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The following is mostly auto-generated. I didn't make corrections yet. I don't know if it can serve any purpose, but it's almost a transcript. The numbers refer to the time location in the video (1:45 is one minute and 45 seconds from the start of the video).
 
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[old kingdom song to the tune of "battle hymn of the republic" (Glory, Glory Halellujiah)]
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"Every one of us are well and happy every day we're still working away and we feel
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as brother Russell has said the Gentile times have ended and their kings have
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had their day, so we know not what awaits us.
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May you day by day
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keep close to the master and his presence will so cheer you that nothing
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shall be able to dismay you"  - Edith Kessler, October 11, 1914.
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at the Kingdom's birth in 1914 the Bible students were not exactly sure what was
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going to happen but they knew it would be a pivotal year. for decades they had
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been saying that the Gentile times were closing and that the Kings they had
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their day, and they had been using every means available to focus attention on
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this monumental event. Newspapers had carried sermons to millions. Volunteer
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workers had distributed millions of free tracts.
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Colporteurs were zealously preaching. Pilgrims were busy organizing
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congregations and the message was expanding globally.  but with the end of
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the Gentile times approaching so quickly
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how could so few Bible students reach an entire world?
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How could they quicken the pace?
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"It is unanimously resolved to use moving pictures in teaching Bible truths. The
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Lord sanctioned this in his use of word pictures
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so this should not be neglected." -- The Watchtower
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July 1, 1913. With that resolution the Bible students were galvanized to
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present the Photo Drama of Creation. But such a mammoth undertaking would not
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come without challenges. Some of the young brothers learned to operate to
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projection machine by volunteering at the local theaters. Being too young I
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used to sit in the booth with the brother. i can remember how exciting it
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was when a film caught fire
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how the brother had to act quickly to put it out and proceed with the
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performance.
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-- Dwight Kenyon. It was excellent
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It's very amazing you had individuals back in those days that were able to do
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that without modern instruments and that's very impressive.
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That's really what helped my father to come into the truth.
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They got to the meeting the next day after it was finished and eventually
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started studying and within a few months they were baptized and my mom told me
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that she was one of the usherettes when they put on the Photo-Drama there in
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their town in Texas. But they had little pictures, postcard size of the pictures
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that were used the slides and it was a joy to look at those from time to time
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when I was a kid.
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Nine million people saw the photo trauma during his first year. A precious message
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they would not soon forget
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and there was more to come. From every part of the field has come to cry saying
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what more is there that we can do?
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The result is a new magazine under the title the Golden Age -- Joseph F Rutherford
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After that announcement brother Rutherford ask of everyone there
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how many desire to do this work? 6,000 Bible students stood up as one
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and over the next decade the thousands who would participate in that service
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work would use many creative methods to reach more people
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faster among them was a book the heart of God people were encouraged to get the
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Harp Study Course by mail
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then when I went to the home of our service director his wife and I ran
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speed races typing addresses on these cards sent out hundreds each week
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-- Trudeau McKittrick. Soon another technique would come to the fore, the
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radio station WBBR. The studio for this new radio broadcasting station was
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located in the attic. The microphone that we used at the beginning was taken from
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an ordinary telephone.
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Finally after some weeks of preparations we were ready for the first broadcast
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that occurred on Sunday evening
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February 24, 1924. The call letters were WBBR. these call letters are
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enemies that meant: 'Wicked Buzzes By Radio.'
