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8 Ways to Share the Gospel with Dads, Grads, and Newlyweds

By PTL TEAM on May 19, 2017 8:17:00 AM


Celebrate dads, grads, and newlyweds with these 8 Gospel-sharing ideas

May is a month of excitement and celebration! In this sunny season, many of you are touching up the final plans for your wedding, graduation, or the upcoming Father’s Day. Even more exciting, you might be spending time with family and friends that you haven’t seen in a while. What a great time to share the Gospel with unsaved loved ones!

Are you unsure how to approach them? Charles Spurgeon recommends, “Let each one of us, if we have done nothing for Christ, begin to do something now. The distribution of tracts is the first thing.” Following Spurgeon’s advice, we’ve created eight Gospel-sharing gift ideas that you can easily make for Dads and grads or give away as newlyweds.

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A Godly Mother’s Highest Honor

By PTL TEAM on May 11, 2017 6:56:00 AM


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From the time a godly mother nurtures her children as babies, she is pouring herself into them day after day. She teaches her beloved little ones to walk and talk and encourages them in school. Of all the lessons this godly woman teaches, though, she puts the most importance on the subject of her Lord.

PTL has had the privilege of seeing such godly mothers in action, and the League welcomes you to read many great examples. The highest honor that any godly mother could have is that her children know and proclaim the Gospel.

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3 ways to help your child embrace the Great Commission

By PTL Contributor on May 9, 2017 5:00:00 AM


How do you teach your children share their faith? 3 strategies for Christian parents training kids to share the Gospel. Parent encouragement, parenting tips, parenting teens Christian articles, Christian faith.

What do you remember about the day you brought your children home from the hospital?

I’m (99 percent) sure you didn’t think about the war you just stepped into. But each baby placed into your care was an arrow.


“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.”
Psalm 127:4 (ESV)


You were given future warriors to train for battle. Biblical parenting is possibly the greatest mission you’ll ever be given.

Those tiny mouths you wipe (and the bigger ones you may occasionally wash out with soap) are mouths our God will use to silence the enemy.


“Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.”
Psalm 8:2 (NIV)


The strongest defense against the lies of the enemy is an army sharing the good news. But if your enemy knows what your strongest weapon is, that’s where he targets his strongest counter-measures.

So, maybe you could use a little strategy session as you plan for sharpening your arrows and preparing your children to engage in the great combat — that is, the Great Commission.

Gather around for a little intelligence briefing. From one warrior-mom to another, here’s a little of what I’ve learned.

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National Day of Prayer: Sharing God's Word today.

By PTL TEAM on May 4, 2017 12:01:00 AM

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“…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Inspirational stories of the power of prayer fill the pages of the Bible. Testimonies from Jonah, Daniel, Job, David, the Apostles, and so many more demonstrate the rich tradition of prayer and its role in our relationship with Jesus, the Christ.

Pray For One and All

You have heard of the power of prayer. You know that God listens to your words, touches your heart and mind, and gives you strength and confidence. You know that God can transform individual lives with one plea for help.

So what could be accomplished if a country of approximately 325 million people joined together in unity on the same day, praying to the one Almighty, Sovereign God for peace and harmony?

Past and Present

On May 4, 2017, the United States recognizes a National Day of Prayer, a tradition dating back to the 18th century, when the U.S. forefathers supported a day of “fasting, humiliation and prayer” in the spring, as well as a day of thanksgiving and praise in the fall.

Around the world, Christians are persecuted for their faith and for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Throughout time, the battlefield has shifted and the issues have changed, but the need to fight has been and will forever be constant. As spiritual warriors, we must arm ourselves with the most powerful weapon that exists:  prayer.

Share a Prayer

On this Thursday, the National Day of Prayer, set aside time to pray. Remove distractions, focus your mind and attention on God, let the Holy Spirit guide you, and pray for your life and those of others. Pray for our nation. Pray for our world. Pray for our military and for our peacekeepers. Pray for our teachers and our rescue workers. Pray that good overturns evil, that right usurps wrong, that unity replaces division, and that the people of the earth turn to the one person with the power to forgive sins, save lives, and offer an eternity of peace and love.

In addition, pray that God places someone in your path on this very day who desperately needs to hear the Word of God. Pray that He gives you the words to speak to offer a personal testimony of the power of God’s grace. Equip yourself with the Gospel of John and start sharing God's Word today. And, most importantly, pray with that person. Teach the power of prayer through personal demonstration, as Jesus Christ taught his disciples. And pray that God touches that person’s heart with the peace and assurance of grace and love that only He can provide.

