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  1. I'm not an expert in sailing, but I believe sailing both with and into the wind is possible. I think they change the type of sail on modern boats. The above scripture I think is about control, steering and sails. If you lack control you'll be blown aimlessly in any direction. But if you have some control, since we can never have complete control, then you can steer through a stormy sea, raise or lower sails depending on the wind strength. This implies, for us today, that thinking ability is needed when navigating tricky situations. That many of life's challenges aren't so straight forward,
  2. Hi sis, welcome to the fold! In the last 5 years we've had more "big" adjustments than in the previous 10 years of "smaller" adjustments in our understanding. These are the "tackings" the poster was referring to. Each adjustment is like a small turn, the big ones are bigger turns or changes in direction. Like the Chariot of Ezekiel it can suddenly move at right angles at the speed of lightning, without turning or slowing down as it moves in the new direction. These too, are like strategic "tacks". Our appointed Commander and Chief is Jesus, Head of the Congregation. But it is Jehovah describe
  3. Languages are fascinating aren't they? Some unrelated languages may have words that are spelt the same or even sound the same. But They may not have the same thought or meaning. Take the Māori word Morena and the Spanish word Morena. Both are spelt and sound the same, but have different meanings, and those meanings can not be related or connected to the thought of the other, not even related grammatically. One means "Good morning!" and the other describes a dark colour whether a person's skin or hair. One is a greeting, and the other is an adjective. Although, one thing is sure, Egyptia
  4. Thanks for your comments Witness. I have no qualms with discussing the light of Christ. He who said 'I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. He did not send himself did he Nor is the one sent ever the superior. As Paul remarked, stars differ in glory from each other, the light of the moon is not as brilliant as the light from the sun. Indeed, the moon only reflects the sun's light. So for us, Jesus' light as brilliant as it is is to the glory of God the Father, who sent him. In fact both, a person needs to accept not just Jesus and his Fath
  5. Thank you Witness, I have tracked the changes. I'll just say, I'm not here to be right or to win. There are some interesting zig zags Our material has reported that these zig zags are like a yacht moving toward the goal, It does not take a direct line, but must tack or zig zag back n forth at the angle of the direction of the wind or spirit. This is very well and reasonable if true. However, a yacht in a race, should never turn 180 degrees and move back toward where they came, unless it's a temporary 360 degree penalty turn for infringing upon the competing yacht. So for a short time, the ya
  6. We have consistently reported that light means our understanding of things. However, we must differentiate between light-itself, and reflected light. For God is the source of light and he does not change. So light cannot be understanding since our understanding shifts constantly like the reflected light of the sun on the landscape as the sun rises up until noon or full daylight, when the day is at it's brightest, rather than a full or complete day as the sun sets. In that is another implication, that of the sun reaching its apparent peak at noon necessarily means that it wanes following the pe
  7. I'm late to this discussion, and it may have been mentioned already sorry. One can read the "Terms of Use" at the bottom of our site's pages. However, the wording seems in one paragraph, "You may" section, to allow the copying, downloading, and sharing of links and electronic copies of everything on the sites. Then, in the next section "You may not", disallows such actions. I'm not a lawyer, but the phrasing seems to nullify the entire agreement...
  8. In times past, the sisters were left to look after the congregations as the men were imprisoned. Sisters took the roles of the then "congregation servant" until the roles could be filled by a brother. During the Tribulation it may be that the brothers are incarcerated leaving the sisters to fill those roles until some younger brothers are able to fill those roles. Here sisters may act as attendants of the contribution boxes, or they have at times been used on the roving microphones. In a local sign language group, the interpreters are sisters. The direction from the brothers shows so
  9. Up until the 2015 revision the above excerpt was still in the Insight Volume also. It has now been replaced with a more "we don't know, therefore wait and see" wording: This phrasing feels easier to accept now, since it has been a back n forth topic over the years. So it looks more neutral and a willingness to wait. We simply aren't the ones who decide who get resurrected and who don't.
  10. Hi dear, Watchtower Library 2015 updates itself each year dear. All you need is an internet connection and the program updates by itself on your computer. So you do not need to get a new one each year. It contains all the pictures and some audio media, that has never been on the previous editions because the DVD rom has so much more room. Your best bet is to ask your local elders, who may have a link or some may have the ISO for you to burn onto a disc or setup and run directly from your computer. Hope that helps.
  11. Yes I agree. The fact that they now produced some with the ability to make others, would mean they could improve upon themselves. I saw that they can now store human memory onto a brain implant now for patients with disorders that affect their memories. It won't be long before that information will be cloud based. People storing their memories online when they sleep and downloading them the next day lol Then you have hackers...modders...malware lol etc One day we'll need our own Antivirus and Malware programs
  12. Hey Librarian, this service is run by bros. It is not affiliated directly to the organisation. However, the concept is similar to the third party services that provide the telephone voip systems that let us phone in for meetings. These are not directly affiliated to the organisation also. Although they are permitted. My encouraemnet would be to do the usual background checks, contact them, ask whatever questions that you feel are necessary. As you can see on the site many halls all over the world can be accessed like the phone call by password obtained from the local elders. Hopefully though,
  13. Hmmm AIs producing AIs that is a worry. Self improving systems will progress much faster than humans could, especially if dedicated to a specific set of improvements over previous generations. Facebooks one is designed to understand human behaviour. So many of their social experiments are designed to feed it the data they need.
  14. AI are running right now. The next few generations will be interesting though. One difference between them and us is that they can be dedicated to one task. Whereas humans must coordinate many tasks consciously and unconsciously, which divides resources. I saw one documentary of an AI whose sole purpose was to "think" of all the possible configurations of a specific set of components and to come up with solutions that were cost effective and incredibly efficient. They think of everything we can conceive of and everything beyond that. Then they disregard everything not humanly possible at the c
  15. New Original Song -About Mental Health ;) called:

