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The Adventure Link: Engineering Problems
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister, Covenant Community Church on Feb 18, 2004, 10:05

The Adventure Link

Engineering Problems


One of the worst train disasters in history occurred in the El Toro Tunnel in Leon, Spain, on January 3, 1944. Over five hundred people died.


The train was one of those long passenger trains with an engine on both ends. On this particular day, when the train went into the El Toro Tunnel, the engine on the front stalled. When the front engine stopped, the engineer on the back engine started up his engine to back the train out of the tunnel. At the same time, however, the front engineer managed to get the front engine started again and attempted to continue the journey. Neither engineer had any way of communicating with the other. Both engineers thought they simply needed more power. They continued to pull in both directions for several minutes. Hundreds of passengers on the train in the tunnel died of carbon monoxide poisoning because the train could not make up its mind which way to go.



The people on that train died because the train had one too many engineers. Many of us struggle as to which way to go with our lives—whether to come to Jesus or to remain in our sin. This indecision can cause us to miss out on the most important decision in our lives. Sometimes we think we can have it both ways, but we can’t. We can’t serve God and also serve the devil. Jesus himself warned us against trying to live a double life: “No one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24a).


The adventure continues...

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