When you are puzzled about life–having trouble sleeping–or just bored, work on the following little puzzle by Dr. Wemp. It shouldn’t take you five minutes to work it, but you will want to share it with a friend. Check it out.
Fearless Love (1 John 4:18)
This gives us security and when we have perfect love we will make other people
This enables us to change and experience freedom from fear and all its forms.
-living without condemnation
-living free from rejection
-living free from judgment
YOU CAN WIN SOULS
By Eddie Lawrence, Sermon Seedbed
How it comes about?
* Burdens-There are times when God burdens us to share the Gospel with a particular person. In such cases we should pray and seek the opportunity.
* Promptings-There are times when you may be prompted on the spot to share the Gospel with a person. It may be a total stranger.
* Inquirers-There may be times when someone approaches you with questions about the Christian life.
* Desire-There seems to be times when we are motivated to witness. We make opportunities.
*You should be gentle-You will never force anyone into the kingdom. You may force someone into saying they are in the kingdom.
* You should be sincere-you are not witnessing to get another notch in your Bible. You are witnessing to see lives changed from darkness to light.
*You should be persuasive-This is not being pushy. This means that you do not give people an out. They must choose for or against Christ.
*You should be compassionate-You were once also lost.
Phases of approach-
1. Initial contact and conversation
2. Transitional phase-The point where you turn from what you are talking about to the spiritual arena. Think of this as a bridge. You are to build a bridge from where the conversation is to where you want it to be.
3. The Question
The question is the point at which you directly confront the individual with the subject of spiritual things. Some examples are:
*Do you ever do much thinking about spiritual things?
*What do you think about God?
*If you were to die tonight, would you go to heaven? Why?
*Do you know for certain that you have eternal life and that you will go to heaven when you die?
* Have you ever thought about where a man goes after he dies?
*Are you prepared to die?
*How do you think a man can prepare to die?
4. The Request
*May I take just a few minutes and share with you how you can be sure to go to heaven when you die?
*May I take a few moments and share with you some spiritual truth that has changed my life?
*You know, there was a time in my life when I was filled with uncertainty about these things we’re discussing but then something happened that has changed my life, may I share it with you?
5. The Roman Road
A. Man has a sin problem
B. Sin Carries a penalty
C. God has provided a way to pay your penalty
D. You must personally respond to God’s provision
6. The Invitation
*Are you ready right now to give your life to Jesus Christ?
*I want to pray for you. (As you are praying stop and ask the person if they are willing to give their life to Christ to reach out and take your hand. If they do, then lead them in a simple prayer of faith and trust that contains the truths of the Gospel.)
7. Follow up
*If they prayed to receive Christ share with them the importance of baptism and Church membership, Daily Bible reading, prayer, and witnessing.
*If they did not pray to receive Christ, assure them of your love and continued prayer. Leave the door open for future contact. You have planted seed that may come to harvest later.
Eddie Lawrence, Minister for 25 years
PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT
Thanks to my cousin, Max Sewell, for this important safety tip. This tip may save your life or the lives of your loved ones. A PERSONAL NOTE: Had I practiced this one It would have saved my car. It was stolen out of my garage (Keys were inside the car).
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents your Dr’s office, the check–out girl at the market, everyone you run across.
Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:
It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar rapist won’t stick around… After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there …… This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime..
P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.
Please pass this on even IF you’ve read it before. It’s a reminder.