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Spiritual Warfare: Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places

Spiritual Warfare : John McTernan 

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places

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The Bible is very clear that there are spiritual forces behind many of the issues that Christians deal with. The Bible clearly tells us how to confront these spiritual forces. The Lord Jesus showed His disciples how to deal with entrenched forces that are extremely difficult to defeat. This is found in both Matthew and Mark. The Bible gives great detail to this encounter to which I think we should really pay close attention. Both of these gospels give account of the story of a father who brought his young son to the Lord Jesus to be healed. The disciples were unable to heal the child. The young boy had mental problems; however, behind these problems were an unclean spirit. The oppression of this devil manifested itself in mental problems in the young child. The Lord Jesus made it clear that it took faith to free the boy of this oppression. The boy’s father then made a statement that I have used many times in my own life: Mark 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

There were many times in my life that I believed yet unbelief was screaming at me, and I echoed Mark 24 just like the boy’s father.

The Lord Jesus privately taught His disciples that the problem was it took faith to defeat the devil and free the boy, and they were full of unbelief. In both gospel accounts, the Lord Jesus made it very clear the problem was faith, but he then added that the faith also involved prayer and fasting. To obtain victory of this entrenched devil, it took faith along with prayer and fasting. In difficult spiritual battles the Lord was telling us that both prayer and fasting was needed.

The verses to show this follow:

Matthew 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

I posted both gospel accounts of this incident so you can see how important prayer and fasting are in spiritual warfare.

Matthew (KJV)

 

Mathew 17:14,15 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is a lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. (16) And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. (:17) Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. (18) And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. (19) Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? (20) And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (21) Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

 

Mark (KJV) 

 

Mark 9:17,18 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. Mark 9:19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. Mark 9:20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. Mark 9:21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. Mark 9:22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Mark 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. Mark 9:26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. Mark 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. Mark 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

 

The NIV and almost all modern translations omit Matthew 17:21 and omit fasting from Mark 9:29! If the translation contains Matthew 17:21 there is a footnote stating the oldest manuscripts do not contain this verse. How can a person have faith about a verse, if it is in a bracket with a footnote questioning its authority as part of the Bible? The Lord Jesus made it clear that in difficult spiritual warfare with entrenched demonic forces that both prayer and fasting were needed to defeat them.

These modern translations omitting fasting insulate demonic forces that cannot be defeated. This is like a coup for the devil, as he used spiritual corrupt “scholars” and publishers to promote modern translations which insulate him from defeat. I have dealt with many Christians that are under the care of a doctor and taking drugs for depression, anxiety and other mental problems. There is a lack of power in their life and in the church they are attending. There could be several reasons for this, but one reason I believe is that prayer and fasting to deal with these issues have been removed from the modern translations. These people are trapped and what they need for the victory has been stripped from the translations they read, while the answer is found in the KJV.

I also posted about the modern translations removing that: “the Lord Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted” as found in Luke 4:18. When you add this to the removal of prayer and fasting, a clear picture is coming into focus how satan is using the modern translation to keep Christians defeated and insulate himself from defeat. There are spiritual reasons why the words and verses were removed from the modern translations.The spiritual power is found in the King James Bible, as it was not corrupted and contains the complete word of God.

I have posted the NIV to show how Mark 9:29 and Mattherw 17:21 have been altered in the modern translations:

Matthew (NIV) Matthew 17:14,15 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. (16) I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” (17) “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” (18) Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. (19) Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” (20) He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (21) (22) When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.

Mark (NIV) Mark 9:25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” (26) The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” (27) But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. (28) After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” (29) He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”  

We all need oil for our light – “Oil for the light.” Exodus 25:6

“Oil for the light.” Exodus 25:6

My soul, how much thou needest this, for thy lamp will not long continue to burn without it. Thy snuff will smoke and become an offence if light be gone, and gone it will be if oil be absent. Thou hast no oil well springing up in thy human nature, and therefore thou must go to them that sell and buy for thyself, or like the foolish virgins, thou wilt have to cry, “My lamp is gone out.”

Even the consecrated lamps could not give light without oil; though they shone in the tabernacle they needed to be fed, though no rough winds blew upon them they required to be trimmed, and thy need is equally as great. Under the most happy circumstances thou canst not give light for another hour unless fresh oil of grace be given thee.

