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  1. Each year in mid-summer the two little bergs in my area swell to the bursting point for a period of two short two days. Ordinarily, the total count of inhabitants within a 15-mile range is less than 500 people. But during what is called, the “Death Ride”, the entire county becomes a swarming nest of thousands of people and bicycles, along the major roads that traverse up the mountain passes in the area. Many of its contestants spend every spare moment preparing for this race, and once the hint of warmth arrives in the spring, local bicyclers begin appearing along the highways in preparation for the big day. For those who participate in the race, they live fully for the moment they succeed in reaching their goal of traversing their choice of 1, 2, or up to 5 mountain passes, and up to 129 miles. Everyone is a winner, according to the goal they individual set for themselves. Even though it is considered a “killer”, the Death Ride is enjoyed for its momentary exhilarating challenge and pristine mountain setting. After this grueling bike race finishes, life returns to normal for local residents. Last summer, the JWs convention was entitled “Don’t Give Up” and showed a runner on the invitation to attend, which was distributed worldwide. This year’s circuit assembly topics are “Don’t Give Up Doing What is Fine” and “Don’t Give up in Fulfilling the Law of Christ”. What is the underlying drive behind these titles? Well, a few days ago a JW revealed the true “race” that Watchtower members are participating in. Within his statement, he included “….brothers and sister that serve the org.….” JWs, is the endurance of your faith measured by the selective avenues of the “race” you participate in when serving the organization; such as qualifying as a pioneer, or making all the meetings, or striving to be an elder, or serving at Bethel? Do you believe reaching out to meet such goals is a ‘fine thing’, and your preaching work fulfills the law of Christ? Ironically, this is exactly what your dedication at baptism expects of you. A new Watchtower magazine (3/2018) addresses baptism, just in time for this year’s upcoming summer convention. It focuses on potential candidates but especially targets children; preparing them for the ritualistic baptism into the organization. You must be aware, JWs, of Watchtower’s spurious and hypocritical teachings regarding this critical step, which they promulgate as entering the race leading to eternal life. Watchtower quote: “Yes, it seems that hundreds of his followers were present when Jesus gave the commission to make disciples. Jesus thus revealed that baptism would be a requirement for those who accept the yoke of Christian discipleship. (Matt. 11:29, 30) Anyone who wished to serve God ACCEPTABLY would have to acknowledge and accept Jesus’ role in the outworking of Jehovah’s purpose. After doing so, that person could get baptized. THIS WOULD BE THE ONLY WATER BAPTISM HAVING GOD’S APPROVAL." Let that sink in a moment. One’s dedication to God must not be enhanced in any form, by additional words of men, or it loses God’s approval by transgressing His purpose, and the law of Christ. As the magazine states: “After all, it is each individual’s dedication, baptism, and FAITHFUL SERVICE TO GOD that will bring him in line for being MARKED FOR SALVATION during the coming great tribulation.” —Matt. 24:13. Par 16 At one time many years ago, the organization followed scriptural direction when baptizing individuals, but since 1985 the questions had been altered to include dedicating oneself to the organization. Yes, deceitful men have added a footnote to your acknowledgments of Watchtower’s pagan ritual. Under the article’s topic, “Baptism, Requirement for Christians” it addresses the first question only, asked of each candidate: “On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?” It then quotes Matt 16:24 “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake and keep following me”. What does it mean to pick up our “torture stake” and follow Christ? Pearl Doxsey’s article entitled “Dedication – Happiness” states: “Imagine that you hear, or read on the news, that a race is approaching which guarantees the winner a prize of unlimited wealth, health, a removal of all life's problems, and