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  1. "A nation needs laws. The Israelites were therefore given ten basic laws, commonly known as the Ten Commandments, as well as an additional 600 or so regulations. (Exodus 20:1-17) It was a law code based upon fundamental truths that have always applied to true religion, and still do, even in our 20th century. Were these laws based upon the already existent Code of Hammurabi? Some people might think so, since Hammurabi, king of Babylon’s first dynasty, ruled well over a century and a half before Israel became a nation." --- g89 2/22 The Society produced a video in 1994 titled, "The Bible ---- Mankind's Oldest Modern Book." So, it may not be the oldest book ever written, but apparently it's the oldest book still being produced and read today.
  2. Post a picture... Any picture

    The Mormons did it first with displays many years ago. I remember seeing some of their young "elder" missionaries doing street work on the board walk in Coney Island, NY. on Saturdays back in the '70's. Of course, all they had to offer was free spiritual junk food that was already spoiled!
  3. Its Not about the nail

    MARS VENUS Don’t offer unsolicited advice to Martians because men would feel incompetent otherwise. Don’t try to change a man’s behaviour when he makes a mistake. Don’t offer solutions to problems Venusians have, just give support (and a hug) and let her talk. Don’t try to change her feelings from bad to good by offering a solution, or you’ll probably invalidate her feelings.
  4. That was a hoot, but not so much an American accent, as much as an example of: Af·ri·can A·mer·i·can Ver·nac·u·lar Eng·lish form of American English: the variety of English spoken by many African Americans African American Vernacular English, or AAVE, is the term used by scholars for the widespread and varied African American usages of the English Language, also called Ebonics, Afro-American English, American Black English, Black English, Black English Vernacular, and Black Vernacular English. Originating in the pidgin of the slave trade and Plantation Creole in the U.S. Southern states, African American Vernacular English considerably influenced U.S. Southern English and, in the late 19th and the 20th centuries, spread by migration through much of the nation. It therefore has both rural and urban components. It has also come to be associated with the language of blues, jazz, and rap music. As with African English, African American Vernacular English does not pronounce r in words such as art, door, and worker. Other characteristics, some going back to similar features of African languages, are: (1) the use of d and t instead of th, as in dem for them and tree for three; (2) the dropping of l, as in hep for help, sef for self, and too for tool; (3) consonant reduction at the ends of some words (including tense endings), as in wha for what, jus for just, and pas for past; (4) use of -n for -ing, as in runnin for running; (5) multiple negatives, as in no way nobody can do it; (6) verb aspects marked for intermittent, momentary, or continuous action rather than tense per se, the tense time being apparent from the contexts, as in he be laughin for he is always laughing and he run for he runs; and (7) dropping of the verb in some constructions, as in she sick and he gone for she is sick and he has gone. African American Vernacular English expressions have contributed to the rich texture of American English, these terms being typical: yam (sweet potato), goober (peanut), okra, gumbo (the soup and the river mud), tote (carry), juke, mumbo jumbo, hep/hip, and boogie woogie. All these are rooted in African languages. In its more urban settings, African American Vernacular English's contributions are also many, these few examples making the point: dis (to disrespect), igg (to ignore), chill out (to stop behaving stupidly), 'tude (attitude), the Man (the police), hang-up (a problem), rap (to talk), make it (succeed), kicks (pleasure), and the sense of bad meaning variously "good," "extraordinary," and "beautiful."
  5. My ancestry DNA results!

    I watched the program, Finding Your Roots, last night on PBS, and it was a real revelation for the singer Carly Simon to find out that her DNA is 10% sub-Saharan African through her great grandmother who was brought to Cuba as a slave. On the flip side, the host Henry Louis Gates Jr. said that it's a surprise to many African-Americans that most of them have as much as 20% European ancestry.
  6. Calling Jehovah 'Daddy'

    So, by extension,would it also be objectionable to refer to Jehovah's heavenly wife-like organization of faithful angelic creatures as "mama," instead of "mother"? "But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother." --- Gal. 4:26
  7. And this: During the 2016 service year, Jehovah’s Witnesses spent over $213 million in caring for special pioneers, missionaries, and circuit overseers in their field service assignments.
  8. Since you mentioned this, it's always good to remember that our policy of strict neutrality is not limited to political involvement but includes the world's social issues that pit one side against another. No matter how noble or right a social cause might be, including racial issues, we shouldn't get involved as this detracts from our primary message and man's only hope for peace and security; God's Kingdom.
  9. We used to have a circuit overseer who pronounced it the same way we pronounce the word, "intestine," with a short sound on the "i" and emphasis on the "lis". It actually seemed to make grammatical sense to pronounce it that way, although I've never heard anyone else pronounce it that way.
  10. Recommend me a Book

    This isn't fictional entertainment, but if you'd like more insight into the our struggle for freedom to preach publicly and from house to house in the U.S., I highly recommend this book. It goes along with what we're studying currently in the 'God's Kingdom' book. Armed With the Constitution "In 1995, Merlin Owen Newton wrote Armed With the Constitution, a book that documents the role of Jehovah’s Witnesses in clarifying the application of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. At the time, Mrs. Newton was associate professor of history and political science at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Her thoroughly researched and well-documented book reviews two Alabama court cases that were carried all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court." "One of these Supreme Court cases involved Grace Marsh, whose first-person story appears in the accompanying article. The other case, Jones v. City of Opelika, dealt with the right to disseminate religious beliefs through distribution of literature. Rosco and Thelma Jones, a black married couple, were full-time ministers of Jehovah’s Witnesses." "In preparing her book, Professor Newton used contemporary periodicals and legal journals, Witnesses’ memoirs and letters, interviews with and material published by the Witnesses themselves, and scholarly studies of Witness activities. The fascinating details and personal reflections provided by the defendants, attorneys, and judges in Armed With the Constitution have brought a piece of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ legal history to life." ---g98 4/22
  11. I was thinking along the same lines. It seems to be a reversal of our long-standing modus operandi, that the organization is growing rapidly with an average of 5,000 newly baptized Witnesses each week, and we need more Kingdom Halls in order to accommodate them. Large congregations were viewed somewhat as a liability in the past, because of the strain it put on the elders to care for all the sheep and the possibility of getting lost or overlooked in the crowd. Our Kingdom Hall has four congregations using it, which is the norm in this area, and we have about 165 publishers with larger attendances on Sunday. Sometimes it makes it hard to get called on for a comment during the Watchtower study and we only have enough parking for about 120 publishers. It also requires more homes to meet in for field service or else the service groups become too large, and the Kingdom Hall is already being used on Saturdays by two of the other congregations for their meetings for service. Large congregations have their own particular problems, logistical and otherwise, to deal with, as I think will become more apparent to those who attend one as time goes on.
  12. UNACCEPTABLE YOUR PERSONAL DECISION TO CHRISTIANS WHOLE Choices You BLOOD FRACTIONS Need to Make PLASMA ALBUMIN—UP TO 4% OF PLASMA A protein extracted from plasma. Types of albumin are found also in plants, in foods such as milk and eggs, and in the milk of a nursing mother. Albumin from blood is sometimes ․․ I accept albumin used in volume expanders or to treat shock and severe ․․ I refuse albumin burns. These preparations may contain up to 25 percent albumin. Minute amounts are used in the formulation of many other medicines, including some formulations of erythropoietin (EPO). For more information on blood fractions and procedures involving the medical use of your own blood, see Our Kingdom Ministry, November 2006 Worksheets.

JWTalk 19.10.11 by Robert Angle (changelog)