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It was my privilege to throw the power switch on for that first broadcast and
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away we went
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hoping for the best -- Ralph Leffler. The people to this earth are now numbered
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with the thousands of millions many of them. WBBR in many respects was a
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forerunner to the videos because we had final questions answered there we had
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public meetings we had booked studies we had news
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the first piece of equipment that someone got when they came into the
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truth was a really good radio so they could hear WBBR and that's like i
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mentioned earlier how my parents first heard the truth was a radio discourse
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that I brother gave a talk on where the dead i had the privilege of times of
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giving talks on WBBR. young minister speaks
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I gave that once or twice I was encouraged to take part in one of their
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bible study groups i was privileged to be on it
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it was a program that was designed as a family bible study but even before that
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quite a number of years ago Fred Franz was on WBBR. imagine him on the air
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and youngsters listening to him:
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"good evening boys and girls I know it's drawing close to bedtime for many of you
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but before you take yourselves to bed
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I would tell you a story . . . "  I had never imagined I'd ever be on a radio program
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of any kind
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and here i was presenting the truth as a part of a program so it was a real joy
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to be on WBBR.
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the success of WBBR  was met with increased opposition so other
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methods were used to keep spreading the kingdom message when I was little
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we never had an automobile in our home but the sound cars big beautiful cars
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but these big horns on top and when they broadcast first music
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everybody came out to listen and every weekend the sum of the what we would
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call today elders would bring the sound card in and station it in our yard and
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from there they would play the records for the neighborhood
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every weekend we had a large group of people listening because of the location
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they could stay and listen and there was quite a gathering during that time
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another time I set up and started wonder brother other four lectures telling
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about the second coming of Christ a few days afterward a person told me that his
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fellow moonshiner was set up in the woods making a run of moonshot when all
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of a sudden here came a voice from above
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he got excited and want to run
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but it could not get away from the sound he finally ran home to get his axe and
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went back up there and chopped up this -
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he said he did not want the Lord to catch you making moonshine and his come
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see him
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personal
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yeah
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we would come up on a porch open our case set the arm in position on the
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record and push the doorbell when the householder open the door we would say I
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have an important message I would like you to hear and we would start the
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record it is often said CJ - did his snare and a racket and why when I was
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pioneering i use the photograph all the time
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I like the photograph this is an upright photograph we have the types that opened
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up and you could balance it on your hip if you were strong enough or you set it
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down on the porch and the message would be heard way down the street and I
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always enjoyed hearing when I put the record on brother
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Rutherford saying religion is a snare and Iraq and I'd look at the expression
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on the face of the people whether they were happy or not
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and I remember they told us now to help the householder concentrate on the
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message it would be good if you would watch the record so we were told to
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watch the record go around and around and around course we will get a little
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bit dizzy in time should not go to the door and shut up to the color the door
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shut up the party party didn't even know what was going on your side of playing
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the record the only thing is with the photograph you always have to make sure
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you have the right record on
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sometimes you would use that photograph at home and you'd play some hillbilly
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records
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I took mom's photograph and it put on my best water plan will be working in st.
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Louis Blues remember
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and so if you got out in service and you happen to have a record that was still
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on there she goes out in service with it
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photograph lets up to live they have an important message and here's a smaller
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playing we would
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some witnesses even nickname the phonograph Aaron because it did the
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talking for us
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that wasn't the only method that was used
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we also used a testimony card
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this one card would have a nice little presentation and with scripture to need
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to show that the householder and usually they don't we read a few lines and they
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hand it back to you so you'd have to finish the conversation and you give it
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to them to read and turn it over
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so some time we had to start giving it to them on the wrong side so they would
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turn into read it on the right side
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so finances Oh what I can just tell me why I'm there
