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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)
TITLE: Over-Arching Hope
By Holly Westefeld
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Such wicked ways upon the earth, mass mocking of the Lord of all,
To spurn His laws with reckless mirth must soon conclude with judgment's fall.
Thus Noah warned and John revealed, of flood and tribulation's tide,
Yet faithful would by God be sealed, kept safe from wrath, so justified.
But only Noah's kin took heed, enduring while the whole world jeered,
Denying doom and any need to board the ark as judgment neared.
Today there's rescue for men's souls; There need not be eternal loss,
Or judgment's seals, trumpets, bowls. This wooden refuge is the cross.
To follow Jesus, there is cost, so small compared with rich reward.
Without Him, though, much more is lost, eternity spent with the Lord.
To follow now would wisest be, before the rapture of His bride,
For tribulation faith will see such persecution magnified.
Though mankind swiftly spirals down toward judgment's maelstrom, day by day,
There still is hope to gain a crown of life which will not rust away.
Despite how much the pressures mount, though torrents drown or trials parch,
On Scripture's promises we count, the empty tomb, and rainbow's arch.
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