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How Was Easter Service This Morning

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I know many of you attended Easter service today so could you share with us some of the insight, inspiring messages, or sermon highlights that you remember?

Disclosure – I am Christian but have not been to Easter service in years.


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Fine, I never miss unless on vacation, I rather enjoyed it, the nap was much needed too. :D I woke up when my tablet hit the floor, somewhere between the end of the first point and the conclusion - but I remember his text was from 1 Cor 15:14.

Oh, what did the preacher talk about?
 

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I spent the day doing my taxes, so that will be my tithe. Managed to avoid the Obamacare penalty because we were at 59% of the poverty level, LOL. Life is good.
 

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The historicity of Jesus, His Crucifixion, His resurrection and how these facts differ from all other religions in history.

With the all important question, all of us will have to answer eventually. What did you do with this information?

Joshua 24:15
 

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I watched the Ten Commandments last night and some of History Channel's The Bible today. God is everywhere, so he must have been sitting next to me riding the couch.
 

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It's a catholic tradition isn't it? I don't remember reading anything about it in Acts; Corinthians or the other letters? I went for a bike ride and let the day pass unnoticed, and I certainly didn't buy any over priced chocolate eggs.
 

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It's a catholic tradition isn't it? I don't remember reading anything about it in Acts; Corinthians or the other letters? I went for a bike ride and let the day pass unnoticed, and I certainly didn't buy any over priced chocolate eggs.
Well it is a tradition passed down by the RCC. Actually Jesus arose Sat night at sundown (the start of the new day). Amazing how many folks do not understand the Jewish calendar and how days are measured.
While showing reverence for the event, we are not saved by our works. We should be celebrating his Resurrection every day, not just Easter Sunday.
 

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We up potted a bunch of jalapeño pepper plants , listened to music , and looked at flowers....


Don't go to church on Sunday
Don't get on my knees to pray
Don't memorize the books of the Bible
I got my own special way
But I know Jesus loves me
Maybe just a little bit more
I fall on my knees every Sunday
At Zerelda Lee's candy store
Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied
Well I don't want no Abba Zaba
Don't want no Almond Joy
There ain't nothing better
Suitable for this boy
Well it's the only thing
That can pick me up
Better than a cup of gold
See only a chocolate Jesus
Can satisfy my soul
[Solo]
When the weather gets rough
And it's whiskey in the shade
It's best to wrap your savior
Up in cellophane
He flows like the big muddy
But that's ok
Pour him over ice cream
For a nice parfait
Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me
Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied


 

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The wife and I were less than healthy this morning so we didn't make it.
 

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My takeaway was that the Buddhists distributed Buddha's bones among themselves to worship. The Muslims make a pilgrimidge to worship Mohammed's bones. Our God is greater in that his death as a humble man brought the possibility of salvation for mankind and the God we worship is living and that through him we will also defeat death. Our God has an empty tomb and a legacy of miracles.

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While showing reverence for the event, we are not saved by our works. We should be celebrating his Resurrection every day, not just Easter Sunday.
We should, but most of us, me included, are too caught up in the things of the flesh to be. That doesn't mean I should celebrate some corporate junk food fest wrapped with a religious title though hey. I do honor the sabbath though and though many in my prior field of work would go out on a Sunday and make money I would not. It's just common sense not to work on Sunday anyhow.
 

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Couple of grandkids came over Saturday for a sleep over, so my wife colored boiled eggs with them. We didn't go to church, or talk about Jesus to the kids, they are 2 & 4, we did discuss how it was celebrated in my house and my wife's home in Poland with the daughter in law on Sunday morning. All of us are RC, but I guess relapsed, last few years since the youngest left home we only go for some occasion like baptism etc. I still like the fairy tales about the Easter Bunny. Oddly, Saturday I spotted a big bunny squeezing under the fence to the neighbor's yard, our German Shepard was nearby and oblivious, which was really odd, as a few weeks ago he woke up the area from the death screams of the bunny he caught. I guess it was the Easter bunny this time doing a recon.
 

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That's odd gringott lol. Today I stopped at a hot bread and a guy marketing stickers had a big sticker of an easter bunny leveling a pump action shotgun on the side window of his car. I thought that was cute.

Just to take it to the next level...

I was brought up in a traditional church culture, went away, came back in my early 20's after a true spiritual experience and stayed for a decade. I went to all brands too, Presbyterian, Pentecostal (many types) Baptist, you name it, even JW briefly and the Brethren. At each one I saw the same thing, men in nice suits going through the motions while raking in money to fund a middle-class lifestyle. Well Good for them, we all want that, but I was seeking a true home, somewhere I could practice the faith I read about in the bible. I never found it and I stopped looking on the morning I arrived at a big Pentecostal between services and saw they were playing the Lion king to keep people occupied. They had a coffee shop there too, very common in penticostals. The pastor started his spiel by telling how the previous week a member of the church had "Blessed" him by buying him a coffee at the shop outside, and encouraged us all to "Bless" someone with a coffee too. $$$$$ for the church, for his pocket. It made me sick, I've never been back to one and never will.

Easter is a pagan festival. If Easter isn't really about Jesus, then what is it about? Today, we see a secular culture celebrating the spring equinox, whilst religious culture celebrates the resurrection. However, early Christianity made a pragmatic acceptance of ancient pagan practises, most of which we enjoy today at Easter. The general symbolic story of the death of the son (sun) on a cross (the constellation of the Southern Cross) and his rebirth, overcoming the powers of darkness, was a well worn story in the ancient world. There were plenty of parallel, rival resurrected saviours too.

