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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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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Leave the group, lose your beliefs?

Our ancestors understood that hunting, gathering, and building huts was easier within the tribe than doing it alone. When enemies approach, there’s also more security within a group than standing alone. And the survival of any group is dependent on some agreed upon structure. Therefore, groups often organize and unify under a belief system, deity, or common ideal. So religious ideals…

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XJW Fest 2016: A Sense of Community

WHAT IS COMMUNITY? Community noun, often attributive com·mu·ni·ty \kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\ : a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) : a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. : a group of nations Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary Within family, neighborhood, school, work, and…

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