THIS WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS:
>
>     
>
>     AFTER A FEW OF THE USUAL
>
>   SUNDAY EVENING HYMNS,   THE CHURCH'S           
> PASTOR SLOWLY STOOD UP,
> WALKED OVER TO THE PULPIT AND,   
>   BEFORE HE GAVE HIS SERMON FOR THE EVENING, HE
> BRIEFLY INTRODUCED A GUEST MINISTER     WHO WAS IN
> THE SERVICE THAT EVENING.
 
>   IN THE INTRODUCTION, THE PASTOR TOLD THE
> CONGREGATION THAT THE GUEST MINISTER WAS   ONE OF
> HIS DEAREST CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND THAT HE WANTED HIM
> TO HAVE A FEW MOMENTS    TO GREET THE CHURCH AND
> SHARE WHATEVER HE FELT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE
> SERVICE. 
>
>      WITH THAT, AN ELDERLY MAN STEPPED UP TO THE
> PULPIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK.
     
>
>   'A FATHER, HIS SON, AND A FRIEND OF HIS SON WERE
> SAILING OFF THE PACIFIC COAST ,' HE BEGAN.

>   'WHEN A FAST APPROACHING STORM BLOCKED ANY
> ATTEMPT TO GET BACK TO THE SHORE. 
>
>   THE WAVES WERE SO HIGH, THAT EVEN THOUGH THE
> FATHER WAS AN EXPERIENCED SAILOR, HE COULD NOT  KEEP
> THE BOAT UPRIGHT AND THE THREE WERE SWEPT
>
>      INTO THE OCEAN AS THE BOAT CAPSIZED.'    
>
>   THE OLD MAN HESITATED FOR A MOMENT,
>
>      MAKING EYE CONTACT WITH TWO TEENAGERS WHO WERE,
> FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE SERVICE BEGAN, LOOKING
> SOMEWHAT INTERESTED IN HIS STORY.    
>
>   THE AGED MINISTER CONTINUED WITH HIS STORY,
> 'GRABBING A RESCUE LINE, THE FATHER HAD TO MAKE THE
> MOST EXCRUCIATING DECISION OF HIS LIFE: TO WHICH BOY
>  WOULD HE THROW THE OTHER END OF THE LIFE LINE.      
>
>   HE ONLY HAD SECONDS TO MAKE THE DECISION     
>
>   THE FATHER KNEW THAT HIS SON WAS A CHRISTIAN AND
> HE, ALSO, KNEW THAT HIS SON'S FRIEND WAS NOT. 
    
>
>   THE AGONY OF HIS DECISION COULD NOT BE MATCHED BY
> THE TORRENT OF WAVES.     
>
>   AS THE FATHER YELLED OUT, 'I LOVE YOU, SON!' HE
> THREW OUT THE LIFE LINE TO HIS SON'S FRIEND. 
    
>
>   BY THE TIME THE FATHER HAD PULLED THE FRIEND BACK
> TO THE CAPSIZED BOAT, HIS SON HAD DISAPPEARED
> BENEATH  THE RAGING SWELLS INTO THE BLACK OF NIGHT.
>
>                      HIS BODY WAS NEVER RECOVERED.    
>
>   BY THIS TIME, THE TWO TEENAGERS WERE SITTING UP
> STRAIGHT IN THE PEW, ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR THE NEXT
>
>                  WORDS TO COME OUT OF THE OLD      
>          MINISTER'S MOUTH.      
>
>   'THE FATHER,' HE CONTINUED, 'KNEW HIS SON WOULD
> STEP INTO ETERNITY WITH JESUS AND HE COULD NOT  BEAR
> THE THOUGHT OF HIS SON'S FRIEND STEPPING INTO
>
> AN ETERNITY WITHOUT JESUS..   
>                          THEREFORE, HE SACRIFICED
>      HIS SON TO SAVE THE SON'S FRIEND. '    
>
>   HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT HE SHOULD DO THE
>  SAME FOR US. OUR HEAVENLY
>
>   FATHER SACRIFICED HIS ONLY   BEGOTTEN SON THAT WE
> COULD BE SAVED. I URGE YOU TO  ACCEPT HIS OFFER TO
> RESCUE YOU AND TAKE A HOLD OF THE  LIFE LINE HE IS
> THROWING OUT TO YOU IN THIS SERVICE.'     
>
>   WITH THAT, THE OLD MAN TURNED AND SAT BACK DOWN IN
>  HIS CHAIR AS SILENCE FILLED THE ROOM.
>
>      THE PASTOR AGAIN WALKED SLOWLY TO THE PULPIT
> AND DELIVERED A BRIEF SERMON WITH AN INVITATION AT
> THE  END. HOWEVER, NO ONE RESPONDED TO THE APPEAL. 
>
>      WITHIN MINUTES AFTER THE SERVICE ENDED, THE TWO
> TEENAGERS WERE AT THE OLD MAN'S SIDE.     
>
>   'THAT WAS A NICE STORY,' POLITELY STATED ONE OF
> THEM,'BUT I DON'T THINK IT WAS VERY REALISTIC FOR A
> FATHER TO GIVE UP HIS ONLY SON'S LIFE IN HOPES THAT
> THE OTHER BOY WOULD BECOME A CHRISTIAN.' 
>
>      'WELL, YOU'VE GOT A POINT THERE,' THE OLD MAN
> REPLIED, GLANCING DOWN AT HIS WORN BIBLE. A BIG
> SMILE BROADENED HIS NARROW FACE. HE ONCE AGAIN
> LOOKED UP AT THE BOYS  AND SAID, 'IT SURE ISN'T VERY
> REALISTIC, IS IT?  BUT,  I'M STANDING HERE TODAY TO
> TELL YOU THAT STORY GIVES
>
>   ME A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE FOR
> GOD TO GIVE UP HIS SON FOR ME.
>
>     
>
>
>
>      YOU SEE…     I WAS
>
>   THAT FATHER AND YOUR PASTOR IS MY SON'S FRIEND.'
>
>     
>
>
>
>      Take 60 seconds & give this a shot.  Let's see
> if Satan can stop this one!  All you do is simply:
>
>     
>
>    1) Say this small prayer for the person who sent
> you this,
>
>     
>
>
>
>   Father, God bless this E-mail sender in whatever
> it is you know he or she may be needing this day!
>
>     
>
>   Amen
>
>    2) Then send it on to say five other people.
> Soon,five people have prayed for you, and you caused
> multitudes of people to pray to God for other
> people.
>
>     
>
>
>
>   Then sit back and watch the power of God work in
> your life for doing the thing that you know he
> loves.
>
>     
>
>
>
  I would rather live my life as if there is a God
> and die to find out there isn't, than live my life
> as if there isn't and die to find out there is.
>
>
>
>
>
  TO AQUIRE KNOWLEDGE ONE MUST STUDY, TO AQUIRE
> WISDOM ONE MUST OBSERVE.  
>
>

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