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  2. Jellyfish or Moon Jellies Do you like my color? Oh how wonderful Jehovah God are your creations big and small. Thank you for them! Photo by Radu Zaciu
  3. Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi, or Spiny Flower Mantis, is a small Flower Mantis (1.5 inches or 38 millimetres) native to southern and eastern Africa. 🦎🌸🦎 Thank you Jehovah God wonders of creation! - 🦎🦋🐜🌸🦎
  4. Imagine This? ~ The Devil's Flower Mantis or Giant Devil's Flower Mantis? ~ Amazing Creatures Jehovah Created! ~ 🦎🐛🦗🐌🐞 giant devil flower mantids (idolomantis diabolica The Devil's Flower Mantis or Giant Devil's Flower Mantis, also known by the scientific name Idolomantis diabolica is a native of Tanzania and considered to be one of the largest praying mantis species that resemble a flower. It is often confused with the small devil's flower mantis (Blepharopsis mendica) which is also called as Devil's flower mantis by many people. The gorgeous looks of the Devil's flower mantis, its size and its rarity has also earned it the name of "King of all mantids". These features have made this creature one of the most sought after species of mantids to be kept as pets. - See more at: http://www.pet-mantis.com/flower-mantis-for-sale.html#sthash.gVenFex7.dpuf Thank you Jehovah God for your creation of creatures great and small. 🦎🐝🐛
  5. Don't you just love his smile? Made me smile! Thank you Jehovah you have made these in wisdom and you have humor in your creations! Spondylus varius …a large species saltwater thorny oyster (Spondylidae) that is known to occur in the Indo-Pacific Ocean and off Australia, China, the Philippines, Japan, and Taiwan. Spondylus varius are often found at depths of around 30 m, and like most bivalves is a filter-feeder, feeding on a range of zooplankton. S. varius is sizable, with individuals growing up to 15-20 cm in lenght. Classification Animalia-Mollusca-Bivalvia-Pectinoida-Spondylidae-Spondylus-S. varius Image: Nick Hobgood
  6. NEKATA Our Brother from Japan A story about a Japanese murderer on Death Row This was an experience from Japan, as told by a circuit overseer: (w81 5/15 3, yb73 244-245 and w59 637-639) Jehovah's Witnesses were doing street work and placed some magazines with a man. At first, the fellow decided he would discard them in the next trash-can. He just thought he was doing the Witnesses a favor by buying the magazines. As he walked along however, he thought of a man he knew in prison; he would send them to him instead! So these magazines got into the hands of a man named Nekata, serving time on death row. He was serving time for multiple murders, and considered incorrigible. He was so mean and ugly that he would spit on anyone that came near his cell and he would shout out the worst obscenities at people. He would often take his cup and bang it against the bars and shout, "kill me now, kill me now". Everyone hated this man, there were not very many that didn't want to hang him themselves I Nekata had been in and out of prison all his life, and he was only 29 years old. The only person that ever came to see him was his father, once a month, feeling it was an obligation. This was the man that got the Watchtower and Awake and read them. And something clicked. He noticed it could be obtained by subscription, so when his father came to visit him, he asked him for the money to get a subscription to the magazines. The father thought it couldn't hurt him, and gave him the money. Nekata read them regularly. Eventually, the local congregation received a follow-up notice for the expiring subscriptions. The slip was given to a special pioneer, who went out looking for the address on his bicycle. He didn't know Nekata was in prison. He went right past the prison, and couldn't find the address, so he went to a guard station and asked if they knew where this particular address was. They directed him to go past the bushes, and to the tower down the road. "But that's the prison" the brother says. The guards reply, "No, you don't say! By the way, who are you looking for?" He says a man named Nekata. They both replied, "NEKATA!II" "Are you sure you want to see HIM?, they ask. This doesn't dismay the brother, and off he goes up to the big gate, and asks to see the warden, and asks him to see Nekata. Even the warden says "What do you want with the man Nekata?" The pioneer explains and is allowed inside. He has to go through heavy steel doors and gates and comes to this very thick door, with a small window about two and a half inches in size with wire mesh, just big enough to see the person on the other side. The brother starts talking to Nekata, and can tell he has been reading the magazines and seems to have a great deal of interest in them, so he offers him a Bible study. Nekata readily accepts it. So the brother begins to have a study with him every week. They have to conduct it with that thick door between them, though. Very soon Nekata begins to change into a different kind of person. He even begins to apologize to people he had previously spit upon and screamed rebukes at. He tells them he is studying the Bible and learning a new way of life, and he asks them for forgiveness and he would tell them a little about the Kingdom. He would try to write to people he could not contact from his cell. He continued to make great progress each day, and this encouraged the brother studying with him, so much so, that he even kept the local congregation informed on Nekata's progress. How would