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"Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred....
-Mark 4

I (Sal) asked this question to many "older" believers-"What makes you continue to serve God?"-They reply, my growing loving personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Do you have a personal relationship with God or is it just a religion-where you can put God in a "box" and use it when you need Him?

What motivates Christians to evangelize and share the "good news"?

First, God commanded us to with the "Great Commission" in Matthew 28:18-20. However, the greatest commandment is to love God and love your neighbor (our "Christ-like" lifestyle 24/7 is our full-time evangelism)

"Witness at all times; if necessary don't use words." -St. Francis of Assizi

, which should be every Christians motivation to share the Gospel-Good News. There is a song called, "People Needs the Lord", which touches my heart as I see so much "hurt" in the world. Personally, I get riddled up when I see the "news media", where I mostly see "bad news"

College Outreach

As a former college student that came to know Christ my first year, I was "gung-ho" to try to "save" everybody and tell them about Jesus. I "offended" many people as I did it selfishly and without love.

I was at my home church in St. Paul last month (11/29/03), and the pastor share this story:

Greg (pastor) was at sometype of Christian conference in Colorado. A college student came up to him with a sad face as she shared how not many of her peers have the heart to share the "Good News". She was very dissapointed of the christian groups she participated in as they didn't have her "vision" to reach their campus. Greg challenged her to "first" start with her roommate and pray for her each day; instead of trying to reach the "whole campus" (it become overwhelming).

Don't get overwhelmed with trying to save the world, because God has already done that through Jesus Christ dying on the cross 2,000 + years ago. What we can do is make a difference one person at a time that God has put in your daily life (school, work, home, family, friends, neighbors, community, etc...). Below are some links of a very popular story how one Christian can make a differnece one person at a time that effects the whole world:

I was meeting with the Outreach Coordinator for IVCF in the middle of this month (February 2004) and he was interested on the different evangelism outreaches I used to help with when I was a part of ths committee (97'-98'). I decided to come up with this...Evangelism Archive

  • "One Sunday School Teacher"
  • *story behind the story

    "Marketplace"

    Today (Friday, July 3rd of 2009), I decided to journal the "open doors" I've had in sharing the "Good News" in the "marketplace" or "workplace". I've been "motivated" through prayer to seek God for these opportunities more lately. Another "door opened" last night when a co-worker started sharing her "family problems". She ended up saying, "I don't know what to do". I've had similar conversations (e.g. Heavenly Father's love) with her and gave her "Bible tracts" about God before, so I was praying in "Spirit" too. In just less than a minute, she then answered herself- "I've been asking the Lord, what should I do?". I encouraged her to keep asking Him on this. I then started to "open-up" about my past struggles and some of them that I've overcome with the Lord's help. I shared a little of my own "personal testimony" on how and why I came to Christ and want to be more like Him. The "Spirit" led me to talk about "repentance and asking God for forgiveness", which I looked into her and saw she was "really" thinking about this or felt convicted. After over an unexpected hour of our conversation, I asked her if we could pray together about these situations. She ended up adding on to our prayer and did most of the asking!! I'm praying for follow-up on this and praying for "divine appointments" of other members of the family of Christ to "plant seeds" of faith and encouragement to her, family, and the people around this particular "challenging" circumstance. I feel what has helped set this "open door" has been my recent morning daily devotions (seeking a current "special" friendship), fasting this past Tuesday, and other "God-focus" personal relationship growing factors. Halleluah...Praise the Lord!!!

    Be a Light First!

    "2You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 3You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."-2 Corinthians 3:2-3

    It's hard to witness to people if many are tired of Christians and the church being hypocrites (no one is perfect). We need to make sure we "practice what we preach" and that our "actions speak louder than words" through our daily lifestyle.

    I was driving down I-94 from Sauk Centre to the Cities and saw this billboard...

    "What if I swore less...

    That reminded me of the many "if's" in life on how we- not they have to make a difference in our own lives first before we start pointing our fingers of other people's sins/mistakes!

    We can be a "light" for Him anywhere, not just in the church of the 4 walls. God called us to "full-time" ministry, which we need to shine 24/7-home, school, job, community, etc...

    "Divine Appointments"

    "One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city." 11So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God....-Acts 18

    -People Around You: Marketplace
    God puts certain people (family, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, friends/peers, etc...) in your life for a reason. Instead of trying to "find" people to "witness" too, just ask God about the people around you already (e.g. headlight analogy).

    -Strangers

    God also puts people in your path when you leas expect whereever you go. For example, this past weekend-Saturday, Janurary 31st (Ice Place 04' visit)-that I was so anxious to write about! My friends and I were "set-up" to talk to this security guard, who look very bored at City Hall in downtown St. Paul. We went from a "secular" topic to a "spiritual" topic (after much prayer) and shared about if "you are going to heaven?". We had to "run" because we were almost there for an hour already in order to see the Ice Place and ice sculptures. However, I didn't want to leave him "hanging", so I happend to have a tract and left my contact info. My friend and I prayed after we met him, so God's seed of faith will grow....more (Hmong: Roots from the Middle East)!