The Sumerian goddess Inanna, or Ishtar, was hung naked on a stake, and was subsequently resurrected and ascended from the underworld. One of the oldest resurrection myths is Egyptian Horus. Born on 25 December, Horus and his damaged eye became symbols of life and rebirth.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/03/easter-pagan-symbolism
 

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That's odd gringott lol. Today I stopped at a hot bread and a guy marketing stickers had a big sticker of an easter bunny leveling a pump action shotgun on the side window of his car. I thought that was cute.

Just to take it to the next level...

I was brought up in a traditional church culture, went away, came back in my early 20's after a true spiritual experience and stayed for a decade. I went to all brands too, Presbyterian, Pentecostal (many types) Baptist, you name it, even JW briefly and the Brethren. At each one I saw the same thing, men in nice suits going through the motions while raking in money to fund a middle-class lifestyle. Well Good for them, we all want that, but I was seeking a true home, somewhere I could practice the faith I read about in the bible. I never found it and I stopped looking on the morning I arrived at a big Pentecostal between services and saw they were playing the Lion king to keep people occupied. They had a coffee shop there too, very common in penticostals. The pastor started his spiel by telling how the previous week a member of the church had "Blessed" him by buying him a coffee at the shop outside, and encouraged us all to "Bless" someone with a coffee too. $$$$$ for the church, for his pocket. It made me sick, I've never been back to one and never will.
Kinda of my experience to the letter. People say to me 'come join me at my church, it's different'. My first question is, is it a 501 3c? If so it's a government church. Second question, does your pastor and elders have full time jobs outside the church?
That just about ends the conversation about their church being different. The last group that I was involved with back in 87 met in a place above a hardware store. The pastor was my boss and we did roofing and siding together. There were about 30 people involved and anyone could give a sermon if they wished. What money's that were collected went to members who had crisis situations pop up, or to a local food bank that fed the homeless no matter what they believed.
One does not need a building, or even a leader for that matter. Some people accuse Paul of hijacking the congregations when he wrote his letters. But Paul had the traditional Hebrew training and structure in him. No where in the Gospels does Jesus tell his followers to build buildings, and sell 'trinkets for God'. Personally I believe you to be on he right path (if you still believe Jesus is Lord in your heart), let the naysayers be darned.

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Kinda of my experience to the letter. People say to me 'come join me at my church, it's different'. My first question is, is it a 501 3c? If so it's a government church. Second question, does your pastor and elders have full time jobs outside the church?
That just about ends the conversation about their church being different. The last group that I was involved with back in 87 met in a place above a hardware store. The pastor was my boss and we did roofing and siding together. There were about 30 people involved and anyone could give a sermon if they wished. What money's that were collected went to members who had crisis situations pop up, or to a local food bank that fed the homeless no matter what they believed.
One does not need a building, or even a leader for that matter. Some people accuse Paul of hijacking the congregations when he wrote his letters. But Paul had the traditional Hebrew training and structure in him. No where in the Gospels does Jesus tell his followers to build buildings, and sell 'trinkets for God'. Personally I believe you to be on he right path (if you still believe Jesus is Lord in your heart), let the naysayers be darned.

hemster
Oh yes, I still believe Jesus is my savior, and have no guilt about not going. I did for a while but that was just church programming I had been infected with, "forsake not the fellowshipping together" kind of guilt trip. And you are quite right about the tax link. As soon as a church signs up for tax breaks they essentially are married to the secular government.

Just before I married I found a small church run by a former electritian, about 30 members too, very alive it was, I'm sure the Spirit was happy to reside among us. He married us and we took a honeymoon and came back 4 weeks later to find the little church had closed up, basically because he couldn't afford to live off it's income and went back to work. Like you say, you don't need a full time preacher and if you have one he should be content to live a life of austerity like Paul did.

There is a new trend here lol, a christian woman I know told me she has been called (asked by her pastors, a husband and wife racket) to give sermons regularly. She is ecstatic! Oh the prestige lol. What she doesn't realize is that she is just being used by these people to do their work while they laze around on the gold coast collecting a fat check from the church takings. I didn't tell her, didn't burst her bubble. She's far too deep in the religion to ever reach now.

The trouble all starts with bible college where young men go to have the Spirit of God quenched and the teachings of theologians implanted. They come out as copies of each other and then move into the corporate church structure. If they are charismatic enough they can build their own big church, usually by poaching from other churches.

My personal experience discovering the truth about Jesus, his death and resurrection by my self, having had months reading the bible daily without the interpretations of churches coloring it, allowed me to be objective and able to see through the BULLSHIT the churches promote to ensure their income streams.
 

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My personal experience discovering the truth about Jesus, his death and resurrection by my self, having had months reading the bible daily without the interpretations of churches coloring it, allowed me to be objective and able to see through the BULLSHIT the churches promote to ensure their income streams.
That sum'sit up very nicely!
We have nothing, yet we have everything.
 

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That sum'sit up very nicely!
We have nothing, yet we have everything.
Indeed. I'll die one day soon as I measure time. A few decades, perhaps sooner? Then I go to be with the Lord and the wars will continue, as will the oppression of the earthly powers so what should I care what happens here on Earth. I really have no stake in this world, don't really consider myself an Australian either though I'm 3rd generation and Irish English before that. The whole Nationalistic thing is just like the whole church thing, they want me to work and pay taxes, suit up and go to war. Not a chance in hell of the latter. they can fight their own wars, their the spawn of the devil.