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  1. 15 points
    BROTHERS OF RUSSIA SENT US A PHOTO AND A MESSAGE ;-)) "We live in Russia, we are happy that we live in a very interesting & great moment ! Thank you brothers, who live all over the world, for your support ❤ (Sent Vladimir) May JEHOVAH be near you ALL, dear Brothers and Sisters ❤
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  3. 13 points
    Father and Daughter preaching in KHABAROVSK RUSSIA #JW ???
  4. 13 points
    2016 Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses This is the REMAIN LOYAL TO JEHOVAH! 2016 Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Below you will find the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ 2016 Regional Convention program along with all the talk outlines and videos in English. Friday Morning 9:20 Music-Video Presentation 9:30 Song No. 102 and Prayer 9:40 Chairman’s Address: Jehovah Deserves “Undivided Loyalty” Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 1 | Video: One 10:10 SYMPOSIUM: Maintain Loyalty in … Thought! Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 2 | Video: One Word! Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 3 | Video: One Action! Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 4 | Video: One 11:05 Song No. 66 and Announcements 11:15 DRAMATIC BIBLE READING: “Who Is On Jehovah’s Side?” Video: One 11:45 Jehovah’s “Loyal Love Is Better Than Life” Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 6 12:15 Song No. 97 and Intermission Afternoon 1:40 SYMPOSIUM: Be Loyal, as Jesus Was When Young Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 7 | Video: One When Persecuted Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 8 | Video: One When Tempted Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 9 | Video: One When Praised Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 10 | Video: One When Tired Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 11 | Video: One When Abandoned Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 12 | Video: One When Facing Death Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 13 | Video: One 3:10 Song No. 29 and Announcements 3:20 SYMPOSIUM: Loyally Uphold Jehovah’s Judgments Hate What Jehovah Hates Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 14 | Video: One Shun Unrepentant Wrongdoers Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 15 | Video: One Be Forgiving Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 16 | Video: One 3:55 Loyalty – Part of the New Personality Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 17 4:15 How Christ’s Loyalty as High Priest Helps Us Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 18 | Video: One, Two, Three 4:50 Song No. 108 and Closing Prayer Saturday Morning 9:20 Music-Video Presentation 9:30 Song No. 145 and Prayer 9:40 SYMPOSIUM: Helping Others to Become Loyal to Jehovah Unbelieving Mates Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 19 Former Bible Students Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 20 Inactive Ones Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 21 Relatives Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 22 10:15 SYMPOSIUM: Do Not Imitate Disloyal Ones Adam Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 23 | Video: One Absalom Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 24 | Video: One Solomon Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 25 | Video: One Judas Iscariot Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 26 | Video: One 10:55 Song No. 86 and Announcements 11:05 SYMPOSIUM: Imitate Loyal Ones Ruth Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 27 | Video: One (Silent; Speaker talks over video) David Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 28 | Video: One (Silent; Speaker talks over video) Hushai Interview: One | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 29 Shiphrah and Puah Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 30 | Video: One (Silent; Speaker talks over video), Two 11:45 BAPTISM: Never Abandon Your Loyal Love for Jehovah Interview: Two | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 31 12:15 Song No. 7 and Intermission Afternoon 1:35 Music-Video Presentation 1:45 Song No. 106 1:50 SYMPOSIUM: Lessons on Loyalty From the Book of Job Loyal Despite Direct Attacks Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 32 Loyal Despite Subtle Attacks Interview: Two | Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 33 What We Learn From Natural Forces Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 34 | Video: One What the Animal Creation Teaches Us Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 35 | Video: One 3:15 Song No. 123 and Announcements 3:25 DRAMA: “Hope for What We Do Not See” Video Introduction: 240p | 360p | 480p | 720p Video: 240p | 360p | 480p | 720p 4:15 Keep Waiting Eagerly With Endurance! Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 37 | Video: One, Two, Three, Four 4:50 Song No. 105 and Closing Prayer Sunday Morning 9:20 Music-Video Presentation 9:30 Song No. 61 and Prayer 9:40 SYMPOSIUM: Avoid What Erodes Loyalty Pride Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 38 | Video: One Improper Entertainment Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 39 | Video: One Bad Associations Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 40 | Video: One Fear of Man Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 41 | Video: One 10:25 SYMPOSIUM: Pursue What Builds Loyalty Appreciation Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 42 | Video: One Self-Control Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 43 | Video: One Love Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 44 | Video: One Faith Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 45 | Video: One Song No. 133 and Announcements 11:20 PUBLIC BIBLE DISCOURSE: When Will Loyal Love Triumph Over Hatred? Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 46 | Videos: One (Silent; Speaker talks over video), Two 11:50 Summary of The Watchtower Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 47 12:20 Song No. 125 and Intermission Afternoon 1:35 Music-Video Presentation 1:45 Song No. 49 1:50 DRAMA: “O Jehovah, … I Trust in You” Video: 240p | 360p | 480p | 720p 2:40 Song No. 131 and Announcements 2:50 “Jehovah Will Treat His Loyal One in a Special Way” Outline: CO-tk16-E No. 49 | Videos: One, Two, Three Zipped Archives All Talk Outlines All Video files
  5. 12 points
    CAN WE SPOT A LOST SHEEP ?...... When she comes on Sunday, she is usually quite late. Is she baptized or inactive is the question for debate. Few people try to know her and some wonder and stare. No one tries to dig down deep to see who's really there. In her purse is a funeral program that is ragged around the ears. It is yellow and quite wrinkled and has been soaked with many tears. She's looked at it quite often and knows the resurrection hope. But she still mourns her daughter, and sometimes she can't cope. Many people wonder but no one ever made the call. She's one of the lost sheep sitting there, right in YOUR Kingdom Hall. * Her uncle molested her when she was just a child. Her mother didn't believe her and said she was just wild. Jehovah God has blessed her and now she has the Truth. But she still lives with all the scars of a stolen youth. They say she's moody and she's mean, so no one bothers to call. She's one of the lost sheep sitting there, right in YOUR Kingdom Hall. * She comes to all the meetings, to the field and mingles with the friends. But once she goes back home again, the heartache soon begins. She grew up in the Truth, has served Jehovah all her life. All she ever wanted was to be a Christian wife. Now she's past the bloom of youth. Her dreams have not come true. She's tempted and frustrated and scared of what she might do. You probably think she's strong and she doesn't need a call. But she's one of the lost sheep sitting there, right in YOUR Kingdom Hall. * When searching from door to door and bringing more sheep in, don't forget all the sheep who are already in the pen. All of these are true stories of people at the Hall. Take some time and look closely and see who needs a call. * We always remember the sick, the single parents and the old, but can we try to include still others in our fold ? Remember, that Jehovah doesn't want anyone to fall. And that there might be a lost sheep sitting there in YOUR Kingdom Hall
  6. 11 points
    Here is a notebook for the 2018 “BE COURAGEOUS”! Regional Convention that I did. TB 2018 “BE COURAGEOUS”! Regional Convention notebook.pdf
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    A very rare flower... Jehovah's special Creation ❤ *Geum Urbanum* is a perennial plant in the rose family, which grows in shady places, in Europe and the Middle East. --- Never seen before ! Looking a little like soft wool ;-)
  8. 10 points
    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.
  9. 10 points
    Storms over the ocean.... Sunset in the Tatra mountains.... Beautiful sunset..... Your own thoughts are the BEST by these wonderful pictures..... the next page is soon coming ! I hope, you enjoy my pictures - Thank you so much !
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    This is nothing but a big lie. Jehova wants this case to be known all over the world. But SATAN wants us to stop this campain and say nothing! " Okay, let's see if we can clear this up: We are engaged in a PUBLIC campaign to bring to the PUBLIC's attention the threat against the freedom of the brothers in Russia. The instructions for this letter-writing campaign are on jw.org, the most widely translated website in the world. And the instructions were quite clear: don't send your letters via email; don't name Russian publishers if you happen to know any. That's all that was said regarding the internet. Some might feel that the cartoons of Russian mail carriers or Boris and Natasha are unnecessarily antagonizing the Russian government. That is certainly a valid opinion, and we don't want disagreements about those conscience matters to divide us, but neither do we want to make rules where none exist. Why on earth would there be an instruction to keep references to the letter-writing campaign off social media? That would be counter-productive. Who could possibly want the campaign to NOT be talked about? Could it be, SATAN? Several friends have called Bethel and confirmed, there was NO 'instruction at morning worship' to keep it off social media. That is a lie. Do NOT spread it! In any event, that is not how communication gets to us. Here's something else to think about: Friends of those in Russia have reported that the Russian brothers and sisters have access to their brothers and sisters ONLY via social media, and they are greatly encouraged to read the reports and see the pictures related to the letter-writing campaign. Now: who could possibly be trying to keep the joy of the campaign from those Russian friends? Please Share this with everyone. Please SQUASH the rumor about keeping the campaign off social media." - Quote
