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About Beggar for the Spirit

Personal Details

  • Gender
    Brother
  • First Name Only
    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. Bay Area on Fire

    Hi Richard, You said you could smell the smoke! Are the fires near your home also? I hope not.
  2. Bay Area on Fire

    Hi Sister Kelsey, Thank you for informing us about what has happened to you and also for the updates in your area. Myself and I know everyone here feels very very bad for what happened to you and your husband. I will make sure today to ask our Father to help you both to overcome this and to help you both with your wonderful goals that you mentioned. A trial can often reveal a person's true spirituality, and your posts reveal to me that you have an outstanding attitude and spirituality to be able to immediately be focused on what you and your husband want to do for the future in simplifying your life to serve Him more fully despite just having suffered a tragedy! You could have easily been swallowed up by grief and despair, but you obviously are stronger spiritually than you may have realized! Thank you also for being such a good example as many of us are also going to have trials and even severe trials in the future, some of us may lose our homes or receive direct persecution, but to endure for Jehovah with a shining hope like you have is my goal! What you stated here was beautiful:
  3. WT Library Update

    How can we find out what was on the update?
  4. Football (Soccer)

    Hi Sister Christina, Thanks for starting this topic. I love soccer and my favorite team since the days before Messi is Barcelona. Around 2005 I went to a Spanish Congregation for a year here in the U.S. to improve my Spanish in order to serve in a foreign field and that is when I started watching soccer for the first time with the Spanish friends. But back In the 1980s and 90s, soccer was hardly played here, some schools didn't even have soccer programs. The big sports were American Football, Basketball and baseball. So I wasn't raised playing soccer but these other sports, but how I wish I was. So I am grateful to the Spanish brothers and sisters for sparking my interest in soccer. And I think it was Ronaldhino with his great abilities who first sparked my interest in Barcelona and then I started liking many of their other players, especially Iniesta and Macherano. And then when Messi came on the scene, Barcelona became my favorite team in any sport. So your last post says you go to Camp Nou 2x a year, wow, do you go for a particular game like El Clasico? Are you a bigger Bundesliga follower or La Liga? We don't get many Bundesliga matches in the U.S., but when there are some big games with Bayern Munich, ESPN sometimes will televise these matches. Well thanks again for bringing up soccer here ion JWtalk, a fun topic
  5. *** w06 2/15 p. 28 par. 9 Walking in the Path of Increasing Light *** Beginning October 1, 1972, another adjustment in congregational oversight became effective. The arrangement of oversight by a body of elders was instituted in the congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, replacing oversight by just one congregation servant, or overseer. *** w94 1/1 p. 21 par. 6 The Watchtower and Awake!—Timely Journals of Truth *** What about the Awake! magazine? From its beginning, Awake! too has advocated truth. Originally called The Golden Age, this magazine was designed for public distribution. Regarding its objective, the first issue, dated October 1, 1919, stated: “Its purpose is to explain in the light of Divine wisdom the true meaning of the great phenomena of the present day and to prove to thinking minds by evidence incontrovertible and convincing that the time of a greater blessing of mankind is now at hand.” *** w88 3/15 p. 30 Another Milestone in Bible Education *** THURSDAY, October 1, 1987, was another milestone in Bible education as offered by the worldwide Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It marked the inauguration of the new Ministerial Training School *** pe chap. 16 pp. 140-141 God’s Government Begins Its Rule *** 607 B.C.E.—1914 C.E. October, 607 B.C.E.—October, 1 B.C.E. = 606 years October, 1 B.C.E.—October, 1914 C.E. = 1,914 years SEVEN GENTILE TIMES = 2,520 YEARS *** w74 8/15 p. 507 No Spiritual “Energy Crisis” for Discreet Ones *** Finally, that day arrived—October 1, 1914. The Gentile Times ended *** it-1 p. 458 Chronology *** During Cyrus’ first year his decree releasing the Jews from exile was given. And, as considered in the article on CYRUS, it is very probable that the decree was made by the winter of 538 B.C.E. or toward the spring of 537 B.C.E. This would permit the Jews time to make necessary preparations, effect the four-month journey to Jerusalem, and still arrive there by the seventh month (Tishri, or about October 1) of 537 B.C.E.—Ezr 1:1-11; 2:64-70; 3:1. *** w68 8/15 p. 494 par. 24 The Book of Truthful Historical Dates *** Here, then, very definitely established, is another milestone—the time when the seventy years of desolation of the land of Judah came to an end—about October 1, 537. (Jer. 25:11, 12; 29:10) *** it-1 p. 45 Adam *** “The first man is out of the earth and made of dust.” “The first man Adam became a living soul.” (Ge 2:7; 1Co 15:45, 47) That was in the year 4026 B.C.E. It was likely in the fall of the year, for mankind’s most ancient calendars began counting time in the autumn around October 1, or at the first new moon of the lunar civil year. *** it-1 p. 1095 Herod *** Jesus, in the meantime, was taken to Egypt by his parents because of God’s warning. (Mt 2:12-18) The death of Herod could hardly have taken place before 1 B.C.E., for, in that case, Jesus (born about October 1, 2 B.C.E.) would have been less than three months old. OCTOBER 1
  6. Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures

