Daily tract challenge

We now have a daily tract challenge on the Bezeugen Tract Club Facebook page which alsoSaturday reading goes out via Twitter. You can participate in the tract club daily tract challenge and have a chance to win prizes including more gospel tracts to hand out! Here is how to participate:

  1. Enroll in the Bezeugen Tract Club
  2. Follow Bezeugen on Twitter or Like the Bezeugen Tract Club Facebook page
  3. Watch for the daily tract club challenges posts. Some are in picture form.
  4. Comment on the posts on the Facebook page or reply to the Tweet on Twitter when you have completed the challenge.
  5. Each day you complete a challenge you will get your name entered into the drawing. The more times you complete the challenges the better chance you have to win.
  6. At the end of each week we will draw a name to win a prize which will also include tracts.

 

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Let’s get social #btc

In order to track where and when tracts are distributed, we have started using hashtag btc (#btc) on twitter and facebook when tracts are handed out. This allows searching on the hashtag and seeing tweets and posts about the tract distribution. Please start adding #btc to your tweets when you hand out a tract!

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Im back! Can’t wait to share my adventures soon!

Im back!  It has been a long time since I visited here to write.  God has been really working in my life and after some prodding from some awesome ladies today I feel like I should get back to writing.

Since I last penned a post on here my life has changed drastically. God has moved in so may ways I can’t wait to share them with you.  I need to a couple of days to organize my thoughts and pray about how to get back into this blogging arena.
My intention with this post was to let you know that I would be back to blogging about my adventures as an evangelist wife very soon.
Please pray for me as I start this journey back up!
Thanks!
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1st ConferReach Agenda

The 1st ConferReach will be held June 20-21, 2014 in Carrollton, Texas. This page contains the agenda. Come to one, two or all three sessions. Please RSVP on Meetup or Facebook so that we know you are coming. For more information call 80-BEZEUGEN (802-393-8436) or contact Carl. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Friday June 20th

Session 1: Tract Distribution, Open Air and Mormonism

Session 2: Door to Door Evangelism

The target area for door to door evangelism during session three is the area of North session2Carrollton North of Hebron and bounded by 121 and the City Limits. The image at the right shows this area. Or you can view it in the interactive map.

  • 5:30-6:30: Dinner at CiCi’s Pizza at Old Denton and Hebron in Carrollton. The address is 1025 W Hebron Parkway, Suite 140, Carrollton, TX 75010. Click the link or see the map above to Cary’s Coffee to find the CiCi’s Pizza.
  • 6:30-8:30: Door to door at neighborhoods around Hebron and Old Denton intersection. We will divide into teams and provide maps and logistics.
  • 8:30-9:30PM: Fellowship, Dessert and wrap up at Bahama Buck’s or Baskin Robbins. Both of these restaurants are on the North side of Hebron from where we will be for dinner.

Saturday, June 21st

Session 3: Door to Door Evangelism

  • 6:30-8AM: Prayer and Bible Study at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 4000 Midway Road, Carrollton, TX 75007. For early prince of peacerisers, you are invited to join the weekly church Bible Study and Prayer in the sanctuary.
  • 8-9AM: Organizational meeting in the sanctuary at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4000 Midway Road, Carrollton, TX 75007. The parking is accessible from the entrance on International Parkway. Breakfast and coffee will be provided. See map at right. Park between the Worship Center and the Conference Center. On the north side of the parking area there is a fence. Stay on the south side of that fence. The door the building is pointed to by the arrow in the diagram. You can click the image to get a larger view.
  • 9-noon: Door to door in Carrollton
  • Noon-2PM: Lunch and Wrap up at Los Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant, 3615 N Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX 75007.

The target area for door to door for this session is highlighted on this map with a red session3boundary and is essentially bounded by Marsh Ln, Kelly Blvd, Hebron, Marsh Ridge and the railroad tracts. The map at the right shows the target areas where we will be working during session three. Please pray over this area.

We are looking forward to a great couple of days of sharing the Gospel. We hope you will come and join us! Please RSVP on Meetup or Facebook so that we know you are coming. For more information call 80-BEZEUGEN (802-393-8436) or contact Carl. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Mission 2014

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Bezeugen Ministries has planned a summer of Mission training and outreach. We call it “Mission 2014″. The following events are included:

A number of people have asked about providing financial support for our mission trip. That can be done online with PayPal or by sending a check. Full information on how to donate to Bezeugen Ministries can be found on our website.  Donate-Now-Button-2

As I got to thinking about 2014 I started thinking in terms of chapter 20 and verse 14 as in 20:14. So I’ve been reading the Bible in and around these verses. A couple of things really stood out in terms of some scripture.