  11. 10 points
    Notice the new style Watchtower first built for Patterson back in 1990.
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    RUSSIA... This is our brother Alexei Koptev and his wife, at the gates of the court that judges him by EXTREMISM when declaring JEHOVAH'S WITNESS. He faces 6 years in prison. The INDEPENDENT newspaper of Great Britain exposes the injustice being done with Jehovah's Witnesses in Putin's Russia. Currently a Jehovah's Witness has the same legal value in Russia as an ISIS jihadist. The brother's wife says, "Let's continue to preach, it's our FAITH." PRIVATE NOTE: We are going to promote a collection of signatures to request that the persecution against ours in Russia cease.
  13. 10 points
    Found and (edited) a kids activity notebook, thought I would share a FREE one for download and print/bind More for kids in the 8-12 age range. Also attached are extra color sheets activities for the smaller ones. 2016RCKids.pdf c_m.pdf
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    Amazing True Story of a Mother...... Mom's love is great ❤ When Carolyn Isbister put her 20oz baby on her chest for a cuddle, she thought that it would be the only chance she would ever have to hold her. Doctors had told the parents that baby Rachel only had only minutes to live because her heart was beating once every ten seconds and she was not breathing. Isbister remembers: I didn’t want her to die being cold. So I lifted her out of her blanket and put her against my skin to warm her up. Her feet were so cold. It was the only cuddle I was going to have with her, so I wanted to remember the moment.” Then something remarkable happened. ;o) The warmth of her mother’s skin kick started Rachael’s heart into beating properly, which allowed her to take little breaths of her own. We couldn’t believe it – and neither could the doctors. She let out a tiny cry. The doctors came in and said there was still no hope – but I wasn’t letting go of her. We had her blessed by the hospital chaplain, and waited for her to slip away. But she still hung on. And then amazingly the pink color began to return to her cheeks. She literally was turning from gray to pink before our eyes, and she began to warm up too. The sad part is that when the baby was born, doctors took one look at her and said ‘no’. They didn’t even try to help her with her breathing as they said it would just prolong her dying. Everyone just gave up on her,” her mom remembered. At 24 weeks a womb infection had led to her premature labor and birth and Isbister (who also has two children Samuel, 10, and Kirsten, 8 ) said, “We were terrified we were going to lose her. I had suffered three miscarriages before, so we didn’t think there was much hope.” When Rachael was born she was grey and lifeless. Ian Laing, a consultant neonatologist at the hospital, said: “All the signs were that the little one was not going to make it and we took the decision to let mum have a cuddle as it was all we could do. Two hours later the wee thing was crying. This is indeed a miracle baby and I have seen nothing like it in my 27 years of practice. I have not the slightest doubt that mother’s love saved her daughter.” Rachael was moved onto a ventilator where she continued to make steady progress and was tube and syringe fed her mother’s pumped breastmilk. Isbister said, “The doctors said, that she had proved she was a fighter and that she now deserved some intensive care as there was some hope. She had done it all on her own – without any medical intervention or drugs. She had clung on to life – and it was all because of that cuddle. It had warmed up her body and regulated her heart and breathing enough for her to start fighting. At 5 weeks she was taken off the ventilator and began breastfeeding on her own. At four months Rachel went home with her parents, weighing 8lbs – the same as any other healthy newborn. Because Rachel had suffered from a lack of oxygen doctors said there was a high risk of damage to her brain. But a scan showed no evidence of any problems and today Rachel is on par with her peers. Rachel’s mom tells us, “She is doing so well. When we brought her home, the doctors told us that she was a remarkable little girl. And most of all, she just loves her cuddles. She will sleep for hours, just curled into my chest. It was that first cuddle which saved her life – and I’m just so glad I trusted my instinct and picked her up when I did. Otherwise she wouldn’t be here today.” ❤
  15. 9 points
