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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Jehovah’s Witnesses from East Texas will attend their semiannual circuit assembly at the Carthage Civic Center Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4.
      The theme of the circuit assembly is “Don’t Give Up In Fulfilling The Law Of Christ.”
      Jehovah’s Witnesses from Whitehouse, Carthage, Nacogdoches, Kilgore, Bullard, Lufkin and other communities will attend Sunday’s session, while Jehovah’s Witnesses from Longview, Marshall, Lindale, Mineola and Tyler areas will be attending Saturday’s session. 
      The public talk, “Love One Another, Just as Jesus Loved You” will highlight the program each afternoon at 2:55 p.m.
      The event, which will start at 9:40 each morning, is free to the public.
      http://tricountyleader.com/stories/whitehouse-troup-area-witnesses-to-host-assembly,122193
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      by DANIELLA SILVA, RIMA ABDELKADER, ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, EMILY PANDISE and PETE WILLIAMS
      A gunman opened fire inside a rural Texas church on Sunday, killing about 25 people and injuring at least another 10, officials said.
      "Approximately 25 people" were deceased, including the gunman, following the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett told NBC News.
      A single shooter walked into the church and opened fire, Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. said earlier Sunday.
      Law enforcement officials identified the gunman as Devin Patrick Kelley, age 26, of neighboring Comal County.
      Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/several-casualties-reported-texas-church-shooting-n817751
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      El tiroteo ocurrió en una iglesia bautista de Sutherland Springs, Texas
      El FBI acudió al sitio del tiroteo
      El atacante resultó muerto
      (CNN) - Al menos 20 personas fueron asesinadas en un tiroteo el domingo en una iglesia bautista de Sutherland Springs, Texas, dijo a CNN el sheriff del condado de Wilson. Muchas más resultaron heridas, según las autoridades.
      El atacante resultó muerto después de una breve persecución por el vecino condado de Guadalupe, de acuerdo con Robert Murphy, portavoz de la oficina del sheriff del condado de Guadalupe. No está claro si fue abatido por la policía o si él se quitó la vida, dijo Murphy.
      Leer más: http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2017/11/05/reportan-tiroteo-en-una-iglesia-de-texas/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      HOUSTON — Floodwaters in two Houston neighborhoods have been contaminated with bacteria and toxins that can make people sick, testing organized by The New York Times has found. Residents will need to take precautions to return safely to their homes, public health experts said.
      It is not clear how far the toxic waters have spread. But Fire Chief Samuel Peña of Houston said over the weekend that there had been breaches at numerous waste treatment plants. The Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that 40 of 1,219 such plants in the area were not working.
      The results of The TimesÂ’s testing were troubling. Water flowing down Briarhills Parkway in the Houston Energy Corridor contained Escherichia coli, a measure of fecal contamination, at a level more than four times that considered safe.
      Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/health/houston-flood-contamination.html?referer=https://t.co/miWupboUTD?amp=1&_r=2&utm_source=STAT+Newsletters&utm_campaign=4468493968-MR&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8cab1d7961-4468493968-149848353

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Como encontré mi Salón del Reino ayer en Houston, Texas  tras el paso del Huracán Harvey! Jehová es un Padre amoroso que siempre nos cuida.  Agradezco pertenecer a esta maravillosa familia. ??? Gracias ! 
      Por @leli_ballard
       
    • By Bible Speaks
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      Help us after the hurricane in Houston, Texas, USA
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    • By TrueTomHarley
      The story of the day – perhaps the story of many days if they can resist taking shots at Trump, is the furniture store owner who made his two stores shelters for displaced Houstonians. “Mattress Mack” McIngvale (don’t you love the guy already?), ever philanthropic, says the city has helped him through tough times and now he will give back.

      The generous deed put “poor” Joel Osteen in a bad light, for he was roundly condemned the day before for not opening his mega-church to the homeless - it seats 17,000. One fellow on Twitter declared the score: Publicity Capitalism 1, Prosperity Gospel 0.

      This is unfair. Why credit publicity capitalism? That is merely the tool employed. Mattress Mack credits his Catholic faith. “I was raised as a Catholic. I continued my Catholic faith throughout my life, trying to do the right thing,” he says.
      A good deed is a good deed. Credit it instantly and unbegrudgingly. It doesn’t mean I’m going Catholic on anyone. It doesn’t mean I think the overall picture favors them. But a good deed is a good deed.

