For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Luke 19:10

Friday, September 7, 2018

'The Women in My Life' Brunch

A couple of years ago, I was staying in the home of Dave and Susie Curran, while helping in a Gospel effort with the Pennsauken, NJ assembly. Susie asked me if I would have a very short Gospel message for a group of women she was having over to their home for a brunch. I agreed. She told me she would be inviting, from the community, all the women in her life who impacted or interacted with her and her family over the years.

I wasn't sure what to expect but as the cars started filling their driveway and parking on the street, I realized an impressive number of women were coming to the Curran home. Former babysitters, teachers, an obstetrician, work associates, etc. It seemed that many of them were contacts through their Moms and Tots program. If I remember correctly, there were approximately 50 who came for brunch.

There are more pictures below. I was reluctant to take too many pictures of guests I didn't know, but I can assure you, the tables outside on the upper and lower patio decks were filled with "the women in her life."

This is not a bragging matter. It is simply an effort to share an idea with you and to encourage you - wherever you may live - to try the same thing or something similar. We all have people in our lives. You may not do it twice a year. Maybe you won't even do it annually. Perhaps you will just do it once. 

But who would turn down a delicious meal, a little gift-package to take home, and possibly a five minute message of love and light from the Bible?!! Even if you don't have the courage to share a five minute message - just showing kindness and Christian love, along with giving thanks for the food - would make lasting impressions and strengthen relationships.

Perhaps you want to wait until next summer. But its not too early to start to pray about it and to think of the possibilities. Start making your list of people you could invite. Set a date. And if you are afraid, by the time next Spring or Summer rolls around, you might 'drop the ball' on this or put it off another year - send out a 'heads-up' - a 'reserve the date-range' alert now for next Spring or Summer. Put your intentions in writing now and then it is more difficult to procrastinate in eight months time.

By the way, if you have tried something similar to this, let us know, or add your comments in the feedback section for this post below. 

I asked Susie to share a few details in this post which she has kindly done below.   -Peter Ramsay
We have been doing the Moms and Tots program at our local assembly for quite a number of years now. Among other things, this has brought me into contact with many women from the community.
Over the years, we have had many people from our neighborhood and the surrounding area who have come faithfully to the Moms and Tots program and have brought along their friends as well. While we are sure to include the message of the gospel with each lesson, I wanted to have a way for ladies in my life, including the Moms and Tots adults, to be able to hear the gospel clearly. I thought by using the venue of my home it would be a way to do so.  
So, I have had two brunches a year - Easter time and Christmas when I invite the ladies in my life - neighbors, friends, Moms and Tots adults, co-workers, etc. They come for a meal and then a short message is given to them.  
This has been a great avenue for conversation and has brought about some great discussions about eternal matters.  I love using our home for the Lord, as we feel it belongs to Him and we are just trying to be good stewards of what He has given us.  
Many of these women attend their own churches on Sunday; so, this has been nice way to share the gospel with them, regardless of their background.  Many of the women look forward to it and have also asked to bring along a friend! 
I do send home a plant with the ladies and a Bible based children book to the moms of young children. I like to give at Christmas time a Bible calendar for the new year to them as well.  
I feel by inviting these ladies into our home - they will see what is important to me and, hopefully, it is a testimony to all who come.
Anyone interested in doing something similar, I would suggest to start small.  Just ask the ladies in your neighborhood, or a small group of women in your life.  It will grow quickly. It has proven to be a blessing to me on so many levels!  
"Only one life twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last."
Anyone wanting any additional information feel free to email me by clicking here.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

John 3:16 Audio CD Available

A new audio Gospel cd is 'freely' available for distribution in your Gospel outreach efforts. With special sound effects in the background, Eugene Higgins delivers a very clear 15 minute Gospel message from John 3:16. For more information email:
Leave it as a tip. Give it to your co-worker. Along with some Christmas goodies, put this CD in a small Christmas gift bag and give it to your neighbours.
You can listen to the message here to determine if you would like to request some free cds. You can also share this link on your FaceBook page or forward it to your contacts by email.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Do You Have a Prayer Request Form on Your Website?

Most people we meet each day know of no one who is praying for them, or for that matter - anyone who would be interested in praying for them. In Christian circles, we are perhaps too accustomed to other Christians saying: "I will be praying for you." On the receiving end, we could possibly take their prayers for granted. Or we could assure them of our prayers and then be somewhat unfaithful in consistently praying for their needs.

But for those outside of Christian circles - praying is church-talk. For someone in distress or crisis-mode to learn that a Christian is willing to pray for them - that's light in their darkness. Their contact with you in a time of crisis, may be the means of seeing them eventually won to Christ. But even if they show absolutely no interest in the Gospel, it is still our Christian duty to do good, show kindness and to pray for them.

Recently we've added to the website, a Prayer Request Form. Have you thought of adding a similar form to your website?

