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  1. Very good scripture Brother Guri. (Acts 24:3) . . .at all times and also in all places we acknowledge this, Your Excellency Felix, with the greatest thankfulness. Yes likely the citizens under Felix didn't feel that Felix showed "excellence" as a leader, but yet the Christians showed him honor rendering him the title "Excellency" as they learned from Jesus to show such respect. Notice how good of a leader Felix was: *** it-1 p. 819 Felix *** Tacitus described him as one who “practised every kind of cruelty and lust, wielding the power of king with all the instincts of a slave.” (The Histories, V, IX) He is reported to have engineered the killing of High Priest Jonathan. Suetonius says that Felix became the husband of three queens. (The Lives of the Caesars, Claudius, XXVIII) Such description agrees with what we learn of Felix in the Bible.
  2. Nice draft Sister Pauline. I like how cordial you are and how personal you make it. You asked for any suggestions, I was wondering if you might like the suggestion in the instructions that we may add 1 or 2 of the specific facts about the case against Jehovah's Witnesses . You don't have to but just an idea.
  3. Hi Richard, good question. I was thinking about bulk mail today and I started wondering if it is a good decision or not? The instructions don't mention this and likely the Governing Body may have considered if would be beneficial that each congregation should send them together. But I think there is a greater impact when 1000s or millions of individual letters are pouring in! What do you think? This is just an opinion
  4. Was this video with Brother Sanderson put on JW Broadcasting today? Or yesterday?
  5. I liked your ending Steve! " Please accept my apologies for not being able to write in the Russian Language"
  6. Hi Sister Rosie, I wanted to tell you that I thought you did a very good job with your letter! It was very respectful, courteous, and had well-chosen words. But by far the best part of your letter and probably the best sentence I have read for our letter was this one: " We are never taught to employ any actions whatsoever that could be classified as « extreme » with the exception of being « extremely kind » and « extremely loving » to their neighbours. " I literally laughed out loud when I read that! Wonderfully written
  7. Thanks Brother Andrej! So just to confirm, every word in the letter such as "You, "Your", "Yourself", etc, should have a capital Y?
  8. Sorry to repost this but since there are so many posts, maybe those who have answers to these questions didn't see it. Thank you Brother Irmantas for your previous post! And thanks for any help anyone else can provide.
  9. Brother Andrej posted this interesting information: Letters to Putin should start with "Esteemed Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin!". Also when referring to the one we're writing to "you" should be with capital Y, You. Those are some rules of Russian correspondence Thank you Andrej, can you or anyone else explain some of these Russian grammatical rules, such as why is there an exclamation mark placed after the name/title of the salutation? Why is a capital "Y" used every time "you" or "your" is written, is this only when addressing government leaders or for even letters between friends?
  10. This is going to feel so good to actually do something practical for our brothers and sisters in Russia! May we all give our letter the very best effort! Also below is something very motivating concerning letters and what happened back in 1945 with Adolph Hitler! *** w11 10/1 p. 14 “Defiance That Commands Respect” *** Did Hitler receive letters of protest from church officials concerning the outrages perpetrated by the National Socialists, or Nazis? There were some, but such letters were few and far between. In the Moscow archives, however, Dr.Eberle found a file containing a number of letters sent to Hitler by Jehovah’s Witnesses from different parts of Germany, protesting against the conduct of the Nazis. In fact, Witnesses from about 50 countries sent Hitler some 20,000 letters and telegrams protesting the mistreatment of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Thousands of Witnesses were arrested, and several hundred were executed or died following ill-treatment by the Nazis. Dr. Eberle concludes: “In view of the millions of victims of the Nazi regime, this number [of Witness victims] appears small. But it nevertheless testifies to an act of collective and uncompromising defiance that commands respect.”
  11. Thanks Michael for posting this. I was thinking that about how we have been encouraged to pray to Jehovah using specific names of people if possible. Now normally we would think of brothers/sisters in the news reports or videos where their names are given. But since we have also learned that we can at times pray for the "kings" or leaders of governments who have influence on Jehovah's people and His work, then I thought that maybe I would copy/paste this final part of the news report which gives the title of a person who is in Russia who is having great influence. So I think in my prayers that I will mention this specific person/title to Jehovah "in order that [those in Russia] may go on leading a calm and quiet life with full godly devotion and seriousness.”(1 Tim 2:2) *** w11 3/1 p. 29 Russia’s Summer District Conventions Bring Blessings *** Whatever their situation may yet be, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia joyfully continue to meet together for spiritual instruction. They pray “concerning kings and all those who are in high station; in order that [they] may go on leading a calm and quiet life with full godly devotion and seriousness.”—1 Timothy 2:2.
  12. Excellent points Carlos! How ironic that many scientists approve of the current scientific dating methods and praise how highly accurate they are and yet if their dating methods are correct, then how could certain forms of life have developed so fast based on their dates? They are in a big dilemma! And if life evolved that quickly millions of years ago, why aren't we seeing this great evolutionary speed today?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!