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  1. Awesome! Over the years the Governing Body has continued to encourage us to pray for our brothers in the lands where we are banned or where there is persecution, even to pray for the leaders of a specific country for peace so that the Good News can be preached. And look at the results as many countries or governments that were persecuting Jehovah's people have been stopped legally and the Good News is being preached freely! So our prayers as a collective group make a difference to our Father Jehovah! He wants to see us show our concern and love for our brother/sisters in various parts of the world where they are facing persecution by praying to Him for their welfare and freedom to preach and to help them endure! *** w96 5/1 p. 20 par. 22 Paying Back Caesar’s Things to Caesar *** As Christians we will not cease to render “to him who calls for honor, such honor.” (Romans 13:7) We will respect good order and seek to be peaceful, law-abiding citizens. (Psalm 34:14) We may even pray “concerning kings and all those who are in high station” when these men are called upon to make decisions that affect our Christian life and work. *** w13 11/15 p. 7 par. 16 “Be Vigilant With a View to Prayers” *** Our prayers to Jehovah God in behalf of others can truly help them. (Read 2 Corinthians 1:11.) Although Jehovah is not obliged to act because a large number of his worshippers have made prayerful requests repeatedly, he notes their collective interest and takes into account their genuine and deep concern as he responds to their prayers. So we ought to take seriously our privilege and responsibility to pray in behalf of others. Like Epaphras, we should display our heartfelt love and concern for our Christian brothers and sisters by exerting ourselves in prayer in their behalf. Doing so will add to our happiness, for “there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.”—Acts 20:35.
  2. Everything seems to change. But rarely do we find things that are "Immutable". So I thought this may be a good word to use sometimes when trying to help someone see the differences between human laws or certain theoretical scientific laws by humans that can change when new evidence is presented versus Jehovah and His "immutable" Laws and Truths. This term could be useful when brothers give certain talks, if the brother of course just gives a brief explanation since it is not a common word. I really like this interesting word that actually points toward the Creator and His laws and His Truths! Therefore this word could be used to help others in some way in the ministry or from the platform. Below are some articles in which the FDS has used this term. What are your thoughts? How can this word be used to help others? (Merriam-Webster) Immutable : not capable of or susceptible to change *** w91 12/1 p. 19 par. 16 Practicing Pure Religion for Survival *** The “good news” that they preach is that shortly God’s immutable purpose will be accomplished. His will is going to be carried out, “as in heaven, also upon earth.” (Matthew 6:10) *** w81 8/1 p. 19 par. 15 A Field Producing Wheat and Weeds *** Wheat seed never transforms itself into weeds. This would be contrary to Jehovah’s immutable law: “Let the earth cause grass to shoot forth, vegetation bearing seed, fruit trees yielding fruit according to their kinds.” (Gen. 1:11, 12) *** w80 2/1 p. 4 The Power Behind the Universe—A Mysterious Force or a Real Person? *** The more scientists probe the universe, the atom and all forms of life, the more their studies reveal the beauty, the harmony and the complexity of all these things. The immensity and intricacy of the universe make men’s minds reel. But there is no effect without a cause. Behind all this beauty, this marvelous manifestation of wisdom and dynamic power, can you not “see” with “the eye of reason” the “invisible attributes” of the Great Maker? Obviously, the universe is governed by immutable laws. Does that not prove the existence of a Supreme Lawgiver? *** w76 9/15 p. 572 Hebrews: A Superior Worship and Its Requirements *** And what solid grounds we have for strong hope, for God not only gave us his word but also stepped in with an oath! By reason of these two immutable things we can have a hope that is like an anchor, both sure and steadfast. *** g 12/07 p. 7 Is Death Really the End? *** The fact that we have an inborn desire to live and an enormous capacity to learn leads to a logical conclusion: Humans are designed to live much longer than a mere 70 or 80 years. This, in turn, leads us to another conclusion: There must be a Designer, a Creator, a God. The immutable laws of the physical universe and the unfathomable complexity of life on earth fully support belief in the existence of a Creator *** g78 12/8 p. 11 Who Can Be Secure Today? *** Despite today’s pressing problems, Christians can look to the future with complete confidence. The future is secure, just as God’s purpose concerning it is immutable.
