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  1. •Psalms 119:50 —"This is my comfort in my affliction, For your saying has preserved me alive.” •Psalms 119:32—"I will eagerly pursue the way of your commandments Because you make room for it in my heart."  •For Answers To Life's Hardest Questions Go To JW.org TheMostTranslatedWebsite
  2. During Jesus ministry he..showed courage in different ways. For example, he showed the people that the religious leaders were misleading them with their false teachings. (Matthew 23:13-36) Also, Jesus did not allow the world to corrupt him. (John 16:33) He kept preaching despite opposition. (John 5:15-18; 7:14) And twice, he cleansed the temple by courageously throwing out those who were corrupting true worship there.—Matthew 21:12, 13; John 2:14-17
  3. #OurCreatorJehovahGod? How did He create this? . Rainbow @nature mountains ? Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, China. Photo by @igoalstories  #CreatorJehovahGod???  Who would you take to visit this geological wonder of the world? ?
  4. Hubble Space Telescope Spies Spiral Galaxy Edge-On A new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 1032, a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on. NGC 1032, discovered on December 18, 1783, by German-born British astronomer William Herschel, lies in the constellation of Cetus. Also known as LEDA 10060, UGC 2147 and IRAS F02367+0052, the galaxy is approximately 122 million light-years distant. NGC 1032 is actually a spectacular spiral galaxy, but from Earth, the galaxy’s vast disc of gas, dust and stars is seen nearly edge-on. A handful of other galaxies can be seen lurking in the background, scattered around the narrow stripe of NGC 1032. Many are oriented face-on or at tilted angles, showing off their glamorous spiral arms and bright cores. Such orientations provide a wealth of detail about the arms and their nuclei, but fully understanding a galaxyÂ’s 3D structure also requires an edge-on view. This gives astronomers an overall idea of how stars are distributed throughout the galaxy and allows them to measure the ‘heightÂ’ of the disc and the bright star-studded core. In January 2005, a faint calcium-rich supernova called SN 2005E was observed in NGC 1032. SN 2005E occurred in the halo of NGC 1032, and emitted a large amount of calcium and titanium, which is evidence of a nuclear reaction involving helium. Astronomers concluded that SN 2005E arose from a low-mass, old star, likely a helium-accreting white dwarf in a binary system. #OurCreatorJehovahGod???
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  5. The legal battles of Jehovah's Witnesses in western Pennsylvania laid the foundation for religious liberties In 1939, the tranquility of a Palm Sunday morning in Jeannette broke with the arrival of more than 100 people from outside the city. They parked their 25 cars outside the city limits and set up a makeshift headquarters at a local gas station with a pay phone, just in case there was a problem. The people, who called themselves Jehovah's Witnesses, descended on Jeanette from 9 a.m., as the residents prepared for Palm Sunday services, and knocked on doors. It was not long before the phone started ringing in the police office, according to the court record. Twelve of the 13 cases were in his favor, an unprecedented victory for the small and troubled sect, making that day 75 years ago a seminal one not only for Jehovah's Witnesses, but also for anyone who invokes the guarantee of religious freedom of the First Amendment, experts say. GIVE FORM TO THE LAWS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Jeannette's cases, especially those of Murdock, helped shape the body of law that continues to define the scope of free religious practice to this day, said Holly Hollman, general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. "In the development of the religious freedom law, Jehovah's Witnesses have had a disproportionate impact compared to their relatively small size," said Hollman. "These cases represent many propositions that are still important for religious freedom." Witnesses are credited with having won at least 30 major cases involving issues of religious freedom since 1938. Recently, in 2002, the Supreme Court, in Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of NY Inc. v. Village of Stratton (Ohio), reaffirmed 8-1 its finding in Murdock that allows requirements for religious scrutiny door to door violates the First Amendment. Peters, 79, of Delmont, said local Witness children who were expelled from public schools for not saluting the flag ended up going to an ad hoc United Kingdom School in the village of Gates in German Township, county Fayette Meanwhile, the adult Witnesses were despised by the communities for their alleged lack of patriotism and methods of evangelistic confrontation, including the use of record players and "wagons" that carry the message in the neighborhoods. "There were several who were arrested and imprisoned," Peters said. "Several of those who spoke told me that they used to take the toothbrush with them (to testify) because they knew that they would spend the night in jail." 