Flee or Stay in the Face of Persecution?
A Response to the Daily Beast

Tweeting the Meeting: Week of July 19, 2021

Weekend Meeting:

Another lightning round Watchtower (May 2021) on account of the Saturday AM Regional coming up  Study article is “Maintain a Positive Attitude Toward Your Ministry“ Theme vs: Sow your seed . . . and do not let your hand rest.”​—ECCL. 11:6.

Is there an 800-lb gorilla in the room? A discussion of the ministry, attitudes toward, obstacles encountered, and techniques suggested, when most of them are off the table during Covid times. Looking toward the future, I guess?

Another fishing comment from the sister who loves to fish and you would never know it from her overall demeanor.

Para 7: With regard to evening witnessing, “householders may be more relaxed and ready to talk during those times.”   I’ve always found this to be true. There is a distinct difference in ‘day is done’ atmosphere from ‘day is just cranking up,’ much more relaxed.

I like the summary of Para 11: Some :do not believe in God because they see so much suffering in the world.”

Some “reject the Bible because they see the hypocrisy of religious leaders who claim to live by that book. “.  1/2

“Others are preoccupied with their jobs, families, or personal problems, and they fail to see how the Bible can help them.

The article is on various ways to meet such viewpoints….2/2

Hm. One of those items in the picture would require me to step out of my comfort zone, and I’m not necessarily comfortable even IN my comfort zone.

I’m not huge on inferring from bumper stickers but sometimes they tell it all. Like the car with “born right the first time.” [doesn’t like religion] and “There are death squads in America. They’re called insurance companies.” [has been through some tough times.]

I get the simplification, easier to comprehend and all. But I can miss the imagery of the more literal translation:

“As iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens his friend.”   vs:   “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the face of his companion.”  (Proverb 27:17)….1/2

Who sharpens the face of his companion these days? But I still like it….2/2

Para 14: “Then we discussed how we might respond differently if we faced that situation again.”

I miss working with my familiar old pal John, who would say to me, and I to him: “Try not to mess this one up the way you did the last door.”

Para 17: I do like this John 7:5 verse about how Jesus’ own family at one time “were, in fact, not exercising faith in him.”

And don’t get me started on the time they’d thought he’d gone off his rocker:  “But when his relatives heard about it, they went out to lay hold of him…1/2

for they were saying: “He has gone out of his mind.”  (Mark 3:21)…2/2

And now it’s off to Day 2 (AM session) of the Powerful by Faith summer convention, streamable by anyone at jw.org.


Midweek Meeting: Assigned Bible Chapters: Deuteronomy 16-18

You must not pervert justice, show partiality, or accept a bribe, for the bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and distorts the words of the righteous.  (Deut 16:19)

The blinding effect of money calls to mind two saying, the common exhortation to “follow the money” as a means…1/3

getting to the bottom of things. (‘Who benefits’ is often synonymous with ‘who made it happen) ….2/3

The second is that famous quote from Upton Sinclair: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”…..3/3

The bro giving the Treasures talk is a retired police officer. He is speaking on the Deuteronomy themes of impartiality, establishing the facts, and getting help for difficult cases. I wonder if his cop background comes in handy in those type meetings….1/2

Whoa! No sooner had I thunk the thought and he said how in his former job (he didn’t say what it was) investigations were handled in a way that way ‘speedy,’ and it was upon becoming a Witness that he learned a ‘more thorough way of handling investigations.”   2/2

I happen to know in the congregation he first attended, he, a very humble man, was put to use carrying mics & so forth, & nobody thought to tell him that carrying a gun disqualifies him from special privileges. …3/4

‘Was it hard for you to accept? I asked, since police are the good guys. He said it was not. Besides, he was about to retire anyway….4/4

..the due right of the priests from the people: Whoever makes a sacrifice, whether a bull or a sheep, is to give the shoulder, the jaws, and the stomach to the priest.  (Deut 18:3)

Those in Bethel also benefit from voluntary donations. Why, just yesterday I sent a stomach to one

“When he takes his seat on the throne of his kingdom, he must write for himself in a book a copy of this Law, taken from the one kept by the Levitical priests.” (Deut 17:18) Take heart, you children. Even a king had homework. …1/2

“Your homework for over the weekend, typewritten and double-spaced, King Solomon, is to write out the entire Book of the Law. And pay attention to the part about not taking many wives.”….( Deut 17:17) 2/2

James 1:13 is one of the verses I like when just offering to read a verse, “get your response and then I’m gone.”

“When under trial, let no one say: ‘I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone….1/2

“The reason I chose this verse,” I will say, “is that some people think he DOES try people with evil.”…2/2

To the online bro, assigned the 5-minute talk, who asked me for pointers, I said: “Swat the podium hard to illustrate firm discipline. Take something disposable with you and heave it away to illustrate last-ditch-measure-expulsion.  (NOT)  :)” Teach him not to do THAT again.

Why do I like so much the video of the elderly Jamaican sis who has pioneered her entire life come what may?

Like an Ezekiel 33:7 watchman of old, I too would fearlessly sound due warning through the years and thus no doubt saved hundreds, helping them prepare: “That elder I love to tease is giving the public talk today! Brace yourselves!”

“for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again.” (Matt 24:21)

Lee used to tell me that in his territory, people’s response to this would be, “Wow! What channel is it on?”

Para 4: “Similarly, Jehovah appointed watchmen, not because he wanted to terrorize the Israelites with messages of doom, but because he cared for his people and wanted to save lives.”

If you want messages of doom, you watch the evening news….1/2

And someone described reading the Drudge Report to reading the Book of Revelation…..2/2

Para 7: “None of the sins he committed will be held against him.” (Ezek. 33:14-16) for the one who turns away from them. But

Those neighbor kings knew Solomon had a wife problem when he would come to summits and they’d have to rent 32 Holiday Inns to accommodate them all.

Actually, huge harems was commonplace among foreign kings of that place and time.

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Love the terrorizing Israelites part🙃

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