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Neighbors draw on power of church

Neighbors draw on power of church

Read the following news report. Would you respond the same way as the church official?


The Daily Journal

VINELAND, NJ — When residents of an Eighth Street house wanted light, they plugged into the Trinity Episcopal Church. … The residents of a home on North Eighth Street were reportedly running an electrical cord from inside their house to an exterior outlet at the church.

The officer walked around to the west side of the church and saw the orange extension cord plugged into the church receptacle. The line ran across the grass, along a concrete driveway, over a fence and into a window of the residence on the 100 block of North Eighth Street, according to a police report. The church leader said she confronted the residents about the incident last week and requested that they stop….


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Since May, the church has experienced a “noticeably abnormal increase” in its electric bill, according to police, noting the church leader estimated the bill jumped by about $300 a month to a total of $900.

The church official declined to press charges, but asked police to speak with the residents….This had been going on for several months, the residents said, explaining they’ve been having problems with the electric company….

Shades of Jesus and the woman who touched him?

Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

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Bill Ghrist

This story doesn't sound very credible. To use $300 of electricity per month would mean drawing electrical current of at least 20 amps continuously for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Over a single extension cord? Our latest electric bill shows usage of less than half that for the (very hot) month, and that is the highest monthly usage we have had for at least the last two years.

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