Holy Spirit ash trays for sale

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  1. Deacon

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    Does everybody have a Christian radio station that they listen to? We have quite a few near Philadelphia that are available.

    Wheeuuuuueeee, those commercials, they stink!!!!!! All those snake oil ads for vitamins (Queen bee pollen, cranberry extract etc). They claim that they will make you stronger and more alive. I just hear one that startled me when it said, “Here’s the product that will answer your prayers”. Ugggh.

    As an avid reader I’m frequently in bookstores, and if there is a Christian bookstore nearby I’m there too. But I’m disappointed more often than not at the junk that is sold in Christian book stores. Jesus pencils, Holy Spirit erasers, Holy prayer placemats, (do they even have favorite Bible verse ash trays?)

    Is it possible that all these things sell that well?

    Has marketing gone over the edge?
     
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    Just tune in TBN for an answer! :rolleyes: [​IMG]
     
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    Some of the kitschy stuff is fine . . . if it's designed to be kitsch. A friend of mine brought an incredibly tacky Last Supper keychain back from Jerusalem, and I bought a plastic rosary with "VATICAN" spelled out on the big beads, just for the kitsch factor. I kinda stick those things in the same category as the "angel snot" and "Boxing Sister Mary"s they sell at Archie McPhee.

    But the "lose ten pounds this week!" ads on Christian radio do bug me. Most of the stations we get sell themselves as ministries, and they lose a lot of points with me for choosing to advertise such schemes.
     
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    I am offended by any christian organization that would accept sponsors which are not in line with christianity. That would be up there with taking dirty money, to run a church.
    I went to Beauty school with a lady that did a commercial for "The 700 Club". In it she talked about God curing her husband of a terminal disease. The next time I saw her, she told me, that she was paid to do it and that it wasn't even her husband, and it wasn't true! BTW she was a christian and expressed regret over lying, even she did not see it as "acting".
    How sad that a christian broadcast would need to fake a testimonial. I guess they couldn't find anyone that had truely been Blessed!
    :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
    Christine
     
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    There is certainly money to be made in christianity. And christiasn are the ones making it, they use christianity, and the immaturinty of some christians to make millions. It's best to stay away from it all instead of supporting it and furthering their money making causes.
     
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    I believe that is called Fitlhy Lucre.
     
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    Agreed
     
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    Deacon...I am amazed also. And when I go in the store, to ask for a reference book, they always say, "No I am sorry, but we can order it." But yet, they have plenty of novelties. I would like to see more books and less novelty.

    Sherrie
     
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    What's really sad is the bookstores find they make more money with novelties than reference works, or else they would stock the references! Its another case of the commercial world giving us what makes THEM money instead of what is GOOD FOR US . . .
     
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    Paul prephaps it's too many christians not taking christianity seriously enough, like Sherrie can't get reference books, too many christians are settling for just what they get in church on Sunday morning.
     
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    There's a Lifeway Christian Book Store and a Family Christian Bookstore (plus a charismatic book store) in a town just 12 miles from us. I shop at the Lifeway because it's owned by the SBC so has the material to match our VBS and Sunday School curriculum. It usually has a sale table. They're on the internet too. (Plus the store manager is a member of our church.)

    This past week they had free books for the kids who promised to read this summer and a free book for the men. They're having a special Bibleman day too with lots of giveaways.

    It's www.lifeway.com

    Diane
     
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    We have Mardel's that is a Christian Book Store and several book stores in town that carry Christian reference books. I guess we are very fortunate. Being a University town, we have several used book stores also.
     
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    Some look at their shop as a mission, whilst most look at it as a business. The latter is their right. If it didn't sell, they wouldn't have it.

    Maybe Christianity is too easy in the free world. The cults flourished most in the times they were greatly persecuted. Since they have all received a modicum of acceptance, they are on the wain.

    Cheers,

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    Ahstrays...I doubt there are ashtrays.

    I personally like having a Christian Book store that I can go to to get a birhday or secret pal present for one of my church buddies. And it's sure a nice place to buy Christmas gifts for family and friends too...especially the books and toys for kids.

    I mean, it's in a store, so what's the problem? it's not like the money changers in the Temple.

    Laurenda
     
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    Me too, but there just might be.

    Bookstores all over are having a tough time perhaps due to internet sales. I shop for most of my Christian books on-line. No wonder they have to resort to novelties.

    But the sales pitches are getting tough to handle.

    Rob
     
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    It's the ads that get me much more than the novelties. I buy most books online, too, unless I'm supporting an independent bookstore. Who's heard of the "Judy Singer" weightloss pills? I hear it every time I turn to WAVA. :mad: They lose the points because they bill themselves as a mission, yet they're selling weight loss drugs, which are worth about as much as tictacs. If it were something that supported their mission (which, to be fair, they do push), it wouldn't bother me -- not-for-profit doesn't mean they can't make money, after all, they gotta eat.

    The Christian bookstore closest to me also has a little grocery market that sells vegetarian and vegan foods, which is the first time I'd heard of a Christian "book"store doing that. Thought it as pretty cool.
     
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    They are using the chritian market to draw in customers.
     
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    Marketing, pure and simple.

    Babyboomers are returning to their theological roots as they begin to stare 50-60 in the face and realize that they will NOT live forever.

    So commercials on TV are geared to them. Hallmark ads make me get all teary-eyed.

    McDonald's introduces health food

    WallyWorld has greeters that make ME feel YOUNG!

    And Christianity "sells". It is a feel good security blanket as we face aging, uncertain economy, war in Iraq, et al.

    Actually, it's too bad our CHURCHES don't emphasize that more in our ads, door-to-door calls. Back to your roots, back to the stories of JEsus for YOUR kids and grandkids . . .

    (Man, I'm a calvinist and can't believe I just typed that) :rolleyes:
     
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    My husband used to get upset when the CBD catalog came in. He would say, "Look at this, five or six pages of romance and fiction and only one page of Bibles."


    Then last week my husband asked me to find him a pocket Bible that he can bring to work. I go to the local Christian bookstore and the front shelves are loaded with fiction. The Bibles were way in the back and no pocket Bible to be found :rolleyes:
     
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    An automatic transmission on a new motorcar is an option, but they are readily available at a dealership. If you want a standard shift, you must wait about two weeks to get it, and pay extra.

    Why should a bookshop be expected to carry everything that is available? They carry what sells, and twice-born Christians are not the only customers. A pencil with the image of Christ on it may not be your cup of tea, but it is to others. There is something neat about appearing religious.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     

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