You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)

This stood out not because it is about adultery per se, but rather it is right in the midst of giving of the Ten Commandments, the Law that Jesus refers to that indicates if a man is good (or not) and shows a man his sin. This is the heart of the “Law to the proud, grace to the humble” that we share every time we share the Gospel. As you read through the bookmark that we use as a study to share the Gospel, the Law is at the heart of the message to show the person their need for the savior, Jesus!

I then focused on two verses from the New Testament. The first from the Gospel of Luke.

But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’  (Luke 20:14)

Think about what religion teaches people. It is to “kill Jesus”. There is even a book with the title “Killing Jesus”.  It is ironic that man thinks if he kills Jesus then his necessity for him goes away. Men really did kill Jesus, buried him in a tomb and then he rose from the dead defeating sin and death. In essence he had to be killed to fulfill his mission. Nowadays people think they can “kill” him by pretending he does not exist, making up a god to suit themselves, or simply stripping away his Deity to make him more tolerable to them. Any of these gives man the idea that he can remain in his sin by ignoring who Jesus really is.

Which brings us to the Gospel of John:

Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. (John 20:14)

Isn’t it amazing that Mary was standing in the presence of the risen Christ and she did not even know it. The key to eternal life is knowing Jesus. More specifically it is Him knowing us. Religion teaches that Jesus is not God. When you strip that away, he is like any other Lippenpflege“god” and has absolutely no power at all.

I’ve used the example of “if my lip balm is Jesus, and I follow it my whole life, when I die will I be saved?” Most people will see that this is ridiculous. But now imagine that we dress up a man with long hair in a white robe and put a smile on his face and call him Jesus, but instead of him being the one true God of the Universe we say he is just a good man, a teacher, an example to follow then people find it much more believable.

The FBI learns how to distinguish counter fit by studying the real thing. How much more must we study the Bible to know who Jesus is so that we can discern who Jesus is and even more importantly discern who he is not. On more than one occassion people have said that it is not loving to say that their religion is not true. But I will submit that the most loving thing to do if a man’s house is on fire is to beat the door down and get him out. In the same way, if a man’s spiritual house is on fire the loving thing to do is to show him the truth!

Join us this summer as we reach the lost with the Gospel. Join us for training in Maud, Poplar Bluff and Cincinnati. Join us knocking on doors. Join us at the ballparks across North America. Jesus’ mission was to seek and save the lost. Make it your mission too!

 

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Evangelism training and outreach in Cincinnati on June 28th

On June 28th Bezeugen Ministries will present the Basic Evangelism Training Seminar and participate in an outreach in Cincinnati, Ohio. The event will be held at Hyde Park Baptist Church. Training is from 2-4PM. The outreach is from 4PM and on until about 8PM. The outreach is being done to crowds that will gather for the Hyde Park Blast which will include bicycle races including professionals. A crowd of several thousand people is anticipated.

Parking and Road Closures

Please be advised that due to the Hyde Park Blast there will be a number of road closures. The church has limited parking. It is advised to arrive early in order to find a place to park. This page on the Hyde Park Blast site lists road closures and parking maps.

Door to door

There is still a possibility that we will do some door to door evangelism on the morning of the 28th. If you are interested in that please contact Carl or call 802-393-8436.

You may RSVP for the event on Facebook or Meetup.

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Evangelism training in Poplar Bluff, MO – June 25th

Two years ago I presented the Basic Evangelism Training Seminar in Poplar Bluff. On this poplarbluffreturn trip, I’ll present additional training to encourage the saints to continue sharing the Gospel daily in their lives “As You Go”.

5:00-6:00PM – Fellowship Supper

6:00-8:00PM – Evangelism Training

Come here an update on Bezeugen Ministries, the 100 challenge and how the tract club has grown to over 1000 members and more than 1.3 millions tracts distributed!

You can RSVP on Facebook or Meetup.

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Evangelism Training in Maud, TX – June 23rd

Bezeugen Ministries is going on the road with evangelism training and outreaches. Join us Monday, June 23rd in Maud, Texas. Dinner is served from 6:300-7PM with evangelism training to follow from 7-8:30PM.