happiness. (2Cor.1:22; 5:5; Eph.1:14; Heb.6:10; John3:33; 10:10 B; 1Cor.2:9; Rev.21:4,5). You also learn that your father greatly desires for you to have this prize, due to his love for you (John3:16; Luke11:13; John16:27; 1John4:8; Isa.49:15). He promises to contribute his own resources to support you, guaranteeing success (should you accept the challenge) (Phil.4:6,13; 1Cor.1:8,9; 10:13; 2Pet.2:9; 2Chron.16:9 A; Rom.8:37; Heb.4:16). But then the race is described to you. It is grueling, long, and perilous (Acts14:22; Luke13:24; 2Tim.3:12; 2Cor.4:9; 6:4; 1Thess.3:3; Heb.10:32,33; Rev.1:9). It will demand tremendous dedication, self-control, endurance, and sacrifice (1Cor.9:25; 2Tim.2:5; 1Pet.1:13; 4:7; 1Thess.5:6,8; Titus 2:12). Does the race lead to short-term happiness? Certainly not! But then what if you heard that winning is possible and that everyone who crosses the finish line, wins? (2Tim.1:12; 4:7,8; James1:12; Matt.24:13) For those chosen by God (Isa.66:21; 1Pet.2:9), this race also includes accepting an assignment of work (2Tim.4:5; James2:17,20; 1Cor.3:8,13,14; Acts.10:42; Matt.16:27; 9:37,38; 25:19; 1Pet.2:5; Mark9:35; Luke12:35,43; Rom.12:6,7,8). That work must be done during the race. In addition, all runners must deal with an opposer and his cohorts, who constantly do all they can to make the road to the finish, impossible (Rev.2:10; Eph.6:12; 1Pet.5:8,9; Luke18:26,27). (4womaninthewilderness) When an individual joins the organization, the “race” one enters is not based on a dedication to Christ or the Father, but on serving an organization, which was made clear by the JW’s comment above. However, Watchtower calls it, serving God; and they do it thusly: “When presenting themselves for baptism, such new disciples confirm that they have disowned themselves and are determined to serve God with all their strength, means, and abilities. (Rom. 12:1) FOR THESE REASONS, BAPTISM CANDIDATES ARE ASKED TO CONFIRM THAT THEY HAVE DEDICATED THEMSELVES TO JEHOVAH TO DO HIS WILL.” How is this asked of JWs? The second question not mentioned in the article to the unknowing candidates is: “Do you understand that your dedication and baptism IDENTIFY you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with GOD’S SPIRIT-DIRECTED ORGANIZATION? Having answered yes to these questions, candidates are in a right heart condition to undergo Christian baptism." Simply, this type of water baptism does not have God’s approval, but God’s condemnation. I hope you can perceive this, JWs. Watchtower’s allegations go beyond Christ’s words, expecting your devotion to another Master. Matt 6:24; Deut 4:2; 12:32; Rev 22:18 Please, notice how you are “marked”, not for survival but for slavery to men and their self-driven desires for unrighteous gains. Jer 17:10-13 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+6%3A24%3B+Deut+4%3A2%3B+12%3A32%3B+Rev+22%3A18%3B+Jer+17%3A10-13+++&version=NIV From the 1950 Watchtower publication, “This Means Everlasting Life”: “When a justified believer is baptized into the “body of Christ” and so becomes a member of the Theocratic organization, he comes under Christ Jesus the Head and so comes under certain responsibilities and cannot act independently of the one whom God as made Head of the organization to direct it. HE MUST SUBMIT HIMSELF TO ORGANIZATION INSTRUCTIONS…” p. 126 I am appalled at these words I have come across. They admit to the early beginnings of the “trampling” of the Temple of God – the anointed priesthood and Body of Christ. Matt 24:15;Dan 9:27;11:31; 2 Thess 2:3,4; Rev 11:1-3 Watchtower’s “theocratic organization” empowers a false priesthood to demand obedience to itself, as a “god”. It is the counterfeit to the Body of Christ – the Body of Satan. 