January 22nd, 2007

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Church/family bonding

Weekend away was nice. Youth Leaders Retreat. We figured out a bunch of stuff to take the kids through and had fun planning. Shared a room with _shana, who snores, but on the whole, got sleep, so it wasn't a big bother. But I'd stayed up too late, and woken up too early, so I needed a nap in the arvo. Hanging out with Jeesh's kids was fun too. They're great kids, and lots of fun!

I think sometimes, it would help if people in the church were more transparent. It's good not to sin and all, and we all know that we're sinful... but maybe it'd be helpful to let people in on our faults. I'm loud, obnoxious, forgetful, etc. Just to name a few things. And I've told three people that just tonight. The church is meant to be a family, and the thing with families, is that we know each other's crapiness, yet we still love and encourage them anyway. And sometimes, I don't feel like the church is a family, because we don't let each other in on our own crap.

"Therefore confess you sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." James 5:16

Argue with me if you think I'm wrong, but I think chosing to show your weakness to those around you will actually build people together. Now, I'm not saying you should walk around with your sins listed on your forehead, but maybe in a friendship, you can be more open about your struggles. Don't try to hide the fact that you drank too much beer or get angry easily. Two things that I have a tendancy to do. But admit that it's wrong, that you regret it, and that you're working on it. And to those that are in on the know, be loving and gracious. Accept that everyone has faults, and resist the temptation to preach. Else your only driving them away again.

Just some thoughts. What be yours?
Claire Bitch plz

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that was a dumb-ass quiz. It was SO completely easy to get 100%. And maybe half of the questions had stupid answers. For example:
8. How did the Israelites get into Egypt in the first place?
-on bicycles
-by train
-They swam.
-Joseph's brothers sold him.
like... duh! It really wasn't the ultimate Bible quiz. The ultimate Bible quiz would have questions like "what does 2 Chronicles 3:18 say?" or something equally hard. Or other more obscure questions such as "how many times does Jesus talk about hell?" and the answer would be lots! Because people sometimes like to think that he's all meek and mild, but he ain't!

*grumble* I am so disappointed with that quiz. I think there was ONE whole question that I might have gotten wrong. Hell, my sunday school kids could get 100% if they took this quiz. BLAH
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