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    Here is the weekly material for Feb. 13-19, 2017. TB Hope everyone is able to download the files. Watchtower February 13-19, 2017.pdf MEETING WORKBOOK week of Feb. 13-19, 2017.pdf Additional Highlights- Feb. 13-19, 2017.pdf CBS FEB. 13-19.pdf Watchtower February 13-19, 2017.doc
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    Year Texts for Jehovah's Witnesses back to 1914 Our yeartext for 2017: “Trust in Jehovah and do what is good.”—Psalm 37:3. 2016, “Let your brotherly love continue” (Heb 13:1): w16.01 7-11; yb16 2-3. 2015, “Give thanks to Jehovah, for he is good” (Ps 106:1): w15 1/15 8-12; yb15 2-3 2014 "Let your Kingdom come." (Matthew 6:10) 2013 "Be courageous and strong....Jehovah your God is with you." (Joshua 1:9) 2012 "Your word is truth." (John 17:17) 2011 “Take refuge in the name of Jehovah” (Zep 3:12) 2010 ‘Love endures all things. Love never fails’ (1Co 13:7, 2009 “Bear thorough witness to the good news” (Ac 20:24) 2008 “Stand firm and see the salvation of Jehovah” (Ex 14:13) 2007 “The great day of Jehovah is near” (Zep 1:14) 2006 “We must obey God as ruler rather than men” (Ac 5:29) 2005 “My help is from Jehovah” (Ps 121:2) 2004 “Keep on the watch ... Prove yourselves ready” (Mt 24:42, 44) 2003 “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you” (Jas 4:8) 2002 “Come to me, ... and I will refresh you” (Mt 11:28) 2001 “Stand complete and with firm conviction in all the will of God” (Col 4:12) 2000 “We are not the sort that shrink back ... but the sort that have faith” (Heb 10:39) 1999 “Look! Now is the day of salvation” (2Co 6:2) 1998 “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved” (Ro 10:13) 1997 “Teach me to do your will” (Ps 143:10) 1996 “Become doers of the word” (Jas 1:22) 1995 “Be harmoniously joined together in love” (Col 2:2) 1994 “Trust in Jehovah with all your heart” (Pr 3:5) 1993 “Instruct me, O Jehovah ... Unify my heart to fear your name” (Ps 86:11) 1992 “Rejoice in the hope. ... Persevere in prayer” (Ro 12:12) 1991 "Let anyone hearing say: 'Come!'" —Rev. 22:17 1990 “Be of good courage and say: ‘Jehovah is my helper.’” —Hebrews 13:6 1989 “Fear God and give him glory.”—Rev. 14:7. 1988 “Hope in Jehovah and keep his way” (Ps 37:34) 1987 “As for me and my household, we shall serve Jehovah.” —Joshua 24:15 1986 “Go . . . declare abroad the kingdom of God.”—Luke 9:60. 1985 “Fully accomplish your ministry.”—2 Tim. 4:5. 1984 “Speak the word of God fearlessly.”—Phil. 1:14. 1983 “Clothe yourselves with love . . . a perfect bond of union.”—Col. 3:14. 1982 “Become steadfast, unmovable, always having plenty to do in the work of the Lord.”—1 Cor. 15:58. 1981 “Your loyal ones will bless you. About the glory of your kingship they will talk.”—Ps. 145:10, 11. 1980 “And now, Jehovah, . . . grant your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness.”—Acts4:29. 1979 “My Father is glorified in this, that you keep bearing much fruit and prove yourselves my disciples.”—John 15:8. 1978 “They will not prevail against you, for ‘I [Jehovah] am with you . . . to deliver you.’”—Jer. 1:19. 1977 “You have need of endurance, in order that . . . you may receive the fulfillment of the promise.”—Heb. 10:36. 1976 “Awaiting these things, do your utmost to be found finally by him spotless and unblemished and in peace.”—2 Pet. 3:14. 1975 “I will say to Jehovah: ‘You are my refuge and my stronghold.’”—Ps. 91:2. 1974 “Although the fig tree itself may not blossom, . . . I will exult in Jehovah himself.”—Hab. 3:17, 18. 1973 “But we, for our part, shall walk in the name of Jehovah our God to time indefinite, even forever.”—Mic. 4:5. 1972 “Say among the nations: ‘Jehovah himself has become king.’”—Ps. 96:10. 1971 “You will be witnesses of me . . . to the most distant part of the earth.”—Acts 1:8. 1970 “Go therefore and make disciples . . .baptizing them.”—Matt. 28:19. 1969 “Lift your heads up, because your deliverance is getting near.” - Luke 21:28 1968 “Also, in all the nations the good news has to be preached first.” - Mark 13:10 1967 “Here I am! Send me.” - Isaiah 6:8 1966 “We shall not neglect the house of our God.” - Neh. 10:39 1965 “Do not become fearful of those who kill the body.” Matt 10:28 1964 “Filled with the holy spirit and ...speaking the word of God with boldness.” -Acts 4:31 1963 “Now we are not the sort that shrink back to destruction, but the sort that have faith to the preserving alive of the soul.”—Heb. 10:39 1962 “Be courageous and let your heart be strong. Yes, hope in Jehovah,” (Ps. 27:14) 1961 “In unity I shall set them, like a flock in the pen.”—Mic. 2:12. 1960 “Seek peace and pursue it. For Jehovah’s eyes are upon the righteous.” (1 Peter 3:11, 12) 1959 “Happy is the one that stays awake and keeps his outer garments.” (Rev 16:15) 1958 “As for me, in my integrity I shall walk.” (Psalm 26:11) 1957 “From day to day tell the good news of salvation by him,” Ps. 96.2 1956 “Prove me now here with, said Jehovah of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing.” (Malachi 3:10 AS) 1955 “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: His heart is fixed, trusting in Jehovah.” (Ps. 112:7 ASV) 1954 “Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever” (Ps. 145:2, CB) 1953 “Worship Jehovah in holy array” (Ps 29:2, AS) 1952 “Say to the prisoners, Go forth.”—Isa. 49:9. 