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79% Believe Jesus Christ Rose from the Dead (According to Rasmussen Survey)
Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 11, 2009

Posted on 04/11/2009 12:55:25 PM PDT by Zakeet

As Christians gather to celebrate Easter this Sunday, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 88% of adults nationwide think the person known to history as Jesus Christ actually walked the earth 2,000 years ago. That’s up five points from a year ago. Today, 5% disagree and 7% are not sure.

Eighty-two percent (82%) also believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God who came to Earth and died for our sins. Another 10% think otherwise and 8% aren’t sure.

Nearly as many, 79% believe the central claim of the Christian faith--that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Only 10% say they do not believe the first Easter resurrection really happened, while 11% are not sure.

Overall, women tend to be stronger believers in Jesus Christ than men. Eighty-seven (87%) of women and 70% of men believe Jesus rose from the dead; 89% of women and 74% of men think he was the son of God; 91% of women and 85% of men believe he actually walked the earth.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of Catholics believe Jesus rose from the dead along with 86% of Protestants and 97% of Evangelical Christians. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Catholics also think Jesus was the son of God. That view is shared by 90% of Protestants and 97% of Evangelical Christians. Finally, 87% of Catholics, 95% of Protestants and all Evangelical Christians surveyed believe that Jesus Christ walked the earth.

Among those who rarely or never attend church, 50% believe Jesus rose from the dead, 58% think he was the son of God and 72% say he walked the Earth.

While most adults are believers in Jesus Christ, just over half (56%) of adults say they will attend a church service to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Thirty-five percent (35%) have no intention of going to a service, while 9% are not sure if they will attend a service or not.


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KEYWORDS: 2009polls; christ; christiannation; christians; easter; faith; poll; religion; resurrection
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IMHO, this is an interesting poll with plenty of information to consider.

1 posted on 04/11/2009 12:55:25 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

If close to 80% identify themselves as Christians, how can the democrat party win any elections?


2 posted on 04/11/2009 12:57:15 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "We do not want to becomes slaves of Washington.")
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To: Zakeet

but the 0ne said we aren’t a Christian Nation


3 posted on 04/11/2009 12:57:45 PM PDT by txroadkill (Medicare, Medicaid and now we have Medi-Car)
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To: Zakeet

and 21 percent answered “socialism.”


4 posted on 04/11/2009 12:58:10 PM PDT by dep (how about next time we don't nominate someone who apologizes for being there)
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To: Zakeet

I know he did, it says it right here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2227054/posts


5 posted on 04/11/2009 12:58:28 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Selah)
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To: SolidWood
If close to 80% identify themselves as Christians, how can the democrat party win any elections?

Mark 13:5-6

And Jesus began to say to them, "See to it that no one misleads you.

"Many will come in My name, saying, '(E)I am He!' and will mislead many.


6 posted on 04/11/2009 1:02:04 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: SolidWood
If close to 80% identify themselves as Christians, how can the democrat party win any elections?

Unfortunately, calling yourself a Christian and being one are two different things...a trap I myself fell into. But I'm working at it every day--these folks can, too.

7 posted on 04/11/2009 1:02:10 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: SolidWood

Cuz the dems convinced them that Jesus was a “community organizer” just like you-know-who.


8 posted on 04/11/2009 1:02:47 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Zakeet

Tomorrow is the day that I get enough hope to last me for a whole year. I don’t need what Obama is selling.


9 posted on 04/11/2009 1:08:20 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (So Orwell was off by 25 years! So what!)
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To: colorcountry; Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; ...

Great grapic in post #1 ping....


10 posted on 04/11/2009 1:10:57 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Obama....never saw a Bush molehill he couldn't make a mountain out of.......)
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To: Zakeet

This appears to be good news IMHO, but I would liked to see how many of those that claim to be believers, have been willing to risk condemning their soul, for supporting the killing of millions of innocent babies.

Raise you hand if you voted for Abortionist in Chief, Obama.

One might argue that those that do not believe in the sanctity of life, may not really believe in anything.


11 posted on 04/11/2009 1:14:32 PM PDT by Gator113 (For America to Survive, Obama Must Fail..... Obama=Failure in Chief with the Audacity of Dope.....)
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To: greyfoxx39

I don’t think its a good poll question
Even aetheist would answer believe jesus chris rose from the dead, because the question has two meaning. e.g According to the bible, yes Jesus Chris rose from the dead, but I don’t believe Jesus Chris exist


12 posted on 04/11/2009 1:16:14 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Zakeet
This is BS!!!

