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“Lord, give me the strength to hit the ball,

And if I do, don’t let me fall.

Help me to pick the pitch that’s right

And let me knock it out of sight.

Help me to run with deer-like grace,

Don’t let me miss, but tag first base.

Then on to second, stay with me, Lord,

‘Cause this one out, we can’t afford.

Help me to zoom like a flying bird

Around second base and on to third.

Then let me slide with feet outthrust

Across home plate in swirling dust.

But first of all, dear Lord, I pray,

Just tell the coach to let me play!” [1]

“The missional commission for believers, and therefore for the church, is stated in Acts 1:8. We are to be witnesses for Jesus with an “Onward till Upward” partnership with Him. The problem is that too many believers find themselves sitting on the bench of commission inactivity. We have a tendency to pray about our participation—like the little leaguer prayed about his—but not get off the bench to be active witnesses for Christ. Fulfilling this mandate is accomplished when believers individually and collectively impact the lives of unsaved people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“I have been told that only about 14 percent of Christians ever witness, and only 1 percent have ever led someone to Christ outside of their immediate family. “The Great Commission has become the great omission of the church.” But this is solvable! We have a Coach who not only desires our participation, but who has strongly commanded our personal involvement in His commission mandate as recorded in Matthew 28:18–20.

“Jesus is so willing to involve us as His witnesses that He has given to us the Holy Spirit Who functions a lot like an Assistant Coach. He provides all the training resources to empower every believer to be an effective witness. Jesus’ goal is to use us on the playing field of life as active players rather than having to spend time trying to coax us off the bench (John 4:35–38).

“Jesus has also revealed the entire scope of the season’s schedule. The mission of each church and for each believer extends from the hometown playing field to neighboring fields of regional settings, national venues, and international impact. This plan has been likened to a person casting a stone into pond of water and watching the ripples spread out from the initial point of impact to all of the shorelines.

“Our new life in Christ first shines in our immediate circle of family and friends. It is sup-posed to shine with a saving influence toward our unsaved neighbors and contacts in this world (Matt. 5:16). Ultimately our testimony widens further through our local church ministries of outreach and then to mission and missionary endeavors throughout the world.

“We each must answer the question: Am a bench-sitter, or am I an active player in God’s commission mandate? Each of us should pray, “Dear Coach, I am ready as Your witness, and I want to participate in the Great Commission today.” [2]

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[2] This article was written by Bernie Augsburger, IL-MO Representative in “Trumpet Notes” in An IL-MO ARBC Informational E-letter, August 1, 2022. It is used with his permission.

WWJD. These “What Would Jesus Do?” bracelets used to be quite popular with some Christians. They were used to start up a conversation with others about Jesus. But to do so, it’s important that we know who the Christ of the Scriptures is rather than the Christ of the cults. Which Jesus saves? [1]

To see our world and all that is in it more clearly, many of us need eye glasses. To see inside of our bodies, Doctors need X-ray equipment. To see things far away we need telescopes and microscopes to see very small things. To see into the future we need to turn to God’s infallible Word and interpret Bible prophecy [2] normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually as we do the rest of the Scriptures. One of the main reasons why we should believe the Bible is because of fulfilled prophecy. (See our Bible Study Book Marker & Dispensations Chart on our website.) [3]

But to see into the souls of people, with all their pains and struggles, we need “Jesus Glasses.” He saw people in their lost condition like sheep without a Shepherd. He offered Himself to them as their promised Messiah, but they didn’t recognize Him for Who He really was (John 1:11, 12). They wanted a political Deliverer, not a spiritual Savior from their sins. In fact, did you know that He turned down their offer to make Him their King because it would have been on their terms, not on God’s terms (John 6:15, 60-66; See Psalm 2)?

Just before He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily on the third day, [4] Jesus looked over the city of Jerusalem and wept for the people (Jews) who rejected Him. He said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! ‘See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’” (Matthew 23:37-39). This will happen at the end of the “Seven Years of Tribulation” or “The Time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). [5] Believe it or not, these days seem to be just around the corner.


If you’re a Christian, when was the last time you wept over lost people, who are headed for the lake of fire to suffer forever with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8)? Do you share the clear Gospel [4] with them on a regular basis or leave that up to the “professionals”? While most people will reject God’s offer of salvation because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19), some will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (John 1:12; 3:16, 18).

