Upon moving to Vegas, I looked online for places of worship that weren't denominational, that accepted everyone and hopefully was not weird! One click leads to another and I ended up with my husband (half willingly tagging along) at Easter Sunday service. Coming from a theatre background, when we stood up and sang "In Your Easter Bonnet" following the lyrics on two large screens, I knew I was at a special place. Reverend Cynthia spoke and she was warm, authentic, not "preachy" and certainly laughing at her own flaws. She has an incredible gift for getting an original message across in an inspired, wonderful way. There was a fantastic singer and continues to be different professional singers every Sunday. I've heard great Broadway songs like "Climb Every Mountain" to original songs that are all inspirational and uplifting. One of the best things about the Center is the courses they offer, lead by inspirational, non-judgmental, uplifting teachers who dig inside to solve problems and help get you back on track, whatever that track might be. There's also a great small bookstore and the opportunity to get an instant CD of the service for only five dollars. The Center follows the teachings of Ernest Holmes, a brilliant man, along with Jesus, Buddha and many other spiritual gurus that have walked our Earth. I connected with the philosophy that God is alive in all of us and is not some bearded man above the stars. God wants the best for us including good health, wealth in all areas and success. Gratitude is immensely important and they follow the law of; you must give to receive and forgive to be forgiven. God wants us to find our talent and do our life's work with joy. Nothing is impossible. The hour or so at the Center is not for sissies. There are boxes of Kleenex scattered about. You will get touched in places in your heart and soul that perhaps you were trying to forget about. You will be inspired by great stories and song. You will be encouraged to face your authentic self and for many, that is a scary place to go. No one at the Center judges or stuffs this philosophy down your throat; it's just there for the taking. If you are open you will see that God is everywhere, there for all and doesn’t discriminate. You are empowered through prayer, meditation, and that Universal Love superhighway. Ask and you shall receive. There's magic in Vegas and it's not just on the Strip.
I have been going to Paradise Church for 6 years now and was very hesitant at first because I have not been to church in so long. I felt very welcomed and observed a strong sense of loving community which was very important to me. My little children, now teen and preteen LOVE going to church and have connected well with their peers. Paradise Church is a non denominational christian church that believes and teaches the bible. They have great programs for all age groups as well as a wonderful daycare with loving mothers attending to the babies. We have small groups, functions, openings for choir, and many opportunities to serve. I am the type of person that is very private and don't like to let people get close to me but in time I have grown to know and love so many here. I can't say enough about why I love my church family so much. What I can say my family consists of my two boys and I, and paradise church has become our loving family in Christ.
About 9 months ago, the church had a decent spirit in seeking after Christ. However, the Pastor John Pretlove is not a good preacher. He does not convict men of their sin, he does not lead them to Christ, (except at the end of the sermon), and he preaches in an expository way. Ever since I last left, the church is not in a good state and I would not recommend going to. I've been to that church for maybe 5 and a half years as a youth, and I was not saved except when I talked to James Jennings on Illbehonest.com. There I was converted. Yet when I came to this church, I hear all this theology going on but what they're preaching isn't even milk, nor meat. There are many hypocrites in that church, and I have not found one that was very radical or heated up for Christ. I guess you can blame the church leaders for that. Rolo is actually a good guy, it's just John Pretlove and some of the church teachers' fault.