There was a buzz in the courtyard that inched its way into the arena as nearly 6, men, women and children gathered to celebrate a Los Angeles milestone that was merely a dream 30 years ago. Friends smiled and hugged as they spotted one another at the Anaheim Convention Center — some even locating faces from whom time and miles had separated. Yet, all connected to the nexus known as the Los Angeles International Church of Christ , and the August event was an anniversary not to be missed. My heart soared and my eyes were full of tears of joy. Neyland and his wife Mary Kay were among the 50 men and women sent from the Boston, San Diego, and San Francisco churches as a mission team to Los Angeles in to plant the church. The first order of business was acclimating to the vast city and finding gainful employment. Too bad we didn't have GPS on our phones then! We were all on fire for the Lord! The dream that year was to lead the Los Angeles area to know the real Jesus and to convert hundreds of people, said Reese. Since the original member mission team, thousands have proclaimed Christ as Lord and Savior over the past three decades.
It took her 86 days to realize that the demands from the Los Angeles Church of Christ — mandatory tithes, close supervision and even being when she could visit her family — outweighed any spiritual benefits the church offered. Several USC students have gone to Rabbi Susan Laemmle, dean of religious life, telling stories of how they were pressured to quickly join the group and how they were isolated from nearly everything else in their lives. As word of these stories spread, so did the term cult to describe the LA Church of Christ. There are much more dangerous groups out there. Barry was raised Roman Catholic, but by the time she arrived at USC she was unsure if she wanted to continue with catholicism. She knew she wanted to hold on to her Christian beliefs, so when approached by a member of the LA Church of Christ she decided to give it a chance. After five Bible studies, Barry was re-baptized into the church, which is part of the ,member International Churches of Christ denomination not affiliated with the mainstream Churches of Christ. Barry, Marnien and Augustine agreed that the church believes that a good Christian life is one lived by following the Bible strictly.
Beginning with 30 members they grew to 37, members within the first 12 years. Currently they are numbered at over , It is a family of churches spread across some nations. The ICoC has its roots in a movement that reaches back to the period of the Second Great Awakening — of early nineteenth-century America. Barton W. There are a number of branches of the Restoration movement and the ICoC was formed from within the Churches of Christ. That year he started a new project known as Campus Advance based on principles borrowed from the Campus Crusade and the Shepherding Movement.
I forgot to add, that if you marry and alow your children to be raised as Mormon, chances are you wont be able to be at their wedding because it will be in the temple. Ask her on dates. If she says yes. She will want her kids blessed, baptized, taking temple trips to baptize for the dead, hold the priesthood, a bishop will ask you sons and daughters if they masterbate and punish them if they do, etc. There are many professions that leave the spouse carrying the bulk of every day family life.