    Hi Guri, Yes I was thinking about a separate file for my PC, easier to copy and paste for research on my PC. We can access the Interlinear on WOL also which helps, but sometimes there are internet problems so a copy on my PC would be nice.
  7. I was wondering if anyone knows whether there is available an electronic version of the "Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures"? A PDF or EPUB or iSilo version? I lost my book when moving and an electronic copy would be great to have if there is one.
  8. Hi Sister Marissa, Glad you joined us! The link below is not for all of the notes for the RC, but for 1 specific talk. You could add this 1 talk to the rest of your convention notes. Hope this helps. https://jwtalk.net/forums/topic/32932-do-you-have-a-prolonged-illness-or-disability
  9. Here below is some powerful encouragement for those of you that have a chronic illness or disability. Or you can share this with a friend or family member who has some form of prolonged illness or disability and they could use some encouragement. These are "detailed notes" from the 2017 RC "Do Not Give Up" - the FRI Afternoon Symposium, "Enduring Despite . . .Prolonged Illness" (Psalm 41:3) Although most of us were able to attend the RC, these are extra "detailed notes" because I added research from points and scriptures given by the speaker but who did not have time of course to go into greater detail. Also, this speaker did a fantastic job! So I hope that these notes, reminders, research will encourage you or someone you care about! Prolonged Illness (Psalm 41:3) Job cried out David had conviction and trust in Jehovah - David did not expect a miracle by God, but expected/trusted that Jehovah would help him, comfort him during his sickness. David has a close relationship with Jehovah - You also have a close relationship with Jehovah, so stay in communication with your best friend while sick - You also need wisdom. For example, there are dangers as people try to make money from your desperation due to your illness. So ask Jehovah for wisdom. - So don’t believe every word, don’t be naive, be shrewd - So educate yourself and learn how to deal with it, learn what you can in a reasonable way - Accepting your new circumstances does not mean you accepted failure - Focus on what you can do and not on what you used to do - Don’t compare with yourself in the past or with others. This does not help. - Do not do as this scripture says: (EC 7:10) Do not say (because it is unwise to tell our self this), “Why were the former days better than these?” for it is not out of wisdom that you ask this. There is a saying, “History is a good teacher, but a bad master” Notice what 1 sister said, “I try not to ask myself, Why me? Why did this have to happen to me? Instead I direct my energies on serving Jehovah and others, this brings me happiness” Set Goals - this helps you to focus on the future(not on the past, not on your condition) - And when you reach a goal, this makes you feel good, you can find some happiness - For those living with you, make it a pleasant and good experience! - Maintain a good sense of humor - Learn to understand and deal with your situation - And your good example with be an encouragement to others! Good examples – learn from others and their positive attitudes Mephibosheth So here was a man who had was crippled for life since very young, but yet we don’t see a man who was self absorbed, bitter about his situation. Instead he was unselfish and focused on what he could do! Look at what this man did even though he had a disability. He basically said: “David(the Anointed of Jehovah)will see that I am supporting him if I do not care for myself”. This is something he could do! - Brother David (in Mexico): Video David has a severe disability due to being electrocuted, he lost both hands! He worried, ‘How will I provide for my family?” He first tried to see if he could just turn the pages of the Bible – and he could! “Now I can provide for my family - I work as a painter, welder, carpenter”, “I can even drive!” " Keeping focused on my spiritual activities/goals helps me in that I don’t focus on my disability, like serving as an elder in the congregation" “In fact sometimes I often forget that I am disabled!”(he laughs) “Jehovah has always sustained me, through others and my family” - Sounds like a contradiction? And an illness is tiring, so how can this scripture be true? - This verse is all about our Father, He is interested in us, even when we are sick, and He guarantees to give us His strength - Knowing all of this helps us to be powerful! Jehovah is also longing to fulfill all of His promises – Try to see Jehovah's promises as a “personal gift to you!” - See each promise with your name tag on it! (RE 21:4) And he will wipe out every tear from (MY) eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” So tell yourself, “My illness is only temporary” This makes you powerful!!! So keep a positive viewpoint about your life and focus on Jehovah
  10. I miss your colored sheep but I like your new profile picture. We otter pray every day...:D

