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November 15, 1999

Hell House is about love

To the editor:

This is in response to Tim Rowland's Hell House article. Rowland is correct in saying our message is a worthy one, however, he fails to get the big picture of what Hell House stands for.

Hell House is a group of area churches, who were willing to drop denominational titles and theological differences, in the hopes of improving our community. These churches stand united in the belief of the truth of God's word. Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Hell House portrayed the devastation and destruction sin causes.

When choices are made that are opposite of the truth that the Bible contains, there are always unpleasant consequences. This is not our opinion, it is the absolute truth of the word.

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Jesus never "jumped ugly" with anyone, but he did call sin sin, and he never hesitated to bring it to the sinner's attention. Jesus was compassionate to all but brought correction where needed. That's real love. Real love. Real love is truth and sin and God's Word. Real love doesn't tell people that whatever you decide to do with God is fine.

Real love does not fluctuate the standard of the Bible in accordance with moral and social decay of the day.

The goal of Hell House was to show people how their choices can destroy their lives, but it is not a hopeless situation! You certainly wouldn't give a band aid to a cancer victim and tell them it may workout, just so you don't upset them.

We knew this would be controversial when we planned it, but we believed this was a God-led project. Despite the negative spin in some Tri-State papers the public response was overwhelming. A tota; of 1,560 people came through Hell House; unfortunately, we had to turn people away, we simply couldn't meet the demand. Groups came from as far away as Elkins, W.Va., Fairfax, Va., Baltimore and the entire Tri-State area.

Finally I would like to address Rowland's idea about how we spend our time, energy and money at Faith Chapel. Rowland should stop in on Wednesday night and talk to the people we feed from our Food Bank. He could volunteer in our library and help with our ready program. We desperately need another church van driver to bring youth in who want to attend our Wednesday night programs - at last count 60 children wanted to attend. We have a two-week rotation starting at the Cold Weather Shelter; he could come serve hot meals! We always need more help when we drive elderly people to their doctor's appointments. Thanksgiving is coming up, he could help distribute the 20 or more baskets we give to the needy. At Christmas we distribute more food baskets and make sure the elderly at Holly Place have their needs met.

Our youth participate in the Mt. Hope prison program. When Rowland has a need at home; perhaps painting or roofing, he could call our youth pastor and find out about our efforts at Camp Joy. This is only part of what Faith Chapel does with its time, energy and limited finances. Most of all, Mr. Rowland, you are always welcome at Faith Chapel. We'd love to see you someday.

Doug Stone

Hell House Coordinator/Faith Chapel

Politic follows the money in Pa.

To the editor:

I recently read a very interesting article concerning a lack of participation for elected positions in Pennsylvania. I thought it interesting because it supports my views of "politics in Pennsylvania."

Politically, Pennsylvania is about as dead as a graveyard. The people don't care who runs or who wins; they just go with the money flow. The majority of the people know as long as the Pennsylvania constitution does not allow binding referendum and political recall, at all levels of government, hope for any political reform or improvement is lost.

The citizens of Pennsylvania are as captive to political injustice as slaves were in the old south. The self-serving political machine will do everything to keep things in this state of flux. Quality in government for Pennsylvanians will never be a reality.

William Peck

Needmore, Pa.

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