Evangelism and the US Post Office

Evangelism: How Churches can use Every Door Direct Mail to Reach the Community

Evangelism and the US Post Office

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Evangelism and the US post office: have you ever considered using the option of direct mail to evangelize and reach the community?

Nowadays, we have so many options when it comes to sharing the gospel. It pays to know which media tool to use in order to effectively reach as many possible hearers and win more souls as we possibly can. The result of our campaign will depend on the efficacy of the media that we use. Today, there are so many media to choose from and they range from newspapers to radio/TV broadcasting, so being able to pick the right choice will need God’s wisdom and instructions. In spite of the many media options, many churches still opt to use the direct mail.

What is Every Door Direct Mail?

A few years back the USPS or the United States Postal Service introduced a new product to simplify the direct mail.  The program is called Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM). It’s the most economical way to send out post cards. One of the greatest feature of EDDM is that it doesn’t require a mailing permit and labels, which cost hundreds of dollars per year.  Another good thing about EDDM is that it is paired with an effortless online system that helps determine the number of address in a certain area, you can select the neighbors you want to send your postcards to.

Furthermore, EDDM is very economical, only 16 cents per postcard.  The minimum size is 6.125 or 10.5 long and maximum is 12″ x 15″ so you can create a piece that really stands out. EDDM can be the answer to a local church organization’s question as to what tool to use in reaching people in the community.  Although it has quite a few restrictions, EDDM can still be a great money and time saver in sharing our faith to others.

What are the pros and cons of other media choices?

By taking a look at the other media choices available, you can see whether or not EDDM can be an amazing help to your church. Today there are lots of media choices. In fact, a person is said to be exposed to 2,904 media messages a day.  Out of that large number, a person only pays attention to 52 messages and can positively remember just 4 of them – which is why choosing the right media channel is important in sharing the good news.

  1. Newspapers offer a quick turnaround and can reach many people but it can have a very short life span plus it reaches people that are not likely to travel miles to attend church.  If someone missed the day’s issue, he’s missed our message published in the newspaper.
  2. Local Radio offers a very broad reach.  However, the listeners are not always paying attention so it may require more frequency in order to be effective. Many listeners may also miss the broadcast, especially if it’s broadcasted very early in the morning, very late at night and during work hours.
  3. Email has also become a very popular choice nowadays – it’s free and convenient since many people now switch to emails. Emails are also very quick to produce. However, our message can easily be forgotten or deleted, it can also be neglected especially when our message is dumped in an inbox full of clutter. Some email users also use spam blockers that sometimes keep our emails from even going into our reader’s inbox.

What’s the advantage of choosing EDDM?

Mail has so many number of strengths: It is adjustable, substantial and manageable. People can save direct mail to read later or even share it with their friends and family. Majority of the people at least glance at their mail so mail help get your message noticed and read. Also, in this digital age, mail has become more personal.  Direct mail is also said to have affected readers more than any other medium.

This is where EDDM come into place. Our postcards sent via EDDM can be kept by the readers for any future use and they can also share them with others. Compared to the traditional direct mail, EDDM offers a very simplified preparation which will allow us to reach the unreached without needing a mailing list which means that the mailman can just drop our postcards to every mailboxe in the area. As an addendum, USPS’s EDDM has put direct mail back within reach for many churches. With USPS offering better discounts to non-profit organizations wanting to saturate their area for a large outreach event or evangelism campaign, these discounts are not as simple or manageable by a local church, but are certainly more cost-effective.  Non profits can receive a discount of almost 50% off the postage.

Conclusion:

When a church has exhausted its other options, is attempting a turn-around, or is yet unknown, the mailing can be like an immediate door-to-door campaign that can create a huge impact. Direct mail can be a way to build a congregation. A decent mailing may cost more that other options but it is one of the most effective.

Our only work is to spread the gospel of salvation – it is God that gives the increase.

We’d like to hear from you. What are your thoughts about evangelism and the US post office?

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Bible Memory: Do Christians need to do it?

The memorization of the Scriptures is a very important part of the life of every Christian. This is simply because the Bible contains everything we need in our walk in faith as well as in our fight against sin. The Bible, which every Christian believes is God-breathed, is our most powerful spiritual guide, if not the only spiritual guide to trust.

This is precisely the reason why every Christian must be very familiar with the Bible and memorize the Word of God. Christians have the responsibility to know exactly what the Bible says on everything in order to make sure everything we do is in accordance to what is truly right. Of course, it is difficult to memorize the entire book, as Christians, it is our responsibility to know in our hearts the key verses in it. This is the only way toward knowing the truth.Bible Memory

What does the Bible say about Bible memorization?

The psalmist who wrote Psalm 119:11 says this: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” This simply but effectively portrays the relationship between reading and memorizing the Scriptures and fighting sin: without doing the former, it is almost impossible to do the latter.

In Joshua 1:8, we receive this command: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” This verse tells us that we should not only read the Bible but also meditate on it and carefully follow it to be successful.

Then, 2 Timothy 3:15 reaffirms the nature of the Bible through these words: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” This verse attests to the credibility and reliability of the Bible as God’s word and God-breathed, which means that it is not only powerful but also alive. Therefore, to fully understand what God wants us to understand, there is a need for Bible memory.

