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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to Arauna in Russia Overturns First Jehovah’s Witnesses Convictions   
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    TRUE...... but we are not foolish to have loyalty to jehovah.  At least they could see that we are not just a few hundred people on the earth....and not all Americans...... the enemy....... but we are present in many countries. The postage stamps told them that.
    1 cor: Because a foolish thing of God is wiser than men, and a weak thing of God is stronger than men.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from Arauna in Russia Overturns First Jehovah’s Witnesses Convictions   
    .... probably in expectation of pork chops.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to TrueTomHarley in Russia Overturns First Jehovah’s Witnesses Convictions   
    Works well with me. There are some others who would use it to bolster their claim to ‘true anointed’ status.
     
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to Isabella in Russia Overturns First Jehovah’s Witnesses Convictions   
    A Russian court has overturned the convictions of six Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of extremism, marking the first instance of the group's worshippers having their verdicts overturned in Russia, the group announced Wednesday.
    The court in Penza, some 550 kilometers southeast of Moscow, handed five adherents suspended two-year prison sentences in December. The sixth worshipper, Vladimir Alushkin, was jailed for six years after an investigation had shown that he had continued to run the local Jehovah’s Witnesses branch despite the group being outlawed in Russia.
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    Vladimir Alushkin, a Jehovah's Witnesses member who in December was jailed for six years, has been released after his conviction on extremism charges was overturned.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to Kosonen in My letter today to the WT about God's love   
    That would not be the whole truth. God listens to prayers and helps in various ways. Apostle Paul wrote for example that God can be involved with our daily life in a such way:
    Hebrews 12:5 And you have entirely forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not belittle the discipline from Jehovah, nor give up when you are corrected by him; 6  for those whom Jehovah loves he disciplines, in fact, he scourges everyone whom he receives as a son.”7  You need to endure as part of your discipline. God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8  But if you have not all shared in receiving this discipline, you are really illegitimate children, and not sons. 9  Furthermore, our human fathers used to discipline us, and we gave them respect. Should we not more readily submit ourselves to the Father of our spiritual life and live? 10  For they disciplined us for a short time according to what seemed good to them, but he does so for our benefit so that we may partake of his holiness.
     
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to Kosonen in My letter today to the WT about God's love   
    And I hope you stay faithful to Jehovah God and his word no matter what. Especially now when it looks like the WT organization will not remain in its previous form. This Corona virus has already made big changes to the WT organization and it is just the beginning. Now the governments of the world have imposed many restrictions on people and this can be used to further restrict the Jehovah's witnesses. 
    I belive this is just the beginning.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to TrueTomHarley in My letter today to the WT about God's love   
    I would not disagree that the description fits, but I gave you that name and I get to say how you earned it.
    Admitted, your story is better than mine, because mine doesn’t fit in all particulars.
    Slow Joe used to refer to the semi-grifter preachers who set up storefront churches as ‘pork chop preachers.’ They preached just enough to keep themselves in pork chops. There was no particular judgment as to whether they were sincere or not, but the inference is that they knew just enough of the Bible to buy their pork chop and no more.
    I like the description. I applied it to you. The insulting connotations really don’t fit. The home-spun seat-of-your-pants ones do.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to TrueTomHarley in Russia Overturns First Jehovah’s Witnesses Convictions   
    It is great news.
    I certainly hope I will not be forced to admit that @James Thomas Rook Jr. is a true prophet 
     
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from Kosonen in My letter today to the WT about God's love   
    And that is why I stay one of Jehovah's Witnesses .. when I know full well the unintended evil that men do, with the very best of intentions.
    ...... been there...
    .... done that.

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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from Kosonen in My letter today to the WT about God's love   
    If you really want to know what TRUE love is ... get some cord and tie a pork chop around your neck, lay on the floor on your back, and pour onto your chest a box of puppies !
    It's a LOT easier than theological dissertations!
    That's how I got the nickname "Ol' Pork Chop".
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to Kosonen in My letter today to the WT about God's love   
    That is pure Watchtower speculation. I don't remember any scripture that says that directly. 
    To the contrary I believe that the obedient angels love Jehovah God and have no doubts about Jehovah God.
    Because love believes everything as apostle Paul wrote. 
    1 Corinthians 13:7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
     
