Saturday, November 27, 2004

Happy Spiritual Thanksgiving
FLINT, Michigan - Students fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving at the Riverfront Character Inn were surprised to hear that they had "enthusiastically" agreed to fast over the holiday weekend.

The Inn director apparently expressed an idea to Bill Gothard during a routine phone call. "I was thinking, 'What is the most spiritual thing we could do on Thanksgiving?'" he said. "In my heart God seemed to be saying that we should spend the day in prayer and fasting." Mr. Gothard immediately received confirmation within his own spirit. Subsequently, the kitchen staff was advised to lock the kitchen over the holiday.

The RCI received glowing praise from Institute Headquarters, where the staff has been working for days to prepare a seven-course meal. "While we'll be enjoying a warm meal here, we certainly admire those plucky folks at the Riverfront Inn!" said a female ATI admissions staffer.

Mr. Gothard called the RCI during a staff Wisdom Search and complimented them on their choice to "develop spiritual hunger for God." Many residents were puzzled over the announcement. "We agreed to do WHAT?" asked one.

"No doubt God will reward us for this mighty deed," commented another student.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stayed in the Indy TC once and we were supposed to fast and pray all day on Sunday. There was a bus that took us to church that morning and on the way back to the TC the driver stopped at some Apple/fruit barn place where we all bought fruit, candy, and honey straws so we'd have a stash to eat that afternoon in the center. hehe

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what pogey was for in the North Woods... to indirectly aid in the nourishment of our souls.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was here at the Inn and ate a wonderful beautiful meal. Not one soul fasted and we had more food than anyone could ever eat in one day.I went to the kitchen personally and saw all kinds of things too much food. God is good.

Where do you make up the junk that you post?
You need a life.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Where do you make up the junk that you post?"

While full of satire, every single post on this blog is centered around a grain of truth.

8:47 AM  
Blogger X-er said...

Apparently my capacity for fiction is only exceeded by the above poster, who is able to characterize training center fare as "wonderful beautiful" food.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only people I know who can make crap look presentable to any kind of visiting group. However, there's never any disgusing the taste. Just like the message.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hadn't fasted much more than one meal before going to a TC. On Sundays we would fast and not eat until 4:30. One of the first Sundays there I got soo sick from fasting because my body was not accustomed to that long of a period that when I did eat I threw up. I think some of the TC's take fasting too far. I think it should be what an individual decides on when to fast and not something decided for you.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, in response to the comment about "forced fasting" ... if you think about it, fasting is something that is a PERSONAL decision/calling. Meal skipping is similar. I think that at many of the TC's where fasting is encouraged/enforced, the true essence of fasting is forgotten. Doesn't Christ talk about fasting in secret? Besides, I think that ATI students need to realize that while true fasting carries blessings and rewards, skipping a meal (as I have done at many TC's)does not. This means that all the "extra points" we try to rack up by simply not eating are really not worth anything at all.

My opinion is, if you aren't going to truly fast and set the time apart unto God, why bother skipping the meal? Have a snack ready and waiting...there is no shame in that...unless you are trying to lose that extra few pounds... :-p

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i remember stopping at an apple/fruit barn on the way back from church, too... up at Indy... i think that was Mr. Quillan of Colonial Hills Bapt who was the bus driver, that day - ? What a character! ...i had the same problem with not being able to fast on Sunday - it made my stomach sick - but my first roommate there at indy told leadership that she thought i should be allowed to take some snacks from the kitchen. she told them this because she was sick and tired of hearing me "get ill" in the room there. --GRIN-- later, tho, i got a lot more healthy and was able to tolerate the fasting well enough.

5:37 PM  

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