Are You A Rescuer?

“When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36)

Are You A Rescuer?

Have you ever been to the beach?  Here in Florida, we often get extremely dangerous riptides.  For those non-beach goers out there, a riptide is where the waves come crashing into shore, and then the water returns, making a river with a very strong current going directly back out into the ocean.  If a person’s not careful, they can get pulled right into a rip current and very quickly end up1/2 mile off shore.  I once found myself in a riptide in Hawaii and almost lost my life. Many people drown every year from these deadly traps!      Recently, there was a story in the headlines that really moved me.  A large church youth group was visiting the beach on the west coast.  Without warning, a young man wading in the water was yanked by a riptide, was swept out to sea, and vanished.  Immediately, the panicked youth group relentlessly looked for him and called for help.  There was no trace of him.  In approximately10 minutes, the surf rescue team was on scene.  During the search, twenty-plus kids from the youth group, kneeling on the sand, sobbed uncontrollably and prayed, a truly heart wrenching sound and sight if ever there was one.  It took another 15 minutes before the rescue swimmers found his lifeless body floating in the ocean.  Time was of the essence and they had no time to waste.  They grabbed him and pulled him aboard the Jet Ski and rushed his lifeless body to the beach.  Then, to the absolute amazement of all, he miraculously was revived and saved!   In the same manner, God is pleading for us to rush to the masses and rescue them!  Time is of the essence!  What type of person could sit back on the beach in apathy while someone is dying in the ocean?  What kind of person could care less if the perishing person dies?  If they could ignore it, they’re heartless.  No, a person with any heart would do everything in his/her power, whatever it takes,
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to rescue the perishing.   Likewise, there’s a multitude all around us dying in a sea of sin!   Have you ever noticed that in a rescue attempt, the rescuer must go to the perishing?  The perishing doesn’t come to the rescuer.  I’ve never seen a drowning person swim to the lifeguard to ask for help.  The lifeguard rushes to the drowning person!  I want to challenge you to be a rescuer for Jesus and rush to that neighbor, friend, relative, classmate, or worker who’s perishing and tell him/her there’s a Savior who loves them and wants to come into their life to save them! Sadly, many lost people around us remain just that, lost forever, because we’re waiting for them to come to us!  But the reality is, most lost people have no intention of going to a religious meeting to hear a religious speaker talk about a religious subject in a religious place.  Often the biggest mistake Christians make in getting the Good News to dying people is we’re waiting for them to come to us.  Most of our efforts to change people’s destiny from hell to heaven focus on the lost coming to our meetings, to our buildings, to our places of worship.  Tragically, most of those lost and dying people remain just that, lost and dying!
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)    
They’re looking for a church about as much as a thief is looking for a policeman.  They’re not looking.  They’re not coming to us, so we need to rush to them!  We have to take the initiative and “go.”  Whatever the risk, no matter what the cost, we must rush to them and rescue them.  Dr. Chuck Kelly said, “The only thing that is worse than being lost, is being lost and nobody is looking for you!”  The question is are we even looking for them?   The great 19th century evangelist, D.L. Moody, once commented that one day he saw a painting that captivated him, and he immediately purchased it.  It was a picture of a man coming out of the stormy-tempestuous waves clinging to the cross with both arms.  Later, Moody said that he found another picture which spoiled the first painting altogether.  It was an engraving of a man coming out of the stormy-tempestuous waves clinging to the cross with one hand, and with the other hand pulling another person to safety.  Moody said, “That is what I like.  Keep a firm hold upon the cross, but always try to rescue another from drowning.”  As you and I tenaciously cling to the cross every day, I challenge you to reach out and grab hold of the perishing that are all around you in the sea of sin.  This same D.L. Moody said he envisioned himself in a lifeboat every day, and as he paddled in the sea of sin, his objective was to daily rescue as many perishing as he could before it was too late.  Jesus said, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35)   Maybe you’re thinking right now, “Well I just don’t believe in confrontational evangelism, I believe in lifestyle evangelism.”  So do I, that is, if you define lifestyle evangelism as making Jesus known every day as a lifestyle.  But if you mean never opening your mouth to share the life-giving Gospel, well I respectfully choose to disagree.  You see, there’s only one problem with that point of view; it’s unbiblical!  When you read the book of Acts, you see a common thread throughout the book, a common denominator.  The believers were constantly going out from the church and reaching as many people for Jesus as they could.  Throughout the Scriptures, you consistently see that the church was an offensive entity!  They didn’t sit around a campfire and sing Kumbaya.  No!  They were passionate about the One who was passionate for them!  The disciple’s earnest plea throughout the Book of Acts was, “Lord, grant that Thy servants speak with all boldness,” and they went into the highways and byways boldly and compassionately making Jesus known.  They were passionate about their Savior!  They wanted to make their Savior known because of the intrinsic fire and love that consumed their heart for their Savior.  The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).  They knew this, embraced this, and acted upon this.   Let me ask you a question.  Suppose you were walking down your street and you saw a family on the second floor of their house in the dining room.  They were eating, laughing, and enjoying themselves.  You probably wouldn’t want to interrupt them.  However, what if you walked by and saw raging flames engulfing the lower floor of the house; would you just walk on by?  No!  You would beat on the door; maybe even kick it down as you raced to warn them of their impending doom.  Even so, if we have any heart, we will rush to those perishing all around us. Jesus was approaching Jerusalem, and “When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).  The Greek word “splagchnos” is the word for bowels or intestines.  It means to be moved to the gut level.  In other words, Jesus was so burdened, so broken over the lostness of Jerusalem that he felt like He needed to vomit.  Are you so burdened over the lostness of the world to the point of being nauseous?  You see, having compassion isn’t just having sympathy or even having pity; it’s even more than being stirred emotionally or to tears.  Compassion means “being stirred to action.”  It conveys being proactive, taking initiative and doing something.

