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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Pros and Cons (08/14/14)

TITLE: Friends of the world:Upsides and Downsides
By Caleb Cheong
08/21/14


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James wisely warns the Church
about the enmity with the world
Consider both the pros and cons
Donít choose their ways

Dispensers of Godís grace
It gives immense joy, helping friends
escape the wiles and join the Wise
Be winners of soul

We tell friends His Good News
ďGo into the world and declare
the gospel to themĒ Jesus said
The sinnersí friend

We show the light of life
A blameless life we strive to live
above reproach in this dark world
Let your light shine

We are exposed and tempted
by worldly pleasures and ideas
Can we quench all the fiery darts?
Abide in Christ

They may lead us astray
Their own pursuits conflict with us--
to be crucified to the world
Donít be Lotís wife

And soon, we may partake
in their rebellion to Godís rule-
the god of this world blinds their minds
Walk in the light

Such friendships shipwreck faith
Some people we ought to avoid
Bad company can ruin good morals
Godís enemies

To have friends of the world
should not condone or encourage
sins but help us show Jesusí light
Heís the true light

Dear Lord, Help us discern
Your Spiritís leading as we win
friends, neighbors, co-workers- we pray
in Jesusí name


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CD (Camille) Swanson 08/21/14
Amen! Loved this.

God bless~
Yvonne Blake 08/25/14
I like how each stanza ends with an encouraging command.
I found it a bit hard to read because the rhythm seemed off. Sometimes an author can hear his own rhythm because he forces it. It helps to have someone else read it out loud. Mark where they stumble, and try to smooth out that word or phrase.
The theme was thought-provoking. Keep writing.
Rachel Barrett08/26/14
Nice! I liked how the ending line of each verse stood out.
Larry Whittington08/27/14
In poetry each line doesn't have to be a sentence. This is why periods are necessary to show readers where one thought ends and the next thought begins.

I missed the periods.

We do have to be careful of the friends we choose as well as the ways of the world.

The Holy Spirit may not be leading us to be a teacher of the gospel but a humble helper to some needy person. Let the Spirit lead so we find the place he has for us.

Poetry doesn't always have to have rhyming words so I was not to concerned about the lack of them.

Your thoughts came through clearly.