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On 4/25/2016 at 7:45 AM, MICHAEL OWUSU said:

Hi and thanks very much your good work here, Ray. Do you have a developed talk outline or Audio for Talk# S-34_193-E - "Rescue from World Distress"?. Can you send to me, pls?

I don't sorry. ;-(

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    • By Jack Ryan
      Jehovah’s Witnesses have quite a selection of public talk outlines that elders and ministerial servants can choose from. These public talk outlines are used for giving a sermon at their weekend meetings, held in local kingdom halls around the world. Historically, public talks were of 45 minute lengths. In recent times, the public talks have been reduced to 30 minutes.
      Here is the full list of public talk outlines in English. The public talk outlines are provided by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      Note: The numbers in parentheses after the title of the talk outline is the date the outline was published. Dates are formatted as M/YY, MM/YY or YYYY.
      English Talk Outlines
      No. 1-E How Well Do You Know God? (9/15)
      No. 1-E How Well Do You Know God? (3/91)
      No. 2-E Will You Be A Survivor Of The Last Days? (9/15)
      No. 2-E Will You be a Survivor of the Last Days? (9/07)
      No. 2-E Will You be a Survivor of the “Last Days”? (4/73)
      No. 3-E Move Ahead With Jehovah’s Unified Organization (9/15)
      No. 3-E Serving With Jehovah’s Unified Organization (9/07)
      No. 3-E Jehovah Makes Loving Preparations For Earth’s Inhabitants (2/66)
      No. 4-E Evidence Of God In The World Around Us (9/15)
      No. 4-E Evidence of God in the World around Us (3/91)
      No. 5-E Real Help For The Family (9/15)
      No. 5-E Family Life That Warms The Heart (1/05)
      No. 6-E The Flood Of Noah’s Day And You (9/15)
      No. 6-E The Flood Of Noah’s Day Has Meaning For Us (7/91)
      No. 7-E Imitate “The Father Of Tender Mercies” (12/15)
      No. 7-E Mercy, a Dominant Quality Of True Christians (3/91)
      No. 8-E Living To Do God’s Will, Not Our Own (9/15)
      No. 8-E Living, Not for Self, but to do God’s Will (9/07)
      No. 9-E Be A Hearer and a Doer of God’s Word (12/16)
      No. 9-E Never Become Dull in your Hearing (5/08)
      No. 10-E Be Honest in All You Say and Do (12/16)
      No. 10-E Conducting Ourselves Honestly at all Times (5/91)
      No. 11-E “No Part of the World” – In Imitation of Christ (12/16)
      No. 11-E “No Part of the World” – In Imitation of Christ (9/98)
      No. 11-E “No Part of the World” – In Imitation of Christ (12/73)
      No. 12-E Your View of Authority Matters to God (12/16)
      No. 12-E Respect for Authority is a Safeguard for you (5/91)
      No. 13-E A Godly View of Sex and Marriage (12/16)
      No. 13-E A Godly View of Sex and Marriage (5/91)
      No. 14-E A Clean People Honors Jehovah (12/16)
      No. 14-E A Clean People Honors Jehovah (12/07)
      No. 15-E “Work What is Good Toward All” (12/16)
      No. 15-E As Christians, We Care About Other People (5/91)
      No. 16-E Keep Growing in your Relationship with God (12/16)
      No. 16-E Keep Growing in your Relationship with God (5/91)
      No. 17-E Glorifying God with all we have (7/91)
      No. 18-E Are you Really Making Jehovah your Stronghold? (6/93)
      No. 19-E Your Future – How can it be known? (5/01)
      No. 20-E Is it Time for God to Rule the World? (2/02)
      No. 21-E How do you Fit into the Kingdom Arrangement? (8/99)
      No. 22-E Are you Content with Jehovah’s Provisions? (8/91)
      No. 23-E Life Does have a Purpose (7/91)
