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BETHESDA — The village voted Thursday to end its K-9 program and donate its police dog to the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office on the same night that the board accepted the resignations of two more police officers.

Meanwhile, the police department’s interim chief and its only remaining full-time officer — who was just hired in April — said they are trying to put the department back together with the hope of rebuilding the public’s trust.

Interim Police Chief Fred Thompson made the request to transfer the police dog, Frankie, to the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office. He said he believes the dog was an unnecessary expense that had never been used.

“I think this canine was purchased to be a dog-and-pony show,” said Thompson. “It was a publicity stunt. We don’t need the dog.”

Mayor Martin Lucas said the K-9 units at Barnesville and the sheriff’s office are willing to help when needed.

“If that dog bites somebody, I’m not sure we have enough liability coverage,” Lucas said.

“It’s not being used. It’s sitting in Bridgeport doing absolutely nothing.”

The dog’s handler is Bethesda Police Chief Eric Smith, who was suspended in April and is being investigated by the Ohio Attorney General’s office for allegations that he misused the state’s law enforcement data sharing system. Misuse of the system is a felony, the attorney general’s office has said.

The mayor said Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas has agreed to take Frankie.

“The sheriff has guaranteed that the dog will be used in our village as needed,” he said.

Meanwhile, two more full-time police officers have resigned from the Village of Bethesda Police Department. Both had served as resource officers for the Union Local School District.

Lucas announced Thursday the resignations of Francesca Y. Ceccanese and Kyler Hanlon. They join the roster of resignations of police, council members and the former solicitor who have left in the wake of an investigation of Smith.

Lucas said the village’s contract with the school district ends with the school year. He said the village would determine at a later date if it intends to pursue renewing the contract with the school district.

Mike Menges, safety director at the school district, said Thursday night that the district had hired retired state highway patrolman Jason Greenwood as its safety officer coordinator. However, he also said he could not comment on the status of the district’s contract with the village of Bethesda. He said Bethesda police officers are still in Union Local buildings.

After the most recent resignations, the police force has one full-time patrolman, Pete Busack; Fred Thompson, who is serving as interim chief in an administrative-only role; and four part-time officers.

Lucas also said the village had received more complaints about how people were treated while Smith was leading the department. He said the village had received notification from legal representation of Jehovah’s Witnesses alleging that the police department, under Smith’s administration, had harassed Jehovah’s Witnesses and told them to leave. The religious group’s lawyers did not specify an officer’s name or a date when the harassment may have occurred.

“I’ll seek some legal advice on returning a letter to this attorney, saying that will no longer happen,” Lucas said.

Lucas also said Bethesda is aware that the village of Belmont intends to form its own police department. Bethesda’s contract to provide law enforcement will for Belmont will end June 1. Belmont officials have said this is unrelated to Bethesda’s police department issues. Lucas said the departments will have an agreement of mutual aid.

Also, Busack gave an update on the state of the village’s police department. He said he and Thompson have focused on reorganization.

“We haven’t had a lot of patrol due to the fact that we have a lot of office work,” he said.

Among the issues they’ve had to address is creating a system of keeping track of an officer’s keys during shifts and removing the tinting from the front windows of the patrol cars.

“You want to be able to look outwardly and wave to people when they wave back at you, and when you have black windows, which, No. 1, is illegal in the State of Ohio on the front windows, you can’t see in,” he said.

He also said removing the tint will allow better communication with other motorists.

“The entire office, in our opinion, was out of order, and it still to a degree is out of order, and things like that can’t be fixed overnight,” said Busack who also said they were in the process of organizing the evidence room and weapons cabinet.

“I tried to account for all the weapons, tasers and related equipment,” he said. “In the future, we will do a full inventory of the weapons and of the evidence that’s in there.”

Additionally, an activity log will be available for council members to access and see the daily activities of police officers. Busack said no sensitive information would be included.

“Chief Thompson and I will work to restore the trust, confidence and integrity to the citizens of the village of Bethesda and all the surrounding communities,” Busack said.

“I appreciate your efforts,” Lucas said. “I can’t thank you enough for trying to put this back together.”

Also, Lucas announced the current $210 fines for speeding tickets would be reduced. He also said that it is the province of mayor’s court to set fines. A new amount will be determined.

Also, the council will henceforth meet 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month and the fourth Thursday.

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      The founders of MormonLeaks, a transparency organization that has released hundreds of controversial documents related to inner-workings of the Mormon Church, recently launched FaithLeaks, an ambitious and far-reaching project that aims to expose corruption and abuse across other religious organizations. Today, the new group has published dozens of pages of documents related to sexual assault allegations within the Jehovah’s Witness Church, documents which are presumably part of a database that church officials have refused to relinquish in an unrelated sexual molestation trial, resulting in a one and a half year legal battle and millions of dollars in fines.
      The 69 pages of documents detail how Jehovah’s Witnesses authorities and church officials handled allegations of repeated sexual assault by one of its local leaders. The interviews and detailed notes compiled by church authorities about molestation and rape allegations are horrific. The 33 documents also provide a staggering play-by-play of how the Watchtower Tract and Bible Society—the parent corporation and governing body for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, often simply referred to as “the Watchtower”—handled the case internally over the course of nearly a decade—playing therapist, prosecutor, jury, and judge—and the lengths to which they went to keep these accusations away from the “worldly court of law.”
      The documents show that in 1999, a committee of Jehovah’s Witnesses elders found allegations from two women that their father had sexually abused them to be credible, yet held off on forming an internal judicial committee to take their own form of judicial action against the alleged abuser because one of the daughters was not willing to face the father and formally make the accusations against him, as judicial committee policy requires. Once she went through with the process years later, a spiritually guided trial was held and he was disfellowshipped. However, a year later he was reinstated. The documents show that Jehovah’s Witnesses leaders cast shade on one accuser and her husband for trying to take this matter to secular law enforcement.
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      Reclaimed Voices, a foundation set up in the Netherlands to denounce sexual abuse by Jehovah's Witnesses, received 46 reports of abuse in just a week's time. The number of reports is shocking, Frank Huiting, one of the founders and himself a victim of sexual abuse in a closed Jehovah's Witnesses community as a child, said to broadcaster NOS. 
      The foundation was launched just over a week ago, based on Huiting's own experiences. He was abused from the time he was seven year's old. When Huiting told his parents, they decided not to report it to the police. An elder in the community advised against it. "Then there will be headlines in the newspaper and we don't want that."
      According to the Reclaimed Voices initiators, victims within the closed Jehovah's Witnesses community are not heard and perpetrators are left to continue unchecked. Over the past week, foundation employees heard stories from a number of people who were abused by Jehovah's Witnesses. "The fact that so many reports have come in actually says enough. There are at least hundreds of cases in the Netherlands that should actually come out", Huiting said, according to NOS. He added that so many victims are too afraid to come forward.
      The main purpose of Reclaimed Voices is to be a listening ear. The employees urge victims to speak out, and hope that they also report the abuse. "People walked around with this secret for years. And the fact that they are coming out, can be a relief for them. That was also my experience. We also want to advise them to seek professional help. Also outside the religious community, for example with a social worker, psychologist or general practitioner", Huiting said.
      The foundation aims to collect as man reports of sexual abuse as possible and present them to the board of Jehovah's Witnesses Netherlands and the Dutch government. "We want to get the government to investigate these abuses. And not to start a fight, but really to focus on the victim."
      Earlier this year Dutch newspaper Trouw spoke to a number of people who were sexually abused as children in the Jehovah's Witnesses community. One victim described the religious society as a "paradise for pedophiles". 

