Taking the initiative

//Taking the initiative

Wednesday, June 1

I am longing for all of you with such tender affection as Christ Jesus has.Phil. 1:8.

Jesus felt tender compassion for others. When he saw his friend Mary and those with her weeping over the death of her brother, Lazarus, Jesus openly “gave way to tears.”  Then, likely stirred by heartfelt pity—just as when he raised a widow’s son—he resurrected Lazarus.  By means of that tender act, Jesus may have put Lazarus in line to receive life in heaven. On an earlier occasion, Jesus “felt tender affection” for a crowd that came to him. Impelled by compassion, “he started to teach them many things.” What a life-changing experience that was for any who responded to his teachings! Note that Jesus’ tenderness was more than a feeling; it moved him to take the initiative to help others

COMMENTARY

A sister in California, Carol Ramos, who comments on this site occasionally, is struggling with cancer. Another sister in the Philippines, Katrina, who also comments on this site, has taken the initiative to try and raise funds for her. She posted several blog articles regarding Carol’s situation. 

Apparently the local elders are useless. But if you would like to help out please read Katrina’s blog and note the PayPal account where you can contribute.  Some of you have already contributed, indirectly. That is because I am temporarily suspending the funding of Google pay-per-clicks and diverting your monthly pledge to help out our sister. I trust I have your support. Thanks

To sent Carol a gift directly from PayPal just use her email caroliramos65@gmail.com

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2016-12-08T15:10:19+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Commentary|90 Comments
  • It’s sad that 66 % or more of JW’s don’t have the compassion that Jesus showed.
    It reminds me of my young zealous newlywed brother, who came down with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Disease and died at 29. This guy was a kind soul helped anyone he came in contact with, he attended all the meetings, regular pioneered, & jump through all the Kingdom Hall hoops and loved it. At 27 he came down with Hodgkin’s disease lost his home lost his possessions & ended up living with a brother and sister in a rented out room till he died three years later. The brothers and sisters at the local Hall did NOTHING, ZERO, to help him ” NOTHING” for the three years he struggled to make ends meet. Instead they remodeled the hall to all the glitz and Glory when the original Hall look perfectly fine.
    Go figure so-called” Christ Brothers “.
    This is not hearsay or a second-hand story this is something outright witnessed with my own two eyes.

    • Kevin b

      So very sorry for your loss.

      Eze 34:4 You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bandaged the injured or brought back the strays or looked for the lost; rather, you have ruled them with harshness and tyranny.

      Eze 34:8 ‘“As surely as I am alive,” declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, “because my sheep have become prey, food for every wild beast of the field, for there was no shepherd, and my shepherds did not search for my sheep; rather, they kept feeding themselves and did not feed my sheep,”

      Eze 34:28 They will no longer become something for the nations to prey upon, and the wild beasts of the earth will not devour them, and they will dwell in security, with no one to make them afraid.

      One day all this will be behind each one of us.

      • Thanks Kevin, appreciate your thoughts & scriptures. Thanks so much!

    • Beverly kenyon

      Oh, Joseph, that story about your young brother is horrific. That will be on my mind for the rest of the day. Upset at that. Over here we have our NHS. It’s not perfect but it does the job. Once diagnosed you get a Macmillan nurse, you get your benefits sorted out for you (money you get from the government for being sick) taken out for the day for pampering sessions, your meds delivered by the chemist, nurses coming in once or twice a week, free walking frames or sticks and other things like even flatscreen tv’s. They will even put in adaptations in your house like showers. Carol needs all the help she can get! Elders not just useless, cold as well. Bkly Kevin sent me this scripture a few days ago, Galatians 6:10 which they should be reminded of.

      • Beverly kenyon

        It reminds me of what Brother King wrote awhile back about ones having an issue with keeping God’s law on Blood. He simply said, such ones should ask themselves why are they even in the truth??? If witnesses are treating ones related to them in the truth in such a cold and heartless way then why are they even in the truth! James 2: 15,16 sums up that uncaring attitude

      • Sorry Beverly. If I put a damper on your day, sounds like you guys got some great medical benefits. Over here in the ussa if you get sick and are out of work for a long period of time, you lose everything. Unless you’re born with a silver spoon.