1951 “Praise Jah, you people, because Jehovah our God, the Almighty, has begun to rule as king.” (Rev. 19:6, NW) 1950 “Preach the word” (2 Timothy 4:2) 1949 “I . . . will yet praise thee more and more. (Ps. 71:14) 1948 “I will sing praises unto the among the nations.” (Ps. 57:9, A.S.V.) 1947 “Oh praise Jehovah, all the nations”. (Ps. 117:1, Am. Stan. Ver.) 1946 “Be Glad, Ye Nations, with His People.” Romans 15:10, Rotherham. 1945 “Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations.” (Matthew 28:19, Am. Stan. Ver.) 1944 “Teach me to do your will, For you are my God” (Psalm 143:10) 1943 “More than conquerors through him that loved us”. (Romans 8: 37) 1942 “Blameless in the day of our Lord” (1Cor. 1 : 1941 “Salvation unto our God . . . and unto the Lamb” (Rev. 7:10, A.R.V.) 1940 “My heart shall rejoice in the salvation.”--Ps. 13:5. 1939 “But they shall not prevail against them.” Jer 1:19 1938 ‘Fear not; for the battle is God’s’ -2 Chron. 20: 15 1937 “Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.” Obadiah 1 1936 “For Jehovah and for Gideon” -Judg. 7:18 (Again, same as 1935) 1935 “For Jehovah and for Gideon” -Judg. 7:18 1934 “In his name shall [the] nations hope.” -Matt. 12:21 1933 “The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it, and is safe.” Prov. 18: 10, 1932 “They shall know that I am Jehovah” Eze 6:10 1931 “The Lord preserve all them that love him ; but all the wicked will he destroy.” Ps. 145:20. 1930 “Sing unto the Lord a new song.” Isa 42:10 1929 “I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33 1928 “Sing forth the honor of his name.” (Psalm 66: 2) 1927 “O Lord, how manifold are thy works !” Psalm 104:24 1926 “Blessed be the Lord out of Zion.”-- Psalm 135:21 1925 “Comfort all that mourn.” Isa 61:2 1924 “The kingdom of heaven is at hand” Matt 10:7 1923 “We all, with open face beholding as a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3:18 1922 “Thanks be to God, who give us the victory through our lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 15:57 1921 “I will triumph in the works of the hands.” Psalm 92:4 1920 “The Lord is my strength and song.” Psalm 118: 14 1919 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; Lord, and righteousness which is of me, saith the Lord.” Isa 54:17 1918 “The end of all things is at hand: Be therefore sober and watch unto prayer; and above all things have fervent love among yourselves. (1 Peter 4:7,8) 1917 “The Lord bless them, and keep them; the Lord make his face shine upon them, and be gracious unto them; the Lord lift up his countenance upon them, and give them peace.”-Numbers 6:24-26 (Chosen by Brother Russell before his death) 1916 “Strong in faith.” Romans 4:20 1915 “Are you able to drink of My cup?” (Mt 20:22) 1914 "Let your Kingdom come." (Matthew 6:10)m WHAT YEAR WHERE YOU BAPTIZED? I was 1968.
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    A blind Brother on the stage with his loving, needing dog ❤ Keep up your very good work, our dear Brother Seems to be a mixed Congregation, for deaf and blind Brothers / Sisters... Thats interesting... I never heard from a dog on the KD - Hall stage ;-) But why not ? Such of dog's very good trained - I love that ❤ For alot more info's scroll down please... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guide_dog
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    Song 134 - See Yourself When All Is New ❤ ENJOY THE VIEW ON THE SEA IN PARADISE ❤
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    Here is the weekly study material, uploaded again. Hope it works this time. TB Additional Highlights- Feb. 6-12, 2017.pdf CBS FEB. 6-12, 2017.pdf MEETING WORKBOOK week of Feb. 6-12, 2017.pdf Watchtower Feb 6-12, 2017.doc Watchtower Feb 6-12, 2017.pdf
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    5 year old Bella enjoying the ministry, she wanted ringing at every door; in Aberaeron, Wales. Brave little girl, Jehovah has blessed you❤
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    BROTHER *SAMUEL HERD* IS ENJOYING CLEANING THE ARK ! Our anointed Brother of the Governing Body, here just by cleaning the little Ark in Bethel - together with a Sister. Seems, they enjoying their work....
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    INVITATION - REG. - Convention 2017...
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    “For “who has come to know the mind of Jehovah, so that he may instruct him?” But we do have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor. 2:16) We do have the mind of Christ. — 1 Cor. 2:16. It is good to remember that being whole-souled is not a matter of how much time we spend in the ministry. Individual circumstances vary. A person who spends just an hour or two in field service each month may be very pleasing to Jehovah if that really is all his health allows him to do. (Compare Mark 12:41-44.) Hence, to determine what wholesouled service to God means for us personally, we need to make a frank appraisal of our abilities and circumstances. As followers of Christ, we also want to harmonize our viewpoint with his. (Rom. 15:5) What did Jesus put foremost in his life? He told the crowds from Capernaum: “I must declare the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this I was sent forth.” (Luke 4: 43; John 18:37) With Jesus’ zeal for his ministry in mind, evaluate your circumstances to see if you could further expand your ministry. (1 Cor. 11:1) www.jw.org
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    God's Outlaw - William Tyndale Story, full movie (1986) Enjoy ! ( you can share it for watching later...)
