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About Beggar for the Spirit

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Personal Details

  • Gender
    Brother
  • First Name
    Neil
  • Relationship Status
    Married
  • Displayed Location
    Rocky Mountains
  • Publisher
    Yes
  • Baptized
    FEB 1995

How I Found the Truth

  • How I found the Truth
    A very long story. I will have to take some time to write it all out.

My Hobbies & Interests

  • My Interests
    I enjoy playing Chess and a variety of sports such as Tennis, Basketball, and Football. I like to watch the Wimbledon, US Open, the NBA & NFL, and international soccer. I don't think of this as a hobby, but some of the most enjoyable moments I have had was when I was doing deep research on a particular question that developed in my mind from the scriptures or some theocratic question, and then finally finding the answer and seeing Jehovah's view on that specific matter! These are special moments to me because my mind is then opened up and I see how much Jehovah's ways are so incredibly more loving and higher than how I think! And so then these moments put me in "awe" of Him and that's when I realize that I just at that moment drew closer to Him! So these are moments that I really value and want to experience more.
    I also really love all animals and I have a burning desire to spend a great deal of time with the great variety of animals in the New World!
  • My favorite books
    Mostly astronomy, cosmology, and anything of science that helps me learn about Jehovah as the Great Designer and Engineer
  • My favorite music
    I do love music but I seem to like genres & artists that other brothers in my area don't really listen to like Mario Frangoulis(Greek Tenor), Vittorio, Josh Groban(saw him 2x live in concert), Andrea Bocelli, Lara Fabian.
    Yet I also really like 80s R&B like Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Toni Braxton, James Ingram.
    There are other genres & singers I listen to like Marc Anthony(Spanish), Daughtry(Rock), and Sarah McLachlan.

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  1. The Governing Body cannot legislate what websites and videos we see on our electronic devices. But there is a "firewall" for every device, and that is "our love for Jehovah"!

    (Based on talk by Mark Noumair: “This Is the Way” (Isa. 30:21)

    1. Miss Bea

      Miss Bea

      One of the best, “firewalls”, ever!

    2. Miss Bea

      Miss Bea

      One of the best, “firewalls”, ever!

    3. hatcheckgirl
  2. Hi Paul, Thanks for your posts, I am glad you enjoy discussing science/creation topics. As for links to other websites, everybody here appreciates a link to good website, but many of us have learned our lessons from sites with biased reporting or sites that state things as facts but are unsubstantiated . So we are encouraged to provide a link, we should just try to verify the information/website first.
  3. Beggar for the Spirit

    Floating Bible

    Hi Brother Leleu, I like the Floating Bible and have enjoyed using it in the past. But when I switched to the iPhone years ago, this app had not been created for Apple products. I then wrote to the brother who created the app and he responded that he wasn't sure if or when he would develop the app for the iPhone as it is a much longer and difficult process. I hope 1 day he will, maybe I can try to bribe him?
  4. Beggar for the Spirit

    Figurines?

    Hi Regina, When it comes to action figures, models, anime plushes, wall scrolls, posters, etc, there are certain things we can consider to first train our conscience and then this can help us determine how Jehovah views such things. For example, you could: Research about what exactly Jehovah considers an "idol"? In the WT Library you can use search words like "Idols" or "Idolatry". For example, when researching "idols" there is a sub-topic called "Meaning of Term" and then it cites this article: So you will find some excellent information and principles when researching about "Idols" and "Idolatry" which will help with getting Jehovah's view. But to further train our conscience, we need to understand whether there might be any other factors/reasons we need to consider that might make certain posters, action figures, models, anime plushes, etc, not proper for us as Christians. So for example, we could: Research on the WT Library using search words like "images" and "posters". You can even try other search words that might provide more principles concerning anime plushes. For example, you could research "toys". Why research toys? Because while many toys can be fun, some toys may not be proper for Christians. So maybe there are certain principles when researching about toys that would help you to see how Jehovah may view "anime plushes". I am not saying anime plushes are good or bad, but here is an example of an article that can be found when researching "toys". This article was designed to help parents but it can also provide some interesting principles to help us train our conscience. As you are reading this article, in your mind, you can substitute the word "anime" every time you see the word "toys" and this can help you even further.
  5. Beggar for the Spirit

