District Convention 2013 - "God's Word Is Truth"

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    DISTRICT CONVENTION - "GOD'S WORD IS TRUTH"

    The District Convention was held in our area recently. I'm posting the Friday part of the program for now. Will post notes from the Annual General Meeting next (to be held this weekend.) Then I'll continue working on the Saturday and Sunday parts of the District Convention.

    I had the feeling that the program was put together by someone who had just discovered the Powerpoint program - lots of short sentences and parts with 3 or 4 points.


    FRIDAY

    "CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS: HOW WE KNOW GOD'S WORD IS TRUTH"

    The speaker spoke about the scripture at Daniel 12:4, where Jehovah told Daniel to "make secret the words and seal up the book, until the time of the end." Also "many would rove about, and the true knowledge will become abundant."

    The prophet Daniel, didn't have a full understanding of all of the details that he wrote down under inspiration.

    Next, the speaker stated that "the truth never changes. Our interpretation of it does." (I thought that was an understatement, keeping in mind the Society's teaching of ever-changing "new light.") Technically speaking, this is an accurate statement. I believe that what is written in the Bible will be fulfilled in the way that Jehovah said it would be. The issues come about when man tries to put his own version or his own interpretation on what the Scriptures actually say. And when events don't come about in the way that man thought that it would, then he has to change his interpretation.

    The issue with the Governing Body is that they INSIST that you must believe whatever version they are "spinning" or teaching at any given time. If you openly disagree with anything that they teach, then you can be disfellowshipped for that. I don't believe that they have the right to rule the sheep "with an iron fist." Their assignment is to dispense spiritual food to Jehovah's sheep.

    Another point mentioned was that "Satan tries to prevent the truth from being fulfilled."

    Next, the speaker explained how we would know that God's Word is truth:

    - Accessibility of the Bible to mankind
    - Respectful use of Jehovah's name in the Bible
    - The Bible's accuracy in science and medical matters
    - Fulfillment of Bible prophecy
    - Practical value in daily life




    "SYMPOSIUM: HOW DID YOU LEARN THE TRUTH?" - The symposium discussed the various ways in which people might learn about the Bible:

    - Informal witnessing
    - Raised by Christian parents
    - Formal witnessing
    - Relatives - The setting for one of the demonstrations used in this part of the symposium, was that of a conversation between a sister and a Bible study who has an abusive marriage mate. The dialogue of the conversation was identical to the conversation relayed in the "Steve and Selma" experience (regarding domestic violence.)

    http://e-jw.org/entry.php?12-Watchtower-Study-Edition-February-15-2012

    The only difference in the demonstration is that the Bible student's name was changed from "Selma" to "Leah." However, the diaglogue in both experiences is identical. What are the chances of having two experiences using exactly the same wording? (One in the Watchtower magazine and the other from the platform.) It made me wonder if the original experience had been "fabricated" - (made up.) I also wondered if domestic violence was a continuing issue with brothers/sisters.


    Other avenues of learning about the Bible are: reading the publications and also approaching newcomers/visitors to the Hall, asking them if they would like a study.



    "REJOICE WITH THE TRUTH" - This talk mentioned some of the adjustments in understandings the Society has made over the years (for example, 1962 - understanding who were the "superior authorities" mentioned at Romans 13:1.) In an interview, a brother explained that he believed the "superior authorities" referred to the governmental authorities before 1962. He explained that he was relieved to read the Society's explanation of the phrase in the Watchtower magazine in 1962.

    (I believe that this talk was included in the program to give the impression that it is ok to disagree with the Society's teachings. That is false. In real life, questioning and disagreeing with any of the teachings of the Governing Body is NOT encouraged or tolerated.)