    Family

    Your closest love ones seem to be the hardest to share the �Good News� with�why is that? My personal answer is that they have seen your past mistakes from growing up in the same household. They already have a judgmental �label� on you through their personal experience with you that others haven�t seen. How can we �witness� to them? There is no �right� or �wrong� formula/way to do this; however, this is what I�ve done and working on so far:

    You need to be �right with God� first by asking God to forgive you of all the �wrongs� you did and what your family members have done to you-no matter what they�ve done (abuse, etc..). In order to be a �light�, we need to be able to shine though our �way of life�. Has our life changed since we came to a �personal relationship� with Christ that the �fruit� of it can be seen by our �love ones� through our actions?

    Related Tips:

  • My Family�s Personal Testimony
  • Outfitters for Adventure-Winter 04� Gathering on �Covenant�
  • *Note: Did you know that Jesus had a half brother? His name was James, and he didn�t (John 7:5) believe that Jesus was the �Messiah� until His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:7). James joined the many (Acts 1:14) �believers� that spread the �Good News� after Jesus left as he was used effectively (Acts 15:3)

    Don�t give up on your family! Till then, why don�t you �reach out� to the people God puts in your life (roommate/housemate, workplace, etc..) as they probably have family/relatives that are Christians that are praying for their �salvation� too! Let�s all work together as the Family in Christ in building His Kindom!

    This morning at church I shared one of several stories within this past week of �open doors� God gave me to share the Good News, which is a rare opportunity that has never happened ever that I can remember as a Christian. I thank God for these stories, which I�m about to share to encourage the Body of Christ in the �Great Commission�. My good friend/brother-in-Christ, Mark, shared an announcement of the annual �Send Me� retreat that he is helping organize, which he quoted from of my favorite �evangelism� verses-Romans 10:14-16: �How can they hear, if no one shares the Good News with them�?...

    Winter 2004 "Outfitters for Adventure" (local church ministry) Gathering

    Speaker: Stu Schulz
    Saturday, February 8, 2004
    Message: �Contending for you Family Members

    Stu shared the �Importance of Covenant� pertaining to relationships with your immediate family. Our family may not be perfect, but we were put together and we can�t change that. We may be hurt by a particular family member or more, we still need to forgive and �reach out� to them for Christ! He shared the verse from Isaiah 61:1 on being used by the Lord to �heal the brokenhearted�. His personal saying is, �through obedience, it�ll last�. Some examples he shared on covenants in the Bible were:

    God and Man
    Nations or Tribes

    Between God and�

    Noah-�there will be no flood�
    Abraham-descendents as numerous as the stars
    Israel-become a holy nation
    Aaron-family of priesthood
    David-Messiah (Jesus) will come from his lineage

    The new covenant is our salvation through forgiveness of our sins (Luke 22). Why is the covenant so important? We live in a �Contract (Consumer) Society�, where we �selfishly� want what we want! If one doesn�t meet our needs, we immediately run to another option. For example, church goers go from one church congregation to another if they �don�t like it�. Stu encourage church goers to �stick� to one church and not leave until God says they can �go� if God first �sent� them there in the first place! We need a covenant mindset, which he gave a list of reasons why it�s important:

    �We are called to be salt�
    *Did you know that Michelangelo�s painting of the �Last Supper� has a scene of Judas Iscariot knocking over the salt shaker, which was symbol of Judas breaking that �bond� (as salt is known to hold together as the disciples of Jesus were supposed to) of the 12 disciples!
    �You are empowered�

    He then shared his heart touching �very personal� testimony of how God opened a door to share the salvation message with a �hard to reach� family member and the overall importance to do so-as it�s a matter of heaven or hell for their eternal soul!

    Recommended Book: Fulton Street Revival (story of Jeremy Lanphier)

    Be A Light in the Community!

    I remember one Sunday at my local church, I shared about a verse that I heard from the t.v. that morning (one of those Sunday early morning church services on television). It was in fact Robert Shuller, who shared about "city on a hill". Well, I ended up echoing that verse during the Sunday share (open mic) time. As I reflect on that share 9-10 years ago, I feel that verse still needs to be constantly shared. Just recently, our city got a electric powered windmill. It stands high on a hill overlooking our city on the east side. One can see it miles for miles far from a distance coming from all sides out of town. It's difficult to see it when you are in certain areas of town because of buildings blocking. Well, I feel this windmill is like that lamp (e.g. lighthouse for ships off the coast) describes in Matthew 5. As Christians, we need to keep shinning "Jesus' light" (through our words and actions 24/7) all week (workplace, school, home, community, neighborhood, etc...) to the people God puts in front of us throughout the day/week.

