The Walk to Emmaus
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sadeyes

London, KY

#1 Apr 25, 2009
Have you done the Emmaus walk? What did you think about it? Did it change yout life? I have heard so many good things about The Walk to Emmaus was wondering what you guys thought and how it changed your life.

“Christ frees us from religion”

Since: Apr 09

Rickman

#2 Apr 25, 2009
sadeyes wrote:
Have you done the Emmaus walk? What did you think about it? Did it change yout life? I have heard so many good things about The Walk to Emmaus was wondering what you guys thought and how it changed your life.
I've been on it. It's great! Whether or not it will change your life depends on how you react to it.
King of England

London, KY

#3 Apr 25, 2009
It is wonderful. Thankfully, we have a place like Mountain View Baptist Camp here in Wayne County to accomodate this event. Alot of great things happen on that mountain, wish more churches locally took advantage of the camp.
PeeWee

London, KY

#4 Apr 25, 2009
If it's so great, why is it so SECRET?? Looks like we would be seeing a GREAT CHANGE in all the Good people who go up there.

“Christ frees us from religion”

Since: Apr 09

Rickman

#5 Apr 25, 2009
PeeWee wrote:
If it's so great, why is it so SECRET?? Looks like we would be seeing a GREAT CHANGE in all the Good people who go up there.
http://www.upperroom.org/emmaus/whatis/

Check out the site. There's nothing secret about what Emmaus is; the individual experiences aren't talked about so as not to ruin the event for someone who wants to go.

As far as the "great change," that depends on how the individual chooses to react to what they are presented.
Emmaus walker

Mount Vernon, KY

#6 Apr 27, 2009
Try it!! You'll see what goes on there. Best weekend I ever had.If you want,ask someone that has been on a walk and they will explain it all to you.As for it being secret, Its just surprises that we don't want to ruin for you.There's nothing secret about it.Go to the site that iamforthelamb posted above and read all about it.
lady

London, KY

#7 Apr 27, 2009
I would love to go, but i want my husband to go first, and i can not talk him into it.
PeeWee

Elizabethtown, KY

#8 Apr 29, 2009
At our church--all who have gone act like they are the chosen ones. No where in my Bible does it say Keep it for Yourself. It is to be shared.
Gabe

Eddyville, KY

#9 Apr 29, 2009
At the walk all pilgrims are given instructions specifically about that. They are instructed about two great dangers. 1 going back and thinking you are special and 2 going back and thinking you are not special. It is a paradox that you must experience. Those that experience the emmaus walk are given many tools to be better workers for God and to walk closer to God. My experience brought me closer to God than I have ever been. It also ignited a fire in me to do His work. To some it might seem that I was "chosen" but really it was a burning desire to please God and to reach out to non-believers.

Emmaus is not special in the sense that it is not the only way that people have experienced God in the last several thousand years. However, each believer IS special because they are called to go out and do God's work and they are forgiven children of God.

I know that some churches in the area feel that the emmaus walk is a "cult" and sharply scrutinize any who attend. Emmaus is not a "cult" because no cult has a purpose of equipping believers to go BACK to their church and do their work there. The emmaus community is very sensitive to the local church and specifically tells pilgrims to become more involved in their home church. Most pilgrims do not talk in great detail about the walk so that future pilgrims can experience it fully and not be anticipating anything that might happen. Each pilgrim should and will experience the emmaus in different ways.

I hope that this sheds some light on your post. I also pray that the persons in your church are not excluding anyone from the walk. I also hope that you will experience the walk sometime in your life. It can be a life changing experience and any member of the Emmaus community can sponsor you. I would be glad to.
PeeWee wrote:
At our church--all who have gone act like they are the chosen ones. No where in my Bible does it say Keep it for Yourself. It is to be shared.
Sid

Nampa, ID

#10 May 4, 2009
Sorry guys but "the walk" as they call it around where I live is very secretive. Those who go come back as the chosen ones.

I hear the same rote answers: "its like a birth day party, you don't want to spoil the surprise." they must teach that line on the walk
curious2

Alamo, TN

#11 Oct 21, 2009
You all sound so programmed. "We don't want to spoil the surprise." However, the main website says that you are to answer all questions. Go ahead and spoil the surprise. What do you do there.
Do you ever open your Bibles?
no problem

London, KY

#12 Oct 22, 2009
The secretiveness of the walk kept me away for a long time. I'm glad I finally went. There really are no secrets, it's just hard to describe really. Each walk is run in the same way with the hope that each attendee will return to their home church and get to work. I'll post the jist of the weekend....feel free to ask more questions.

There are 15 talks during the weekend, 5 each day. Five talks are given by clergy and 10 talks are given by lay people. The talks have a variety of subjects such as grace, prayer and study. Each person giving a talk weaves their own personal testimony into the subject they are speaking on. And yes, by all means bring your bible and follow along with the scripture read in each talk. After each talk, you discuss the talk in small groups.

There are also special services throughout the weekend. There are times of partaking in communion, singing and self reflection. There is also a 72hr prayer vigil going on where each person is prayed for by name several times during the weekend.

Emmaus is not an end all be all christian weekend. However, it will give you tools and christian relationships to help you better serve God. It's a time to get away from the bustle of every day life and spend quality time on your personal walk with God. Some people need that, I was one of them, and some people don't. It's pretty much as simple as that.
concerned mother

Mobile, AL

#13 Oct 23, 2009
I have a question - the Bible speaks of family and how families should live and worship Christ together.

-How can a mother go out of town to the WALK TO EMMAUS, and leave her children without being able to be in contact with them the entire weekend? Why the secrecy and isolation? And please don't say in order to focus on Christ without any distractions.

