Hobbies?

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  1. 12strings

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    I'm curious as to what we Baptists do in whatever spare time we have. What are your hobbies or leisure-time activities (Other than posting to a Debate forum)?

    And...just so the mods don't shut us down for having fellowship in the debate section...

    1. You can debate why your hobby is better than everyone else's.

    2. You can debate the biblical warrant for whether a Christian should have any hobbies or pursue any non-essential leisure activities at all.
     
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    For me, it's horses. I love horses and always have. I'm blessed to have a dear friend with a horse who doesn't ride so I get to ride him when I want. Right now I have scheduled Monday and Thursday as my days to ride but I can ride other days if I wish as well. I help her by doing her stall, feeding and caring for him when she's away or to just give her a day off. :) The horse is a love and while he can sometimes be challenging while riding, he's got such a sweet heart that I think if I believed in reincarnation, he was definitely a dog in his former life. LOL

    For my husband, it is sailing. We have a 42 foot sailboat that goes in the water in the beginning of April and comes out the end of October and he's there at least a few days a week. It's his "marine office" where he can actually get sermon prep done and just get away from the office where there are a lot of distractions. We also use it as our vacation home and are usually away on it for 2-3 weeks each summer, sailing Long Island Sound and points east to Martha's Vineyard.

    I'm TRYING to make running a hobby but so far my body is saying "Umm - I don't think I'm ever going to love this." LOL
     
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    Writing (as in books). I love to use what imagination I have to the extent I'm able.
    Writing/composing/recording music mixed with video imagery.


    1 - My hobbies are better because...ummm...because I say so!

    2 - They have biblical warrant because writing allows me new and interesting opportunities to convey my beliefs in means and form that are expressly unique to that of others and demonstrate the gifts (this point is arguable :rolleyes:)that God has given. And...ummm...because I say so!
     
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    If it's cold enough to wear a coat I hunt. If it is warm enough for shirtsleeves I fish.
     
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    What do we baptists do for fun? Well, we sit around thinking about how we are right about all things religious and everybody who isn't a baptist is wrong.

    This message was brought to you be SARCARM.


    I no longer have a hobby. I have a wife in worsening health, a 5 year old boy with high function autism and a 5 month old puppy. A 50 hour per week job. I'm a deacon. A lay-minister. I'm preaching this Sunday evening since our Pastor is out of town. It is a FIGHT to make the time to study God's Word. Truth be told, brothers and sisters, I feel worn out, stretched thin and ineffective. I need your prayers. I'm sure there are many out there that have it FAR worse than I do, but I'm asking for prayers. Please.
     
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    Probably but not many. May the Lord grant you peace, rest, and encouragement. God Bless
     
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    I play chess...and speed chess{on the clock}....but I try not to do much of it ,as it takes up my time....i find it almost addicting.....so even a good thing can become sin if i am not careful.
     
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    I have several hobbies which are probably a bore to everyone else, but since you asked.
    I work on an ever expanding family tree and document lines to historical figures
    Astronomy
    Stamp collecting
    Bowling
    Metal detecting
    Baptist Board of course
    Weather
    Raising parakeets

    Bible study is really not a hobby, but go to as many Bible studies as I can, and occasionally lead them. Between my church work (deacon, SS Director, van driver, etc) a wife of 36 years, two kids, job in retirement in the mental health industry in adult day care, anyway, it all keeps me quite busy, and as everyone can see, the Lord has richly blessed me.

    Buck 76 I am praying for you. Icon, I admire someone who can play a good game of chess. It is just one of those things, although I know the moves, I have ever been able to get my mind around as far as strategy.
     
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    I build stuff with wood...using mostly hand tools when I can: Hand-saws, handplanes, chisels, hand-powered drill, etc... I have some power tools but enjoy the hand tool work more.

    1. My hobby is the best because I can make stuff for other people.

    2. Liesure time well used will refresh the soul, using God's good gifts in a grateful way...rather than calling certain things inclean or insisting on ascetism and severety to the body...we will be actively obeying God's NT instructions.
     
