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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He gives Power to the Tired One

[From ws1/18 p. 7 – February 26-March 4] “Those hoping in Jehovah will regain power.” Isaiah 40:31 The first paragraph lays out the problems many Witnesses are now facing: Coping with serious illness. Elderly caring for elderly relatives. Struggling to provide basic...

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“I Have Hope Toward God”

[From ws17/12 p. 8 – February 5-11] “The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”​—1 Cor. 15:45 What a pity that after last week’s delightful review of the Bible resurrection accounts, this week’s study wastes no time in getting off on the wrong foot: IF YOU were...

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I Know He Will Rise

[From ws17/12 p. 3 – January 29-February 4] “Our friend has fallen asleep, but I am traveling there to awaken him.”​—John 11:11. A rare article that sticks to what the Bible says without introducing doctrines of men.  All in all, an encouraging review of historical...

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Reject Worldly Thinking

[From ws17/11 p. 20 – January 15-21] “Look out that no one takes you captive by means of the philosophy and empty deception . . . of the world.”​—Col 2:8 [Occurrences: Jehovah=11; Jesus=2] If you're lazy or just too busy, as many JWs are, you might just go with what's...

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