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How Can I Find Joy When My Life Is So Difficult?

The New Creature experiences a joy and rejoicing that the natural mind cannot understand or appreciate. In moments of great trial, when the natural man faints under the weight of human hardship, God’s children call to mind His promises.

Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on Read more…

How To Clear Up Misunderstandings, Work Out Differences and Recover Our Brother Out of Sin – Matthew 18:15-17

Especially as we enter the Memorial season, our hearts and minds reflect on our relationship with Jehovah, Jesus and our brethren. Have we been faithful? Have we grown in the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Have we been able to work out our differences with our brethren or do we harbor bitterness or anger. Have Read more…

The Council at Jerusalem – Acts 15:22-33 – Christian Liberty and Doctrinal Differences

[Watchtower – R5892 : page 137] THE COUNCIL AT JERUSALEM —MAY 28.—ACTS 15:22-33.—

THE FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH—”THE SPIRIT OF A SOUND MIND” IN SETTLING DOCTRINAL DIFFERENCES —THE YOKE OF THE LAW COVENANT VS. CHRISTIAN LIBERTY—THE DECISION OF THE APOSTLES ON THE QUESTIONS AT ISSUE—LESSONS FOR OUR DAY—LIBERTY IS NOT LICENSE.

 

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Bible Student Kids Website

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Your kids can enjoy Bible lesson books, puzzles, videos, music, coloring and more.

 

 

 

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HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF JEHOVAH IN MY LIFE?

Psalms 16:11 (NASV) “11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

While Psalms 16 primarily applies to Jesus; as His body members, we share in these promises.

Our Lord has Read more…

How Do We Manage Guilt?

Proverbs 24:16: (NASB) For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, but the wicked stumble in time of calamity.

We have all made mistakes in our lives and we have all had the experience of carrying those mistakes with us often unnecessarily in the form of guilt. Left unattended, guilt like this can Read more…

How Jesus Comforts

“I will not leave you comfortless [or orphans]: I will come to you.” – John 14:18.

IN THESE words of the Savior we have an “I will not” and an “I will” in close and significant conjunction. One seems to show us the negative, and the other the positive side of Christ’s love. The Read more…

What Should We Pray For?

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 NASB).

In prayer, we can praise, thank, and make requests of God. Is it proper to ask God to improve our health or to provide us a car so Read more…

Deaing with Worry and Anxiety

Matthew 6:27: (NASB) And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

We all worry and we all get anxious at times. Well, if we are really people of faith, then shouldn’t that faith override our worry? The answer is that in an ideal situation, yes, faith Read more…

Everything about Prayer

Click here to read the Herald Magazine issue, dedicated to the topic, PRAYER.

Prayer has been defined as the soul’s sincerest desire, either uttered or unexpressed. It is one of the most important blessings and privileges enjoyed by the Christian. It is one of the most powerful tools available to the follower Read more…

Shame

Shame is such a weird emotion. If I’m alone and make a mistake, I might feel aggravated with myself. If the mistake is a sin, I will feel guilty. But if I make the same mistake when I am with others, I will feel embarrassment and shame. The feeling of shame results as a response Read more…

How Do We Manage Guilt?

We have all made mistakes in our lives and we have all had the experience of carrying those mistakes with us often unnecessarily in the form of guilt. Left unattended, guilt like this can turn to shame which can bring darkness. How does a Christian overcome deep and debilitating guilt and shame over past mistakes? Read more…

Does God Forgive Suicide?

Listen to “Does God Forgive Suicide?” by clicking here:

Psalms 38:4: (NASB) For my iniquities are gone over my head; As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me. Life is difficult – it is full of trials, tragedies and trauma. Sometimes it overflows with grief and pain. For most of us, there is Read more…

What Rights and Privacy should Children Have?

Proverbs 13:24: (NASB) He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

 

Children are people too! Yes they are, but what does that really mean in terms of raising them? After all, they are children, and the object is for them to become adults – real, Read more…

Depressed but Not Forsaken

You’re exhausted. The day has just started, and already you’re tired. Everything feels like a burden. Nothing really interests you or makes you happy. Sometimes you eat too much, sometimes too little. Prayer is hard. You really can’t focus on studying. Talking to the brethren is tough because you have nothing much to say. Nobody Read more…

Listen to “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Ideas on dealing with grief and comforting the berieved.