        • Beverly kenyon

          Not at all did you put a dampener on my day Joseph. Thank you you for sharing such painful and personal information with us. That can’t have been an easy thing to do. It takes you back. When he needed the people who mattered to him, they let him down and all while he was battling a terminal illness. And he had to find somewhere to live as well. How absolutely bad is that? He got zilch, niche. No help whatsoever. I can’t wrap my head round that. It’s so upsetting! And I really mean that Joseph. The NHS here is not perfect and there are horror stories but on the whole it’s pretty good and the care for cancer patients is good. They get amazing care at our famous Christie Hospital here in Manchester. Kevin B is right, one day all of this will be behind us.

          • Your right, it was painful remembering how he was treated, but he got passed that and kept his eyes on the prize!
            The poor brothers and sisters at the halls are so burdened with a full plate of task master hoops and there own lives we forget to be like Jesus and show compassion to the hurt and wounded. The Devil got us all chasing our tail. Looking forward to seeing this system go down. Thanks for being here, love all your posts!!

            • patri

              So glad its Thursday. I’ll call Wednesday a teary day after reading yours and Sam’s posts.
              Dug up a painful memory of my brothers sudden death aged 24 and the indifference shown to me by one and all. As I walked into the k.hall, out -of – body in shock and grief I was told, “cheer up, there’s always the resurrection”
              The reason we’re all still here is because Jehovah is our God forever and ever, he will be our guide to the end.
              Much love to you dear brothers and sisters.

            • Thanks for your love and kindness, and sorry for your early loss of your brother. I understand your pain. Ah yes, Thursday here you come!!!

            • patri

              Big hug gratefully received sweetie. The pain was 50 years ago so time has healed as the saying goes but yesterday I realised I’d not given him much thought for so many years, that was the killer.
              Makes me even more determined to be there waiting for him in Paradise. Strange feeling just imagining that reality. Jesus and Jehovah…we owe you.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Hope you don’t think I’m creeping but I just have to tell you that you’re one strong woman! Your devotion to your boy is inspiring! He doesn’t mean it with the verbal abuse, he’s ill and probably can’t process and control his emotions. When I read your posts it’s as if I’ve bumped into you and we’re having a good chat.

            • patri

              Wish you lived closer than Manchester Beverly. We could meet at the Turner Contemporary…er…no wasnt that arrangement with Burt. If ever you’re in London?
              Me strong? Too right! Tribulation?bring it on RRRROOOAAARRR!!!!! (like the lion in the Wizard of Oz)!!!!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Oh, Patri, you had me crying with laughter at your comment. You’re so down to earth and you have that fire and get things across so well in your posts. Wish I did live closer, we could’ve met up and have a right good gab. Yeah Burt……..you’d still be waiting on the corner of the Turner Contempary. Lol. I do understand his position regarding his wife, it’s awkward, but you genuinely meant it to be just meeting in a nice place in public and to share your thoughts. Especially talking about the things we’ve learnt on this site and to talk about your experiences. Oh, well at least you can both still talk here on this site. We’re all our burdens to bear but we’re not going to let it define who we truly are. We know what’s coming soon!

            • Beverly kenyon

              Keeping his eyes on the prize would’ve been so comforting and peaceful for him. Good point about Jehovah’s people being so burdened that they forget about human kindness and compassion. Perfectly put Joseph, looking forward to this system go down! Patri put it so well when she referred to Wednesday a teary day. Got me thinking about my brother and best friend who was murdered on a cold winter’s morning in Northern Ireland age 20. He was my best friend and still miss him. He was a British soldier. So I’m familiar with those feelings of loss and bewilderment, even after all these years still can’t believe he’s gone!

