Zechariah 4:6 (English Standard Version)

6Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.

God has definitely grown me over the past two years.  I love seeking the Lord in his Word and in prayer. His leading by the power of the Holy Spirit has stretched me as I yearn to grow to be like my Jesus.

Writing is one of my passions and I always want to keep writing. Savor the Savior has allowed me to post what the Lord has placed on my heart and share some of the evangelism experiences.

I really want to do more writing in the area of biblical application, devotional, bible study, and as the Lord leads. One goal I would like to set in my lifetime is to write one Christian book. The Lord is showing me in prayer and devotional times to dig deeper in prayer and personal bible devotions. Deeper interaction with the Lord leads to his guidance in growing to be more like Him.

I am thankful for Calvary Chapel movement in their passion for being led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. They have also a deep passion for deep study of the Bible(book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, precept upon precept).

I love sharing with others my Christian faith and relationship with Jesus.  Starting a new blog will allow me to write in a different format than journal my evangelism interactions with people.(I will post these interactions on my facebook Tractman fan page .)

Some of the great past Christian preachers and writers have influenced me deeply to blog and eventually bring these ideas from the blogs into a book.(Maybe more than one if the Lord allows). Some of these past Christian writers/preachers are A.W. Tozer, Leonard Ravenhill, and David Wilkerson.  These three have had a deep prayer life and time in God’s Word. By these two factors men become Spirit-led men in proclaiming repentance and faith in the Lord.

Thank you to all for your readership, comments, encouragements, and prayers.

A new blog will be formed shortly. I will post here on Savor the Savior, Facebook  and email on the new blog.

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Many think of Evangelizing is solely going out on  a street corner and passing out tracts. However, there are different aspects of being apart of Evangelism.

Here is a list I have complied on my own or by some of the books I have read on Evangelism(not an exhaustive list but a framework):

1. Father/Jesus/Holy Spirit(GOD): Without God, Evangelism does not occur.

2. Evangelizer: The actual person that meets a person(s) or leave gospel material available to people.

3. Prayer Team: Those with a holy passion to pray for any or all aspects of Evangelism. These individuals are like the pre-strike airplanes in war that alert the civilians in the targeted area to flee the coming attacks. These prayers  go before, during, and after the Evangelism.  Realizing God is the Master Conductor, prayer is realizing our need for God to be involved in every aspect of life.

4. Encourager: This person is the Cheerleader for the Evangelizer.  We all need Barnabas in our life. The Evangelizer needs to be continually uplifted in spirits.  Encourager puts a smile and spring in the step of the Evangelizer.

5. Tract Supplier: Title says it. The Evangelizer uses tracts to communicate to people. Tracts have been around since the printing press started printing Bibles. They are a like the bullets to Barney Fife’s gun. Although, the Evangelizer needs more than one tract(unlike Barney) in his arsenal.  There are different kinds of tracts to give to people. Just ask the Evangelizer his preference in tracts. Warning not all tracts have the Gospel and all are not Christian tracts. Hence, communicating with the Evangelizer is necessary. Don’t want the Christian Evangelizer giving a tract that is not biblical or may direct the reader to a cult.(i.e. Mormons, J.W., etc.)

6. Accountability Partners/Board members: These are usually the same gender of the Evangelizer. Evangelizer reports back on occurrences in the field. Any dangers they encounter.(physical harm, sexual temptations, verbal confrontations, law enforcement encounters, etc). Help keep the Evangelizer humble, honest, and above reproach.

7. Lawyer: Assists on legal issues, local laws, legal entanglements with groups/individuals/law enforcement/city code officers/etc.

8. Pastors: When the Evangelizer goes out to Evangelize, he not only represents the Lord, but to his home church. The Evangelizer needs to realize the biblical authority of the Pastor to the Evangelizer.   If a person on the field becomes a Christian believer, then the need for the new baby in the Lord needs spiritual nourishment from a body of Christian believers. If they do not have a church home and are in the same area as the Evangelizer, the Evangelizer needs to invite the person to his/her church. If they are not from the area, try to keep in contact with the person to help them find a Biblically based Church. (Pray the Lord lead them to a church if further contact will be unable to occur.)

This is a very basic list. The Evangelism Team list helps form a framework for the Body of Christ to operate in a biblical function.  Everyone can participate in Evangelism through many aspects. I pray this is a help to the Church body.

 

I joined four other men to go into a max. security pod to share Jesus, pray and give away new testament bibles to the inmates. Was blessed by having a neat bible study with an inmate( J.) He loves studying the Word and I encouraged him to stay in the ministry of prayer while behind locked doors. Told him how God will reward him for praying(laying treasures in Heaven).

Wow. God is good.  Thank you Jesus for allowing me to serve you in Jail ministry!!!

Today was the monthly “First Friday” in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is a monthly event held on the first Friday of every month. Everything “artsy” happens in the downtown area of Knoxville.  Nothing wrong with the Arts and there are many artists here that are talented. However, there are some that take their gift and it is used in a very non-Christian way.  This is an open opportunity to share the Gospel and hand out tracts.

Several of the Million Dollar Bill money tracts, Fellowship Tract League tracts, and a Wretched “Todd Friel”  Gospel show on DVD  was handed out. The DVD went to some Jr. High skater boys. The DVD is geared towards a the school and college age crowd.

However, I never go out to do Street Evangelism without praying first. When Evangelism in the open, always pray and ask for the power of the Holy Spirit in leading you and protecting you. I go out in my Hawaii t-shirt and shorts. I am not one to do the suit and tie. Especially with hot temperatures.  As far as materials, I pack my satchel/murse with Christian materials.  In my satchel are my pocket New Testament Bible(Holman Standard edition), Gospel tracts, New Testament Bibles(Holman Christian Standard: This is the Southern Baptist translation also known as the Hard Core Southern Baptist….hence the same first letters in each word as Holman Christian Standard Bible.), Greg Laurie’s New Believer pocket guide, hand gel…yes you come across some of the homeless and you will be thankful later, and a couple of Spanish tracts.

