Published 12:00 am Monday, October 11, 2004

Reserve Church show is a life changer



RESERVE – Troy Mayux wasn’t someone who was struggling with a lifelong addiction or serious problem just over a year ago.

But he admits that his personal life was far from where God wanted it to be.

“I had been living with a woman for six years, and we had two children out of wedlock,” he said.

Then last year he was invited to Reserve Christian Church by a friend, to view the upcoming production of “Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Flames.”

The show changed his life, he says, and today he is married to the mother of his children and “living for God.”

Reserve Christian Church will be bringing the intense, and sometimes controversial production, back to the area beginning on Sunday, Oct. 10. It will be held at 6 p.m. that night, then continue on Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The show gives real life accounts of the lives of individuals who die, and what their eternal destiny is.

For Mayux, the show changed the life for himself, and his family.

“I was raised in church, but slipped away, and then was just not living the way I know God wanted me to,” he explained. “I had a friend who asked me to come to the show a hundred times, and finally I agreed to go. Basically it changed my life. It really snaps you into facing the reality of your future.”

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show, he started going to church, married his girlfriend and is now going to church on a regular basis with his two kids and wife.

“My wife thanks me every day for going to that play,” he said.

Reserve Church Associate Pastor Frank Hornsby knows that the play is intense, and realizes that some people think it is too strong. But he makes no apologies.

“Death is scary, but this play helps us be sure if we are ready for it,” he said. “And as far as I’m concerned, whatever way we can bring someone to the Lord is OK with me.”

The show is put together by an outside production company that goes across the nation. It is made up of seven separate short skits and has become an annual outreach to the community by Reserve Christian Church and Senior Pastor Rod Aguillard.

Last year there were approximately 2000 people who saw the production, with approximately 300 individuals professing a commitment to Christ, said Hornsby.

The production is free to the public, with a nursery provided for small children. The church is located at 3556 Airline Hwy. For more information, call 536-4506.