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+24%3A15%3BDan+9%3A27%3B11%3A31%3B+2+Thess+2%3A3%2C4%3B+Rev+11%3A1-3%3B+1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%3B+1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3B+Eph+2%3A20-22++&version=NIV Pearl Doxsey – “The GB has laid a new foundation for themselves... They have made themselves the cornerstone (Phil.2:6; 1Cor.3:11), being benefactor to a NON-anointed Organization of counterfeit priests (Rev.13:14,15; 19:20)... creating a foreign temple to a "foreign god" (Dan.11:37,38,39; Rev.9:11; 13:8,15; Eze.8:5,6,7,8,9,10). They have erected a counterfeit Mt. Zion (Rev.8:8; Zech.4:7,9), (Isa.2:2,3) and a decoy "Kingdom" while Satan yet rules.” (From “Discerning the Body-A God of Order”) 4womaninthewilderness Please, I ask you to consider, JWs; that you, and the authentic, anointed Body of Christ, have picked up the wrong torture stake. Not until it is realized what “mark” you bear, does the real torture stake then present itself. Your “opposer and cohorts” will come into focus, if you choose to enter the authentic race leading to life. Jer 17:1; Rev 13:1,3,4,10-17; Exod 20:1-7; Luke 4:8 The race JWs presently run, their comparative “torture stake” in a “spiritual paradise”, is soon to come to an abrupt, and tumultuous end. 1 Thess 5:3; Rev 6:12-17; 8:8; Zech 4:7; Job 9:5,6; 14:18-22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jer+17%3A1%3B++Rev+13%3A1%2C3%2C4%2C10-17%3B+Exod+20%3A1-7%3B+Luke+4%3A8%3B+Rev+6%3A12-17%3B+8%3A8%3B+Zech+4%3A7%3B+Job+9%3A5%2C6%3B+14%3A18-22++&version=NIV (Mark of Slavery 4womaninthewilderness) I wrote down these thoughts just this morning when reading James chapter 1: When we wake up to Wt.’s deceptions, mulling over in our minds how to deal with them; we have two choices; to either step onto the course leading to life by slaving only for God, or settle with our conscience and continue running Wt’s categorized routes, explicitly showing faith in the organization as salvation. Deut 6:6,8; 11:18; Exod 13:9 When this choice is apparent, it is then that the Beast/org.’s threatening stance looming over us, is perceived. Can we bear being called a “loser” by the Beast and everyone we love if we draw out of the race? Matt 5:11; Rev 11:7;13:15 Who really is it, that loses out on eternal life? Tonight, I find this comment regarding a JW “sighing and crying over the detestable things” in the organization (Ezek 9:3,4): “Whoever the bozo is that wants to quit...go ahead and do it loser. You are "already gone" “A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those WHO WORSHIP THE BEAST (organization) AND ITS IMAGE, (spirit-directed “Jehovah’s organization) OR FOR ANYONE WHO RECEIVES THE MARK OF ITS NAME.” This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who KEEP HIS COMMANDS AND REMAIN FAITHFUL TO JESUS.” Rev 14:9-12 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, ‘In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.’ 38 And, ‘But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.’ 39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” Heb 10:36-39
  2. Re posting this activity book after some revisions - My kids found and pointed out some mistakes in the first one at our convention last weekend! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Attached is a 64 page Activity Workbook for kids for the 2017 "Don't Give Up!" Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses. Includes: - Cover - 3 Day Program - Day Dividers - Notes Pages - Activity Pages 2017_RC_Kids.pdf
  3. We started the Don't Give Up Regional Assembly in Granada, Spain.2017 ??? Progressive notes by the regional assemblyThe objective of public preaching, with the cart, is, start conversations and not just stand aside without saying anything.Moses was the first human to work miracles.Anecdote in Granada, the light of the Congress palace is cut. It was remarkable to see nearly 2900 people stay in their seats, only lit by hundreds of tablets.Virtue is not just to avoid the bad, but to promote the goodStamina is not resignation. The power of the Lord complements our efforts.
  4. 30.000 witnesses meet in Rome, Italy, for their Regional Convention, Don't Give Up! 2017
  5. Witnesses of Ireland are under ONE ROOF in Dublin for our convention. It's been grand so far! ? . No spoilers here, my lips are sealed! ? It's even more-epic than last year of course...
  6. Thought this might be the best spot for this since other convention downloads are here My FB group asked me to make some Caleb & Sophia badges for kids! Thought I would share here also. I am working on activity notebooks for the convention also. Will upload when they are finished! Kids17RCb1.pdf Kids17RCb2.pdf Kids17RCb3.pdf
  7. Bible Speaks

    Don't Give Up! - Miracles Ahead!

    “In case my own father and my own mother did leave me, even Jehovah himself would take me up.” (Psalm 27:10) NWT jw.org IMG_7072.MP4