How to Prove that God Exists

This week at the county fair I was asked to prove the existence of God by a skeptic who believes in evolution. As a Christian with knowledge of a few Bible verses and some basic logic, this task was rather simple.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Romans 1:19-20 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Question 1: How much knowledge do you think you have?
Answer 1: Out of all the knowledge in the universe, even the most educated person knows very little. Allowing the skeptic to have 1% of all knowledge is more than sufficient.

Question 2: In the 99% of knowledge you don’t have, is it possible that something contradicts what you think that you know?
Answer 2: In the unlikely event the skeptic answers no, simply ask how they know what they know. The only response will be an appeal to the senses. At this point they have committed the logical fallacy of Begging the Question, also known as Circular Reasoning, because they are using their senses to verify their senses. The skeptic I was talking to humbly answered “Yes”.

Question 3: If you could be wrong about everything you think you know, then you don’t actually know anything. Is that correct?
Answer 3: An answer of “No” will bring you back to Question 2 that asks how they can verify what they know without Circular Reasoning. An answer of “Yes” will refute their worldview because they are saying, “Yes, I KNOW that I DON’T KNOW anything.” This contradiction is inherent in every worldview that doesn’t believe in God.

Someone who believes the universe was formed by an un-governed, chance process (such as evolution) have to agree that their thoughts are nothing more than chance chemical reactions. It is not possible for an un-governed group of chemicals to know something for certain, so this is the correct position for the unbeliever. However, we can prove that the unbeliever does actually know things (I know that I don’t know…). Why do they know things? Everyone knows the true God (Romans 1) who is the source of all knowledge (Colossians 2:3).

Humans are fallen, and our senses are not always valid. The only way we can know something for certain is if there is someone who knows everything (and cannot lie) that reveals it to us. The self proclaimed “unbeliever” is in reality a believer who knows the true God (in a non-saving way). By being unable to deny that he does know things, he has contradicted his own worldview, and has proved the Christian worldview that claims God has revealed some things to us so that we can know for certain.

Just because you have proved their worldview is wrong, doesn’t mean they will be persuaded. They may say incorrect things like, “The Bible can’t be trusted because it was written one hundred years after the eyewitnesses died” or “Rubidium-Strontium dating proves the creation account in the Bible is wrong.” Since you have already won the argument, from this point on all you need to do is ask “Do you KNOW that for sure?” or “Could you be wrong?”

Don’t allow the skeptic to debate in the realm of evidence until they have done one of two things:
1. Stop stealing from the Christian worldview by making knowledge claims, or
2. Repent, and admit that their worldview is wrong.

Question 4: If God exists, is it possible that He could reveal some thing to us so that we can know for certain?
Answer 4: An answer of “yes” is the only option you will allow, because otherwise they will continue to make knowledge claims. This prevents the unbeliever from turning the argument back on you, because it is the Christian position that we can know things.

Not only has God given us knowledge, but He has also given us a conscience. At this point, staying in the realm of the intellect will be pointless. Show the skeptic that God has not only given them knowledge, but has also given them a conscience. Use the law to stop the mouth and leave him guilty before God (Romans 3:19-20). Don’t cast your pearls before swine, but if they are willing to listen, we always glory in sharing the gospel.

Romans 3:19-20 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

– By the Grace of God – Randy

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What A Thursday!

I met a lady today at work.  It was not a lady I set out to meet.  It was providence.  Her life was in danger and she asked me for help.  I could have said no for it could have meant my life too, but because of the love of Christ I said yes.  The door was opened and she was let in.  She was let in to safety.  For her that was only temporary life.  She would live now only to one day die.  But if I helped her one more time she would have the opportunity to live forever, so I did.

After we cleaned her up from the wounds her boyfriend had afflicted on her and she now sat at my desk at work while we waited for the police to arrive, I asked her about her ordeal and of course it eventually lead to this question.  Do you have a Christian background?  She responded,  “yes, I go to a Baptist Church”.

I then asked her, do you know for sure if you would have died just now outside our office building while your boyfriend was beating you, you would have gone to heaven?   She smiled this great big smile and said, “yes, I know about all of that as I was raised in church and my mom went to a Pentecostal church”.  I asked her why she had such a big smile on her face when I asked her about death and heaven.  She said, “oh no, I wouldn’t be happy about dying because I have children but I know I would go to heaven”.

