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  1. Here is the Life and Ministry material for weeks of October 26–November 1 and NOVEMBER 2 - 8, 2020. TB MEETING WORKBOOK week of October 26–November 1 , 2020 .doc MEETING WORKBOOK week of October 26–November 1 , 2020 .pdf Watchtower October 26, 2020–November 1, 2020.doc Watchtower October 26, 2020–November 1, 2020.pdf Additional Highlights -October 26–November 1, 2020.doc Additional Highlights -October 26–November 1, 2020.pdf CBS October 26–November 1, 2020.doc CBS October 26–November 1, 2020.pdf CBS NOVEMBER 2 - 8, 2020.pdf CBS NOVEMBER 2 - 8, 2020.doc Additional Highlights -
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  2. Here are the scriptures for the next book "Pure Worship of Jehovah" we study at the book study for our "Life and Ministry". TB Pure Worship of Jehovah scriptures.pdf Pure Worship of Jehovah scriptures.doc
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  3. For the week of October 19-25 the HEADER at the top of the page for the Bible reading scriptures didn't change, instead of Exodus 19-20 it should read EXODUS 35-36. But the actual reading (Ex 35:1-24) is right. Sorry about that. Here is the correted one TB MEETING WORKBOOK week of October 19-25, 2020.pdf MEETING WORKBOOK week of October 19-25, 2020.doc
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  4. A group of 50 religion scholars from around the world is calling on President Vladimir Putin and his administration to end the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. The scholars' statement, released Thursday, follows the Center for Studies on New Religions’ one-day conference, “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Their Opponents: Russia, the West, and Beyond,” held online from Vilnius, Lithuania, in early September. “As institutions and individuals concerned with religious freedom, we have followed the events in Russia with increasing alarm,” the CESNUR statement reads. Among those
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  5. *** w20 November pp. 14-15 Take Courage—Jehovah Is Your Helper *** HELP FROM INDIVIDUALS IN AUTHORITY ... 13 What help do we receive? When it is in harmony with his purpose, Jehovah may use his powerful holy spirit to cause people in authority to do what he desires. King Solomon wrote: “A king’s heart is like streams of water in Jehovah’s hand. He directs it wherever He pleases.” (Prov. 21:1) What does this proverb mean? Humans can dig a canal to divert the water of a stream in a direction that fits their plans. Similarly, Jehovah can use his spirit to divert the thoughts of rulers in a
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  6. T. THOMAS — Residents will soon be able to access the Watchtower magazine with a few keystrokes on the Jehovah’s Witnesses website. That’s because the a special edition of the magazine entitled “What is God’s Kingdom” will be distributed in both print and electronic format as part of a global campaign that kicks off Sunday and throughout the month of November. “The answer to that question has captivated the attention of people from many different faiths for centuries,” and Jehovah’s Witnesses will distribute the magazine to the general public, business owners, local and national gove
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  7. Do you think it's possible for someone who is not yet aware of the importance of God's name, to feel they have relationship with him? I know my grandpa loved God, and talked to him as if he was a friend. But he never had the opportunity to realise the importance of using God's name. What about those through the centuries, who may have been anointed, but may have only vaguely been aware of God's name, and in some cases not even known it.
