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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!

Daniel 9:8 “O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, because we have sinned against thee.”

A deep sense and clear sight of sin, its heinousness, and the punishment which it deserves, should make us lie low before the throne. We have sinned as Christians. Alas! that it should be so. Favoured as we have been, we have yet been ungrateful: privileged beyond most, we have not brought forth fruit in proportion.

Who is there, although he may long have been engaged in the Christian warfare, that will not blush when he looks back upon the past? As for our days before we were regenerated, may they be forgiven and forgotten; but since then, though we have not sinned as before, yet we have sinned against light and against love–light which has really penetrated our minds, and love in which we have rejoiced.

Oh, the atrocity of the sin of a pardoned soul! An unpardoned sinner sins cheaply compared with the sin of one of God’s own elect ones, who has had communion with Christ and leaned his head upon Jesus’ bosom. Look at David! Many will talk of his sin, but I pray you look at his repentance, and hear his broken bones, as each one of them moans out its dolorous confession! Mark his tears, as they fall upon the ground, and the deep sighs with which he accompanies the softened music of his harp! We have erred: let us, therefore, seek the spirit of penitence

Look, again, at Peter! We speak much of Peter’s denying his Master. Remember, it is written, “He wept bitterly.” Have we no denials of our Lord to be lamented with tears? Alas! these sins of ours, before and after conversion, would consign us to the place of inextinguishable fire if it were not for the sovereign mercy which has made us to differ, snatching us like brands from the burning.

My soul, bow down under a sense of thy natural sinfulness, and worship thy God. Admire the grace which saves thee–the mercy which spares thee–the love which pardons thee!

C.H. Spurgeon

We must Keep Praying Until GOD Answers You

Keep Praying Until GOD Answers You   By R.A. Torrey

There are two passages in the Gospel of Luke which throw a flood of light upon the question, “What sort of praying is it that prevails with God and obtains what it seeks from Him?” and also upon the question, “Why is it that many prayers of God’s own children come short of obtaining that which we seek of God?”

The first of these two passages you will find in Luke 11:5–10; our Lord Jesus Himself is the speaker:

“And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

“For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

“And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

“I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

 

Keep on Praying Until You Get It!

The central lesson in this parable of our Lord is: When we pray, if we do not obtain the thing the first time, pray again; and if we do not obtain it the second time, pray a third time; and if we do not obtain it the hundredth time, go on praying until we do get it.

We should do much thinking before we ask anything of God and be clear that we ask according to His will. We should not rush heedlessly into God’s presence and ask for the first thing that comes to mind without giving proper thought to the question of whether it is really what we ought to have. But when we have decided that we should pray for something, we should keep on praying until we get it.

The word translated importunity in verse 8 is a deeply significant word. Its primary meaning is “shamelessness”—that is, it sets forth the persistent determination in prayer to God that will not be put to shame by any apparent refusal on His part to grant the thing that we ask.

This is a very startling way that our Lord employs to set forth the necessity of “importunity” and persistence in prayer. It is as if the Lord would have us understand that God would have us draw nigh to Him with a resolute determination to obtain the things that we seek, a determination that will not be put to shame by any seeming refusal or delay on God’s part.

 

The Syrophenician Woman

Our Heavenly Father delights in the holy boldness that will not take no for an answer. The reason why He delights in it is that it is an expression of great faith, and nothing pleases God more than faith.

We have an illustration of this holy boldness in the woman of Syrophenicia in Matthew 15:21–28. She came to Jesus Christ for the healing of her daughter. She cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.”

But our Lord seemed to pay no attention to her: “He answered her not a word.” His disciples besought Him, saying, “Send her away; for she crieth after us.”

In spite of His apparent deafness to her appeal, she kept on crying. Then He turned to her with an apparently more positive rebuff: “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” and she was not of the house of Israel.

Then she worshipped Him and kept on calling to Him, saying, “Lord, help me.”

Then came what almost appears to be a cruel rebuff: “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs.”

(The word He used for dogs was a peculiar word that meant a little pet dog, and was not at all as harsh as it seems, although it was an apparent refusal to hear her prayer. But, as we shall see, our Lord was simply putting her faith to the test that she might get an even larger blessing.)

Then she said, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” She would not take no for an answer.

And then came one of the most wonderful words of commendation that ever fell from the lips of our Lord:

“Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”

That sort of thing pleases God. He would have us have that faith in His lovingkindness and in Himself that, even when He seems not to hear, will trust Him still to hear.

God does not always give you the things you ask the first time you ask, but don’t give up; keep on praying until you do get them.

We should not only pray, but we should PRAY THROUGH.