It was not every oil that might be used in the Lord’s service; neither the petroleum which exudes so plentifully from the earth, nor the produce of fishes, nor that extracted from nuts would be accepted; one oil only was selected, and that the best olive oil. Pretended grace from natural goodness, fancied grace from priestly hands, or imaginary grace from outward ceremonies will never serve the true saint of God; he knows that the Lord would not be pleased with rivers of such oil.

He goes to the olive-press of Gethsemane, and draws his supplies from him who was crushed therein. The oil of gospel grace is pure and free from lees and dregs, and hence the light which is fed thereon is clear and bright. Our churches are the Saviour’s golden candelabra, and if they are to be lights in this dark world, they must have much holy oil. Let us pray for ourselves, our ministers, and our churches, that they may never lack oil for the light. Truth, holiness, joy, knowledge, love, these are all beams of the sacred light, but we cannot give them forth unless in private we receive oil from God the Holy Ghost.

But, wicked man, what comes afterwards? Will it be heaven or hell?

Yes, death is after me and thee. Ah, run! run! run! but run as thou wilt, the rider on the white horse shall overtake thee. If thou canst escape him 70 years, he will overtake thee at last. Death is riding! Here his horse comes—I hear his snortings, I feel his hot breath; he comes! he comes! and thou must die! But, wicked man, what comes afterwards? Will it be heaven or hell? O, if it be hell that is after thee, where art thou when thou art cast away from God? Ah, I pray God deliver you from hell; he is coming after you, sure enough; and if you have no hiding-place, woe unto you.
–Charles Spurgeon

“Brethern, do something, do something, let us win souls

“Brethern, do something, do something, do something!  While societies and unions make constitutions, let us win souls.” ~Charles Spurgeon

You may be asking the question as to what you can do in a practical way to reach people for the Kingdom of God. Here are a few suggestions: There are a number of evangelistic organizations you may like to join. I was in Gideons International for seven years, until I became a pastor, as they don’t allow pastors to be involved, only lay people. It is such a blessing to be involved in an organization that gives away copies of God’s Word. Then there is Youth With A Mission, Youth For Christ, Campus Crusade for Christ, and many others you could become involved in. Perhaps you could invest in a small advertisement in the personal column of your local paper saying something like “Find reality, read John 8:31-32.” Get a cost quote before you commit yourself. I wanted to buy a full page in the L.A. Times during the Gulf War in 1991. I thought it would be around $6,000, and figured I could probably raise that amount of money.

I called the Times and the gentleman gave me the cost: “A full page is $61,023.” I thought he had slipped an extra number in by mistake. Wrong. I dropped that idea quickly.

Perhaps you could visit a hospital once a week, with the purpose of finding and befriending someone who doesn’t normally have visitors. If you have a flare for drama, start a drama group. How about writing a tract? Don’t say, “But I can’t write,” say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Write out your testimony, and have a friend or two read it, and give their opinions. Then print out the edited copy, and have it typeset at your local printers. Remember to get quotes before you do anything, so that you won’t get burned. When it is printed, keep copies in your wallet or purse to give to old friends or people you meet, with the words, “You may like to read this when you have a moment, I wrote it myself.” Put copies into the envelope when paying bills.

Back in the late 70′s I had 40-50 children in my garage every Friday for a 20-minute “Good-time” Club. I remember praying that God would send me someone who could play a guitar to give the music a bit of a lift. One Friday evening, my brother-in-law walked into our living room knowing nothing of my prayer, and said, “For some reason I feel the Lord wants me to give you my guitar.” I hadn’t thought of me. I was never able to play a guitar, but now I can do all things though Christ who strengthens me (I just have trouble convincing those within earshot).

You could easily start a club through your local church. When I decided to start mine, I just took a marker pen and wrote, “KIDS CLUB, FRIDAY 4 P.M., (ADDRESS), CANDY, PRIZES, STORIES AND SONGS,” gave out photocopies at a school gate, and had a crowd of children eager to learn about the things of God. Nowadays, with all the allegations and accusations of child molestation, etc., it would be wise to have both male and female leaders. Start with a firm hand, sing some lively songs, tell a Bible story, teach a memory verse, give out some candy, then tell the kids, “It’s all over, see you next week.” If the children don’t say, “Ohhhhhhh!” you’ve probably gone on too long and they may not be back the following week. I found 20 minutes was adequate for most.