And let me share with you a statement that I saw while reading a website one day, which has a truly resounding meaning: “What good does it do to believe ‘the Word’ without any remembrance of the words?”

What are the methods for Bible memorization?

Bible or Scripture memory is ideally a process that begins early with children because the Scriptures will serve as the foundation of their faith. Also, at this age, it may be much easier to memorize key verses and remember them. To help children memorize their verses, tools such as Bible memory cards, such as Memory Cross’s Bible Memory packs, and Bible memory games are important.

However, if you became a Christian during adulthood, do not fret. Even I became a Christian when I was already 20 years old, and this is not an excuse to not memorize verses. On the contrary, while it is more challenging, there is even a greater need for us to “catch up” and know the Bible as thoroughly as we can. More than ever, we need to fully know the Bible to equip ourselves and understand the nature of God. To do this, here are methods that we suggest:

  1. Bible Memory Cards

Bible memory cards are simply cards and posters that mostly have Bible verses printed on them. Some, like blank Memory Cross cards, are intentionally made blank for the parent or teacher or actual person memorizing to choose his own verses. The advantage of all memory cards is that they are simple and straightforward; however, for cards that are static and flat, children may easily lose interest in using them.

  1. Bible Memory Games

On the contrary, Bible memory games are usually more fun and interactive than memory cards. If you search online, you will see so many different suggestions such as Bible memory board games, sports like soccer tweaked to include the Scriptures, and even table games that can be played while waiting for an order. Again, games are usually fun, but the downside is that a child may get used to the “fun” way and refuse to learn to read the Bible by himself and meditate on the Word.

  1. Bible Memory Apps

In a pinch, there are also a lot of Bible memory apps available now. Similar to Bible memory games, these are usually fun to play with and are interactive. A quick Google search reveals apps like Bible Memory: Remember Me and BibleMinded. But also similar to games, getting a learner used to apps may discourage him from reading the actual Bible in the future.

Clearly, each method of Bible memorization comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. It is up to you to weigh each option; however, we recommend a combination of all three methods. Use memory cards as your standard method of learning to acquaint the child with verses and limit distractions. Sometimes, include games to add “spice” to learning. I would also go as far as saying that Bible memory games are the best games to play during play dates! And occasionally, use apps whenever you are on out and about and feel like memorizing Bible verses.

Finally, to help you get started with Bible memorization, here is a list of Scripture memory resources and organizations that you can try:

  1. Memory Cross
  2. Jafe Publications
  3. She Reads Truth
  4. Rainbow Resource
  5. Fighter Verses
  6. Hope in God
  7. True Light Christian Store
  8. MemVerse

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What is the Best Social Media for Growing a Church?

The Powerful Social Media

We can’t be talking about the different social media without talking about the social media itself first. Nowadays, more and more people rely on social media. Some of us use the social media for communication, entertainment, updates, fun, games and business. Social media is among the highlights of our generation. I personally use the social media everyday. I can even be more easily contacted via social media than my mobile phone.  With that being said, social media companies continue to come up with more innovations on their site.

According to Wikipedia,  social media is computer-mediated tools that allow people to create, share or exchange information, ideas, and pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks. Social media is defined as “a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.”

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Is Social Media Effective?

Calvin says on a post: “So is social media effective for a Church? It can be, but in most cases it probably isn’t. The shocking reality is that I bet most churches know that their Facebook page isn’t producing anything; that is, except an image.” This may be true but in some cases, it could also be untrue. Today, we’ve seen so many churches that are using social media as its ministry. Depending on how it’s used,  Social Media may or may not be effective. Some ministers admit that a social media has its shortcomings. In particular, social media promotes hyper-individualism and an over-reliance on entertainment which can undermine the spiritual goals of a church.

The Benefits of Social Media

When used properly, social media can be very effective in growing church. To name a few, social media can become a tool:

A. To cut costs. If a church has many members that use social media, a church may go paperless on some of its documents like cell-group materials, announcements, and bulletins.

B. To keep others informed. As mentioned above, social media doesn’t just cut costs but also speeds up the news. The internet is a lot faster and cheaper than snail mail.

C. To stay in touch with out of town members. Do you have a church member that works abroad who loves to be informed about what is happening at the church? Do you have members who were transferred to a different city to work? Social media is a great tool to keep them updated.

So what is the best social media for growing a church?

Today, where the internet is dominated by social media, there is a lot that we can use to aid our growing church.  The best social media to use will depend upon the church’s goal on why they chose to utilize the social media. The most common social media sites are:

A. Facebook.

As of the third quarter of 2014, Facebook had 1.35 billion monthly active users. In the third quarter of 2012, the number of active Facebook users had surpassed 1 billion. Many of those users could be our church member or a “soon-to-be-church-member. Many people use Facebook and it is definitely one of the top social media we can use to expand our ministry.

B. Twitter.

The number one tweeting site with 232 million users could be what your church need if you’re aiming for daily updates and announcements.

C. Instagram/Pinterest.

Churches have found sharing photos via social networks – especially photo-centric platforms like Pinterest and Instagram – to be a great option for recognizing volunteers, as well as promoting upcoming concerts, events and special services like baptisms.