John Harper: An unseen hero of unshakable faith

It was declared “The unsinkable ship.”  Tradition tells us that an employee of the White Star Lines who built the Titanic boastfully stated that “Not even God can sink the Titanic.”  Many of us are familiar with the immense tragedy that happened over 100 years ago with the RMS Titanic, but there is more to the sinking of the Titanic than a historical tragedy.  There is a story of courageous heroism of a man with incredible faith.  Among all the passengers who boarded the Titanic, there was a simple man, a pastor whose name was John Harper, who was passionate about JESUS.  He was a man who was saved at the age of 13; GOD called him to preach at 17; and he was passionate about the Lord and His Kingdom. As John Harper’s life unfolded, one thing was apparent…he was consumed by the Word of God.  Every day after working at the mill, for over five years, he could be found preaching the Word of God on street corners.  John Harper loved his Savior and his heart was consumed with a fire that could not be quenched.  This fire was seen by Pastor E. A. Carter of Baptist Pioneer Mission in London, England, who called him to the work in a church.  This set Harper free to devote all of his time and energy for the Kingdom of God.  Soon, John Harper started his own church in September of 1896, now known as the Harper Memorial Church.  When asked by different pastors what his doctrine was, he consistently replied, “The Word of God.”  This church which John Harper started began with 25 members, and had grown to over 500 members when he left 13 years later.  During this period of time, he fell in love and got married, but was shortly widowed after the birth of their daughter, Nana. Almost as if God had been preparing him, ironically, John Harper almost drowned several times during his life.  When he was two-and-a-half years of age, he drowned when he fell into a well, but was resuscitated by his mother.  At the age of twenty-six, he was swept out to sea by a riptide and barely survived, and at thirty-two, he faced death on a leaking ship in the Mediterranean. On April 11, 1912, when the Titanic began her voyage, John Harper boarded the RMS Titanic with his six year old daughter, Nana, to come to America to preach a revival at the Moody Bible Institute.  There were three classes of passengers on board: first, second, and third class.  Aboard this luxurious ocean liner, there were some of the wealthiest people in the world desiring to embark on her maiden voyage.  While many passengers spoke of their next business deal, their acquisitions and material desires, John Harper could be seen diligently sharing the love of Christ with others.  In the days leading up to the tragedy, survivors reported seeing Harper living like a man of faith, speaking kind words and sharing the love of Christ. It was the night of April 14, 1912, when the RMS Titanic sailed swiftly on the bitterly cold ocean waters heading unknowingly into the pages of history.  As passengers danced in the ballroom and tried their luck at the card tables, John Harper put his daughter to bed and read his devotions as he did every night.  At 11:40 p.m. on that fateful night, the Titanic struck an iceberg.  The “unsinkable” ship was doomed once the ship’s starboard side scraped an iceberg, showering the decks with ice and ripping open six watertight compartments.  The sea poured in; either in disbelief or unaware at the time, passengers continued about their pleasures.  It wasn’t until the ship’s crew sent up a series of distress flares that passengers realized the seriousness of their situation.  Then chaos ensued.  It all happened so fast.  Harper quickly awakened his daughter, picked her up and wrapped her in a blanket before carrying her up to the deck.  He took his daughter to lifeboat 11.  As a widowed preacher, John Harper could have easily gotten on board this lifeboat to safety; however, it never seemed to have crossed his mind. He bent down; the flares reflected off the tears streaming down his face, he looked into his daughter’s eyes and told her that she would see him again someday.  Harper knew he would never see his daughter again on this side of eternity.  His daughter would be left an orphan at six years of age.  He then turned and rushed towards the crowd of desperate humanity on the sinking ocean liner. From a survivor we learn that he called out, “women, children, and unsaved people into the lifeboats.”  John Harper understood that there was a more important thing than surviving that terrible disaster.  He understood that there were those who were unprepared to face eternity.  He understood that believers were ready to die but the unsaved were not ready.  Harper then ran along the decks, pleading with people to turn to Christ, and with the ship sinking, he called upon the Titanic’s orchestra to play, “Nearer, my God, to Thee.”  