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A son's life...

True Story!
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, 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 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 he would throw the other end of the lifeline.  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 
lifeline 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 started one of the 
boys,  "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."

God is calling you.
What are you waiting for?



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