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    Here is the workbook material for the week of Feb. 27-March 5, 2017. TB Additional Highlights- Feb. 27 March 5, 2017.pdf CBS FEB. 27- march 5, 2017.pdf MEETING WORKBOOK week of Feb. 27- March 5, 2017.pdf Watchtower February 27-March 5, 2017.doc Watchtower February 27-March 5, 2017.pdf
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    Here is the weekly material for the week of Feb. 20-26, 2017. TB Watchtower February 20-26, 2017.pdf Watchtower February 20-26, 2017.doc Additional Highlights- Feb. 20 - 26.pdf MEETING WORKBOOK week of Feb. 20-26.pdf CBS FEB. 20-26.pdf
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    This is a very prudent approach advised by Ann O'Maly, and I would hasten to add that even relatively modern, purely secular scholarship should be treated with caution also. After all, the term "modern" (as opposed to "antiquarian") is just a relative concept. Everything modern becomes antiquarian eventually. But as for researching and verifying historical information on Babylonish religion to the level similar to that in the document linked below? Well, this is not for the regular amateur, and whilst I have no criticism taking an interest in such matters (as I do myself), I suggest that most true Christians, with other priorities, might find an alternative approach more effective, one based on 2Tim 3:16. Why not save the embarrassment of arguing ineffectively on secular terms? I like Queen Esther's approach: Daniel chapter 1 provides an interesting snapshot of life in ancient Babylon for worshippers of Jehovah. I am sure Daniel and his friends were exposed to all manner of festivities, holidays etc., both secular and religious, during their 3-year training course in Babylonian culture. Dan 1:5. (We could all do with something similar really if we want to argue origins with secular authorities). But we have no reason to believe Daniel and co treated these Babylonian customs any differently than they did the dietary practices common to the level of society to which they were exposed. Comp Dan.1:8. In fact, in view of the words at De 8:3 (quoted later by Jesus), I suspect their attention to the avoidence of spritual defilement would have been even more diligent. And as they were living in the actual Babylonian environment that we seek to associate with more recent customs, there was surely no need for them to grapple with the arguments of academics to define what was or was not acceptable to Jehovah. And in view of the inherehent dangers to their spirituality in that environment, they would surely have just avoided whatever Jehovah had not commanded, would they not?.
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    Greece The brothers of Greece shared with us on photos in a dispute, in a market where the brothers were distributing publications to the people. Observing can be like in the photos, there is a cure unorthodox that many were against the witnesses! Some people were on the side of the brothers, as the "fat" gentleman on the left, who had to keep our brother with ties ... because they offended the witness. Another proof that the situation in the world will be this Enconando against our people up in democratic countries .... Ελλάδα Οι αδελφοί της Ελλάδα μαζί μας στις φωτογραφίες σε ένα επιχείρημα, σε μια αγορά όπου οι αδελφοί ήταν, εκδόσεις που διανέμονται στους ανθρώπους. Μπορούμε να παρατηρήσουμε στις φωτογραφίες, υπάρχει μια ανορθόδοξη θεραπεία ότι πολλοί ήταν ενάντια στους μάρτυρες! Μερικοί άνθρωποι ήταν από την πλευρά των αδελφών, όπως το λίπος άνθρωπος στο αριστερό, το είχε ο αδελφός μας με την εκμετάλλευση γραβάτα ... επειδή προσέβαλε τον μάρτυρα. Μια άλλη απόδειξη ότι η κατάσταση στον κόσμο είναι αυτή η Enconando ενάντια στο λαό μας σε δημοκρατικές χώρες .... ( translated by google )
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    A very very old video from door to door serving... poor Brother ;-( A view into our "good old time".........
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    Look to this very old Brother.... 92 years old and just baptized, in California, USA He seems little weak, awww... but the 2 Brother's helping and smiling to him ! May Jehovah bless him alot ❤
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    "No. I am your Father!" "No! That's not true! That's impossible!"
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    The Photo Drama of Creation - Charles Taze Russell Via
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    The best help - gift - we can give anyone is to teach them about Jehovah! It lifts them out of despair and gives them hope for a future - something to look forward to! Many live in poverty (with its associated crime and ignorance) and realize there is no way they will ever get out of their circumstances - they do not have the education or money or opportunities..to get out of their country or circumstances... Some fathers start to drink/use drugs with the little money they earn and increase the suffering of their families because they are desperate and do not know the way out. (I lived 48 years in Africa before moving to Europe and later in America - now in Sweden). I saw such extreme poverty that I was stunned by it... and realized that only the message of Jehovah can give hope for a future life. We are very materialistic in the West! Jehovah promises us to come out of Armageddon only with our "life" - no other things. What is the most precious gift we have - it is our life! I think the very poor and deprived sometimes understand this more than affluent people do! (This is why affluent people make issues of very small things because they are not wondering where their next meal is coming from for their family!) When I see the smiles of our brothers in Africa, and know that many of them only have the minimum to survive, and yet they have such joy! ... my heart is happy to know that someone took the time to teach them the truth! I worked amongst Arab speaking refugees in America - sometimes more than 100 hours and spent some 30 to 40 additional hours helping them with translations and filling out forms etc. ... and I have come to the conclusion that some just want "social help" and focus more on material things. They are not really searching for the "truth". Some have a spiritual need but they are not prepared to let go of their "wants" to reach out for the promises that Jehovah can give them. They are not spiritual people but "fleshly". They evaluate everything in only fleshly terms. Of course we must teach them this but sometimes they just want to "take" more than "give". Because witnesses are so 'giving' these people can become predators. So we must be careful to keep the right focus - first on spiritual help. This is why it is wise to look after our own brothers and sisters first - and then reach out to others with "social works." To be a truly Christian person we will not hold back kindness when it is possible to give it - but the most precious gift is the truth! Of course (if it is in your power to do something do it). I wrote letters for people who could not speak the language to get better housing or helped them to reduce bills ... I gave some help which does not involve money... and this giving spirit demonstrated to them the Christian way of thinking - to help others at sacrifice to self. To give 'time' to help others. But the focus of our time should be spent on teaching others the truth. Our time is the most precious commodity we have! Oh, I wanted to add another thought: The witnesses are preaching in so many languages now that most people on earth can be reached in their own language! Those who are living in "closed" societies - such as muslim countries where a bible is not allowed - these nations are now being shaken! So these refugees are now coming out and being contacted with the truth! I preach here in the streets giving out tracts. Some come to me - and ask questions! I make sure I show them how different we are to other Christians so they have a solid basis to go and think about... and later talk to the Witnesses again. I feel about it this way - they are getting a Witness - very few are going to listen - but all need to get an opportunity! Jehovah will resurrect those who are asleep in death - those who never had contact with the truth. Many were good people and had a good conscience! Jehovah is just and will not pass anyone by that may be a good future citizen of his Government. We must now focus on getting the "precious things of the nations" out of the vicious world which will soon collapse!