Obama just finished saying that we weren't a "Christian" nation.

WTH?

Who are you going to believe? ---- The written word of a man that died about 2000 years ago, who's life was given in order for us to be forgiven, who was a poor carpenter that hated hypocrisy , cherished life, protected the innocent and who has hundreds of millions of followers......Who allowed himself to be tortured and murdered because of the responsibility he felt for all man and for his faith.

or a man that is so insecure about himself and the public persona he created that he can't even show the certificate of his birth, the grades he had in school or the fact that prior to this election had never has or been asked to take responsibility for any position that he believed in.

In 2000 more years Jesus Christ will still be remembered, honored and worshipped.... while Barama will be a trivial pursuit question about United States history's distant past. ... remembered by African Americans as well as the average African American remembers.. Dr. Daniel Williams or Ernest Just... what a joke we have for a TOTUS.

Spread the word for he has risen. Have a glorious Easter . Peace be to all your families.

13 posted on 04/11/2009 1:16:20 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Tomorrow is the day that I get enough hope to last me for a whole year. I don’t need what Obama is selling.

Amen. I don't buy what Sham Wow! guy is selling either.

14 posted on 04/11/2009 1:19:33 PM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: 4rcane; ejonesie22; Godzilla; Colofornian; svcw; colorcountry; reaganaut; Elsie; restornu
Even aetheist would answer believe jesus chris rose from the dead, because the question has two meaning. e.g According to the bible, yes Jesus Chris rose from the dead, but I don’t believe Jesus Chris exist

Is that you, resty? ;)

15 posted on 04/11/2009 1:19:57 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Obama....never saw a Bush molehill he couldn't make a mountain out of.......)
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To: erman

I just wish all 79 percent voted like they believed.


16 posted on 04/11/2009 1:22:32 PM PDT by Defiant (One Big-Ass Mistake, America!!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I’ve got a thing called “That Rock Is Gonna Roll”. If you like, click on http://www.myspace.com/emmettgrayson. It’ll come up as soon as it connects. Hope you like it.


17 posted on 04/11/2009 1:26:52 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Zakeet

This poll (82% believe Jesus Christ rose was resurrected from the dead) doesn’t make much sense.

If someone truly believes, as I do, they make every attempt to renew their mind and to seek the will of the God of the Bible.

It just doesn’t make sense to me that someone could say they believe in Jesus Christ as resurrected Son of God, but then go about living their lives as if that miracle never happened.


18 posted on 04/11/2009 1:29:13 PM PDT by Edit35 (.)
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To: 4rcane; restornu

Rust are you posting under two different names?


19 posted on 04/11/2009 1:33:16 PM PDT by svcw
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To: greyfoxx39; svcw
Is that you, resty? ;)

Rust are you posting under two different names?


So you think I am


...continue to making it personal!

20 posted on 04/11/2009 1:42:06 PM PDT by restornu
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To: Zakeet

Never a doubt.


21 posted on 04/11/2009 1:44:59 PM PDT by xero
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To: Zakeet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1x_DapFtxk
Redeemer
22 posted on 04/11/2009 1:50:34 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: restornu

Well, I guess you win this round because I have know idea what that graphic is you posted. I asked the question because the poster writes like you and I was just wondering if you were posting under two different names.
What is the graphic by the way? And what does it mean to the question at hand? And why is the question personal?


23 posted on 04/11/2009 1:55:50 PM PDT by svcw
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To: SolidWood
If close to 80% identify themselves as Christians, how can the democrat party win any elections?

ask a majority of Catholics or AME congregants how?

24 posted on 04/11/2009 1:56:59 PM PDT by wardaddy (America, Ship of Fools)
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To: svcw

So at your age you don’t what rust is yet you keep calling me rust!


25 posted on 04/11/2009 2:02:37 PM PDT by restornu
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To: Zakeet

Hmm, someone better tell the gits at Newsweak.


26 posted on 04/11/2009 2:03:35 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: SolidWood
If close to 80% identify themselves as Christians, how can the democrat party win any elections?

God works in mysterious ways. In the end, good will triumph over evil.

Keep the Faith.