      No. 24-E What God’s Rulership can do for us (2/02)
      No. 25-E Resisting the Spirit of the World (9/07)
      No. 26-E Does God Count you Personally Important? (7/92)
      No. 27-E Getting Marriage off to a Good Start (9/98)
      No. 28-E Show Respect and Love in your Marriage (9/98)
      No. 29-E Responsibilities and Rewards of Parenthood (9/98)
      No. 30-E Communication – Within the Family and with God (9/98)
      No. 31-E Happy Though Hungry – How can it be? (7/92)
      No. 32-E Coping with Life’s Anxieties (7/92)
      No. 33-E What is Behind the Spirit of Rebellion? (6/92)
      No. 34-E Are you “Marked” for Survival? 6/92)
      No. 35-E Can you Live Forever? Will you? (6/92)
      No. 36-E Is this Life all there is? (6/92)
      No. 37-E Are God’s Ways Really Beneficial? (3/17)
      No. 37-E Decide Now for Divine Rulership (6/92)
      No. 38-E Act Wisely as the End Draws Near (6/92)
      No. 39-E Be Confident of Divine Victory (1/96)
      No. 40-E What the Near Future Holds! (1/96)
      No. 41-E “Stand Still and See the Salvation of Jehovah” (7/92)
      No. 42-E How the Kingdom of God Affects You (1/96)
      No. 43-E Are You Doing What God Requires of You? (9/07)
      No. 44-E Keep Seeking God’s Kingdom (9/07)
      No. 45-E Follow the Way to Life (7/92)
      No. 46-E Maintain Your Confidence Firm to the End (7/92)
      No. 47-E “Have Faith in the Good News” (9/95)
      No. 48-E Meeting the Test of Christian Loyalty (1/00)
      No. 49-E A Cleansed Earth – Will You Live to See it? (9/07)
      No. 50-E Decisions You Face – How Will You Make Them? (12/93)
      No. 51-E Is the Truth Transforming Your Life? (6/95)
      No. 52-E Who is Your God? (12/93)
      No. 53-E Does Your Thinking Agree With God’s? (12/93)
      No. 54-E Build Your Faith in Man’s Maker (12/93)
      No. 55-E What Kind of Name are You Making with God? (12/93)
      No. 56-E Into the New World Under Christ’s Rulership (1/96)
      No. 57-E Bearing Up Under Persecution (12/93)
      No. 58-E How Should You Serve God? (12/93)
      No. 59-E You Will Reap What You Sow (12/93)
      No. 60-E How Purposeful is Your Life? (2/97)
      No. 61-E On Whose Promises do You Rely? (12/93)
      No. 62-E The Only Cure for Sick Mankind (12/93)
      No. 63-E Do You Have the Evangelizing Spirit? (12/93)
      No. 64-E Lovers of Pleasure or Lovers of God? (12/93)
      No. 65-E How to Cultivate Peace in an Angry World (7/16)
      No. 65-E Find Honor and Joy in God’s Ministry (12/93)
      No. 66-E Slave for the Master of the Harvest (9/07)
      No. 67-E Taking Time to Meditate on Spiritual Things (9/07)
      No. 68-E Do You Harbor Resentment, Or do You Forgive? (12/93)
      No. 69-E Renewing the Spirit of Self-Sacrifice (12/93)
      No. 70-E Make Jehovah Your Confidence (12/93)
      No. 71-E How to Keep Spiritually Awake (9/07)
      No. 72-E Love Identifies the True Christian Congregation (12/93)
      No. 73-E Acquiring a Heart of Wisdom (9/94)
      No. 74-E Jehovah’s Eyes Are Upon Us (9/94)
      No. 75-E Do You Recognize Jehovah’s Sovereignty in Your Personal Life? (9/07)
      No. 76-E Bible Principles – Can They Help Us to Cope with Today’s Problems? (8/10)
      No. 77-E Follow the Course of Hospitality (9/94)
      No. 78-E Serve Jehovah with a Joyful Heart (1/96)
      No. 79-E Friendship with God, Friendship with the World – Which Will You Choose? (1/96)
      No. 80-E Does Your Hope Rest on Science or the Bible? (9/94)
      No. 81-E Who are Qualified as Ministers of God? (1/95)
      No. 82-E Jehovah and Christ – Are They Part of a Trinity? (5/95)
