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Would you give your life for your errant brother?

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2 hours ago, JW Insider said:

Even....

I can agree with general idea you present. 

For sure, we can find the truth on various places, among all sort of group of people. We can find the truth  even on the African plains, where the lion must eat the zebra to remain alive. And a zebra must exist so that a lion may have something to eat. And this "evidence" is a "proof" how The Truth looks like on this level. From this example, i am sure, you can understand where my thinking goes sometimes.

So, we on Earth have many Truths, with many Shapes and many Sorts. 2+2=4 is also The Truth. Hurricane Florence is also The Truth and affect people's life. Bad inclination of human heart is The Truth as also it is compassion from the same hearth. Catholic also have some Truths. What shall we do with so many Truths?? And what shall we do with something that looks like Truth? What we shall do with something that stopped to be Truth? What we shall do with Half Truths, what with Lies? 

I can believe how JW, but also other smaller denominations, religions, groups of all kind can build connections in a way you described. Even worldly school children can make positive connections with children in came class or in another town or country. There is a mutual visit of a student from one school to another. Some of them manage to create lasting links.  I believe that it is case with the people of other social groups, religious and non-religious, too.

I had the opportunity to travel and visit JW in other European countries. And some of JW from the other countries met me here in Croatia and invited me to visit. Some acquaintances lasted longer, some shorter. When I visited some assemblies in other countries, some JWs came to meet me, some did not care about having a guest who came for the first time in their congregation. Some people are getting in touch, and some do not. Certainly, human relationships are complex and something attracts us and something rejects us from others. That is life. And our fantasy and imagination and expectations are something else, even in a "worldwide brotherhood". 

2 hours ago, JW Insider said:

And as to "depth," ideally, we should be willing to protect one another, or even give our life for one another as if we were all members of the same literal family.

I think the Bible has several various paragraphs on this subject, about giving oneself to others, even to the point of giving life. At this level, there may be a problem because it is spoken, taught, by almost all people, and also by other religions, not just JW; "God loves all people to such a degree that He gives his Son to die for Human, Jesus loves all people to such a degree that he has given life to the righteous and the unrighteous." 

This could mean that JW should give life not only for his brother in faith but also for a brother who is not in faith.                                                     What we shall do with this "Truth"?

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3 hours ago, Srecko Sostar said:

This could mean that JW should give life not only for his brother in faith but also for a brother who is not in faith.

True. That's when we prefer to invoke Galatians 6:10:

https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1999442#h=1

Love Toward Those ‘Related in the Faith’

GENUINE Christians have a familylike bond among themselves. Indeed, since the first century C.E., they have referred to one another as “brother” and “sister.” (Mark 3:31-35; Philemon 1, 2) These are not just words; they constitute a description of how worshipers of God feel about one another. (Compare 1 John 4:7, 8.) Jesus said: “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves.”—John 13:35.

Such love was evident in July 1997 when a prolonged drought was followed by torrential rains and flooding in Chile. Suddenly, many were in need of food, clothing, and other items. In disaster situations, Jehovah’s Witnesses strive to follow Paul’s admonition to the Galatians: “Really, then, as long as we have time favorable for it, let us work what is good toward all, but especially toward those related to us in the faith.”—Galatians 6:10.

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Another problem with such love presented in WT publication, where and when are talking about Christian love that is ready for giving life for brother in faith, is in video "evidence" when mother don't want to pick up phone when dfd daughter calling her. What "proof" such instruction show us? What love is in person who claim and teach how has love that is ready to give life for all other but not ready to pick up phone for own daughter? 

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3 minutes ago, AllenSmith34 said:
3 hours ago, Srecko Sostar said:

This could mean that JW should give life not only for his brother in faith but also for a brother who is not in faith

Sorry to disappoint. When we learn scripture correctly, you will find that some questions become technical. This is one of them. Jesus spoke of laying your life for your CHRISTIAN brothers. So, unless a former witness is repentant, there is NO! Redemption. So, NO! It doesn’t apply to those that are of faith and have no remorse. Pay attention to the words in scripture.

Titus 1:16 Context: Correcting False Teachers

16They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.

Now, if you’re referring to laying down your life for a stranger, that’s a different story. Therefore, scripture is clear in this matter.

Well, let me to think ones again.....??!!!&&&&##$$$$$*****xxxyyyyzzz&&&&&====///..... OK i am ready now. 

If Mr. Fireman, who happened to be Catholic,  come to some JW family burning house and loses his life by saving JW  brother elder's wife or children then what will we say? We can say how he haven't Christian love, explained by WT what Christian love is and how has to look, , but he was maybe paid to save your life? Was he paid to lose his life to save your? No. But some people have strong affection,  or strong  sense of responsibility, or strong  desire, wish to help someone who need help. 

Well, who have "love" or greater "love"? JW mother who not want pick up phone for her daughter or Catholic who put his life for person who is not Catholic?

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1 hour ago, James Thomas Rook Jr. said:

Is it REALLY "love", when you can turn it completely on and off like a light switch?

Perhaps the question should be : "Is it really turned on and off"?

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54 minutes ago, Srecko Sostar said:

Well, who have "love" or greater "love"? JW mother who not want pick up phone for her daughter or Catholic who put his life for person who is not Catholic?

Who has greater love; someone who does something for the greater and long term benefit of a person, despite the extreme emotional hurt it causes themselves, or someone who does something believing it is only a temporary fix and will not benefit the person in the long run, but it's easier on the emotions?  You can apply any scenario here. Perhaps a parent with a drug addicted child, or an alcoholic...etc. It's called tough love.

We have no way of knowing, but perhaps the "mother" may give her life to save a Catholic if the opportunity presents itself one day.....

tough love
ˌtəf ˈləv/
noun
  1. promotion of a person's welfare, especially that of an addict, child, or criminal, by enforcing certain constraints on them, or requiring them to take responsibility for their actions".
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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35 minutes ago, Srecko Sostar said:

If Mr. Fireman, who happened to be Catholic,  come to some JW family burning house and loses his life by saving JW  brother elder's wife or children then what will we say? We can say how he haven't Christian love, explained by WT what Christian love is and how has to look, , but he was maybe paid to save your life? Was he paid to lose his life to save your? No. But some people have strong affection,  or strong  sense of responsibility, or strong  desire, wish to help someone who need help. 

Well, who have "love" or greater "love"? JW mother who not want pick up phone for her daughter or Catholic who put his life for person who is not Catholic?

@Srecko Sostar I agree. Period.

I'd also add this situation mention in an old Awake magazine:

  • *** g81 10/22 p. 6 “I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic” ***
  • “The last lifeboat was being loaded. A middle-aged gentleman was with his very young, pregnant wife. He helped her into the lifeboat, then looked back to the deck and saw others wanting to get aboard. He kissed his wife good-bye, and, returning to the deck, grabbed the first person in his path. Fortunately, I was there in the right place at the right time and he put me into the lifeboat. I screamed for my sister who had frozen from fright. With the help of others, she also was pushed into the lifeboat. Who was the gallant man who performed this kind act? We were told he was John Jacob Astor IV. At that time he was 45 years old and his wife, Madeleine, was 19. They were traveling to the United States because they wanted their child to be born there. Many newspaper stories were written that told how John Jacob Astor gave up his life for a young immigrant. 
     

I personally consider this gentleman a lot better than me,  I'm quite sure I'd find some reasons to stay at the boat. And yes, this fine man wasn't a JW.

Regarding the video about the mother refusing answer her daugther call, what can I say? It's a shame. I also suppose that faithful servants of all times weren't always happy with the behavior of co-worshipers, not even the prominent ones.

