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Serena Williams praised her daughter as her “greatest accomplishment” as she rang in her second birthday with a touching tribute on social media. i She wrote alongside a picture taken on the day of Olympia’s birth: “The last 2 years have been my greatest accomplishment (sic)”

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Williams and Alexis Ohanian are Jehova’s Witnesses and so they don’t celebrate birthdays, but the Reddit co-founder still took to Instagram to ring in Olympia’s second “cake day”.

He wrote: “How has it already been two years? Happy cake day @olympiaohanian. Thank you for being the greatest thing we’ve ever done. (sic)”

Last year, the 37-year-old sports star honored Olympia’s birthday with a video that was taken while she was still pregnant, on the day she went to the hospital, where she was given an emergency C-section after her heart rate dropped dangerously low during her contractions.

Just days previous, she had insisted she wouldn’t be celebrating Olympia’s first birthday for religious reasons.

She had said: “Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays. We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that.”

The brunette beauty, who on Sunday, Sept. 1, Williams defeated Petra Martic at the

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to advance to the quarter-finals on Monday, has been a Jehovah Witness since her mother Oracene converted to the religion in the ’80s but she’s only just got more “into it.”

She said last year: “Being a Jehovah’s Witness is important to me, but I’ve never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it.

“Alexis didn’t grow up going to any church, but he’s really receptive and even takes the lead. He puts my needs first.”

Williams regularly attends church and is convinced she wouldn’t have to success she does today in her sporting career if she didn’t believe in God.

She explained: “I am Jehovah’s Witness. If you don’t believe in God — I think if you don’t believe in God, it’s going to be tough to live life because pretty much that’s the basis of life, it comes from God.

“And so being a Jehovah’s Witness, obviously we believe in God and the bible. And without Him, I wouldn’t be here right now. I really thank him for everything.”

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JW's with celebrity status are allowed some things the normal rank and file aren't allowed. They probably got the child a cupcake with a candle on it, so it really wasn't a 'cake'.

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      Louez Jéhovah, Alliance de l'Amour fidèle en action
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      Comme un père fait miséricorde à ses fils,
      Jéhovah fait miséricorde à ceux qui le craignent.
      Car il sait bien de quoi nous sommes formés,
      il se souvient que nous sommes poussière.
      Quant au mortel, ses jours sont comme ceux de l’herbe.
      Il fleurit comme la fleur des champs.
      Puis un vent souffle, et elle n’est plus,
      comme si elle n’avait jamais été là.
      Mais l’amour fidèle de Jéhovah est éternel
      envers ceux qui le craignent,
      et sa justice s’étend aux enfants de leurs enfants,
      à ceux qui respectent son alliance
      et à ceux qui prennent soin d’obéir à ses ordres.
      Jéhovah a solidement établi son trône dans les cieux,
      et sa royauté s’exerce sur tout.
      Louez Jéhovah, vous, tous ses anges extrêmement puissants
      qui, obéissant à sa voix, exécutez sa parole.
      Louez Jéhovah, vous, toutes ses armées,
      ses ministres, qui faites sa volonté.
      Louez Jéhovah, vous, toutes ses œuvres,
      dans tous les lieux où il domine.
      Que tout mon être loue Jéhovah !