    "KEYNOTE ADDRESS: GOD'S CONGREGATION - A PILLAR AND SUPPORT OF THE TRUTH" - The speaker listed off some recent changes:

    - printing of a study edition of the Watchtower magazine
    - printing of a public edition of the Watchtower magazine and a monthly edition of the Awake magazine
    - reducing the size of the magazines
    - combining the mid-week meetings and the introduction of the Family Worship night.
    - Pioneer School - permitting pioneers to enrol more than once
    - Bible School for married couples
    - use of audio and video media
    - re-designing the jw.org website
    - metropolitan specialised witnessing (fancy term used to describe the use of booths and mobile cart witnessing.)
    - electronic research guide on jw.org website

    Now at this point, the speaker paused and his tone of voice changed - his voice sounded deeper and intimidating. He went on to say "Now....(pause).....we're going to get a little personal here." (Ya know, I don't how to break this news, but nobody gets personal with me unless I give them consent first.) The speaker went on to say "how we have to do our part and fulfill our responsibility."

    The first point that he listed off was: that we MUST co-operate with organisational adjustments.

    The second point was that we have a personal responsibility to display conduct that befits the truth. He mentioned the areas of dress and grooming and also entertainment.

    The third point was about having a meaningful share in the ministry. There was an interview with a brother who was involved in the mobile cart witnessing. The brother being interviewed stated that he was not meant to approach people on the street. He was "not to engage with them until they engaged with him." ("Engage" as in interact or converse with someone.)

    The intimidating manner in which the second part of this talk was delivered is an indication to me that the Governing Body are angry with the brothers/sisters - it was an example of suppressed anger. It stands out to me like a beacon. Why, oh why, was the first point about co-operating with organisational adjustments? Why was that point the priority? Why wasn't the ministry the first point? It is because the Governing Body want control of the sheep.



    "APPRECIATING THE ROLE OF THE SPIRIT OF THE TRUTH" - This talk was about the different roles of the holy spirit:

    - It is a helper or a comforter
    - It is a teacher
    - It is a remembrancer
    - It is a guide



    "SYMPOSIUM: THE TRUTH SETS US FREE FROM"

    - Alienation From God - We are freed from the consequences of a sinful course and are able to develop a close relationship with Jehovah.

    - From A Bad Conscience - The forgiveness of sins allows us to enjoy a clean conscience.

    - From False Beliefs - Free from religious falsehoods such as the Trinity, hellfire, etc. No fear of the dead. We can develop a close relationship with Jehovah. Benefit from the value of the ranson sacrifice provided by Jesus.

    - Bad Habits - To overcome bad habits, we can: pray for Jehovah's help, replace negative habits with positive ones, enlist the help of others, imitate the faith of fellow believers who also have conquered bad habits.

    - Hopelessness - Jehovah's Kingdom provides the permanent solution to problems and issues we face in Satan's system.

    - Bad Association - An example of negative peer pressure is that of Pilate and how he "caved in" to pressure from the crowd and sentenced Jesus to death.



    "DRAMA: SHOW YOUR YOURSELF ATTENTIVE TO THE WONDERFUL WORKS OF GOD"

    The drama was set in the time of the New System. A family relates how they lost family members in the old system and were encouraged by the example of Job. The family greet their relatives when they are resurrected from the grave and they meet the resurrected Job and his family. As a side point, I couldn't help but notice that Job and his wife did not walk out on stage holding each other's hands. Suppose that would have something to do with the "resurrected ones do not marry" concept. (Sometimes I wonder if the scripture is written that way originally because all of the disciples in Jesus' time were of the anointed class. So when they died, they would became "as angels." But I could be wrong on that point - I'm just speculating there. I won't get side-tracked with that point so perhaps I should start a new thread for that topic.)



    "BUY TRUTH ITSELF AND DO NOT SELL IT" - We were encouraged to "buy out the opportune time" and to focus on spiritual activities as priorities.



    "BELIEVE INSPIRED TRUTH, NOT INSPIRED ERROR" - The speaker mentioned Job's "false comforters" as examples of inspired error - they had limited knowledge of Job's situation and were passing judgement based on this limited knowledge. Another example mentioned was Saul (before becoming the apostle Paul) who was zealous in persecuting true Christians. (I could not help but wonder if all of the "old light" now fell into the category of inspired error, also.)