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      of divine INSPIRATION*** and approval,through endorsement by the false prophet's lying spirit,   
      NOT by God's spirit! (Rev.13:14,15; 19:20) ("Disgusting Thing") (Rev.2:2;2Cor.11:13-15; 2Tim.3:5,13; Matt.7:15; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:14,13,15; 19:20; Matt.24:24,25; Rev.13:15--***"breath" -John20:22).  
      (*** False prophet produces a counterfeit of "God's SPIRIT - DIRECTED Organization")
      [The AUTHENTIC Temple of God's spirit, is His Chosen, anointed priesthood (1Cor.3:16; 2Cor.6:16; 1Pet.2:10,9,5; Eph.2:20-22)] 
      God sends / allows this abomination, to assault and discipline His people (Isa.42:24; Dan.9:12; Joel 2:25 C; Joel 2:11; Mal.3:2;Zech.13:8-9; Eze.6:9-10; 14:22-23; Joel 3:17) (Zech.9:3; Rev.8:7; 9:18; Job 23:10), because in the time of the end,  
        GOD’S PEOPLE are tolerating, subjecting themselves to, and participating in IDOLIZING, the collective "Image" of that very Army (Rev.13:14-15,7-8; 2:20; Matt.24:24-25; Luke 21:24; Rev.14:12). 
      THAT IS WHY THEY ARE BEING TRAMPLED BY IT”  (Ec.10:7; Prov.25:26; 2Cor.11:4,20; Matt.5:13; Luke 21:24,22; Rev.11:2;13:10,7 Isa.51:23; 2Cor.11:20,4,3,2; Mal.3:2-3; Zech.13:9; Rev.2:5; 3:3).
      The love which results in righteous acts, simply does not exist in the organization since the climate of lawlessness has erased true justice. Deut 6:24,25  For those anointed who reject the GB that “substitutes” for Christ (NWT 2 Cor 5:20) ,turning instead to Jesus Christ to lead them directly; they are freed from the crushing weight of lawlessness – “ the disgusting thing standing in the holy place” – the elder body “standing” in/over the “living stones” of the Temple of God. 2Chron.13:9; 2Thess.2:4; Isa 43:10; 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deut++6%3A24%2C25%3B+2Chron.13%3A9%3B+2Thess.2%3A4%3B+Isa+43%3A10%3B+1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%3B+1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3B+Eph+2%3A20-22++&version=NKJV
      “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with LAWLESSNESS? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the TEMPLE OF GOD with idols? For youare the temple of the living God. As God has said:
      “I will dwell in them
      And walk among them.
      I will be their God,
      And they shall be My people.”
      17 Therefore
      “Come out from among them
      And be separate, says the Lord.
      Do not touch what is unclean,
      And I will receive you.”
      18 “I will be a Father to you,
      And you shall be My sons and daughters,
      Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor 6:14-18
      We are reminded during this time period, of “Who is like God”, since “Jehovah’s organization” with all its “temple” sublets, has seduced God’s people into idolatry and the transgression of God’s laws fulfilled in Christ.  Deut 4:23,24;  Isa 40:25; Dan 12:1; Rev 12:7-9; Rev 13:4; Gal 5:14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deut+4%3A23%2C24%3B+Isa+40%3A25%3B+Dan+12%3A1%3B+Rev+12%3A7-9%3B+Rev+13%3A4%3B+Gal+5%3A14+&version=NKJV 
      Within Watchtower’s walls, instead of an angel of God camping all around those fearing Him, another angel – Belial -  has surrounded the camp of holy ones, utilizing a Harlot/false prophet and the organization she so presently loves, to keep them captivated and inebriated on wormwood, and a false sense of peace and security. Matt 25:5; 22:8; Rev 18:3; 1 Cor 6:15; Jer 51:7; 1 Thess 5:3; Rev 20:9  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+25%3A5%3B+22%3A8%3B+Rev+18%3A3%3B+1+Cor+6%3A15%3B+Jer+51%3A7%3B+1+Thess+5%3A3%3B+Rev+20%3A9++&version=NKJV
      13 “If you carefully obey my commands I am giving you today, to love the Lord your God and worship Him with all your heart and all your soul, 14 I will provide rain for your land in the proper time, the autumn and spring rains, and you will harvest your grain, new wine, and fresh oil. 15 I will provide grass in your fields for your livestock. You will eat and be satisfied. 16 Be careful that you are not enticed to turn aside, serve, and bow in worship to other gods. 17 Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you. He will shut the sky, and there will be no rain; the land will not yield its produce, and you will perish quickly from the good land the Lord is giving you.
      18 “Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates, 21 so that as long as the heavens are above the earth, your days and those of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your fathers. 22 For if you carefully observe every one of these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, and remain faithful to him— 23 the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will drive out nations greater and stronger than you are. 24 Every place the sole of your foot treads will be yours. Your territory will extend from the wilderness to Lebanon and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea. 25 No one will be able to stand against you; the Lord your God will put fear and dread of you in all the land where you set foot, as he has promised you.
      26 “Look, today I set before you a blessing and a curse: 27 there will be a blessing, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God I am giving you today, 28 and a curse, if you do not obey the commands of the Lord your God and you turn aside from the path I command you today by following other gods you have not known.  Deut 11:13-28
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
    • By Bible Speaks
      3 “From far away Jehovah appeared to me and said:
      “I have loved you with an everlasting love.
      That is why I have drawn you to me with loyal love.” — Jeremiah 31:3.
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      By Guest Nicole
      Transcript - Promoting Love and Respect for Truth.pdf
    • By Bible Speaks
      ~? Is Your Love so Great You Would Die for Someone?~?
      God Loved Us So Much First~ “Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. GodÂ’s love is seen in the gift of His Son, I John 4:9, 10. But obviously this is not the love of complacency, or affection, that is, it was not drawn out by any excellency in its objects, Rom. 5:8.
      It was an exercise of the Divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself, cp. Deut. 7:7, 8.”
      A·ga?pe, therefore, carries the meaning of love guided, or governed, by principle. It may or may not include affection and fondness. That a·ga?pe may include affection and warmth is evident in many passages.
      At John 3:35, Jesus said: “The Father loves [a·ga·pai?] the Son.” At John 5:20, he said: “The Father has affection for [phi·lei?] the Son.” Certainly God’s love for Jesus Christ is coupled with much affection. Also Jesus explained: “He that loves [a·ga·pon?] me will be loved [a·ga·pe·the?se·tai] by my Father, and I will love [a·ga·pe?so] him.” (Joh 14:21) 
      This love of the Father and of the Son is accompanied by tender affection for such loving persons. Jehovah’s worshipers must love him and his Son, as well as one another, in the same way.—John 21:15-17. - Bible Speaks

