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15 Minutes of Prayer at City Bible Church

posted by Amanda P. Westmont

Joel and I hate to admit this, but we’ve have had one hell of a week. And City Bible Church was one hell of a church. We don’t want to rush our reviews because we both feel they might be the most important ones we’ve written yet. You can expect my post within the next day or so and Joel’s shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, feast your eyes upon the majesty of this lovely prayer list, brought to you by the good pastors of City Bible Church. I’m not sure Joel and I even need to finish our write-ups; this list speaks for itself…

1. PRAY FOR a special grace to rest on Pastors Frank and Sharon to lead CBC with strength, wisdom, and a substantial impartation of faith.

2. PRAY FOR Pastor Frank’s summer ministry trip to Hope Church’s 20 Year Anniversary Conference in Tokyo, Japan, for the MFI Leaders Conference in Singapore, and the Revival Chinese Training Conference in Hong Kong, with 5,000 leaders from China’s underground church.

3. PRAY FOR the All Church Leadership Retreat in June to be a powerful time of spiritual refreshing, spiritual enlargement, and new faith for vision.

4. PRAY FOR the summer series, “I John: Live Like Jesus.” This is a great book and an awesome theme. Start reading it every day now and ask God to illuminate your spirit as you read and meditate on the book.

5. PRAY FOR the smooth sale of our 217 campus property. We will still be at this campus after the sale, doing church the same as always.

6. PRAY FOR Andrew Damazio’s wedding on July 22. This is a big celebration. Pray for everything to be great and for God to bless Andrew and Julia.

7. PRAY FOR the church giving this summer to excel in faith and joy. Pray God will provide jobs, bless our business people, and open up new avenues of revenue.

8. PRAY FOR God to help us bring life and grace into our metro area and to see many salvations, prodigals returning, and new families added to the church.

9. PRAY FOR the Pearl Campus. We need to continue growing this campus. Pray for supernatural favor, new open doors, and the best locations for us.

10. PRAY FOR a special anointing of rest, relaxation, and great health upon the Damazio family, our church, and all families. Pray for fun this summer, lots of sun, and new strengthened friendships.

In a parish of more than 6,000 people, apparently not a single member is sick, dying, grieving, struggling or downtrodden, and the only wedding worth praying for is the one the lead pastors are paying for.

And this is the least of our problems with this behemoth…



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Jim

posted June 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm


Hey, sorry you had “one hell of a week”. Doesn’t sound good. But about not wanting to rush your review, “because we both feel they might be the most important ones we’ve written yet”….

Yeah, spot on!

I’ve love to hear what you think about Solid Rock. Personally, I love it. It’s got it flaws, but nothing like CBC, which is downright dangerous and does more harm than good, in my opinion.



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Jayjacque

posted June 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm


Great points Detox. I’m still gagging re-reading this thing. Might have to call 911. Number 4. is especially gaggable: PRAY FOR the summer series, “I John: Live Like Jesus.” Did anyone else catch the irony/hypocrisy of that?



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DeTox Church Group

posted June 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm


15 minutes! You know dang well that list, if you really prayed it, would take longer than that. Nice of them to include other families at the END of the list sort of like an after thought. But they do believe that the Anointing starts at the head (the CEO pastor) and flows down to the worker bees. gag:

“PRAY FOR a special anointing of rest, relaxation, and great health upon the Damazio family, our church, and all families.”

This CEO style of leadership caters to (and spoils) the ‘first family’ giving them an elevated sense of their importance. It turns them into narcistic brats with a sense of entitlement. Instead of representing the ways of Jesus they have usurped his place completely by becoming kings and saviors (in their own minds) themselves. Actually it’s a great gig for them since they have access to all that tithe and offering money which gives them ample opportunity to do with it whatever they please. In reading the gospels we see that Jesus didn’t even have any money. He probably had a lot of help along the way as a response to how well he treated people. As for prayer, the scriptures indicate that he went off into the hills and into gardens by himself to pray. As far as I can tell he didn’t make out a list for his disciples to carry around. In fact, my bet is that he was praying for THEM and all the people in his path rather than himself. We do know he prayed at the end for himself because he needed the strength to endure the cross.



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Living Life

posted June 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm


What a joke. Very egocentrical pray requests…



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Jay

posted June 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm


Now you know why so many of us who used to go there now despise their crappy ways. It’s like “pray for us and give to us; we’re the only ones who really matter.”



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NancyK

posted June 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm


Ditto!



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Sharlee

posted June 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm


Holding my breath for the rest of your assessment, so don’t wait long!



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Lindsey

posted June 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm


I am kind of salivating over here – I cannot wait to read your review!

I attended this church from the ages of 15 to 24 and while I couldn’t think of any questions for you to ask I was curious if you were aware that Tim Nashif is a member (and is probably in some kind of “leadership” position) at CBC? Tim Nashif, if you don’t know, is basically leading the fight against gay marriage in Oregon since, I don’t know, the beginning of time. Damazio has been behind him 100% from the start. It was the church’s VERY proactive stance against gay marriage (and therefore essentially against gay people) that started me on the path of walking away from that church…and that was when I still believed that being gay was a sin. Or in any sin really.

Tha amazing thing? They truly believe that they love gay people and that their actions or for the good of the gays.

Oh! I just thought of a question (though I know it’s too late now): What percentage of tithe-payer’s money goes toward political causes/groups, such as the Defense of Marriage Coalition?

Fun Fact: former speaker of the house, Karen Minnis & her husband? Also members of CBC!



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Lindsey

posted June 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm


I am kind of salivating over here – I cannot wait to read your review!

I attended this church from the ages of 15 to 24 and while I couldn’t think of any questions for you to ask I was curious if you were aware that Tim Nashif is a member (and is probably in some kind of “leadership” position) at CBC? Tim Nashif, if you don’t know, is basically leading the fight against gay marriage in Oregon since, I don’t know, the beginning of time. Damazio has been behind him 100% from the start. It was the church’s VERY proactive stance against gay marriage (and therefore essentially against gay people) that started me on the path of walking away from that church…and that was when I still believed that being gay was a sin. Or in any sin really.

Tha amazing thing? They truly believe that they love gay people and that their actions or for the good of the gays.

Oh! I just thought of a question (though I know it’s too late now): What percentage of tithe-payer’s money goes toward political causes/groups, such as the Defense of Marriage Coalition?

Fun Fact: former speaker of the house, Karen Minnis & her husband? Also CBC members!



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Lindsey

posted June 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm


I am kind of salivating over here. I attended this church from the ages of 15 to 24 and while I couldn’t think of any questions for you to ask the pastors, I was curious if you were aware that Tim Nashif attends (and is probably in some kind of “leadership” position) at CBC. Tim Nashif, if you don’t know, has basically been leading the battle against gay marriage in Oregon since, I don’t know, the beginning of time. Damazio has been behind him 100% since the beginning. It was the church’s VERY proactive stance against gay marriage that started me down the path of walking away from that church…and at that point in my life I still though being gay was a sin.

Oh! Just thought of a question (though I know it’s too late now): How much of tithe-payer money goes toward political causes such as the Defense of Marriage Coalition??

Excited to read your review!



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