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I have decided to circumvent LJ's voice post system, especially in light of what happened on the last voice post. I've created my own voice post and uploaded it to my server. It is nine minutes long and 4 MB. I am talking mostly about my thoughts about the structure of church activities now vs. when I was a little girl.

Right click to download--my site does not stream well.

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datajana2007
Jun. 1st, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't let me download it, so I had to stream it (sorry).

The church my family attends in Mississippi meets on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, and Wednesday nights. But, they have a plethora of other things going on, like Ladies Meetings, Men's Meetings, etc.

Personally, Sunday morning church is fine with me. The occasional Sunday night is fine. I'm one of those people who think that you don't have to go to church at all to be a Christian; God is everywhere and is always with you regardless. Then again, I'm a non-denominational Christian and my beliefs contradict a lot with what some churches teach because I see God as loving everyone and hating the sins themselves. A lot of churches are so hateful towards the person and it makes me sad.
3kitties
Jun. 1st, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
church and lack of encouragement
That is truly sad. It is true that God is everywhere and can and will meet us anywhere; but it is also true that the function of the church is supposed to be encouragement and that is something that we need to reclaim. It is sad that most people feel the very same way you do. What you've expressed here is the most quoted reason why people leave a church. The sad phing is that the ones remaining probably think it too--while they are creating part of the problem. Social skills need so badly to be taught! It is not a new problem. Much of what is in the New Testament is all about teaching social sskills, and we still have these age-old problems. We still don't know how to handle disagreements. Instead of talking to each other privately, we talk to someone else and gossip. Instead of helping people in distress, we criticize them for not helping themselves. Instead of visiting and caring for sick people, we dump them off on the state. Blah blah blah blah...
datajana2007
Jun. 1st, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Re: church and lack of encouragement
I agree.

It's hard for someone to find the right church where they feel welcomed and part of it. The closest thing I have to that is my parents' church, simply because a big chunk of my family attends it also. In fact, my cousin is married to the pastor's daughter. It's a nice-sized church, I say at least 200 people (maybe more since I was there last).

I'm just glad that I have my faith, know my scripture, and love people regardless. I know I may rant about someone (as you may have read in my last post; I don't hate her, I just see it as a no win situation), but I truly do care.

(sigh)

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