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so which I did and and it - it was a little easier
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some people were a little short on funds and so we would offer to trade so many
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times out in the country they would trade you for maybe a dozen eggs four
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through four booklets or something like that or if it was a book you might end
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up with a chicken or two
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so when you went out and feel service in the country you have to be prepared to
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about pick up many different things usually probably bag the chicken up so
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he was in a bag back in the trunk
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got a little warm for the poor thing but they survived it and bring him home and
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then after we got to chicken out let him recover why we have a nice chicken
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dinner so back in those days we wait a lot of chicken
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in addition placards and information marches had also come on the scene
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and brother won the first of course with the shorthand expert and whenever you
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talk to him and he'd always be busy writing with nobody be writing about
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so you doing that this day and so he ripped it off and he gave it to me said
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what do you think of it and it said religions is here in the racket
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so I said my and that's pretty strong right
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as a matter of fact that that's hot when they said that's what i meant it to be
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so now he said don't think because I didn't know you were going to have a big
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information march and two days from now couldn't brother clay in the printing
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make up some signs written to snare in Iraq and put them on and poles and we'll
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have them for the prey and brother nor was also invited at that time so he and
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I let this pray that sprayed with six miles long and thousand brothers showed
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up for the parade
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it really was a spectacle every second side of your religion is snared in Iraq
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and the bobbies the police gave us protection as we went down Piccadilly
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Circus oxford street right in the centre of London
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we just put on the same which signs you know that had some kind of a message and
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slogans on it and they give us a minus sign that we carried you know and i'm on
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a stick
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we had a religion is a snare a racket then you have to put on the other stairs
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and breadth first wrong
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the on the other side there is so god and christ the king and we want to very
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slowly and down the street and then back the other way and an area and we would
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approach people with a handbill and everybody took them and they were
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looking at the placard they would try to not let you think they were looking at
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you but ten they were they were reading all of the information on the placard
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some people would say something to the effect that you're doing a good work and
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that was always a blessing to me and always remember the sister who looked up
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at the sign that she was carrying she looked back up over her head and it's
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that serve god and christ the king and she looked at the one in front of her
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and the back of that sign said religions to start a racket
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she said well I'm sure glad I don't have to carry that sign
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well she was carrying that side it was on the back of birds but then who is she
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didn't know what she was happy
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they had adult size placards and they had little fill out placards
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well I was only about four feet tall but whenever I got 30
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the little ones were gone so i only got a big one that came underneath here and
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every time i took a step I kicked it with my feet but it doesn't make any
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difference
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we enjoyed working with placards
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nobody ever trained me in the ministry so one day I was at the meeting and the
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brother passed out the publishers cards and I said where's mine he said well you
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know get one you're not a publisher and I said well what's that and he said you
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got to go preaching
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I said how do you do that he said we'll come on saturday and go over there and
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get magazines and then they went out and they pointed me out the door
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I was scared but I just went anyway I didn't care my first experience in field
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service was really cute
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I knocked on the door and they said hello I've got something for you and you
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can have it for a penny or you can have it free if you promise to read it
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I placed one in every door one morning I was taking group out in the field
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ministry and a Navy man shows up at the kingdom hall
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he's got his uniform on and I didn't know what to do so I took him door with
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me and it was really very interesting go i thought it was pretty neat me going
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door-to-door with the guy in the military standing next to me and I'm
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giving my presentations and he's got a Bible were following along with me
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of course later on I learned really it's not the most appropriate thing to take
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someone in military uniform out in a ministry with you but at that time I did
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it so my father and in December said well he's going to go ahead and service
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so I got ready and went with him now
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neither one has ever been out in service before the presiding over Syria and
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handed my father territory and send it to us out together
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my father said you take that side and I'll take this side and that's what it
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was like and of course I was no more prepared than the man in the moon we had