I then asked her if I had a knife stuck in my back and I had only a few minutes to live what would you say to me to help me to know that I would be guaranteed to go to heaven when I died.  She looked at me with this blank look as if she was confused.  At one point in the conversation I asked her if she could recall the day in her life, what happened to cause her to become a Christian?  She like many of us could not pin point it which I believe does not always necessarily mean that you are not a Born Again Christian.

Because of my concern for her soul, I asked her these questions and I did not want to miss the opportunity to make sure that she knew that if she were to die any day that she was born again and that she did have a relationship with Jesus Christ and would be on her way to heaven.  Through the course of our conversation she did say that she asked Jesus Christ to forgive her for her sins.  With further explanation I helped her to understand that we were all sinners and the consequences of our sins was death and hell.  That there was a penalty that had to be paid but in my place and hers, Jesus Christ paid that penalty.

God gave me opportunity to offer life to a lady twice that day.  Once from maybe physical death here on earth and secondly from the death in hell throughout eternity.  What a Thursday.

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Friendship Evangelism

I was speaking with a friend of mine recently and he made mention that he prefers to get to know someone and build a relationship before he shares the Gospel with them. My response was, “So do I”. Now before you get the wrong idea, the conversation continued through the usual thoughts of what happens if they were to die tomorrow and you never get the opportunity to share with them, etc., but my final statement was that I agree and prefer to get to know someone before I share the Gospel with them.

Tonight was the perfect example of true friendship in evangelism. My family and I were out for a walk with our dog, and were letting our three year old direct which roads we would take. This led us in a direction we had walked before, but not often. On our way home we ran into a lady we had never seen before in her mid to late eighties mowing her lawn, and obviously looking for a break. She saw the kids and said hi. My little girl is exceedingly outgoing and was first to respond with an enthusiastic, “Hi!” Within minutes we were discussing her grandson’s experiences in college and her daughter’s ex-husband’s bad habits. It was at this point that I decided to really get to know her and make a lasting friend.

As the conversation came to a lull I asked her if she was a Christian. Just the simple question, “Are you a Christian?” She was startled slightly by it at first but answered yes, and I noticing the hesitation said, “You are a Catholic”, and she repeated yes. This brought up the conversation of Catholic churches in the area as my wife and I were Catholic before we were saved. The conversation then was easy enough to transition into other churches in the area her children had taken her to that were too loud, and did not have the same feel she was used to in her Catholic churches. Bringing the conversation full circle back to her rebellious grandchildren and problems with her ex- son- in- law, we discussed the nature of sin in the world and how it affects our relationships, and how the Law of God is a light to our feet, and can guide our way. We discussed the specific sins that ruin our relationships and condemn us before a perfect and Holy God. We discussed how glorious it was that Jesus Christ humbled Himself coming down from heaven to be born of a virgin, lived the perfect sinless life that we could not, and died taking the punishment for our sin on the cross. Finally, we discussed the fact that in His resurrection we have hope that our sin is paid for, and that through repentance and faith in Him we are eternally rescued from our sin and the sin of this world.

The conversation had to come to an end as my children needed to go to bed, and she needed to finish her lawn. Departing we invited her to church on Sunday, and she invited us to a concert at Humboldt Park this Tuesday at 7pm. With a friendly good-bye from both children and from us we, parted ways to continue on home.

I had never seen her before, but within minutes we knew quite a bit about each other as neighbors and as sinners in need of grace. We had enough time to build a friendship that Lord willing may last an eternity. I do believe in friendship evangelism, I just believe in making friends as quickly as possible so that the friendship can last as long as eternity. Who in your neighborhood has not heard the Gospel?

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Town of Erin – Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Luke 10: 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

This past Sunday, March 17, 2013, the Milwaukee Seed Sowers handed out a special tract StPatricksDayTractFront3-22-2013 6-05-57 AMfor St. Patrick Trivia at the Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the largest in the country.

As the group went down the parade route many hearty souls were reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In Luke chapter 10, Jesus appointed 70 labourers to go into the harvest field to announce that the Kingdom of God has come nigh unto you. Did you notice that the Lord said that it had come nigh unto the people not that it had come.

The kingdom is the labourers and they were to proclaim God’s kingdom and He gives very specific instructions.

