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  1. I just looked at "" and it is on sale for $3.33 a month or only $39 a year. Pretty good price. But why did you choose them? Did you research before choosing or did someone recommend this? Thanks for your help.
  2. Hi Sister Skyler, We are very glad you joined us here, you are already making very good contributions and I definitely appreciate your good spirituality! And I like this topic about VPNs and protecting ourselves on the internet, especially since I understand that there is a law that is about to be passed here in the U.S. or has just been passed allowing providers to sell our data, major companies like Verizon could be selling our data if this bill passes. But I think many do not use VPNs because of a variety of factors, such as not knowing which are good quality VPNs or the slowness that comes with many VPNs or even the cost is a worry. If you have expertise or experience with VPNs, I think many here would appreciate any further advice or recommendations, I know I would. So thank you.
  3. Hi Sister Svetlana, I also use Opera browser with VPN And I read earlier about how you were copying your files to the "Cloud", very good idea! You are showing good practical wisdom. I saw this article and thought of you and others who are doing their best to be innocent and blameless in Jehovah's eyes while remaining cautious and alert against those who view them as enemies. *** w96 7/15 p. 22 What “Instinctively Wise” Creatures Can Teach Us *** In Das Evangelium des Matthäus (The Gospel of Matthew), Fritz Rienecker says regarding Matthew 10:16: “Shrewdness . . . must be coupled with integrity, sincerity, and straightforwardness, lest anything should happen to give enemies valid grounds for complaint. The ambassadors of Jesus are among ruthless opponents, who show no consideration and who set upon the apostles without mercy and at the slightest opportunity. Hence, it is necessary—just like a serpent—to keep a watchful eye on opponents, and to take stock of the situation with eyes and senses alert; to stay master of the situation without trickery or deceit, to be pure and true in word and deed and thus prove themselves dovelike.”
  4. Thanks Brother Antonio for your kind words. I also have appreciated your posts. You are in Venezuela correct? I was grateful for your posts about the situation there. You brothers and sisters are also facing a terrible situation and you are not forgotten. When I pray for our family in Russia, I have also been praying for our family in Venezuela and also Peru with the flooding. And I know many others that remember all of you in Venezuela, even some brothers remember all of you in their public prayers at the meetings! Please keep updating us on the situation where you live whenever you get a chance, thanks.
  5. We all have a variety of emotions and feelings about what is happening in Russia with the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Justice. We feel very sad about the liquidation of all of our Kingdom Halls and properties and we are worried about each individual brother and sister in Russia, they are our family and we love them! Even if we have never met them! And Jehovah is glad that we are so concerned and that we have such deep feelings for our family, because we know that His feelings were also affected by this injustice against His own people. But in all of this sadness, there is a very uplifting thought that can be like a beautiful rainbow appearing in the midst of terrible hurricane. That thought is a verse in MT 10 and are the powerful words of Jesus. We may have read this scripture many times, but please notice the way the FDS wonderfully explains this verse. When you read this article, we see clearly Jehovah's wisdom for allowing such an injustice to occur against His own people. These powerful words of Jesus were repeated several times by Brother Mark Sanderson of the Governing Body in the new special video on JW Broadcasting entitled, "Russian Supreme Court Renders Unjust Decision!" These words of Jesus were really uplifting and strengthening to our lawyers in Russia during the entire trial! And these words definitely are uplifting for me and helping me to see the bigger picture! (Matthew 10:18) . . .And you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations. . . *** w16 September p. 16 Defending the Good News Before High Officials *** Jesus told his disciples: “You will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations.” (Matt. 10:18) It is a privilege to represent Jesus in this way. Our efforts to defend the good news may result in legal victories. Of course, what imperfect men decide does not ‘legally establish’ the good news in a complete sense. Only God’s Kingdom will bring permanent relief from oppression and injustice.—Eccl. 8:9; Jer. 10:23. Yet, even today Jehovah’s name can be glorified when Christians make a defense of their faith. As Paul was, we should try to be calm, sincere, and convincing. Jesus told his followers that they would not have to ‘rehearse beforehand how to make their defense, for he would give them words and wisdom that all their opposers together would not be able to resist or dispute.’—Luke 21:14, 15; 2 Tim. 3:12; 1 Pet. 3:15. When Christians defend their faith before kings, governors, or other officials, they can give a witness to people whom it might otherwise have been difficult to reach with the Christian message. Some favorable court decisions have refined legal codes, thus protecting freedom of speech and of worship. But whatever the outcome of such cases, the courage God’s servants display under trial makes God rejoice.
