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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: End (02/13/06)

TITLE: To the Ends of the Earth
By Linda Watson Owen


Oh, Church, you hold a treasure trove!
Blessings unending lay in your hold!
What are you doing with what Iíve given?
Storing it up to take to Heaven?

Iíve put into your earthly hands
the means for rescue throughout the lands.
They who are struggling and crying there
need what Iíve put within your care.

Did you not read or understand
my purpose in giving this bold command
to go into all the world and tell
the message that saves a soul from hell?

Dare you to keep resources given
and squander my gifts on frivolous living?
The price you pay for worldly fare
rends a soul from Heavenís care.

My trust you carry with your faith,
yet sloth and pleasure has taken place
in hearts I called to service wise
to bring Life to others for whom I died!

The loss you bring through choices weak
has cost the souls of those I seek!
No game is this to be replayed!
A soul lost here cannot be saved!

Their blood is squarely on your hands.
You have the tools, the strength, the plan,
that I have placed within your reach.
Go tell the world! Go serve! Go preach!

Time is wasting, and here you wait
praying for bigger barns and rates.
Invest what you have to carry my Word
to those who are dying, who never have heard.

The Ends of the earth are harvests in need
of a Church that will rise up in Word and Deed
to obey My Will and redeem the time!
Live out My Love that they may be Mine!

Oh, Church, to the ends of the earth you must go
with courage that shows them the God whom you know.
How else will they hear? How can they be saved
unless you will sacrifice all for My sake?

"He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be 'from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth." Zechariah 9:10b NKJV

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Chelsea Pietsch02/20/06
A well written poem with a powerful message that I believe truly reflects God's heart. I hope we can take it to our own hearts and apply it to our lives, rather than just nod. Thanks
Crista Darr02/20/06
A powerful, passionate, convicting call. We will stand before Him and give an account. You've captured God's heart cry for a lost and hurting world. The same cry that should be in all of us. Wow, this is so good. I heard a message once, "How can we enjoy heaven while our loved ones cry from hell, 'Why didn't you tell me?'" I hope to see your entry in the EC.
Laurie Glass 02/20/06
Wow. This poem is bold, powerful, convicting. Well said. There has to be a place for this one outside of the challenge as well.
Phyllis Inniss02/22/06
I agree with the above writers. This poem is right on target. This should be printed where Church leaders and pastors could read it. I expect it to be a winner on the Challenge
Lynda Lee Schab 02/22/06
Talk about convicting! I don't even go the the ends of my neighborhood with the Good News. Yikes! Well written poetry, full of wisdom and truth. A bold word for everyone willing to hear. Wonderful!
janet rubin02/23/06
Yup. Convicting. True. Great entry.
Joanne Malley02/23/06
All of the above! What an awesome poem that delivers! Jo
Jan Ackerson 02/23/06
Wow--this is a wonderful wake-up call to the church! Great job with the pleading and sorrowful voice.

What I also love about this poem is that you're not afraid to use a near-rhyme, rather than to choose a less-perfect word just for the sake of a perfect rhyme. Not sure if I was clear there. I'll try again: your word choices are great, both for meaning and for the sake of the poetry. Excellent.
Anita Neuman02/23/06
Such a powerful message, conveyed with beautiful precision. This line gives a convicting picture: "The price you pay for worldly fare rends a soul from Heavenís care." I'm rooting for this one in EC, too. GREAT JOB!!!
Pat Guy 02/23/06
Ouch! I think this poem reaches further than the church! A definate wake up call in bold, beautiful language. Yes - the truth told with beauty.
Cassie Memmer02/23/06
Wow! Linda I know you wrote this, but I think we all recognize Who the Author is. This is so powerful, a cry from our Father's heart. Thank you for obedience and may the Lord use your written words to bring about change in our complacency and sloth, cold waxed hearts, self love, and lovers of money. God bless you.
Maxx .02/25/06
Wow ... rarely does a poem capture such a strong exhortation! Great job! What a message!
Shari Armstrong 02/25/06
Some powerful stuff here -this needs to be published in a LOT of places :)