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"All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ's cross." – Colossians 2:11 (MSSG)
For most of us, Spring has officially sprung! And if you're like me, Springtime brings with it an overwhelming urge to clean. Not necessarily the actual cleaning part, but the end result. Washing windows might not be the most enjoyable job, but the exchange of those nasty winter spots for sparkling glass makes the chore worth it. So, although there's no question that scrubbing away the winter "yuck" is a lot of work, I look forward to it and make Spring cleaning an annual event at my house. An event that leaves me exhausted, but happy.
Isn't that how it is with our lives? God takes our dirty, messed up hearts and scrubs them clean. Not with Windex or Formula 409, but with the "All-Purpose" cleaner – the blood of Jesus. Yes, a little maintenance on our parts is required to keep our hearts clean. We may even sometimes end up tired and weary. But that initial cleansing? The one that removes the tough dirt and grime? The Holy Spirit's got it covered. And the best part is, there's no need to wait until Spring. All we have to do is ask, and Voila! Clean heart.
As we celebrate Easter, remember to thank Jesus for sacrificing himself in order to be our "All-Purpose Cleaner." What a gift!
Be sure to read the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the bottom of this newsletter to see how some members summed up the Easter Story in only 6 words.
Many members who regularly enter the Writing Challenge have struggled with knowing just when to move up to the next level. Some members expressed their frustration at having to follow the Challenge guidelines that require them to move up to a level they didn't feel ready for. Some prefer to stay in a lower level a little longer. This is particularly true for those moving up from the Intermediate (level 2) to the Advanced (level 3) level, where members sometimes feel swallowed up by the competition.
So, a couple weeks ago, we made a change to the Challenge level guidelines. Instead of all three of the level placement entrants being required to move up to the next level, only the 1st place winners are required to do so. 2nd and 3rd place winners in levels 1 & 2 (Beginner and Intermediate) can opt to remain in their current level until they either take 1st place in that particular level OR decide they are ready to move up. Those of you who are currently entering in the Intermediate or Advanced level but don't quite feel yet comfortable there, you may move back down, except if you've placed 1st in the previous level.
It is our hope that making these changes will help take the pressure off those who feel they have been catapulted upwards before they were ready.
For complete guidelines on choosing a Writing Challenge level to enter, visit the official Challenge page and click on "Guidelines for Choosing a Level."
OTHER CHALLENGE NEWS
The Weekly Writing Challenge is on hiatus until April 8th, when the final quarter of the FaithWriters "year" (July to July) will begin. In the meantime, check out the FaithWriters blog for a few things you can do (besides cry) during this brief break from the Challenge:
See who is in the running so far for the Challenge Best of the Best! Who will earn the crown previously worn by Rachel, Jan, Mid, Kenn, and Maxx? The complete list of former winners and their winning entries can be found here:
The 2010 contenders are also being featured on Mondays, over on the FaithWriters blog. Get to know the members behind the talent!
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*Listing of 2010 National Writer's Conferences – Check out these conferences, possibly at a location near you! http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount/conferences.php
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OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS:
In honor of Easter, members were asked to sum up the Easter story in only six words. Thanks to everyone who submitted a response! I was overwhelmed by your replies. Here are just a few of the wonderful summaries I received:
"Nails didn't attach cross. Love did." - Emma Akuffo
"HE came, lived, died, rose, reigns." - Brian Haugrud
"God's plan of reconciliation to mankind." – Sharon Turbyfill
"Numb Death Touched by Eternal Energy." – Ruth Triebel
"His Love Betrayed, was Love Displayed!" – Marsha Bond
"Empty cross, empty tomb, Heaven opened." – Tom Brennan
"God's riches at Christ's expense (GRACE)...Hallelujah!!!" – Jackie Harmon
With Mother's Day approaching, what is your response to the following Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters question?
What is one memory you have, either from your childhood or more recently, of a special time you shared with your mom?
Email your 1-2 sentence response to FaithWriters.firstname.lastname@example.org. Then check the May newsletter to see if your response was selected to appear!
HAPPY EASTER! REMEMBER TO THANK JESUS FOR HIS CLEANSING BLOOD!
AND THANKS FOR CHOOSING FAITHWRITERS.COM. KEEP WRITING FOR THE KINGDOM!