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    Mena
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  1. John 3:20 = " For whoever practices vile things hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his works may not be reproved."
  2. An interesting article on this subject is W87 7/15 pg 29. " ... It is also of interest to note the definition given to the word "fanatic" by Webster's Third New International Dictionary, 1961 edition. It says: 'Fanatic - Latin, inspired by a deity. 1. possessed by or as if by a demon; broadly: crazed, frantic, mad. 2. governed, produced, or characterized by too great zeal: extravagant, unreasonable; excessively enthusiastic, especially on religious subjects.' "...Why, then, has fanaticism been so common in Christendom? The apostle Paul indicated that the time would come when imitation Christians would appear. They would bear the name Christian but not live up to it or produce its good fruits." Paul himself once was a fanatic persecutor of Christ’s followers. What made him fanatic? cj chapt. 3 pg 129: reasonable : "..Saul (Paul) directed by worldly wisdom, was misled by unreasoning fanaticism before he became a Christian. (Acts 9:1,2; Gal. 1:13,14)."
  3. Thank you....thank you... sister Sandra for keeping us informed. You did an excellent job!!
  4. Brother Jackson gave an example of the new translation. In english you have the expression ‘to exercise faith’ - that’s because the word ‘faith’ is not a verb so you have to use a verb to express that word in an active way. For example: you cannot say I faith you – but: I have faith in you. But in Dutch we have the word for faith (geloof) but also the verb (geloven). Our old bible-translation was more of an english-dutch translation. Our translators back then used the exact translation for the english ‘exercise faith’ which is ‘geloof oefenen’ in stead of using the verb ‘geloven’. That makes it a little bit strange for outsiders to understand that expression. In Dutch the word ‘to exercise’ (oefenen) has the connotation of exercising as in a fitness-centre. So, when explaining the need of a more accurate translation, br. Jackson was on the stage making movements as if he was jogging – to show how you may have understand the expression ‘geloof oefenen’ (exercising faith) as if you physically have to exercise to have faith. The audience burst into laughter – especially when the interpreter made more gymnastic movements while translating. By the way, it was a blast to hear br. Jackson. He made so many jokes - we were almost constantly laughing. An unforgettable event it was. I’ll give you my own example: Rom. 10:10 : “For with the heart one exercises faith for righteousness, Old translation:” want met het hart oefent men geloof tot rechtvaardigheid New translation: “Want voor rechtvaardigheid moet je geloven met je hart Aahh….so much better and more beautiful…it comes right in our heart. Thank you Jehovah.
  5. Even though English is not my native tongue (thank you Google Translate ) I always feel free to write down some comments - because I know we're between loving and understanding brothers and sisters. I learn so much from your comments and deep insight and I pass it on to my friends. Thank you all.
  6. I was thinking that this can be a learning moment for us if we find ourselves in a situation of any kind of terror. We can prepare ourselves not to panic but to stay calm and to obey every instruction of the brothers even if it seems odd to us. Our God given calmness and peacefulness is even an outstanding mark of us as Jehovah's true people. Our state of tranquility will even triggered Gog of Magog to attack us. Ezech. 38:11= ...I will come against those living in security, without disturbance...
  7. I just saw it on the news. Thank you for sharing this. My prayers are with you. May Jehovah help you all there to stay calm and have trust in him.
  8. Aha..that is the icon for History! Thank you. I always wondered why there's no History icon as in Android.
  9. Does anyone know why in several other languages(Dutch,German,French etc) it's called: Ezri- an introduction to Ezra?
  10. g01 5/22 pp. 11-12 Terrorism—Soon to End - gives us a more balanced view on terrorism. I will make some quotations from this article: Although terrorists apparently want to convey a powerful message to politicians, military leaders, or economic leaders, there often seems to be no link between their cause and their target. In many cases the actual targets are ordinary people—people who have nothing to do with the terrorists’ avowed cause. Terrorism is systematic, premeditated, and calculated. The resulting toll in deaths and injuries is not the primary objective. Such carnage is a means to an end, part of the atmosphere of shock and fear that the terrorist wishes to create in order to undermine authority and gain a hearing for his specific cause. Consider some of the factors behind the violent acts of terrorists: Hatred. “Terrorism . . . is fueled by hatred,” stated Louis J. Freeh... Oppression. .. But it is also clear that a great deal of terrorism is born of despair. Frustration. “In many cases . . . the primary motivation for a terrorist is a genuine frustration with seemingly intractable political, social, and economic forces... Injustice. “Terrorism is a symptom of a problem, not the actual cause... Paralleling our actions against terrorism, we must have equally vigorous efforts to enhance freedom, dignity, justice, and humanitarian values. Only when those vigorous efforts are effective, will we be able to dismantle our counter-terrorism and anti-terrorism operations.... The causes and history of terrorism have proved the truth of the Biblical statement: “Man has dominated man to his injury.(Ecclesiastes 8:9) The reality is that human efforts to combat terrorism, no matter how sincerely motivated, cannot successfully deal with its causes. Those who have been wronged or oppressed and who feel frustrated can find comfort in the Bible’s sure promise: “The upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it. As regards the wicked, they will be cut off from the very earth; and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it. Proverbs 2:21,22. A Bible prophecy says regarding Christ: “He will not judge by any mere appearance to his eyes, nor reprove simply according to the thing heard by his ears. And with righteousness he must judge the lowly ones, and with uprightness he must give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth. Isaiah 11:3,4.
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