“BE BRAVE ENOUGH ”

Since: Oct 09

TO STEP IN MUD PUDDLES

#426641 Dec 13, 2012
10.“Will all our visitors please stand?” If someone finally is brave enough to walk through the doors of your church, the last thing they want is to be singled out. They probably don’t know the songs you’re singing or the prayers or responsive readings you’re reading. Depending on the translation of the Bible you use, the scripture may not make much sense, and they probably have no idea where the bathroom is. So why add to the discomfort by making them stand so everyone can stare at them? Also, calling someone a visitor already implies they are simply passing through, that they’re not a part of things. Instead of “visitor” or “guest,” try something less loaded like “newcomer.” Better yet, walk up to them, introduce yourself and learn their name.

“Live Love Laugh”

Since: Aug 07

Rings of Saturn Emporium

#426642 Dec 13, 2012
waaasssuuup wrote:
<quoted text>
"making shit up"???
before there was socialism/communism & atheism there were still power mongers who used the influences that were available in order to control and murder the masses who wouldn't conform. today, we call them "liberal" of all things! how ironic!
No, they're still called Christians, Muslims and Jews. And they're still killing people all over the globe.

Christians killing 'witches' in Africa still counts as Christians killing in the name of their God. What a horrid god you worship if that's what he represents. I personally think that it's human hate, not a God who wants these things done.

Look at the Muslim countries. I'm sure you'd rather live there than here. Their God is the God of Abraham. You know, the same God you worship. Their word for God is Allah in their language, but it's the same God. You want to distance yourself from them but you can't. Their bullshit came from the same place yours did...the Jewish scriptures. Of course, just as the Christians misinterpreted those scriptures, so did Christians. The God of the OT isn't nice anyway, and you guys made him an even more evil character.

Go ahead with your pretense of being a preacher to prisoners. Go ahead and pretend to be a follower of Jesus. Nobody cares what you believe. They care that your kind are evil and kill other people in the name of your God.
Huh

Dallas, TX

#426643 Dec 13, 2012
T-Town Clown wrote:
<quoted text>what a dumb post
You are proof that evolution CAN go in reverse.
Huh

Dallas, TX

#426644 Dec 13, 2012
G_O_D wrote:
<quoted text>
Only when they share a story in an attempt to put me down.
Give it a rest.
You knew nothing of candling.
The story was BS to make fun of my education and intelligence.
If you had any, it could be made fun of.

“Live Love Laugh”

Since: Aug 07

Rings of Saturn Emporium

#426645 Dec 13, 2012
AnnieJ wrote:
10.“Will all our visitors please stand?” If someone finally is brave enough to walk through the doors of your church, the last thing they want is to be singled out. They probably don’t know the songs you’re singing or the prayers or responsive readings you’re reading. Depending on the translation of the Bible you use, the scripture may not make much sense, and they probably have no idea where the bathroom is. So why add to the discomfort by making them stand so everyone can stare at them? Also, calling someone a visitor already implies they are simply passing through, that they’re not a part of things. Instead of “visitor” or “guest,” try something less loaded like “newcomer.” Better yet, walk up to them, introduce yourself and learn their name.
Great posts, Annie. Thanks for that. I'm going to bookmark those.

“BE BRAVE ENOUGH ”

Since: Oct 09

TO STEP IN MUD PUDDLES

#426646 Dec 13, 2012
Here are more of those things that Christians shouldn't say...

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christianpiatt/2...

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christianpiatt/2...

All of these things we have heard over and over...most of them address the very thing that we have tried to tell these guys.

“IMAGINE no religion!”

Since: Feb 09

usa

#426647 Dec 13, 2012
DearthOfCouth wrote:
<quoted text>
I defy anyone to add to this.
It stands on its own.
It's immortal.
you think it should be posted on THE STUPID THINGS GODBOTS SAY thread!

so many of his posts are already there! i think he is among the top ten!

“Are you a Problem or Solution?”

