People don't believe we care just because we say it. We just heard a torrent of promises from Presidential candidates about how much they care. We also hear from family members who tell us how much they care. Do they actually just say it or do they show it. The real "caring" Christians who have any concern about the souls of the lost will show it by attempting to lead others to Christ. I've heard the reasons why people don't try. How hard is it to hand someone a tract? I have seen children hand people tracts. What are these Christians afraid of? Are they totally uncaring? I don't believe that. I believe they are intimidated, shy, unsteady in their faith, fearful, lazy, distracted, apathetic, selfish, over worked, tired, etc. It goes on. In the meantime someone goes to Hell.
Take a look at these tracts. Get a few and give it a try. I promise that you will love the outcome. Just the act of giving someone a gospel tract, no matter the outcome, will give you a sense of belonging and participation in the greatest cause offered to mankind itself, by God Himself. Get involved in the solution to all of our problems. The saving grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Since Christmas is past, it's time to get ready for the new year. This morning, at the nursing home, I preached a message about New Year's resolutions. I thought it appropriate to preach about patience. If anyone needs patience it's nursing home residents. They are in perpetual care, waiting for someone to attend to their needs. This is a place where needs continue to be renewed. They are always needful. We, who are healthy, are always wantful (is that a word). Being wantful carries an adjective, impatience. Either way impatience probably should give way to patience. We live under some interesting opposites. We are to be patient yet look forward to the return of our Savior. I'm getting a little impatient for that. I want it now!
Hmmm, oh well, still here.
In the meantime, while we patiently wait, others who are lost keep dying in their sins. We have a responsibility here. Dying in sin is not necessary and we should say so to as many people as possible. We can say it verbally or in writing. God chooses to communicate to us through His word. It's in writing. Why not carry that forward. Using a tract is helpful. It's concise, clear and direct. Using a tract that someone will read is also important. I have seen many tracts that, quite frankly, offend me. I'm a Christian and I cringe at the approach some people use to attempt to win someone to Christ. Paul talked about persuading some. Being persuasive begins by someone listening. Nobody listens to offensive language. The Kristin tract gets past the first barrier to persuasion. They begin to read a story that is not offensive. It offers a message of hope that is not offensive. It offers scripture that may offend some, but not all. It offers a prayer of redemption. It offers scriptures of assurance of salvation. Get a new box of tracts. Give them all out as soon as possible. If He comes soon at least a few more will get in.
I had to post a second blog because of this story I just read. This situation seems impossible, but it gives us a glimpse of just how evil Satan is and how influencial this evil can be.
A mother in Syria was video taped in a burka hugging her seven year old daughter goodbye. The Jihadist father is seen hugging her also. Underneath her clothes is a bomb vest. She will soon enter a police station where the father will remotely detonate the bomb carried by his daughter, killing and wounding those inside the station.
Many will say that we must kill the supremely evil people. I don't disagree, but our assignment is to lead others to Christ. Most Christians have abandoned that assignment or never accepted it. Shame on us. We aren't getting the job done. A born again believer wouldn't do this to his daughter. .... Order some tracts. Give them to someone.
Sitting next to a young lady on a recent flight allowed thr opportunity to give her a tract. She took it and read the contents. She asked me if Kristin was my daughter. "Yes", I said. She then offered the most sincere and seemingly heartfelt condolences that I have ever experienced. She was deeply touched. I was amazed at the capacity of this lost young lady to feel compassion and empathy for someone else. If I were God, I would really want this one as a child of mine. I asked her what she thought of the prayer. She said she would consider it and asked to keep the tract. We parted as new friends after I got her name. I hope she isn't so nice a person that she doesn't believe she needs a savior.
Recently a young Christian took a trip to Sweden. While traveling she met a bus driver who spoke English and she gave him a tract. When returning from her destination, the Lord would cause her to run into this bus driver once again. The bus driver told her that he really appreciated the pamphlet she gave him and that he had prayed for salvation. Wow, what a great blessing to experience a new birth. What a reunion that will be when she sees him again.