you feel if you had a study like that and then were sent away? That was just what happened, the special pioneer was sent to another part of Japan on a new assignment. So he went to the Fukuoka missionary home, and asked Percy Islop if he would continue the study. Br. Islop was delighted and went right over and resumed the Bible study. Nekata continued to read everything he could get his hands on that would help him learn the Truth, and he was making application of what he was learning. Finally, Percy went to the warden, and asked if they could study face to face. The warden said that this sort of thing is unheard of, as this man is on death row. But, the warden says, even though it is against all regulations, I'm going to let you study in the recreation center, next to my office. The warden had noticed the changes in this man, and that was why he allowed it, however, they had to have an armed guard go along with them. The first time they met face to face. Nekata just grabbed and hugged Percy, considering him a real brother, and tears came to both of them. Every week they would study one hour, and during that time Brother Islop would also bring out a point from the Watchtower, Book Study, Service Meeting, Theocratic Ministry School, and the Public Talk. So that hour was always jam- packed! The guard couldn't believe his ears, he kept hearing Nekata make the heartfelt statements that a Christian would make. The guard became so impressed to see the changes in this man that he began to allow them an extra 15 minutes each week. He began to like Nekata and sometimes he would even allow them a little extra time. Percy began to look upon Nekata as a son, and a close bond developed between them. What did Nekata do with this new -found information? Well, he would watch the clock in his cell, and every time the hour came when the meeting would start in the local congregation, Nekata would stand at attention in his very best that he could get on death row, and would have his hair all combed back neatly. Then he would begin the meeting with the brothers, and he tried to imagine what songs they might sing, the prayers they might say, and all the different parts of the program. This was his pattern, and it didn't take long to realize that Nekata had dedicated his life to Jehovah. He was also preaching to everyone on every occasion he could. So Brother Islop went to see the warden and asked if he could baptize Nekata. The warden said he didn't see why not, they would just get some water and sprinkle it on his head. Then Br. Islop explained that was not the proper way to be baptized and explained that Nekata would have to be completely covered by the water, and then come up out of the water, symbolizing how he would in effect, die to his old way of life and come out of the water to a new way of life, like Jesus when he was baptized in the Jordan. The warden said that was a bit of a problem, but that they would have to find a way, because he had never seen anyone change so much as Nekata! So, they had the baptism on death row, and they were able to have a number of the brothers come in and witness it. There was this little ceremony and then they baptized him, and when he came up out of the water, he was so happy, he cried for joy. They didn't know if there was more water coming from the eyes of Nekata and the-brothers than the water he was baptized in. It was a touching moment, and he hugged all the brothers. Now he was a baptized Witness! And you might think that was the end. But it wasn't, because Nekata wanted to be much more. Now he was a full-fledged brother and he proceeded to thank Jehovah right there on that occasion. He wanted to do so much more but was limited in prison. So he wrote a poem, about the New Order, Jehovah God, and the Kingdom. He then entered it into a contest, and it won first prize. It was a beautiful poem. The winner was to go to the governor's mansion and accept the award from the governor himself. So they had to make a change in the arrangements; guess who went to death row? The governor! But this only made more publicity for the poem. It was published, and many more received a witness from death row by means of that beautiful poem. Nekata also began to study Braille and mastered it, then he took the Kingdom book and translated every bit of it into Braille. He worked night and day on it. And he made copies of it, which the brothers distributed, and people that were blind were able to learn of the Kingdom from death row. The books even went to Korea by means of a district overseer, and blind people in that land were able to learn as well. Nekata would write letters to the congregation, letters expressing his appreciation for the brotherhood, and he would ask the brothers not to take the Truth for granted. He said if you could see it from my situation, I would even crawl several miles to the meetings and crawl back if I could. He wrote also that they should never take the meeting for granted, and never miss one unless they had a scriptural reason. He said they would never know how much he wanted to be there with them. Then he would say he wondered what it would be like to preach regularly on the outside, to visit and associate with other families in the Truth. He said do not ever take the Truth for granted, and he encouraged them to endure. One night, they got a call at the missionary home while they were all sitting at the table. It was the warden and he told Brother Islop that Nekata would be put to death the following morning