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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

Do any of you use Bible tracts when you are witnessing? If so, which ones? Why?

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I was wondering if any of you used Bible tracts in witnessing to others, or to give the Gospel to people you only get to see in passing and can't truly don't have the time to fully present the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you use tracts, which ones do you use, and why do you use that particular tract? I know growing up in the IFB churches in Illinois, many of the churches used a "What Can I Do to Be Saved?" tract. There were several others as well, and there were many decisions for Christ made using those tracts. Thank you in advance. 

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God's Simply Plan of Salvation by LifeGate (with its various cover designs)
Peace by LifeGate
Are You 100% Sure by Partner's in Ministry
Amazing Love by Partner's in Ministry (Note: Not in favor of all that Partner's in Ministry produces)

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1 minute ago, Pastor Scott Markle said:

God's Simply Plan of Salvation by LifeGate (with its various cover designs)
Peace by LifeGate
Are You 100% Sure by Partner's in Ministry
Amazing Love by Partner's in Ministry (Note: Not in favor of all that Partner's in Ministry produces)

Thank you. One of the ones we used, and still use was "God's Simple Plan of Salvation". My mother uses one every time she goes out with her fellowship group of women, but I don't recall what it is. It's from Lifeway, and her IFB church (Cornerstone Baptist Church out of Morton,IL) uses it on a consistant basis. Both have yielded great results. 

A resource I have used at times to help people who are on the fence about the issue. 

https://biblebelievers.com/Torrey3.html

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Also a 12 page booklet entitled "God's Way of Forgiveness for Your Sins" that I have compiled myself and that our church has printed by Bethel Baptist Print Ministry in London, Ontario.  This booklet contains two primary sections: 

I. The first five pages - God's Way of Forgiveness for Your Sins
   (with the following subpoints, and corresponding passages typed out)
     1. You must believe the truth of God's Word that you need God's forgiveness for your sins.
          You must acknowledge that you have sinned against God.
          You must acknowledge that you deserve God's judgment.
          You must acknowledge that you cannot save yourself.
     2. You must believe the truth of God's Word that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the only way of forgiveness and salvation -- through His shed blood, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for you and for your sins and sinfulness.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son, and that He rose again from the dead.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only way of forgiveness and salvation from your sins.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ can and will save you from your sins.
     3. You must obey the commandment of God's Word to believe and call upon God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as your personal Savior from sin.
          You must personally choose from you heart to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
          You must personally and purposefully call in faith from your heart unto the Lord Jesus Christ, asking Him to save you from your sins.
          You should call upon the Lord Jesus Christ in faith and receive Him as your personal Savior right now.
          (After a few corresponding passages to the last truth, a "Sample Prayer" is included along with the following note: "This prayer is not magical.  If you do not mean this prayer from your heart, it will do you no good.")

II.  The sixth page - My Decision for Christ
     (An explanation that the decision to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior makes one a child of God.  A place to record their spiritual birth date.  And some corresponding passages to the above truth.)

III.  The seventh through tenth page - Counsels to The New Born Child of God
     (with the following subpoints, and corresponding passages typed out)
     1.  Know that you have eternal life and that you are secure forever in the Lord's hand.
     2.  Joyfully obey your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in being baptized Biblically as a believer.
     3.  Give yourself as a living sacrifice to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to live your life wholly for Him.
     4.  Speak to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every day in prayer.
     5.  Read from and meditate on the Word of God every day.
     6.  Faithfully obey the counsels and commands that your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives to you from His Word (the Bible).
     7.  Attend a Biblically faithful church (a church that preaches, teaches, and stand for the truth of God's Word) whenever it has services.
     8.  Confess your sins in prayer to the Lord and ask His forgiveness, whenever you disobey the counsels and commands of His Word.
     9.  Tell others how the Lord Jesus Christ saved you from your sins, and seek to lead them to receive Him as their personal Savior also.

