What is Your Favorite Gospel Tract

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    Tracts are written for many purposes, but the bulk always have centered around sharing the Gospel message.

    While throwing stones at Chick tracts (in another thread) it caused me to wonder if you use tracts to enhance the Gospel presentation and if so, which is your favorite.

    Thanks. [​IMG]
     
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    An active, living life given to the Lord.
     
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    Some years ago I handed a sailor in the U.S. Navy a gospel tract. He smiled and thanked me for it, and told me that he had "a whole footlocker full of them." I asked him if he had read them, and he told me that he had. We continued to talk and it became clear that although he had not yet accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit was ministering to him through gospel tracts.

    On another occasion I was in an extremely poor part of a third-world country with a friend, and we were at a loss at to why the Holy Spirit had led us to that particular place. Therefore my friend opened up his Bible case to take out his Bible and a very bright, colorful gospel tract printed on glossy paper fell out onto the ground. A most pathetically poor and dirty little boy dressed in rags reached his had out and asked for the tract. It was printed in English and he could not read a word of it, but we gave it to him. Upon receiving it, his entire countenance changed from one of despair to one of joy, and he began tugging at us, asking us to follow him. We did so, and the boy took us to his home to meet his family.

    The “house” was built on a temporarily dry river bed where there was no running water or other utilities, and there was sewage everywhere. The house itself was built out of scrap cardboard, sticks, and stones from the river bed. There were no glass windows or window screens, no appliances, and no furniture. There was no kitchen, no bathroom, not even an outhouse. The stench was horrific, but there were about a dozen children inside, the brothers and sisters of our new friend.

    There have been times when I was in less than a Spiritual frame of mind when a stranger handed a gospel tract to me, and simply receiving the tract helped me to get back on track.

    My favorite tracts are those that present the simple gospel message without any put-downs, especially if they are very bright, colorful gospel tracts printed on glossy paper [​IMG] .
     
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    I used to use "The Five Steps to Heaven" by George Godfrey, a former HAC/FBCH member. He and his wife are friends of my mother. I also use Tim Lee's track "Deadline: Vietnam The Day My Running Stopped". I find both affective.
    But I find that I usually just use my Christian workers New Testament. God's Word is probably the most effective tool I've ever used.

    AVL1984
     
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    "bridge to life"
    by Navepress simple and to the point.

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    So when your team was in Greece at the Olympics, you didn't give out tracts? Just said, "LOOK AT ME?"

    If I did that, I might scare some folks outta hell . . or into! :eek:
     
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    I actually like giving out The Servant King - The Gospel of Luke which is Luke's Gospel in the NIV version (published by International Bible society) and The Great News - The Gospel of John which is John's Gospel in the NIV version in a Newspaper type format(published by International Bible society). Not tracts in the Traditionl sense but the Word of God itself. My Church gives these out in our door to door evangelism plus NIV New Testaments and HCSB New Testaments. [​IMG]
     
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    So when your team was in Greece at the Olympics, you didn't give out tracts? Just said, "LOOK AT ME?"

    If I did that, I might scare some folks outta hell . . or into! :eek:
    </font>[/QUOTE]One of the Lady's at my church went to greece for the olympics, and tried handing out Gosple tracts, and quckly found out it is illeagle to do so, the Greek Orthidox church is very dominate over there, and she had to acquire a permit to pass out gosple tracts, and written on the permit, were rules and regulations on who, and were they could, I wouldn't have belived it if I didn't see the permit with my own two eyes. even after acquiring the permit, people would tell her that it was illeagle, and one woman tried to keep her there at a cafe, while she called the police! Its scarry to think you could go to jail for shareing the Gosple..."GOD BLESS THE USA!!"
     
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    I'd have to see proof of this. I've had friends who have gone to Greece for vacation, and even acquaintances from Augusta, GA who go there to visit relatives every year and they always take and give out tracts in restaurants, in the street, etc. I've never heard them say anything about having to get a permit, nor have I heard any of the missionaries stating such. I'm not saying you're lying, I'm just saying I haven't heard of this from other sources. Could you please post a source that proves the same. I used to date a young lady who was a member of the Greek Orthodox church in Illinois, and her step father said that the GOC is very prominent over there, but that they didn't prohibit prostelytizing, though they didn't really like it.