Gathering people around him on deck, he then knelt down, and “with holy joy in his face,” raised his arms in prayer.  As the sounds of terror and mayhem continued, Harper focused on his God-given purpose. Survivors reported seeing him on the upper deck on his knees and surrounded by terrified passengers, he was sharing Christ and praying for their salvation. The ship began to lurch and break apart.  Most people thought it was an explosion; actually, the gargantuan ship was literally breaking in half.  At this point, many people jumped off the decks and into the frigid, icy, dark waters below.  John Harper was one of these people who were forced to jump into the icy waters.  He swam frantically to all the perishing he could reach, beseeching them to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.  That night 1,528 people went into the frigid waters.  John Harper was seen swimming frantically to people in the water, leading them to Jesus before the hypothermia became fatal.  Mr. Harper swam up to one young man who had climbed up on a piece of debris.  John Harper asked him as he gasped between breaths, “Are you saved?”  The young man, who was near shock, replied that he was not.  John Harper then took off his life jacket and threw it to the man and said, “Here then, you need this more than I do” only to then quickly swim away to other people. A few minutes later, Harper swam back to the young man and succeeded in leading him to salvation.  Of the 1,528 people that went into the water that night; only six were rescued by the lifeboats, and John Harper was not one of them.  In his last moment, this tireless man of undying faith continued his life pursuit of winning lost souls.  As his body succumbed to the intense cold of the icy water, his body frozen, but his heart afire, John Harper’s beckoning call to the lost and perishing before he slipped under the water was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Four years later, a young Scotsman by the name of Aguilla Webb, who was one of the six individuals pulled out alive from the icy waters stood up in a meeting in Hamilton, Canada, and gave the following testimony: I am a survivor of the Titanic. When I was drifting alone on a spar (wood debris) that awful night, the tide brought Mr. John Harper of Glasgow, also on a piece of wreck, near me. ‘Man,’ he said, ‘Are you saved?’  ‘No,’ I said, ‘I am not.’ He replied, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’  The waves bore him away; but, strange to say, brought him back a little later, and he said, ‘Are you saved now?’  ‘No,’ I said, ‘I cannot honestly say that I am.’  He said again, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,’ and shortly after, he went down; and there, alone in the night, and with two miles of water under me, I believed.  I am John Harper’s last convert. Does Hollywood remember this man?  No.  It doesn’t matter, Heaven does!  This man’s heroism will be ringing throughout the eons of eternity.  This faithful servant of God lived his life for an Audience of One.  While other people were trying to buy their way onto the lifeboats and selfishly trying to save their own lives, John Harper gave up his life so that others could be saved.  John Harper was truly the hero of the Titanic!  When the Titanic began her voyage there were three classes of passengers: first, second, and third class, but when she came to her abrupt end, history records only two kinds of passengers: those who were lost and those who were saved.  Even so, God’s word divides all humanity neatly into only two classes.  “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:11-12).   There’s a lost and dying world of people who are drowning in a sea of sin, who desperately need to be rescued.  May you and I be passionate, relentless, determined, and consumed “Life-Savers” for Jesus! “Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends…”   John 15:13 The great hymn writer Fanny Crosby penned these powerful words in the hymn Rescue the Perishing:   Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.   Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.   Though they are slighting him, still he is waiting, waiting the penitent child to receive; plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently; he will forgive if they only believe.   Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.   Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, feelings lie buried that grace can restore; touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness, chords that were broken will vibrate once more. Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save. Rescue the perishing, duty demands it; strength for thy labor the Lord will provide; back to the narrow way patiently win them; tell the poor wanderer a Savior has died. Rescue the perishing, care for the dying;  

“When you fish for fish, you catch something that’s alive that’s going to die.

