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About Dismal_Bliss

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    Head Programmer
  • Birthday 11/10/1975

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    Happily married to my lovely wife Crystal
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    Northeast Ohio
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How I Found the Truth

  • How I found the Truth
    I grew up in a divided household. My parents fought like cats and dogs, and as a result, I didn't want to hear about religion. But at 13 years old I wanted to fix my family, and so I prayed to whoever might be up there listening and purchased my first bible, a New Revised Standard Version, and began reading. In time, I became passionate over Koine Greek and translation issues, and the more I read the Bible and the deeper I dug into spiritual things, the clearer it became to me that Jehovah's Witnesses were in complete harmony with the word of God.

My Hobbies & Interests

  • My Interests
    Family - doing things together with my wife and children is wonderful - a family that plays together (and prays together), stays together. I'm a Bible teacher and much of my interests center around following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:21). I'm also an internet junkie - probably not a good thing.
  • My favorite books
    God's Word, the Holy Bible (I've collected over 40 translations of this book in Hebrew, Greek, English, and Spanish).
    Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament by Jason David BeDuhn
    The Role of Theology and Bias in Bible Translation by Rolf Furuli
  • My favorite music
    Such a broad range that it is too much to list. Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Peeping Tom, Mondo Cane, and more), The Cure, Andrea Bocelli, and classical music too. Popular music is okay, until it has been played to death. Probably shouldn't mention some of these. Sadly, you have to listen to an album and weed out the bad songs on just about anything these days.
  • My favorite quotes
    And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free - Jesus at John 8:32

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  1. Dismal_Bliss

    Dr. Who recommendations

    I haven't seen any Jodie episodes yet. I'm a little leary about the show now that it has become overly tainted with not-so-subtle political/social propaganda.
  2. See you changed your picture.  I think you should post the one with the orange peel for posterity's sake LOL!

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    2. cerebral ecstasy

      cerebral ecstasy

      Actually I think I saw that special photo over on facebook to begin with.  I was just thinking it was hilarious and it needed to come out for a spin!

    3. Lance


      So Sharon you have moved to Gibsons Landing and joined the Beachcombers ... your new photo looks like Relic


    4. cerebral ecstasy

      cerebral ecstasy

      Yep..pretty close LOL only a mere 4 hours and 36 minutes away. My family used to love that show!  

  3. Ours was 1042 and we had 4 baptized. I find it interesting that the ratio is about the same
  4. Circuit Assembly in the morning. Time to catch some zzzzz's :D

    1. Sheep


      Me too. Although I have already caught some :snoring:. Now I'm rarin' to go!

    2. Dismal_Bliss


      Ours was the "Be Bold" program with the new CO. It was a fantastic program - every single part was great!

    3. Sheep
  5. We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

    1. Tortuga


      Can I borrow $5?


      ($5 x 'everyone'=💲💲💲)



    2. rocket


      Green haired turtles excluded. :raspberry:

    3. bagwell1987


      In my congregation we have a sort of 'network'. Someone helps at least 1 other person. Kind of an unspoken support group. Mine is Brother Chuck who is on disability and in need of food, for me is sister Patty who lets me ride to Sunday meeting with her and mid-week meeting is Sister Ann who I get to ride with. (I love riding with these sisters, adds much to my life, being a sister with an unbelieving husband).

      I've always said that we need each other, a big family.

  6. I wear my glasses all the time so I'm fine, lol. But, while one of my eyes is better than the other, it's not a drastic difference. However, I could see how you could feel that way. I bet if we all tried to only keep one eye open for a short period of time we'd start to feel the same way.
  7. Dismal_Bliss

    WhatsApp with You?

    A service like WhatsApp is far superior to group SMS if you can get everyone on board. At Bethel, we used Voxer which was very similar.
  8. Dismal_Bliss

    Banning of religion

    The slave makes a distinction between Gog of Magog and the KOTN. I had said.... It seems to me that my original statement didn't need correcting. The comment that spurred my answer was whether Gog attacks false religion instead of the United Nations. Revelation is clear that the United Nations is instrumental in false religions demise. However, the UN as an organization might not be directly involved in armageddon, as the bible doesn't specify. Revelation does say "the kings of the earth" and "the wild beast" (political system) is involved. Naturally, this would include both the king of the north and the king of the south of Daniel's prophecy, as well as Gog of Magog. Gog of Magog may Ezekiel's way of referring to "the kings of the earth" in general, including the KOTN and the KOTS. Or, Gog of Magog may be a reference to a coalition of nations that doesn't necessarily include every single nation. Gog of Magog may be *led by* the King of the North, but "we cannot say with any certainty" says the slave.
  9. Been gone a few days. 125 notifications. 😮 

    1. cerebral ecstasy

      cerebral ecstasy

      Here's another to make it 126 :whistling:

    2. Spechellekaye


      Welcome back!

  10. Dismal_Bliss

    Banning of religion

    No, it's still the United Nations. “And the ten horns [smaller kingdoms] that you saw and the wild beast [the United Nations], these will hate the prostitute [false religion] and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire [total annihilation]. For God put it into their hearts to carry out his thought, yes, to carry out their one thought by giving their kingdom to the wild beast, until the words of God will have been accomplished.” - Revelation 17:16, 17 Gog of Magog refers to a coalition of nations (compare Revelation 20:7-8). Maybe not much. However, Gog of Magog is a more generic term while the United Nations is quite specific. Revelation 20:7-8 speaks of another Gog of Magog at the end of the 1000-year reign. This may be a coalition of "nations" but certainly not another United Nations, as this image of the beast is destroyed at armageddon. Jehovah uses the UN to execute judgment on false religion, and then Satan tries to do the same thing by using the kings of the earth to attack Jehovah's people. Satan's efforts may not necessarily be a UN mandate. “And I saw three unclean inspired expressions that looked like frogs [satanic propaganda] come out of the mouth of the dragon [Satan] and out of the mouth of the wild beast [satan's political system] and out of the mouth of the false prophet [the anglo-american power]. They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and they perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.” - Revelation 16:13, 14 ^ It would appear that this is the original wild beast (Satan's political system) and not the image of the beast (the UN) that became scarlet-colored when it came to life. I agree with this, although Gog is not synonymous with the King of the North. Gog may likely include nations that are also part of the King of the North. However, since Revelation 16:13-14 shows that the King of the South is in on this too, we're better of sticking to the slave's definition of Gog, namely, "a coalition of nations".
  11. I'm going to Uber for the first time this evening.

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    2. Tortuga



      Are you still with us?


      We Ubered for the first time last month in New Orleans. We needed a hotel transfer and there wasn't a cab so the bellman called an UBER for us.

    3. Dismal_Bliss


      I'm alive, lol.

    4. Miss Bea

      Miss Bea

      I was concerned, too. Did he make it back to us. Apparently so! Excellent! 

  12. Dismal_Bliss

    Banning of religion

    And remember, JEHOVAH himself will use the United Nation to destroy false religion, and these little nations will jump on the bandwagon.
  13. Dismal_Bliss

    Wol.jw.org off line?

    I mean that the Branch probably pulled the Watchtower Online Library offline on purpose to add more literature, languages, or functionality which would both require updating the database. This is similar to when I pull JWTalk offline when I do maintenance and upgrades. Not your phone, you silly goose, lol
  14. Dismal_Bliss

    Newsweek coverage continues

    It's a test for our brothers and sisters their. As a worldwide fellowship, may we continually pray that they may maintain their integrity.
  15. Dismal_Bliss

    Wol.jw.org off line?

    Oooooh! Upgrade time!

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