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Share Christ this Christmas

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Todd sent this suggestion. I wanted to share it with everyone.
Since we are in the Christmas season, please let me share a way that you may share Christ. Simply go to someone, anyone and ask, “Do you know why we celebrate Christmas?” Most will know the answer. Some will pretend as if they don’t because if they are running from God, they won’t want to hear that name. The sweetest name in heaven and on earth, Jesus.
Nevertheless, whether they do or don’t continue by explaining that it is the celebration of the incarnation of God. Then ask if they know why He came to earth.
Regardless of the answer, I will then explain that He came for one purpose, to die for the sins of mankind. Then I will ask them if they know why sin is such a serious offense. The answer is because God is holy. You can then explain the gospel. I promise you that if you will step out in faith and do this, you will be amazed at how God will lead the conversation. This is not hard to do! If we will step out in faith God will work through us and we will be giving the message that can give someone eternal life! You will not believe the joy that comes from sharing your faith in Christ! Romans 1:16.
Luke 2:11″ For unto us is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord!”
Here are 3 aspects of His person.
  1. Savior Jesus, His name literally means salvation. He is the one and only means by which a man’s sin can be forgiven.
  2. Christ, the anointed & appointed one of God. His specific appointment was not in anyway a glamorous one. His assignment was to die for the sins of mankind!
  3. Lord, the declaration is very clear. He is our eternal God. God has become a man for the sole purpose of reconciling sinful man with a Holy God. It is the most amazing of all realities! Praise God!

I encourage you to go out and share Christ this Christmas!

How to hand a tract to a cashier

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Recently I was asked, “What do you usually say when you hand it (a tract) to a cashier, etc?” I emailed a reply to the person that asked. But, I thought the question was of general interest, so I thought it would be useful to share the information here as well.

In our Basic Evangelism Training Seminar, we teach to “always” say “Did you get on of these?” The questions promotes curiosity. One time, I was at lunch with a friend who had been to our seminar. I handed a tract to the cashier and said, “here is a Gospel tract for you.” The cashier took the tract and said thank you.

My friend looked at me and said, “I thought you were supposed to say ‘did you get one of these?'”

The point is, that is a guideline that works well in most situations. It works especially well at events where you are tracting a crowd. However, there is no certain thing you must say when handing out tracts.

Often, when I am checking out with a cashier, I will use the old stand by “did you get one of these?” and hand them the tract.

But then, sometimes I’ll say something like “here is a gift for you … it has a Gospel message on the back” or simply “here is a gospel tract for you”. I smile and hand the tract to them. Normally they will take it and say thank you.

If I have one with trivia, a riddle or some interesting facts, then I might introduce it as “here is some Christmas trivia for you” or “here is some football trivia for you”. Again, in each case, hand them the tract as you say it. You’ll be surprised, most people will take it. Most will say thank you!

When they ask what it is, you can say “a Gospel tract”. Then based on their responses you’ll start to sense if they are interested in talking. If they are, then ask “what do you think happens when you die?” or “do you think you are good enough to go to heaven?” Remember the tract serves both as a segway of the conversation and a gospel message they can read later.

If they will talk, that is great. The main thing is keep trying. The more you practice the more natural it will become. No two situations are exactly the same, but many are similar. So keep at it.

If you need tracts, you can enroll in the Bezeugen Tract Club for free!

October 31 – Halloween

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Being out of town for at least the third year in a row meant we could not hand out tracts to the neighborhood children when they came to trick or treat. Instead, I saved my last Halloween “Great Pumpkin” tract and gave it to one of the workers at Dave and Busters while we were there.

This concludes handing out the Bezeugen Tract Club tracts every day (but one since there are 31 days and only 30 tracts) in the month of October. I hope these ideas have been helpful and encouraging to you to go and share the Gospel “as you go”.

October 30 – Riverwalk

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We were in San Antonio for my son’s High School marching band contest. Between preliminaries and finals performances we went to the river walk for lunch. I gave a “reject Jesus” tract to the waitress when paying the bill.

October 29 – root beer

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One of my favorite places to leave tracts is in six packs of beer and soda. This pack of root beer got a football trivia tract.

October 25-28

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Monday, October 25 – We were downtown Dallas in the West End for witnessing at lunch time. Gave out a number of Football Trivia, Baseball Trivia and Halloween tracts as well as having a number of one on one conversations.

Tuesday, October 26 – Left a tract in the gas pump when I filled up my car with gas.

Wednesday, October 27 – I met a friend for lunch. Gave the waitress a “reject Jesus” tract with the tip.

Thursday, October 28 – We went to Brookhaven College at lunch time. Handed out a number of tracts including Halloween and Football Trivia.

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October 20 – 24

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Sometimes I fall behind in my blogging of handing out a tract each day “as I go”. Rather than try to post each individual post, I thought I’d hit a summary. I have handed out at least one tract every day.

Wednesday (20th) – met Todd for lunch at the mall. Gave out tracts to a number of people at the mall. Baseball trivia tracts are especially popular. But also gave out a couple of the Reject Jesus tracts that were in the tract club mailing.

Thursday (21st) – we went downtown Dallas at lunch. Handed out about 250 baseball trivia tracts. Also gave out a few of the Reject Jesus tracts from the tract club mailing.

Friday (22nd) – gave a tract to the cashier at lunch

Saturday (23rd) – gave a tract to the cashier at the grocery store. Also put tracts in the beer and soda at the store. Gave out Baseball Trivia tracts to people in the store and outside the store.

Sunday (24th) – gave a tract to the cashier when I met a friend for a shake.

How are you doing with handing out a tract or sharing the Gospel with someone each day? Please post comments with your experiences!

October 19 – without leaving home

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UPS delivery came after dinner. We get a lot of UPS deliveries for the ministry. But, I did not recognize this guy. And when I asked how his day was, he started quoting scripture about how great the Lord is! WOW!

I gave him a tract. And then showed him the four boxes of 5k tracts each that were delivered yesterday. Then I gave him a few more tracts as samples of what we were receiving in shipments. He said, “I’ll be sure to hand these out!”

October 18 – West End

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If you follow our weekly newsletter the Bezeugen Blast, you know that the DART station at the Dallas West End is one of my favorite fishing holes. On Monday we met there for lunch. Handed out a number of tracts including a Reject Jesus tract from the tract club mailing.