IV.  The eleventh page - An invitation to Melvin Baptist Church.

V.  The twelfth page - a blank page.

_____________________________

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30 minutes ago, Pastor Scott Markle said:

Also a 12 page booklet entitled "God's Way of Forgiveness for Your Sins" that I have compiled myself and that our church has printed by Bethel Baptist Print Ministry in London, Ontario.  This booklet contains two primary sections: 

I. The first five pages - God's Way of Forgiveness for Your Sins
   (with the following subpoints, and corresponding passages typed out)
     1. You must believe the truth of God's Word that you need God's forgiveness for your sins.
          You must acknowledge that you have sinned against God.
          You must acknowledge that you deserve God's judgment.
          You must acknowledge that you cannot save yourself.
     2. You must believe the truth of God's Word that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the only way of forgiveness and salvation -- through His shed blood, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for you and for your sins and sinfulness.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son, and that He rose again from the dead.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only way of forgiveness and salvation from your sins.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ can and will save you from your sins.
     3. You must obey the commandment of God's Word to believe and call upon God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as your personal Savior from sin.
          You must personally choose from you heart to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
          You must personally and purposefully call in faith from your heart unto the Lord Jesus Christ, asking Him to save you from your sins.
          You should call upon the Lord Jesus Christ in faith and receive Him as your personal Savior right now.
          (After a few corresponding passages to the last truth, a "Sample Prayer" is included along with the following note: "This prayer is not magical.  If you do not mean this prayer from your heart, it will do you no good.")

II.  The sixth page - My Decision for Christ
     (An explanation that the decision to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior makes one a child of God.  A place to record their spiritual birth date.  And some corresponding passages to the above truth.)

III.  The seventh through tenth page - Counsels to The New Born Child of God
     (with the following subpoints, and corresponding passages typed out)
     1.  Know that you have eternal life and that you are secure forever in the Lord's hand.
     2.  Joyfully obey your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in being baptized Biblically as a believer.
     3.  Give yourself as a living sacrifice to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to live your life wholly for Him.
     4.  Speak to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every day in prayer.
     5.  Read from and meditate on the Word of God every day.
     6.  Faithfully obey the counsels and commands that your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives to you from His Word (the Bible).
     7.  Attend a Biblically faithful church (a church that preaches, teaches, and stand for the truth of God's Word) whenever it has services.
     8.  Confess your sins in prayer to the Lord and ask His forgiveness, whenever you disobey the counsels and commands of His Word.
     9.  Tell others how the Lord Jesus Christ saved you from your sins, and seek to lead them to receive Him as their personal Savior also.

IV.  The eleventh page - An invitation to Melvin Baptist Church.

V.  The twelfth page - a blank page.

_____________________________

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I like this one! A lot of information, yet compact and concise. A great resource. 🙂

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Hi Brother Tony,

Pastor Markle's tract looks really good.

You might want to consider the simple Gospel tract that I designed also.  It can be printed out, cut, and folded.

I have attached it in addition to a file which gives printing, cutting, and folding instructions.  I only have the tract file in MS Word format at this time.  I tried converting it to PDF but it didn't print correctly.  If you don't use MS Word, let me know and I'll try converting it again.

If you do print it out, I suggest that you print a single copy to start with (just to make sure it prints correctly before you print more).Gospel Tract (2).docx

 

I hope it's a help.

Brother Bruce

How to print the Gospel tract.pdf

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3 hours ago, Pastor Scott Markle said:

Also a 12 page booklet entitled "God's Way of Forgiveness for Your Sins" that I have compiled myself and that our church has printed by Bethel Baptist Print Ministry in London, Ontario.  This booklet contains two primary sections: 

I. The first five pages - God's Way of Forgiveness for Your Sins
   (with the following subpoints, and corresponding passages typed out)
     1. You must believe the truth of God's Word that you need God's forgiveness for your sins.
          You must acknowledge that you have sinned against God.
          You must acknowledge that you deserve God's judgment.
          You must acknowledge that you cannot save yourself.
     2. You must believe the truth of God's Word that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the only way of forgiveness and salvation -- through His shed blood, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for you and for your sins and sinfulness.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son, and that He rose again from the dead.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only way of forgiveness and salvation from your sins.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ can and will save you from your sins.
     3. You must obey the commandment of God's Word to believe and call upon God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as your personal Savior from sin.
          You must personally choose from you heart to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
          You must personally and purposefully call in faith from your heart unto the Lord Jesus Christ, asking Him to save you from your sins.
          You should call upon the Lord Jesus Christ in faith and receive Him as your personal Savior right now.
          (After a few corresponding passages to the last truth, a "Sample Prayer" is included along with the following note: "This prayer is not magical.  If you do not mean this prayer from your heart, it will do you no good.")

II.  The sixth page - My Decision for Christ
     (An explanation that the decision to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior makes one a child of God.  A place to record their spiritual birth date.  And some corresponding passages to the above truth.)

