Going to church pays off -- now instead of later

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The prospect of eventual salvation is sometimes less compelling than the immediate gratification of sleeping in on Sunday morning.

An Alsip, Ill., minister has found a way to counter that impulse, however: pay parishioners to attend services at his church.

The Rev. Dan Davis of the Lighthouse Church of All Nations has been holding raffles for cash awards of $250 during his Sunday services for the past three weeks, and attendance has boomed to upwards of 2,000 per service, "reducing traffic outside of the church...to a standstill," according to Guy Tridgell of the Southtown Star.