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An Experience or a Relationship?
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By James Pemberton
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An Experience…  Or A Relationship?


I heard of a church with

a “fancy title.”

On the subject of holiness.

 They appear to be “idle.


They can sure sing, dance,

and “really move…”

But anything that appears

HOLY seems far removed


Many of them seem “caught up”

in the entertainment.

When it comes to the scripture. 

They seem “complacent.”


As long as you “move in the spirit…” 

 Then “you’re cool.”

“Why should we go by an old

fashioned set of rules?”


I wonder how many have a close

relationship with our Lord?

What kinds of treasure, in their hearts,

have they stored?


Anyone can claim to be a Christian. 

And “have the power.”

Where would we be...

If Christ came this very hour?


To those who claim “to be filled

with the spirit.”

It’s one thing to claim it. 

Another to live it.


Our spiritual walk isn’t gauged by…

 “whether we can dance or speak in another tongue.”

But our commitment and love

 for God’s precious son!


Our hearts before God.  Is what really

matters the most!

Not by how much one may

 “move in the Holy Ghost.”


God’s challenge to everyone

 across our great nation…

Is to return to our first love… 

The God of salvation!


Serving Jesus with all of our

 heart is truly the key…

In being the kind of Christian... 

 Christ wants us to be!


By Jim Pemberton  (c) 2010

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Submitted: Sunday, February 27, 2011

Last Updated: Sunday, February 27, 2011

About the Poet
I and my wife have 4 grown children and currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I've spent much of my life doing volunteer work in the food distribution for the needy among local churches. Many of the poems I've written are a reflection of times of adversity as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness. I've found many opportunities to share my poems with those who are hurting and discouraged. I'm thankful for the reports of many of the poems touching people's lives. I hope that the poems included on Wordchimes will touch and bless your life too!

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