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      HereÂ’s what they are:
      1. Be together for the right reasons
      DonÂ’t ever be with someone because someone else pressured you to. I got married the first time because I was raised Catholic and thatÂ’s what you were supposed to do. Wrong. I got married the second time because I was miserable and lonely and thought having a loving wife would fix everything for me. Also wrong. Took me three tries to figure out what should have been obvious from the beginning, the only reason you should ever be with the person youÂ’re with is because you simply love being around them. It really is that simple.
      – Greg
      Before we even get into what you should do in your relationship, letÂ’s start with what not to do.
      When I sent out my request to readers for advice, I added a caveat that turned out to be illuminating. I asked people who were on their second or third (or fourth) marriages what they did wrong. Where did they mess up?
      By far, the most common answer was “being with the person for the wrong reasons.”
      Some of these wrong reasons included:
      Pressure from friends and family Feeling like a “loser” because they were single and settling for the first person that came along Being together for image—because the relationship looked good on paper (or in photos), not because the two people actually admired each other Being young and naive and hopelessly in love and thinking that love would solve everything As we’ll see throughout the rest of this article, everything that makes a relationship “work” (and by work, I mean that it is happy and sustainable for both people involved) requires a genuine, deep-level admiration for each other. Without that mutual admiration, everything else will unravel.
      The other “wrong” reason to enter into a relationship is, like Greg said, to “fix” yourself. This desire to use the love of someone else to soothe your own emotional problems inevitably leads to codependence, an unhealthy and damaging dynamic between two people where they tacitly agree to use each other’s love as a distraction from their own self-loathing. We’ll get more into codependence later in this article, but for now, it’s useful to point out that love, itself, is neutral. It is something that can be both healthy or unhealthy, helpful or harmful, depending on why and how you love someone else and are loved by someone else. By itself, love is never enough to sustain a relationship.
      Read more: https://qz.com/884448/every-successful-relationship-is-successful-for-the-same-exact-reasons/
    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      WOULD YOU PAY SOMEONE $80 AN HOUR TO CUDDLE YOU?
      My Dad, whose religion was United States Navy, often lamented that in the "early days" of the United States Navy, the men were made of steel, and the ships were made of wood ... but today ... the ships are made of steel, and the men are made of wood.
      With that in mind,  there are people SO UPSET that Trump won the Presidency that they are paying "professional Cuddlers" to hold them while they sob and moan.
      I know that on some college campi that they have "safe spaces" where it is not allowed to MENTION that Trump won ... and folks are furnished coloring books, crayons, and teddy bears to hug .. at taxpayer (subsidized) expense.
      Here is an article about the Cuddlers that is absolutely unbelievable .... but true.
      http://www.mrctv.org/blog/anti-trumpers-are-paying-80-hour-be-professionally-cuddled?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTURnNU56TTVNalUxTUdVNSIsInQiOiJZcGxWZ3dSdVNQN0dIdnh1OFVSYUViYUJDcWkyZUc4dnEyXC9SVUNJRVk2WUhRRGY2UWxROUV4TnBhR2ZDb2VscEVPM1wvK2xPNlhKZnFxVTdoUDNMM3FxSU8yQWx6ZGlLUWFMMDJHWTJCRUE5RXpoZGNPSm11UDB0N0hCQ1Q0VTZxIn0%3D
      I think the "herd" needs to be thinned out.
      .

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Here are five tips to help you let go of your exes for good:
      1. Start a self-improvement routine, complete with daily, weekly, and monthly goal setting. 
      2. Meet with someone weekly to discuss your personal growth and your journey.
      This person will help keep you accountable to your goals and lifestyle choices. Can be a friend or an amazing coach.
      3. Stay single for a year—totally single.
      If you can’t be happy with you, you won’t be happy—truly happy—with anyone else. Love that you! Commit to being successfully single for a year. That means happy, connected in your community, fulfilled in your work, and in a state of continuous personal growth. (Your daily routines and long-term goals will be critical to this step.)
      4. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people.
      Join a faith community where people strive to live out the values you identify with. This is where you’ll find the deep connections that you can grow with—and that will prevent you from leaning on your exes as crutches.
      5. Pray or meditate often.
      Use your emotions as mindfulness cues. When you miss someone, pray for them. When you’re lonely, pray for the courage, positivity, and fortitude to make good decisions. When you think you can’t go on—that happens to everyone—pray for what you need. This will help you grow faith in a higher power and yourself, which is an absolute must if you want to be happy alone. 
      And being happy alone? That’s an absolute must for loving someone unconditionally in a relationship that can last a lifetime.
      Read the article: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-danger-of-holding-onto-past-relationships-how-to-finally-let-go?utm_term=pos-8&utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily1&utm_campaign=170706
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Relationship issues are inevitable; they are a part of our human experience. And this part of our life, essential to our well-being, can bring us to our knees or make us feel bad about who we are.
      Have you ever heard yourself say these things?
      "I hate the way you make me feel." "What you are doing makes me insecure, and when you stop doing that, I will be happy." "I can't deal with the way this relationship makes me feel anymore." We are all affected by our relationships in some way. However, no matter what you are experiencing, there is one thing you can always do that will immediately affect how you feel and, in addition, will empower you and make you feel good about who you are instead of leaving you feeling depleted, exhausted, or lost. So what can you do in the moment that you are at your wit's end, feeling hurt, upset, or confused?
      Simply reconnect to yourself and use this very challenge, issue, or difficulty to become stronger and more of who you are meant to be. Use this challenge to become stronger and more powerful instead of allowing it to break you down or make you feel like a victim.
      Here are three ways to take back the reins of your life and immediately change how you feel about yourself and your relationship:
      1. Let go of the concept of "right and wrong."
      Very simply, instead of focusing on what the other person did or didn't do, observe how you're feeling and identify what you need. By doing this, you are turning your attention back to yourself instead of being paralyzed and disempowered by pointing the finger at the other person.
      If you've ever said, "If you would just change, everything would be OK," you know how easy it is to focus your attention on what the other person has said or done. The next time you find yourself doing this, ask yourself, "If this is the perfect person to help me become who I'm meant to be, what am I supposed to be learning from this relationship?"
      2. Give up trying to change the other person.
      Although this isn't easy, make a commitment to yourself to work on accepting the other person as they are. Each person brings their own "stuff" to a relationship—we all have our own history with our own issues, wounds, and challenges to overcome.
      The next time you feel yourself taking on the other person's issue or trying to "fix" them, remind yourself that the only person you can change is you. And affirm for yourself, "I will focus on how I'm being affected and what I need to work through and will allow the other person space to work through their issues as well." By declaring this, you will be better equipped to not take on the other person's issues or take their actions personally.
      3. Learn how to stop basing your worth on the condition of your relationship.
      Give yourself the gift of diving deeper into your own inner exploration and development. By doing this, you will become more at peace with who you are and will know at a deep level that you are OK—even when your relationship isn't perfect or when things are happening that are hurtful or upsetting.
      Begin by making a commitment to your growth. Affirm that reconnecting to yourself is the most important journey you will ever take. Then take one simple action this week: Start reading a self-help book, research a personal development course, or take 10 minutes each day to check in with yourself and identify what you need by asking, "What can I do in this moment to reconnect to who I am and what I need?" A few examples could be writing down three things that make you feel good about yourself, looking at some photos that bring a smile to your face, or spending some time in nature today.
      Relationships are in a constant state of flux and bring a level of complexity to our lives that is out of our control. The one thing we always control is whether we will use our challenges to grow, expand, and become more of who we are meant to be or, instead, allow them to hold us back and limit our potential.
      Today, make a declaration that you will use even the most difficult relationship in your life for a monumental purpose—your life's purpose—to grow and evolve into the person you are meant to be. And then do just that.
      https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29951/the-one-shift-that-will-immediately-change-how-you-feel-in-your-relationship.html?utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign=170424
    • By Bible Speaks
      I received this picture! Work is still being done. Much Love ❤️ 
      #LoveOneAnother? #LoyalLove #peace #paradise #JesusChrist #JehovahGod #jehovahswitnesses #prayforrussia #Prayforoneanother? #GodsKingdom #stopjwban

    • By Bible Speaks
      Make a habit of shutting down conversations that aim to tear         others down. 
      19 "A slanderer goes about revealing confidential talk; Do not associate with one who loves to gossip." (Prov 20:19) NWT

