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You Don't Have To
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By Gary James Smith
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You Don't Have To

You don't have to go to church to be saved
You can be saved right where you are
Whether in the living room of your home
Or even while sitting in a car
I heard the testimony of one man
And the telling of it was sweet
He was saved while walking up a hill
I thought that that one was really neat

I myself was saved at home
After God's Word revealed to me
That my Salvation was dependant on Christ
And what He did on Calvary
The Holy Spirit brought it home
I was a sinner lost and undone
And that if I would repent of my sinful ways
I could be saved by the Crucified One

The darker the night the brighter the light
I looked to the Lamb of God
His Word of truth revealed and the Holy Spirit sealed
I knelt there when I understood
I prayed the prayer of a humble child
Lord Jesus I now do believe
I am a sinner in need of You Lord
And by faith in You I now believe

What witness was birthed in my heart that day
As the burden of my sin was all gone
I cast all of my cares upon Him then and there
I knew my new life had begun
Now I was excited to go to church
I knew how important it was
For it pointed me to Jesus and the old rugged Cross
Now to own and to share His great cause!

Hallelujah what a Saviour!

Copyright March 16 2019 12:35 AM

Gary James Smith


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Submitted: Saturday, March 16, 2019

Last Updated: Saturday, March 16, 2019

About the Poet
I came to know the Lord as my personal Saviour in January of 1972. I was married on Oct 21,1966 to my wife Linda who also loves the Lord. We have ten children and now twenty-four grand children. In Aug 2012 we got the announcement of the birth of our first GREAT grand child (a baby girl). I was thrilled to find others of like precious faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! What a Savior! I am presently living in Champion, Alberta, Canada but we are originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. That is where the poem Canadian Tribute to America was birthed. One Sunday as I walked across the city on my way to church I came to the top of a hill and looked across at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. After watching the events of the Sept 11 tragedy it was weighing on my heart and mind and the Lord gave me these words. We came to Calgary and when my oldest daughter saw this poem she said, �Dad, what�s this?� and I said a poem and she replied �Dad, that�s not a poem , that�s a song� and she then went to the piano and began to sing and play it. The result of which turned into a song entitled, A Canadian Tribute to America which she recorded on CD. garyjamessmith2005@yahoo.ca

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