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    Proud to represent the one channel of truth in the modern world (USA) (I like the blue button near his handkerchief) Via
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    18 Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalms 34:18) NWT IMG_7494.MP4
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    I am glad you brought this topic up CMP. It is something I has bothered me for a long time and a lot of the issues you raised I have also thought about. It is clear what purpose the disfellowshipping/shunning policy serves. It is to keep the congregation spiritually and morally clean. I have no problem with that. We would not be who we are if we were lax about this. My issues are these: Disfellowshipping is supposed to be a protective and corrective measure. Those whom Jehovah loves he disciplines. However, what about when this protective and corrective measure has lost its purpose and/or is no longer relevant? Continuing to shun a family member, who had been disfellowshipped in the past, but is no longer practicing what they had been disfellowshipped for, but who no longer wants to be a Witness (therefore no chance of re-instatement) has never made sense to me. It seems to be all about being slapped with the disfellowshipp label but not about what is really going on. There is something amiss there. Jehovah wants worshipers who do so willingly, because they love him, not because of their friends and family. Also, Jehovah has given everyone the right to change their mind and to break their promise, at a cost of course, that being they will no longer be in line for everlasting life. But does the cost have to include being shunned by family members in the present life? Shouldn’t that be left up to the innocent JW family members to decide how much and to what extent they will associate? Someone once argued that associating with a family member who no longer serves Jehovah could have a detrimental effect on us and could possibly lead us out of the truth as well. That someone pointed out an experience where one of the family members became an atheist and influenced the rest of the family so much so that they too left the truth. Well I say so be it! Yes, bad association spoils useful habits, but it is still up to each individual to heed or not heed that advice. Doesn’t Jehovah give everyone the freedom to live their life as they want? So if half the congregation leaves, what difference really does it make? Jehovah wants all to be saved, but not all want to be saved. Could someone explain this to me: "No one should be forced to worship in a way that he finds unacceptable or be made to choose between his beliefs and his family" (“Is it wrong to change your religion” Awake 7/09) Why does this apparently apply to every other religion except ours....??
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    And here I thought the focus was going to be on the Beard, darn!
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    * Valentine’s Day. “St. Valentine’s Day has nothing very saintly to commend it as to its origin.”—The Golden Age, December 25, 1929, page 208. "The romantic nature of Valentine's Day may have derived during the Middle Ages, when it was believed that birds paired couples in mid-February. According to English 18th-century antiquarians Alban Butler and Francis Douce, Valentine's Day was most likely created to overpower the pagan holiday, Lupercalia. (Note the picture, another name to the worship of Nimrod) (Both Lupercus, and St Valentine) The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in a The Nuremberg Chronicle, a great illustrated book printed in 1493. [Additional evidence that Valentine was a real person: archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine.] Alongside a woodcut portrait of him, text states that Valentinus was a Roman priestmartyred during the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II]. Since he was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome [when helping them was considered a crime], Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner -- until Valentinus made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor -- whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that didn't do it, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate [circa 269].
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    Good point. Also, if that last aerial picture of the lake were shifted just slightly to the right, you would see IBM Sterling Forest, a place I went to every year from 2002 to 2012. (We had several contracts with them for backup, disaster recovery and key server mirrors for our data center.) It was only an hour away from our own company headquarters in NYC, and only 1.5 hours from my house before rush hour.
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    Public Preaching in Greece (to an exceptionally tall man) Via
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    Gracias por esa relación. Me bautice en 1967, hace 50 años. Se dice fácil pero no lo es. Jehova siempre ha estado presente en mi vida.
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    Can anyone understand the layers of clouds, The thundering from his tent? God is greater than we know... 26 God is greater than we can know; 27 He draws up the drops of water; They condense into rain from his mist; 28 Then the clouds pour it down; They shower down upon mankind. 29 Can anyone understand the layers of clouds, The thundering from his tent? 30 See how he spreads his lightning over it 31 By these he sustains the peoples; He gives them food in abundance. 32 With his hands he covers the lightning, And he directs it against its target. 33 His thunder tells about him, 2 Listen carefully to the rumbling of his voice And the thunder that comes from his mouth. 3 He unleashes it under the entire heavens And sends his lightning to the ends of the earth." 5 God thunders with his voice in a wonderful way; He does great things that are beyond our understanding." (Job 36,37) NWT jw.org
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    WHAT a difference ! JEHOVAH has really changed the new Brother's life ❤ SO amazing.... a big blessing !
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    Sometimes I have felt sorry for the majority of the population of the world, who (over the centuries) have never even heard of Christianity, not to mention that, even today, it's possible that most of the people on the earth have still really never heard of Jehovah's Witnesses. Of course, we still trust that Jehovah and Christ have taken all this into consideration for the time of judgment and, perhaps more importantly, throughout the time of resurrection. So this is not about who will survive Armageddon, and who won't; it's merely about the wonderful advantages of knowing about the teachings of Jesus and the freedom to make changes in your life based on taking these teachings to heart. Most of the world may not have the freedom to take advantage of true Christianity even if they have heard of it. Another large portion of the earth has heard about historical Christianity, and wouldn't go anywhere near it because of its terrible reputation for violence, deception and theft of resources. They won't give it the benefit of the doubt. But even for persons who fall into that last category, there is hope that many more will benefit from exposure to Christian ideas and ideals -- even under the worst of circumstances. The latest study edition of the Watchtower (May 2017) nailed it in the timely article "Helping 'Foreign Residents' to 'Serve Jehovah With Rejoicing.'" Note: *** w17 May p. 3 par. 2 Helping “Foreign Residents” to “Serve Jehovah With Rejoicing” *** Worldwide, refugees who have fled their homes because of war or persecution now number over 65,000,000—the highest ever recorded. The footnote expands on that idea: *** w17 May p. 3 Helping “Foreign Residents” to “Serve Jehovah With Rejoicing” *** In this article, we use the term “refugees” to denote those who have been displaced—whether across national borders or within their own country—by armed conflict, persecution, or disaster. According to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), today “1 in every 113 people” worldwide is “forcibly displaced.” Nearly 1% of the world's population! Granted that this article is primarily about how we treat our spiritual brothers and sisters who are refugees. And I know that some have criticized us for focusing almost exclusively on other Witnesses, instead of ALL persons. (Even though I'd guess that non-JWs don't criticize each other for choosing their favorite charities.) Scripturally, there is nothing wrong with primarily taking care (materially) of our family, and after that those "related to us in the faith." And I think it's also true that even giving primarily to Witness refugees, will still give a good witness that some groups are much better than others at 'taking care of their own.' (1 Timothy 5:7, 8) . . .. 