Melinda Mills

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  1. Reminder for those of us who still use the word "plan" in relation to something Jehovah God will do. In light of understanding what his name means, it is hard to understand why people don't remember. *** w95 5/15 pp. 24-25 Part 2—Flashes of Light—Great and Small *** Increased Light on Terminology 15 “The congregator sought to find the delightful words and the writing of correct words of truth.” (Ecclesiastes 12:10) These words might well be applied to our present subject, for light has shone not only on such important matters as doctrine and conduct but also on Christian terminology and its accurate meaning. For example, among the Bible Students, one of the most beloved publications was volume one of Studies in the Scriptures, entitled The Divine Plan of the Ages. However, in time, it was realized that God’s Word speaks only of humans as making plans. (Proverbs 19:21) The Scriptures never speak of Jehovah as planning. He does not need to plan. Whatever he purposes is sure to succeed because of his infinite wisdom and power, even as we read at Ephesians 1:9, 10: “It is according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself for an administration at the full limit of the appointed times.” So it was gradually seen that the term “purpose” is the more appropriate one when referring to Jehovah.
  2. That is why I often say we should retire the saying "religion is a snare and a racket". We should be ashamed of that kind of speech because it is not necessary. Actually, it is incorrect, because Jehovah's Witnesses say they are a legitimate religion, and should be respected as such. Therefore if religion is a snare and a racket, JWs would also be included in that. We have to take care with our words. And we should not highlight or resurrect ignorance. God has overlooked those times. Leave them in the past.
  3. Good point! We can use it at meeting this week in the Bible reading under "other spiritual gems".
  4. A great tribulation involving all mankind will occur before Armageddon. Conditions on earth will be severe and life threatening. See following scripture: *** Bible Citations *** Matt 24:21-22: "21 for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. 22 In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short." Armageddon will not come when we are expecting it. See following scripture. *** Bible Citations *** Matthew 24: 42-44: "42 Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 “But know one thing: If the householder had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have kept awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 On this account, you too prove yourselves ready, because the Son of man is coming at an hour that YOU do not think to be it." (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3) "5 Now as for the times and the seasons, brothers, you need nothing to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night. 3 Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape. . ." Just a reminder!!
  5. Shows how beneficial rain is and how easy it will be for God to transform the earth into a paradise.
  6. Love it! Exactly what they are doing. Jesus said "All authority has been given me in heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and o the holy spirit". Matthew 28:1819. Jehovah is the one who gave Jesus that authority. This authority has been passed on to us when Jesus said: "Go..." So they are really defying Jehovah God.
  7. Saw that one too, but it is not really a transcript - more like a report or summary. It is helpful for now.
  8. One should be prepared at some point. If I see it I will let you know.
  9. Saw it on a Facebook post this morning. It is just one day's summary. Quite interesting. Case resumes next Wednesday. Check Facebook messenger.
  10. Somebody sent out one this morning. Will check.
  11. Giggling! Nice way of putting the conversation back on track. I wrote my letter as soon as I saw the instructions on the site. I posted it the following Monday 27th, I think. The letter was read to the congregation the Tuesday. One or two friends called to ask how to approach it. I told them which scriptures I used but stressed it was to come from the heart and was not to be a form letter bearing the same information. Am old enough (50 years baptized last December) to remember the effort when Cuban and Malawian brothers had a severe problem. I definitely remembered writing to the Malawian authorities but am not sure what we did for Cuba. Like the scripture Bible Speaks reminded us of: (2 Chronicles 20:17) . . .. Take your position, stand still, and see the salvation of Jehovah in your behalf. O Judah and Jerusalem, do not be afraid or be terrified. Tomorrow go out against them, and Jehovah will be with you.’” See w03 6/1 pp. 21-22 Stand Still and See the Salvation of Jehovah! for commentary on the scripture.
  12. Too funny! Yes, they should value the concept that people need to hear and see. What about on-going training for those with the aptitude for it. Someone should be adequately and thoroughly trained so they could be a kind of consultant for other groups. I asked an elder in the field service about it yesterday and he had little to offer. I suggested that a serious complication could come up in the world where every KH might need to be a part of a link-up and then we wouldn't be able to participate, so it is urgent to have it fixed.
  13. Might be a somewhat similar situation at our Hall too. Thanks for sharing. Excellent! Love it!
  14. The picture part of the video at our Hall is not working for three weeks, can get only audio sometimes. (Three congregations share the Hall.) That should say something about qualifications. I watched all the videos on Youtube, although I tend to use my own presentation, incorporating some of the pointers only if I am really impressed.
  15. Agree, Ann. Seems like you can post any old picture or video with any date about some current event and call it something and people would believe it and forward it to others. Witnesses should learn to spot fake news and evaluate information as they should be more attuned to what is truthful. We were warned in the Kingdom Ministry years ago when the Internet was new.