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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Bandit laying on his back and finally having his ears fully up. 😁😁😁
    12 points
  4. I was looking over EccentricM's profile and ran across one of his favorite quotes, my wife and I laughed for a good 5 minutes. I've sligthly modified it: "I'm so smart, that sometimes when I'm talking to myself, I don't understand anything I'm saying..." 🤣
    11 points
  5. I remember when the publishers were told not to renew their subscriptions to the Watchtower and Awake to save the shipping, handling and postage. We were told to get our magazines at the literature counter. I am sure more changes are coming.
    11 points
  6. I really like how the articles are focusing on our relationship with each other. It's important to be kind and loving without taking offense or being angry and resentful.
    11 points
  7. Geoffrey W. Jackson: Faithful With Material Things (Luke 16:9) The official link will follow shortly.
    11 points
  8. I was in the backyard when it happened and felt all the doors in the house shake..my initial thought was that my house was being broken in to. 😅 But soon realised it was an earthquake. Really love how quick our elders contacted us to check up on us…along with lots of brothers and sisters. Where else would you get such loving concern?! 🥰
    10 points
  9. Melbourne is really in shock. They are in lockdown due to coronavirus spreading, they have had awful violent protest marches for three days, and then this 5.9 earthquake this morning. Look at how spooked this poor newsreader was when reporting about the earthquake and the lights go out! Gotta feel for you brothers and sisters in Melbourne atm. Stay safe! 🌹🌹
    10 points
  10. About 7 years ago I got given a stick that came off a mulberry tree. I popped it in my garden. It did nothing for about 3 years. Then it started to grow. Now it looks like this. Jehovah's creation is amazing.
    9 points
  11. Thank you for thinking about me Our CO told us to have our go bags ready in case of aftershocks (so far 6 smaller quakes followed) last one not long ago.
    9 points
  12. This has just happened so no indepth reports yet. But it seems to have been felt across a very wide area. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-22/earthquake-victoria-melbourne-nsw-sydney-canberra-act/100481732 Reports of damaged buildings are emerging in Victoria, after a magnitude-6 earthquake was felt across Australia's south-east. The quake was felt in Melbourne, regional Victoria as well as Sydney, regional New South Wales, the ACT, Adelaide and Launceston in Tasmania. There are reports emerging of significant damage in some parts of Victoria.
    9 points
  13. From dogs to potatoes! ☺️ My first harvest of 4 very pathetic plants, thought I wouldn't even get much. But it sure surprised me when I dug so many huge ones! I love digging for potatoes, it's like a present. This one is 1 pound 3 ounces!!
    9 points
  14. https://www.jw.org/en/library/magazines/watchtower-study-december-2021/
    8 points
  15. There are several points we (as JWs) should be aware of concerning the "Pyramid" marker. This was the "Bethel Graveyard" purchased by our Society to bury Bethel volunteers and their wives plus traveling overseers. This marker was located in the center of all of the plots. Brother Russell had selected the design before his death. It is officially noted in the Watchtower and in the Annual Meeting report. The AM was held on the anniversary of Russell's death (so pushed back to October 31, 1921). The AM report document (brochure) had the pyramid and gravestone printed on the covers. It is true that we no longer place any importance on this "pyramid" message, it was a central feature of our ministry for 40 years. It is also worth noting that at the end of next month, it will be 100th anniversary of this particular Annual Meeting.
    8 points
  16. The Watchtower No. 3 2021 will be available for download soon. It has the theme “A Secure Future—How Can You Find It?” It has been designed to appeal to those of an Asian background, and especially Chinese people. Some features include several quotations and experiences from those in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and use of the expression “Holy Writings” in substitute for the Bible for most of the magazine. It refers to Confucius and popular Oriental sayings. The artwork and images all depict those of an Asian background. It seems that a number of our public magazines that have been released recently have been prepared for a specific target audience. The Watchtower No. 3 2020 has been designed for those of a Muslim background, Awake! No. 1 2021 has been designed for Hindus, and now The Watchtower No. 3 2021 for those with an Asian background. Will this magazine be useful in your territory? What do you appreciate about the efforts made to reach people of all backgrounds?
    8 points
  17. Greetings from... Marble Bar West Australia [emoji3073]Old (Downunder) Tone [emoji854]
    8 points
  18. “HOLINESS BELONGS TO JEHOVAH” OUR GRAND AND GLORIOUS GOD! May we put up a hard fight to develop, cultivate and maintain holiness… Agape
    8 points
  19. May we be always mindful and avoid uncomfortable questions that could hurt others 🧡
    7 points
  20. This article shows there is a good reason the ewe mother rejected the bummer lamb. What Are Bummer Lambs? Bummer lambs are those that have either been rejected or couldn’t be fed by their ewe mothers. The ewe may have died, failed to produce enough milk or suffered from mastitis. Unable to be paired with new ewes willing to nurse them, bummer lambs are bottle-fed and raised by humans from birth. This creates a lot of work for time-pressed farmers with larger flocks and acreage to tend to, and many are glad to sell off bummer lambs as quickly as possible. Before we get too far down the new lamb path, there’s a sad fact to get out of the way. Bummer lambs will steal your heart, and despite our best efforts, they don’t always make it. Bummer lambs are often weak and, sometimes, mother knows best: When a ewe ignores or rejects a lamb, she may do so because it has a problem that will prevent it from thriving. Lambs can have birth defects that are impossible to see until they get a bit older, and sheep are notoriously tough. Often, sheep do not show any symptoms of a problem until it is too late to deal with it. If this happens, do not blame either the flock owner who sold you the bummer lamb or yourself. Keep in mind, sheep are not solitary animals and need to be part of a flock. You shouldn’t buy a single bummer lamb unless you already have other sheep with which it can bond and learn from.
