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FRONT PAGE  |  5/21/2019
FRIDAY, FEB 10, 2017  |  84 comments
Study: Church Worship Spaces Empty Nearly 70 Percent of the Week
A new study has revealed that church buildings go largely unused for most of the week.

Christian Today reports that the study from the Center For Theology & Community titled Assets Not Burdens: Using Church Property to Accelerate Mission looks into how church buildings are used throughout the week.

Statistics show that church halls are empty 57 percent of the week, church worship spaces are empty 69 percent of the week, and church meeting rooms are empty 75 percent of the week.


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News Item2/17/17 7:23 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Hello, June, Ralph, MS, and Ladybug...just wanted to let y'all know that I was thinking about you. ☺
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News Item2/16/17 12:54 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
I would hope that given the turn of events, SA would reconsider the IP block, if that's what was done.
I also hope that the both of you reconsider as well, MS and Ladybug. You never know who is lurking in the shadows, reading, but always silent, and has learned or benefitted in some way from your contributions. Don't care for the tone of certain threads at times? Ignore them. Don't care for certain people? Ignore them. Someone just refuses to get it, no matter what the evidence? Shake the dust and move on. You're both bring much value here...
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News Item2/16/17 11:06 AM
Kev | San Diego  Contact via emailFind all comments by Kev
RalphNorman wrote:
That is the so good to know . . thank you.
Kev, I'm using Ralph's computer as SA blocked my posts at mine. Just as well,
because after much prayerful consideration, I too have decided to cease from any further engagement at this forum, and for the very reasons Ladybug has cited.
I did however want to make amends and much-needed apologies to those I have harmed by my words as a final gesture.
Kev, I am truly relieved to learn that Ladybug still regards me as her sister in the Lord.
Tell my dear sister that I am glad the Lord put her in my path and that I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.
- Rom. 8:28
Thanks again to all my beloved brethren in the Lord .. Kev, Christopher, Lurker, MS.
In Christian fellowship & love,
JuneAnnette
No problem I will pass your message along to her. You are a great example of humility. We know God works all things for our good. You guys take care and God bless
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News Item2/16/17 6:36 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
June Wrote:
"Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me."

Hi June, I pray this often because I tend to beat myself up often. I think about how incredibly imperfect I am and how it is, as I scan the scene, that most seem to have it all together. I've also come to realize though, that we see exactly what others want us to see. Too many don't have it in within them to see themselves clearly...to be honest with themselves as they gladly acknowledge the good, but the bad and the ugly Is all too often just not acknowledged or seen, even. You mentioned humility, and boy, we could all use just a bit more at times. I do my best, but it's hardly good enough.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that as long as we always keep our minds open, never stop trying to be more Christ-like every day and in every way, try to be and speak with humility, practice forgiveness daily, examine ourselves daily, and honestly, for flaws that need correcting, and try our best to practice the love, compassion, and incredible patience that Christ has for each of us, I think we're doing ok. I have far and long to go, myself.
Thanks again for reaching out, June, and it's an example that I'll always reflect back on when I'm facing conflict.

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News Item2/15/17 3:47 PM
Kev | San Diego  Contact via emailFind all comments by Kev
MS wrote:
Kev/JA/and others.
I too have left this site. Just kept checking in to see if ladybug had seen the postings
Thanks to those who I had some good biblical fellowship.
May the Lord bless you and keep you till we meet at our Fathers House.
Bye.
I'll see you again dear sister. You take care and God bless. Thanks for helping me find a Church and all that has been a great blessing to me God bless.
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News Item2/15/17 2:39 PM
RalphNorman | Holland, OH  Find all comments by RalphNorman
MS wrote:
Kev/JA/and others.
I too have left this site. Just kept checking in to see if ladybug had seen the postings
Thanks to those who I had some good biblical fellowship.
May the Lord bless you and keep you till we meet at our Fathers House.
Bye.
MS . . thank you so much for upholding me in your prayers.

Thank you for the fellowship we enjoyed and for the support and encouragement I received by your thoughtful and edifying comments, through which I have been blessed.

May the Lord bless you and keep you as well my dear sister,
till we sit down together at the wedding feast of the Lamb in our Fathers House.
I am looking forward to the time when I will have a glorified body like unto our Lord's.
- Phil 3:20-21

Til then, may God be pleased to enable us through grace,
to "glorify God in our body and in our spirits", which are God's."
- 1 Cor. 6:20

In Christian love & fellowship

JuneAnnette

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News Item2/15/17 2:34 PM
MS  Find all comments by MS
Kev/JA/and others.

I too have left this site. Just kept checking in to see if ladybug had seen the postings

Thanks to those who I had some good biblical fellowship.
May the Lord bless you and keep you till we meet at our Fathers House.
Bye.

