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THE FAITH OF CHRIST'S FREEMEN, by            
First Line: Our faith is not in dead saints' bones
Last Line: God's present purpose to fulfill.
Subject(s): Faith; Jesus Christ; Belief; Creed


Our faith is not in dead saints' bones,
In altars of vain sacrifice;
Nor is it in the stately stones
That rise in beauty toward the skies.

Our faith is in the Christ who walks
With men today, in street and mart;
The constant Friend who thinks and talks
With those who seek him with the heart.

We would not spurn the ancient lore,
The prophet's word or psalmist's prayer;
But lo! our Leader goes before,
Tomorrow's battles to prepare.
His Gospel calls for living men,
With singing blood and minds alert;
Strong men, who fall to rise again,
Who strive and bleed, with courage girt.

We serve no God whose work is done,
Who rests within His firmament:
Our God, His labors but begun,
Toils evermore, with power unspent.

God was and is and e'er shall be;
Christ lived and loved—and loves us still;
And man goes forward, proud and free,
God's present purpose to fulfill.





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