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By Jack Ryan
Each year, Jehovah's Witnesses host Regional Assemblies around the world. Witnesses travel to larger, rented stadiums where talks, demonstrations, and videos are presented to the audience for three days. Posted below are the outlines for the talks delivered by qualified Jehovah's Witness elders. Additionally, some of the videos played during these talks are included here. These files are for the 2018 "Be Courageous" conventionsÂ of Jehovah's Witnesses, which are scheduled to begin May 18th in North America.
*Note: Many of the videos were previously published elsewhere, but have since been removed. If that is the case, it is indicated on the individual videoÂ’s wiki entry.
23. Be a CourageousÂ—Pioneer-Video 1
33. Learn Courage From CreationÂ—Horses-Video 1
40. How Our Brothers Are Showing Courage InÂ—North America-Video 1
44. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Cry of Peace and Security-Video 1
45. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Destruction of Babylon the Great-Video 1
46. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Proclamation of the Hailstone Message-Video 1
47. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Attack by Gog of Magog-Video 1
48. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—Armageddon-Video 1
49. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Great Reconstruction-Video 1
50. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Final Test-Video 1
*Note: These documents were previously publishedÂ elsewhere, but have since been removed.
Zip file of all talks
1. Chairmans Address-JehovahÂ—The Source of True Courage
2. Why True Christians Need CourageÂ—To Preach
3. Why True Christians Need Courage To Remain Holy
4. Why True Christians Need Courage To Maintain Neutrality
6. No Weapon Formed Against You Will Have Any Success
7. Courage Weakeners Versus Courage StrengthenersÂ—Despair Versus Hope
8. Courage Weakeners Versus Courage StrengthenersÂ—Complaint Versus Thanksgiving
9. Courage Weakeners Versus Courage StrengthenersÂ—Unwholesome Recreation Versus Field Ministry
10. Courage Weakeners Versus Courage StrengthenersÂ—Bad Associations Versus Good Assocations
11. Courage Weakeners Versus Courage StrengthenersÂ—Worldly Wisdom Versus Personal Study
12. Courage Weakeners Versus Courage StrengthenersÂ—Doubt Versus Faith
13. What They Risked-How They Were RewardedÂ—Hananiah Mishael and Azariah
14. What They Risked-How They Were RewardedÂ—Aquila and Priscilla
15. What They Risked-How They Were RewardedÂ—Stephen
16. Take Courage I Have Conquered the World
17. Courageous Soldiers of Christ
18. Be a CourageousÂ—Bible Student
19. Be a CourageousÂ—Youth
20. Be a CourageousÂ—Publisher
21. Be a CourageousÂ—Marriage Mate
22. Be a CourageousÂ—Parent
23. Be a CourageousÂ—Pioneer
24. Be a CourageousÂ—Congregation Elder
25. Be a CourageousÂ—Older Person
26. Imitate Not the Cowards But the CourageousÂ—Not the Ten Chieftans But Joshua and Caleb
27. Imitate Not the Cowards But the CourageousÂ—Not the Inhabitants of Meroz But Jael
28. Imitate Not the Cowards But the CourageousÂ—Not the False Prophets But Micaiah
29. Imitate Not the Cowards But the CourageousÂ—Not Urijah But Jeremiah
30. Imitate Not the Cowards But the CourageousÂ—Not Rich Young Ruler But Paul
31. BAPTISM-We Are Not the Sort Who Shrink Back
32. Learn Courage From CreationÂ—Lions
33. Learn Courage From CreationÂ—Horses
34. Learn Courage From CreationÂ—Mongooses
35. Learn Courage From CreationÂ—Hummingbirds
36. Learn Courage From CreationÂ—Elephants
37. How Our Brothers Are Showing Courage InÂ—Africa
38. How Our Brothers Are Showing Courage InÂ—Asia
39. How Our Brothers Are Showing Courage InÂ—Europe
40. How Our Brothers Are Showing Courage InÂ—North America
41. How Our Brothers Are Showing Courage InÂ—Oceania
42. How Our Brothers Are Showing Courage InÂ—South America
43. Courageous but Not Self-Relient
44. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Cry of Peace and Security
45. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Destruction of Babylon the Great
46. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Proclamation of the Hailstone Message
47. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Attack by Gog of Magog
48. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—Armageddon
49. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Great Reconstruction
50. Future Events That Will Require CourageÂ—The Final Test
51. PUBLIC BIBLE DISCOURSE-The Resurrection Hope Imparts CourageÂ—How
52. Summary of The Watchtower
54. There Are More With Us Than Against Us
OUTLINE FOR MEETING WITH THOSE INTERESTED IN THE SCHOOL FOR KINGDOM EVANGELIZERS
Media in category "JW - 2018 Regional Convention"
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2016-12-OUTLINE FOR MEETING WITH THOSE INTERESTED IN THE SCHOOL FOR KINGDOM EVANGELIZERS.pdf0 Ã— 0; 558 KB Â 2017-09-No 13-What They Risked-How They Were RewardedÂ—Hananiah Mishael and Azariah.pdf0 Ã— 0; 427 KB Â 2017-09-No 14-What They Risked-How They Were RewardedÂ—Aquila and Priscilla.pdf0 Ã— 0; 371 KB Â 2017-09-No 15-What They Risked-How They Were RewardedÂ—Stephen.pdf0 Ã— 0; 349 KB Â 2017-09-No 16-Take Courage I Have Conquered the World.pdf0 Ã— 0; 298 KB Â 2017-09-No 27-Imitate Not the Cowards But the CourageousÂ—Not the Inhabitants of Meroz But Jael.pdf0 Ã— 0; 275 KB Â 2017-09-No 28-Imitate Not the Cowards But the CourageousÂ—Not the False Prophets But Micaiah.pdf0 Ã— 0; 266 KB 2017-09-No 29-Imitate Not the Cowards But the CourageousÂ—Not Urijah But Jeremiah.pdf0 Ã— 0; 258 KB Â 2017-09-No 3-Why True Christians Need Courage To Remain Holy.pdf0 Ã— 0; 447 KB Â 2017-09-No 30-Imitate Not the Cowards But the CourageousÂ—Not Rich Young Ruler But Paul.pdf0 Ã— 0; 338 KB Â 2017-09-No 32-Learn Courage From CreationÂ—Lions.pdf0 Ã— 0; 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By Bible Speaks
Many brothers have written to us asking if it is an error or it was intentional that in the program of the REGIONAL ASSEMBLY 2018, the last Sunday farewell song and prayer, their number did not appear.
We can confirm, because it is already public domain in the US, that a new song will be released WORLDWIDE a new song that day and at that time, right at the end.
Those of us who have heard it have been electrified and in due course we will share it privately with the interested parties, ALWAYS THE ASSEMBLIES HAVE STARTED in a few days.
The lyrics of the song are just what is needed TODAY.
By T.B. (Twyla)
Here is a notebook for the 2018 “BE COURAGEOUS”! Regional Convention that I did. TB
2018 “BE COURAGEOUS”! Regional Convention notebook.pdf
By Jack Ryan
He is a current member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Anthony Morris on Ireland Gay Marriage Vote (HD).mp4
By Guest Nicole
Friday's parliamentary vote in Berlin to recognize the right of same-sex couples to wed was a long-awaited victory for German liberals. But the vote was a defeat for the woman who seemed to have emerged as one of the country's most popular icons of liberalism: German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
She welcomed over 1 million refugees, abandoned nuclear energy over safety fears and has urged President Trump to respect human rights.
On Friday, however, Merkel voted against same-sex marriage, despite having paved the way to its recognition only days earlier.
The anti-marriage-equality party line of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) had long prevented the law from being passed. But on Monday, the German chancellor cleared the way for the issue to win approval in the German Parliament by allowing lawmakers to choose according to their personal convictions after being pressured into a vote by the Social Democratic Party. “I would like to steer the discussion more toward the situation that it will be a question of conscience instead of me forcing something through by means of a majority vote,” Merkel said earlier this week.
Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/06/30/why-angela-merkel-known-for-embracing-liberal-values-voted-against-same-sex-marriage/?utm_term=.b6ce6745071c
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By Queen Esther
STANDARD: Jehovah's or MAN"S - It's not a hate issue, but rather a love for God and his standards.
Matthew 19:4-6. I don't hate gays but I do love my God and I chose to live and abide by his words, which say that two men should not lie down together, nor should two women. God says it is an abomination/detestable to him. Leviticus 18:22
By Guest Nicole
Devon and Cornwall Police have said a leaflet posted through doors in North Devon isn't a crime – despite it advising gay people to "control their urges".
The leaflet, entitled "How to Harness Your Habits", was distributed in North Devon by Jehovah's Witnesses and contains an article asking "What does the Bible say about homosexuality?"
In it, the religious group states that "rejecting homosexuality" is completely different to "rejecting people of a different skin colour" and says their views are the same as people who "view smoking as harmful and even repugnant".
It also compares gay people to animals, but says "unlike animals, they can choose not to act on their impulses".
The Journal was contacted by a reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, who felt "belittled" by the leaflet.
"I completely respect other peoples' beliefs and people who disagree with homosexuality because of their religion do not bother me," she said.
"But when people actively seek you out to force their beliefs upon you and tell you that what you are doing is wrong then that does upset me.
"They have encroached on my life by forcing their literature into my home and belittled my relationship and my life."
Using passages from the Bible as, the text also says: "A person who has homosexual leanings can control what he allows his mind to dwell on, just as he would control any other wrong desire, including leanings towards anger, adultery or greed."
However, it also says "the Bible does not encourage prejudice, hate crimes or any other kind of mistreatment of homosexuals".
Devon and Cornwall Police looked at the leaflet and stated: "We have been made aware of some religious materials which have been distributed in North Devon.
"Whilst it doesn't appear to meet the threshold to be considered a crime, these have been passed on to our Diverse Communities Team to look into."
But Matt Horwood, senior communications officer for national LGBT charity Stonewall called the leaflet "damaging vitriol".
"It perpetuates the myth that you cannot be of faith while also being part of, or supporting, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community," he said.
"Stonewall will continue its work with faith communities to ensure that all LGBT people are accepted without exception in their place of worship and within their own faith communities."
By Guest Nicole
Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.
Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gays for having marginalized them.
Francis responded with a variation of his famous "Who am I to judge?" comment and a repetition of church teaching that gays must not be discriminated against but treated with respect.
He said some politicized behaviors of the homosexual community can be condemned for being "a bit offensive for others." But he said: "Someone who has this condition, who has good will and is searching for God, who are we to judge?"
"We must accompany them," Francis said.
"I think the church must not only apologize ... to a gay person it offended, but we must apologize to the poor, to women who have been exploited, to children forced into labor, apologize for having blessed so many weapons" and for having failed to accompany families who faced divorces or experienced other problems.
Francis uttered his "Who am I to judge?" comment during his first airborne press conference in 2013, signaling a new era of acceptance and welcome for gays in the church. Francis followed up by meeting with gay and transgender faithful, and most significantly, by responding to claims that he met with anti-gay marriage campaigner Kim Davis during his U.S. visit. He said the only personal meeting he held in Washington was with his gay former student and his partner.
Despite such overtures, however, many gay Catholics are still waiting for progress after a two-year consultation of the church on family issues failed to chart concrete, new pastoral avenues for them.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, told reporters after Francis' press conference that the pope wasn't referring to a medical "condition" when he spoke of gays, but rather a lifestyle situation.
This story has been corrected to show that the cardinal's name is Reinhard Marx, not Karl.
By Guest Nicole
A gay rights activist celebrates outside of the iconic Stonewall Inn on the day the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
President Obama is poised to declare the first-ever national monument recognizing the struggle for gay rights, singling out a sliver of green space and part of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood as the birthplace of America’s modern gay liberation movement.