    1. Beggar for the Spirit

      Beggar for the Spirit

      Oh I Like that - "We Otter Pray Every day" :D

  11. Hi Brother Matthew, I can appreciate your thoughts, and I agree that sometimes there can be too much emphasis on praising natural talent. This especially happens often in the world when it comes to natural beauty or talent in sports. So you asked for some thoughts, I hope these make some sense. I think most humans are amazed when they see an ability or talent in a person. For example, who of us is not amazed at an Olympic gymnast? Who doesn't say, "Wow, the talent that gymnast has is incredible, look at the great balance, strength she/he has". And often times the term "natural talent" is used. But any great athlete or musician cannot have such great abilities without the "mix" of both some natural talent and much effort/practice. For example, a person may be naturally gifted in music, but even the most naturally gifted person in the world in music cannot just pick up a guitar and play it wonderfully, they first must practice and then practice again and then practice more. This "naturally talented" person will be able to learn how to play the guitar faster and better than the average person, and often that is what receives praise from music teachers and others because they are impressed or amazed at how good that person can play an instrument in such a short period of time. But giving some praise or commendation for a person's natural ability can be good, as this can help encourage the person and it can help their self-esteem. So many people around the globe feel bad about themselves, they feel worthless, so it is good for us to help a person see the natural talents they may have. And it can be especially good if in our commendation of a person's natural ability, we also try to acknowledge and give praise that we as humans are "wonderfully made" by our Grand Creator! But my perspective is that "natural ability" is only maybe 20-30% of what gives a person a "talent" in some area . For example, when we see interviews with some of the most talented and famous singers in the world, very often they will say, "Well I have been singing since I was 5yrs old". Another example I have seen is with outstanding soccer players who have said in interviews, "I have been playing soccer since I was 6". So when we see a person with a great ability, whether a professional musician or athlete, it is usually because they have been nurturing that specific ability since they were very young. And even if they were just singing, playing a guitar, or playing soccer for fun when they were very little, this was practice and a harnessing of their natural ability without them even realizing it! But when the average human sees such talent, we tend to use just common expressions like, "Wow what a gift you have!" or "You are such a natural". But if we gave more thought into our praise or commendation for someone'e talent or ability, it would be more accurate to say something like, "Wow all of your efforts and practicing has really helped nurture the natural ability you have, I commend you for how hard you have trained!". But most people aren't going to say something like this, even though it would be nice if we gave more emphasis in commending a person's efforts and training compared to just praising raw natural ability. But how about talent or abilities within the Congregation? Well when we as brothers/sisters hear a very good talk, sometimes we will say something like,"That brother is so gifted, what a speaker!". But different than how the world might praise athletes and musicians feeling that they were just born with such abilities, behind those words above almost every brother/sister knows the reasons why that brother has such an ability or talent in speaking: 1} Much training and practice - from years being in the TMSchool to giving many, many talks and receiving good counsel 2} Any natural ability at speaking or teaching is also enhanced by Holy Spirit So would it be better for us as Christians to give more emphasis to commending a brother or sister for all of their efforts and practice to become a good teacher/speaker and to give more praise to our Grand Instructor for enhancing the natural ability of that brother or sister who has such "talent" in teaching or speaking? Yes definitely, I agree. By the way, in the New World, I will be a very talented Gymnast, not because I have any natural talent in gymnastics, but because my talent or gymnastic abilities will come from all of the practice playing with my new friends in the trees - the monkeys. Also, here are a couple of articles I liked about talents or gifts
  12. Calling Jehovah 'Daddy'