'A BATTLE COSTS UP' The outbreak of violence in the 1940s was "one of the worst episodes of religious persecution in the history of the United States," said Shawn Francis Peters (no relation), author of "Judging Jehovah's Witnesses: Religious Persecution and the revolution of rights. " "Religious minorities always face an uphill battle in this country, even though this country was founded on religious freedom," he said. Peters begins the book by recounting the disturbances of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Imperial, Allegheny County, in the summer of 1942. The incident, documented by the American Civil Liberties Union at that time, resulted in several Witnesses being beaten and their properties damaged. when they refused to salute the flag. Such incidents were repeated in dozens of communities as the country, preparing to enter World War II, feared a "fifth column" of homegrown Nazi sympathizers, he said. By the time the Supreme Court overturned his controversial Minersville decision in 1943, the violence had diminished. "(Murdock) has a modern viability, it's not just a relic of history," said lawyer Paul Polidoro of Atalaya Legal. "The Supreme Court made it clear in 2002 that it still controls the law." Hollman said that in the 1930s, Jehovah's Witnesses developed an assertive legal strategy to match their assertive evangelistic practices, practices that were often misunderstood and challenged, even attacked. "He is more likely to have a clash with government policy if his practice is not familiar," he said. "The clashes between people who practice their religion and the government more often come from religious minorities." Those confrontations became violent in 1940, when Jehovah's Witnesses were attacked for refusing to pronounce the oath of allegiance or to salute the American flag. Strengthened by the case of the Supreme Court Minersville v. Gobitis, which confirmed the flag greeting requirement of the Schuylkill County School District, communities resorted to violence against Witnesses and their Kingdom Halls. "There is no doubt that between the 1930s and the 1940s, there were people who tried to make it appear that our ministry was criminal, illegal, even subversive," said Don Peters, an elder from the Greensburg Kingdom Hall. In all, 21 Witnesses were arrested for violating a city ordinance of 40 years that requires applicants to obtain a permit before going door to door. Among them was a man named Robert L. Douglas. Faced with a fine of up to $ 100 or a jail sentence of up to 30 days, Douglas appealed his conviction, arguing that the city's permit requirement was an unconstitutional violation of his First Amendment rights. In 1943, the appeal had reached the Supreme Court under the name of Douglas v. City of Jeannette. The wave of arrests on Palm Sunday did not deter the Witnesses from returning to Jeannette the following year. Encouraged by years of hostility from local authorities and the general public, Jehovah's Witnesses were nothing if not tenacious in their approach to evangelization. This time, eight people, including Robert Murdock Jr., were arrested. Your legal challenge, entitled Murdock v. Pennsylvania, reached the Supreme Court at the same time as the Douglas case of the previous year. In May, the judges issued four decisions, consolidating 13 cases related to the rights of Jehovah's Witnesses to proselytize and disseminate literature.
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  6. AUSTRALIA ASSASSINATION OF A COMPLETE WITNESS FAMILY. A disgruntled Jehovah's Witness whose family was killed in the Margaret River massacre has spoken of his children going to a "new system" after his tragic death. The bodies of the four autistic children of Aaron Cockman, Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Arye, 10 and Kadyn Cockman, eight, were found on Friday at the family farm in Osmington, in rural western Australia. The youngsters, as well as Katrina, a separated couple of Mr Cockman, 35, and his mother Cynda, 58, are believed to have been shot dead by the children's grandfather, Peter Miles, 61. "My whole family has remained strong, we were all seated last night and it was not tears or tears ... it all smiled, laughed and joked," said Mr. Cockman, according to The West. Aaron Cockman, a Jehovah's Witness whose family was killed in the Margaret River massacre, spoke of his children going to a "new system" after their tragic deaths.
