Congregation Learns A Good Moral

And the moral for the story is, "TRUST GOD IN EVERY SITUATION YOU FIND YOURSELF IN FOR GOD IS IN CONTROL."

This admonition was among the final lines of a skit titled "But God"  directed by Alice Redmond at Duck Creek Community Church on November 6. The skit was based on scripture in Daniel 1-3, read by Narrator Chuck Brechler. The skit brought to life the amazing story of Shadrach, played by Greg Redmond, Meschach, played by Don Van Dine,  Abednego, played by Carl Revels, and Daniel, played by Sheri Revels. Scripture tells us that Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego were ordered into a fiery furnace for not bowing as commanded by King Nebuchadnezzar, played by Jim Snodgrass, in front of a large golden statue that the King built to be worshipped. Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego remained loyal to their one true God, despite threat of death by fire. It was reported in scripture that the furnace was so hot it even burned the guards, played by Frank Gagliardi and Debbie Gocke, who threw the three faithful men into the fire. King Nebuchadnezzar marveled that Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego were not burned up and wondered at the fourth man , whom the King refers to as looking like "a son of the gods", who miraculously appeared walking around in the fire with the three. He wondered and was amazed by those who could not be swayed to worship false gods. In the end, the King calls Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego out of the fire and is in awe that they are not burned, singed, or harmed in the fire in any way--not even a hair on their heads is burnt. King Nebuchadnezzar exclaims, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants They trusted in Him and defied the King's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God."

Narrator Chuck Brechler

Narrator Chuck Brechler reads scripture from Daniel 1-3 while King Nebuchadnezzar listens.

Meaning of the king's dream is revealed by Daniel.

Daniel correctly interprets the King's dream and earns the king's respect.

The king bows to Daniel in thanks.

Daniel helps the king solve a problem having to do with bad and mysterious dreams.

Guards enjoy interacting with the congregation.

The guards enjoy a lighter moment before they will have to follow the King's direction and throw Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego into a fiery furnace.

Shadrach refuses the king's command to bow.

Shadrach tells the king that he and his two friends will not bow down to false gods made of gold.

The king is not pleased.

The king expresses his anger with the opposition of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego and tells them again that they must bow down or die.

The guards throw the three into the fire.

The furnace is heated seven times hotter than normal because the king is so furious with the three men.

"How can these men be alive?" wonders the king.

King Nebuchadnezzar is amazed when he sees not three, but four men walking around, unharmed, in a fiery furnace that just killed two guards.

The king directs the three men to come out of the fire.

The king touches the clothing of the men and marvels that not even a hair on their head is singed.

The king praises the God of Daniel.

"Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abedgnego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants," exclaims the king.