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Pagan Easter Church Services

Why is it that churches think they have to bring the world and paganism into their Easter services? Why have Easter-egg hunts and give out Easter baskets? Isn't this teaching children false doctrine?

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---Paul on 7/30/08

Yes its pagan. Just as the roman church did, so do those church who participate in this. Rome took pagan holidays and put a christain title to them. You never seen the Apostles doing this
---wayne on 7/10/08

it is not the easter eggs, or the eggs one needs tobe worried about. the name easter itself is pagan. the real name of that day is PASHA or translated passover.
---Andy on 7/10/08

I was in a state school, aged 7 or 8. They wrote 'RC' on my religion book. I had only done a couple of RE lessons with them, learning the O.T stories. Then I was removed to the assembly hall for RE with a priest in charge. I cannot remember what we learnt. That was the beginning of the brain washing process.
---frances008 on 6/13/08

Egg hunt? Do whatever you have to do to spread the Gospel.
I am a Catholic, but when I was little I used to let this Baptist Bus pick me every Sunday. Why? Because they gave me a treat after the Service. Yes, this was the only reason I went with them. (Did I mention I was a fat kid?)
God, uses any means to bring us to Him.
I am grateful to that Baptist Church. Today I know some of my Bible's stories because of them.
---Nicole on 6/13/08

2/ Brother Lari S.

Easter relates to one of the Nile Valley creation stories wherein the sun, the God Ra, came out of an egg in WATER. Ra had four children (gods), two of whom were the sky and the EARTH. Mother EARTH was and still is important to people of the Nile Valley. The Nile River would overflow and irrigate the earth, giving life to new vegetation, etc. The earth is still important today. We even have EARTH DAY. The children hunting for eggs also flowed out of these GOD-myths.
---I_AM_I on 6/13/08

The bible does mention Easter. Acts 12:4. This is the only verse that mentions Easter.
---Rebecca_D on 10/14/07

"The bible does mention Easter. Acts 12:4. This is the only verse that mentions Easter."
Only in the KJV. Even then, it was mistranslation.
---JohnE on 4/18/07

Fair enough. I do not worry about it myself. Jesus gave us a new type of Passover and Christians are not bound by Jewish tradition or legalism. I will celebrate according to my faith.
---lorra8574 on 4/18/07

.lorra, I finished addressing this topic. Everything anyone wants to know about the first celebrations and what day they were held on and why they observed the event is found in the Holy Scriptures, just as I provided. Any extraneous information which is contrary to Holy Writ should be counted as falsehood; and this is my position and every true Christians position. If you want to believe more in other resources or rely more in what other clay does, that is your prerogative.
---Eloy on 4/18/07

Eloy, to calculate the date of Passover, Jews had to see or otherwise determine the appearance of the Paschal moon. The moon is regular as clockwork, but people are not. If the Paschal moon was not seen for some reason by the Jewish elder who needed to record it, the Paschal date was liturgically determined, and was sometimes off by a day or two. Today, we know enough about the movements of the celestial bodies that we could make a precise determination, but that does not follow Jewish tradition.
---lorra8574 on 4/18/07

.phyllis, as I said before concerning dates, it is the "event" that is esteemed and not the "day".
---Eloy on 4/17/07

.phyllis, I already said "Abib", also known as "Nisan" in hebrew is equivalent to "April" in English, therefore April is indeed in the Bible since the Genesis of Creation (Genesis 1:14). I can spell this out in many different ways, but if you are not open to the truth, then you will never comprehend it no matter how many ways that I slice and dice and dress it up for you to grasp.
---Eloy on 4/17/07

Actually the Jewish calendar of 360 days and then the addition of a 13th 30 day month every 6th year was very accurate.
---TS on 4/17/07

I will make them a church of Satan, those who say they are Jews, but are not, they do lie. Christians confess to be followers of Jesus Christ, so why do you follow the teachings of Moses and the Prophets --- All that came before me are thieves and robbers.
---Disciple on 4/17/07

Sarah - Easter was celebrated thbis year on April 8th, not the 15th.
---Phyllis on 4/17/07

