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Beggar for the Spirit

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About Beggar for the Spirit

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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. Music Room

    Hi Joao, what is an alto recorder?
  2. illustrations

    Hi Brother Jacob, Glad you joined us on JWtalk! I was thinking about your talk "No Part of the World in Imitation of Christ" and maybe you could get an idea for your illustration from these thoughts: A little boy and his big brother found themselves in the middle of a minefield! The big brother turned toward his little brother and gave him this command, "I can get us through this minefield safely, but you have to follow me very closely and you cannot put your foot anywhere I didn't place mine ok? If just 1 time you don't follow me exactly you could be in danger because there are mines everywhere!" Similarly, if we don't follow Jesus exactly, we could put our spiritual life in jeopardy because there are spiritual dangers everywhere in this world and the only way to make it safely thought this world is to follow Jesus exactly and never put our "feet" in any part of the world that Jesus didn't. For example, if even just 1 time we leave from following Jesus and place our feet in politics or get involved with just 1 bad association, then we can become part of the world and we are then in immediate danger = BOOM!
  3. Animals and health decision?!

    I really appreciated Sister Sylvie's post for many reasons, thanks for your post. While animals are not be viewed as more precious than humans, what some people might not realize is that the blood of animals is still sacred in God's view - because the animals blood represents life. And for this reason an animal's blood should not be used in a non-sacred way, like a transfusion. Here are some articles Sister Natasha for you so that you can refer to in case someone you know needs confirmation about God's view on the blood of animals.
  4. Hi Michael, I can see what you are saying about when a wife and husband have much different interests. So maybe as a suggestion, you could first ask your wife what are some things that she would really enjoy studying for your family worship? You can even give her a list of ideas(like from the lists that Richard posted) and she can then tell you which ones interest her. Then you could schedule out your family worship where on certain weeks you both will be studying something your wife is very interested in. But then for most weeks, you can schedule things that are designed to help you both draw closer to Jehovah, as this is main purpose for Family Worship. So by scheduling out weeks in advance Family Worship, your wife will look forward to those weeks that really interest her, as well she will also see how much you care and are a good husband by finding important topics to study that help her and you in drawing closer to Jehovah.
  5. Image Source: NASA - Hubble Space Telescope “Behold! God is more exalted than we can know.” —Job 36:26
  6. Hi Brother Pavlos, Yes, there is some news about our brothers and Catalonia. Brother Carlos here on JWtalk started a topic on this, here is the link below for you. https://jwtalk.net/forums/topic/33168-political-neutrality/?tab=comments#comment-509646
  7. I really like your suggestion Joao I am really hoping that they do implement this because I have many, many notes on both my iPhone and iPad but I can only backup 1. So I am just hoping I don't lose all my notes on 1 of the devices before we can merge the notes from both devices. Maybe if I send some "bribe" money?
  8. Bay Area on Fire

    Hi Richard, You said you could smell the smoke! Are the fires near your home also? I hope not.
  9. 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:
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  11. 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
  12. *** 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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