Thursday, April 30, 2009

daily text 04/30

Thursday, April 30th
"Let us work what is good toward all, but especially toward those related to us in the faith." (Galatians 6:10)

James 2:15, 16 states: "If a brother or a sister is in a naked state and lacking the food sufficient for the day, yet a certain one of you says to them: 'Go in peace, keep warm and well fed,' but you do not give them the necessities for their body, of what benefit is it?" Caring for others and helping those in need is a feature of true religion. Our way of worship does not allow us to limit our concern for others to a mere oral expression of the wish that everything will turn out well for them. Rather, a tender feeling of compassion moves us to act in behalf of those in serious need. (1 John 3:17, 18) Yes, preparing a meal for a sick person, assisting an elderly one with chores, providing transportation to Christian meetings when neccessary, and not being closefisted toward deserving ones are among the deeds of mercy we should abound in. -Deuteronomy 15:7-10
(Watchtower issue: 09/15/07, 2:3-5)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

bloodless surgery news clip

a short video just added on YouTube from a hospital in New Jersey doing bloodless procedures for Jehovah's Witnesses and others. Talks about health benefits and better recovery time for patients who don't receive blood transfusions, etc


info on JW's in Italy after earthquake...

check out this link in case you haven't heard the story about the brothers and sisters that survived the earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy (it was in my grandparents hometown too)
The video is in Italian but its translated into English right beneath...

JW's in Italy survive the quake

daily text 04/29

Wednesday, April 29th
"Carry on prayer on every occasion." (Ephesians 6:18)

Your children can learn much about Jehovah by listening to your prayers. If they hear you give thanks to God at mealtimes and offer prayers at Bible study sessions, what conclusions might they draw? They will likely learn that Jehovah supplies our physical needs -for which he should be thanked- and that he teaches us spiritual truths. These are valuable lessons. (James 1:17) However, if you pray with your family at times other than meals and family Bible studies and if you discuss specific matters that affect you and your children, you will accomplish even more. You will help you children to feel that Jehovah is part of your family, that he cares deeply about you individually. (1 Peter 5:6, 7) Could you pray with your children each day? Could you help them view Jehovah as a Friend, who not only provides their physical and spiritual necessities but also cares about their emotional needs? -Philippians 4:6, 7.
(Watchtower issue: 09/01/07, 2:5, 6)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

daily text 04/28

Tuesday, April 28th
"In themselves the days of our years are seventy years; and if because of special mightiness they are eighty years, yet their insistence is on trouble and hurtful things; for it must quickly pass by, and away we fly." (Psalms 90:10)

Whether rich or poor, all humans are imperfect and have but one eventuality, as noted above. (Job 14:1, 2; 1 Peter 1:24) People who have not cultivated a good relationship with God often adopt the "let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we are to die" mentality, referred to by the apostle Paul. (1 Corinthians 15:32) Others, sensing that life is fleeting and uncertain, try to find security and permanence in material possessions. Perhaps they feel that having many physical, tangible material things will somehow make life more secure. Thus, they labor incessantly to amass wealth and possessions, mistakenly equating such things with security and happiness. -Psalms 49:6, 11, 12.
(Watchtower issue: 08/01/07, 1:15)

Monday, April 27, 2009

daily text 04/27

Monday, April 27th
"All things are clean to clean persons." (Titus 1:15)

What did Paul mean when he said the above? Paul was referring to Christians who had brought their thinking and moral sense into line with God's standards. Such Christians recognize that on many matters not directly condemned there is room for variation among believers. Rather than being judgemental, they recognize as "clean" things that God does not condemn. They do not expect that all others will think exactly as they do about aspects of life on which the Bible does not give specific direction. Imagine the case of a Christian wife whose husband does not yet share her faith. One of his relatives is getting married, and the ceremony will be in a church of Christendom. (Or a relative, maybe a parent, has died, and the funeral will be in a church.) The couple are invited, and he wants his wife to accompany him. What does her conscience say about attending?
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/07, 2:7, 8)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Today's the Special Talk...

