Challenge 2

 


The challenge is to …

In 800 words or so, write down or type your testimony of how the Lord Jesus Christ saved you. Write it in a way that it can be used as a personal gospel tract to give to others.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible for writing out some verses or scripture references on your tract.
  • Computer or pen and paper.
  • A4/A5 card (different coloured card is nice!).
  • Printer.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Spend as much time as you can during the week writing, editing, and re-editing your testimony, and then producing your printed or photocopied tract.

How difficult is this challenge?

No doubt we all have wonderful personal testimonies that could fill many, many pages, so editing it down to 800 or so words will be quite challenging, but certainly can be done. Try to either pick out some key milestones in your life and present them as bulleted highlights for example, or perhaps concentrate on just one aspect of your life that the Lord dealt with that ultimately brought you to salvation. Write it all first, then edit, then read, then edit, then read, and so on – you WILL get to the 800 words eventually.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Try to keep your wording as simple as possible, avoiding long, fancy, technical words and terms.
  • Write from the heart – don’t try to impress people, just be yourself, put down the truth, and be REAL!
  • Only get as personal as you want to be and are comfortable with – don’t forget that the aim is to not only hand out this personal testimony tract to your friends and family, but also to the general public as well.
  • Don’t mention people’s names in your tract – instead, just put initials e.g. John Brown becomes just J.B., or refer to the person as “someone I knew” or “a person let me down”, and so on.
  • Use a one-liner title that describes what the Lord did for you or what He saved you from – try and make it catchy if you can.
  • Use a different font for the title, but not one that’s too ‘childish’  or ‘funny’ looking; use a font style that matches the main theme of the tract.
  • Don’t print black text on white card as people with dyslexia can have trouble reading black on white – black text on coloured card (even slight pastel colour) is fine. If you DO want to use white card, then make your black text a dark grey colour instead, or a different colour altogether.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.

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Rightly dividing the word of truth timeline diagram

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15

Excellent timeline diagram showing from Adam to Eternity. Make sure you are rightly dividing the Bible as commanded by God to do so. If you don’t divide it properly, then you will get into all sorts of trouble – false doctrine, false teaching, fear of losing your salvation, working for your salvation, etc.

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Divine power of the Bible

Power to Save

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16

Power to Comfort

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

Power to Give Joy

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. – John 15:11

Power to Give Wisdom

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. – Psalms 119:130

Power to Give Courage

Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. – Joshua 1:6

Power to Inspire Activity

Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. – Jeremiah 20:9

Power to Equip for Service

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: – 2 Timothy 3:16

Catholicism, New Age, and chronic depression

From Rome to New Age to Christ


Chronic depression, angry mood swings, and anxiety

That was my life for at least 20 years – mental and physical suffering; strained personal and work relationships.

I tried my hardest to get out of it; to change. From studying a ton of self-help tools and techniques to trying different religions; nothing worked. Granted, these things did provide me with a little comfort, but ultimately made me feel more low and empty, and my depression got worse.

On the surface, I had a ‘cool’ lifestyle; expensive sports cars, self-employed, money, married to my dream woman (who loved me very much) who had also given birth to our beautiful dream daughter, so what was the problem? Why the chronic depression?

In 2008, I reached a ‘tipping point’ where I feared I would lose everything in my life. Then one night, I watched a TV programme where a man was talking about the Lord Jesus Christ.

I listened as he spoke about why Jesus had done what He did on the Cross, and that we needed to believe on Him to be forgiven of our sins, in order to go to Heaven when we die.

For some reason, what I heard rang true, and I felt convicted over the sin I had done in my life. I switched off the TV and fell to my knees crying out to God asking Him to forgive me of my sins; believing with my heart the message I had just heard; that Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again the third day. At that moment, I ‘felt’ a heavy weight, or a burden if you will, lifted from me, and my tears turned to rejoicing!

The next morning, I felt like a man with newness of life – lighter, happier, comforted, focused. I realised afterwards that I had been saved by God Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ – The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE.

No matter how much I had tried to ‘clean up’ my life before this, I could not do it. I NEVER would have been able to do it, because I needed to have my sins forgiven by God! Only Jesus could do it. Only Jesus could SAVE me!

Oh friend, the joy in my heart now is wonderful; my life has completely changed!

I do pray you found my brief personal testimony of some interest and comfort to you.