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      Children who were sexually abused by Jehovah's Witnesses were allegedly told by the church not to report the crimes.
      Victims from across the UK told the BBC they were routinely abused and that the religious organisation's own rules protected perpetrators.
      One child abuse lawyer believes there could be thousands of victims across the country who have not come forward because of the "two witness" rule.
      A spokesperson for the church said it did not "shield" abusers.
      'Bring reproach on Jehovah'
      BBC Hereford and Worcester spoke to victims - men and women - from Birmingham, Cheltenham, Leicester, Worcestershire and Glasgow, one of whom waived her right to anonymity.
      Louise Palmer, who now lives in Evesham, Worcestershire, was born into the organisation along with her brother Richard Davenport, who started raping her when she was four. He is serving a 10-year prison sentence for the abuse.
      The 41-year-old, formerly of Halesowen, West Midlands, said when she told the church of the abuse she was told not to go to police.
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      A 44-year-old man pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage boy he had met while working as a teacher in Long Beach, officials said Wednesday.
      Jason Morris Gorski on Tuesday pleaded to two counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under 14, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
      Prosecutors said that Gorski met the 13-year-old victim in 2007 while working as a teacher at Southwestern Longview Private. The school shut down in 2008, state records show.
      Gorski had worked at the school for four years and was an active member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Cypress when he met the boy.
      In 2009, the teenager reported the abuse to the congregation, which then removed Gorski from his position as an elder, but allowed him to remain an active member. Gorski later moved to South Carolina and started attending a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina.
      The victim reported the abuse to law enforcement in March 2016. The Buena Park Police Department investigated the case and arrested Gorski in June 2016.
      Gorski is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on Jan. 26 and he faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in state prison.

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      Barry W. Bussey: Last week, the Supreme Court was asked to do something courts never do: review the solely religious decision of a church
      On November 2, the Supreme Court of Canada was asked to do something Canadian courts never do: review the solely religious decision of a church community. Until now, the courts have recoiled from getting involved in religious disputes—and for good reason.
      The case involves Randy Wall, who was dismissed from a Jehovah’s Witness church for failing to repent of his religious offences: getting drunk on two occasions and verbally abusing his wife. Wall’s appeal to another church entity was unsuccessful. He then appealed to a court of law by means of “judicial review,” on the grounds that the church had denied him a proper hearing. 
      In Canadian law, in a process known as “judicial review,” a person can ask a court to “review” (i.e. hear) whether the decision of a “public actor” (such as a government licensing agency) was unfairly decided. Courts rarely review decisions of “private actors” (such as a church); they generally do so only if a private actor’s decision engages property or civil rights. In Wall’s case, the court had to determine whether the Jehovah’s Witness church’s decision involved property or contractual rights, which would then enable the court to review the church’s decision.
      "The church argued it was a private religious body, not a public body"
      The church argued it was a private religious body, not a public body, and that its decision did not affect Wall’s property or contractual rights. It also argued that its disciplinary procedure was a religious process involving prayer and scripture reading aimed at reconciling the relationship between Wall and the church. The lower courts both held that religious decisions can be reviewed by courts to determine whether a church gave a fair hearing, even if no property or contractual rights were engaged. However, both courts were also of the view that property rights were an issue in the case. The Supreme Court of Canada must now decide whether those courts were right. The Supreme Court reserved judgment after last week’s hearing; we can expect its decision early in the new year.
      Courts like to “fix things.” They naturally want to find resolutions to disputes; this is what they exist to do. However, courts have historically avoided getting involved in religious cases, recognizing that they lack the expertise and authority to settle religious disagreements. They handle legal cases, such as contractual disputes, but not religious cases that raise metaphysical truths, such as the definition of God.
      Wall argued his case did involve a “property right,” because his dismissal from his church meant the church members were no longer willing to do business with him. As a real estate agent, 50 per cent of his clientele were Jehovah’s Witnesses. His business folded from the loss of their support. He says there is a direct line of causation between his loss of church membership and business loss. It’s likely the case that one caused the other, but that doesn’t mean Wall’s claim is a legally enforceable property right. 
      "A church member is not required to patronize the business of a former church member"
      The reality is, Wall chose to limit his business to Jehovah’s Witnesses and took a personal risk in doing so. The church did not tell him to do so, and certainly there is no known legal principle that says a church is responsible for the economic losses that might flow from a loss of membership. A church member is not required to patronize the business of a former member. In the same way, we would not expect a former husband to maintain business with his ex-wife’s family.
      At last week’s hearing, Wall’s legal counsel tried to persuade the court that, if there are no grounds under Canadian law for the court to interfere in purely religious matters, the court should then consider adopting U.K. law, which does allow this type of review. “Good luck!” Justice Rosalie Abella quipped, prompting everyone to burst into laughter.
      That exchange suggested the court was not persuaded that it is time to change the law to allow courts to get tangled up in reviewing decisions of religious bodies. That would be a good thing, as courts don’t have the moral or legal authority or doctrinal expertise to decide such matters.
      This hearing occurred around the time of the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. If we have learned anything since then, it’s that the law does not need to apply to every nook and cranny of our lives – especially our religious affairs.
      Barry W. Bussey is Director Legal Affairs at the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. He blogs at lawandreligion.org
       

