Friday, May 29, 2009

Enter to WIN this Tract Handbag Filled with Tracts!

What comes in the bag:
Curved Illusions plus...a few other surprises. :-)
This bag has 5 nice compartments to fit your tracts
Fits nicely over the shoulder.

***Contest Rules:

1) Comment here and some way for me to contact you if you win--email or blog link is fine (as long as there's an email address attached to the blog link).

2) Get an additional entry for blogging about this contest or putting it on your website, facebook, twitter, or any other networking site you have. Then make sure you tell me where you've posted it.

Note: You do not have to leave a comment to win. Winning isn't based on what you say. One winner will be drawn, it's fine to simply leave your name and email.

* No duplicate comments please.*

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.

*You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

***If you are not able to post a comment, please send your entry to email [at] Comments will be opened NOW until June 15th and I will announce the winner on the comment section of this blog on Monday, June 15th 2009!

Open to U.S. residents only.

Oh and don't forget to stop by my friend Rob's give-a-way StreetFishing: Heather Henry CD Giveaway. Rob is kindly donating one of Heather's CD's to go in this tract handbag.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

God, if you're real, show me a sign!

"Shocked at the viscous personal attacks and profanity that filled my in-box"

A portion from an email that came in today:

"I felt like I was being led to witness to atheists who have posted anti-God videos and comments on youtube. I knew it would be tough but I was not prepared for how tough. I posted a very polite comment on an atheist video and was slammed with hate mail. I was shocked at the viscous personal attacks and profanity that filled my in-box. Their very responses are testimony enough that they are miserable without a relationship with their Creator. This experience has taught me that I am not prepared to do battle with atheists and Satan on that level yet. They’ve made a hobby out of trying to disprove the existence of God where I have not majored on trying to prove He exists. I’m back in the bible and studying hard on how to help spread the gospel to these unhappy people. " Chris

Here's a bit of my response to Chris:

"Did you know that Ray Comfort has a blog that is geared towards reaching atheists?

I think you'll get a lot out of it.

I've had a few atheists on my blog:

Oh and one more thing...

Have you ever heard of Greg Bahnsen?

He wrote a book called "Always Ready".

This book revolutionized the way I evangelize. Of course I use the law and things but this is another tool. It's called "Presuppositional Apologetics." In fact, Mark Spence the Dean of the Biblical School of Evangelism taught on Presuppositional Apologetics at our last Transformed Conference in South Carolina. He spoke on it in place of Kirk. Mark did a tremendous job!

You can read more about
Presuppositional Apologetics on the link below. It's essentially another way to defend the faith, especially with skeptics, atheists, relativists, etc.

Presuppositional Apologetics basically help you show the unbeliever/atheist that they can't exist with out borrowing from the biblical worldview in order to make sense of their own worldview. Presuppositional Apologetics show you how to leave the unbeliever standing on the very thing they've been rejecting, namely the Word of God. It shows the unbeliever that they can't make sense of life, right or wrong, good or evil with out borrowing from the biblical worldview.

Hope this makes sense. :-)

So, if there is one book I would recommend you read (aside from all the books
Living Waters offers) it's this one, "Always Ready".

The links to Mr. Bahnsen's six part series can be found online:

Part 1
Greg Bahnsen - Worldviews in Conflict (part 1)

Part 2
Greg Bahnsen - Worldviews in Conflict (part 2)

Part 3
Greg Bahnsen - Worldviews in Conflict (part 3)

Part 4
Greg Bahnsen - Worldviews in Conflict (part 4)

Part 5
Greg Bahnsen - Worldviews in Conflict (part 5)

Part 6
Greg Bahnsen - Worldviews in Conflict (part 6)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

An atheist tracks with scripture

Reynold said, "It's obvious as to why people are called to preach: There's no "god" or "angels" etc. to spread the word him/her/themselves. Same with every other cult on the face of the planet. Your "god" most definately does need people to do the work, because otherwise, it just wouldn't get done, period."

Reynold, it's obvious that preaching is foolishness to you by the statement you made. I'm glad that you're on track with scripture. "For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 1 Cor 1:18.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A new springboard for budding preachers

This past Saturday night the Sovereign Joy Evanglism Team went to the Southlake Town Square to preach the gospel. It was a great night for most of us.

Shortly after we arrived, an ambulance and fire truck pulled up on the scene and the crowd of individuals that were casually strolling down the sidewalk, with ice creams in hand, immediately scurried to see what the action was about.

That’s when our wonderful evangelism leader,
Dennis Cain, jumped up on the soapbox and used a new movie, that will be released the end of this month, as a springboard for the gospel. Below is a basic account of what Dennis said last night. I thought it was so good that I wanted to provide it for you to use when you hit the streets.

I stood in the front of the crowd and was glued to every word that Dennis said...I think others were as well.
Here's what Dennis said in a nutshell...

“A new movie will be released soon called “
Drag Me To Hell.” The story is of a women who was cursed to be tormented for three days by a demon and then would be dragged to Hell for eternity. The tag line to the movie is “Even nice people go to Hell.”

Well, it's true. Nice people do go to Hell. 150,000 people die every day. You would consider most of these people to be nice and good. Some of the nicest people you've ever met will end up in Hell when they die.

