The phrase “kick the bucket” means to die. 150,000 people “kick the bucket” everyday. This tract, “Name 10 Things On Your Bucket List”, was in June’s tract club mailing. It talks about things people may want to do before they die. The #1 thing they need to do is to repent and put their trust in Christ! When I hand this one out, I say “This talks about things that you may want to do before you kick the bucket.” I gave one to Chris last night at the Chevron. After taking him through the law, he said that he would probably go to hell. I pray that Chris has prayed already! Let’s get the Gospel to the lost before they “kick the bucket”!
Sometimes the Gospel message is rejected by some not taking a tract or by tearing one up. I’ve seen some that were thrown on the ground after they were taken. One man told me that I was trying to “shove it down his throat” when all we were doing was giving out tracts and witnessing. Not everyone wants to hear the Gospel. I thought everyone wanted what I had when I got saved! I found out different! Rejections and torn up tracts shouldn’t stop us, though. For every rejection there will be 25 or more that will take a tract.
I leave tracts out at a laundry mat that I manage. I found this baseball trivia tract in the trash tonight. The person that did this must not have liked the Gospel message on the back. Prayerfully, this person is under conviction and about to get saved!
We have jail ministry at least three Wednesday nights a month. I went this past Wednesday. I usually take several tracts in with me. Last month, one of the jailers took a “Your Final Four Words” tract and read some of it out loud to the woman that works the front. This Wednesday night, he took “Are you doing today what you were created to do?” when he searched my bag. He said “No” when he read the front. He came in for part of the service, also. Afterwards, he took two of the baseball trivia tracts. I pray that he will cry out like the jailer in Acts 16:30: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
This morning I had a note from my wife that was very encouraging. Among other things it said, “Praying you get the opportunity to share the Gospel…”
After lunch I sent her a text that said, “that prayer was answered!”
Let me explain.
I was sitting at lunch eating my sandwich and reading an article on my phone. Suddenly there was a guy standing beside me asking me if I would buy him breakfast. I asked him to hang on a second since I was wrapping up reading. Then I talked with him. I asked why he wanted breakfast since it was nearly 1PM in the afternoon. He just wanted money. I asked when he had last eaten and he said yesterday. I showed him my bottle of water and told him “if you drink this, you’ll get thirsty again.” He agreed. Then I said, but I can show you where you can get some water that is more satisfying and you’ll never thirst again. He was interested and listened for a few minutes. Then he asked “are you going to give me some money.” I said, “no, but if you’ll listen, I’ll buy your lunch here.” He claimed it was too expensive. I gave him the option of my buying lunch for him or me walking away. He continued to listen.
I tried to take him through the Ten Commandments. He claimed he had never lied, stolen or hated anyone. Eventually he admitted he had a girlfriend and a daughter. I explained the only way he could have had a daughter without a wife would be to break the seventh commandment and explained that Revelation 21:8 said that all fornicators would end up in Hell.
I had his attention. So we went and got in line to buy him a burger. When we got up to the counter I handed him a tract with the Ten Commandments on it. At first he refused to take it. Then he asked for money for the subway and then if he could keep the change from the burger. I told him no. He still was trying to give back the tract. So I said, “I’ll give you a dollar to read this tract.” He said OK so I handed him a dollar. As I did he said, “two dollars, five dollars.” I said no, you agreed to read it for one dollar.
At that he said, “don’t you have to get back to work.” I told him I had a few more minutes. We had the buzzer that would go off when his burger was ready. So I had a few more minutes before it would be ready and he’d be gone. So I shared the good news with him and told him that God commands him like all people to repent and believe the Gospel. I left him with that. And went off rejoicing that I had the opportunity to share the good news with him.
Even if you don’t speak Spanish, using tracts is a great way to witness to Spanish-speaking people. These are three tracts that are available in Spanish. You only have one shot to witness to some, so you can make the best of it by handing them a tract. I gave the “Estas Listo?” tract to each in a group of Spanish men at the Walmart checkout one evening this week. I usually ask names of people so I can remember to pray for them. I got their names as I began to tell them about the tract. The tracts can be ordered by going to onemilliontracts.com and click on the Bezeugen Gospel Tracts selection. Lets go after the lost!
Change and vending machines are great places to leave tracts. People have to pick them up when they get their coins. At the car wash, a tract can be placed in the cloth machines where they come out. Laundry mat changers are good for tracts, too. I left the Good News / Bad News tract at the water machine this evening. This tract is in the May tract club mailing.
The “Are you doing today what you were created to do?” tract was in the April mailing. I have been using this tract today as I left work. I gave out 5 at one of the laundry mats that I help out with. This is a good conversation starter because of the picture. We know that car wasn’t created to look like that! Just like the car, people are not doing what they were created to do. Read the story behind the tract here. http://www.bezeugentractclub.org/?p=544
It’s less than a week to Easter Sunday! The Hoppy Easter tract is one of my favorites. As you can see in earlier post, there are plenty of places to leave this tract. I have been giving these to people as I wish them a Happy Easter.
This is a good ice breaker to tell them the real meaning of Easter. Here are a few places where I have left them lately.
I went shopping with my wife. Got to share the Gospel one on one with people at the stores at least a dozen times. Plus I got to hand out a number of tracts. Here are some tracting ideas for you.
The Ears are the Best
Do you see the tract left by the display?
Easter Bunny with tract
You can leave a tract in the grocery cart by tucking it into the wire mesh so it won’t blow away!
Tract in Cart
For some time now, I have been keeping tracts in a phone case with me everywhere I go. This makes it easy to keep at least 50 tracts on hand to give out or place. I keep a variety in my case. Any regular or smart phone size case should work.