  • Pray for more laborours.
  • Lambs amoung wolves.
  • Make no provision for the flesh.
  • Where you are invited in, do so with gladness and bless the house.
  • Accept the Lord’s payment with graciousness.
  • Be content with what you are given.
  • Don’t get distracted by idle chatter (House to house)
  • Where you are NOT invited in, announce that destruction will come upon that city and as a witness to them, shake the dust off your feet and depart.

When the seventy returned and gave their report, the Lord rejoiced. Not because the seventy gave out food, not because the seventy gave clean water, not because the seventy gave out clothes, not because the seventy fixed a roof or raked a lawn or clean up a river but because the seventy had announced the gospel of the kingdom.

Yet our rejoicing is not to be in the heralding of that gospel (v.28) but rather that our names our written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Amen. Shouldn’t that be our motivation to go out and witness and because the harvest is great (v. 2)?

Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two StPatricksDayParadeTownOfErin201303173-18-2013 7-10-11 AMand two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. 15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. 16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. 17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. 21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. 22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. 23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: 24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Testimonies from the Seed Sowers:

Well, I just have to praise the Lord for what He has done! As I look back, I was a newly saved Christian in 2009, &  I started going to this parade myself passing out a little tract I made about the truth about St Patrick, and the truth about saving faith in Jesus Christ. The next year I made it into a quiz but still was on my own. In 2011, God gave me one helper and we took O’ Sullivan (Sully) my Percheron to pass out the quiz and the Million $ tracts. The Lord has really blessed this in having the folks from the Milwaukee Seed sowers become involved in 2012 & 2013!!!

In the balmy 17 degree F temperature (versus the 70+F weather in 2011 & 2012) did not stop a huge crowd of parade-goers from attending. I believe there were 9 of us seed sowers. I teamed up with Ade and we made our way southbound after a brief prayer.

I gave out different tracts, mostly the newly revised St Patrick quiz bookmark and the St. Patrick million $ “Lucky Bucks”…gave out at least 100, as part of our group already had passed out tracts to this section of the parade route. This year I really wanted to focus on witnessing conversations, and much prayer was devoted to that…the Lord answered!

The first guy we talked with as a designated driver and initially did not consider himself to be a “good person,” as he stated that he came from a pretty corrupt past, but he reformed himself…he did it for his kids. He actually was relying upon his good works among which included reading the Bible and catholic catechism to his kids. He thought his heart was good, so it was great to quote scripture to redirect him to the truth. Ade gave him a tract about the Roman catholic church, also. He expressed appreciation about what we were doing, but still felt our differences in beliefs would not matter in the end. He really took the conversation into many rabbit trails, but what really seemed to get him thinking and back on track was the use of God’s law, seating him in the courtroom of the Almighty. We left him with encouragement to read the Gospel of John.

We kept passing out more tracts and, as we progressed closer to “Holy Hill Road,” it StPatricksDayParadeTownOfErin201303173-19-2013 10-00-13 AMbecame more and more unholy! I thought we should have a banner that says: “What happens at the Erin St. Pat’s Parade STAYS in——the record books for Judgment Day!”

We came to talk to more people in a small group. My conversation was with one who thought he was basically good enough to be allowed into Heaven, even though he said he broke all the commandments. Again, getting him in the courtroom before an earthly judge saying that he broke these laws, but now he is being good, is not grounds for being let off the hook, so, in God’s courtroom, how could God let him into His Heaven? He said he believed in Jesus, but argued that he did not think God would send ‘good’ people to Hell, including the ‘pygmies that never heard about God or Jesus.’ So I briefly talked about creation and the conscience (con=with, science=knowledge).  (An afterthought was that I should have brought up that he just broke the 2nd commandment- you shall not make yourself a graven image-a god to suit yourself….). But this case showed me again how using the 10 Commandments in evangelism shows sinners the seriousness of their sin- it is a mirror showing them the truth of their complete hopelessness in being ‘good enough’ to save themselves. It goes around the place of argument, straight to their conscience. It shows the highness & holiness of God. Before we parted ways,  I said to him, ” If you are right, and God lets basically everyone in to Heaven, then neither of us have anything to worry about. But if I am right, and what God says in His Word is true, then you are in big trouble-you’ll be going to Hell. So, you gotta figure out if what I am saying is true. And it’s not my opinion that I am stating, here, it’s what the Bible says.” He actually said he appreciated what we were doing, and we parted ways after encouraging him to read John’s gospel.