When you fish for men, you catch someone dead that’s going to live.”

 

 
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.   Are you a Rescuer for Jesus?  Our goal at ETI (Evangelism Training International) is to train followers of Jesus Christ to become passionate “Rescuers for Jesus Christ.”  Come join us in the harvest.  Would you consider partnering with us by praying and investing your time, talent, and resources to reach the multitudes that are perishing?  THANK YOU! GOD bless you as you consider partnering with us in this great calling.  

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Thoughts For The Day

Did you know that it’s been estimated by scientists that we have around 70,000 thoughts each day?  If that weren’t mind boggling enough, the Bible tells us that the thoughts that GOD has for us each day are innumerable! Psalm 139:17-18 says, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” The Bible tells us that GOD’s WORD is a Hammer; HIS WORD is a fire! (Jeremiah 23:29) Yet, it’s this all powerful WORD that brings healing! “GOD sent HIS WORD and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”(Psalm 107:20) It’s the WORD that brings healing!  It’s the WORD that brings  freedom!It’s the WORD that brings liberation!  It’s the WORD that breaks strongholds!  It’s the WORD that sets the captives free!GOD takes HIS WORD so seriously that HE has even elevated HIS HOLY WORD above HIS Own HOLY NAME! When we understand this; know this; embrace this; believe this; and act upon this fact…FREEDOM COMES!!!!!!! The devil is a liar and the father of lies! The devil will do anything and everything to keep you out of and away from GOD’s WORD!  Why?  Because that’s where the cure is!  That’s where the answers are!  That’s where the freedom comes! David said in Psalm 142:7- “Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy NAME.” It’s the WORD of GOD and the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT that can set the captives free!  It’s not pop-psychology or humanistic philosophy; it’s the WORD of GOD! JESUS is not only our Savior; HE is our example!  When you look at the life of JESUS; HE always combated the devil using Scripture! (Matthew 4:1-11) HE was always victorious using this lethal weapon!  You must use a spiritual weapon on a spiritual foe! The Bible says that we have the “Mind of Christ.”  This mind only comes from being born of the Spirit of GOD and having HIS Holy Word saturate our minds and our souls. The word “meditate” means to “Chew the cud”.  Have you ever watched a cow or a goat as they are relaxing?  They lay there, spit up some of the food, chew on it, and swallow it again.  That’s what GOD wants us doing throughout the day.  As we go through the day, we think about His Word, chew on a verse, muse on it, and swallow it.  Then do it again and again.  Joshua 1:8 says – “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Psalm 1:1-2: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [2] But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” When we think about, meditate, and let our mind be filled with the Word of GOD throughout the day, GOD says we will blessed, we will be prosperous and that we will find good success.  Wow! Throughout the day, we must use our mind as a filter to sift through all of our thoughts.  2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says : “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” Philippians 4:4-8: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. [5] Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. [6] Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. [7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. [8] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Bottom line, memorize verses where you are weak in and every time you are tempted, fire the Word of God out loud and the enemy will flee from you!  Use your mind as a filter screen and let all the junk thoughts sift right through the screen and hang on to only those thoughts that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report; the thoughts that have virtue and praise, think on these things and watch what happens!    

The Wordless Book

Have you ever tried to lead a child or young person to Christ and struggle as you try to get them to understand the biblical principles you’re trying to show them? Here is a time tested resource available from Evangelism Training International that will fit that need.

The wordless book has been used countless times while evangelizing children and yet it has also proved to be a valuable resource when visiting foreign lands

The Wordless Book
The Wordless Book
and leading people to Christ with a limited grasp of the English language.

Each page is a unique resource unto itself when it comes to sharing the plan of salvation to children or people of limited English skills.
Using the Wordless Book as an evangelism tool has never been easier when you use our free Wordless Book training video available from this web page.

Use the Wordless Book in your evangelistic outreach sessions, training sessions, outreach for children or those with limited English skills.

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Your Evangelism Questions Answered Here


General Questions

If you had the opportunity to have a personal relationship with your Creator, would you want one?

What would you say is a person’s greatest spiritual need?