            • Beverly,
              That is so sad about your brother, your best friend. So so sorry for your loss, no words can express my sympathy. Til you meet again……..BIG HUG sis

            • Jesus will heal all our wounds

            • Beverly kenyon

              Awwww. Thank you Joseph for those kind words. It just took me back to what happened to my brother. Which was a good thing because I never want remembering him to fade with time. Yes, he was a soldier ( live by the sword, die by the sword might spring to mind ), but he wanted out because he couldn’t stand how the ordinary people were being treated and the pure hatred, so my mother was about to buy him out of the army, ( a thing that could be done to get out sooner ), but of course a sniper’s bullet took care of that! Joey will forever be young and like you said, till me and him meet again. Thanks Joseph.

          • when its behind us people in the new kingdom will say nooo, really?, people had fake teeth an transplanted body parts? and we’ll say yeah it was worse then that, people even paid thousands to burry their dead and millions could explode at one time with push button ease

            • We will have a story to tell for sure, last days is a freak show and we all got a front row seat.

            • Beverly kenyon

              When they’re told of such things they’ll be astonished and revolted at the same time! Are you Imagining Paradise again D34D 4L!3N? Lol.

            • i imagine we wont be in a rush to do anything burdensome and when i walk downstairs i’ll remember why it was i when down there

            • Beverly kenyon

              Won’t that be marvellous. Have you got that memory problem thing as well? My memory can be shocking too. Full of holes like cheese!

            • Burt Reynolds

              That’s so true. I do it myself. Your name reminds me of when I was at boarding school. I didn’t have a name, I was given a number. I was known as D22 for five years. ?

    • Sam

      This hits too close to home… about a year ago i finished treatment for stage 4 Hodgkin’s. The treatment from the cong after having served as pioneer was basically the same as you described too. Those who you work alongside for years who you consider your friends prove their loyalty is elsewhere. I hope I can meet your brother in the resurrection

      • Thanks for your thoughts Sam, I hope that you are doing well now, my brother’s doctors made some medical errors in hast. In turn caused him to deteriorate fast. I remember sitting on the hospital bed when they gave him the news that he wasn’t going to make it. I reminded him that he got a free ticket to pass the great tribulation and goes straight to the earthly paradise. That made him feel better, I would have to remind him from time to time. In his last hours he returned home were he died in peace knowing that the next time he opened those eyes he would be in paradise. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7132379768c9bb08b3a0f3ba05d627e5551cd3b2c050aa7b6bf5d07086df8e7a.jpg

        • Sam

          At the risk of sounding cliche, your brother must have surely felt blessed to have you as family. It must’ve made his last hours so hopeful. I’m glad we have our little community on here, i love you guys dearly and always keep you in my prayers.

          • Thanks again Sam, it truly is a great little place of refuge. Praise Jehovah for giving brother King insight and calling us here. To train us up for a grand future assignment. Much love to all my brothers and sisters at this community. And thank you Jesus for making a way back to the Father & setting a fine example to imitate.

    • what will it take to get them to listen or help? maybe a news story? on the matter. i
      so wish I had the means and resorces to help sister carol. I have a good mind to sent this into a few news contacts.

  • Christian Obadiah

    I just read sister Katrina’s blog post and I am absolutely bewildered as to how callous these people are. Are these really Jehovah’s Witnesses? So much for looking after orphans and widows in their tribulation.

    I have personally noticed many Witnesses who may have stellar preaching records, yet are quite lacking in compassion and empathy. However, it is quite shocking to hear the extent of such heartlessness. May Jehovah repay these ones accordingly for treating his flock abusively. Brothers and Sisters let us keep Sister Carol Ramos in our prayers.

    • Beverly kenyon

      Hope I don’t have that problem as I’m making my donation via my friend who has a PayPal account as I don’t do anything financial on the Internet. She does my Podbean donation as well, (I know I’m pathetic….don’t laugh). You’re right Christian, may Jehovah repay them for abusing Jehovah’s flock and mention Carol and young ones like Sam who battled Hodgkins with barely any support from other witnesses, in our prayers to ask Jehovah to help them endure.

      • Beverly kenyon

        Yay! Got my donation through to Carol straightaway. My friend who did it on her PayPal account had no problem. After reading her story I had to get it through to her ASAP. She needs the funds NOW! Her situation is DIRE! How alone and depressed that lady must be feeling. And abandoned. Carol needs to know there’s people thinking of her and that some help is winging its way to her.

