Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ministry Ideaz’ Top Blog Posts of 2016

What an amazing year 2016 was. Now that the new year here, join us as we take a look back at the


TOP TEN BLOG POSTS of 2016. Based on your comments and views here are the best from the Ministry Ideaz blog in 2016, in descending order:


#10 Warwick 2017: Visit our New World Headquarters!

Over the years, BethelTours.net has helped over 1500 brothers and sisters, from all states of the U.S. and other parts of the world, make their dream of touring Bethel come true. David and Monica Chinchilla run BethelTours.net. They’ve been making their dream true: serving as ‘need-greaters’ in Costa Rica. They work part-time with their Bethel Tour company to support their full-time service. Read more...


#9 Wait! You've Been Peeling Sticky Notes Wrong Your Entire Life

Think about how you use sticky-notes (aka “Post-It Notes”). You probably used one today or at least somewhat recently. Was it a sticky note from Ministry Ideaz? Regardless, you likely wrote on the Post-It, grabbed the bottom and then just ripped it upwards off the stack to stick it somewhere, right?

Wrong!

It turns out we’ve all been using Post-Its incorrectly this whole time. Read more...


#8 Ten Bible Verses Thrifty People Memorize

Ever since I came to Ecuador, I've had to learn to make ends meet on a limited amount of savings. Here are 10 Bible verses that have help me along the way, that I'm sure you too, will find helpful as we try to count our pennies. Read more...


#7 Five Verses to Help You Through Injustice

Injustice is the condition or practice of violating standards of fairness. We all face injustice at some time in our lives. What if we feel that an injustice was done to us? How do we keep it from disabling us with anger, fear, resentment, or sorrow? These are some of the scriptures that I like to meditate on when having faced injustice in the past. Read more...






#6 Have a sneak peek at how your Bible cover was handcrafted!

Take a look “behind the scenes” at how we’ve handcrafted your genuine cowhide Bible cover. Even though the video is abbreviated to about five minutes, the entire process takes about an hour. Don’t forget to leave a comment when you’re done! Of course, we make a lot more than Bible covers. This video will give you an idea of how all our products are manufactured. Read more...



#5 UPDATE: Ecuador Earthquake – How Are Our Brothers Fairing?

On April 16th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador's coast. This earthquake has killed more than 600 people and has left thousands of people without basic necessities such as food, water, medical care and shelter. Read more...


#4 How to Study the Bible and Enjoy It – 5 Strategies

I remember the first time I tried to read the Bible for myself. I was 17 years old. I’d recently gone over the baptism questions. One of the elders asked me if I’d ever read the Bible cover to cover. My honest answer was ‘No.’ I was SURE I wasn’t going to be approved for baptism. (To my shock, I was indeed.)

That night I thought I’d give it a try. I sat down on the floor, cross-legged, with the Bible on my lap. I opened it slowly … reverently … and began to read. Read more...


#3 Seven Ways to Help Little Ones Behave at the Kingdom Hall

I’ve got two boys: A one-year-old and a 2.5-year old. So if you’re a parent too, I know there is bound to be a time when you just want to give up. Behaving at the Kingdom Hall is a skill that all kids should have. Now, my kids have their good moments and bad moments—just like any other kids—but there are a few things that I’ve found that make a remarkable difference in their ability to sit still.

I find that when I do all seven of these things, their behavior improves, and when I don’t… well… let’s just say that the final prayer just can’t come fast enough!

Knowing to behave at the meetings isn’t a skill that just magically happens. It’s a skill that we must teach. Here are seven ways to help your little ones behave during our Christian meetings. Read more...


#2 Brother Rogers Nelson (better known as ‘Prince’) Dies at 57

This blog article is one that drew a lot of negative comments. Some friends went so far as to send me nasty emails that they would never buy from Ministry Ideaz again. I don't really understand what the big issue was. There is really no way we can know the heart, the intentions or the circumstances of someone who might say or do something we find reason to criticize. Let’s leave the judging to Jehovah, please. (Matthew 7:1-5)

At the Kingdom Hall, Rogers Nelson was not known as Prince, the music megastar, but as Brother Nelson, one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Here, someone who was once one of America's greatest sex symbols didn’t arrive in spandex and stilettos but in conservative suits and ties. He was often hard to spot among the congregation of dozens unless you were looking right at him. And that wasn't the only way he blended in. Read more...


#1 Sing to Jehovah vs. Sing Out Joyfully Comparison Chart

Our top blog post of 2016 had nearly 100,000 hits. Our top post ever by far!

We were sure excited when we learned about the new songbook “Sing Out Joyfully to Jehovah.” Of course, we all knew that it was coming, but none of us had any idea of how extensive the changes would be!

I’d like to share this helpful chart that outlines all the major and minor changes made in the new song book. Also, check out our fine song book covers. Read more...

Last year provided all sorts of interesting and exciting events, didn’t it? Don’t we all look forward to what’s in store with 2017? What was your favorite little tidbit or news of 2016? (Let me guess... THE NEW SONGBOOK! 😆) Please let us know in the comments below.

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