Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tracting Bloopers

My friend Ray Comfort came up with a great App for the iPhone called “Tract Printer”. It makes the iPhone look like it's printing a Gospel tract and makes handing out tracts really fun. In fact, it’s one of my favorite tools for handing out tracts. Usually I go up to people and say, “Hey let me print a free movie ticket for you” and I “print” a 180 Movie ticket to give to them.  

Another favorite is the Curved Illusion tract from Living Waters, which tricks the eye into thinking that one card is longer than the other.  When the cards switch places suddenly the longer one looks shorter and vice versa. When I use the Curved Illusion tracts I hold them up and ask, “Which one is longer?” People love the Tract Printer and the Curved Illusions, so I use them both regularly. 

One day I was at the mall evangelizing and scurrying from person to person showing them both of these tracts with great reactions until I went up to one guy to show him the Tract Printer. I guess in all my scurrying I forgot which tract I was holding, held up my iPhone and said, “Which one is longer?” He looked at me like I was crazy until I finally realized I was holding up my phone, not the Curved Illusions.

My friend Kristen loves the Curved Illusion tracts too. We were attending a conference in Oklahoma, and were in the hotel lobby late one night when she suddenly said, “I’m going to go show that guy my curves…wait, that didn’t come out right..I mean my Curved Illusions!” Everyone busted out laughing at her gaffe, and it’s been a running joke ever since.  

Curved Illusion tract:

Tract Printer in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_1Nn0T0qVc

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Stark Reminders

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I received some very stark reminders that death is a part of life, and that it can strike at any time. Christmas Eve a dear sister in Christ emailed me to let me know that her precious 3 month old son had passed away very unexpectedly. Then I learned that my uncle Louie, who was close to 90, had died of heart failure. And finally on Christmas Day my friend texted me that the son of one of her high school friends had died. He was only 19.

A few weeks earlier this same friend had asked me to hold her accountable to witness to her parents (again) by the end of the year, which is almost here, but after receiving these stark reminders, she is rethinking waiting even that long.

Perhaps these stark reminders are for you too. Perhaps you have an unsaved family member, and like my friend you’re the only Christian in your family. I encourage you not to wait. 150,000 people die every day, and you could be one of them. www.NeedGod.com

Friday, December 26, 2014

Fishing With Trish...

Question: I want to share the gospel and still be a biblical woman. How do I do both? 

Answer: One of the greatest signs of being born again is to have the desire/boldness to speak the Word of God and to tell others about his glorious Gospel (Acts 4:31). A biblical woman is a woman that shares the good news of the Gospel with her family members, her children and the lost in general. There is no distinction. You can't be a biblical woman and not talk about the Gospel. The Gospel is at the very center of a biblical woman. 

Now don't get me wrong, she is not to shirk her responsibilities at home for the sake of "hitting the streets". Her home should be in order - it is her main responsibility to manage (Titus 2:3) - but she can certainly incorporate sharing the Good News in various ways without neglecting her duties at home by handing out tracts as she runs errands, preaching the gospel to the telemarketer, talking about the Gospel as she rises and walks along the way with her children, joining the church door-to-door evangelism team once a month or the weekly street ministry, visiting old folks at a local retirement facility and sharing the good news, and the list can go on and on. Note: all of this presupposes that your husband is okay with you going out door-to-door, on the streets with a team, etc. If he is not, then honor him. There are plenty of other ways to be a gospel witness (namely, passing out tracts as you go along your way running errands and as you teach your children the ways of God). Remember that Jesus' Great Commission to preach the Gospel and make disciples throughout the world was given to the entire church. So, Go! Share your faith; one soul at a time.  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wonderful Idea!

My assistant saw this posted on Facebook the other day:
"I used the phone book this year to send some Christmas cards with the Gospel to strangers."
What a wonderful idea!
What sort of things have you done during Christmas, or any time of the year, to share the Gospel? I’m always up for trying something new for the sake of the Gospel, and if I use your idea I'll be sure to let you know how it goes. :-)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

To Be Continued?...

My friend and I went to the Walmart by my house not too long ago, specifically to hand out tracts right outside the entrance. All was going well until a Walmart lady approached us and told us that we couldn’t hand them out there anymore. So, we left.