“Christ frees us from religion”

Since: Apr 09

Rickman

#14 Oct 24, 2009
concerned mother wrote:
I have a question - the Bible speaks of family and how families should live and worship Christ together.
-How can a mother go out of town to the WALK TO EMMAUS, and leave her children without being able to be in contact with them the entire weekend? Why the secrecy and isolation? And please don't say in order to focus on Christ without any distractions.
"Do not deprive one another—except when you agree, for a time, to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control."

I Corinthians 7:5

"During those days He went out to the mountain to pray (K) and spent all night in prayer to God."

Luke 6:12

There are many cases in which a change of pace, away from the distractions of the world, is needed. The demands of motherhood are constant, huge, and necessary. However, one weekend in a lifetime isn't going to harm those children, and will hopefully help strengthen the mother to be better equipped to do what she has been called to do.

If there is a true emergency or special circumstances in which it would be vital for the mother to be in contact with her children, special arrangements can be made in which a liason can relay information to the mother.

I'm sorry that you don't like the answer "to focus on Christ without any distractions," but what else can we tell you? That's the reason it's done! The entire weekend is to get you away from your demands, your schedule, your family, and other things that can take your focus away from what matters most: your relationship with Jesus. For three days, you are given time to hear various teachings, think about what has been taught, and discuss your thoughts with your peers. You can't do that with kids around. For that reason, many people don't really figure out what they believe as adults. If you don't know what you believe, then your life can get really screwed up, because what you believe determines how you live. The walk to Emmaus gives people a chance to figure out what they believe.
lady di

London, KY

#15 Oct 24, 2009
its for a worthy cause
Marie

Panama City, FL

#16 Oct 24, 2009
I attended the Walk to Emmaus, and also have children - before I went, I struggled with leaving my children for 3 days without being able to speak with them. After the experience, I can say without any hesitation that I WOULD NOT attend if I had to do it over. I was very wary of all of the "cult" things I had heard, but was assured by several people who had attended that it wasn't anything like a cult. They couldn't have been more wrong.

I have been a Christian for 16 years, and do not understand why true Christians would find a need to attend something that is so secretive. I enjoy spreading the word of my Savior, and can't fathom why those individuals would try to keep anything about the "experience" a secret. It felt like I was being controlled every second of the day, and that if I didn't feel the way the leaders felt, then something was wrong with me - basically a mild form of brainwashing.

The bottom line for me is this - I don't believe in the Walk to Emmaus. I attend church, read the Bible, and pray every day - I know that I am a Christian. If you have doubts about your Christianity and believe the Walk to Emmaus will help you in your walk to the Lord, I BEG of you to try local revivals, join a Bible Study, or speak with your Pastor about your concerns or questions.

Being a Mother, I have certain instincts that kick-in when something smells fishy...I now know that I should have stuck with my initial instincts on attending the Walk to Emmaus - wich was DO NOT ATTEND.
Lady Godiva

Brodhead, KY

#17 Oct 24, 2009
If this walk did so much for the walkers, THEY WOULD STRAIGHTEN up their own lives. I don't see any changes, except ***we're better than you attitude. You can be a preacher,deacon,sundayschool teacher,gideon, or whatever---and still not be saved and miss Heaven. Better get on your knees and have a one on one talk with the REAL GOD.

“Christ frees us from religion”

Since: Apr 09

Rickman

#18 Oct 24, 2009
Lady Godiva wrote:
If this walk did so much for the walkers, THEY WOULD STRAIGHTEN up their own lives. I don't see any changes, except ***we're better than you attitude. You can be a preacher,deacon,sundayschool teacher,gideon, or whatever---and still not be saved and miss Heaven. Better get on your knees and have a one on one talk with the REAL GOD.
And yet you state that you are better than those who go on the walk by doing a mass judgement of them. Are you implying that those who attend the walk to Emmaus worship a different God? That is what the last sentence of your post seems to say; if so, then you couldn't be farther from the truth.

I'm also sorry for the poster above who didn't have a positive experience on your walk. At my walk, there was no pressure to feel or think a certain way. Ideals and opportunities were presented, but I was in no way required or pushed toward taking part in any of them. I wish you could have had the same experience.
Lady Godiva

Brodhead, KY

#19 Oct 24, 2009
iam4thelamb wrote:
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And yet you state that you are better than those who go on the walk by doing a mass judgement of them. Are you implying that those who attend the walk to Emmaus worship a different God? That is what the last sentence of your post seems to say; if so, then you couldn't be farther from the truth.
I'm also sorry for the poster above who didn't have a positive experience on your walk. At my walk, there was no pressure to feel or think a certain way. Ideals and opportunities were presented, but I was in no way required or pushed toward taking part in any of them. I wish you could have had the same experience.
Where did I state that I was better than anyone? When these walkers
think they are above everybody else, My God doesn't tell me to be boastful or feel above anybody. especially in his name. My experience is between God and myself and I can tell everybody about it. It's no secret.
Great Weekend

Little Valley, NY

#20 Nov 8, 2009
Both my wife and I attended "the Walk".
It was a true spiritual experience. We have 4 children and our family setting, the kids or the spouse ain't going to curl up and die just because a parent or spouse is out of the home for the weekend with God. Granted, they are missed but yes It make's you think (if receptive) it can make you a better person which can in return make you a better parent or spouse. As far as being secretive or cultlike---I didn't get that. I went first and my wife went the next weekend and we were encouraged not to give each step by step detail that would transpire so our wives could have the same experience we had. It's sort of like reading a good book or watching an awesome movie. You don't tell everyone you talk to about the ending of it, that would lessen the thrill of experiencing it for themselves.
I was and am truly blessed by the Emmaus Walk and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get closer to God.

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