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Je veux louer Jéhovah !
      Ô Jéhovah mon Dieu, tu es très grand.
      Tu es revêtu de majesté et de splendeur
      Tu es enveloppé de lumière comme d’un vêtement ;
      tu étends les cieux comme une toile de tente.
      Il pose les poutres de ses chambres hautes dans les eaux en haut,
      des nuages il fait son char,
      il avance sur les ailes du vent.
      Il fait de ses anges des esprits,
      de ses ministres un feu dévorant.
      Il a établi la terre sur ses fondations;
      jamais elle ne sera enlevée de son emplacement.
      Tu l’as couverte d’eaux profondes comme d’un vêtement.
      Les eaux se tenaient au-dessus des montagnes.
      À ta réprimande, elles ont pris la fuite ;
      au bruit de ton tonnerre, elles se sont enfuies tout affolées
       — des montagnes se sont élevées et des vallées se sont creusées —
      vers le lieu que tu as établi pour elles.
      Tu as fixé une frontière qu’elles ne doivent pas franchir,
      pour qu’elles ne couvrent plus la terre.
      Il envoie des sources dans les vallées ;
      elles coulent entre les montagnes.
      Elles fournissent de l’eau à toutes les bêtes sauvages des champs ;
      les ânes sauvages y apaisent leur soif.
      Au-dessus d’elles se perchent les oiseaux du ciel ;
      ils chantent parmi l’épais feuillage.
      Depuis tes chambres hautes, tu abreuves les montagnes.
      La terre est rassasiée du fruit de tes œuvres.
      Il fait pousser l’herbe pour le bétail
      et la végétation pour l’usage des humains,
      pour faire produire à la terre de la nourriture :
      le vin qui réjouit le cœur de l’homme,
      l’huile qui fait briller le visage
      et le pain qui réconforte le cœur du mortel.
      Les arbres de Jéhovah sont rassasiés,
      les cèdres du Liban qu’il a plantés.
      Les oiseaux y font des nids.
      La maison de la cigogne est dans les genévriers.
      Les hautes montagnes sont pour les chèvres de montagne,
      les rochers sont le refuge des damans.
      Il a fait la lune pour marquer les périodes fixées ;
      le soleil sait parfaitement quand se coucher.
      Tu amènes l’obscurité, et la nuit tombe,
      moment où tous les animaux sauvages de la forêt s’animent.
      Les jeunes lions rugissent après leur proie
      et demandent à Dieu leur nourriture.
      Quand le soleil se lève,
      ils se retirent dans leurs tanières, où ils se couchent.
      L’homme va travailler,
      et il peine jusqu’au soir.
      Que tes œuvres sont nombreuses, ô Jéhovah !
      Tu les as toutes faites avec sagesse.
      La terre est pleine de tes productions.
      Il y a la mer, si grande et si vaste,
      qui grouille de choses vivantes, petites et grandes.
      Là circulent les navires,
      et aussi Léviathan, que tu as formé pour qu’il s’y amuse.
      Eux tous comptent sur toi
      pour recevoir leur nourriture en temps voulu.
      Ce que tu leur donnes, ils le ramassent.
      Tu ouvres ta main, et ils sont rassasiés de bonnes choses.
      Tu détournes ton attention, et ils sont perturbés.
      Si tu leur retires l’esprit, ils meurent et retournent à la poussière.
      Si tu envoies ton esprit, ils sont créés,
      et tu renouvelles la surface du sol.
      La gloire de Jéhovah durera éternellement.
      Jéhovah se réjouira de ses œuvres.
      Il regarde la terre, et elle tremble ;
      il touche les montagnes, et elles fument.
      Je veux chanter pour Jéhovah toute ma vie,
      je veux chanter des louanges à mon Dieu aussi longtemps que je vivrai.
      Que mes pensées lui soient agréables.
      Je me réjouirai au sujet de Jéhovah.
      Les pécheurs disparaîtront de la terre
      et les méchants n’existeront plus.
      Je veux louer Jéhovah ! Louez Yah.

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    • renzo  »  misette

      Bonjour Misette , je cherche les retranscriptions des cultes matinaux mais sur chaque document en ligne il est noté que le fichier n'est pas disponible. Peux tu stp me dire comment il est possible de recevoir ces retranscriptions ?  Merci d'avance
      Bien fraternellement
       
