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He Cares For You: 5x7in and The Blood Issue Part 3

July 17, 2015

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God,

that he may exalt you in due time;

 while you throw all your anxiety upon him,

because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6,7

(To review the earlier parts of this discussion, please see; 

The Blood Issue Part 1 and The Blood Issue Part 2)

One of the horrible lies that is told about God is that he doesn’t care – or that he kind of cares, but at a distance so that he is remote from all the painful things we have to face. But today’s scripture shows the truth. Notice that it doesn’t just say that Jehovah cares. It says, he cares FOR YOU! He watches out for each one of us individually as we keep our integrity and are obedient to his loving commands. That’s why Jehovah says at Psalm 32:8, “I will make you have insight and instruct you in the way you should go. I will give you advice with my eye upon you.”

You may be told that you need a blood transfusion to solve your health problems, or even to save your life. But if you are in a dangerous situation, who do you trust to lead you to true safety? The person who can see only what’s in front of them, or the person with the binoculars, who can see the roadblocks and land slides on the proposed route, but who also sees a clear route to safe haven along a more difficult path?

There’s a reason why the Bible uses the eagle with its long-sighted vision as a symbol of Jehovah’s wisdom. Will you allow him to help you navigate the dangerous last days of Satan’s system? The safe haven of everlasting life in God’s new world under his Kingdom is just ahead. The blood shed by Jesus in furnishing the Ransom is the blood that saves our lives forever.

What about right now? Is there any help for those who face this difficult issue? If you go to JW.ORG and type in “transfusion alternatives” in the search bar, you’ll find several videos of outstanding quality, and many articles to read with lots of help and advice to help you understand your options. Jehovah’s Witnesses also have the support of a special Hospital Liaison Committee,  available 24 hours a day, to help them in their medical emergencies, a really loving provision. Because Jehovah cares for me and you.

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Come Follow Me: 5×7″

July 8, 2015

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Then he went on to say to all: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself 

and pick up his torture stake day after day and keep following me.

Luke 9:23

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The “Imitate Jesus!” Convention

is taking place in Ireland this weekend from

Friday, July 10 to Sunday July 12, 2015

(Please see my previous post for details of venue)

We warmly invite you to attend this year’s three-day convention presented by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

HIGHLIGHTS

A moving two-part theatrical production will portray significant events in Jesus’ life.

Interviews and demonstrations will feature practical ways to imitate Jesus today.

The special Bible discourse entitled “Jesus Christ, World ConquerorHow and When?” will be presented on Sunday morning.

WHO MAY ATTEND?

Everyone. You won’t be charged admission, and no collection will be taken.

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Christ our Model: 5×7″ and “Imitate Jesus!” Convention

July 4, 2015

 

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 leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely.

1 Peter 2:21

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Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?

To Save the World?

To Rule the World?

To Conquer the World?

Hear the answer at a free public talk at the “Imitate Jesus” Bible Convention.

You are warmly invited to attend.

In Ireland this event is taking place next weekend, Friday, July 10 to Sunday July 12, 2015

at the Citywest Hotel International Event and Conference Centre

Saggart, Co. Dublin

Each morning’s program begins at 9.20am

To find your nearest venue, please visit jw.org HERE

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Not One Sparrow: A2 and A6 and The Blood Issue: Part 2

June 13, 2015

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Two sparrows sell for a coin of small value, do they not?

Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. 

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

So have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-31

Does the command to abstain from blood extend to blood transfusions? Yes. The classic illustration for this is: Suppose a doctor were to tell you to abstain from alcoholic beverages. Would that simply mean that you should not drink alcohol but that you could have it injected into your veins?

What if it’s a “life or death situation”? Does that mean it’s alright to take blood to stay alive a little longer in this system? What did Jesus say about this?

“If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake  and keep following me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Really, what good will it do a man if he gains the whole world but loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? (Matthew 16:24-26)

We value our lives and the lives of our loved ones. When we wisely accept Jehovah’s direction even in serious medical situations, then we truly treasure life as Jehovah does. That life can stretch out before us into a perfect future, free from pain and suffering, sickness and death. Even if you should face death, you can be happy in the knowledge that those who die doing God’s will have a sure place in the resurrection.

The next question is, “Are there any high-quality alternatives to blood transfusions? And what is the only blood that is truly lifesaving? Please see my next post for Part 3.

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Be Transformed: A2 and A6 and The Blood Issue: Part 1

June 8, 2015

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 Stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over,

so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

The metamorphosis of a land-bound caterpillar into a fluttering butterfly that dances through the air is one of life’s everyday miracles. One thing I didn’t know about this process until recently is that it is hard work! It involves lots of effort over a period of time until the butterfly emerges and is ready to fly off.

