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  1. For a little bit of history, the domain name www.jwtalk.net was registered on September 4th, 2006, which was 15 years ago this month. We started as a members only forum for local friends in local congregations using a freeware script called MyBB. Not before long, it lost it's initial traction. Then, a previous JW Forum was taken offline and so we made the effort to invite those abandoned forum refugees to join over here instead. We eventually switched to a freeware script called Phorum and couldn't migrate the MyBB database. Once Facebook became available to the public in general, activity in the Phorum suffered tremendously, and so we decided to abandon the referral-only approach and go Public, allowing search engines like Google to find us and index our content and promoting the forum in various JW Facebook groups. This worked out well, and membership in the JWTalk Online Community of Jehovah's Witnesses began to grow. As other JW Forums, MSN Email Lists, and Yahoo Groups, were discontinued, their members found their way here. Today, JWTalk.net is known to be the largest and busiest, and for many the one and only pro-JW community on the internet. We rigorously vet new member applications and work diligently to keep unqualified, apostate, and opposed individuals out and our boards clean of their harmful propaganda. With the help of our loving brothers and sisters here in the community, we've seen publishers dedicated themselves to Jehovah through water baptism. We've seen members who were struggling emotionally encouraged and strengthened by the Christian love they've received from brothers and sisters who may be on the opposite sides of the globe. We've seen members struggling spiritually grow and now they are the ones encouraging others by their fine comments. Many of us have travelled and met other members face to face and sat next to them at their Kingdom Halls. The community has been a blessing during the pandemic as we have been able to enjoy good association with one another any time of day. “Look! How good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 Of course, none of this would work if it wasn't for your love for Jehovah and for your brothers and sisters. Let us continue to "have love for the whole association of brothers (and sisters!)" - 1 Peter 2:17 YOU are what makes this community wonderful, because YOU love Jehovah, YOU love your spiritual family (his organization), and YOU have his blessing.
    78 points
  2. The other day I was sent a poem that I thought was very good, as it describes what many of us go through at various times. Many brothers and sisters where I live liked it and I thought sharing it on the forum would also be encouraging. I have also done an audio version of it for those who would rather prefer listening to it. I did not know if the topic would be appropriate for this section of the forum, but since the poem is encouraging, I thought that it should be here. If moderators think otherwise, I am happy for it to be moved to the appropriate section. Jehovah Knows He knows you’re tired of being strong, You’ve fought this battle for so long. He knows the struggle you face each day, For a quiet mind you often pray. He knows the things you try to do, That come easy for many but so hard for you. He knows there are days you can’t see, The forest because of that one tree. He knows you lie awake at night, Wondering if you’ll be alright. He knows the effort it takes for you To face your fears and keep pushing through. He knows you carry a heavy load, Yet still you’re on that narrow road. He knows the friends don’t always see The person Jehovah knows you to be. You know that soon he’ll make things right At the end of the tunnel there is light. You know the blessings he has in store The time when anxiety will be no more. You know the signs are everywhere So don’t give up, you’re almost there. Remember it is you he chose, Remember that Jehovah knows. JehovahKnows.mp3
    33 points
  3. I really appreciate the reminder about not allowing ourselves be influenced by worldly thinking.
    29 points
  4. Isaiah 40:11 Like a shepherd he will care for his flock. With his arm he will gather together the lambs, And in his bosom he will carry them. He will gently lead those nursing their young. "THE BIRTH OF THE "BUMMER LAMB" Every once in a while, an ewe (a mother sheep), will give birth to a lamb and reject it. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once an ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind. These little lambs will hang their heads so low that it looks like something is wrong with it’s neck. Their spirit is broken. These lambs are called “bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die, rejected and alone. So, do you know what the shepherd does? He takes that rejected little one into his home, hand-feeds it and keeps it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up with blankets and hold it to his chest so the bummer can hear his heartbeat. Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock. But that sheep never forgets how the shepherd cared for him when his mother rejected him. When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess who runs to him first? That is right, the bummer sheep. He knows his voice intimately. It is not that the bummer lamb is loved more, it just knows intimately the one who loves it. So many of us are bummer lambs, rejected and broken. But Jehovah is the Good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart so we can hear His heart beat. We may be broken, but we are deeply loved by The Shepherd! From one bummer sheep to another…..Remember how much you are loved!
    28 points
  5. When it was announced previously that outside the US the branch, vaccination rate was 50%, some assumed the rate was lower because that was a personal choice. According to this Update #7, it seems to be a shortage of vaccine supply in some countries. As the organization locates supplies and gets them delivered, the rate has gone up to 80% and the GB is trying to get more vaccines to the outlying branches.