  6. 1 of the big concerns now is what Sister Elizabeth asked: "Do the authorities have to hold back the liquidation of the Branch and KHs until the appeals are over? " Sadly, I am thinking that likely the authorities are right now starting the process of liquidation after the verdict. The Ministry of Justice likely had already asked the police to be fully prepared to start the ban and liquidation immediately as the soon as the Supreme Court's decision was read. Kingdom Halls and the Branch Office will likely now be shut down as fast as possible. I am thinking that this is similar to how in the U.S. and in many other countries when a court renders a verdict of "Guilty", the accused is immediately sent to prison, he is not free simply because an appeal was submitted. So likely the same in Russia with the verdict of this Ban and liquidation - effective immediately. Adding to this sadness is what may happen in the days and weeks ahead throughout Russia by supporters of the Russian Orthodox Church. They may start causing serious problems for individual brothers and sisters, from possibly damaging their personal property and homes to even attacking them physically. I am not trying to be negative, but trying to be fully informed of the possible situation that our Russian brothers/sisters may now be immediately facing and for us to meditate and consider what to specifically ask our Father Jehovah's help for concerning our Russian family. So I know that I am going to try and be even more specific in my prayers, including asking Jehovah to please give our Russian brothers & sisters the "power beyond what is normal" starting today to help them endure this possible persecution while an appeal is pending. As well as asking to help them spiritually as they will no longer be able to have any meetings or ministry publicly. In Court today notice what 1 of our lawyers stated as 1 of the major concerns if the decision was made by the Supreme Court to ban Jehovah's Witnesses.
  7. I am trying to understand how sub-atomic particles like a proton have "spin"? I have come to understand that this term "spin" is just an analogy for scientists as the proton doesn't literally spin like a ball or a planet. Spin apparently means that it is just the intrinsic property of the particle which makes it behave as tiny magnets even when they are at rest. So in classical physics, if we take an electrically charged object and spin it, we get a magnetic field. But apparently a proton or electron doesn't need to physically spin to create magnetism, physicists say that this is "intrinsic" in the particle, like it's mass. But this raises for me several questions and I was hoping that some of our excellent scientific minds here on JWtalk could help me, please. 1) What does it mean that the "spin" or angular momentum is "intrinsic"? In other words, how does a particle just automatically behave as a magnet even though it is as rest? I understand the word intrinsic, but I don't understand how a particle just naturally would have magnetism at rest 2) This statement below by this professor of physics just amazed me, I had never heard this before. So is this professor saying and is he correct that the "spin" of a body like the Earth is made up of the total sum of every single spin of every single elementary particle that exists within the Earth? If so that is mind blowing! Victor J. Stenger, professor of physics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, offers another, more technical perspective: "Spin is the total angular momentum, or intrinsic angular momentum, of a body. The spins of elementary particles are analogous to the spins of macroscopic bodies. In fact, the spin of a planet is the sum of the spins and the orbital angular momenta of all its elementary particles. So are the spins of other composite objects such as atoms, atomic nuclei and protons (which are made of quarks). So any help, explanations, thoughts that anyone could share on any of this would be great, thanks!
  8. Sorry I had posted this but then the website merged my separate posts. Here is the exact quote in our book "Mankind's Search for God" *** sh chap. 1 p. 8 par. 11 Why Be Interested in Other Religions? *** To answer that, we need to know something about the background of the world’s religions. As Geoffrey Parrinder states in World Religions—From Ancient History to the Present: “To study different religions need not imply infidelity to one’s own faith, but rather it may be enlarged by seeing how other people have sought for reality and have been enriched by their search.” Knowledge leads to understanding, and understanding to tolerance of people with a different viewpoint.
  9. I agree with you Ben, I find it very ironic how the Ministry of Justice is trying to dismiss the 70 experts by saying that they are all just "personal opinions".
  10. Answer from their lawyers: The Ministry of Justice considers that these examinations have been carried out on the basis of lawyers' requests, which means that they contain private opinions of experts So if these 70 experts were to testify in court, I guess all of their expert testimony would be just considered "private opinions".
  11. So many weeks ago before this Trial, there was a very concerning phrase that was mentioned in the suit filed against us. When I mentioned this phrase in another topic, Sister Victoria was also very concerned and was wondering what this meant exactly? And now for the first time in the trial this term has appeared. We hope that this is not referring to the personal property of "believers" (our brothers/sisters) like their homes and land.
  12. Oh we were so close! I guess now we are guilty of being "hiding extremists"
  13. The Ministry of Justice explains that the statements indicate that "money may have been sent to finance extremist activities." The court asks if this can be seen(documented) that money was spent on extremist activity. ANSWER: "The Ministry of Justice does not have exact data." It sounds like another 10 minute technical difficulty break is coming up
  14. Nor sure if this translation is correct but I think the Court is looking into our lawyers claims that there has been an "unreliability" of the Ministry of Justice's conclusions about JWs hiding information about "importing literature". So if I am understanding this correctly, the Russian Branch has "provided more than 70,000 sheets of documents for examination to the Ministry of Justice". So I guess 70,000 sheets of information/documents is not enough and is considered "hiding". What is considered "not hiding" information? 80,000 documents?