8 Certainly if anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith. (Galatians 6:10) 10 So, then, as long as we have the opportunity, let us work what is good toward all, but especially toward those related to us in the faith. One thing I like about the article is the balance. The bulk of the article is about ways in which we as JWs can help out refugees in material practical ways. Of course, there are a few paragraphs on spiritual support, too. In the past we've seen the same basic idea presented, but often with only a generic statement about material support and very few practical ideas for what we can do materially. This article talks about helping persons not just with providing food, clothes, shelter, but also with transportation, government paperwork, learning the language, applying for jobs, driver licenses, etc. I think a lot of persons will also appreciate that the paragraphs on "spiritual support" included emotional support with spiritual support. I thought these two paragraphs were especially useful: *** w17 May pp. 6-7 pars. 15-16 Helping “Foreign Residents” to “Serve Jehovah With Rejoicing” *** 15 More than material assistance, refugees need spiritual and emotional support. (Matt. 4:4) Elders can help by obtaining literature in the language of the refugees and by helping them contact brothers who speak their language. Many refugees have been torn away from their tight-knit extended families, communities, and congregations. They need to sense Jehovah’s love and compassion among their fellow Christians. Otherwise, they may be drawn to unbelieving relatives or compatriots who can relate to their culture and experiences. (1 Cor. 15:33) By making them feel fully accepted in the congregation, we have the privilege to share with Jehovah in “protecting the foreign residents.”—Ps. 146:9. 16 As with young Jesus and his family, refugees may not have the option of returning to their homeland as long as their oppressors remain in power. Further, as notes Lije, “many parents who saw family members raped and murdered cannot bear to bring their children back to where those tragedies occurred.” To help those who have experienced such trauma, brothers in lands receiving refugees need to have “fellow feeling, brotherly affection, tender compassion, and humility.” (1 Pet. 3:8) Persecution has caused some refugees to become withdrawn, and they may feel ashamed to talk about their suffering, especially in the presence of their children. Ask yourself, ‘If I were in their position, how would I like to be treated?’—Matt. 7:12 The article reminds us that we should be known for being concerned with good works, not just the preaching work. This fits a lot of ideas that have been mentioned in the recent past showing how sometimes doing good for persons in a material way, really is a spiritual work, and can be related to our sacred service.
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    True Tom, I would agree for the most part, but I also think it is human nature (imperfect human nature) to problem solve. Things that work well are usually left alone and are taken more or less as matter of fact and for granted (unfortunately) But if something doesn't work right....well we either ignore it or try and fix it. How many times has it happened when the positive gets overlooked but whoa, if there is something negative people get together, criticize, gossip...get their panties in a twist. We humans tend to gravitate towards "problems". I think, and this is just my opinion, most of us on here realize that we can't really do anything about what we are discussing. But it feels good to be able to air concerns and read other peoples stories and viewpoints. You have probably heard about a particular therapeutic method whereby a person is told to write their concerns down on paper, but never really give or send it to the other person. It really works. I have written about 3 letters to the GB in the past couple of years, and of course never sent them, but it helped me to organize my thoughts and filter out what is really important and what I will just wait with and see what happens. Yes, as you say, there are apostates who comment on here, and as you say they are pretty easy to spot. The good thing is it is our choice whether we get into a debate with them or not.
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    Michael: I also raised four children. I had to set a good example, my husband was not a spiritual man and didn't study with the children. I could not usurp his position before God as the head of the house. I tried my best to teach them by example and I see now they are grown it was very good for them. I was raised as a Witness and loved to teach and help people. I taught my children to love others too. Even that quality of Jehovah is one of his greatest attributes. If there is Love that is the laws fulfillment. So children mimic what they see. I was not a perfect parent, but love I learned from my Father, Jehovah, if that's all a child learns that will complete them. My four children are grown, one at Bethel, one an Elder, one a MS servant, one a full time pioneer, her husband an Elder. I would say, love Jehovah, love your children, set a good example, if as a man you direct them to grow and mature in a Godly way, then you will have success. If you can't do much, love is the laws fulfillment and that in itself will be the nurturing direction and you will be blessed. That was my experience from a 45 year marriage. Thank you, Bible Speaks 🌹📖🌹
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    You covered a good portion of what we called the "pendulum swing." That's what I was going to bring up next. I think the general expectation is that we will sooner or later end up, not exactly in the middle of the two extremes, but a little closer to "erring on the side of love." One reason might even be due to concerns with our reputation and legal issues. It's a shame if that's what shames us into no longer using shaming techniques in the same way we have been. But I do know that it is true that when Judah Ben was at the head of the Public Relations department, he admitted that "shunning" was one of the worst policies we had in terms of the way in which it helped create and give a voice to a community of ex-JWs. Ex-JWs could now correctly claim an injustice even when their only reason for not coming back was that they disagreed with specific policies including, ironically, the policy of shunning. It's of interest that we would notice the contradiction and therefore had to make exceptions for eating with disfellowshipped spouses or minor children. Yet, we would not notice (as quickly) the issues you pointed out, or that what we recommended often contradicted the example of Jehovah and Jesus and the counsel about "showing no natural affection." This does not mean that there is only one definitive way to read the specific expression "anyone called a brother." But in general, overall, I think you are making a correct point. Personally, I agreed with Judah Ben and also believe that we would be as large as Mormons and Seventh Day Adventists (who started out defining themselves at about the same time) if we had abstained from the shunning policy.
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    Ooh wow! Beautiful Southern Lights! ❤️️ More pictures from the same (I think) event in Nov. 2015. Thanks for posting
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    The Bible was written over 1600 years. It's history & prophecy are linked to seven world powers. Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medical-Persia, Greece, Rome, and Anglo- America. The Bible is trustworthy & reliable & inspired of God & its message is one of hope for the end to the suffering caused by human misrule. 16 "All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness," 17 "so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16,17) NWT jw.org https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/view-bible-tract/how-do-you-view-the-bible/#?insight[search_id]=02748435-f773-4159-bbf0-8925c08f73b0&insight[search_result_index]=6
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    "What will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?" Matt. 24:3 wol.jw.org
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    http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/dt/r1/lp-e/2017/2/12 Sunday, February 12 2017 You have been saved through faith.—Eph. 2:8....
