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NYC Poke

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Washington and Lee...of course. But stil froml there and NYC and now back to east Texas...thats a long long way to a Cowboy Church.
Agreed.

My Mom is horse-crazy. Always has been, since she was a little girl.

She's made a good life for herself, made a good living. And now she has horses. My Mom is a Force of Nature, you try to resist but you just can't. I didn't grow up riding horses, but damnit, when I'm here, I ride horses with her.

She works a lot of hours still, so any horses she has are likely to be green-broke. Her hours and her predilection for picking up strays. That means I've learned to ride on green-broke horses.

God protects drunks, the ignorant, and little children. I'll leave it to you to decide which way I'm still alive.

When I first got down here from NYC, I was hoping my visit would be short and sweet. I could help my brother fight cancer and help my Mom find a man. She's been lonely since my dad died, and her having a man would take some of her focus off of me.

She had tried the whole e-harmony thing. I think she'd be a catch for her age cohort, but the only responses she got were from near-corpses.

She seemed to be attracted to older cowboy-type dudes, so I recommended the cowboy church thing. Honestly, I was looking for a way to get my Mom distracted. I was hoping to set her up with a cowboy who would ride her off into the sunset.

We went to a few of them that weren't worth much. There was infighting, or it was just guys playing dress-up, and it didn't take me too long to figure out that I, a Greenhorn/Yankee, knew more about horses than they did.

I found my church by accident. It is a really long story involving a dog, of all things. I won't go into it unless you really want to know.

But a guy heard me play guitar and asked me to join the band at the Circle C Cowboy Church in Mount Pleasant. The band is good. The people are friendly. I really respect the preacher. A lot of times when you go to a place like that the preacher just says "Jesus" a lot just to get some "Amens."

This guy, James Baker, seems to know that some of his flock need that, and some of us need something more. He walks that very fine line. I really can't say too much about him. It was probably high school the last time I was impressed by a preacher.

Anyway, I think I've found a prospect for my Mom there. We both feel like we have found a Home there. They're all different from me and I'm all different from them. But we're really all the same.
 
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Agreed.

My Mom is horse-crazy. Always has been, since she was a little girl.

She's made a good life for herself, made a good living. And now she has horses. My Mom is a Force of Nature, you try to resist but you just can't. I didn't grow up riding horses, but damnit, when I'm here, I ride horses with her.

She works a lot of hours still, so any horses she has are likely to be green-broke. Her hours and her predilection for picking up strays. That means I've learned to ride on green-broke horses.

God protects drunks, the ignorant, and little children. I'll leave it to you to decide which way I'm still alive.

When I first got down here from NYC, I was hoping my visit would be short and sweet. I could help my brother fight cancer and help my Mom find a man. She's been lonely since my dad died, and her having a man would take some of her focus off of me.

She had tried the whole e-harmony thing. I think she'd be a catch for her age cohort, but the only responses she got were from near-corpses.

She seemed to be attracted to older cowboy-type dudes, so I recommended the cowboy church thing. Honestly, I was looking for a way to get my Mom distracted. I was hoping to set her up with a cowboy who would ride her off into the sunset.

We went to a few of them that weren't worth much. There was infighting, or it was just guys playing dress-up, and it didn't take me too long to figure out that I, a Greenhorn/Yankee, knew more about horses than they did.

I found my church by accident. It is a really long story involving a dog, of all things. I won't go into it unless you really want to know.

But a guy heard me play guitar and asked me to join the band at the Circle C Cowboy Church in Mount Pleasant. The band is good. The people are friendly. I really respect the preacher. A lot of times when you go to a place like that the preacher just says "Jesus" a lot just to get some "Amens."

This guy, James Baker, seems to know that some of his flock need that, and some of us need something more. He walks that very fine line. I really can't say too much about him. It was probably high school the last time I was impressed by a preacher.

Anyway, I think I've found a prospect for my Mom there. We both feel like we have found a Home there. They're all different from me and I'm all different from them. But we're really all the same.
Your story reminds me that life has a lot of twists and turnes...and we often don't know what is around the next corner. Looking back on my life all that I have accomplished and done is because of Jesus. There were so many times I have failed and so many times I could have taken the wrong road and I did so many times. But then I heard his voice deep down and moved back. I remember the old signs we used to see: "Jesus Saves". I often thought that is crazy it is more complex than that, but no, that sign says it all. Jesus really does save...now in this life and in the life to come.
 

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Your story reminds me that life has a lot of twists and turnes...and we often don't know what is around the next corner. Looking back on my life all that I have accomplished and done is because of Jesus. There were so many times I have failed and so many times I could have taken the wrong road and I did so many times. But then I heard his voice deep down and moved back. I remember the old signs we used to see: "Jesus Saves". I often thought that is crazy it is more complex than that, but no, that sign says it all. Jesus really does save...now in this life and in the life to come.
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There is something about each of us that wants to know what life is all about. More specifically we want to know what our life is all about. We search here and there and are told many things by many people. Our search goes on and on we ask that question many times. Some grow weary in that quest and give up to a life of meaningless. Too many say they have that answer and it turns out not to be true. But deep down we suspect that there is a God. So we watch those who say they know God and too often we are very disappointed. Yet in some we see that "spark of life"... that life that Godly people have. We watch and listen and one day God reveals himself. Then as we listen he speaks to us not just one time but over and over in many ways. We are surprised that God would know and care for us. We find ourselves changed and being transformed day by day for the better. We are amazed because it is not us causing the change. We are born again to a whole new life in God.
 

