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

TITLE: The Solid Oak Structure
By Preacher Johnson
11/19/07


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The building is empty. The night lights reveal a silhouette standing tall, erect, unmovable, strong, powerful, on center stage, like a soldier with unsheathed sword standing at the ready. Made of solid oak, only the wood used in the making of the cross ever had a more noble purpose.

The day arrives; the building is no longer empty, all the lights are aglow, and the solid oak structure is still there. The power of God is about to be unleashed from behind it, and the plan of God will be worked out in front of it.

A foolish, weak man, chosen by God Himself emerges. Godís messenger lays The Book on the wooden structure. In an instant he scans the room praying to the God that called him for every heart behind every face his eyes can see. Hours of prayer begin to unfold; requests by the man and requests for the man by others on his behalf.

Words, given by The Holy Spirit of God, come forth from behind the pulpit. Like fire in a pine forest, words of salvation, reproof, love, correction, redemption, sin, comfort, instruction in righteousness, and peace ignite from behind the formed oak spreading to the peopleís ears like lightning.

A few dozen hearts with several hundred quandaries and botherations array the crowd in front of the solid oak structure. A sinful heart sees Christís forgiveness being presented for acceptance at Calvary. A heart filled with sorrow hears of, and receives, the comfort of the Holy Ghost. A revelation of The Fatherís will is given to a confused heart. The self-serving heart of a man hears of Christís sacrificial love. Healing power from the cross comes to a heart filled with pain. A proud heart sees the humility of the Saviour. A lost heart receives the blood from Golgothaís tree and the salvation that flows in it.

All hear Godís power, and the Holy Spirit beseeching them with His will. Some, on bended knees, come to the foot of the cross and walk away with changed hearts, blessed by God, others simply go home, continuing as they are, rejecting the blessings God has offered. After some time, the foolish, weak man chosen by God turns off the lights and closes the door.

The building is empty. The night lights reveal a silhouette standing tall, erect, unmovable, strong, powerful, on center stage, like a soldier with unsheathed sword standing at the ready. Made of solid oak, only the wood used in the making of the cross ever had a more noble purpose.


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Phyllis Inniss 11/22/07
I like this article and the contrast between the solid oak structure and the foolish, weak man whose message reaches to the various members of the congregation in different ways. Your last paragraph is like the first enclosing the message and the recipients as if nothing has truly changed.
Deborah Engle 11/22/07
Wow! Great stuff here. My favorite line:
Hours of prayer begin to unfold; requests by the man and requests for the man by others on his behalf.

Yvonne Blake 11/23/07
A lovely picture... I love the symbolism of strength, not so much of the wooden pulpit itself, but of what is taught from it. Well done.
Joanne Sher 11/23/07
This is AMAZING. Your descriptions are incredible, and your message is wonderfully clear and vivid.
LauraLee Shaw11/24/07
Creative. Beautifully written.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 11/25/07
Really enjoyed this.
Karen Wilber 11/27/07
I love the symmetry of this and how it comes alive in the middle when the Holy Spirit acts on those who hear the word.
Temple Miller11/28/07
Beautiful story. I love the circular structure. Your metaphors are excellent. I enjoyed it!
Jan Ackerson 11/28/07
Beautiful, almost poetic...the repitition of the first paragraph is lovely and very effective.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/28/07
A second reading makes this even more remarkable for structure, description, and message.
LaNaye Perkins11/28/07
This is wonderful. You were so discriptive that I felt I was there in the congregation looking upon that pulpit and the man behind it. Well done.
Jan Ackerson 12/31/07
Timothy, I just re-read this, and I still love it. I'm going to feature it on the Front Page showcase for the week of January 28. Look for it on the FW home page, and keep writing!
Joanne Sher 01/28/08
I've already told you how much I LOVE this - SO glad it's getting the front page "notice" it deserves. Blessings, my friend.
Lynda Lee Schab 01/28/08
Simply beautiful. Totally front-page worthy. Congratulations!
David F. Palmieri Sr. 01/28/08
A serene setting...along comes the wind and torrential rain, changing everything in it's path except the hardest hearts...the storm subsides and the noble oak remains in it's place...I feel like I just survived a Holy Spirit Tornado...beautiful writing...
LauraLee Shaw01/30/08
Oh, praise the Lord for featuring this one. "Anointed" is written all over it. May the Lord refresh and bless you as you minister to the multitudes--at home and abroad.
Beth LaBuff 02/01/08
Beautiful writing! Congrats on being the FW Frontpage Showcase writer.
Leah Nichols 05/19/09
I like how you use a lot of descriptive words without overdoing it. I also like the circular structure of the piece....and the title captures it well. Nicely done!
Mona Purvis05/19/09
This is a very special piece. Those old wood pulpits, if they could talk. The greatest joy ever known (salvation), the greatest heartache (death) and everything in between it witnesses.
Mona