What about you? Do you think you are a good person...good enough to get into Heaven when you die? The Bible says to examine yourself. This exam is a 10 question test known as the Ten Commandments.

How many lies have you told in your life? A person is called a liar who has told as many lies as you have. Have you ever taken anything that does not belong to you? A person that steals is called a thief. Have you ever taken God's name is vain? That is called blasphemy and God will not hold anyone blameless who misuses His name. If you ever had an improper sexual thought toward someone then Jesus says you are an adulterer at heart.

These are just four of the Ten Commandments. How did you do? God does not grade on a “good deeds” curve. Your “good” deeds do not give you any credit towards God favoritism. The test is pass/fail and you must score a perfect hundred to pass His test.

If you honestly examine yourself you know you are guilty of breaking God's laws. And if you are guilty, God, being just, cannot you let you into Heaven. He cannot allow liars, adulterers, thieves, and blasphemers in to Heaven and remain holy and just.

If a person wronged you and a judge let the person who wronged you off free without any penalty, you will cry foul and state that the judge was crooked. God's standard of justice is much more strict and he will see that justice is done for those who break His laws.

The Bible says that all liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire. Think of is like this. If you lie to a child, nothing can happen. If you lie to your spouse, they can get angry. If you lie to your boss, you can be fired. Lying to the Government is called treason and you can go to jail. You can be telling the same lie to each person. So it is not the size of the lie that gets you into trouble, it is the person you lie to that determines the punishment. When a person lies, God sees it as an infinite offense since He is infinite, without beginning or end.

God must send law breakers to Hell. But unlike the tag line in the “Drag me to Hell movie, there will be no dragging. The law breakers will be cast into Hell. This casting will be like you tossing a wadded piece of paper into a waste basket. And it will not be a demon that does the casting into Hell but God Himself.

But you protest “God is Love”. That is true, God IS Love. He is 100% Love, but He is also 100% just, 100% pure, and 100% righteous. The Bible does not ever say God is love, love, love or kind, kind, kind. But the Bible says He is Holy, Holy, Holy and it is His Holiness, His perfection that is the reason you are in big trouble.

So, how do you balance God's 100% Love and 100% justice? 2000 years ago the Son of God came to Earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life; He willingly went to the cross. He willingly had sin placed upon Him. God's fierce wrath toward sin crushed Jesus on the cross.

Jesus died and was buried. Three days later he rose from the grave and was seen alive by over 500 people. He ascended into Heaven and will one day return to earth. You broke God's laws but Jesus paid your fine, your debt to God, for you in His own life's blood.

Please humble yourself before God. This means you repent of your multitude of sins. Forsake your sins, turn from your sins and yourself and turn toward God. Then trust in the person of Christ and receive His righteousness in exchange for your sin. If you repent, then you have been born again.

It will be the hardest thing you ever do in this life; to humble yourself before God. If you think you are a good person, then God will not save you. God resists the proud but give grace to the humble. This is why people, who think they are “good”, will go to Hell when they die. They have not humbled themselves to the point to realize they are not good at all but wicked and sinful in His sight. They compare themselves to each other and not to God who is the standard.

We are Christ’s ambassadors, as if God was pleading through us. We implore you on the behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. God made Christ, who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might have the righteousness of God, in Christ.”

***Visit Dennis Cain's website where you can access past Way of the Master Radio archives (just scroll down and on the right look for "Way of the Master Radio Podcasts"). Thank you Dennis for making this available to us!***

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Death is not dying...

Someone messaged me hours ago on facebook and urged and me to watch a video entitled, “Death is Not Dying: A Faith that Saves”. So I did. And just 10 minutes into it, I pressed pause and went into my husband's office and said, "Do you have a little bit of time to watch something with me?" "Sure." He answered.

I pulled up my chair next to his and he and I watched “Death is Not Dying: A Faith that Saves” which is a talk from Rachel Barkey a 37 year old wife and mother of two was diagnosed with terminal cancer. If a miracle doesn't occur, Rachel only has weeks to live and will leave this earth and all the things precious to her...but she's is convinced that death is not dying.

"Cancer does not define me," she says. "Neither does being a wife or a mother. All these things are part of who I am but they do not define me." Watch as she shares what defines her. I was moved to tears and challenged in many ways by her talk and reminded once again that we, too, are dying. Some individuals think that they will defy death. That they will never die. That they will live forever here on planet earth and that death won't seize upon them. But that is not true. We all will die. "It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment" Hebrews 9:27.

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10.

As a Christian, my hope is found in Christ and His righteousness and in His resurrection from the dead. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain! Death is only temporal and it's not that grim but I honestly have no idea how the atheist doesn't tremble at the thought of death. At the thought that this very breath could be their last and they will have to face a Holy God and give an account for the deeds that they have done in their body. But those who trust in Christ can have full assurance of where they will go when they die and full assurance that Christ's righteousness is accredited to their account. What a relief!

"The Scriptures make clear the fact that Jesus's resurrection is the promise of our own resurrection and the concrete hope of life beyond the grave. The reality of the resurrection prompted Paul's triumphant cry: "Death is swallowed up in victory." -Albert Mohler

I was so impacted as I watched Rachel's video that I wanted to share it with you immediately.
Watch HERE.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009