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On Saturday evening, August 11, Bible Student elder Brad Bach will lead a round table discussion on this topic. Joining him will be Bible Student Elders Tom Ruggirello and Peter Karavas (the Friends of Jehovah’s Witnesses website administrator). You can call into this conference call Read more…

Worry and Anxiety – Can you be free of it?

Phil 4:6,7 “Be not anxious about anything, but in everything, let your petitions be made known to God by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, and that peace of God which surpasses all conception shall guard your hearts hand your minds by Christ Jesus.” Diaglott

Be not anxious about anything… that is not to be Read more…

Christian Behavior in the Family, on the Job, in the Congregation and also as it relates to Government

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? — Acts 9:6

Once again we arrive at the beginning of another year with a call for retrospection and introspection. Appropriately enough this season betokens a time for resolutions to improve our lives. Unfortunately it also conjures up memories of resolutions broken from prior years. This observation, Read more…

Are you Struggling to Maintain your Faith in an Unstable World?

“Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.” — Mark 9:24

The conflict between faith and doubt is the great reality of the time in which we live. Never before in human history has so much tragedy been witnessed in such vivid display to so many. News events are transmitted via cell phones worldwide as they Read more…

How to live the Sermon on the Mount – Christian Morality

The Matthew chapters 5-7 Sermon on the Mount begins with the Beatitudes, to which the reader is amply referred in The Beatitudes and More in the 2005 January issue; and Living the Beatitudes, which is the theme of the 2002 May/June issue. In this issue we go beyond the Beatitudes in How to Read more…

Cleansing From Filthiness of Flesh and Spirit

“Having, therefore, these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”–2 Cor. 7:1.

R4974 – IN OUR TEXT the expression, “filthiness of the flesh,” seems to be a general one, in contrast with the Divine purity in which man was Read more…

Christian Growth, Relationships and Ethics

Christianity is not a religion that is best developed in the monastery of a solitary life. It is forged and molded in countless associations with others. Jesus walked the main thoroughfares of ancient Judea. He rubbed shoulders with thousands. Crowds thronged around him. His social life ranged from meals at the homes of the Pharisees Read more…

THANKSGIVING – The Most Difficult Math to Learn is Counting our Blessings

My GPS said “you have arrived at your destination, 1331-36 W 95th St. Chicago, Il. Br. Jeff Mezera (a Bible Student) was invited to speak at the “Christian Fellowship Refuge Ministries” church with Elder Keith J Evans, Pastor and Jeff gave an encouraging Truth message. The pastor is the employer of Jeff’s wife. Pastor Evans Read more…

Christian Living and Character Transformation

Transformation is the essence of the Christian life. Knowledge, service, worship, and praise are only tools to be used to this end.

The process of transformation of character is an individual matter. As no two parts of the human body are exactly alike, and as no two stones for Solomon’s Temple were chiseled as duplicates Read more…

Sin, Repentence and Forgiveness – How you can receive Jehovah’s forgiveness?

Bible Student elder, Aaron Kuehmichel tenderly examines this topic from the Bible. Are we sinning? Is Jehovah unhappy with our behavior and thoughts? Are we deceiving ourselves into thinking we can confess our sins to Jehovah, then keep on sinning? What steps can we take to correct our hearts and minds? How can we get Read more…

Everything about the Holy Spirit

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. – John 14:26

Many Christians talk about the holy spirit, but few have a clear idea of exactly what it Read more…

How do we resolve conflict?