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There is something about each of us that wants to know what life is all about. More specifically we want to know what our life is all about. We search here and there and are told many things by many people. Our search goes on and on we ask that question many times. Some grow weary in that quest and give up to a life of meaningless. Too many say they have that answer and it turns out not to be true. But deep down we suspect that there is a God. So we watch those who say they know God and too often we are very disappointed. Yet in some we see that "spark of life"... that life that Godly people have. We watch and listen and one day God reveals himself. Then as we listen he speaks to us not just one time but over and over in many ways. We are surprised that God would know and care for us. We find ourselves changed and being transformed day by day for the better. We are amazed because it is not us causing the change. We are born again to a whole new life in God.
That was as well put as anything I have ever read on here.
 

NYC Poke

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Just curious, NYC Poke, are there a lot of churches up in NYC? I've been to NYC a couple of times visiting my cousin, but I really can't recall seeing a lot of churches in and around the city. Not that hard to imagine cause there really isn't a lot of real estate lol
You'd be surprised. There are tons of churches (and synagogues), and they all tend to draw capacity crowds.
 
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I think people everywhere are searching for something which often they have no real clue about, just something to relieve that which ails them mentally or physically.

I heard this last year from a pretty cool person: "I searched for God in the synagogues and in the sanctuaries and I found him in my own heart." Good stuff, been there done that, bought the T shirt.
 

RxCowboy

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You'd be surprised. There are tons of churches (and synagogues), and they all tend to draw capacity crowds.
I have a friend who pastored in upstate New York until a few years ago. He called it a graveyard for pastors. Secularism, humanism, and liberalism are so firmly entrenched that everything is viewed through those lenses, and anyone who is actually devout in their faith is considered a lunatic. People go to church to make themselves feel better, not to worship the creator of the universe. I see this in my wife's family in Albany-Troy.

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NYC Poke

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I have a friend who pastored in upstate New York until a few years ago. He called it a graveyard for pastors. Secularism, humanism, and liberalism are so firmly entrenched that everything is viewed through those lenses, and anyone who is actually devout in their faith is considered a lunatic. People go to church to make themselves feel better, not to worship the creator of the universe. I see this in my wife's family in Albany-Troy.

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I think you're probably painting with a pretty broad brush.
 

RxCowboy

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It isn't my painting, it is a friend who was a longtime pastor in upstate NY. What i have seen in my wife's family looks exactly like what he described.

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You'd be surprised. There are tons of churches (and synagogues), and they all tend to draw capacity crowds.
I have a friend who is probably moving to NYC from Dallas. We attend a very popular non-denom church here and she's "hoping" for something similar up there. Do you know of any such place you could tell me about? She's excited about her move, except for the pre-conceived belief about the lack of churches up there.
 
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I think people everywhere are searching for something which often they have no real clue about, just something to relieve that which ails them mentally or physically.

I heard this last year from a pretty cool person: "I searched for God in the synagogues and in the sanctuaries and I found him in my own heart." Good stuff, been there done that, bought the T shirt.
Too many people are like little caged animals running in a spinning cylinder...running...running...running...thinking... that there must be something.... up ahead. But all they ever see in more and more of the same old spinning cylinder. People keep saying run..run...run...there is something ahead but they never find "it". They grow weary old and tired having never found "it'.
 

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Too many people are like little caged animals running in a spinning cylinder...running...running...running...thinking... that there must be something.... up ahead. But all they ever see in more and more of the same old spinning cylinder. People keep saying run..run...run...there is something ahead but they never find "it". They grow weary old and tired having never found "it'.
As you know, people find their "satisfaction" in a variety of ways. Knowledge, material goods, athletic ability, etc. The only thing, imo, that satisfies is a deep relationship with the creator of the universe. It centers and provides a strong base in this day and age of fads and newfangled ideas that toss untethered individuals to and fro.
 
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I know you didn't ask me specifically, but The Journey Church is a great church in NYC. If I lived there, it is where I would at least start my search for a new church home.
Go to Booklyn Tabernacle...I have heard great things about that place. It started out as a small forgotten place about to close when their present pastor accepted the job as pastor. Google it up. Listen to some sermons.
 
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As you know, people find their "satisfaction" in a variety of ways. Knowledge, material goods, athletic ability, etc. The only thing, imo, that satisfies is a deep relationship with the creator of the universe. It centers and provides a strong base in this day and age of fads and newfangled ideas that toss untethered individuals to and fro.
Yes and if I don't watch it I am caught up in that dead end too. Its a trap and I know it is a trap but get caught up in it too often. I should know better, and frankly I am angry with myself to get caught in it once again. I think..."what was I thinking?"
 
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osupride97

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For every Christian...remember that God is where you are at. He goes with us and while our physicial location varies, he is with us wherever we are.
Yes very true, but at our church we strongly believe in community and being involved in the body. Not every church focuses on those things, so the church is important.