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      A group of alleged sexual abuse survivors from across the country have filed a $66-million class action lawsuit against the Jehovah’s Witness, CityNews has learned.
      The suit accuses the religious organization of having rules and policies that protect child sex abusers and put children at risk.
      “The organization’s policy and protocol for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse is seriously flawed, and results in further harm to victims of sexual abuse and results in legitimate allegations of sexual abuse going unreported,” it alleges.
      “This is an issue that the wider community should be concerned with, and not just Jehovah’s Witnesses,” says Tricia Franginha. She says her first 14 years of life as a Jehovah’s Witness were filed with sexual abuse.
      “As a result of their procedures, when abuse allegations come forward, these sexual offenders are left at large,” Franginha says. “As most people know about Jehovah’s Witnesses, they are the ones who come to your door on Saturday mornings, when your kids are home, and for all you know, that person has offended more than once.”
      None of the allegations in this the suit have been tested in Ontario Superior Court. A spokesperson for the Jehovah’s Witness says that while the suit has been filed, the organization hasn’t officially received it yet, so they can’t comment on the details.
      “Jehovah’s Witnesses abhor child abuse and would never shield any perpetrator,” says spokesperson Mattieu Rozon. The organization also says congregation elders comply with child abuse reporting laws.
      Franginha says that when she went for help, she was shut down.
      “When I was around 12, I was told that I didn’t have two witnesses and I needed to respect my parents – not to talk about it,” she says.
      The need to have two witnesses corroborate allegations of abuse is singled out in the suit. People who have been sexually abused must present two credible witnesses to their abuse, explains Franginha, who adds that the eyewitnesses must be other Jehovah’s Witnesses in good standing in the church.
      “This, obviously, never happens,” she says. “The very nature of the crime is that it’s secret.”
      The suit also alleges that police are not called when allegations surface and instead they’re handled by church elders inside Kingdom Hall.
      “It is our information, based on people who contacted us, that the systems in place don’t guard against [abuse] happening, and when allegations are made, inadequate measures are in place to ensure that the complaint reaches the proper authorities,” says Bryan McPhadden, laywer at McPhadden Samac Tuovi, which is representing the victims.
      The victims are seeking $20 million for damages from sexual and mental abuse by elders, $20 million for failing to protect children, and another $20 million for breach of duty of care.
      The lawsuit is expected to take years to wind its way through the courts. If you believe you qualify to join the class action suit, you can reach out at www.mcst.ca.
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      Recourse to secular courts
      Religious laws apply to a believer's spiritual life. They don't trump Canada's Criminal Code, civil law or other statutes. 
      Sometimes, secular courts are even called upon to judge whether a faith-based decision is fair.
      On Nov. 2, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear from an 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  a decision made by a Jehovah's Witnesses' judicial committee. Elders disfellowshipped — or expelled — Randy Wall when they decided the Calgary man was not sufficiently repentant for two drunken incidents where he allegedly verbally abused his wife.
      This decision by elders of the congregation required Wall's wife and children to shun him. Wall, a real estate agent, alleges the shunning caused him to lose a large number of Jehovah's Witnesses clients. Courts are sometimes are asked to judge the fairness of a religious rule or decision. The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear the case of a Jehovah's Witness who was expelled for alleged verbal abuse of his wife. (Chris Wattie/Canadian Press)
      In 2007, 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  who took action against her ex-husband for refusing to grant her a religious Jewish divorce, known as a get. "The consequences to women deprived of a get and loyal to their faith are severe," Justice Rosalie Abella wrote.
      "They may not remarry within their faith, even though civilly divorced. If they do remarry, children from a second civil marriage are considered illegitimate and restricted from practising their religion."
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      A lawsuit targeting elders of a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation for failing to report suspected child abuse continues to wind its way through Delaware's court system.
      The attorney general's office sued elders of the Sussex County congregation in 2014 for not reporting an unlawful sexual relationship between a woman and a 14-year-old boy, both of whom were congregation members.
      A judge scheduled a teleconference with attorneys Thursday to discuss the case.
      The defendants say they did not have to report what they learned because Delaware's child abuse reporting law exempts communications "between priest and penitent in a sacramental confession."

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      Angelo Famiglietti, of Bloomfield Terrace, Gloucester is accused of religiously aggravated behaviour and using threatening words and behaviour towards the Jehovah's Witnesses because of their faith on May 3 and May 9.
      He denies both charges.
      Prosecuting Jane Cooper told Cheltenham Magistrates Court that one charge alleges he stood near to a Jehovah's Witness stand on the Cross in Gloucester City Centre on May 3 holding up a newspaper with the headline “Paedophile Jehovah's Witnesses”.
      The charge relating to May 9 alleges that he drove a silver Saab “aggressively” near to some Jehovah's Witnesses in the street in which he lives and was shouting “Take your pills or die!” 
      Mr Famigilietti’s defence counsel said that “We deny the use of the car, factually” and added that the defence to the charges would also cite freedom of speech
      After he entered his not guilty pleas the magistrates set the case down for trial on July 20, 2017. 

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      (Feb. 24, 2017) On February 20, 2017, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court decided that Jehovah’s Witnesses have the right to state funding and that not providing such support would violate articles 14 and 19 of the European Convention on Human Rights. (Case No. 2310-16, Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen [Swedish Supreme Administrative Court], Feb. 20, 2017, HÖGSTA FÖRVALTNINGSDOMSTOLEN [SUPREME COURT REPORTER) (HFD).)
      Background
      Under Swedish law, the government provides state funding to faith-based organizations (trossamfund), provided that they contribute to “upholding and strengthening the fundamental values upon which the [Swedish] society rests.” (3 § 1 Lagen om Stöd Till Trossamfund [Act on Support to Faith-Based Organizations (the Act), Svensk författningssamling [SFS] 1999:932, NOTISUM.)
      The Swedish government has refused to grant money to Jehovah’s Witnesses because of the group’s stance against blood transfusions for minors, which the government considers a risk to “individual children’s life and health.” (HFD at 7.)  This in turn violates the requirement in the Act that the organization must contribute to upholding and strengthen the fundamental values of Swedish society.  (HFD at 7.)  According to the Act’s legislative history, “upholding fundamental principles of [the Swedish] society includes operating with respect for all peoples’ equal value and contributing to developing norms in society that are compatible with that of democracy … .  The organization should also work to develop the conditions for equality between women and men.”  (HFD at 8.)
      The Court’s Ruling
      The Court noted that religious freedom is internationally protected and that any limitation must be a based on “serious and compelling reasons,” as prescribed in the European Convention on Human Rights. (HFD at 10.)  The European Court of Justice has identified some limitations on religious freedom that do not violate the European Convention on Human Rights, such as prohibitions against “polygamy, child marriages, flagrant crimes against the equality between the sexes and acts forced upon members of a religious organization against their will.”  (HFD at 11; Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Nov. 4,1950, as amended), European Court of Human Rights website.)
      The Court found that there is a presumption in Swedish case law (established in HFD 2011 ref 10) that all applicant organizations subscribe to the fundamental values of Sweden. (HFD at 10-11.)  Thus, the burden of proof rests with the government to prove that the organization in question does not support these values.  (Id.)
      The Court observed that Swedish law has long recognized that a patient has an unrestricted right to refrain from medical treatment. (HFD at 12.)  By statute, “healthcare as a rule cannot be provided without the consent of the patient.”  (Id.; 4 ch. 2 § Patientlagen SFS 2014:821.)  Therefore, the Court argued, a personal choice not to accept blood transfusions would not violate the fundamental values of Swedish society; rather, that choice is part of the fundamental value that medical decisions belong to the patient.  (HFD at 12.) Moreover, parents have the right to object to certain treatments on behalf of their children.  (HFD at 13.)  The Court further observed that  Swedish law provides for a system whereby the state can take over the health responsibility of a child (by means of compulsory care under the law on forced treatment of youths) from the parents, and Jehovah’s Witnesses encourage parents, if this happens, to cooperate with the state.  It therefore concluded that Jehovah’s Witnesses’ position against blood transfusions for minors does not violate fundamental Swedish principles.  (HFD at 13; Lag med Särskilda Bestämmelser om Vård av Unga [Act on Special Provisions on Care of Youths [LVU] (SFS 1990:52), LAGEN.NU.)
      One judge dissented and argued that the fact that children belonging to Jehovah’s Witnesses have been subject to “compulsory care” by the state for medical reasons demonstrates that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not subscribe to the fundamental principles required to receive state funding.  (HFD at 17.)
      Aftermath of the Court Decision
      The ruling sends the application back to the government, which will have to make a new decision consistent with the verdict. (HFD at 13-14.) If there are no reasons other than the practice of refusing children’s blood transfusions to deny the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ application for funding, the application should be granted.  (HFD at 13-14.)
      Religious organizations may soon see another set of rules apply, however, as the Swedish government is researching a new law on state funding of faith-based organizations; a report is expected to be issued in March 2018.  (Översyn av statens stöd till trossamfund [Review of State Funding for Religious Organizations], REGERINGSKANSLIET (June 30, 2016).) Among the reasons for the review is to evaluate whether the government should withdraw funding when it is discovered that the faith-based organization receiving the grant has developed in a non-democratic direction. (Kommittédirektiv (Dir. 2016:62), Översyn av statens stöd till trossamfund, KULTURDEPARTEMENTET (June 30, 2016), at 3.) Moreover, the committee reviewing the state-funding program has been asked by the Department of Culture to look at ways to make the law more religiously neutral by using language other than “ceremony and service” ( gudstjänst).  (Id. at 6.)  The committee was also directed to propose language that would permit the recovery of funds that have been used to fund non-democratic ideas.  (Id.)
      Several Members of the Swedish Parliament (Sveriges Riskdag), representing five out of seven political groups, have previously voiced similar concerns and objected to the funding of religious organizations that promote gender inequality and discrimination against sexual minorities.  (Fel att skattepengar går till hederskultur [Wrong that Tax Funds Honor Cultures], AFTONBLADET (Feb. 25, 2016).)
      Author: Elin Hofverberg
      Topic: Discrimination, Freedom of religion, Religious minorities
      Jurisdiction: Sweden
      Date: February 24, 2017