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News Item2/15/17 2:23 PM
RalphNorman | Holland, OH  Find all comments by RalphNorman
Kev / San Diego wrote:

JA I talk to your sister Ladybug and she wanted you to know she forgives you and she forgave you before you even asked her. Her going away was not because of you she has made a personal choice to leave SA as the boards are no longer conducive to good biblical fellowship (not because of you). She regards you as a sister.
I believe that Ladybug has made a good descision to leave SA news feed for herself. I too feel like doing the same.
She wanted me to let you know this.
---------
That is the so good to know . . thank you.

Kev, I'm using Ralph's computer as SA blocked my posts at mine. Just as well,
because after much prayerful consideration, I too have decided to cease from any further engagement at this forum, and for the very reasons Ladybug has cited.

I did however want to make amends and much-needed apologies to those I have harmed by my words as a final gesture.

Kev, I am truly relieved to learn that Ladybug still regards me as her sister in the Lord.

Tell my dear sister that I am glad the Lord put her in my path and that I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.
- Rom. 8:28

Thanks again to all my beloved brethren in the Lord .. Kev, Christopher, Lurker, MS.

In Christian fellowship & love,

JuneAnnette

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News Item2/15/17 1:49 PM
Kev | San Diego  Contact via emailFind all comments by Kev
RalphNorman wrote:
Posting for June
Thank you Kev, Christopher, Lurker, for reproving me. I know you did it out of Christian love and for my good with a view to recovering me. Throughout this very painful exercise I have been brought by God's grace to examine my heart and see my sin. I know brothers and sisters in the Lord are obliged to correct and admonish one another and I was in need of both. LURKER was right when he said "JA, you brought shame to God and to His redeemed on the comment board. Perhaps some prayer closet time is in order."
This has been for me a much needed lesson in humility. On the plus side, when you're brought very low, you invariably will look up! Ps. 121:1...
Thank you for extending forgiveness to me and for your prayerful support.
JA
JA I talk to your sister Ladybug and she wanted you to know she forgives you and she forgave you before you even asked her. Her going away was not because of you she has made a personal choice to leave SA as the boards are no longer conducive to good biblical fellowship (not because of you). She regards you as a sister.

I believe that Ladybug has made a good descision to leave SA news feed for herself. I too feel like doing the same.

She wanted me to let you know this.

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News Item2/15/17 12:21 PM
RalphNorman | Holland,OH  Find all comments by RalphNorman
Posting for June

Thank you Kev, Christopher, Lurker, for reproving me. I know you did it out of Christian love and for my good with a view to recovering me. Throughout this very painful exercise I have been brought by God's grace to examine my heart and see my sin. I know brothers and sisters in the Lord are obliged to correct and admonish one another and I was in need of both. LURKER was right when he said "JA, you brought shame to God and to His redeemed on the comment board. Perhaps some prayer closet time is in order."
This has been for me a much needed lesson in humility. On the plus side, when you're brought very low, you invariably will look up! Ps. 121:1
Once again I truly am sorry for the hurt I caused you, and for the shame I brought to the cause of Christ. I have taken these things to heart.
There are times when the only dress suitable for a Christian is that of sackcloth and ashes, and for me this is such a time.
I take David's prayer for my own . .
Ps. 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me."
May this be the very means the Lord is pleased to use to my growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ II Pet 3:18
Thank you for extending forgiveness to me and for your prayerful support.

JA

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News Item2/13/17 10:00 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Same here, MS. Thank you.
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News Item2/13/17 9:19 PM
MS  Find all comments by MS
Christopher000 wrote:
Hi June, no response necessary, just an observation:
I have a really terrible sense of time, so have no idea how long I've been around. 5yrs maybe, maybe longer. I don't know. Anyway, this is the first time I can remember this sort of an in depth attempt to reach out and straighten out. What a great example you are right now to every one of us. I just can't help but think about how a situation that bred extreme anger and bitterness turned itself back around, not only so swiftly, but in such a profound way.
You are a perfect example of true Christianity in this particular situation. Instead of remaining angry and growing bitter, you opened your mind, took some quiet time, re-evaluated, prayed hard, and look at the reward. Satan has been bound, Christ is back, front and center, all is well, and better than before. In summary, again, what a great example.
ps-I know Ladybug is very forgiving and understanding, and wanted her to know that in my view, she certainly wasn't last because she was least, but rather, because you were simply going in order.


Praying for restoration between our dear sisters in Christ.

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News Item2/13/17 4:16 PM
Dave | Oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
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News Item2/13/17 6:50 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Hi June, no response necessary, just an observation:
I have a really terrible sense of time, so have no idea how long I've been around. 5yrs maybe, maybe longer. I don't know. Anyway, this is the first time I can remember this sort of an in depth attempt to reach out and straighten out. What a great example you are right now to every one of us. I just can't help but think about how a situation that bred extreme anger and bitterness turned itself back around, not only so swiftly, but in such a profound way.
You are a perfect example of true Christianity in this particular situation. Instead of remaining angry and growing bitter, you opened your mind, took some quiet time, re-evaluated, prayed hard, and look at the reward. Satan has been bound, Christ is back, front and center, all is well, and better than before. In summary, again, what a great example.

ps-I know Ladybug is very forgiving and understanding, and wanted her to know that in my view, she certainly wasn't last because she was least, but rather, because you were simply going in order.