Since: Mar 09

Ann Arbor, MI

#426648 Dec 13, 2012
AnnieJ wrote:
<quoted text>
It is one of the things I enjoy about writing...the opportunity to share thoughts that trigger those memories of others. I loved reading about "W"s sh't shoveling and his love for that old tractor and your about working in the tobacco fields. I think that a person's past and what is meaningful to them gives you a better insight in to who they are now.
Most of us want to move forward in life...but the past most often gives us the direction to do so. Our paths that we follow now began with those memories that we hold so dear.
We moved to the Mountains of N.C. and one of the interesting things I learned, was that many folks that lived in the area did not have power or running water in their homes up to the late 1970’s. A few homes in the area still did not have electricity running to their homes when we were there in the 90’s. We would go to the homes and do wellness checks during the winter time. When I asked a local why they did not have power, I was told that for some it was due to choice, and for others it was due to the cost of running the electric to the home from the main line at the road. Their homes did not look like the one in the link Water provided. They looked like typical smaller homes, but they were out in no mans land off of dirt paths that could loosely be termed a drive (We used ATV‘s during the winter to get in).
It is very easy in my opinion, to forget that some simply choose to live life without things that many of us take for granted. On 276 from S.C to N.C (or vise versa) at the ½ way point between the foothills of S.C. and the Eastern Continental Divide sign in N.C. there is an old iron hand drawn well off the side of the road, that many in the area still use to get fresh water. I tried to find a photo of the area online, I could not find the well but I did find one of my favorite spots to sit and unwind.
http://daveallenphotography.com/pretty_place_...
It is an open chapel, so there is no glass in that photo. I have to tell you that it was always amazing to sit up there on the ledge and look out over it all. The best time was during the winter, when you could only hike in. The photo says that it is a couple miles to N.C. but we lived about two city blocks from the camp, and we lived in N.C. so he is a little off in the mileage. If anyone finds themselves in the area, this is well worth a detour in my opinion (Do not attempt in the winter though). By the way, the silence is as breathtaking as the view. No cars, if you hit it right, no people…..hmmm, I think I am due for a road trip in the spring ;O)

“IMAGINE no religion!”

Since: Feb 09

usa

#426649 Dec 13, 2012
Nevaeh wrote:
<quoted text>
Laugh away un-wise one. Your day is at hand.....:)
religigasms of this magnitude are considered masturbation

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#426650 Dec 13, 2012
AnnieJ wrote:
8.“This could be the end of days.” This is one of my favorites. We Christians love to look for signs of the end of the world; we practically have an apocalyptic fetish. It’s like we can’t wait until everything comes to a smoldering halt so we can stand tall with that “I told you so” look on our faces, while the nonbelievers beg for mercy. Yeah, that sounds like an awesome religion you’ve got going there. Sign me up!
It's a huge circle jerk. What's even more frightening is that a lot of these types are in high level government.

“YO BOO”

Since: Sep 07

land of BOO

#426651 Dec 13, 2012
AnnieJ wrote:
7.“Do you accept Jesus as your personal lord and savior?” Again, this is not in the Bible. Anywhere. And for me, it goes against the whole Christlike notion of the suffering servant. People tried to elevate Jesus to the status of Lord, but he rejected it. So why do we keep trying? Plus, the whole idea of a lord is so antiquated, it has no real relevance to our lives today. Be more mindful of your words, and really mean what you say.
false teaching/lies

“YO BOO”

Since: Sep 07

land of BOO

#426652 Dec 13, 2012
love_spell wrote:
<quoted text>
religigasms of this magnitude are considered masturbation
thats sick !!!!! YE OLE FINGER BANGER

“IMAGINE no religion!”

Since: Feb 09

usa

#426653 Dec 13, 2012
jean77 wrote:
I feel so sad to read your post-I am a new christain and have ben babtisted-I felt nothing-But the knowing I shall one day live with Jesus makes my heart feel good-I am not good with words but I will just say I am going to ask god every day to please give u that proof (in feeling) u so need.I know,I KNOW he will do it.Its a knowing not a feeling,but for u he will do and I am excited for u already
do you know how many others have come in and said the exact same thing???

with all you praying seems summin should have happened by now. but yet it hasn't

soooooooooooooooo

1- y'all aint praying hard nuff

2- your god hasn't answered (too busy looking for lost car keys, you fundies keep losing)

3- your god is a fake.

i pick number 3!

“H-o-o-o-o-o-o-ld on thar!”

Since: Sep 08

The Borderland of Sol

#426654 Dec 13, 2012
water_nymph wrote:
<quoted text>Party pooper.
Well, okay. Just for you.

“IMAGINE no religion!”

Since: Feb 09

usa

#426656 Dec 13, 2012
The Last True Liberal wrote:
<quoted text>
Just Results: his head is up his a$$ again.
you mean at some point it wasn't?

was it surgically removed?

that doctor should get hazmat pay!

“IMAGINE no religion!”

Since: Feb 09

usa

#426657 Dec 13, 2012
Tide with Beach wrote:
<quoted text>
Okay.
The reindeer are getting tired of Chex Mix.
i just developed a line of organic reindeer food. and reindeer treats!

gives reindeer a very shiny and soft fur!!!!

“H-o-o-o-o-o-o-ld on thar!”

Since: Sep 08

The Borderland of Sol

#426658 Dec 13, 2012
waaasssuuup wrote:
<quoted text>
no - i was responding to w_n who was answering for you. is she allowing you to speak for yourself now or should i continue to speak to you through her?
Yer losing it. "Referring" and "responding" look sorta similar in print, but the don't mean the same thing at all.

“IMAGINE no religion!”