    • the WT has millions of dollars yet ZERO soup kitchens! blows my mind. but hey at least the’l donate 5.5 million to make a flippen park look pretty. cause we all know it takes millions to do that. i mean, if they ever get around to doing it. – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3423799/Jehovah-s-Witnesses-agree-5-5million-revamp-Brooklyn-park-decade-initial-promise.html

      heaven forbid any of those homless insects an trees go without a gold painted fence

      • DA, did you notice that the only reason for the park donation is so the Planning Commission will approve them on building a high-rise on a lot they own.

        • i did have a passive thought that there could be some other hidden motive or crooked deal behind it like a bribe or something

          • Yup, ONLY help when it benefits them.”In exchange for a zoning revision for its property on 85 Jay Street in 2004, which would allow them to build a tower on the 3.1-acre lot, the Witnesses agreed to develop Bridge Park 2 and a nearby basketball court”.

            • now the widowed, poor, sick and homless can have a place to sleep and shoot some hoops. love what the Watchtower idol uses donations for. makes total sense. mite as well build a golds gym and a car wash to go with it

  • Christian Obadiah

    Is anyone else having trouble donating on paypal? After I choose my amount and login, I get a blank screen.

    • ewatchman

      The link on Katrina’s blog is connected to FaceBook. I don’t know if that is a factor or not, but the direct PayPal link is https://www.paypal.me/CRamos800 Just copy and paste that into any browser window or click it and see if that works for you.

      • Christian Obadiah

        Its appears the Ad Block extension I have for the Google Chrome web browser was the culprit. After disabling that, it worked successfully.

    • paypal is evil. thats all im going to say about that.

      • Beverly kenyon

        Lol.

  • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

    Hello my friends. What a weekend. I attended all 3 days of DC and honestly I feel depressed. Please don’t let my feelings discourage any of y’all. On Monday I received a text from my (fleshly and spiritual) brother to come help a sister in the hall move. My back hurt, I was tired, yadda yadda, but I knew I’d feel guilty if I didn’t help. So my husband and I went to help this single mother move (she knew she had 60 days to move, but she procrastinated) ANYWAY!…It was a horror scene from the show “hoarders.” There were maggots in her bed. The floor was treated like a garbage bin. It made me physically sick. Mold was on dishes lying all over. 15 of spent our Monday there just taking out bags and bags of garbage. A couple brothers spent 2 twelve hour days hauling garbage and salvageable belongings to a storage locker. (If you feel this should be deleted because I’m being negative, I won’t be offended!)

    Long story short, this sister has an 8 year old daughter who is NOT in school because “she’s afraid of worldly influences” and her daughter can’t read or write. How guilty are we as a congregation? Or are we enabling her behavior by cleaning her mess? (She’s been helped several times in the past) We all have our own load to carry and yes, we should help carry each others burdens. I was happy to contribute to our sister Carol and it’s sad her congregation isn’t helping more.

    But after this experience yesterday, I feel so overwhelmed. A child is being deprived an education and being raised in a landfill. I know quite a few Witnesses who (IMO) abuse welfare provisions. It’s hard for me to watch. I work as a waitress (I do not have a college education because it was 100% frowned upon when I graduated from highschool) and it’s hard to make ends meet!

    Now I’m just rambling. Sorry! This was a good commentary for me to read today….to help our sister Carol and the countless others who truly are carrying burdens that are too heavy. Sometimes it’s hard to find the balance between helping and enabling. What’s helped y’all?

    • ewatchman

      That sounds horrible. You should probably burn all your clothes and go through a decontamination chamber before returning home. No, I am not taking about your returning home from the convention. I mean that horrific moving experience. ;~)

      • This made me chuckle, on such a sad day!

      • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

        We did….first thing I did was take a long shower and thank Jehovah for hot running water!