Do you have the Word of God at the ready to share with someone God sees fit to send to you? If not, visit The Pocket Testament League and order your copies today. The League has been equipping Christians to Read, Carry, and Share® the Word of God since 1893. You can make a difference in someone’s life for all eternity by sharing what you know and believe about the power of prayer.

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Plug into the Power of Prayer when Sharing the Gospel

By PTL TEAM on May 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM


Pray when sharing the Gospel with others

“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” - James 5:16

Each one of us has experienced electricity going out when a storm hits, leaving everything in the home utterly powerless. Refrigerators, air conditioners, televisions and whatever else relies on power to operate cannot function at all. Why? Because they have no power. Isn’t it good to know that God’s power never goes out? There is nothing that can happen in our lives or around the world that will cause God’s power from being available to His children. When we pray, we can rest assured that we pray to a powerful God who does powerful things according to His will and for His glory. We don’t have to worry about an all powerful God being powerless. But at times we are guilty of unplugging from the power that God provides. When we go through our day without prayer, we are like an appliance that has been unplugged from the available power it needs to function. James 5:16 reminds us that the prayers of God’s people have great power. Nothing of eternal significance happens in and through God’s people apart from dependent and consistent prayer. Therefore, we must continually pray to plug into God’s power. Nothing of eternal significance happens in and through God’s people apart from dependent and consistent prayer. Therefore, we must continually pray to plug into God’s power. This is true in all areas of life but also in our efforts to share the Gospel with people in our lives who don’t know Christ. Here is a testimony from League Member, Jesse S. from Bemidji, MN who finds her strength to share Christ through prayer.

“I use the Gospels of John because lately I’ve been convicted about sharing The Gospel with people. My problem in the past was that I was too afraid because I thought I needed to know all the answers and anticipate all of the questions that might be asked. Because of recent events in my life and my friends’ lives, I have really been awakened to the need to share The Gospel with people intentionally, not in my strength but in the strength of the Holy Spirit. I have realized that I just need to pray for and take opportunities to share and love on people. No more sitting around and being lukewarm for me. I never gain want to be content to watch the world go by and not do the job God has called me to do. No more passing up opportunities to give people the best news in the world. I am a Christian, and I am no longer afraid nor ashamed."

This is true in all areas of life but also in our efforts to share the Gospel with people in our lives who don’t know Christ. In this article, we will discuss some practical yet powerful ways you can pray for yourself and for those you share Christ with.

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Christian Athletes Point To Christ

By PTL TEAM on Apr 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM


Reach sports fans and athletes with this powerful Ultimate Victory Gospel of John booklet.

Entering The Sports Lion's Den - How You Can Effectively Point To Christ


Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant walked into the Lion's Den on Saturday night, February 11, 2017.

The Lion's Den just happened to be in Oklahoma City. And, he was facing the Thunder, not starved lions. Well, Thunder fans in the arena that night acted like starved lions ready to devour Durant.

Durant was returning to OKC for the first time since leaving the team and city to play for the mighty Golden State Warriors.

He spent his entire career wearing the Thunder uniform, and then became a free agent before the 2016-2017 season. But, instead of re-signing with Oklahoma City, Durant decided to leave for California to play for a Warriors team already loaded with NBA All-Stars.

Then came the night when Durant returned to his former city. The crowd was rabid and looking for ways to ridicule their former star player. They taunted him with "cupcake" chants and much ruder comments. Plus, the Thunder players tried to pick fights with their former teammate during the game.

Durant answered with a team-high 34 points and 9 rebounds. And, his new team won by 16 points.

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Help That "CEO" Sitting Next To You Truly Know Jesus

By PTL TEAM on Apr 9, 2017 7:00:00 AM


 Reach a CEO on Easter Sunday By Ordering These Gospel of John booklets! 

  

 

Do you know what a CEO is? Not in the business world, but in the Christian world. It's someone who attends church on Christmas and Easter Only


During your church's Easter service on April 16, you might find yourself sitting next to a CEO who is looking for hope. And you can easily recognize this person because you last saw him or her on Christmas. The question, though, is whether you are equipped to share the Gospel with the person that God puts in your path.

At Easter services, you might find yourself sitting next to a “CEO” who is looking for hope. Click to Tweet

We know it might be uncomfortable to witness to someone at church because, well, you're at church. And, everyone at church already knows God, right? Not necessarily. If people's hearts have been hardened or if they are begrudgingly attending the service, they need life change, too.