D. YouTube.

Online sermons from pastors, the inspiring special number from our little ones, the wonderful choir that we had during our worship service can all be shared via YouTube.

E. Online Streaming.

In our church, we have a family member who has migrated to another country, they don’t want to lose contact with the church and still want to be able to attend our worship services. Because of that, the church came up with a resolution to do a streaming of every worship services for all our church members who work abroad. The most popular app to use would be Ustream.

How to effectively use the social media in growing your church?

When choosing to have a social media as one of the ministries in your growing church, we want to make sure we’re only posting edifying and inspiring posts to our readers, that is definitely possible by doing the following:

A. Have a social media team.

Set up a team of people inclined with doing online activities – a photo editor for your photos, a blogger or a writer for your church’s events and other write ups, an IT or website developer should you wish to have a website. Have a meeting with your team and set goals and expectations. You can have an editor-in-chief that can review the posts drafted before they all go live.

B. Do “online evangelism”. It can be in a form of a video presentation, an online sermon, an article about the gospel and the good news about Christ Jesus that died on the cross to save us from our sins. The gospel should be readily available on our social media sites. We don’t know when and how, but God has His own special time in using our resources for the unchurched.

C. Post inspiring and quotes and verses. Quotes and bible verses are always appeasing to read specially when someone was just browsing his/her newsfeed. It’s a good wake up call to others sometimes or an encouragement to those who are down. Do not use a personal account, create a page where everyone in the team can have access to it, that way anyone can post anytime.

C. Always update. Never allow your social media sites to go outdated. Keep your followers posted. Announce when the next prayer meeting will be. Remind them of the upcoming fellowship, boost their spiritual being by posting devotional articles, post interesting facts and trivia about the bible, post photos of the most recent church activity, you can even post an online contest every once in a while and give the winner a bible, a book or a customized spiritual planner.

In the end…

Anything that’s not properly used becomes inefficient. When implemented correctly, social media can certainly enhance the church’s community. Social media is a place where billions of people interact with one another and have conversations about literally everything. So you can bet there are people looking for a church home right now. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”. We can transform social media from an ordinary online socialization site into a page of inspiration, an area for unified prayer, a place to encourage others and pray for one another. We can’t stay in the four corners of our church – need to go out to places where there are many lost souls – the internet is now part of that place. Salvation is everywhere and God uses anything to bring a sinner to Christ. This is why some churches opt to maximize the use of social media. You’ll never know when that lost soul will be saved because of when we post online.

Written by Marie Angeli Laxa.

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About:  I am a writer, an essay instructor, and a work-at-home mother.  Most importantly, I am a woman who strives to follow Jesus and honor Him in everything I do. I am a sinner, and I make mistakes, and my salvation lies in Him.  My thoughts on life can be found on my blog:  Little pieces of Happy.

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Evangelism: What John Wesley can Teach the Modern Church

What can the modern church learn from John Wesley’s evangelism?

Early childhood

Born on the 17th of June in 1703 in Epworth, 23 miles (37 km) north-west of Lincoln, John Wesley was the 15th of the 19 (8 died in infancy) children of Samuel Wesley, an John WesleyAnglican minister and Susanna Wesley, a disciplinarian. John Wesley considers himself a “brand plucked from the flames” after the fire tragedy February 9, 1709. Around 11:00 p.m., the rectory roof caught on fire where sparks kept falling on the children’s bed. The Wesleys managed to shepherd all the children out of the house except for the young John who was stranded on the 2nd floor. With roof about to collapse, John was lifted out on the second floor by a parishioner standing on another man’s shoulder.

John was home schooled until he was 10. In 1714, his formal education began when he was sent to Charterhouse school in London. He achieved Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts and was later ordained in 1727. He became a fellow of Lincoln College in Oxford where he taught Greek and New Testament. He was entitled a right to a room in the said university and a regular salary. In 1727, after graduating from his master’s degree, John Wesley returned to Epworth since his father requested his assistance in serving the neighboring cure of Wroote. In September 22, 1728, he was ordained a priest and became a parish curate for two years after which he returned to Oxford due to a request of the Rector of Lincoln College and to maintain his status as junior Fellow.

Advocacy on Arminianism

After his conversion, Wesley became involved in evangelistic work together with his brother Charles Wesley and his good friend George Whitefield. While trying to enlarge their church practices, Wesley got involved in controversies wherein the most notable of his controversies was that on Calvinism. While in college, Wesley came to his own conclusions and strongly disputed the doctrine of Calvinistic election and reprobation. John Wesley preached a sermon regarding “Free Grace” in 1740 which opposes the doctrive of predestination. He claimed that the doctrine of predestination dishonours God by making “God as worse than the devil, as both, more false, more cruel and more unjust.” He believed that salvation is offered to all and that all mankind can either accept of reject God’s grace.