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Eloy - the Biblical month of Nisan began on March 20th this year, therefore, putting the 14th of Nisan on April 2 this year on the Gregorian Calendar. Nisan 30 is April 18th this year and Iyyar begins April 19th which is Rosh Hodesh - head of the month. Last day of Iyyar is May 17th and then Sivan begins. We have leap year with an additional month about every 3 years - we had a second month of Adar. Eloy, there was no month of April back in the Bible days. We are in the year 5757.
---Phyllis on 4/16/07

I can't believe none of you caught this. Easter, or Resurrection Day was celebrated this year on Sunday the 15th, not the 14th. It is never the same date every year. Sometimes it's in March.
---Sarah on 4/16/07

.phyllis and lorra, I provide the truth. Read the Holy Bible and then you will be able to share the truth as I do. According to scripture, a day was measured from the solar calendar, from the evening at sunset until evening at sunset the next day. There are 12 months with each having 30 days: Abib or Nisan= April; Zif= May; Siuan= June; Tammuz= July; Ab= August; Elul= September; Ethanim= October; Bul= November; Chisleu= December; Tebeth= January; Shebat= February; Adar= March.
---Eloy on 4/15/07

.phyllis and lorra, Believe not commentaries nor writings about the Holy Scriptures nor people whom do not follow the Scriptures. If you base your conclusions upon anything other than the straight Word of God, then you will find yourself in error. Dictionaries; lexicons; encyclopedias; creeds; Statements of Faith; none of these are God's Word and should not be given the same authority as such, and you will find these often contradict each other. Stick to the Scripture, and you will be found in the truth.
---Eloy on 4/15/07

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Eloy, the OT Jews and Believers never had access to the Gregorian calendar, it hadn't been invented yet. They used an imperfect lunar calendar system (not a strict calendar) and the Passover had to be determined by the visual or liturgical determination of the Paschal moon (Passover is later). It does not always fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar. Luckily, we Christians are no longer bound to that type of system.
---lorra8574 on 4/15/07

1-Oh my goodness Eloy, where in the world do you get your information from. There was no month of April back in Exodus. The Jews went by the Hebrew calendar and the days of the Hebrew calendar do not fall the same as the Gregorian calendar. ALL the Biblical Feasts are set on the Hebrew calendar and NOT on the Gregorian calendar. Tell me, where do you get your information from. Passover falls on the 14th of Nissan and that does not fall on the same day as the 14th of April.
---Phyllis on 4/15/07

2-Also, when we have a leap year, there is an extra month and really throws the Hebraic calendar off from the Gregorian calendar. Shavout is 7 weeks after Passover and does not fall necessarily on June 3rd, although it can. I well know about all the Biblical Feasts and when they fall as I celebrate all of them along with all the Jews and many Christians in the world. It sounds to me as though you think you are right on this and EVERYONE else is wrong.
---Phyllis on 4/15/07

3-Maybe you should call the authorities in Israel and tell them they are celebrating the feasts on the wrong days and see just how well that goes over. Hummmm - how can that be. I guess that G-d is wrong as well.
---Phyllis on 4/15/07

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.madison1101, I live in Christ and Christ lives in me, and that is pure reality. If you choose to believe that your jewish friends are in touch with reality more than I am, that is your choice, and you will believe whatever you desire.
---Eloy on 4/15/07

.phyllis, The so-called Jews and Believers are not in accordance with the O.T. ordinance of Passover. According to Scripture Passover is historically observed annually on April 14th, even as I have already stated. The 3 major feasts recorded in the O.T. are the Passover- April 14th; Pentecost- June 3rd; and Tabernacles or Ingathering- October 15. (ref: Leviticus 23). For the first Passover observed on April 14th, Please Read- Exodus 12:1-18.
---Eloy on 4/15/07