    Will post notes from the Saturday and Sunday parts of the program at a later date.

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    thank you for all that information , content was clear
    well presented . Benefits of the ministry school which
    I never joined in all the years I was full time attending.
    I could never even in school do the reports in front of
    the class . I become seriously ill when under "pressure
    to perform" or forced molding . I learn at my own pace
    and find it much easier to comply when it's not forced.
    I found after I left public school my interest in learning
    far exceeded the "required" set ..perhaps the saving
    grace of only researching what I felt I needed the most
    while in strict attendance at the congregation meetings.
    Therein lies the being completely incognizant of how
    others may have viewed me ..in this case I guess
    ignorance was bliss ...
     
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    Dear sister Poetry of Providence,
    What you experience is called glossophobia. "The word glossophobia comes from the Greek glōssa, meaning tongue, and phobos, fear or dread." Go here for more information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossophobia

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    Thank you Wallflower, for this information.
    As I re-read Daniel 12, a new thought occurred to me as I read 12:13.
    “And as for you yourself, go toward the end; and you will rest, but you will stand up for your lot at the end of the days.†(New World Translation)
    “But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.†(English Standard Version)
    “So, Daniel, be faithful until the end! You will rest, and at the end of time, you will rise from death to receive your reward.†(Contemporary English Version)

    It appears from this scripture, and the context of chapter 12, “end of days†is NOT speaking of OUR time period, nor the Great Tribulation, but AFTER the “time, times, and half a timeâ€, “1,290/1335 day†period spoken of at Dan. 12:7, 11-12, and Rev. 12:6, 14, AFTER the war in heaven, and AFTER Satan and his demons are confined to the earth.

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    SATURDAY MORNING


    "SYMPOSIUM: REJECT WHAT IS FALSE"

    False Gods - Jehovah demands exclusive devotion. Anything that begins to interfere with our spiritual routine could become a false god to us. The speaker mentions several things - working overtime, hobbies, entertainment, pets, etc. Hmmm.....let's see if I've got this straight:

    WORSHIPPING PETS IS.........BAD!

    WORSHIPPING THE GOVERNING BODY IS......GOOD!

    The Bible doesn't say it's a sin to have a pet. Proverbs 12:10 reads: "The righteous one is caring for the soul of his domestic animal, but the mercies of the wicked ones are cruel." (Seemed like a pretty straightforward scripture to me.)


    False Hopes - the speaker defined false hopes as "ignoring Jehovah's standards and thinking that we won't experience the consequences of doing so." We should be wary of making decisions based on false hope. (What about brothers/sisters who put off making major life decisions because the Society said that "Armageddon was just around the corner" for the last 130 years?)


    False Front - The apostle Paul never took advantage of the brothers and sisters
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    How could a person display a "false front?" They could pretend to have faith in the truth. A person might spend a lot of time in the ministry but lead a "loose" lifestyle, at the same time. A person could also show "false love." They might mistreat family members at home but put on a "spiritual front" at the Kingdom Hall.

    How can a person reject a false front? "By praying to Jehovah for a humble heart and rejecting any craving for adulation." (I am always surprised at the way the Society criticises non-believers for the very behaviour that it displays itself.)

    There was also a point about being genuine and having the right motives when showing hospitality and giving gifts.


    False Stylus - We need to be honest in fulfilling work and financial contracts with brothers/sisters. Those who sign contracts but have no intention of fulfilling them, are using a "false stylus."




    "SYMPOSIUM: CLING TO WHAT IS TRUE"

    Be A True Witness - Jesus used opportunities available to him to preach to others. John chapter 4 - the account of witnessing to the Samaritan woman at the well.


    Be A True Companion - Time and unforeseen circumstances happen to all of us.

    We can show that we are a true friend to our marriage mate by imitating Jesus' example in showing unwavering support to the disciples.