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    This is an excellent point, and one we lose sight of now and then. I recall seeing a post over on jw-archive.org where someone insisted that it was a good thing that so many "little ones" stumbled over 1975. They were just being tested and found wanting. Therefore it was a good thing that there was so much talk about 1975 (or "the 1970's," or the final years of "this generation," or the preaching work that would be completed in the "20th century"). You brought up Brother Willi Diehl's experience from the 1991 Watchtower: *** w91 11/1 p. 29 ‘Jehovah Is My God, in Whom I Will Trust’ *** In May 1949, I informed headquarters in Bern that I planned to marry Marthe and that we desired to remain in full-time service. The reaction? No privileges other than regular pioneering. This we started in Biel, following our wedding in June 1949. I was not permitted to give talks, nor could we look for accommodations for delegates to a forthcoming assembly, even though we had been recommended by our circuit overseer for this privilege. Many no longer greeted us, treating us like disfellowshipped persons, even though we were pioneers. We knew, however, that getting married was not unscriptural, so we took refuge in prayer and put our trust in Jehovah. Actually, this treatment did not reflect the Society’s view. I don't know exactly what the Society's view was in 1949 in Switzerland, but one can still easily trace the where the idea came from. Full-time service (while married) was only available to pioneers (including missionaries) in 1949. If you got married you were showing that you were not serious about full-time service. This is why, in general, no one would get married at Bethel (and be allowed to stay) until Brother Knorr married Audrey Mock in 1953. (Audrey was actually engaged to Brother Richard Wheelock who would have been one of the first, if he had been allowed to stay at Bethel, but Brother Knorr made him break off the engagement, and then married her himself.) *** w04 7/1 p. 26 A Satisfying Life Despite Heartaches *** Since the 1920’s, Bethelites who desired to marry had been required to leave Bethel and serve Kingdom interests elsewhere. But in the early 1950’s, a few couples who had served at Bethel for some time were allowed to marry and stay. So when Nathan H. Knorr, who at the time was taking the lead in the worldwide Kingdom work, showed an interest in me, I thought, ‘Now, here is someone who will stay!’ In the 1960's and 1970's it was still quite common in my Missouri congregation for the old-timers to quote the infamous old line that Rutherford had used in a talk at the St. Louis assembly, directed primarily to 15,000 children sitting together out on the grounds instead of in the regular arena seats. Here it is: *** w41 9/15 p. 287 'Theocratic Assembly at St. Louis' *** The "sheep" will inherit on earth the blessings of the Kingdom. . . . They shall be children of the King, and he will be their King-Father. . . .Then the divine mandate shall be carried out, to fill the earth with a righteous, perfect offspring, and this by marriage and childbearing. . . . "Why, then, should a man who has the prospect before him of being of the great multitude now tie himself up to a stack of bones and a hank of hair?" (Applause) . . . "Soon you will see Barak and Deborah (I got a picture of her in this book), and when you see her you will love her very much. She is a real woman, and will be able to give you girls proper advice, you girls who are looking for a husband. When you see Daniel, David, Moses and all the prophets, listen to what they have to say, and they will properly advise you boys and girls. This was the attitude toward marriage among regular publishers. Imagine what it was like toward those chosen for full-time service! Over the previous 10 years, some awful things were being said about marriage and courtship and family relationships. "Having no natural affection" had become a kind of requirement if you wanted to show you were serious and spiritually mature. Dating and courtship was considered an "offense" to long-time Witnesses, although it began quickly changing among new ones being baptized. My own father wasn't even allowed to date until Knorr got married in 1953, and then he was immediately allowed to date for the first time, and my parents then married in January 31, 1954, exactly one year after Nathan and Audrey Knorr married on January 31, 1953. (And of course, if you did marry, you could not have children if you desired to ever go into the circuit work, as others in my family of that generation had done.) A lot of this type of slightly warped thinking remained at Bethel for at least another decade. Note: *** w61 12/15 p. 767 Questions From Readers *** How can girls guard against temptation in this sex-crazy world? When a girl reaches the age of puberty or physical maturity, her body has developed in the matter of sex more than in the mind. . . . However, the time will come when there will be great danger in such actions. Why? In answer to this question, we can learn about nature and sex from the bovine family of mammals, both wild and tame. Large herds of cattle, both male and female, wander over the plains feeding. Ordinarily the male or bull would not think of approaching the female or cow for sex purposes. If he did approach he would not receive a hearty welcome, but, rather, he might be gored by the cow’s horns. There is no petting or sex relations between bull and cow permitted, because the female is not in physical condition to breed. The bull seems to understand this and keeps in his own place. However, when the female of the species is in condition to breed, she makes the matter known. If there is no male in the herd, she will go elsewhere looking for one and she is unsettled until she finds one and then is bred by him. Now she is contented, and the end result is a calf. In this connection it is interesting to note that the male animal has no season at which he is not willing to engage in the breeding act. If we humans would take a lesson from these creatures, we would learn something of importance in matters of sex, as to its purpose and the results of its operation. As with a cow, when a young girl who has reached her puberty is in physical condition to conceive and become pregnant, her sex emotions are greatly aroused. . . . If the boy friend should become sexually aroused and lets her know it and then she yields her body to the advances of the amorous boy friend, she is likely to become pregnant as a result of just one sex experience of this kind. It's just an opinion, but I think that the type of "divisions" we should be more worried about than doctrines in the congregation are these types of differences that lead to judging others. The brother (Diehl) who married was judged as if he was worthy of being disfellowshipped. When the Bible speaks of divisions in the congregation it's often about how we tend to judge others. (James chapter 2) Also, I don't think that these things from the 1950's and 1960's are worth troubling ourselves over. At this point the experience might be almost humorous to us, although at the time it resulted in people sacrificing their opportunity to have children, or even a spouse. But no one held a gun to their head, and Christians have faith that Jehovah can make up for all physical losses. But it doesn't show love to trouble our brothers with unnecessary legalism like this. All we can do now, is to remember the experience so that we apply principles learned to any new decisions. There are definitely still people at Bethel, even now, who feel they are somehow more righteous and spiritually mature for having given up their opportunities for marriage and children. So we should always be on the watch for attitudes of self-righteousness and superiority. It's just one way in which we, as faithful servants, might start "beating" our fellow servants.
