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“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#83262 Mar 31, 2013
j_m_w wrote:
Happy Easter!
So we went to xhurch last night. First time in over 10 years. Wife will not go to a Catholic church. So we went to this huge non-denominational christian church. And i mean huge. Kids were seperatwd according to age group and had their own services. They had fun. We went to ours. Wife enjoyed it.

Me? I felt like i was in the audience of a televangelist show. First lots of music. Then when the pastor finally showed up on stage, he went straight to the solicitaion for money and the importance of tithing. Thwn he went away. More music. Then he came back and started talking about how the muslims needed Jesus...and raising money to send misions to the mid-east. Kinda turned me off. Like how welcoming would he be if muslim missions came to tell him he needed allah & mohammed? Let people worship who they want.

Wife agreed with that, but still liked the "showmanship" of the rest of the service. I'm not looking for a show. I'd rather go to boring cathlic mass

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#83263 Mar 31, 2013
I totally agree. Money first, salvation later.

This is not sarcasm.
Do you think they also mentioned money at the kids' service? Just curious.
The family that prays together, stays together.
Said by a lapsed Catholic.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#83264 Mar 31, 2013

Since: Mar 09

West Palm Beach, FL

#83265 Mar 31, 2013
One of the things I love and respect about the pastor of my church is that when it comes time for the collection, he makes a point of saying that if you're a first-time visitor, not comfortable, or don't feel able, DON'T GIVE. He truly preaches "God loves a cheerful giver" and does not want to coerce or pressure anyone.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#83266 Mar 31, 2013
j_m_w wrote:
One of the things I love and respect about the pastor of my church is that when it comes time for the collection, he makes a point of saying that if you're a first-time visitor, not comfortable, or don't feel able, DON'T GIVE. He truly preaches "God loves a cheerful giver" and does not want to coerce or pressure anyone.
Oh, I don't think he was pressuring anyone. It just felt like that was his main reason for getting up there. It just that the flow of the service was
Music
Ask fot money
Music
Ask for money for those muslims who need jesus
Music
Sermon
Music.

When 2 of the 3 times you come up, you're asking for money, it does not feel like church that I am familiar with. Feels like Jim and Tammy. The church that i grew up in certainly had the weekly offering, but it was just another part of the service and I never felt any extra attention was drawn to that part.

Since: Aug 08

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#83267 Mar 31, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>Oh, I don't think he was pressuring anyone. It just felt like that was his main reason for getting up there. It just that the flow of the service was
Music
Ask fot money
Music
Ask for money for those muslims who need jesus
Music
Sermon
Music.

When 2 of the 3 times you come up, you're asking for money, it does not feel like church that I am familiar with. Feels like Jim and Tammy. The church that i grew up in certainly had the weekly offering, but it was just another part of the service and I never felt any extra attention was drawn to that part.
Every church other than Lutheran, I've found to be more like a televangelist sermon. Being raised Catholic, i much prefer the structure of a Catholic sermon too. Nothing is ever even said about money. They just pass the collections around, which I think is better than even speaking of it. There's also not much room for the Priest to go off on weird tangents as his little spiel is almost always focused on the two readings from the bible.

Went to my wife's aunt's church for a christening and the woman preacher was going on and on about the congregation politics and disputes and I was rolling my eyes that folks would voluntarily attend such a sophomoric joke in a weekly basis.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#83268 Mar 31, 2013
Mimi Seattle wrote:
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Thanks. To be honest I'm kinda resenting that I'm putting off my new laptop because of this, but not like a "I resent you Patty" kind of way. More like I'm just annoyed that something came up again which makes it necessary to put it off again...if that makes sense.
Better Patty and nephew than big medical bills, replacing the car, legal fees etc.

