Saturday, September 27, 2008

Fireproof is Awesome!


This was an awesome movie! This is only the 3rd movie my husband and I have been on a "date" to see in a year. Not because he is unromantic, uncaring, or hasn't "fireproofed" is own marriage but because there is usually nothing we'd like to see. Hollywood usually puts out such trash. Not anymore!

The 24-plex theatre near our home was sold out of the 6:40 showing so we bought tickets online across town at the other multiplex before IT sold out too! It was packed! We got there 20 minutes early and were grateful we didn't have to sit in the front row and that we got to sit together. It was crazy!

This movie portrays the struggles with the couple in a very realistic way. After the opening fight scene, you could have heard a pin drop in the whole theatre. Kirk did a fantastic job. His character wants respect but has done nothing to earn the respect of his wife. It also shows how easily women can be deceived by "advice" given by friends whether they are unGodly or not, especially in an emotionally charged situation. It also shows the struggles many men face but don't talk about. Both my husband and I were amazed at the number of times we heard men in the audience saying, "hmmm" or "ooooh" when the movie touched on either an attitude or struggle that Caleb had as you could tell they were convicted or identified with it as well.

We bought tickets for my divorced brother and his girlfirend to join us. I mention that he is divorced because there is a character that has been through the pain of a divorce. The movie gives hope to those who have been through this. It was very healing for my brother. I'm not going to spoil the plot.

What I was most excited about was the Gospel presentation! Praise God the entire Gospel is presented in a faithful manner! Although I did expect the character to start out with, "Have you ever told a lie?..." :)

If you brought an unsaved couple, I would explain terms like "salvation" afterward because those are such "churchy" terms that while many have heard before, they may not REALLY understand what it means.

There is enough humor and action (a.k.a. pyrotechnic displays) that no one will get bored. It's not your typical, "corny" (think "Gordy") Christian movie. There are even some nice plot twists.

Go see it and take another unsaved couple with you. Go out for dinner or dessert afterward and discuss it. It's that good!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

My Neighbor

Today I had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with my neighbor, Frank. He is a sweet old man and this particular morning my husband and I had just returned from our early morning walk. Bill had to leave for work and I saw our neighbor. We began talking. I'd only exchanged pleasantries with him before. Today, he had time. He works night shift and I rarely see him) So, after talking about the weather I started the conversation like any good conversation should start, I asked him if he was a good person. :) Well, thank goodness he was because I was able to give him a test to see just how good he was! LOL!

What a sweet time of fellowship that the Lord allowed today! He comes from a very simple upbringing and I found out where he's from which explains the simple, uncomplicated approach to life. However, he also believed many erroneous things. The first statement out of his mouth was that he knew that he needed to "get right with God" before he died and that he would "make peace with God" on his deathbed right before he died. I reminded him that he was in a car accident last year that scared us all to death. While he was unhurt, he could have died. I reminded him he may die tonight. If you don't "make peace" with God before you die, it's too late. I took him through it all. Law and Grace...Law and Grace. I explained it until it made sense.

He still thought that as long as he tried to "do right by everyone" then God would take that into account. I explained to him that his works were despicable to God. His good works would not let him into heaven. I said, "If the President of the United States invited you to the White House you'd be excited, right?" He said he would. I then said, "If you wanted to take the President a gift, do you think he would be impressed if you took a brown paper lunch sack filled with steamy dog poo?" He said, "No Way!" I said, "Frank, that is what your "good works" are like to God. You are presenting Him dog poo as a gift for what He has done for you by sending Jesus to die for your sins." He was speechless. His eyes brimmed with tears but he didn't cry. He was just very quiet.

Oh, if only I could convey to you the sweetness of this man. He truly is a simple, unprideful man and so easy to talk to. There was no arrogance only ignorance. He just didn't know or understand. He was so sincere but, sincerely wrong. He had been told so many untruths. He was just doing what he had been told. He said that he "walked the aisle and said the prayer when he was 16 but by the time he was 20, he'd backslidden." I told him he was a false convert and explained that.

I repeated Law & Grace again and then told Him again Confess his sins, Repent (and explained in depth what that meant), and believe in Jesus and he would pass from death to life. I then explained THAT is where good works come in. You respond naturally out of gratitude because of what Christ has done for you. It's called obedience.

By then, he was just repeating, "I really needed this today. Boy, I really needed this today." I asked him if there was any reason why he wouldn't accept the Lord today. Sensing that he truly understood (we had talked for 30 minutes in the front yard) he said that he was going to talk to the Lord today. He shook my hand and then gave me a hug. What a sweet opportunity this morning that the Lord allowed for me! At least the seed was planted on properly prepared soil in a properly tilled heart.I went in to begin teaching my kids and told them about what had just happened. They were so excited and we opened our school day in prayer thanking God for this opportunity!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Creative Gospel Tracting


Magazine Displays


When you go to the grocery store, Sam's Club, or any other place that has a large magazine display, stick a MDB (million dollar bill) in the pages. I particularly like stuffing the hot rod magazines, weight lifter magazines, and gentleman's magazines with tracts.


Get a stack of MDB's in your hand and grab a stack of magazines. As you cradle the stack in your arm wrap the hand of the arm holding the magazines around the top of the magazines, pull back the pages, and place the MDB in the magazine with the other hand. You'll find the technique that works best for you. It's so easy, even a child can place a tract in a magazine!

We need to always be prepared to spread the Word of God. You never know when the tract you place in the magazine will be used to reach someone and save them from a Godless eternity. Pray as you place them that God will use this tract as a tool for winning the lost.


Here is a link so that you can get your own million dollar bills. Go to http://www.customtractsource.com/

Monday, September 15, 2008

Creative Gospel Tracting

It's Miller time!