    22 points
  6. Hope

    JW Nurses in News

    Excellent article- featuring one of our brothers! https://chicagocrusader.com/covid-19/faith-on-the-frontlines-healthcare-workers-battle-burnout-with-spirituality/
    21 points
  7. But Bro. Losch reacted with incredulity that the wearing of a mask during a pandemic had become something up for discussion… the viewpoint was quite clear that mask wearing, vaccines and all other public health directives were life saving and non-contentious and agreed with previous direction Jah had given the nation of Israel. The opposite viewpoints, which created divisions, emotional outbursts, suffering and loss of life, were linked with Satan.
    21 points
  8. Much love for the friends that I've made here, especially those who have counseled and encouraged me over the years. It was a large influence in helping me progress to baptism, and learning how to deal with many of my personal issues. Thank you Bob and all of the moderators for your efforts to provide a safe format for these discussions. I will continue to look forward to the day that we may be able to associate without any of the current problems or worries. (Psalm 141:5) Should the righteous one strike me, it would be an act of loyal love; Should he reprove me, it would be like oil on my head, Which my head would never refuse. My prayer will continue even during their calamities. (Psalm 22:26) The meek will eat and be satisfied; Those seeking Jehovah will praise him. May you enjoy life forever.
    20 points
  9. I was busy working yesterday, and so I was a bit delayed in watching the broadcast. I just finished watching it now. And, how surprised I was when I saw what was featured at the very end—a visit to the province of Quebec, Canada. (It starts at the 51:09 mark.) That is where I now call my home! I have also become somewhat of a history buff about the background of Quebec, since I had done a lot of research on the persecution that occurred here back in the 1940s and 50s. Much of that history was recounted in the 1979 Yearbook, pages 145-152. I was also happy to see my own city of Montreal, including some scenes of public witnessing. Here's one of the scenes I immediately took note of: The brother and sister pictured are Zeffie and Terri M________, who were formerly in my congregation! He serves as an elder, and both have been in the pioneer service for many years. Early in 2020 they took the SKE and were assigned to the province of Ontario.
    20 points
  10. WilliamChew

    Witness memes

    Received this on whatsapp.
    19 points
  11. Friends, we need empathy and discernment. We have a scared sister in the middle of a hurricane who fears for her life. It's the time to comfort and encourage, not to reprimand her. Sister April, I hope everything goes well and the hurricane stops soon. We are praying for you and all of our brothers and sisters affected by this storm. Please, stay as safe as you can. Prayer and talking to someone if possible can bring much comfort and peace of mind.
    19 points
  12. I have not posted in a long while. But I am on the Westbank of New Orleans. I am nervous to be honest. We definitely need everyone's prayers. A lot of friends are here and in Houma area where the hurricane will hit. The news said 150 mile winds when it hits, which means Grand Isle and Port Fouchon possibly can be wiped out. As far as know everyone has evacuated that area. We are having strong wind gusts now. We are as prepared as we can be. I live with my 42 year old son, but I am the only in the truth. I have several family members around here. I will try to keep updates. I pray we are not flooded, that is my main concern.
    19 points
  13. The instructions are just direct and to the point. To any who have respect for life and the source of life the GBwill not over emphasised the need for vaccination I loved how Br Losch was positive and emphasised the enjoyment of unity among Jehovah's peoples
    19 points
  14. And me, I also loved the way they acknowledged that it’s so very hard now to remove ourselves from having opinions or debates regarding worldly thinking… ‘ lovers of themselves’ ‘ fierce’ I think this scripture is being applied right now in a way that we haven’t seen before…. We sure live in very interesting times
    19 points
  15. I remember years ago that a friend of mine had heard that Br. John Barr died. So I searched with google for verification of that news. That's how I found JWTalk. So since 2010 I have been a member of this Forum and enjoyed being here every day.
    18 points
  16. Thank you Bob, and to all admin, for making it possible for us all to meet together and converse in a clean, spiritual environment. Your hard work is very much appreciated. 🥰💖🥰
    18 points
  17. Thanks Bob, for telling the history of JWTalks and also all the admins hard work in maintaining the forum.
    17 points
  18. JWB Sep 2021 transcript
    17 points
  19. I have lived in many places across Canada and have made friends and connections with many 100’s of brothers and sisters.. In contrast this site has allowed me to widen out and make good friends with brothers and sisters in every part of the world.. I really feel that I have a pulse on the world wide brotherhood. It is amazing that no matter what culture or background, we have the language of the truth to share. My spirituality and my love for my brothers has greatly increased by being here and that is good thing.