The Scriptures record many instances of conflict—between nations, among friends, and in families. Today we see the same types of problems. While fighting, people can say harsh words. Accusations create turmoil and emotional pain. If we attempt to avoid one conflict, we often find another: “As if a man did flee from a lion, and Read more…

Bible verses that will Encourage You

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (NKJV)

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (KJV)

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How Jesus Comforts Us

I will not leave you comfortless [or orphans]: I will come to you.—John 14:18

In these words of the Savior we have an “I will not” and an “I will” in close and significant conjunction. One seems to show us the negative, and the other the positive side of Christ’s love. The first Read more…

How to grow in Joy and Love

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, . . . — Galatians 5:22

Joy, like love, is difficult to define. It may best be described by the things which it does. Like love, it describes an entire spectrum of emotions. Like love, it is developed in stages. It can perhaps be roughly defined Read more…

Why God Hides Himself – Climbing out of Depression

We can be depressed for various reasons. Perhaps we feel that:

1) Jehovah has withdrawn his favor from me

2) My life is no different than those in the world around me.

3) There is no specific purpose to my individual experiences

4) I no longer respond emotionally to spiritual stimulation

Or maybe there are Read more…

Laborers in the Vineyard – Do you feel Jehovah has not fairly rewarded you?

Listen to this penetrating lesson on Christian living by clicking here: The Parable Of The Penny_Springer-Allen_2011-06-19_D_24k

The main lesson of this parable is gratitude, contentment and brotherly love. We should never murmur against what the Lord has given us as compared to others.

Indeed, all who are servants, according to the Word of the Lord, Read more…

How Can I Conquer Fear?

Dangers are all about us. Homicide is the leading cause of death among black teen-agers today. The drug culture has spawned violence throughout the land as the addict resorts to any means to find the funds to fuel his addiction.

If we do not feel personally threatened by these dangers, we worry for others—our Read more…

How do I know if I have the Holy Spirit?

Does being filled with the Holy Spirit mean I am always happy not matter what? Does it mean that I can understand scriptures without studying? Is the Holy Spirit something God will give me if I ask for it? How will it change my life? What are the evidences that would indicate that a person Read more…

Have your own study about Mothers of the Bible

LESSONS FROM MOTHERS OF THE BIBLE

What lesson’s can we learn from the lives of mothers of the Bible? How did they inspire their children to follow Jehovah? For insightful comments, click here Reference: and check box called “Expanded Biblical Comments,” then click on the “Refresh” button. Do this each time you look up a Read more…

Slander and Evil Speaking – What the Bible says

The Bible teaches that the New Creation is not to Evil Speak against others. It is important that we all study and understand how to apply Matt 18:15-17, so that when problems arise, we are equipped to respond as God has directed.

In this regard, we highly recommend the review of Volume 6, p289-293 as Read more…

Peace, Love, Unity and Returning Good for Evil

Gal 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk Read more…

Women in Jehovah’s Plan

Gal 3:28 – There is neither… male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Jesus’ attitude toward women was radically different from what was customary at the time. Women normally stayed home and attended to domestic duties. But Jesus allowed women to travel with Him and His twelve disciples (Luke 8:1-3).

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Robert Seklemian teaches about the Boy Samuel

Dearly loved elder and former JW, Robert Seklemian tells the warm and affectionate story of the boy Samuel. He will share lessons that will touch your heart and encourage you in your Christian walk. Click below.

The Boy Samuel

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How can I grow the Fruits of the Spirit in my life?

Robert Seklemian, a Bible Student Elder and former JW speaks on the Fruit of the Spirit of Love and helps show how are can develop this fruit in our lives. Hear this discussion by clicking below.

Fruit Of The Spirit

In an interesting issue of THE HERALD Magazine, a list of Christian attributes are treated. Read more…

Jehovah is Our Refuge – Don’t Lose Hope!

Don’t be worried. Don’t be fearful for the future.

Psalms 46:1 says, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble, therefore we will not fear though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea

Bible Student Elder, Todd Alexander speaks Read more…

What Do You Love More, the Watchtower Society or the Brethren?

1John 3:14 says, “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.”

1Pet 2:22-25 says, “Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth, through the spirit, unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another Read more…

How can I handle discouragement and depression?