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pioneers come to our house and they studied with us and she decided to get
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it started in the ministry we would begin with Street work but i said no i
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said i don't want to do that and she said well that's too bad you think
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because I can see the book of life now there's the names of your sister is
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written there no Lorraine
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as I got older there was a pioneer brother and the congregation that asked
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if I'd like to go with a mom to work with him he carried a rifle in the back
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of his car which i thought was kind of unusual
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we'd see a rabbit he'd stop the car and shoot the rabbit put it in the car as it
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got toward the end of the day i would ask him did they know of any place where
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we could stay overnight because we were out in the ministry in and that people
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and two different s not recall this when you can stay with us every one of them
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said well we don't have enough food for suffering of the brother said well i
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have a couple of rabbits here if you want to scan the key
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so they did that I don't think that this would work
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now the and caring arrival in the car certainly is not enjoy it
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it gradually became clear that the individual Minister needed further
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cultivation
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so the brothers started perhaps the only school from which not one single
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solitary person has ever graduated the theocratic ministry school
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I recall the time I gave my first six minute talk
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I was not confident in myself so I wrote it down but when I got out to give it
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audience fear gripped me and I started in the matter
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losing my thoughts then there is only two living from the manuscript but my
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hands were trembling so much that the lines were dumping up and down
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Zords gangis
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well I don't know when the minister school started you know and I remember
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the brother gave her first talked and he was so no she was kicking the podium all
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the time
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boom boom boom boy didn't know he was doing it and I was sure is my heart
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could be heard for the first four rows because it was beatings or back that
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sister didn't get talks
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the brothers gave the talks the sisters did we just laughed and giggled at the
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brothers
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I know we were all very very excited as sisters when we were invited to be part
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of the school and I remember we were just I was just so excited I jumped up
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and was clapping the sisters behind me but crying I have to give dogs now i
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know they didn't like it but I was I couldn't figure out why they were crying
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but we were in west virginia and little tiny congregation and guess it was to
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give the first talk is me of course
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so I was scared to death but we did it - I think everybody was quite nervous and
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apprehensive in the very beginning
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so it's really quite a marvelous training program it is
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besides just not just public speaking it's it's a training in life
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this school would prove invaluable and training God's people to use their gift
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of speech and proclaiming the kingdom good news
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but at the same time another school was also having a powerful effect on the
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ministry
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the watchtower bible college of Gillian
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that was five and a half months of some of the happiest of my life
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it would seem like everybody else was a mental theocratic giant so we were
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intimidated
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I guess I should speak for myself mainly how they felt intimidated there and I
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thought that everybody else probably know a lot more than i did a classes
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were delight our instructors were brothers Schroeder brother Maxwell
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friend
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a jak Redford and Bob Porter well tell you a story from brother friend after I
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gave one of my talks and Gilead
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he said to me mr. Brooks I admire your grandchildren
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he said you'll be able to tell them to wonderful bedtime stories said brothers
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Hebrews 4:12 says God's Word is alive he said don't kill it
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by the way you read it I think one thing was the little white house and the
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kingdom in our preaching classes with brother Redford
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I'm telling you that little white house and had a door mill and the door and you
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would get sent out the class would decide what objection you were gonna get
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you come back and I'm telling you to push that door bill not knowing what was
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going to happen behind that door and just see how you handle it it was real
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real real formation believe me it prepared us really for the for the
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ministry and what was ahead of us
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it was wonderful training for the ministry I loved it
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the next several decades will see more new schools and training programs
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but it would also witness a monumental conventions and groundbreaking new
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releases
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more tools to help God's people stay focused on the harvest
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nineteen fifty i don't think there's ever been a convention that had that
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kind of almost electricity in the air
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everybody is excited they're looking forward to the public talk and the
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releases everybody wants to get the new publications
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it was eight days at that convention not sure that people could endure that much