    • By Bible Speaks
      What is your Dream of Paradise? - Can you imagine what the world will be like? - We have never had Paradise on earth, yet; yes we have beautiful gardens right now that gives us a view of our future on earth!....LOOK...
      “THE nostalgia for paradise is among the powerful nostalgias that seem to haunt human beings. It may be the most powerful and persistent of all. A certain longing for paradise is evidenced at every level of religious life.” So says The Encyclopedia of Religion. 
      Such nostalgia is only natural, since the Bible tells us that human life began in Paradise—a beautiful garden free of disease and death. (Genesis 2:8-15) It is not surprising that many of the world’s religions hold out the hope of future life in a paradise of one kind or another.
      WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT PARADISE ON EARTH?
      (Isaiah 35:1,2) "The wilderness and the waterless region will exult, and the desert plain will be joyful and blossom as the saffron. 2 Without fail it will blossom, and it will really be joyful with joyousness and with glad crying out. The glory of Leb′a·non itself must be given to it, the splendor of Car′mel and of Shar′on. There will be those who will see the glory of Jehovah, the splendor of our God."
      God’s original purpose for man—to enjoy perfect life in an earthly paradise—and point to God’s restoration of Paradise on earth through Christ. In Paradise Lost, for example, Michael the archangel foretells the time when Christ will “reward His faithful, and receive them into bliss, whether in heaven or earth, for then the earth shall all be paradise, far happier place than this of Eden, and far happier days.”
      (Isaiah 35:3-4) . . .Strengthen the weak hands, YOU people, and make the knees that are wobbling firm. 4 Say to those who are anxious at heart: “Be strong. Do not be afraid. Look! YOUR own God will come with vengeance itself, God even with a repayment. He himself will come and save YOU people.”
      (Psalm 37:9-11) . . .For evildoers themselves will be cut off, But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth. ו [Waw] 10 And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. 11 But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.
      (Psalm 37:29) . . .The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.
      REJOICE! - SOON THAT PARADISE WILL BE HERE! LEARN NOW HOW TO BE PART OF THOSE THAT LIVE IN THAT EARTHLY PARADISE! 
      www.jw.org

    • By Bible Speaks
      "With humility consider others superior to you."—Phil. 2:3.
      Imitate Jesus’ Humility and Tenderness
      “Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely.”—1 PET. 2:21.
      WE TEND to imitate those whose personality and ways we admire. Of all the humans who have walked the earth, no one is more worthy of imitation than Jesus Christ. Why is that? Jesus himself once said: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father also.” (John 14:9) 
      Jesus reflects his Father’s personality so perfectly that observing the Son is like seeing the Father. Therefore, as we imitate Jesus, we draw closer to Jehovah, the greatest Personage in the universe. What a reward for imitating the qualities and ways of his Son!
      How, though, can we know what Jesus is like? Thankfully, we have an inspired written portrait of Jesus. Jehovah provided that record, as found in the Christian Greek Scriptures, because he wants us to become acquainted with his Son so that we can imitate him. (Read 1 Peter 2:21.) 
      In the Bible, the example Jesus left is compared to “steps,” or footprints. In effect, Jehovah is telling us to walk behind Jesus and match our steps to his. 
      Of course, Jesus left a perfect example for us, and we are far from perfect. But Jehovah does not expect us to follow Jesus’ steps perfectly. 
      Rather, the Father expects us to imitate his Son to the best of our ability as imperfect humans.



    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      We all want to feel understood, respected, and appreciated in our relationships. But life can often get in the way and undermine the connection we used to have with our significant other, leaving our love feeling lackluster. It doesn't take much to feel like you're moving in opposite directions.
      Then there are the couples that appear to have perfect relationships. They light up when they see each other, speak highly of their significant other, and rarely seem to bicker. It's easy to assume that there is a magical connection between them that only a few get blessed with.
      But what if they were doing a few simple things that were responsible for keeping their relationship healthy?
      There are some basic things you can do to foster that sense of deep love and connection, even when you feel like your relationship is already starting on the back foot. These tips have the ability to significantly improve how happy and satisfied you both feel in your relationship. It's these behaviors that keep those happy relationships flourishing.
      Here are 3 ways you can start fostering positivity in your relationship:
      1. Start with your personal happiness.
      Happy people create positive relationships. If you are waiting for someone else to make you happy, you will always feel let down. When you're happy within yourself, you reflect that back into your relationship. Start with recognizing how you would rate your level of happiness currently. If you're not as happy as you'd like to be, ask yourself, "What can I do to support myself to feel happier?" The answer could include restarting a hobby, beginning a new health routine, connecting more with friends, or taking steps to follow a passion that is deep within your heart. The crucial element is that you need to step up and take responsibility for your own well-being. By taking action, you will feel more empowered and recognize that happiness ultimately has to be an inside job. This change in energy will move into your relationship.
      2. Look for the good.
      We're all happier when we feel appreciated. It's therefore hardly a surprise that relationships need more positive interactions than negative ones if they are going to thrive. Dr. Gottman's famous research found that you need to have five positive interactions for every negative interaction if your relationship is going to stay happy. Begin with consciously watching for what your partner is doing right, rather than consistently focusing on what they are doing wrong. Look for opportunities to voice your appreciation and aim to add as many positive interactions into your shared experience as you can. Feeling positive emotions is a precursor to a happy relationship. You have the ability to focus your attention so that you look for and appreciate the good in your partner. This simple action ultimately helps to remedy the balance of positive-to-negative interactions and set a relationship back on a healthy track.
      3. Make space to nurture your connection.
      Positive relationships are sustained by a foundation of strong connection. Just like a small child needs attention to feel truly happy, a relationship needs nurturing if it is going to continue to stay healthy. It is important to put time aside exclusively to connect with your significant other. Rather than assuming it will just happen, create it. It may be a monthly date night (where, thankfully, there is no TV to distract you), taking a walk together, scheduling a vacation, or choosing to fall asleep while cuddling on the couch rather than going to bed alone. Remember that time and energy dedicated to fostering your union is essential. Where your energy goes your attention flows. Attention is the fuel that will help your partner feel important and valued in your life, which will likely lead to the reciprocating of care and kindness.
      Even when your relationship isn't as happy as you'd like it to be, there are things you can do to improve it. When you take care of yourself and resolve to show up positively for your partner, things begin to flourish. The result—you'll feel both happier in yourselves and in your coupling.
      http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29027/3-ways-to-improve-your-relationship-that-have-nothing-to-do-with-your-partner.html?utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign=170316
    • By Bible Speaks
      “Let Marriage Be Honorable”
      “Rejoice with the wife of your youth.”—PROVERBS 5:18.
      HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY MARRIAGE?
      Principle: “Each one of you must love his wife as he does himself; on the other hand, the wife should have deep respect for her husband.”—Ephesians 5:33.
      Some questions to ask yourself
      * What are my mate’s good qualities, and how can I express appreciation for him or her?—Proverbs 14:1; 31:29; 1 Peter 3:1, 6; 4:8.
      * Do I honor my spouse by seeking to understand his or her thoughts and feelings?—Philippians 2:4.
      * Am I willing to overlook my spouse’s shortcomings?—Matthew 6:14, 15.
      * When was the last time I expressed my affection for my spouse?—Song of Solomon 2:9-14.
      * Toward what spiritual goals are we working?—Matthew 6:33, 34; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
      * What initiative can I take to encourage my mate to read the Bible and consider the daily text together with me?
      4 "Let marriage be honorable among all, and let the marriage bed be without defilement, for God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers." (Hebrews 13:4)
       
      AVOID SPEECH AND CONDUCT THAT DISHONOR MARRIAGE
      What conduct dishonors marriage? (b) What question should we consider with our mate?
      A Christian wife some time ago noted: “I pray to Jehovah for strength to see me through.” Through what? She explained: “My husband strikes me with words. I may not have visible bruises, but his constant cutting remarks, such as ‘You’re a burden!’ and ‘You’re worthless!’ have scarred my heart.” This wife brings up a matter of grave concern—abusive speech within marriage.
      How sad it is when spouses in Christian households hurl cruel words at each other, causing emotional wounds that are not easily healed! Obviously, a marriage marked by hurtful speech is not honorable. 
      How is your marriage faring in this regard? One way to find out is by humbly asking your spouse, “What effect do my words have on you?” If your mate feels that time and again your words have caused emotional wounds, you must be willing to change the situation for the better.—Galatians 5:15; read Ephesians 4:31.
      God’s Word states: “By wisdom a house is built up, and by discernment it is made secure. By knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious and pleasant treasures.” (Proverbs 24:3, 4) 
      Consider how these words can be applied to marriage.
      How can we gradually strengthen our marriage? 
      Among the precious treasures filling a happy household are such qualities as true love, godly fear, and firm faith. (Proverbs 15:16, 17; 1 Peter 1:7) 
      They create a strong marriage. But did you note how the rooms in the above-quoted proverb are filled with precious treasures? “By knowledge.” Yes, when applied, Bible knowledge has the power to transform people’s thinking and to move them to rekindle their love for each other. (Romans 12:2; Philippians 1:9) 
      Hence, whenever you and your spouse sit down together and calmly consider a Bible passage, such as the daily text, or a Bible-based article in The Watchtower or Awake! pertaining to marriage, it is as if you were examining a lovely decoration that can beautify your house. When love for Jehovah moves you to apply in your marriage the counsel that you just examined, you are, as it were, bringing that decoration into the rooms of your house. As a result, some of the color and warmth that you once enjoyed in your marriage may return. 
      jw.org