  3. This is a good point Carlos: "But in the last fifty years or so they have used a different strategy. They do encourage their parishioners to read the Bible, but then they produce Bible translation with obsolete and very stilted language. So people are soon tired and remain with the impression that the Bible is too complicated for them to understand." I think that this is a good point, not just for the Catholic church and Spain, but for Christendom in general. How is it that the Bible versions that are recommended and have the stamp of approval by various churches in Christendom like the Baptists, Pentecostals, 7th day Adventists, etc, are the old KJV or the NIV. I had never thought about this idea before that while Christendom has finally after centuries allowed and even finally encouraged Bible reading, they direct people to the versions that cause disinterest! Its like a father who has never allowed his son the joy of riding a bike, but finally when the father has no choice because the son is now 18yrs old, the father gives the 18yr old son a little tricycle! The son now just gives up on ever riding a bike, he loses all interest!
  4. People are prepared for many things, winter storms, hurricanes, etc. But how many people are "prepared" for a future storm of Depression? Most who suffer from Depression just deal with the issue when it arises, but if you have a close friend or family member who suffers from depression or you personally are hit by this destructive "storm" sometimes, then why not put together a "FIRST AID KIT" so that you are prepared to endure it! This idea comes from our loving Faithful & Discreet Slave who provided this great suggestion for teenagers who suffer from depression. But this First Aid Kit can bring some help and comfort for anyone of any age. So what a good idea to prepare now before the storm hits or if you are suffering right now, this First Aid Kit may bring you some help at just the right time. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "FIRST AID KIT FOR EMOTIONS/DEPRESSION" Awake! JAN 2017 If you suffer from depression, a practical suggestion to help you control your thoughts and feelings is to create what has been called an emotional first-aid kit. The kit, which can be adjusted as you see fit, might include the items on this page: * Contact information of people to call when you feel down * Favorite songs that are positive and upbuilding * Inspirational sayings and encouraging articles * A list of comforting and upbuilding sayings from the Bible, such as Psalm 34:18; 51:17; 94:19; Philippians 4:6, 7 * Mementos to remind you of people who love you * A journal containing your positive thoughts as well as positive experiences you have enjoyed ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And we can add other valuable items to this First Aid Kit, here is 1 other idea: * Keep a collection of messages, cards, emails, letters, posts from JWtalk, texts, voice messages, thank you cards, etc, from those who have expressed their feelings for you!
  5. For some of us this 1 sentence may describe our current situation, I think that Sister Van wrote an expression that is emotional, poetic, scriptural all in sentence. I really liked this! Thanks Van for meditating on your feelings for our Father Jehovah and how it caused you to express this beautiful thought:
  6. Thanks Michael, I have been looking forward to this video!
  7. Hi Brother Doug, I think you started 1 of the best topics! I think what I especially love about Jehovah is that......I love everything about Him! When 2 people initially fall in love, they can talk about many things they love about the other. But after some time, they can find just as many negatives about the other. But it is the opposite with Jehovah. The more years that go by and I keep getting to know more about Him and the different facets of his beautiful personality, my love keep growing for Him! I see 0% wrong in Him and 100% beauty about Him. This might be a strange way to look at Jehovah to some, but I will try to explain using a scientific illustration. Almost everything we can think of from cars to airplanes to stars and planets - all these things get worse with time - "entropy". But as each year goes by and I keep learning more about Jehovah, He just keeps improving and getting better and greater and more loving and more awesome! That is just a way to illustrate this of course because in reality Jehovah is the ultimate of perfection, already at His zenith of greatness. So it's not that He is improving, but for me each month, each year, its as if He just keeps getting more and more magnificent! But if I had to pick what especially attracts me to Jehovah, I think that would be how He wants to be a Father to us! That blows me away. Its like some man wanting to officially adopt and be a father to a little tiny, microscopic bug. Why? For what reason would anyone want to be a father to a little insignificant bug? But yet it is as if the Great and Magnificent Sovereign Jehovah is saying, "I want to adopt that little, microscopic bug named Neil, and I want to be His Father as I am willing to take on all of the responsibility of caring for him, feeding him, protecting him, teaching him, loving him, and making that little bug Neil part of my family."
  8. Hi Brother Vido, Back in JAN 2015, there was a JW Broadcast where a member of the Governing Body addressed this issue of higher education head on. Possibly this was done because of some controversy on this issue and how we often hear different opinions on it. So as a suggestion you might enjoy watching it again! I believe Brother Morris delivers this part of the program right at the very beginning of the Broadcast, so it is easy to find and start watching. Also, if you would like to have some notes on this part, I took some notes back then and posted these, below is the link for you. I hope the notes help but watching the video will definitely help anyone who has any questions about how higher education should be viewed by Jehovah's people.