Since: Feb 09

usa

#426659 Dec 13, 2012
Kaitlin the Wolf Witch wrote:
<quoted text>
I love your avatar--yummmm!!
thanks :-)

“BE BRAVE ENOUGH ”

Since: Oct 09

TO STEP IN MUD PUDDLES

#426660 Dec 13, 2012
NoStress4me wrote:
<quoted text>
We moved to the Mountains of N.C. and one of the interesting things I learned, was that many folks that lived in the area did not have power or running water in their homes up to the late 1970’s. A few homes in the area still did not have electricity running to their homes when we were there in the 90’s. We would go to the homes and do wellness checks during the winter time. When I asked a local why they did not have power, I was told that for some it was due to choice, and for others it was due to the cost of running the electric to the home from the main line at the road. Their homes did not look like the one in the link Water provided. They looked like typical smaller homes, but they were out in no mans land off of dirt paths that could loosely be termed a drive (We used ATV‘s during the winter to get in).
It is very easy in my opinion, to forget that some simply choose to live life without things that many of us take for granted. On 276 from S.C to N.C (or vise versa) at the ½ way point between the foothills of S.C. and the Eastern Continental Divide sign in N.C. there is an old iron hand drawn well off the side of the road, that many in the area still use to get fresh water. I tried to find a photo of the area online, I could not find the well but I did find one of my favorite spots to sit and unwind.
http://daveallenphotography.com/pretty_place_...
It is an open chapel, so there is no glass in that photo. I have to tell you that it was always amazing to sit up there on the ledge and look out over it all. The best time was during the winter, when you could only hike in. The photo says that it is a couple miles to N.C. but we lived about two city blocks from the camp, and we lived in N.C. so he is a little off in the mileage. If anyone finds themselves in the area, this is well worth a detour in my opinion (Do not attempt in the winter though). By the way, the silence is as breathtaking as the view. No cars, if you hit it right, no people…..hmmm, I think I am due for a road trip in the spring ;O)
That was gorgeous NS...I can understand why it is a favorite place.

Many of the houses that existed when I was growing up have now disappeared...including my family home. They were falling down when I was a child and just too far gone to fix up.

“Live Love Laugh”

Since: Aug 07

Rings of Saturn Emporium

#426661 Dec 13, 2012
NoStress4me wrote:
<quoted text>
We moved to the Mountains of N.C. and one of the interesting things I learned, was that many folks that lived in the area did not have power or running water in their homes up to the late 1970’s. A few homes in the area still did not have electricity running to their homes when we were there in the 90’s. We would go to the homes and do wellness checks during the winter time. When I asked a local why they did not have power, I was told that for some it was due to choice, and for others it was due to the cost of running the electric to the home from the main line at the road. Their homes did not look like the one in the link Water provided. They looked like typical smaller homes, but they were out in no mans land off of dirt paths that could loosely be termed a drive (We used ATV‘s during the winter to get in).
It is very easy in my opinion, to forget that some simply choose to live life without things that many of us take for granted. On 276 from S.C to N.C (or vise versa) at the ½ way point between the foothills of S.C. and the Eastern Continental Divide sign in N.C. there is an old iron hand drawn well off the side of the road, that many in the area still use to get fresh water. I tried to find a photo of the area online, I could not find the well but I did find one of my favorite spots to sit and unwind.
http://daveallenphotography.com/pretty_place_...
It is an open chapel, so there is no glass in that photo. I have to tell you that it was always amazing to sit up there on the ledge and look out over it all. The best time was during the winter, when you could only hike in. The photo says that it is a couple miles to N.C. but we lived about two city blocks from the camp, and we lived in N.C. so he is a little off in the mileage. If anyone finds themselves in the area, this is well worth a detour in my opinion (Do not attempt in the winter though). By the way, the silence is as breathtaking as the view. No cars, if you hit it right, no people…..hmmm, I think I am due for a road trip in the spring ;O)
Good afternoon, NS.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. There are so many wonderful places like this up in the mountains. In fact, there are places like that even where I live.

There's a rock with a plaque on it on Hwy 11 in Mansfield GA. I have gone there so many times when I just wanted to renew. The road was cut in some 20 years ago and there's barely room to park now, but it's still not a busy road and you can sit there in the quiet and just 'connect'. It's locally called 'Preaching Rock' as it was where the first sermon was preached when that area was settled. My dad took me there when I was a little girl and I have taken each one of my children, individually, as they were growing up. I have now taken the grandchildren. Now there's a whole family of us who love this one quiet little spot on the side of the road.

There are many places where you can connect. One of my favorites is a little Catholic church built by Native Americans in Arizona, San Xavier. The walls are covered in hand carved saints and symbols and each wall is covered with paintings lovingly done by the Native Americans. The building is in the old cross shape and made of adobe bricks painted bright white. There is a small open chapel that is accessible when the main church is closed. The walkway to it has the 12 stations of the cross.

When you walk in the door you are so moved by the simple beauty it's as if you can feel every prayer ever uttered there. It is truly moving.

I personally like to be in the mountains. I feel closer to creation of the universe there than anywhere else on earth, and I will certainly look for the site you mentioned when I am up that way.

Thank you again for sharing your experience. I can't share your experience but I can appreciate it and maybe have one of my own when I go there.

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