As He promised, He will return for His Body, the true Church (John 14:1-3), when all whom the Father has given to Him have come to Him and been saved, and have done some praiseworthy works (John 6:37, 44; 1 Corinthians 4:5). Are you ready for this event? Perhaps today!

Action Steps

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do so. [4] There are no second chances to be saved from the lake of fire once you die physically (2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14; Hebrews 9:27). The Scriptures don’t teach reincarnation or the annihilation of the wicked dead as some cults teach.

Rather than living if fear during these uncertain days, Christians can/should keep looking up while anticipating and loving the imminent arrival of Christ. If we, as believers, do this, we will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). We can also earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for pointing people to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, our primary goal in life should be to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). Are you doing this? If not, why?


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[1] Which Jesus Saves?

[2] Bible Prophecy

[3] Dispensations Chart

[4] The Gospel

[5] The Order of Coming Events

An Eerie Moment

Posted: March 3, 2022 in Gospel, Salvation

“My daughter and I were visiting a college in Bangor, Maine. After a nice trip, we had our GPS take us back to the car rental agency. Except … it just didn’t seem like it was taking us the right way. We were in the middle of nowhere and pulled up to a graveyard and the GPS said, ‘You have arrived at your [final] destination.’ ” – Alan Willett, New York [1]

Where we want to go and where we will finally end up in eternity will be determined by the choice we made in this life with reference to the Lord Jesus Christ to accept Him as our personal Savior or not.

He is the virgin born, sinless, God-man, Who died for our sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. God’s only requirement for our entering into heaven, rather than spending eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire, is for us to put our faith and trust in Him alone for our salvation. No amount of good works can save us. Nor can our faith plus our good works save us. [2]

It is by God’s grace (unmerited favor) alone, that we are saved by faith (believing) alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. The Christs of the cults can’t save anyone. [3]

If you are not absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, please let us help you gain assurance of this as I did many years ago. If you’ve been saved, we want to help you grow spiritually, serve God and others effectively, and reproduce other believers.

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[2] Gospel presentations – audio/video, illustrated:

[3] Which Jesus Saves?

Many leaders in the world today would like to be “The Ruler of the World.” In a song of yesteryear, Tony Bennet sang, “If I ruled the world, Every day would be the first day of spring, Every heart would have a new song to sing, And we’d sing of the joy every morning would bring. If I ruled the world, Every man would be as free as a bird, Every voice would be a voice to be heard, Take my word we would treasure each day that occurred…” [1] Really?

John Lennon’s song“Imagine,” which is often sung at the Olympic games, proposes that we can get rid of heaven and hell by just imagining them away. This “ain’t going to happen, folks.” [2]

This “Satanically Empowered World Ruler” (Man of Sin – Antichrist) will come to offer world peace (Revelation 6:2-4). But it won’t last very long. Shortly after the 10 kings from the Revived Roman Empire have set him up to rule the world with them, he will wipe out three of them who have second thoughts about him because he apparently has mixed blood (Daniel 2:43; 7:8, 24).

God will allow him to rule over the whole world for seven years before the Lord Jesus Christ destroys him at the end of the 7 year Tribulation (Revelation 19:19-21). The philosophy of humanism will also be destroyed at this time. [3]

The Anti-christ (Man of Sin) is probably alive at this time and waiting in the wings for his “day in the sun.” After the first 3 ½ years he will be killed in war with Russia and her allies who want to take a spoil from the Jews in Israel (Ezekiel 38, 39). But miraculously he will be restored back to life (Revelation 13:3, 4), and will gain total control of the whole world for the last 3 ½ years known as the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:15 ff).

This is why there will be silence in heaven for ½ hour when the 7th Seal Judgment takes place at the middle of the 7 year Tribulation (Revelation 8:1). It will be the first time in human history when a mere man will have complete domination of the whole world.

Sadly, during the seven years of the Tribulation, over ½ of the world’s population will die from the 21 plagues that will come on mankind (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). [4]

By the way, the diabolical globalists want to reduce the world’s population down to about 500 million people [5]. The devil and his agents are ruthless murderers (John 8:44) and are opposed to God and His plan for the ages. Are you familiar with it? If not, ask for more information.

If you’re “not a Christian,” or only a “nominal Christian” instead of a“true Christian,” now is the time for you to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Keep this in mind – We are NOT saved from hell to heaven by our good works, or by our faith PLUS our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

If you die physically without Him as your personal Savior, you will end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). We don’t want that to happen to anyone.

