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When I first started going to church as a boy, I couldn't find God there. I went to the place where He was supposed to be, and He wasn't there. In fact, church was the place where I learned to wind my watch. That's simply the truth. I didn't get anything out of church as a kid.

Before they were saved, my parents took our family to a Catholic church. Every Sunday we sat there for 28 minutes. My Lord, if the priest hit 30 minutes, that was just too long.

Then Mom and Dad got saved and decided to go to a Baptist church. They went an hour! I would look over at my dad in church and say, "Dad, we've been in here an hour."

"Yeah," he would tell me, "I know."

"Well, let's go home," I would say. "An hour is two services in Catholic time. Do we have to come back here next week?"


"The whole hour?" I would ask.


"But, Daddy, it's an hour!" I would whine.

"Yeah, I know it's long, but that's the way it is."

Then Dad got filled with the Holy Spirit. After that, we never got out of church! We had to go to a Pentecostal church, and they didn't put a deadline on the length of their service.

There was one thing I could never understand about Pentecostal churches. How come they sing the same song over and over and over? They take a chorus and just beat it up. They sing that thing until you can't even remember what song it was.

It's all just chorus - over and over and over. I would wait for them to change the words. I would think, Man, when are they going to change this song? Pentecostals can sing a chorus 15 and sometimes 20 times.

For example, one time they started singing "I've got a feeling everything's going to be all right." That's the chorus: "I've got a feeling everything's going to be all right." Amen. Thirty minutes later, "I've got a feeling...." I looked at my oldest brother and said, "I've got a feeling that's all they know."

So we started making jokes. We would start singing, "I've got a feeling they should learn some other songs. I've got a feeling we're going to be old and gray by the time this song's over." We couldn't figure out some of them, you know. They were alien to us.

They'd just sing, and pretty soon some of them would start dancing. We were lost when they started dancing. We didn't know what to do. And I can tell you, people who go to a bar or nightclub know how to dance better than most Pentecostals!

If you're in a club, you know how to move. But you can't do it that way in church. You take a person who can dance in a club, put him in church and he's lost. All he can do in church is just stomp around a little bit. Stomp, stomp, stomp. They call that dancing in church.

They can't dance in most churches, but if you go to a black church, for example, man, they can move! They move like a glorified James Brown. We like the black churches better, because they're moving. The white people are still trying to get the beat. Stomp, stomp, stomp. White people are out there stomping, saying, "Catch me, catch me, I'm going out." Isn't that the truth?

All of this kidding aside - how many times have you gone home from a great service and found yourself still hungry for more of God? Why? Because you've been dieting on spiritual fasts for so many years that one service is not enough to quench the hunger and thirst in your heart. In fact, I don't think we'll ever be quenched within God's presence. We should always want more.

If you find yourself hungry for more of the Lord, then get into His presence. Get greedy for God. Begin to fellowship with Him until you're flowing with Him. Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied" (Matt. 5:6 RSV). If you need more of the Lord, try drinking from the cup of the Lord's covenant instead of from religious cups. It will fill you up.

Source: Jambalaya for the Soul by Jesse Duplantis
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Jesse Duplantis
Web site: Jesse Duplantis Ministries
Jesse Duplantis is a dynamic evangelist who has traveled throughout the world since 1978 preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM), which has its International Headquarters in America and additional offices in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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