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Presidents’ Day:  Share wisdom from Washington, Lincoln, and Jesus

By The Pocket Testament League on Feb 20, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Each year in February, the U.S. sets aside a single day, Presidents’ Day, to honor great leaders in its past like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, honorable men and the country’s noble forefathers. 

 

These remarkable men guided the young nation’s subjects through some of the most tumultuous times in its history, and they did it with ultimate reliance on God’s will and faith in His supreme authority.

 

Your Light

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his audience that people do not “light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” (Matthew 5:15)

 

Abraham Lincoln was unafraid to shine his light before others by proclaiming his faith in God’s ultimate authority. He told the Ohio Legislature in 1861 that he would now “look to the American people and to that God who has never forsaken them.” 1

 

Jesus told us to do the same:  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

 

Do you proclaim your faith in God to your audiences? Does your light “shine before others?” 

 

Your Words

In what is known as The Great Commission, Jesus told his disciples to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15) We are to be unafraid to share our faith. 

 

God instructs us to tell others about salvation every day, to “[d]eclare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (Psalm 96:2-3)

 

On January 20, 2017, the newly elected President of the United States told listeners of his inaugural address that the nation will be guarded by its military and law enforcement, but “most importantly, [it] will be protected by God.”2

 

The President knew the words in his historical speech would be carefully dissected by his adversaries in the hope of casting aspersions on his ability to rule the nation. Yet, nonetheless, he authoritatively declared his confidence in and reliance upon God’s protection for the country.

 

Every day we are given a new opportunity to share the Gospel with someone in our lives. As intimidating as that might be for some at first, God tells us “the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12:12) Strong faith in God will not only guide us to the person in need of Scripture, but will speak through us to deliver the message that person needs to hear.

 

Do your words reflect your faith in God and His ability to offer eternal salvation? Do you “proclaim the gospel to the whole creation?” 

 

Your Obedience

In any civilized nation, there is a system of law and a hierarchy of authority that leads to an ultimate leader or governing body. God tells us that we should obey the rule of law:  “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)

 

In 1789, Washington was the duly elected first President of the United States. He was in a unique position to assert the new government’s authority over the citizens, yet he used the opportunity to remind those over whom he presided that no government on earth has authority over God, saying that “…it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor…” 3

 

Do you recognize God as the ultimate authority over your life? Are you willing and prepared to share the Gospel in subservience to God’s will? 

Yes, I’d love to learn more!

 

One Nation under God

Our nation’s great leaders did not hide their light under a basket. Instead, they proclaimed their faith to their widest audiences and subjected themselves to God’s authority. They became shepherds for their constituents, recognizing that true sovereignty belongs to Almighty God.

 

For over a hundred years, The Pocket Testament League has been equipping Members with copies of the Gospel of John to “Read, Carry, and Share”© the Word of God. Get your copies and prepare yourself to let God’s light shine through your words and deeds, sharing Scripture with the person to whom God leads you and who desperately needs to hear it today.

 

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Sources:

1. https://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/faithquotes.htm

2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/01/20/donald-trumps-inaugural-speech-may-be-his-most-religious-yet/?utm_term=.bf9bae158d0b

3.http://www.snopes.com/holidays/thanksgiving/washington.asp

 
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3 proven steps for making hard things easier (like sharing the Gospel)

By PTL TEAM on Feb 16, 2017 4:30:00 AM

3-proven-steps-for-making-hard-things-easier-like-sharing-the-gospelIf January is the month of goal-setting, February is the month of goal-ditching. In fact, less than 50% of those who determined to make a change will make it past this month with goals in tact.1

There’s even a nickname for the date that gym owners start seeing a drop in attendance after the new year’s upsurge declines. It’s called the Fitness Cliff. 

This time of year the Internet is full of tips and tricks for sticking to goals. Many of the experts’ tips aimed at helping you achieve personal health goals also apply to spiritual health as well. This includes sharing your faith.