at 9am. He said there was no way they could stop the execution, because the government had set the date. Three witnesses hired by the government, three government officials, and a doctor pronounced him guilty for his crimes, so he had been tried and nothing could change the decision. What a night the missionaries had, tears in their eyes as they prayed for their brother. Nekata's father wasn't even informed until the day after the execution. But the warden had called Brother Islop because he knew of the bond that had developed between them. The warden had made another concession, and in the morning he arranged for a limousine to pick up Percy Islop, so that he could be with Nekata at death. They drove into the large complex with the guards and way down the field were the gallows. A group of officials were there along with the warden. They brought Percy in, and about 20 minutes later they brought Nekata out in chains. The news had spread all over the prison, about the study and about the changes, and they just hated to see this day coming down. Then everyone there saw Percy take Nekata by the hand and Nekata just hugged Percy. Here Percy had come to encourage Nekata, but Percy just broke down and cried, and the tears were flowing. Nekata said to Percy, "be strong, I'm going to be strong. Percy. I'm only going to sleep a little while, and then I'll be able to serve my God again. I believe in the resurrection. And I'm ready to pay the debt I owe to Jehovah God and the debt I owe to society for the crimes I have committed." Then he encouraged Br. Islop and told him to be strong. Then Nekata bowed to the warden in typical Japanese fashion and said, "I want to thank this man, I want to thank the warden of this prison for allowing me to study the Bible in the recreation hall. He will never know what that meant to me." Then he thanked the warden for allowing him to be baptized and for allowing his brothers to be there on that day. And for allowing Br. Islop to be there this day. "He made these concessions, and may he see that it has brought me such joy, the Truth of God's word." Then the warden jumped up and held his hand and said, “I, I want to thank you for being such a model prisoner, ever since your contact with Jehovah's Witnesses. We thank you!! And none of us want to see you die, this is the saddest day in our lives. You, Mr. Nekata, are a credit to your God, Jehovah." What a witness that was! Now it was time for them to go to the gallows, Percy in a car, Nekata in a truck. They go and pull up by the gallows and all the people come down, the officials, etc. The gallows had a rope with a noose on it and a long flight of stairs leading up to it, with ten armed guards along the way. Now the people are becoming emotional and some fainting, but Nekata is unusually calm. He gets off the truck and walks right up those stairs, and Percy is right behind him. Nobody had to push him along. Percy has his book-bag, because he is going to share the Bible with Nekata when they get up there. At the top there is a table and two chairs, with some cake and tea on the table. You may wonder what this is all for, it is the typical Last Meal. They sit down and Nekata offers Percy some, but he is so upset, he can't eat or drink. So Nekata has his portion also and says, "Percy, you will have a lot more time." Percy begins to talk to Nekata, and Nekata starts to talk about the high points of the magazines, from the first Watchtower he read down till the present time, and how the Truth has put his mind and heart on the way to life. They talk of a number of highlights and Percy has tears in his eyes. Then Nekata suddenly says "Percy, you know I've never heard a Kingdom Song." Percy says, "You don't want me to sing, do you?" Nekata says "Yes", so Percy gets out his songbook and tries singing, but he's crying all the way through. Soon Nekata says, "That's O.K., I'll hear you in the new order" and lets him off the hook. They talk a little more and Nekata says, ' I've often thought of being free like a little bird to go out and preach the good news. But if I had been free Percy, I may never have listened to the truth. And although I'm on my way to death, I'm on my way to life, because I know Jehovah and I wouldn't trade it for the world." He encourages the brotherhood and tells Percy what to tell the brothers. Then they have a prayer and say good-bye with a big bear hug. Percy then has to go down, Nekata takes his slippers off and starts walking right over to the trap door and then he turns around and says, "Percy, what's that verse, the one about the heart?, that is, the one they had been talking about. Percy replies that it is about the circumcision of the heart and he says, "You don't have to worry, your heart is circumcised, you can die clean." Nekata says, "I want to remember that when I die. Percy, just a few steps to the noose and I've fought the fine fight, I've run the race to the finish and soon it will all be over for me. My reward is ahead. Percy, you and my brothers are the ones that have the hard fight ahead of you, you're the ones that have to endure, you're the ones that will have to stay faithful, and not take the truth for granted. And, if you stay faithful I'll see you in a little while. Then I'll be resurrected and restored to life, and I'll see you there if you are faithful and my brothers if they are faithful. Sayonara!" Then he walked over to the trap door and they put the noose around his neck, and they dropped the trap door. And he was heard to say "Oh, Jehovah help." The rope came tight, and they pronounced him dead 11 minutes later. A further development in this story came to light a little while later. One of the government witnesses to the hanging worked in a government office with one of Jehovah's Witnesses and he revealed something to that Witness. Right away the Witness got in touch with Br. Islop and asked him, "Do you know what Nekata said at death?" Percy said yes, he was there. He said "Oh, Jehovah help." The Witness said that his final words were "Oh, Jehovah help Brother Islop!" Who was he thinking about when he drew his last breath? He was praying for Brother Islop, and if he had enough breath left he'd be praying for the other brothers too! He was a Christian. He really appreciated the brotherhood and unity; he loved the brothers. What a fabulous Witness he turned out to be. The warden told the father the next day about the execution, and the father went to the morgue. He had kept up to a degree on the progress that his son had been making in the Truth. At the morgue he demanded to see the face of his son as accorded by law. They took him in, along with Br. Islop, and he saw the face of his dead son. He saw the changes Nekata had made and what he stood for and he said he must have had the truth! The father came into the truth and became an elder in a congregation, and Nekata's invalid mother also came in the truth as well as many others. All because of this man and what he did. The circuit overseer closes these remarks to the congregation by saying, that before today you probably never heard of this brother, but Jehovah knew about him. In the new order we will meet brothers like that, but we have to endure and highly esteem the Truth as something wonderful in our lives and not let the Truth take a back seat to anything. Thank you for the wonderful experience Brother.
  7. The Only Way Any Battles Spiritual or Physical should be fought, through *Jehovah God Word * ~ 🦅 📖 🦅 The Eagle does not fight the snake 🐍 on the ground. It picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then it releases the snake into the sky. The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak and vulnerable unlike on the ground where it is powerful wise and deadly. Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles. Don't fight the enemy in his comfort zone, change the battle grounds like the Eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer. You'll be assured of clean victory. Amazing Creatures of Jehovah God! Pray without ceasing. 🦅 📖 🦅
  8. You Cold? - What Do These Penguins 🐧 Do In -30 Below and more? - When it gets very cold, emperor penguins huddle together in large groups to keep each other warm. It’s the only way they can survive the brutal conditions they face in the course of their incredible reproduction cycle on the sea ice off Antarctica. During mid-winter blizzards, when males are incubating eggs on their feet with only their brood flaps to cover the future chicks, temperatures can drop to -70 degrees. When I made this image it was not quite that bad, only -30 degrees, but I was standing on top of a platform perched at the edge of a colony and I had to stay still to avoid spooking the birds. It was an ordeal, and it took a while to get warm again, but the images were worth it. At @FransLanting for more stories from the amazing world of emperor penguins. Our Creator Jehovah God Gets the Real Credit.©️
  9. Funny of the day! Catching many fish A fisherman returned to shore with a giant marlin that was bigger and heavier than he. On the way to the cleaning shed, he ran into a second fisherman who had a stringer with a dozen baby minnows. The second fisherman looked at the marlin, turned to the first fisherman and said, "Only caught one, eh?" Submitted by: Laugh Now America
  10. ARE YOU A ROSE 🌹 OR A THORN 🥀 ❓ 🌹”I have brought you the rose of love, and you have crowned me, in these dark hours, with their thorns.” Kristian Goldmund Aumann, The Seven Deadly Sins 🌹”But he who dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose. Anne Brontë 🌹”Some people are like thorns. But you have to let them be thorns, because thorns can't turn into petals. The trick is not letting them prick you; never let a thorn prick you! C. JoyBell C. 🌹”If you don't feel the pointed things in life, you'll soon take the soft ones for granted. John Everson, Cage of Bones 🌹”I'd rather let you cover all my roads with thorns than with dead roses. Nema Al-Araby The Romantic Rose Around the world, the rose (genus Rosa) is probably the best-known and the most appreciated flower. Besides the primary species, there are thousands of man-made hybrids. Since flavor is affected by such factors as soil and temperature, it is advisable to taste a petal of the rose or any other flower before you decide to use the flower as food. You will probably notice that the base of the petal is somewhat bitter. If it is, cut out that part, or if you are serving the complete flower, eat only the outer part. The list of dishes that can be enriched by roses is practically endless. Try them in salads, maybe with some mild cheese and chopped nuts. Use smashed petals of red roses as an extra ingredient in your favorite sauce to add flavor and color. And what about giving your spaghetti the final touch of rose petals cut into strips? Roses will also enhance the flavor of ice cream and your favorite beverage. BE A ROSE 🌹 NOT A THORN 🥀
  11. "He that is having dealings with the stupid ones will fare badly."—Prov. 13:20.