    Even before C.T.Russell was born, commentaries on Bible prophecy included dozens of potential dates. Nearly 200 years ago, a couple of them even included 1914 as potentially significant time period. The "1914 presence" doctrine, however, is only about 75 years old. All the ideas behind the Watch Tower's version of the 1914 doctrine have already been discussed for decades now, and all of them, so far, have been shown to be problematic from a Scriptural point of view. Since the time that the doctrine generally took its current shape in 1943, the meanings and applications of various portions of Matthew 24 and 25 have already been changed, and the timing of various prophesied events and illustrations have changed. Most recently, the meaning and identification of the "faithful and discreet slave" has changed. And the definition of "generation" has changed about half-a-dozen times. This doesn't mean that the current understandings are impossible, of course, only that it has become less likely from the point of view of reason and reasonableness. Besides, for most of the years of teaching this doctrine, we have had the flexibility of extending the "1914 generation" from a possible 40 years, up to 70, then 75, then 80 years. And this has been applied to teenagers who saw 1914, 10-year-olds who saw 1914, then even newborns who saw 1914. With every one of these options already tried and stretched to their limits, we finally were forced to convert the meaning of generation from its most common meanings and give it a new "strained" meaning that has no other Biblical parallel. (See Exodus 1:6; Matthew 1:17; 16:4; 23:36; Luke 11:50) But that flexibility is still seen as the last reason for hope that the Watch Tower Society might have still been correct in hanging on to 1914. Since the Bible says that a lifespan is 70 or 80 years and 1914 + 80 = 1994, the "generation" doctrine in its original form (1943) could remain stable until about 1994. Of course, a lifespan could technically reach to 120 years or more, and Gen 6:3 even gives vague support to the idea that the "1914 generation" could last 120 years, until 2034. The current alternative solution is to make the generation out of the length of two lifespans, which technically could be double 120 years, or nearly 240 years from 1914. That would have had the potential to reach to the year 2154 (1914+240) except for the caveat that it can, by its new definition, only refer to anointed persons who discerned the sign in 1914 and whose lives overlapped (technically, by as little as one second) with the lifespan of another anointed person representing the second group. If persons from each group don't really discern their own "anointing" until age 20, for example, this would effectively remove 40 years from the overall maximum. 1914+120-20+120-20 = 2114. We could also assume a possible lifespan of more than 120 years, but otherwise, the new two-lifespan generation could potentially make the generation last 200 years. This "technical maximum" is not promoted currently, because for now we look at examples like Fred Franz who was part of that original generation already anointed and who saw the sign, and the typical example of an anointed brother who was apparently "anointed" prior to Franz' death in 1992 would be someone like Governing Body member, Brother Sanderson, who was born in 1965, baptized in 1975, and was already a "special pioneer" in 1991. His is currently 52. However, the generation problem is just one more problem now which we can add onto the list of all the other points that make up the 1914 doctrine. Here are several points related to 1914 that appear problematic from a Scriptural point of view: All evidence shows the 1914 date is wrong when trying to base it on the destruction of Jerusalem. (Daniel 1:1; 2 Chron 36:1-22; Jer 25:8-12; Zech 1:12, 7:4; Ezra 3:10-13) Paul said that Jesus sat at God's right hand in the first century and that he already began ruling as king at that time. (1 Cor 15:25) Jesus said not to be fooled by the idea that wars and rumors of wars would be the start of a "sign" (Matt 24:4,5) Jesus said that the "parousia" would be as visible as lightning (Matt 24:27). He spoke against people who might say he had returned but was currently not visible. (Matt 24:23-26) Jesus said that his "parousia" would come as a surprise to the faithful, not that they would discern the time of the parousia decades in advance. (Matt 24:36-42) Jesus said that the kingdom would not be indicated by "signs" (Luke 17:20, almost any translation except NWT in this case) The "synteleia" (end of all things together) refers to a concluding event, not an extended period of time (Matt 28:20) Jesus was already called ruler, King and even "King of Kings" in the first century. (1 Tim 6:15, Heb 7:2,17; Rev 1:5; 17:14) Wicked, beastly King Nebuchadnezzar's insanity and humiliation does not represent Jesus as the "lowliest one of mankind." (Heb 1:5,6; 2:10,11; Daniel 4:23-25; cf. Heb 2:7; 1 Pet 3:17,18) The demise of a Gentile kingdom cannot rightly represent the time of the rise of the Gentile kingdoms (Daniel 4:26,27) The Gentile kings did not meet their demise in 1914. (Rev 2:25,26) The time assigned to the Gentile Times that Jesus spoke about in Luke 21:24 is already given as 3.5 times, not 7 times (Revelation 11:2,3) The Devil was already brought down from "heaven" in the first century. (1 John 2:14,15; 1 Pet 5:8; Luke 10:18; Heb 2:14) The Bible says that the "last days" began in the first century. (Acts 2:14-20; 2 Tim 3:1-17; 1 Peter 3:3-5; Heb 1:2, almost any translation except NWT in this case.)
  16. 9 points
    Anna