Being inclined to the doctrine of Calvinism, George Whitefield urged John Wesley to never repeat or publish his sermon on “Free Grace”. Wesley continued on publishing the said sermon which caused Whitefield and Wesley to have a controversy that resulted for them to part ways but they remained good friends and continued with their pursuit as well as preaching and teaching what they believe. John Wesley was a pioneer of modern Revivalism and a spiritual father of the Holiness movement, Charismatic renewal and Pentecostalism. His emphasis on Free Grace, Entire Sanctification and Perfection led to the development of denominations such as the Church of the Nazarene.

His Ministry

Wesley is considered one of the greatest evangelists in his time. It has been said that he preached over 40, 000 sermons and have traveled 250,000 mi (400,000 km). His passion to win the lost souls is so great that many have been touched by his life and sermons. Wesley preached two or three times a day and was generally on horseback. His ministry was summarized as: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can!”

His brother, Charles Wesley has been his awesome partner in the ministry. Charles gave heart and soul to the Methodist movement through his music. He’s offered a great influence to John throughout his ministry. Charles composed over 6,500 Hymns, to name a few, they’re Jesu, Lover of My Soul, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Christ the Lord Has Risen Today.

What John Wesley can teach the modern church

Known as one of the greatest evangelists of all times, John Wesley’s life and ministry can be a great example to the modern church. There are many things that we can learn from his life and work that we can certainly apply in our churches nowadays, especially in the area of evangelism. No matter what evangelistic strategy we use, John Wesley’s life can be an example to us as we continue reaching the unreached.

A. “The World is my Parish”

This should be every evangelists’ motto. Every corner of the world is a field that’s ready to harvest. The gospel should be preached anywhere. With pulpits increasingly closed to the unfashionable message of the Wesleys, they turned to the open air, preaching in fields, market places, in parks and at mines. Wesley has preached in so many places, to name a few, he preached in London, Savannah, Georgia, and Oxford. His eagerness to preach the gospel was unstoppable that he didn’t mind who he’s talking to or where they are located, he just preached and preached as long as he has the opportunity to preach. This is similar to our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus himself preached in the seashores, synagogues, riverbanks, marketplaces, hills, mountains and many other places. He preached to the rich and the poor, the jews and the gentiles, the masters and the slaves, the eunuchs, pharisees, tax collectors and to everyone that he meets. Unfortunately, there are some instances where we don’t take the opportunity to share the gospel because it seems like it’s not the “the right place.” There’s no such thing as a “right place,” the word of God should be preached everywhere.

Nowadays, it’s sad to think that many choose to be assigned to a “better” place to share the gospel and only few would be willing to go to rural places to preach the word. Who will preach the word to those living in the mountains? To those without electricity and a better means of transportation? We should not choose where we should be sharing the word of God. We need to learn from John Wesley’s evangelism and life itself where he shared to gospel to every place he’s been.

B. Be Instant, in season & out of season

The bible says: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Tim. 4:2). The life of John Wesley also reminded us to be instant in preaching the word, may it be in season or out of season. There may come a time when Wesley would be a little sick but that didn’t stop him from sharing the good news. There is no “perfect timing” in sharing the gospel. Satan sometimes make us feel like it’s not a good time to talk about the gospel but we should always remember that Satan hates it so much when he sees us share the good news that he would do anything he can in his power to stop us from doing so. NOW is the time to share God’s word to those who haven’t heard it yet. Now is the day of redemption because tomorrow might be too late.

We may feel tired sometimes in sharing the gospel especially when we don’t see a result we expected to see but we shouldn’t stop. We should continue the work modeling John Wesley’s evangelism. Our job is to let everyone know that God loves all mankind and that Jesus died for all the sinners that if we’d just believe that Jesus died for our sins and accept Jesus as our personal Savior and Lord, we will be saved and will be with the Lord in heaven. We don’t control the outcome of our work – it’s God that gives the increase. We should not loose heart and just continue preaching the gospel of salvation to everyone we see.

C. Help the needy

Wesley had a great concern not only to people’s spiritual condition but also their physical welfare. He and his followers continued to take care of the neglected needy. Many of the monetary compensation he got from this publications were invested in charities. He made provision for the care of the sick and pioneered the use of electric shock for the treatment for illness. He superintended schools and orphanages. He ensured that collections for the poor were regularly taken up in Methodist services. As a result, Wesley’s preaching had the greatest impact amongst the poorest classes. Many of the needy came to know the Lord because of the charities of Wesley.

Churches should be a community church. It should be a channel of blessing to all the needy people in its surrounding community. Some people don’t care what we know until they know that we care. We should be an open arms to the poor, this is what God wants us to be. Unfortunately, some churches failed give attention to the needy almost to the point that they don’t care anymore. The bible says a lot of things when it comes to loving others and helping the poor and the needy. Jesus Christ himself even reminded Simon three times to “feed His sheep” (John 21:17).

 

Conclusion:

Salvation is God’s gift freely given to all mankind. Now that we already have obtained it, we are not to keep it for ourselves. God wants us to share the wonderful news that we know to everyone – let the people know how amazing God’s love is because they will not know unless we show them. John Wesley was an example of a great man to preach the word in every land, through the hills and by the seas. Our work doesn’t end because we’ve already been saved. As children of the living God, we are to bring salvation to others and help the needy. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works (Eph. 2:10). Whatever evangelistic strategy we use, whether that’s an open-air, a one-on-one, performing arts, music, and many more, may we all be reminded that salvation is here and now – and we should always take that opportunity to bring the unsaved to the knowledge of God. Let’s not forget to “Do all the good we can, by all the means we can, in all the ways we can, in all the places we can, at all the times we can, to all the people we can, as long as ever we can!”