    People ask me how I'm able to do what I do. I tell them my daily (I try, but this doesn't always happen) personal time with God-especially getting fueled-up in the morning before I get "too busy". Here are some tips=> (daily devotions)

    More than doing laundry at the Laundromat

    Prior to doing laundry (January of 2005), I went to do my weekly lap swims at the P.E. Center (RFC). While I was swimming, I decided to just start praying and asking God for an opportunity to share the Good News when I do my laundry. Well, I went to do my laundry and totally forgot about my prayer request earlier. Then I started to remember during an expectant conversation with an older woman doing her laundry. I was about to head out, but our conversation went from more than just a small talk of the "nice Minnesota weather". I shared earlier how I played in my church softball team with her 2 sons, who were very good. Then she started to ask what church I go to, which has been a common question from people I start to meet whenever I mope around the community. Then she started to share how she has been reading materials that was given to her from some Jehovahs Witness. In my spirit, I decided I need to share her about the Truth-Jesus. I then told her I have been visited by those folks in the past. She then shared how all religions lead to God, which I've heard too many times and haven't really been boldly to refute it. I felt I need to do so, which I shared her that I believe a personal relationship with God is very important. There is only one way, truth, and life" .John 14:16. Instead of refuting with theology and facts that Jesus is the way, truth, and life. I felt in my heart to share my personal story on how God has helped me. Due to 'crunch time', I wasn't able to stay longer and share more than I wish I could. I ended up getting out a Bible tract that I try to remember to carry with me all times for these "expectant" opportunities (?-make your conversations). I wrote down my church name and my own name, so she can refer to me when the time comes for her. I invited her to my local church and she can watch it on the local city channel two times a week. She seem to be very open to what I shared with her as she would ask me questions that showed she was "spiritually hungry" for the Truth. I can tell she was searching and grieving as she remarked how "people are so greedy". As I look back at this, I wished I could've prayed with her or even gave her the salvation invitation. I pray now that the seed of the Gospel will be planted and will see the fruit some day in His time.

    "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"-Romans 10:14-16

    2 Question Test "Are you Going to Heaven?

    Below is a recent (Friday, August 15th of 2008) report I sent to my local church pastor...

    "Hi Pat,

    Just wanted to say that I 'm glad I did the Heaven Booth last night. As any type of evangelism outreach, prayer is needed. I felt the "oppression" days before as I "try" to fast everytime I do these outreaches. I decided to fast from eating from breakfast 3 days prior and saw God move already. A couple of clients (one of them was a young adult male-"brain damaged" client that was involved in a car accident years ago. He had me pray with him for healing just less than a week in the "bathroom". ) asked if I was going to the "Stevens County Fair" on Tuesday and I told them I was going to be part of a booth for my local church. They then asked what was I going to do. In a short story, I ended up giving them the Salvation Message and the Gospel "seed" was planted.

    The next day (Wednesday) at work (I don't want to go in details due to "confidential" stuff) , I would just say I had a "more challenging" day than usual at the DAC. I kept in praying in my spirit to just get through the end of the work-day.

    Then prior to setting up yesterday-we met obstacles! I borrowed K's pick-up truck (felt small driving it; reminded me of my dad's BIG Suburban truck growing-up) and had trouble leaving the "old-church building" after T___ boys (Dan and John) helped loaded the booth (wow-it's heavy! first time setting it up!). We had trouble starting the truck. I would start the truck and it would die-did this several times to get it start going. While loading and putting up the truck, there was a down pour. While John and I was putting the pieces together, Dan ran outside to get the box of tracts (got wet). Unfortunately, he forgot to close the windows. When I came back to bring the truck (wet inside), the truck stalled (cars waiting behind me while trying to enter Atlantic Avenue) several times in the pouring rain just going back to K__s' house. I shared this with K__ and S__, they told me they never had this problem before! When going back (in my car) to the Lee Community Center, I was stuck in traffic on Atlantic Avenue by DQ as the train was slowly moving on the tracks.

    Here is the good report from all this:

    -Gave 6 bracelets after presenting them the "meaning of colors" to a co-worker (Christian already, but didn't know the meaning of colors) and family
    -3 young folks took the test with Dan
    -Dan T___ used what he learned from the recent Mexico trip to team up together in giving the bracelets to several "Mexicans" (explaining the symbol of colors in Spanish)
    *after he goes, "I wanted to do the salvation invitation, but forgot"
    -Just 5 minutes later, 6 "Spanish-Speaking" (5 of them "Mexican" 1-Salvadoreno) adult males walk by and this time-Dan was able to do the "salvation invitation", which they accepted and prayed with him (in Spanish). I was looking at them and they appeared more "amazed" by a "White-guy" speaking their language! *Note: I used some of my Spanish to small talk with them and gave them Spanish tracts. Dan then came to do the final Gospel presentation. GREAT TEAMWORK!
    -many "puppet" balloons made (made my first one after breaking the fear of popping them)

    I feel the church should continue be in prayer throughout this whole weekend outreach! Also, to help fill those open shifts, which should be e-mailed to the body to let the church know the needed open shifts.-

    Sal:)

    Fishing for "People"

    Something is "Fishy"? This is the the topic I plan to share a message on this afternoon at Special Touch Ministries (Saturday, May 1st of 2010). How can we "fish" for people, which Jesus told "we" (Christians, Believers, etc..) will be doing?..