While most national monuments have highlighted iconic wild landscapes or historic sites from centuries ago, this reflects the country’s diversity of terrain and peoples in a different vein: It would be the first national monument anchored by a dive bar and surrounded by a warren of narrow streets that long has been regarded the historic center of gay cultural life in New York City.
Federal officials, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), will hold a listening session on May 9 to solicit feedback on the proposal. Barring a last-minute complication — city officials are still investigating the history of the land title — Obama is prepared to designate the area part of the National Park Service as soon as next month, which commemorates gay pride.
Protests at the site, which lasted for six days, began in the early morning of June 28, 1969 after police raided the Stonewall Inn, which was frequented by gay men. While patrons of the bar, which is still in operation today in half of its original space, had complied in the past with these crackdowns, that time it sparked a spontaneous riot by bystanders and those who had been detained.
Although national monument designations are partly symbolic, backers of the move said it could bolster the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which led to the landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
“We must ensure that we never forget the legacy of Stonewall, the history of discrimination against the LGBT community, or the impassioned individuals who have fought to overcome it,” Nadler, who has co-authored legislation that would make it a national park, said in a statement. “The LGBT civil rights movement launched at Stonewall is woven into American history, and it is time our National Park system reflected that reality.”
The president described Stonewall as a critical event in the nation’s social progress during his second inaugural speech, reflecting the idea “that all of us are created equal,” and alluded to it again when celebrating the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma, Ala.
Interior Department spokeswoman Amanda Degroff said Obama “has made clear that he’s committed to ensuring our national parks, monuments and public lands help Americans better understand the places and stories that make this nation great” — though at the moment the administration has no official announcement on the designation.
Noting that Jewell and Jarvis are attending next week’s public meeting at the invitation of Nadler and federal, state and local officials, Degroff added, “Insights from meetings like this one play an important role in identifying the best means to protect and manage significant sites like Christopher Park, whether a designation is established by Congress or through executive authority.”
Nadler and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have asked the president to protect the site under the 1906 Antiquities Act. In a sign of how much has changed since 1969, the three officials who represent the area — City Council member Corey Johnson, state assembly member Deborah Glick and state senator Brad Hoylman — are all openly gay and endorse the idea of making it a monument, as does the local community advisory board.
The decision to recognize a critical moment in the fight for gay rights, at a time when politicians in several states are moving to strip away legal protections for transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual residents, enjoys considerable support within the administration. But the path to declaring the monument has been a complicated one, largely because the site involves private property and a dense urban area where land-use planning is never simple.
But late last month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation, backed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and several state lawmakers, that would allow the city to transfer ownership of Christopher Park to the federal government should it become designated as a monument. That patch of green, spanning less than two-tenths of an acre, lies opposite the Stonewall Inn.
n the same way Chicago’s Pullman National Monument — which Obama declared last year to highlight the struggle for labor and civil rights a century ago — encompasses a federally owned former railroad-car factory and part of the surrounding neighborhood, the proposed monument would include several streets that served as a battlefield between activists and law enforcement.
“History’s messy,” said David Stacy, government affairs director of the Human Rights Campaign, whose group has pushed for the designation along with others such as the National Parks Conservation Association and Gill Foundation. “This raised the consciousness of people throughout the country. It said to people, you don’t have to be quiet. You don’t have to stay in the closet.”
Gill Foundation president and chief executive Courtney Cuff, whose group helped fund a two-year study to identify what LGBT sites might qualify for National Park Service recognition, said a monument designation would mean “interpreters will be talking to visitors about the LGBT community and the contributions of the LGBT movement writ large.”
Hoylman, who lives in the neighborhood with his husband and 5-year-old daughter Silvia, said he has taken her there and “tried to explain to her how important it is to her daddy and her papa.”
“The president has mentioned Stonewall along with Selma and Seneca Falls in his second inaugural. So it’s fitting that he would be the president to bring this forward,” he said. “It’s breathtaking how far we’ve come, in so short a time.”
A plaque noting the site of the 1969 Stonewall Riots is affixed to the front of The Stonewall Inn, in New York's Greenwich Village, on May 29, 2014. (Richard Drew/AP)
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