Michael Colunga (12 May 2011)
"RE:  Suzi--your post of 11 May 2011"

 
Hello, John and Doves,
 
Suzi, I was moved by your statement [highlighted by me in your post, below],
"...[I]t's now been years since I've attended a regular service. I miss the fellowship, and the music, and the connection...but I don't miss the politics and the ugly side of it all."
 
May I encourage you to try out the Calvary Chapel of Hanford?  It is part of the Calvary Chapel movement started by Chuck Smith.  I go to a Calvary Chapel, called Maranatha Chapel [whose Pastor is Ray Bentley], here in Rancho Bernardo [a neighborhood of San Diego, CA].
 
Here is the link to Calvary Chapel of Hanford:  http://www.calvaryhanford.com/.
May the LORD revive your spirit, Suzi!  If you click on "Get Directions," you can zoom out to get a better perspective.  Even if you lack transportation, I'm sure God is able to raise up someone to help you!  Don't give up on fellowship!
 
It is written,
    "A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] For brethren to dwell together in unity!
    "[It is] like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.
    "[It is] like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing--Life forevermore."  Psalm 133
 
No matter how the LORD leads you, may you be blessed as are the children of Israel:
        And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
        "Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, 'This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel.
    Say to them:
        "The LORD bless you and keep you;
        The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
        The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace." '
        "So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them."
                                                                            Numbers 6:22-27
 
May God bless you and yours with His riches in glory in Christ Jesus [Philippians 4:19, Ephesians 3:20-21]!
 
Baruch HaShem Adonai [Blessed be the Name of the LORD],
Mike C.
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Suzi (11 May 2011)
"Gay Clergy"

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110511/ap_on_re/us_rel_presbyterians_gays

When I became a Christian at 26, I thought, as we were reading about end times events, signs and other topics, I assumed the 'New Age' movement would either become 'mainstream', or infiltrate the Church.

I already knew that abortion was just a modern twist on child sacrifice. Eco-babble was just 'earth magic'. I just figured that Satan would take what was old ("New Age" was always a crack up to me, as a Wiccan, it was 'The Olde Religion'), and put a new face on it, changing it with the times to fit his agenda. I knew that it actually HAD to happen, since we are told it will.

But now, seeing and hearing how 'real churches' are literally falling away....it does take me aback to see it so blatant! There are still subtle movements going on, but some of them are right there, in your face, like this story. Wow.

This is the kind of thing that 'turned me off' going to 'church'. Seems that every church we visited, and even got really involved with one during the kids teen years, had flaws. Of course, being inhabited by HUMANS it would have flaws...but there was always something that I just could not reconcile and it's now been years since I've attended a regular service. I miss the fellowship, and the music, and the connection...but I don't miss the politics and the ugly side of it all.

I look forward to the day when we will all be face to face with Our Lord and it won't be like 'earthly church', it will be the relationship we were meant to have...the communing that Adam & Eve had before the Fall.

Blessings~

Suzi