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
1. Listen to Jehovah. Many think they know the answers, but they don't even know the questions.   2. Study regularly, study deeply. We can be desensitized by what we see and hear, thinking it isn't bad, i.e., x-mas songs. We hear them; next thing we know the tune is running around in our head. In a short time we are humming them just as Satan wants.   3. Do we spend pioneer time in front of the TV or computer, and token time in service? Psalms 119:37, 'Make my eyes pass on from seeing what is worthless.'   4. Jesus is countless billions of years old ... and one day we will be as old as Jesus is now, and he'll only be twice our age.   5. The Bible is inspired of the Sovereign of the Universe. It's a masterpiece, give it careful attention.   6. The reasons some give for not being at the meetings is the very reason why they need to be there.   7. Too busy because of the high cost of living, or living high? You can't put enough money in the bank to get through Armageddon.   8. A couple of young brothers are going to a movie. When asked if it has bad language, they reply, 'yes, but we hear it all the time in school.' Do we want to pay to hear more? It should hurt our ears.   9. Every meeting is a holy, sacred occasion. Never be absent by choice.   10. Some are slowly losing the sense of urgency. We are in the heart and heat of a universal emergency. All in heaven have their attention focused on earth and what we are doing.   11. If we had the cure for cancer we would tell everyone? We DO have the cure for cancer, AIDS, and even death. People desperately need to hear. Our ministry is an extension of God's love. When you talk with someone they are face to face with a representative of Jehovah God.   "Jehovah's people never see each other for the last time"  
Based on the account as found in Genesis chapters 12-15.   The speaker started off by asking if we personally were going to experience life in paradise. He stated that we will, if we keep driving the birds away. He also mentioned that in order to receive Jehovah's blessing and approval, we MUST continue to drive the birds away.   He draws our attention to the account of Abram where Jehovah has stated to him that he's going to bless him. Abram now builds an alter to Jehovah and in Genesis 15:9, 10 Jehovah tells him which animals to sacrifice. Abram does just so. He cuts the animals in half (all except the birds) and lays one half of the animal on the left and one half on the right. We read in Genesis 15:11 that the 'birds of prey' (the first mention of birds of prey in the Bible) began to descend on the sacrifice... but Abram kept driving them away! The brother then asked, why did Abram do that? For what reason? The answer: Abram wanted his sacrifice to Jehovah to be clean, acceptable, uncontaminated in his view and in Jehovah's view. He didn't want those birds to 'dirty-up' his sacrifice.   He then asked what kind of sacrifices are we personally offering to Jehovah. What Birds could contaminate our sacrifice to God? How can we drive them away?   First, he defined what our sacrifices are: #1 - Ourselves (Romans 12:1) whole-souled service, #2 - Our public Ministry (Heb. 13:15) 'Bulls of our lips' #3 - Good Deeds (Heb. 13:16) Cleaning the Hall, RBC, Disaster relief for brothers & non-believers, and #4 - Giving of thanks (Ps. 116:17-19). He then asked .. what birds might be affecting/dirtying- up/contaminating our sacrifices to Jehovah? He then defined "Birds": anything, anybody, any thought that could have a negative affect on our sacrifice to Jehovah! Where do these 'birds' come from? Mostly from inside ourselves..attitudes within us: fear, doubt, envy, greed, pride, love of material things, desire to have a 'normal' life. We may be contaminating our own sacrifice to Jehovah!   He mentioned examples of things that happen in every day life that could contaminate our sacrifice in Jehovah's view: over-indulgence in alcohol/food or immorality (things that contaminate the body) and asked us to read with him 1 Cor. 6:15. He also mentioned watching things such as Soap Operas. Here is one that he said occasionally presented a problem at Bethel: Sports! The brothers have an arrangement for the Bethelites to engage in sports. But what sometimes happens is that the brothers play hard/rough and end up getting injured and are unable to work. He says he asks them: 'has this 'messed-up' your sacrifice to Jehovah? He mentions another 'bird' that could negatively affect our service to Jehovah (if we allow it to) is gossip that's been spread about you personally.. people who may attribute bad motives to something you've done.   He mentions how young David went to take some food & other things to his older brothers who were serving in battle. When he heard the giant taunting Jehovah's people, he became angry and wanted to defend Jehovah's name. However, his brother said to him: "You only came because you want to see the battle!" How did David react? He turned aside from his brother and continued on with what he'd planned to do! He knew what his intentions were. He simply turned aside from those who could have a negative affect on his attitude or thinking and in turn, his sacrifice to Jehovah.   He gave a couple of modern-day examples: Suppose a sister has a beautiful singing voice and sings proudly at the meetings. Someone may say "Who does she think she is?!" Should that sister come to the hall and lower her voice when singing? Not if her motive is to praise Jehovah God with her gift! She should sing loud and proud! How about this one: A sister in the hall is widowed/divorced and has been for some time. When the circuit overseer comes, she offers to prepare a meal for him. Some in the congregation say "She's trying to get a husband" while others say "She's just showing off her cooking!", when the sister was simply showing hospitality! If we should find ourselves in such a situation, would we allow it to negatively affect our sacrifice to Jehovah? And if we do, we should consider whether the bigger issue is what was said, or how we took it. Should we not pursue peace, perhaps by simply overlooking the matter? He reminded us that when Cain and Abel made their sacrifice, Jehovah took note of the men first, then their sacrifice. Jehovah took note of their motives and that's why he accepted Abel's sacrifice. So, regardless of what others may say about us we can rest assured that Jehovah knows the situation and our motives so we should not allow these situations to have a negative affect on our sacrifice to Jehovah.   He reiterated that anything, anybody or any thought that could contaminate our sacrifice to Jehovah, we should drive away! He then drew our attention back to Abram. He was constantly driving the birds away from his sacrifice. How did Jehovah view his efforts? As foolish? He then asked us to read with him Genesis 15: 12, 17, and 18. Abram's sacrifice was acceptable to Jehovah and he was blessed.    The same can be said of us if we (and he asked the audience to say it with him) Keep Driving the Birds Away!  
If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two, If he came unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do?   Oh, I know you'd give your nicest room to such an honored guest, And all the food you'd serve to him would be the very best.   And you would keep assuring him you're glad to have him there, That serving him in your own home is a joy beyond compare.   But when you saw him coming, would you meet him at the door With arms outstretched in welcome to your heavenly visitor?   Or would you have to change your clothes before you let him in? Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they'd been?   Would you turn off the radio and hope he hadn't heard? And wish you hadn't uttered that last, loud, hasty word?   Would you hide your worldly music and put some songbooks out? Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?   And I wonder--if the Savior spent a day or two with you, Would you go right on doing the things you always do?   Would you go right on saying the things you always say? Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?   Would you sing the songs you always sing, and read the books you read? And let him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?   Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you'd planned to go? Or would you, maybe, change your plans for just a day or so?   Would you be glad to have him meet your very closest friends? Or would you hope they'd stay away until his visit ends?   Would you be glad to have him stay forever on and on? Or would you sigh with great relief when he at last was gone?   It might be interesting to know the things that you would do If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you.  
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.   So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'   He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.   Don't take it personally.   Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.   The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.   So...   Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!   Have a blessed, garbage-free day!  
A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule braying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him (as if mules could think). It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he should shake it off and step up! This he did, blow after blow.   "Shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows or how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought "panic" and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up!   You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him...all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.   This is the same with life! If we face our problems, respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity, the adversities that come along to bury us usually also have the potential to benefit and bless us!    Remember that forgiveness, faith, prayer, praise, and hope all are excellent ways to "shake it off and step up" out of the wells in which we find ourselves!