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    • Eric Ouellet

      Remerciez Jéhovah, louez son nom 
       
      Remerciez Jéhovah, louez son nom ;
      parmi les peuples, faites connaître ses actions grandioses !
      Chantez pour lui, chantez-lui des louanges,
      méditez sur tous ses actes prodigieux.
      Soyez fiers de son saint nom.
      Que le cœur de ceux qui recherchent Jéhovah se réjouisse.
      Recherchez Jéhovah et sa force.
      Cherchez constamment son visage.
      Souvenez-vous des actes prodigieux qu’il a accomplis,
      de ses miracles et des jugements qu’il a prononcés,
      vous, descendants de son serviteur Abraham,
      vous, fils de Jacob, ceux qu’il a choisis !
      Il est Jéhovah notre Dieu.
      Ses jugements s’appliquent sur toute la terre.
      Pour toujours, il se souvient de son alliance,
      pendant mille générations, de la promesse qu’il a faite,
      de l’alliance qu’il a conclue avec Abraham
      et du serment qu’il a fait à Isaac,
      serment qu’il a établi comme décret pour Jacob
      et comme alliance permanente pour Israël,
      en disant : « Je te donnerai le pays de Canaan ;
      ce sera ta part d’héritage. »
      C’était lorsqu’ils étaient en petit nombre,
      oui, peu nombreux, et qu’ils étaient étrangers dans le pays.
      Ils circulaient d’une nation à l’autre,
      d’un royaume vers un autre peuple.
      Il ne laissa aucun homme les opprimer;
      pour eux, il réprimanda des rois,
      en disant : « Ne touchez pas à mes oints
      et ne faites aucun mal à mes prophètes. »
      Il appela une famine sur le pays ;
      il les priva de pain.
      Il envoya en avant d’eux un homme,
      Joseph, qui fut vendu comme esclave.
      On lui lia les pieds par des entraves,
      on lui mit le cou dans les fers ;
      la déclaration de Jéhovah, c’est ce qui l’affina,
      jusqu’au moment où la parole de Dieu s’accomplit.
      Le roi ordonna de le libérer,
      le chef des peuples le relâcha.
      Il l’établit maître de son palais,
      chef sur tous ses biens,
      pour qu’il ait autorité sur ses princes comme il lui semblait bon
      et qu’il enseigne la sagesse aux aînés.
      Alors Israël vint en Égypte,
      et Jacob résida comme étranger au pays de Cham.
      Dieu rendit son peuple très fécond ;
      il le rendit plus fort que ses adversaires,
      dont il laissa le cœur changer pour qu’ils haïssent son peuple,
      pour qu’ils conspirent contre ses serviteurs.
      Il envoya son serviteur Moïse,
      et Aaron, qu’il avait choisi.
      Ils accomplirent ses signes parmi eux,
      ses miracles au pays de Cham.
      Il envoya l’obscurité, et le pays s’enténébra;
      ils ne se rebellèrent pas contre ses paroles.
      Il changea leurs eaux en sang
      et tua leurs poissons.
      Leur pays fut envahi de grenouilles,
      jusque dans les chambres royales.
      Il ordonna aux taons de les envahir
      et aux moustiques d’infester leurs territoires.
      Il changea leur pluie en grêle
      et envoya la foudre sur leur pays.
      Il frappa leurs vignes et leurs figuiers
      et brisa les arbres de leur territoire.
      Il ordonna que les criquets les envahissent,
      de jeunes criquets sans nombre.
      Ils dévorèrent toute la végétation du pays,
      et ils dévorèrent les produits du sol.
      Puis il abattit tout premier-né dans leur pays,
      le début de leur puissance procréatrice.
      Il fit sortir son peuple chargé d’argent et d’or;
      et parmi ses tribus, personne ne trébucha.
      Quand ils partirent, les Égyptiens se réjouirent,
      car la terreur qu’Israël inspirait s’était emparée d’eux.
      Il déploya un nuage pour dissimuler son peuple,
      et un feu pour l’éclairer la nuit.
      Ils demandèrent, et il fit venir des cailles ;
      il les rassasiait du pain du ciel.
      Il ouvrit un rocher, et les eaux coulèrent ;
      elles coulèrent dans le désert comme un fleuve.
      Car il se souvenait de la promesse sainte qu’il avait faite à son serviteur Abraham.
      Il fit donc sortir son peuple dans l’allégresse,
      ceux qu’il avait choisis, dans un cri de joie.
      Il leur donna les terres des nations ;
      ils héritèrent de ce que d’autres peuples avaient produit en peinant,
      afin qu’ils respectent ses décrets
      et obéissent à ses lois.
      Louez Yah !