    The Calling of the First Disciples (Mark 1)
    *see GoodnewsEverybody.comMentoring-Discipling, Disciples, Mentoring, Mentors, Big-Little Friend, Role-Modeling, etc...

    "14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"

    16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 18At once they left their nets and followed him.

    19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

    Why do we have to fish for "people"? To share the "Good News" with them, right? What is the "Good News" (see above)? That we may have "life abundantly" and "eternally", right?...

    The Parable of the Net (Matthew 13)

    " 47"Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    51"Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.

    52He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old."

    Related Verses:
    Matthew 15
    Mark 8:7-"7They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 8The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 9About four thousand men were present. And having sent them away, 10he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha. ..
    Luke 9:10-17-".. They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd." 14(About five thousand men were there.)
    But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each." 15The disciples did so, and everybody sat down. 16Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. 17They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over..."

    John 6-"..14After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world." 15Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself...
    *see John 21 Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
    " 1Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias.[a] It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3"I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
    4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
    5He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?" "No," they answered.
    6He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
    7Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[b] 9When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
    10Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught."
    11Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

    *see GoodnewsEverybody.com Holidays: The Passion,Passover, Crucification, Easter, Resurrection-He is Risen!, etc..

    Final Verse: Romans 10:14-6 "Bless the feet that brings "Good News"

    5 Senses of God
    (Sunday, June 28th of 2009)

    After reading 2 Corinthians 2:13, I realize we (children of God) can be God's ambassadors through these 5 senses:

    SIGHT

    "I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living."-Psalm 27:13

    "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."-Matthew 5:8
    -Heal
    "Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you";.."-Matthew 9:29

    SOUND

    "He who has ears, let him hear"-Matthew 11:15

    -Heal
    "But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healed him..."-Luke 22:51

    SMELL

    "For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing..."-2 Corinthians 2:15

    TASTE

    "now that you have tasted that the Lord is good...-1 Peter 2:3

    TOUCH

    "and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all..."-Luke 6:19

    *see GoodnewsEverybody.com Ministry: Healing


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    "Law to the Proud, Grace to the humble", by Christopher Geiser (guest author)"
    Saturday, December 13, 2008 2:25 PM
    *first met him at Morris' Pizza Ranch on November of 2008

    "OK, This is my view on how to Biblically witness to people who are not saved, the way Jesus did. First I seriously believe this is the only way to convert non-Christians without creating backsliders or false converts. Some people go up to people and say that "Jesus died for your sins," that method is not right because you are telling the person that they are a sinner when they don't think they are, as far as they are concerned there are people far worse than them. I have used that method down in Mexico, and there were a lot of people who responded, I do believe that God can work through any method of evangelism, I myself was not converted with the method I use today. I am saying however that when you do get people to repent and trust in Jesus with the method I have learned, they will never fall away from the faith and they will not become goats among the sheep. This is an analogy I have learned that will shine some light on the point I am trying to make, so read carefully, or even read it outloud.

    OK, say some one comes up to you and they say, "Hey I have a cure for you, it is for a disease called czechlervitz disease, it leads to death if you don't take this cure, you have this disease and my medical book says all of mankind has this disease." You would probably say,"OK thanks....Good Bye"

    What you have done there is you told a guy he has a disease when he doesn't think he has it, he doesn't know how to recognize symptoms and doesn't see any on himself or on anyone else either, so he will not have a desire to share the cure with anyone else. But since he was told that the cure cures czechlervitz disease and that the disease is deadly, he tries it anyway to see if the claims are true. So he tries it eventhough he doesn't know why he is taking it. He also notices that the cure tastes quite bitter and he has to take a large quantity of the medicine everyday. He has the medicine on his counter and it is a big container, so when he has friends and family come over, they all notice the container on the counter and they ask the guy what it is for, but the guy just grabs it and says "it isn't anyhing really" and hides it in the cupboard. Then after they leave he takes the container and throws it in the garbage because he is afraid they will ask again or that they will make fun of him if he tells them he has a disease, that he has never heard of, and doesn't think he has it. He also thinks he never needed the cure anyway and is quite angry and bitter at the person who gave it to him, because he was in danger of being made fun of. So one day he dies by surprise because he did indeed have czechlervitz disease, so his friends and family realize the medicine he had on the counter was probably the cure for it, and assumed he took it as prescribed, but he ended up dying anyway.

