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  1. Alan Hawkins says:

    Thanks for asking us all to participate in a constructive week of discussions Michael

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Alan…you helped lift our hearts and minds to a better place, as did all of our contributors.
    I’m very grateful…

  3. Thank you Michael and everyone who wrote articles this week. I have passed most of this week’s content on to pastors with whom I have face to face friendships.

  4. Michael says:


    Thank you…I’ve never seen the resources here spread out like this…I’m really blessed.

  5. dusty says:

    ask and you shall receive….what a strong week…and you deserve one….praying for many more like this coming your way big brother.

  6. Jtk says:

    We may not accomplish everything you might hope for, but it sure IS SOMETHING!

    Kinda like, “how did that lil group of Christians survive, much less thrive, much less outlast the Roman Empire?!”

    Lil ole PP keeps a chugging

  7. dusty says:

    Jtk, lol

  8. Neo says:

    I’m surprised at how much this whole thing hurts….

  9. Michael says:

    Dusty, JTK…thank you both.

  10. Michael says:


    Why do you think that is?

  11. Neo says:

    Michael. I’ve been trying to sort out my own thoughts to that question.

  12. Here’s another link that’s very relevant to the discussion:

    It’s very puzzling, though. This looks like a church built on the Solid Rock, not a cult built on a personality.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Looks can be deceiving.

    Genesis 3:6
    6When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

  14. Anonymous says:

    BTW Doug Sauder-the guy who led the worship from that link is in charge of 4Kids of S Florida- a ministry connected to CCFL. Big bucks donated there.

  15. Neo says:

    Anonymous. Seems you gotta try really hard to find something to criticize in his address based on that video. I might encourage you to call off the dogs on that one, geesh.

  16. Heretic says:

    Doug Sauder is GOOD people. Anybody that makes it their business to foster and adopt and then help organizations that do will always have a soft spot in my heart.

  17. erunner says:

    I read the articles and am better for it. Someone mentioned on another thread that we all have shortcomings we deal with. At times I lose sight of what I’m capable of especially in my thoughts.

    In a perfect world these things won’t need to be spoken of but that time is not yet here. So for mutual edification I think it’s important that we’re aware of what realities are out there and if that means blogging about it then that’s okay. It’s better than ignoring things as if they didn’t happen.

    We all have our thoughts and see things differently based on our backgrounds, allegiances as well as life experiences. There will never be a consensus and thus the tension.

    At some point this topic will be in the background as all other stories have as we move on to other things. I appreciate the effort the authors put in as they placed themselves out there for our benefit. I never thought I would see a week like this. Maybe in a way it has helped ease the pain from such difficult times no so long ago Michael and for the things you are still dealing with. Thank you.

  18. Larry says:

    I’ve had a busy week at work and am trying to finish my tax forms, so I haven’t been able to read all the posts. I’ll try to read them next week after things hopefully quiet down. Thanks again to Michael and all the contributors for your efforts to address this situation.

  19. brian says:

    These are very helpful articles and I thank all those that wrote them, it was a great deal of work. The thing that bothers me, in my limited evangelical experience. There are many sins that are forgivable, but needing, cant be one of them. God wants overcomers right out of the gate, get save and overcome. If you dont, well basically you are a child of Satan, unless you are a senior pastor, then we should not “judge” you. I dont get that, a moral failing on my part. Back when I first became a “Christian” I use to think it was all about “Jesus”, on its face that is stupid and that has been made very clear to me.

  20. Frosted Flake says:

    Brian, You said…….
    “I use to think it was all about ‘Jesus’, on its face that is stupid and that has been made very clear to me.”
    When you discover complexity in this christian life it can be like finding an unexpected gorilla in your cereal box. All you wanted was breakfast and King Kong came to visit. You are not alone. Santification is not simple or easy and the instruction booklet (bible) takes a lifetime to understand. It really is still all about Jesus, but we become more complicated with every stage of life and are challenged with making application every day to a new circumstance. You are a blessing.

  21. Dusty says:

    Good morning PP family….sun is shining here, birds are singing…..hope your day is bright and happy!

  22. Nonnie says:

    Hi Dusty! I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have you back here!

    Yes I can!! It’s really great to have you back!!

  23. Nonnie says:

    Larry, I hope you get your taxes done in time. I’ve always wondered why people would wait until mid April to file taxes, though. I get mine done in early Feb. Oh, what a fun mix we are in the PP family! 😀

  24. covered says:

    I’m in agreement with you Nonnie which is why I told our tax guy to get them darn things done! 🙂

  25. I usually do taxes right after all the forms are in, but this year I thought I was going to owe money. So I did them around April 5th, then I wished I had done them earlier, because I actually didn’t owe money and will get a little back.
    My real gripe was state taxes. H&R Block’s online version was buggy on the MS state taxes. It told me I owed nothing and was getting nothing back.
    I ask, how often does that happen?
    So, before finishing with H&R Block online, I downloaded the state forms and did my taxes by hand.
    Now, MS’s tax forms have never been as simple as a federal, but they have changed the form to make it even less user friendly.
    It took me a good hour to muddle through their form all to figure out I was owed a small amount of money, under $10. Really not enough to worry me about getting back. So, I just ended up finishing the H&R block one.

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