'Fireproof' picks up steam

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

By Rusty Murry

Nevada Daily Mail

The Pentecostal Assem-bly, located at 2010 N. Ash Street, Nevada, hosted a public viewing of the movie "Fireproof" on Friday, Feb. 20. About 45 adults watched the film while 20 children had pizza in another room. This was the second time this month that the film had been shown by a church, free to the public.

The film was well liked and there was a lot of laughter and more than a few tears during the showing. After the showing, Doris May of Nevada said, "It was wonderful, I cried." May was at the film with her husband of 54 years, Lloyd, who also enjoyed the movie. Cheryl Dillon of Nevada said, "It teaches a lot of life lessons for the younger generations."

Pastor Dennis Engel-brecht said that the church had no plans to show the film again and that they opened it to the public as an outreach. He said the institution of marriage is crumbling and that it was hoped that it would strengthen the marriages of those who attended.

"If it helped just one couple it was worth it," he said.

The Pine Street Baptist Church also gave a public viewing on Valentine's Day, which was attended by more than 60 people. Pastor Chad Bailey said, "This was for the whole community. It was to strengthen marriages throughout the community."

Bailey has plans to show the movie a couple more times during the year and is going to do a follow up class pertaining to the message of the movie in a few weeks.

Churches across the country are showing the film to bolster the institution of marriage, because it is part of the foundation of society and of communities.

"We're here for the community. The church is very active in the community and this is another way we can be a part of the community," said Bailey.

"Fireproof" is the third film produced by the Sherwood Baptist Church of Albany, Ga. They use "hope-filled, heartfelt storytelling" to reach the world, according to the Web site, fireproofmymarriage.com.

They have produced two other movies that have both been very well received. The film is out on DVD for those interested in seeing for themselves what all the "firestorm" is about but unwilling to wait for the next public screening.

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