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The Most Momentous Convention Ever - Imitate Jesus![Interviews]
Powerful interviews, photos and short inspirational videos of this spiritually encouraging Imitate Jesus! 2015 Convention
Brother, Sisters, family and friends from all over the world attended these spiritually rewarding event.
People of All Nations Gathered for A Spiritually Uplifting Event
The #Imitate Jesus, 2015 Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses was, "One of the best conventions I have ever been to," explained Angie Cohen. More than fifty one Bible based talks were given with spectacular scripturally based videos were intertwined for illustrative purposes. This remarkable three day convention, exist in various locations throughout the world. Our family and friends attended The Liacouras Center,Temple University, 1776 Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. Each convention starts on Friday and end on Sunday. "Brothers and sisters, sat on the edge of their seats during these outstanding presentations," said Joe. Join me and other attendees, to see why this was one of the most impressive conventions ever.
J.R. Brown, a spokesman for Jehovah's Witnesses stated previously at their world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, "The Imitate Jesus! Conventions promise three days of fascinating presentations of Jesus' dynamic teachings, designed to help people of all ages and circumstances." This convention fulfilled each of these promises down to the very last detail. Brown, went on to explain, "This year's program promises an interactive approach, incorporating meaningful and exciting video features that will show how we can benefit from imitating Jesus in our everyday lives." These stupendous Imitate Jesus! conventions started in the United States May 2015 and "will continue worldwide through January 2016." Personal invitations went out three weeks before each convention and will continue to be distributed where they have not been held for your area. Go to www.jw.org for specific dates and locations of conventions.
Only a sneak peek of this outstanding Imitate Jesus! 2015 Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses, is featured because millions worldwide have yet to attend. The convention at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, was held on July 17-19, 2015. Upon your arrival, people embraced each other with such statements as, "Hi Brother or Sister." Katrina, explained what this continuous demonstration of affection was about, "The love and the unity of the whole brotherhood." Once the program started on Friday morning which was the 17th, attendees were encouraged on how they can strive to be like Jesus based on Luke 6:40. By imitating Jesus, who imitates his Heavenly Father Jehovah, perfectly we can demonstrate love and patience toward each other. A sobering video was presented to help us learn how to build our faith in God, so that when difficult trials come we will not falter and succumb to these destructive forces.
It was impressive to see young people such as Breyon Thorn, who volunteered his time and efforts during the convention. He worked diligently to ensure the bathrooms were cleaned in certain areas of the venue. Breyon, was asked why he was so determined to do a good job? "I do it because I like to help people and it brings me great joy. I also do it because I love Jehovah," he stated. It was obvious why this young man felt that way. Breyon participated on stage in a part entitled, He Was Favorably Heard for the Godly Fear. During this talk and demonstration, 22 year old Breyon, explained from the Bible how fear can cause individuals not to get baptized and serve Jehovah, wholeheartedly. Another young man named Jimmy, is also a baptized servant of Jehovah. He participated in the demonstration as well. Jimmy, explained why fear never stopped him from serving Jehovah and why as a young man he was able to do this part before thousands of attendees; "It took a lot of practice before going on stage. I said a prayer. That was my whole goal to make Jehovah proud. He helped me build my confidence without fear." The speaker Dominic DeSantis, went on to discuss how this fear of displeasing God could cause us not to put full trust and belief in Jehovah God as our stronghold, based on Psalms 27:1 which states, "Jehovah is my light and my salvation. Whom should I fear?" DeSantis also mentioned, "It is important to have the right kind of fear and wholesome dread of displeasing Jehovah. If we imitate Jesus, we will be favorably heard for our Godly fear."
Saturday, July 18th, 2015 was compelling as well. Joyous smiles were extended as brothers and sisters greeted each other. Once the program started after a spiritually uplifting song and prayer was performed each day. Speakers gave spiritually energetic talks during Symposiums, on such points as Imitating Jesus By Being Appreciative, Reasonable, Forgiving and Impartial. Around 11:45 a.m., a special talk was given for baptismal candidates entitled, "Follow His Steps Closely" - After Baptism. More than thirty individuals made this dedication to Jehovah God. Choya Belle, advised Patricia Forbes, one of the baptismal candidates, "This is the better side. The other side is where Satan, will try everything in his power to keep you on his side. Satan, uses and works on those not baptized even those trying to get baptized. You reap the benefits of serving Jehovah faithfully in the end." After Patricia, was baptized she explained, "It is an experience I will never forget. Now, I know that I have Jehovah on my side" Fifteen year old Te'Zhuen stated after his baptism, "I feel excellent, outstanding because I am officially a part of Jehovah's organization and Jehovah is smiling down right now." The day concluded with powerful videos, demonstrations, personal experiences and a brilliant sound drama.
The finale for this Regional Convention was Sunday, July 19th, where joy and sadness enveloped many of the brothers and sisters. In the morning before the program Paula stated, "Our beautiful spiritual journey of the Imitate Jesus! convention was about to end but I look forward to what we will experience today." While the world battles with demonic and satanic forces which consists of sickness, violence, hatred, corruption and manipulation, these brothers and sisters of all races, created a perfect source of spiritual unity that is rare today. They were once again given Bible based talks on such subjects as Be Patient and Kind, Cultivate Love, Which Never Fails. Due to our imperfections, we must imitate Jesus by demonstrating qualities of love, in order to please our Heavenly Father Jehovah. One of the most spiritually profound dramas was presented around 2 p.m., on Sunday afternoon entitled, 'For a Certainty God Made Him Lord and Christ - Part 11. Part 1, of this compelling drama was shown on Friday. It was a continuation of events that occurred with Jesus and his faithful disciples. This drama demonstrated the compassion Jesus displayed as he healed the ". . .woman suffering for 12 years from a flow of blood approached from behind and touched the fringe of his outer garment." (Matthew 9:20) Jesus compassionately explained that she was healed because of her faith. These stunning portrayals of Jesus' life and ministry while on earth were unforgettable.
By the end of this Imitate Jesus! 2015 Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses, a total of 51 Bible based talks had been presented with more than 40 videos. Each day more than 5,000 gathered for three days to partake of this spiritual feast. All families, friends and religious groups are invited. One television reporter stated, "It is a place that accepts all." Go to jw.org for additional information on convention dates and locations.
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