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the words of Matthew 18:

15 โ€œMoreover, if your brother commits a sin, go lay bare his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two more, in order that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. 17 If he does not listen to them, speak to the congregation. If he does not listen even to the congregation, let him be to you just as a man of the nations and as a tax collector. 18 โ€œTruly I say to YOU men, Whatever things YOU may bind on earth will be things bound in heaven, and whatever things YOU may loose on earth will be things loosed in heaven."

Pursue Peace

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โ€œLet us pursue the things making for peace.โ€โ€”ROM. 14:19

TRUE peace is hard to find in todayโ€™s world. Even people belonging to the same national group and speaking the same language are often divided religiously, politically, and socially. By contrast, Jehovahโ€™s people are united despite the fact that they have come out of โ€œall nations and tribes and peoples and tongues.โ€โ€”Rev. 7:9.

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The peaceful condition that generally exists among us is no accident. It has come about primarily because we โ€œenjoy peace with Godโ€ through our faith in his Son, whose shed blood covers our sins. (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 1:7) Moreover, the true God gives holy spirit to his loyal servants, and the fruitage of that spirit includes peace. (Gal. 5:22) Another reason for our peaceful unity is that we are โ€œno part of the world.โ€ (John 15:19) Rather than taking sides in political issues, we remain neutral. Having โ€˜beaten our swords into plowshares,โ€™ we do not get involved in civil or international wars.โ€”Isa. 2:4

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The peace we can enjoy with one another goes deeper than merely refraining from doing harm to our brothers. Although the congregation of Jehovahโ€™s Witnesses that we belong to may be made up of individuals from many different ethnic groups and cultures, we โ€œlove one another.โ€ (John 15:17) Our peace allows us to โ€œwork what is good toward all, but especially toward those related to us in the faith.โ€ (Gal. 6:10) Our peaceful spiritual paradise is something to be treasured and safeguarded. Let us, therefore, examine how we may pursue peace within the congregation.

When We Stumble

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โ€œWe all stumble many times,โ€ wrote the disciple James. โ€œIf anyone does not stumble in word, this one is a perfect man.โ€ (Jas. 3:2) Hence, differences and misunderstandings between fellow believers are bound to arise. (Phil. 4:2, 3) However, problems between individuals can be solved without disturbing the peace of the congregation. For example, consider the counsel we should apply if we realize that we may have offended someone.โ€”Read Matthew 5:23, 24.

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What if we have been wronged in some small way? Should we expect the offender to come to us and apologize? โ€œ[Love] does not keep account of the injury,โ€ states 1 Corinthians 13:5. When offended, we pursue peace by forgiving and forgetting, that is, by โ€˜not keeping account of the injury.โ€™ (Read Colossians 3:13.) Minor transgressions in day-to-day life are best handled in this way, for this contributes to a peaceful relationship with fellow worshippers and gives us peace of mind. A wise proverb states: โ€œIt is beauty . . . to pass over transgression.โ€โ€”Prov. 19:11

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What if we find that a certain offense is too difficult for us to overlook? Spreading the matter to as many ears as are willing to hear is certainly not the course of wisdom. Such gossip serves only to disrupt the peace of the congregation. What should be done to resolve the matter peacefully? Matthew 18:15 states: โ€œIf your brother commits a sin, go lay bare his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.โ€ While Matthew 18:15-17 applies to sin of a serious nature, in the spirit of the principle stated in verse 15, we should kindly approach the offender privately and try to restore a peaceful relationship with him.*

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The apostle Paul wrote: โ€œBe wrathful, and yet do not sin; let the sun not set with you in a provoked state, neither allow place for the Devil.โ€ (Eph. 4:26, 27) โ€œBe about settling matters quickly with the one complaining against you at law,โ€ said Jesus. (Matt. 5:25)ย 

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Pursuing peace, then, calls for settling difficulties quickly. Why? Because doing so prevents differences from festering like an untreated, infected wound. Let us not allow pride, envy, or the attaching of too much importance to material things prevent us from resolving disputes soon after they arise.โ€”Jas. 4:1-6.

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Everything was invested into this idea of a two-stage parousia that started invisibly in 1874 and would manifest itself most visibly in the years just prior to 1914 (later adjusted to the year and months just following 1914). ---------------- Most people here are probably already generally aware of this background information, but it is difficult to understand why parts of the 1874 chronology lasted nearly 70 years -- until 1943/1944 without this background. (My father remembers believing in 1874, but says they were mostly calling it 1878 just before he was baptized.) It also can help explain why it was easy to just transfer the explanation of Matthew 24 from an 1874 chronology over to a 1914 chronology when that became necessary. It still remained a "two-stage Parousia" in every case. Will pick up on another one of the terms in the next post.
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      The Tesla representative could only confirm this transition for the Model S and Model X, but Musk has previously tweeted that leather-free will be an option for the Model 3. Teslas still come with leather steering wheels, but there are leather-free options available. โ€œCars still come with leather-wrapped steering wheels, but cruelty-free vegan options have been offered upon request in the past,โ€ PETA said in a Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . Animal agriculture โ€” including the leather industry โ€” is responsible for 51 percent of all greenhouse-gas emissions. Turning animal skins into leather also requires 130 different chemicals, including toxins like cyanide, and to cap it off, leather production uses 15,000 gallons of water per ton of hides. Tesla has always offered the vegan option of standard cloth seating, but PETA, which is a Tesla shareholder, has long pressured the automaker to drop leather seats entirely by 2019. Although Tesla stockholders voted against the proposition, the following year Tesla rolled out its first synthetic leather premium seating option in โ€œUltra Whiteโ€ for the Model X, a victory for vegan Tesla lovers. PETA Director of Corporate Affairs Anne Brainard noted that other luxury car companies have also begun offering faux-leather seating as an option. โ€œPETA will continue to urge all companies to follow Teslaโ€™s lead in choosing sustainability and kindness over cruelty,โ€ Brainard said. Weโ€™ll keep our eyes and ears open at tonightโ€™s Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. to see if Musk mentions a leather-free future for Tesla. The post Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. appeared first on Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
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    • AllenSmith: Just because someone is EXTREMELY critical of someone else's performance, competence, or motives ... does NOT necessarily make them an opposer. It's like "God LOVES you, he just hates the bad things you do ..." which we hear quite often. I can be a great fan of the New York Yankees baseball team but when someone fouls up ... player, coach or manager, etc., I might completely excoriate them, and "rip them a new one" .. AND STILL BE A LOYAL FAN! Loyalty being "My Country, right or wrong ... but MY COUNTRY" ( Nathan Hale), only works with politics, by those not claiming a special relationship with God. The German Army once had belt buckles with the inscription "Got Mit Uns", or "God is with us". Their mission to spread German Culture and Civilization to the World was opposed, and with blood, fire and steel, they had to be destroyed .... TWICE! ย 
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