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The Other Sheep Are God’s Children Too

After the resurrection of Lazarus, the machinations of the Jewish leaders moved into high gear. “What are we to do, because this man performs many signs? 48 If we let him alone this way, they will all put faith in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our...

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...

The Governing Body Loves Us!

In this month’s tv.jw.org TV broadcast, Governing Body member Mark Sanderson concludes with these words: “We hope that this program has assured you that the Governing Body truly loves each one of you and that we notice and appreciate your steadfast endurance.” We know...

#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 Good News Defined

There has been a debate over what the Good News really is.  This is no trivial matter because Paul says that if we don't preach the right "good news" we will be cursed.  (Galatians 1:8) Are Jehovah's Witnesses preaching the real good news?  We can't answer that unless...

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...

Become Jehovah's Friend Video Series for Kids

There are now 14 videos in the Become Jehovah's Friend series on jw.org.  Since these are used to train our most vulnerable minds, one does well to examine what is being taught to ensure that one's children are being taught the truth.  It is important also to evaluate...

Lovers of Darkness

I was telling a friend the other day that reading the Bible is like listening to classical music. No matter how often I hear a classical piece, I continue to find unnoticed nuances which enhance the experience. Today, while reading John chapter 3, something popped out...

A Spirit Directed Majority?

Alex Rover gave an excellent summary of the changed state of affairs in our Organization in his comment on my most recent post. It got me to thinking about how these changes came about. For instance, his third point reminds us that in the “old days” we did not know...

The Shadow of the Pharisee

“. . .And when it became day, the assembly of elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they led him into their San′he·drin hall and said: 67 “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them: “Even if I told you, you would not...

It's the Message, not the Messenger.

1Now Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these ideas? And what is this wisdom that has been given to...

Ecclesiastical Authority Is Everywhere

I watched a documentary by Ben Stein titled Expelled  which exposed what happens to sincere, open-minded scientists who dared to challenge any aspect of the doctrine of Evolution.  I say doctrine, because the actions of the authority structure within the scientific...

A Zeal for God…

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses in danger of becoming like the Pharisees? Comparing any Christian group to the Pharisees of Jesus’ day is equivalent to comparing a political party with the Nazis. It’s an insult, or to put it another way, “Them’s fightin’ words.” However, we...

Ravenous Wolves

(Matthew 7:15) 15 “Be on the watch for the false prophets that come to YOU in sheep’s covering, but inside they are ravenous wolves. Until reading this today, I had failed to notice that the ravenous wolves are false prophets.  Now “prophet” in those days meant more...

Artfully Contrived Stories

(2 Peter 1:16-18) . . .No, it was not by following artfully contrived false stories that we acquainted YOU with the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it was by having become eyewitnesses of his magnificence. 17 For he received from God the Father honor...

Our One True Name

In my daily Bible reading this jumped out at me: "However, let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or a wrongdoer or a busybody in other people’s matters.16  But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but let him keep on glorifying God...

A Great Cloud of Witnesses

I think that chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews is one of my favorite chapters in all the Bible. Now that I have learned–or perhaps I should say, now that I am learning–to read the Bible without bias, I am seeing things that I never saw before. Simply letting the Bible...

Innocent Doves and Cautious Serpents

There have been quite a few excellent comments made under Apollos’ post, “An Illustration” about the situation many are facing in the congregation as they make their newfound knowledge known to others.  An innocent , newly converted Jehovah’s Witness might not think...

No One Knows the Day or Hour—Until Now

“Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mat. 24:36) “It does not belong to YOU to get knowledge of the times or seasons which the Father has placed in his own jurisdiction…” (Acts 1:7) You might...

Who is Good? (Alternate Renderings)

Matthew and Mark offer two different renderings of the same account. (Matthew 19:16, 17) . . .Now, look! a certain one came up to him and said: "Teacher, what good must I do in order to get everlasting life?" 17 He said to him: "Why do you ask me about what is good?...

Thought of the Day

As a Jehovah's Witness, I work for the Lord. The pay is not great. But The benefits package is out of this world.

1914 – The Return of the King?

“Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” (Acts 1:6) That kingdom ended when the Jews were taken into exile in Babylon.  No longer did a descendant from the royal line of King David rule over a free and independent nation of Israel.  The apostles...

Fun with Numbers

I have a pet peeve.  Don't we all, you say!  Sure, but I have a website, so there!  My pet peeve—actually, I have a number of them, but you're only getting one tonight—has to do with the penchant we have for extreme (and meaningless) precision in numbers reporting. ...

Redefining Terms

This was contributed by one of the forum members by email, and I just had to share it with everyone. "In the preface of his Bible, Webster wrote: “Whenever words are understood in a sense different from that which they had when introduced, and different from that of...

Unbroken Will

Here's an interesting quote from the book Unbroken Will, page 63: The judge, Dr. Langer, noted this statement [made by brothers Engleitner and Franzmeier] and asked the two Witnesses to answer the following question: "Is the president of the Watchtower Society,...

Test the Inspired Expression

John speaking under inspiration says: (1 John 4:1) . . .Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired expression, but test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world. This isn't a...

"Ruining the Earth" — How?

One of the regular readers of this forum sent me an email a few days ago introducing an interesting point.  I thought it might be beneficial to share the insight. – Meleti Hello Meleti, My first point relates to the "ruining of the Earth" mentioned at Revelation...

Jehovah’s Purpose for Adam and Eve

I had a minor revelation from today’s Watchtower study. This point was completely tangential to the study itself, but it opened up for me a whole new line of reasoning that I had never considered before. It started with the first sentence of paragraph 4: “It was...

Thought for the Day

I came across these two quotes today and thought how appropriate they are for those of us contributing to this bible study forum. "What is the first business of one who studies philosophy? To part with self-conceit. For it is impossible for any one to begin to learn...

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