Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NIGHT OF THE LIVING WORD

It was too good to pass up. The line up that is, not the movie.

There are only two movie theatres in Ottawa where patrons must line up outside the theatre to wait for the doors to open. Both feature independant films, old films and so-called "cult films".

Saturday night's "cult classic" horror film at the Mayfair Theatre was 'Night of the Living Dead', produced in 1968. Murder, gore, bloodshed and cannibalism only begins to describe the kind of "entertainment" that was being offered. And, of course, people are still lining up to pay and view horrific merriment on the screen.

Kim and I thought this would be a good opportunity to preach the gospel to an organic congregation and hand out some tracts. It was an opportunity to tell people the truth as to what happens after people die and what Jesus did so that they may be granted eternal life in Heaven.

There wasn't much time. We took off from home and got there just minutes before the doors opened.



Now, I'd like to say a word about the preaching. Looking back at this evening's offering from the box, I wasn't too pleased with my presentation. Hindsight is always 20/20 and there is so much I know I could have said had I had the time to prepare. I had a goldmine of a theme to work with and I just feel I could have been better. 

I was in a rush because I knew the doors were about to open. I, therefore, missed out on some key points, flubbed some of my sentences, suffered a brain derailment halfway through, didn't quote Scripture enough and I goofed on my closing line.

And the reason why I am telling you this is to encourage you who may be new to open air preaching and/or are praying about doing it. I'm here to say: don't worry about making mistakes. It happens. What I have experienced in the past is that when I feel I didn't preach up to par, God still uses the effort for His purposes.

If you think you need to be or are waiting to be like a professional public speaker, you will never get on the box. Always pray before you step up. We are broken vessels that God uses for His good "as is".

The apostle Paul was fully aware of that:

"I came to you in weakness and fear, and in much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on man's wisdom, but on God's power."  (1 Cor 2:3-5)

So even though I know I could have done better, it was still effective enough to grab the attention of some and well enough to be told that they appreciated what they heard. And, as you saw in the video, about 60 people still took gospel tracts and we had two meaningful gospel conversations with patrons.

God is still amazing, even when we are not.

10 comments:

  1. So many times I have thought the same thing. I just praise God to be part of the effort to make Him known and your faithfulness to proclaim the Gospel... May He be praised!!

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  2. That was awesome!

    Praise God that you had that many people there to hear the gospel and many of them took the tracts.

    Keep up the good work in the Lord!

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  3. i'm the director and composer of the event that night. i'm also the manager at the Mayfair Theatre.

    Night of The Living Dead is based on the book I Am Legend, which is based on the book of Revelations in the bible. it's a movie about the end of humanity, according to the book of Revelations. i'm really trying to understand how this movie would offend someone like you.

    as well, Night Of The Living Dead is not a Hollywood production (which you claim it to be in your video). it is one of the first successful independent productions.

    i'm gonna take a stab in the dark, here -- i don't think you've ever watched the movie.


    i consider this blog post harassment. i also consider your protest that night harassment towards our customers. last time i checked with the police, it is illegal to protest on the sidewalk right in front of the theatre when there is a line up of people, because of the size of the sidewalk. in fact, it's quite clear in your video that you are blocking traffic on the side walk.

    as well, you did not have permission from the theatre or the customers or the police that night to film outside of the theatre.

    i will be forwarding this blog post to the police.

    next time i suggest you do a little bit of research. you are always welcome to protest from across the street, but not on the side walk right in front of our doors. i would also recommend being in touch with the police and the mayfair to let us know about your plans to film our customers and our movie posters. in the end, you do need our permission to do this.

    thanks.


    mike dubue

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  5. why aren't you posting my comment?

    i just go off the phone with the police. the way you went about protesting is illegal. don't do it again or we will call the police and have you charged.

    however, i do suggest you get in touch with the police to understand how you are breaking the law and how you can properly protest our theatre. i do encourage you to properly protest what we do. in fact, if you could do me the favor of getting in touch with the media and rounding up more troupes, this would be a really great business venture for the both of us. the more media attention on our business and the films we show, the better it is for us and your group.

    please be sure to visit our website and review our programming. we have a wide selection of films that will really offend you. last month we showed lars von tier's "anti-christ"... where were you for that one? that would've been a great night for you to deliver the word of god...

    anyway, thanks for your time. i'm sure you won't post this comment either. in the end, i really hope i get to meet you in person sometime.


    mike dubue.

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  7. Hi Mike,

    I gotta head back to work. I'll catch up with this later on. Thanks for writing!

    Paul

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  8. Praise God -- an awesome sermon -- thank you, Paul -- I cannot see any flaws. May God bless you fully ... Laura Lea, your sister in Christ.

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  9. Hey Mike,

    I'm finally home from work.

    I was going to respond to two comments that I previously posted here not realizing at first that there was no name attached as in the ones you sent me signed by you (which I appreciate, by the way). That was an oversight on my part. I do not respond to anyone that soley goes by the name "Anoymous".

    So, as it stands, my letter to you on my latest post is my answer to your correspondence to me. My offer to meet is always open.

    God bless you.

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  10. Typo alert: Long day. I'm tired. Of course I meant "Anonymous".

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