    We can show that we are a true friend to children by making time to listen to them and be genuinely interested in them.

    We can show that we are a true friend to brothers/sisters by taking the initiative to reach out and help them.


    Extend True Forgiveness - The speaker talked about the account where Peter denied knowing Jesus 3 times.

    Jesus forgave Peter promptly. Jesus appeared to Peter soon after his resurrection.

    Jesus forgave Peter completely. He expressed his confidence in Peter being able to handle the assignment of feeding the sheep (as mentioned in John chapter 21.)


    Speak Truth - The speaker asked "Do you admire a whistleblower?" "It takes courage to expose lies." Next there was a demonstration where a young person at school spoke against evolution. The speaker commended him for "not using lies and half-truths."

    We should speak truth when with the brothers/sisters. Jesus never deceived his followers. This was contrasted with the example of Judas' betrayal.

    We should speak truth when with non-believers. The account at Luke 2:46,47 speaks about the time when Jesus was twelve years old and his family attended the festival of the Passover at Jerusalem. He became separated from his family and was found in the company of the teachers at the temple. Verse 46 says that he was "listening to them and questioning them." Verse 47 says that "those listening to him were in constant amazement at his understanding and his answers." Jesus spoke the truth in his answers and didn't "water down the truth." (I'm not sure why this scripture was used to illustrate the point of speaking with non-believers. The religious teachers were believers.)

    At this point I should say that yes, I believe we should speak the truth with believers and non-believers - we should be honest with everyone.


    During these two symposiums, my mind kept going on a psychological "trip." The Society are quick to criticise others for behavior and attitudes that they display themselves. In the psychological world, we call that "projection."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection (Please refer to the first paragraph.)



    "SYMPOSIUM: BEWARE OF APOSTATES!"

    (At the start of each of these talks in this symposium, I noticed that the brothers/sisters seated all around me - and I checked quickly behind me as well - suddenly began to "preen" themselves. By that I mean, the brothers sat up a little taller in their seats and adjusted their ties and collars. They smoothed down the shoulders of their jackets. The sisters sat up straighter in their chairs also. They touched their hair, the earrings and also smoothed down the shoulders of their clothing. There was all this activity around me! I just shook my head. What the.............?

    Me, I just took a couple of chocolates from my handbag, popped them in my mouth, relaxed back into the chair and got comfortable, ready with pen and paper. If I had have been allowed to bring alcohol to the assembly, I would have reached into my handbag and "cracked open a tinny" - opened a can of beer.)

    Satan - Apostate writings were likened to "poisoned" food. The word "apostate" was defined as "those who abandon true worship and who abandon Jehovah." They speak against former believers and attempt to draw believers away. Satan is a sick individual. He is "bent" or focused on getting others to follow him. John 8:44. He dispenses "infected food." 1 Timothy 6:3-6. Apostates were labelled as being "mentally diseased." They seek to sow seeds of doubt. An illustration about gravity was used. What if someone tried to get us to jump off a building and tried to talk us into flying? Would we refuse to jump? Or would we disobey the law of gravity? Ephesians 6:12. Satan does not work alone. He has made a pact with the demons. We should resist apostate ploys. Satan attacks with violence. He uses a sneaky approach. He insinuates that Jehovah doesn't care about us. Genesis 3:4,5. Satan was able to deceive Eve. The speaker described her appearance as how she might look when she reached old age. He claimed that her headstone would read "Satan is the great deceiver." We should have hatred for Satan.

    (I notice that the Governing Body seems to be concerned about "apostates" drawing away others to follow them. I find that interesting - they want the brothers/sisters to obey them and appear to think that everyone else has this same desire. Again in the psychological world, we call that "projection." Personally speaking, I don't want anybody to follow me. I just want to help them understand what is going on when the Society collapses and to help them keep their faith intact.)