      No. 83-E Religion’s Time of Judgment (11/95)
      No. 84-E Will You Escape this World’s Destiny? (11/03)
      No. 85-E Good News in a Violent World (9/01)
      No. 86-E Prayers that are Heard by God (1/95)
      No. 87-E What is Your Relationship with God? (1/95)
      No. 88-E Why Live by Bible Standards? (1/95)
      No. 89-E Come, You Who Thirst for the Truth! (1/95)
      No. 90-E Reach Out for the Real Life! (3/03)
      No. 91-E The Messiah’s Presence and his Rule (11/95)
      No. 92-E Religion’s Role in World Affairs (11/95)
      No. 93-E “Acts of God” – How do you View Them? (11/92)
      No. 94-E True Religion Meets the Needs of Human Society (12/93)
      No. 95-E The Bible’s View of Spiritistic Practices (7/94)
      No. 95-E True Worship Versus the False (3/70)
      No. 96-E False Religion’s End is Near! (1/96)
      No. 97-E Remaining Blameless Amid a Crooked Generation (1/96)
      No. 98-E Keep Clean from Worldly Defilements (9/07)
      No. 99-E Why You Can Trust the Bible (9/97)
      No. 100-E True Friendship with God and Neighbor (11/98)
      No. 101-E Jehovah – The Grand Creator (5/95)
      No. 102-E Paying Attention to the Prophetic Word (5/95)
      No. 103-E You Can Find Joy In Serving God (2/99)
      No. 104-E Parents – Are You Building With Fire-Resistant Materials? (1/05)
      No. 105-E Gaining Comfort in all our Tribulations (5/95)
      No. 106-E Ruining the Earth Brings Divine Retribution (5/95)
      No. 107-E Hold a Good Conscience in a Sinful World (5/95)
      No. 108-E Overcoming Fear of the Future (5/95)
      No. 109-E The Kingdom of God is Near (1/96)
      No. 110-E God Comes First in Successful Family Life (1/95)
      No. 111-E What Does the Healing of the Nations Accomplish? (1/95)
      No. 112-E How to Express Love in a Lawless World (1/95)
      No. 113-E How Can Youths Cope with Today’s Crisis? (1/96)
      No. 114-E Appreciating Marvels of God’s Creation (1/95)
      No. 115-E How to Protect Ourselves from Satan’s Snares (4/95)
      No. 116-E Choose Your Associates Wisely! (9/07)
      No. 117-E How to Conquer Evil with Good (11/06)
      No. 118-E Looking at Youth from Jehovah’s Standpoint (8/98)
      No. 119-E Christian Separateness from the World – Why Beneficial (5/97)
      No. 120-E Why Submit to God’s Rulership Now (6/97)
      No. 121-E A Worldwide Brotherhood Saved from Calamity (6/97)
      No. 122-E Global Peace – From What Source? (7/97)
      No. 123-E Why Christians Must be Different (6/97)
      No. 124-E Basis for Confidence in the Bible’s Divine Authorship (5/97)
      No. 125-E Why Mankind Needs a Ransom (10/99)
      No. 126-E Who Can Be Saved? (11/00)
      No. 127-E What Happens When We Die? (8/00)
      No. 128-E Is Hell Really a Place of Fiery Torment? (11/00)
      No. 129-E Is the Trinity a Scriptural Teaching? (10/00)
      No. 130-E The Earth Will Remain Forever (8/00)
      No. 131-E Is There Really A Devil? (3/02)
      No. 132-E The Resurrection – Victory Over Death! (8/00)
      No. 133-E The Origin of Humans – Does it Matter What You Believe? (8/00)
      No. 134-E Should Christians Keep the Sabbath? (8/00)
      No. 135-E The Sacredness of Life and Blood (9/00)
      No. 136-E Does God Approve of the Use of Images in Worship? (1/01)
      No. 137-E Did the Miracles of the Bible Really Happen? (11/00)
      No. 138-E Live with Soundness of Mind in a Depraved World (11/00)
      No. 139-E Godly Wisdom in a Scientific World (11/00)
      No. 140-E Who Really Is Jesus Christ? (8/17)
      No. 140-E Jesus Christ – Earth’s New Ruler (11/00)
      No. 141-E Human Creation’s Groaning – When Will It End? (11/00)