Do you ever give much thought to God and spiritual things?

Has there ever been a time in your life when you seriously considered your need for eternal life?

In your opinion, what would you say a person must do to inherit eternal life and go to heaven?

Did you know that if you are born once, you will die twice, but if you are born twice, you will die only once (John 3:3 and Revelation 20:6, 14)?

If I could show you in the Bible how you can be 100% certain that you will go to heaven when you die, would you be interested in hearing about it?

May I take a moment to share with you what I know to be true about knowing God in a personal way?

Tell me about your most memorable spiritual experience.

Tell me about your church background. Did you go to church as a child?

How do you feel about your upbringing and your awareness of spiritual things?

How would you describe your life with God now?

How do you think a person begins a personal relationship with God?

When did you feel closest to God? What factors or influences brought you nearer to God? Would you like to sense a closeness to God that you have never known before?

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being closest to God), where do you see yourself in relationship to Him? Where do you want to be? How do you see yourself moving closer to God? How can I encourage you to get to where you would like to be?

What gives the most meaning to your life?

What or who is your source of strength in your day-to-day living?

When you have problems or crises, how do you manage to get through them?

Is religion or God important to you? In what ways? If not, is there any particular reason why they aren’t?

Could we look at a few verses of scripture to see what God says about this matter? Would you be kind enough to tell me what you think this verse means?


Relationship Questions

Does God (or a higher power) seem personal to you?

Do you feel close to God?

What is your picture of God?

What has God done for you?

How is God working in your life right now?

Do you feel you are living up to what you feel God expects of you?

Are you comfortable with God’s guidelines and laws for living?

Do you feel there are any barriers between you and God?

Have you ever felt anything against God?

Have you ever done anything for which you feel God could not forgive you?

Do you understand the way to forgiveness and what it means?

Do you feel God has a plan for your life?


Devotional Life and Practice

Do you read the Bible?

Do you understand what you read?

Does Bible reading help in living? How?

Is prayer a meaningful part of your devotional life?

Do you feel you are growing spiritually?


The Church

Are you involved in a church? Do you attend the worship services of your church?


Religion and Illness; Dying and Death

Has being ill made any difference in your thinking or feeling about God or heaven?

When you are ill, do you have feelings that God is punishing you or that it is His will for you to be sick?

Do you trust God with your future?


These questions are great when you’re moving the conversation from the natural realm to the spiritual realm and trying to diagnose where the person is spiritually. Let’s be “soul-conscious” this month; having our spiritual antennas up, and looking for every opportunity to share the Gospel whoever the LORD leads across our path.