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  7. @Queen Esther Fake news. ItÂ’s only a cry. Means nothing to the truth or GodÂ’s Kingdom! Matthew 6:10. Only Jehovah God will give true peace and security. No worries, have strong faith!Â
  8. Massive New Fissures Open On Hawaiian Volcano, Prompting More Evacuations Some 37 buildings have been destroyed and nearly 2,000 people ordered to evacuate in the past 10 days. PAHOA, Hawaii, May 13 (Reuters) - Two new fissures opened on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma with an ear-piercing screech on Sunday, threatening nearby homes and prompting authorities to order new evacuations. One new fissure from Sunday morning was a vivid gouge of magma with smoke pouring out both ends and was the 17th to open on the volcano since it began erupting on May 3. Some 37 buildings have been destroyed and nearly 2,000 people ordered to evacuate in the past 10 days. Viewed from a helicopter, the crack appeared to be about 1,000 feet (300 meters) long and among the largest of those fracturing the side of Kilauea, a 4,000-foot-high volcano with a lake of lava at its summit. “It is a near-constant roar akin to a full-throttle 747 interspersed with deafening, earth-shattering explosions that hurtle 100-pound lava bombs 100 feet into the air,” said Mark Clawson, 64, who lives uphill from the latest fissure and so far is defying an evacuation order. Read more:
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  9. 6 "Go to the ant, you lazy one; Observe its ways and become wise. 7 Although it has no commander, officer, or ruler,  8 It prepares its food in the summer, And it gathers its food supplies in the harvest.  9 How long, you lazy one, will you lie there? When will you rise up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumbering, A little folding of the hands to rest, 11 And your poverty will come like a bandit, And your want like an armed man." (Proverbs 6:6-11)  #OurCreatorJehovahGod? photos by bence maté in costa rica, who noted, “the garden at the laguna del lagarto lodge is full of flowers that are invaded by the ants. as they carried the colorful petals, i laid down to set up this reflected composition. i shot many thousands of pictures over several days and got just a few images that were sharp.” in lowland forests throughout costa rica, worker leaf cutter ants carry loads up to twelve times their own weight back to their subterranean nest where the leaf and flower fragments are then chewed up and fed to a fungus which in turn provides them with food. Source:nubbsgalore animals ants science #OurCreatorJehovahGod?
  10. “I have loved you with an everlasting love. That is why I have drawn you to me with loyal love.” — Jeremiah 31:3. DonÂ’t Give Up! ? ?? We Are Loved! Tap on Video Link mp4 ___________ ? B1245823-FC37-4B27-BF70-163EB1417B10.MP4
  11. Keep “your ducks” all in a row! ???? Never stray from Jehovah and His Organization! We are being Loved and Cared for. Are you not Thankful to Jehovah? As the nucleus of this New World society, the faithful remnant of JehovahÂ’s witnesses serve “as signs and as wonders,” to be seen by all men. (Isa. 8:18) And now, in their hundreds of thousands, men of good will, “the precious things of all nations,” are flocking to the New World society of JehovahÂ’s witnesses, for they see in it a peace and joy that contrast sharply with the old worldÂ’s divisions and hatreds. (Hag. 2:7, AS; Isa. 2:2-4) Wondrous sight! It is even as David himself prophesied: “All the nations whom you have made will themselves come and they will bow down before you, O Jehovah, and will give glory to your name.”—Ps. 86:9.