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      A trial date has been set for a lawsuit between a former City of Key West Department of Transportation bus driver and the city, but a federal judge ordered both sides to attempt to resolve the case via mediation. 
      Bobby Walker Jr. claims that he requested, via a letter dated Oct. 23, 2014, to the city manager’s office, that he not participate in the annual Fantasy Fest parade and that his “participation in the Fantasy Fest parade was contrary to his beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness,” the lawsuit states. 
      Walker claims his civil rights were violated, according to the lawsuit. 
      U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez has tentatively scheduled a trial date for Jan. 23 at the federal courthouse in Key West on Simonton Street. He also set the mediation deadline for Dec. 14, meaning if the case has not been resolved outside of court by then a trial is likely to begin by the January date. 
      Walker claims that during a meeting with superiors, city management officials “openly mocked (Walker’s) religious beliefs and threatened to write up Walker for purportedly not giving enough time to change the schedule,” the lawsuit states.
      According to the employee handbook, drivers are required to give at least two hours’ notice of any schedule change request. Walker claims that his two-day notice was more than ample.
      “A manager treated Mr. Walker differently than persons who were not of Jehovah’s Witness faith by threatening to write Mr. Walker up for not giving him a 48-hour notice of his request for time off, although persons of other religions are only held to a two-hour minimum notice,” Walker’s attorney, Jay Paul Lechner of St. Petersburg, wrote to The Citizen seeking comment. “The same manager made comments to the effect ‘I’ve had enough of this religion stuff,’ and ‘You’re the only one’ causing problems due to religion. Managers also spread rumors to other employees about Mr. Walker, such as that Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘think they are better than others.’”
      With respect to Walker’s race — he is black — Lechner wrote: “A mechanic manager angrily called Mr. Walker a ‘damn boy’ and purposely locked him out of the break room used by white employees. A manager made a comment to another manager to the effect of ‘get rid of that black son-of-a-(deleted),’ referring to Mr. Walker.”
      Immediately after Walker’s meeting with superiors, his “hours were decreased and he was subjected to threats of losing his job, vindictive acts and derogatory comments about his race from other members of the management team,” according to the lawsuit.
      Walker claims he complained to higher-ups but no action was taken, according to the lawsuit.
      On or about Dec. 31, 2014, Walker again requested a shift change so that he would not have to work the late shift on New Year’s Eve, based on his religious beliefs, the lawsuit states.
      He was fired shortly thereafter, according to the lawsuit.
      Walker is accusing the city of violating his civil rights under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as under the Florida Civil Rights Act.
      He is seeking back pay and benefits as well as his attorney’s fees and punitive damages.

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      MOSCOW, October 14 (RAPSI, Oleg Sivozhelezov) – Russia’s Supreme Court will announce its ruling on the appeal filed over the liquidation of local Jehovah’s Witness organization in Oryol on October 18, RAPSI learned in the court on Friday.
      On June 14, the Oryol Regional Court liquidated the organization on request of the Ministry of Justice’s regional Directorate. The organization was previously found extremist.
      Representative of the Jehovah’s Witnesses noted that no violations were found during the inspection conducted by the Ministry of Justice on April 1, 2013.
      Jehovah’s Witnesses have had many legal problems in Russia.
      On October 12, a court in the Jewish Autonomous Region ruled to ban a branch of “The Jehovah’s Witnesses” in Birobidzhan because of distributing extremist literature by the organization.
      On June 16, Russia’s Supreme Court declared “The Jehovah’s Witnesses of Stary Oskol” in the Belgorod Region an extremist organization and ruled to liquidate it.
      On June 9, the Jehovah’s Witnesses of Belgorod was banned as extremist organization.
      In March 2015, a court in Tyumen fined the organization 50,000 rubles ($800) and seized prohibited literature.
      In January 2014, a court in Kurgan ruled to ban the organization’s booklets as extremist. The books talk about how to have a happy life, what you can hope for, how to develop good relations with God and what you should know about God and its meaning.
      In late December 2013, the leader of the sect’s group in Tobolsk, Siberia was charged with extremism and the prevention of a blood transfusion that nearly led to the death of a female member of the group.
      In 2004, a court in Moscow dissolved and banned a Jehovah’s Witnesses group on charges of recruiting children, encouraging believers to break from their families, inciting suicide and preventing believers from accepting medical assistance.
      Jehovah's Witnesses is an international religious organization based in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2004 sever branches and chapters of the organization were banned and shut down in various regions of Russia.

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      The Nicaraguan government is planning to implement stricter policies in allowing foreign missions into the country in a bid to ensure that these missions are not used as a front for illegal activities.
      According to Pastor Guillermo Osorno, founder of the Nicaraguan Party of the Christian Path, who also serves as a legislator with the opposition Constitutionalist Liberal Party coalition, these measures are meant to protect "the sovereignty and security of Nicaraguans."
      Based on the latest measure, the government will implement a stricter process in the application for foreign missions to ascertain that applicants are really entering the country for the specific purpose of evangelisation and outreach.
      "Unfortunately, there are people who claim they're religious leaders but behave the wrong way. Because of just a few of them, all of us will pay the price," Osorno lamented.
      Upon the implementation of the new policy, foreign pastors would have to apply and register first and wait for formal authorisation before they can enter Nicaraguan territory to allow for a proper screening prior to approval of their application.
      While there are some opposition to the measure, Osorno said it was designed t to deter questionable individuals from possibly engaging in illegal practices in the country like money laundering and other criminal activities.
      Besides, he said this will be fairly implemented across all religions and denominations whether it be for Evangelical pastors or representatives from the Catholic Church.
      Nicaragua is a predominantly Catholic country with approximately 73 percent of the population belonging to the Roman Catholic church. Roughly 15 percent are affiliated with evangelical churches while the rest are divided among the Moravian Church, the Episcopal Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons and Amish or Mennonite, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim beliefs, according to data fromNicaragua.com. 