Other similar conversations took place. I would say over 95 percent of the people were receptive to receiving the St Pat quiz bookmark and the million $ “Lucky Buck.” The only negative was the older couple in their truck who, after they heard Ade say the name “Jesus,” angrily handed back the bookmark saying “We go to church!”…interesting.

After parting with my seed sower brothers and sisters with a prayer, I warmed up in my truck for about 15 minutes (it took that long to thaw my fingers and toes). I saw the parade go by in my rear-view mirror and decided I would go back out to try to get out a few more tracts. I went up to a bus driver waiting for her intoxicated passengers to come back-it turned out to be one of my former patients  from 2 years ago who I was able to share spiritual things with-gave her a couple tracts. I also found a limo driver and gave him the quiz (hey- they are just waiting for their passengers, so they have something to read whilst they wait!). …passed out about 15 more tracts and went back to the truck to call my husband and drive to church service…what a morning – Praise the Lord!

It was so wonderful to hand out the Gospel Truth & the truth of St. Patrick with these fellow Christians! How God has blessed this-it became so simple to say to people, “did you get one of these?” or “Did you take the St Patrick Quiz yet? It tells you what St Patrick did…did you know what that was?” Then “what do you think happens to someone after they die?” When you ask that question, people really look at you as someone who cares….and of course, WE DO care about the most important thing ever: their eternity & what God did to save sinners!  The Gospel!!!

Who do you know who isn’t saved? What are YOU going to do about it? Until next time,  GO SERVE YOUR KING! – Andrea

I handed out approx. 550 millions. 90% response was positive. Some people staying warm in their vehicles saw me hold up the million and they rolled down their windows to get one. I made sure to give them enough for those in the back row of the car too and told them to read the million $ question on the back.

If someone gave an unusual reply I responded with, “It’s actually a gosel tract”. Then went through the commandments with perhaps 5 people.

A couple of others responded negatively about Jesus or Heaven; tried to leave them with a couple of verses.

Others said they got the tract last year. I asked them if they answered the question correctly. They gave me their answer and it was an opportunity to share.

Met one believer who said he wasn’t ashamed to mention Jesus. I asked him if he witnessed, he said no; due to not being equipped. I gave him some extra $$$ and encouraged him to step out in faith.

Jon from our Monday night class did a good job handing out the questionnaires. – Bob

My overall sense of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Erin was that that is where I used to be and what I used to be interested in doing.  I was seeing life through a set of lenses that was other-worldly.  I wondered how many of the people out there had set aside time for God that Lord’s Day.  I didn’t like missing church, but reconciled that concern with my new understanding that church is about worship and fellowship, instead of my self-righteous duty to God.  I was, in fact, worshipping and fellowshipping with like-minded Christians and at the same time following Jesus’ Great Commission.

I was disappointed in the sense that I wasn’t bold enough to stand up to my former crowd type.  Sure, I handed them an ice breaker, but I took no further steps to personally break the ice.  I believe that WOTM has the only biblical method that I have been able to find, to speak to the conscience of every human being.  We just need to faithfully implement these methods and then take comfort in the fact that we have done our duty by following the important commandment to share the gift that we have been given.  My desire to serve God needs to completely bury any thought of conforming to worldly thoughts or standards.  I pray for God’s Spirit to wipe out my cowardice and explode my boldness for honoring the LORD with my life in the future. – Jon

The day went well beginning with many conversations.  I think going out early is the way StPatricksDayParadeTownOfErin201303173-18-2013 7-09-29 AMto go at this type of outreach.  As the day went on and people got more intoxicated the crowd got a little more rowdy than we had expected for so early on a Sunday.  Some of the stuff going on fit a Saturday around midnight on Water Street, but not a Sunday morning in the country.  The best conversation Angie and I had was with a lady who answered all of the questions correctly because she had received a quiz the year before, and when asked what St. Patrick’s purpose was for returning to Ireland she got serious and said he was preaching Christ.  She then looked around and commented how sad it was that something like that had turned into something like this.  She got the law and the gospel anyway, because as she was very somber and realized the sin she was partaking in she was taking jello shots as we were walking up.  Overall great time with the fishers of men, and am praying the conversations and tracts hit home as they all sobered up on Monday. – John