      And before slamming Joel too much, one must ask what do Jehovah’s Witnesses do with their meeting places. I’m not worried here. Assembly Halls are invariably put to good use as distribution hubs for relief work, which starts almost immediately – its regular use is suspended for a time. Kingdom Halls are also put to good use, though regular use there is not suspended. Or is it? I don’t really know, having never been in that scenario, but I don’t think so. Witness families, however, are known for taking each other into their homes in a heartbeat.

      As for Joel – look, I don’t care for the guy – does he ever wipe that smile off his face? - but neither do I want to take cheap shots. He did eventually come around. Was he shamed into it? Or would he have gotten around to it eventually, once access to his own building was made smoothe. You can’t depend on the media to relay things accurately – they are anti-religious. 

      Nonetheless, Mattress Mack is the hero of the day. It’s not as though he had two cavernous buildings wide open. He must have had to have move his mattresses somewhere. Go there and buy one – take it off his hands. Or actually no. He would have just flopped his mattresses down and let people sleep on them. 
    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      What a GREAT time to be a flood insurance company ...... collect premiums for 60 years ... then go BANKRUPT!
      Two guys sitting in lawn chairs on the beach in Miami....
      First one says "I retired with MILLIONS after my factory burned down."
      Second one says "I retired with BILLIONS after MY business was flooded out."
      First one replies " Hmmm... how do you start a flood?"
      *ka-ching!"
      Ok... moving right along ... not that the Society has "acquired" full responsibility for all Kingdom Halls, including the ones destroyed in Houston and Southern Texas, and the prices of wood and raw materials will be short for five years, and prices for materials and labor will go up dramatically, people trying to rebuild EVERYTHING (almost) ... can we expect the Society to pour BILLIONS of dollars into the reconstruction of its South Texas and Coastal Louisiana property in the foreseeable future?
      This might be a good place to put articles and thoughts of EVERY nature pertaining to the catastrophe in South Texas.
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      McAllen, Tx.- En pocos días, los Testigos de Jehová celebrarán su asamblea regional en el “Salón de Asambleas de los Testigos de Jehová” localizado en el 1710 S Parker Rd en la ciudad de La Feria, e invitan a asistir a todo el que lo desee. El título de la asamblea de este año es “¡No se rinda!”.
      Su Asamblea Regional de tres días que se llevará a cabo del 30 de junio al 2 de julio.
      Durante el congreso de tres días, habrá discursos y entrevistas  que mostrarán cómo Jehová ha suministrado aguante a todo tipo de personas. También, en forma de video, se presentarán lecciones que la  Biblia y la naturaleza dan sobre el aguante. El domingo por la mañana, se presentara el discurso público “Nunca pierda la esperanza”.
      El discurso final de esta asamblea esta basado en el libro de Habacuc 2:3 que dice: Porque [la] visión es todavía para el tiempo señalado, y sigue jadeando hasta el fin, y no dirá mentira. Aun si tardara, manténte en expectación de ella; porque sin falta se realizará. No llegará tarde”.
      Los Testigos de Jehová invitan a personas de todas las edades a que asistan a esta asamblea. Las sesiones comenzarán los tres días a las 9:20 horas. La entrada y el estacionamiento son gratis, pues las asambleas de los Testigos de Jehová se sufragan enteramente mediante donaciones voluntarias.
      https://www.elmanana.com/convocanaasamblealostestigosdejehova-3790653.html
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Four conventions will be held in Lubbock, Texas for the Jehovah's Witnesses this summer.
      Jehovah's Witnesses from Eastern New Mexico and West Texas will be gathering at the Memorial Civic Center in Lubbock, Texas over the summer for four conventions exploring the theme "Don't Give Up". The group is also extending the invitation to all, regardless of religious affiliation or belief.
      "The theme will be discussed through scriptural presentations, dramatizations of real-life events and recreations of biblical accounts" said event spokesman Robert Sprecher, an elder at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Portales, New Mexico.
      The four three-day conventions will be divided into two Spanish and two English events.  The first of the three-day Spanish conventions will begin Friday, June 16. The second will begin on Friday, July 7.
      The first English convention will begin Friday, August 4, and the second will begin on Friday, August 25. All events will begin at 9:20 a.m.
      There is no admission fee for the events and no collections taken.  The Jehovah's Witnesses are supported by voluntary donations.
      This year the group expects around 10,700 members and interested persons to attend this years conventions.  Last year there were over 430 conventions in 110 cities and 32 languages. Recently, Jehovah's Witnesses were in the news after being labeled an "extremist organization" by Russia. Worldwide there are more than 8,300,000 Witnesses in over 119,000 congregations.
      Fore more information, visit their website at www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions
      http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/main-news/jehovahs-witnesses-welcome-all-to-their-conventions-in-lubbock-this-summer/732375647
    • By TheWorldNewsOrg
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      Authorities said on Saturday that fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit a small city in the eastern part of the US state of Texas. Powerful storms swept through Canton, leaving behind a trail of overturned vehicles, mangled trees and damaged homes.
       
