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Calvinism – Total Depravity Part 2

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Preaching Hate

Image from a Watchtower publication depicting the future for non-believers at Armageddon. The March 15, 2015 article “What ISIS Really Wants” by The Atlantic is a brilliant piece of journalism offering real insight into what drives this religious movement.  I highly...

Shadows of Things to Come

In Colossians 2:16, 17 festivals are called a mere shadow of things to come. In other words, the festivals Paul mentioned had a bigger fulfillment. While we are not to judge one another regarding these things, it is valuable to have knowledge of these festivals and...

Simple Truth: 1 Peter 3:15

What if you could start a conversation with just a single Scripture? What if you could help your family and friends to read God’s Word more often, and with a new set of eyes? Meet Simple Truth! For this edition, we’ve chosen 1 Peter 3:15. “But set...

The Messages of the Three Angels

A commentary on Revelation 14:6-13 A commentary is set a of explanatory or critical notes on a text. The point is to better understand the text passage. Synonyms of commentary: explanation, explication, elucidation, exegesis, examination,interpretation, analysis; ...

How to Receive Salvation

Jehovah’s Witnesses preach that salvation is heavily dependent on works. Obedience, loyalty and being part of their organization. Let’s review four requirements to salvation set forth in the study aid: “You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth–But How?”...

Your Deliverance Is Near!

[this article is contributed by Alex Rover] The Governing Body has been steadily working toward a new prophetic framework over the past decade or so. An ounce of ‘new light’ at a time, just the right amount of change to make the friends excited, but not too much to...

The Fruit Bearing Tree

[this post was contributed by Alex Rover] How would you illustrate these two verses? “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.” (John 15:8 AKJV) “so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs...

A Free Association

[Author: Alex Rover, Editor: Andere Stimme] On February 9, 2014, just over a year ago, I wrote to Meleti: I’d enjoy a forum like the well moderated jwtalk.net but with the liberty to put scripture before organization as the main difference. But it’s a lot...

Anointed – Why me?

[this post was contributed by Alex Rover] One of the first questions when I first realized my election as a chosen child of God, adopted as his son and called to be Christian, was: “why me”? Meditating upon the story of Joseph’s election can help us...

Calvinism – Total Depravity

[this article is contributed by Alex Rover] The five main points of Calvinism are total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace and perseverance of the saints. In this article, we will take a look at the first of these five. First off:...

June 2015 TV Broadcast on tv.jw.org

[this article is contributed by Alex Rover] The theme of the JW.ORG June 2015 TV Broadcast is God’s name, and the program is presented by Governing Body member Geoffrey Jackson. [i] He opens the program saying that God’s name is represented in Hebrew by 4 letters,...

The Seventh Trumpet

[this article was contributed by Alex Rover] “Behold, I tell you a great mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment. In a twinkling of an eye. At the last trumpet.” These are the opening words of Handel’s Messiah: ‘45 Behold, I tell you...

A Feast to Jehovah

[this article is contributed by Alex Rover]  “DO YOU remember when you first learned about the wonderful prospect that Jehovah offers to obedient mankind?” w08 6/15 pp. 22-26 par. 1 “MOST of us in the Christian congregation can recall the joy we felt when we first...

Approaching the 2015 Memorial – Part 3

[This post is contributed by Alex Rover]   There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one hope to which we are called. (Eph 4:4-6) It would be blasphemous to say there are two Lords, two baptisms or two hopes, since Christ said there would be just one flock...

The Emptiness of life

[this article was contributed by Alex Rover] We did not exist for an infinite amount of time. Then for a brief moment, we come into existence. Then we die, and we are reduced to nothing once more. Each such moment starts with childhood. We learn to walk, we learn to...

Esther: The Undercover Queen

[This article was contributed by Alex Rover] When we learn that our religious leaders have not always been honest with us, that certain teachings are squarely against what Scripture teach, and that following such teachings may actually lead us away from God, then what...

Gathering True Worshippers

[this article was contributed by Alex Rover] First you publish some articles, then slowly but inevitably you gather some kind of following. Even if we remain humble and admit we may not have the full picture, in practice those who control the blog itself also control...

Our Precious Inheritance

[this article was contributed by Alex Rover] Jacob and Esau were twins born to Isaac, the son of Abraham. Isaac was the child of promise (Ga 4:28) through which God’s covenant would be passed down. Now Esau and Jacob struggled in the womb, but Jehovah told Rebecca the...

#JeSuisJésus

[this article was contributed by Alex Rover] The French satirical magazine ‘Weekly Charlie’ has once more been the target of terror attacks. In a display of solidarity and unity for worldwide peace and security, world leaders have today gathered in Paris,...

The Rose of Sharon

[this article was contributed by Alex Rover]  “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys” – Sg 2:1 With these words, the Shulamite girl described herself. The Hebrew word used for rose here is habaselet and is commonly understood to be a Hibiscus Syriacus....

Memorial Partakers 2014

[this article was contributed by Alex Rover] The number of memorial partakers from the Jehovah’s Witnesses yearbook for 2014 is now known: 14,1211. 2012 partakers: 12604 [i] 2013 partakers: 13204 2014 partakers: 14121 Which gives an increase of 600 between...

The Sacraments of Initiation

[this article is contributed by Alex Rover] How does one come to be of the anointed? What is it like to be anointed? How can one be sure he or she is of the anointed? Perhaps you have read blogs online where Jehovah’s Witnesses are encouraged to partake of the...

The Command to Baptize and Teach

[this article is contributed by Alex Rover] Jesus command was simple: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am...

Do you pass the test?

[this article is contributed by Alex Rover] It is Friday evening and the last day of lectures at campus for this semester. Jane closes her binder and puts it away in her backpack, along with the other course materials. For a brief moment, she reflects on the past half...

Abide, Sweet Spirit

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Commentary on John 15:1-17

[this post is contributed by Alex Rover] A consideration of John 15:1-17 will do much to encourage us to greater love for one another, for it demonstrates Christ’s great love for us and builds appreciation for the great privilege of being brothers and sisters in...

Mercy to the Nations

[This article has been contributed by Alex Rover] Might certain inhabitants of the destroyed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah live in paradise earth? What follows is a taste of how the Watchtower answered that question: 1879 – Yes (wt 1879 06 p.8) 1955 – No  (wt 1955 04...

Bringing Many to Righteousness

[This post was contributed by Alex Rover] Daniel’s final chapter contains a message that would be sealed up until the time of the end when many would rove about and knowledge would increase. (Daniel 12:4)  Was Daniel talking about the internet here? Certainly hopping...

They Asked for a King

[This post was contributed by Alex Rover] Some leaders are exceptional human beings, with a powerful presence, one inspiring of confidence. We are naturally drawn to exceptional people: tall, successful, well spoken, good looking. Recently, a visiting Jehovah’s...