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these and his he's well I was so happy that will happen the convention because
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the people used to think we were just some little dinky religion you know and
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I knew when the Yankee Stadium was going to straighten the mouth of the book but
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when that new world translation in Greek scriptures was released it was it really
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brought the house down
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everybody's express themselves and they clapped and there was cheering and
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clapping and and everybody needed to sit until after the session before they got
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their new books have the New World Translation even though it was the green
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Bible was just such a wonderful tool for us in the ministry
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it was exciting than just like it is now every time you get something new and of
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course you appreciate it more as you use it
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another thing I loved about those conventions and a live orchestra and
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singing with a live orchestra was already exciting but boy when you would
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sit in those stadiums and see all your brothers and sisters it just was so
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heartwarming and made me feel safe inside your hole his organization and it
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was just wonderful every time you went to the convention it was something
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thrilling and when it ended
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we didn't want it 10 this period of expanded activity would result in
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publishers pioneers Bible studies return visits placements and all aspects of the
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ministry reaching record highs the work was growing in more countries than ever
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but most importantly the good news of the kingdom was being preached
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but as has often been the case there was much more to go
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just think of some of the events that you
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have witnessed in recent decades the pioneer service school
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the ministerial training school
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the school for Kingdom evangelizers special Metropolitan Public witnessing a
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newly-designed jw.org Caleb and the become jehovahs friend series
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the revised new world translation
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and now a new language at to further train publishers to learn to speak the
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pure language and multiple languages video on demand an entirely new website
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where people can watch morning worship and other video publications and finally
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a return to broadcasting our own TV station
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JW broadcasting
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taking the Bible's message from world headquarters to the farthest reaches of
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the planet imagine what we will look back on at the 1000 for 1 million
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anniversary of King Aroo the past 12 years helps us to appreciate that God's
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kingdom is real and that Jehovah God has been using that Kingdom to accomplish
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his will on earth today but how real is that Kingdom to you
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looking back on our heritage and speaking to those with years of
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experience will make the kingdom more real to you and will prepare you to
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benefit from that came the governing body have been anxious to get whatever
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they can for the ability of the brothers and teaching him to walk the upright
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world
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oh I think the revised new world translation is is a marvel
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the word love isn't big enough to say how much i love that Bible
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k WR is fantastic I mean my ipad all the time and then using videos i'm i'm in
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love with caleb is keeping abreast with what we need to be efficient ministers
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and fulfill our responsibilities everything at the society has done has
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been proud good
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we're growing faster today that we ever have a general are really moving the
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chariot and we're trying to keep up with it and
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have been very grateful for having Jesus brother's to take the lead for us
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there is no question about the King being in control
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what else can be Mariano Martinez I hope it holds
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I just feel privileged to have some share in inviting others to join us a
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certain some general GOG
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if the sun comes up but we know that Kingdom is going to accomplish just what
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the Bible says that it
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this is the reality God's kingdom everything else is the solution
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the kingdom is in control we only have good things to the problem
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yeah
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yeah
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yeah
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yeah
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      Même si nous n’avons pas à surmonter les mêmes défis que Moïse, s'est peut être difficile de rester humbles face à certaines personnes ou dans des situations du quotidien. Cependant, nous avons une excellente raison de développer cette qualité : Jéhovah promet que « les humbles posséderont la terre » (Ps. 37:11). Dirais-tu que tu es une personne humble ? Et les autres, diraient-ils cela de nous même  ? Avant de pouvoir répondre à ces questions importantes, il nous faut savoir ce que signifie être humble.
      QU’EST-CE QUE L’HUMILITÉ ?
      On peut comparer l’humilité à un beau tableau. En quel sens ? Pour peindre un tableau, un artiste associe plusieurs belles couleurs. Pareillement, pour être humbles, nous devons associer plusieurs belles qualités. Citons en particulier l’obéissance, la douceur et le courage. Pourquoi avons-nous besoin de ces qualités pour plaire à Jéhovah ?
       Seuls ceux qui sont humbles acceptent d’obéir à Dieu. Et Dieu veut entre autres que nous soyons doux (Mat. 5:5 ; Gal. 5:23). Quand nous lui obéissons, nous rendons Satan furieux. C’est pourquoi même si nous sommes humbles et doux, beaucoup de gens appartenant au monde de Satan nous haïssent (Jean 15:18, 19). Nous avons donc besoin de courage pour résister à Satan.
      À l’opposé d’un individu humble, il y a celui qui est hautain, qui ne maîtrise pas sa colère et qui n’obéit pas à Jéhovah. Voilà qui décrit parfaitement Satan ! Pas étonnant qu’il déteste les humbles... En effet, par leur belle personnalité, ceux-ci montrent à quel point il est méchant. Et, pire encore pour lui, ils prouvent que c’est un menteur. Pourquoi ? Parce que peu importe ce qu’il fait ou dit, il ne peut pas les décourager de servir Jéhovah ! (Job 2:3-5).