  12. PUBLICATION STUDIES THE CAMPAIGN OF LETTERS SENT TO RUSSIA BY WITNESSES. Dear Mr. Putin: Jehovah's Witnesses write Russia: Free version of extremism By Tom Harley This book is identical to Dear Mr. Putin: Jehovah's Witnesses write in Russia, except that all citations from The Watchtower publications have been withdrawn, which allows them to read safely in Russia, that is, unless and until The whole book is declared an extremist there. You do not need to download this if you can read the other one securely. Plus In early 2017, Jehovah's Witnesses were invited only once to write to Vladimir Putin. In two months, up to 49 million letters were sent. They were not all for Putin, other officials were identified, but his was the most visible name. The problem was not avoided, however, Russia came to know a nation on earth where every citizen cares deeply for others. On the surface, the letter writing campaign was a failure. The opposition that would eventually lead to the prohibition of religious organization by the Supreme Court continued unabated. It has only intensified since then. Two and only two groups of children have been recognized by the authorities as at risk of "destructive psychological influence": children of members of ISIS and children of Jehovah's Witnesses. Currently, the elimination of parental rights for members of the two groups is an unused tool, but it is a tool that has been approved for use. Witnesses from all over the world felt and felt the ardor of their Russian brothers and sisters as if they were in them. They longed to do something and here was something tangible they could do. By participating in the drafting of letters, they strengthened their Russian counterparts, who are now in the eye of the storm. Jehovah's Witnesses have been banned in Russia since tsarist times. Their survival and growth at all times are part of the Soviet legend. With the arrival of 'Perestroika' and 'Glasnost', they were granted religious freedom, but their time of freedom lasted only until 2017, and the current laws are tougher than the previous ones. They are not the only minority faith that experiences persecution in Russia. All of them do it to a certain extent. The witnesses are at the forefront, the first to have their organization outside the law, but many are trembling in their boots that will be next. The books about Jehovah's Witnesses written by Jehovah's Witnesses are not abundant. It's a pity, because no stranger, even with the best intentions, can do justice to the faith as a connoisseur can: they forget the nuances, and in some cases, even the facts. Jehovah's Witnesses come mainly from the ranks of the workers, who are not willing to write books. The roads to publicize their faith are already well established. Why write a book when you can look people in the eye and tell them what you have to say? In general, the books written by the Witnesses are of special interest: stand firm during the Holocaust, clarify civil rights through the Superior Courts or even the issue of blood transfusion. What this writer tries here has not seen anyone before. The Russian courts gave the appearance that the decision they had made had already been taken somewhere from above and it would be up to the judge to impose it, which, of course, he did. The specific reasons of the opposition were mostly absent from the judicial proceedings. So I have provided them, along with a defense for each one, in areas as diverse as the charges of "cult", rejection, donation practices and the burning issue of pedophilia. The last accusation did not play any role in Russian events, but it has another place. Non-witnesses can write about the practical aspects of the movement to destroy the infrastructure of the faith in Russia. But they will lose the subtleties of the reason for doing so. They will totally miss the atmosphere that drives all the Witnesses of the world to write to relevant Russian officials. What the base soldiers felt when they followed the ups and downs of last-minute events will be lost. This book is written to supply those missing pieces.