We’re here to assist you if you are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached here or through our website:

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[2] Ben Shapiro trashes John Lennon’s song:

[3] Humanism – The philosophy that rejects the idea or belief in a supernatural being such as God. This means that humanists class themselves as agnostic or atheist. Humanists have no belief in an afterlife, and so they focus on seeking happiness in this life.
[4] The Order of Coming Events”

[5] Georgia Guide Stones –

For additional help, here are a few Gospel presentations (audio/video, or illustrated format):

Some cultivate the ground; others plant the seeds. Still others may come along and water them. But it is God Who causes dead seeds to come to life and increase (1 Corinthians 3:6). “…Salvation is of the LORD” (Jonah 2:9). All unsaved people are spiritually dead and need eternal life (Ephesians 2:1).

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ and the Gospel, what have you been doing to spread the Good News concerning Christ’s death for our sins and His bodily resurrection?

Christ needs believers to be His witnesses. Don’t let the devil intimidate you (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8). God said, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

“For I [the Apostle Paul] am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

Here are several Gospel presentations, in audio/video format, and illustrated presentations that can be used by God for the salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven) of your unsaved family, friends, and fellow workers: Click SHARE.

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This is the Gospel (Good News) that we must believe today to be saved from hell to heaven:

“Christ [the God-man] died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

The means by which we are saved: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [the God-man], and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). Note: We are NOT saved by our good works or by faith plus our good works.

“For by grace [unmerited favor from God] you have been saved through faith [by believing in the Christ of the Scriptures through the Gospel], and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

It is not enough for us to know and give mental assent to these facts; we must transfer our faith and trust from anyone else or anything else over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone if we are to be saved.

Audio/Video Presentations:

Dr. R. Larry Moyer:

Dr. J. B. Hixon,

“Good News Plain And Simple”

“Getting The Gospel Wrong”

Written Presentations:

“The Bad News & Good News”

“Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

“The Clear Gospel”

Gospel Tracts: Ask about them.

What’s Next – Once You’ve Been Saved?

Baptism/Immersion. This is to let other people know that we have placed our faith and trust in Christ alone for our salvation (Acts 8:38). It is a picture of our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Galatians 2:20).

Other responsibilities: See our Bible Study Book Marker at

Help. If you have questions/comments, contact us here or through our website. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

The moment a person, whether young or older, places his/her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day, he/she is saved from eternal condemnation(Romans 8:1) and receives eternal life – God’s quality of life (John 3:16; 5:24; 1 John 5:13). There are about 33 wonderful things that take place at the time of one’s salvation. [1]

The body of the believer becomes a temple of God the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19) who indwells every Christian (John 14:17). He begins His ministry of energizing the new believer to engage in the good works that were planned by God for him/her to do (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13; 4:13). Most new Christians are excited to share their new found faith with others even when persecuted (Acts 4:20; 8:4 ff).

Sadly, as time moves on, and as opposition mounts from the devil and his crowd, or from carnal Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff), he/she becomes intimidated and fearful and backs off from doing this as Timothy did (2 Timothy 1:7). Even maturing Christians periodically succumb to the devil’s temptation to play the role of a coward as it was with the Apostles Peter and Paul (Luke 22:31-33; Acts 18:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 2:3). The “helmet of salvation” must be used to counterattack this temptation (Ephesians 6:17).

Since doing the good works that God planned for a believer to do are related to God’s desirous will, rather than to God’s determinative will, the believer may or may not engage in them (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). When we know to do good, and don’t do it, it becomes a sin to us (James 4:17). God the Holy Spirit doesn’t lead every Christian the same way (Romans 8:14; John 21:21, 22 – Example: Peter and John).

When a Christian follows the leading of the Holy Spirit, and uses his/her spiritual gift with “agape” love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13), he/she will be rewarded with crowns and praise from the Lord Jesus Christ at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:9-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Spiritual fruit will begin to be evident in a believer’s life (John 15:1-8). This fruit could be seen in Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), a faithful witness (1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15), and through generous giving of one’s money (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). [2]

Before Christ returns at the Rapture for all New Testament believers as He promised (John 14:1-3), all those whom God the Father has given to the Son (John 6:37, 44), must be saved and made part of the spiritual “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13), and do some praiseworthy works which will be rewarded at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5). Guardian angels are involved in this too (Hebrews 1:14).