When getting ready to go to the grocery store make sure you have your list, your coupons, and your MDB's (million dollar bills).

Stroll on over to the beer aisle and cram the tracts in the large boxes like the ones you see in the bottom of the picture at the right.

Some of the boxes are easier to stuff than others. For the more difficult ones, fold the bill in half first. Slide the bill through the hand holes on the side of the box.

This is a quick way to get a solid Gospel message into the hands of people who may need to hear the truth. Always pray that the tract reaches the heart of the person receiving it. You will never know this side of eternity that you may have planted the very seed that the Lord brought to fruition in a future believer's life!

My kids love to put tracts in here. It's the hilight of the shopping trip! Although, it is a bit odd to over hear my kids asking, "Mom, can we go to the beer aisle now?" LOL!



Here's the link to order your own MDB's. http://www.customtractsource.com/. Seriously, if you call yourself a Christian this is the absolute least you could do as far as doing your part to spread the Gospel.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Fishing at Scarefest

I got back from the Academy two weeks ago and was looking for an opportunity to evangelize. It's always a privilege to unite with fellow Christians and spread the Word. I met TJ online from the Alliance and he invited me to join his group. There were about 15 of us. I met his wife Kelly tonight at the park and we took off fishing. TJ was witnessing to a man in the park.

For some reason, the park was dead tonight. Kelly and I took off up the street towards Rupp Arena because that's where I'd come from and told her there were a lot of people there tonight and some were dressed strangely. Lo and behold unbeknownst to us, we'd picked the night that Rupp was hosting "Scarefest!"

You know you're in for a treat when the first person you run into looks like they were hacked with a chainsaw and is wearing a shirt that says, "I'm not Scared. I'm not afraid. I'm Tough. I'm an Animal and I will eat you if I have to. No Fear!" She insisted she WAS a Christian. Couldn't we tell? Um, the blood dripping off the leg wound, the flesh hanging off the neck from the chainsaw injury, coupled with the T-shirt proudly proclaiming she was a meat eater outside a festival where you could summons someone from the dead threw me off a bit.

It was like Night of the Living Dead. Apparently, it was a Horror convention of sorts. There were people with blood painted on, goulish looking makeup, seances, an opportunity to talk with the dead through a medium, and magic jewlery all for one low, low price! I'm so glad it was bathed in prayer! None of us had any clue that this event was going on downtown! Had we known we would have passed out "Death Beth" cards. (http://www.deathbeth.com/) Most people were receptive.

I went to a group of guys seated for a smoke break and gave them some "Big Money" they took it but when we mentioned it was a Gospel Tract they scattered like cockroaches! One guy was interested and so I gave him law and grace and he was receptive. As I talked to him I got down on his eye level and lowered my voice so I didn't try to draw a crowd. His body language changed when I did this and he was more relaxed and didn't look like he wanted to bolt anymore. At least it got him thinking.

Then TJ and I talked to a mother (Debbie) and son (Michael) who were getting ready to go in and have someone contact the dead for them. They said they were Christians. I'm seated in the foreground, TJ is next to me, Michael is next, and his mother is standing. Sorry the picture is so fuzzy, I didn't take it.

They didn't claim to be good. I asked them to explain to me how to become a Christian if I weren't one. They absolutely hit the nail on the head. This guy wasn't relying on his works, he prays, reads the Bible, appeared fairly familiar with the Bible. He wasn't arrogant, was transparent with his struggles and walk, he said he was convicted of bad habits and changing those, and his mother said the same thing. I then said, "Do you witness to people?" He said that is something he wanted to do and was trying to do and that he'd heard of Way of the Master (WOTM), Hell's Best Kept Secret (HBKS) and actually called WOTM Radio and spoken to Todd "Freakishly Tall" Friel! I said, "Have you considered that there are people at this 'Scarefest' tonight that are needing to hear the Gospel?" He said there are so many that need to hear. But, what TJ and I were scratching our heads about was why they wanted to talk to "dead people." This guy was an enigma wrapped up in a puzzle. We thanked them both and let them go to the horror-fest.

Then, the hi-light of the evening was talking to the Buddhist Christian Professor from a Catholic college! His name was Dr. Don. Kelly's father-in-law started talking to this guy and asked for help from TJ. TJ and I both tried to get through the law and he wanted nothing to do with it. He was as pleasant as could be but he was very prideful. He said he was sick of Christians who were talking about law and the commandments, God's wrath, and never following Jesus' teachings. When we asked him what those teachings were, he just kept asking if we knew what the Greek word "metanoia" meant. He said Jesus taught us to love and that's it.

In one breath he would use the Bible and in the next when we tried to use the Bible just to get to the law and stay out of the realm of the intellect, he said that's no fair you can't use the Bible. Then he didn't want to talk about anything from the Old Testament. He said Jesus never used the 10 commandments. I said, "In John chp. 4..." he cut me off and said, "I don't care what John has to say!" I said, "This was Jesus' encounter where he used the law..."and he cut me off to say that those weren't Jesus' words and we couldn't know what he actually said. If you try to quote any scripture he didn't care what John, Paul, or anyone had to say. Exodus was in the OT so it was worthless and didn't need to be talked about. There was no pleasing him.

If it weren't for us crazy Christians we'd all be able to love and sing kum-by-yah. TJ tried to say, "So what do you have to do to be saved?" He answered, "You just have to love." TJ said, "But Jesus said that if my works aren't more righteous than the Pharisees..." again he was cut off because we were obviously too dense to get the fact that all we had to do was love each other in to heaven. We shook hands and parted ways but...it was so sad. He's so prideful. He's so deceived. I'll be praying for Dr. Don.

Yup, just another normal Friday night in downtown at Ye Olde Towne Fishing hole! What a night!