      No. 142-E Why Take Refuge in Jehovah (11/00)
      No. 143-E Trust in the God of all Comfort (11/00)
      No. 144-E A Loyal Congregation Under Christ’s Leadership (11/00)
      No. 145-E Who is Like Jehovah Our God? (11/00)
      No. 146-E Use Education to Praise Jehovah (11/00)
      No. 147-E Trust in Jehovah’s Saving Power (11/00)
      No. 148-E Do You Share God’s View of Life? (11/00)
      No. 149-E Are You Walking With God? (11/00)
      No. 150-E How Real is God to You? (1/01)
      No. 150-E How Real is God to You? (11/00)
      No. 151-E Jehovah is “a Secure Height” for his People (11/00)
      No. 152-E The Real Armageddon – Why? When? (10/01)
      No. 153-E Keep Close in Mind the “Fear-Inspiring Day”! (6/11)
      No. 153-E Keep Close in Mind the “Fear-Inspiring Day”! (11/01)
      No. 154-E Human Rule-Weighed in the Balance (3/02)
      No. 155-E Has Babylon’s Judgment Hour Arrived? (12/02)
      No. 156-E Judgment Day – A Time of Fear or Hope? (6/03)
      No. 156-E Judgment Day – A Time of Fear or Hope? (10/02)
      No. 157-E How True Christians Adorn Divine Teaching (5/03)
      No. 158-E Be Courageous, and Trust in Jehovah (11/03)
      No. 159-E Finding Security in a Dangerous World (10/03)
      No.160-E Safeguard Your Christian Identity! (11/11)
      No. 160-E Safeguard Your Christian Identity! (6/04)
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      No.162-E Deliverance From a World of Darkness (11/14)
      No. 162-E Deliverance from a World of Darkness (12/04)
      No. 163-E Why Fear the True God? (6/05)
      No. 164-E Is God Still in Control? (11/05)
      No. 165-E Whose Values do you Cherish? (11/05)
      No. 166-E Facing the Future with Faith and Courage (5/06)
      No. 167-E Act Wisely in a Senseless World (12/06)
      No. 168-E You Can Feel Safe in this Troubled World (11/06)
      No. 169-E Why be Guided by the Bible? (11/07)
      No. 170-E Who is Qualified to Rule Mankind? (12/07)
      No. 171-E You Can Enjoy Life in Peace Now – And Forever! (1/08)
      No. 172-E What is Your Standing with God? (5/08)
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      No. 174-E God’s New World – Who Will Qualify to Enter? (11/08)
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      No. 177-E Where can you get Help in Times of Distress (1/10)
      No. 178-E Walk in the Way of Integrity (6/10)
      No. 179-E Reject Worldly Fantasies, Pursue Kingdom Realities (11/10)
      No. 180-E The Resurrection – What That Hope Should Be Real To You (5/11)
      No. 181-E Is It Later Than You Think? 6/11)
      No. 182-E What God’s Kingdom Is Doing For Us Now (9/11)
      No. 183-E Turn Your Eyes Away From Worthless Things! (8/12)
      No. 184-E Does Death End it all? (7/12)
      No. 185-E Does The Truth Affect Your Life? 11/12)
      No. 186-E Unite With God’s Happy People (3/13)
      No. 187-E Why Would a Loving God Permit Wickedness? (7/13)
      No. 188-E Is Your Confidence in Jehovah? (1/14)
      No. 189-E Walking With God Brings Blessings Now And Forever (4/14)
      No. 190-E A Promise of Perfect Family Happiness (7/14)
      No. 191-E How Love & Faith Conquer the World (4/15)
      No. 192-E Are You on the Road to Everlasting Life? (8/15)
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      No. 194-E How Godly Wisdom Benefits Us (5/16)
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      S-31-E Appreciate What Christ Has Done For You! (2/17)
      S-31-E Appreciate What Christ Has Done For You! (12/15)
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      S-31-E Appreciate What Christ Has Done For You! (7/12)