    CAN WE SPOT A LOST SHEEP ?......

    It is not rocket science of course. Unfortunately there exist some members of the congregation who are a little "different" and because of that don't get included, and sometimes get outright ignored by the majority. A brother once told me about his wife and two sons. His wife had severe depression, but despite that, would come and sit at the back of the hall. From what he said, I gathered the friends pretty much ignored her. Maybe because they just didn't know what to say to her. Maybe because she was "weird". Unfortunately, it also seems that no one paid much attention to her sons either. Sadly, both her sons left the truth, and one remarked that with the true religion there is supposed to be love, and he didn't feel any love. Of course, that may have just been an excuse, but I know for a fact that there can be many cliques inside a congregation and if you happen not to fit in one, you can be very much on your own, and feel it. Cliques are a natural phenomenon. Mother's with young children hang out with other mothers with young children. Teenagers hang out with other teenagers etc. We have 3 older sisters in our congregation who ALWAYS sit together, so much so that one elder called them the 3 amigos from the platform. But there are some friends that just don't fit anywhere. That is why it's so important to "widen out" and put in special effort to include them. Which means real effort on our part, because it may mean not only inviting that "weird" family to our party, but also paying attention to them on a regular basis....
  17. 9 points
    That is beautiful and a great idea for our Bible ❤ I LOVE THIS BOOK - WRAPPER ! A NICE PRESENT...
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    The Librarian