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Jehovah's Witnesses from East Texas will attend their semiannual circuit assembly at the Carthage Civic Center Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5.
      The theme of the circuit assembly is "Maintain Love for Jehovah!” from Matt. 22:37.
      Jehovah's Witnesses from Kilgore, Carthage, Whitehouse, Nacogdoches, Bullard, Lufkin and other communities will attend Saturday's session, while Jehovah's Witnesses from Longview, Marshall, Lindale, Mineola and Tyler areas will be attending Sunday's session. 
      The public talk, Do Not Lose “the Love You Had at First,” will highlight the program each afternoon at 2:55 p.m.
      The event, which will start at 9:40 each morning, is free to the public.
      http://www.kilgorenewsherald.com/stories/circuit-assemblyset-this-weekend,108710
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    • Just as the WT knows how to work the global market by investing their money in hedge funds, they know how to manipulate a developing mind with persuasion techniques.  I perceive the downplay of higher education as a safeguard from losing members.  While the organization warns these young ones of Satan’s worldly traps when pursuing higher education, in reality it appears to me that it’s all about keeping JWs captive to the organization’s “empty philosophy”.  Col 2:8  Knowing how the young mind develops sheds light on the org's use of persistent warnings not to pursue higher education.  “Developmental Tasks and Attributes of Late Adolescence/Young Adulthood (Ages 18-24 years) http://www.amchp.org/programsandtopics/AdolescentHealth/projects/Documents/SAHRC AYADevelopment LateAdolescentYoungAdulthood.pdf This is a time of life when very little is normative. It is a period of frequent change and exploration that covers many aspects of their life: home, family, work, school, resources, and role. Develop and apply abstract thinking skills Adolescents experience significant changes in their capacity to think. In changing from concrete to abstract thought they are increasingly able to understand and grapple with abstract ideas, think about possibilities, think ahead, think about thinking, and “put themselves in another person’s shoes.” In general, this changes their ability to think about themselves, others and the world around them. This is a gradual process that spans adolescence and young adulthood. For example, early in the process youth are limited in their ability to hold more than one point of view – understanding something from one perspective but not another. ·        Capacity for abstract thought becomes established; can think abstractly and hypothetically; can discern the underlying principles and apply them to new situations; and can think about the future, considering many possibilities and logical outcomes of possible events. ·       Able to hold and manipulate clusters of abstract ideas and create systems for organizing abstract thoughts. ·       Greater ability to consider different points of view at the same time can result in increased empathy and concern for others, and new interest in societal issues for many. It also allows youth to better value the diversity of people (and their perspectives) and appreciate that there may be many right answers to a problem. Adopt A Personal Value System Adolescents develop a more complex understanding of moral behavior and underlying principles of justice. They question and assess beliefs from childhood and restructure these beliefs into a personal ideology (e.g. more personally meaningful values, religious views, and belief systems to guide decisions and behavior). ·        Decisions and values are less influenced by peers. ·       Able to see multiple viewpoints, value the diversity of people and perspectives and appreciate that there can be many right answers to a problem. ·        Identify values and viewpoints that work for oneself while respecting viewpoints/values of others I would imagine there is a high risk of young JWs entering a college or university after high school, with the same age group, and going through the same mental development stages ...leaving the Watchtower altogether.  
