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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Persuasion (not about the book) (09/01/11)

TITLE: He Lied
By Ken Ebright
09/04/11


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Barry was about to walk into the sanctuary when he noticed Steve. He put his head down, and covered his face with his hand, and then walked in.

"Hi Barry."

"Don’t talk to me, just stay away from me!" Barry threw his bulletin down and hurriedly walked the other way.

Ken, saw what happened and raced to catch up with Barry. "Barry, what happened?'

Barry's face tensed up, as he stopped. "What is Steve doing here? I thought he went to another church.”

Ken shook his head, “I don’t know, what happened, what did he do?"

Barry shook his finger at Ken, "I don’t care to see or talk to him."

"I thought you both made up five years ago. I thought you forgave Steve."

"I did, but that does not mean I have to talk to him."

"After you forgive someone you should be on speaking terms."

Barry moved his head close to Ken’s. “Why, should I speak to him after what he did? He made up a ridiculous story that I had an affair with someone. He told everyone at church. My wife found out; we almost broke up. She still does not trust me when I go out alone. He’s done enough damage to my life."

Ken's eyes rolled, "You need to talk to him. You really haven't forgiven him."

Barry's jaw clenched up, "Yes, I have, again that doesn't mean I have to talk to him! He's put a bad taste in my mouth."

"You have been friends since you were both seven. You’ve known each other for 42 years. Don't you think it's sad that you‘re not friends anymore?"


"NO!" Barry walked over to the door. "He lied about me, his reasoning didn't jive. He is jealous, because he never got married."

"Barry, You need to talk to him."

"Never." as Barry walked you the door and got into his car and left.


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CD Swanson 09/08/11
This is an all too common theme in life, inability to forgive as Jesus wants us to. Good job. God Bless~
Jill Free09/09/11
Makes you wonder how many bible studies a Christian must go to in order to get it, forgiveness! Good story!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/11/11
This is A great story and I liked the ending. Often writers try to force a happy ending but yours feels real. You have an extra unneeded as in the end but your did A great job showing rather than telling Great writing.
Pam Ford Davis 09/14/11
Ken is using firm yet gentle persuasion. I hope it works!