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown Milwaukee – Saturday, March 9th 2013

StPatricksDayParadeDowntownMilwaukee201303093-18-2013 8-20-41 AMOn Saturday, March 09, 2013, the Milwaukee Seed Sowers handed out a special tract for St. Patrick Trivia at the downtown Milwaukee St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the largest in the country. As the group went down the parade route many hearty souls were reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Luke 17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. 26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

I’m really struck by what Jesus is saying in Luke 17: 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

The world continues on with no attention to eternity. They ate, they drank, they partied StPatricksDayParadeDowntownMilwaukee201303093-18-2013 8-25-42 AMbut never giving consideration to when death will come. Then what? When will death come? It could come tomorrow or the next day. Psalm 90:10 states The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

That’s the big question now isn’t it? When will we fly away and to where will we fly away to? Some will say that they’ll go six feet under. Some say that they’ll be reincarnated. Some will say heaven. Not many will say hell.

Testimonies from the Seed Sowers:

Yes, I met with the group on 4th & Wisconsin approx. 10:55 AM, they gave me plenty of tracks.  it was very windy so I decided  to go into the Grand Avenue and get coffee, of course handing out tracks all the way. Inside the mall was a St. Patrick’s program so I handed tracks out to those sitting, I think they thought it was part of the program.  I went back to 4th & Wisconsin and the group was gone so I headed east on Wisconsin to about 1st or 2nd street on my own.  75% of the people accepted tracks and were grateful. I did not witness much because I would have felt more comfortable with 2 people, as recommended. I handed out approx. 60-70 tracks and left @ approx. 11:55. It was a blessing and I defiantly will be joining you guys again. Keep up the good work and may God continue to bless you! – Karen

While the conversations were lacking on our end, the response was great.  The tracts were gratefully received, and as I came across people that had already received them many asked for more for family and friends.  The crowd was pleasant and receptive and willingly took all of the tracts that I had with me.  I went through all the St. Patrick’s quiz’s I had, all my millions, specialty catholic tracts, and assorted others.  I even was able to hand out a handful of Spanish Are you readies.  Angie noticed that the crowd was dressed up and ready for the theme of the day, and was greatly encouraged by people’s readiness to take the St Patrick’s quiz.  People were excited at the idea of a quiz to take as they waited for the parade.  Over all it was a great day.  We would like to thank all who attended for the time of fellowship and to say what a blessing it was to fish with you all.  We look forward to this next weekend in Erin.  We are keeping it and you all in our prayers. – Jon

We started with about 800 bookmarks (plus the 300 that Tom brought) at the start side of the parade route, and split them between the two sides. On the North side of the street we handed out almost all of the ones I brought (I gave the last 5 to a security officer at the building where I parked when he asked for more after I handed him the first one). The rejection rate was much lower than any other tract I have given out. I think the quiz that was specific to the parade is a great idea. Perhaps we should do other short quizzes for other parades (Saint Nicholas (Christmas), Pilgrims (Thanksgiving), Founding Fathers (4th of July)).

I approached a group of people that were off the path and offered them the quiz, but they said they had already received some. While I was still standing near by they pulled the tract out of their pocket to show me and said “See, We do have them. I wanted to show you we were not breaking the commandment about lying.” The explained how they had read the entire thing. I then asked if they had told any lies today. One of the women said “No”, and the rest of her friends started laughing and giving examples of things she was being less than honest about this morning.

Another group had received a tract from me, and when I crossed their path again later they stopped me to affirm and thank us for what we were doing. However it was hard to tell exactly what they were saying because they obviously already had too many beers. – Randy

We really didn’t get into any extensive conversations, but we handed out all 300 tracts. If we had more we would have handed more out. We grabbed lunch quick and headed home before the parade was over. Chloe handed a tract to Mayor Barrett. He can never say that someone didn’t hand him the gospel to look at and think through personally. – Tom

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Hey Can You Watch My Cart While I Go Into The Bathroom? The Bag Contains All of My Gold.

And that is how we met Warren, a gentleman in his 70’s. A little off, in his gait but friendly enough. Perhaps he was lonely and just wanting to strike up a conversation. We had just attended church and were having lunch in a Market store on the east side of Milwaukee.