    Hi Sister Cheryl, Yes I agree with you. It doesn't sound right to me either. Maybe the motive is not bad in the sense that some are trying to find a way of getting closer to our "Father". However, referring to Jehovah as Daddy seems to be placing Jehovah among humans dads. So it lowers Jehovah in my eyes. It is possible someone started doing this because of learning how Jesus said "Abba" when praying to His Father. They may have thought that a modern day version of Abba is "Daddy". But the problem is that while Abba does have a meaning of intimacy/closeness and children have used this term for their fathers, the full meaning has the idea of deep respect and showing dignity and even submissiveness. "Daddy" is just a cute way for a child to address his/her father, but is not comparable to "Abba". Plus, Jesus and first century Christians who used "Abba" did so in prayer, but I don't think they referred to Jehovah casually as "Abba" in everyday conversations.
  13. Black Hole

    I can try to imagine something 2 times the size of the sun, maybe even imagine something 10 or 20 times the size of the sun. But it is incomprehensible to me that something is 100,000 times larger that our Sun? And our sun is 99% of the mass of our solar system! Mind blowing
  14. Fake Guns & Self Defense

    Sister Skyler, I found another article you will appreciate. Again, like the other articles, this focuses on literally having weapons for self-defense, but we can see principles that apply to "fake guns" and "scare tactics". I hope this is helpful to you.
  15. Fake Guns & Self Defense

    Hi Sister Skyler, Good questions about this issue of "scare tactics" in order to defend oneself. I am not sure if there are any specific articles that speak directly about this, however there are some principles and statements made in our articles that, although not specifically talking about scare tactics, could be considered when reasoning on whether scare tactics should be used. First, let's use the situation you mentioned about the brother who had a "fake gun". So what if 1 night a thief breaks into this brother's home and as this thief grabs some valuables, the brother goes for his "fake gun" as he thinks to himself, "I am going to scare this thief and he will run away and he will not steal any of my things!". So the brother comes out of hiding and confronts the thief and scares him. But the thief, who was about to run off with the items he was stealing, now is scared for his life and instead of running off, he instead jumps at our brother to stop him from shooting at him. The 2 fight and suddenly 1 of them hits their head on the corner of the table and dies. If the brother would have just stayed hidden and let the thief take what he wanted, this brother would have only lost a few items which can be replaced. But because he used a "scare tactic", this escalated the situation and now someone died. And if the brother was the one who didn't die, he sadly now has to live with the fact that he was involved in the killing of another human. And how would Jehovah view his actions? So with this example in mind, there are some statements in this article that, although not specifically talking about scare tactics, could be considered when reasoning on whether scare tactics,fake guns or even pepper spray should be owned or used. I put these statements in red in order for them to stand out and be thought of as principles concerning "scare tactics".
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