#Publictalk: Why Fear the True God? Everything is vanity—“has no lasting value” is Solomon’s conclusion of ordinary life, Eccles 12:13-14,
“The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole obligation of man. For the true God will judge every deed, including every hidden thing, as to whether it is good or bad.” Eccles 12:13-14
“The words of the wise are like oxgoads….like…embedded nails…As for anything besides these,…be warned: To the making of many books there is no end, and much devotion to them is wearisome to the flesh.” Eccles 12:10….Surely this doesn’t mean MY books, which have many nails.
I well know that some are doing secret sin here on Zoom, sipping coffee. Would they do it at the Kingdom Hall? Well, maybe not SECRET sin, for they do it onscreen. It is only me who does it offscreen, like a whale sounding. One student was troubled by this. She may have a point…1/2
“Do you not have houses for eating and drinking?” says Paul. Yeah, and I’m in it. But I still begin to feel she has a point. Formal pants will be next….2/2
Do Not Give Up! is title of #watchtowerstudy
Theme verse: “Let us not give up in doing what is fine.”—GAL. 6:9
Para 5: “Further, opposers may temporarily succeed in interfering with our efforts to carry out our ministry in the usual way.” (1 Cor. 16:9; 10)
Yeah. Especially if they are spiked opposers.
Para 6: the ‘work’ remembered, (Heb. 6:10) , ‘your labor’ not in vain (1 Cor 15:58), independent of results.
Para 11: God said: “You must go into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” (Gen. 6:18)
No instructions for building guest rooms.
There you go sir. You’re room is #143, just down the hall past the hippo quarters.” Nope. Noah didn’t have to say it. #NoGuestRoomsOnTheArk
Huh. One sis relates how she was the teen sent to the door to get rid of the Witnesses & how she read the materials offered, they made sense to her, and she eventually become one
Para 14: Imagine that sis persevering in 1940s tough Quebec. “Over time, I was arrested 15 times. When we went out in field service, we made sure to carry our toothbrush and comb with us in case we had to spend the night in jail.”
Para 16: Yikes. The guys that dealt with the baggage:
“However, every bad and worthless man among those who had gone with David said: “Since they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we recovered…” (1 Samuel 30:22) Overruled, you #badandworthless men.
Not exactly a good start to this week’s #midweekmeeting’s Bible reading is it?
“Again the Israelites did what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes…”. (Judges 13:1)
Frequent references to Samson this week due to our Bible reading. The dog, also named Samson, looks up quizzically from time to time. Our Samson is not the one who pushes apart the pillars. Our Samson pees on them.
The Philistines were the bad boys of the Hebrew Scriptures, says one bro,
These guys apparently do riddles like people today do Wheel of Fortune.…“Out of the eater came something to eat, And out of the strong came something sweet.” (Judges 14:14)
Often looking into ancient culture reveals something that reads weird as all get out actually did happen back in the day.
Ha! Here is Jade thinking that meditation is ‘ooommmmmm.’ Not no more.
One local sis framed how some feel: ‘It’s not a cake until you mix the ingredients.’
Is the bro wearing a tie that suggests great rage is flaring up?
‘I’ve always wondered how these two came together—Abigail and Nabel,’ one bro says.
‘Who would want to make God angry?’ one sis says. ‘Not me.’