.phyllis, BTW, to know for certain that April (in Hebrew called, Abib or Nisan) is the first Biblical Hebrew month, please read Exodus 13:3,4. April 14, Passover and Unleavened Bread April 15 for 7 days; June 3, Pentecost, 50 days or 7 weeks after unleavened bread, called the Feast of Sevens or Feast of Weeks (April 21 to June 3); October 15, Tabernacles or Ingathering, lived in huts or shanties for 7 days.
---Eloy on 4/15/07

Eloy: Get with reality. All of my Jewish friends and coworkers already did Passover, and today is the 14th of April. Passover is done. Where do you live that you are so out of touch with reality?
---Madison1101 on 4/14/07

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Eloy, I dont just believe it - I know it. We ALREADY celebrated Passover. Are you saying that all the Jews and Believers that celebrated Passover on April 2nd and 3rd are wrong and you are the only one that is right?
---phyllis on 4/14/07

.phyllis, you will believe whatever you desire.
---Eloy on 4/14/07

The Jewish Passover is connected to the lunar cycle and the Gregorian calendar is an improvement on the old Lunar system. Even in Judaism, the lunar calculations can be off due to certain constraints. It would be simple if we just calculated off the actual moon, but that is not how it always works in Judaism.
---lorra8574 on 4/13/07

Sorry Eloy for calling you Elroy. However, We have just finished Passover and tomorrow is April 14th, so Passover does NOT begin on April 14th. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Gregorian calendar. It begins on the 14th of the Jewish month of Nissan. I agree that it has absolutely nothing to do with the so-called Easter, but has everything to do with the death, burial and resurrection of Y'shua Messiah.
---Phyllis on 4/13/07

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Phyllis, I'm not Elroy. I said Passover is the 14th of April, and I gave the exact day and time. So April 14 falls on a different day of the week over the years, many dates fall on a different day of the week from year after year. Annually celebrating Jesus' Passover and Resurrection Day really should not hinder a person whom celebrates this date, but more importantly it is celebrating or commemorating THE EVENT which happened on that particular date in history, and we do not celebrate THE DAY itself.
---Eloy on 4/13/07

.phyllis, The truth is Easter has nothing to do with Ishtar, just as santy claus has nothing to do with Christmas. But you will believe whatever you desire. I am surprised the unlearned secularists have not attached junk to the Thanksgiving Holiday also. Perhaps they have already, if not already, give them some time and I'm sure they will defile that holy day also; and again wrongly say predictably and boringly that Thanksgiving comes from some pagan god rather than the truth.
---Eloy on 4/13/07

Susie, the Lord bless you.
---Eloy on 4/13/07

1- Under the definition for Easter in Webster's Dictionary (College Edition) one finds: "originally the name of pagan vernal festival . . . Eastre, dawn goddess." Further reading in an encyclopedia, or most books on the holidays will identify this Eastre with the pagan goddess known variously as Eostre, Ishtar, Semeramis, and Astarte. This is the same Babylonian "Queen of Heaven," whose worship is condemned in the Word of God (see Jeremiah Chapters 7 and 44).
---Phyllis on 4/13/07

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Eloy...Thanks! You always know just what to say. It's all about Jesus!
---Susie on 4/13/07

2-Trappings of Easter & associated days, all pagan in origin. Lent is not found in Bible as Christian holiday, is borrowed from 40 days of mourning for Tammuz, lover/ husband/son of Astarte. God's Word condemns its observance in Ezekiel 8:14. No Biblical authority for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, or Maundy Thursday. "Good Friday" is the most bizarre of them all. Anyone can see that Y'shua could not have died on Friday, spent three in the tomb (Matt. 12:40) & rose on the first day of the week.
---Phyllis on 4/13/07

Elroy, Passover begins on the 14th of Nissan - it has nothing to do with the Gregorian calendar - rather the Jewish calendar. If you look at the Gregorian calendar, the Passover season changes every year - but does not change on the Jewish calendar - is is always the same time every year during the Jewish month of Nissan.
---Phyllis on 4/13/07

