THIS WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS !

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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.'

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.

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