    16 points
  20. @Qapla Thank you and all you others for keeping us in your prayers. I am ok. Windy and rainy here today. I am in Central LA, a few hours NW of @april in NO. and New Iberia - not too far from New Iberia actually. Had Ida moved a 'hair' West of Chauvin/Houma area we'd have been in the same shape as the others. My heart and prayers go to all in the affected area. Our disaster family here is already preparing/making plans to travel to SE LA. Our SO got a call yesterday and asked if he was available for disaster work and of course he/wife are. They are ready and will leave as soon as the brothers are ready for them. Jehovah takes care of his loyal ones. Please keep all of them in your thoughts and prayers. There is a search mission, I guess that is the correct word to use, taking place and areas that the recue units have not been able to enter - actually approximately 40 people stayed in Grand Isle, south of N.O., and there has been no contact due to the high water, no cell phone service, etc. Governor Edwards just announced he will have the Federal Government use whatever drone effort they have to survey Grand Isle and other areas they are just covered in many feet of water. My granddaughter and greats are here from the Baton Rouge area. They can't even get back to their home. There is no gasoline available; no electricity, even if there was gas. Governor said they plan to 'truck in' gas from other areas. Hospitals and all are using generators but they will soon run out of gas as well. Some SE LA hospitals were able to fly out a few ICU patients. Hospital roofs have been blown off . This is amid all the Covid patients. People in my state have not been compliant with the vaccine much less social distancing. People will NOT heed the warnings. Reminds me of the WT lesson Sunday before last. Last night a news reporter was reporting from Bourbon/Canal Street in New Orleans during the storm and a car drives past him! People do what they want to do. Such a shame. So, keep your go bags ready. Yes, we have survived many hurricanes but you never know how it will turn out. Who knew Ida would set/sit on top of the towns of Galliano, Chauvin and Houma and Laplace for literally hours with more than 100 mile/hr winds!! Ida was a Cat 4 for six (6) hours! It may be classified as a Cat 5 after investigation. So, let's keep everyone in our prayers, be patient with one another and continue to show love to our brothers and sisters.
    16 points
  21. You guys should all speak Spanish. In Spanish you read it as you write it, there is no question of how a name is pronounced. I like how brother Lösch applied the story of Naaman to show that actually pride is behind all that antimask, antilockdown, anti-anything rhetoric. Of course one can personally question the effectiveness of some measures the authorities take, but in the end it all comes down to being humble and obeying. Jehovah blesses those who obey, not those who are right. I also loved how, whether one decides to take a vaccine or not, or any other medical choice we make, we should not make that a matter of contention as the world does. Unity and peace in the congregation are much more important than our personal choices.
    16 points
  22. That's the 2020 secret decoder ring. The old black one was out of date.. 🤣
    16 points
  23. Also something to think about: In other words, as Christians, we stay out of any debate where people take strong positions on any type of issue. Stay out as in no reply and no input.
    16 points
  24. I just joined JWTalk.net though, I appreciate all moderator's efforts to keep community wholesome. Thank you so much!
    15 points
  25. I joined in 2010. I found the site while looking for something - I can't even remember. I was at a desk job doing accounting and yet one more budget transfer and checking yet another spreadsheet and was totally bored! The 2008 crash had me moved from doing fire prevention inspections at businesses throughout the City to sitting in a cubicle making one key click and mouse move after the next. JWTalk was a life saver - as many of you know what I mean. I was skeptical at first, but what I could see and read it seemed legit. I hesitantly joined to see if that would change - you know, the subtle apostate attack. And to my amazement it did change, but for the better. The spiritual interchange was wonderful. I got to see so many more sides of so many more spiritual thoughts than I could have imagined. I have since moved back to inspections - with less time, but still thoroughly enjoying the site. And then there is all of you and many who have come and gone over the years. Each one of my brothers and sisters, mother's and father's, etc. It's true what Jesus said - I will give you more than 100 times of any you've lost (Mark 10:30). I think he add "with persecutions" but that has never been from His gifts of you. Instead, you gifts have been what has helped with even those. Thank you to all of you for giving a once bored man much thought, entertainment and friendship!
