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  1. How are you all in London? It shakes me up whenever I hear about another car plowing into crowds. I'm so glad you let us know the brothers and sisters witnessing are all ok. Jehovah is looking after things, and we need to see the bigger picture. We just don't know in this very unstable world if we will be alive from day to day. But so long as each day we are looking forward to Jehovah's kingdom, and living each day in his service, we can all keep our hope, courage and faith despite persecution and terrorism. Interesting point from Bro Sanderson's special broadcast - we don't know when things will change quickly where we are living, even if things are "relatively peaceful".
  2. It's very emotional for all of us. It's spine-chilling how we can be a part of the campaign to show our support and knowing that Jehovah will protect you and look after you in this time of imminent persecution. All of us a praying hard and writing, Victoria!
  3. Looks like Australian letter will not make it by April 1, as the Economy Air takes 14 business days and is the cheapest option at $2.95 a letter. The premium express mail gets there in 5 business days, but costs $50.51 https://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/calculate-postage-delivery-times/#/option/international/AU/RU?category=letter Still, our letter will be sent - better late than not getting there at all.
  4. Unusually cold here too for early autumn. Weird weather all round.
  5. The one with him and the unicorns is the best (oops! stay neutral stay neutral stay neutral!)
  6. Really hurt my brain, but got 126. It's a lot harder than I thought, forgot the easy countries!
  7. 2 Thess 1: 3, 4 says: because your faith is growing exceedingly and the love of each and every one of you is increasing toward one another. As a result we ourselves take pride in you among the congregations of God because of your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and the hardships that you are suffering. And because they had built up their love and faith, they had endurance to survive persecution, because they believed that Jehovah would deliver them in the near future. When you survive persecution, or any trials, your faith is strengthened and refined. This takes into account that it is righteous on God’s part to repay tribulation to those who make tribulation for you. But you who suffer tribulation will be given relief along with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus. (verses 6,7). Also Zechariah 13:9 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire And I will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested.+ They will call on my name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people,’+ And they will say, ‘Jehovah is our God.’”
  8. UN says world faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945 with tens of millions starving http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-11/un-says-world-faces-largest-humanitarian-crisis-since-1945/8346048 Stephen O'Brien told the UN Security Council on Friday that "without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death" and "many more will suffer and die from disease". He urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid "to avert a catastrophe", describing the current situation as a "critical point" in history... The UN humanitarian chief also visited South Sudan, the world's newest nation which has been ravaged by a three-year civil war, and said "the situation is worse than it has ever been". "The famine in South Sudan is man-made," he said. Natural disasters like drought and flooding causing famine is bad enough, but when it is man-made, well, that is just awful!! What a reprehensible system.
  9. Dearest Svetlana, I appreciate your honesty, and I feel the same way too. I think we all would rather not have to pass through the fire of persecution to prove our loyalty to Jehovah. But the results, when we endure whatever satan throws at us is worth it all. Soon, we all will be in the same firing line as you faithful brothers. Already, Jehovah's Witnesses are "on the nose", so to speak, in Australia because of the Royal Commission investigation into religious organisation and child abuse. There will be fall-out as the media skews the recommendations against us. I've read this passage of scripture to remind me what it means for us to be Christians: But you have closely followed my teaching, my course of life, my purpose, my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance, 11 the persecutions and sufferings such as I experienced in Antioch in I·coʹni·um, in Lysʹtra. I endured these persecutions, and the Lord rescued me from them all. In fact, all those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with Christ Jesus will also be persecuted. - 2 Tim 3:10-12 Jehovah knows how to deliver us in any situation, just like he helped Paul and all our brothers and sisters. I need faith to keep going too, as it is a scary prospect to face trials and persecution. But it is also exciting because our deliverance is near, isn't it? Sending my warmest love to you faithful friends in Russia and Ukraine. Keeping you all in my prayers.
  10. Wow! It really does look bizarre! I had no idea moons didn't have to be spherical. They are amazing pics!
  11. Hat-check-girl. Hatchet girl was me before the truth
  12. Interesting verging off of topic. I haven't read Huck Finn or Mocking Bird for many years, but they are among classical literature, so held in high esteem by society, and good enough that they were studied in school even out of America. So I had a look see at what Mark Twain himself said about slavery. Interesting thoughts here http://classiclit.about.com/od/marktwainfaqs/f/faq_mtwain_slav.htm and here, specifically about Huck Finn http://classiclit.about.com/od/huckleberryfinnfaqs/f/faq_huck_slave.htm Think also about historically set novels, such as Dickens, with appalling child labour and deep poverty and class distinctions. Those authors may not have fully believed in universal suffrage, equality in labour, and other human rights we take for granted in our world now. But they do reflect life as it was then, with their own bias and hopes, and shows the progression towards a fairer society that we have now. I don't think it necessarily reflects that they wanted slavery, or a bourgeois life, while the masses went hungry. But that is what their societies were like then. We can't retrofit our views on the past. But we can learn from the past. It's a good lesson, and classical literature can teach that even though we have now progressed to this more sophisticated human rights epoch, look at how ridiculous it's become -as per the original post of this thread. Always returns to this - we need the Kingdom for true freedom.
  13. Thin edge of the wedge....
  14. Well, I had no idea of the latest Disney developments, so this is a useful thread for me. (Bambi is still my favourite of all time, and I also liked Beauty and the Beast. Guess I just love animal stories.) But the direction Disney is taking....makes me wanna vom.