    JW's in Space

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    Vanessa Jackson e Rodrigo Jay, Kingdom song No. 134, wonderful singing together ❤ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫.♪ ♫ ♪ ♫.♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫.♪ ♫ ♪ ♫.♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫.♪ ♫ ♪ ♫.♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫.♪ ♫
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    MARCH 21, 2017 RUSSIA, Jehovah’s Witnesses Mobilize Global Response to Threat of Ban in Russia ! Make your participation a matter of prayer.—1 Tim. 2:1-4. Personal letters should be mailed no later than April 1, 2017. Send a personal letter to one or more of the officials listed at the end of these instructions. You may send more than one letter to the same official: scroll down to the ADDRESSES.... NEW YORK—Threatened with an imminent ban on their worship in Russia, Jehovah’s Witnesses are responding with a direct appeal to Kremlin and Supreme Court officials for relief through a global letter-writing campaign. The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is inviting the over 8,000,000 Witnesses worldwide to participate. On March 15, 2017, Russia’s Ministry of Justice filed a claim with the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to label the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia as extremist and liquidate it. The claim also seeks to ban the activities of the Administrative Center. If the Supreme Court upholds this claim, the Witnesses’ national headquarters near St. Petersburg will be shut down. Subsequently, some 400 registered Local Religious Organizations would be liquidated, outlawing the services of over 2,300 congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. The branch property, as well as places of worship used by Witnesses throughout the country, could be seized by the State. Additionally, individual Jehovah’s Witnesses would become subject to criminal prosecution for merely carrying out their worship activities. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the claim on April 5. “The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses wants to heighten attention to this critical situation,” states David A. Semonian, a spokesman at the Witnesses’ world headquarters. “Prosecuting non-violent, law-abiding citizens as if they were terrorists is clearly a misapplication of anti-extremist laws. Such prosecution is based on completely false grounds.” The Witnesses’ global campaign is not without precedent. Nearly 20 years ago, Witnesses wrote to defend their fellow worshippers in Russia in response to a smear campaign by some members of the government in power at the time. Additionally, Witnesses have initiated past letter-writing campaigns to motivate government officials to end persecution of Witnesses in other countries, including Jordan, Korea, and Malawi. “Reading the Bible, singing, and praying with fellow worshippers is clearly not criminal,” adds Mr. Semonian. “We hope that our global letter-writing campaign will motivate Russian officials to stop this unjustifiable action against our fellow worshippers.” Letter-Writing Campaign Supporting Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia Instruction Sheet March 20, 2017 Format  If you own a personal business, you may use business letterhead.  Use your own language. There is no need to have letters translated into Russian. If you are fluent in Russian, you may write letters in Russian.  Letters should be one page in length and should be typewritten or neatly handwritten.  Give attention to proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.—be pp. 71-73.  Add your personal signature to the letter.  No copies of letters need to be sent to the elders, to the branch office, or to anyone else.  Literature should not be included.  Use your personal return address on the envelope. Be sure that the address of the official you are writing to matches that listed at the end of these instructions.  Send by postal mail with sufficient international postage. Do not use e-mail. Content.  You are writing to the official to request his intervention. Express the hope that the Russian authorities will stop the legal action being taken against the branch office and the congregations in Russia so that our brothers and sisters can continue to gather peacefully for Christian meetings without interference. You could express appreciation for the laws of the Russian government that guarantee freedom of religion to all citizens.  Letters should be candid but respectful. Summarize key facts in your own words. Letters may refer to one or two facts listed below or more recent information published on jw.org. Keep in mind that “a mild answer turns away rage,” and “a gentle tongue can break a bone.”—Prov. 15:1; 25:15.  You could briefly mention how our meetings and publications have benefited you personally and your family. Do not mention the names of individuals in Russia who are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Facts  On March 15, 2017, the Ministry of Justice in Russia filed a claim with the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation seeking “to declare the religious organization, the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses, extremist, ban its activity, and liquidate it.” A decision by the Supreme Court in favor of this claim will have dire consequences for all of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. The Administrative Center and 400 local legal entities used to own or rent Kingdom Halls would be dissolved. This means that the branch Instruction Sheet March 20, 2017 Page 2 property in St. Petersburg and Kingdom Halls throughout the country could be seized by the State. In addition, each of the more than 170,000 Witnesses could be criminally prosecuted merely for meeting for worship, reading the Bible together, or talking to others about their faith.  Russia’s “Federal Law on Extremist Activity” is being misapplied to Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. Jehovah’s Witnesses strive to be good citizens. We are known worldwide for our peaceful activities, and under no circumstances would we ever resort to any activity that could legitimately be construed as “extremist” or criminal in nature.  The activity of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the publications that we produce encourage love of God and neighbor, love for family, and respect for government. There is absolutely nothing “extremist” or criminal in such Bible-based publications. Addresses:  President of Russia Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin 23 Ilyinka Str. - Moscow Russian Federation 103132  Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev 2 Krasnopresnenskaya Naberezhnaya Moscow Russian Federation 103274  Prosecutor General Yury Yakovlevich Chayka Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation 15A Bolshaya Dmitrovka Str. Moscow Russian Federation GSP-3 125993  Minister of Justice Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation 14 Zhitnaya Str. Moscow Russian Federation GSP-1 119991  Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation 32/34 Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square Moscow Russian Federation 119200  The Chairman of the Supreme Court Viacheslav Mikhailovich Lebedev Supreme Court of Russian Federation 15 Povarskaya Str. Moscow Russian Federation 121069
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    A wonderful video - letter with many words from God and many Bible-scriptures ! It started with: My child..... Enjoy ❤
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    Click on this link... and you can see the German Bethel in 3D - around going with your mouse... also you can zoom it very near ! Without a mouse its going slowly alone the 360° I saw different 3D pictures... ENJOY ;o) its so stunning and new ! In the background you hear KD songs.....
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    These faithful sisters are over 70, widows & still serving Jehovah together, with the assistance of their canes..... Oh, may Jehovah bless you both, our dear sisters ❤
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    New current pictures of our Gilead - Graduation Ceremony....
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    According to reports I have heard from some who were at the Annual Meeting today, the new songbook has been released. It is not known if copies were distributed to those in attendance, but electronic copies will be available on jw.org Monday in English (and apparently in Haitian Creole). It will have a new title: "Sing Out Joyfully to Jehovah," and some songs will have new titles, new lyrics, and some will be renumbered. It will start being used in all English congregations the week of January 2, 2017. The book will contain only 151 songs, not 154 as we were expecting. Three songs were deleted, but there was no mention of which ones. The book will be in three formats: regular edition, large print, and lyrics only. I also heard, in connection with that new songbook, that new videos of the Watchtower Chorus will be released shortly. The chorus will be singing all of the songs in the book! We’ll see. So keep your eyes open for the new songbook and other goodies on Monday on jw.org and tv.jw.org. And Monday also comes the monthly broadcast on JW Broadcasting. Ohh those servers are going to be working hard!
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    Jehovah will make us young again..... Look this photo, so beautiful ❤ THANK YOU OUR GOD !
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    The Librarian