    15 points
  26. This is a good site to eat chocolate. Awesome site. Plus, I love you all too.
    15 points
  27. When you thank Jehovah in your prayers that JWTalk exists, and worry about it's continued well being, and ask Jehovah to keep it safe, you know you've created a good thing @Dismal_Bliss
    15 points
  28. A large part of the way that the JWTalk Community is organized is by using a built in feature of the software called Member Groups. Various reading and posting permissions can be edited on a member by member basis, or they can be done by a much easier means by using Member Groups. The groups are given certain permissions and restrictions, and then members are assigned to that group. The use of Member Groups is one of the ways that helps the Staff here on the Jehovah's Witnesses Online Community keep the community clean and safe for our brothers and sisters around the world. We get asked from time to time what these group names mean. You might see them under a members avatar when viewing a post on a PC, or on their profile if you click through to see it. Some of the Member Groups are highlighted in red or bold type and so are the members of that group when you see them in the list of Online Users. So the following is an explanation of the primary Member Groups we use for the majority of accounts here at JWTalk. Guest - An unregistered person or search engine bot viewing the forum. Most of our visitors are guests. Now, if a guest applies for membership, and that membership gets approved, then they become a Recent New User. Recent New User - A brand new member. They are subject to content moderation. They can only post. Only key members only forums are available to them. Their Inbox can hold 25 messages. After they've introduced themselves and made a few posts, they get automatically upgraded to a Level 1 of 2 Limited Access User. Limited Access Users - These members are still subject to content moderation. They can use signatures and can upload a cover photo on their profile. They can also now post status updates and create photo albums in the Photo Gallery. They are able to read and participate in the Zoom forum. Their Inbox can hold 50 to 100 messages. As most Limited Access Users are still relatively newer to the Community, we still need some time to get to know them. After some time has passed and they have made several meaningful contributions to the board, the Staff will begin discussing if it's time to give them a Full Access account. Full Access Users - These members are not subject to content moderation and we are trusting them to behave. They can create Clubs. They can manage file versions and also submit URL's in the Files Library. They can read and participate in Comfort & Support forum and the Forum Games forum. Their Inbox can hold 250 messages and they can upload attachments in private messages. Those groups make up the bulk of memberships here at JWTalk. We also have groups called "Inactive Account", "Application Denied", and "Incomplete Registration" that are used solely for administrative purposes. This brings us to the Staff which is made up of 2 groups, Moderators and Administrators. Staff members appear in bold type in the Who's Online block. Moderator - Moderators can Approve posts waiting in the queue, as well as Edit, Hide, Split, and Move them around. They can see all Clubs without joining. They participate in certain Staff activities. Their Inbox can hold 500 messages. Administrators - These members oversee the operation of the entire community and take care of all the under the hood maintenance of the website. Administrators can add or remove Moderators as needed. They are the sole decision-makers for new features, hosting, spending donated funds, etc. They respond to administrator emails, Contact Us form submissions, and feedback from appointed men in the congregation. Their Inbox can also hold 500 messages. Finally, we have groups for inactive members or members facing disciplinary action. There are very few of these, but we define them using Member Groups for very important reasons. They include the following. Former Member - A deactivated account of a person who wants it to be clear to the members and any visiting guests that they have voluntarily left the community. They can no longer read or interact with anyone. Former Members can reactivate their account in the future if they change their mind. Restricted User - A member who caused problems and would not abide by the Community Membership Policy even after repeated admonition. They are restricted from posting anywhere or interacting with anyone, therefore they cannot give Reactions, post Status Updates, or use the Private Messenger. They can still read some of the Member forums but not the Clubs, Comfort & Support, or the Zoom forum. Basically, a soft-ban and indefinite time-out. BANNED USER - Accounts with this label we are convinced are apostates or opposers. We consider them dangerous. They cannot see or do anything at all within the community, and we strongly discourage you from interacting with them outside our community. We appreciate all members who help keep their eyes on what goes on in the Community and who either use the Report button or the Confidential Talk forum to bring matters to our attention. In reality, we're community moderated, self moderated discussion forum, and each one of you play a valuable part in keeping JWTalk the safest online gathering place for Jehovah's Witnesses since 2006! View full article
    15 points
  29. I was just nailed by simplicity of these words. 'We don't live here any more'. Just like that! I wish to have that same attitude at a time i need it.
    15 points
  30. I would like to share some good news. I talked to a FEMA rep today and he helped me with the whole process. He was very efficient and kind. He said I will receive property damage, and rental assistance, it should hit the bank in next two days. Next I have to submit a couple of documents and pictures and someone will contact me to assess the damage and they may just do it via Zoom, thankfully I have plenty pictures. I may also be eligible for additional rental assistance, ( Praise Jah) Also I thanked him and was able to tell him about Jehovah and JW.ORG Now I am waiting on my car insurance adjuster.