You can RSVP at Meetup or Facebook!

Sharing the Gospel is fun and easy. Come and learn how to incorporate it into your every day life “As You Go”.  Carl Kalbfleisch, co-founder of Bezeugen Ministries, will present this training to equip and encourage you to go and reach the lost with the Gospel! Learn about using Gospel tracts, striking up conversations with people, and how to organize and outreach. Learn about the vision to reach the nation with the Gospel going door to door.

Bezeugen Ministries was founded in 2007. More than 2.4 million Gospel tracts have been distributed. The Basic Evangelism Training Seminar has been presented more than 65 times. In this training, Carl will pull from material in the seminar as well as other material to equip and encourage you.

Hosted at Faith Community Baptist Church, Maud, TX - http://faithonthemove.org/

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A 93 year old on the go!

Last week I had an encouraging phone call from a 93 year old man in California. Someone had given him a Ten Commandments gospel tract. He wanted more so that he could hand them out.  He asked that I send him 100 of them. Those went into the mail yesterday. Isn’t it encouraging that at 93 this mans focus is on sharing the Gospel with others?

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As You Go through treatment for Leukemia

When we talk about “As You Go” we usually mention “As You Go” shopping, “As You Go” to work, “As You Go” to school, and the like. But what happens if you have a life threatening illness? Will you still be BOLD and share the Gospel?

We have a monthly prayer meeting on the third Monday of each month. As the meeting was concluding last week, I checked my email to find this message from Jeff Gibbs (please note that this is shared with Jeff’s full permission):

Jeff Gibbs here. I’ve been a supporter for a while and have talked with you in the past about doing a webcast training at our church, Calvary Chapel Cardunal in Algonquin, IL. I would still like to do this, but I had some unexpected news this week. I’m a very healthy guy and after about 6 weeks of being sick I went to the doctor. He did some blood tests and I was informed that I have Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Shock to say the least. I’m 52, wife and three kids and a new grandbaby as well. I was rushed to the hospital and will be here for aggressive chemo and 4-5 weeks of recovery in the hospital. Unfortunately, my tracts were stacking up, so I asked her to bring them all to the hospital. Here’s my favor… can you send me at least 100 of the new “Thank You” tracts. These are perfect to give out to every one of the staff here that comes into my room. My contact info is below and I will be sure to send some support soon. If you are interested, I’m also going to copy my first blog about my experience finding out this news. Thanks so much and God bless,

I was saddened and encouraged to read this email. Saddened to hear how this broken world has affected another man of God. But, encouraged that his focus is on beating the cancer and sharing the Gospel with everyone he comes into contact with.

The day after receiving the email, I sent not only the 100 Thank You tracts he asked for, but an extra hundred and a a few hundred other tracts! Please keep Jeff in prayer for his healing and for his witness!

I hope you’ll continue reading below where he details his ride to the hospital and the first couple of days there and some of the conversations that he had as he has shared the Gospel.

The following was included in the email that Jeff sent me:

An Update on My Medical Condition, Saturday, April 19, 2014

I wanted to let everyone know that I was given some very unexpected news on Tuesday, April 15. After being sick for about 6 weeks with a sore throat, fever, and general fatigue that just would not go away,  I went back to the family doctor. This time he did some blood tests and then called me the next day with the news…  “You need to get to the hospital immediately as your blood work shows you have Leukemia”.  Well, what do you do with that? The amazing thing is that I don’t remember being shocked or mad, but felt the “peace that surpasses understanding” that could only be from the Lord. So Julie and I headed off to Sherman Hospital for some blood work and a bone marrow biopsy (not too fun J) to confirm what type of Leukemia it was. It turned out to be Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) which means that it comes on quickly and has to do with my bone marrow producing too many white blood cells (that fight infections) that are not maturing and sort of clogging my system. Eventually, they would kind of take over and keep my body from making enough red blood cells (that carry oxygen) and platelet cells (that help with blood clotting).  Which is one of the reasons that I was getting tired and felt winded easily.  While I did have a supernatural peace, I admit it was a very emotional experience with lots of tears and hugs with Julie, Nicole, Stephen (by phone) and Jonathan. I can’t imagine walking through this without the Lord and my loving family.