    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Opposites attract, so date someone who's nothing like you. But, wait a minute—isn't it important to find someone who has a similar background, values, and goals? There's so much conflicting dating advice out there, how can you possibly figure out how to find love?
      While it's true that finding a partner with qualities that differ from yours can add balance and excitement to a relationship, problems can arise when there are too many differences. The more compatible you are with your partner, the more successful your relationship will likely be.
      Here are seven areas of compatibility to examine when choosing a partner. They don't all have to line up perfectly, but the more aligned you two are, the better the relationship will be.
      1. Temperament
      Do you get along well most of the time or find that he/she irritates you on a regular basis? Do you find yourself saying, "If only she'd think before she spoke" or "I wish he'd be less lazy"? Is he overly anxious? Does her alphabetized music collection make your skin crawl? What you see is what you get; so if you don't like your partner's temperament, don't try to fix it. Find someone whose personality is more compatible with yours.
      2. Communication style
      Are you direct or indirect in communicating what's important to you? Are you passive while she's assertive? Do you hold things in until you explode or speak your mind clearly and directly? If you can both communicate clearly and in a similar fashion, you'll have a much higher chance for a successful relationship.
      3. Friends and family
      Do you like and get along with each other's friends and family? Do you agree about how much time to devote to both? And if you're both single parents thinking about tying the knot, are you clear about how you'll parent? If friends and family issues become too stressful, they will have a very negative effect on your relationship.
      4. Nutrition and fitness
      Are you a gluten-free vegan while he is a Big Mac addict? Do you surf the waves on the weekend, while she's home surfing the web? This may seem like a minor point, but think about how many meals you will share with each other. How do your partner's food choices and attention to fitness align with your lifestyle and values? If you're not a good match in this area, you will probably have big challenges in your relationship.
      5. Financial
      Many people say that they are seeking a partner who is financially secure. In today's volatile financial market, financial security is not something you can count on. A few more appropriate questions are, "Are you responsible with finances? Are you generous? Do you contribute to charities?" Money is one of the things couples fight about most often. It is helpful if you share similar financial goals and habits.
      6. Education
      I don't believe you have to be with someone who has the exact same level of education. In fact, there are many brilliant people who never graduated college (Steve Jobs, Rachael Ray). However, couples who share similar backgrounds in education (and that includes self-study), life, and professional experience are usually better suited for each other. They have more in common and can relate to each other in a deeper way. They are on the same wavelength and truly "get" each other.
      7. Intimacy
      There are many things that come under the category of intimacy, including romance and public display of affection. Some couples have different sexual needs, which can lead to anger and resentment. An essential component of a lasting loving relationship includes having similar ideas about frequency and style of intimacy. So if you're more Mr. Fifty Shades and she's Ms. Low Libido, you will have issues in your relationship.
      What can you do if you are not compatible?
      It doesn't have to mean things can never work, but these are your options:
      Accept things as they are. Work on yourself and the relationship. Leave the relationship. Remember that the only person you can change is yourself. You partner will only change if he/she wants to.
      If you are dating to find a lasting, loving relationship, it is far more effective to choose a compatible partner from the start than to try to fix a relationship with a weak foundation. Don't be afraid to walk away if your basic needs are not met. There are millions of singles in the world. Move on and find a better fit. And make sure to use the most powerful four-letter word in dating—"Next!"
      http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29324/7-signs-youre-dating-the-right-person.html?utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign=170315
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
    • By Bible Speaks
      ? PRAISE JEHOVAH FOR HE IS GREAT AND HIS GLORY IS 
      A TESTIMONY TO HIS WORKS AND LOVE FOR ALL MANKIND.?
      "The heavens are declaring the glory of God; And of the work of his hands the expanse is telling. 2 One day after another day causes speech to bubble forth, And one night after another night shows forth knowledge."
      (Psalm 19:1.2)
      Who's Your Anchor ⚓️?

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
    • By Bible Speaks
      ??Kevin Richardson-The Lion Whisperer…True trust, and deep love. This man amazes me. To be able to follow him around,for just 1 day,to be able to get close to these beautiful,and powerful animals…would definitely be a dream come true. Maybe soon in New World will be reality? 

    • By Bible Speaks
      Lesson 7:                                 Giving Makes You Happy
      How can you be as happy as Caleb?
      Become Jehovah’s Friend

      https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/family/children/become-jehovahs-friend/videos/giving-makes-you-happy/

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    • By Bible Speaks
      The fruitage of the spirit is love.—Gal. 5:22.
      Other aspects of the fruitage of the spirit—such as mildness, self-control, and patience—are important too. (Gal. 5:23)
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    • By Bible Speaks
      Without goals we reach nothing. Without love we  feel nothing. 