It is deeply significant that this parable to persist in prayer comes almost immediately after the request on the part of the disciples of our Lord: “Lord, teach us to pray.” Then follows Luke’s version of the so-called “Lord’s Prayer,” actually the disciples’ prayer.

 

The Widow Would Not Let the Unjust Judge Rest

The same lesson is taught in a very striking way in the second passage in Luke to which I have already referred, Luke 18:1–8:

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

“Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

“And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

“And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

“Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

“And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

“I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith [literally, "the faith"] on the earth?”

We find the central lesson of this parable in the words with which our Lord Jesus opens the parable, which are really the text of the whole parable: “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” The clear meaning of the parable is that when we pray, we are to pray on and on until we get the thing we desire of God.

The exact force of the parable is that if even an unrighteous judge will yield to persistent prayer and grant the thing that he did not wish to grant, how much more will a loving God yield to the persistent cries of His children and give the things that He longs to give, but which it would not be wise to give, would not be for their own good, unless they were trained to that persevering faith that will not take no for an answer.

So we see again that God does not always give us at the first asking what we desire of Him in prayer.

 

God Wants to Train Us in Persistent Faith

Why is it that God does not give to us the things that we ask, the first time we ask? The answer is plain: He would do us the far greater good of training us in persistent faith.

The things we get by our other forms of effort than prayer do not always become ours the first time we make an effort to get them.

For our own good God compels us to be persistent in our effort; just so, God does not always give us what we ask the first time we pray. Just as He would train us to be strong men and women along the other lines of effort, so also He would train us to be and make us to be strong men and women of prayer by compelling us to pray hard for the best things. He compels us to “pray through.”

Many today tell us we ought not pray for the same thing a second time. Sometimes they say the way to pray is to ask God for a thing and then “take it” by faith the first time we ask.

That is true oftentimes. When we find a thing definitely promised in the Word, we can rest upon that. When we have prayed, knowing that we have asked according to God’s will, the prayer is heard, and we have received. Resting there, ask no more but claim the thing as ours.

But that is only one side of the truth. The other side is, there are times when it is not made clear the first time, nor the second time, nor the third time, that what we ask is according to His will and, therefore, the prayer is heard and the thing asked granted. In such a case we are to pray on and on and on.

While doubtless there are times when we are able through faith in the Word, or through the clear leading of the Holy Spirit, to claim a thing the first time we have asked of God, nevertheless, beyond a question there are other times when we must pray again and again and again for the same thing before we get our answer.

Those who claim that they have gotten beyond praying twice for the same thing have either gotten beyond our Master, or else they have not gotten up to Him. We are told distinctly regarding Him in Matthew 26:44, “And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.” The truth is, they have not yet gotten up to the Master, not that they have gotten beyond Him.

 

It Is Spiritual Laziness and Unbelief to Give Up Too Soon

There are many who, when they pray for a thing once or twice and do not get it, stop praying. They call it “submission to the will of God” to pray no longer when God does not grant their request at the first or second asking. They say, “Well, perhaps it is not God’s will.” They call that submission to the will of God.

But as a rule, this is not submission to His will, but spiritual laziness and lack of determination in that most all-important of all human lines of effort—prayer.

None of us ever think of calling it submission to the will of God when we give up after one or two efforts to obtain things by our lack of strength of character.

When the strong man of action starts out to accomplish a thing, if he does not accomplish it the first, or the second, or the hundredth time, he keeps hammering away until he does. Just so when the strong man of prayer starts to pray for a thing, he keeps on praying until he prays it through and obtains what he seeks.

How fond we are of calling bad things in our conduct by good names. We call our spiritual inertia and laziness and indifference “submission to the will of God.”

We should be very careful about what we ask from God; but when we do begin to pray for a thing, we must never give up until we get it, or until God definitely makes it very clear that it is not His will to give it.

I am glad that the first time we ask, God does not always give us the things that we seek from Him. There is no more blessed training in prayer than that which comes through being compelled to ask again and again and again, even through a long period of years, before one obtains that which he seeks from God. Then when it does come, what a sense we have that God really is and that He really does answer prayer!

 

Two People Saved After Years of Prayer

I recall an experience of my own that was full of blessing to me and full of encouragement to my faith.

In my first pastorate there were two whom God put upon my heart and for whose salvation I prayed through my entire time there. But I left that field of labor without seeing either one converted. When I went to Germany for further study, then took a new pastorate in Minneapolis, I kept on praying every day for those two.

