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1MKnight

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About 1MKnight

Personal Details

  • Gender
    Brother
  • First Name
    Michael
  • Relationship Status
    Happily Wed
  • Displayed Location
    Pacific Northwest
  • Publisher
    Yes
  • Baptized
    Yes

How I Found the Truth

  • How I found the Truth
    I was raised around the Truth. My mother was a witness, and raised me the best she could. I have always been someone who is very critical, especially when younger. At a certain point in my youth I decided I needed to figure out where my life should be headed, and thus, whether or not Jehovah's Witnesses really had the truth. I first looked at the theory of Evolution vs Creation and after months of that it became clear that the Universe was designed. Then I set off to see if the Bible was something that could be trusted. Once that was settled I needed to figure out what was the correct understanding of it. I researched many teachings of various churches, and always compared them to JWs. I eventually was exposed to material that shown the witnesses in a negative light. But, myself being critical of everything led me to double check these negative claims. Over time it became evident that these were obvious lies thinly veiled as facts. As I studied the Bible more and more I became convinced that this was the Truth. I was baptized that year.

My Hobbies & Interests

  • My Interests
    Research and study; Typography; Motion Design; Bookbinding
  • My favorite books
    Besides theocratic: "Truth in Translation - Bias and accuracy in English Translation"; "Thinking in Type"; "East of Eden";
  • My favorite music
    Progressive Rock; Some EDM; Orchestral; Singer/Songwriter; Bluegrass
  • My favorite movies
    Starwars Ep 5
  • My favorite quotes
    “If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity. ” - Daniel Webster

    "A single grey snowflake sifting down. He caught it in his hand and watched it expire there like the last host of Christendom." - The Road