Most believers know they have a personal responsibility to share the Gospel, but the majority do not do so on a regular basis. 2

It’s unfamiliar, scary, and an all-around “hard thing” for most at first. In fact, even for seasoned veterans, it can be a continual struggle to choose obedience and boldness. The enemy of the Gospel and our own desire for comfortable conspire to keep us in our comfort zone.

 

Here are three proven steps that will set you up to follow through on the eternal goal of sharing the Word of God.

1. Start small 

C.H. Spurgeon said, “The way to do a great deal is to keep on doing a little. The way to do nothing at all is to be continually resolving that you will do everything.”

Experts agree that unrealistic expectations are a recipe for failure. This is especially true for sharing the Gospel. Managing expectations means we must realize we can take neither credit nor responsibility for the results. 

Our job is to obey not orchestrate the outcome. God’s Word does the work; we simply do our part.

The Pocket Testament League encourages Members to start with a simple goal of reading and carrying the Word. Take a pocket-sized Gospel of John with you as you go and pray for God to open the door to give His Word away

 

 “God is pleased to use ordinary people and ordinary conversations to do most of the heavy lifting in His kingdom.”

— Ed Welch

2. Ask for help

One behavioral psychologist noticed that people who don’t know how to use a fitness machine are likely to become embarrassed and stop going to the gym.

His advice in an interview was this, “Admit you need help. People who say, ‘I can do it on my own; I know what to do,’ are more likely to fail than those who say, ‘I need support.’” 3

PTL offers a variety of training resources to simply the process and strengthen your confidence. Our free Evangelism Boot Camp is an online, self-paced program. 

Whether you're a long-time Christian or someone who has just decided to follow Christ, these seven lessons will help you get comfortable handing out Gospels. 

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works …”

— Hebrews 10:24

3. Use the buddy system 

Invite your friends!

Community and support are major factors of success. Just look at the Weight Watchers model or observe the popularity of Facebook groups as an addition to any program that promises growth or transformation.

Tim Challies advises, “Tell a friend about your resolution, and ask him to hold you accountable; his involvement will strengthen your resolve. Even better, pair up and make the same resolution as your friend so you can work toward a shared goal.” 4 

Doing hard things alone makes it harder. The Pocket Testament League is full of Members who inspire each other.

If you haven’t joined this community yet, it’s simple to sign up. We’ll even help you invite your friends.

It will take less than five minutes for you to start the process and we’ll take it from there. It’s our version of the fitness buddy system, but for a much greater goal.

 

“We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith but superstition.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let’s do hard things together!

Years ago, two teens captured the attention of the Christian community with their book Do Hard Things. The Gospel Coalition published an interview with authors Alex and Brett Harris and quoted the pair:

“Our willingness to obey God even when it’s hard magnifies the worth of Christ, because in our hard obedience we’re communicating to the world that Jesus is more valuable than comfort, than ease, than staying safe.” 5

Jesus is indeed worth stepping out of our comfort zones. PTL is committed to making it simple, and we are here to support you and your friends as you push past any obstacles the enemy throws in your path.

Grab a friend and let’s do this together. Let’s build a community of believers who do the hard things for the cause of Christ.

Invite Your Friends!

“Courage is not the absence of fear. It is rather not letting your fear control your actions.”

 – Alex and Brett Harris, Do Hard Things

Sources:

1 http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

2 http://www.lifeway.com/Article/research-survey-sharing-christ-2012

3 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dont-fall-off-the-fitness-cliff-stick-to-new-years-exercise-goals/

4 http://www.challies.com/articles/how-to-make-a-new-years-resolution-that-sticks

5 https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/alex-and-brett-harris-are-doing-hard-things

6 http://therebelution.com/books/do-hard-things/

 

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Prepare your heart for Easter with a Study of Romans

By PTL TEAM on Feb 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM


Prepare your heart for Easter with a Study of Romans

 
Do you want to prepare yourself to get the most out of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus? If so, we have the answer for you! Join us and other League Members for a 16-lesson engaging and life transforming study through the book of Romans written by The League’s CEO, David Collum.

