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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
       
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      Jehovah's Witnesses are already helping the Brothers and Sisters affected by the Hurricane Harvey in Texas - (John 13:35) 




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      Truckloads of supplies headed to our hurricane affected brothers and sisters in Rockport, Texas, USA.
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      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
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      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
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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.
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    • I didn’t know you were asking a question and I thought you were giving a personal observation. I'm not disputing the body of Christ or the kingship? I was questioning where Russell saw himself as part of that kingship. You are giving an impression, Russell thought he had that "guarantee" when no one on earth does. Christ will choose who, not the "saints" or the GB for that matter. They hope their fine work will be accepted just like the rest of us that will stay here on earth. OV313 HOW AND WHAT TO FIGHT "The Good Fight" By C. T. Russell The whole world may be divided along these lines into two classes, the one guided and controlled by earthly affairs and interests, and the other by heavenly hopes and interests. The former are what the Scriptures term the "natural man," and include many of earth's noblemen, as well as the earthly, sensual, devilish. Those controlled by the heavenly hopes, called the "spirit-begotten," "new creatures," are but a small number, and include some.   The Lord's favor to Daniel in permitting him to have a high position in Babylonia and subsequently in the Medo-Persian empires is contrary to his dealings with Spiritual Israelites of the present time. He deals with us not according to the flesh but according to the spirit. Consequently the rewards we get for faithfulness to him are spiritual rewards, "much advantage everyway." The Lord expects that the heavenly hopes and prospects set before us of a participation in the heavenly Kingdom as joint-heirs with our Lord, the Messiah, will be esteemed by us as of greater value than the honors and dignity conferred upon the prophet Daniel in the past. And we, too, so esteem the matter. Let us continue to thus view things from God's standpoint, until by and by he shall say, Enough, come up higher.   Who then -- In the harvest. B163 Few would be found giving to the household of faith meat in due season at his presence. R718:4 Faithful and wise servant -- Faithful to the "Master" and to "his fellow-servants" and "the household." D613 God's grace will probably come through a human channel, through the helpfulness of the fellow-members of the body of Christ, whom the Lord will make use of in serving the meat to the household of faith. R2383:4 Ever since the Church has had an existence, God has raised up some from its midst as special servants of the body, some who had special teaching ability. R1206:4 God in his own time raises up suitable servants or expounders to dispense his meat in due season. A319 Servants who are anxious, not only about the amount of service, but also that it be in exact cooperation with God. R1797:1 Merely a steward, liable to be removed at any moment should he fail to fully and duly acknowledge the Master in every particular. D613 One channel dispensing the meat in due season, though other channels or fellow-servants will be used in bringing the food to the household. D613 A special messenger to the Church at this time. R6023:3* Some one servant (animate or inanimate) whom the Lord would specially use in the present time to dispense the present truth. R1994:3 Originally applied to Pastor Russell by one who became his bitter enemy. He avoided the discussion which followed, except for references in Volume 4 and when the passage occurred in the International Sunday School Lessons. R4482:1, 4473:3, 3811:2 Thousands of readers of Pastor Russell's writings believe that he filled the office of "that servant." His modesty precluded him from claiming this title. OV447:6*; R6011:2*, 4482:1, 2489:4* While this exhortation in general seems to apply to one particular servant, we can see the same principle would apply to each servant in turn as he would receive either food or stewardship. R3356:5 Whether you like to call it a class or individual, whatever it be. Q355:5 Let each reach his own conclusions and act accordingly. R4483:3, 1946:2; Q644:4 The whole body of Christ, faithfully carrying out their consecration vows. R291:6, 149:5*  .  This is what you are missing. You are projecting with a guarantee something Russell didn’t consider himself to be aside from being a faithful servant alongside the brotherhood. There were times when certain independent Bible students believed the “church” was the WS. Therefore, they all believed the members met that requirement of being saints.   Was "The gospel of the kingdom" ever preached in all the world during past ages? The Scriptures declare that the immortality of human souls and eternal torment is not the gospel, Galatians 3:8. But, now, today, the gospel is being carried to every nation on earth by the one, faithful and wise servant of the Lord, Luke 12:42. The coming tour of the world means something. Yes, dear friends, soon shall the end be. Lift up your heads and rejoice when ye see these things beginning to come to pass. Why? "Because your redemption draweth nigh."   Just like AlanF, you want to cherry pick. However, tell your pal, JW’s were constituted in 1931 therefore any material he submits before that, belongs to the “Freedom Bible Students” or the “Associated Bible Students”, not the original “International Bible Student Association”. Pastor Russell was part of.
    • When you don't pay much attention to what goes on in your life, God can go unnoticed but if you start to notice the coincidences that are always going on, things get interesting. Here's an obvious one.                     Twin Towers Lone Tower.doc
    • You must be reading something into this that isn't there. The quote I think you were trying to remember is probably this: *** w17 February p. 26 par. 12 Who Is Leading God’s People Today? *** The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible. Therefore, it can err in doctrinal matters or in organizational direction. . . .Of course, Jesus did not tell us that his faithful slave would produce perfect spiritual food.  
    • Yes, @Arauna, an excellent challenge for you. Put each “joke” under the microscope. Analyze it with critical thinking skills to PROVE that it is funny or not funny. Just think how enriched your life will be! It is like when I watch Colbert. I do not just laugh because the plebeians are laughing—what do they know? It might be a trap. I run each joke into the lab for a bevy of tests. If I determine thereby using science that it was funny, I laugh my sides off. If you actually read things before you worked on your rebuttal, you would see that @Arauna‘s comment has nothing to do with chronology. It has to do with political developments that she has in position to know that will make you wish the end had come, even should you be on the wrong side.
    • You haven't yet addressed the main question which I repeated for you, so I'm guessing that you ARE already aware that Russell taught that those of the "high calling" were included in "The CHRIST." I have no idea what it means to be "missing the 'hope' part of my understanding." Are you saying that Russell said things which were not in line with who Russell really was? Did he only hope to be the faithful and wise servant, when he claimed to be the faithful and wise servant? Did he only hope to be God's mouthpiece when he said he WAS God's mouthpiece? If not, please explain. I don't want to twist your words.
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