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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sellout (05/26/11)

TITLE: The Greatest Gamble of All
By Cheryl von Drehle
05/31/11


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To: FOL
From: DIT
Subject: The Convention

Just checking in. I have a big gig in Las Vegas tomorrow night…sellout crowd! Any suggestions for me?

To: DIT
From: FOL
Subject: Re: The Convention

Just the usual: charisma is more important than content. Have you studied your audience and determined what they want to hear?

To: FOL
From: DIT
Subject: The Crowd

This is one of the best crowds I’ve drawn yet. Believe it or not, it’s a church convention!

To: DIT
From: FOL
Subject: Re: The Crowd

A church convention in sin city…that’s rich. You must handle this sort of crowd very judiciously. Tell me, how did you manage to hit such a jackpot?

To: FOL
From: DIT
Subject: The Lure

Oh, you know the old line: they didn’t come for the gambling, they came for the shows. LOL. And they have plans to do some sort of ministry on the strip to justify their presence. I’m still working on my message, but I’ve got my charisma all geared up for the show. Got my casual chic wardrobe tapped, shoe lifts in place, haircut just brushing the collar with that flop over one eye look, been practicing my self-deprecating jokes and one-liners, and workin’ on the love!

To: DIT
From: FOL
Subject: Re: The Lure

Good! Stick with the “love trumps all” message and keep focused on all those souls for sale to the highest bidder. Bid love over truth, tolerance over judgment, guilt over sin, mercy over righteousness, and you are sure to snag some high roller sellouts.

To: FOL
From: DIT
Subject: The Denouement

Checking back in. They don’t call you Father Of Lies for nothing…your advice was priceless. I landed a couple of deacons in jail for public intoxication, another few for taking my message of love quite literally, but of course my luckiest strike was rolling delicious deceptions into brains given over to roulette wheel philosophizing: spin the brain cells and see which thought feels good today.


To: DIT
From: FOL
Subject: Re: The Denouement

You did an admirable job for a Deceiver In Training, but don’t cash all your chips in yet. The Final Cashier has a way of sneaking back in to reclaim some of His worst sellouts.


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Linda Goergen06/02/11
Wow, I really like this! I am sure if we intercepted communications from Hell, their battle plans would realistically sound much like this! But I LOVE your last line! LOL Good job!
Fiona Stevenson06/03/11
Shades of "The Screwtape Letters." Very good. God bless you.
Noel Mitaxa 06/06/11
This also reminded me of the Screwtape letters, though updated to computerised communication. You've stuck to the key points that could very easily get lost in speculation, but brevity is your strength here. Well done.
Kelvin Fowler06/07/11
Yeah 'Screwtape letters'. I enjoyed it. Fun, fun, fun.

Well done. Cheers
Sydney Avey06/07/11
The concept of updating classical works to show how relevant they remain are at once a tribute to the original work, an exercise in creativity and a great way to communicate biblical concepts in fresh new ways. Well done.
Patricia Protzman06/09/11
Congratulations on your Highly Commended win!
Kim Hamlin06/13/11
Very creative Cheryl, I enjoyed this, congratulations!