    The right way to handle the situation is for you to come up to a person with the disease and say, "you have a deadly disease, I can see ten clear symptoms on your flesh," then you go through text books and tell him about the disease, you have him go through an X-ray an MRI, you also show him pictures and diagrams, you go through all of this for a while, the whole time the guy will be very concerned. Then you would ask the guy if he is concerned about what is happening to him and he would say that he is very concerned, Then you would say to him,"Well, I have some very good news, we have the cure" The guy would take the cure without question, because his mind is consumed about what would happen to him if he didn't take the cure. He will not throw the cure away and won't be afraid of being made fun of for having the disease in the first place. Also he will be able to recognize symptoms of the same disease on other people and will have the desire to share the cure with others.

    I have learned that the tragedy of modern evangelism, is that we have preached the cure without convincing people of the disease. No one will come to Jesus with a pure motive if they aren't convinced they are damned without him, not just merely told they are.

    Biblical evangelism is always, without a doubt, the Law to the Proud and Grace to the humble. The Law breaks the proud heart and Grace heals the broken heart. What must be done is we must use God' Moral Law as a schoolmaster to lead people to Christ. Go through the Ten Commandments and ask them if they have lied, stolen, lusted, blasphemed, commited idolatry, dishonored their parents. Ask them whether or not if they will be found guilty on Judgment Day when God uses the Ten Commandments as a standard to judge them by. They would have to say they are guilty. Then tell them they have to be punished for there crime of violating God's Law. Tell them that God's punishment is Hell for eternity because they will never be able to pay for the fine, so they must remain their forever, never to leave. Then ask them if they believe or understand anything you have told them and ask them if they are concerned that if they were to die right now, they would go to Hell. Most people say yes, then give them the Good News which I am sure all Christians know. The preaching of the cross will not be foolishness to the person, but they will take it with heartfelt gratitude.
    All christians who have a desire for the lost, or at least have a desire to have a desire for the lost, must go to www.thewayofthemaster.com or www.livingwaters.com and listen to "Hell's Best Kept Secret" it teaches the principle that I revealed to you in a more detailed way.
    "Hell's Best Kept Secret" is on www.livingwaters.com and is under the heading "Listen Now"

    God Bless
    Christopher"

    This is Chris' first of many articles (see Atheism Testimony, Healing Testimony, etc....) and other contributions (e.g. Men's Retreat) in this web ministry site. I had the privilege of meeting him on Saturday, November 22nd of 2008 at a small "UMM Alumni Reunion" get-together through a UMM Alumn friend (Erin A.) at Pizza Ranch (1st)=>Common Cup. Ironically, he got "saved" during an evangelistic outreach (see Luis Palau 04' in St. Paul) I was praying at -while enjoying the music! Just today (Friday, January 2nd of 2008), I just got an e-mail of his new http://john1135jesuswept.blogspot.com site!

    Saturday, December 13, 2008 2:25 PM

    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 2:42 PM
    From: "christopher g
    To:
    "Hey I figured out something really cool.
    It is that, if there were only 3 million people in the whole world who were actual born again Christians.(3 million people is only 0.05% of all the people on Earth out of 6 Billion that is 5 hundredths of one percent of the world's people) who would save one person through God's word...then teach the person that got saved how to reach the lost and that person does the same thing, we could reach 6 billion people in less than 100 years. That is if the first 3 million would reach out to one person each, in one month, and have the next 3 million do the same the next month. So in total it would take only about 2000 months or a little less than 100 years.
    So in reality if you obeyed God just once, by having God use you to save someone, you have discharged your duty as an evangelist. So when the Bible says that Heaven rejoices over one sinner who repents...it means that heaven sees one person being saved, as if the whole world is saved, because the person is worth that much to God and it also means that the person could potentially start a spark that would light a fire that would spread the Good news everywhere.
    But we still should preach to reach people , and teach people how to preach to reach people.
    This is great news to me...it really is.

    In Christ. Christopher
    Salvation Message

    Friendship Fest (3rd Annual music festival) w/Spencer (testimony down below) at Glenwood Minnesota

    "message at youth outreach event called Friendship Fest in Glenwood Minnesota. on June 12th of 2000"

    Message: "Foundations" 1 Corinthians , Matthew 7: (sermon on the mount) "put in practice", Matthew 8-"calm storm"; What sins are in your life?, Is Jesus Christ in your boat?
    Friendship Fest w/Spencer at Glenwood Minnesota Part II

    "as far at the east is from the west", cross,etc..
    *Are you Going to Heaven?

