A Sunday Message Drawn Before Metrolink Death

Minister delivers message on life of fellow preacher who died after being injured in Los Angeles County train crash Sept. 12. At first, he is perplexed on what message to deliver, then he remembers…

This from the Los Angeles Times:

Long, 54, an assistant pastor at Life Spring Community Church and a teacher at Oaks Christian School, had always been known for his teachable moments. As part of his “object lessons” Long would bring in just about any kind of prop — a shovel, a cookie or old sneakers — to drive a message home.

As night fell, Amatangelo realized that Long had already written the message for that Sunday. Literally. But the sermon would need a little rewording, and nerves to deliver it. Sunday came.

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