    • youre not discouraging

    • It sucks to put 3 day’s in and come out feeling bad. Trust me we know, the man of lawlessness is alive and well. As they go into hyper overdrive on shunning people, wheel out the crippled old lady in the wheel chair and let her brag about how much time she put in field service. To make everyone attendance feel like useless scum. Just remember that if you could pull back the curtain on stage you would see The Wizard of Oz pulling levers.

      Sorry about your bad experience with the single mom, sad

      • Kevin b

        I hear this years district convention really sucks. I’m not excited at all about it. I really can’t make any since of it. Loyalty to Jehovah is one thing, but they’re asking for loyalty to a man made organization and calling it Jehovah. GOOD GRIEF are JWs really that freaking blind. It’s gonna be all I can do not to scream out obscenities the entire time. I doubt I will waste my time with all 3 days.

        • Kevin b

          I got to thinking about the information presented at the district convention. This extreme shunning made me think of the scripture in 2 Tim 3:3 about having no natural affection. After reading it I realized most all these characteristics apply to the JWs I know. See what you think.
          2 Tim 3 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. 6 From among these arise men who slyly work their way into households and captivate weak women loaded down with sins, led by various desires, 7 always learning and yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth.
          Verse 5 an appearance of godliness. The elders love to be seen and yet do nothing good.
          Verse 6 slyly work their way into households. CHILD MOLESTERS.
          Verse 7 was spot on, think how many meetings we go to, assemblies, conventions, magazines we read, books, and videos shoved at us. All this information and yet it doesn’t contain any accurate knowledge of truth.

          I have never looked at the scriptures the way I do now, thanks to Robert for helping me/us to remove the blinders the organization has kept in place all these years.

        • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

          I’d recommend going and spending lots of time reading contexts of scriptures. My bible was the only thing that kept me sane.

    • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

      To respected sister Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

      I feel very sad after reading this incident. A child is being deprived an education and being raised in a landfill is making the tears roll from my eyes.

    • patri

      I think this inability to cope with living everyday life normally is connected to some kind of trauma is it not.
      My middle-age son, my beautiful boy, lives how you describe above, no maggots – yet, thankfully. My 140 mile round trip drive sees me arriving with my bucket, mop and an empty stomach. I used to say that I cleaned for him. Now I call it mucking out, you know, like they do to keep horse stables clean.
      Do I help or enable Alexandra? Who knows. Who cares. I dont dwell on those words, ive given up trying to work it out. All I know is that he’s ill and needs some help and support and because I love him with all heart, i m there for him. His verbal abuse is harder to bear than the workload.
      All I need do now is find that same deep love I feel for my son and treat everyone I meet in the same way. That’s what I find the most challenging.

    • Kevin b

      It’s great and commendable that you helped her. We all can use some help from time to time. The problem with the witness mentally is to just help clean up. The real problem she has is more than likely a mental issue that the friends and the elders are not trained to fix. She really needs professional help. It’s just a matter of time and everyone will be cleaning up after her again. Maggots in her bed! Yea, that’s a real problem, its not that things just got a little out of hand. It kind of reminds me of the brothers turning A blind eye to a molester. This girl is in physical danger from her mother. Their mentality, let’s just clean it up, no real solutions, let’s just leave her in this environment, she’ll be fine. She’s 8, this is all she knows, but deserves much more. Once again, shame on the elders.
      Jer 10:23 I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.

      • patri

        Kevin check out Mental Illness and Jehovah’s witnesses you tube, Dr Jerry Bergman. He’s an ex elder speaking with another elder. It has 91,043 views. I don’t know how to transfer it by my phone. Very interesting indictment against the unholy leaders and their man-made lists of rules.

          • patri

            My HERO! How about we meet at the Turner Contemporary next week…er…oh, this automatic writing’s really got to stop. Lol

            • Hahaha, so true! My handheld tracking device will skip across the pond and sink when this system comes unglued. Find me in the wilderness!! Or maybe we can all meet at Robert’s place, hehehe

          • Bklyn Kevin

            “pow”

            • Bklyn Kevin

              To be or not to be ?

            • Sam

              disturbingly accurate

            • Bklyn Kevin

              The watchtower his going to have a rude awakening in the very near future.