    Sunday meeting worksheet

    A Sunday meeting worksheet I made today for my young Bible student! I wasn't sure what he would think of it... But he loved it! It helped him pay attention and get so much out of the meeting! - Contributed
  29. 8 points
    Queen Esther

    World's Tiniest Bible

    Our normal big Bible.... DID you EVER see the tiniest Bible of the world? The entire text of the Hebrew Bible is etched onto a microchip! The Nano Bible is a gold-coated silicon chip smaller than a pinhead, and contains all 1.2 million letters of the bible. As part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, the Jerusalem-based Israel Museum will display the “Nano Bible,” the world’s smallest bible, an Israeli innovation created at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. The tiny bible will be displayed alongside the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aleppo Codex, a manuscript of the Jewish bible from 10th century C.E. The Nano Bible is a gold-coated silicon chip smaller than a pinhead. It is 0.04 square millimeters, and 0.00002 millimeters (20 nanometers) deep. The 1.2 million letters of the bible were written using a focused ion beam generator that shot gallium ions onto a gold surface covering a base layer of silicon. Prof. Uri Sivan and Dr. Ohad Zohar of the Technion’s Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute developed the idea, and the engineers of the Technion’s Sara and Moshe Zisapel Nanoelectronics Center were responsible for the manufacturing of the chip and the development of the software that allows the engraving of the letters. The Israel Museum will also exhibit a documentary on the creation of the Nano Bible and will enable the reading of the biblical text under a microscope. I LIKE THE BIBLE - BOOK OR MY iPad for reading ;-)
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    A wonderful video, posted from our sister Ellen Tieking Many of us knowing that video.... But on and off listen to Jehovah's Creations and the nice music / text, makes feeling good ❤ *I WILL SEE YOU IN THE NEW WORLD* ;-)) MORE importend, we all encourage each other living in the NW soon ❤
  31. 8 points
    Ezekiel Chapter 42 and 43.mp4
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    Shirley Ann Lowery

    "Never Give Up on Jehovah"

    Hello to all my spiritual brothers and sisters! It's been a while since I've posted a topic! I chose the topic "Never Give Up on Jehovah" because three weeks ago my life changed! I was involved in a car wreck! This guy was speeding down his street, I stopped at the stop sign, then I proceeded to go, then he hit me! I hit my chest and couldn't breathe! Someone called 911, the ambulance came, I just suffered some bruises! I'm ok now, thanks to Jehovah, physically, and not as sore as I was! The police came and wrote down our insurance information! My car had to be towed to the Dallas Police Pound where it's still there! I filed a claim against him, he filed a claim against me! I'm still waiting to hear from my insurance adjuster! I've had to listen to my meetings over the telephone! But, even though I'm not there, my heart is! They always keep us in their prayers! I attended my meeting Sunday, a week ago! Everyone was so happy to see me! My eyes teared up seeing my spiritual family again! A very sweet sister, picked me up, took me on Saturday, to have a share in our regional convention campaign work! Were in our second week! I would also like to add, when we finished working our street, Jehovah's angels were protecting us, a sister came and told us not to work that street! A mentally ill couple had a baseball bat swinging at Jehovah's Witnesses, because they were mad at us and they hated us! Our "DONT GIVE UP" regional convention is days away! August 25-27! I'm so excited! She and I signed up to clean our section were assigned to after each session is over for the day! My very sweet spiritual sister is taking me and her two children, all 3 days! I haven't worked in two weeks, my son paid my bills, I have one more check this week, it just goes to pay my rent! Yes, I'm human, I've cried, but mainly, I pray to Jehovah to give me the strength to cope with my present situation! The blessing Jehovah has bestowed upon me, is some sisters told me Sunday, about a job, being a caregiver for a sister! Today, I found out I got the job! I thanked Jehovah for taking care of not only my spiritual needs, but my physical needs! As of July 29, this year I've been baptized 45 years! I'm so proud to be hi s loyal servant! I hope you like my topic I chose to write about! I know no matter what I go through I will never give up on Jehovah! He knows what we face in Satan's wicked world! I hope everyone has a great weekend! No matter what you are facing, pray to Jehovah to help you! Agape love, Shirley!
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    Pray Until Something Happens ! P U S H..... A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain. Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into his weary mind: "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn't moved." Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough." That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord. "Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?" The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. That you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the rock." At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still Jehovah God who moves the mountains. When everything seems to go wrong ... just PUSH ! When the job gets you down ... just PUSH ! When people don't react the way you think they should..... just PUSH ! When your money is "gone" and the bills are due ...just PUSH ! When people just don't understand you ... just PUSH !
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    12:00 Weather in Moscow is warm and sunny. Near the entrance to the court formed a large human place. Working television journalists. Among those present a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. A marked increase in security measures. Directly at the entrance there is a bus with the police. At the input it is carried out a thorough inspection. Inside the building are not skipped any liquids. The employees of the Supreme Court, organizing hearings, doing their job professionally and smoothly. Despite the large number of students, there are no failures.
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    It Depends on where you live and the community standards. Beards are not acceptable In most cases in U.S. at the current time. Look at pics in publications. When I see governing body members wearing beards, I will realize it is acceptable here.
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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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    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...
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    Song 134 - See Yourself When All Is New ❤ ENJOY THE VIEW ON THE SEA IN PARADISE ❤
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    ARchiv@L