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    "Are You Going To Heaven" printed by Good News Publishers. Very lovely cover depicting clouds of light and asks "Check below what you feel is the best basis for reaching Heaven: (such as) giving gifts to charity / doing one's best/ good works / praying (etc). Foldout discusses why each of the previous is insufficient. Very nice! One of my favorite tracts. Check it out on www.goodnewspublishers.org and search for #7H06.
     
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    We used to use a tract entitled, "What Must I Do To Be Saved," which we purchased from "Sword of the Lord." I haven't seen this tract in years, but I sure did like it. It was pretty long but explained the Gospel in detail.

    I like also like the Chick tract, "This Was Your Life."
     
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    Actually, we did share vocally a lot, Dr. Bob. And they looked at us without us having to say it!

    Actually, we passed out literature that the the Greek Evangelical Church printed for us that included the book of Luke, a tract that was made for the Olympics called "the Race", and a few other sports oriented peices.

    I don't think that any were "common" tracts.
     
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    My favorite tract is the Bible. It is one of the most powerful presentations of good news that is garanteed not to return void.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    I think that was the name of the teacher I had in a "Personal Evangelism" class at HAC in 1974. If it is the same guy then he was very good. I enjoyed his class very much and he did more than anyone else in spurring me on to witnessing. Not by just motivating but in giving me the tools to do it. It doesn't do much good to tell someone to build a house if you don't teach them how to saw or hammer. I will never forget his advice to KISS them. (Keep It Simple, Stupid). Crude and rude but a very effective memory device, I will never forget it.
     
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    I cannot argue with your beliefs; however, passing out free Bibles can get rather expensive. That is why we choose to use tracts.
     
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    Not just expensive but impractical. How many folks will actually accept a Bible if handed to them on the street? Don't answer that from a christian's point of view, but try to imagine you are joe average on the street.
    The one tract (I use many different ones) I get the most folks to gladly accept has a drawing of a human heart complete with aorta and other veins and arteries wrapped around it. The title says "You are one heartbeat". I tell folks, "I've got something for your heart health."
    I have never been rejected with this one. Many times they open it to read right away, and also many times I have been able to begin a discussion with them. They always leave with at least a smile on their face.
    In His service;
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    Terry,

    That is one reason I support the Gideon's Bible Ministry. But, ask yourself this: How much is a soul worth to you? You do not even have to give them a Bible. Perhaps you might consider opening your Bible and sharing the true Gospel with them. BTW, how many Bibles do most Christians have at their house? We probably have about a dozen or more.

    Jim,

    Their acceptance is of less importance to me when it comes to me sharing the true Gospel to them. This is not a game to me where I am trying to find ways to make the Gosepl more appealing to the unregenerate. My job is to share the Gospel with them and God has promised that his word will not return void. I find no such promise for your tract. Sharing the Word of God is never too expensive or impractical. I am thinking that in your endeavors to appeal to the lost world that your thinking has become a bit too much like them.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    The "Heaven Tract" free copies of which can be ordered from:

    P.O. Box 775
    Pharr, TX. 78577


    Mv lovers may not like it cuz it uses the KJV and the author of the tract is KJV Only.


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    FYI Joe;
    "You are one heartbeat" is PURE SCRIPTURE. So in your arrogance I think you got a size nine boot in your mouth.
    Happy trails!
    In His service;
    Jim
    BTW If they do NOT accept what you are trying to give them then how on earth do you expect to give them the knowledge of your Saviour?
    I can see it now...
    "Hey buddy... stand still while I read you the Bible."
    Passerby, "Get lost!"
     
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    Nope. It is a tract with some scripture in it and some guys interpretation of said scripture in it. BTW, God has promised that his word will not return void. If you don't have enough faith to believe what God's Word says, that is not my problem. I see no such promise for your man-made worldly tract. My God is a soveriegn God who will save whom he wills and no man-made tract will change that.

    Joseph Botwinick

    PS: In response to your assertion that "I have never been rejected with this one. Many times they open it to read right away, and also many times I have been able to begin a discussion with them. They always leave with at least a smile on their face.":

    1. If the lost have never rejected it, you might want to re-evaluate how scriptural it is.

    2. Most people who get their ears tickled do leave with a smile on their face. Too bad that they are still leaving without the Word of God and without any conviction of sin.

    Joseph Botwinick
     

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