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by Roy
19 Feb 2018, 11:36
Forum: Support
Topic: Selfishness vs. Self-Care/Self-Preservation
Replies: 6
Views: 51

Re: Selfishness vs. Self-Care/Self-Preservation

Sometimes DW will bemoan some task that has been requested of her that she dreads. She will usually say something like the following, "I want to say no but is that Christ like?" I almost always tell her, "You are not Jesus." DW is very conscientious. When she takes on a responsibility she will "pick...
by Roy
19 Feb 2018, 10:22
Forum: Support
Topic: When you feel the need to apologize for the church
Replies: 7
Views: 138

Re: When you feel the need to apologize for the church

I suppose there are different levels. If I am not close to the person then I do not feel the need to clarify (unsolicited) how my personal beliefs might differ from the party line. If I am close to the person then a discussion and apology might be appropriate and healing. I have sometimes said that ...
by Roy
19 Feb 2018, 09:57
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Being safe at Church.
Replies: 10
Views: 206

Re: Being safe at Church.

I'm not suggesting that we need armed guards. I'm suggesting that we probably need a plan, just in case. My wife has friends in the Lutheran church & they told her that they developed a plan where after the services start, all exits are locked & posted by men who open the doors for anyone who comes...
by Roy
15 Feb 2018, 15:35
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speaking up in class
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Speaking up in class

Some thoughts. 1) Don't do it. I find it difficult to make comments that do not betray my true feelings. Recently I was in a discussion where I was defending the JW church as being just as weird as we are. Objectively, I think Mormons are pretty darn weird in the scale of global mainstream religions...
by Roy
15 Feb 2018, 12:38
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The value of unorthodox parents
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: The value of unorthodox parents

Early on in my FC, DW had several conversations about not "confusing" the children. I do not think that telling the kids that we know the secret answers to life, the universe, and everything is a very good antidote to confusion. OTOH, I think it is important to have a stable and respectful message t...
by Roy
14 Feb 2018, 17:38
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Questions About Faith
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: Questions About Faith

Last Sunday someone in the SS class I attended made the comment (paraphrased and translated, so heavily filtered), "heavenly father feeds all the birds but they still have to go out and look for it." A reference to Matthew 6:26. I think I know what they are trying to say here (avoid sloth) and yet ...
by Roy
13 Feb 2018, 15:07
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: How Questioning Strengthened My Faith Instead of My Doubt
Replies: 10
Views: 214

Re: How Questioning Strengthened My Faith Instead of My Doubt

I was looking at the blog post author and wondering who this individual was. Laurie Campbell has quite the collection of life experiences, challenges, and mistakes. She has lived a life outside the gospel and within, having now determined, with absolute certainty, she likes it better within. What do...
by Roy
13 Feb 2018, 15:04
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One blogger's experience
Replies: 7
Views: 223

Re: One blogger's experience

I was looking at the blog post author and wondering who this individual was. Laurie Campbell has quite the collection of life experiences, challenges, and mistakes. She has lived a life outside the gospel and within, having now determined, with absolute certainty, she likes it better within. What do...
by Roy
13 Feb 2018, 11:55
Forum: Support
Topic: Sustaining Others in Callings
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: Sustaining Others in Callings

Undergo/Suffer - maybe sometimes when we "sustain" someone in leadership, all we can do is not speak ill of them and have charity enough to "undergo/suffer" their leadership. Interesting I have never thought of this in the context of sustain an injury before. "Bro. Roy, do you sustain you bishop?" ...