    7 points
  21. Here is the link: https://www.jw.org/en/library/videos/#en/mediaitems/LatestVideos/pub-jwb-082_10_VIDEO
    7 points
  22. It may give some sensitive members here an uneasy feeling to use the term "back-channel". It is genuinely the "front-channel like all of our material posted for download. Notice that this is not ripped out of some wierd "foreign" server in China or something. It is genuine JW website posting. Notice the URL address. It starts with the letters...JW.ORG like all of publications. that is where it is and it is "official" Not everyone has access to every document or publication at the same time (or ever).
    7 points
  23. Today the individual files from the September broadcast will be made available.
    7 points
  24. "And scrolls were opened" Revelation 20:12 (yeah..can't wait )
    7 points
  25. This can't be the right scripture. Out of chocolate again?
    7 points
  26. I have ME aka CFS that horrid US term. If you have ME you will develop heart problems plus maybe diabetes. Before I had the heart showing up my blood pressure was 100/60 but since my 1st heart attack it has been slightly high.125 to 135 over 75 to 85. ME has a lot of muscle pain which keeps blood sugar higher. Lower blood volume isn't good either leads to blockages. I am stage 4 which mostly look fine, just can't do much. Just waiting on Jehovah. Same as everyone else.
    6 points
  27. He doesn't call himself "Eccentric" for no reason ... If you enjoy his profile and reading his comments, you would really enjoy talking to him in person during one of our Zoom Chats
    6 points
  28. An episode of Science Uprising is on Youtube about the Big Bang.
    6 points
  29. The days text scripture also includes "to live quietly" . Just as we don't want to attract undo attention to ourselves in this wicked world, those of the heavenly class don't want to attract undo attention to themselves. And as the comments bring out, we don't want to make their life uncomfortable when they are around us. Those of the anointed need friends and encouragement just like the rest of us do and we need to be there for them to support them and help the best we can.
    6 points
  30. 6 points
  31. Sorry it took so long, everyone, but "Written Beforehand" is now available in Paperback. It briefly broke the Top 50 in "Christian Fiction", and has now settled around Top 100 or so. My thanks to everyone who helped it climb the charts.
    6 points
  32. It doubles as a clothes hanger also! 😁
    6 points
  33. Already there on server and the new morning worship by brother Jackson 🤗🤗🤗
    6 points
  34. Got a new cat toy today.
    6 points
  35. WilliamChew

    Witness memes

    Received this on whatsapp.
    6 points
  36. So I watched season 1 of a tv series called "the Chosen" which is a series which revolves around the Gosepels of Jesus' life and his disciples. I don't know if anyone else has seen it, as it's pretty recent, and season 2 has just been released I believe or will be soon. I have to say, I've seen a few various depictions of Jesus through different movies, and this one I think is my favorite, it's almost how I imagined him in my head, which no movie or series has done before for me. Often movies are either showing him with girly silky hair, blue eyes, thin and weak, cold, dressed in torn rags, distant, or comes off as overly dramatic or fake. This Jesus I found whilst having "presense and wisdom" was also very human. He's authorative when he needs to be, but also laughs, smiles, dances, has humour. And he's also portrayed as actually Jewish looking (I believe many of the actors may be Jewish, or at least are good at the accents). His hair isn't overly long, but neither is it too short or immaculate for the time period in my opinion. The show takes some imaginative liberties here and there with the backgrounds of certain characters, mainly the disciples and Nicodemus, but they admit this is to give some "flesh" to the show and its cast as the Bible doesn't go into much detail on the lives of these people before they meet Jesus. The idea is to show the disciples as sinful people in need of redemption and how Jesus chose them "because" of that, as opposed to being righteous from the start. And of course there may be some references to hints to the idea that "Jesus is God" here and there, but not too heavily, and Jesus is actually accurately portrayed to be praying to and worshipping God in this show so far. As opposed to typical films and shows about Jesus, it does not show his birth or childhood (with exception to a couple of flashbacks). The presmise (I won't go into spoilers as this is all clear from the start) is from the apostles point of view mainly, what their lives were like before they meet Jesus, how they all meet and then how Jesus comes into their lives. Simon Peter is portrayed as someone who is a bit of a desperate swindler (due to being in a bad place in his life) but good hearted, and I think an even more very "creative" take on the characters is Matthew being portrayed as a materialistic tax collector (as we know he was a tax collector scriptually) and as someone with Autism, so he's very socially awkward and seemingly disabled in his understanding of people during conversations at times, but is good with organisation and numbers, which is why he chooses to be a tax collector. And Nicodemus the Pharasiee is quite interesting, as his background and actions are based on some theories about