“Good News for All Nations” District Assemblies
“IN ALL the nations the good news has to be preached first,” declared the great Prophet, Jesus Christ. (Mark 13:10) Jehovah’s witnesses, who are keenly interested in bringing the Kingdom good news to all nations, as well as other interested persons will be glad to know that the Watch Tower Society has now completed most of the arrangements for the 1968 assemblies, the “Good News for All Nations” District Assemblies.
This will be a four-day assembly, the program getting under way early Thursday afternoon. You will want to be there in time for the chairman’s address, which will be of special interest. In fact, the whole program Thursday afternoon is going to be one with exceptional features that none of you will want to miss; and we are sure that any of you who have attended a convention in recent years will know what we mean. So if you are not there the first day, you will learn later that you have missed out on a most delightful portion of the spiritual feast being provided.
Of course, not all that is of special interest will take place on Thursday. On Friday something is planned that will not only delight you but also no doubt surprise you, for it will have considerable influence on the work that we will be doing during the years to come. And with the weekend, things will not slow down, for there will be more fine features that none of you will want to miss.
So plan now; seek Jehovah’s blessing on your arrangements that you may be able to attend all four days of this grand spiritual feast. Unless otherwise indicated, the programs for the assemblies will be in English, but, as you will note, some of the assemblies will provide a program in Spanish or another language. Assemblies for all of the United States, Canada, Bermuda and the British Isles are listed below.
July 4-7: Corpus Christi, Tex. (Spanish only); Omaha, Neb.; Ft. Worth, Tex.; Milwaukee, Wis. (Spanish also); Sacramento, Calif.; Toledo, Ohio.
July 11-14: Billings, Mont.; Detroit, Mich.; Pueblo, Col.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Angelo, Tex.; St. Petersburg, Fla. (Spanish also); Washington, D.C. (Spanish also) (tentative); Winston-Salem, N.C.
July 18-21: Fairbanks, Alaska; Minot, N.D.; Pawtucket, R.I.; San Bernardino, Calif. (Spanish also); Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii.
July 25-28: Albuquerque, N.M. (Spanish also); Memphis, Tenn.; Muskegon, Mich.; Portland, Me. (tentative); Spokane, Wash.; Ventura, Calif.
August 1-4: Charleston, W. Va.; Greenville, S.C.; Honolulu, Oahu; Tulsa, Okla.
August 8-11: Indianapolis, Ind.; Inglewood, Calif.; Santa Rosa, Calif.
August 15-18: Bakersfield, Calif.; Burlington, Vt.; Eureka, Calif.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kaneohe, Oahu.
City Definite; Dates Later: Columbus, Ohio.
Tentative; No Dates Set: Medford, Ore.
August 1-4: (Tentative)
June 27-30: Cardiff, Wales.
July 11-14: Sheffield, Yorks.
July 18-21: Belfast, Ireland; Bolton, Lancs.
August 1-4: Edinburgh, Scotland; London.
July 4-7: Kitchener, Ont.
July 11-14: Chilliwack, B.C. (tentative); Haney, B.C.
July 18-21: Victoria, B.C.
July 25-28: Kamloops, B.C.
August 1-4: Glace Bay, N.S.; Moose Jaw, Sask.
August 8-11: Ottawa, Ont. (French and Italian) (tentative); Winnipeg, Man.
August 15-18: Calgary, Alta.
Questions From Readers
● Did the Mosaic law actually call upon the Jews to hate their enemies, as Matthew 5:43 might suggest?—R. I., U.S.A.
No, the Law did not require the Jews to hate anyone who appeared to be a personal enemy. Quite to the contrary, it called upon its adherents to show love to such.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: “You heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’” (Matt. 5:43) Please note that Jesus did not say that all of this was part of God’s law given through Moses; rather he observed, “You heard that it was said.”
The part about loving one’s neighbor could be found in the Law at Leviticus 19:18, reading: “You must love your fellow as yourself.” But the portion about hating one’s enemy was not from God. Possibly some of the religious leaders unjustifiably inferred from the obligation to love one’s neighbor that they were supposed to hate every non-Israelite as an enemy. The Cyclopædia by M’Clintock and Strong comments: “The Pharisees had restrained the meaning of the word neighbor to those of their own nation or to their own friends, holding that to hate their enemy was not forbidden by the law.”—Vol. VI, p. 929a.