Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by dogbarber, Aug 25, 2006.
Are you sure they are reading an ebible and not playing solitaire??
Well, it's possible some of 'em are playing solitaire. It's not the highest and best use of one's time but we are talking about human beings here. As one's faith becomes deepened, it is a lot easier to discern what is the best use of time and stick with it.
Just like you can't learn a language by listening to a cd while you sleep, you can't grow closer to God tapping away at solitaire when you should have been reading scripture. At least they are in the right place. We all get distracted from time to time. I pray that we lose our attachments to distraction and focus on God's word.
Could be a interesting situation; if a an audio appointment or other could interrupt the speaker...
Those who I have noticed with their PDA all seem to be running Bible+ (myself included). What I like most about it is if I want to learn more detail about what Pastor Joe is speaking on, I just click into one of my commentaries or dictionaries and bam I'm there....it's like dragging my library to church with me. I know all the books I have on one postage stamp size memory card easily would take up 2 six foot shelves at home. Simply Amazing!
But I understand what you were saying about shedding the ol' print bible, it becomes like a close friend and the TX seems to lack the "intamacy" as a print bible.
I am SO tempted to go TX only, but can't quite seem to do it. Nothing beats sitting in the sanctuary, listening to the preaching of Gods Word with open bible in hand!
I would humbly disagree.
Just being at church doesn't get your ticket stamped for the week saying, "Look, I did my duty to God for the week." Come with your heart, mind, and body tempered with the willingness to learn or don't come at all...otherwise you're just warming the pews and not growing one bit.
Being in church is better than being quite a few other places even if you are distracted by a solitaire game. I see kids fumbling with legos and game boys in the pews and I want to smack 'em. My kids are focused on worship, but so many parents take the easy way and let the kids socialize or otherwise entertain themselves in church. My kids are no saints, but I try to keep them listening to the word and the sermon. Now when I consider the alternative, lying around late on Sunday morning with Spongebob on the TV, being distracted in church beats being fully engaged elsewhere. Nobody's worried about getting a ticket stamped, but the hound of heaven can get our attention a little more easily in church than in the casino. As for growth, it is for us to plant and water and for God's timing to dictate the rate of growth.
As for children, I'm 100% onboard. I agree.
However, I have little patience for grown "beleivers" nodding off at the Word of the Most High...
Twiddling of the thumbs in the pews as His Word is poured forth shows lack of respect for all He is and has done. It is a time of hearing a precious gift we have been given which has been proteceted by past saints who have suffered, shed blood, and even died to protect. I think of the hours of preperation by pastors in prayer and study that His flock might benefit, be nourished, and to ultimately grow. To disrespect that....one might as well walk up to the pulpit and slap the pastor in the face.
It's an honor and a gift to be under good, strong, biblical preaching. To disrespect that, to me, is a travesty of the highest order. IMHO.
If God didn't want us to twiddle our thumbs in church then he would not have let animals evolve to the point where man has an opposing thumb, a milestone in the evolutionary process.
Are you saying that hitchhikers don't go to heaven?
Yea, they never get a ride...
Good reply New Cell! If Dogbarber was to reply he would probably add, "The only way a hitchhiker would get to heaven is through the vehicle of Jesus."
Now that I've put words into his mouth, I'l have to disagree with him.
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