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Gospel Tracts: History, How They Work, and Why We Need Them

Evangelism began during the time of the Old Testament when prophets like Isaiah and Elijah were called by God to be his mouthpieces to speak his message. These were usually warnings, encouraging the people to repent and turn their back from sin to prevent the destruction that would fall upon them.

From reading the Old Testament, we understand that since the beginning of time, God has always wanted to reach out to his people and save them.

In the New Testament, evangelism continued and intensified. We know that the Plan of Salvation was ultimately fulfilled when Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again after the third day. Through this, we now know for sure that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, the Messiah that hundreds of prophets during the Old Testament had anticipated.

Now, aside from repentance and punishment, evangelism today highlights Jesus Christ and the message of hope and salvation.

“Ready for Some Good News” Gospel Tract

 

A Brief History of Gospel Tracts:

A common method of evangelizing today is handing out gospel tracts. A gospel tract is simply a piece of paper that presents a message or the gospel. Now, would you believe that the first gospel tract was written by someone who was not a Christian?

It is believed that the inscription placed on Jesus’ cross, which read “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews,” which was written by Pilate. Some consider this as the first gospel tract because of its message and because it is written in three languages, Aramaic, Latin and Greek, many understood it and were provided with a description of Jesus’ identity as a King but not of this world.

People contend that this inscription served the purpose of a gospel tract because some who have read it might have put their faith in Jesus. For example, the thief crucified beside Jesus recognized who he is and asked him for mercy. At that same moment, he received salvation.

Strictly speaking though, the use of what we consider today as gospel tracts could have originated as early as the 13th century, predating the development of the printing press and were used as persuasive religious material. They became popular during the Protestant Reformation, the most popular of which is “The Four Spiritual Laws” written by Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ.

 

How do we use Gospel Tracts?

Today, there are many different kinds of Christian tracts and Bible tracts. You can see many forms of gospel tracts ranging from simple ones that present a text form of the message and creative ones like the popular $1-million dollar bill and origami tracts. I even saw some electronic Bible tract apps, which are also great to use. They are presented in many unique ways that grab a person’s attention. For example, written on the dollar bill is an immensely big amount of money, $1,000,000. The origami tract, because of its very nature, makes the opening and reading of the tract irresistible.

While different, all of these Christian tracts operate on the same principle: to show people that all of us are sinful in nature, introduce Jesus to them, and show them what Salvation truly means.

There are no clear-cut rules on how we are supposed to use gospel tracts, but this article simply sums up two instances when we are encouraged to give out Christian tracts: “when you do not have the opportunity to have a conversation” and “when you want to leave a person with some follow up material.”

The first instance applies to when we have a brief meeting with people such as with those in the service industry like waiters and cashiers, during long commutes in the bus or even during plane flights, or even during long queues. Generally, these are instances that don’t allow you to have a deep conversation with the person involved.

On the other hand, the second instance describes moments when we have already shared the Gospel to someone but need to leave them follow-up material that they can peruse after you go. Even better, they can use the Bible tract that you left to evangelize to another person.

 

Do Christians today still need to use Gospel Tracts?

While many believe that relationship evangelism works best, the truth is that it is imprudent to discount any form of evangelism or proselytizing as ineffective and totally dismiss them. We do not know the hearts of most people, and sometimes, a single tract is all it takes for them to believe in Jesus and accept him as their Lord and Savior.

On the other hand, it is prudent to not leave any stone unturned and considering using all forms of evangelism that result to people hearing and understanding the message of Salvation. Because it is not possible for all of us to sit down with every person we meet to share the message in an in-depth manner, it is our belief that God can use Christian and Bible tracts in order to make the message be read by more people.

Passing out gospel tracts or even just leaving them in strategic places is also a test of faith for us Christians. Sometimes, when we spend a lot of time sharing the Gospel to another person, it can become about us and our ability to persuade. This should not be the case because the Gospel is not about us.

But when we give out tracts, particularly in situations that we can’t control, we are reminded that the Holy Spirit moves in people’s hearts even without our help. God can and will use these tools to show the people who he really is and his plan for us. Thus, we believe that Christians today still need to use and distribute gospel tracts.

 

If you don’t know where to begin, here is a list of major gospel tract suppliers:

  1. Memory Cross
  2. Crossway
  3. One Million Tracts
  4. Evangelical Tract Distributors
  5. Gospel Tracts.org
  6. Fellowship Tract League
  7. Liberty Gospel Tracts – KJV tracts only
  8. Moments with the Book
  9. Chick

We’ve also included a few videos of people sharing their faith using Gospel tracts.

 

 

 

Memory Cross tracts attract attention through their very unique design.  The video below shows how each Memory Cross card folds.  They are available in Gospel tracts for children, youth and adults, as Bible memory cards and as Bible story cards.  Take a moment and visit our store and if you would like a free sample click this link.  You’ll only pay $3.00 for shipping and handling.

