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Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames comes back to New Hope

In the past two years, David Moore has been to both heaven and hell.

Mr. Moore, a member of New Hope Baptist Church, has been a cast member in the church's drama, Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames.

"The first year I played a man who went to heaven, then last year I got to go to hell," Mr. Moore said. "(The drama) is an awesome event. You go into it thinking it's just a play, but it turns out to be an unbelievable spiritual experience."

The drama is rendered by a professional drama company from Canada called Reality Outreach Ministries. Incorporated in 1979, the company is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that brings the drama to churches using church members as the cast of characters.

According to the Reality Outreach website, the drama is choreographed together with elaborate sound, lighting, and multi screen video support. The drama begins with the portrayal of Jesus going to the cross, his crucifixion, and resurrection, followed by a series of vignettes depicting a cross-section of modern-day life and thought.

"It gives you an opportunity to see yourself for who you are," said Bill Wadley, New Hope member who played the part of Jesus in the past two productions. "It can be life-changing if you come in and open your eyes and heart and examine yourself."

Thirty to 50 of the church's members will be in the cast. Mr. Wadley said his son played the part of Satan, and could "feel the evil as he portrayed the part." Mr. Wadley said his son "had a hard time getting over that."

Mr. Wadley also said it was humbling for him to play the part of Jesus, because it made him "realize more of what Christ went through for each of us. ... It's an awesome thing to take part in and see the reaction on people's faces, and see the changes in their lives."

This is the fourth year that New Hope has hosted the drama. Allen Holbrook, pastor of New Hope, said the church's records show that more than 1,000 decisions have been made in the past three years during the drama presentation.

"Probably a third of those have been new decisions to faith in Christ," Pastor Holbrook said. "It has been an awesome experience. We've seen marriages put back together and people getting off drugs. It's just been a major impact in people's lives."

The drama will be presented at 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, and at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10 and Tuesday Oct. 11 at New Hope Baptist Church, 1424 Cobbham Road. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended for large groups or churches.

Call 595-2279 for more information.



Web posted on Thursday, September 22, 2005











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