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  8. Psalm 83:18 "May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth" The online King James Bible has retained the name Jehovah in this verse. The name Jehovah is represented by four Hebrew consonants known as the Tetragrammaton. Jehovah means "He causes to become"
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  9. 1. To Society Watch Tower, Watchtower and corporations 2. To Jehovah's Witnesses and all assemblies 3. To all whom this concern Declaration on termination of membership to a religious community of Jehovah's Witnesses I was baptized in 1977 at the age of 17, then a minor. But, in good faith I answered the following two questions just before baptism, which is symbolized my dedication to God in terms of the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses religion. At that time (before the change of June 1 1985) questions have read as follows; Have you repented of y
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  10. "Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 23 But detecting their craftiness, He said to them, 24 “Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” “Caesar’s,” they said. 25 “Well then,” He told them, “give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” Luke 20:22-25 Did Jesus say, take half of that coin and give it to God? No. It had Caesar’s name on it, not God’s. Shouldn’t this tell us that money is not needed to worship God “in spirit and truth”? (John 4:23,24) Any money that Jesus and the disciples
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  11. Here is the material for weeks of October 12-18 & October 19-25, 2020. TB CBS October 12-18, 2020.pdf MEETING WORKBOOK week of October 12-18, 2020.doc MEETING WORKBOOK week of October 12-18, 2020.pdf Watchtower October 12-18, 2020.doc Watchtower October 12-18, 2020.pdf Additional Highlights -October 12-18, 2020.doc Additional Highlights -October 12-18, 2020.pdf CBS October 12-18, 2020.doc CBS October 19-25, 2020.pdf CBS October 19-25, 2020.doc Additional Highlights -October 19-25, 2020.pdf Additional Highlights -October 19-25, 2020.doc Watchtower October 19-25, 2020.pdf Wa
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  12. No. I never saw any evidence provided by the UN with respect to this man from Ethiopia. I never saw any evidence from you either. Just a claim with no evidence. Your assumption and judgment are both wrong in this case. Perhaps you have been watching for a longer time, and perhaps, as you say, you don't have the kind of time to watch. But I get the impression that your sources are not from watching the UN anyway, but they come from conspiratorial, racist, lying and/or biased sources. I like to look at the viability of as many sources as I can, and I agree that this can be very t
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  13. Trump himself passed them out in our congregation. [No, I’m kidding—there will always be someone to take it seriously] And if there was anything hush-hush about the program, that never reached my ears. I posted both here and on my own blog of it.
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  14. Thought for the day: Jehovah is God's name. It was originally in the Bible in over 7,000 places but has been removed by various bodies due to superstition etc. Micah 4:5 For all the people will walk, each in the name of it's god, But we will walk in the name of Jehovah our God forever and ever.
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  15. Angel on the right shoulder: “Don’t say it, TrueTom. Just don’t. Everyone has heard it a million times. Haven’t you embarrassed yourself enough?” Devil on the left shoulder: “Go for it, TrueTom. They’ll fall over themselves laughing and they’ll think you SO witty. Think of the great NAME you’ll be making for yourself!” Yes, but so far no one has answered the question: “What is H2O 4?”
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  16. OH! Some of what looks like water is actually "OH" not H2O, and this hydroxyl can be a real "OH-OH." The link you gave mentioned: But it was unclear whether that hydrogen was in the form of hydroxyl – the chemical that makes up drain cleaners – or in the form of H2O, or water. The NIH.gov site cites a biochemical journal about hydrogen peroxide (HOOH), which adds this: . . . to generate hydroxyl radicals (OH.) from H2O2 has been investigated . . . And all this, of course, was presented, just as a setup for the old H2O2 joke:
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  17. James 1:13 "When under trial, let no one say: "I am being tried by God." For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone." It is a 'sign' of the last days.
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  18. @Lifeswaterfree, I like your avatar, if that is the proper terminology. He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. As usual, he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him, and unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent meto heal the broken-hearted to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the yea
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  19. Definition of equal (Entry 1 of 3) 1a(1): of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another (2): identical in mathematical value or logical denotation : EQUIVALENT b: like in quality, nature, or status c: like for each member of a group, class, or society provide equal employment opportunities 2: regarding or affecting all objects in the same way : IMPARTIAL 3: free from extremes: such as a: tranquil in mind or mood b: not showing variation in appearance, structure, or proportion
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  20. In a previous incarnation, Cesar told me: “You keep out of my way and I’ll keep out of yours.” That works well enough. Look—it’s the internet, not the congregation. There’s only so much one can do in coming together. You can’t even be sure that people are who they say they are. It is enough that he settles on the side that is right, even if he does take a flamethrower to not just enemies, but even ones who would call themselves allies, though less rigid. And as long as I’m at it, how about this one on Why Jehovah’s Witnesses do not respond to accusations:
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  21. admin

    Pick Any Two Capsules

    #1 would allow for #'s 3 & 6 eventually. 😉
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  22. JW Insider

    Pick Any Two Capsules

    7 & 8 ... obviously!