    Training

  • GIGS, evangelism training by IVCF (2004)
  • State-GoodnewsMinnesota

  • Trinity Works 21176 Everton Avenue No; Forest Lake, MN 55025; 651.982.4582; email: steve@trinityworks.org; ministry.trinityworks.org; outreach.receivethetruth.com
    "a revolution ministry in the Twin Cities"

  • *referred by Matrix suited men at my local church in St. Paul-Woold land Hills Church

    -Alcohol
    Bridget Shares a Personal Story Part 3 of 3

    "Growing up in a reservation in Canada and getting out to sharing the Good News. This is the last of three parts of her amazing story from drunkeness to sharing the goodness of what God can do to deliver others from this addiction. She shared this personal "miracle" testimony at Morris Community Church in Morris, Minnesota on Sunday, March 9th of 2008..."
    "Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor: He hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised"

    Classifieds

  • Sell-It MN
  • Nation-GoodnewsUSA.Info

    Books

  • "Master Plan of Evangelism" by Robert E. Coleman (exponential growth instead of "mass numbers" in church growth)
  • *see discipleship

    "Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere....that Jesus Christ is born"

    The Lamb - A child's perspective - Ministry Videos

    "Children describe what they think of The Lamb. Tags: evangelism, children, child, God, Bible, Bible study, outreach, Christianity, church, GoodSeed, Christian, book, The Lamb, kids"

    Card Game

    -Story (Submitted by a friend A.G. from N.D.,on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 4:43 PM )
    *names have been changed to keep the anoymous of the individuals

    "....At the end of the spring semester, God gave me some interesting situations with her and her friends in which I was able to share about God and learn more about the others... We sat down as a group to play the card game UNO, and then as we were about to start, someone suggested we play Truth or Dare with the cards, as in whoever ends up with the most points from the cards at the end of a round is the loser. Then the person who went out first -- the winner -- would get to ask the loser a question or come up with something for that person to do. As I considered whether I should just protest that altogether, or whether to wait, and if the situation became inappropriate, say something then, I had a thought -- what if I got to ask someone else whatever I wanted? That could be interesting!

    And it was... I won a round early on, and asked someone a nice question, to share the most important positive thing that has happened in that person's life... she didn't want to answer, saying it was too difficult... so eventually we moved on. Then after a while, I won again, and this time "Carl's" former girlfriend said she'd answer the same question I had asked her friend.

    Then, after a while, I won again, and her friend from Vietnam lost. Now, I've spent some time with this guy, and we've gotten along well, and I was really wondering what he believed spiritually, though I knew he was not a Christian. So I told him that I had a spiritual question for him, and he said okay without hesitating. So I asked straight out what he believed spiritually will happen to him when he dies, if he were to die right now... And he looked me in the eye and responded that he doesn't have a religion, so he wasn't sure what would happen. And as I sought clarification, it came out that he thought he'd cease to exist, and that would be that. And then he added that he used to think about this when he was in high school (he was in the States for high school), and remembers being alone in his room, thinking it through. But then he would try to avoid the question and try to have fun in life.

    So I thanked him for his honest answer, and shared with him how when I was in junior high, I had sat in my room thinking through the same question, and at that time came to the (hopeless) conclusion that I would cease to exist.

    Then later I won yet again (I never lost all night, so I'm thinking God had a hand in that), and the first person I asked the question to eventually chose to answer the question, so I thanked her for that...

    Children

    "42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. "-Acts 5

    How to teach children to share Jesus with others? First, have child "try" to learn about the invididual (e.g. family, hobbies, interest, etc..) they plan to share Jesus with. Children love talking about themselves, so have them share their "own personal story" on how Jesus has helped them?

    Clothing

  • One Truth, "to facilitate spiritual conversations and dialogue"
  • Evangelism Ideas

    -Business Cards

  • Contact cards � a great way to share faith , from gospelcom
  • Vista Print, get 250 free

  • *Beware of hidden solicitation when you order because I got into this savers club, which I found out I was paying $25/month after looking at my credit card bill (after 6 mos!)
  • Non-Verbal Witnessing, by hearthkeeper

  • -Classifieds
  • Classifieds for Free.com

  • *free posting w/required registration-referred by Chris G. (Dec. 08')
  • Craigs List
  • Evangelist

    "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,.."-Ephesians 4:11

  • William (Billy) F. Graham Evangelist and Chairman of the Board, from billgraham.org

  • "...Mr. Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history—nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories—through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts..."
    Many Decades One Message - Billy Graham

    "The life of Billy Graham - great video clip. "
    Billy Graham Biography (1918 - ), from biography.com
    "...Graham studied at Bob Jones University and the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College), and was ordained a Southern Baptist minister in 1940. He went on to study anthropology at Wheaton College, Illinois (1943), and was pastor of a Baptist church in Illinois before beginning his career as a traveling evangelist. ..."

    "But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry."-2 Timothy 4:5

    Follow-Up

    *tips on following up a new "believer" in Christ

    -Youth

  • Follow-Up-Ideas, from See You At the Pole
  • See You At the Party Follow-Up, Alexandria's youth new year's party
  • The Source For Youth Ministry, make "disciples" not "decisions"
  • Internet Focus

  • Are You Going to Heaven?, online survey
  • Going to Heaven?, online video from christiananswers.net
  • Why are you here? What is your Pupose? Are you going to Heaven?, Take the Good Person Test
  • Law-Justice

    Hell's Best Kept Secret - Part 4 of 4

    "Hell's Best Kept Secret - Part 4 of 4 www.wayofthemaster.com"
    *see GoodnewsEverybody.com Issues-Accuser, Satan, Hell, etc...