Click here to see the form.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Baskets for the Neighbourhood - St. John's, NL

It's so encouraging to visit other places and to see what Christians are doing, both individually and collectively, to show kindness to others. Sometimes we do 'good works' as merely a strategy to ultimately see people respond to the Gospel. And if, after several attempts of showing kindness, they don't respond, we get discouraged and move on - because our strategy failed. The reality is, Christians should show kindness and do good works - not as a strategy but as the outflow of one's redeemed and regenerated heart. We are to do good for the sake of doing good. Period. 

Matthew 5:16, Luke 6:35, Acts 9:36, Galatians 6:10, Ephesians 2:10, Titus 3:1, Hebrews 13:16, 1Peter 2:12

Often the only time our neighbours ever hear from us is when we drop an invitation in their mailbox to attend a special Gospel service. What do we do to show them we are just 'nice' people? NICE regardless.

Recently in St. John's, Newfoundland, I noticed special Christmas bags and a few other things around the lobby and auditorium of the local church. And then I heard an announcement about Christmas Baskets for the Neighbourhood. I asked one of the Christian sisters, Cathy Tarrant, if she would prepare a report for and share enough details about the activity that others will be able to try the idea in their area. She kindly submitted this report: 

Christmas Baskets for the Neighbourhood

We started this work about 5 years ago.  It started as an exercise of Ruby Williams.  She discussed it with me and we decided to go ahead and do a dozen baskets for the houses in the immediate vicinity of the hall. [Gospel Hall / local church]  The next year we expanded and with others helping, we did 25.  For the last 3 years (including this one), we have been distributing 50 baskets.

The area residents now expect the baskets and are always very appreciative.  We always put a calendar with scripture verses, usually a Christmas tract and a small booklet such as 'The Case for Christmas', 'The Cradle, the Cross and the Crown' or similar.  Then we fill it with various items such as a mug, candles, candy chocolate.   

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Heaven4sure Tip and Prayer Card

I have been thinking about a small, inexpensive, easy-to-carry, business-card-size card to pass to servers, cashiers and others as a way of personal evangelizing. I envisioned using this card with a standard, to-be-expected tip or as a surprise tip - where and when you wouldn't ordinarily give a tip.

In many ways, the surprise tip is more memorable. Your purchase of a chocolate bar may cost less than the surprise-gift-tip you attach to the little evangelism business card. So here is the two-sided card I came up with and have been using for a couple of months.

On the reverse side is a simple message about being a Christian. No big preach. The idea is to link a surprise act of generous kindness (perhaps unmerited) to someone who is simply a Christian. The second purpose is to let the person know you pray and you would be happy to pray for something in their life. By the way, very few people know someone who is actively praying for them.

You can print your name and email address in the box provided. Now they know how to contact you.

You may never hear from the person. That's okay. If you gave them an unexpected tip and it registered in their minds that the person who gave it to them loved Christ - then, your $5.00 surprise was definitely worth it.

But occasionally you will get an email. I have.

I picked up a box of small little envelopes. Each day I have been trying to remember to put one of the
cards in the envelope, along with a $5 bill and then have it in my shirt pocket to give to someone.  I write on the outside of the little envelope - "A little tip for you. $"   I put the $ sign on the envelope - so they will be sure to open it.

If you would like a free supply of these cards to promote heaven4sure, but also, to identify yourself as a Christian and give out your contact information - let me know. Click here to email me.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Christmas - Prime Time to Share Christ

Have you planned and ordered your Christmas evangelizing tools for 2017? Christmas and Easter are two important dates on calendars used by 7,575,018,210 people (as of a few minutes ago) in the world. Other belief systems, know very little about the Christian faith.

Friday, December 01, 2017 is not too early to start your activity as a local church or as an individual to share the eternally-significant meaning of Christmas. Seize every opportunity. If you are to be ready by December 01st - you need to start planning a minimum of 6 weeks in advance.

Do some brainstorming with your friends as to how many different ways you could get the 'message of Christ' out during the month of December. See how long your list can grow. What a great way to spend a couple of hours with your friends! Not really a game - but it could be fun, as well as spiritually motivating. It would be exciting to see the list of possibilities growing and growing.

As in any brain-storming session - don't debate the merits of each idea as they are put forward by the participants. No discussion. Just record every idea contributed. Once you have a long list - then start the discussion as to which ideas have merit and potential and what is doable and which ideas would be the most God-honouring and Christ-centric.

Think outside the box but inside the Book.

Prayerfully develop your action plan and assign responsibilities and get to work. You want to have everything ordered and received and ready to go by the first week of December. November will whiz by like a blur. Get at it now.

Have you thought of electronic Christmas cards with a link to a good Christmas message on a website?

If you are just one Christian and, by yourself, you would like to enclose a Christmas tract with your cards - here is a new one available: The World's Most Expensive Tree  It is based on an original post on heaven4sure.  For the price of three burger & fries combos, you can have 500 tracts!

In addition to Bible Truth Publishers, who offer the new tract above, you can also browse GospelFolioPress website for their Christmas material. There is no need for anyone to say - "If there was some good Christmas material available - I would use it."

Moments With The Book also offer a wide variety of Christmas tracts.

For the tech-savvy - many of the tracts that are available in hard-copy, can also be copied and pasted into your Christmas email.