Approximately seven per cent of Americans, nearly fourteen million, experience depressive disorders. Since the bride of Christ is to go through the same experiences as the rest of the race (1 Corinthians 10:13), it is no surprise that true Christians often experience the same disorder. This issue of The Herald is dedicated to taking a Read more…

Gideon And The Altar Of Baal – Speaker Ex-JW Robert Seklemian

Hear the Story of Gideon and the Alter of Baal as told by one of the Bible Students most cherished speakers, Ex-JW Robert Seklemian. Enjoy this inspiring tale that everyone who loves Jehovah will want to hear. Robert Seklemian is a beloved and heart warming speaker who, by bringing this marvelous story to life, will Read more…

How to Grow in Love and Faith – Speaker Harry Wildblood

What is love? Can we define it? Can we develop love and grow in it? What are the different types of love? For which type of love should we aspire? With selfishness being in our very nature, how can we develop selfless love? How can we develop Faith along with Love? Is growing in Read more…

Just How Merciful is Jehovah and Jesus? Just How Merciful are You?

Bible Student Speaker, Michael Nekora reveals just how merciful God is. Is Jehovah harsh and unforgiving? How should we be? Do you think about ways to get revenge about something that has been done to you?

Ex 34:6-7 (NASV) “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and Read more…

How Does Perfect Love Cast Out Fear?

1 John 4:18 (NASV) says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”

2 Tim 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a Read more…

Ex-JW David Stein Speaks About Love and Forgiveness

Just this past Thanksgiving weekend, former JW and host of the “Friends of Jehovah’s Witnesses Webcasts,” spoke to a crowd of Bible Students at the New Albany, Kentucky convention. David Stein explores examples of God’s love in the Bible and explains how if God is love, a love motivation can be found for every thing Read more…

The Inspiring Story of Daniel in the Lions Den as told by former JW Robert Seklemian

Hear the Story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den like you have never heard it before. This is not just a childrens story, but an inspiring tale that every adult who loves Jehovah will want to hear. Robert Seklemian is a beloved and heart warming speaker who, by bringing this marvelous story to life, will Read more…

Learning How to Pray from the Bible

There are few subjects closer to the Christian’s heart than that of prayer. In times of distress it is his lifeline. In times of joy it enables him to share that joy with his heavenly Father. In times of confusion it opens the way to clarity. In times of sin it is the Read more…

What We Can Learn From Where God’s People Went Wrong

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So wrote the philosopher George Santayana. Short memories do seem common enough as we see examples of past mistakes being repeated over and over.

The Bible describes many who made bad decisions. How could they do what they did when the consequences were Read more…

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT DIVORCE, REMARRIAGE AND ADULTERY?

As Christians, should we avoid the most sensitive and difficult Christian issues? Or should we study and learn God’s will in advance. We think the later. When problems arise, will we act out of impulse, emotion and our own reasoning or with knowledge and out of obedience to God’s instructions in the scriptures? When we, Read more…

Can I get some practical advice on Christian Living?

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.—2 Peter 1:3

Nothing is as important to the true Christian than copying the character of his Lord and Master. The very purpose of Christianity is Read more…

How to Live the Sermon of Matt. 5-7

“The preaching of Jesus was a breath of fresh air to the masses who heard him. The traditions of the scribes and Pharisees consisted of legalisms which distorted the true spirit of the Mosaic Law and fed the pride and position of those teachers of Israel. By contrast, Jesus spoke with a simplicity and purity Read more…

How do you put on the Armor of God?

Therefore put on the complete armour of God, so that you may be able to stand your ground on the day of battle, and, having fought to the end, to remain victors on the field.—Ephesians 6:13, Weymouth

Read the January/February 2009 Herald of Christs Kingdom which is dedicated to covering the Armor of God in Read more…

Is our character development important to Jehovah?

Character development is the whole point of our Christian walk. The responsibility of the 144,000 on Paradise Earth, as Christ’s body members, will be to be earths Kings (Rev 1:6 ) , Priests (Rev 20:6) and Judges (1 Cor 6:2). Jehovah will only give that power and responsibility to those who have developed a Christ-like Read more…

How shall we deal with all the dangers we face during these Last Days?

From the MAY 1, 1899 Watchtower, page 99 [Reprint 2459], the article “In the Last Days Perilous Times,” Pastor Russell said the following:

“This know, also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural Read more…