    Media

  • Christian Broadcasting Network
  • Hall Lindsey Oracle, political news
  • Mission Network News
  • Special Related-Youth Feature

    Seedless Christians

    When Chris came home from a youth rally on Saturday night, he was surprised to see that his mother had waited up for him.

    �How�d it go?� She asked as he flopped his growing body down on the sofa.

    �It was great! There was this really cool youth band playing music almost all the time. We had pizza, played some volleyball and then had a watermelon eating contest. It was pretty neat, too. They even had seedless watermelon.� said Chris thoughtfully. �I suppose that was to prevent us from spitting seeds at one another.�

    �Could be,� Mom smiled. �But what about the speaker... did he have anything interesting to say.�

    �Not really,� Chris replied. �All he talked about was wittnessing. And he was really preachy about it. He even suggested we witness at school.�

    �Sounds like a pretty good idea to me.�

    �But Mom!� Chris argued. �You don�t understand. None of the Christains I know talk about God at school. It�s just not the place. Not unless we want to be laughed at anyway.�

    �It seems to me like the Christains you go to school with have a lot in common with the watermelon you ate tonight.�

    �What?� asked Chris with a look of confusion on his face.

    �They�re seedless.� came Mom�s reply. �They may have the seeds of God�s word in their own heart, but as long as they refuse to scatter them they� re no more help to the unsaved than if they weren�t Christains.�

    �I guess you�re right Mom.� Chris admitted. �I�ll try to look for opportunities to reach out more. I sure don�t want to be a seedless Christain.�

    by Patty Patterson
    (2 Tim 4:2 KJV) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

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    Media

  • Way of the Master hosted by Kirk Cameron (actor in Left Behind) and Ray Comfort (cool tracts)
  • Ray Comfort on the street

    Kirk Cameron witnessing on the street

    Ministries

  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association TV

    "Billy Graham TV Preview. "
  • Dwight Thompson

  • *referred by Anthony F.
    "The elements which make his message unforgettable include humor, compassion, deeply-rooted Biblical convictions, and unique ways of illustrating the meaning of Scriptural phrases, parables, and promises. Dwight has traveled around the world as an evangelist, preaching to millions and leading thousands of lost souls to Jesus Christ. His crusades frequently launch long-lasting revivals. With his ability to communicate the Gospel with power and charisma, he touches countless lives" -Fruits from Preaching:
    He's Goin' Places Now By Gail Wood from Charisma Magazine
    "Out of money, luck and hope, Jackson quit his job at Knotts Berry Farm and in late 1962 began driving a catering truck, buzzing from construction sites to factories selling sandwiches, coffee and desserts. His singing career was over.
    Jackson had, however, a job that paid the bills. For the next 28 years he drove a catering truck, often pulling 12-hour shifts that began at 5 a.m.
    “It was a good-paying job,” he recalls. “Long hours, but good pay.”
    Gradually, he forgot entirely about his musical dream.
    That began to change in 1981, when, at the invitation and persistence of his wife, Sandra, Jackson attended a Sunday evening church service in Anaheim, California, at which evangelist Dwight Thompson was preaching.
    To appease his wife, Jackson had been going to church on Sunday mornings. He didn't attend Sunday night services because he had to wake up at 3:30 a.m. to go to work.
    “One Sunday afternoon my wife said, 'Honey.' Right away, I knew I was in trouble,” Jackson says. “She wanted me to go to church with her that night.”
    Reluctantly he consented-and Thompson's sermon changed his life.
    “He said hell is going to be filled with nice guys,” Jackson recalls. “He said you don't get to heaven by being a nice guy. I thought I was going to hell, and I was. He literally scared me out of hell. I gave my life to God that night.”
    Jackson joined his church's choir and often sang solos. One day his pastor, Phil Aguilar, asked him to make some cassettes of his songs for the congregation. Eventually, one of those tapes ended up in the hands of Jan Crouch, who with her husband, Paul, began TBN.
    “Jan heard the tape, and she asked her secretary who was this guy singing on the tape,” Jackson says.
    Crouch then requested a video recording of Jackson.
    “She wanted to see what I looked like,” Jackson says-then adds with a laugh: “I had a stand-in and I lip-synched."

    Miscellaneous

  • Web Evangelism, with many many links!
  • Web Evangelism Guide, many stories from gospel.com
  • Movies

    The Christian Matrix - You do what you Believe

    "The majority of people in the U.S. say they are "Christian" but actions speak louder than words... so what is the real truth? Check out the video and see..."