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    California, USA - WOW... our 92 years old faithful sister, slowly on the way to her baptism❤ She was very nervous, but more loving brother's helped her. Now she is our sister and very happy ;-) May Jehovah bless her alot ! ❤ ❤ ❤ .•*¨`*•..¸♥☼♥¸.•*¨`*•. ❤ ❤ ❤
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    It's been very interesting following Eoin and JWInsider's conversation, and some insightful thoughts from Comfortmypeople. All raised some good and valid points. This topic is probably exhausted, (and some new ones started) but I would just like to express a few thoughts. It seems clear that there is no doubt that oversight and leadership is inevitable and necessary in order for an international organization like ours to stay united in the same mind and in the same line of thought (1 Cor 1:10) otherwise we would be no different to Christendom. To believe that each congregation should be autonomous (as some opposers have suggested) is foolish because this would never work. Although congregations have their own unique personality and chemistry, the teachings are always the same. It is remarkable really, that you can travel halfway across the world and end up with same lessons like at home, just in a different language. So I would say the question isn't so much in the shepherding i.e. the organizational structure, but rather in the interpretation of scripture. Are we to follow the interpretation of scripture of a body of men, even though we know this interpretation might not be correct? This was the main thought I was trying to raise, and indeed this is one of the biggest bones of contention with our opposers, as we know.... It is understandable if we take it at face value; why should some men dictate what we are to believe? Or why should we believe what some men are telling us to believe? Especially if we know they can err, just like any one of us can err. And we can also see where they have erred, partially by their own admission and partially from experience. JWInsider touched on this subject a number of times and brought out that this (relying exclusively and unconditionally on the words of the GB) would actually be unscriptural. Is it not the responsibility of each Christian to make sure that they are in line with the scriptures as far as we can understand them and in the most core and fundamental areas? (make sure of all things) Do we need to have the scriptures partially digested for us and then spoon fed? Didn’t Paul say we should grow in spiritual maturity and eat solid food? In fact we would be foolish if we were to take every utterance by the GB/Slave as “gospel truth”. But is there really a problem with that? “Witness” tried to suggest instances where the GB/Slave have caused damage by what they said. (and Comfortmypeople has mentioned some in his new topic). It’s easy to point a finger, but is there any substance to that claim, besides mere opinion? In my many years as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses I have not had any reason to be distrustful of the GB. What did change though was that as the years have gone by, I have developed a more balanced and reasonable attitude towards them. My main issue I guess is what Comfortmypeople brings out in this topic so I will just move over there and see where it's going...
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    Children are a gift from Jehovah 3 Look! Sons are an inheritance from Jehovah; The fruit of the womb is a reward." (Psalms 127:3) NWT jw.org
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    Armageddon - Are You Ready For Jehovah's Day? Definition: The Greek Har Ma·ge·donʹ, taken from Hebrew and rendered “Armageddon” by many translators, means “Mountain of Megiddo,” or “Mountain of Assembly of Troops.” The Bible associates the name, not with a nuclear holocaust, but with the coming universal “war of the great day of God the Almighty.” (Rev. 16:14, 16) This name is applied specifically to “the place [Greek, toʹpon; that is, condition or situation]” to which earth’s political rulers are being gathered in opposition to Jehovah and his Kingdom by Jesus Christ. Such opposition will be shown by global action against Jehovah’s servants on earth, the visible representatives of God’s Kingdom. “The war of the great day of God the Almighty” at Har–Magedon was not some past event but is depicted in Revelation as future from the time of John’s vision. The gathering of the kings to Har–Magedon is described as being a result of the pouring out of the sixth of the seven bowls containing the “last” plagues that will bring to a finish the anger of God. (Re 15:1; 16:1, 12) Also, indicating that the war at Har–Magedon is closely associated with Christ’s presence is the warning of his coming as a thief, which is placed between verses 14 and 16 of Revelation chapter 16. The global aspect of the war is emphasized in the context. There the opponents of Jehovah are identified as “the kings of the entire inhabited earth,” who are mobilized by “expressions inspired by demons.”—Re 16:14. Farther on, John says: “And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage the war with the one seated on the horse and with his army.” (Re 19:19) This chapter identifies the leader of the heavenly armies, seated on a white horse, as one who is called “Faithful and True” and “The Word of God.” (Re 19:11-13) Therefore, it is Jesus Christ, The Word, who acts as the commander of God’s heavenly armies. (Joh 1:1; Re 3:14) Further showing that Christ leads the heavenly forces is the statement that the earthly forces “battle with the Lamb [who is Jesus Christ (Joh 1:29)], but, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them. Also, those called and chosen and faithful with him will do so.”—Re 17:13, 14. Since the vision in Revelation chapter 19 reveals only armies in heaven as participating in the warfare as supporters of Jesus Christ, The Word of God, it indicates that none of Jehovah’s Christian servants on earth will participate in the fighting. This is in harmony with the words of Jesus Christ at Matthew 26:52 that his disciples not resort to weapons of physical warfare. (Compare Ex 14:13, 14; 2Ch 20:15, 17, 22, 23;Ps 2:4-9.) The birds that fly in midheaven will dispose of the bodies of those slaughtered.—Re 19:11-21. Har–Magedon is thus seen to be a fight, not merely among men, but one in which God’s invisible armies take part. Its coming is certain and it will take place at the time set by Jehovah God, who “is doing according to his own will among the army of the heavens and the inhabitants of the earth.”—Da 4:35; see also Mt 24:36 jw.org IMG_6042.mov
