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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Current Affairs (06/07/12)

TITLE: For only Him
By Raymond Dickerson
06/07/12
~2nd Place


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Currently the world is spinning
closer to the edge, with
eternity a question tucked
away and put to bed, by
majorities of people who donít
even know their dead, wonít you
help us, Holy Spirit, start to care and
reach for them. Instead of

sitting on the sidelines counting
people in our pews, charting
trends and demographics, watching
souls slip down and through, all our
cracks and our divisions, our
dogmatic points of view, oh wonít you
help us, Holy Spirit, plug the gaps and
catch a few. instead of

filling holes with stained glass that
obscures our eyes from seeing all the
emptiness outside our walls, the
broken and the bleeding, while we
take a vote to find out who
among us should be leading the next
bake sale or revival, who is
capable of heeling dwindling

numbers that encumber our
ability to grow into the
biggest church in town, we must
exceed the status quo, we must
bring in the coffee bars the atmís, the
broadway shows, before we
find ourselves passť, or worse, no
longer in the know. we must be

relevant and vibrant, drawing
masses through our doors, so we can
feed ourselves on plenty while we
starve the lost, the poor, oh
Holy Spirit reach into our hearts, shine
light on our affairs, so we can
see weíve missed the point if even
one soul still despairs. help us

reach for more than numbers, help us
touch lives overlooked, instead of
keeping noses buried in our
hymnals and our books, help us
see the hopeless state in which
so many people live, please help us
kick our church doors open, step outside and
live for Him, for only Him.

Accept Jesus as Your Savior Right Now and be Certain of Eternal Life.

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Genia Gilbert06/09/12
This is so deep and thought provoking. I liked the way it was written as well as the strong points you made. Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/10/12
Wow this is a powerful piece. It gave me goosebumps. There are so many truths in this.
Leola Ogle 06/11/12
Plastic, materialistic Christianity!!! What a powerful, provoking poem. You did well with this, extremely well! God bless!
Nancy Bucca 06/15/12
Excellent writing. Congratulations!
CD Swanson 06/15/12
Congrats! God Bless~
CD Swanson 06/15/12
Congrats on the EC! God Bless~
Danielle King 06/15/12
Congrats on your EC with this powerful and thought provoking poem. Loved it!
Leola Ogle 06/15/12
Yay for you, Raymond! Good job! Congrats!
Ellen Carr 06/16/12
I love your poem. Its message is great and you've expressed it so very well. Congratulations on your 1st placing at this level and your 2nd placing overall.