A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

Some of you may know those small generators that you can buy for a bicycle. This small generator moves over against the tire of the wheel and this in turn gives us light or illuminates the way before us.

It is interesting that, in order to make the light work, we have to move, and the faster we go, the brighter the light becomes.

So if we want to shine as illuminators, we must be on the move in Jehovah's work!

Most people get married believing a myth that marriage is a beautiful box full of all the things they have longed for: companionship, intimacy, friendship, etc. The truth is that marriage at the start is an empty box. You must put something in before you can take anything out. There is no love in marriage. Love is in people. And people put love in marriage. There is no romance in marriage. You have to infuse it into your marriage. A couple must learn the art and form the habit of giving, loving, serving, praising keeping the box full. If you take out more than you put in, the box will be empty.

Each Bible lover and, in particular, each Christian minister will save much time by memorizing the order in which the Bible books appear. Noting the natural divisions of the canon as well as the contents and time of writing of the various books will doubtless help in memorizing this list.

Of the sixty-six books, thirty-nine comprise the Hebrew Scriptures and twenty-seven the Christian Greek Scriptures.

In the Hebrew Scripture canon the five books of Moses come first: GENESIS begins with creation and takes in the history of mankind from Adam to the death of Joseph. Then come EXODUS, LEVITICUS, NUMBERS and DEUTERONOMY, which give Israel's history from their bondage in Egypt to the death of Moses. These five books are also known as the Pentateuch, meaning "five books." In some translations, such as Luther's, these are simply known as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Moses. Next, just as Joshua succeeded Moses, so the book of JOSHUA succeeds the books of Moses. And even as Joshua was followed by other judges who ruled Israel, so his book is followed by the book of JUDGES, which tells of their rule. RUTH relates certain events of the time of the judges and so logically follows.

Then come three sets of two books: 1 and 2 SAMUEL, which complete the period of the judges and introduce the period of the kings; 1 and 2 KINGS, which complete the history of the kings; and 1 and 2 CHRONICLES, which give a parallel history of the kings beginning with David's rule, as well as a resume of Bible genealogy from Adam to the time of its writing. Next come EZRA, NEHEMIAH and ESTHER, which deal with events that occurred in Jerusalem and Medo-Persia within a century after the Jews' return from Babylon in 537 B.C. This completes the seventeen so-called "historical" books.

After these come five books containing wise sayings and superb poetry: JOB, PSALMS (about one-half of which are credited to David), PROVERBS, ECCLESIASTES and THE SONG OF SOLOMON. The last three were written by Solomon with the exception of the last two chapters of Proverbs.

The remaining seventeen books of the Hebrew Scriptures are primarily prophetic. ISAIAH, whose writer prophesied in the eighth century B.C.; JEREMIAH, whose writer began prophesying in the next century, forty years before Jerusalem's downfall in 607 B.C.; LAMENTATIONS, in which Jeremiah mourns Jerusalem's desolation; EZEKIEL, whose writer prophesied in Babylon during Jerusalem's desolation, and DANIEL, whose writer served as Jehovah's prophet, before, during and even after the seventy-year desolation.

The rest of the prophetic books are called the "minor" prophets by reason of their length, although these twelve prophecies are neither minor in import nor in time, several coming ahead of the "major" prophets. These twelve do not follow a strict time pattern. They begin with HOSEA (pronounced Ho·see´a), JOEL (actually the first of the seventeen to be written), AMOS and OBADIAH; JONAH, MICAH, NAHUM and HA·BAK´KUK (accent on the second syllable); ZEPHANIAH, HAGGAI, ZECHARIAH and MALACHI. Thus we have three sets of four books; Jonah begins the second set of four, and Zephaniah, not to be confused with Zechariah, which follows Haggai, the third set.

Now to the Christian Greek Scriptures. First we have five books mostly historical, the four Gospels, MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE and JOHN, and ACTS OF APOSTLES. Next come twenty-one letters, fourteen by Paul, which as a memory aid may be divided as follows: three of his longest letters: ROMANS. 1 and 2 CORINTHIANS; then four quite similar in size, style and content: GALATIANS, EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS and COLOSSIANS. Then follow five beginning with the letter "T": 1 and 2 THESSALONIANS, 1 and 2 TIMOTHY and TITUS. PHILEMON and HEBREWS complete Paul's letters. So we have in Paul's letters, nine to congregations, four to individuals, and one to a group of Christians, those of Hebrew birth. This leaves seven more letters: JAMES, 1 and 2 PETER, 1, 2 and 3 JOHN and JUDE. And in conclusion is the prophecy in symbols, REVELATION, last book of the Bible but not the last one written, it being written A.D. 96, whereas the rest of John's writings appear to have been written A.D. 98.

With a little effort this list of books can be memorized. Doing so will not only prove very useful in one's Bible studies but also help to recommend one as a Christian minister.

 

Here are ten rules that might govern a small child's view of the world:

1. If I like it, it's mine. 2. If it's in my hands, it's mine. 3. If I can take it from you, it's mine. 4. If I had it a week ago, it's mine. 5. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way. 6. If I'm doing or building something, all the pieces are mine. 7. If it looks like mine, it's mine. 8. If I think it's mine, it's mine. 9. If it's near me, it's mine. 10. If it's broccoli, it's yours.

These are appropriate rules for a toddler, but some people manage to carry them through to adulthood! Of course, we all need money and possessions to function well in our society. But an over-emphasis on material things is dangerous.

A person depending on worldly comforts can be likened to a greedy monkey:

A greedy monkey is trapped quite easily; all you need is a secured narrow neck jar or vase and some peanuts or fruit inside it. In its greediness, the monkey will grab as big a fistful as it can, quickly finding that it now can't remove its fist and the contents. Whatever the impending danger, that greedy little animal just refuses remove its hand without the contents!

What this system offers us is mere peanuts compared to Jehovah's promises. Let go of it!

Apparently most of us sit in the same section of the Hall week after week.

This little jingle will get you motivated to move around and meet new friends. It's sung to the tune of our Song #123, "Move Ahead."

 

Move around, move around at the Kingdom Hall. 

Find a row, say "Hello" to someone you met last fall.

Take a seat, plant your feet, have yourself a ball, 

And get to know your family. 

How many times have you walked through the door, 

And staked a claim on the seat you had before? 

Change your seat, you may meet Brother / Sister New. 

Keep changing your locality.

 

Move around, move around; help the spirit flow.

Change your aisle, give a smile to someone you do not know. 

You won't die, if you're shy, it will help you grow, 

And add to your maturity. 

Meet all the others, and not just a few, 

'Cause all the brothers would like meeting you. 

It's our loss if the moss grows all over us, 

So move around more frequently. 

 

Move around, move around; don't be finicky. 

Change your spot, please don't rot, 'cause of immobility. 

Move up close, get a dose of Theocracy; 

We know you'll like it if you try. 

You'd give your life for a friend, I am sure, 

And share your wealth to help brothers endure. 

So let's start being loving to one and all, 

By changing seats in the Kingdom Hall.

Throughout time many different groups of people have tried to wipe us out. I figured one day that we were like mushrooms. No matter how many times you step on us we always come back greater in number and in faith.