Anyway, it was determined that the best place to go was Northwestern Memorial in Chicago to be under Dr. Jessica Altman, who is the Leukemia “guru” of the Midwest. I felt even more at peace when a family friend, who is a doctor also, suggested the same person. So even though, I still felt like I could have driven there myself, the protocol is to be ambulanced. So I figured that the Lord wanted me to share the gospel with the EMT, who had to sit right by me for the hour drive to Chicago. The sad thing is that here is a 26 year old young man without a clue about the Lord or His word. And I know in our culture today there are many like him. Well, the Lord “opened the door” and he learned a lot about the Bible, Jesus, the 10 commandments and what he needed to do to have eternal life. While he didn’t accept the Lord, he was definitely interested and asked many questions. It is definitely one of the best feelings when you get an opportunity like that! After checking in to my very nice “hotel room” on the 14th floor at Northwestern, there were echo grams, x-rays and blood tests, which I admit make me very queasy. In fact, I didn’t know I had that much blood to give J. On Wednesday, they put in a “pic line”, which is basically a tube that runs from your upper arm through a vein almost to your heart. They can leave this in for months and can then just hook up to the tubes to either put stuff in or draw blood out without poking me. ..Yeah!

Thursday and Friday were kind of quite as we waited for the test results that would tell us exactly what kind of AML in terms of risk factor and whether I would qualify for a national clinical trial that could offer a couple of other treatment options. Here’s the scoop… There is a standard Chemo treatment that they use for AML, which is called 7 plus 3, which is 7 days of two different chemo drugs and a 4-5 week hospital stay as your immune system builds back up. This is followed by more tests and a possible bone marrow transplant. However, in the clinical trial there are two additional options: one is the same 7 plus 3, but at a higher dose and the other has the higher dose plus an additional drug. Both of these options are a little more aggressive and will result in more side effects.  But they also have at least a better chance of accomplishing the goal of remission. In addition, they said that they felt since I am “young” (I like these guys ;-)) and healthy, that I would be able to handle it. The interesting thing is that you do not know ahead of time which one of the three options will be randomly selected for you.

So last night (Good Friday) they informed me that I was in a medium risk situation, I did qualify for the clinical trial and that I they would like a decision the next day. Immediately I felt that the Lord wanted me to choose the clinical trial for a couple of reasons. First because I know that God is in control of everything, as the Bible says “the lot is cast into the lap, but it’s every decision is from the Lord” (Proverbs16:33). Also because I know He loves me and promises me that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord, to those who are the called, according to His purposes” (Romans 8:28). So the thought of putting this decision squarely in the Lord’s hands was a real “no brainer”, because He alone knows the best treatment that I should have.

In the meantime, Julie, the kids and friends have been real “troupers” making the long trek downtown to this hospital to visit and hangout. Stephen (who is doing some training in Yuma, AZ) has been calling daily and Nicole even brought my new little pride and joy… Mila, to visit grandpa (I’m sorry, but “grandpa” that still sounds weird to me ;-) ) In addition, while the food here is pretty good, I have been treated to Gino’s Pizza and The Cheesecake Factory which are just around the corner! Also, the doctors, nurses and other staff here are very friendly, knowledgeable and all around awesome! A couple of my nurses are true believers and we have had some great conversations. The others, I’ll be working on ;-)

So this morning the team of doctors came to my room (which they do every morning) for my decision on the clinical trial. First of all, I let them know that I’m a Christian who believes that the Lord is in complete control of my life and that I felt blessed to be in this hospital with the best doctors and nurses available. And that whether they knew it or not, that God had blessed them with their medical talents and abilities to accomplish His will and bless other people. And because I know that there are no “accidents” with the Lord and that He alone knows what the best treatment would be for me, that I’m going with the clinical trial and let Him decide. So the plan now is another bone marrow biopsy on Monday and starting one of the three treatments on Tuesday. I also told the doctors that I was praying for a miraculous healing and that it was a definite possibility… But if He wanted to use the doctors that was fine with me too. In the meantime, while writing this, I got into a great conversation and shared the gospel with a nurse who told me he was Buddhist when I asked if he was going to church this weekend. The weird thing is, while I admit this is a little scary, I’m actually sort of excited about the adventure ahead as I know the Lord is going to be with me and accomplish His plan through this trial.

“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3

Thanks for your prayers and words of encouragement. More to follow…

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