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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: Basis of My Salvation
By Stephen Paynter
08/20/06


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Planned

The divine answer to the foreseen fall. God's counter to satanic rebellion. A concealed checkmate to be unveiled in time. A staggering concept, bearing the hallmarks of its origin: born of incomparable love and a servant heart. Meticulously prepared, from Abraham to the Baptist. Ceremonies teach the vocabulary and categories needed for comprehension. Human nature exposed by salvation-history, the path to self justification barred. The basis of my salvation proposed.

Implemented

The crux of history. A son sent. A traitor's kiss and a political expediency. A mother's tears. A desolate hill, venue for agony and abandonment. Crimson streams stain hewn wood. Holy suffering shrouded in darkness. Mockers mock. Followers despair. Rooted in time and location, a cruel death. The basis of my salvation laid.

The cusp of a new age. The inauguration of the new covenant. The hope of the nations. Gentiles now included. The Spirit given. God's ways written on human hearts. All welcome. The basis of my salvation proclaimed.

Potent

The ground of every blessing. The principalities defeated - accusations de-fanged. Sinners freed. The wicked now justifiable. Vicarious substitute, wrath turned aside. Redemption effected, sinners purchased. Slaves ransomed. Rebels and God reconciled, animosity buried. Wayward creation restored. The basis of my salvation meets my profoundest needs.

The Holy One's patience exonerated. His mercy justified. His grace acquitted. Of indifference, cleared. The basis of my salvation demonstrably valid.

Bountiful

The spring of peace, joy, restoration, wholeness, health, and soundness. The foundation of my eternity, of life - in all its fullness. Basking, uninterrupted, in the Visio Dei. The benefits of my salvation.

The settled hope of my soul.


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Sue Dent08/24/06
'Nuf said! And well said! And my goodness such word choices! Off to read again to catch anything I might have missed. WoW!
Lynda Schultz 08/25/06
There's a sermon in each phrase. If you were to write a story around each one of them, you would hardly be beginning to plumb the depths of meaning to the cross and our salvation. Wonderful pictures. Great job!
Jan Ackerson 08/28/06
I love this--every one of the fragments a poem in itself. It defies description, but it's beautiful.
Trina Courtenay08/28/06
I love your way with words. Quick and directly on point.
Joanne Sher 08/29/06
Wow - short but oh so POWERFUL. There is so much here - this begs to be read over and over. Masterful writing!!
david grant08/29/06
great word usage. Could be a week of devotions here! Nice job.
Jan Ross08/30/06
I like it a lot! I love the way you took God's plan and brought it to implementation and then how it affects the heart of man. Very nice! :)
Rita Garcia08/30/06
Powerful writing! I love the way you wove this amazing and poignant message.
Ruth Neilson08/30/06
the short sentences made this piece easy to read and gave it a lot of punch.
Sherry Wendling09/09/06
Every phrase, every paragraph is extremely rich with layers of meaning. You have an admirable command of the language and all its intricacies.

Because of that gift, the style of this piece seems more that of a 'writers' writer'. (i.e., it would be easy for an intellect like yours to leave the common reader somewhat in the dust!)

Just for fun, why not enter a few pieces with the specific aim of simplicity and easy flow? No need to sacrifice the depth of meaning, but rather an exercise to round you out and help you settle down in your "voice."

Beautifully organized in its development. Your final sentence is utterly worshipful, reflecting the simplicity and punch I refer to above. Congrats for coming so far so quickly!