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  13. CAMPAIGN IN RUSSIA TO EXPELL FROM THE COUNTRY ALL JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES The Russian president, mr. Putin said clearly that he only forbade the Watchtower organization, but that he had nothing against the PERSONAL faith of every Jehovah's Witness. The reality is proving that this man is a REDOMED HYPOCRITE. Reportedly, the search for Jehovah's Witnesses by local authorities is forcing people to move to Finland and other European countries. Religious persecution forces Jehovah's Witnesses to leave Russia. Following the banning of the religious group by the Supreme Court of Russia, The Barents Observer reports that the members are being persecuted by the Russian security agency and the Russian National Guard. On Friday, April 20, 2018, two Jehovah's Witnesses were arrested in a Russian city called Polyarny. They were arrested after raids in at least six places, according to the newspaper of the regional authorities, Murmanski Vestnik. Incursions like this, followed by other forms of persecution, are forcing the members of the religious group to leave the country. They started fleeing Russia in 2017. There are now around 1,000 Russians in Finland and other European countries. According to Veikko Leininen, spokesperson for the section of Jehovah's Witnesses in Finland, "at least many dozens are coming". Religious persecution in Russia On April 20, 2017, the Russian Supreme Court banned Jehovah's Witnesses and officially branded them as an extremist organization. The ruling also established that any Russian who discovered himself as a member would be imprisoned for six to ten years. A year has passed since the court's decision and things have gone from bad to terrible. According to reports, 17 properties have been confiscated, while there are ongoing lawsuits to seize 52 other properties. Jaroslav Sivulsky, representative of the European Association of Jehovah's Witnesses, says: "After the decision of the Supreme Court, there was an increase in religious intolerance in the country between March 15, 2017 and April 1, 2018 , the "European Association of Jehovah's Witnesses" received information, and it is far from complete, approximately 250 violations of the rights of believers, including attacks, vandalism, various types of discrimination, dismissals and I like it. "... We know of 27 cases of vandalism, in most cases insulting insults, damage to the buildings where believers live or where divine services were previously celebrated, in 7 cases, significant damage was caused. 13 citizens reported that after the decision of the Supreme Court they were dismissed or forced to resign by their own will because of their religious beliefs. " With this level of persecution, who can blame Jehovah's Witnesses for leaving Russia?
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  14. The United States condemned the repression of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia The US Representative to the OSCE, Michel Sayders, at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on May 10, accused the Russian authorities of "increasing restrictions on freedom of conscience and religion in Russia." In a statement, they mentioned the repression of recognized Russian extremists and banned organization "Jehovah's Witnesses", in particular, including searches, which took place in April in Ufa, Pole, Vladivostok and Shuya. "Russia continues to use anti-extremist legislation to criminalize the free practice of religious worship," says the statement, which focuses on the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses. The searches in the city of Polyarny of the Murmansk region, mentioned in the application, were carried out on April 18 in 7 apartments, 17 people were interrogated. May 10, Court of the Murmansk region sent 55 days in prison and Roman Markin Victor Mills, who, according to the European Association of Jehovah's Witnesses, lost contact after the searches on April 18. They are accused of "organizing the activities of an extremist organization."
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  15. Attacks of pit bulls, which cause injuries to 4 people at home in Arlington Two are missionaries of Jehovah's Witnesses. All were treated in hospitals. The dog was sacrificed. ARLINGTON - A pit bull attacked a group of missionaries Tuesday afternoon in Arlington, sending four people to hospitals and leaving one of them, a woman in her 70s, with severe dog bites. Four Jehovah's Witnesses arrived at the house in a van around 12:25 pm in the 6500 block of 204 NE Street, in front of Arlington Cemetery, said city spokeswoman Kristin Banfield. A woman, 76, opened the door of the truck. A male pit bull escaped from a backyard fence, pounced on the missionary and mutilated him. The other three missionaries tried to get the dog out of it, Banfield said. Two relatives of the dog owner ran out of the home to help. The group used a tree branch 3 to 4 inches in diameter to hit the pit bull, to try to stop it from biting. The dog was defeated, but he continued to fight in at least three separate attacks, Banfield said. The severely wounded woman broke free and retreated to the truck. He lost a lot of blood, said Banfield. The aid teams asked for a medical helicopter. It was canceled because it would have taken too long to fly from Bellingham, Banfield said. The woman was transported to Providence Everett Regional Medical Center by ambulance. A second missionary, a 40-year-old woman, was bitten. A man, 31, and a woman, 63, of the house were also attacked. Ambulances brought those three to Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington. The extent of his injuries was not clear. The other two missionaries were not hurt. Police and animal control officers responded to the house. A tow truck dragged the missionaries' truck to be confiscated as evidence. The detectives were investigating the attack until nightfall. The owner of the dog returned to the house. He handed the dog over to the Arlington police and, without asking for help, asked the officers to slaughter the animal.