III.  The seventh through tenth page - Counsels to The New Born Child of God
     (with the following subpoints, and corresponding passages typed out)
     1.  Know that you have eternal life and that you are secure forever in the Lord's hand.
     2.  Joyfully obey your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in being baptized Biblically as a believer.
     3.  Give yourself as a living sacrifice to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to live your life wholly for Him.
     4.  Speak to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every day in prayer.
     5.  Read from and meditate on the Word of God every day.
     6.  Faithfully obey the counsels and commands that your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives to you from His Word (the Bible).
     7.  Attend a Biblically faithful church (a church that preaches, teaches, and stand for the truth of God's Word) whenever it has services.
     8.  Confess your sins in prayer to the Lord and ask His forgiveness, whenever you disobey the counsels and commands of His Word.
     9.  Tell others how the Lord Jesus Christ saved you from your sins, and seek to lead them to receive Him as their personal Savior also.

IV.  The eleventh page - An invitation to Melvin Baptist Church.

V.  The twelfth page - a blank page.

_____________________________

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Do you by any chance sell copies of these? 

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2 hours ago, PastorMatt said:

Do you by any chance sell copies of these? 

1 hour ago, BrotherTony said:

I'd like to know that myself! 🙂

Hmmmm.  To this point in time, I have not done so, but have only used them in and for our church ministry.  I suppose that I am open to doing so, but would have to consider exactly how to go about it (calculating printing cost, shipping, etc.).  At first I would think it best to send a sample to those who might be interested, in order that they might check over the booklet as a whole and be sure of their interest.  If that sounds acceptable, we can proceed from there.  (Note: We would also need to figure out how to place a different church imprint, than that of Melvin Baptist Church, on the last/invitation page.  For that I may need to discuss with the printing ministry concerning how to make such changes.) 

 

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2 hours ago, BibleBruce said:

Hi Brother Tony,

Pastor Markle's tract looks really good.

You might want to consider the simple Gospel tract that I designed also.  It can be printed out, cut, and folded.

I have attached it in addition to a file which gives printing, cutting, and folding instructions.  I only have the tract file in MS Word format at this time.  I tried converting it to PDF but it didn't print correctly.  If you don't use MS Word, let me know and I'll try converting it again.

If you do print it out, I suggest that you print a single copy to start with (just to make sure it prints correctly before you print more).Gospel Tract (2).docx

 

I hope it's a help.

Brother Bruce

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Brother Bruce, 

I also attempted to transfer your tract into a pdf format.  It turned out as follows:

Brother Bruce's Gospel Tract.pdf

See if that will work for you.

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Chick Tracts. 

I would personally still read a Chick Tract, even at my age, over any of the other tracts. 

They might not be for everyone especially the intelligentsia but I think most males of any age would read them as compared to other tracts. I'm not sure about women, though.

I used to drop them off at the local laundromat and the college kids would read them. 

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14 hours ago, SureWord said:

Chick Tracts. 

I would personally still read a Chick Tract, even at my age, over any of the other tracts. 

They might not be for everyone especially the intelligentsia but I think most males of any age would read them as compared to other tracts. I'm not sure about women, though.

I used to drop them off at the local laundromat and the college kids would read them. 

Some off the chick tracts can get weird and highly conspiratorial. I would avoid chick tracts. 

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42 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

I try to avoid Chick tracts. I used to use them years ago, but they got to be a bit too corny for my taste.

Maybe but people will read those tracts. They will drop the other ones on the ground. I seen it all the time when passing out tracts.

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One tract that I  am using at present comes from "Grace to You" ministry...John McArthur. It's called "STOP: Who Do You Think I Am?" It's been a pretty effective tract for me. I use several others as well, but I like this one. 

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On 7/20/2021 at 4:00 PM, PastorMatt said:

Do you by any chance sell copies of these? 

On 7/20/2021 at 5:15 PM, BrotherTony said:

I'd like to know that myself! 🙂

Brother Matt & Brother Tony, are you interested in receiving a sample copy of the booklet?  If so, let me know your mailing address through private message.  Sample copy would be sent with no cost to you.

 

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I started out using Mark Cahills tracts. They are rather lengthy and well made but they are meant to really help break down the Gospel. They are more like small booklets.

I've talked to Mark through email and he told me he was IFB and always uses the KJV. He gives a lot of talks on soulwinning and has written books on the importance of it. My favorite book of his is "The One Thing You Can't Do In Heaven" which is save the lost so making it a priority during our lifetimes.