A short time later I went back to the same Walmart to do some shopping and asked the lady at the jewelry counter for help finding something. She was very helpful so I said, “Thank you, here’s a gift for you” and handed her a tract to which she sternly replied, “I TOLD you that you couldn’t hand those out here!” I was shocked, but then realized it was the same Walmart lady my friend and I had encountered before. How did I not recognize her?

A couple weeks after that, I was at the same Walmart in the checkout line and said to the lady in front of me, “Here’s a little gift for you” and handed her a tract. To my horror she came unglued and said, “I TOLD you that you couldn’t hand those out in here! I’m calling the manager. Why would I want a gift from you? Only my family gives me gifts!” It was the same lady, and for some reason God had blinded me from recognizing her once again. I was frazzled, and before I even made it out of the store I called my friend to tell her what had happened. She couldn’t stop laughing.

Then, yesterday I was in the checkout line at Trader Joe’s in a whole different city. I was looking at a lady that was making a purchase thinking she looked familiar when it dawned on me: Walmart lady! What were the chances? Different city, different store. I couldn’t stop laughing; God certainly has a sense of humor. I was laughing so hard that one of the employees asked me rather quizzically, “Do you want to check out, or…?” Thankfully, she didn’t see me. And doubly thankfully, I recognized her before I gave her a tract. 

I don’t know if this story is over yet or if it’s “To be continued…” I’ll be sure to let you know. J

Monday, December 22, 2014

How To Feel Old In An Instant

I was witnessing to a girl at The University of North Texas recently and this is how it went:

Me: When do you think the world is going to end?

Girl: When Jesus returns.

What does someone have to do to go to heaven?

Accept Jesus into your heart.

But, I’m a good person, why do I have to do that?

Well, that’s not going to get you to heaven just being a good person.

What’s you’re name?


How do you spell that?


What’s your email? I want to send you a good message called Hell’s Best Kept Secret and some movies.


Is '95' for the year you graduated high school?

No, it’s the year I was born.

That’s where the similarities ended, and I walked away feeling OLD, as ‘95 is the year I graduated high school. Lol.

If you haven’t heard Hell’s Best Kept Secret, it’s worth a listen. It’s what God used to shape me in my evangelism. Listen here for free: http://bit.ly/1rnW38f

Friday, December 19, 2014

We Got A Double Whammy!

Last Wednesday I was rejected for the Gospel’s sake (twice!) in record time. I hadn’t set foot in the grocery store more than 10 feet before I encountered the first Gospel crusher. He was playing Christmas music on a saxophone right inside the store taking donations for the Make-A-Wish foundation. He had a sign showing that he had raised $15,800 so far. My friend tossed some money into his saxophone case and I tossed in a copy of The Biggest Question DVD. 

“What’s that?” he asked me. I told him it was a DVD about eternal things and asked him if he remembered actor Kirk Cameron, that he was a close friend of the ministry that made it. He said he had met Kirk several times, that Kirk was well aware of his 501c3, that he was a music minister, and a Christian, and then tried to give the DVD back. I smiled and told him to keep it, watch it, and give it to someone that would benefit from it. Then I turned to give a copy to the second Gospel crusher. I handed her the DVD and she asked what church it was affiliated with. I told her that we like the old dead guys like Spurgeon and Whitfield. She promptly handed the DVD back and said she was Catholic. That’s when saxophone guy gently pulled me on the shoulder trying to get me away from her clearly not wanting me to talk to her. He then proceeded to tell my friend and I that he was “doing something”. That he was being a “light”. That “your DVD is great and all, but I’m not just asking people for donations, I’m doing something.” It seemed like he was more concerned about people’s earthly comfort than their eternal comfort. Then he started to play his saxophone and we politely left to browse the store. About 15 minutes later saxophone guy found us, handed the DVD back while shaking his head and making a face like he was disgusted that we were handing them out. I think we hit a sour note with him.

So, what did we do? We boldly kept going and gave DVDs to several more people, all of who received them gladly. After all, Peter and John endured greater trials in Acts 4 than what we had just experienced, and they kept going. Why? Because just like saxophone guy knew, people indeed are dying, but they’re also lost.  And no wish fulfilled here on earth can surpass what Christ fulfilled on the cross. John 15:7 says, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

The New Biggest Question!

Something to add to your arsenal of Gospel tracts...
The (new and improved) Biggest Question DVD from Wretched featuring Todd Friel, Ray Comfort, Emeal ("E.Z.") Zwayne, and Voddie Baucham. 

More info & trailers available here: 

So what are you waiting for? ;-)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fishing With Trish...