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  16. ENGLAND PRESS COMMENT Why are there more and more Jehovah's Witnesses in the center of the city of Newcastle? Members of the faith spend part of their time delivering copies of the faith magazine, The Watchtower. If you have been recently in the center of the city of Newcastle, you will have noticed them. Happily handing out copies of The Watchtower of the cars, Jehovah's Witnesses head to the streets of Newcastle in droves. And the reason for the recent increase is simply due to a change in tactics. For years, members have gone door to door to spread the word about faith. But now the members are heading to the city to try to reach more people. "We feel that the use of cars allows us to reach people we might not find at home due to their work schedules or other factors," said spokesman Andrew Schofield. "The cars also give the public the option to approach or not to us, which some people appreciate. "Literature carts are being used not only in the Newcastle area but throughout the world, and we anticipate that they will be a regular feature of our public preaching for many years to come." Faith has congregations in Wideopen, Gosforth, Benwell, Heaton and Benton. No one at the London headquarters, or at multiple Tyneside branches, would comment on whether the strategy resulted in an increase in followers. There are around eight and a half million Jehovah's Witnesses around the world. The modern organization began in the late nineteenth century. At that time, a small group of Bible students who lived near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States, began a systematic analysis of the Bible. They compared the doctrines taught by the churches with what the Bible really teaches. They began to publish what they learned in books, newspapers and the newspaper that is now called The Watchtower: announcing the Kingdom of Jehovah. Famous followers will not accept blood donations, nor celebrate birthdays, claiming that "such celebrations displease God."
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  17. Curiosity Got You? Everything Created has a Purpose and Design! Thank you Jehovah God for we keep learning about your Creations and are Amazed! . . Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Here are a bunch of rare cave formations known as mammillaries. These formed underwater at times when the lake was much higher than it is today. The formations that look like lion tails (i.e., white stalactites with orange bulbs on the end) formed close to the water surface, with the white part being above water and the orange part being just below the water surface. This contrast between the orange and white formations can give you an idea of where the level of the lake was in the past. Lechuguilla is a very beautiful and highly protected cave. Access is very strongly controlled and only given to experienced cavers with specific scientific or exploration goals within certain parts of the cave. This particular part of the cave had been ‘out of boundsÂ’ for nearly 25 years. Lechuguilla features strongly in the episode Genesis of documentary ‘One Strange RockÂ’
  18. “Keep testing whether you are in the faith."—2 Cor. 13:5. When, like the needy widow,  you are doing all you can in JehovahÂ’s service, you have solid reason for believing that you are “in the faith.”
  19. “Those days will be cut short."—Matt. 24:22. Tap on Video Link mp4 _________ ?? F9D99094-11EC-4B97-AA25-C83E853B67B7.mp4
  20. The Anglo-American World Power is the one that will be dominating when the “stone” representing GodÂ’s Kingdom hits the feet of the image. "It crushed the iron, the copper, the molded clay, the silver and the gold."—Dan. 2:45. Â
  21. “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Rev. 21:4 Your Mysterious Tears CRYING accompanies us from the day we are born. One expert explains that as babies, crying became our “acoustic umbilical cord,” because we cry to have our emotional and physical needs cared for. But why do we shed tears as we grow older, when we can communicate in other ways? Whatever the reason, crying is a powerful nonverbal language. “There are few other ways to say so much in such a brief interval,” explains the book Adult Crying. Tears provoke reactions. For example, most of us find tears of sadness difficult to ignore because they alert us that someone is suffering. In response, we may try to comfort or help the one who weeps. Some experts believe that crying provides a useful outlet for our emotions and that systematically holding back tears may damage our health. Others argue that the physical or psychological benefits of crying have not been scientifically verified. Nevertheless, surveys estimate that 85 percent of women and 73 percent of men reported feeling better after crying. “Sometimes, I know I need to cry,” explains Noemí. “Afterward, I can take a deep breath and see things more clearly, in their true perspective.” But this feeling of relief may depend not only on tears. The way others respond to our crying also plays an important role. For instance, when our tears move others to comfort us or to help us, we feel relieved. But if the response to our tears is not good, we may feel ashamed or rejected. Clearly, mysteries about crying remain. What we do know is that shedding tears is one of the intriguing emotional responses God has given us.