    Human Apostates - Satan is the chef in the kitchen that serves "poisoned" food. Human apostates are his helpers in the kitchen. They cook poisonous recipes. Apostates used to feed at Jehovah's table and then pushed the table away. Apostates don't drift away. They make a deliberate choice to pull away. 1 John 2:19. Their hearts are not "unified to serve Jehovah" anymore. Psalms 86:11. Apostates have turned their back on Jehovah. They imitate the original apostate Satan. Human apostates have become the seed of the serpent.

    How can apostates be identified? They can be identified by their prideful rejection of counsel. James 3:14-16. Luke 6:46. They claim to be Christian but reject doing God's will. They cause divisions. Apostates draw others after themselves. Acts 20:30. 2 Peter 2:1-3. They are false prophets and false teachers. 3 John 9. They claim to serve God but reject his channel and reject his representatives.

    How should we respond to apostates? Romans 16:17. 2 John 10. We should not greet them or interact with them, either face-to-face or through electronic communication (for example, emails, commenting on internet blogs.)

    What about the claim that the faith of Witnesses is not strong enough to withstand talking with an apostate? Witnesses meet people of varying backgrounds and varying religious beliefs whenever they are out in the ministry. They are used to meeting people who have a different belief system to theirs.

    (I'm just going to make a comment here at this point. It is one thing to go to a person's door and speak to them. It is another matter to be able to listen seriously to what the householder has to say and to give it deep consideration. For example, there is a person I know with whom I study the Bible. The person tried to speak to other Witnesses when they called, about the UN NGO affiliation issue and also the child abuse issue. The person has first hand knowledge of the UN NGO affiliation. Whenever they brought this up in conversation, the other Witnesses would say "that's not true" or "that's apostate and comes from Satan's media." The person got frustrated with that type of response after a while, as they felt as if they weren't being listened to. So the person ended up asking me if I would study with them. And, yes, I have their permission to write this.)

    The expressions of apostates are not sincere. 1 John 2:18. Apostates have ulterior motives. Deuteronomy 32:46,47.


    (If apostasy is such a grave threat, why aren't the warnings more specific? Why not quote what an apostate has been saying and then go ahead and disprove it using facts and proof? How would I know if I was sitting next to a "closet" apostate at the Hall?

    The content of this talk is also discriminatory in nature and is an example of hate speech.)

    http://e-jw.org/entry.php?3-quot-Wi...Clear-Warnings-quot-Watchtower-15th-July-2011

    I noticed also that the apostate talk was delivered right before the baptism talk. I think the timing could have been better.
    ********"Well alright, let's use a scare tactic right before they get dunked."*********



    "BAPTISM: CONTINUE WALKING IN THE TRUTH" - There were some interviews during the baptism talk - something I hadn't seen before during this talk. That's not its usual format. One brother gave the following experience: He explained that it was his job to audit the accounts. He discovered a discrepancy in the figures and that there was a pattern to this. It was a case of mis-using funds - in other words, fraud. Someone was "dipping into the money box." He mentioned the matter but nothing was done about it. The discrepancy continued and the brother said something again about it, 9 months later. This time he was removed from his position. He started missing meetings and then eventually stopped attending altogether. The brother was inactive for some time before he returned to the Hall.

    I had a "what the.........?" moment here and I almost cracked a tooth on a peppermint. What sort of a witness is this?

    ***"This is how we treat whistleblowers when they spot corruption in our organisation."***

    Is that the kind of message the Society wants to present to the public and to any first-time visitors at the District Convention? About an hour before on the program, the speaker who delivered the part about "Speak Truth" (which was part of the "Cling To What Is True" symposium) made the following statements: "Do you admire a whistleblower?" and "It takes courage to expose lies." What kind of teaching method is that? Don't the district convention programs get reviewed any more, before they are presented?