 


Romans is a theological treasure written by Paul to describe the saving and life transforming power of the Gospel and how a loving God saves sinful people through Jesus Christ. You will be encouraged as you discover the depths of the truth that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation and the power by which His people can live lives pleasing to Him. You will be challenged to have a heart for the lost people in your life who need to hear the message of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone. Your time in God’s Word will transform your life and cause your heart to rejoice in the person and work of Christ in the days leading up to Easter.

Our study begins on March 1st so don’t hesitate and sign up today at www.ptl.org/romans.

In Christ,
David J Collum
David J Collum
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How to share the love of Christ this Valentine's Day

By PTL TEAM on Feb 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Love Story

Don't miss the opportunity to share the love of Christ this Valentine's Day! 

Here is a prompt to get the conversation going: 

"This time of year can be so hard for many people. Married people fight, single people are lonely, and those in nursing homes, hospitals and prisons feel forgotten. Even people with strong marriages have a hard time finding a great gift. I’m so glad I’ve been given a perfect, eternal gift of unconditional love. And I’d like you to have it too—it’s easy. This pocket-sized Gospel of John shows you how."

Check out how fellow League Members plan to share God's Word with pocket Gospels this Valentine's Day:

"When I read about the Gospels, immediately I thought about personal outreach in February, in light of Valentine's Day. The cover picture of a red rose is conducive to the time of year. Everyone would probably accept a gift with a rose on its cover."

- Melvin P. of Badger, Canada


"We are making Valentine's bags at our church to deliver to unsaved friends and neighbors in our community. The pocket Gospels of John will be an amazing gift to add to it. Thank you!" - Adam J. of Huntingdon, PA

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Got a great idea for how to share God's Word this Valentine's Day? Share it in the comments below! 

 

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5 Conversation Starters to Share The Gospel in February

By PTL TEAM on Jan 31, 2017 3:54:56 PM

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February is full of opportunities to talk about the love, freedom and victory available to everyone in Christ! Here are five upcoming sharing occasions along with related themes and ideas to help make it easy for you to get a conversation started. You may also be inspired from League Members’ sharing experiences. Ask the Lord to give you ideas—the possibilities for evangelism are endless. Whenever and however you choose to share, equip yourself with an array of attractive and relevant Pocket Gospels.

 

February 1 — National Freedom Day

Conversation Starter: Finding freedom is possible

Say something like: Did you know February 1 is National Freedom Day? The commemoration marks with the passing of the 13th amendment, which officially abolished slavery in the U.S. in 1948. Do you feel as free as you would like to? If not, know that finding freedom is possible! You can have peaceful, ongoing freedom in Christ, simply by asking Him for it.

 

February 4 — Superbowl Sunday

Conversation Starter: Winning the ultimate victory

Say something like: I’m so glad that, with Christ, everyone has a chance to be on the winning team and no one has to face the disappointment of losing. Everyone has access to an abundant life here on Earth and a chance spend eternity with God! The best part is that it’s so easy—you don’t have to do anything to earn a spot on the winning team! You just ask and receive a free gift.

 

February 14 — Valentine’s Day

Conversation Starter: Finding unconditional, perfect love

Say something like: This time of year can be so hard for many people. Married people fight, single people are lonely, and those in nursing homes, hospitals and prisons feel forgotten. Even people with strong marriages have a hard time finding a great gift. I’m so glad I’ve been given a perfect, eternal gift of unconditional love. And I’d like you to have it too—it’s easy. A Story of Perfect Love shows you how.

 

February 17 — Random Act of Kindness Day

Conversation Starter: Passing along God’s kindness

At a local café, pay for the person’s order who is in line behind you. Wait, and when they say thank you or walk by you, say something like, It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day, and I just want to give kindness away! Why? Because God gave me His loving gift and eternal kindness when I didn’t know Him. It changed my life! You can have His loving gif too! Find out how in a Bright Hope for Tomorrow.

 

February 23 — Collegiate Day of Prayer

Conversation Starter: Getting the answers for life’s tests

Say something like: Hey, I know being a college student isn’t easy, trying to figure out who you are becoming and knowing where you are going. But I’ve got a sure-fire way that you can get help for those answers and be victorious for every test you will ever take. I know because I’ve experienced this victory myself, and so can you. It’s easy!