Question: Do you ever feel like not witnessing?

Answer: Yes, and I have many perfectly legitimate reasons not to. Like, I’m too busy, it’s too cold, I’m tired, I don't have anything to wear, someone else will witness to them, and besides I have 100 emails in my inbox that I must tend to. The list goes on and on. In fact, this list seems to pop up in my mind every week right before we head out to our regular fishing hole.  Suddenly my staying at home seems so cozy. Grabbing a warm blanket and some super sweet hot chocolate sounds better than being at the mall with a bunch of teenagers that don’t want to hear about Jesus. Every single excuse in the book rises up. 

One Friday night I decided to go witnessing with a couple of friends from church and we invited someone new to come along with us. When Jessica walked into my house she looked like she had seen a ghost.  She was really uncomfortable. I thought maybe my house had a foul smell or that maybe something green was stuck in my teeth. "Maybe she just had a bad day", I concluded. I found after our evangelism night that she was absolutely terrified to share the gospel, which surprised me since she seemed like such a confident person. Then more information came out. When she received our text message inviting her to come along with us to share the Gospel she was totally overcome with fear. That same day she had some bad news come in regarding her job too. Talk about a double whammy! During the car ride to the mall you could tell she was off kilter. She quietly followed us around the mall observing our encounters with people. Towards the end of our time there, I nudged her to pass out a tract. She did it with flying colors and said, “Wow…that wasn’t too bad.” On the car ride back home, we sat in the back seat together and her entire countenance had changed. Her face was brighter and she looked over at me with a smile and said, “It was the best thing that I could've done tonight.” 

Many times I feel that way. The words of Mark Spence (Dean of the Biblical School of Evangelism) aptly describe what the evangelism experience can be like, “When we go to share our faith, we leave dragging our heels, but we come home clicking them.”

The next time you have an “excuse” not to share the Gospel read Act 27 and 28. That should help put your perspective right.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Why It's Wise to Wait on The Lord

First, it is wise to wait because God gives clear direction only when we are willing to wait. Remember, we don’t operate like the world operates. Instant gratification of need defines society. But we, as believers, live differently. We don’t take our cues from the world. We take them from God. He will give us clear direction, whether it is guidance for making a move or changing a career or choosing a mate. However, much to the distress of many, He seldom does it quickly. We must wait until He is ready to give direction.

God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Ps. 32:8). We must wait until He is ready to give counsel to us. I know it’s hard. No one ever said it would be easy. However, it is absolutely worth it.

Second, it is wise to wait because God uses that waiting time to get us in step with His timingBeing in step with the Father’s timing gives us a sense of peace. However, when we run ahead of Him, we will constantly be trying to figure out how to make our decisions work. Instead of peace, we will feel the chaos of our choices.

Third, it is always wise to wait because God uses the time of waiting to prepare us for the answer. As earthly parents, we don’t give our children everything they ask for. Sometimes we know that the timing isn’t right. How much more our heavenly Father knows this for His children. He waits until we are able to handle the blessing with grace and trust.

Fourth, it is always wise to wait because waiting strengthens our faithWe might want to say, “Okay, God. I’ve learned as much faith as I care to. You can act now.” But when we realize that God is more interested in our character than in our comfort, waiting is a lot more palatable.

Fifth, it is always wise to wait because God gets our attention and sifts our motivesWhile waiting and praying for the promotion at work, we have time to think through our motives. Why do we really want that promotion? Do we want it to get more money or so others will think we are powerful? Could it be we want the promotion so we have a greater platform to serve the Lord? If we allow God to sift through our motives, the truth will surface—good or bad. It is amazing what we learn about ourselves through this waiting period.

So it is wise to wait because:
1. He gives clear direction.
2. He gets us in step with Himself.
3. He prepares us for what He has in store for us.
4. He strengthens our faith.
5. He gets our attention and sifts our motives.

Waiting is one of the more difficult things in the Christian life. However, it is never wasted time. God teaches us His path, changes our circumstances, keeps us in step with Himself, prepares us for His answers, and uses times of waiting to sift our motives and strengthen our faith.
The question comes: With all the advantages of waiting, why do we rush ahead as if we don’t have a trustworthy Father? We need to hit the pause button in our lives and take our lives out of the fast forward mode. God will amaze us with what He is doing while we wait on Him and watch Him work. 

~Charles Spurgeon