    "It's Abilif[ee]!"

    How does it make you feel?

    When you read and speak with zeal.

    How your meds can be for you

    How down they make you too

    Knowing you've done your best

    Hoping too that you'll be blessed.

    But now they can trace you

    And ev'rything in you!


    Yes there's a pill, for when you're ill

    But take your tracers, uh meds still!

    They'll all feel safe when I take them

    I'm just paranoid ;)


    How does it make you feel?

    When I say that this is real.

    Now that man has broken through

    What he couldn't do.

    Mentalism in a pill!

    [I bet you] never thought it possible.

    But now they've made a start

    Yes, to control your heart!


    Decades of meds, have been the test

    Now their research has been blessed.

    They've got a pill for you and me

    It's called a Abilif[ee] ;)





  16. song writing

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    2. Guest


      Wow, what language was it translated into? 

      Writing is a way of emotional healing. You are doing as the Psalmists who wrote and that got them closer to God :) 

    3. Cheepcheep


      :) I'd prefer not to say.  I agree with you though about emotional healing. The last 10 years have been rough. Still, while I'd say I feel more imperfect than ever before, I do feel my prayers are more meaningful in recent times..

    4. Guest


      I understand, enjoy your writing :) 

      Meaningful prayers, I like that phrase

  17. Thanks. "Our Father HALLOWED be thy name." A very well known version of the "Lord's Prayer". I agree with your thoughts. Yes, God has no need for anything, and there's nothing we can add to him, as if the created thing could ever do that However, through Jesus, God has asked us to "hallow" his name. Which is where the thought of my post comes from. In our translation: "Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified." Jesus said prior to his incarceration: "I have made your name manifest." So, in our prayers and by following the example of Jesus, in preach
  18. Can someone confirm whether our understanding on the term "vindication of Jehovah's name" has been brought back? I thought that sometime after 1984, but well before 2010, we dropped the idea in favour of "sanctification of Jehovah's name". But now, it seems we are returning back to it, as "name" can also refer to one's reputation, and Jehovah's 'reputation' certainly needs exonerating. Thanks
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