Tonight is by far the most important Evening of the Year!

Memorial of Jesus’ Death

You are warmly invited to meet with us to observe the anniversary of Jesus’ death. Find a meeting location near you. –

“One Man Died for All”

  • Who is this man?
  • How does his death help us?
  • Why is it important that we remember him?

You are invited to consider answers from the Bible on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – information quoted  from Jw.org

Please Attend.  (Tanpri Vini)

One act of love has saved all of mankind.  Please come be a part of a very important global event tonight.

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Godly Women Part 5 – Abigail

Abigail is one of the women in the bible that has personally taught me much thru the years.

Her story is one we can read about in 1 Samuel chapter 25. David and his men had protected Nabals fields for a long time and when thier provisions grew thin David sent some of his men to ask Nabal for help.

How will he respond? The name Nabal means Senseless, stupid, let’s just add there is nothing nice said about him in the bible. When asked to help reacted in a violent and cruel manner insulting David. When David hears of this his emotions run high and he plans on taking 400 men and wiping out Nabal and his all he owns.

Now we have Abigail who is married to Nabal, how will she react when she hears that the actions of her husband have threatened her whole household. Does she go to him in a panic and beg him to change, does she react with equal anger and call him a fool? Does she bring out the scriptures to show him he is wrong? What does she do?

She takes provisions to David, the anointed of Jehovah, and trys to apease him and make peace with him to protect and save her family and all the workers that are with them and their families. In the heat of all that emotion and fear She does what is peaceable. Despite knowing it might cause her great ramifications with her spouse. The bible shows us she had great respect for Jehovahs Headship arrangement by recognizing David place as future king of Israel.

I think for me the amazing part is what she does after she makes peace with David. So she saved her family from davids wrath, what does she go home and do? Declare her superior understanding of Human relationships and his ignorance and cruelty?

She goes home and trys to make peace with her husband by telling him the truth of what she has done. He was drunk when she first went to approach him and her discernment told her to wait for him to be sober to have this conversation. So she waited quietly. Until the next day she gently spoke respectfully to him and let Jehovah handle the rest. Which in this case he quickly did.

How many times in our lives when emotions are high do we need to use discernment and thinking ability before we speak. Also being wise in when we choose to talk about certain issues. choosing a time when the person will be more likely to really hear. Not demanding to talk now. I deeply admire how she did not act disrespectful to him despite the fact that he behaved very badly so badly Jehovah as the account goes on gave Nabal a paralysis and died 10 days later.

Ultimately Jehovah gave Abigail Peace from that abusive man.

There is much more to learn from Abigail please Read on.

http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2009489

Women’s spirituality part 4 – Hannah

Hannah, one of the quiet women in the bible. We only get a glimpse into her world, but it has a powerful lesson for me personally.

In 1 Samuel we meet Hannah in the first chapter, we learn of her torments and her pleas to Jehovah, we learn the secret to her breaking through a deep depression in verse 18, we see Jehovah bless her for her faith and the in chapter 2 we hear her prayer of thanks to Jehovah in vs 1-10.  In verse 21 of chapter 2 we learn something outstanding about out father Jehovah.

Waiting on Jehovah can be painful when our heart is longing for something it can not or does not have but what helped Hannah to move past her emotions and be content again? while she waited for Jehovah to handle things in his time?

” 1 Samuel 1: 17-18 says “ Then Eli answered and said: “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of him.” 18 To this she said: “Let your maidservant find favor in your eyes.” And the woman proceeded to go on her way and to eat, and her face became self-concerned no more.”

Do you see it,  she truly gave her anxieties to Jehovah and became self concerned no more. She had complete faith in Jehovah and no more did she worry about her own unfulfilled wants.  She fully shifted her inner focus on finding favor in Jehovah’s eyes.

In 1 Samuel 2:21 It amazes me how good Jehovah is to all of us, when he offers a blessing he always comes through beyond our hearts desires.  Hannah prayed for just one child and was willing to give him to Jehovah’s full-time service as long as she had just that one son.  Jehovah filled her heart with 5 more children she got to raise completely, 3 more sons and 2 daughters.

The lesson we learn from Hannah as Women is very beautiful. We need to fully trust Jehovah and wait with a heart that is not-self concerned. Jehovah will take care of us all, now and in the future. That is a promise.  We must learn to obediently wait on Jehovah and seek his favor. We can use our time to help others and be happy now.

Being molded by Jehovah.

Jeremiah shows us the value of allowing Jehovah and his words to mold our hearts and spirit. Jehovahs gently molding should affect our actions, thoughts, and even our desires in every aspect of our daily lives. Jer. 18:1-4

The bible study on Jeremiah this weeks makes an outstanding point. To improve our spiritual heart condition we need to do 3 vital things;

1. Serious personal bible study. Only we can take in his words into our minds and hope they reach deep into our hearts by meditating on the value of what he says to us.

2. Seek insight into how Jehovah works in our own personal life. Take notice of all the things he does for us each day. Some are big, loud and cant be ignored because we needed a wake up call. But most days Jehovah is like a gentle breeze of love surrounding us with pleasant experiences we can enjoy.

3. Application of what we have learned about him. Thus the being molded. If I only read about fitness and never exercise or eat healthy I cannot expect to see healthy results.

To be spiritual healthy it is the same we need to be trained, guided, coached to be useable for Jehovah’s team. We need to be willing to change and grow.

May Jehovah examine our hearts and find us earnest in our efforts to be molded by him for an honorable purpose.