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    you do indeed speak the truth.. now you are disfellowshiped! go sit in back and feel disgraced!
    sister Jesus forgave peter for denying Christ 3 times and cussing!
    we are to speak the truth in love but if doing so gets us excommunicated shall we do so?
    hmm the apostles did so unto death. false gods? anyone other than Jesus Christ who claims to mediate between God and man...
    sister tell me have you ever heard the society say that Jesus Christ instructed them to do this or that?
    no! they always claim its Jehovah's will.. false gods hmmmm reading religious books far more than talking to Jehovah in prayer and reading the scriptures of the bible. oh its my pet peeve to read and study yet never come to the truth! it was in fact Jesus himself that said,you keep studying those scriptures because you think that it will bring you eternal life but those scriptures are telling you to come to me! but you still won't do it! how can you gain life? OK I love a good bible drama a pastrami sandwich and a Carmel popcorn ball,( they don't do that anymore) but how I absolutely detest sitting their listening to how shall I put this delicately? um horse patotty ..instead of a great inspiring praise and worship party and time of prayer good food and refreshment.. we must endure more Hogwarts school and be eqipted with new brooms and spell books!
     
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    (This symposium spoke of the Bible in metaphorical terms.)
    "SYMPOSIUM: UTILIZE GOD'S WORD AS"

    WATER - Under the Mosaic Law, the Israelites had to be both physically clean (sanitation laws) and spiritually clean (ceremonial laws.) The Bible helps us to break free of unclean habits.

    MIRROR - James 1:22-25. How can we use the Bible as a mirror? By making an honest self-examination, studying the Bible and making the needed adjustments.

    The benefits are: that we draw closer to Jehovah, we avoid thinking too much or too little of ourselves and can avoid feelings of worthlessness.

    SWORD - The Bible can be likened to a sword. A sword can be used as an offensive or defensive weapon. Ephesians 6:11-17.

    LIGHT - Psalms 119:105. We can be guided by the Bible when making decisions. Be whole-souled in serving Jehovah.

    SOLID FOOD - Hebrews 5:12-14. "Milk" represents the basic Christian doctrines. "Solid food" represents the deeper Bible truths. We can cultivate a longing for reading God's Word, try to read God's Word daily and meditate on what we read.

    SEED - Luke 8:5-15. This is the account of the sower who sows seed on different types of soil. The "seed" represents the Word of God. The "sowers" are us as publishers. The "soil types" represent the different heart conditions of those who hear the message.





    "SPEAK OF JEHOVAH'S TRUENESS IN THE BIG CONGREGATION"

    - Commenting at meetings
    - Assignments
    - Congregation Prayer
    - Singing





    "THE TRUTH BRINGS NOT PEACE, BUT A SWORD" - This talk was about families affected by disfellowshipping. The speaker claimed that "unbelievers are responsible for friction in the household."

    How to cope:
    - Keep relationship with Jehovah strong.
    - Stay busy in spiritual activities
    - Respect Jehovah's arrangement regarding discipline.

    Also the speaker stated that "parents should not blame themselves if a child is disfellowshipped."

    (From what I've observed, I know of cases where one spouse has started looking more deeply into their beliefs and into the Bible and then they come to the conclusion that the Society are wrong on many prophetic points. When they share this information with their spouse, they are then accused of being "apostate." The other spouse leaves and takes the children with them, because they believe they are "spiritually endangered." The only "sin" that the first spouse committed was that they were seeking to know the truth and to have a better understanding of it. Have seen some very sad situations.

    I also think that the disfellowshipping practice is abused and has been taken to the extreme. It has become a control mechanism. I don't agree with the Society's procedures for reinstatement either. What about the prodigal son mentioned in Luke chapter 15? What was the response of the father? Did he run up to his son and then start to question him on his spiritual status - "Well now son, before I hug you, tell me. Are you back at the synagogue? Have you been going to ALL the meetings lately?" The father was beside himself with joy and delighted at the fact that his son had returned home.