    • John 17:14-16 The comments in the study Bible on John 17:15 say: "Jehovah...could even separate his people physically from the rest of the world and place them in a a safe and peaceful environment. However, regarding his disciples, Jesus prayed to his heavenly Father: "I request you, not to take them out of the world, but to watch over them because of the wicked one." Jehovah has chosen not to take us "out of the world." Rather, it is his will that we live among the general population of this world in order to proclaim his message of hope and comfort to others. (Rom. 10:13-15) But, as Jesus implied in his prayer, by living in this world, we are exposed to "the wicked one." Disobedient mankind and wicked spirit forces cause much pain and anguish, and Christians are not immune to distress." 1 Peter 5:9 So while we recognize we have to live in a world under Satan's control, it doesn't mean we should go out of our way to expose ourselves to potentially dangerous influences and bad association. There are of course necessary things we must do to survive and provide for our families - such as employment, which as you correctly pointed out, can mean rubbing shoulders with worldly people and attitudes whatever level of education we choose. But even on that, we are selective so as to minimize our exposure to potentially harmful influences. It may include being selective as to what type of work we are willing to accept, or whom we work with/for. Many caring parents know they can't completely eliminate bad influences at school for instance (since kids have to have some type of schooling and it is beneficial), but they may choose to be selective as to whom they allow their kids to spend their extra time with. So living in the world, we recognize there are certain things we must do whether we like it or not. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't exercise caution and be selective as to what we choose to involve ourselves in. I could rationalize that I need a job to support myself and my family - a legitimate and necessary need,  but would I choose to work for the mafia to do so? No, I would be selective and cautious.  I agree with you. I often have the same problem on both phone and tablet. Fortunately I've recently discovered that we can edit and make corrections. I wish I had known that earlier before "auto-correct" ran roughshod over my posts.  As for my level of education, I provide as little information as possible to identify me. As a "whistleblower" on some things, there would be an opportunity for "blowback" from men in authority who have something to hide. I don't even post what country I'm from. So when I have written that at times there are men in authority who act as wickedly as people in the world and hide behind their authority, I know exactly what I'm talking about. That's why I don't buy into the "Jesus is in full control of everything..." stuff, because I know some of the stuff that goes on is about as unChristlike as you can get. He doesn't cause/control it just because he allows it for a time. I also question some of the decisions men (not Jesus) have made when I am in possession of all the facts - especially when removal or disfellowshipping has as it's objective to silence whistleblowers who expose their corruption. I have never been DF'd, but I know if they thought I was spilling the beens on them, that's exactly what would happen. So I don't mention any names either that would tip them off. Just letting people know that you can still maintain your faith and relationship with God despite the evil that (some) men do - and get away with for now.  Sorry if this rant is off topic.
    • Perhaps it can be as you said. And perhaps this can be true with many other similar "stories".   What I see as important in this "story", is fine moral message and inspirational, motivating injection that in this materialistic and superficial everyday life offers a spiritual upgrade.... said with different order of words. 
    • Some do. Like the Rainbow Mountains, and some of the Caucasus (Svaneti) look more like rocky Alps. I'd love to see those mountains, and I planned to visit Georgia within two or three years if possible. I've never been to Georgia, the closest so far has been to northern Turkey (Ankara, Zonguldak, Samsun). If Jehovah did not intervene, and nature was left to itself, moving the tectonic plates would have caused thousands of violent aftershocks and tsunamis for quite some time after the floodwaters settled. Even on water, during the Flood, the Ark would have to be given divine protection. Settling on a high mountain might protect from tsunamis but not the quakes. I'd like to look up some info on these. Where should I start?
    • The story has also been told that it was a "black boy" who offered him the newspaper for free: https://mylife-chapter.blogspot.com/2017/08/who-is-richer-than-bill-gates.html When my wife was a school principal, teachers were always putting up posters about, for example, the "Ten Things Bill Gates Says about School" or "What Bill Gates Said Were the Most Important Things in Life" etc. He may have told a story like this, but usually people create such stories so that their own moral lesson comes across with more authority.  
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