The phrase “be transformed” in the scripture above uses a form of the word “metamorphosis” in the original Greek text. For us to become beautiful in God’s eyes, we may need to make serious changes to our way of thinking and acting, and these changes take time and effort. But the good news is that “the good and acceptable and perfect will of God” is provable. When it comes to considering the use of blood, let’s prove what God’s will is by using God’s word.

As we’ve been examining since March,  the Source of Life is Jehovah God. He shares the gift of life with us and we are precious in his eyes. We show our gratitude and respect for him by valuing our lives and the lives of others as he does. In the first book of the Bible, Cain takes the life of his brother Abel, and Jehovah tells Cain: “Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from  the ground.” (Genesis 4:10) This shows the important link between life and blood in the mind of God.

He reinforces this by telling us the same thing multiple times throughout human history. So after the Flood, Jehovah tells Noah and his family, “Every moving animal that is alive may serve as food for you.” However, God set this restriction: “Only flesh with its life—its blood—you must not eat.” (Genesis 1:29; 9:3, 4) Again, this clearly shows the link between life and blood.

800 years later under the Law of Moses, the prohibition on blood was again plainly stated, ‘You must not eat the blood of any sort of flesh.’” (Leviticus 17:13, 14) and this was once more distinctly repeated in the first century for Christians,  “…keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols, from blood… and from sexual immorality.” (Acts 15:28, 29)

Does this apply to blood transfusions? What happens if it’s a life or death situation? How do Jesus’ words help us? Are there any alternatives to blood transfusions?  Please see my next post for Part 2.

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Nisan 15/16 and He Was Raised Up

April 5, 2015

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The next day, which was after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together before Pilate, saying: “Sir, we recall what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I am to be raised up.’ Therefore, command that the grave be made secure until the third day, so that his disciples may not come and steal him and say to the people, ‘He was raised up from the dead!’ Then this last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them: “You may have a guard. Go make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the grave secure by sealing the stone and posting a guard.

Matthew 27:62-66

And look! a great earthquake had taken place, for Jehovah’s angel had descended from heaven and had come and rolled away the stone, and he was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. Yes, out of their fear of him, the watchmen trembled and became as dead men.

Matthew 28:2-4

The chief priests and the Pharisees make Jesus’ grave secure by rolling a big stone in front of the tomb and posting Roman soldiers as guards. But early on the morning following the Sabbath, the guards are gone and the tomb is empty. Jesus is alive!

For 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus shows himself alive to his disciples and he continues to instruct them about the work he wants them to continue, preaching and teaching the good news of God’s Kingdom. (Matt 24:14; 28:19,20) In obedience and appreciation for what Jehovah and Jesus have done to make a personal relationship with God possible, and to have the hope of living forever in Paradise under God’s kingdom, we want to strive to keep doing what Jesus asked. We invite all to learn more about the wonderful things in God’s Word, the Bible.

If you’d like to watch a short video, “Why Study the Bible?”, please go HERE, or to see, “What Happens at a Bible Study?”, please go HERE.

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Nisan 14 and It Has Been Accomplished

April 4, 2015

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Jesus said: “It has been accomplished!  and bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.

John 19:30

Jesus has been nailed to the torture stake, large nails pounded into the hands and feet of this perfect and perfectly innocent man. A sign on the stake reads: “Jesus the Nazarene the King of the Jews”, placed there on the orders of Pilate.  When the chief priests protest and say it should read, “He said, “I am the King of the Jews””, Pilate, chafing at having been manipulated by them, refuses. The sign is written in three languages; in Hebrew, in the official Latin and in the common Greek.

Jesus sees his mother, Mary and entrusts her to the care of John.  Mary’s other sons haven’t yet put their faith in Jesus, so Jesus makes provision not only for Mary’s physical needs but for her spiritual ones as well.

 The Roman soldiers fulfill the prophecy that Jesus’ clothes would be divided among them, and that lots would be cast for them. They cast lots because Jesus has a fine inner garment, woven without a seam, and they don’t want to tear it. (Psalm 22:18)

Darkness covers the land for three hours, from noon until about 3pm on Nisan 14. Jesus has finished everything that Jehovah sent him to earth to do and cries out, “It has been accomplished! Into your hands I entrust my spirit.” He bows his head and dies. A The 60 ft curtain that divides the Holy from the Most Holy in God’s temple is “torn in two, from top to bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”. (Matt 27:51)

If you’d like to read more about what was “accomplished”, please go HERE to find out more about the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (Note: This is a different link to the one in yesterday’s post. Both links are very informative and use many scriptures and other references to explain this crucial topic)

If you’d like to listen to the chronological accounts from the book, “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”, please go HERE, and scroll down. Chapter 117, Agony in the Garden, to Chapter 126, “Certainly, This Was God’s Son”.Doodles076 copy

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