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Good News Tracts

Are you ready for some Good News today?  Who does not want some good news during their day?  The truth is as Christians we have the best message to share:  God loves us and has a plan for our Good News Tractlives.  We’ve done things that have separated us from God, but he made a way for us to have a relationship with him through the death of Jesus on the cross.  The Good News does not end there.  God promises to live in us, to give his Holy Spirit as a deposit of things to come.  There is even more Good News:  God promises us his peace.  John 14:27 says “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

His love continues to pour out in other ways too.  Philippians 4:6-7 says “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” and in Galatians 5 we are shown how the Holy Spirit will change our lives: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

For people who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus this Good News sound like crazy talk but when we know him personally we experience the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Jesus calls us to go out and share this Good News with everyone.  Matthew 28:19:  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

So the question for Christians becomes how do I share this Good News?  I’d like to switch the question around.  How can you not share the Good News?  If Jesus has really changed your life how can you keep that inside of you?  If you won 100 million dollars in the lottery but did not share any of it with your friends what would they think of you?  The gift we’ve been given is far greater than 100 million dollars which can’t buy any of the gifts of the Spirit:  peace, love, joy, self control and won’t do anything for us eternally.

So why don’t most of us in America share our faith?  We have the Good News but we keep it to ourselves.  The greatest danger to our Christian faith in America is busyness.  It robs us from time with God and stifles us from experiencing God’s life changing spirit.  God says be still and know that I am God but we get up early rushing through our day with more on our to-do list than we can possibly get done with more demands on our time than we can handle.  After the day is through we fall into our bed totally exhausted and if we’re lucky read a chapter in the Bible and say a quick prayer, then tomorrow the same grind.

It is time to get off this treadmill.  Slow down!  In Oprah Winfrey’s book, What I know for Sure she says we need to take time to relax and rejuvenate.  She spends Sundays unplugged from the phone and internet.  Spend time only on what matters: loving God and loving others.  Yes we have to work and earn a living but even there how much time do we really waste if we were honest with ourselves.  In Jeremiah 29:11 God says:  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  If you want to experience God’s plans for your life you need to slow down and  listen to him.

Busyness is an enemy to relationships.  If you’re married with kids you know you start your life together close.  You spent time together, talked to each other and did things together.  After a while kids come and other things get in the way and pretty soon you can be living in the same house and not even remember who your spouse is.  When was the last time you spent a evening together, no kids no distractions?  Just the two of you?  If you carve out time together time every day or at least every week will it make a difference in your relationship?  If you make time to spend with God every day will that make a difference in your relationship with him?

The Good News that we are given and asked to share is that God wants us to have a wonderful life, not by doing our thing but by doing God’s thing.  If you do this you’ll experience God’s spirit in your life and you’ll see opportunities every day to share your faith either online or offline.

If this is your first time on our blog you may not know that Memory Cross makes Gospel tracts that help you share your faith that people actually love.  They have a very unique design, so unique in fact that almost everyone will appreciate receiving it.  The messages are always positive and encouraging.  Since we talked about God’s Good News today I wanted to mention our Good News Tract.

On panel 1 it says Are you ready for some Good News today?  Panel 2 says:  God loves you and wants you to experience an amazing life.  John 3:16 says “God love the world so very, very much that he gave his only Son.  Because he did that everyone who believes in him will not lose his life, but will live forever.”  Panel 3 says: God’s Son, Jesus, offers a life filled with love, joy, patience, faithfulness, kindness, peace, goodness, gentleness and self control. and panel four leads people who want to know more to NeedHim.org.  You can find the tract on our website by clicking this link.

The video below shows how this card folds.  If you have a relationship with Jesus then I hope you will make it a priority to spend time with Him every day.  If you do you’ll experience his peace in your life and you’ll find doors open every day which allow you to share God’s love.  If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus yet but would like to know more, visit Peace with God.

If you are wanting to know more about allowing God to work in your every day life, then check out the 10 Second Rule.  I found this book to be very helpful in understanding how God can work in our lives.

Good News Tract

I decided to include the video below in this post.  It is the story of a husband who wanted a divorce.  The wife agrees but requests that he hug her every day for 30 days (think the movie Fireproof).  After 30 days of remembering what they had he decides he wants to work on the relationship and bring back what they once had.  The story can also apply to our relationship with God.  Try spending time every day with God for 30 days and see if your life is not changed.

About:  Mike Vitamvas is a partner in Memory Cross but more than anything his desire is to serve God in everything.   He has been married for 35 years and has two children and two grandchildren.   Visit his Facebook page.

 

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5 Children’s Bible Crafts for the New Testament

In our last post, we shared with you Bible story crafts that feature miracles and key events that occurred in the time of the Old Testament. These miracles and events reveal one nature of God, which includes being powerful and mighty and intolerant of sin.

However, children also need to learn that God is also merciful, just, and full of grace and compassion. This is the nature of God revealed in the New Testament and through his son, Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose from the dead. Majority of the miracles in the New Testament were performed by Jesus Christ, and we’ll try to cover them through this list of children’s Bible crafts:

  1. Jesus turned wine into water.

The first miracle that Jesus performed happened before he began his ministry and during a wedding at Cana. Out of a desire to obey his earthly mother, which should be the model for all children, he turned water into wine for the wedding guests.

