It’s the first day of the new service year ya’ll!
Everybody have a great, productive year. Set attainable spiritual goals and do everything you can to reach them.
I’ve been tagged!!! JW Q&A
1. If you were introduced to the bible later in life, what did you learn that made believe that it was the truth or was very important to your life at the time? If you were raised in the truth, what was one truth or belief that was important to you as a child?
I was raised in the truth. The thing that stood out to me was that view Jehovah as a loving father. My parents divorced when I was little and soon after that my dad moved to Florida. I know somewhere deep down I knew that he left because of him, but I just couldn’t shake the fact that he left because he didn’t love me and my brothers enough. In a way I still feel that way. But no matter what I still have Jehovah on my side. I could talk to him and cry about what I was going through. That was more than I ever got from my dad.
2. One song that’s a guilty pleasure of yours?
Oh too many N*Sync songs to count. Yeah, totally embarrassing.
3. Have you ever worn sneakers to a meeting or other informal clothes?
I worked second shift for a couple of months. I would leave work and go straight to the meeting so I didn’t have time to change. I felt so awkward. I would sit in the second school and leave soon after.
4. What if any teachings have you struggled to put faith in or commandments from Jehovah have you had to struggle obey?
None recently that I can think of. I try to have a good spiritual support system around me, so when something comes up I can talk to someone.
5. How much of your family is in the truth? Has that amount made it easier or harder for you?
I have a ton of family in the truth. Both on my mom and dad sides. Now adding in my husband’s family, we could make a small congregation. I think it has made things easier. It’s always weird to have to explain over and over why you aren’t participating in some function, be it for a family member’s birthday or some church function that they’re having. It’s always great to be able to have family who can understand understand you spiritually speaking. They already know because they go through the same things.
1. If you were raised in the truth, what is your earliest spiritual memory? If you were introduced to the truth later, what was your first visit to the kingdom hall like?
2. Have you ever found it hard to grasp the thought of living forever? How have you dealt with this?
3. Do you have any family members that you wish were in the truth?
4. How you deal with hostility in the ministry?
5. Pretend you’re in the Paradise, what is your day like?
Tagging a few people
Just thought I’d share
This is an article from one of our local newspapers here.
Send out your light and your truth. May these themselves lead me. May they bring me to your holy mountain.—Ps. 43:3
In his Word, God has preserved for the use of his people the very name he chose for himself. The Scriptures first mention “Jehovah God” in “a history of the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 2:4) God’s name was miraculously inscribed several times on the stone tablets bearing the Ten Commandments. For instance, the first commandment began: “I am Jehovah your God.” (Ex. 20:1-17) God’s name lives on because the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has preserved his Word and his name despite all satanic efforts to eliminate them. (Ps. 73:28) In his Word, Jehovah has also preserved the truth. Though religious error abounds worldwide, how thankful we are that God has given us spiritual light and truth! Whereas the masses of mankind walk in darkness, we joyfully keep on walking in God-given spiritual light.—1 John 1:6, 7. w13 2/15 1:2, 3
I am longing to see you, that I may impart some spiritual gift to you in order for you to be made firm.—Rom. 1:11.
What is an especially vital way in which elders show personal interest in their brothers and add to the congregation’s joy? By taking the initiative to reach out to those who need encouragement. (Acts 20:28) When elders do so, they imitate spiritual shepherds of old. Note, for instance, what the faithful overseer Nehemiah did when he saw that some of his Jewish brothers had grown spiritually weak. The account states that he immediately rose up and encouraged them. (Neh. 4:14) Today, elders want to do the same. They ‘rise up’—take the initiative—to help fellow believers to be firm in faith. To give such personal encouragement, they visit their brothers and sisters in their homes if circumstances allow. During such shepherding visits, they want to “impart some spiritual gift” to them. w13 1/15 5:10
The path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.—Prov. 4:18.
In the modern history of Jehovah’s people, there have been landmark conventions—events that marked major developments in theocratic activities or Scriptural understanding. The first major convention that the Bible Students held after World War I was in 1919 in Cedar Point, Ohio, U.S.A. That gathering, attended by some 7,000, was marked by the launching of a global preaching campaign. In 1922, during a nine-day convention at the same location, dramatic impetus was given to this activity by Joseph F. Rutherford, who told his attentive audience: “The world must know that Jehovah is God and that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. . . . Therefore advertise, advertise, advertise, the King and his kingdom.” Attendees, and indeed God’s people worldwide, joyfully embraced that exhortation. w12 9/15 5:6
Is it for nothing that Job has feared God?—Job 1:9.
When we hear that a brother is reaching out for some privilege of service, do we readily believe that his motives are pure, or do we suspect that he is driven by self-interest? If we have a tendency to be cynical, it is good to remember that the Devil questioned the motives of God’s faithful servant Job. (Job 1:10, 11) Rather than being suspicious of our brother, we would do well to consider why we are critical of him. Do we really have good reason for being that way? Or has our heart been poisoned by the unloving spirit so prevalent during these last days? (2 Tim. 3:1-4) Another reason why we might be critical of others is that we desire to make our own accomplishments more noticeable. In effect, we may be attempting to look taller by pushing others down. Or we may be trying to excuse our own failure to take positive action. Whether pride, envy, or insecurity is driving us, the result is destructive. w12 8/15 3:5, 6
One thing I have asked from Jehovah— … that I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life.—Ps. 27:4.
Jesus revealed that rendering acceptable worship to Jehovah would no longer be contingent on having one grand structure that was blessed by God. (John 4:21-23) The apostle Paul indicated inHebrews chapters 8 to 10 that a great spiritual temple came into existence at Jesus’ baptism in 29 C.E., when he presented himself to do Jehovah’s will. (Heb. 10:10) This great spiritual temple is the arrangement Jehovah has made so that we, through our faith in Jesus’ ransom sacrifice, can approach God acceptably. How do we worship there? By praying “with true hearts in the full assurance of faith”; by declaring our hope publicly without wavering; and by considering, inciting, and encouraging fellow worshippers at our congregation meetings and during family worship. (Heb. 10:22-25) Appreciation for the arrangement of true worship fortifies us in these critical last days. w12 7/15 3:7
I was making greater progress in Judaism than many of my own age.—Gal. 1:14.
Before Paul’s conversion to Christianity, he had what seemed to be a promising future. He had studied Jewish law with one of the most famous teachers of his day. He had received authority from the Jewish high priest. (Acts 9:1, 2; 22:3; 26:10) Yet, all of that changed when Paul realized that Jehovah was no longer blessing the Jews as a nation. Paul recognized that a career in the Jewish system had no value from Jehovah’s point of view; it had no future. (Matt. 24:2) This former Pharisee went so far as to say that compared with his new, enlightened understanding of God’s purposes and the privilege of the Christian ministry, what he once thought was important he now considered to be “a lot of refuse.” Paul abandoned his pursuits in Judaism and dedicated the rest of his days on earth to preaching the good news.—Phil. 3:4-8, 15; Acts 9:15. w12 6/15 3:10, 11
Artist: Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of PA