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News Item2/12/17 10:45 PM
RalphNorman | Holland, OH  Find all comments by RalphNorman
@Ladybug, June wanted me to pass this on to you.

Ladybug, I don't know if you're following this thread, but I hope you are because I wish to apologize to you for my uncharitable response made here on 2/10/17 to the comments you made about me and Ralph at the News Item: "Hawaii bill would legalize prostitution industry' on 2/10/17.
You rightly observed that things had gone south. Though my initial reaction to your remarks was one of resentment, after I came to my senses, and reviewed carefully what you said, I realized I had over-reacted. I said some sarcastic and mean things to you that I deeply regret and have repented of. I have since heeded your wise counsel and have searched my heart. You were right, I did not like what the Lord revealed to me. In recalling my comments, many removed by SA, I can only hang my head in shame. My remarks were over the top and I have apologized to all those whom I offended by them at this thread and they have all graciously forgiven me.
You spoke the truth in love to me when you said: "Let us defend the truth, but, not at the expense of attacking and accusing the brethren."
Ladybug, I am so sorry. I do so desire to be reconciled to you and that in time, we can resume the cordial relations we enjoyed before this incident.
JuneAnnette

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News Item2/12/17 8:20 PM
Lurker  Protected NameFind all comments by Lurker
RalphNorman wrote:
I have been greatly troubled in my spirit by these matters and though I wanted so desperately to set things right, I was filled with apprehension and fearful of approaching you.
Hey June,

I'm sorry I gave you the sense of being unapproachable. I admit that the older I get, the less I tend to say and I avoid contention like a plague.

That said, I believe God has given instruction to many of us throughout this whole affair and it is up to each of us, myself included, to take to heart what pertains to us and act on it to His glory.

Be blessed, sister.

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News Item2/12/17 6:55 PM
RalphNorman | Holland, OH  Find all comments by RalphNorman
Lurker, this note is from June

Lurker, thank you for your kind words and for extending forgiveness to me so quickly . . I am overwhelmed by your gracious spirit.

I have been greatly troubled in my spirit by these matters and though I wanted so desperately to set things right, I was filled with apprehension and fearful of approaching you.

Thank you for accepting my apology and for still regarding me as your sister in the Lord.

I'll probably take a break for awhile, but in the future when I do comment, I will keep this verse before my eyes:

Psalm 141:3

"Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth, keep the door of my lips."

I still must make amends with ladybug, my dear sister in the Lord.
May God be pleased now to give me the words with which to entreat her forgiveness.

In Christ,

JuneAnnette

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News Item2/12/17 6:28 PM
Lurker  Protected NameFind all comments by Lurker
RalphNorman posting for JuneAnnete wrote:
Lurker I offer my deepest apology and hope in time you can forgive my trespass against you for it is my desire to be reconciled to you.
JA
Be at peace, dear sister. Apology accepted and any trespass, whether perceived or real, has already been dismissed and forgotten. All is well.

Hope you are feeling better real soon and hope to see you posting again when you're up to it.

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News Item2/12/17 5:15 PM
pennelope  Find all comments by pennelope
thank you Ralph and JA!

Now onto BMC who has been faithfully calling us out to honest reporting?

and onto the original post about us all being pro RCC or something? -- would love to clear the air on that as well...

again thank you, and welcome aboard!

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News Item2/12/17 5:04 PM
RalphNorman | Holland, OH  Find all comments by RalphNorman
Lurker . . June asked me to post her apology to you, as she is under the weather.

Lurker, I come before you in a spirit of humility and repentance. I am truly sorry for lashing out at you and for the hurtful and mean-spirited things I said to you & about you to others. I am deeply ashamed for my snide and rash remarks.
I have been pricked in my conscience by the Spirit. The Lord has showed me my sin. Ps. 139:23. Lurker, I don't know what came over me. when I took a swipe at your name. I cannot defend or excuse that. The old nature reared its' ugly head and for a moment the old man of sin gained the ascendancy over the new man of grace. "O wretched man (woman) that I am." Rom. 7:18
Once again I was reminded that I cannot live the Christian life in my own strength. John 15:5 and how needful it is to put on the Lord Jesus Christ by faith that I make no provision for the flesh. Rom. 13:14
You were right in your censure of me. You sought in a Christlike spirit to show me my fault. I now know you only meant to do me good by your reproof. Gal. 6:1-2
Ralph was only trying as husbands do to come to my defense, but that too was wrong.
Lurker I offer my deepest apology and hope in time you can forgive my trespass against you for it is my desire to be reconciled to you.

JA

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