Children's Bible crafts

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Read about the craft here.

  1. Jesus fed the multitudes.

All four Gospels describe this particular miracle where Jesus fed 5000 people using five loaves of bread and two small fish. This miracle was so amazing that after everybody has been fed and has eaten as much as they wanted, the disciples were still able to gather 12 baskets of leftovers!

Childrens Sunday School Crafts

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Read about the craft here.

  1. Jesus healed the blind man.

The Gospels describe Jesus healing several blind people over the course of his ministry. For this particular entry, we will focus on the miracle when he healed a blind man using mud. This is interesting because Jesus showed compassion for the poor and the needy.

Craft ideas for children's Sunday School

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Read about the craft here.

  1. Jesus brought back Lazarus from the dead.

One of the most amazing miracles performed by Jesus as documented in the Gospels is the raising back to life of Lazarus, who has been dead for 4 days. This particular miracle is crucial because it also foreshadows the most important miracle to be performed in the Bible.

Lazarus Sunday School idea

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Read about the craft here.

  1. Jesus rose from the dead and lives!

This is the most important miracle described in the entire Bible not because Jesus did what humans think is impossible but because our fate as a humanity depended on this single act. Now that we know Jesus triumphed over evil and conquered the effects of sin, we know for sure that Jesus is Lord and Savior.

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Read about the craft here.

 

It is crucial for children to understand that God is both a just and a merciful God, and the second nature is best shown through the grace that led Jesus to die on the cross to save us from the consequences of our sins. These will serve as the foundation of children’s faith.

Do you also use children’s Bible crafts to teach stories from the Bible? What have you used?

Written by Marie Angeli Laxa.

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About:  I am a writer, an essay instructor, and a work-at-home mother.  Most importantly, I am a woman who strives to follow Jesus and honor Him in everything I do. I am a sinner, and I make mistakes, and my salvation lies in Him.  My thoughts on life can be found on my blog:  Little pieces of Happy.

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7 Children’s Church Lessons that Teach Biblical Values

We often rely on the Bible to teach children Biblical values, and that’s not a problem at all. In fact, we should use the Bible to teach children not only values but also essential truth such as Grace and Salvation. But it also certainly helps to reinforce these lessons with activities that will capture the attention of a young audience and engage them. Here are some ideas that you can use to teach children whether at home, in church, or in school.

  1. Honesty

Honesty is one of the most important values we need to learn and, usually, it is one of the values we first teach to children. However, telling a lie is something that we all find hard to resist. This lesson aims to teach children the lasting effects of telling a lie and what we need to do to redeem it.

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You can read the entire lesson here.

  1. Set Apart

Children also need to learn and understand that as Christians, we are set apart not in a way that we are above everybody else but in such a way that we are not of this world. This means that we should no longer be attached to sin and worldliness but should be committed to a life of holiness. This lesson illustrates the concept and makes it easier to understand.

You can read the entire lesson here.

  1. Faith

Like us, children also encounter struggles and experiences that challenge their faith. Also like us, it can be easy for a child to lose faith and succumb to fear and anxiety. This lesson focuses on Jesus calming the storm when the apostles were afraid, reminding us that Jesus is stronger than a storm and what we think is a calamity is a mere speck to him.

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You can read the entire lesson here.

  1. Obedience

Ah, obedience. This, for me, is the foundation of all of the values we teach children. Without learning and understanding obedience, it would be hard to make them understand the importance of knowing God, reading the Bible, and living as Christians. This lesson does not only teach the value of obedience but also show children the good that comes out from doing it.

You can read the entire lesson here.

  1. Armor of God

Another very crucial concept that children should learn early on is the concept of having a spiritual armor from God that protects us from temptation and sin. However, the need to have an armor that is unlike the usual physical armor may be hard for children to understand. This lesson helps children comprehend how it works and why we need it.

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You can read the entire lesson here

  1. Salvation

One of the most important truths that the Bible contains is the truth of Salvation. As adults, we need to understand the concept accurately, but while this lesson does not offer a perfect representation of the truth, it does give children a good idea of its core: Jesus died on the cross but rose again and now lives in Heaven to take away the sins of the earth.

You can read the entire lesson here.

  1. Overflowing Love

Finally, all of us, young and old, need to know in our hearts that God’s love and mercy are overflowing. For children especially, this kind of immeasurable love is hard to grasp, so it pays to use a straightforward illustration. This lesson provides this and teaches children the nature of God’s love and how we can be filled with it.

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You can read the entire lesson here.

 

Because you’re here, I’m sure you also want the best for your children or your students. The Bible is the best, the only place to start, but these lessons and activities also do well in reinforcing lessons. What children’s church lessons do you use?

Written by Marie Angeli Laxa.

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About:  I am a writer, an essay instructor, and a work-at-home mother.  Most importantly, I am a woman who strives to follow Jesus and honor Him in everything I do. I am a sinner, and I make mistakes, and my salvation lies in Him.  My thoughts on life can be found on my blog:  Little pieces of Happy.