 

It’s Your Turn.

Love others well, helping them find the freedom, love and victory available to them in Christ by giving away Pocket Gospels. Share the Gospel out of gratitude to thank Jesus for what He has done for you.  

Former addict and League Member Rudy C. from Buckhead, Georgia, sums up the reason for sharing perfectly:

”I like to share with others what I freely have received and that the same freedom is offered to them freely. People are so desperately in need of unconditional love!! The love of Jesus Christ!”

Member Patricia C, from Inwood, New York, has an inspirational sharing perspective for this time of year—and on any day:

“Every day is a great day to to share the Gospel. We have all kinds of holidays in this world but every day is an I love you day with God and that is why on Valentine’s Day I will be sharing the Gospel as a God loves you day, every day!”

 

What will you do?

However and whenever you share, you will need to pass along the life-changing Word of God. Equip yourself today with a supply relevant, attractive Pocket Gospels!

 

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6 ways to share the Gospel this CHRISTmas!

By The Pocket Testament League on Nov 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The Gospel is truly the best gift we can ever share! Here are six ideas on how to share the pocket-sized Gospels of John this Christmas:

 

1. Add a Gospel to each Christmas card


“One Christmas my husband and I included a Gospel of John with each Christmas card we sent to our unsaved loved ones. The response was overwhelming! Years later, some of my family members, who would otherwise never discuss matters of faith, still mention having the "little book" I sent and assure me they have read it.” - Elizabeth S. from Lexington, KY

 

2. Pass out Christmas treat bags with pocket-sized Gospels

“I place a Gospel of John in a Christmas treat bag with three Hershey's kisses and a Christmas card, hoping to cheer those who want the Gospels of John. Curling ribbon at the top of the bag made them a festive gift. There is no better gift in the world than the Word of God ... leading to a relationship with Christ!” - Bertie K. from Delta, CO

 

3. Equip your youth group with Gospels to share with their friends

“When my husband and I started working with the youth, we handed out notebooks with pocket testaments at Christmas. We asked them to read the Gospels, pass them along, and keep a journal of their experience. At our next meeting, our youth were so excited to share not only how they had given their pocket testaments to others, but how it changed their lives and understanding of God's love for them.” - Shasity R. from Willimantic, CT


4. Present pocket-sized Gospels as a gift to church visitors


“At my church's Christmas cantata, I gave some Gospels of John to people I had never seen before. Ten of them came to me later and said they had gotten saved that night. It made me feel honored to be able to have this opportunity to share God's word.” - Donald W. from Susquehanna, PA

 

5. Distribute Gospels through outreach programs


"We partnered with Prison Fellowship, as we do every year, to be on their Angel Tree team and deliver Christmas gifts to children of families who have someone incarcerated. We used The Pocket Testament Gospels of John as an avenue to also share the Gospel with the families, explaining that God gave His Son Jesus Christ as the Ultimate Gift.” - Jessica S. from Dover, FL

 

6. Don't forget to share the Gospels in your neighborhood

"On Christmas day, my family and I went around our neighborhood distributing chocolates with Gospels (for adults and children) to our neighbors. I encourage others to do the same! I learned that this simple act of love can touch a person's soul and cause them to be much more open to the Gospel message.” -Dianne F. from Ancaster, ON

 

Join these League Members and more who will be sharing the pocket-sized Gospels of John this Christmas. Order your Gospels before it's too late!

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Rieger Family Gospel: To War and Back Since 1918

By The Pocket Testament League on Nov 4, 2016 1:49:11 PM

"Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD" - Psalm 102:18

5819f93dbf865.image.jpgWhat a legacy the Gospel is for the Rieger family of West Plains, MO!

The Ozark County Times reports, "World War II veteran Jim Rigger shows the family Bible, a 'pocket testament' his father carried in World War I. Jim carried the Bible during World War II, his brother Joseph Rieger carried it as he served in the army of occupation in Germany. His son-in-law carried it in Vietnam, and his son carried it while serving internationally with the Air Force. The source of the brown splotches on the pages of Acts 3 are unknown, but Jim wonders if they might be blood."

