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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outstanding (04/21/11)

TITLE: Mere Man - Great Blindness!
By Jason Elliot


I think it’s a word that we deprive Gods works of – Outstanding! It’s a given…our God has created an unbelievably complex environment in which we are blessed to reside, and some of which we simply can’t reach, yet we fail to give Him the credit of such a word as outstanding.
It stands out…it stand alone…it is untouchable! For a huge component of our world population, Incredulous is the word they’d rather grasp onto, discounting the complete awe and reality of an intelligent Creator; even presented with physical and scientific fact – all of this cannot have just happened!
Our God, one who is discounted as a figment of ‘religion’ by unbelievers, but the first to be identified as the one to pray to when it all turns to custard! Why is it that our world is intent on praying to someone…something that supposedly doesn’t exist? I find this not only intriguing but incredibly amusing. Can we put it down to Gods sheer awesomeness? I put it down to His sheer outstanding-ness…the world sees it, enjoys it, and presupposes it, but they refuse to accept it and believe it.
It’s amazing - Just as I was in the middle of preparing this article, I met up with my sons old rugby coach as we watched our son’s practice rugby. We, in the most round-about way got onto the subject of spirits, evil, and religion. I was standing there asking myself “is this for real”? Here I was with a God given opportunity to throw my Christian points of view into a conversation with a man that is simply searching. He is ready to receive God and all that He presents because this man is faced with a world that is just too outstanding for him to comprehend, and he wants answers. He has realised that man – driven by evil is corrupt, and he has lost faith in the authorities and systems imposed by mankind. This guy has come to realise that there is something far greater, and that we [mankind] under our own steam are failing miserably to the point of self destruction.
How truly Outstanding is a God that can take a man of the world, and open his eyes to the extent of a complete new vision? Now that’s Outstanding!

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Nancy Bucca05/03/11
You've got it right. God truly is outstanding. How easily we miss and take it for granted!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/03/11
You make some great points. I liked how you put an example of your on life in your message. It helps to reach out to the reader.

Double space your paragraphs, the white space makes it much easier to read. You may want to try smaller paragraphs in a short piece.

Also double check your punctuation rules. In the following quote: “is this for real”? you want to capitalize Is and put the question mark inside the quote. In the message boards there's a great thread (for beginners to Masters) called Jan's Writing Basics.She does a great job explaining rules I learned in junior high.

You've done a good job in making the reader think - like when you mentioned people pray in emergencies it made me think about if one doesn't believe in God why does he take His name in vain? You also had a nice ending that didn't feel forced. Good job.
michael swenson05/20/11
Definitely an outstanding article. I guess they all were this week. Quakers have a thing that how god can attract men to him is that there is something of God in every person. i am not sure, if left to our own defices whether we every figure it out. I think we can pick out needy or ill-prepared