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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: If Only They Had Listened to the Sermon...
By Jan Ackerson


If only Sam I Am had listened to this sermon…

The Bible says to be content
And do not rage
And do not vent
It’s God who gives us food to eat
Our bread, our fruit,
Our eggs, our meat
So you can eat them anywhere
Yes, on a stool
Or in a chair
Or with a cat
Or with a bear
Remember, always say a prayer

If only that guy in the study had listened to this sermon…

Why are you so dull and dreary? Why so sad, and why so teary?
Why are you forever dwelling on the things that came before?
I’m afraid your spirit’s napping, when you should be singing, clapping,
Praising God with fingers snapping, snapping close to heaven’s door;
Yes, you should be shouting “hallelujahs” close to heaven’s door—
“Hallelujahs”, nothing more.

If only Old Saint Nick had listened to this sermon…

It’s six weeks before Christmas, and all through the land
Everybody is shopping. There’s such a demand
For gewgaws and baubles, for gadgets and toys,
Computers and iPods for girls and for boys.
But here’s what our wondering eyes should behold:
A babe in a manger by prophets foretold,
The shepherds, the wise men, a Savior who’ll dwell
With his people on earth--our Lord Emmanuel.

If only the Capulets and Montagues had listened to this sermon…

‘Tis folly, then, to grip an ancient hate
Like thistles that to woolen stockings cling,
For heartache will be yours, and sorrows great
If feuding families yield not to their King.
Lord Jesus has enjoined us to forgive;
It matters not how grievous the offense,
But in His precepts we should daily live
And lay aside each grudge, from this time hence.
Seek peace now, for your daughters and your sons.
In truth, this petty squabbling should be o’er,
For blessed is the citizen who shuns
All sin, and lives for Christ forevermore.
So greet each other with a sacred kiss
And in forgiveness find God’s holy bliss.

If only Casey at the Bat had listened to this sermon…

The outlook isn’t brilliant, friend, if you forget to pray,
For Satan’s on the other team, he’s really here to stay.
He’ll make you think you’re something great—that folks should know your name,
That everything depends on you, the finest in the game.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land humility is right,
And somewhere there’s integrity, and somewhere it’s all right
To put one’s team before oneself. There isn’t any doubt
That if you’re really selfish, then the “good guys” will strike out.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 11/22/07
Brilliantly created. I loved each literary entry and each wonderful message. Bravo!
Therese Witkus11/23/07
Outstanding! You are abundantly gifted in both imagination and craft.
Joanne Sher 11/24/07
Absolutely amazingly creative - only a master could do this in such different styles. Brilliant.
LauraLee Shaw11/24/07
This is a creative masterpiece.
Dee Yoder 11/24/07
Uh-huh. A crash course in great literature, with a slight bent toward the spiritual! So very creative and unusual...I wish I could make my guess known about who I think wrote this!
Betty Castleberry11/25/07
Fun, creative and unique, although you taxed my poor brain to remember a couple of those literary works. I loved reading this.
Laury Hubrich 11/25/07
Wonderful!! I absolutely loved this! Thank you for a most amazing read!
Sara Harricharan 11/27/07
I liked the different styles and the different layouts, I kind of wished that the titles sort of rhymed too, but it was pretty good as is.
Beth LaBuff 11/27/07
Incredibly creative AND brilliant! Love it!
Jan Ross11/27/07
How do you do it? You're so incredibly creative! This is brilliant in every way. You just keep outdoing yourself! Masterfully Masterful! :)
Dee Yoder 11/27/07
I knew it! Wonderful!
Kristen Hester11/27/07
All I want to say is you have more creativity in your little finger than most people have in their whole body. Oh yea, and it was really fun! Great job.
Karen Wilber11/27/07
This is so creative and fun to read. More, More!!
william price11/27/07
I felt i was on a runway watching/reading an outstanding collection of writing styles. Creative, fresh and talented. God bless.
Sheri Gordon11/27/07
Wow -- what creativity. This was so much fun to read. I,too, would have liked this to continue on. Great job with the topic.
Temple Miller11/28/07
Wow! Brilliant and funny, yet profound. I loved it!
Beckie Stewart11/28/07
This was creative and informative. Loved it.
LaNaye Perkins11/28/07
I am so impressed with your creativity! Wonderful writing!
Loren T. Lowery11/28/07
We must own some of the same books! Great and fun and yes, a very creative stretch!
Sharlyn Guthrie11/28/07
Oh, this is so much fun! I have to admit being partial to Sam I am, but all of the voices are perfect. Your ideas are amazing!
TJ Nickel11/28/07
Loved it. Your Shakespeare was perfect.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/28/07
What a fun read... it sounds like you really enjoyed writing it too!
Sheri Gordon11/29/07
Congratulations on your EC. Love the creativity of this one. But then, you're always full of it -- creativity, I mean. :)
Rebecca Jones11/29/07
How brilliantly imaginative! Bravo!
Dolores Stohler11/29/07
Just read this -- love it, love it, love it so much! Your poetry technique is perfection itself.
Janice Fitzpatrick12/03/07
Jan, what can I say that hasn't been said already? Truly amazing work, very creative way of bringing out each of the styles of writing. Great job Jan! Wow! God bless. Janice