Laptops netbooks and tablets will still be there when they are settled.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#83269 Mar 31, 2013
I was at my dad's a few years back and went to the church I grew up in for Easter. They were totally taking advantage of the Chreasters (yanno, Christians who only show up at Christmas and Easter). Was really disappointing. Didn't even talk much about the Easter story. Was all about trying to recruit people back.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#83270 Mar 31, 2013
They better 'cause their all going to hell!
Jess in NJ wrote:
<quoted text>
For those who don't, hope you enjoy the beautiful weather :)

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#83271 Mar 31, 2013
have not made it to church yet. was running around and only not got home. The last store that I knew of is discontinuing Motts Garden Blend veggi juice. Publix,albertsons,walmart and now Winn dixie have all stopped selling it. Total bummer.

But now have beer and boat gas, so I will head out on my boat to My church, and thank my maker for all of my blessings.

My, thats a lot of My's isnt it?

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

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#83272 Mar 31, 2013
RACE wrote:
<quoted text>They better 'cause their all going to hell!
I not passing judgement today, even in jest. I am halfway through the worst Easter I have ever experienced, I have no more tears to cry and this day cannot end soon enough.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#83273 Mar 31, 2013
RACE wrote:
They better 'cause their all going to hell!
<quoted text>
Easter bunny roasting on your BBQ?

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#83274 Mar 31, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
<quoted text>I not passing judgement today, even in jest. I am halfway through the worst Easter I have ever experienced, I have no more tears to cry and this day cannot end soon enough.
:-/. Hope it gets better soon.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#83275 Mar 31, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
I am halfway through the worst Easter I have ever experienced, I have no more tears to cry and this day cannot end soon enough.
Cheer up! This day didn't work out too well for the Romans, either!

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#83276 Mar 31, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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I not passing judgement today, even in jest. I am halfway through the worst Easter I have ever experienced, I have no more tears to cry and this day cannot end soon enough.
Not sure what the right words are to say ( although Dog certainly puts it in perspective). Are your men folk being supportive? I'll remember you in grace .

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#83277 Mar 31, 2013
Sorry you're having a bummer day. Hope you can find solace in remembering that this day is about God's love made flesh and how even death can be triumphed.

Ummm, you are religious right? I get confused with everyone, really need to make a spreadsheet on all of you.
Jess in NJ wrote:
<quoted text>
I not passing judgement today, even in jest. I am halfway through the worst Easter I have ever experienced, I have no more tears to cry and this day cannot end soon enough.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#83278 Mar 31, 2013
Actually a neighbor sent me an email inviting me over. No roasted bunny today.
PEllen wrote:
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Easter bunny roasting on your BBQ?

Toj

“Equality”

Since: Jul 12

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#83279 Mar 31, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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I not passing judgement today, even in jest. I am halfway through the worst Easter I have ever experienced, I have no more tears to cry and this day cannot end soon enough.
It sucks when things all seem to happen at once. I'm not going to tell you worse bad anyone else ha it, because you know and that doesn'thelp YOUR situation.

Hang in there. Keep your eyes focused on the future and just know, all those good people who went to the other side, if they can, are there in spirit with you and your family and only want you happy.

You have a few extra angels up there, Jess.

Toj

“Equality”

Since: Jul 12

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#83280 Mar 31, 2013
I butchered that.
The first sentence should say:
It sucks when things all seem to happen at one. I'm not going to tell you someone has it worse than you because you know that and it wouldn't help YOUR situation.
(My angels could have helped me a bit with that, but I'm sure they're all up their laughing their butts off.):)

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

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#83281 Mar 31, 2013
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>Not sure what the right words are to say ( although Dog certainly puts it in perspective). Are your men folk being supportive? I'll remember you in grace .
I'm the one that needed to be supportive and it was draining me. My FIL was very religious - Polish Catholic - and my MIL thought that it would be a good idea to keep the holiday exactly the same so it would be easier on the kids. She was wrong. Everyone, including my husband, had a breakdown at some point today because there was just a huge piece missing. They didn't even talk about him, there was just a big elephant in the room. Finally my SIL found a picture of him to put out - after 3 hours.

The first holiday is always the hardest, I know.

I took a nap and woke up to see the basketball player on tv who broke his leg and all of the people crying on TV. No more crying today!

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