I went back to the place where I began my ministry to hold a series of meetings, still praying every day for their conversion. Then one night in that series of meetings when I gave out the invitation for all who would accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, those two arose side by side. There was no special reason why they should be side by side, for they were not relatives. When I saw those two for whom I had prayed all those years standing up side by side to accept the Lord, what an overwhelming sense came over my soul that there is a God who hears prayer if we meet the conditions and follow His method of prevailing prayer!

 

Revivals Come Because of Persistent Prayer

We find right here why it is that many prayers fail to accomplish that which we seek from God. We pray and pray and pray, and are almost up to the verge of the attainment of that for which we are praying, and right then, when God is just about to answer the prayer, we stop and miss the blessing.

For example, in many churches and communities there are those who are praying for a revival. The revival does not come at once, it does not come for some time, but they keep on praying. They have nearly prayed through. They are right on the verge of attaining what they sought, and if they would pray a little longer, the revival would break upon them. But they get discouraged, throw up their hands and quit. They are just on the border of the blessing, but they do not cross into the Promised Land.

In January 1900 or 1901, the faculty of the Bible Institute of Chicago instituted a late prayer meeting Saturday nights from nine to ten o’clock, to pray for a worldwide revival.

After we had been praying for some time, a thing happened that I knew would happen. People came to me, or to my colleague who was most closely identified with me in the conduct of these meetings, and they would say, “Has the revival come?”

“No, not as far as we can see.”

“When is it coming?”

“We don’t know.”

“How long are you going to pray?”

“Until it comes.”

And come it did—a revival that began there in that prayer meeting room of the Bible Institute in Chicago, then broke out in far-away China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, and swept around the world, with most marvelous manifestations of God’s saving power—not merely through Mr. Charles Alexander and myself, but through a multitude of others in India, Wales and elsewhere. In Wales, for example, under Evan Roberts and others, it resulted in one hundred thousand professed conversions in twelve months.

I believe that God is looking to us today to pray through again.

 

Saved After Fifteen Years of Daily Prayer

I prayed fifteen long years for the conversion of my oldest brother. When he seemed to be getting farther and farther away from any hope of conversion, I prayed on.

My first winter in Chicago, after fifteen years of praying, never missing a single day, one morning God said to me as I knelt, “I have heard your prayer. You need not pray anymore; your brother is going to be converted.”

Within two weeks he was in my home, shut in with sickness which made it impossible for him to leave my home for two weeks. Then the day he left he accepted Christ over in the Bible Institute in Mr. Moody’s office, where he and I went to talk and pray together.

I told this incident when holding meetings in a certain city. An elderly woman came at the close of the meeting and said, “I have been praying for the conversion of my brother, who is sixty-three years old, for many years; but a short time ago I gave up and stopped praying.” She added, “I am going to begin my prayers again.” Within two weeks of that time she came and said, “I have heard from my brother, and he has accepted Christ.”

Oh, men and women, pray through; pray through; pray through! Do not just begin to pray and pray a little while and throw up your hands and quit; but pray and pray and pray until God bends the heavens and comes down!

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

Every day 150,000 people quietly slip into eternity…

Someone sent me a very sobering article about how television has distorted our impressions of drowning victims. It spoke of a couple who were swimming with their daughter when they noticed a lifeguard running towards them. They joked about the guard’s obvious mistake because neither of them was drowning. However, he swam passed the couple and saved their 9 year old daughter who was quietly drowning behind them. She came up out of the water crying, “Daddy! Daddy!” The article related how most people drown quietly, without the splashing and yelling.

Ray Comfort: Every day 150,000 people quietly slip into eternity. Most die without assurance of salvation. Don’t be one of them. If you are interested in eternal life, check out www.needGod.com for details.

Have You Given Others a Fair Warning?

Ezekiel 3:18-19 (KJV)

18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor

speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die

in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he

shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

A fierce earthquake shook central Italy in the spring of 2009resulting in many deaths and injuries, along with extensiveproperty damage. In the aftermath of this disaster, a number ofgovernmental scientist were charged and convicted of man-slaughter for failing to adequately warn the public of the impending danger.

   While virtually all such natural disasters are unpredictable,the eternal destining of one’s soul is totally predictable. Eitherone is saved or unsaved. He is going to Heaven or Hell.

    As a soul winner, it is a warning that we should give to all weknow and meet. However, in todays society to ask if someone issaved is an unpopular question at best. Never the less, Jesuscame into this world to seek and save the lost, and has charged uswith the task of carrying the Gospel news to the unsaved masses.So take stock of all those you know and love, and all those aroundyou everywhere in the world today. Have you given them a fair warning?

Ezekiel wrote in chapter 35:5 “He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.”

By Brother James Bowles