      Quand peut-il être particulièrement difficile de rester humble ? Et pourquoi continuer à développer l’humilité ? Pour répondre à ces questions, nous examinerons les exemples de Moïse, des trois Hébreux captifs à Babylone et de Jésus.
      COMMENT RESTER HUMBLE...
      Quand on a une certaine autorité sur les autres. Quelqu’un qui a une certaine autorité peut avoir du mal à rester humble, surtout si on lui manque de respect ou que l’on conteste ses décisions. Cela t’est-il déjà arrivé ? Comment réagirais-tu si un membre de ta famille te manquait de respect ? Voyons comment Moïse a géré une situation de ce genre.
      Jéhovah avait choisi Moïse pour guider Israël et lui avait accordé l’honneur de mettre par écrit les lois de la nation. Cela ne faisait aucun doute que Jéhovah le soutenait. Pourtant, la sœur et le frère de Moïse, Miriam et Aaron, se sont mis à parler en mal de lui à cause de la femme qu’il avait épousée. À la place de Moïse, certains se seraient mis en colère et auraient cherché à se venger. Moïse, lui, ne s’est pas vexé. Il a même supplié Jéhovah de guérir Miriam quand celle-ci a été frappée de la lèpre (Nomb. 12:1-13). Pourquoi a-t-il réagi ainsi ?
      Moïse supplia Jéhovah de guérir Miriam, qui était atteinte de la lèpre ; Aaron observa la scène au moment où Moïse supplia Jéhovah de guérir Miriam, car il voulait que Miriam soit pardonné des paroles qui fut adressé contre lui même.
      Moïse s’était laissé former par Jéhovah. Une quarantaine d’années plus tôt, quand il était membre de la famille royale égyptienne, il n’était pas humble. Il manquait tellement de maîtrise qu’il a même tué un homme qui, d’après lui, agissait injustement. Il s’était dit que Jéhovah serait d’accord avec cette initiative. Jéhovah a alors passé 40 ans à l’aider à comprendre qu’il ne devait pas seulement être courageux pour guider les Israélites ; il devait aussi être humble. Et pour être humble, il devait également être obéissant et doux. Il a su accepter cette discipline et il est devenu un excellent guide (Ex. 2:11, 12 ; Actes 7:21-30, 36).
      Chefs de famille et anciens, imitez Moïse. Quand on vous manque de respect, ne vous vexez pas trop facilement. Reconnaissez humblement vos erreurs (Eccl. 7:9, 20). Avec obéissance, suivez les instructions de Jéhovah sur la façon de régler les problèmes. Et parlez toujours avec douceur (Prov. 15:1). Ainsi, vous plairez à Jéhovah, vous favoriserez la paix et vous donnerez un bel exemple d’humilité.
      Quand on est persécuté. De tout temps, des dirigeants humains ont persécuté les serviteurs de Jéhovah. Ils peuvent nous accuser de différentes choses, mais la vraie raison de leur colère, c’est que nous choisissons d’« obéir à Dieu plutôt qu’aux hommes » (Actes 5:29). Il arrivera peut-être qu’on se moque de nous, qu’on nous envoie en prison ou même qu’on nous maltraite physiquement. Mais avec l’aide de Jéhovah, plutôt que de nous venger, nous garderons notre douceur.
      Considérons l’exemple des trois Hébreux exilés à Babylone, Hanania, Mishael et Azarias. Le roi de Babylone leur a ordonné de se prosterner devant une immense statue en or. Avec douceur, ils lui ont expliqué qu’ils n’adoreraient pas la statue. Ils sont restés obéissants à Dieu même quand le roi les a menacés de les jeter dans un four de feu ardent. Jéhovah a choisi de les sauver. Cela dit, les trois Hébreux ne s’attendaient pas à ce qu’il le fasse à coup sûr ; ils étaient prêts à accepter tout ce que Jéhovah permettrait (Dan. 3:1, 8-28). Ils ont ainsi démontré que les personnes humbles sont vraiment courageuses. Aucun roi, aucune menace ni aucune punition ne peut les décourager d’offrir à Jéhovah « un attachement sans partage » (Ex. 20:4, 5).
