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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

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 

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

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

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.

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

AMY -- The Bible.

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