I assured Warren that his gold would be safe with us and off he went.

After Warren came out of the bathroom we invited him to sit with us but he was more interested in trying to keep moving otherwise he might not be able to get up. We did have enough time to have a conversation though.

Jim: “Warren, you’re pretty old”

Warren: “Yes I am, did I tell you that I was in WWII? Infantry.”

Jim: “That’s interesting, I bet you saw a lot of action”

Warren: “Yes I did. The women over there”.

Jim: “No I meant action as in combat?”

Warren: “Oh yes there was that too. But oh, the women.”

Jim: “Warren, thank you for your service to our country. What do you think would have happened to you if you would have died in combat?”

Warren: “I would hope that I would come back as someone different.”

Jim: “You mean that you would have been reincarnated?”

Warren: “Yes. Did you know that back in 1949, the president was….”

Jim: “Warren, what if you would come back as something worse than you are now?”

Warren: “I guess that would have been bad? Did I mention that I’ve lived in this area for over 50 years and have seen a lot of things?”

Jim: “Warren, do you believe that there is a heaven?”

Warren: “I guess there could be. I grew up in the Catholic Church but I don’t believe in what they teach.”

Jim: “If there is a heaven, do you think you’d be good enough to go there?”

Warren: “I guess I would. What do you think about the state of politics right now?”

Jim: “I don’t know but let’s find out if you are good enough to get into heaven, OK?”, “Have you ever told a lie?”

Warren: “Yes I told lies. Once when I was over in Europe, I told a girl that I didn’t have a girlfriend when I did back in the states.”

Jim: “So what would that make you?”

Warren: “I guess that would make me a liar. But oh! The women over in Europe!”

Jim: “Have you ever stolen anything regardless of the size?”

Warren: “Yes I have….What do you think of our mayor?”

And so it went. Warren was the type of person who wanted to go off on a different path than the one I wanted to stay on. It’s best to be kind, respectful, patience but persistent with a person such as Warren so that you can take them through the commandments and show him his need for a Savior. His need for what Jesus did at the cross and the glorious resurrection, so that he may also have eternal life and doesn’t need to guess what will happen to him when he does die.

I don’t know how much Warren understood of what I shared but I do know that he heard the truth and pray that the Lord would do a work in Warren. After all, at his age, how much time would he have left to respond to the Gospel?

1 Peter 3: 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

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Which Way is the Wind Blowing?

John 3:Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

This past Thanksgiving the Milwaukee Seed Sowers went out on Thursday evening to hand out tracts and start conversations at Best Buy and Kohl’s Department Store as the people waited in line for the stores to open for their door buster specials. It was so easy to hand out the $1,000,000 bills with the Million Dollar question.

Thanksgiving Thursday it was actually warm but on Friday morning the weather had drastically changed. It was now cold and very windy. One of the members of our team, Nancy was busy handing out millions and one got away from her and blew way across the parking lot and fell at the feet of a woman who was walking to the store.

The woman picked it up and brought it back to Nancy saying, “Here, this is yours”. “No”, Nancy would reply, “That is for you”.

Woman: “What is it?”

Nancy: “It’s a Million Dollar Bill with a Million Dollar question on the backside”.

Over the course of the conversation, Nancy was able to share the truth of our condition under the law and the glorious work of Christ at the Cross for us. The woman confessed that she had been thinking about this and had had input from many different people about God and salvation. She was confused. With tears in her eyes, she said that she had asked God to reveal the truth to her and that she couldn’t believe that God was answering her prayer by her having this conversation with Nancy.

Nancy prayed for the woman and gave the person her phone number.

When we share our faith boldly, clearly and effectively, the gospel is so simple that even a child can understand it. Luke 18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

No one knows which way the wind will blow but let’s go out and share the gospel so that the whole world will hear and let the wind of the Holy Ghost have its way.

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Ring Ring

The phone rang the other day around the noon hour and having just gone through the political season I had become very proficient at pressing talk and then off on the phone to avoid taking the call from a number that I didn’t recognize. For some reason I decided to answer.

The voice on the other end: “hello James, this is Ray Comfort of Living Waters.”

Jim: Well hello Ray what can I do for you?

Ray: I’m just calling to thank you and your wife for supporting Living Waters this past year.