27 posted on 04/11/2009 2:36:07 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: restornu
Oh. Ok I get it now. I thought your name was Russell for a long time. Really I thought the graph was fossilized wood and could not see the connection.
28 posted on 04/11/2009 2:36:52 PM PDT by svcw
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How than this be? Hussein Obama says we are not a Christian nation.
29 posted on 04/11/2009 2:51:54 PM PDT by Godwin1 (Cthol)
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To: greyfoxx39

Happy Easter to all

For tomorrow...

The third day He rose again from the dead...(The Apostles Creed)

He is not here; he has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Matthew 28:6

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.” Mark 16:6

He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: Luke 24:6

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4

:)


30 posted on 04/11/2009 2:56:48 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana
He is not here; he has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Matthew 28:6

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31 posted on 04/11/2009 3:04:54 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Obama....never saw a Bush molehill he couldn't make a mountain out of.......)
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To: Zakeet

It appears the largest growing segment of society has no religious ties. From the article...

When it comes to religion, the USA is now land of the freelancers.

The percentage. of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation. The faithful have scattered out of their traditional bases: The Bible Belt is less Baptist. The Rust Belt is less Catholic. And everywhere, more people are exploring spiritual frontiers — or falling off the faith map completely.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-03-09-american-religion-ARIS_N.htm


32 posted on 04/11/2009 3:12:21 PM PDT by DoingTheFrenchMistake
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To: svcw

No it is restornu but most call me Resty and I am a she!:)


33 posted on 04/11/2009 3:19:25 PM PDT by restornu
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To: Zakeet

I just watched my Passion Of The Christ DVD today.


34 posted on 04/11/2009 3:26:10 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (If your glad it's baseball season then jump out of your seat and dance!!!!)
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To: Zakeet
I am willing to believe that Christ had the power to resurrect Himself, but the accounts given by the evangelists do not really support that it happened. His body was gone from the tomb, but someone could have moved it. He appeared several times to the apostles and Mary Magdalene, but He also warned them not to touch Him, because He had not yet ascended to the Father. And when He did appear, it was out of thin air. Poof--there He was. To me all of this indicates that he was not really material. He was an apparition, much like the apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Fatima and Lourdes.

If anyone has more scholarly evidence of a real resurrection, I would love to hear it. Now, more than ever, I want to believe.

35 posted on 04/11/2009 3:49:39 PM PDT by giotto
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To: giotto

You missed the one where doubting Thomas was invited to stick his hand into the side of Christ. And many others, for that matter.


36 posted on 04/11/2009 3:53:05 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: svcw
it wouldnt be the first time would it

shes been nailed on that before

37 posted on 04/11/2009 4:14:45 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: SolidWood

Because far too many put party before Christ and values.


38 posted on 04/11/2009 4:20:41 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: restornu

I didn’t know that. I always thought you were a he, LOL. Oh my. Sorry.


39 posted on 04/11/2009 4:24:03 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: giotto

Have you ever read Josh McDowell’s book, I think it’s called Evidence that demands a verdict or something along that line. He had questions as well and investigated for himself and found Jesus was who he said he was and it was all true.


40 posted on 04/11/2009 4:25:48 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Zakeet
I Did Not Die

Do not stand on my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints in the snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am a gentle Autumns rain
When you awaken in the morning hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
I am the birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
So do not stand on my grave and cry
I am not there.... I did not die

41 posted on 04/11/2009 4:36:53 PM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: Zakeet
79% Believe Jesus Christ Rose from the Dead

At the final survey, it's going to be 100%.

42 posted on 04/11/2009 4:44:21 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor, LCMS)
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To: Zakeet

Even the Heavens are announcing:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,512767,00.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,513038,00.html


43 posted on 04/11/2009 4:45:54 PM PDT by Winstons Julia
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To: giotto
This is a very good book, for someone like yourself, as it was for me, when I read it.

Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ”. Buy it at a Christian Bookstore, or on-line. Worth every dollar.

44 posted on 04/11/2009 4:46:37 PM PDT by Tahoe3002 (Politicians are positive proof that CRIME DOES PAY!)
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To: giotto
If anyone has more scholarly evidence of a real resurrection, I would love to hear it. Now, more than ever, I want to believe.

I recommend you start with THIS BOOK. It is well written by a smart person (a Yale lawyer turned journalist), and addresses many issues about Jesus including His resurrection.

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus isn't quite as well written IMHO, but it specifically developed to answer your question.

