Know Your Enemy

[From ws 5/18 p. 22 – July 23– July 29] “We are not ignorant of [Satan’s] schemes.”​—2 Corinthians 2:11, ftn. Introduction (Par.1-4) (Par 3) “Apparently, Jehovah did not want to give Satan undue prominence by devoting large portions of the Hebrew Scriptures to...

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Why We “Keep Bearing Much Fruit”

[From ws 5/18 p. 17 –  July 16 to July 22] “My Father is glorified in this, that you keep bearing much fruit and prove yourselves my disciples.”​—John 15:8. This study article is a follow-up to last week’s study: “Jehovah Loves Those Who ‘Bear Fruit with Endurance’”....

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What Have You Done?

Jehovah God then said to the woman: “What is this you have done?” (Genesis 3:13) There may be more than one way to describe Eve's sin, but certainly one of them would be “touching that which she was not authorized to touch.”  It was not a minor sin.  All human...

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Serve Jehovah, the God of Freedom

[From ws4/18 p. 8 — June 11-17] “Where the spirit of Jehovah is, there is freedom.”  2 Corinthians 3:17 Let us just briefly remind ourselves of last week’s theme scripture. It was “If the Son sets you free, you will be truly free. (John 8:36)” So we need to ask the...

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The Way to True Freedom

[From ws4/18 p. 3 – June 4 – June 10] “If the Son sets you free, you will be truly free.” John 8:36   Liberty, equality, fraternity was the slogan of the French Revolution of 1789. The ensuing two centuries have shown how elusive those ideals are. This week’s article...

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Listen to Discipline and Become Wise

[From ws3/18 p. 28 – May 27 – June 3] “My sons, … listen to discipline and become wise.” Proverbs 8:32-33 This week the WT study article continues the theme of discipline from last week. It starts off well. We are gently reminded that “Jehovah has our best interests...

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Discipline – Evidence of God’s Love

[From ws3/18 p. 23 – May 21 – May 26] “Those whom Jehovah loves he disciplines.” Hebrews 12:6 This entire Watchtower study article and the one that for the following week seem designed to reinforce the authority of elders handling judicial reproofs, disfellowshipping,...

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Baptism – A Requirement for Christians

[From ws3/18 p. 3 – April 30 – May 6] “Baptism … is also now saving you.” 1 Peter 3:21 In the first two paragraphs we are treated to another suggested ‘good example’, that of “a young girl” getting baptized and her “parents were proud of their daughter’s decision to...

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Move forward as a Spiritual Person!

[From ws2/18 p. 23 — April 23 - 29] “Keep Walking by Spirit.” Galatians 5:16 The whole problem with the concept of a spiritual person as the Organization defines it can be ascertained from the first two paragraphs. “ROBERT got baptized as a teenager, but he did not...

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See the Difference in People

[From ws1/18 p. 27 – March 26-April 1]  “You will . . . see the distinction between a righteous person and a wicked person.” Malachi 3:18 The very title of this Watchtower study article is worrying once we begin to read its contents. Its thrust seems to cause us to...

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What Kind of Love Brings True Happiness?

[From ws1/18 p. 22 – March 19-25] “Happy is the people whose God is Jehovah.” Psalm 144:15 This can be summed up as yet another attempt to imply that one cannot be truly happy unless one is totally compliant with all the directions from the Organization—particularly,...

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Why Give to the One Who Has Everything?

[From ws1/18 p. 17 – March 12-18] “O our God, we thank you and praise your beautiful name.” 1 Chronicles 29:13 The whole of this article is based on the premise that the organization is really what it claims to be, God’s organization. (See Jehovah has always had an...

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Pleasant Unity and the Memorial

[From ws1/18 p. 12 for March 5 – March 11] “How good and how pleasant it is...to dwell together in unity!”​—PS. 133:1. We find immediate issues with accuracy in the first sentence of the opening paragraph where the claim is made that “'God’s people' will assemble for...

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