I walk all around the downtown area and greet people as they are handed a gospel tract. Other times, I lay a tract down by a table or chair. Most people are gracious in taking the material. You will always encounter the meanies, but even more of a reason to pray for those that reject the Gospel message. They are rejecting Jesus and not you so never take it personal. One encounter the guy refuses the tract and asks me, “Are you a Jehovah Witness?” I replied, “Nope!” He still refused the Gospel.

To get to the atmosphere of the area. When First Friday occurs, pretty much everything “Anti-Bible/Jesus/Christian” comes out in FULL FORCE.  Yet:

1 John 4:4 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

“You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Most all the vendors selling their wares and services(example: Yoga and Palm Reading) have New Age, Unitarian, Open Homosexuality, Buddhist, Eastern Mysticism, Catholicism, Socialist, Communist, Witchcraft, Pagan, and the list goes continues of views opposite of Biblical Christianity. It is weird feelings of demonic oppression I face during this monthly event. You enter the devils playground, expect demonic attack in all manners.  Most of the attacks were mental and emotional. Other attacks were from vendors that know me and I am a deterrent to their pagan and demonic businesses.

What ruffles my feathers is when the vendors or people downtown combo parts of the Christian faith and mix it with paganism, yoga, and New age mumbo jumbo. That is very sacrilegious and when you read in the Word how in both the Old and New Testaments how God is displeased when people mix the religious practices of pagan nations with his standards.

Here is a passage from God’s Word about his views on witchcraft and paganism….which have their roots in drug use.

Nahum 3:3-5 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

3 Charging horseman,
flashing sword,
shining spear;
heaps of slain,
mounds of corpses,
dead bodies without end —
they stumble over their dead.

4 Because of the continual prostitution of the prostitute,
the attractive mistress of sorcery,
who betrays nations by her prostitution
and clans by her witchcraft,

5 I am against you —
the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
I will lift your skirts over your face
and display your nakedness to nations,
your shame to kingdoms.

Many of the New Age girls dress very loosely to expose almost all their chest to attract guys to their booths or the ritual dances they do using a hypnotic drum beat(Drum Circles). The drum circles have lots of  intentions of drawing crowds with very loud beats to drown out any potential street preacher proclaiming God’s Word.

After about an hour of  passing out tracts, I thanked the Lord for the opportunity of Evangelism and proceeded home.

The small men’s group at my church went out to one of the Knoxville parks and applied some of what we read from the book, “Share Jesus Without Fear”. Out of six men and a guide dog, we broke up in groups of two.

Tim and I went down by the fishing pond and met a family fishing off the banks. While we did not get to use the method from the book, we were able to share Jesus on the family’s understanding level and carry on in topics of interest: for example fishing. They did not attend church currently, so we invited them to ours if they choose to attend. No pressure.

The other men shared with us of their experiences and we prayed for the seeds planted.

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On this cool Saturday night, I walked for about thirty minutes along the UT Strip.(Cumberland Ave.) As college students were bar hopping, The Lord allowed me to hand out several Million Dollar Bill tracts.

One man complemented me on my Hawaiian shirt, for this he received a Million Dollar Bill. If someone approaches me and talks to me firsthand, they automatically get a tract.

I parked in front of the Papa John’s Pizza building. As I walked on the lot to my car, one of the pizza delivery guys drove in and parked his car to grab his next batch of pizza deliveries. I walked up to him and said, “Here is probably your biggest tip of the evening.” I handed him one of the Michael Jackson Million Dollar Bills. He laughed and said thank you.

Some days I am able to converse with those I hand a gospel tract. Other times, it is only a three-second exchange of the MDB(Million Dollar Bill) from my hand to another person’s hand.

I always begin and end in prayer. I pray for protection as I hand out gospel tracts and for seeds to be planted in the hearts and minds of the receiver.

Last night was a small group.(Due to a men’s  retreat.) It started with Jim and I on Market Square. A couple from church was eating at Market Square and we chatted with them. Then a homeless guy walks up. Jim gives him a tract and the man gives it back to Jim. Jim started a conversation with the man. The man gave his religious reasoning to get into Heaven. Then the couple from church chime-in and start sharing the Word with the man about what he believes and what the Word teaches.

Later in the evening two women from our church joined us.  We encountered a college couple and their friend. Our team of women gave a gospel presentation to the young people.

I was able to pass out bible tracts geared for the fall/Halloween season.  The tract started talking about the Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin cartoon. Then from the cartoon it lead into the gospel presentation.

It was an awsome opportunity to evangelize people in Market Square. Pray for seeds to grow.

Esther 8:3 (New Living Translation)

 3 Then Esther went again before the king, falling down at his feet and begging him with tears to stop the evil plot devised by Haman the Agagite against the Jews.

 Just like Esther, thousands of us went before the Lord in unified prayer for our country. Now watch and see what God will do for us as result of us communicated to our King.

Psalm 5:3 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

3 At daybreak, LORD, You hear my voice;
    at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.

I have found great joy in waking up and talking to Jesus. In order to get the day going on the right foot, people will exercise, drink coffee, eat, read the morning paper, or other  daybreak rituals.  Yet, there is something which goes on deeper when I start off with prayer and reading God’s Word. Giving God the first part of the day, I  gain more than a physical jump start for the rest of the day.  Thereis a spiritual aspect of realizing God has gone before me and to prepare me to accomplish His will for my life.  Making it through the day can only truly accomplished when I thank Jesus for giving me another day to live for him and share with other about him.