  22. Are You “Rich Toward God”? “So it goes with the man that lays up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.”—LUKE 12:21. We do well to take the lesson to heart. Could we be like the man in the parable—work very hard to make sure that we would have “many good things” yet fail to do what is necessary to gain the prospect of having “many years”? (John 3:16; 17:3) The Bible says: “Valuable things will be of no benefit on the day of fury,” and “the one trusting in his riches—he himself will fall.” (Proverbs 11:4, 28) Therefore, Jesus added this final admonition to the parable: “So it goes with the man that lays up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.”—Luke 12:21. Time is running out, JehovahÂ’s DAY is coming! The Bible says it will come like a thief in the night. Will you be ready? Each one of us has a choice to make, Jehovah, or the world which is run by Satan. Now is the time to side with Jehovah before it is too late.
  23. How Can We Make Our Days Count Before Jehovah? “Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever!”—Lydia H. Sigourney, American author (1791-1865). Wise use of our time comes only after we are keenly aware of its value. Aptly, Ephesians 5:16 urges us to ‘buy out the opportune time for ourselves,Â’ and this implies “purchasing” it, forgoing less important things. It means reducing time-wasting pursuits. Too much television viewing or surfing of the Internet, reading of unprofitable secular material, or the excessive pursuit of recreation and entertainment can leave us exhausted. Additionally, an inordinate accumulation of material possessions can consume the time needed to acquire a heart of wisdom. We delight to obey JehovahÂ’s commandments, for doing so is not a burden. (1 John 5:3) As we make each day count before Jehovah, we strengthen our relationship with him. We also become a true spiritual support to our fellow Christians. Such actions make Jehovah God glad. (Proverbs 27:11) There is no greater reward than to enjoy JehovahÂ’s approval now and forever!
  24. Dennis is suffering. Please include him in your prayers. DENNIS CHRISTENSEN FACES10 YEARS IMPRISONMENT  SIMPLY FOR PARTICIPATING IN A RELIGIOUS MEETING IN RUSSIA.. Dennis christensen who have been in pre-trial detention since may 28,2017 faces a 10 years imprisonment if found guilty of allegedly  organizing  the activities of the organisation of Jehovah's  witnesses in russia which was banned by the supreme court in russia on April 20,2017. On May 28,2017,at least 15 masked and armed police with guns together with Federal Security Service (FSB) officers disrupted the peaceful  religious service of Jehovah's witnesses. The police collected copies  of identification documents of the 70-80 people in attendance during the meeting of Jehovah"s witnesses  and seized their electronic devices. Mr. Christensen who served as an overseer  was immediately taken to the detention in Oryol because they thought he was the "leader" of the group as he was conducting a bible study the day of his arrest. Mr Christensen was charged with organizing an illegal religious activity under article 282.2 of the Russian Criminal code and he faces up to 10 years of imprisonment. Dennis who married Irina Christensen on August 3, 2002  have no children.From the day of his arrest, their banks accounts have been frozen and their bank card confiscated although they have received help from the brothers and sisters. The hearing will resume on May 14, 2018, and is scheduled to continue for several days during the month. If convicted, Mr. Christensen could face a prison term of six to ten years. JehovahÂ’s Witnesses worldwide are alarmed at this possibility and are concerned for the welfare of both Mr. Christensen and his wife, Irina. Dennis christensen is being treated like a criminal.Â
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