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      Pour atteindre l'Amour de Dieu, il nous faut acquérir, la Maîtrise de Soi.(g 11 /08 p 6-9) (Pr 28:20)
      Maîtrisons notre vie de tout notre être
      Soyons doux envers autrui comme Jéhovah nous aimes (mt 5:5 ) (2tm 2:24)
      Tout ce que nous faisons pour les autres doit être manifesté par la douceur comme envers nous même (mt 11:29)
      Comme le fut pour nous notre Dieu de Miséricorde et de compassion, Jéhovah nous donna la vie dans un lieux magnifique et splendide,(Ps 111:4) b
      Qui est la terre. (Gn 1:26 à 28)
      LE FAIRE nous donneras de la foi, ( RM 10:17) (Ps 1:2)
      Soyons fidèle à son enseignement, ferme, obéissant et intègre à ses connaissances qu'il nous a révélé, (1cor 15:58)(1cor 16:13,14)(Ex 19:5)(Dt 11:13)(Dt 18:13)(Ps41:12)(Ps119:1)
      ainsi notre foi pourra déplacer les montagnes, les obstacles de notre vie qui peuvent être très difficile à surmonter. (Jn14:6)(Mt17:20)
      C'est par la foi et les oeuvres d'annoncer le royaume que nous apprenons à atteindre la connaissance exacte.(Mt6:33) (RM 10:9,10)
      Soyons généreux envers autrui pour que nous puissions avoir de la bonté de coeur, DE NOTRE DIEU.(Pr 28 :27)
      Sa bonté de coeur est sans limite, regardons toute autour de nous, tout ce que YHWH a témoingné par sa création (Ps 100:05)
      À tout l'humanité et à tout l'univers et tout ce qui se meut sur la terre entière.
      La bonté est le reflet de notre Dieu car tout viens de son Coeur qui fut construit entièrement par l'Amour. (Deut 15 :10,11)
      Suivre son exemple, ainsi acquérir la vertue de la bonté, et exprimer par nos actions, la bonté de coeur:
      Donner sans demander, donner s'en attendre à recevoir. (Act 20:35)
      Agissons Comme Jéhovah a créé toutes choses  pour le donner à tout les justes de la terre. (Ps 37 :29)
      PAR NOS ACTIONS DE BONTÉ DE COEUR TOUT CE QUE TU AURAS DONNÉ SANS DEMANDER JEHOVAH TE DONNERA UN CADEAU inestimable 
      QUE PERSONNE PEUT TE DONNER. Celui du cadeau de LA VIE ÉTERNELLE. (MC 10: 29,30) (Mt 19:27-29)
      Jéhovah est un Dieu généreux, tout ce que nous faisons pour Lui, pour le bien, Jéhovah nous le rendra au centuple et protègera notre vie tout au long du jour.
      APRÈS AVOIR MAÎTRISÉ LA BONTÉ, ACQUIÈRE LA BIENVEILLANCE
      Acquérir la bienveillance, c'est être précis dans ce que nous faisons pour les autres et pour notre Dieu, en premier lieux.
      Donner toujours 100% de nous même dans tout ce que nous faisons TÉMOIGNE que nous donnons pleine mesure à ce que notre
      Dieu Jehovah qui à fait à tout les formes de vie et en tout ce qu'Il a créé. 
      Regardons la création de YHWH, 
      SA CRÉATION EST SI PRÉCISE QU'ELLE EST COORDONNÉE COMME UNE HORLOGE.
      Soyons précis dans nos actions, nos paroles et nos pensées car tout ce que nous faisons à une empreinte sur la vie de nous même et des autres 
      Suivre les paroles de son livre Saint, nous donne des conseilles judicieux à nous même et aux autres car il nous faut la maitrise de nous même en chaque fruits de l'esprit et en connaitre sa valeur si puissante, avant de pouvoir l'enseigner avec qualité au brebis perdu et s'entraider les uns les autres dans un but commun, réjouir le coeur de notre Créateur tout puissant. Le SAINT SAINT SAINT (Rév 4:8 c)
      C'EST AINSI DE RECEVOIR DE NOTRE DIEU, SA BONTÉ DE COEUR.
      Parvenons ensemble à revêtir la personnalité nouvelle. Ainsi nous refléterons les qualités exemplaires, d'un serviteur de Jéhovah. 
      L'ouverture de notre d'esprit est salutaire car tout nos actions en c'est vertues viennent de YHWH.
      Le salut appartient à Jéhovah et par se fait recevoir les bénédictions accorder par Dieu, à tous ces serviteurs fidèles.(Ps 3: 8)
      AGISSONS AINSI cela montrera que nous suivons les pas de l'homme le plus grand de tout les temps qui est le Oint  
      de notre Dieu, Jésus Christ.
      La bienveillance de Jésus Christ fut extraordinaire son humilité et sa compassion, dévoila la beauté de sa personne.  ( Ph 2:1-11)
      Sans relâche, il témoignait de tout coeur par ces beaux discours sans se glorifié mais en glorifiant son Père et en son Saint Nom, à la nation qu'il voulait sauvé, les humains de la terre entière par l'Amour infini de notre Dieu.
      Les paroles qu'il utilisait était toujours précisent pour trouver les brebis égarés dans les témoignages aux le pied des montagnes, dans les synagogues, dans les rues et de portes en portes. IL FUT UN ENSEIGNANT EXTRAORDINAIRE POUR CES DISCIPLES ET TOUT CES PRÉDICATEURS DE LA FOI POUR L'ANNONCEMENT DU ROYAUME PROMIS.
      Tout ce qu'il utilisa venu de son Père.
      Comme ce passage qui révèla que tout fut enseigné avant sa venu.
      "Je ne fais rien de ma propre initiative.
      Tout ce que je vous dit en ce moment, viens de mon Père, son Dieu, notre Dieu. JEHOVAH"
      Faisons comme lui, suivons ses pas sans relâche avec  fermeté, obéissance et intégrité. 
      ACQUIÈRE LA PATIENCE.
      NOUS SOMMES TOUS DES ENFANTS DE DIEU ET YHWH EST PATIENT AVEC NOUS.
      La patience est prendre attention envers tous ceux que nous voulons intimement PURIFIER ET ENSEIGNER AVEC QUALITÉ
      Entrer en relation avec les autres mais avant tout, prendre le temps de devenir à l'élite de soi avant de pouvoir
      Donner des conseilles à ceux que nous voulons aider car YHWH LE FIT PENDANT DES MILLIARDS D'ANNÉES
      AVANT NOUS ET BIEN AVANT QUE TOUTE CETTE CRÉATION PHYSIQUE SOIT CRÉÉ.
      YHWH MÉDITA PENDANT DES MILLIARDS ANNÉES AVANT DE CRÉER SON FILS SA PREMIÈRE CREATION ET TOUT CE QUI EN SUIVIT.
      Maîtriser la patience nous donne ĺa chance de vivre en notoriété avec les lois de YHWH ET AINSI COMPLÉTER L'ÉQUILIBRE 
      QUE NOTRE DIEU VEUX QUE NOUS FASSIONS POUR  NOUS MÊME ENVERS JEHOVAH ET EN SUIVANT LES PAS DE JESUS SON OINT, SA PREMIÈRE CRÉATION. ENSEIGNONS LA VOIE DU SALUT DE NOTRE DIEU, À NOTRE PROCHAIN, D'UN COEUR COMPLET.
      SOYONS PATIENT ENVERS AUTRUI COMME JÉHOVAH L'EST POUR NOUS TOUS , SERVITEUR DE JEHOVAH
      La patience est prendre attention à l'autre et de donner du temps à nos amis et à ceux que nous voulons partager la connaissance exacte de notre Dieu.
      Jéhovah est patient avec nous et nous savons que chacun de nous avons des qualités et des défauts et que nous allons pas à la même vitesse, dans les changements que Jéhovah nous dicte le chemin, QU'IL NOUS A DONNÉ QUAND NOUS AVONS CHOISIS DE DEVENIR SON SERVITEUR ,PAR NOTRE BAPTÊME.
      La patience est une vertue dure à atteindre et elle nous aie primordiale et très importante POUR NOTRE VIE ET À CELLE DES AUTRES.
      C'EST POUR CELA QUE NOUS DEVONS AGIR SANS JUGER LES AUTRES ET DONNER LE TEMPS AVEC BIENVEILLANCE À S'ENTRAIDER ENSEMBLE POUR MAITRISER NOTRE VIE AVEC PATIENCE. L'AMOUR ET L'UNITÉ EST LA CLÉ (Jean 13 :34)
      Nous sommes tous important pour Jéhovah et il nous donne à tous, la chance de faire les actions nécessaires en son temps pour réjouir Son Coeur.
      Ainsi une vertue extraordinaire que peu de gens ont connu dans une vie, qui est la Paix véritable.
      COMMENT ACQUÉRIR LA PAIX véritable et par dessus tout en acquérir la vertue?
      LA PREMIÈRE QUALITÉ POUR ATTEINDRE LA PAIX EST L'OBÉISSANCE AUX LOIS DE YHWH.
      Vivre avec intégrité aux norme de YHWH nous donne un sentier éclairé, qui nous apporte à voir clair dans nos agissements et cela en conformité
      Avec les lois de la nature que Jéhovah a instauré dans son univers élégant . Jéhovah nous a donné un livre comment devenir maître de notre vie en se laissant diriger par sa parole.
      La bonté de coeur que nous apportons aux autres et que leurs réussites dans les conseilles que nous avons puisé dans la parole de Dieu, nous réjouis le coeur et par le même fait, nous donne de la paix, car ce que nous avons suivit porta fruit à ceux qui les ont accepté de plein coeur, en plongeant sans hésitation à les mettre en pratiques dans leur vie comme nous avons agis de la même manière en les inculquant dans notre vie. Par notre exemple, ils ont excellé et acquis de beau résultat dans leur vie et par nous même et bien par la même voie que nous avons empruntés en se laissant diriger par notre Dieu que par la patience nous avons intégré en nous la vertue de la paix par la lecture de sa parole, la bible. La paix s'obtiens par la connaissance de la vérité de Dieu et cela en faisant les actions nécessaire sans hésitation au modèle DES PAS DE NOTRE GUIDE SPIRITUEL, celle de JÉSUS CHRIST. La paix s'obtiens même dans les pires souffrances que Jésus à vécu dans le passé. Nombre de personnes qui ont laissé leur ancienne vie vers l'unique chemin de la vie éternelle et qu'ils ont dû accepté de grave souffrance jusqu'à leur mort pour trouver la paix sans fin. N'oublions pas que la souffrance est comme une tempête turbulente et dévastatrice mais gardons en mémoire que celui qui n'à pas peur de perde son Âme pour sa foi vivra vraiment pour toujours. Une tempête ne dure jamais longtemps et la paix que Jehovah nous offre de vivre en paix et cela pour toujours, pour l'éternité à celui qui sans relâche ne renonce pas d'aller de l'avant, c'est ainsi  que l'on trouvera la joie véritable.
      Comme dit le dictons : Après la pluie, c'est le beau temps. 
      Alors que devons nous faire pour atteindre la paix?
      Laissons nous diriger par notre guide sauveur, Jésus Christ, que par son obéissance de donner sa vie pour tout les juste de la terre, il ouvra le chemin de la liberté éternelle À CELUI QUI SE LAISSE DIRIGER PAR SON ENSEIGNEMENT VENANT DE SON PÈRE, LE SAINT SAINT SAINT. (Rev: 4: 8 )(Ep 1: 4)
      Fixons solidement nos regard sur la parole de notre Créateur avec des actions véritables qui réjouis le coeur de notre Dieu et ainsi nous sentirons en nous même dans cette période ardu proche de la fin, une paix véritable aux fond de notre coeur et qui se manifestera car Jéhovah protège et donne force à ses fidèle enfants de la foi. Trouvons ainsi une nouvelle vertue en notre être: La Joie.
      TROUVONS LE CHEMIN DE LA JOIE PAR LA PAIX VÉRITABLE
      Comment pouvons nous acquérir la Joie véritable dans ce monde remplis de désordre?
      Celui qui plonge les regards dans la loi parfaite, celle de la liberté, et qui y persiste, [...] qui fait l’œuvre, sera heureux en la faisant. ” — Jacques 1:25.
      Heureux ceux qui sont intègres dans leur voie. 
      LA LUMIÈRE PAR LA CONNAISSANCE NOUS DONNE DE LA JOIE.
      "Ceux qui marchent dans la loi de Jéhovah".
      Heureux ceux qui observent ses rappels.
      De tout Coeur, ils le recherche sans relâche."Psaume 119 : 
