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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Kingdom of God (03/12/09)

TITLE: The Kingdom of Outrageous Love
By Linda Payne
03/16/09


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There is a kingdom of paradoxes
where the mighty are brought low,
and the poor and weak are raised up,
where the wise are made foolish,
and the foolish made wise;
where an instrument of torture becomes
a symbol of grace and salvation,
the Kingdom of Outrageous Love.

There is a kingdom
where the poor and outcasts
dine with the King in sumptuous fashion,
a bounteous feast where all are welcome
and none are turned away,
the Kingdom of Outrageous Love.

There is a kingdom
where the farmer exuberantly
tosses handfuls of seeds onto the ground,
letting them fall where they may,
sharing his bounty, hoping for a rich harvest,
the Kingdom of Outrageous Love.

There is a kingdom
where workers are hired throughout the day
regardless of skill or status,
each given a chance
to serve the King,
each paid an equal portion of the King’s riches,
the Kingdom of Outrageous Love.

There is a kingdom
where the King washes
the feet of his servants, and
offers his life in ransom for theirs,
the Kingdom of Outrageous Love.

There is a kingdom
where a father welcomes home
a foolish and rebellious child, and
forgiveness flows from a fountain
that never runs dry,
the Kingdom of Outrageous Love.

There is a kingdom
where giving away everything
is an honor, an unrestrained joy and delight;
where all share and no one is in need,
the Kingdom of Outrageous Love.

There is a kingdom
where prayers and blessings
are bestowed on enemies;
where singing reverberates through persecution,
joy dances over trials,
praise and thanksgiving subdue suffering and pain,
the Kingdom of Outrageous Love.

This Kingdom of Outrageous Love
dwells within the hearts of
the King’s children;
where his will is our delight,
his word is our command,
and every choice we make
is a reflection of our King,
affecting all those around us.

The Kingdom of Outrageous Love
demands everything,
all we have and all we are;
it's ours to share and spread,
ours to invite and
welcome others to participate in
the Kingdom of Outrageous Love.


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Joanne Sher 03/19/09
Superb description of His kingdom. I love how you used the parables and actual actions of our Savior to paint this Kingdom of Outrageous Love. Excellent.
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/20/09
I enjoyed this read through the parables and took, as a devotional thought for today, your line:
...And every choice we make is a reflection of our King...
Glenda Lagerstedt03/22/09
Execellent work. Every word...every phrase... not only makes sense but it propels a person forward in one's thinking and perception regarding the Kingdom of Heaven.
Emily Gibson03/22/09
Although the word "outrageous" stopped me for a minute because of the potentially negative connotations for the word's multiple definitions, I did really appreciate the paradox you point out as well as the unique qualities of God's Kingdom. It truly does "exceed the limits of what is usual" if that is what Outrageous is meant to represent here. There may be another word that says it even better, but I'm not coming up with it at this moment!
Laury Hubrich 03/22/09
I am so very honored to be a part of the kingdom of outrageous love! Love this!
Henry Clemmons03/25/09
I liked the repetition and melody of certain lines. Great message.