Monday, July 24, 2006

Monday's hot topics - Church closure and a SimpleGathering in Fredricton

Hey everyone, we're just in Fredricton at Wayne & Valerie Mayo's place. I'll hopefully post an update on the passport situation some time tomorrow however I wanted to post a few pictures I took today. We were driving through Fredricton and I saw this church building, that had been bought by a marketing company. The name and mission statement are so classic for a business that set up shop in a place where people used to worship.

Real results

Seems like the church produced no results in people's lives, therefore the end result of that failure resulted in the church being turned over to a secular business. Careful before you laugh too hard, for we need to ask ourselves if our local church is producing results. Results in the way people live, results in reaching out to others, results in basic Christian stuff. If not, then we best examine why, so that this church's fate is not repeated. God asked the churches in The Bible(Book of Revelation) to deal with their problems. Not to ignore them but to "repent and do the first works". Also, at the side of the building was an interior design business that had purchased the church's parsonage! Another classic. Seems like the minister hadn't done his job of making any "interior" changes in human hearts. God must have a sense of humour! :)

In other Fredricton news, we were able to stop by and visit with our friend Paul Blackmore who is a friend of Wayne & Valerie and a legend on the discussion forum. Since we were in town waiting for the passport we stopped by his watch shop to say hi. It's an awesome store, openly displaying lots of scripture and creation magazines fromn Answers In Genesis for all to see. It was a great example of what can be done when a local business man takes his faith seriously. Not only did we get to meet him in person, but the guy graciously fixed hayley's broken walmart 9 dollar watch for free! Sweet Maritime goodness - thanks for the visit PMB.

So that's all for today, stay tuned for more soon on the continuing passport saga!

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