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Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)
TITLE: What Comes After?
By Japheth Golen
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able to move from the spot he was at, everytime he moved forward he was gripped with fear and had to move back to the spot he previously was at. The lines were growing short and the ship blew its whistles signaling that all people waiting to board should be in line.
“Beautiful isn’t it?”, the voice over his shoulder made him jump and he turned to see who was talking to him.
“Yes it certainly is. Are you going to be taking the trip today?”
The man shook his head slightly, “I’ve been watching you for awhile now and it
looks as if your a bit nervous about boarding the ship.”
Timothy chuckled nervously, “Yes I suppose I am. I know that I shouldn’t be but I
can’t seem to shake it.”
“Can I ask what exactly your nervous about?”
“Oh I don’t know, the chance that the ship will sink.”
“Do you fear death?”
“Of course! Who doesn’t?”
“Many people do not fear death, the ones that do, fear what comes after death.”
“And what comes after death? Darkness, nothingness, maybe we all end up sitting around playing harps.”
The man laughed and turned to him, “Wouldn’t that be something, let me tell you something. There is no reason to fear death if you know the one who controls it.”, he held out a small black book with no markings on it, “Please take this.”
Timothy took the small book in his hands, it felt warm to the touch.
“Please read this book,”, said the man, “it will tell you everything you need to know. I suggest you start with John 3:16 for that is the one verse that you must know and believe.”
There was a long burst from the ships horns Timothy turned to look at the ship when he looked back he started to say, “Wait a minute, this is a bibl...?”, but the man had vanished. He searched the crowd but there was no sign of him. As he entered into his
cabin and set the book on the desk next to his bunk the man’s words were racing through his mind. He sat down on the bunk and picked up the Bible and began flipping through it looking for that verse.
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