Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Join Faith
Writers
Forum
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Get Our Daily Devotional             Win A Publishing Package             Detailed Navigation

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
The Official Writing Challenge

BACK TO
CHALLENGE
MAIN

INSTRUCTIONS

how it works
submission rules
guidelines for
choosing a level

ENTRIES

submit your entry
read current entries
read past entries
challenge winners



Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.





TRUST JESUS TODAY

TRY THE TEST



Share
how it works   Submit

Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: Benjamin Speaks
By Christine Rhee
11/21/07


 LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
 SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
 ADD TO MY FAVORITES

He usually packed his sermons with lots of academic teachings and illustrations and examples, but this Sunday, from the pulpit, he felt compelled to share the way his four-year-old son Benjamin had reminded him of what was truly important:

“Yesterday Benjamin and I were driving down the road on the way to WalMart to pick up some lighter fluid for the barbecue when Benjamin piped up from the back seat, ‘Daddy, God is making a special place just for us.’

“’Yes, Benjamin, you are right. He is getting it ready in heaven right now, isn’t he?’ I replied.

“’Yes, and it has lots of good things and pretty things, and God wants to share them all with us,’ the little boy went on. ‘God always wants to share good things with us. And what was that snake’s name?’

“I stifled a grin, ‘You mean Lucifer?’

“’Yeah, Lucifer. He lied and told a bunch of angels and people that God is bad, and they believed him. But that is not true. God is good. But lots of people and angels believe God is good, too, right, Daddy?’

“’Right, Benjamin, and God is good all the time,’ I smiled.

“’Well, Jesus wanted to die on the cross for our sins because He loves us and He wants us to go to be with Him in that special place He is getting ready for us some day. He didn’t have to do it, but He did it, because He wanted to. So some bad people nailed Him to a cross and He died. And they put Him in a cave. But then He got up and He went out of the cave. And then He went up into the stars and now He is getting that good place ready for us!!’”

As he shared this simple testimony, he could see busy, hurried people relax, and harried gazes soften. He was glad he had taken the time to help people focus on the true basis for their faith.



She listened to the pastor speak, and it was as if his little son’s words were meant directly for her. She had always wondered how God could be so mean to make His own Son die on a cross for the wrong things other people had done.

But the little boy had clarified it for her. He had said Jesus chose to do it, because He wanted to, because He loved her and wanted her to be with Him in the special place He was getting ready for her.

Jesus was not a victim. He was a hero. Her hero. After all.


The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE

JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.


This article has been read 434 times
Member Comments
Member Date
Debbie Wistrom11/23/07
Nice telling of a child's point of view and the adult getting it.
Therese Witkus11/23/07
Sometimes it is the simple approach that touches us most deeply. Nice story.
Joanne Sher 11/24/07
Poignant - out of the mouth of babes, eh? I like this approach. Wonderful.
Yvonne Blake 11/24/07
I child speaks simply from the heart. That's how we believe. Maybe it was the word limit, but I was wanting more details about the woman in the last couple paragraphs.
terri tiffany11/28/07
Excellent - great ending. Only suggestion is to not use 'lots of' - perhaps a different word or not at all. Keep writing - you doo it well!