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      S-211-16-E Listen and Learn From the Illustration of the Sower (11/15)
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      S-319a-14-E How love and faith conquer the world (10/12)
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      S-319a-16-E Are God’s ways really beneficial? (12/14)
      S-319a-17-E Is this world doomed to ruin? (11/15)
      S-319a-18-E What is religion’s future? (11/16)
      S-319b-11-E How does the truth affect your life? (12/10)
      S-319b-13-E ‘Good news to every nation, tribe and tongue’ (9/12)
      S-319b-14-E Rescue from world distress (10/13)
      S-319b-15-E The scene of this world is changing (10/14)
      S-319b-16-E Who are the Real Followers of Christ? (11/15)
      S-319b-17-E Are you conscious of your spiritual need? (11/16)
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      S-335-12-E Do not put our the fire of the spirit (7/11)
      S-335-13-E Imitate the master teacher’s pattern (4/12)
      S-335-14-E What is looked for in Stewards is for a man to be found faithful (5/13)
      S-335-15-E Go on walking orderly in this same course (7/14)
      S-335-16-E Imitate Jesus by effectively teaching from God’s Word (7/15)
      S-335-17-E Continue to be “Nourished with the words of the faith” (12/16)
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      S-337a-12-E Throw all your anxiety upon Jehovah (7/11)
      S-337a-13-E Teaching by Word and Example – A Rewarding and Weighty Assignment (4/12)
      S-337a-14-E Develop thinking ability as appointed men (5/13)
      S-337a-15-E Cultivate the “Art of Teaching” (7/14)
      S-337a-16-E The things you heard from me …, entrust to faithful men (5/15)
      S-337a-17-E Be Refreshing and Encouraging! (5/16)
      S-337b-10-E Let all your affairs take place with love (1/10)
      S-337b-11-E Enhance your ‘appreciation for sacred things’ (1/11)
      S-337b-12-E Hate what is bad, and love what is good (1/12)
      S-337b-13-E Encourage one another all the more so as the day draws near (11/12)
      S-337b-14-E Assist inactive ones to return to Jehovah’s flock / Maintain the Qualities of a genuine shepherd / Reminders regarding handling child abuse matters (12/13)
      S-337b-15-E Allow Jehovah to “Finish your training” (1/15)
      S-337b-16-E Prove yourself to be a shepherd of the sheep (1/16)
      S-337b-17-E Set a proper example, for “the time left is reduced” (10/16)
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    • By Jack Ryan
      Revision date: 8/17. The Talk outline “Jesus Christ—Earth’s New Ruler” has been discontinued and should no longer be used. It has been replaced by “Who Really is Jesus Christ?”
      Note: This is the special public talk outline for 2018. The talk will be given in most congregations the week of Monday, March 19, 2018.
    • By Jack Ryan
      This is to inform you that older, 45-minute public talk outlines are in the process of being shortened to 30 minutes, and their content and references are being updated. The revised outlines will be posted on jw.org. Some outlines are being given new titles, and others are being discontin- ued. When an outline that you deliver is revised, please update your talk as soon as possible so that it harmonizes with the revised outline. When an outline is discontinued, it should no longer be used. At times, a discontinued outline may be replaced with a new one that has a different theme but the same number. Please inform all ministerial servants who give public talks of this direction.
