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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: Almost Persuaded
By Jo Jo Conklin
05/21/07


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The man was almost persuaded
How sad the words do tell
For one who could have been in glory
And chose instead the horrors of hell

How bittersweet the ransom
That paid our debt of sin
Only one person gets you into heaven
And we must put our faith in him

When they laughed and taunted him
To come down off the cross
The creator of the universe
Died to save the lost

For every stripe upon his back
He won another soul
And when he fell beneath the burden
He was broken by sin's load

The weight of sin was heavy
As death aproached the king
Even then forgiving all who came
For life can only comes through him

And so for those who almost came
One day they'll have to stand
Before a holy, righteous God
To answer his commands

When hell stands before them
They will cry out in fear
Begging not to be sent to this place
As they cry an ocean of tears

But for those who love the Savior
The memories will fade
Of war, and hate, and sinfulness
Sickness , loss, and pain

The world will sing of victory
And chant of love and peace
As they develope everlasting faith
For every soul that Christ redeems

We will have eternal glory
Love and joy to share
Privilege in the great hereafter
Forever bright, and fair

Every day will be happy
No tears, anger, or shame
Because they were persuaded
To lean on Jesus name


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Julie Arduini05/24/07
What a great way to share all He's done for us and why we should choose Him. Strong writing, awesome message.
Joy Faire Stewart05/24/07
What a powerful message and told so that anyone can understand. Excellent writing!
Jacquelyn Horne05/26/07
Very good pov here. However some stanzas rhyme and some don't. Seems a mixture of prose and verse, but it is very well written and could easily be made all prose.
Rhonda Clark 05/26/07
Great view of Jesus's sacrifice. Wonderful.
Donna Howard05/26/07
A powerful, timeless message. I had a little trouble with the rhythm, but I liked it anyway. Good work!
Myrna Noyes05/29/07
Wonderful message in this poem! The "almost persuaded" ones are so sad and need our continued prayers that one day they will be fully persuaded instead! Thank you for sharing this! :)
Benjamin Graber05/29/07
Good reminder. I thought the title and first stanza didn't flow very well with the rest of the poem, though - first you described the man who was "almost persuaded", then switched to describing what Christ did for us. Just my thoughts, though - please feel free to take them or leave them!