      And without Jehovah God,
      we are nothing! 
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      I received the below question from someone recently, and it reminded me how difficult it can be to distinguish the things that truly matter in a relationship from the things that we have been told "should" matter.
      Question: I've been dating Josh for about three months. He's a great guy, good-looking, smart, and most importantly, he treats me with respect. However, I've had a tough dating and relationship history. I was engaged to a guy who never followed through with his promises and broke off the engagement. I was married to a man who cheated. As you can imagine, trust has been difficult for me.
      I've been working on myself, and I now love and respect myself so much more. Because of that, I've been able to slowly develop this wonderful relationship. I don't want things to go wrong.
      Here's the problem: Josh has never said, "I love you." I feel that he really cares, but I'd feel so much better if I heard those words. Am I being silly or insecure? Or should I be concerned if he doesn't say those three magic words?
      Here's what I told her. I hope it helps you, too.
      Josh sounds like he's a good partner for you. He respects and cherishes you, which is fundamental to a lasting relationship. He honors and values you because you've learned to love yourself and to stop tolerating liars and cheaters.
      It sounds like this is a much healthier relationship than you've ever experienced. Let's celebrate that!
      You ask about those three little words; when is the right time to say, "I love you"? It sounds like you're ready to profess your love, and he might not be there yet. Here's how to know where you stand.
      Watch his actions, not his words.
      If he's showing you that he cares for you, that's what matters most. As you probably know, words are not as important as follow-through and consistency.
      I would be more concerned if he said "I love you" after only four dates, and his actions didn't match up. How do you know if his actions mean that he loves you? I have created an assessment to help you figure out if someone loves you, whether they've said it or not:
      Is this person calling and texting consistently?
      Do you get together on a regular basis?
      Is the relationship escalating and growing?
      Do you feel valued and cherished by this person?
      Do you feel safe with them (emotionally and physically)?
      Are they considerate, kind, and thoughtful?
      Do you feel good about the relationship when you're with them AND when you're not?
      Is this person open to talking things out when you disagree?
      If you can answer "yes" to all of the questions above, that person cares deeply about you and prioritizes you in their life.
      It's helpful to know that people express their love in many different ways, and it's not always in the way that we expect. In the wonderful book, The Five Love Languages, author Gary Chapman lists the five ways of expressing love as follows:
      Words of Affirmation
      Quality Time Giving Gifts Acts of Service Physical Touch I suggest you take the love languages assessment to find out what your preferred language of expression is. I highly recommend that you ask Josh to do the same so you can learn his love language too.
      Understanding the way you each express love is one of the keys to accepting and embracing your partner. It can lessen the anxiety you feel when you aren't getting what you need in a relationship.
      So, is it really important to hear the words "I love you"?
      I believe those three words are highly overrated. They can be meaningful if they're said in the right context and with sincerity. But they can mean different things to different people. To one partner, "I love you" means "I think you might be the ONE I've been searching for my whole life." To the other, "I love you" means "I like you a lot, and I want to sleep with you."
      There are many other ways to express your love. So, remember to watch what he does more than what he says. Understand each other's love languages. And once you've done that, you'll be able to take a deep breath and stop worrying so much about whether or not someone says I love you. Do you feel loved? That's all that matters.
      By Sandy Weiner/MBG
    • By Bible Speaks
      Lesson for today. (Matt 5:44, 45)  
      Love your enemies. Jehovah has always taught us to love our enemies.
      In Jesus’ time, some taught that people should hate their enemies. But Jesus counseled: “Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-45)
      Paul gave similar counsel when he said: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.” (Romans 12:20; Proverbs 25:21)
      In ancient Israel, Jehovah gave his people laws instructing them to help their enemies and even their enemies’ animals. (Exodus 23:5) By applying that counsel, some people who once hated one another might have become good friends.
      As Christians, showing love for our enemies may change the way they feel about us. Some of them may even become servants of Jehovah. By working together in such a way, former enemies might become good friends.
      Because Christians show love, many of our enemies have softened their heart toward us. If we show love for our enemies—even rabid persecutors—how happy we will be if some of them embrace true Christianity!
      Our enemies are in a very precarious position. They are fighting against God. Thus, in harmony with Jesus’ command, rather than fear them, we pray for those persecuting us. (Matthew 5:44)
      We pray that if any are opposing God out of ignorance, as Saul of Tarsus was, Jehovah will graciously open their eyes to the truth. (2 Corinthians 4:4) Saul became the Christian apostle Paul and suffered greatly at the hands of the authorities of his day.
      Still, he kept reminding fellow believers “to be in subjection and be obedient to governments and authorities as rulers, to be ready for every good work, to speak injuriously of no one [no, not even of their most ardent persecutors], not to be belligerent, to be reasonable, exhibiting all mildness toward all men.” “If you love those loving you, what reward do you have?” asked Jesus. “Are not also the tax collectors doing the same thing? And if you greet your brothers only, what extraordinary thing are you doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing?” (Matt. 5:46, 47)
      True Christians do not show partiality toward people of certain educational or ethnic backgrounds; nor do they extend love only to those who are able to reciprocate.
      Rather, they help the poor and the sick, the young and the old. In such ways, Christians can imitate Jehovah’s love and thus be perfect in a relative sense. http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2010846?q=pray+for+enemies&p=par#h=6

