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FRONT PAGE  |  12/8/2019
WEDNESDAY, JAN 7, 2015  |  37 comments
Survey: most churchgoers won't skip church for football

Most American churchgoers would rather attend church than watch their favorite football team, a LifeWay Research study shows. But a few die-hard fans are willing to miss out on worship to watch a game.

About 1 in 7 churchgoers (15 percent) say they'd skip church in order to watch their favorite football team, according to a survey of 994 churchgoers.

Researchers found most of the faithful balk at skipping church for football.


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Saint Elmer | Berlin, Ohio  Find all comments by Saint Elmer
"Sunday is the Lord's Day and the inspired Apostles told us not to neglect the gathering together of the Lord's people on his day."

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runethegoon wrote:
Sunday is the Lord's Day and the inspired Apostles told us not to neglect the gathering together of the Lord's people on his day. The Scriptures show in many places the one day in seven principle. Which would move the sabbath on to the day of the new creation The day the Lord Rose from theDead. The ot speaks of eighth day sabbaths which would be Sunday as well. The Sabbath of the first creation is Saturday. The Sabbath Day in the new creation is the same day that Christ rose from the dead. The Lords day is the Christians day of rest or Sabbath.
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News Item1/12/15 2:13 PM
a runner  Find all comments by a runner
"Most American churchgoers would rather attend church than watch their favorite football team"

Churchgoers such as Roman Catholics, Mormons, JW's, Pentecostals, Arminians, may as well enjoy a game of football as go to their churches. Same end result.

