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  1. The sisters haven't yet accepted yoga pants in service YET though...
  2. Jose Antonio Gutierrez ENTREVISTA EN TELEVISIÓN Buenos días a todos Ayer viernes, me sorprendió que tras sonar el teléfono en mi salón del reino, un acomodador viniese a buscarme, porque alguien llamado Adolfo, preguntaba por mi. Eso no me ha pasado en la vida. Este señor es representante de la cadena publica TELE 5 en España, y me llamaba para ofrecerme participar en un debate publico de un programa que se emitirá hoy en dicha cadena, llamado VIVA LA VIDA, con otras personas que habían sido testigos. Me dijo que dada la gran notoriedad que tengo en la red social Facebook, y que según el, me expresaba como defensor de nuestra Fe ante todo tipo de opositores, que me invitaba a defender nuestras creencias en un programa de mucha audiencia. Le agradecí que hubiese tenido la deferencia de pensar en mi, pero de ninguna manera me prestaba a ser participe de dicho programa. Ya antes, he sido invitado para ser entrevistado por un periódico español, y por la televisión catalana TV3. Mi postura es la misma. PRIMERO, yo soy un testigo de Jehova del montón de humildes servidores de Jehova y no represento a nuestra organizacion, para lo cual ya hay varones nombrados en la sede nacional. SEGUNDO, jamas ningún testigo de Jehova, se prestara a dialogar en un debate donde haya expulsados o desasociados, y menos si son apostatas. Le ofrecí la posibilidad de hablar con la sede de Madrid y me dijo que ya había hablado con Anibal Matos, responsable de dicha sede, y se había negado. Sonriendo, le dije que mas a mi favor, si este hermano se había negado, mas lo haría yo. El señor me dijo que se sentía frustrado porque no conseguía jamas que participasen testigos en un debate y que el pueblo español solo escuchaba la versión de nuestros opositores. Le ofrecí que hiciese un programa exclusivamente con testigos de Jehova, que seguro nos presentaríamos y contestaríamos todas las preguntas que quisiese, pero eso ya no le intereso. Os cuento esto para animaros a todos a no caer en la tentación de la notoriedad a manos de algún periodista, siendo obedientes a las directrices de nuestra organizacion, dando voz a los representantes autorizados para representar nuestra Fe en los medios de comunicación. Donde realmente somos importantes defendiendo nuestra Fe es de puerta en puerta. Un abrazo a todos desde España.
  3. Just a quick note to brothers and sisters visiting communist countries...(I assume you have all left Vietnam by now...This one came via another brother who saw it on reddit) Please don't risk your life by posting such notes on cafe walls. You could have very easily ended up in jail. There have got to be better ways.
  4. We’re learning more about the victims of a tragic shooting spree that left four people dead in Penticton on Monday. John Brittain, 68, has been charged with four counts of murder in the attack, which spanned about an hour and took place at three locations. Rudi Winter, the first victim, was allegedly shot in the back while pruning a friend’s tree in downtown Penticton, according to his nephew Jeff Schwarz. “He was a hell of a guy. He had a heart of gold, he couldn’t hurt a fly,” said Schwarz of the 71-year-old grandfather and father of two, who he said had “raised him like a father.” “There couldn’t have been a kinder soul out there, it’s tragic… He had just a heart like you wouldn’t believe.” Schwarz said Rudi had emigrated to Canada from Germany in his youth and that he and his wife Renate sold their business in Vancouver and moved to Penticton in the 1980s to operate a motel. Rudi had since retired and focused his time on helping people out as a handyman, being active in his Jehovah’s Witness congregation and maintaining his garden and grape vines. “He had a fish pond in the back and that was his passion, feeding them, covering them up, protecting them from raccoons,” he said. “He had the back yard looking like a European village.”
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  5. https://download-a.akamaihd.net/files/media_periodical/d9/jwb_E_201904_14_r720P.mp4
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    David H. Splane: Inviting All to the Memorial (Ps. 118:22)
  6. It simply isn't the case that the Earthly paradise is a lie invented by the JWs. It does seem to be a Bible teaching and is not believed by only the JWs but millions of other Christians in various different Christian denominations and sects. And in the "Watchtower religion" specifically, that doctrine did NOT come from Rutherford but came from Charles Taze Russell, who by the way, was influenced by Adventist preachers George Storrs and Henry Grew. The JWs can actually trace our roots back to the so-called "Second Adventist" movement in the mid-19th century USA which itself came out of the Millerite movement which itself was part of the "Second Great Awakening". Really interesting history if you ever get time to truly discuss.
  7. The Bible’s answer The celebration of Easter is not based on the Bible. If you look into its history, though, you will see the true meaning of Easter—it is a tradition based on ancient fertility rites. Consider the following. Name: The Encyclopædia Britannica says: “The English name Easter is of uncertain origin; the Anglo-Saxon priest Venerable Bede in the 8th century derived it from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess Eostre.” Others link it to Astarte, the Phoenician fertility goddess who had the Babylonian counterpart Ishtar. Hares, rabbits: These are symbols of fertility “handed down from the ancient ceremonial and symbolism of European and Middle Eastern pagan spring festivals.”—Encyclopædia Britannica. Eggs: According to Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, the hunt for Easter eggs, supposedly brought by the Easter rabbit, “is not mere child’s play, but the vestige of a fertility rite.” Some cultures believed that the decorated Easter egg “could magically bring happiness, prosperity, health, and protection.”—Traditional Festivals. New Easter outfit: “It was considered discourteous and therefore bad luck to greet the Scandinavian goddess of Spring, or Eastre, in anything but fresh garb.”—The Giant Book of Superstitions. Sunrise services: These have been linked to rites of ancient sun worshippers “performed at the vernal equinox welcoming the sun and its great power to bring new life to all growing things.”—Celebrations—The Complete Book of American Holidays. The American Book of Days well describes the origin of Easter: “There is no doubt that the Church in its early days adopted the old pagan customs and gave a Christian meaning to them.” The Bible warns against worshipping God by following traditions or customs that displease him. (Mark 7:6-8) Second Corinthians 6:17 states: “‘Separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing.’” Easter is a pagan holiday that those who want to please God will avoid.
  8. Though there isn't any specific law, Jehovah's witnesses don't celebrate birthday because 2 Timothy 3:16 clearly states that we can use the inspired Word of God as a guiding tool in everything we do. From the two (2) celebrations recorded in the Bible, specifically Gen. 40:20-22 and Mark 6:21-27, we can easily discern that the two celebrants here, Pharaoh and King Herod, were pagans. You can also note that there is no record in the Bible about Christian celebrating birthday. Even Jesus did not command his disciples to celebrate his day of birth but instead he commanded them to observe his memorial death. For me, this is the simplest way to answer the question.
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