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  • Disqus_LgOOYv99voJohn 3:16
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    Hello everybody. A recent comment by Burt Reynolds about what makes someone a Witness has really hit home and has encouraged me to ask for help in an area that I am severely lacking. It’s in my face to face witnessing. Online is no problem. I’m a faceless anonymous person when I’m online. But in person it has been extremely difficult, and I’m way too passive.

    Part of the problem is that my only experience going door to door was as a child. The next problem is that as a child I had a difficult time dealing with being a Witness. Except for family members that were not in the same grade as me, I was the only one there. That made for some fun times…

    As I got older we slowly faded and I quickly ditched the JW label and did my best not to let anyone know about my past. I was very successful at it. Too successful in fact. Now I’m strugging to make Jehovah happy and use his name (a name I’ve been running from all my life due to not understanding/believing what the Witnesses taught) and I’m having problems with talking openly about Him. I really need help with this. Has anyone else had this problem? Making a return to Him but struggling with their past history of running, and then opening up about their beliefs? Or maybe even some stories about difficulties starting out?

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    Bklyn KevinBklyn Kevin
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    Disqus_LgOOYv99voJohn 3:16
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    Thank you Kevin. That second link certainly does have a lot more. Looks like I will be doing a lot of reading.

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    HuldahtoHilkiahHuldahtoHilkiah
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    Hi John
    My best advice is to not put pressure on yourself.
    Talk about what you are motivated to talk about. Informal witness.
    If someone mentions some concern direct them to a biblical solution then to JW.org maybe. Don’t work too hard to force it.

    Pray for opportunities. They’ll come.

    Remember we’re spreading seed not transplanting trees so it doesn’t have to be an earth moving effort.

    Once you have some small successes that you can feel good about, you’ll be motivated to take the next step. What ever that is for you. You’ll know.

    The important thing is that you set yourself up to find joy in the ministry not that you follow a certain rule or do it perfectly.

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    Frank CongerFrank Conger
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    Your moniker says it all:

    speaking to others about Jesus or the Kingdom is for the benefit of both the speaker and the hearer. The speaker have their qualities of faith, hope and love increased, while the hearer is introduced to the life saving message about Christ, or a reinforcement of a message already received. It’s a win, win even if the person you speak to does not listen. It may just soften their hearts up for the next time. Or, they may never have faith strong enough to endure the hour of test, but maybe your kindness in witnessing to them will strengthen their sense of Love and they will show that love to one of Christ’s belongings during the test of the mark. Either way, your expressions cannot do any harm and may do some good.

    Frank

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    Disqus_LgOOYv99voJohn 3:16
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    Thanks Huldah and Frank. I like both of your comments. I can’t expect to do it all. I have to plant those seeds and you never know where or how they may come to fruition down the road. I will continue to pray for those opportunities. Thank you both.

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