      Nôtres modèle de foi qui est venu sur la terre par Son Père, Jésus a affronté chaque étape de sa vie,
      Avec une ténacité exemplaire, sans relâche jusqu'à sa mort sacrificielle pour l'Amour de notre Dieu YHWH 
      Cela ne fut pas facile de garder sa foi en voyant le monde ainsi depuis sa jeunesse.
      Voir les actions du méchant son regard, celui des yeux, Jésus a vu des images réelles du mal.
      Il ressentait comme nous tous  les désirs puissants de notre être qui peut nous faire succomber.
      Il n'y étaient pas aveuglé, il entendait,, il ressentait, il était constamment attaqué par un ennemi terrifiant.
      cela était réelle, il vivait notre vie.
      Jésus voyait de l'avant, sans renoncer, il avançait, dans le chemin, qui lui était destiné.
      Ce chemin lui appartenait, il devait le faire pour l'Amour de son Père envers tout les justes de la terre.
      Il l'a fait par la joie de faire la volonté de son Dieu, son Père. Notre Dieu, Jehovah.
      Nous avons connu la vie ( la voie ) par notre choix de servir Dieu  
      Par notre coeur grand ouvert dans un sens unique
      De celle de la justice du Royaume De Dieu.
      D'obéir de tout notre coeur à celui de l'Amour de YHWH
      QUE NOTRE VOLONTÉ EST DE CRAINDRE NOTRE CRÉATEUR. (Ps 112:1) (Ps 111:10)
      ÊTRE INTÈGRE EN TOUTES ACTIONS D'UNE MANIÈRE JUSTE. (Ps26:1)
      AINSI:
      Ils et Elles (vierge avisée) ne font plus partie de ce monde, car notre joie, est dans ce que nous accomplissons par notre volonté pour servir notre Dieu, Jéhovah. (MT 25:1 - 13)
      La Parole de Dieu nous partage, nous dicte la voie tracée, resserrée, qui nous mène au paradis.
      Notre espérance volontaire à servir et d'aimer notre Dieu Jehovah de tout notre coeur, de tout notre être, de tout notre âme, de tout notre esprit et tout notre force vitale (souffle de vie) (Mt22:37) (Deut 6:5)
      Notre Amour:
      Ce manifeste par nos chants.
      En exaltant son Nom dans notre ministère , 
      En annoncant son Nom et son royaume et sa justice. (Mt 24:14) (Mt 28:19:20)(Mt 6:33)
      Semons les graines de vérité, par ce fruit de l'esprit qui nourris la joie..
      La joie est de se purifier devant Jéhovah et devant son Roi, Jésus Christ.
      D'une manière juste,  qui se manifeste par les actions véritable venant du coeur
      qui reflète les exigences des normes de la justice de Dieu,
      Celle qui reflète les qualités de l'armure de la foi que NOUS  avons minitiueusement consu EN nous, EN SE LAISSANT GUIDER PAR LES PAROLES DE NOTRE DIEU TRANSMIT PAR SON FILS, qui nous donnera la joie de connaître pour toujours, l'Amour de YHWH.
      Maîtriser la joie est manié la bible comme une épée à deux tranchant, Semer les graines de vérités aux coeur de nos futur fidèles 
      Qui recherche toutes les connaissances de vérité de sa Sainte Parole. 
      Comme nous même, avant toute choses, devant  notre Dieu Jéhovah.
      Avoir le désir de le faire avec joie, par un coeur complet, pour le Bien.
      Comme Dieu enseigne le Bien.
      C'est notre purification intérieur qui reflète notre lumière extérieur. (Mt 5 : 14)
      Qui brillera dans l'obscurité, dans les périodes DE TOUT LES JOURS ET CELA JUSQU'À  la fin DE CE SYSTÈME DE CHOSES.
      Elle distingue une vibration d'ouverture de la vérité par ce qui est vraiment bon et vrai, en nous.
      Nous devons avoir la foi pour trouver la joie, car cela donne de la force et du courage
      contre les peurs qui sont attachés à nous, en nous.
      Par la connaissance de la bible, nous puissions s'alléger de nos peurs et s'élever par la foi et la bienveillance 
      Ainsi Bondir, sans redescendre,
      accomplir notre destiné, notre but que nous nous avons fixé dans notre coeur dans un sens unique, De faire la volonté de notre Créateur. 
      LE TRAVAIL PERSONNEL, le plus important de notre vie.
      Accomplir le chemin que Jéhovah nous a donné, le faire dans la joie.
      Recevoir la lumiere d'Amour de la vie Éternel PAR NOTRE DIEU CRÉATEUR TRANSMIT PAR SON OINT Jésus Christ.
      La joie apporte à ne pas renoncer et faire briller notre lumière telle 
      Une vierge avisée, qui garde en son coeur la connaissance du salut et qui travaille fort à garder sa lumière pure jusqu'aux jours de la grande guerre d' Harmaguédon. (Mt 25:1-13)
      Les serviteurs de Jéhovah fortifie leur joie par la demande de la connaissance ultime, par la prière, la lecture de la connaissance parfaite et de la méditation.
      Restons fidèle en toutes actions à la justice de Dieu
      Obéissons par l'humilité et le véritable Amour, celui qui vient de notre coeur et tout notre ensemble créé.
      La vertue de la Joie s'acquière en nous même, elle devient la protection contre toutes épreuves
      Nous devons et devront surmonter,  comme à l'exemple de Jésus Christ,  accomplir notre vie dans la pureté.
      Nous sommes des serviteurs de Jéhovah
      Notre maitrise de soi, que nous maîtrisons par des nos actions justes répéter aux jours le jours,
      pas à pas,  
      Égrandir notre foi, nous allègeant et nous libèrant des désirs mauvais, de ce système de choses.
      Notre joie grandit par la libération du filet destiné aux méchants, que nous étions destinés (Ps 9:15,16)
      Depuis notre naissance et que la parole de la vérité, nous apprenons à dénouer
      Les noeuds qui nous emprisonnent et qui nous empêche de gravir vers la liberté promise.
      Soyons patient et continuons à trouvé les clefs à chaques noeufs qui nous retiennent à ce monde et continuons 
      À se détacher de la tristesse de ce monde et demander de la joie à notre Dieu pour vibrer et s'aider 
      À se libérer de nos liens.
      La joie est ne jamais renoncer et garder les yeux fixés vers le But  de l'espérance de la promesse de YHWH.
      L'AMOUR LE FRUIT DE L'ESPRIT QUI NOUS GARDE EN VIE.
      TROUVONS LES GESTES QUI MANIFESTE L'AMOUR DE DIEU PAR NOUS MÊME. 
      (1cor 13 :4 à 8a)
      L'amour est patient et bon. L'amour n'est pas jaloux, il ne se vante pas, ne se gonfle pas d'orgueil.
      N'agit pas de façon inconvenante,  ne cherche pas ses propres intérêts, ne s'irrite pas.
      Il ne tient pas compte du mal subi. Il ne se réjouit pas de l'injustice, mais se réjouit avec la vérité.
      Il supporte tout, croit tout, endure tout.
      L'amour ne disparaît jamais.
      L’Amour est ce sentiment ineffable de la Paix et du Bonheur
      Qui emplit notre cœur et tout notre être.
      L’énergie d’Amour est la seule, l’unique,
      Celui qui nous lie à notre cœur conscient, à notre cœur confiant, à notre cœur relié à celui de Dieu par Jésus Christ. (Ps 25: 1, 2)
      C’est lui qui nous a créé tel que nous sommes, qui nourrit nos cellules à la sagesse parfaite, qui nous gardera en vie pour toujours.
      QUI nous fait vibrer au diapason de la Beauté Infinie de la Vérité parfaite (Ps 19: 7).
      Cet Amour Infini est en nous et nous élève sur tous les plans, dans toutes les dimensions de notre vie.
      Apprenons à recevoir ; ouvrons notre cœur.
      Apprenons à donner ; ouvrons notre cœur.
      Apprenons à faire circuler cette lumière de nos cœurs d’âmes vers les autres cœurs d’âmes QUE NOUS RECHERCHONS DANS TOUT LES TERRITOIRES AVANT SA VENU ULTIME celui de la fin de ce système de chose méchant.
      La seule beauté de vivre est l’Amour
      La seule beauté d’être est l’Amour
      La seule beauté de partager est l’Amour
      La seule beauté de grandir et d’évoluer est l’Amour
      L’Amour et l'unité sont le fondement de la création réelle et concrète de l’Univers DE TOUT CE QUI EXISTE DU VISIBLE À L'INVISIBLE.
      Croyons qu’à une seule Vérité ; celle de l’Amour de YHWH.
      Les enseignements de YHWH sont des clés pour notre intellect si prégnant, des berceuses à notre ego pour que le chemin apparaisse, libre de tous les obstacles.
      En nous est un Univers Infini,
      En nous est l’Amour Infini.
      Notre monde intérieur crée notre monde extérieur
      Notre maître intérieur est le reflet de celui qui nous parle, Jésus Christ, par son Père ( JEHOVAH YHWH )
      ALLONS en nous pour l’interroger (Ps 26 :2, 3)
      ALLONS vers Lui pour savoir reconnaître ce qui nous convient
      FAISONS LUI confiance car sans la confiance l'Amour n'existe pas. Laissons nous guider comme un enfant de Dieu.
      Notre vérité est en l'Unique vérité de l'Amour de Jehovah
      Notre Amour nous le partageons avec tous en unions avec notre Dieu et son Oint.
      Chacun de nous évolue à son rythme.
      Chacun de nous décide en toute conscience de suivre pas à pas ce chemin, car nous sommes libre et responsable de nos choix. ( Ps 25: 12)
      Nous sommes des Êtres merveilleux capables de créer et d’expérimenter pour le bien de tous. Nous pouvons tous aussi bien créer les difficultés dans notre vie, que des choses merveilleuses qui nous ressemblent à l'image de Dieu.
      Sachons partager notre temps en apprentissage et en application ; l’apprentissage passe par l’intellect et l’intégration au niveau du cœur et se réalise par les applications dans la vie de tous les jours.
      Il n’y a pas de personne « meilleure » qu’une autre.
      C’est nous-même ou entre nous que nous installons différents niveaux d’amour car tout est à l'intérieur de nous.
      Apprenons simplement à être "Qui nous sommes".
      Apprenons à devenir Qui nous sommes par Amour et dans l’Amour, des bontés de coeur de notre Dieu YHWH.
      Et si nous ne savons comment faire, ouvrons notre cœur vers l’intérieur par la prière et la méditation, en nous acceptant tel que nous sommes, en nous aimant tel que nous sommes en nous laissant guider par les pas de Jésus Christ notre Roi Sauveur.
      Soyons comme des enfants de Dieu
      Le vrai Amour est l'amour Inconditionnel agapè, celui qui fut créé par la Sagesse universel qui fut transmit par son Oint Jésus Christ notre Roi.
      Celle qui vient de Dieu et qui se manifeste par son Esprit Saint que nous recevons quand nous sommes des enfants aimés de Jéhovah.
      Que notre amour ce lie par notre volonté de servir à jamais le Dieu d'Amour qui créa toute choses et dont sa promesse est de vivre pour toujours
      Dans un univers parfait remplis de joie, de paix et d'une santé parfaite ( Révélation 21 : 3, 4)
      Louons YHWH JEHOVAH pour toujours.
      Gloire à notre Créateur Tout Puissant Eternel  YHWH, Gloire à son fils Jésus Christ, le Roi des Roi et de son Esprit Saint.
      JESUS  À DIT: Il y a six principes pour réussir sa vie OUI  SEPT PRINCIPES, LES VOICI:
       