1Tim 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

1Cor 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Phil 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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News Item1/12/15 11:30 AM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
rune wrote "... the inspired Apostles told us not to neglect the gathering together of the Lord's people ON HIS DAY."
Hebrews 10:25 says "... Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
"on his day" is not in this verse.
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News Item1/12/15 9:42 AM
runethegoon  Find all comments by runethegoon
Sunday is the Lord's Day and the inspired Apostles told us not to neglect the gathering together of the Lord's people on his day. The Scriptures show in many places the one day in seven principle. Which would move the sabbath on to the day of the new creation The day the Lord Rose from theDead. The ot speaks of eighth day sabbaths which would be Sunday as well. The Sabbath of the first creation is Saturday. The Sabbath Day in the new creation is the same day that Christ rose from the dead. The Lords day is the Christians day of rest or Sabbath.
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News Item1/12/15 4:19 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
runethegoon wrote:
John Yurich Acts 20 Hebrews 11 rev1 exodus 20 ps 118 say different. Wlc116 The sabbath day Changed to the first day of the week because of Christs Resurrection from the dead.The Apostles met on that day for teaching, preaching fellowship and the breaking of bread. That sounds like a day of rest to me. Jesus bff makes it known to the readers that he was caught up to heaven the same day of the week as Jusus rose from the dead. Hebrews tells us that there is a sabbath day of rest that remains for the people of God. Exo 20 gives us a mandate to rest from creation part of the moral law. The part that Jesus said not one jot or tittle shall pass a way from . That law that God gave his people to bring us to Christ and help us identify our sins that we may put them to death. I am going with the apostles prophets and psalmist on this one.
Sunday is the Lord's Day not the Sabbath. The Sabbath has always been Saturday. And only Jews are to observe the Saturday Sabbath. No Christian is to observe the Saturday Sabbath.
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News Item1/11/15 6:29 PM
Dorcas  Find all comments by Dorcas
s c,
Your comment concerning Pharisee hunter was spot on!
SF,
Brother Cooley is a lone voice, not many will accept his teaching...cleaving to much to their 'sacred cows'.
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News Item1/11/15 6:19 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
s c wrote:
Jason Cooley's sermon on sports idolatry is definitely not for "pharisee" hunters (those who like to use liberty to sin and then call anyone who exposes it a "pharisee").
And his sermon should have a disclaimer for "macho" men who aren't intimidated by the truth.
And, of course, the best one to preach on such is usually one who has come out of the same deception.
Thank you Dorcas for recommending it.
Sports is definitely another idol that Christians have a hard time identifying as such and a harder time of relinquishing.
SC, thank you for the comment you made about those who use their liberty to sin responding to those who expose them as Pharisees. That certainly makes that point clear.
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News Item1/11/15 6:19 PM
SF from TX  Find all comments by SF from TX
Cheerleaders, violence, man in tights, the game is on sunday-there's more but this alone should cause christians to run the other way. when you flirt with the world and are entertained as they are it's not long before you're full of compromise and no one can tell you apart. Dorcas, excellent sermon
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News Item1/11/15 4:20 PM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
Jason Cooley's sermon on sports idolatry is definitely not for "pharisee" hunters (those who like to use liberty to sin and then call anyone who exposes it a "pharisee").
And his sermon should have a disclaimer for "macho" men who aren't intimidated by the truth.
And, of course, the best one to preach on such is usually one who has come out of the same deception.
Thank you Dorcas for recommending it.
Sports is definitely another idol that Christians have a hard time identifying as such and a harder time of relinquishing.
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News Item1/10/15 10:31 PM
Sue | Maryland  Find all comments by Sue
The problem with Lifeway Surveying is their sampling methodology and size (too small for validity). Now, a little cynicism, not many churchgoing folk are comfortable in examing their personal idolatry. And, where they may not miss the service , 'they gots their running shoes on to get out the door' and invariably begin squirming in their seat and checking their watch a good 30 min before ordinary end time. I'd rather they stay home then rush The Holy Spirit with His Ministry and work during praise and worship--- thanksgiving. The entire Sabbath is to be devoted to study, communion with God.
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News Item1/10/15 10:30 PM
Sue | Maryland  Find all comments by Sue
The problem with Lifeway Surveying is their sampling methodology and size (too small for validity). Now, a little cynicism, not many churchgoing folk are comfortable in examing their personal idolatry. And, where they may not miss the service , 'they gots their running shows on to get out the door' and invariably begin squirming in their seat and checking their watch a good 30 min before ordinary end time. I'd rather they stay home then rush The Holy Spirit with His Ministry and work during praise and worship--- thanksgiving. The entire Sabbath is to be devoted to study, communion with God.
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News Item1/10/15 8:03 PM
runethegoon  Find all comments by runethegoon
John Yurich Acts 20 Hebrews 11 rev1 exodus 20 ps 118 say different. Wlc116 The sabbath day Changed to the first day of the week because of Christs Resurrection from the dead.The Apostles met on that day for teaching, preaching fellowship and the breaking of bread. That sounds like a day of rest to me. Jesus bff makes it known to the readers that he was caught up to heaven the same day of the week as Jusus rose from the dead. Hebrews tells us that there is a sabbath day of rest that remains for the people of God. Exo 20 gives us a mandate to rest from creation part of the moral law. The part that Jesus said not one jot or tittle shall pass a way from . That law that God gave his people to bring us to Christ and help us identify our sins that we may put them to death. I am going with the apostles prophets and psalmist on this one.
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News Item1/9/15 8:38 PM
Lady_Virtue | OKC  Contact via emailFind all comments by Lady_Virtue
Frank wrote:
How many professing married Christian “male” athletes with children have we seen quit their respective sports while they are still at the top of their sport so they could be with their families? I’m sure we all realize that these athletes do not travel with their families, especially if they have small children and they must spend an abnormal amount of time away from their wives and children. Now few of us even consider this behavior to be against God’s call and design for marriage because these athletes are making millions of dollars. While at the same time if someone in a lower paying, less prestigious job “chooses” to do the same thing most of us would rightfully remind them of their scriptural responsibilities. Is this not the height of hypocrisy and relativism on our parts? Are we really willing to say that God’s commandments are different for the rich, famous and talented than for those who are making minimum wages? Christian men are not called upon by God to entertain people and to make millions of dollars at the expense of their familial duties.
Yes, Frank; good point. These athletes are continually confronted with strange women enticing them to commit adultery, drugs, parties, etc.

Dorcas, God's blessings to you!

