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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HRRALDZniTUNG July RELIGION Contact Features Editor Betty Taylor at 6259144 Country church goes back to basics BY McMicHAEL HeraldZeitung Staff Writer Comal Country Church is a place where things are kept From the facilities to the dress Pastor Neil Kibbe wants to trim down frills and distractions to get back to the basics those basics being the gospel message and relaxed Located at 2255 Farmto Market Road 306 twoand ahalf miles west of the church is temporarily leasing a rustic log home with a white rock chimney for a After about three months of the church already has attendance around 25 and is expected to soon outgrow its current Plans are to build a log church after funds are Were going to try to get together next month and start making some plans on where we want to Kibbe From maiding doorto Photo submitted The 25member congregation of Comal Country Church soon is expected to exceed the capacity of this modest door visits to purchasing ads in local Kibbe has actively been getting word out about the Comal Country Church is a branch out of The Country Church of Guadalupe pas tored by Elton Butch Ikels and located at 1005 FM Two other churches started through The Country Church of Guadalupe County are Zorn Country Church and Oakwood Country Church in It seems like there is a move back to basics where people are more concerned about worship than they are formal Ikels You dont reach men in boots and jeans by enforcing a rigid expecta tion of If they have a choice between sitting at home in blue jeans or com ing to church in a chances are theyll choose sitting at home in After receiving several inquires about starting a country church in New Ikels and churchplanters at began planning the open ing of Comal Country Our whole approach to ministry is to try to keep Photo submitted Members of the Comal Country Church worship and praise in a more relaxed atmosphere Sunday all of our costs as far as what we spend on build ings and We try to keep things Kibbe Kibbe is a graduate of Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and prior to that was a salesman for During those years he met who was a salesman for Ikels which started three years now has attendance of 300 and is planning the con struction of a square foot worship Though some prefer the traditional structure of for mal Ikels many find what theyre looking for in country It does reach most folks where theyre he Ikels shared his theory on why so many find the country church concept Everything is becoming more and more complex and people are looking for relevancy and he Comal Country Church meets for 9 Bible study and 10 worship on Sundays and at 7 For informa tion call the church at 210 Beware of demonic ducks I have a relationship with two ducks at Landa These are ducks with an I would sail evil i afw they are ducks at eve du You may find it hard to believe that in the serenity of our city park there are two demonpossessed web footed They lie in wait on the side of the path for me to walk They connive and watch for my daily For some these particular ducks have me bullied and they know I can pass many docile crit ters at the park with no Vultures squirrels and other ducks waddle but no creatures match the men acing presence of these two ugly I am their poster boy for amusing For a while I thought they treated every walker with equal I was To my these demonic ducks leave others It is me they seek because I smell like On several occasions Ive tried to overcome my fear and face them head on only to find myself cower ing as they lower their assume attack posi tion and target me for the They must laugh as I make a new path in order to avoid their inevitable These sneaky ducks move around so I have to be alert to where they may Once I spot I TIM JUDKINS pose no Ill continue to find a way to avoid After these like eat people whp try fo Urn Judkins discusses A Congregation of One this Sunday at the Contemporary Service of First Protestant Archdiocese of San Antonio 10th Anniversary Marian Conference July 22 Come and ReExplore Your Faith make strategic arrange ments to avoid them so they never know I was pre This denies them fun at my expense and I walk on I realized this little game I play with the possessed ducks is similar to the game most Christians play with Each of us has pet sins that trip us up and that regularly cause us grief and Like the our sins seem to lie in wait to strike us if we get too Instead of taking alter nate routes to avoid these besetting Christians naively pass them again and each time finding them selves vulnerable to their It would be much easier to steer clear of the problem than to see how close we can get without being Most of the ducks at Landa Park present no threat to The two ducks that apparently leave others a sin that trips me up may not have the same effect on Each of us must identify our personal killer ducks and choose alternative routes to 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