Giving one person one tract each day saves souls.
Each week I have the privilege of visiting and preaching in a nursing home. There is a number one reason for doing this. That is to be encouraging to the residents that it won't be long before their suffering is behind them forever. There is one lady in particular who is a special blessing to me. Her name is Joanie. She is only 50 years old, but she has been there for over thirty years. She was in a car accident that made her unable to walk and speak. She communicates with an alphabet board on her wheelchair, pointing to letters to spell out her message. Her parting words are usually, "wear your seatbelt". Joanie is saved and she is the most vocal person in the room of usually over forty attendees. We sing, to an organ, the old time hymns that never grow old. Then we preach between hymns. You can see and often hear that many of these dear older Christians would love to have just one more opportunity to tell someone about our Savior. Many of them are reduced to prayer only, which of course is wonderful in itself, but they would love to recover some freedom to proclaim the Gospel.
Just last week one of our church members led a nursing home resident to the Lord after one of our services. A lady who is probably in her eighties or older will now go home to a better country. If you get a chance to pray for the old folks who are forgotten and abandoned, I'm sure that if they could, they would thank you with all their hearts.
When we rise in the morning, we usually have a pretty busy day ahead of us. Our travels, activities and work allows us to cross paths with many people. People who are lost and will go to Hell without a Savior. A gospel tract may be the simple thing that could change their whole lives around. This morning, I drove to a local service station to get gas for my lawn equipment and car. It was 7:00 AM. The station was teeming with busy people getting their day started. I was able to give out ten tracts in just a few minutes to people pumping gas nearby. All in the time it took for my gas tank to be filled. They all took them cheerfully and most thanked me for them. All I say to them is, "Here's an interesting story about a young girl that I thought you might enjoy". Then I walk away. Most actually start reading the tract while they pump gas. As I drove away, a young woman was reading it. What a blessing.
Reaching around the world with the gospel isn't as difficult as it may seem. We heard from Jeremy who is a young man in India. He sent an email explaining the blessing he received from a Kristin tract. Jeremy's parents were visiting the United States. While they visited they stopped at a Wal-Mart store. They purchased a Bible at Wal-Mart, and returned to India with that Bible among the other treasures they purchased while visiting America. The Bible was a gift for their son, Jeremy. As he opened his new gift to read, he noticed that a small yellow pamphlet was tucked among it's pages. As he ready the tract, he dedicated his life to Christ. Jeremy's email to us asked us to express his gratitude to whoever left that tract in that Bible. He said he would be eternally grateful.
We don't know what impact a small Kristin tract can have. We don't know where they will travel, but since it contains the word of God, He promises that His word will not come back void.
Why not? Paul mentioned that he tried to persuade people to trust Christ as their Savior. That's an amazing goal. During Paul's ministry, the memory of Jesus walking the streets of Israel was very fresh. Many of the inhabitants remembered the miracles that they witnessed with their own eyes. However, how are we to trust someone whom we have never met? Someone who left this life almost 2,000 years ago. God has left it all to just plain old fashioned faith. According to the Bible, God has revealed himself to all in some way. Everyone knows that God is real and that He wants our trust. When someone hears the gospel, something strange takes place. Conviction. It's undeniable. An unusual feeling and a conviction that the story is true. Of course, unfortunately most people just shrug it off. A most dangerous event. If you are a Christian, don't be discouraged. Give someone a tract. God may have prepared their heart for just that moment.
There was only slight solace midday Monday for searchers hoping to learn the whereabouts and what happened to 21-month-old Lonzie Barton.
This is a very sad story about a baby who was kidnapped and is now presumed dead. The police are trying to find out what happened. Here's the full story
Why do we post stories like this? To emphasize the need to reach more people for Christ. How likely is it that if more people trusted Christ just maybe they would be less inclined toward the evil that men do. Order some Kristin tracts today and start giving one to someone every day. That's 365 tracts in a year. At least they will know. kristinsfriends.com
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