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Things You Need to Make Children’s Bible Lessons

Every child needs to know the Bible and the messages that it contains. However, not every child is equipped with the right reading or comprehension skills, and this is why adults – parents and teachers – need to give them proper guidance.

This post is dedicated to you who are eager to make the Bible easier to understand for the little ones. We know that creating children’s Bible lessons is not as easy as it seems! We want them to be easy and engaging enough, but at the same time, we need them to be accurate and truthful. So we might ask: what needs to go into a Bible lessons? Here is our suggestion:

* Prior to the lesson

  1. The first thing you need to do is decide what topic you want to discuss.

For example, if it is the first day of class, you might want to begin with the Creation.

Creation Story origami card from Memory Cross

  1. Next, you need to set clear objectives relative to the age of the children you will teach.

For example, if you’re teaching the Creation Story, do you want the children to know and accept this story as literal and historical? Do you want them to imagine the expanse of God’s power?

  1. Decide on the activities that you want to do and either prepare the materials or inform the children of what materials they need to bring.

* During the lesson

  1. Introduce the topic in an attention-grabbing manner.

This lesson about the First Day of Creation begins the session by giving children play dough and turning the lights off, helping the children imagine what everything must have looked like before God created them.

  1. After getting their attention, engage them by telling them what the topic is about.

Now that you have their attention, introduce the topic formally and point them to where the lesson occurs in the Bible.

  1. Read the Bible together and explain the message.

Open your Bibles and read the relevant verses together. You may either explain the message after you read the entire passage or explain each verse; this depends on the difficulty of the subject.

  1. Discuss what you read and encourage the children to ask questions.
  2. Do the activities that you had planned together. *
  3. Evaluate the results of the activities if applicable.
  4. Recap the lesson and end the lesson with a prayer.

* Suggested activities:

– Memory verse games (We have Blank Scripture Memorization Cards available in our store.)

Blank Scripture Memorization Cards

– Arts and crafts (You can see a list of Easter crafts for Sunday school)

Psalm 46:1 Memory Card

– Praise and worship action songs

– Cooking and baking (There’s a recipe for Empty Tomb or Resurrection Rolls in this list of Easter craft ideas.)

 

What do you usually do to teach children Bible stories and biblical concepts? Feel free to share with us your ideas for children’s Bible lessons!

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5 Great Easter Gospel Tracts

As Christians, we are expected to share the Gospel every day, but it is undeniably special to share the message of Salvation during Easter. Do you agree? I believe this is because during this holiday, the focus is on Jesus and on what he did when he went down to earth. Jesus died on the cross and resurrected and ultimately triumphed over evil, which are the essential components of the Gospel.

However, it is also easy to get caught up with the activities that go with Easter. After all, most Christians are expected to not only celebrate Easter but also conduct or attend activities at home and in church. But it is not impossible to share the Good News despite the busyness. On the contrary, we need to take advantage of the opportunity of meeting people during the occasion. I recommend you use Easter Gospel Tracts to share the message, and here are a few of the great tracts that you can use:

Easter Gospel Tracts

Easter Gospel Tracts

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  1. “He Arose” by Clyde Dennis

This is a classic tract that is simple and straightforward yet very sincere in delivering the Gospel. It begins by telling the Easter story – from Jesus’ death to the resurrection. Then, using Biblical passages, it explains the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection and what it should mean to every person.

The tract is available here.

Easter Gospel tracts

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  1. “The Hope of Easter”

Like the first tract, this Easter Gospel tract also tells the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection and explains what it means. However, it gives more focus to what we need to do in response. Do you accept or reject the truth? What is your decision?

The tract is available here.

Easter Gospel tracts

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  1. “Six Little Words”

Reading the title of this tract alone piques anyone’s curiosity to know what these “six little words” are and why they are so important. Simply put, these are the six little words: Jesus lived. Jesus died. Jesus lives! The message inside the tract explains the relevance of these words.

The tract is available here.

Easter Gospel tracts

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  1. “What if there was no Resurrection?” by Dr. Charles Stanley

Yet another Easter Gospel tract that poses an interesting question is this tract. Have you ever asked yourself what would have happened if Jesus did not rise from the dead? Aside from addressing this question, this tract focuses on the truth about the Resurrection and challenges the reader to make a decision.

The tract is available here.

Easter Gospel tracts

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  1. “What does the Cross really mean?” by Memory Cross

Finally, here in Memory Cross, we have a Gospel tract that delivers the message through a unique premise, which is by answering a simple question that many unbelievers and even believers may ask: What does the Cross really mean? By answering this question, the tract aims to give light to Jesus’ sacrifice, triumph, and what it means for us.

The tract is available here.

 

What are you planning to do on Easter? We hope sharing the Gospel is one of them!

Written by Marie Angeli Laxa.

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About:  I am a writer, an essay instructor, and a work-at-home mother.  Most importantly, I am a woman who strives to follow Jesus and honor Him in everything I do. I am a sinner, and I make mistakes, and my salvation lies in Him.  My thoughts on life can be found on my blog:  Little pieces of Happy.

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