    Where is the scriptural basis for drawing out the reinstatement process so that it extends for years on end? Another example that comes to mind is the occasion where Peter denied knowing Jesus 3 times. After Jesus was resurrected, he appeared to Peter and gave him the assignment to "feed the sheep." Jesus did not give Peter the "cold shoulder" treatment (ignore him) for years on end, before giving him an assignment.)





    "SOUND DRAMA: BE FAITHFUL AND CONQUER YOUR FEARS" - (This part covered 3 sound dramas and points that could be learned from them.)

    Luke 5:1-11. (Where Jesus performed a miracle and filled Peter's nets with fish.) At verse 8, Peter says "Depart from me, because I am a sinful man, Lord." We, too, can feel a sense of inferiority and sinfulness. The Devil wants us to think that we're not good enough and that we're worthless. But Jehovah recognises our efforts to serve Him despite our limitations. Psalms 103:14.


    Matthew 14:23-34. (Where Jesus walked out to the disciples' boat. Peter attempted to walk on water as well.) At verses 29 and 30, Peter began to walk on the water. He gave into fear and doubt, and began to sink. Jesus helped Peter by pulling him up from the water - he didn't criticise him (verse 31.) We may struggle with doubts also. Prayer can help us. James 1:5,6.


    Matthew 26:31-75. (The night when Jesus was arrested and Peter denied knowing him, on 3 occasions.) Peter gave into fear of man. There was a sudden change of circumstances around Jesus which Peter was not prepared for. Jesus understood Peter's weaknesses and was able to see his strengths as well. We, also, can be affected by a sudden change in circumstances. Proverbs 29:25.




    "WALK STRAIGHT ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH" - This talk was about making decisions according to Bible principles and imitating the examples of past servants of Jehovah.


    (Notes from Sunday program to come.)


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    "PARENTS - HELP YOUR CHILDREN TO GROW IN THE TRUTH" - 1 Corinthians 3:12-15. Parents need to build with "fire-resistant" qualities. Through parental example, they can show deep love for God. Try to make Family Worship Night interesting and appealing. Suggestions on how to do this - role playing, pretending to be Bible characters, don't criticize children if they disagree or question a point (it's a sign that they are thinking.)






    "SYMPOSIUM: JEHOVAH'S PROMISES ALWAYS COME TRUE"

    I SHALL DELIVER YOU FROM THEIR SLAVERY - Joshua 23:14. Jehovah never breaks His promises. One promise recorded at Exodus 6:6 - Jehovah promised to deliver the Israelites from the Egyptians. The guarantee is expressed in the words: "I am Jehovah. I will bring you out and deliver you." By delivering the Egyptians at the Red Sea, Jehovah proved to be more powerful than the Pharaoh and the Egyptian army.

    THE LITTLE ONE WILL BECOME A THOUSAND - Isaiah 60:22. Revelation 7:9-15.

    I WILL REALLY HELP YOU - Isaiah 41:10. Jehovah's reassurance is seen in these phrases: "I am with you. I am your God. I will really keep fast hold of you." Jehovah's promises gave reassurance to His people while they were held captive by the Babylonians. The Babylonians had a reputation for not releasing prisoners.

    HE WILL BRUISE YOU IN THE HEAD - Genesis 3:15. Revelation 20:1-3, 14. Satan's influence will be removed. He will be kept in the abyss and then later thrown into the "lake of fire."

    I AM CREATING A NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH - This part and the following part focused on the restoration of Paradise. Isaiah 65:17.

    I AM MAKING ALL THINGS NEW - Revelation 21:5. Resurrection hope.

    (This was an encouraging symposium, but I could not help but notice that 1914 was not touched on.)





    "PUBLIC ADDRESS: WHAT IS TRUTH?" - The speaker stated that "we should not believe lies that are told by people in high places." (That statement sounded like "damage control" to me. I think that statement was made in case anyone may have heard news reports about the Candace Conti trial or the 2 child abuse inquiries currently being conducted here in Australia.) Next the speaker defined what truth was - "what can be proven, the facts of a matter." As an example, he explained how no-one disputes the facts about the laws of gravity.