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    Number two is an excellent thought. We are meant to enjoy life, not grit our teeth through it. Very well put in your wording.

    Also, I will add, I have to admire those who can make things with tools. It is an art, which I have no artistic talent. Except for our wooden fence, anything I touch with a hammer or saw looks like a tornado hit it.
     
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    As I am retired I have a lot more time for my favorite hobbies.

    1. Reading - I wore out my first Kindle!

    2. Shooting - I am a member of a gun club and am a Pistol instructor and Range Safety Officer.

    3. Motorcycle riding - I am on my 29th motorcycle since I started riding 55 years ago.

    4. Travel - My wife and I love to travel. We just got back from Honduras and Mexico. (Of course, going to Mexico is not all that hard from us. We live about 2 miles from the border. We go down into the Mexican State of Tamaulipas several times per month.) We're planning a trip to the Grand Cayman Islands in July - to visit all the money we don't have. (Seriously, we love Georgetown and the beautiful beaches there.)
     
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    I just prayed and will continue to do so!
     
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    Done. May our Saviour help you shoulder your load. May you be richly blessed because you didn't say no when asked to serve.
     
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    This might sound crazy----but I'm gonna "Second" Padre's motion!!!

    Gardening and farming is my "Cup of Tea" along with what Padre said!!
     
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    I've got several hobbies, none of which seem to be cheap :(

    1. Paintball - The only sport I care a bit about. A lot of fun and a great workout as well. Plus I get to shoot at people :)

    2. Shooting - I go to the range at least once a month (though the insane lack of ammunition right now could soon become a problem) and enjoy sending lead downrange into small pieces of paper.

    3. Art - I draw and paint too, though I haven't been as committed to that lately like I should. I personally feel like art for me is something more than a simple hobby, because I see all the great Christian art of the past and the now almost total lack of it and I feel a great desire to contribute to a revival of great Christian art.
     
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    When I used to work 9 to whatever, longed for the days when I'd have free time (spare time) for all the things I wanted to do. Now that I'm "retired" still long for the same thing. In a sense. I'm doing what I want to do, but in a far different manner from what I thought it would be.

    For example, I have a woodworking shop as I enjoy making things and restoring/repurposing other things for longer a useful life.. Rarely ever spend time out there anymore. Instead, often the portable tools are loaded in the truck to help somebody fix something.

    Enjoy collecting and bringing back to useful life old castiron cookware. The last thing I did with that was to show a neighbor how to set up an electrolysis system to remove rust and how to remove crud with a lye bath.

    For I don't know how many years, been collecting oil lamps and determined to have as many ways to make coffee (cook, too) as possible. Especially enjoy cooking outdoors that extends far beyond throwing a few burgers on a grill. Now it seems that most of the time that could be devoted to that in my backyard now happens either in or behind the fellowship hall at our church.

    Further it seems that I'm headed in the direction of teaching others how to "Let there be light" and how to cook in ways they've never known that they could. To teach how to make an olive oil lamp and a beverage can stove. To make one to keep and make one to share. Where this is headed, I don't know. That's OK, as I'm sure He'll let me know when the time is right.

    Time. Yes, my hobby/spare/leisure time is much different from what I imagined it would be. There still isn't enough time in a day to do all that I enjoy doing. Especially when it's finding ways to serve and give glory to our Lord.
     
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    I played a lot of chess in high school, and our team was the city champion and 2nd or something in the state. I haven't played much since, but about ten years ago we held a tournament, complete with clocks and trophies, in our town. We had 3 missionaries, 2 missionary kids and one Japanese Christian man who whipped us all!
     
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    May God give you strength, and meet all of your needs, physical and spiritual.
     
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    My big thing is baseball cards, both Japanese and American. I specialize in Japanese players who played in the US, and Americans who played in Japan. I have a number of treasures, such as Japanese rookie cards for both Ichiro and Matsui (worth about $100 apiece), and several cards for Sadaharu Oh (all time home run king for the world) from his playing days. [​IMG]
     

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