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  23. Well it's open for business now 😉
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  24. I’m not saying that we are not responsible for paying our taxes. (By the way, “Jehovah’s organization” has found a way to avoid paying taxes) Jesus was speaking of our need to separate riches of this world with spiritual riches that he offered in his teachings. Those are the important treasures, which we are to build upon. I am saying that Jesus was preaching new wine, to be put in new wine skins. (Col 2:2; Matt 9:17) But, the Wt. has proven that they prefer "old wine", where they can build their kingdom in this world ruled by Satan. (Luke 5:39; 4:5-7) “It is not that there may be
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  25. What Is Baptism? The meaning of baptism The Bible compares baptism to burial. (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12) Water baptism symbolizes a person’s dying to his past course of life and beginning a new one as a Christian dedicated to God. Baptism and the steps that lead up to it are God’s arrangement for a person to gain a clean conscience based on his faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 3:21) Thus, Jesus taught that his disciples must get baptized.—Matthew 28:19, 20. -
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  26. Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. - NIV Apollos already had accurate teaching/knowledge/faith about Lord. One thing is mentioned here about baptism detail that was differ
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  27. By teaching that an organization, filled with corruption, in Satan's world will bring JWs salvation, Jesus as the only Way, Truth, and Life, has become less important. (John 14:6; 4:21-24) God's Temple priesthood has become less important. (Matt 16:18) God's Temple has no meaning, but the organization...JWs cannot live without. That's just the beginning of your organization's full rejection of Christ's teachings. By looking to the brainstorm of men, your leaders have paved the way for going beyond the teachings of Christ. "Come to Jehovah's organization for salvation" Watchtower
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  29. Part 2. 2 John 1:9 – “Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it, does not have God. The one who remains in that teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son.” It would help if you or some other JW member put here a list of Christ's teachings. Start with No. 1 please and take as much numbers you need to show all the teachings of Jesus. You can, if you need, name them as "core teachings", and if you find some Chris't teachings as less important, please put them in second list. After that, please make another list of WT past teachings and actual WT t
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  30. Really Anna? Just as “trampling” is symbolic for the dominating power of the elder body over the anointed priesthood/Temple, “beating” is also symbolic; as well as the “killing”/disfellowshipping committed by your leadership. (Dan 8:13; Rev 11:1,2) Let’s see…the question should be, why are all anointed who stand up and give testimony of Christ, are “beaten” and subsequently, “killed”? I think you know the partial answer. You GB won’t have any “despicable apostates” in their midst. NWT: “You heard that it was said to those of ancient times: ‘You must not murder, but whoever commit
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  31. Oh Anna. Mormons preach, Seventh Day Adventists preach, Baptists preach. Many people preach either their church's doctrines or simply about Jesus Christ. What does it matter if when you preach, you are telling a lie? What does it matter if your preaching work rejects God’s Temple that JWs should understand and look to, yet you bolster an earthly organization instead? You yourself, have been hesitant with 1914, a foundation teaching of your leadership. - a "core" teaching that has changed as the weather changes. You know full well what your past leadership has taught. Yet, you support them
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  32. Rats! Caught in the act once more! Very well. My bluster got the better of me. To clarify, only Srecko is going after God’s people with a machete. 4Jah is using a knife. And Witness, appropriately enough, is using a battle axe
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  34. Not at all. Kind David had an illicit affair with a married woman and then sent her husband to the front line in order for him to be killed, he also numbered the people when he shouldn't have. Jehovah did not depart from using King David to carry out His will. Jehovah is also aware of the effects of sin and if His people are repentant, He forgives them, He is not unreasonable so as to expect perfection from imperfect people. I have not found Jehovah's organisation to be lacking in mercy and love. I don't agree with you about our GB because that hasn't been my experience I read all
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  35. Unless you give me scripture to dispute who God's priesthood is, and the "man of lawlessness" that "sits"/rules over them, your words are meaningless. I am considering that not all of them in the line of Wt. leadership were/are anointed. I believe some possibly may have risen in the rank of the "Gentile" elder body, especially recently. Being anointed does not secure one's heavenly position to 'shine like stars' in the Kingdom of God. (Dan 12:3; 2 Pet 3:17) Rev 8:10,11 tells us that a very bright "star" called "Wormwood" poisons the rivers (teachings) and springs of water (whic
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  36. Quote @César Chávez You blame Jesus for setting a standard of going to the Synagogue or temple for prayer and teaching. Oh yes, that Temple was soooo important that GOD had it destroyed in 70 C E by the Romans. I don't actually remember the Apostles building physical Temples. Do you know why ? Simple answer. BECAUSE THE ANOINTED ARE THE TEMPLE. NOT A PHYSICAL BUILDING. So now you have a problem because you are saying that 'a building' is important, BUT GOD did not defend that Temple made of stone. GOD replaced that Temple with a spiritual Temple, that is the True An
