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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Encouragement (02/23/12)

TITLE: Just Pondering a Few Thoughts
By Verna Mull


Many thoughts flitted through my mind, as I considered the topic for this week.

I thought of many successful people in the Christian walk who failed miserably, after they were well-known, and I tried to examine the, “why?”

And then, there was Barnabas, who was known as an encourager. He hung in there in spite of difficulties, stayed true to the Lord, and was an overcomer.

Well, these thoughts may be well and good but, what is the main focus of encouragement? It must be an action, and it must apply to me.

Where is encouragement most needed today?

I pondered this thought, and I cannot help but think of how far the true church of Jesus Christ has drifted away from God, and just how uncommitted many people are today, and I again, wonder why?

When I was a child, attending services was just something that we and our neighbors did without question. I can remember weeping when it rained so much that our country mud road was impassable. I loved going to Sunday school.

When someone made a decision to follow Christ, the whole church seemed excited, and many people would take this new convert “under their wings,” and try to encourage him with deeper thoughts into the scriptures. We had Bible memory contests, Bible search contests, and many things were place before us to encourage the beginning of building a strong foundation that was less apt to crumble.

Have those of us who were so blessed by others, failed the new generation with a message of love and no discipline?

We too, are excited when one of our youth accept Christ, but how do we help them to mature in Christ?

Many people trust Christ as their Savior, but there is little change in their lives. Where are the mentors who have learned the Christian life is a battleground? Without knowledge of what God’s Word has for us to hang on to, we can never say with the Apostle Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith….) II Timothy 4:7

My desire is not to be “weighed in the balances and found wanting,” If you haven’t yet discovered the joy in following Jesus, accept Him today, and find someone to help you build a strong foundation that will not crumble under the pressures of life. It is a battle, but you can become the victor.

Let’s bring America back to the faith of our founders
Let’s change the sad direction of our nation.
God has promised His love and forgiveness for all
Who will work to strengthen their relation.

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C D Swanson 03/01/12
What a lovely piece! I felt your heart in this, and love your honesty. Your candor helped lend a credibility and vulnerability to the story. I agree with the entire entry. Things are so different today.

Wonderful job with this.
Thank you...It touched me.

God bless you~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/03/12
This is an interesting essay. I really could feel and understand the points you were making.

Try not to mention the topic or contest when you are writing as not all readers may be familiar with FW or the weekly challenge.

I think you did a nice job writing on topic. I could feel your passion and desire to spread the Good News in your words.
Martha Black03/09/12
My heart also beats with a passion to awaken a slumbering church that has forgotten to carefully follow God's way, especially in leading the nations to know Him. And, as for the young people of today, you are so right, we have failed them! We are told that 80% of the church's young people will leave the church when they go to college. Tragic!
Good job!