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    • 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.  
    • RECHERCHONS DES PERLES SPIRITUELLES - SEMAINE DU 9 Décembre 2019 - Révélation 10-12.docx RECHERCHONS DES PERLES SPIRITUELLES - SEMAINE DU 9 Décembre 2019 - Révélation 10-12.pdf Recherchons des perles spirituelles (8 min) : Révélation 10-12 Révélation 10:9, 10 : En quel sens le message donné à Jean était-il à la fois « amer » et « doux » ? (it-2 821 § 1). « Je suis donc allé vers l’ange et lui ai demandé de me donner le petit rouleau. Il m’a dit : « Prends-le et mange-le. Il sera amer pour ton estomac, mais dans ta bouche il sera doux comme du miel. » 10 J’ai pris le petit rouleau de la main de l’ange et je l’ai mangé. Dans ma bouche, il a été doux comme du miel, mais une fois avalé il est devenu amer pour mon estomac. » Emploi symbolique. Le mot “ rouleau ” est employé plusieurs fois dans un sens symbolique dans la Bible. Ézéchiel et Zacharie virent chacun un rouleau écrit des deux côtés. Puisque d’habitude on se servait d’un seul côté d’un rouleau, le fait que les deux côtés soient utilisés est peut-être l’indice du poids, de l’étendue et de la gravité des jugements consignés dans ces rouleaux (Éz 2:9–3:3 ; Zach 5:1-4). Dans la vision de la Révélation, celui qui était sur le trône tenait dans sa main droite un rouleau portant sept sceaux qui empêchaient de voir ce qui était écrit, jusqu’à ce que l’Agneau de Dieu les ouvre. Plus tard dans la vision, Jean lui-même se vit présenter un rouleau qu’il reçut l’ordre de manger. Son goût parut doux à Jean, mais il rendit son ventre amer. Le rouleau étant ouvert et non scellé, il s’agissait de quelque chose qui devait être compris. Il parut “ doux ” à Jean de recevoir le message contenu dans ce rouleau, mais il s’y trouvait selon toute apparence des choses amères à prophétiser, ce qu’il reçut l’ordre de faire. Ézéchiel vécut à peu près la même chose avec le rouleau qui lui fut présenté et dans lequel se trouvaient “ des chants funèbres, des gémissements et des lamentations ”. Éz 2:10. - it-2 821 § 1 Il lui est doux de se nourrir de ce rouleau, parce que celui-ci vient de Dieu. Mais il lui semble amer de le digérer, car ce rouleau annonce des choses désagréables pour les humains rebelles. A notre époque, les membres de la grande foule proclament  avec zèle la bonne nouvelle en utilisant des paroles douces et accompagnées de charme pour parler des dispositions merveilleuses prises par Jéhovah en faveur des chrétiens comparables à des brebis. Mais pour les humains qui s’y opposent, il s’agit d’une mauvaise nouvelle. Pour quelle raison ? Elle signifie que le système dans lequel ils se confient, et qui leur procure même peut-être une satisfaction éphémère, doit disparaître. Pour eux, la bonne nouvelle signifie donc la mort – re p158 Révélation 12:1-5 : Comment ces versets se sont-ils réalisés ? (it-1 673 § 4-6). «  Puis un grand signe est apparu dans le ciel : Une femme était revêtue du soleil, et la lune était sous ses pieds, et elle avait sur la tête une couronne de 12 étoiles.  Elle était enceinte, et elle criait dans les douleurs et les tourments de l’accouchement.  Un autre signe est apparu dans le ciel. Regardez ! Un grand dragon couleur de feu, avec sept têtes et dix cornes, et un diadème sur chaque tête ; 4 et sa queue traîne le tiers des étoiles du ciel, et il les a jetées sur la terre. Et le dragon se tenait devant la femme qui était sur le point d’accoucher, prêt à dévorer son enfant lorsqu’elle accoucherait.  Et elle a donné naissance à un garçon, oui à un fils, qui va mener toutes les nations avec un bâton de fer. Et son enfant a vite été emporté vers Dieu et vers son trône. » Dans la vision rapportée dans la Révélation, l’apôtre Jean vit une femme céleste qui criait “ dans les douleurs et les tourments de l’accouchement ”. L’enfant qui naquit était ‘ un fils, un mâle, qui ferait paître toutes les nations avec un bâton de fer ’. Malgré les efforts du dragon pour le dévorer, “ son enfant a été emporté vers Dieu et vers son trône ”. (Ré 12:1, 2, 4-6.) Le fait que ce fils serait emporté par Dieu montrerait qu’Il le reconnaîtrait comme le sien, de même que la coutume voulait jadis qu’on présente un nouveau-né à son père pour que celui-ci le reconnaisse . Il s’ensuit que la “ femme ” en question est la “ femme ” de Dieu, la “ Jérusalem d’en haut ”, la “ mère ” du Christ et de ses frères spirituels. — Ga 4:26 ; Hé 2:11, 12, 17. La “ femme ” céleste de Dieu serait évidemment parfaite, et la naissance n’occasionnerait pas de douleur réelle. Par conséquent, les douleurs indiqueraient symboliquement que la “ femme ” sentirait venir la naissance ; elle l’attendrait pour très bientôt. — Ré 12:2. Qui serait ce “ fils, un mâle ” ? Il devait “ faire paître toutes les nations avec un bâton de fer ”. C’est là ce qu’annonçait Psaume 2:6-9 à propos du Roi messianique de Dieu. Mais Jean contempla cette vision longtemps après la naissance du Christ sur la terre, sa mort et sa résurrection. Il s’avérerait donc que cette vision se rapporte à la naissance du Royaume messianique confié par Dieu à son Fils Jésus Christ qui, après avoir été relevé d’entre les morts, “ s’est assis à la droite de Dieu, attendant désormais jusqu’à ce que ses ennemis soient placés comme un escabeau pour ses pieds ”. Ré 12:10. - it-1 673 § 4-6 La Révélation, livre fortement symbolique, dépeint le Diable sous les traits d’un “ grand dragon couleur de feu ”. (Révélation 12:3.) Pourquoi ? Non pas parce qu’il a littéralement un corps hideux, effrayant. En fait nous ne savons pas quel genre de corps possèdent les créatures spirituelles, mais sous ce rapport Satan ne diffère probablement pas des autres, et “ un grand dragon couleur de feu ” est une image appropriée de l’état d’esprit vorace, effroyable, puissant et destructeur de Satan. - TG2001  1/9 p6 Pour la première fois Jean voit une femme dans le ciel. Il ne s’agit évidemment pas d’une femme réelle. Cette femme est plutôt un signe, ou un symbole. Que symbolise-t-elle ? La femme que Jean voit ici est mariée, et elle est sur le point d’accoucher. Qui est son mari ? Eh bien, la suite du récit nous apprend que son enfant est “ emporté vers Dieu et vers son trône ”. (Révélation 12:5.) Jéhovah revendique ainsi la paternité de cet enfant. Par conséquent, la femme que Jean voit doit être la femme symbolique de Jéhovah. L’apôtre Paul apporte un dernier élément d’information quand il dit : “ La Jérusalem d’en haut est libre, et elle est notre mère. ” (Galates 4:26). La “ femme ” vue par Jean est donc “ la Jérusalem d’en haut ”. Mais qu’est-ce exactement que la Jérusalem d’en haut ? Puisque Paul dit qu’elle est “ d’en haut ” et que Jean la voit dans le ciel, il est clair qu’elle n’est pas une ville terrestre ; elle n’est pas non plus à confondre avec la “ Nouvelle Jérusalem ”, car cette organisation-là est l’épouse de Christ et non la femme de Jéhovah. Notez que la femme en question porte une couronne de douze étoiles. Le chiffre douze se rapporte à ce qui est complet dans le domaine de l’organisation. Par conséquent, ces 12 étoiles semblent indiquer que cette femme est une organisation dans le ciel, de même que la Jérusalem antique en était une sur la terre. La Jérusalem d’en haut est l’organisation universelle de Jéhovah, composée de créatures spirituelles, qui, telle une femme, le sert et met au monde des enfants. Jean voit cette femme revêtue du soleil avec la lune sous ses pieds. Si nous ajoutons à cette description la couronne d’étoiles, elle est totalement enveloppée de lumières célestes. La faveur divine l’éclaire jour et nuit. Quel symbole approprié de l’organisation céleste de Jéhovah qui est resplendissante ! Cette femme est également enceinte et dans les douleurs de l’accouchement. Ses cris, implorant l’aide divine, indiquent que son heure est venue d’accoucher. Dans la Bible, les douleurs de l’accouchement symbolisent souvent le dur travail qu’il faut accomplir pour arriver à un résultat important. L’organisation céleste de Jéhovah a sans doute éprouvé ces douleurs de l’accouchement alors qu’elle se préparait à cette naissance historique. C’est “ un fils, un mâle ”. Pourquoi Jean utilise-t-il ces deux termes ? Pour souligner que l’enfant a les aptitudes et les compétences requises pour dominer les nations avec la puissance qui convient. Ces termes soulignent aussi combien cette naissance est un événement mémorable et joyeux. Elle joue un rôle capital pour ce qui est de mener à son terme le saint secret de Dieu. En effet, cet enfant mâle ne va-t-il pas “ faire paître toutes les nations avec un bâton de fer ” ? La naissance vue par Jean a un rapport étroit avec Jésus Christ. Non, pas avec sa mise au monde par une vierge avant le Ier siècle de notre ère, ni avec le moment où il a été relevé pour la vie spirituelle en l’an 33 de notre ère. Et il n’est pas davantage question de transmigration. Jean parle plutôt de la naissance du Royaume de Dieu en 1914 comme d’une réalité, Jésus — dans les cieux depuis près de vingt siècles maintenant — ayant alors été intronisé comme Roi. Jamais Jéhovah ne permettrait à Satan de dévorer Sa femme ou Son fils nouveau-né ! À sa naissance, l’enfant mâle est “ emporté vers Dieu et vers son trône ”. Il est ainsi placé entièrement sous la protection de Jéhovah, qui va prendre le plus grand soin de ce Royaume nouveau-né, l’instrument par lequel il sanctifiera son saint nom. Dans le même temps, la femme s’enfuit