Josh McDowell has written several books on the topic which have sold more than 75 million copies. to date. His two best sellers are More Than a Carpenter, and Evidence That Demands A Verdict. The former addresses questions about Jesus and the latter is aimed at questions about the Bible and Christianity.

Josh has also developed a series on Evidence for the Resurrection. I haven't yet checked them out, but knowing the quality of his other work, it should be excellent.

I wish you the best in your search for the truth.

/Zak

45 posted on 04/11/2009 5:19:32 PM PDT by Zakeet (Thou Shalt Not Steal -- Unless thou art the government)
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To: giotto
Giotto,
Just as was stated, specifically when Thomas doubted (as in he too thought Peter and the women were seeing an apparition, is WHY Jesus told Thomas to come and touch the nail piercings in his hands and the wound in His side. Also, Jesus, after he arose, walked with the two men on the road to Emaus, break bread with them (ate) and likewise when he was on the shore preparing fish to eat. Mary Magdalene did hug his feet, not like a ghost or spirit.

The biggest thing, as Jesus Himself said, is "Blessed are those who have NOT seen (miracles, Him, etc) and yet believe." speaking of us today as well. We KNOW He lives because of the power and evidence beyond any 'positive thinking' mumbo jumbo but how he touches us when we're at our lowest, guides us when we call on His Name.
When Jesus said "I am THE Way, THE Truth, THE Life, NO man comes to the Father but by me." it was the singular truth of WHERE to turn. When the Bible (Paul in Ephesians) said "For by GRACE are you saved through faith, NOT of works, lest ANY man should boast" - THAT is what separates knowing Christ as Savior more than any religion. Because Friday, and tomorrow, His freely given death AND power of His resurrection are free to ALL people, doesn't matter color, class, societal standing, sinfulness, where you've been, where you are at - YOU CAN'T EARN IT!!
Finally, in Hebrews it says "Those that come to God must believe that HE IS, and, that HE is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him." That's why Jesus said in Revelation "Behold, I stand at the door (of a man's heart) and knock, if any man opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me."
46 posted on 04/11/2009 5:23:11 PM PDT by time4good
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To: Marysecretary; giotto
Josh McDowell’s 'big' book is titled 'Evidence That Demands A Verdict' and was originally published in two volumes. I believe that it is now consolidated into one volume. He also authored a smaller book (which basically excerpted from the larger volume) titled 'More Than A Carpenter' which covers the pertinent material and is an easier read. Lee Strobel’s 'The Case for Christ' is also a good source.

Several points to consider whether you read any of these books or not.... Remember that every one of the original Disciples - with the exception of John, who still suffered - went to their death by violent means still proclaiming that they had seen the resurrected Jesus. Men tend not to be willing to die for a lie...

Giotto, you mentioned that 'He also warned them not to touch Him ' but the sense of the Greek text is 'Don't detain me' or 'don't hold me back' as opposed to a prohibition of physical touch. See John 20:17 in a more modern translation, like e.g. the NIV where it reads "Don't hold on to me". If Jesus meant that He could not be touched physically, He would not have told Thomas to touch the wounds in His hands or side, nor would He have told the disciples (as recorded in Luke 24:39) 'Touch Me and see! A ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see I have." An apparition cannot be detained, touched, or held, and does not have flesh and bone...

If the disciples merely went to the wrong tomb, any of the affected authorities would have quickly pointed out that fact as soon as the early Church started preaching the resurrection... If the religious authorities or the Romans had stolen the body, same scenario... the body would have been paraded through the streets to quiet the early Church.. If the disciples stole the body, then they died horrible deaths proclaiming what they knew to be a lie... see above. In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul recounts the post resurrection appearances of Jesus citing that He appeared to 500 people at one time, and Paul says that 'most of them are still alive' - of course meaning when he wrote that - with the implication to go check out the story...

So... the tomb was empty, and Jesus rose bodily from the grave. But then, He said He would...

47 posted on 04/11/2009 5:45:55 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: SolidWood
If close to 80% identify themselves as Christians, how can the democrat party win any elections?

"My people perish for lack of knowledge."

48 posted on 04/11/2009 5:53:28 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: greyfoxx39
Great grapic in post #1 ping....

Yup; I snatched that from somewhere on the web a few months back to use at church for video display background.

49 posted on 04/11/2009 5:54:56 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: svcw
Rust are you posting under two different names?

Deja vu all over again!

50 posted on 04/11/2009 5:58:48 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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