    15 points
  31. Marvelous update on unity! Also, talking about the vaccines, masks and conspiracy theories were still reckoned as importante
    15 points
  32. 2021-08 GB Update #7 transcript
    15 points
  33. I liked the change. It didn't really make sense to give people a magazine which contained study articles that were far beyond their understanding. It seems more logical to have two different publications, one internal with study articles and other material just for Witnesses, and a different one for the public. On the other hand, the current situation is strange too. We have a study and a public edition of The Watchtower which are actually two completely different publications. Then we have Awake! which is identical with the public edition of The Watchtower and published every four months too. IMO it would make more sense to call the study edition of The Watchtower simply The Watchtower, and call the other public magazine Awake!, published bimonthly.
    14 points
  34. Last I developed a serious case of pneumonia. Because of the covi/hospital cituation I put off going to the emrgency a little too long and required immediate hospitalization. No beds to be had on the Oregon Coast. Nearest bed was 100 miles away. Ambulance was ordered, they too are busy, it took 5 hours for them to show up. Two hour run to the Hospital in Spring field. Checked in at 11:30 PM. The worst part besides haveing to do it without my wife's presence was the two hour ambulace ride. I was told it would be very uncomfortable and it was. Given the choice of the ambulance trip or having my fingernails pulled out one by one, I think I would lean toward the fingernails.
    14 points
  35. This community has been a real blessing indeed. And it's safe. Joined in December 2010... time flies
    14 points
  36. This is one thing I've always appreciated about Jehovah's organization. We're not out to make money. If we were, the organization would be encouraging us to get a well-paying job so we could contribute more money to the congregation. But, no, it's the opposite! The organization is encouraging us to perhaps work part-time, and in doing so make less money, so we can spend more time in the ministry. There's no money-making in that! And no one can accuse us of being a for-profit organization.
    14 points
  37. I decided to try something different this time. I read the transcript first, before watching. I enjoyed that a lot. As I was reading, I could imagine it was a letter written to me personally. I loved that they brought up money in such a genuine and candid way. Everything we do in this system requires money at some point. At the place where he says "If we say we love Jesus, we're going to observe his word. Now, that means not just carrying out the Kingdom work, putting our time and energy into it, it also means money. We are willing to donate money to support the worldwide work." His words reminded me of a time when brothers who were well-off , (some, not all), felt they could do more good by focusing on their business and contributing generously instead of going out in service. Here, the Bro, Lafranca is saying the opposite. We will preach and teach, but in addition to that commission, we will also donate funds.
    14 points
  38. And Bro. Losch directly linked the continued production of spiritual food and the ongoing oversight of the preaching work to safety by vaccinating the Worldwide Bethel Family…
    14 points
  39. Brother Lösch read 2 Kings 5:13 (when discussing the example of Naaman) and that automatically reminded me of Luke 16:10… During the pandemic, we have received several very simple (but life-saving!) directions from the Governing Body and the local elders (e.g. shelter in place, wear masks, stock-up on supplies etc) and we would want to obey these just as we would obey their direction to go to the attic/basement or whatever other direction we will receive during the great tribulation. It is just as important!
    13 points
  40. This thread feels like when we would sign the yearbook at the end of school . . lol Going on 9 years for me. Words fail me . . I don't know how I would have managed without you brothers and sisters. You are the BEST ! a poem: Welcome to the Forum We make you feel at home Don't be shy, make a splash We love to watch you grow. Disagree? It's alright It makes us love you more. Breaking news, you'll find it here But not when GT will start. You're in the family, we like to say Enjoy us and we will enjoy you And please, please stay! What have I learned? Don't be afraid to start a new topic. When commenting, try to be brief, relevant and/or funny What goals do I have? Learn how to attach a link. (A video tutorial would be cool , jus sayin')
    13 points
  41. I am grateful for this community. This is safe place to ask questions.
    13 points
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  43. I shot this today during my walk in the local park.
    13 points
  44. I'm am so happy to be well and so thankful to Jehovah and the loving support of our worldwide brotherhood. I am truly grateful. Comforting Scriptures sent to me along with texts: 1Cor.4:8, Proverbs 3:5, Jerm.17:7, of course Isaiah 30:15 Isa. 33:6, Nahum 1:7, Ps. 107:29, 30 and so many more. Thank you friends here for listening and caring. Thank you
    13 points
  45. I guess I was too busy listening to the information to notice the ring, color of his tie, what shoes he was wearing or the pronunciation of the words other than the accent ...
    13 points
  46. You can sense through the loving but direct counsel how close the end is! And you can also sense that they are getting us ready for the “unusual” direction the Governing Body will have to give us in the very near future!!!
    13 points
  47. Average of every 5 weeks. Some are 6 weeks a part, some have been 4 weeks. Another thing I like about the updates is that they are always from the GB (hence the name). But they have not delegated the updates to the helpers. The GB have been there for us providing spiritual encouragement at a time when we have needed it the most.
    13 points
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