dans un lieu que Dieu lui a préparé dans le désert. Suivront de plus amples explications à ce sujet. Pour ce qui est de Satan, tous les éléments sont maintenant réunis pour que se produise un événement capital qui l’empêchera à jamais de menacer le Royaume dans les cieux. – re p178   Qu’est-ce que la lecture biblique de cette semaine t’a appris sur Jéhovah ? Jéhovah confie une autre mission à Jean. Après que les sept tonnerres ont retenti, l’ange vigoureux prend de nouveau la parole : “ Et l’ange que j’ai vu se tenant debout sur la mer et sur la terre a levé sa main droite vers le ciel, et par Celui qui vit à tout jamais, qui a créé le ciel et les choses qui s’y trouvent, et la terre et les choses qui s’y trouvent, et la mer et les choses qui s’y trouvent, il a juré : ‘ Il n’y aura plus de délai. ’ ” (Révélation 10:5, 6). Par qui l’ange vigoureux jure-t-il ? Jésus glorifié jure, non pas par lui-même, mais par la plus haute Autorité qui soit : Jéhovah, le Créateur immortel des cieux et de la terre (Isaïe 45:12, 18). Par ce serment, l’ange donne à Jean l’assurance que Dieu n’accordera plus de délai. Comme le mot “ délai ” traduit ici le grec khronos, qui signifie littéralement “ temps ”, certains pensent que cette déclaration de l’ange doit être rendue comme suit : “ Il n’y aura plus de temps ”, comme si le temps tel que nous le connaissons devait disparaître. Cependant, dans ce verset, le mot khronos est utilisé sans l’article défini. Il ne désigne donc pas le temps en général, mais plutôt “ un temps ” ou “ une période de temps ”. En d’autres termes, Jéhovah n’accordera plus une période de temps (ou un délai) supplémentaire. Un verbe grec dérivé du terme khronos apparaît également en Hébreux 10:37 où Paul, citant Habaqouq 2:3, 4, écrit que “ celui qui vient [...] ne tardera pas ”. – re chap24 p157 §10,11 Jéhovah Dieu vit depuis des temps indéfinis et pour des temps indéfinis, à tout jamais Rév. 10 :6. Il est le Roi d’éternité, incorruptible, invisible, le seul vrai Dieu. Il n’existait pas de dieu avant lui et il est aussi sans fin dans les temps à venir. – it-1 p637 Jéhovah règne. Par le moyen de son Royaume messianique il exerce sa souveraineté sur l’humanité, de merveilleuse façon. C’est ce que confirme la vision suivante de Jean : “ Et le temple-sanctuaire de Dieu qui est dans le ciel a été ouvert, et on a vu l’arche de son alliance dans son temple-sanctuaire. Et il y a eu des éclairs, et des voix, et des tonnerres, et un tremblement de terre, et une grande grêle. ” (Révélation 11:19). C’est ici la seule mention de l’arche de l’alliance de Dieu dans la Révélation. L’Arche avait été le symbole visible de la présence de Jéhovah au sein d’Israël, son peuple. Dans le tabernacle, et plus tard dans le temple construit par Salomon, l’Arche était dans le Très-Saint. Quelque 2 600 ans plus tard, l’arche apparaît une fois encore. Mais dans la vision de Jean, cette arche ne se trouve pas dans un temple terrestre. Elle est dans le sanctuaire céleste de Dieu. À nouveau Jéhovah domine par l’entremise d’un roi de la lignée royale de David. Mais cette fois, le Roi, Christ Jésus, est intronisé dans la Jérusalem céleste, la position élevée et avantageuse d’où il exécute les jugements de Jéhovah – re p175 §12 Le saint nom de Dieu a été attaqué, sali par le mensonge et la calomnie. En Éden, Satan a diffamé Jéhovah, le faisant passer pour un Souverain injuste. Le chef du monde impie a veillé depuis à ce que les mensonges sur Dieu se multiplient  - Révélation 12:9. Les religions ont dépeint un Dieu despotique, distant, cruel, un Dieu qui, affirment-elles, soutient leurs guerres sanguinaires. Quant aux prodigieux actes de création, on les met souvent désormais sur le compte du hasard et de l’évolution. Indéniablement calomnié, le nom de Dieu a besoin d’être sanctifié, de se voir restituer sa gloire légitime. Il nous tarde que Jéhovah sanctifie son nom et justifie sa souveraineté, et nous sommes heureux de collaborer de près ou de loin à ce grand dessein. – cl chap3 §13 Chacun de nous doit prouver sa fidélité à Jéhovah. Rappelons-nous que Satan a mis en doute l’intégrité et la fidélité de tous les serviteurs de Jéhovah. Il a prétendu que nous ne lui resterions pas fidèles dans les épreuves (Job 1:9-11 ; 2:4 ; Rév. 12:10). Si Jéhovah nous protégeait d’épreuves qu’il estimerait trop difficiles pour nous, cela ne donnerait-il pas du poids à l’accusation de Satan selon laquelle nous servons Dieu par intérêt ? – TG2017/2 p30 Notre amour pour Jéhovah nous a poussés à nous vouer à lui et à nous faire baptiser. Nous désirons du fond du cœur lui rester fidèles. Toutefois, notre ennemi Satan le Diable est déterminé à briser notre intégrité (Rév. 12:17). Or nous avons pris la décision de servir Jéhovah et d’observer ses commandements. Alors, qu’il serait triste de revenir sur notre vœu ! Ce changement d’avis pourrait nous coûter la vie. – TG2014  15/12 Quelles autres perles spirituelles as-tu découvertes dans la lecture biblique de cette semaine ? Satan et les démons utilisent aussi la fausse religion et le système commercial pour égarer « la terre habitée tout entière » (Rév. 12:9). Au moyen de la fausse religion, Satan répand des mensonges sur Jéhovah. Il essaie même de faire disparaître le nom de Dieu. À cause de cela, des personnes sincères qui pensent adorer Dieu adorent en fait des démons. Pour répandre des mensonges, Satan se sert aussi du système commercial. Par exemple, il fait croire aux gens que le meilleur moyen d’être heureux est de posséder beaucoup d’argent et de biens matériels. Ceux qui croient ce mensonge passent leur vie à servir « la Richesse » plutôt que Dieu (Mat. 6:24). Même si au départ ils aiment Dieu, leur amour pour les choses matérielles finit par devenir le plus fort – TG2018/5 §7 La Bible appelle Satan “ l’accusateur de nos frères, qui les accuse jour et nuit devant notre Dieu ”. (Révélation 12:10.) Ces frères accusés faussement sont les chrétiens oints qui vivent sur la terre durant les derniers jours. Nous devons être particulièrement prudents quand nous entendons des choses sur les Témoins de Jéhovah. C’est pourquoi Jésus nous a avertis que des opposants diraient « toutes sortes de mensonges malveillants » contre nous (Mat. 5:11). Si nous gardons à l’esprit cet avertissement, nous ne serons pas surpris d’entendre des choses choquantes sur les Témoins. – TG2018/8 §6 La Parole de Dieu déclare au sujet des frères oints du Christ : “ Ils l’ont vaincu [Satan] à cause [...] de la parole de leur témoignage. ” (Révélation 12:11). Il y a par conséquent une relation directe entre le fait de vaincre Satan — l’auteur du mal — et la prédication du message du Royaume. Rien d’étonnant donc que Satan lutte avec acharnement contre le reste oint et la “ grande foule ” en leur suscitant de l’opposition ! — Révélation 12:17 L’opposition peut revêtir la forme d’attaques verbales ou de menaces de violence physique. Mais elle peut prendre d’autres formes, plus subtiles encore. Quoi qu’il en soit, le but de Satan est toujours le même : arrêter l’œuvre de prédication. Toutefois, il échouera lamentablement. Les serviteurs de Dieu d’aujourd’hui sont déterminés à “ continuer à vaincre le mal par le bien ”. Ils le feront en poursuivant la proclamation de la bonne nouvelle jusqu’à ce que Jéhovah déclare l’œuvre achevée  -TG2007/7 p31 Plus la fin de ce monde mauvais approche, plus Satan est en colère parce qu’il ne lui reste que très peu de temps pour agir. (Révélation 12:12) À l’approche d’Amarguédon, il tente de nous affaiblir spirituellement par toutes sortes d’épreuves et de pressions. À cela s’ajoutent les tensions du quotidien Attendons-nous à ce que Satan intensifie ses attaques à mesure que la fin de ce monde approche Les gens qui sont influencés par le Diable deviendront certainement de plus en plus malhonnêtes. Et ils essaieront surtout de tromper les adorateurs de Jéhovah. Il arrive que des articles de journaux, des émissions de télévision ou des sites Internet parlent des Témoins de Jéhovah et de leurs croyances. Parfois ils ne disent qu’une partie de ce qui est vrai. Parfois aussi ils mentent. Certaines personnes sont choquées ou se fâchent parce qu’elles croient ces mensonges et ne vérifient pas les faits. Heureusement, nous pouvons nous défendre contre les mensonges du Diable. – TG2013  15/12 §2,3 Les attaques intenses. L’apôtre Jean a déclaré : “ Le monde entier se trouve au pouvoir du méchant. ” (1 Jean 5:19). Ces paroles comportent un avertissement pour tous les vrais chrétiens. Puisque Satan a déjà dévoré dans son entier le monde des humains éloignés de Dieu, il peut à présent concentrer, et même intensifier, ses attaques sur ceux qui ont réussi à lui échapper jusqu’à maintenant : les serviteurs de Jéhovah (Révélation 12:12, 17). Satan éprouve une grande colère parce qu’il sait qu’il ne pourra plus agir bien longtemps. C’est pourquoi il accentue ses pressions. Aujourd’hui, nous subissons sa rage destructrice, dans un ultime déchaînement de sauvagerie. De ce fait, il nous faut plus que jamais “ discerner les temps afin de connaître ce que nous devons faire ”. – lv chap16 §7
    • Jackson was a pugilist and history always finds a place for one like him, He was know to “lose it” over any insult to his wife. Returning victorious from somewhere, he decided to invade Spanish-held Florida, pretty much without pretext. He figured his country would thank him for it later.
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