Jim: It was our pleasure. Ray I’m just so very thankful for your ministry of spreading the gospel and for all of the materials and tools that your ministry offers. Is there anything that I can do for you or pray for you.

Ray: Why yes, you’ve heard of 180 haven’t you?

Jim: Yes we’ve done some 180 outreaches.

Ray: On Monday we’re going to have a big announcement of a new outreach that will be bigger than 180 called “Genius” and you can pray about that.

Jim: I will and please pray for the Milwaukee Seed Sowers as well. We have training coming up in the new year.

Ray: As soon as I hang up the phone I will. I’m on my way to Chicago this afternoon and then onto Kentucky for the National Bible Bee contest.

Jim: Safe travels and thank you for your call.

Ray: Have a blessed day. Good bye.

Galatians 6:8-10 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

It’s hard to believe that 2012 is only six weeks from being over.

God’s Word says Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3

We are already planning for 2013 and there are many people that need to hear the gospel. Can we all agree on that. Equipping for next year is in the planning and scheduled to begin in February.

We are also happy to announce brand new six week training that is targeted for youth entitled Roots and is based on Season 4 of the Way of the Master TV program. If you have a middle or high school student, encourage them to find out about the class and attend.

There will be many opportunities to go out into the highways and byways and share the gospel.

Can we agree that you will be in prayer, preparation and that the Lord will give you utterance, to share the gospel? Please join us in 2013. Thank you.

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The Biggest Question Outreach – UWM – Tuesday, October 23rd, 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Sent to Trisha Ramos, Coordinator of the Biggest Question Outreach:

Below is a brief report of the Milwaukee Seed Sowers www.milwaukeeseedsowers.com Biggest Question outreach at UWM on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012:

Overall, despite the damp weather which prevented us from doing Open Air afterword’s, we were able to distribute all 1200 DVD’s in about 90 minutes. Most people gladly took the DVD with the instruction to watch and let us know what they thought. Some asked what it was about and we responded “What’s the biggest question they have ever considered?” With the recent shootings that we’ve had here in the Milwaukee area, what did they think the question would be?

All of those people that participated were excited and had very positive feedback afterword’s.

Jim B

Muehdi – Muehdi was a friendly young Muslim man who was in this country from Saudi Arabia studying business but was unhappy with that because it was what his country was dictating he was going to study based on the needs of his country.

I offered him The Biggest Question DVD and he was curious what it was about which gave me an open door to talking about what he thought was the biggest question that he’s ever had to consider. We eventually got around to talking about what happens when a person dies. He said that it was up to Allah to make that determination. I was able to take him through the law and asked him if the judge would dismiss his case based on his apology. He agreed not. I was able to share with him about the fine payer, Jesus and what he did for Muehdi at the Cross.

I asked him to watch the DVD and gave him my contact information so that we could get together for coffee and talk. He agreed to watch – Jim B.

Paul – Paul turned out to be one of the more unusual encounters that I’ve ever had. I saw him waiting outside on the buildings smoking a cigarette. I approached him and asked him how he was doing today and if he was between classes? He said fine and no that he was visiting. I asked him where he was visiting from and he said that he was on an out-patient visit from Rogers Memorial Hospital where he was being treated for OCD. I told him that I was familiar with the place because my brother in law was just there a few months ago being treated for OCD as well. I asked him if he was living in the residences at the bottom of the hill separate from the hospital and he was.

I asked him what he was being treated for and he said the fear of being approached by strangers! I told him that I was helping him then to get over his fears. We had a great conversation about what he thought the biggest question was and what happens to a person after they die. Paul said that he was spiritual and believed that we continued on through reincarnation. We talked about what he would come back as and he thought as a more evolved being.

We discussed his background and he said that he had been to church but stopped going. We talked about what was on the DVD and he said that maybe it was good timing that I came along because he was meeting with his spiritual advisor at the hospital today and maybe they could watch the DVD together. I wished Paul well and told him that I would be praying for him. – Jim B.

Ade K

I’m speaking for two fishermen blessed with the glorious opportunity to distribute the Biggest Question DVD on our University Campus in Milwaukee Wi.

Our experience  was  exceptional and  fruitful.  God’s Living Word was shared and heard and we know without question now in many lives, working to effect personal salvation through Jesus Christ.