  12. “Our speaker on Sunday gave an awesome illustration with an added visual about us being no part of this world. He brought along this bottle filled with two different oils. Although they are together inside the same bottle, they do not mix with each other. They remain separate. Such a simple and fitting illustration! We have no choice but to live in this world but we do, however, make the choice on whether we get involved in the affairs or mimic the lifestyles of this world. This can be a great visual illustration and point to bring out to a Bible student or just anyone needing encouragement from being beat down by this old system (John 18:36).”
  13. "It is not good for the man to continue to be alone. I am going to make a helper for him, as a complement of him."- Gen.2:18.
  14. Are You Modest or Proud? - Think Before You Act and React! 🧐🤔🤬🤯 MODESTY is a virtue that once was appreciated by the wise men of this world. Thus we are told: “A modest person seldom fails to gain the good will of those he converses with, because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.” And it has been said: “Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth.” A person lacking modesty is not likely to have an open mind. (Romans 12:3) . . .For through the undeserved kindness given to me I tell everyone there among YOU not to think more of himself than it is necessary to think; but to think so as to have a sound mind, each one as God has distributed to him a measure of faith." Christian Modesty—Truly Wise! The displaying of Christian modesty truly is the course of wisdom. First of all, it results in good relations with Jehovah. In fact, God requires that we be modest in walking with him. (Micah 6:8) . . .He has told you, O earthling man, what is good. And what is Jehovah asking back from you but to exercise justice and to love kindness and to be modest in walking with your God?" Moreover, modesty is most becoming on our part when we think of the great gap between us and our all-powerful and eternal Maker. Why, to him the nations are like the film of dust on the scales and like a mere drop falling from a bucket! (Isaiah 40:15) . . .Look! The nations are as a drop from a bucket; and as the film of dust on the scales they have been accounted. Look! He lifts the islands themselves as mere fine [dust]. . ." Modesty will cause us to fear to displease Jehovah God, and that surely is “the beginning of wisdom.” (Psalm 111:10) . . .The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom. ש [Sin] All those doing them have a good insight. ת [Taw] His praise is standing forever. 112 Praise Jah, YOU people! א [ʼA′leph] Happy is the man in fear of Jehovah, ב [Behth] In whose commandments he has taken very much delight. ג [Gi′mel] 2 Mighty in the earth his offspring will become. ד [Da′leth] As for the generation of the upright ones, it will be blessed. ה [Heʼ]. . ." - Bible Speaks
  15. The Rainbow Tree As the outer layer of the rainbow eucalyptus tree’s bark peels away, the bright green layer underneath begins to show. Over time, it fades to a darker green, and then to blue, purple, pink, orange, red, maroon, and back to brown. When it reaches that point, it will peel again and start the process anew. Since different layers peel at different times on different parts of the tree, the result is a tree trunk and branches that look like they’ve been painted with hundreds of brushstrokes. The rainbow eucalyptus is native to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia, and is grown in other tropical environments that are similarly mild and humid. Unfortunately, it cannot survive hot and dry weather or frosty conditions, and can only be grown in specific regions near the equator that will sustain this type of tree. It is commonly planted in parks and gardens in countries that can grow it. This natural beauty can also be found lining the Hana highway in Maui, Hawaii, and in swampy areas of Africa, Thank you Jehovah God for your creation and the beauty we can behold!
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