      Lorsque notre fidélité à Dieu est mise à l’épreuve, comment imiter les trois Hébreux ? En faisant humblement confiance à Jéhovah, certains qu’il prendra soin de nous (Ps. 118:6, 7) ; en répondant à nos accusateurs de façon douce et respectueuse (1 Pierre 3:15) ; et en refusant de faire quoi que ce soit qui mettrait en danger notre amitié avec notre Père aimant.
      Quand on est stressé. Il nous arrive à tous de ressentir du stress. Ce peut être avant de passer un examen scolaire ou d’accomplir une certaine tâche au travail. Ou alors avant de subir une intervention médicale. Quand on est stressé, c’est difficile d’être humble. De petites choses qui d’habitude ne nous dérangent pas peuvent soudain nous irriter. Nos paroles peuvent alors devenir dures, et notre ton aussi. Si cela t’est déjà arrivé, considère l’exemple de Jésus.
      Pendant les derniers mois de sa vie sur terre, Jésus a subi un stress énorme. Il savait qu’il serait exécuté et qu’il souffrirait terriblement (Jean 3:14, 15 ; Gal. 3:13). Quelques mois avant sa mort, il a confié à ses disciples qu’il était très angoissé (Luc 12:50). Et quelques jours seulement avant de mourir, il a dit : « Je suis troublé. » Il a alors exprimé des sentiments qui prouvent son humilité et son obéissance à Dieu. Il a dit : « Père, sauve-moi de cette heure. Toutefois, c’est pour cela que je suis venu jusqu’à cette heure. Père, glorifie ton nom » (Jean 12:27, 28). Le moment venu, Jésus s’est courageusement livré lui-même à ses ennemis, qui lui ont fait subir une exécution extrêmement douloureuse et humiliante. Malgré le stress et la souffrance, Jésus a humblement fait la volonté de Dieu. C’est certain, pour ce qui est de rester humble en situation de stress, il est le plus bel exemple qui soit ! (lire Isaïe 53:7, 10).
      Alors que ses disciples viennent de se disputer pour savoir lequel d’entre eux était le plus grand, Jésus reste doux et corrige calmement leur point de vue
      Jésus est le plus bel exemple d’humilité qui soit.
        Le dernier soir de sa vie sur terre, les plus proches amis de Jésus, les apôtres, ont mis à l’épreuve son humilité. Imagine le stress que Jésus ressentait ce soir-là. Il se demandait sans doute s’il resterait parfaitement fidèle jusqu’à la mort. La vie de millions de personnes en dépendait (Rom. 5:18, 19). Plus important encore, la réputation de son Père était impliquée (Job 2:4). Et là, au cours du dernier repas qu’il passait avec ses amis, ces derniers se sont mis à « se disputer vivement pour savoir lequel d’entre eux était considéré comme le plus grand ». Jésus avait déjà corrigé leur point de vue sur ce sujet de nombreuses fois, y compris un peu plus tôt dans la soirée ! Malgré cela, il ne s’est pas irrité. Il a plutôt réagi avec douceur. Gentiment mais fermement, il leur a de nouveau expliqué quelle attitude ils devaient avoir. Puis il les a félicités pour leur soutien fidèle (Luc 22:24-28 ; Jean 13:1-5, 12-15).
      Comment aurais-tu réagi dans une situation de ce genre ? Nous pouvons imiter Jésus et rester doux même quand nous sommes stressés. Pour cela, obéissons de bon cœur à ce commandement de Jéhovah : « Continuez à vous supporter les uns les autres » (Col. 3:13). Nous y arriverons si nous nous rappelons que nous disons et faisons tous des choses qui irritent les autres (Prov. 12:18 ; Jacq. 3:2, 5). De plus, félicitons toujours nos compagnons pour leurs belles qualités (Éph. 4:29).
