The speaker today is subbing for the one scheduled. He is the bro that, when he & I worked with the fledgling Vietnamese group long ago , would approach me speaking with the same cadence of one native-born. #publictalk
[He approached me like that after the meeting, too, right over Zoom. It’s sort of an inside joke, only played out before all.]
It is one of those public talks on whether religion overall and historically has been a force for peace.
Ah. Another reference to a passage recently cited, accompanied with a “and I hope you kept your place—I didn’t” Yikes! He just got muted himself somehow. Upon reconnecting—“Okay, where’d I leave off?” Now that’s maintaining poise in the face of distraction.
Any religion teaching human philosophy rather than Jehovah’s thinking—can it really meet our spiritual needs?
This is the bro that during his working life was an accountant, I think for the state. He gets more lively and engrossing by the year.
Now he is citing a few newspaper accounts of various Regional Conventions, reporters who observe that racial enmities is not a problem for the Witnesses.
Another ‘Suit of Armor’ Watchtower, the image taken Ephesians 6:13-15, entitled “Jehovah Will Protect You—How?”(The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the wicked one.)—2 Thess. 3:3. There is always that one that need be considered.
“Others, who do not believe in God, persecute us because we do not fit into this world’s mold.”...This might cover the relatively recent #anticult” movement, that objects not so much to brainwashing, but to brainwashing that is not theirs.
With regard to Satan as “father of the lie” (John 8:44) AND the one “misleading the entire inhabited earth,” do we really imagine (of course, this not in the article, which leaves such things to the individual) that the only lies operating are the ones we have uncovered. ...1/2
A healthy skepticism of human promises is always in order....2/2
The sis who is a vet just commented on the suit of armor. The only suit of armor that can be had at her place is a dog collar.
“And if that does not work, he will try to bully us into going against Jehovah’s standards.” Nobody likes a bully. (para 6)
One bro likened God’s standards—are they restrictive?—to the standard trans of a car, that demands more involvement. The conductor (who drives a standard) offers as an aside that standards are more fun, anyway.
“For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3)
That offbeat brother who recently commented from his back yard, the worst speaker in the whole circuit (some say the whole world), who has taken to following my tweets, thus seriously compromising my freeness of speech, hasn’t commented yet today. Let’s see if he’s tuned in today. :)
“For although we had first suffered and been insolently treated in Philippi, as you know, we mustered up boldness by means of our God to tell you the good news of God in the face of much opposition.” (1 Th2:2 It just goes without saying that the good news will trigger opposition.
“Just as a literal helmet protects a soldier’s head, the hope of salvation protects our thinking ability. In what way? That hope keeps us focused on God’s promises and helps us to see problems in the right perspective.” (para 10)
Reminds me of a driver I know who, if looking in a certain direction, the car veers ever so slightly in that direction, much to the discomfort of the passengers.
The 3-year-old child of one couple has a Zoom screen in her own name! It’s the family room renamed, I think.
That point on preparing for meetings. I recall one newcomer commenting on how the nature of the meetings was that one COULD prepare for them, so different from any other service he had ever attended. If makes it far more of a Bible study, and far less of just a ‘religious experience.’
One friend apologized that her raised hand was residual, not lowered from a prior comment, to which the conductor replied, “oh, dear.” It is as close to confession as we get in the JW tradition.
Hmm. David took off his complete suit of armor and lived to tell about it—in fact, he wouldn’t put it on. Though, it was hardly tailor-made for him, was it? 3 or 4 times his size, I think.
Deuteronomy means ‘2nd law.’ It is a restatement of the Law, also an explanation of it. Weekly Bible reading of the #midweekmeetings has turned the page from Numbers to Deuteronomy.
That diagram of the Israelite encampment reminded me powerfully of the many Regional Convention floor plans on the floor of the arena, whilst I gaze down from the surrounding seats.
In the midst of provisions for impartial judges is the direction, “You must not become intimidated by men.” Deut 1:17
Does Deut 1:42 illustrate the principle: The best way to get someone to do something is to tell him he can’t?
“But Jehovah said to me, ‘Tell them: “You must not go up and fight, for I will not be with you. If you do, you will be defeated by your enemies.”’
An eleven-day journey that took 38 years! One sis mentioned how we can make wrong decisions at wrong times that have comparable bad knock-you-off-the-path results.
Someone who has worked on Kingdom Hall builds likened Moses’ speech to post construction meetings, in which is reviewed what went right, what went wrong, near misses, what to repeat, etc.
Someone else likened the Israelites wandering to us wandering through Zoom! but pretty soon will there be direction to resume another path?
I wasn’t counting, but were there 10-12 comments? Good job of the one conducting. The more comments time allows, the better.
Man, that was a good reading from the Asian brother with a hard-to-pronounce name, and there are some who murder it.
Far in the backdrop of the sis speaking is a child’s plastic basketball hoop, and the child is big enough now that it can’t possibly be a challenge.
A friend of ours who is of survivalist bent proposed all manner of go-bag improvements, even a solar charger for the devices, & one all-purpose tool, rather than 5 loose and bulky ones.
The trick for the longest time was to find someone who likes us enough that we could crash there in time of disaster or chaos.
Only behave in a manner worthy of the good news about the Christ, so that whether I come and see you or I am absent, I may hear about you and learn that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one soul, striving side by side for the faith of the good news, ...1/2
and in no way being frightened by your opponents. (Philippians 1:27-28)...2/2
No, you do not have room to include a skateboard in your go-bag!
Now there is coordination—the very situation of the wheat awaiting the harvest time collection parallels the ones separated from visible Christian structure during disaster, war, persecution, or insurrection. Matt 13:24-30
Hmm. Summing up, one bro described the negative talk of the ten unfaithful spies as “loose lips sink ships.”
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