    folding solar panels

    Hi Vince, I am also working on my GoBag, trying to improve it. I had done some research on "solar chargers" and this 1 has the best reviews by some experts who have tested a variety of them. This 1 is a little more expensive ($65) but has more power than most, 28watts, works with Apple/Android, waterproof, and folds up nicely. There is also a 5% coupon on Amazon so this reduces the price a little. Let me know what you think? Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXWCPLC?tag=thewire06-20&linkCode=xm2&ascsubtag=AgEAAAAAAAAAATt6
  6. Beggar for the Spirit

    What is the "Fabric" of Space?

    Hi Burt, Yeah I think water is another good way to illustrate empty space. While fabric is a good comparison for how space stretches and bends, water is a good comparison also because while a piece of fabric is flat, water or an ocean of water has great depth and objects float through this substance. So empty space could also be likened to an ocean of water in which all heavenly bodies float through this cold, dark substance. Some people even believe that empty space acts more like a liquid than a vacuum or void. So who knows, maybe there will be an astonishing new understanding about "empty space" and it could be given a new description/name like, "The Oceanic Universe" or "The Fluid Ether"
  7. Beggar for the Spirit

    What is the "Fabric" of Space?

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  8. Beggar for the Spirit

    Ultima-Thule Pictures

    Hi Sister Regina, By staring at clouds or rock formations, each of us can "see" certain things because of our imagination. And look at how people for centuries have viewed certain star formations as a "scorpion", "ram", etc. Satan/demons take advantage of people's interest in astrology, but did Satan/demons move the stars into the formation of a scorpion or ram? Jehovah has used incredible physical laws to cause heavenly bodies to move in an organized manner, so it would not seem likely that Jehovah would permit Satan/demons to move around heavenly bodies which would cause chaos. But do Satan/demons have permission to manipulate smaller things in the universe, like asteroids? In space, thanks to far reaching spacecraft and satellites, we can now see much detail of things like the rings of Saturn, the Kuiper Belt, and even individual asteroids/comets. But likely it is just our human imagination that sees certain images in these satellite pictures, like a "snowman". And it would seem that Jehovah would have warned us if Jehovah had given Satan the permission to rule over and manipulate the entire universe. The Bible would then likely read:
  9. Beggar for the Spirit

    Using JWLibrary for CLAM in IOS

    HI Guri, As I look at the picture on your post, what happens when you hit "ACTS 17-18" that is on the main page right under December 24-30? Because when we first open the CLAM workbook, the right column will be blank and automatically state "There is no study content" because we haven't chosen any study content yet. But if we hit ACTS 17-18 then it appears in the right column as study content. Try this and see what happens.
  10. Beggar for the Spirit

    What is the "Fabric" of Space?

