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April 10,2003 - 2nd Chance by Shane Reinert

Man driving down a road. His radio has a lot of static. He is complaining about his radio and looking down at it.

Man

(Damn or Stupid) radio! I'm so sick of this everyday! My life sucks everyday! I just wish I could die.

He hears screeching tires and looks up. You hear a crash as it additive dissolves to an all white area.

He sits up seemingly out of a cloud.

Man

Where am I? (Looks left then right)

A loud booming voice answers. "Joeseph Micheal Rueban you have reached your judgement. You life on earth has ended."

Joe

Oh really and I guess this is heaven. All white and bright, filled with goodness.

Voice

You are in judgement. You have not yet been allowed to reach heaven. Let us see if your life on earth was worthy of joining us in heaven.

A tv turns on to his left. It has Joe stealing as a kid. It has Joe fighting. It has Joe drinking alcohol. It has Joe stealing pens from work. Cut to close up of Joe

Joe

How can you show things like that? I did good stuff. I went to church, I helped out my grandmother.

Tv goes to static and a pastor stands before the congregation.

Pastor

It is a great joy to give unto our Lord. For he created all we see and own. (bowing his head) Let us bow our heads. Father we come to you today with a giving heart and spirit. Father we come and give unto you. Please bless us as we give and may we enhance your kingdom with each portion given. In Jesus name. Amen.

then a shot of Joe sleeping in church and putting paperclips into the collection plate. Joe taking money out of his grandmothers purse. Joe and others washing a car at his church.

Joe

See I did good stuff.

Voice

You cannot get into heaven on your works alone. You have sinned against God.

Joe

Who hasn't? Nobody is perfect.

A statue of Jesus is behind him. Joe Jesus!(scared) Ok one person. He looks at the statue.

Joe

How does anyone make it to heaven then? (Softer and quieter)

Voice

By asking Jesus to forgive their sins and confessing Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior.

Joe

Jesus! (On his knees) Forgive me. Please forgive me. Lord Forgive me. (Crying) Lord please. Close up of Jesus looking down at Joe.

Voice

Do you believe?

Joe

Yes Jesus I believe.

Voice

Then you are forgiven by your faith in the Son of God who was crucified for all mankind to know the love of God.

Flashes white and a police officer is shaking Joe a cut on his head and his head on the steering wheel.

Officer

Son, Son are you ok?

Joe turns his head to see the officer.

Joe

I think so. Am I in heaven?

Officer

No you're in Cincinnati and you were just in a car accident.

Joe

Then I'm alive.

Officer

Yeah someone up there must be looking out for you.

Joe

(Whispers) Thank you Jesus. Fade to black.

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