Easter from Lithuanian "Aistra" means "Passion". It is better named Passover or "Feast of Unleavened Bread", begun when Moses was 80 on April 14, 1525 B.C. The New Passover, called Communion, begun Thursday April 14, 28 A.D. at 6:00 p.m. when Jesus was 32 years old. Sunday morning, 3 days after Jesus' last Passover supper is Jesus' Resurrection Day, celebrated on the first Sunday after the date of the first full moon that happens on or after the vernal equinox of March 21st.
---Eloy on 4/13/07

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Easter is not Ishtar. Easter is an old word which simply means spring, it also has a meaning of passion. But it has nothing to do with Ishtar. Because of the unChristian fertility junk attached to it I prefer to call this season what it is, which is "Passover and Resurrection" day, rather than Easter. So keep your eggs, and give me Jesus.
---Eloy on 4/13/07

Of interest to me is that only English speaking Christians celebrate "Easter". In non-English speaking countries, the terms are not at all pagan and relate more properly to the Paschal sacrifice.

Technically, the resurrection occurred after Passover, so Resurrection Sunday is as good as any other. But since Easter is not celebrated as a pagan holiday, I wouldn't get too worked up over it.
---lorra8574 on 4/12/07

Susie: no one on this blog (I think) said that you have to celerbrate Easter with eggs, bunnies. As we all know the real meaning of Christ's resurrection. I don't concern myself what others think of me and how I chose to live my life for God. I love having good clean fun. I love life. I may have days where I feel like ugh, but I still love life. As long as you enjoy your walk with God, who cares what others think...right?
---Rebecca_D on 4/12/07

Rebecca....Thank you for your remarks which showed your sincere attitude towards someone who dare question worldly celebrations. I must have touched a nerve. As a happy, joyful, Child of God, I am more concerned with what the Lord thinks in my life than what other people think. If I jumped on every little celebration that the world comes up with, I wouldn't have time to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I stand firm in that bunnies/eggs are inappropriate for celebrating Jesus' resurrection.
---Susie on 4/12/07

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Ask your children what they think Easter is all about and you might be surprised at their answers.
---Susie on 4/12/07

John: Check the Scriptrues... it was foretold that they would "Worship the creation" rather than the Creator.

Easter is of Pagan Rome that entered the Church of Rome upon pagan conversion. Ishtar and Easter are the same with Christian Fluff on top.

Jesus said to remember Him by the Wine and the Bread and by Baptism.

Jesus did not command an Ishtar Celebration.
---TS on 4/11/07

Rabbits and eggs were invented by God himself so how can they be pagan? Your blue jeans, automobile, and computer were probably made by pagans so by your theology you should throw them away. If you practiced what you preached maybe we would listen better.
---john on 4/11/07

Evidently, what God says to do or not to do gives no weight to some christians. As for me, I have to at least try to do what He says and not make lame excuses why 'it's not so bad.' Yes, we may be able to trace paganism in other traditions, but when it has to do with the worship of God and honoring HIM, it is wrong. We need to see what would please GOD, not ourselves. The character of God is in the scriptures, we should get to know the true God, not the God of our imaginations.
---audrey on 4/11/07

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It's a lifelong learning process and a beautiful one. Those who choose to try to do things as God would have them do it, are not narrowminded. Satan misdirects christians with subtlty. God is very adamant about the ways of the false gods. Satan wants us to embrace them. "It's not so bad. Just a little clean fun." We need to learn our enemy and choose to do what God says regardless what 'seems right' to us.
---audrey on 4/11/07

Susie: believe it or not but alot of people like to have good clean fun. It is silly because you think it is silly. God doesn't want a bunch of people that look like they've been eating sour grapes all the time. He wants a happy bunch of people. Why is it so wrong to you for people to have good clean fun? Enjoy the life God gave you, instead of acting liking an ole prune.
---Rebecca_D on 4/10/07

What a much more blessing to celebrate Passover. You don't have to be a fuddy duddy and we have a wonderful time in the celebration of what G-d did through sending his son, Y'shua to be or L-rd and Savior. Y'shua died on the feast of Passover - he became our Passover Lamb thus fulfilling the need for animal sacrifices - he was buried on the Feast of Unlevened Bread and Rose again on the Feast of First Fruits. Why would anyone want to bring paganistic symbols into such a beautiful celebration.
---Phyllis on 4/10/07

