Falling asleep in church

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Has anyone done this?
I confess I have, the other week, its kind of embarassing. I was really tired, it wasnt that the sermon was boring or anything!
our pastors son-in-law was preaching, and he was saying when he was young, as he grew up in church, he wouldnt be listening it would be in one ear and out the other, sometimes even falling asleep. The sermon was about listening to God, and talked about Samson. Samson didnt really do what God told him to do, he broke all the Nazarite vows, even though he was raised as one from birth.

I got that, but then I kind of nodded of. But at least the sermon didnt go on for hours like Paul did one time and someone fell out of the window.

How long can you sit still and listen to a sermon for, and how long are the sermons and services in the churches you go to? For me, its usually an hour and a half tops. I think its half an hour of sermon with the rest music, notices, prayer. If a meeting goes on for two hours or more, I will either fall asleep or tune out, and this goes for any meeting, not just church ones.
 
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I find it really hard to sit still and focus for long periods of time, I think nowadays it's called ADHD. But if the subject is interesting, and the speaker is engaging, then I can sit there for hours. Don't worry yourself. Take a mental nap and pray that the person talking can learn to be more interesting;)
 

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#3
I find it really hard to sit still and focus for long periods of time, I think nowadays it's called ADHD. But if the subject is interesting, and the speaker is engaging, then I can sit there for hours. Don't worry yourself. Take a mental nap and pray that the person talking can learn to be more interesting;)
Why does a speaker need to change to please anyone other then the one who they serve?

When we judge what is interesting Spiritually or not interesting to us then we are only apeasing the Flesh......
The Flesh does not want to be corrected.

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Because when a speaker is boring, they lose listeners.

I'm pretty certain that when Jesus spoke, he didn't lull his followers into sleep.

ps, hello Jim:)
 

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Because when a speaker is boring, they lose listeners.

I'm pretty certain that when Jesus spoke, he didn't lull his followers into sleep.

ps, hello Jim:)
That's just it. By what standards do we judge a speaker boring or not?

If we have to have something that motivates us emotionally in order to be able to listen then we are being controlled by our emotions and flesh.

Then we stop paying attention and miss what God wanted us to hear and it would have changed our lives.

People fell a sleep, got mad and walked out on Jesus as well.

It's not the speaker as much as the listener
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I think its just tiredness on my part, but could be time of day.
I couldnt go to a church service straight after lunch in the afternoon for example. Thats nap time.

Last week went to my other church and this one usually has a longer sermon and service, but I did not fall asleep. The sermon was a bit more expository and preacher does repeat things. That can be good, but it can also kind of be redundant if its repeated over and over.

I dont officially suffer adhd, but I do notice for myself I cant sit and listen for long periods even if its the most riveting sermon, or lecture. I once fell asleep in my second cousins inaugural lecture, which was really interesting, bit missed half cos I was asleep by the end.
Movies that go on for too long, also.

I do take notes when I listen to sermons though, so dont forget what is being shared.
 
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Jesus told parables at the beach. He was on a ship and everyone else was standing on the shore. See Matthew 13:1-3
He also gave a sermon on the mount.

I think more people listened when he was outside than in.

I often wonder why we dont have church gatherings outside especially when its good weather.