Sleeping in Church

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  1. Jan says:

    Writing down what the pastor is saying is a great way to stay focused. It dosen’t have to be word for word, but it keeps you listening. It is amazing what you hear if you focus.

  2. Marie Kieft says:

    Well said!! Actually peppermint oil is known to stimulate the scenes and DOES help keep one awake. And yes, only dutchies seem to like double Zout!

    • That must be why I can go through a whole roll of mentos in one service 😉 although I think the dubbel zout would keep me awake better simply from the gag reflex lol!! thanks for comment

  3. Steve says:

    I find taking notes during the sermon helps me stay focused and awake. It also give me something to read and review for personal devotions during the week.

  4. Yes, you covered most of the reasons why people could doze off although it may be none of the above. Rising temperatures on a hot Sunday afternoon could be a challenge even if all the aspects for proper preparation were followed. What about the lengthy sermon by the Apostle Paul in Acts 20? Weariness? Yes, did I not see the same phenomena in lecture halls and at other speeches?

    As for oversight, we do well to discern between the occasional and the habitual categories. Those who belong to the occasional category may need to try an extra peppermint, the habitual ones need help, but start with prayers for them and look for an opening for a chat on things spiritual. If the person is perceptive and conscious of the problem, they will appreciate your concern and thank you for it. Hassling anyone about habitual dozing issue is akin to trying to fix a symptom without treating the cause.

    • Hi Albert, I agree that we need to address the habitual sins, if someone is falling asleep every service then there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed, I did allude to that in the article. thanks for your comment brother.

  5. eloleddie says:

    Ever considered a medical condition?

  6. Maybe I work so hard to provide for my family that even in this spiritual moment at church I just need to rest a while. Or maybe the preacher needs better material. But most of all.. could you please not judge me and give me some grace.

  7. sophie nkugwa says:

    Sleeping in church is a sign of low esteem of the word of God. We must do what we can to prevent being sleepy;not put ourselves to sleep,but get our hearts affected with the word we hear,so as to drive sleep far away.