If pagans invented Easter and it has evil roots, how can that make it evil for me to give special attention to praise and worship on that day? The automobile, computer. and MONEY has evil pagan roots too and you can use them for the Lord just like anything else on the planet. Why should I care who invented something when it's what I personally use it for that counts, not what some pagan used it for hundreds of years ago?
---john on 4/10/07

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It's the same thing every time, at Christmas it's the trees, at halloween, it's the candy and costumes, at Easter it's the eggs.
I believe some people are very unhappy. And want others who love God, serve Him, and enjoy life too to be miserable, and feel convicted for not wallowing in whatever bondage is holding others down.
If we read the bible we realize that God did not say go forth and paint an egg, but He didn't say fry one either ...,
---lynet on 4/10/07

Jack...Teaching children that colored eggs, egg hunts, "Easter" baskets, Easter bunnies, etc., is teaching a lie. Why would a church want to participate in such silliness? Why not teach the only truth of the resurrection? Why bring pagan practices into the church? One family is leaving the church they attend due to a pastor who lies, but went on Easter morning because their grandchildren had been promised they could have a picnic and Easter egg hunt. Isn't that worldly enough?
---Susie on 4/10/07

My wife and I attended the Easter services and Mass and guess what? Bunnies and eggs were not mentioned at all, all they spoke was about the resurrection and triumph of Christ.
---Caring on 4/10/07

**Isn't this teaching children false doctrine?**

Susie, please tell us what doctrinal points are touched by the presence (or absence) of Easter eggs and the like, that they should be "false doctrine."

Be specific.
---Jack on 4/10/07

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Mark, you know your Pagan mythology better than most here, and I also know quite a bit, but most Christians do not know about the pagan roots of Easter, other than there may be some, and only celebrate the Resurrection at Easter. That was the point.

We Christians relegated paganism to fairy tales and children's entertainment. When people here elevate those pagan legends and get all upset about them, we give credence to the pagan religions.
---lorra8574 on 4/10/07

Mark, The rise of anti-paganism in the Christian culture is causing our youth to rediscover paganism and adopting it in rebellion to our pride.

We do not worship any goddess of fertility at Easter, no such goddess ever existed except as a man-made idea. We should spend less time on pagan goddesses and more time celebrating the resurrection of Our Lord.
---lorra8574 on 4/10/07

Right Jack, that is my point. Nobody worships the Easter Bunny and people who say it is bad are just making up extra rules for themselves and others that are not neccessary. Read my post a little more closely, we are arguing the same point.
---mary5544 on 4/10/07

**The Easter egg and bunny are like staying out of the kitchen. **

I know nobody who worships the Easter bunny or Easter eggs, and what's more, neither do you.

God never said anything about either, btw.
---Jack on 4/10/07

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1: Okay, here is how I see the Easter Bunny and eggs and the whole thing. What exactly does God tell us. Not to WORSHIP false gods, right. Lets say God is your mom and the worshiping false gods is riding your bike down the street. Your mom tells you NOT to ride your bike down the street. In order to ensure that you do not get tempted to ride your bike down the street, you decide to not ride your bike in the driveway.
---mary5544 on 4/10/07

2: Then you decide not to even ride your bike. The you decide to put your bike in the garage so as to not be tempted to ride your bike and then not be tempted to ride down the street. Then you decide to close the garage. Then you decide to keep out of the kitchen because the door that leads to the garage is in the kitchen. Then you decide to stay out of the kitchen.
---mary5544 on 4/10/07

3: Then you feel like you have really made a great effort to obey your mother and judge anyone who goes into the kitchen because they are not taking the same extreme precautions. Your mother never said to stay out of the kitchen, or the garage or even to not ride your bike. She said not to ride your bike down the street. The Easter egg and bunny are like staying out of the kitchen. Any thoughts?
---mary5544 on 4/10/07