Check out this amazing story of how the Gospel has been the foundation for one family through decades of military service. Read the news article here

Does your family have special pocket testament Gospel from The Pocket Testament League? Since 1893, The League has been equipping believers with pocket-sized Gospels. Check out the full selection at www.ptl.org/gospels. Start with 10 pocket Gospels. Then pray for opportunities to share the treasured, life-giving Word of God with your families and friends.

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3 Ways to Share the Gospel this Veterans Day

By The Pocket Testament League on Nov 2, 2016 9:02:26 PM

Do you know someone who is serving or has served in our military? Do you meet men and women who have fought for your freedom? Then show your gratitude this Veterans Day by telling them about the freedom they have in Jesus Christ!

The DESERT CAMO Pocket Testament Gospel of John is the perfect way to reach active military personnel and veterans alike. Here are 3 ways you can share:

 

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  1. Include several DESERT CAMO Gospels in the letters and care packages you send overseas so recipients can give Gospels to the people they work with.
  2. Volunteer at a VA hospital and spend time listening to those who are wounded, recovering, or in rehab. Remind them of God’s continuing love for them, and leave a DESERT CAMO Gospel with them to read later.
  3. Provide practical help to someone in your community whose spouse is serving overseas or transitioning back to civilian life. Offer to babysit or run errands as needed.

They have made a great sacrifice for you — now it’s time to tell them about the all-sufficient sacrifice that Jesus made for them!

Order now for Veterans Day – Friday, November 11. 


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Help us Send Hope in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew!

By The Pocket Testament League on Oct 13, 2016 2:15:54 PM


Hope After Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew devastated our friends and neighbors in the South East and throughout the Caribbean. After a natural disaster such as this, many can feel hopeless and search for answers about life's larger purpose. As believers, we have those answers--through God's Word!

As League Members, we get to be hope-givers by sharing the Gospel with those we encounter. So now, let's bring the hope and help we find in the Gospel to people who need it desperately right now. Here's how God is moving at The Pocket Testament League to meet this need. Please prayerfully consider how He might have you get involved.

We are offering FREE expedited 2-day shipping to any Member who orders in the South East to ensure that they get the Gospels they need for their friends and neighbors as quickly as possible. Gospels can be ordered at www.ptl.org/order

Additionally, we've increased our inventory of Haitian Creole Gospels and, right now, are working with in-country partners to see that 5,000 precious Gospels of John can be distributed in Haiti

The Pocket Testament League is committed to moving forward prayerfully yet quickly on these initiatives. Would you help us? Please consider making a gift today to offset the costs of these two initiatives.  

YES - I will help!

And most importantly, please pray with us, that these Gospels will reach hearts that are open and seeking Him and that lives will be changed for eternity as a result

Check out this video on that CEO David Collum posted on Facebook to share more of our team's heart for reaching people in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

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Give Gospels this Thanksgiving

By The Pocket Testament League on Oct 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM

God at Work

 

Just look at how fellow League Members use Thanksgiving to create opportunities to share God’s Word:  

LaDawn S. from Fridley, MN

"I feel that the Lord wants me to give the Gospels of John out everywhere before Thanksgiving - to the clerks at stores and gas stations that I've seen hundreds of times, but have never shared with. I plan on giving them the Gospel of John and telling them that when I think of all that I'm thankful for, what Jesus has done in my life is by far the most important blessing."

Scott S. from Dallas, TX 

"With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, giving away gospels of John becomes just so easy. Whenever anyone does anything remotely nice or helpful, I pull a pocket testament out of my pocket and just tell them 'In the spirit of Thanksgiving, thank you."

Bill D. from Warminster, PA

"We provide a Thanksgiving dinner for those who are at the adolescent rehab center. We give the Gospels of John to those attending. After 6 years there we have had over 1500 young men and women accept Jesus as their Savior."

Join LaDawn, Scott and Bill, and thousands of other League Members who will be sharing the pocket-sized Gospels of John this Thanksgiving. Order your Gospels before it’s too late!  

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