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About rbrown1205

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How I Found the Truth

  • How I found the Truth
    I credit the Watchtower magazine. I have been a Bible reader for most of my life, but very few people and religions actually prove what they believe and practice with the Bible. This is a regular method of teaching in the literature. I have a deep respect and appreciation for the Governing Body for that reason.

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    The Bible, science, history, computers, the media, and just plain reading
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    Anything related to the above.
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    I like the newest kingdom songs, also, easy listening, classic rock and r and b But I am open to any genre except most "gospel" and rap/hip hop.
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    My Fair Lady, To Sir With Love, Jesus of Nazareth, Giant, The Bible (in the beginning- John Huston as Noah was a magnificent choice)
  • My favorite quotes
    I could quote scripture copiously, but I found this impressive quote on a friend's wall which I now know came from Mark twain: “Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like its heaven on earth.” That last bit is not true for many, but making the best out of what one has, I think, is the point there.

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  1. rbrown1205

    Category 4 Hurricane Florence Heading for the US

    Oh, no, the number of those who lost their lives so far has reached 35!! http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-hurricane-deaths-20180918-story.html
  2. I miss that building, but now I am looking forward to visiting Warwick someday.
  3. rbrown1205

    Category 4 Hurricane Florence Heading for the US

    Reminds me of the tower in Siloam that fell killing 18 people. Luke 13:4-5 An article about making Jehovah your confidence referenced that example that Jesus gave, because he asked if those 18 were more guilty than any other man in Jerusalem? He said, No, I tell you, but unless you repent you will be destroyed in that same way. The article made the point that just because someone suffers from a natural disaster, that it should not be concluded that God is causing this kind of suffering. A timely reminder for us in the affected US states. https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2003642?q=tower+fell&p=par#h=11 It came to mind because I read that they are saying that they found the apparently related Pool of Siloam where the man born blind was cured. https://www.bibleplaces.com/poolofsiloam/ https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/the-siloam-pool-where-jesus-healed-the-blind-man/
  4. rbrown1205

    Category 4 Hurricane Florence Heading for the US

    As far as I know, no one in the congregations here was adversely affected. I was watching the awful effect that the hurricane had on New Bern and Wilmington NC, and in Myrtle Beach here in SC, and saw news reporters wading knee deep in the water in those cities. Last death count for the three states (including Virginia) that I heard was 14, and the displaced people are numbering over 1,000,000, mostly from the coastline. So far, locally we haven't experienced anything more than some rain. I am thankful to Jehovah. It is a blessing that we can go through the WT study online, listening to the recording. I remember how we used to have the cassette tapes, and had to request them beforehand.
  5. Wow, I don't speak any Italian (although I have tried to sing some opera every now and then, badly) but this song is, oh, magnificent in any language!! https://www.jw.org/en/publications/jw-convention-releases/Give-Me-Courage/give-me-courage/
  6. I don't know about that experience.
  7. It was Benedict. He has a cousin who is a Witness. http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2008/08/on-the-use-of-the-name-of-god/ http://www.answers.com/Q/Does_Pope_Benedict_have_relatives_who_are_Jehovah's_Witnesses I remember seeing the newspaper article and the picture, too. I can't find that picture of his cousin Steffie Brzakovic, 78, of Cooma - curiously, the picture was it was 404'd or otherwise deleted. It is not directly related, or maybe it is.
  8. One can also think that governmental persecution has also taken place in the US, during the 30's and 40's. They used to tar and feather our brothers, when they refused to stop preaching, or when they refused to salute the flag. Jehovah gave them a hard head like he did Jeremiah. He is doing the same in Russia and now in Singapore. Wow. If he could do it then he can do it now.
  9. Which pope directed that God's name be removed from hymn books and church buildings and catechisms or Catholic Bibles?
  10. There was a brochure called the Path of True Submission to God, or something like that, which clearly though respectfully compared the truth of God's word with the Quran. I used to have a regular call on a Muslim man and we had some good discussions with that brochure. I learned two scriptures from the Quran, "he begets not nor is he begotten" and "you must not kill anyone that Allah says you must not kill, unless it is for a good reason.." It is good to know the differences between the Bible and the Quran, so that one can reason with those who would likely know more about the Quran. I may still have a copy of the brochure, but it would be nice to have a pdf version of it too (hint hint). The Mosaic cover was unusually beautiful, and because of Muslim tradition, the brochure did not have any pictures in it.
  11. I just came from the C-L& M meeting, particularly thinking about Brother Jackson's talk on neutrality. These are scary times, but he spoke of not being able to buy or sell without having the mark on the forehead and hand. Although all I know about are the horrible experiences of our brothers in other countries, I can't help but think of how to maintain the form of worship that is clean and undefiled from Jehovah's standpoint - to keep oneself without spot from the world. I don't want to badmouth (or goodmouth) Trump and lose my escape out of the great tribulation. Brother Jackson is in my generation, and I, like he, can remember the pressures that were brought on the brothers by the Vietnam war.
  12. https://www.jw.org/en/news/legal/by-region/russia/appeal-rejected-20180507/ This is our brothers' national office. Jehovah give them strength.
  13. Thank you, Brother. I don't usually go that far ahead of our current meeting schedule. I appreciated the article about Samuel and Eli and the value of the older brothers, and the short article about the ancient Jewish method of telling time without a watch.
  14. I think I would like to see a more up to date article, though, and one from a different site. If anyone sees one, please post it.
  15. http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/evidence-confirms-biblical-story-is-true.aspx This came from National Geographic. I am trying to get the picture of what they found, it is awesome to realize that this is the destroyed city remains, dated to that time.

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