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What Good Can Come?

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1 What good can come from faith alone?
A man in need must deeds be shown.
To say, God bless, keep warm, well fed—
What good is that? Your faith is dead!

For faith alone is dead and vain;
Without good works, there is no gain.
For faith must prove itself by deeds,
And faith by works is made complete.

2 You can’t have faith apart from deeds,
And each good deed from faith proceeds.
Belief in God is not enough;
Even the demons do that much. [Refrain]

3 Our father Abraham was named
A righteous man who had no blame;
Because he offered up his son,
His faith and actions worked as one. [Refrain]

4 To Rahab, though a prostitute,
God did full righteousness impute.
For she gave lodging to the spies
And hid them from pursuers’ eyes. [Refrain]

5 Lord, may I put my faith to work;
May I do good and never shirk.
And may I ne’er be heard to say,
My faith is all I need today. [Refrain]

Author: Susan H. Peterson

Born: Oc­to­ber 17, 1950, Port An­ge­les, Wash­ing­ton. Died: Ju­ly 23, 2004, Per­al­ta, New Mex­i­co. Susan was the se­cond of two girls in the fam­i­ly. Her fa­ther worked for the Na­tion­al Park Ser­vice, so Su­san en­joyed grow­ing up in Na­tion­al Parks and His­tor­ic Sites across Amer­i­ca. She did her un­der­grad­u­ate work at Stan­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty and earned a BS in ma­the­ma­tics in 1972. The next year she took a one-year grad­u­ate pro­gram at Mult­no­mah School of the Bi­ble in Port­land, Or­e­gon, and re­ceived a Cer­tif­i­cate of Bi­ble up­on com­ple­tion. She de­cid­ed not to pur­sue a ca­reer in com­put­er sci­ence, as she had orig­in­al­ly in… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: What good can come from faith alone?
Title: What Good Can Come?
Author: Susan H. Peterson (1998)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: For faith alone is dead and vain
Copyright: Public Domain