Baraboo to Bonne Terre

A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 NASB) When I was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, my summer’s were full of meetings at the Kingdom Hall, studying my Watchtower, door knocking, and of course, the District Convention. I had little time left for fun. But six months after my disfellowship…

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Teen Depression? Awake!

Can I make a confession here? I still like the Awake! magazine that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society publishes. As a former Jehovah’s Witness, I no longer have a subscription so I’m not up to date on all of them, but when I do get my hands on one I usually enjoy the articles….

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Fully Present in the Spirit

I was in prayer this morning having a lot of thoughts about the difference between prayer and worship. In prayer, we often spend the time petitioning. And we are indeed called to do that. But petition takes us out of the present. It focuses on future desire, “God, please help so-and-so overcome…” But worship has no past…

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Communion Prayers

Whenever Christians find out how Jehovah’s Witnesses practice their version of communion at the annual Memorial, they’re usually pretty shocked. “You mean no one eats the bread or drinks the wine?” That’s right. It’s only for the remnant of the 144,000. A very small number in relation to the 8 million Witnesses who claim an…

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What Do You Think? Is The Watchtower Blood Guilty for the Recent Murder Suicide Case in Michigan?

The June 22, 1985 Awake! magazine states this on page 27, “According to the Bible, when we deliberately put someone’s life unnecessarily in danger, we could become bloodguilty (Compare 1 Chronicles 11:17-19)” Blood Guilty. Jehovah’s Witnesses are accustomed to hearing the phrase in their publications and public discourses at their Kingdom Hall meetings. And so it’s…

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Three Conferences for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: April, July, and October

California — Missouri — Pennsylvania! April 27-28 — July 27-28 — Oct 5-7, 2018 Spring, summer or fall, there’s a conference to go to. Three locations are now offered for former Jehovah’s Witnesses to gather for networking and support. A chance to meet in person with old friends you’ve met on line and introduce yourself…

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Between the Holidays

Here we are between the holidays. As I write this, Christmas is behind us and Martin Luther King Day is before us. I celebrate my Savior on the one day and a childhood hero on the other. My first brush with racial prejudice was at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. I was…

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Galatians 101 Bible Study: Justification By Faith

Paul’s letter to the Galatians was REALLY powerful in loosening the locks on my brain put there by religion. It was the book in which I understood GRACE and was led to REPENT of my legalistic attitude that held me in bondage. TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction: Why Galatians? / PDF Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses Who Benefited from Galatians 101 How…

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