    "Quality is a probabilistic function of quantity" - Dean Simonton

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  1. Perhaps this is why Paul wrote in Galatians: (Galatians 6:11) . . .See with what large letters I have written you . . . --- Fun fact: the NLT literally renders this verse: (Capitalization theirs)
  2. The King of Israel wants to take Syria. King Jehoshaphat tells him to first inquire of Jehovah. (1 Kings 22:5-17) . . .6 So the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about 400 men, and said to them: “Should I go to war against Raʹmoth-gilʹe·ad, or should I refrain?” They said: “Go up, and Jehovah will give it into the king’s hand.” 7 Je·hoshʹa·phat then said: “Is there not here a prophet of Jehovah? Let us also inquire through him.” 8 At that the king of Israel said to Je·hoshʹa·phat: “There is still one more man through whom we can inquire of Jehovah; but I hate him, for he never prophesies good things concerning me, only bad. He is Mi·caiʹah the son of Imʹlah.” However, Je·hoshʹa·phat said: “The king should not say such a thing.” 9 So the king of Israel called a court official and said: “Bring Mi·caiʹah the son of Imʹlah quickly.” 10 Now the king of Israel and Je·hoshʹa·phat the king of Judah were each sitting on his throne, dressed in royal attire, at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Sa·marʹi·a, and all the prophets were prophesying before them. 11 Then Zed·e·kiʹah the son of Che·naʹa·nah made for himself iron horns and said: “This is what Jehovah says, ‘With these you will gore the Syrians until you exterminate them.’” 12 All the other prophets were prophesying the same way, saying: “Go up to Raʹmoth-gilʹe·ad and you will be successful; Jehovah will give it into the king’s hand.” 13 So the messenger who went to call Mi·caiʹah said to him: “Look! The words of the prophets are unanimously favorable to the king. Let your word, please, become like their words, and speak favorably.” 14 But Mi·caiʹah said: “As surely as Jehovah is living, whatever Jehovah says to me is what I will speak.” 15 Then he came in to the king, and the king asked him: “Mi·caiʹah, should we go to war against Raʹmoth-gilʹe·ad, or should we refrain?” At once he replied: “Go up and you will be successful; Jehovah will give it into the king’s hand.” 16 At that the king said to him: “How many times must I put you under oath not to speak to me anything but the truth in the name of Jehovah?” Then, Micaiah tells the King what Jehovah really said. I find it funny because EVERYONE knew what Micaiah was going to say. I imagine the first time Micaiah speaks he is doing so in an obviously sarcastic tone so as to mock him. It must be so obvious that even the King who was asking knew that's not what he meant. It gives me a laugh anyways xD
  3. That looks pretty fun.
  4. There is a free PnP version available that someone made that you play by printing out the sheets, and using colored pens and a couple decks of standard cards. It's a bit hard to read, but It seems like fun thing to do on travel.
  5. We've played an identical game - dunno what it was called, we called it "the winking game". But instead of being resurrected you were assassinated xD Your version is a bit more Witness friendly Is that the game that looks like Scrabble? What makes it different? Wow, so genius. I'm always thinking of ways to incorporate games into FW, but simply having games afterward makes so much sense xD These sound great. I was working on an idea for a Bible/Risk type game to learn the Bible lands better and Kings of Israel sounds like a better version of that idea xD Also, I've never played Pandemic, but I've been meaning to. Kingdom of Solomon sounds interesting. I don't think I've ever played a proper worker placement game. I've been looking into getting one. You know any good starters? Or possibly any games of that genre you can simply play with a Poker card deck? Like Ste, I've heard it's the best version. Never heard of these last two. are these games you buy or play with a standard deck? Settlers of Catan - for instance - is usually $40-$50. My last in store purchase of a game was $70. (Risk) I've gone to Thrift stores before to harvest parts. Recently picked up some game that had a few hundred, colored 10mm cubes that are useful in tons of games. What would you say is the best few games you've gotten from thrift stores? I have never seen anything terribly interesting to me there.
  6. *high-fives self* *high-fives self again for clean living*
  7. 2017 Total Pubs: 8,457,107 2018 bap: 281,744 This should have equaled: 8,738,851 2018 Total pubs: 8,579,909 Discrepancy of: 158,942 Worldwide death-rate: 8 deaths/1,000 population (0.80%) 67,657 deaths (rounded up) worldwide (based on 2017 numbers). The above subtracted from the discrepancy: 91,285 newly inactive ones. I don't have anyway to figure out how many of these would be disfellowhipped vs inactive. Subtracting that from newly baptized we still get a "surplus" of 190,459. Quite a large growth in spite of "losing some", and we see the need to encourage our brothers and sisters and reach out to 'weaker ones' while we have the chance.
  8. I think if you wanted to get a shaky, rough idea of how many left, you'd have to look at Total Publishers, then find some world-wide statistics on percentage of deaths per year out of the population. Calculate the discrepancy between last year's peak publishers and this years newly baptized and subtract the approximate deaths and you'd get a slightly accurate representation. Ahh, yes. Complex charts and graphs to help us understand and use the other complex charts and graphs 😉🤣 JK. Thanks for the chart
  9. After just looking at the board, Airline seems similar to "Ticket to Ride", which I've heard is fun. That game looks intimidating xD
  10. Haha, I guess that is a "tabletop" game Canasta - or should I say "Hand and Foot" - is my wife's favorite card game. I personally find it to be a long, boring ride to exhaustion. 😜 Recently, both of us have been playing "Scuttle" a lot. Pretty fun. That picture looks really familiar. I'm almost positive I've played that as a child. I've never heard of the others. Only Puerto Rico which I've seen has great ratings. Do you have a personal favorite out of that list? I LOVE Catan. It's not a hit with my wife though, so shelling out $50 for the first one (not to mention the extra $30+ for expansions) seems a hard sell xD
  11. It was easy to learn. I've only played it twice but it was really fun and after the first few rounds it all made sense. There are only four actions you can do a turn, so it's not too complex. I honestly don't think I've ever played that.
  12. I just recently played "Century: Spice Road" with someone for the first time and I thought it was great. Anyone have any opinions about their favorite board games they'd like to share?
  13. 1MKnight

    Witness memes

    Imagine that while you're preaching, the house-holder comes to the door and your preach-partner then says to them "Armageddon is coming soon, and the world is going to end." Maybe they add something like "Everyone is going to die unless they start learning the Bible." "a swing and a miss" is typicaly a baseball term in the US meaning they missed the ball. here the preaching partner did not use tact or mildness in his presentation and thus was ineffective in his ministry. He "missed".
  14. 1MKnight

    Do You Get Asked?

    I was running late because my mother wasn't feeling good that night. We pulled in literally 3 minutes before meeting started, if not later. We walked in and two elders approach me and say they need to see me in the back *gulp!* Then they complement me, tell me I'm not in trouble yet and ask if I've done a bunch of illegal stuff or am involved in any wrongdoing, then they tell me "Ok, we're going to announce you as a Ministerial Servant. Is that OK?" (Something to that effect), and out to find seats I go. xD
  15. The brothers in the area know of two apostates which match the description, and police have talked to at least one of them. Currently there is not enough evidence to link either of them. Last I was told, the branch is now the one communicating with police, rather than the local bodies, but I may be mistaken on that last point.
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