        Nous prendrons de meilleures décisions. Quand nous avons des choix difficiles à faire, Jéhovah peut nous aider à prendre de bonnes décisions, à condition que nous soyons humbles. Il promet qu’il écoute « la requête des humbles » (Ps. 10:17). Il fait même plus qu’écouter nos requêtes. La Bible affirme : « Il guidera les humbles dans ce qui est juste et il enseignera son chemin aux humbles » (Ps. 25:9). Jéhovah nous guide au moyen de la Bible, de nos réunions, ainsi que des publications et des vidéos produites par « l’esclave fidèle et avisé » (Mat. 24:45-47). Mais pour en tirer profit, nous devons reconnaître humblement que nous avons besoin d’aide, étudier les matières que Jéhovah nous fournit et appliquer de tout cœur ce que nous apprenons.
      Nous éviterons de faire des erreurs. Repense à Moïse. Pendant des dizaines d’années, il est resté humble et a plu à Jéhovah. Puis, vers la fin des 40 années difficiles que les Israélites ont passées dans le désert, il ne s’est pas montré humble. Sa sœur, probablement celle qui avait contribué à lui sauver la vie en Égypte, venait de mourir et d’être enterrée à Kadèsh. C’est alors que les Israélites ont de nouveau critiqué la façon dont ils étaient dirigés. Cette fois, ils « s’en prirent à Moïse » au sujet d’un manque d’eau. Malgré tous les miracles que Jéhovah avait accomplis par le moyen de Moïse et malgré toutes les années où celui-ci avait guidé le peuple de façon désintéressée, les Israélites se sont plaints. Ils se sont plaints non seulement du manque d’eau, mais aussi de Moïse, comme si c’était à cause de lui qu’ils avaient soif (Nomb. 20:1-5, 9-11).
      Très en colère, Moïse a manqué de douceur et de foi. Plutôt que de parler au rocher, comme Jéhovah l’avait demandé, il s’est adressé au peuple avec colère et a laissé entendre qu’il allait lui-même faire un miracle. Puis il a frappé le rocher deux fois et de l’eau en a jailli en abondance. Poussé par l’orgueil et la colère, il a commis une grave erreur (Ps. 106:32, 33). À cause de son manque de douceur temporaire, il n’a pas été autorisé à entrer en Terre promise (Nomb. 20:12).
      Nous pouvons tirer de précieuses leçons de ce récit. Premièrement, nous devons lutter en permanence pour rester humbles. Sinon, l’orgueil pourrait vite réapparaître en nous, et nous faire parler et agir sans réfléchir. Deuxièmement, comme le stress peut nous rendre plus vulnérables, nous devons particulièrement nous efforcer de rester humbles quand on fait pression sur nous.
       Nous serons protégés. Bientôt, Jéhovah supprimera tous les méchants de la terre, et seuls les humbles continueront d’y vivre. Les conditions de vie seront alors vraiment paisibles (Ps. 37:10, 11). Feras-tu partie de ces personnes humbles ? Tu le peux si tu acceptes l’invitation chaleureuse de Jéhovah transmise par le prophète Sophonie (lire Sophonie 2:3).
      Pourquoi lit-on en Sophonie 2:3 que nous serons « probablement » cachés ? Cela signifie-t-il que Jéhovah n’est pas forcément capable de protéger ceux qu’il aime et qui cherchent à lui plaire ? Non, cela indique plutôt que nous avons quelque chose à faire pour être protégés. Si nous nous efforçons dès maintenant d’être humbles pour plaire à Jéhovah, nous pourrons survivre "au jour de sa colère" et vivre pour toujours !

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    • folens  »  misette

      Hello Misette, merci.

      Le travail en équipe.BMP
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    • folens  »  misette

      Hello Misette merci à toi  pour ce bon travail de recherches. Bonne journée et bonne semaine.
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