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News Item1/9/15 2:07 PM
Dorcas  Find all comments by Dorcas
Ladybug,
Your post reminded me of an old hymn.

I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold.
I'd rather be His than have riches untold;
I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands,
I'd rather be led by His nail pierced hand
I'd rather have Jesus than men's applause,
I'd rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I'd rather have Jesus than worldwide fame.
I'D RATHER BE TRUE TO HIS HOLY NAME.

May the Lord grant to us His grace to be better and more faithful witnesses for His cause and His glory!

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News Item1/9/15 2:03 PM
Ladybug  Find all comments by Ladybug
"Stop saying things better than I do" - too funny!

Seriously, what a blessing it would be to be like the poor woman. I too have longed for more than what I have, and God has shown me otherwise. He is indeed so very patient with His sheep. His faithfulness and love are simply beyond human comprehension.

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News Item1/9/15 1:54 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
ladybug wrote:
Frank,

It seems we've neglected the teaching of true contentment. I once read a quote concerning a poor godly woman who had nothing but a piece of bread and some water to drink, she exclaimed 'What?! All this and Jesus too?!?" That is a picture of Godly contentment.
Stop saying things better than I do.

In my meditation file where what I wrote on the athletes and their wives came from it ended with this paragraph. So believe me, I am not casting the first stone, that is for sure.

This is an addendum to this commentary I made here. I am just as guilty as these athletes and the Lord is dealing with me on this issue. I am also for sale, but it appears for a much lower price then these athletes and their families. Lord forgive me and forgive my hypocrisy, in Jesus’ name and for His sake I pray, amen.

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News Item1/9/15 1:48 PM
ladybug  Find all comments by ladybug
Frank,

It seems we've neglected the teaching of true contentment. I once read a quote concerning a poor godly woman who had nothing but a piece of bread and some water to drink, she exclaimed 'What?! All this and Jesus too?!?" That is a picture of Godly contentment.

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News Item1/9/15 1:43 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Cont' from below; not on topic

Lastly, how many of the wives of these athletes would ask their husbands to quit their jobs so they could fulfill their duties as husbands and fathers? I hope we all can see the hypocrisy in our Christian thought that allows that! Now that we have this simple principle down, we can plug in any career that causes us to violate God’s word. How many women gladly stay at home with their children only because their employment opportunities are limited, but inwardly envy other married women with young children who are capable of making large sums of money outside the home? Satan has convinced us that our walk with Christ is relative when it clearly is not, but rest assured that God knows our thoughts and intentions. [6] But godliness with contentment is great gain. [7] For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out. [8] And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. [9] But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. [10] For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1Ti 6:6-10 KJV)

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News Item1/9/15 1:36 PM
Dorcas  Find all comments by Dorcas
Lady_Virtue wrote:
Dorcas, thank you for posting this. I listened yesterday and will likely listen again. We need more pull no punches preaching like this that smashes idols and sacred cows few men of God dare touch with a 10 foot pole.
Lady_Virtue,
My husband and myself also listened to this yesterday.
He was Amening Brother Cooley all the way through it.
The Lord convicted him many years ago concerning this idolatry, which led to getting rid of the television also...which has been a real blessing in our walk with the Lord.
A blessed day to you.
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News Item1/9/15 1:25 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Not on topic, but interesting none-the-less.

How many professing married Christian “male” athletes with children have we seen quit their respective sports while they are still at the top of their sport so they could be with their families? I’m sure we all realize that these athletes do not travel with their families, especially if they have small children and they must spend an abnormal amount of time away from their wives and children. Now few of us even consider this behavior to be against God’s call and design for marriage because these athletes are making millions of dollars. While at the same time if someone in a lower paying, less prestigious job “chooses” to do the same thing most of us would rightfully remind them of their scriptural responsibilities. Is this not the height of hypocrisy and relativism on our parts? Are we really willing to say that God’s commandments are different for the rich, famous and talented than for those who are making minimum wages? Christian men are not called upon by God to entertain people and to make millions of dollars at the expense of their familial duties.

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