Friday, July 27, 2018

Blogging for Jehovah's Witnesses

Rizal Memorial Stadium

   In 1985 the Jehovah’s Witness sister who was giving me a Bible study took me with her to attend the “Integrity Keepers” Convention held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines.  She called it “international convention” because “Many foreign delegates traveled to the Manila convention, and about 80 percent of these were in some form of full-time service.”  

   I was impressed by the global reach of the organization but I was a Mormon at that time and have seen Latter Day Saints conventions attended by international members.  During those days before the internet, it was rare to behold the global Jehovah’s Witnesses organization.  

   Now, there is social media.  It doesn’t take the place of international conventions.  However, those who can’t afford to travel can now associate with other nationalities by joining Facebook groups of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The Facebook groups allow us to console the bereaved fellow witnesses in some distant continent, seconds upon finding tragedy or death in the family.  With a click, it allows us to rejoice with brothers and sisters getting wed, having children, graduating and gaining privileges in the congregation.  By sending messages at no cost, it allows close friendship with particular brothers and sisters to continue after moving to another congregation or another state or country.  

   Long before the world found commenting in social media, Jehovah’s Witnesses have always been encouraged to comment during the Watchtower congregation meeting.  We don’t always get to comment about all our opinions and personal takes of Bible incidents and characters.  This led me to blogging.  Blogging is easy.  Here are the steps I took.

1. I gave my blog a title and got a domain name from GoDaddy Inc.
2. I started a free blog from www.blogger.com.  I picked a theme or design, then tweaked it a little to conform to my liking. 

   My Bible comments through my blog has reached countries like Ukraine, France, Russia, etc. with a total pageviews of 177,613.  I can walk to doors my entire life and probably not get to talk to that number of people.  

   The blog is an instrument of preaching that is not included in the Watchtower statistics of preaching progress.  However, Jehovah sees our efforts and “searches through all hearts, and he discerns every inclination of the thoughts” (1Chronicles 28:9)


   Jehovah has allowed the blog and social media to exist.  Now all we need to do is use them for His purpose. 

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Surprising Info from Google



   In 1997, I bought a Macintosh personal computer in the Philippines.  It was the first to use a mouse.  Back then, a modem was used to connect the computer to a digital subscriber line (DSL) connection.  DSL was the highest speed connection available that used a regular telephone line.  It gave out a dial up tone like the one on the video below.  

   Google was launched in the same year.  Now, people all over the world Google.  That’s right, it can now be a verb.  I do it all the time.  I used to Google English idioms for accurate use on my articles.  I Google historical events, characters and their political implications for my books.  Those are all in the English language.

   Later, more languages were added to the Google search, a total of 149 languages to be exact.  Let me show you how this helps cultural and spiritual exchange between peoples.

   Google explains in English and Tagalog age old Filipino sayings that the younger generations have not learned.  Like, for an example, what does Saling-Pusa mean?  I Googled it and this is what I got.

   Google made any Bible text searchable.  If you don’t remember the exact Bible verse, a word or a phrase would be enough.  











   



      The internet and Google are just inventions of mere mortals.  We can't begin to imagine the level of communication we will enjoy in God's Kingdom.

   For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Jehovah as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Genius Idea


Sample of  Newsprint 
   The first genius idea was the invention of paper.  A sheet of paper begins with raw wood, which is made up of fibers.  Other types of plant fiber can also be used to make paper, such as cotton, flax, bamboo, and hemp.  Cotton fibers are used to make paper money.  The majority, 95% of the raw material used to make paper, comes from trees.  Raw wood must be turned into “pulp.”  Mechanical pulping use machines to grind wood into chips then into pulp.  The short fibers created by grinding leads to weak paper most suitable for newsprint, phone books, or other types of low-strength papers.  Then, chemicals were added to make stronger papers that can carry some weight as paper bags.  Multiwall paper sacks are used as containers for fertilizer, animal feed, sand, dry chemicals, flour and cement. Many have several layers of sack papers with plastic film, foil, or polyethylene coating to make the paper water-repellent, insect resistant or rodent barrier.  Still, paper bags are not, in itself, waterproof.  Thus, there is a limit to its reuse.  This genius idea was found to have squandered the trees in the forest.  

   To save the trees, plastic bag was invented.  Used by consumers worldwide since the 1960s, it was believed to be the genius idea that would save the trees.  Since then, plastic bags became common for carrying groceries and wrapping items.  Plastic bags replaced paper bags, plastic items replaced glass, metal, stone, timber and other natural materials.  In time, this genius idea was found to be so durable that each year discarded plastic end up as waste.  The same reason that made plastic bags successful clogged drainage systems to cause flooding.  Carried by ocean currents, it became hazardous to marine animals.  Recently, laws have been enacted to ban or severely reduce the use of this genius idea.

   After the Chinese invented gun powder in the 9th century, it came to Europe.  It wasn’t long before hand-held guns were invented.  That was a genius idea to counter the spears Native Americans can hurl faster and farther using their arms alone.  The Native Americans also used bow and arrows for long range targets.  When the string is released, the arrow is propelled towards its destination.  The guns defeated the arrows.

   Fast forward to this century, the genius idea of the gun is now used on women and children, non-combatant civilians for senseless and unprovoked murders.

   “I well know, O Jehovah, that to earthling man his way does not belong.  It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jeremiah 10:23)

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