E.T.I. Questions and Answers

Your Evangelism Questions Answered Here

 
Q In today’s world, how do I approach someone in public that I feel God has called me to witness to without alarming them? A It is always important to follow Jesus’ example. Pray and ask the Lord to soften their heart, and give you the wisdom and the words to speak; then follow Jesus’ example and gently move the conversation from the natural realm to the spiritual realm. Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit throughout the day is so important. When you daily make yourself open, available, and ready for the LORD to use, HE WILL! Remember, God’s not looking for ability, He’s looking for availability. He will supernaturally bring people across your path who need Jesus and you will see a side of GOD that you could never imagine (Psalm 37:23; Proverbs 5:21; 16:9; 20:24; 2 Chronicles 16:9). If you are observant, you will find that there are countless opportunities to share Jesus daily. A bee will fly from flower to flower until he finds nectar. When he finds it, he then goes deep into the flower. In the same manner, we will be moving from person to person, looking for open hearts. As you meet people throughout the day, you will be putting out little feelers in your conversation. If the person responds to the feelers, you have the nectar of an open heart! A perfect example of this can be seen in John chapter 4. Jesus started in the natural realm with the woman at the well, and then moved the conversation to the spiritual. When you meet someone, you might talk about the weather, kids, sports, school, their new job, etc. You might tell a joke as you gently move the conversation from the natural to the spiritual. For example: You might be at the park sitting by a person watching the kids play. You notice the person is laughing at the kids. You chuckle also as you say, “Kids sure are a blessing from the Lord.” The person responds back, “They sure are.” You have an open heart, so you continue to move the conversation along. You say, “Jane, I notice your kids are having such a great time. We’ve got a great kids program at our church and your kids would love it.” She says, “That’s amazing! My husband and I have been talking about how we need to start taking the kids to church.” You respond back, “Jane, we’d love to have you come! But Jane can I ask you another question, If you should die today…” It’s so simple! Be friendly, be transparent, be real, and be you! If they’re not interested, don’t feel bad. The Lord just hasn’t opened their heart yet, so move on to the next person. Remember, it’s God’s responsibility to draw and convict, it’s our responsibility to go and share the good news! Q How do you distance yourself from a scoffer in public after they learn of your desire to witness to them? A Proverbs 22:10 says, “Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.” It’s usually not a good idea to waste your time on a scorner. As you speak to them, pray and ask the Lord if He would have you to continue. He will show you! Sometimes a person might seem to be a scorner, but they have been deeply wounded in the past (possibly by a Christian). You can lovingly ask them questions to help diagnose where the pain is coming from. They cannot combat the love of Christ so let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt that you may know how to answer every man (Colossians 4:6). If they continue to scorn, give them a salvation tract, pray for them, and look for someone else to share the Gospel with. Q As a pastor I find it difficult to motivate my congregation to share their faith. How can I teach them to want to do so? A Where the head goes the body follows. Evangelism is the cure for church boredom so put it on the front burner of the church. Jesus’ main priority in coming to this earth was to “seek and to save that which was lost.” It can no less be our priority. When the pastor consistently shares fresh witnessing and salvation stories from the pulpit, it ignites a fire in the church! You cannot expect the people to do what the pastor is not. The pastor should not be saying “Go get them”, but “Let’s go get them!” He must lead them by example and the sheep will follow. Also, it is imperative to have a consistent type of evangelism training where the flock is always encouraged and equipped to share the Gospel. This brings great excitement to the church! Q I try to reach children for Jesus and I wonder how to allay a parent’s fear of my presence with their child? A It’s always best to ask the parent if it would be alright if you could tell them an exciting story from the Bible. A great tool to use is the Wordless Book or the EvangeCube as it really captivates them and keeps their attention. When they see these, you usually won’t have to worry about the parents as the kids will be begging the parents to let you share. Also, if you’re in a house, NEVER be alone with a child in a room! ALWAYS be where the parent can see you. You always want to be above reproach; so be wise, exited, and loving and you will have the time of your life sharing the Gospel with these kids. One side note, don’t overlook the parents need of hearing the Gospel. Whenever I speak to a child and a parent at the same time, I’ll always primarily focus on the child; for Jesus said that a person has to have faith of a child to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Q How do I share Christ with the opposite sex without displaying the wrong image to those who may see us? A Again, be above reproach. Don’t put yourself into questionable situations that might look bad. Never go into a house alone, even if invited in. When sharing the Gospel, don’t ever put your hands on someone of the opposite sex (even if praying). Always look into their eyes and be careful of your eyes. As you share the Gospel, be very cordial, being conscience of their personal space. Q Our youth group suddenly wants to start neighborhood soul-winning outings. How can I, as their Sunday School teacher train them? A There are many easy tool you can use. Simple ABC tracts can be used; but it is best to property train and equip them in a simple plan like the Romans Road. Other tools like the EvangeCube or Wordless Book are excellent tools that the youth can easily use. Once they’re trained, select a good time every week to go out. Make it fun, exciting, and then let them share of their exciting stories when they come back. This will light a fire under the youth and could very easily start a revival in your church. Q As a retired pastor I have been approached by a small group of younger pastors to train them in evangelism. Can you train me to train them? A Absolutely! Not only can we, we would be honored to! We specialize in training pastors all over the globe and as these pastors are trained, they are then encouraged to train others (2 Timothy 2:2). Just contact us and we will be more than happy to put training materials into your hands and get you started. We also will be praying for you and are there to assist you in any way we can. Q My pastor has challenged me to put together a missions trip to an economically disadvantaged area of our state. None of us, myself included, feel we know enough about reaching the lost. Can you train us? A Yes! Yes! Yes! We train pastors and share the Gospel in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world and are very familiar how to do so. Contact us and we will get you equipped and ready! Q Is there a ‘right way’ to approach someone’s door without alarming them? A Yes! When going out to share the Gospel, it’s best to go in groups of no more than two. Jesus sent the 70 out in two’s in Luke Chapter 10. Any more than that can be overwhelming to the person on the other side of the door. Also, when approaching a house, don’t be talking, joking around, as this could bring a wrong impression of who you are and why you’re there. A good rule of thumb is, after you knock on the door or ring the doorbell, as soon as the person begins to open the door, immediately step back or step down a stair. This shows them that you are harmless and aren’t there for any ill purposes. Then smile, introduce yourself, tell them why you’re there and share Jesus with them. Q My 13-year old daughter wants to go on a mission’s trip overseas with her Life Group from our church. How and what do I pray for as a parent for her and their group? A Pray with and for them for open doors to share the Gospel; for God’s wisdom, anointing , and power; for safe travel; for good health; for many souls to be saved and ministered to, etc, etc. Remember, it is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit that lives will be transformed (Zechariah 4:6) so, pray, pray, pray! Are you always in need of questions you can use to strike up a conversation with a prospect? You are sitting next to someone on a plane, a bus, or almost anywhere and the Holy Spirit has just prompted you to talk to the person beside you about their Eternal Destiny. Here are some opening questions you can use that will not only start up a conversation but will help you lead them into questions about their salvation: OPENING QUESTIONS FOR SOUL-WINNING PROSPECTS.