      LA MAÎTRISE DE SOI
      GALATES 5:19à21 et 22 à 23 )
      1 Laissez l’argent à la place qui lui revient
      “ L’amour de l’argent est une racine de toutes sortes de choses mauvaises, et en aspirant à cet amour quelques-uns se sont [...] transpercés partout de bien des douleurs. ” (1 Timothée 6:10). 
      2 Cultivez la générosité
      “ Il y a plus de bonheur à donner qu’à recevoir. ” (Actes 20:35)
      3 Pardonnez volontiers
      “ Continuez [...] à vous pardonner volontiers les uns aux autres, si quelqu’un a un sujet de plainte contre un autre. Tout comme Jéhovah vous a pardonné volontiers, vous aussi faites de même. ” (Colossiens 3:13)
       4 Observez les normes divines
      “ Le commandement de Jéhovah est pur, faisant briller les yeux. ” (Psaume 19:8). 
      5 Faites preuve d’un amour désintéressé
      “ L’amour bâtit. ” (1 Corinthiens 8:1). 
      6 Soyez conscient de votre “ pauvreté spirituelle ”
      “ Heureux ceux qui sont conscients de leur pauvreté spirituelle. ” (Matthieu 5:3)
      ▪ Ayez une crainte salutaire de Dieu. “ La crainte de Jéhovah est le début de la sagesse. ” — Proverbes 9:10.
      ▪ Choisissez judicieusement vos amis. “ Qui marche avec les sages deviendra sage, mais qui a des relations avec les stupides s’en trouvera mal. ” — Proverbes 13:20.
      ▪ Rejetez les excès. “ Ivrogne et glouton tomberont dans la pauvreté. ” — Proverbes 23:21.
      ▪ Ne cherchez pas à vous venger. “ Ne rendez à personne le mal pour le mal. ” — Romains 12:17.
      ▪ Soyez travailleur. “ Si quelqu’un ne veut pas travailler, qu’il ne mange pas non plus. ” — 2 Thessaloniciens 3:10.
      ▪ Appliquez la Règle d’or. “ Tout ce que vous voulez que les hommes fassent pour vous, de même vous aussi, vous devez le faire pour eux. ” — Matthieu 7:12.
      ▪ Maîtrisez votre langue. “ Celui qui veut aimer la vie et voir des jours heureux, qu’il garde sa langue de ce qui est mauvais. ” — 1 Pierre 3:10.
      Accomplir et maîtriser ceci, c'est découvrir les plus beau secrets de l'univers de Jéhovah. 

