exemple, Gustav Auschner, un Témoin qui avait été interné dans le camp de concentration de Sachsenhausen, a écrit plus tard: ‘Les SS ont exécuté August Dickmann et ont menacé de nous passer tous par les armes si nous refusions de signer un document par lequel nous abjurions notre foi. Pas un seul n’a signé. Notre crainte de déplaire à Jéhovah était plus forte que la crainte de leurs balles.’ La crainte de l’homme mène aux compromis, mais la crainte de Dieu nous affermit pour faire le bien.
      La préservation de la vie
      Noé a connu les derniers jours du monde antédiluvien. Jéhovah avait décidé de détruire le monde d’alors en raison de la méchanceté des humains. Toutefois, en attendant, Noé a vécu dans un monde où régnaient la violence, l’immoralité sexuelle choquante et le mépris de la volonté divine. Noé a prêché la justice, et pourtant “ils ne s’aperçurent de rien jusqu’à ce que le déluge vînt et les emportât tous”. (Matthieu 24:39.) Noé n’a cependant pas renoncé à l’activité que Dieu lui avait confiée. Il fit “selon tout ce que Dieu lui avait ordonné. Ainsi fit-il”. (Genèse 6:22.) Qu’est-ce qui a permis à Noé, année après année et jusqu’au déluge, de toujours agir comme il convenait? Hébreux 11:7 répond: “Par la foi, Noé, divinement averti de choses qu’on ne voyait pas encore, fit montre d’une crainte pieuse.” Pour cette raison, sa femme, ses fils, leurs femmes et lui ont été sauvés du déluge.
       Notre époque ressemble de bien des manières à celle de Noé (Luc 17:26, 27). De nouveau un avertissement est lancé. Révélation 14:6, 7 parle d’un ange qui vole au milieu du ciel et invite les gens de toute nation et tribu et langue à ‘craindre Dieu et à lui donner gloire’. Quel que puisse être le comportement du monde autour de vous, obéissez à ces paroles, puis transmettez l’invitation à autrui. À l’instar de Noé, agissons avec foi et manifestons une crainte pieuse. Par cela, des vies peuvent être sauvées: la vôtre et celle de nombre de vos semblables. Lorsque nous considérons les bienfaits dont profitent ceux qui craignent le vrai Dieu, nous ne pouvons que souscrire aux paroles du psalmiste divinement inspiré qui chanta: 
      “Heureux est l’homme qui craint Jéhovah, dans les commandements de qui il prend grand plaisir!” — Psaume 112:1.

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