    The speaker also talked about how mis-information is prevalent in today's world. He stated that "we should not expect to believe everything that we read." We were also encouraged to "research for the truth." (But I have a feeling that what the brother really meant to say was "we should research for the truth only within the confines of the Watchtower Society's material, and not from outside secular sources.)

    The speaker then talked about the account mentioned in John chapter 11 regarding the resurrection of Lazarus. Some of the crowd who were eyewitnesses of this event, were not followers of Jesus. But Jesus' opposers could not deny the miracle of Lazarus' resurrection as it had occurred right before their eyes.





    "DRAMA: PREPARE YOUR HEARTS FOR THE TRIALS AHEAD" - This was a drama about events that took place recorded in the book of Esther. At one point, I had to laugh to myself. In the story line, whenever someone arrived at the castle, a servant would be sent out to see who had arrived. But there was one occasion where the king's son arrived at the castle. There is the sound of a horse neighing and instantly the king gets up (without sending out a servant) and says: "My son is here!" (How on earth would he know that???????? :confused: It's not like the guy showed up in a V8 car or a diesel engine car. He rode in on a HORSE.)




    "REMAIN FIRMLY SET IN THE TRUTH" - The Scriptures at Hebrews 2:1 warn against "drifting away" and Hebrews 3:12 warn against "drawing away." The Scripture at Ephesians 4:14 says that we "should no longer be babes and should not allow ourselves to be tossed about by every wind of teaching, by trickery, by means of cunning in contriving error."

    The speaker also related an experience from Burma (this was taken from the 2013 Yearbook on page 138, paragraph 3). The experience was about a family who wanted to attend a District Convention and it would take them 2 days to travel to their destination, one way. So the family would be away from home for 7 days (4 days travel for a round trip plus 3 days for the convention.) The family lived in a remote village and were unable to get anyone to care for their chickens. The experience in the Yearbook does not state how many chickens the family owned to start with. But upon returning home from the District Convention, the family discovered that they had lost 19 chickens. In this part of the world, this was a serious economic blow to the family's financial situation.

    The speaker tried to justify the actions of leaving the chickens without food for 7 days by saying "it's ok - that's called culling. So it's alright." To my knowledge, culling is where animals are disposed of, by using a method that is humane. Here in Australia, when a farmer needs to cull his flock of cattle or sheep, for example, he sends the animals that are weaker into a separate pen and keeps the stronger animals. The animals that are weaker are either sent to the slaughterhouse or the farmer may choose to kill the animals himself. Either way, the animals are killed in a humane manner (they are shot - this is a quick death.) The farmer doesn't leave the animals out in the pen to starve and suffer a long, agonising death from the effects of starvation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culling

    If this experience from the Yearbook is authentic, then it is an example of animal cruelty and neglect.

    Again, I draw attention to the scripture at Proverbs 12:10 - "The righteous one is caring for the soul of his domestic animal, but the mercies of the wicked ones are cruel."








    Last year I had the impression that the Governing Body were frustrated with the brothers/sisters - this year I think that they are angry with them. I've said this before on the forum but I'll say it again - the sheep belong to Jehovah. I believe they deserve to be spoken to with respect.


    In talking with the brothers/sisters, I continue to notice that many are tired and are struggling. I always feel like I want to scoop 'em up and take 'em all home with me! The other thing I notice too, is that many are confused and have questions about the clarifications on the new teachings regarding the faithful and discreet slave, mentioned in the July 2013 edition of the Watchtower.


    Finally to finish on a positive note, the "Keep Moving" score was 28 this year, over 3 days. So I managed to equal my personal record on ignoring the "Keep Moving" signs but I couldn't break it! The "maverick" inside of me wanted a brother to just wave his "Keep Moving" sign just one.......more........time.......but it didn't happen! Deep sigh!!!!!! I will have to go "mavericking" again next year! It's part of my lunchtime entertainment! :p


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