      2016_01-31-E_BOE--Revised_Public_Talk_Outlines_[1].pdf
    • By Jack Ryan
      New Public Talk #193: "Rescue From World Distress"
       
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    • Question: What is a TV show that ruined the lives of many people in general? If we are actually talking about shows that have ruined tens of thousands of lives then there’s no way to avoid bringing up televangelists. These individuals have had people so desperate to help, to healed or to be “saved” that they have: Drained their pensions and retirement accounts Mortgaged their homes Liquidated their assets Borrowed money from family, friends and even financial institutions. Gone without food and medication Some of the worst offenders are: This Is Your Day - Benny Hinn Hinn has been controversial for decades and is only now receiving the scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service and the Postal Inspectors that he’s deserved for years. Your World With Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar A Georgia-based pastor who actually begged his followers for a $65 million private jet to help him “minister to the faithful”. Believer’s Voice of Victory - Kenneth Copeland Basically instructs people NOT to seek medical assistance, and states that prayer will help them overcome illnesses. Enjoy Everyday Life - Joyce Meyer Has been under investigation for many years for possible misuse of collected funds. Has been on air for nearly 30 years and has collected tens of millions of dollars during that time. Paula White Today - Paula White Both White, and her ex-husband Randy White, take in millions of dollars annually and have been under scrutiny by tax officials for decades. The Whites are actually one of the most subdued of televangelists, although they are also some of the most successful. Frankly, so many people have given, and will give, their money to these individuals that they easily are among the worst predators ever to be aired on American television.
    • Would this mean supernatural babies would not have received judgment because they are babies? Babies that turned into giants that caused the deaths of countless humans, including babies by a power given to them, they shouldn’t have received? Does everyone that possess the Holy Spirit have the ability for prophecy? No! That is made by design by God. 2 Peter 1:20-21, Romans 12:6 It would be unusual for a witness to be distinct to such honor and speak of prophecy as though it was relayed directly from God to that individual. Countering the written words of Paul. God gives that privilege, it is not taken by man. John 3:31-35 With that said, faithful witnesses should understand the meticulous groundwork that Pastor Russell laid-out for everyone to see. There are 2 instances within scripture of 1260. Revelation and Daniel. What witnesses shouldn’t do is project their independent understanding of prophecy, when they are not given that power of prophecy by God. However, I have seen where some people use genesis and Ezekiel as a reference guide. Therefore, there is no contradiction to Paul's words since the understanding of being enthroned in 1914 versus having taken control are two separate issues. Then, AD 1914 stands on its own Biblical merit.
    • I have a better idea, big boy. You write a letter—that way I do not have to—and ask about the specific reasons that Tim Cook was made part of the Governing Body. Specify that you want details.. Do not settle for “he was a pioneer for so many years, then a missionary, then a Bethel servant.”  No. Ask about specific praiseworthy deeds, abilities, or accomplishments that made the others think: “We have to get this guy on the GB!”  How bout it, sport? Write that letter. Make it certified. Send a copy to the BOE. Send a copy here, even, so that we can all see the answer. Hold their feet to the fire! My guess is that you will not get anything more than the generic, and you may not get even that. Instead, you may get references to verse like 2 Corinthians 10:12  For we do not dare to class ourselves among some or compare ourselves with some who recommend themselves. Certainly they in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves with themselves have no understanding. or there might even be counsel not to fall into the pattern of “admiring personalities.” (Jude 16) When you get this reply, fire off another letter to them about how as MEN of HONOR, they owe it to you to SPILL when you say SPILL. Remind them of their scriptural obligation to TRUTHFULLY answer anyone who asks a question. Tell them that since you are asking them about good things, and not bad things, there is NO REASON for them not to oblige you.  The reason that they still will not satisfy you is that they are not into honoring persons. It is very hard to get the laudable specifics about any individual. They view humans, even themselves, as placeholders used by God, and when this or that is accomplished, credit goes to Jehovah, not the GB character or helper or branch servant who dreamed it up or got the job done. You have only to watch Sam Herd giving the Gilead talk in the most recent broadcast, shaking his jowls like Nixon, parodying those slobbering over the “Govnin Body” —a skit that I am still trying to get down pat for imitation—before he says it’s not any of them doing anything—you could do the same were you in their place—but it is Jehovah who should get all credit. They are not into zeroing in on the accomplishments of humans. Humans are placeholders. The good things they do are attributed to Jehovah, the bad things to human imperfection. I doubt you will get specifics for either.  Be a sport, JTR. Give it a go. Save me a stamp.  