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Women’s spirituality part 3 – Ruth

A sister made an interesting comment at the meeting as we were discussing Ruth, her loyal love and trustworthiness.

Ruth’s loyalty to her husband (Naomi’s son) extended to his mother and to their god, Jehovah! We need to learn that depth of loyalty as women. that loyalty to our families, our congregations, to our sisters and especially to our god and father Jehovah.

After the meeting I talked to this very loyal sister and we discussed how loyalty and trustworthiness, (making out yes mean yes and our no no,) are inter -connected.

Ruth is a profound example of truly trusting in Jehovah. She had no guarantee it would go well with her, she was a foreign women, how would she be received by these people of her mother in laws? What did her husband and his brother teach her about Jehovah? Or did Naomi teach Ruth of Jehovah and his greatness? We really know little about how she came to trust Jehovah. Her actions prove her trust.

What is recorded in the bibles book of Ruth Is an example for us christian women today.

This world is full of betrayal and lack of godly love, but what will we display? What will we choose to teach our daughters?

May we be like Ruth and develop deep love, loyalty, trustworthiness and trust in Jehovah, as we strive to walk with Jehovah.

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The Truth, Is it in you?

We were invited to a special talk this weekend  in a neighboring congregation. what a privilege that was to hear a speaker from Patterson , NY Bethel.

According to the example Jesus Christ set for us, we need to pursue the course of truth in our lives.

Know the truth

Knowing the truth brings responsibility. Many see truth as relative but Jehovah shows us that God is truth. So truth can be found in his word the bible. We have to take a stand and make a choice in our lives for truth.

2 Peter 1;5-8 Helps us to see what that means for us.

Earnest effort, Faith, Virtue, Knowledge, Self-control, Endurance, Godly Devotion, Brotherly Affection, Love

The brother dissected these verses to help bring these truths to life with in us.

Earnest effort is something we must continue to exert we don’t gain the truth within us and then it is ours, he illustrated this with a balloon with a hole in it as soon as you stop supplying air to the balloon what happens? We can never stop our efforts towards truth.  we need to maintain that effort. The air is the routine of the truth. Bible reading, prayer, service, Meetings etc.

Virtue For our actions to be morally right starts in our minds, establishing a relationship with Jehovah and accurate knowledge of what he defines as right.

Self Control We need to get a grip of ourselves. We must learn to control our emotions. This requires a great effort.

Endurance James 1;2 “we meet” various trials like unannounced visitors, they just happen and we need to endure.

We can endure when we supply to the endurance

Godly Devotion We do things for Jehovah that we could not do for anyone else because we love Jehovah.

Brotherly affection do we really care for  our spiritual family.Teh more we learn about our families strengths  raises our appreciation and empathy for them. Empathy is a highly valued quality it helps us look for practical ways to help others.

and then we add Love the greatest way we can show love today is helping others know Jehovah so the truth can grow in them. We need to adapt quickly to the direction of the brothers especially as the day draws near.

He closed with some powerful points specifically for the young ones.

Based on these two scriptures.

Romans 12:2 Prove to yourself what the bible says is true. How can you develop a relationship with Jehovah.

Prov. 23:33 “Buy truth and do not sell it.” this means the truth will cost you something once you have it DO not sell it. Satan wants to know what is your price. He thinks we all have one.  What would you sell this truth about Jehovah, Jesus and the real future for, entertainment, a career, money etc.

That was a powerful point to me.

Women’s Spirituality Part 2 Lemuel’s Mother.

I just finished reading Proverbs in my personal bible reading. Chapter 31 reminded me again of the women in the bible, and what we can learn from them. So here’s part 2.

The Mother of Lemuel

We don’t know who Lemuel was exactly, some have speculated it might have been another name for Solomon. (See footnote in large reference bible, NWT and si book) if so the words of wisdom captured here could have been Bathsheba’s.

Why did the writer of Proverbs decide to included the source of this proverb? A mothers words to her son, for she desired Her son to find a Real wife and be a Real man for her. (Using the thoughts in the article about What is a real man? since the principle applies to women too)

If this was Bathsheba talking to her son Solomon, she definitely would want her son to be spared the pains her husband had by some of his bad choices in mates. Perhaps she spoke to Abigail about her life with Nabal, We don’t know at what point this was written so we don’t know if she was trying to correct him from his bad choices in spouses or just trying to get him to make good ones to start off. And perhaps it was written by another mother, but there is much to us women can glean either way.

So what can we learn as women today,

Spiritual women need to be hardworking, industrious, frugal, thankful, caring and kind in words and deeds. Spiritual women are tired but happy for they know at the end of the day Jehovah values them. Spiritual women are priceless to Jehovah no matter what there marital state is.

If we are married, we must focus on our part, of the union and be diligent in doing the work of a wife. Society has warped this today, but what matters is that as a united couple you both understand your roles, and work together to bring honor to Jehovah.

Also if we are single and would like a mate, Jehovah tells us what we need to wait for, a Spiritual Man! Proverbs tells use where they will be found. Not at single gatherings, but in the trenches of Jehovah’s work, they will make a good name for themselves for Jehovah!

Nonetheless, we want to strive hard to be real spiritual women, married or single and wait on Jehovah in all things. – Micah 7:7

“For he is … the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.” – Heb. 11:6

For more information read this article, A Mothers Wise Counsel. it contain much more insight into this proverb from our father Jehovah!