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hunt NH 05-22-2011 01:32 AM

finding the right chirch
 
i am feeling compelled to attend chirsh with my family. as iv stated so many times i have never liked chirch, and have never felt like god was there. but now realy feel the need to go back, and bring my kids. with all that said. i dont even know were to begin. i realize i would kinda need to dress up ( in my sunday best), but they also need to exept me as i am. ( tattoo covered, sleveless shirt wearing, dirty jeans wering red neck). i dont want to put on an act (like iv mentioned before, about people acting all perfect on sunday, and being back stabbers on monday). if im going to find i chirch, i need to be me wile there. also being that im not on the "normal" sleep scedual. ( i tend to get up at noon, or later and staying up till 3 or 4 am). the early moring thing just wont work for me. any ideas of were and how to start looking for the right chirch for me?

Hellbilly 05-22-2011 10:47 PM

pick a good bible based christian church and go.You mite go to several differant ones before you find one that fits you.Just remember what your there for.worship GOD,not to inpress others or be like "look at me".The church I go to is a little country church and on a good day there mite be 50 people.I wear blue jeans and my justins with a nice shirt as do most of the other guys young and old.Its not what you wear,But what you reseave.And yes I have alot of tats also and have never been shuned because of it at this church,others I have been.Its all about you and your relationship with CHRIST.I hate to admit it but IMO not all churchs have the holy spirit moveing in it.One of the best churchs Ive ever been to was a cowboy church.It was held in a barn with dogs and chickens roaming around and horses in stalls.I can tell you the holy spirit was in that place and moving freely among us.It was not a look at me and what Ive done kinda place.They do not even pass a plate around.They have a box off to the side at the entrance and you can just drop off what you can.They even had a sign on it to leave what you can or take what you need.GOD bless you and your familiy finding the church for you

tator 05-23-2011 12:19 PM

If I were you, I would talk around. Find out from people where they attend and find out what it's like there. Most importantly, find a church where the pastor is going to TEACH from the BIBLE. I know that sounds weird to say, but seriously. Many pastor's have their own agenda or own way of looking at the Bible. Find one who does not CHANGE the Bible around to "meet the needs of the congregation". My wife and I once attended a church where every Sunday was a UP-beat feel-good message. Well that's fine, but what about everything else? The Bible has both good and bad stories. A congregation needs to hear about all of them. They need to learn about the touchy subjects and the subjects pastor's hate preaching on. Don't worry about wearing your best or looking your best, God wants you to attend. Also, don't worry about what other people in the church do or say. Yes, it is important to belong to a church body, but once they know you, tatoos and all, they will accept you. It may take a little time. We have a guy in my church who's name is Joe. Joe had long hair, a REALLY long goatee w/handle bar mustache, and he had tatoos all over. Plus he wore a leather vest. When he first started, yes he got some weird looks, but now, he is one of our best attendees and I'm happy to say he's my brother in Christ!

timetohunt 05-23-2011 04:28 PM

Start with prayer and a positive attitude.

hunt NH 05-24-2011 01:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Hellbilly (Post 56617)
pick a good bible based christian church and go.You mite go to several differant ones before you find one that fits you.Just remember what your there for.worship GOD,not to inpress others or be like "look at me".The church I go to is a little country church and on a good day there mite be 50 people.I wear blue jeans and my justins with a nice shirt as do most of the other guys young and old.Its not what you wear,But what you reseave.And yes I have alot of tats also and have never been shuned because of it at this church,others I have been.Its all about you and your relationship with CHRIST.I hate to admit it but IMO not all churchs have the holy spirit moveing in it.One of the best churchs Ive ever been to was a cowboy church.It was held in a barn with dogs and chickens roaming around and horses in stalls.I can tell you the holy spirit was in that place and moving freely among us.It was not a look at me and what Ive done kinda place.They do not even pass a plate around.They have a box off to the side at the entrance and you can just drop off what you can.They even had a sign on it to leave what you can or take what you need.GOD bless you and your familiy finding the church for you

that would be exactly what i am looking for. mabee not exactly the barn thing and chickens. but that kinda environment were your totaly free to be you without anyone caring. not saying i care what others think of me, but i feel in a place were everyones trying to be perfect than gods not there.

Hellbilly 05-25-2011 11:10 PM

The easiest way to do this is to pray on it and GOD will lead you to were he wants and needs you.At first you may think its the wrong place ,but as long as he is telling you to be there it is for a reason.You may be the insperation that brings a dying church back or the only person that can talk to a brother in a special way that leads them to CHRIST.Pray on it,I will keep you in my prayers on this subject.>>>Hebrews 10: 24,25

tator 05-26-2011 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Hellbilly (Post 56706)
The easiest way to do this is to pray on it and GOD will lead you to were he wants and needs you.At first you may think its the wrong place ,but as long as he is telling you to be there it is for a reason.You may be the insperation that brings a dying church back or the only person that can talk to a brother in a special way that leads them to CHRIST.Pray on it,I will keep you in my prayers on this subject.>>>Hebrews 10: 24,25


AMEN... I agree 100%

OhioHunter 05-29-2011 09:31 PM

I know I may get some flack from some of the others on here, but you may want to check out a"Crossroads" church if there is one near you. I took my son to the local one here after he asked a few times. There are people from all walks of life, social classes, ect.......... You have the sterotypical little old lady dressed to the hilt next to the recovering addict. We were amazed at the variety of people there and the casual atomosphere. Alot of people stay away from these kind of churches because they are "national chain" churches but I feel that it receiving the word of God is more important then the where you receive it. This may give you some insite on what place of worship is best for you and your family..

hunt NH 05-29-2011 11:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Hellbilly (Post 56706)
The easiest way to do this is to pray on it and GOD will lead you to were he wants and needs you.At first you may think its the wrong place ,but as long as he is telling you to be there it is for a reason.You may be the insperation that brings a dying church back or the only person that can talk to a brother in a special way that leads them to CHRIST.Pray on it,I will keep you in my prayers on this subject.>>>Hebrews 10: 24,25

i dont know about me reviving a deing chirch. but maybee i could bricng someone to christ who may not normaly listen to stariotipical christains because they feel there is to big of a gap between them. im a little rugh around the edges, but i love god, and wish i could help bring him to more people.

Hellbilly 05-30-2011 01:11 AM

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Originally Posted by hunt NH (Post 56756)
i dont know about me reviving a deing chirch. but maybee i could bricng someone to christ who may not normaly listen to stariotipical christains because they feel there is to big of a gap between them. im a little rugh around the edges, but i love god, and wish i could help bring him to more people.

You never know my friend.The good LORD does have a plan for you.pray,open your heart and listen.As fat as being rough around the edges,you know fishermen can be some rough ones,remember his deciples? He took fishermen to be fishers of men for Him


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