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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: Bob and Marcia’s Sticky Adventure
By Tim Pickl


Most Christians strive to be friendly and kind—just like the Bible says—
hoping that God’s message will ‘stick’ with those to whom they witness. While
these believers may be sticky, they’re not all the same...

The Baileys visited the First Friends Church for the first time on a gorgeous,
sunny Sunday morning. Bob Bailey and his wife Marcia met 7 types of

It was an adventure the Baileys will never forget.

In the Church entrance, they met Roxanne the Red Tape Christian:
“Good Morning. Welcome to First Friends. We’re so happy to
have you-all here this morning.”

She seems to be friendly, thought Bob. Then, before Bob and Marcia
could walk toward the sanctuary Roxanne blurted,
“Wait! Wait a sec! We need you to fill out the ‘First Friends
First Time Friendly Visitor forms’! We’re so happy you came.
We just love first time friendly First Friends visitors!”

As Marcia dutifully filled out the forms Bob couldn’t help but think,
This woman sure talks a lot. Finally they stepped toward the sanctuary
and Daniel the Duct Tape Christian stopped them:
“Hi ya’ll. Weee’re so glaaad to have you folks heeere--”

Draven the Drywall Tape Christian interrupted them, “Hey this is an
awesome church. Everyone is so friendly and talks to you, and you can talk
to anybody. Hey--isn’t that cool?"

Whew! That guy has some serious bad breath, thought Bob.

Melissa the Masking Tape Christian jumped in to cover up the other two,
“Oh, you must be the Baileys! You’re friends of the Tatums? The Tatums
are such WONderful family and such great friends--Primo—as they say!
I know you’ll really love our church!”

Oh no, what now? Reporters? Bob thought.

Sporting an outdated video camera, Victoria the Videotape Christian
matter-of-factly said, “And the awesome thing is we videotape and record
ALL of the sermons! If you want a copy, see Roxanne after service and
she’ll give you an order form.“

NO WAY, we ain’t fillin’ out any more forms!

Parker the Packing Tape Christian immediately added, “And we’ll
put the tapes in a real nice First Friends package for ya at no extra charge!”

That was strange, why did he wink? Bob thought.

Powerful singing started, echoing through the church, spilling out
into the entrance. Roxanne, Daniel, Draven, Melissa, Victoria and Parker
marched robotically into the sanctuary and sat as a group, stuck together
in the same section.

“Why didn’t anyone invite us to sit with them?” Marcia asked.

Relieved to finally walk into the sanctuary, they looked around anxiously.
There were only a couple of empty seats in the front and center labeled
‘For our honored First Friendly Visitors.’

As they sat down Bob said to Marcia, “This music is awesome!”
After several songs and a couple of announcements, Pastor Travis the
Transparent Tape Christian greeted everyone.

“And we’re so glad to welcome the Baileys here for the first time this morning!”
All the First Friends politely clapped. “The Scripture I’ll be preaching from is
found in Proverbs…”

The verse was professionally projected on the screens everywhere.

“A man that hath friends must shew (show) himself friendly:
and there is a friend that sticketh (sticks) closer than a brother.” Proverbs 8:24 (KJV)

“All Christians strive to be friendly and loyal, just like this verse says.
While all Christians may be sticky, we’re not all the same! I want to be
transparent with you today, is that all right?”

In the midst of the “Amen” and “Preach it!”, Marcia thought, This is cool.
I like this guy.

Pastor Travis pressed on, “Praise God! Yes, it’s easy to say ‘I’m your friend’
here at First Friends church on a Sunday--especially a sunny Sunday—but
what about Monday? Or Tuesday?”

He paused for effect. No Amens then.

Sure is quiet all of a sudden.

“Okay--I know you’re listening now. Let me help make this proverb stick
in our hearts: Recently on a Tuesday I met one of you at the food store.
While we were chatting, I noticed an elderly lady struggling to get cans
off of a high shelf. Both of us ignored her. Poor thing, I thought.
But I felt a check in my spirit--so I lifted my hand and said, ‘Excuse me,
we need to help her’.”
He went on but ended with, “I hear a lot of love in this place every Sunday,
Christians, but if we want that love to stick, we’ve got to SHOW IT!”


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LauraLee Shaw02/28/08
This is SO fun, so creative, so clever. I LOVE the adventure you took me on. I laughed out loud several times. This line especially caught me off guard in a hilarious kind of way:
That was strange, why did he wink? Bob thought.
GREAT for the topic and very entertaining to read. :)
Jacquelyn Horne02/28/08
Good advice at the end.
Ron Hale03/01/08
Very creative! I loved the story.
Joanne Sher 03/01/08
Clever and creative. I enjoyed this read.
Jan Ackerson 03/01/08
Very clever idea! I've never seen anything even close to that here!

For a few of your "tapes", I didn't understand the connection between the kind of tape and the behavior of the Christian.

But I loved this idea, and the fact that you ended it with hope and transparency, not anything cynical.
Seema Bagai 03/02/08
Clever and creative. I enjoyed this piece. Keep writing.
c clemons03/02/08
Not my cup of tea, but I see you have writing skills, keep writing.
Andrea Hargrove03/02/08
This story was not only clever, but struck a chord with me personally. The church that I used to go to was exactly like this; eventually I just left for another church.

The same thing could happen to other people, I'm sure... People who aren't so willing to seek out another church.

Thank you for writing this. It was brilliant!
Glynis Becker03/03/08
I think all of us see churches we've been to in here! Such a clever way to point out some major issues we have in church.
jodie banner03/03/08
Very original idea, but I got a little lost somewhere in the middle.Some of the tape/people connections went over my head. The message at the end sort of brought it all together for me.
Debbie Wistrom03/03/08
Obviously a lot of thougth went into this, it was a fun read. Keep up the good words.
Catrina Bradley 03/03/08
I think you've demonstrated that there IS such a thing as too friendly. :) Such a creative story - love the names, especially the pastor, "transparent tape". Nice job.
Lynda Schultz 03/03/08
Clever approach to the subject. I also was a little doubtful on some of the "tapes" and the relationship of the name to their actions. A few more obvious clues for dull heads like mine might be good. But, in any case, this was an enjoyable story.
Joshua Janoski03/05/08
Like others have said, there were a few tapes, namely the drywall and duct tape Christians, where I had a hard time making the connection.

However, I really enjoyed this piece. It was very unique, and the message being conveyed was very clear. I have gone to several churches that had people just like this.

You have great writing talent. Keep up the good work.
Julie Arduini03/05/08
Even the title is creative, this was really good. Keep it up!
Patty Wysong03/05/08
So creative! I love how you had the transparent tape lesson--so good.
Lyn Churchyard03/05/08
This is very good, and shows the problems that exist in a lot of churches. Everyone so welcoming but they never invite you to their home for a meal or even a cup of coffee. Almost as if they had "done their duty" and no more is required of them. Great way of illustrating the topic Tim. Well done!
Sara Harricharan 03/05/08
Very clever trick with the 'sticky 'part. I was wondering where you were going with all the tape stuff and then I realized it tied in with the title! Nice job! I liked the bit with not wanting to fill out more forms. lol. ^_^