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6a) Jolo Church of the Lord Jesus

6a) Jolo Church of the Lord Jesus

Members of the Church of God, a faith sect, recently revived rites at which they handle poisonous snakes. Although a Kentucky statute passes in 1940 forbids the handling of the snakes in connection with religious services, the meeting was held after the recent death of a native of the region who was bitten by a rattlesnake, This photo shows members surrounding a woman who has "got the spirit" in Evarts, KY., Aug. 22, 1944.

Anorak News | With The Serpent Handlers Of America’s Pentecostal South: Photos of A Gruesome Death By God’s Sweet Love

PASTOR of the day is snake handler Jamie Coots from Middlesboro, Kentucky. Last Saturday night he was bitten by a snake and died. Pastor Coots, who preached at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church in Middlesboro, held the belief that poisonous snakebites do not harm believers as long as they are anointed by God...

Shelby Lee Adams - People and Animals

People and Animals - Updated 2016

Vanessa with Kittens,'09 Click on images to view entire slide show with arrow keys. Pigs Feet, '93 Measuring Space and Giving Recognition Advocate and push yourself, expanding acceptance of our diverse humanity. Place yourself within a people different than yourself, measuring and seeing your resistance, overcomes differences with mindful participation. Open yourself finding and making new relationships and associations, and more importantly, giving some people unrecognized—a little focused…

porch-honkey:  realityayslum:  Susan Lipper   Grapevine (1988-92)  Ser-pentecostal.

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porch-honkey: realityayslum: Susan Lipper Grapevine (1988-92) Ser-pentecostal.

snake-handlers, The Church of God

Paul Prather: Snakes are dangerous and so is taking the Bible too literally

Jamie Coots, 42, was handling rattlesnakes during a Feb. 15 church service at Middlesboro's Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name. A snake bit his hand.

Rev Mark Randall Mack Wolford

Rev Mark Randall “Mack” Wolford (1968-2012) - Find...

Can you guess why Pastor Wolford left us so early in his life? Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia whose serpent-handling talents were profiled last November in The Washington Post Magazine, hoped the outdoor service he had planned for Sunday at an isolated state park would be a homecoming...

A 2nd man (3rd if you count the first man's pastor father) died after being bitten by a snake he had been handling during a church service in Bell County on Sunday. John David Brock, 60, of Stoney Fork, was bitten on the left arm while handling the snake at Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church in Jenson, according to the state police. Brock refused medical treatment and went to his brother’s home, where he died. No word on how the snake is holding up.

A 2nd man (3rd if you count the first man's pastor father) died after being bitten by a snake he had been handling during a church service in Bell County on Sunday. John David Brock, 60, of Stoney Fork, was bitten on the left arm while handling the snake at Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church in Jenson, according to the state police. Brock refused medical treatment and went to his brother’s home, where he died. No word on how the snake is holding up.

Not in a Million Years...would I become a Snake Handler!

Young snake handlers grasp the power of faith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) While older serpent handlers were wary of outsiders, these younger believers welcome visitors and use Facebook to promote their often misunderstood -- and illegal -- version of Christianity. They want to show the beauty and power of their extreme form of spirituality. By Bob Smietana.

Snake-Handling Pastor Mark Wolford Dies from Rattlesnake Bite    www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/snake-handling-pastor-mark-wolford-dies-rattlesnake-bite

Snake-Handling Pastor Mark Wolford Dies from Rattlesnake Bite

West Virginia Pentecostal Pastor Mark Randall “Mack” Wolford, who handled snakes, was fatally bitten by a rattlesnake, which he owned for years, at the Panther

7c) Glenn's Father hands him over the new church

Snake Handling

Snake (or serpent) handling in Alabama is practiced primarily by the members of the Church of God with Signs Following. The practice of snake handling first gained a foothold in Alabama in the early nineteenth century and reached its peak in the early twentieth century. The eccentricities and inherent danger of the church's practices have made it an attractive subject for social scientists.

Snakes in Church? Does God really want us handling snakes?

It all starts now.

Female congregation member of an Appalachian serpent handling church.

"Taking Up Serpents"

Snake handling or serpent handling is a religious ritual in a small number of Pentecostal churches in the U.S., usually characterized as rural and Holiness. The practice began in the early 20th century in Appalachia, spreading to mostly coal mining towns. Its practitioners call it "serpent handling" to be clear that it involves the handling only of venomous snakes. The practice plays only a small part of the church service of churches that practice snake handling. Practitioners believe…

NONFICTION: Big city journalist is sent to the deep south to write about primitive churches where snake handling is a common occurrence. To his surprise, he was privvy to a great deal more. Not a big seller but well written, informative, and ... well ... entertaining.

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia

Product Details ISBN-13:9780306818363Publisher: Hachette Books Publication date:08/11/2009Edition description:reissuePages:288Sales rank:183,804Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.76(d)

Snake Handling