I posted audio talks you can download here + news and photos about the new assembly hall!

daily text 04/26

Sunday, April 26th
"We have heard for ourselves." - (John 4:42)

On one occasion, Jesus witnessed to a Samaritan woman near Jacob's fountain at Sychar. During that discussion, Jesus did not do all the talking; he listened to what she had to say. While listening to her, Jesus noted her interest in worship and told her that God was looking for those who would worship Him with spirit and truth. Jesus showed respect and concern for this woman, whereupon she told others about him, and "many of the Samaritans out of that city put faith in him on account of the word of the woman." (John 4:5-29, 39-41) When starting a conversation with a householder in your ministry today, you might say, "I am visiting you because I am interested in your opinion regarding [a certain topic]." Listen to the person's viewpoint, and comment on it, or ask a question about it. Then kindly show what the Bible says on the subject.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/07, 2:7, 8)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

daily text 04/25

Saturday, April 25th
"Yours is the kingdom, O Jehovah, the One also lifting yourself up as head over all." (1 Chronicles 29:11)

After creating the angels, Jehovah extended his rulership by bringing into existence the vast and intricate physical universe, including the earth. (Job 38:4, 7; Psalms 148:5, 6) With the creation of the first human pair, God exercised his sovereignty in yet another way. Besides providing humans with everything they needed to live a purposeful and satisfying life, Jehovah granted them dominion over the lower creatures of the earth-a delegation of authority. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:8, 9) Adam and Eve had the prospect of living forever in an earthly paradise home. (Genesis 2:15-17) What can we conclude from all of this? First, Jehovah has always been exercising his sovereignty over all his creation. Second, God's rulership is benevolent and dignifying. Finally, our obeying and supporting God's rulership will result in eternal blessings.
(Watchtower issue: 12/01/07, 1:3-5)

Friday, April 24, 2009

daily text 04/24

Friday, April 24th
"I became envious of the boasters, when I would see the very peace of wicked people." (Psalms 73:3)

At one point in his life, Asaph, the writer of Psalm 73, became spiritually downhearted. He saw the material prosperity of wicked men, and he noticed that they often seemed to be content with their life, not experiencing any adverse consequences. He could not fully comprehend why the wicked seemed to get away with doing wrong while rightly disposed people often suffered. Eventually, that faithful man of old came to understand what was in store for the wicked-that Jehovah ultimately set matters straight. (Psalms 73:17-19) For a certainty, it is Jehovah's purpose to eliminate wickedness and its accompanying injustices from this earth in his own due time. (Psalms 37:9) That is something of which even loyal Christians should remind themselves regularly. Jehovah is going to remove those who go contrary to his will, and he will reward those who live in harmony with it. -Psalms 11:4-7.
(Watchtower issue: 08/15/07, 1:9-12)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

daily text 04/23

Thursday, April 23rd
"This widow, although poor, dropped in more than they all did." (Luke 21:3)

Not everyone can serve God as a full-time evangelizer. If you must contend with old age, poor health, or other limitations, know that Jehovah warmly appreciates your faithfulness and whatever wholehearted service you can offer. (Luke 21:2) None of us, for that matter, should under-estimate the effect that our efforts, even limited, can have on others. For example, suppose that we called on a few homes and found no one who seemed interested in our message. After we leave, the householders might talk about our call for hours or days, even where no one opened the door to us! We do not expect that everyone who hears the good news will respond favorably, but some will. (Matthew 13:19-23) Others may respond later when conditions in the world change. In any case, by doing what we can in the public ministry, we are doing God's work. We are "God's fellow workers." -1 Corinthians 3:9
(Watchtower issue 10/01/07, 2:9)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

daily text 04/22

Wednesday, April 22nd
"Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of covetousness" (Luke 12:15)

Covetousness is more than simply the desire to have money or certain things, which could have their proper use and purpose. It is the "inordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another's possessions," according to one dictionary. It can involve the insatiable, greedy urge to have things -perhaps those belonging to someone else- simply for the sake of having them, without regard for one's own needs or the effect on others. A covetous person allows the object of his desire to dominate his thinking and actions to such an extent that it in essence becomes his god. Recall that the apostle Paul equates a greedy person with an idolater, who has no share in God's Kingdom. (Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5) Interestingly, Jesus warned against "every sort of covetousness." Why? Because covetousness comes in many forms.
(Watchtower issue: 08/01/07, 1:7-9)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I created this blog in order to post news updates and experiences of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world. Also for sharing links, photos, and audio/video media of upbuilding theocratic material. Enjoy! =)