      ERIC OUELLET
       


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    • Eric Ouellet

      Bonjour pour tout ceux qui veulent être avec nous, pour être ensemble en cette soirée mémorable.
      Voici le lien pour avoir accès au mémorial de la commémoration de la mort de JÉSUS CHRIST.
       
      Ce cadeau si grand que Dieu à démontrer son amour INFINI pour tout les humains de la terre.
      Celui qui nous a démontré la personnalité de Dieu par ses actions envers tous.
      Les paroles de Mathieu, Marc, Luc, Jean et tout les autres livres de la bible démontre qu'il fut la Parole vivante et en action pour nous montrer l'exemple à suivre c'est pas.
      Nous sommes heureux que tous puissent participer à cela en direct en téléchargeant ce vidéo.
      Pour la mémoire de notre Sauveur JÉSUS CHRIST gardons ensemble le respect de L'Amour de Dieu pour démontrer votre respect envers le Fils le plus grand modèle de foi et de pureté que la terre a porté autrefois.
      Sa beauté intérieur peut jaïllir en nous en respectant ensemble de se recueillir et participer ce soir au REPAS du Seigneur JÉSUS CHRIST qui fut approuvé par Dieu.
      Au plaisir d'être avec nous avec coeur et joie.
      Bonne soirée 
      19:30 est le début de ce recueillement important.
      Nous sommes le 14 NISAN depuis 18:00, honorons ce que notre Roi Jésus à demandé.
      Bonne soirée à tous.
       
       
       
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    • Eric Ouellet

      https://www.jw.org/finder?srcid=share&prefer=content&applanguage=F&locale=fr&item=pub-mo-tk20r_42_VIDEO&docid=1011214
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    • Michael Krewson

      Did you all see Jared Kushner tell the states that the stockpile was "our"?  As in the Federal governments. Incredible.
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