What Assurance of Salvation Does For Us

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Sep 182008
 

When I was a Jehovah’s Witness, I viewed those who were assured of their salvation as being very presumptuous. Looking back now, that only makes sense because I did not have the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

Our Only Option

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Nov 282006
 

Here’s another quote that really hit me: As long as Jesus is one of many options, he is no option. As long as you can carry your burdens alone, you don’t need a burden bearer. As long as your situations brings you no grief, you will receive no comfort. And as long as you can […]

On Christian Scholarship

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Nov 262006
 

I’ve been reading Shane Claiborne’s book “The Irresistible Revolution” lately. In it, he quotes Soren Kierkegaard: “The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christian are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, […]

Pyramid Scheme

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Nov 232006
 

I’ve been reading and listening to some interesting views on what it means to be a Christian lately. Here’s one example “A friend of mine says much of the evangelism and witnessing done by Christians today is a pyramid scheme. The purpose is to acquire the¬†product, i.e. salvation, sell it to others and then train […]

You Can Trust Him

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Jan 172006
 

Trust is a big issue for many former Jehovah’s Witnesses. After investing a lot of trust in the organization and having that trust violated, most of us are more careful about trusting anyone or anything. The poem below shows in whom we can trust and why.

I Am With You Always

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Aug 132005
 

I’ve been thinking, reading, meditating and praying about the subject of God’s omnipresence and His presence in us a lot lately. This was started by an ongoing online discussion between some Jehovah’s Witnesses and some ex-Witnesses. A person who is studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses wrote the following on a forum during a discussion of Jesus’ […]

The Courtyard of the Gentiles

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Aug 102005
 

For years the Watchtower taught that the great crowd served God in the figurative “courtyard of the Gentiles” of the temple of God. Then, suddenly, in 1998 that teaching was changed.

Kennebunk Maine Kingdom Hall Burning – 1940

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Mar 272005
 
Kennebunk Maine Kingdom Hall Burning - 1940

Living just south of Kennebunk Maine as I do, I often heard the story of how a mob, irrate over Jehovah’s Witnesses’ refusal to salute the flag, attacked and burned the Kingdom Hall there on June 9, 1940. As is the case with so many things, there is more to the story.