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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Current Affairs (05/31/12)

TITLE: Breaking News: A Holy Definition
By Laura Manley
06/03/12


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As a Christian, there are current affairs consistently present in our lives. Webster’s New World Dictionary and Thesaurus describes current as: now going on; of the present time; commonly accepted; prevalent.

The same Dictionary’s meaning of the word “affairs” is: a thing to do; matters of business; any matter or event.

It is my opinion that based on these definitions, one of the most important current affairs of the Christian world is that of soul winning. Soul winning is “of the present time” and certainly is or should be “now going on” and in the Christian realm, it is “commonly accepted, and should be “prevalent.” Hence, I have successfully covered the current in “current affairs.”

Because soul winning is not only “a thing to do” in the daily life of a Christian, part two of the subject matter “current affairs” is covered also. In fact, we are commanded by God to fulfill the Great Commission according to Mark 16:15:

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (KJV)

How much more a current affair is the Great Commission? It is current (now going on) and it is not only “a” thing to do, but “the” thing to do as a child of God.

Satisfied I have met the criteria for “current affair(s),” I would offer the reader a little more insight into this current affair called soul winning.

As my pastor describes in his writing “How You Can Fulfill the Great Commission,” we should explain that the payment for sins keeps you out of Hell and the payment for the gift gets you into Heaven.

Many things have been written for, talked about to, and presented to an unsaved person. It is my belief that we must explain to the unsaved person how Jesus paid for our sins when he shed his blood on the cross and died; that we would be foolish to not accept that precious gift. By gift, I mean this: If you buy something for someone in particular, but then ask them for $50 for it…is it a gift? Absolutely not! Even asking $1 for it would not be considered a gift. The only way it is considered a gift is that you buy something for the person and then freely give it to them…no strings attached. The key here is that even though you expect nothing in return, they must receive it.

God has said in His word, the Holy Bible, that salvation is a gift. If the person receives it as such, the angels are rejoicing in Heaven.

Often times, however, people think the only way to Heaven is by good works or being a good person in general. Ephesians 2:8, 9 contradicts that way of thinking:

8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

9Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)

I accepted Jesus as my Personal Savior on May 29, 1980. It is the greatest gift I have ever been given. It caused me to avoid going to Hell. I thank God for the pastor’s wife whom I had occasion to hire some months prior to my salvation. She took the “current affair” of soul winning seriously and when the computers of our Data Entry Department went down one afternoon, she began talking about Jesus.

I am thankful to be in a great soul-winning, God-fearing church who takes the gospel door to door, person by person to fulfill the commandment of the Great Commission which in my book will always and forever be a “current affair.”


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CD Swanson 06/07/12
Great job. I enjoyed this entire piece. The story clearly outlined the topic in a clever and unusual way. I loved the ending.

Thanks. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/07/12
This is a nice essay on Current Affairs. You did a nice job of telling the definition and crediting the right Bible verses. I enjoyed this as an answer to an assignment or as an essay one might find in a journal. But I think you can do that and even go a step farther to relate it to more people.

I'd encourage you to take a step out of your comfort zone and show us what you mean. Just reading a definition or quoting the Bible may not be enough to reach some people. You need to show the reader what your story is about and pull them into it

Instead of just quoting the verse show the reader how you apply it in your daily life. Something like God commands us to go into the world and preach to every creature. I might find myself feeling silly if I were to plop down next to a dog and tell him that Jesus loves man so much he died for us. Hey Patches, you look like a smart little fellow, do you think there is any way you can help me on this one? The next morning I heard a yelping out on the street. I looked out the window and my jaw dropped to see Patches pulling his reticent owner into the Pastor's office!
Now I know that's an extreme and you probably want to take a more scholarly approach to the subject but when I read about preaching to every creature, I realized what a huge step of faith that would be. While some may giggle over that description or roll their eyes, it would be a great way to help them remember the verse and knowing that someone is talking to a dog it may help a reader step outside of her comfort box.

I have no doubt that the passion in your words will touch many people. I think you did a spectacular job of approaching the topic in a fresh way. Many might take this direction but show Christians being persecuted or not allowing the church and government mix. But you came up with such a unique POV that I'm really impressed. I just want to encourage you to go even a step farther. There is no doubt that you want the word of God to filter into every household. You also know your Bible well and would be able to answer some questions that unbelievers would have. You have a natural talent and you just need to spread your wings and take flight with that talent. Secure in the knowledge that Jesus is right with you and will catch you if you fall.