Sometimes talented Christians don’t feel right about using their gift of music or writing, etc., to reach the unsaved. It is often because of their own pride, that their conscience is condemning them, and not God. This happens regularly with counter-culture people who become Christians. Their conscience will not allow them to eat meat. After some time they come across a scripture such as 1 Timothy 4:3-4, which says that God has created all foods “to be received with thanksgiving by them who believe and know truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused, if it is received with thanksgiving.” Immediately their conscience is released by understanding the Word of God.

When we understand the emphasis which the Word of God places upon evangelism, we should humble ourselves, thank God for the gift He has given us, then use it for His glory. If you have got no apparent talents, visit an old folk’s home, or ask your pastor if you can help in any way within the local church. Do something for God. Desire to do nothing, and God will give you the desires of your heart.

This article was excerpted from How To Win Souls and Influence People by Ray Comfort, (pages 85-88).

Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God? By Jason Carlson and Ron Carlson

During a question and answer session at a recent speaking engagement, a university student asked me, “Why do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God?” Now this is a very interesting question; and probably one of the most important questions any Christian could ask themselves. What is so special, so unique about the Bible that Christians believe it is literally the inspired word of God?

In answering this student’s question, I encouraged him to consider the following facts about the Bible:

First, the Bible is not just one single book. This is a more common misconception than many people realize, especially with people who do not come from a Judeo-Christian background. Rather than being a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scriptures. These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature, letters, and apocalyptic just to name a few.

Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally.

Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1500 years. Yet again, this is another reminder that many of these authors never knew or collaborated with one another in writing these books.

Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different languages. In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written.

And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Once again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances of God’s people.

Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents. What’s more, this collection of books shares a common storyline- the creation, fall, and redemption of God’s people; a common theme- God’s universal love for all of humanity; and a common message- salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66 books contain no historical errors or contradictions. God’s word truly is an amazing collection of writings!

After I had shared the above facts with this student, I offered him the following challenge: I said to him, “If you do not believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, if you do not believe that the Bible is of a supernatural origin, than I challenge you to a test.” I said to the student, “I challenge you to go to any library in the world, you can choose any library you like, and find 66 books which match the characteristics of the 66 books in the Bible. You must choose 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, written on 3 different continents. However, they must share a common storyline, a common theme, and a common message, with no historical errors or contradictions.” I went on to say, “If you can produce such a collection of books, I will admit that the Bible is not the inspired word of God.” The student’s reply was almost instantaneous, he emphatically stated, “But that’s impossible!”

“But that’s impossible!” It truly is impossible, for any collection of human writings. However, the Bible passes this test. The Bible contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents, with no historical errors or contradictions. The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration.

The next time you encounter someone who asks you why you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, try sharing this challenge with them. Better yet, don’t wait until you’re asked, just go ahead and share this challenge with a friend today. You don’t even have to mention the Bible up front, just ask them if they think it would be realistic to assemble such a collection of books. After they say, “But that’s impossible!” you’ve got a ready-made opportunity for sharing the truth of God’s word with somebody!

Jack Hyles : The Hardest Thing About Biblical Christian Seperation

Hebrews 13:10-14, “We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Deuteronomy 23:9, “When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing.” Leviticus 16:27, “And the bullock for the sin-offering, and the goat for the sin-offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung.”

The Israelites could eat the flesh of many sacrifices. Such was the case of the Passover lamb. Then there was a special offering that could be eaten only by the priests. There was one, however, of which no one could eat. This was that which was offered on the day of atonement, which was the tenth day of the seventh month of the year. This offering was a special one It’s skin, flesh, hair and dung were taken outside the camp and burned. Can you imagine the odor of such a burning?

As the Israelites traveled, some had to stay outside the camp. They could not enter into the camp. Among these were the eunuchs. Deuteronomy 23:1, “He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord.” An illegitimate child also had to stay outside the camp. Deuteronomy 23:2, “A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord.” The Ammonites and the Moabites who were descendants of the illegitimate sons of Lot and his daughters were also outside the camp. Deuteronomy 23:3, “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever.” A sodomite, such as homosexuals and lesbians, was outside the camp. Deuteronomy 23:17, “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” A dog could not be in the camp. This was the term probably used for male prostitutes. Deuteronomy 23:18, “Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the Lord thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” Prostitutes, or whores, could not come in the camp. Deuteronomy 23:17, “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” The leper was outside the camp. Leviticus 13:45, 46, “And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.”