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  37. The true core teachings in Jesus Christ and the apostles, have been taught and believed in, for the last 2,000 years. It didn’t take an established religion to preserve those teachings, but only an individual’s heart inclined to follow them.(John 4:23,24; Matt 13:3-9) The faithful anointed and believers in Christ did not disappear after the apostles died. Is that what you believe? God’s “organization” has always been present in the faithful “living stones” of His Temple – His authentic Zion. (1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17) Satan has upended this truth, by presenting established “Christia
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  38. @TrueTomHarley talks more rubbish again. To quote him All are dings, dents, scratches, and pothole damage acquired by driving the cramped and narrow road over the decades. All could have been avoided by leaving the car parked and doing nothing. None are the core teachings of JWs, the combination of such teachings that are found nowhere else. Lets us examine this statement of his. Um, not exactly is it ? What it is, is false teachings. Including 1914, in my opinion. The idea of Armageddon threatened many times. The 1960's false teachings about Armageddon and 1975 'Stay alive '
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  39. @TrueTomHarley I can't believe how delusional you are. False prophets are AMONG YOU. Have you forgotten already, the long line of falsehoods your leaders have pushed onto the people? And all failed? Perhaps you could read from your organization's "Insight" Book about how to distinguish false and true prophets: Insight on the Scriptures, Volume 2 p. 696-697 Distinguishing the True From the False. In some cases, such as that of Moses, Elijah, Elisha, and Jesus, God’s prophets performed miraculous works that attested to the genuineness of their message and office. Not all, how
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  41. Does anybody think that way? We know not everything the UN does is evil. Not everything the Governments do is evil either, as Paul brings out; "Keep doing good, and you will have praise from it; for it is God’s minister to you for your good". Wanting to do things "green" is a good thing, so there should be no reason for a Witness to lobby against that..
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  42. I hope things work out for you both..and wherever you go I know Jehovah will be with you
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  43. I understand this better than previously, when Tom first brought it up on this forum a few months ago. The organization did have to sign up to be a 503c distributor, but after speaking to Travel Well Holdings– a wholesale purchaser and distributor (whose name I saw on this video - I found that they, along with many other contract distributors, were awarded a Federal USDA contract to distribute the food boxes, as is generally known. When the food banks became glutted with boxes, it was the food banks who reached out to faith-based organizations, to take part in the program.
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  44. Perhaps, that's how you feel. However, it would be an incorrect assumption. The Watchtower DOES NOT play a role in peoples personal life. They play a role of members spiritual needs. The GB just like the apostles were NOT guaranteeing salvation. They are and were paving the way (Guide) to each person's personal salvation. The mere fact you and conflicted people here suggesting something different, doesn't mean anything. Therefore, for thinking witnesses, we understand, the GB are not our saviors since they themselves are focusing in their own salvation. They are "responsible" men that ar
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  45. You probably are reading it and 4Jah is writing it. Off course they’re not paid.
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  46. Judging by the few comments in response there are ones who understand where you are coming from and are even grateful for ones like you, as one of them said: "My study conductor was always unsure about the what to say to the questions I'd bring. So I began looking for jehovah's witnesses that were/are responding and thankfully I found a good few, including yourself ....... and to be honest I'm not 100% certain that I would have continued if I hadn't been able to get answers to questions and honest perspectives on being a Witness". In my opinion honesty is the key. Are we willing to admit
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  47. Am I reading that the elders were not volunteering their time to distribute the food boxes, but were paid? The question is, were they then directed to give the pay received, to the organization?
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  48. Alas, Cesar, sometimes I feel that I am becoming one of them. I told the elders that I would not get into squabbles with these characters, and I said that so as not to be oblivious to theocratic counsel. Yet here I find myself making sporadic ad hominem attacks. Of course, I don’t beat myself up too much over it—If these characters worked on their ad hominems a bit more, it wouldn’t happen. And it is also true that in the absence of theocratic counsel, I would be much worse. But even so, I am allowing personal exasperation to throw barbs here and there after I said I would not do it.
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  49. Happened in our service group too. Some older ones thought the same, but it was explained to them. Our congregation received a total of 50 boxes and all were distributed promptly by assigned brothers and volunteers. Happened here too. No one wants to waste food. If the box contained half a dozen ears of corn on the cob and you had just bought an armful, the logical thing is to give them away to others who might not have any. I wouldn't know either, but it does sound like she has a chip on her shoulder, as you insinuate.
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