              Isaiah 29:
              13 Jehovah says: “This people approaches me with their mouth And they honor me with their lips, But their heart is far removed from me; And their fear of me is based on commands of men that they have been taught.
              14 Therefore, I am the One who will again do wonderful things with this people, With wonder upon wonder; And the wisdom of their wise men will perish, And the understanding of their discreet men will be hidden.”
              15 Woe to those who go to great lengths to conceal their plans* from Jehovah. Their deeds are done in a dark place, While they say: “Who sees us? Who knows about us?”
              16 How you twist things!*Should the potter be regarded the same as the clay? Should what is made say about its maker: He did not make me”? And does what is formed say about its former:“ He shows no understanding”?.
              20 For the tyrant will be no more, The boaster will come to his finish, And all those keeping alert to do harm will be destroyed
              21 Those who with a false word make others guilty, Who lay traps for the defender* in the city gate, And who with empty arguments deny justice to the righteous one.

            • Sam

              Amen. Can’t wait for this blasphemy against Jehovah to cease. I’ve been reading Ezekiel, so aptly describes them.

              7:16 So he brought me to the inner courtyard of the house of Jehovah. There at the entrance of the temple of Jehovah, between the porch and the altar, were about 25 men with their backs to the temple of Jehovah and their faces to the east; they were bowing down to the sun in the east.
              17 He said to me: “Son of man, do you see this? Is it a trivial thing for the house of Judah to do these detestable things, to fill the land with violence and keep offending me? Here they are thrusting out the branch to my nose.
              18 So I will act in rage. My eye will not feel sorry; nor will I feel compassion. Even though they cry out loudly in my ears, I will not hear them.”

              Every society man throws God aside and worships the organization… soon it will be an uncanny spirit medium chirping from the dust

            • Kevin b

              I’d like to see all seven members of the governing body, and the writing committee, experience being disfellowshipped for a year or so. I wonder if their policies would change then.

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Excerpt from Part 8 – The Evil Slave. https://e-watchman.com/part-8-jehovahs-witnesses-and-the-evil-slave/

              In this context Jesus makes it certain that there are two sorts of slaves and both of them are destined to be punished, albeit individually, according to the degree of their guilt. The evil slave is willfully neglectful. And the other is merely ignorant In this context Jesus makes it certain that there are two sorts of slaves and both of them are destined to be punished, albeit individually, according to the degree of their guilt. The evil slave is willfully neglectful. And the other is merely ignorant In this context Jesus makes it certain that there are two sorts of slaves and both of them are destined to be punished, albeit individually, according to the degree of their guilt. The evil slave is willfully neglectful. And the other is merely ignorant.

              Jehovah’s judgments are contained throughout the Hebrew prophecies and will be realized at the coming of Christ. There are many such prophecies that indicate that Christ’s coming will be to eliminate an evil presence within the leadership of God’s people. Malachi is merely one. Consider Zephaniah 3:11-13, the context of which pertains to the occasion when God pours out his burning anger, which results in the following: “In that day you will not be ashamed because of all your dealings with which you transgressed against me, for then I shall remove from the midst of you your haughtily exultant ones; and you will never again be haughty in my holy mountain. And I shall certainly let remain in the midst of you a people humble and lowly, and they will actually take refuge in the name of Jehovah. As regards the remaining ones of Israel, they will do no unrighteousness, nor speak a lie, nor will there be found in their mouths a tricky tongue; for they themselves will feed and actually lie stretched out, and there will be no one making them tremble.”

              Just as the stupid prophets are destined to be removed from the intimate company of God’s people, the “haughtily exultant ones” are too. The days for the glorification of the Society and its “faithful slave” are nearly at an end. The July 2013, Watchtower Magazine, is a vivid demonstration of the use of a “tricky tongue,” or pen as the case may be. The now-onrushing fiery day of Jehovah will incinerate the Watchtower’s 1914 lie and devour those who knowingly promote the lie. But many of Jehovah’s Witnesses who have the true faith will survive the disaster that is destined to befall the faithless and evil slaves in their midst. They will endure God’s rebuke and emerge as “a people humble and lowly,” who will never again idolize any earthly institution.