God’s Plan For The Moringa Oleifera Plants

A Plant Leads ETI To The “Lost Boys”

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” (Proverbs16:9) “Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24)
It was strange! It was weird! Through a series of events, the LORD introduced me to a plant called the Moringa Oleifera. Native only to Africa, India, and the Philippines, this plant has 7 times more potassium than bananas; 4 times more vitamin C than oranges, 3 times more calcium than milk; 3 times more Vitamin A than Spinach, and contains all of the essential amino acids that the human body needs. Commonly known as the “miracle tree,” the plant is drought resistant, yet it grows 12 feet the first year. If that weren’t enough, ancients of old have known that when the seeds are crushed, not only do they produce a very healing oil, but they actually purify contaminated water. For some reason, the LORD led me to purchase some seeds over six months ago, I planted them, and ended up having many little Moringa trees; still wondering why I had planted them. It was then that the LORD led me to a man who was one of the Lost Boys from Southern Sudan. This man, when he was a child, was one of 30,000 children who fled on foot from Muslim rebels, and walked over 1,000 miles. As he walked with thousands of these other children, many of these kids died from starvation, from thirst, from lions, from disease, from drowning, from being shot, etc. Out of the 30,000 children that started the journey, only 12,000 survived. He, and his now wife, were two of the survivors. It turns out this man ended up being exiled to America and now is getting his doctorate at the University of Florida in nutritional biology. The LORD prompted me to ask him if he ever heard of the Moringa tree awhen we first met, and he said no. As I began to tell him about it, his countenance visibly changed with great excitement. To make a long story short, the LORD strategically put us together, and now we are making plans to go to Southern Sudan and train many pastors. In the meantime, we have given numerous plants to Jacob and his wife Linda. They also have planted many seeds in Southern Sudan when they went back in December. Jacob is also consider doing his doctoral thesis on this amazing plant. I just received this email from Jacob and thought it would greatly encourage you:   Dear Pastor David Hook, Greeting in the name of Jesus Christ our savior and our King. I am writing this email to introduce you to one of my best friend and a brother in Christ, pastor Matthew Madit Riak. Pastor Riak is also one of the Lost Boys of Sudan and we resided together in Michigan. God has called Pastor Matthew to return to South Sudan and establish the St. Luke Seminar School in our state of Jonglei. A couple weeks ago, pastor Riak came from South Sudan and he is now traveling across the U.S. to give speeches about what the lord has put in his heart regarding establishing the Christian college. Soon, I would like three of us to have telephone conference. Also, here is Mathew telephone number if you get a chance to catch up with him: 616-745-0869. I had shared the vision that you have to come and teach the pastors about the word of God and the good news of Jesus Christ! Pastor Matthew, please allow me to introduce my good friend Pastor David Hook. Pastor David and I meet in December before we left to South Sudan. Pastor Hook has a passion to come and teach the pastors and the pastors can go and teach the community about the good news of Jesus Christ. Pastor David and Pastor Malvon from South Africa would like to come soon to South Sudan and train the pastors. As I have discussed with you earlier, these pastors (David and Malvon) God has choose to come to South Sudan. Again, I am looking forward to talk to you guys soon. — God Bless, Jacob Atem, MPH President, SSHCO PhD Student Health Services Research, Management, and Policy University of Florida

Heed The Warnings of Jesus Christ

Are You Heeding The Warning?