    • Wouldn't a core doctrine be one in which we put "unwavering" faith. This is the whole reason I mention "core" or "key" doctrines. If we were to be killed unless we publicly renounced our faith in Jehovah God as the Creator, and Jesus Christ as the one through whom the Ransom comes, we should be willing to die for that doctrine. I would not be willing to die over my certainty that Jesus was only using hyperbole when he said that the men of Sodom would do better in a resurrection of the unrighteous on Judgment Day, than persons in towns that rejected Jesus during his earthly ministry. (Only the most diabolical of inquisitors would ask such a question anyway. I think I would go for "theocratic war strategy. 😉 )
    • I like that. It's an excellent explanation of one of the points made in the day's text and commentary. Perhaps. And so were all the 1 year old babies destroyed in the Flood. And so were the 185,000 of Senacherib's troops. I used that one because it's one for which most of us would be the least surprised if we discovered that the WT changed the teaching again.  Not sure what you mean. I already believe that the primary core doctrine is God's value through his Son's ransom sacrifice. Other doctrines are also just as necessary, though.  There actually is a contradiction between the Bible and AD 1914. And we don't need any independent understanding not supported by Scripture, such as the independent understanding of John Aquila Brown, or more specifically, that of Nelson H Barbour, neither of which were supported by Scripture. It should ALWAYS be the exploit of any faithful Witness to uncover truth and try to resolve any contradictions that can be resolved by Scripture itself, not anything independent of Scriptural support.  On the matter of the 1914 doctrine, an easier explanation with human controversy --but no scriptural controversy-- has already been posted. Easier isn't proof that it's better, but it's definitely easier. Here it is: Jesus came to earth to preach about a God's Kingdom through Christ and give himself over to death as a perfect ransom for sin, to fulfill the Law, and SIT AT GOD'S RIGHT HAND and therefore RULES AS KING since the time of his resurrection in 33 CE. That's it. Simple. No contradictions with any Scripture. From that point on, in 33 CE he SITS AT GOD'S RIGHT HAND and therefore RULES AS KING ruling in the midst of enemies, including war, famine, sickness, and will continue ruling as king until God has put all enemies under his feet, including the last enemy: death.  The current belief in 1914 creates a contradiction with this very point, because we are currently forced to ignore 1 Cor 15:25, which indicates that "sitting at God's right hand" is the same as "ruling as King." Right now, our current teaching is that Jesus sat at God's right hand in 33, and THEN LATER began ruling as king in 1914. Paul says that Jesus began ruling as king WHEN he sat at God's right hand. I'm swapping them because they mean exactly the same thing to me. No difference. Doctrine means teaching. True but notice the words that Paul used instead of "sit at my right hand" here: (1 Corinthians 15:25) 25 For he must rule as king until God has put all enemies under his feet. Turns out that when a king sits on a throne, this is actually an expression meaning rule as king. Just like when we say that a man "sat on the throne" starting in AD 1066, for example. Turns out that a king does not have to stand up from a throne to begin ruling as king. Turns out that sitting on a throne is not a synonym for just waiting around. By that logic, Jesus is not even NOW ruling as king, because God has not yet put the last enemy Death beneath his feet. (1 Corinthians 15:25,26) 25 For he must rule as king until God has put all enemies under his feet. 26 And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing.
    • If only you would stop quoting outside sources, and just be more basic with your comments, then i may understand them . Yes I understand 'if your throw out all the good, only the bad is left.  But the reverse is, if you only see the good, you are not being honest with yourself or others.  @Arauna is a case in point.  
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