Now the offering on the day of atonement being outside the camp and the motley crowd that could not be inside the camp with the Israelites represent God’s people. When the Lord Jesus was crucified outside the walls of the city of Jerusalem, He went outside the camp to identify Himself with sinners, and now He calls us outside the camp to Himself Hebrews 13:13, “Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.” Can you imagine how obnoxious the odor of the skin, the flesh, the dung and the hair burning must have been? Imagine how obnoxious it was to those who traveled inside the camp as they looked out and saw those without the camp- the homosexual, the lesbian, prostitute, male prostitute, the whore, those with venereal disease, the eunuchs etc.

God is teaching us that when we come outside the camp of this world unto Jesus and are separated, we will be looked upon with the same disdain and disfavor with which the Jew looked upon those who were cast out of the camp and we will be just as much an odor to those in the camp of this world as were the skin, the flesh, the dung and the hair of the sacrifice burned outside the camp! This is the hardest thing about separation! When Jesus was put outside the camp, this old wicked world was saying to Him “You affect us like the outcasts and the odor of the burning flesh affected Israel.” When we go outside the camp to Him, then we become equally as obnoxious to the world that crucified Him.

This is not easy. Everybody wants to be accepted. It is not easy to love and then be considered by the world as unloving. It is not easy for the scholar to be considered unscholarly by his peers It is not easy for depth to be considered shallow by those who are shallow and think they are deep. It is not easy to be called the off-scouring the remnant the leftovers, the dung, the hair, the flesh, the skin the hide. It is not easy to be looked upon with the same disdain and disfavor with which the Jews looked upon those that were not allowed to travel inside the camp. The temptation is to come inside the camp and justify our entrance in many ways.

A quarter of a century ago I became Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond Indiana I had always pastored churches that were outside the camp- churches of good, dedicated Christian people, but churches with standards and convictions. We were looked upon by the apostates with disdain. They called us unloving, uncooperative, unscholarly and shallow Suddenly I was Pastor of the First Baptist Church in the downtown section of a large metropolis. The elite began to shower me with attention. I enjoyed it. It was a great temptation for me to come inside the camp There were many ways I sought to justify such a course of action-until one day one of the wealthiest of our members told me that he was tired of the little dirty bus kids! He told me that he had met with some of the affluent people and they had decided that I had to choose between them and the bus kids! If we kept the buses, they would leave with their money. If we stopped the bus ministry, they would stay. They threatened me by withholding their offerings, assured me that we could not make it financially without their wealth, and gave me a few days to make up my mind. God revealed to me that I should not forsake the poor and the needy, and on my face after a night of prayer, I chose the bus kids over the wealth of those who threatened me. Suddenly, I was outside the camp again, and to those who considered themselves to be the elite, affluent and scholarly, I was as obnoxious as the motley crowd that was expelled from the camp of Israel and as disdained as the burning flesh outside the camp.

Invitations to speak at civic clubs ceased. Dinner engagements with the elite were stopped, and suddenly I found myself outside the gate, rejected by the self-styled elite, affluent and scholarly of the area. There I was with the bus kids, the poor, the halt, the maimed and the blind. I was lonely I did not want to love and be considered unloving. I did not want to be considered unscholarly and uncouth. It was dark. It was lonely. Then suddenly I heard a Voice say, “Welcome.” I looked up to see Whose voice was speaking. I saw nail prints in His hands and feet. I heard Him say, “Welcome. I am glad you have come outside the camp to Me.” Suddenly I realized that Jesus was already outside the camp and that He was just as unpopular with that elite crowd as I was. Ah, how sweet the fellowship! How wonderful was His presence! I was outside the camp WITH HIM! What a bargain! What a deal! What a Saviour!

(Chapter 14 from Dr. Hyle’s excellent book, Jack Hyles Speaks On Biblical Separation)

Effective Soulwinning Tips for Busy Christians

Effective Soul winning Tips for Busy Christians

October 10, 2009 by Paul Chappell

Every actively engaged Christian who loves the Lord desires to be a better soulwinner. Following are some tips that I have found make my soulwinning more effective and fruitful:

1. Recognize your responsibility.

Christ commanded us “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Many Christians profess a deep concern for lost souls, but they never share the Gospel with lost people! As it has been said, “His last command should be our first priority.”

2. Submit to the Holy Spirit.

Let the Holy Spirit direct your conversation and guide your responses at each home to which you bring the Gospel. Also be obedient to obey the Holy Spirit’s promptings to witness to others all week long—even if it is not during your scheduled soulwinning time.