On May 18th, 1980 at 8:32 am (PDT), Mount Saint Helens instantly became the most famous, the deadliest, and the most economically destructive volcano that the United States had ever experienced. When this mammoth volcano erupted, it killed 57 people; destroyed 250 homes, and wiped out 47 bridges. Over 185 miles of highways were destroyed, not to mention the 15 miles of railway that were gone. An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused a massive avalanche reducing the mountain’s summit from 9,677 feet to 8,365 feet, and left the top of the mountain looking like a huge horseshoe crater. Living on the mountain for over 54 years was an 83 year-old man named Harry R. Truman. Harry was famous for refusing to heed the wise counsel given to him from the local authorities to evacuate. Why should he listen to these people? Harry arrogantly proclaimed that he knew more about the mountain than anyone else. Yet, despite continuous warnings and pleas from an endless array of people he refused to listen. The mountain continued to swell over a two month period of time with an incredible 80 meter bulge, seemingly trying to warn Harry of the imminent destruction to come. The hundreds of steam blast explosions were all disregarded by Harry. If this weren’t enough, Harry even defied the huge mountain saying it wouldn’t even dare to blow up on him… but it did! Harry, and all the others who ignored the all the warning signs, were buried under 600 feet of volcanic ash and material, never to be seen of or heard from again. When Jesus Christ, the Son of God, walked this earth, He repeatedly warned his hearers that unless they listened to God and heeded His warnings, they would be forever lost without hope in a place called hell. Knowing the reality of how horrendous and terrifying hell is, Jesus spoke three times more about hell than He did even that of heaven. The Bible tells us that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Further, the Bible tells us that God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. If Jesus’ main priority to coming to this earth was to seek and to save that which was lost, can it be any less our priority? Throughout the scriptures, over and over again, Jesus promised that He would return to planet earth to take his true believers to be with Him forever in heaven and those who were not ready would be left behind. Just as Jesus’ first coming to earth was predicted in God’s Word, the Bible, hundreds of years before He came and all of the prophecies were fulfilled with incredible detail; we can be just as certain that his second coming will happen just as predicted in God’s Word and as Jesus himself promised. Make sure that you are not like Harry Truman . As Harry disregarded all the warnings from people and nature about his impending doom, neither should ignore God’s repeated warnings from His Son and His Word. Jesus warned us to be ready because he will come when we least expect it. May we live for Him and share Him to a lost and dying world!

Flower Power

The heavens declare the glory of GOD

Have you ever taken the time out of your busy, hectic schedule to slow down, to look… to really look… to stop and to deeply consider the magnificence of GOD’s creation? GOD says to look up, “The heavens declare the glory of GOD; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2) GOD says to look around… everything shows design. Design requires a Designer. What splendor; what glory there is to behold if we would only take the time to slow down, stop and “consider!” Jesus was never in a hurry. He always took time to consider, and so should we. For example, Jesus said, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29). So let’s pull up; park right here, and consider the flower today. Let’s stop, push all distractions aside, clear our minds from all the noise, and let’s truly “consider.” Let’s zoom in and contemplate the simplicity, and yet, the amazing complexity and wisdom set before us in – the flower. The insights and wisdom that we can glean from this flower is nothing less than spectacular. Let’s consider… Early in the morning; before dawn, when it is dark, damp and dreary, a yellow wildflower in the southern state of Florida in the United States is bowed down and closed tightly. Anxiously waiting for flower.powerthe dawn of a new day, this flower yearns with great anticipation and expectation for the glory of the sun. As soon as the flower senses the radiance and splendor of the sun and the beginning of a new day, it quickly awakens from its sleep in excitement and love for the sun. Sensing the suns presence, it quickly looks up, opens, and turns precisely in the direction of the early morning sun to the east. As the sun rises and grows in intensity, this wise flower opens itself up completely and aligns itself perfectly with the sun and stays in perfect alignment with the sun as it moves across the sky from east to west throughout the each day. It never vacillates; it never changes, always staying perfectly aligned with the sun to glean as much of its radiance, energy, and power. Likewise, as believers in Jesus Christ, if we will anxiously await for the arrival of Son of GOD every day; if we yearn with great excitement and expectation for His arrival each and every day; if we would only look up, open ourselves up, turn to Him, align ourselves to Him and for HIM and stay close to HIM thoughout each and every day; if we keep our focus and gaze constantly on HIM and follow HIM throughout the day, we will receive all of the power, life, and sustenance that we will need throughout each day. Jesus said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abitheth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing (John 15:5).” The Apostle Paul understood this fact as he was preaching on Mars Hill in Athens when he said, “For in Him (Jesus), we live and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28).”