Easter is a word that is derived from the original word ashtoreth. Ashtoreth was a goddess in the old testament, and the pagan symbol for fertility was the rabbit. There is also some meaning for the egg but as of right now I can't remember what it is exactly.
---MARK on 4/10/07

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OOps, the name is Astarte not Astoreth if the mods catch this in time maybe they could make the change for me.
---MARK on 4/10/07

No where do we read in the bible that it is wrong to color eggs or do an egg hunt or have Easter baskets. God wants us to worship him yes, but he also wants us to be happy. A christian can have good clean fun and still worship the Lord. It isn't a sin to have fun as long as it is in decency and in order. Lighten up people. But for those of you whom want to be a stick in the mud, stay that way. But for me, I am going to enjoy life that God gave me.
---Rebecca_D on 4/9/07

I don't care what you narrow minded people say. I do know that over 150 children, age 4 & 5 years old, and their parents, heard the gospel message on Saturday prior to going out and collecting eggs and having fun. I say "Praise the Lord" they heard His message of love and hope. His Word will not return void. There were more kids, older than that, that was just the 4-5 year old group. Amen.
---Madison1101 on 4/9/07

God did warn us not to learn the ways of the heathen. So, Christians should stay away from pagan traditions. We shouldn't do what is right in our own eyes if it opposes what God says. Look at the example of Adam and Eve. It didn't seem wrong to eat of that fruit. God wants to be worshipped in spirit and truth, not with a mixture of paganism. He recalls the sacrifices of little children, the worship of idols, from centuries ago, and I'm sure it is a stench to Him. We are stiff necked like the Israelites.
---audrey on 4/9/07

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Alot of people has an attitude of "Bless God coloring eggs and such is pagan and wrong. it should't be done and....". People like that needs to get off of their high horse and enjoy the life God gave us. God does not want a bunch of people whom look like they eat sour grapes all the time. God wants a happy and joyful bunch of people. I love life and I love having good clean fun. Lighten up people, I promise you won't go to hell if you have good clean fun that is in decency and in order.
---Rebecca_D on 4/9/07

I agree with Lynette. I have always encouraged childhood belief in fairy tales such as the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. I prepare egg hunts and baskets for my little ones. As they grow up, each in turn, has figured out that these were fun children's entertainment and not truth.

This is important so that when they go out on their own, they will not be taken in by Pagan fairy tales. But this belongs in the home, not the church.
---lorra8574 on 4/9/07

Anne::Is hide the Cora Pagan? or a game?Is it fun or Religion.?Is Christmas cake Pagan? or religion.shame taking away from small innocent kids the joy or having a little innocent fun.Jesus said Heaven is made of such as these.Would you prefer they hang around street corners drugging or any other nefarious activities injurious to their little hearts Bodys & SOULS?
---Emcee on 4/9/07

Brother I AM I, thanks for your kind words and comments. You are absolutely correct that there are many other references/sources which documents how the Easter story was plagerized from older recycled death and resurrection mythologies such as Osiris/Horus/Isis of ancient Kemet(Egypt) and the Babylonian Bel/Baal.
---Lari_S on 4/9/07

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Easter bunnies and easter eggs hunts are pagan and the church is quickly becoming pagan. You don't see the world having resurrection services to copy the church so why is the church copying the world with the easter bunny?
---Anne on 4/8/07

I love dying eggs, and making basket's at Easter time It's fun, it's excitement for the kids and adults as well.
We go to church and worship, this children say Easter speeches:), then we come home to a family dinner with colorful eggs, and baskets for everyone.
We don't get it mixed up. My children were taught about Christ, my grandchildren are being taught about Christ, and we have fun as well.
It's allowable, it's Ok to enjoy ones self, and still love God.
What is the problem?
---lynet on 4/8/07

I doubt if I'll be blogging here tomorrow. I have a full day from 5:00 a.m till ??? I'll be in church. So just in case I'll not be on here tomorrow. Happy Easter everyone. That reminds me of that commerical of a bunny eating a chocolate egg, and a small boy says, "Happy Easter everybody, bauk, bauk.
---Rebecca_D on 4/7/07

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