    Here are some interesting perspectives/questions/theories about what exactly the "fabric" of space-time is by some experts: There is space between atoms, and between the nucleus and electrons in an atom. Is there a lower limit to the size of space that can be bent? Is space bent around an atom? Space is neither matter nor a force. Space is the volume in which matter and forces exist. It is a reference frame. Just like latitude and longitude is a reference frame for the Earth’s surface. Isn’t it insane to think longitude and latitude interact in any cause and effect way with any matter or forces on the planet? Yet physicists think the reference frame of space interacts with matter. This has to be the most insane thing ever believed by smart people. As George Orwell observed, “Some ideas are so wrong only a highly educated person could believe them.” when astronomers talk about the "expansion of the universe," they are referring to the stretching of space between clusters of galaxies - NOT to the motion of galaxies through space. The fabric of Space-Time is another state of matter, hence it has Equivalent mass. Time and space fill the universe and being massive explain the missing mass of universe, the shape of Galaxies etc. Gravity feels strongest where spacetime is most curved, and it vanishes where spacetime is flat. This is the core of Einstein's theory of general relativity, which is often summed up in words as follows: "matter tells spacetime how to curve, and curved spacetime tells matter how to move" "There is now evidence that space itself MAY possess some slight amount of energy of its own, of a form previously unknown. If so, space may actually have weight! Discovering the properties of space remains one of the deepest and most important problems in modern science.” Mahmoud Nafousi, Theoretical Physicist
  11. Recently I have stopped and tried to "consider carefully" a specific wonderful work of Jehovah, the so called "fabric" of space. As I was meditating on this, I realized for the first time that if this so called fabric is 1 entity, 1 property, then this would be largest creation by Jehovah in the universe! I like the word "fabric" because it helps to understand more accurately what gravity is. Sir Issac Newton thought that gravity was the attraction between all objects. But Einstein realized that gravity is not a force that attracts, but that gravity is more geometry. If I spread out a sheet of fabric and put a heavy ball in the middle, the fabric bends, curves due to the weight of the ball and now any smaller ball that rolls on that fabric will not go straight but will turn and "orbit" the heavy ball because of the bending of the fabric by the heavier ball. Similarly, the moon orbits the heavier Earth and the planets orbit the heavier sun because the "fabric" of space is curved because of the great mass of these objects. Here are some cool images: So when I look at some these images, the question comes up in my mind, so what then is actually being curved? This "fabric" is invisible so we can't see it or even feel it. When physicists discuss what "space" is made of they say that the "nothing" in space has something. a "sea" of quantum energy fluctuations, tiny energy and anti-energy "bubbles" that appear randomly, but only last for a specific period of time imposed by quantum uncertainty principles. But is that what the "fabric" of space is made of or are all of the tiny quantum energy fluctuations actually separate, sitting on top of the "fabric" of space? For example, also in the nothingness of space are various forms of gas and dust, some invisible, some visible, but gas and dust are not the fabric of space. So I wonder and ask if anyone has ever read any information that provides any good theories or explanations as to what the actual "fabric" of space is? As far as I know of, it is unknown, but there may be some good, helpful theories. Something else interesting is that from what Einstein concluded, it is not quite accurate to say the fabric of "space" because the fabric is really "space-time". Massive objects like Black Holes can severely curve, warp, this "fabric" of space-time around it to the point that even "time" is affected! And massive explosions in space can even cause ripples in this "fabric" that have recently been detected, a new discovery. So "space-time" acts, behaves, just like a "fabric", but the most incredible fabric in the universe! It is awe-inspiring, the greatest minds in history have all looked up at the heavens and seen "space" but yet this fabric is beyond their comprehension. Any comments, thoughts, research is appreciated. And hopefully as we, "Stop and consider carefully (this) wonderful (fabric) of God”, we are even more amazed by the great power and wisdom of our Grand Creator.
  12. Beggar for the Spirit

    Google Home theocratic actions?

    Since Alexa will read the daily text and read scriptures, do you think she will ever desire to have her own Bible Study?
  13. Hi Tyrrha, I think this was a good topic you started, like you, none of us want to accidentally offend others. As Christians we do our best to avoid insulting anyone, so thank you for starting the topic. And I wanted to add that I don't believe that Brother Nurzat was trying to say anything negative toward you, he was just trying to help, he even tried helping you by researching to see if he could find some articles that spoke about "orientals" being an offensive term. And he also apologized. Please forgive us, we sometimes write things on our posts that are sincere questions or we are just trying to express something but it sounds strange to some or appears to be a negative remark. But Brother Nurzat is a nice brother. Ok, so to your good question about whether we should use this term "orientals". My initial thoughts were that I had never heard of this being a negative or offensive term. But that it doesn't really matter what I think, it only matters if others are hurt/offended. So here is a very interesting article that came out in the LA Times just a few years ago. The writer of the article says that she considers herself "oriental" but she provides some interesting information showing how even the government is trying avoid using this word so as not to offend others. She doesn't understand why some would be offended by "orientals", her article is interesting. Here is part of her article with a link: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-tsuchiyama-oriental-insult-20160601-snap-story.html
  14. Hi David, Can you share with us an outline of the presentation if you took notes or some thoughts that you appreciated from the presentation? Thanks.
  15. Hi Sister Regina, Here are a couple more pictures to add to the good ones Mandi posted for you. Look forward to seeing your drawings.
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