him which can be gleamed from just one or two scriptures, but I won't get into that. But I haven't seen any other overly creative liberties so far, regardless of all that, I found it to be very enjoyable, what attracted me to the drama initially were the small preview clips I saw of Jesus of course and as I said, I very much enjoyed how he was portrayed. The drama has a couple of bloody scenes in them (mainly in the first two episodes of series 1 thus far, when a character is shown to be demon possessed and attacks someone, and also has injuries themselves due to implied self harm, which isn't shown). But this scene is not overly played out, nor does it bring undue attention to demonic possession I feel, as the scenes are very short and it's over after the first two episodes. The entire drama can be seen for free on youtube in a playlist which I can link here for people interested (you just have to skip past the introduction commentary to each episode). https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgn4viMGbbmDEw-R3MoYRYuRlmsgxd2A3 (the episodes may take some time to play so skip ahead to where they do, as they were uploaded as livestreams originally, the show is legally uploaded as it's on the offical channel of the show's creators). Trailer:
    5 points
  37. Thursday, September 23 Jehovah God went on to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life.—Gen. 2:7. Even though we are made from the dust of the earth, we are worth far more than a handful of dirt. Consider just some of the reasons why we know that we are valuable to Jehovah. He created humans with the ability to reflect his qualities. (Gen. 1:27) In doing so, he elevated us above the rest of physical creation, putting us in charge of the earth and the animals. (Ps. 8:4-8) Even after Adam sinned, Jehovah continued to value humans. He values us so highly that he gave his beloved Son, Jesus, as a ransom for our sins. (1 John 4:9, 10) Applying the benefits of the ransom, Jehovah will resurrect those who have died as a result of Adam’s sin, “both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts 24:15) His Word shows that we are precious to him no matter what our health condition, financial situation, or age may be.—Acts 10:34, 35. w20.01 15 ¶5-6
    5 points
  38. I too went and clicked the arrow and then realized I had also forgotten to include the link. Today is 2nd day of circuit overseer visit. 9.30 am meeting for FS, followed by 2 hours of telephone witnessing, 1.30 pm more of the same witnessing. So rather frazzled by this very young 38 yr old new overseer on the circuit. Huff and puffing. 7.45 pm Meeting with pioneers. I apologize for my oversight, my long suffering brothers and sisters.
    5 points
  39. I'm so sorry Greg. I was thinking of you but I couldn't remember your name - old age is catching up with my brain. 🙄😪 You, and all my Victorian brothers and sisters will be in my prayers tonight. Take care and stay safe. 💜
    5 points
  40. Hey Sheep, did you catch this one from President Biden giving his talk to U.N. this afternoon? NPR News/September 21, 2021 Biden Tells The U.N. The U.S. Is Embarking On An Era Of 'Relentless' Diplomacy Biden's approach is a departure from the Trump administration Biden said the U.S. "will lead on all of the greatest challenges of our time, from COVID to climate, peace and security, human dignity and human rights, but we will not go it alone." The approach is a departure from that of the Trump administration, which embraced an "America first"-style of diplomacy that put nationalism ahead of multilateral efforts
    5 points
  41. As Jesus said, "Keep on the Watch." ...💗
    5 points
  42. Jehovah is the God of good work. He even made our bodies to get stronger the more we work. We were meant to enjoy hard work but this world has ruined even that . How we all look forward to God's new world where we will enjoy hard work and magnify Jehovah for all we do.
    5 points
  43. Best Christian pickup line.
    5 points
  44. A few weeks ago, one of our Pioneer sisters was sharing how she used the main articles in her letters. She wold select one and write about it and ask a question. then she would direct the recipient to our website to read more. But the articles change every couple of weeks. So she reads one and studies it, selects the points she wants to use and then assembles her witnessing letter. We meet early (6 am) for service on Wednesday. It is conducted b our Service Overseer. I pointed out that by the tie she is online writing with us the article had been up for a week. When she finished her letter and gets it mailed way out there in te rural area it takes a while to get it to the addressee. Sometimes in our local postal system, the mail goes to several sorting location several hundred miles away. Delivery times can be a week. So by the time the housholder receives the letter, takes time to read it and eventually decides to go to our website, the cited article has been removed. Our Pioneer sister was going to try to put in a note about using the "Search" box at the top of the page. Now she can say, "Just click on the 'see more' button." Problem solved.
    5 points
  45. Yes. Me too.
    5 points
  46. And I came here thinking that a new design has happened on the jw.org home page As far as I know there is nothing new...
    5 points
  47. WilliamChew

    Witness memes

    Received via Whatsapp.
    5 points
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