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Sunshine, S’mores, Rednecks and the Gospel

The sun is shining in Seattle.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The sun is shining.

It is not raining.

I am not going to sit at my computer.

The sun is shining.

But, I’d love to share some of my fun ideas to make your

summer weekend a little more

tasty and relaxing.

 

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Check out my S’more Recipe!

Tired of people dropping all the marshmallows in the dirt

or eating all the chocolate before everyone gets a S’more?

Plan ahead.

 

City-Slickin’ Redneck Vacation

Traffic horrible?

Too tired to pack up camping gear?

Camp in your backyard this summer.

Urban Vacation.

We love coming up with new foods and new ways

to cook in the firepit.

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Need ideas for Vacation Bible School? 
Check out my
Sweet Gospel Message.

It’s a great way to share the Gospel.

Iffin’ ya’ want some more recipes or fun ideas,
use that cool search button on my blog.

C’mon, I double-dog dare ya’.

Don’t make five years of back posts go to waste.

As for me and my house,

we’re heading outside.

‘Cuz ya’ know what?

The sun is shining in Seattle.

Make Tracks to Order Tracts!

It’s that time of year.

Ghouls and goblins and witches and blood are everywhere.

We don’t go out shopping much during the month of October,
the images are a little graphic for my tender youngest child.

But, it’s time to buy one thing –
Halloween tracts!

I was surprised to discover that my two tract companies,
Good News Publishers and
American Tract Society
joined together to further the Gospel.

The new name Crossway,
bears the banner of being a
Gospel-centered publisher.

Good thing, because very soon we will have hoards of kids
knocking on our doors asking for something sweet.

What could be sweeter than the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

For several years, we shut off our porch light and the house lights,
and hid  in the basement with a movie and treats.

Then, an older believer inspired us.
”It’s the only time of the year that we have people
knocking on OUR door. I use the evening to pass out tracts.”

He also recommended giving out “good” candy
so generosity is associated with Christianity.

So, we changed the way we celebrate Halloween.

Last year, I made up about 100 sandwich sized Ziploc bags
with several pieces of candy and a tract.

We gave almost all of them away.

In fact, we’ve done this a few years now,
and I heard several comments from the kids,
”Oh, this is the house that gives us a bag of candy!”

I know that many of the kids will throw out the tract.
But, if a few read it,
if a few store away those precious seeds of the Gospel,
it will be worth it all.

Some years I’ve had special chocolate and special
literature for the moms. 
I’m not Super Mom every year,
so this doesn’t happen every year.

I ordered last week, and received my tracts today,
so you still have time to order for Halloween.

 

Here are some of the titles I ordered.

 

What Scares You 001

Read text here.

tract 001
A new tract not specifically for Halloween.

What's Missing 001

Read text here.

Betrayed 001
This is recommended for older children.

Hidden Halloween Words 001

Read text here.

 

A friend on Facebook told me she is in a neighborhood
where nobody knocks on her door.

If that’s your situation, get creative.

I used to make Gospel Goody Bags,
a sandwich bags filled with a tract and a small toy or two.
Ya’ know, those Happy Meal things that seem to reproduce in the toybox?

You can give them out in the grocery store,
the doctor’s office,
the park,
while taking a walk.

Look for kids.
Give them the sweetest treat in the world,
the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ!

It Only Takes One Verse…

With Vacation Bible Schools bringing fun and faith across the United States this summer, it’s important to think of creative ways to get the Gospel message into the homes.  Sometimes the kids cram their papers into pockets, purses or backpacks, and never look at them again.  The candy will keep them from tossing it too soon.  Yea, I’m not above bribery.

In my last post on sweet ways to share the Gospel, I said  “it only takes one verse to convict the heart of sin and lead  to salvation.” Lemme’ tell you why I’m SO convinced of this theory and look for simple ways to get kids to learn at least one precious verse during Vacation Bible School.

It was the early 70’s and I was one of 22 kids living in my Helena, MT neighborhood. I’ve threatened to write a book about the kids I now refer to as The Townsend Avenue Tyrants.  We weren’t always nice kids, but in case you’re reading this, Mom, don’t worry.  We weren’t that bad!

Somehow, many of us got roped into going to AWANAS at the Hannaford Baptist Church up the street.  I’m sure there was a prize in it for someone for bringing us, but with the promise of fun and treats we were off.  At 9, I was boy crazy, I admit it, and when the group was instructed to sit on the floor,  I managed to finangle myself next to a cute boy, close enough to touch elbows, and struck up a conversation.

For some reason, a woman singled me out, and urged me to go into a room alone with her and memorize  verses for a prize.  I didn’t want a prize.  I wanted to sit by the cute boy.  She convinced me and I followed her reluctantly into the empty classroom. Although she remains faceless to me to this day, I remember her patiently repeating the verses over and over until I could recite them to her satisfaction.  As a CHUM, I memorized a C verse about Christ and the H verse, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?” She praised me so much, I wondered what the big deal was.  After all, it was only a few verses from the Bible.