Let's pray there will be more Gospel and personal evangelism efforts this December than at any other time in history. That's not too big a prayer to pray nor beyond the power of the Holy Spirit to achieve. We have more outreach tools available to us than at any other time in the history of the Church!

Think of just the opportunities on social media. Look at this social media graph updated this month:
top most popular social networking sites
Also, we have more people to reach with the Gospel than at any other time in the history of the planet. In fact, since I started typing this post, 5,877 new people have been born. As I sign off, the available audience for our Christmas message stands at 7,575,024,087.

If you would like to share your ideas about what we could be doing to share Christ during December, leave your comments below. Spread the message. Share this post. Also, if you are new to this site, search here for other Christmas-related ideas!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

At 89, Will I be Dreaming-Up Ways to Spread the Gospel?

Today, I received a hand-written letter from a Christian who is hoping to move to a Care Home in the near future. Clarence wrote: "You can only fight old age so long; it always wins. We are 89 this year." 

And then he wrote:  
I have been thinking of how to reach more people with the Gospel, as they mostly will not come to our Gospel meetings. The enclosed message is to phone people and ask for their permission to read a message to them. That might work! And other saints should be able to do this also - with their own name.
Show this to some others and see what they say. Put your own name where mine is and pray for the Lord's help.
The enclosed message that 89 year old Clarence referred to was typed. I imagined his enthusiasm and excitement as his fingers touched each letter on the keyboard. I don't know whether he has achy arthritic joints or supple ones that enabled his fingers to excitedly fly across the keyboard. One thing I do know is - he still has a love, a passion and a pulse for the good news of Jesus Christ. It wouldn't surprise me if he sincerely, in his heart-of-hearts, truly believes the Gospel is the only message that can transform a sinner's life on earth and prepare them for Heaven!!

I sensed his optimism. Where there's a will, there's a way. The passion - the pulse led to a plan. Was this for others to try out - or would he actually do it himself? This is the man that, decades earlier, came up with another telephone Gospel-sharing-scheme. Each week, he would record a 2 or 3 minute Gospel message based on a human-interest story. He would advertise the telephone number and hundreds of people would call and listen to his little story. In 2017, people may not find that technology very exciting.

Here's how his typed enclosure read -- (By the way, shhh!!! I never asked for his permission to post this so publicly online. But between you and me, I think he was hoping the idea would be shared and that you will try the same thing. I hope this breach-of-confidentiality doesn't scare you off from writing me a similar letter or email!) Here is how he envisions the phone calls might go:

Dear Sir or Madam
My name is Clarence Budd. I live in Riverview, N.B. Could I have about four minutes of your time to talk to you about something that is very important? OK!
I don't want you to buy or sell or do anything for me. I just want to talk to you about the most important thing in life. And that is getting ready for the NEXT life.
The life we now live is very short. We know that - if we look back. It has gone by very quickly.
The next life lasts forever. It will never end. There is one of two places to go when we leave this life. One place is HEAVEN - that is where God wants us to be. The price has already been paid for us to go there. When Christ was on the cross, He was punished for us, so that we could go to Heaven freely forgiven from all our sins. In the Bible, it is called - being saved. That lasts forever! How wonderful!
The other place is called HELL and is the place where people go who have rejected or neglected to 'get ready' while on earth. Most people do that. I did myself for many years. I am truly glad for the day I was saved - September 17, 1947.  Wonderful day! Saved people just want to tell others about it. It is so great to have the peace and joy of knowing where we will be forever and having sure hope - now and forever.
Please give careful consideration to this most important matter. "Now is the day of salvation," the Bible says. 2Corinthians 6:2
You can read the Bible and see these things written there. John's Gospel is the best place to start. If you are not familiar with the Bible, that is the 4th book in the New Testament.
May God bless you. Thanks for letting me talk with you today. All the best.
Clarence Budd  
PS If you have any questions, I would be pleased to hear from you. You can phone me at 506-------

Where there's a will, there's a way! People with a passionate vision are not blocked by barriers or deterred by obstacles. 

Do I have a Gospel vision? When have I crafted my own little scheme, with excitement, for getting the Gospel to people? It wasn't just a fanciful and fleeting idea. At 89, he took the time to hand-write a letter, type up an enclosure, lick a foul-tasting stamp and mail the envelope. (Maybe not - it could have been a self-adhesive, Peter, don't get carried away with words.)

You can tell by what he writes, he envisions this approach working - for churched people and unchurched. New people to his city from other places in the world who may know nothing about the Bible or Jesus Christ. All of them are potential telephone candidates.
I have heard the same brother pray and break-down (weep) at the thought of souls perishing.

What's urgent in my life? Do I care if people perish forever? Is it enough for me that I have been delivered - I have found the wonderful cure for the malignancy of sin but I have too many other things in life to occupy my mind. They will have to find-out about the cure some other way.

Robocalls and call centers are used for politics, by big banks and for many other reasons. I wonder what the impact would be of a tastefully and faithfully worded brief Gospel robocall? Does some Christian want to financially invest in such an enterprise? But back to you - maybe this is something you may wish to try - using your own words. One phone call a day!