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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.
I've only been here a few weeks, but not a work-day goes by when I don't thank Jehovah for this site, in all honesty. I'm a very social person, and at work I tend to get too "jokey" and social with workmates. Not that I consider them friends, but I was toeing the line and it made me feel guilty at times. Also, I would often get distracted throughout the day and my thinking pattern wouldn't be the best. It's very easy to be side-tracked by worldly thinking when you spend all week with worldly ones, in a worldly atmosphere (our meetings aren't until Friday and Sunday, so most of the week is spent in Worldly Land). With this site, however, I've been so focused on spiritual things in addition to work. When I feel myself get side-tracked with worldly thinking, or if I'm feeling down and out, I'll come on here and immediately get picked up again and upbuilt. I'd like to thank all of you for this great blessing, and Jehovah as well, of course. Slowly but surely you're becoming a part of my extended spiritual family, and I'm just very grateful. Okay, emotional rant over. Let the debate over beards and meat in the NW continue!