She gave me a piece of candy and let me out, but I wasn’t allowed to sit by the cute boy again.  I don’t remember ever going back to AWANAS. But through that visit and a few other invitations to  believers homes for some type of kids Bible club, I grew up with all the doctrine I needed to be saved.

I grew up knowing the Bible was all true.

I knew Jesus was the Son of God and was the only way of salvation.

I knew I was a sinner that deserved Hell.

I knew it and believed it all and accepted Jesus into my heart every time the offer came forward.

It wasn’t until I was in college that I had a life-changing meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ. As a freshman at the University of North Dakota, I started doing two things  ~ going to every party I could find and going to every Bible study I could find.  The battle for my soul didn’t last long.

In October, after a weekend of partying, I was in my room  physically and spiritually miserable. Hoping to relieve the burden, I grabbed my Bible and started reading the Love Chapter,  I Corinthians 13, the only chapter I knew. When I finished that, I kept reading.  The Word of God awakened everything I’d heard, seen and done and put it into spiritual perspective.  By the time I got to 2 Corinthians 5:10 I trembled in fear of a Holy God, knowing I would  stand before Him in judgement.  My life  passed before my eyes, for the first time, viewing my life from the Lord’s holy perspective. I kept thinking  I’d been given a life  and I was poisoning it with sin. Over and over, a Voice I was learning to hear and love, repeated,   “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?”

By the time I got to verse 17, I experienced what it said.  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

I was a new creation, a Born-Again Christian,  because I had finally been convicted of my sinful, wicked heart. It was that one  AWANA verse,  stored away in some dark corner of my heart, festering conviction until it bore salvation’s fruit.

This is why I love thinking of creative ways to get the Gospel message into hearts and homes. It only takes one verse to convict the heart of sin and lead to salvation.  Many times I’ve distributed the Gospel message with the following candies and the instruction card tucked into plastic bags.  I’ve used them for VBS, Bible camp and Halloween. Each type of candy represents a different part of the Gospel message.  (I always use individually wrapped candy.)

LIFE SAVER – Being born into a Christian family or going to church doesn’t get you to Heaven. But, the Lord loves you and longs for you to be with Him forever. Put your faith in Christ, who alone can save you from your sins.  Acts 16:31,“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.”

HOT TAMALES– This spicy candy represents Hell, the punishment we deserve for sin, or disobeying God. Revelation 20:15, says, “Whoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Smarties Candy Rolls

SMARTIES – Make smart decisions. Daily read the Bible and accept the Lord’s forgiveness and salvation. 2 Timothy 3:15, “The Holy Scriptures make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

Now and Later Candy 18 Piece Classic Bar 24 Bars

NOW AND LATER– – Make the decision for Christ now, not later. You will have joy now and can look forward to an eternity with Jesus in heaven later. 2 Corinthians 6:2b “Behold, NOW is the day of salvation!”

 

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This is the Word document I created using New>Templates>Certificates>Gift Certificates>Gift Certificate for Restaurant.  You can easily use this template for creating other verse cards for spiritual adventures.

When you pass away these sweet Gospel messages please remember, you are only sowing seed.  The Lord will make sure the seed is watered, nurtured and cultivated. Not only do we have a sweet message, we have a life-changing message ~ a message that brings eternal life.

Maybe, someday when I’m in Heaven looking for that dear faceless sister who taught me the verse that led to my salvation, there will be other souls looking to meet you. Isn’t that sweet?

Fading Flowers and Eternal Bouquets

I love flowers.
I love them in my gardens.
I love fresh bouquets on my dining room table.
My husband buys me flowers so often,
I bought a special vase just for his love offerings.
When I found these miniature daffodils
and grape hyacinths at Trader Joes,
I knew they would be a perfect pick-me-up
in the kitchen windowsill.
The tin cans were a gift from my niece, Lydia.
She found a box full  at a garage sale and just KNEW
her auntie would love the ol’ things.
They move around my house a lot,
as I find different uses for them.
Too soon, the flowers looked like this.
I planted the bulbs in the garden,
and put the tins back on display.
With this picture of bloomless, wilting flowers emblazed on my mind,
I began meditating on –
I Peter 1:24-25
“…The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
But the word of the LORD
endures forever.”
My favorite preacher,
my husband,
often reminds people that
there are only three things
that last for eternity.
GOD
HIS WORD
PEOPLE
God
wrote the Bible
for the people,
so if the people,
read the Bible,
they will know
God.
A hearst has never pulled a U-Haul.
The only things we can bring to heaven
is our knowledge of His Word
and other souls that have trusted God’s Son as their Savior.
nothing else
Flowers are beautiful,
but will fade.
The Word of God,
and His promise of salvation
to all who believe
will bloom eternally.
Who would you like
 in the bouquet of souls
you help win to the Lord?