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Nous ne pouvons rien cacher à Dieu, Droite est la vision de Justice de Jéhovah 
      Louez Yah !
      Remerciez Jéhovah, car il est bon ;
      son amour fidèle est éternel.
      Qui peut proclamer tous les actes puissants de Jéhovah
      ou annoncer toutes ses actions dignes de louanges ?
      Heureux ceux qui agissent avec droiture,
      qui se comportent toujours avec justice.
      Souviens-toi de moi, ô Jéhovah, quand tu accordes ta faveur à ton peuple.
      Occupe-toi de moi par tes actes sauveurs,
      pour que je savoure le bien que tu fais à ceux que tu as choisi ;
      Pour que je me réjouisse aux côtés de ta nation,
      pour que je te loue fièrement aux côtés de ton héritage.
      Nous avons péché, comme nos ancêtres;
      nous avons mal agi, nous nous sommes conduits méchamment.
      Nos ancêtres, en Égypte, ne comprirent pas le sens de tes œuvres prodigieuses.
      Ils ne se souvinrent pas de ton immense amour fidèle,
      et ils se rebellèrent près de la mer, la mer Rouge.
      Mais par égard pour son nom, il les sauva,
      afin de faire connaître sa puissance.
      Il réprimanda la mer Rouge, et elle s’assécha ;
      il les conduisit à travers ses profondeurs comme à travers un désert;
      il les sauva de la main de leur adversaire,
      il les racheta de la main de l’ennemi.
      Les eaux recouvrirent leurs adversaires ;
      aucun d’eux ne survécut.
      Alors ils eurent foi en sa promesse ;
      ils se mirent à chanter sa louange.
      Mais ils oublièrent vite ce qu’il avait fait ;
      ils n’attendirent pas son conseil.
      Ils cédèrent à leurs désirs égoïstes dans le désert;
      ils mirent Dieu à l’épreuve dans les solitudes.
      Il leur accorda ce qu’ils demandaient,
      mais il les frappa ensuite d’un mal qui les fit dépérir.
      Dans le camp, ils devinrent jaloux de Moïse
      et d’Aaron, le saint de Jéhovah.
      Alors la terre s’ouvrit et engloutit Dathan,
      et elle recouvrit ceux qui s’étaient rassemblés avec Abiram.
      Un feu flamba parmi leur groupe,
      une flamme consuma les méchants.
      Ils firent un veau en Horeb
      et se prosternèrent devant une statue en métal;
      ils échangèrent ma gloire
      contre la représentation d’un taureau, d’un mangeur d’herbe.
      Ils oublièrent Dieu, leur Sauveur,
      qui avait fait de grandes choses en Égypte,
      des œuvres prodigieuses au pays de Cham,
      des actes redoutables à la mer Rouge.
      Il allait ordonner leur anéantissement,
      mais Moïse, celui qu’il avait choisi, intercéda auprès de lui
      pour détourner sa colère destructrice.
      Puis ils méprisèrent le pays désirable ;
      ils n’eurent pas foi dans sa promesse.
      Ils n’arrêtèrent pas de grogner dans leurs tentes ;
      ils n’écoutèrent pas la voix de Jéhovah.
      Alors, levant la main, il jura
      de les faire tomber dans le désert,
      de faire tomber leurs descendants parmi les nations
      et de les disperser dans tous les pays.
      Puis ils prirent part au culte du Baal de Péor
      et mangèrent des sacrifices offerts aux morts.
      Ils provoquèrent sa colère par leurs actions,
      et un fléau éclata parmi eux.
      Mais Phinéas se leva pour intervenir,
      et le fléau s’arrêta.
      Et cela fut porté à son compte comme justice,
      de génération en génération, pour toujours.
      Ils provoquèrent sa colère aux eaux de Meriba,
      et, à cause d’eux, les choses tournèrent mal pour Moïse.
      Ils aigrirent son esprit,
      si bien qu’il parla avec ses lèvres sans réfléchir.
      Ils n’anéantirent pas les peuples,
      contrairement à l’ordre de Jéhovah.
      Mais ils se mêlèrent aux nations
      et adoptèrent leurs manières d’agir.
      Ils servirent leurs idoles,
      et celles-ci devinrent un piège pour eux.
      Ils sacrifièrent leurs fils
      et leurs filles aux démons.
      Ils firent couler le sang d’innocents,
      le sang de leurs propres fils et de leurs propres filles
      qu’ils sacrifiaient aux idoles de Canaan;
      et le pays fut profané par le sang versé.
      Par leurs œuvres, ils se rendirent impurs ;
      par leurs actes, ils pratiquèrent la prostitution spirituelle.
      Alors la colère de Jéhovah éclata contre son peuple,
      et il en vint à détester son héritage.
      Maintes fois il les livra aux nations,
      pour que ceux qui les haïssaient dominent sur eux.
      Leurs ennemis les opprimèrent,
      et ils furent soumis à leur pouvoir.
      Bien des fois il les secourut,
      mais ils se rebellaient et désobéissaient,
      et ils étaient abaissés à cause de leur faute.
      Cependant il voyait leur détresse
      et entendait leur appel à l’aide.
      Pour eux, il se souvenait de son alliance ;
      dans son grand amour fidèle, il avait pitié.
      Il éveillait envers eux la pitié
      de tous ceux qui les tenaient captifs.
      Sauve-nous, ô Jéhovah notre Dieu,
      et rassemble-nous du milieu des nations
      pour que nous puissions glorifier ton saint nom
      et te louer dans la joie.
      Que Jéhovah, le Dieu d’Israël, soit loué
      pour toute l’éternité.
      Et que tout le peuple dise : « Amen ! »
      Louez Yah !

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