          • Ed(the other Ed)

            That’s an interesting video, I watched the whole thing, thanks. I often wondered how a trained psychologist would interpret the association over time and noticed they offered no faith whatsoever as an alternative. I wonder what they believe now.

  • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

    (this is just a random comment) Life is so odd….after studying for the meeting tonight and meditating on Psalms and reading all you dear ones comments, I’m thankful in a weird way that I didn’t find this website sooner. …..because I have the type of personality where I get super passionate about something, blab my mouth and share my passion, and then I burn out. I commend Robert and many of y’all for your patience as I observe it. If I had learned all of this a decade ago, I don’t know if I could’ve contained myself as well as y’all have.

    FOR ME, this forum and all the information has been “food at the proper time” because prior to chancing upon this, I was so disheartened. I often try, with my silly human brain, to imagine how Jehovah feels looking down on this whole mess….the world in general, the organization, the man of lawlessness, and the spectrum of sheep….from the juiced up sleepwalkers to the struggling awake ones trying to navigate the paradox we’re living in.

    PS: we (the DC audience) were given specific “homework” to read chapter 21 of the God’s Kingdom Rules book and study the chart because “it’s the most accurate and up to date information re what we’re going to face in the near future.” All of our friends really have no clue how bad it’s going to get and I pray for the strength, patience and humility to keep fighting. And I remind myself (when I get impatient with certain elders or whomever) that my only enemy should be Satan and his demons. When I don’t feel like going to the KH, I try to remind myself that Satan is the enemy….not the writing committee or any faceless or recognized brother at Bethel.

    • Great points sis, and yes Mr Robert how about our May podcast!

    • Kevin b

      Thanks for sharing.
      I agree that Satan is the big man on campus, but I don’t think he’s all alone.

      Acts 20:29 I know that after my going away oppressive wolves will enter in among you and will not treat the flock with tenderness, 30 and from among you yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves.

    • very well said. thx for the reminders

  • you have my full support robert I will do what I can to help in all ways that I can.

  • ewatchman

    Just a quick note. If you are thinking about donating you might want to hold of. The reason is because I have not received any confirmation from Carol that she has received anything from PayPal. Last week she sent me an email for a previous donation, but not this week. I will let you know if I hear from her.

    • Burt Reynolds

      He’ll Robert, please explain to me how I can donate via pay per clicks to your site. Thanks. Best wishes.

      • Burt Reynolds

        Hmmm, Saran is having a go at me…that was supposed to be hello Robert, not hell Robert. Still, such is life…

        • Burt Reynolds

          Now is Saran. I give up. You know who I mean….

      • ewatchman

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    • ewatchman

      Okay, I heard from Carol. So, if you wish to help her out she would really appreciate it.

      • James

        Donated.

  • James

    My hall is the opposite – anyone sick, needs surgery, etc? Overwhelming support.

    I brought a post-surgery brother food and he said “keep it” as 20+ others brought him way too much already.

    So who knows? … regional differences, etc.

    • Song of Hannah

      What area do you live in? In the past I’ve seen this, if there is at least one elder drving it. But usually I see brothers drving it that used to be serving but no longer are. And they are downright beautiful men!

    • James your a lucky man, when I grew up in Tampa Florida we had a great congregation. All that changed when I got baptised and moved to Virginia. Bounced back and forth to several KH to try to find my place. Sure there were a few good apples but for the most part a bunch of phony, fake & false self-righteous hypocritical, judgemental men.

  • Carlos

    The daily text has a very interesting thought
    Lazarus is going to heaven. This is new to me.

    We have been tough that before Pentecost no one had a heavenly hope….any thoughts on this one?

  • Carlos

    The daily text has a very interesting thought
    Lazarus is going to heaven. This is new to me.

    We have been tough that before Pentecost no one had a heavenly hope….any thoughts on this one?

    • ewatchman

      The texts implies that because Jesus resurrected Lazarus he would therefore have the opportunity to be around on Pentecost to become anointed and receive the heavenly calling. Had Jesus not resurrected him he would not have had the opportunity.

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