The key to successful evangelism is knowing how to react once you spot a CEO. And then studying their behavior during the Easter service. They are probably doing one or all of the following. (1) Shifting nervously throughout the service. (2) Looking around the church pretending to be interested. (3) Subtly trying to check the time on their watch.


Once you understand what the CEO is thinking, you have to know how to engage them in conversation. Hearing about Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and the power to transform our lives should be enough to reach even the most hardened heart. But, according to this Church Marketing blog, it's very difficult to reach and retain infrequent or first-time visitors.

That's why you have such an important role reinforcing the Easter message. This is your opportunity to be an agent for life-change and bring CEOs back to church. How you do that is helping them truly understand the power of God's Word and Jesus' life on earth.

When you decide it's time to talk to this person, pray about what to say and how to say it. And, be sure to take these pocket-sized "Gospel of John" booklets with you to church for a personal touch. It will help you share what it means to have an authentic, personal relationship with Jesus.

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Celebrate with us!

By PTL TEAM on Apr 6, 2017 7:25:00 AM

 

 

As we look to the ultimate story of hope we have in Jesus this month, we are celebrating the stories of hope we get to see as lives are changed through God’s Word. Won’t you take a moment to be encouraged by this incredible, spine-tingling story we recently received?

“There is a bookcase at a railway station with free literature and I always take a few different Gospels there. As I was re-stocking the Gospels, I heard a voice behind me, “So, you are the one who brings Gospels here?” I turned around and saw a small elderly lady, all dressed in black. When I said yes, she shared that she had been coming there for a month to see me, in order to tell me the most amazing story that was connected to one of those Gospels.

One day she was headed to see a doctor and realized that she had forgotten her Gospels that she had always carried with her. So, she stopped by the railway station bookcase to get one. When she arrived to the hospital, she decided to sit for a bit to read the Word of God. Near where she was sitting sat a sad-looking young girl. The elderly woman got the Gospel out and, without thinking about it, put it on the table right in front of the girl and then sat in her chair.
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Scriptures To Prepare Your Heart For Easter

By PTL TEAM on Apr 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM


Prepare your heart for Easter by reflecting on resurrection Scriptures

Did Not Our Hearts Burn Within Us? Prepare your Heart for Easter.


“Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” - Luke 24:32


On Easter Sunday, Christians from all over the world will remember and reflect upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For many it will be a celebration filled with great rejoicing and heart felt praise and worship. For others, remembering the resurrection will be done out of tradition that engages the mind with truth without impacting the heart. Our worship of God should engage both the mind and the heart. Our minds must be informed with the truth of God’s Word. Worship is shallow when the truth about who God is and what He has done is missing. But worship is also passionless and without affections when our hearts are not impacted by the truth we hold in our minds. True worship engages both the mind and the heart as the truth we know changes the heart. On Easter Sunday, you don’t want to show up to your church’s Easter service finding that your mind is far from truth or your heart far from God. So, begin preparing your heart for Easter today.

 

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Spring Break! Help Students Leave With Christ, Not Regrets

By PTL TEAM on Mar 24, 2017 3:52:09 PM


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Hopefully you avoided the movie "Spring Breakers" that came out in 2013. It was an indecent and offensive movie that highlighted the need for God's spirit to sweep across Florida beaches. But, it drew so much attention because it featured former wholesome Disney stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in shocking lead roles.

The movie also captured the darkness and un-Christ-like environment that young people are exposed to while on break from high school or college. Unfortunately, the darkness masquerading as light is appealing to many students who want to lose themselves for a week. We know it's our sin nature, but our culture makes it acceptable, which makes it even more appealing.

That's why it's so important to reach future leaders and decision-makers with God's Word.

Students are at the crossroads of life - they could make irrational decisions that lead to massive regret or find true fulfillment through Jesus Christ. And, we really want them to find Jesus! According to travel site Orbitz, more than 50 percent of college students planned spring break trips in 2015. That's millions of students thinking about life choices.

When those students planned their trip to Florida, Texas, or California, they were thinking about belonging to something bigger than themselves. It's spring break - a gathering point for so many people. Yet, the end of that road is emptiness and unfulfillment because it's a temporary escape. We know that true "belonging" is being in God's family. That comes from a relationship with our Father and believing that Jesus is our savior, as identified in the Gospel of John.

But, how do you convince spring-breakers to drop what they're doing and follow Jesus when that person is so adamant about living it up? You let the Word of God do the talking!

Think about your position this Spring Break. You probably fall into one of three categories.

(1) You are traveling/know someone who is traveling for Spring Break.

(2) You live in a Spring Break hot spot.

(3) You will encounter a spring-breaker while vacationing with your family.

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