    Museum

  • Billy Graham Museum

  • History of Evangelism in America
    "..from the landing of Columbus in 1492 to the end of World War II.
    The display is divided into intimate modules, each according to a particular period of American history. Dioramas, audio visual elements and animated displays add to the richness of the experience.
    Starting with the Colonial era and ending with the advent of radio evangelism, the story includes sections on the Second Great Awakening, the Civil War period and late nineteenth century developments such as urban evangelism and city missions...

    Music

    Does Anybody Hear Her- Casting Crowns

    Television Shows

    Oprah Denies Christ

    "Our first clue that something was amiss. Oprah's new online class covering Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth is exposed. They conducted the first mass trance. Over 2 Million participated in this new age class, a new book Don't Drink the Kool-Aid uncovers shocking truths that must be shared"

    Testimonies

  • Testimonies and Commentaries, from Jesus is savior
  • Tracts

  • Tract Ministry
  • Global-Multicultural

    Children

    ASIA

    -Korea

    Children's evangelism - Ministry Videos

    "Handing out gospel tracts in front of an elementary school in Seoul, Korea Good News Community "

    Conferences

  • World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly Closes with Major Statements and Commitment to World Evangelization By Michael Ireland Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service Tuesday, November 4, 2008

  • "PATTAYA, THAILAND (ANS) -- More than 500 senior evangelical leaders gathering in Pattaya, Thailand from October 25-30, 2008, have wrapped up their General Assembly, after five days of intensive discussion to plan the way forward in world evangelization.
    On Wednesday, delegates agreed upon six major resolutions setting out an evangelical response to religious liberty, HIV and Aids, poverty, peacemaking, creation care and the global financial crisis, according to a media release obtained by ANS.
    "The worldwide financial turmoil is, at its root, evidence of what happens when too many are captivated by greed and put their faith in, and entrust their security and future aspirations to, a system animated by the maximization of wealth. Many legitimately feel betrayed," read the resolution on the global financial crisis. ..."

  • UMMAlpha
  • "Jesus said, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone (Mark 16:15)." No longer content to just go to church, we're choosing to be the church. Rising to our Lord's mandate in the Great Commission, we take the gospel to the streets where it belongs. Nothing is more important than someone"s eternal salvation. "Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment (Jude 23)." www.fool4given.com"

    Military

    -Terrorism

  • Terrorists the focus of evangelism? Posted: 5 May, 2010 Mission Network News

  • "USA (MNN) ― A Pakistani-American is believed to be responsible for a thwarted bombing attempt in New York's Times Square. The suspect, 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad, will be charged with an act of terrorism and the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday.
    While the attempt to kill Americans was foiled, many believe there will be more attempts. How should Christians react?
    The mission sending organization Pioneers has established a ministry called Encountering the World of Islam (EWI) to address questions like that. Keith Swartley heads up the program. He says, "When believers like you and [me] hear the news, we see an opportunity to express the love of Christ -- to respond to the kind of violence that we see in the world. I think what we're looking for are ways in which we can encourage one another to do the good works that demonstrates the hope that we have in Christ."
    However, most Christians have no idea where to begin. That's why Pioneers started EWI. Swartley says it's a book and a 12-week course featuring speakers who are "motivating Christians to share the love of Christ with Muslims. Then the students also get to experience reaching out to Muslims themselves."
    The most-recent attempted attack was carried out by someone who had living in the United States for some time. Swartley says Christians can't sit back and wait. We need to reach out lovingly. "When they have the opportunity to meet Christians who with gentleness and love express the grace of the Gospel, I think it's a great opportunity for us to see some of those Muslims who have a lot of anger and pent up frustration to experience the love of Christ."
    Swartley says friendship is the key to evangelism. "Just that normal interaction over a meal can provide a tremendous opportunity for understanding and breaking down these stereotypes that we often hold of Muslim and Muslims often hold of us."
    You can find an EWI course near you by clicking here. Tomorrow, we'll focus on how EWI is used outside the United States. "

    *see GoodnewsEverybody.com Religious: Islam, Muslim, Qu'ran/Koran, Allah, Mohammed, etc...

    Music

    -Worship
    Tell The World That - Hillsong united

    'this is tell the world that its one of my favourite songs and like what i said in the other video (one way) gonna make more!"

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    Spencer, a head evangelist (e.g. former atheist) in my local church, played a big part in my continuous evangelism life. His continuous evanglism involvement gave me the passion to do the same in and out of the church walls. He first encouraged me to share my personal testimony to as many people I can when he asked me to share to our "then" youth group. Since then (2nd year in college), I've helped with him do numerous outreaches: Glacier State Park in Starbuck during the summer of SIMT School, Heaven Booth Outreaches around West-Central Area Minnesota, and counseling/follow-up after crusades/concerts.

    Spencer is currently head of Living Waters Ministries, which they do various community outreaches. Thanks Spencer for being used mightily by God for His glory!