This outreach was bathed in prayer and God’s response felt through respectful, willing and often gratefulness for our gift. This fisherman personally perceives this Biggest Question presentation to be the gem of the heavens. Offering to those sitting in the dismal darkness of sin and a true bell of freedom, rung to release those stuck in religious chains.

The location where we distributed the DVD’s was held without assault of harassment and diversion and the joyful work of real bell ringing was our grateful pleasure.

Thank you at Wretched Radio for cutting through the darkness for the sake of Jesus Christ. – Ade K

Bob K

Keith and I each had 100 DVDs that we handed out. We stood at different spots across from each other at a Northeast walkway intersection. People were mostly surprised and appreciative at getting a free movie!

Conversations were few, but then they were not solicited.

I’m thinking most were genuinely curious that they would at least watch it. From there, we trust the Holy Spirit to give them ears to hear they might be saved.  I would also guess that it had a multiplier effect when those who knew them asked about it. Hopefully, the DVDs have a 2-3-4 or more “people lifespan” as they get circulated.

In any event, we look to the Lord for the great harvest He will bring!

It was a personal joy for me to once again see the gospel go out. – Bob K

Randy B

While handing out DVDs at UW Milwaukee I got to talk with someone who already received a Biggest Question from someone else. He asked what it was about and then asked who I thought God was. I said that Jesus is God and the creator. He seemed confused and explained that he was a Muslim. The atheist sitting next to him at the enclosed bus shelter was being distracting so the Muslim asked if we could step outside to talk. (I had previously tried handing a Biggest Question to the atheist but he said he already watched it, although when I pressed him he couldn’t recall what it was about.) We talked for several minutes before the bus arrived but he said he would definitely watch the DVD. – Randy B

Amy K

I had invited my friend Lois to join me and the Milwaukee Seed Sowers to distribute The Biggest Question DVDs at UWM.  We met at my house, got into one car, and went to the Union and met the Milwaukee Seed Sowers inside the Union. We each took a pack of 100 DVDs and set out.

I found that once I was able to make eye contact, the students responded very politely.  Almost every single person used the word “thank you”.  Even those who refused the DVD said “No, thank you”.  A few students did engage in a bit more conversation.  The most common question was “What’s it about?”.

The experience was easy and fun. We will continue to pray that the students with the DVDs watch it seriously and allow God to touch their hearts.  We thank God for this opportunity. – Amy K

Jeff F

I was able to share the Gospel with a number of people this week via the DVD after the UW-Milwaukee distribution.  Thanks for the extra copies; they are being used for His glory! – Jeff F

 

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Is “Evolution” Science?

The key to effective evangelism is navigating around the intellect and addressing the conscience. We do this most effectively by using God’s law to lead people to Christ, so that they may be justified by faith (Galatians 3:24). But sometimes addressing the intellect by using science and logic is effective to:

  • Draw people into conversation so you can swing from the natural to the spiritual.
  • Show people how Christianity is reasonable, and is the only worldview that makes sense of science and logic.
  • Show people that the unbelievers worldview is based on false assumptions and logical fallacies.

Some people scoff at the belief that God created the world (2 Peter 3). Instead they believe that the world, and all creatures therein, evolved without any intervention by God. Both creation and evolution are beliefs about the past; however, some people have been convinced by a logical fallacy that evolution is science.

Below is an example of the logical fallacy of equivocation:

  • Premise #1: Practice makes perfect.
  • Premise #2: Doctors practice medicine.
  • Conclusion: Therefore, doctors are perfect.

This would be a valid argument if the word ‘practice’ did not change meanings between the two premises. Below is another example of equivocation:

  • Premise #1: Science deals with things we can test, study, and observe.
  • Premise #2: We have observed the evolution of bacteria into bacteria.
  • Conclusion: Therefore, the evolution of humans from single celled organisms is science.

This would also be a valid argument if the word ‘evolution’ did not change meanings. Operational science does deal with things we can test, study, and observe, but evolution can have a variety of meanings. Evolution can just mean “change within the kind” (existing genetic information expressing itself), or evolution can mean “change from one kind to another” (new, never before existing, genetic information being added to the genome).

When you are evangelizing, or addressing the intellect as a spring board for the gospel, don’t be intimidated by people claiming to have scientific evidence that evolution is true. Instead make sure to point out how they have committed the logical fallacy of equivocation.

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