  9. Nice wording "Director"!
  10. Hi Greg, Just an idea but maybe a few times during your talk you can make a few different comparisons to this "Final Act on the World Stage" since you said you may want to "develop" this point. If each comparison is brief but effective, then this "Repetition for Emphasis" during the talk could help the audience. Of course you have to be cautious because sometimes we as brothers weave into a talk too much extra information or too many illustrations, but if you can do it, then here are maybe some comparisons you might like? "If we were to compare where humans are in the stream of time according to the Bible, here are some comparisons we could relate to:" > CONCERT: The Closing Song > WORLD SERIES: We are in the 9th Inning > FOOTBALL: At the 2 Minute Warning > BROADWAY PLAY: The Final Act
  11. Thanks John and Ruben! Good explanations.
  12. So I finally was able to see the movie, but now I have some questions that I hope all of you can help me with: 1) So at the very, very beginning of the movie, the intro - "In a Galaxy far, far away" and that was it! Nothing more! Was that a film issue in my area or was that on purpose that they gave no story line? Nor the famous musical intro that is normally played along with the scrolling words? That intro is 1 of the most famous parts of Star Wars and it was just cut out! And this caused me much confusion during the movie because I didn't watch any previews, and so I just assumed that Rogue One would follow in sequence to the last movie (The Force Awakens). If they would have given the famous introduction and explained what was happening and where in time the story was at, then I would have understood more about the timing of the movie. Anyone else have that problem? Did everyone know before going to the movie that the story was back before the very first movie in 1977? Probably just me since I didn't watch the previews or read anything prior. 2) Has anyone read about why the writers/producers didn't make this movie in sequence with the "Force Awakens"? For what reason did they decide to go back in time before the very first Star Wars movie? I guess I am just confused as to their choice and I thought that they would have continued in sequence and developed all the new characters from the "Force Awakens"? Any knowledge that will help answer some of my questions and help my confusion I will appreciate, thanks!
  13. Thanks Neil for sharing the perspective of "Philosophy". But I wonder if those in Philosophy that believe that the term"Being" is just for the "Causation/Creator/God, if they are correct? They have been wrong about other ideas/concepts. So are the philosophers correct? Are they the ones who should determine what a "Being" is? If we could ask the Creator what He considers a "Being", would He say that only He himself is a Being? OR Might Jehovah say that anything that He has created that is "living" and has "existence" is a Being? While the Creator is the ultimate Being and "causation", are not other life forms Beings? Such as His own son Jesus. It is hard to imagine Jehovah saying, "No my son Jesus is not a Being" His son also is immortal and self-sustaining, just as 144,000 other sons are. All of this is very intriguing to consider as to what a Being is, since we can't directly ask Jehovah, we as humans might look to science or philosophy, but I am curious as to what Jehovah's view on this matter is? Now some would choose "Creature" instead of a "Being" for anything else living but God. Why though? Why does the act of creating or being the initial cause only make God a Being? If a person accepts that a Being has "existence" and must be "living", thinking, then this would include all sorts of things as Beings, from Angels to humans to even animals. So couldn't Jehovah view something He created as also a "Being"(a living thing that has existence)?
  14. To add to the discussion, notice how the modern dictionaries define "Being". If these definitions were to be the deciding factor in determining what a being is, then a "Being" would include animals or even insects since these breath and exist, a "living thing". Interesting, what are your thoughts? (Merriam-Webster) Definition of being 1a : the quality or state of having existence b (1) : something conceivable as existing (2) : something that actually exists (3) : the totality of existing things c : conscious existence : life 2: the qualities that constitute an existent thing : essence; especially : personality 3: a living thing; especially : person Dictionary.com 1.the fact of existing; existence (as opposed to nonexistence). 2.conscious, mortal existence; life: Our being is as an instantaneous flash of light in the midst of eternalnight. 3.substance or nature: of such a being as to arouse fear. 4.something that exists: inanimate beings. 5.a living thing: strange, exotic beings that live in the depths of the sea. 6.a human being; person: the most beautiful being you could imagine. 7. (initial capital letter) God.