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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)

TITLE: I See That Hand
By David Ritchie


Pentecostals, Evangelicals, we have one thing at heart
Although sometimes doctrinally we are so far apart
We are divided on tongues and things of the Spirit
But when it comes to salvation there isnít much in it.

Yes salvationís a topic on which weíll agree
We can talk of a saviour who died men to free
The Lord of all Glory came down from above
To bathe this whole world in a blanket of love

Whatever our creed we want all men to know
Of the lone Son of God and how he stooped low
To raise fallen man from the clutches of sin
Lift him out of the mess his life has been in

O preach it my brother, Iíll stand with you too
As you tell lost mankind that old story so true
As the message goes out and the preacher is ready
To draw in the net with a hand skilled and ready

Now I see that hand; O thank you my friend
Youíll start a new life that never will end
Another hand there now do I make it three
Just think about Jesus whoíll soon set you free

Itís a good night tonight for the fishers of men
As the hands keep going up I think now thatís ten
This is harvest time now it has risen to a score
Pentecostals, Evangelicals? It donít matter no more

I look back through time and wonder the way
Jesus counted the converts that followed him each day
Did he ask them to show it by the raising a hand
Or walk to the front as they listened on the sand

Sometimes I just wonder if we Pís and the Eís
Are not rather zealous our master to please
You are not born again as you didnít raise your hand
Nor kneel at the alter or at the front stand

Simple folk of that day who followed the Lord
Believed in their heart and began living his word
I wonder if in all the paraphernalia we do
We hinder the common man from filling a pew

Today there are good folk who live much like us
Of salvation however they donít make a fuss
They attend church on Sunday the same as we do
And really thereís little difference all the week through

But weíve seen the Light; yes we raised our hand
On the 16th of March at the front we did stand
But I question; I wonder; if all we Pís and Eís
Exclude folk whose good works is sure Jesus to please!

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Phyllis Inniss 11/13/07
This is such a wonderful poem with a lovely lilting rhythm that I'm sorry more persons didn't read it. Many persons don't feel equipped to comment on poetry and so avoid doing so. However, I'm glad when the poets there are feel moved by God to put their inspiration and message in verse as you have done in your poem and give pleasure to those who love reading poetry even though they may not review it.
LauraLee Shaw11/14/07
This is a very creative angle, and it gave me much to think upon....the differences truly can be a stumbling block not just to believers, but to the lost as well. Great job!