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    I find this experience regarding the 1975 furore quite intriguing. Although I did pick up on excitement about the end of 6000 years earlier, (probably 1972 was my first encounter with a brother who had cancelled his life insurance on that basis), this kind of thinking I found to be the exception rather than the rule in my (possibly) narrow field of experience. Of course there were those who expressed their conviction centred on that date. In fact, there was one prominent brother, know affectionately as "Armageddon Ernie", who had made very strong statements about the proximity of the end for years, earning that nick-name. But these type of views were seen rather as eccentricities than doctorine in my circle. I was aware of the statements that are now collected as lists by those who still harp on about the Society making false prophecies about 1975. My first encounter with that date was the chart in the ‘Life Everlasting—in Freedom of the Sons of God,’ book which, apparently, when released by Bro. Knorr at an assembly in Toronto caused discussion of 1975 to overshadow just about everything else. Bro Franz views about the same time were published in the WT: *** w66 10/15 p. 631 Rejoicing over “God’s Sons of Liberty” Spiritual Feast *** ‘What about the year 1975? What is it going to mean, dear friends?’ asked Brother Franz. ‘Does it mean that Armageddon is going to be finished, with Satan bound, by 1975? It could! It could! All things are possible with God. Does it mean that Babylon the Great is going to go down by 1975? It could. Does it mean that the attack of Gog of Magog is going to be made on Jehovah’s witnesses to wipe them out, then Gog himself will be put out of action? It could. But we are not saying. All things are possible with God. But we are not saying. And don’t any of you be specific in saying anything that is going to happen between now and 1975. But the big point of it all is this, dear friends: Time is short. Time is running out, no question about that. Later though, there was this comment: *** w68 5/1 pp. 272-273 par. 8 Making Wise Use of the Remaining Time *** Does this mean that the year 1975 will bring the battle of Armageddon? No one can say with certainty what any particular year will bring. Jesus said: “Concerning that day or the hour nobody knows.” James put it plainly in his letter when he said at 3:8 that "no human can tame the tongue". And Pro.10:19 states the simple truth that "When words are many, transgression cannot be avoided". And it cannot be successfully argued that Jehovah's Witnesses are short on words in any respect, official or otherwise! So there are bound to be mistakes, over-emphasis, etc. Add to that the tendency of humans to hear what they want to hear, and to seek "official" confrimation for "pet" theories! So it seems to me there are those who became unecessarily frothed up over the prospect of a date for the end of the system, and there are those who did not. And all sorts of in-betweens. And that on the basis of the same information. We are all feeding at the same spiritual table, and that includes the WT writers and GB members. And are we not all agreed that, despite adjustments and changes and developments related to the spiritual food served at that table, it still constitutes: "a banquet of rich dishes, a banquet of fine wine, of rich dishes filled with marrow, of fine, filtered wine." Is 25:6. But regardless of clever argument, fascinating detail etc., it is only the word of God that is alive and exerting power in all that spiritual food. (Heb 4:12). Concentrating on anything else would be like eating the icing and ignoring the cake, drinking the gravy and leaving the meat, lapping up the dressing and leaving the salad! Bit like children (compare Heb 5:14).
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    • Wow; apparently I must have struck a nerve. Lecture you? Ok, TRAVELLER; listen up and listen good. First of all, before I even responded to you I did read those links you shared on this forum and, what is more, I already knew about these cases long before you made it an issue here, as well as the ones that YOU don't even know about. So, what makes YOU  think I'm not aware of this happening in the organization? No one said Jehovah's organization is squeaky clean and ever so righteous as you so eloquently put it. Don't even go there suggesting I'm naive. Let me tell you buddy; I've seen and know just about everything the Apostle Paul mentioned in 2 Corinthians 6:9, 10; from Circuit Overseers, to Elders, to Missionaries, Special and Regular Pioneers, to publishers. EVERYTHING! Those who suppose to shepherd the flock were disfellowshiped for fornication, adultery AND homosexuality! Missionaries kicked out of their assignments for immorality. Pioneers swapping their spouses, Publishers raping other publishers, etc. I even know of about a brother who killed his wife so he could continue his affair with a porn star! So don't even ASSume I'm looking at the Spiritual Paradise with rosy-colored glasses on! I've seen it all! But just because I have 37 years in the Truth does not give me license to use this forum to broadcast every deplorable thing that goes on inside Jehovah's organization! That I refused to do! This is a forum to encourage one another. What's so encouraging about what you posted? Sadly, you must think the majority of us here, like Tom, are downplaying the serious nature of these events and we're not. It's just that we choose to find strength in knowing that sexual predators and those who use religion as a cover to abuse children will get what's coming to them by means of Christ Jesus' sword. And that right soon! Second: What is your motive? When you posted these links, the first thing I asked myself was why? Why did you take the merriment out of a photo meant to project humor only to harp on this disgusting tragedy when it is up to the ultimate Judge of us all - Not the Governing Body, not the Elders - JEHOVAH GOD who sees and knows everything?!  Judge you? Who, me? I don't have to Judge you; you judged yourself. Posting these depressing news articles is suppose to do what? Make the majority of us question the Governing Body's motives?  Yeah, you talk about your advocacy but even that is questionable. Advocate the real solution - what Jehovah is going to DO about those who prey on children and who violate His righteous laws, whether it's the Governing Body or Elders. No one is exempt from the day of His wrath. And about this forum. I thought it is for encouragement and sharing theocratic news; what's going on around the world in harmony with scriptural prophecies. That's what this forum is for. You are obviously not using it for that purpose. My point is that you used this opportunity to negate the photo with child sex abuse within Jehovah's org. rather than find the humor in it as it was suggested, and as many here have humorously contributed to. You took it to another level and it reeks of criticism! It's as if you pacified the Pope to unleash on your brothers! Now, here's something for you to wag your finger at since you defensively done so with me - Q: What do you have to say about those who were sexually abused as children by worldly people? That is also NOT A FUN TOPIC! So many of Jehovah's people were - and some still are - victimized by Shechemites in this world. Are you exempting them just because they are worldly? What encouragement would you offer a sister or brother who were subjected to or are being subjected to such abuse by worldly sexual predators? Would you plaster links all over this forum about it? Just wondering if you would have the same passionate advocacy for these victims as you do for Ann and the others. Third: As far as your personal relationship with Jehovah; you're right. I don't know how close you are to our precious Father. But I do know, as your spiritual sibling, you took the fun out of things and I'm telling you about it whether you like it or not. Get mad all you want to. Go and tell our Heavenly Father on me. Go ahead! Perhaps he'll lovingly chastise us both for making a mountain out of a mole hill. Or you'll get over it and move on.  Now get all this through your thick skull.
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