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  1. This happened in March/April 1963. I was 10 years old at the time, and I remember when we heard about it some time later, it made me resolute in my determination to never compromise. Later that summer we attended the eight-day "Everlasting Good News" international convention at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, where brother Knorr gave the final talk, based on Habakkuk to an audience of over 118,000. He was preparing us for persecution and hard times ahead leading to Armageddon. (The expression "the Great Tribulation" wasn't part of our vocabulary at that time). He closed with a discussion of Hab. 3:17-19. By the way, Brother Henschel carried a scar over the bridge of his nose from this incident for the rest of his life. "In the morning, a new group of soldiers took over, and these appeared to be more sadistic. A few more Witnesses compromised and the rest were brought back to the field where they were struck again, both with rifle butts and with short whips. M. G. Henschel was almost knocked unconscious with the butt of a rifle." --- YB 1977 "Elsewhere, before ordering deportation, officials resorted to brute force to try to make everyone submit to their demands. At Gbarnga, Liberia, in 1963, soldiers rounded up 400 men, women, and children who were attending a Christian convention there. The soldiers marched them to the army compound, threatened them, beat them, and demanded that everyone—regardless of nationality or religious belief—salute the Liberian flag. Among those in the group was Milton Henschel, from the United States. There were also some missionaries, including John Charuk from Canada. One of the Gilead graduates compromised, as he had done on an earlier occasion (though he had not made that known), and this no doubt contributed to compromise on the part of others who were at that assembly. It became evident who truly feared God and who were ensnared by fear of man. (Prov. 29:25) Following this, the government ordered all the Witness missionaries from abroad to leave the country, although later that same year an executive order from the president permitted them to return." --- jv Chap. 23, p. 542
  2. I posted this in another thread some time ago, but thought I would post it here also. I appreciate the emotion, artistry and musicality of this song and performers, even though the lyrics seem a little strange. It's an ode to Glenn Hughes friend Freddie Mercury, who had recently died.
  3. I think I posted this video early on in this thread. It's one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs, especially this performance with the orchestra.
  4. Yes, this is indicated in the Foreword of the brochure, which is still available on the WLib cdRom with a copyright date of 1992. Foreword Will There Ever Be a World Without War?—In our time we have seen the most devastating wars ever to afflict humankind. Millions of widows, widowers, and orphans have been left to grieve for their loved ones. At the 1991 Madrid Middle East peace conference, Yitzhak Shamir said: “I am sure that there is no Arab mother who wants her son to die in battle—just as there is no Jewish mother who wants her son to die in war.” Thus, our title is appropriate, Will There Ever Be a World Without War?
  5. For any jazz lovers among us, here's a composition by Herbie Hancock performed by Joey Alexander. It's moody and relaxing, yet exhilarating at the same time, as I feel it.
  6. Don't Worry ...

    There are two rules I'm still trying to apply as time goes on: Rule 1. Don't sweat the small stuff. Rule 2. It's all small stuff.
  7. This takes the expression at Gen. 1:1 to a whole new level and helps me appreciate just how special the earth is in all the universe. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
  8. I skipped seeing this movie because it only received a favorable review by 57% of movie critics on Rotten Tomatoes website in the U.S. and they're usually right on. The contrast in opinions between yours and theirs, just goes to show how subjective our enjoyment of a movie is. Here is what a few of the critics had to say about it: "Branagh's retelling of the classic Agatha Christie tale is visually sumptuous yet otherwise inert, a series of what are essentially cameos by performers far too gifted to waste their time like this." "Contriving somehow both to dawdle and to rush, "Murder on the Orient Express" is handsome, undemanding, and almost wholly bereft of purpose." "The picture simply goes on too long, and is far too in love with Branagh's performance." "Despite the hype, [Murder on the Orient Express] ends up being the purest representation of that old and well-known saying: "All talk, no action.""
  9. Some years ago, a brother who was being trained as a substitute C.O., asked an experienced C.O. what he thought was the most important quality a C.O. should have. He thought the answer was going to be something other than what the C.O. told him. His answer was, "humility." Think about it.

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