May the Lord bless you as you seek to know Him, and the wonderful salvation He offers FREELY to ALL who call upon Him in genuine, heartfelt repentance.

The ‘Lord’s Prayer’ is NOT what you think it is

READ: Matthew 6:9-15.

Pretty much every person today (Christian and non-Christian), thinks that the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ is the “Our Father” of Matthew chapter 6 and Luke Chapter 11.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:9-10

In verse 9, at the beginning of the prayer, notice the words “pray ye”.

Jesus never classified Himself with His listeners. Here, Jesus is telling His listeners to call God “Our Father”, distinctly showing us that this is NOT the ‘Lord’s prayer’ at all, since the Lord Jesus Christ never prayed it, is not praying it now, and never will pray it. It is a ‘Disciples’ Prayer’ given to Old Testament, Jewish disciples before the crucifixion, resurrection, and the Church Age.

“Our Father” again refers to Israel, and is never given to a Gentile to pray, nor does Christ anywhere in the Sermon on the Mount even intimate that God is “Father” to anyone but an Israelite! Gentiles do not pray this, and as Christians we don’t pray this.

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matthew 6:11-13

You cannot force the Sermon on the Mount and the so-called ‘Lord’s prayer’ into Christian practice. The Christian can follow the prayer to verse 11, but verse 12 offers some difficulties, as no Christian is forgiven on the basis of forgiving others; they are forgiven, and cleansed, when they judge their own sin and confess it to Jesus (1 Cor. 11: 30–33; 1 John 1: 9).

If a Christian’s forgiveness is conditional on forgiving others, then the atonement of Christ (not yet accomplished at this point!) is insufficient, for “forgiveness and remission” of sins are clearly said to be part of the finished work of Christ in the believer (Col. 1: 14; Acts 13: 38–40).

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6:14-15

If there was any doubt as to the ‘salvation’ involved in verse 12, it is now dispelled. The passage is teaching salvation from sin and forgiveness on the basis of WORKS.

If it isn’t ignorance, pride, or lack of study, then perhaps the reason why Christians pray this prayer is that they don’t believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross; they don’t believe in eternal security. They refuse to accept the Pauline revelation on the death and atonement of Christ for sinners.

This prayer then is addressed to God as the “Father” of a physical nation that He begat, and to which He gave birth.

READ: Isaiah 63:16, 64:8; Deuteronomy 32:5-6, 18.

Unless this Matthew passage is left in its Jewish setting, with a primary doctrinal application to the Second Coming (and an outline for a doctrinal prayer for the entire nation of Israel during the Tribulation), it will destroy the soul of the person who seeks to justify him or herself by ‘following’ its example.

READ: 1 Kings 8:22-53 for the actual model for the ‘Lord’s prayer’.

READ: John 17 for the true ‘Lord’s Prayer’.

Do you think God is pleased with this?

When Christians in today’s churches and study groups read together from their multiple ‘bible’ versions, this is how God hears them:

Genesis 1:1-3

Psalm 23:1-6

And this is only 4 different translations! Is this really being in “one accord”?

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. – 1 Corinthians 14:33

Make sure you have God’s ONLY word, the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible.

Challenge 1

 


The challenge is to …

Read Philippians 4:8 each day and do 15mins of exercise during that day whilst meditating on one of the “whatsoever things” mentioned in the verse, e.g. Sun=”true”, Mon=”honest”, and so on. Start to memorise the verse as you read it everyday.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • 20mins free time every day.
  • A place or places to exercise.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

At least 20mins per day.

How difficult is this challenge?

The reading and meditating on the word part of the challenge is easy enough. The effort required for the physical exercise part will depend on your current fitness level. If you are not used to working out in any form at all, then just take it slowly and perhaps go for a walk, or just move your body on the spot if that’s really all you can do. Just as long as you are physically moving for those 15mins that’s all that matters.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Your body may feel like ‘giving up’ on the physical exercise part of this challenge, but DON’T allow it to!
  • The reading of and meditating on the word of God is indeed the most important thing, but the physical exercise at the same time will help you to remain actively focussed on the task at hand. Plus, it is helping to keep you physically fit and healthy in order for you to be able to continue doing the Lord’s work for many year’s to come (if the Lord tarries and spares our lives that is!).
  • Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day as well.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.