3. Evaluate your progress.

We regularly evaluate our efficiency in areas in which success is vital. If your desire is to see people saved, weekly ask yourself some evaluating questions:

  • How many unsaved people am I currently cultivating a relationship with?
  • How many people has God used me to reach?
  • How many others am I involving in soulwinning?

4. Allocate your time.

What doesn’t get scheduled, often doesn’t get done. Regularly set aside time to go into your community to give the Gospel to others.

5. Participate with a partner.

Going soulwinning with a regular partner provides mutual encouragement and accountability. If you are a new Christian, an experienced partner will train you, and if you are a mature soulwinner, taking a young Christian with you allows you a discipling opportunity.

6. Go in expecting faith.

Faith pleases God, and God honors faith. Trust God to use you when you go soulwinning, and go with an expectant heart.

7. Follow-up on prospects.

Keep a “sweetheart” list of people who are interested, but have not yet accepted your invitation to church or made the decision to trust Christ as Saviour. Regularly, visit, send a note, or call them. Remind them that you’re praying for them, and demonstrate your sincerity of interest in their eternal destiny.

8. Assimilate guests.

When guests visit your church, involve them immediately. Enroll them in an adult Bible class, invite them to fellowships, and, once they are saved, encourage them to be baptized and participate in discipleship.

Christ left us here to lead others to Him. I trust these tips help you to fulfill your mission.

- See more at: http://www.paulchappell.com/2009/10/10/effective-soulwinning-tips-for-busy-christians/#sthash.8YULbyeY.dpuf

“Reaping and Sowing” By: Pastor Chris Staub

” The fruit of the rightous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30

“… whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7b

Edward Kimball was a Sunday school teacher in Boston, Massachusetts. He had a new student that had come in to the church from out of town. He was weighting whether it was a good time to witness to Dwight, as he was busy in the shoe store. Mr. Kimball did come to the store and put his hand on Dwight’s shoulder. With tears, he asked about the condition of the young man’s soul. Dwight thought to himself, ” I don’t even know that I have a soul.” After a few minutes of communication and witnessing, Dwight called on Jesus Christ as his Saviour. This shoe clerk was the man God used to bring thousands to Christ and to Sunday school on two continents, Dwight Lyman Moody. Moody recounted later that he was moved by a man who wept over his sins, when he had never shed a tear over one sin.

But, as one famous radio commentator used to say,” And now the rest of the story…” Years later, D.L. Moody was preaching in Boston and led a young man, seventeen years old to Christ. he turned out to be his former Sunday school teacher, Edward Kimball’s son! Here is a lesson on reaping and sowing.

As we pray and weep over our children, let us try to reach someone else’s child. God may move someone to have a broken heart over our loved ones.

” No One But Jesus” By: Dr. Dennis Corle

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

There were no hands which could avail

But those which bore the print of nail-

Those hands which bore the curse for me

Upon the cross of Calvary.

There were no feet that which trod that road,

Nor any that could bear the load

Of sin and strife and agony

Like those of Christ at Calvary.

There was no body marred like Christ’s,

For He became the sacrifice

To pay sin’s price for every man-

To be the world’s Passover Lamb.

There are no eyes which can behold

My natures two- both new and old

But Christ’s which search my heart within

To me revealing every sin.

There is no blood that can atone

But that of Jesus Christ alone

There is no one to cleanse my sin

Save Christ, my Saviour, Only HIM.

“Paino Player?” By: Evangelist Tim Green

“… and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 b

I took piano lessons for about five years when I was in my fifties. I can read a little music and play ” Jingle Bells” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” It wasn’t my piano teacher’s fault that I couldn’t get it- I just didn’t practice enough I think. Maybe I shouldn’t have wasted the money, but I know my teacher needed it, so I’m happy.

I read a story of a little boy who was asked by his father if he had practiced the piano while he was out of town for the week.

“Yes, Dad,” he answered.

“How long did you practice?” asked the Father.

“One hour on Friday, an hour and a half on Saturday.” and so went the lad’s response.

“Son,” said the disappointed Dad, “next time you practice be sure to unlock the piano. I’ve had the key in my pocket while I’ve been away.”

Our verse is very plain about the consequences of lying and the final destination of lairs. Have you ever lied? Where are you going to spend eternity? Will Heaven be your Home? It can be if you repent, turn from your sin, ask God to forgive you and cleanse you. God can and will do that for anyone who calls on Him. Hell is worse than any place or situation on earth. Call on Christ today and be saved.

” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13