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INVEST   4'?m2f Salvation, invest in things that will last 

AMY -- (enters carrying shoe box)

LIZ -- (follows a moment later) Amy?

AMY -- (stops, turns) Oh, hi, Liz, I was just coming to see you.

LIZ -- Well? What about it?

AMY -- About it.

LIZ -- The investments. The stock certificates in the box.
(point to box) Am I rich, or just comfortably well off?

AMY -- (sighs) Well,...

LIZ -- What's the matter? Have some of the stock certificates in
there (points to box) lost some of their value?

AMY -- Well, yes.

LIZ -- (takes box, opens lid) There must be at least fifty stock
certificates in here. Surely not ALL of them have lost value!

AMY -- Well, at one time all those companies were thriving. I'm
sure that when your grandfather bought them, those companies
were growing. I'm sure that at the time they were very good
investments.

LIZ -- I should say so! (pages through papers in box) There's
some big names in here! Names I remember from my history class.
Surely the big name companies have appreciated in value.

AMY -- I'm sorry.

LIZ -- Are you saying that ALL of those stock certificates have
lost value?

AMY -- All of them.

LIZ -- That's not possible. Look at all these big names. (pages) 
There's steel companies, oil companies, utilities, shipping 
companies...

AMY -- Much of the steel we use in this country today is made in
Japan and Korea. All of those steel companies that were thriving
a hundred years ago went out of business.

LIZ -- What about these oil companies?

AMY -- They were all Pennsylvania oil companies. Those oil wells
have all dried up.

LIZ -- So, some of these stock certificates are not worth much.

AMY -- Actually, they're worthless.

LIZ -- (digs in box) Railroads? Shipping lines?

AMY -- Most of our freight is shipped by air, truck and
container ships these days. Those companies are no longer in
business.

LIZ -- Utilities? Newspapers?

AMY -- They were replaced by modern technologies.

LIZ -- So, which ones of these certificates are worth anything?

AMY -- None.

LIZ -- None?!

AMY -- I'm sorry.

LIZ -- How can that be?!

AMY -- Things change. Technologies that once made big bucks are
now obsolete.

LIZ -- So, what good are all these official looking
certificates?

AMY -- I suppose they would make a cozy fire.

LIZ -- (sighs) Well, easy come, easy go. I thought my Grandpa
had left me wealthy. But now I found out he just left me. You
know, in a way this is kind of scary.

AMY -- Why?

LIZ -- Well, these names. These were blue chip companies a
hundred years ago. Everybody thought they would last forever.
But nothing lasts forever.

AMY -- Well, I wouldn't say NOTHING.

LIZ -- Oh. You're talking about your church.

AMY -- No, I'm not talking about my church, I'm talking about
the creator my church worships.

LIZ -- Same thing.

AMY -- Not at all. The last book of the Bible listed seven
churches and gave warnings to each one that they could become as
obsolete as those stock certificates.

LIZ -- What happened?

AMY -- Not one of those churches survived to this day. Some of
them didn't last a century.

LIZ -- So, you can't count on anything to last.

AMY -- Only on the promises of God. History shows repeatedly
that people who put their hope in the promises of the Bible were
never disappointed.

LIZ -- Never?

AMY -- Never. Promises that were made hundreds of years in
advance were all fulfilled to the letter.

LIZ -- To the letter.

AMY -- To the letter.

LIZ -- Wow. Maybe I should buy a piece of that investment.

AMY -- Don't invest or send money until you read the prospectus.
(exits)

LIZ -- (follows) There's a prospectus?

AMY -- The Bible.

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