    Warwick photos

    Warwick, NY: World Headquarters Highlights of the Past Year 2017 Yearbook
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  41. 8 points
    A nice video from the International Convention in SIMBABWE, AFRICA
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    Jehovah gave us thousands of nature - colors❤ here are only few - ENJOY ;-)
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    Imagine a world without Satan..... 9 "They will not cause any harm, Or any ruin in all my holy mountain, Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah As the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9) NWT jw.org
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    ( Look also by Illustrations...) A TEACHER is teaching a large class. The teacher is doing the very best job possible in teaching the students all they need to know. Suddenly, an unruly student in the back of the class stands up, and shouts to everyone in the class...... You are a liar, teacher! You have no right to be teaching this class at all. I know more about the subject than you do, and I can prove it to any fellow student who will listen to me! What does the teacher do? Does the teacher just call the Principal and have the unruly student evicted immediately from the class, and then continue on, as if nothing had happened? Think about it for a moment.....If the teacher chose that course of action, then the other students may never know for sure who was correct, and who was the liar, and could be convinced to follow the unruly student. The teach chooses this solution to the problem....The teacher says to the unruly student: "OK, you come forward, and you teach the class for one week. At the end of the week, it will become quite clear to all onlookers who tells the truth, and who is the liar.... who has the right to teach this class, and who does not have that right. Here's the point of this little illustration..... This clearly illustrates exactly what happened in the Garden of Eden, between the serpant, Satan, and Adam and Eve. The onlookers were the billions of angelic servants of Jehovah God. The week mentioned for Satan and his demons is not quite over, but today, just a little time is left. In the meantime, whose side do you choose to be on ? The teacher.... or the unruly student ?
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    A wonderful little story, we can good use by our serving ! The Bible point is phenomenal ;o) ( video ) Watch the end....
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    VERY SOON WE HAVE THE TEXT AND NOTES ;o) Song 151 ? Song 152: Our Strength, Our Hope, Our Confidence Song 153: How Does It Make You Feel? Song 154: We Will Keep Enduring
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    Soon to be completed. Tours to begin on April 3, 2017
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    WITH THE SAME NICE KING - DOM SONG No. 91 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
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    The Librarian

    LORD OR JEHOVAH?

    A Circuit Overseer was working with a very humble brother in a rich part of town. When they reached a beautiful house, they met a man who did not hide his hostility. It was the humble brother’s turn to speak: Good day Sir. We are here to show people God's name. As you can see here in Psalm 83:18 it reads: ‘That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.’ After a moment the man said: I want you to show me that in MY bible. The man returned with his bible and gave it to the brother. The text read: 'That they may know that you alone, whose name is the 'Lord,' are the Most High over all the earth.' You see? Said the man with an altered voice - God's name is 'Lord!’ - You understand nothing of the Bible! It is I who should teach YOU and that's exactly what I'll do! And the first thing you need to do is throw out your Bible. Give me your name and address! I will step in your home to teach you whenever you want. With a pencil and piece of paper ready, the man asked: What is your name? The humble brother replied: My name is Lord. No, I want to know your personal name - insisted the man. My name is 'Lord', insisted the brother. You must have a name. What is it? Insisted the resident. My name is 'Lord', insisted the brother even more. How can you be so stupid? Screamed the man. 'Lord' is not a name ... Returning to the man’s bible, the brother answered calmly: Well, if 'Lord' is not a name, then throw out YOUR Bible! - Akpowenre Odirih Patrick




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