Church Retreat Fire In Schuylkill Co....

Church Retreat Fire In Schuylkill Co. - Regional News - Poconos, Coal Region Story - WFMZ Allentown

There are 27 comments on the WFMZ story from Nov 18, 2010, titled Church Retreat Fire In Schuylkill Co. - Regional News - Poconos, Coal Region Story - WFMZ Allentown. In it, WFMZ reports that:

Firefighters in Schuylkill County battled an early morning fire at Blue Mountain Christian Retreat on Christian Lane in West Penn Township this morning.

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bon-e

Blandon, PA

#1 Nov 18, 2010
My sister works here - thankfully it doesn't sound like anyone was hurt... and pray they get the workplace back up and running as soon as possible... in this economy, so many of these people need their jobs
Hmmmm

Lansdale, PA

#2 Nov 18, 2010
Godspeed in getting this wonderful retreat rebuilt!
d noll

Reading, PA

#3 Nov 18, 2010
our family has gone to the retreat for over 10 years..my youngest says it's her second home...but GOD WILL TURN BEAUTY OUT OF THESE ASHES!!!!... we are keeping the staff and all in prayer during this small set-back...NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU WILL STAND!!!...GOD bless
Claire Gallagher

New Milford, NJ

#4 Nov 18, 2010
So sad to see our Retreat Home destroyed. But it is only the building that is gone. God is still very present and can never be destroyed! We look forward to the new thing the Lord will do. Our love and prayers are with Chris and the staff.
Christine

Flushing, NY

#5 Nov 18, 2010
My church and family has been going to Blue Mt Christian retreat for almost 10 years and we have always been blessed there. Its a tragedy that this happen but thank God that no one was hurt and the fire was contained. Prayers for the the staff and I know God will rebuild this place
DEB

Spokane, WA

#6 Nov 18, 2010
My daughter and her husband and whole family, live and work there. I thank god that none of them were hurt. I hope that they are able to rebuild soon, for everyone. The staff and and all the people who go there to worship. GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!
KLS

Reading, PA

#7 Nov 18, 2010
thank god no one was in the building at the time nor was any of the firemen hurt fighting the fire. The building can be replaced. It's sad when this happens
Shari

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#8 Nov 18, 2010
We love you BMCR and the work God does through you! Chris and the retreat will be in our prayers.
poik

New Tripoli, PA

#9 Nov 18, 2010
Great job to the firefighters!
MRBinLMT

Allentown, PA

#10 Nov 18, 2010
Why is the ATF involved? Why didn't the reporter investigate this? Particularly with the official quote "its too early to consider this suspicious".
If it is not suspicious, than why in the world would the ATF be involved?
Is it then appropriate to assume that our State Police and other state and local officials do not have the ability to investigate fires?
Jason

Phillipsburg, NJ

#11 Nov 18, 2010
This is very sad news to see a church on fire. So glad no one was hurt in this fire. The devil is trying to do whatever he can but let me reassure, "THE GOD I SERVE WILL NOT BE MOCKED." Expect greater things in this project. God will take the ashes and use them for His Glory! We will be praying for this church.
Carl

Allentown, PA

#12 Nov 18, 2010
I am so sorry to see the pictures and hear the news. I've been to many retreats at BMCR over a period of 23 years. God, using the people there, has changed my life. BMCR is an anointed place. God IS in control. Prayers constantly for the staff, Ted, Mark, Chris and their families. May His Spirit comfort you abundantly at this time. As said before by Jason, God will not be mocked and greater things are coming to 'the mountain'.
bob

Allentown, PA

#13 Nov 18, 2010
WOW! What is the chance that this is NOT arson. Look at the map they are the same distance apart. All with in 7 hrs. com on! Those guy need lots of sleep right now. I know how tiring it is to battle 2 fires in 12hrs. They did 3. Good job guys!
Dee

New York, NY

#14 Nov 18, 2010
Wow, I was just there the weekend of Oct 16th. Praise God that no one was hurt. Through it all God is worthy to be praised.
Kathryn Walker London UK

UK

#15 Nov 18, 2010
So sorry to hear about this terrible news! So glad no-one was hurt. This is a very special place and my family and I have had many happy and anointed times there. My thoughts and prayers go to Chris, Bob and Helen...and all the Staff there.
firefighter

Jamestown, NY

#16 Nov 18, 2010
MRBinLMT wrote:
Why is the ATF involved? Why didn't the reporter investigate this? Particularly with the official quote "its too early to consider this suspicious".
If it is not suspicious, than why in the world would the ATF be involved?
Is it then appropriate to assume that our State Police and other state and local officials do not have the ability to investigate fires?
The ATF is part of any investigation of a religious buildings fire, vandalism ext...
MRBinLMT

Allentown, PA

#17 Nov 19, 2010
firefighter wrote:
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The ATF is part of any investigation of a religious buildings fire, vandalism ext...
Thank you for the info. I wasn't aware the ATF was routinely involved. Seems a bizarre stretch of their mandate and I would have expected the FBI to be the appropriate federal agency that supports such things.

On the other hand, I've heard it said that the ATF does have first hand experience in burning down churches.
Stillsmallvoice

Allentown, PA

#18 Nov 19, 2010
The wrath of God has finally come upon that place...have have lots of fun there but they all allow so much garbage teachings there as well. Mixed feelings...God's will be done!

Maybe they should of had a Pepsi machine instead of Coke!
Stillsmallvoice

Allentown, PA

#19 Nov 19, 2010
oops have had lots of fun there..

all allow ??? My computer is studdering??
Must Be Said

West Chester, PA

#20 Nov 19, 2010
Stillsmallvoice wrote:
The wrath of God has finally come upon that place...have have lots of fun there but they all allow so much garbage teachings there as well. Mixed feelings...God's will be done!
Maybe they should of had a Pepsi machine instead of Coke!
Don't judge. You have no idea how presence of God that is with that place, that proves it was NOT God's wrath. Why would God bring wrath to a place God allows His own presence to fall, healing, peace, and restoration? The building burning down is equivalent to saying it was "God's wrath" that caused churches to be destroyed in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina, or that it's "God's wrath" that causes our loved ones to die. God is sovereign and his ways are perfect, even though often we don't understand why he does what (like in this situation)he does, but He's still God and can and will do what He wants. So who are we to say this is God's wrath?? It's just God being God. But we also know God is faithful. And He will bless this retreat with a rebuilt building and so much more. So this is not to judge you, because I'm not, I'm just trying to help you understand and just to remind you not to be the one to judge.

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