Mark is probably most famous because of his friendship with Charles Barkley who he played college basketball with and his attempts to share the gospel with people like Micheal Jordan (who rejected it)and whoever crosses his path. Mark tells a story in the book I mentioned above about how Charles Barkley's brother flatlined  and during the time he was dead he says his body went to a place that could only be described as hell before he was brought back to life. Mark tried to use that experience to try to get him saved but even then he refused Jesus.

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9 hours ago, Disciple.Luke said:

I started out using Mark Cahills tracts. They are rather lengthy and well made but they are meant to really help break down the Gospel. They are more like small booklets.

I've talked to Mark through email and he told me he was IFB and always uses the KJV. He gives a lot of talks on soulwinning and has written books on the importance of it. My favorite book of his is "The One Thing You Can't Do In Heaven" which is save the lost so making it a priority during our lifetimes.

Mark is probably most famous because of his friendship with Charles Barkley who he played college basketball with and his attempts to share the gospel with people like Micheal Jordan (who rejected it)and whoever crosses his path. Mark tells a story in the book I mentioned above about how Charles Barkley's brother flatlined  and during the time he was dead he says his body went to a place that could only be described as hell before he was brought back to life. Mark tried to use that experience to try to get him saved but even then he refused Jesus.

MarkCahill.org

Yes! I've heard of Mark Cahill. I believe my mother has used some of his tracts when she goes out to restaurants. My mother always over-tips and leaves a tract, no matter how good or bad the service is. That way the server knows that the action was done out of concern for their eternal souls, and not just as a bribe to read. My mother usually talks with the server and brings the Lord into the conversation. She's always been great about telling how the Lord has worked in her life. I'm truly blessed to have a Godly, consistant mother with a wonderful tesitmony. 

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On 7/20/2021 at 12:13 PM, Pastor Scott Markle said:

Also a 12 page booklet entitled "God's Way of Forgiveness for Your Sins" that I have compiled myself and that our church has printed by Bethel Baptist Print Ministry in London, Ontario.  This booklet contains two primary sections: 

I. The first five pages - God's Way of Forgiveness for Your Sins
   (with the following subpoints, and corresponding passages typed out)
     1. You must believe the truth of God's Word that you need God's forgiveness for your sins.
          You must acknowledge that you have sinned against God.
          You must acknowledge that you deserve God's judgment.
          You must acknowledge that you cannot save yourself.
     2. You must believe the truth of God's Word that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the only way of forgiveness and salvation -- through His shed blood, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for you and for your sins and sinfulness.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son, and that He rose again from the dead.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only way of forgiveness and salvation from your sins.
          You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ can and will save you from your sins.
     3. You must obey the commandment of God's Word to believe and call upon God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as your personal Savior from sin.
          You must personally choose from you heart to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
          You must personally and purposefully call in faith from your heart unto the Lord Jesus Christ, asking Him to save you from your sins.
          You should call upon the Lord Jesus Christ in faith and receive Him as your personal Savior right now.
          (After a few corresponding passages to the last truth, a "Sample Prayer" is included along with the following note: "This prayer is not magical.  If you do not mean this prayer from your heart, it will do you no good.")

II.  The sixth page - My Decision for Christ
     (An explanation that the decision to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior makes one a child of God.  A place to record their spiritual birth date.  And some corresponding passages to the above truth.)

III.  The seventh through tenth page - Counsels to The New Born Child of God
     (with the following subpoints, and corresponding passages typed out)
     1.  Know that you have eternal life and that you are secure forever in the Lord's hand.
     2.  Joyfully obey your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in being baptized Biblically as a believer.
     3.  Give yourself as a living sacrifice to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to live your life wholly for Him.
     4.  Speak to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every day in prayer.
     5.  Read from and meditate on the Word of God every day.
     6.  Faithfully obey the counsels and commands that your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives to you from His Word (the Bible).
     7.  Attend a Biblically faithful church (a church that preaches, teaches, and stand for the truth of God's Word) whenever it has services.
     8.  Confess your sins in prayer to the Lord and ask His forgiveness, whenever you disobey the counsels and commands of His Word.
     9.  Tell others how the Lord Jesus Christ saved you from your sins, and seek to lead them to receive Him as their personal Savior also.

IV.  The eleventh page - An invitation to Melvin Baptist Church.

V.  The twelfth page - a blank page.

_____________________________

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I received a copy in mail yesterday, thank you. You did an excellent job compiling Bible verses and put them together in an easy way to understand. 

Obviously, it's a booklet so how do you use these? You pass them out? You place them on doors?

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