     
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to TrueTomHarley in My letter today to the WT about God's love   
    Let us suppose that an anonymous and/or unknown person writes an endlessly long letter to an established mechanic and explains in great detail the basic principles of car manufacturing and the interaction of the engine components, while making clear from very early on his belief that the mechanic is incompetent and doing everything wrong.
    Even though the mechanic loves cars, wants to improve in his ability, and engine talk is ‘music to his ears,‘ he will still toss the letter in the trash as one from a self-important, tactless know-it-all. If he answers all, it will be to say: “You have your own ideas as to how things should be done, I can see. Open up your own shop and let me know how that works out.” 
    The problem is one of hubris but it is more than that. It is also the purely practical reality that “we have this treasure (the ministry) in human vessels (us).“ One of the limitations of being human is that you do not have all day to attend to a any given thing. Any writer with the slightest bit of sense knows that he has to structure his introductory letter accordingly.
    God, how can people have such little self-awareness?!!
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from JW Insider in My letter today to the WT about God's love   
    Who else would they be full of?
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from Srecko Sostar in "THERE'S MORE MONEY GOING OUT, THAN COMING IN"...Except for Stephen Lett   
    The thought just occurred to me that in our culture, since about the year 1818, there are literary examples of "One Body" made up of many parts, as outlined by Swiss Dr. Victor Frankenstein..
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to Kosonen in My letter today to the WT about God's love   
    @TrueTomHarley If they love God and want to grow in their love to God then all those scriptures I copied from the NWT would be like music to their ears.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to TrueTomHarley in My letter today to the WT about God's love   
    Yes, of course. What is it with people?
    You have to craft your letter. It may be that they get hundreds of these per day. Does he really think they are patiently going to plow through a letter from straight out of the blue that is plainly telling them how to do better what they think they already are doing pretty well?
    His very self-assumed air of being their corrector virtually guarantees that they will hang with him through three paragraphs at most. People are so full of themselves today.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from Arauna in All U.S. banks will now never go bankrupt no matter what!   
    This was inevitable.
    That is why soon the most precious metal may soon be lead, with a brass casing.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from Srecko Sostar in Coronavirus: Jehovah’s Witnesses Cancel Historical Evangelism In UK   
    I will have to admit, Russian women COULD knock you out!


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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from TrueTomHarley in Coronavirus: Jehovah’s Witnesses Cancel Historical Evangelism In UK   
    I will have to admit, Russian women COULD knock you out!


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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from 4Jah2me in Coronavirus: Jehovah’s Witnesses Cancel Historical Evangelism In UK   
    I agree with most of what 4J says as a matter of philosophy, but consider his view of what "facts" he stated being relevant to be distorted.
    One pilot will consider his aircraft's fuel supplies half full ... another will consider it half empty.
    What is important is not digging holes in a corn field.
     
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from Srecko Sostar in "THERE'S MORE MONEY GOING OUT, THAN COMING IN"...Except for Stephen Lett   
    It is my considered opinion that NO ONE is equal to anyone else, any more than those who are good with whatever it is they DO, are equal to those who are NOT good at whatever it is that they do.
    It is skills applied, whatever talent you have or do not have naturally, that makes us equal (sometimes).
    I struggled for many years to become a skilled photographer in High School, and was one of several  High School Yearbook Photographer for three years, and turned out some pretty crappy work, sometimes, and wasted a LOT of film and photo paper and chemicals.  
    But I knew at my very best, I could not compete with Tom Thurston, the previous Yearbook Photographer, as he had talent, far superior equipment, money and background.
    We were NOT equal ...... ever.
    He was always better than me, in EVERY way.
    ... as a photographer, and  in many other ways as well.
    .... but then again .... I heard he was killed in Vietnam.
    ... I have the edge.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to Arauna in Coronavirus: Jehovah’s Witnesses Cancel Historical Evangelism In UK   
    You seem to be making so many assumptions and judgments - let's leave it at that.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to 4Jah2me in Coronavirus: Jehovah’s Witnesses Cancel Historical Evangelism In UK   
    @Arauna  Unfortunately you write emotionally not spiritually, so it is difficult to have a conversation with you.
    Proof of this is such things as :-
    Quote "maybe you are the only person God can use heh?  It seems you think this way...
    How can I answer such things ? If you have read many things that i have written you would know differently.
    Quote " Pride is a blinding sin.  When one judges for God that the spiritual Israelites  he is using are not good enough for you."
    Firstly, it does not seem as if GOD is using anyone right now.  Anthony Morris' comment concerning the Virus is not exactly loving is it ? The Virus is not from God, so why would that GB member be so happy about it ?
    And the CSA issue is of course not so important right now, but it is still there, and still to be answered for.
    And the misuse of scripture, overlapping generations etc...  
    I only judge the GB and the CCJW for my own purpose, so that i can tell if it is the right way to try to serve God. In my eyes it is not the right way to serve God, because it can easily be seen as unclean and sometimes dishonest.  And not least that the GB admit to not having God's guidance. 
    It is no different to you or anyone judging the Catholic Church or any other religion as to if that religion is serving God properly. And lets be honest the CCJW has constantly judged other religions and condemned them. 
    Arauna, you still seem to be putting your faith in those 8 men. So be it, if it suits your needs. But don't be so angry with others that are looking to God through Christ for a true answer. 
     
     
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. got a reaction from Arauna in Coronavirus: Jehovah’s Witnesses Cancel Historical Evangelism In UK   
    You take my often expressed sentiments out of context ...
    In context, Jehovah's Witnesses are the "Best Game In Town", because all the others are so much worse.
    It is clear from the Bible that God works THROUGH the Congregations.
    What do you suggest is BETTER than what I have now?
    Please tell me, and I will transfer in an instant (upon verification, of course ...)
    Without that ... your arguments are specious and useless.
    Because that, and that alone .. is where the "rubber meets the road".
    Humans...ALL humans are seriously flawed.
    You expect diamond hardness from sticks of chalk.
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    James Thomas Rook Jr. reacted to 4Jah2me in Coronavirus: Jehovah’s Witnesses Cancel Historical Evangelism In UK   
    @admin  and @Anna    I am offended by this comment. Please tell this Mr Harley to refrain from insulting me. 
    Thank you in advance. 

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