These people may not be saved the first time they hear the Gospel message of Christ’s death and resurrection for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Saul/Paul didn’t believe on Christ when he heard Stephen’s message but he did get saved and was baptized/immersed after his encounter with Him on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians (Acts 7:58; 9:1-18). Some sow the seed of the Gospel, others water it, but God gives the increase and saves people (1 Corinthians 3:5, 6). “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).

The believer’s receiving crowns and rewards will be based on proper motives for service (1 Corinthians 4:5; 13:1 ff), if they were done in the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:8, 14; Philippians 4:13), if they were in keeping with the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:5), according to the will of God (Acts 21:8-13), and if they were done for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31).

The five crowns that Christians can earn will be cast at Christ’s feet when we meet Him face to face (1 John 3:2). This will be an expression of our appreciation to Him for saving us by His amazing grace (Revelation 4:10).

Every Christian can/should have a part in being a faithful witness for the Lord (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15), and sharing the Gospel clearly (1 Corinthians 15:1- 4) with lost people so they can be saved (Romans 10:9-17). Don’t get discouraged as the Apostle Paul once did at Corinth (Acts 18:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 2:3).

Even though they are invited, most people won’t come to Christ, the Light of the world (John 8:12), and be saved because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19). “To [some people] we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to [other people] we are the aroma of life leading to life” (2 Corinthians 2:16). The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits the believers who have a part in the salvation of others (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

Questions: Have you placed your faith and trust in Christ alone and been saved from eternal condemnation (Romans 8:1)? Are you grieving and/or quenching God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? Is the “Fruit of the Spirit” being produced and evident in your life (Galatians 5:22, 23)? If not, why? Are you directing it properly (See 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17)?

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[1] See Dr. L. S. Chafer’s “Systematic Theology” Vol. 3, pp. 234 ff

[2] See Dr. Charles Ryrie’s book, “So Great Salvation” p. 50

Clear Gospel Presentations:

Dr. Manfred Kober:

Dr. Ron Shea:

Dr. R. Larry Moyer video:

Dr. J. B. Hixon: “Getting The Gospel Wrong”

This Is Your Life was an American reality documentary series  broadcast on NBC radio from 1948 to 1952, and on NBC TV from 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its creator and producer Ralph Edwards. In the program, the host surprised guests and then took them through a retrospective of their lives in front of an audience, including appearances by colleagues, friends, and family. 

Some guests didn’t want to go on the program and have their lives exposed to the public. Of course, the positive, good side of a person’s life was what was usually presented.

But suppose your entire life, with all the good, the bad, and the ugly, were put into a documentary for all the world to see. What if all your wicked thoughts, words, and deeds were exposed and nothing held back. No doubt, if this happened to us we’d all be ashamed and cringe in front of others.

All of us have sinned (acted lawlessly) and deserve to be eternally separated from God in hell (Romans 3:23; 6:23). But God the Father loved us (John 3:16) and God the Son volunteered to add to His deity a true human nature and body (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11). He lived a sinless life, and then went to the cross to die for all of our sins, the Just One for us, the unjust ones (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 3:18). God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins and demonstrated this by raising Jesus from the dead on the third day (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2).

Now He offers eternal life and a home in heaven to all who place their faith and trust in Christ alone (John 3:16; 14:1-3). We aren’t saved from hell to heaven by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works. It’s by grace (unmerited favor) alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

If you aren’t sure that you will go to heaven as soon as you die, or if you think you have to go to Purgatory first, contact us for additional help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change. We can be reached here or through our website:

I hadn’t heard this particular term being used for them, but when I did, I thought about a few of them that are certainly worthy of being promoted and supported. (Note: Some of them should NOT be supported.) “Paper Missionaries” stick to the point, never lose their temper, and can be used by God for the salvation of unbelievers.

These “Paper Missionaries” need to be very clear as they present the “Bad News & Good News” to lost people. It’s a very simple message: “Friend, You (we all) have sinned (acted lawlessly) and deserve to be eternally separated from God in hell. But if you place your faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day, you will be delivered (saved) from hell to heaven. If you’ve never done this before, do it now!” (See Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; James 4:14.)

Note: These “Paper Missionaries” must NOT add any good works as a requirement for someone’s salvation. If they add good works or distort the Gospel (as many do), don’t use or support them. When a person is genuinely saved, good works will follow (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 15:16).

I like to take these “Paper Missionaries” with me as I am out in the marketplace (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20). I never know who might be ready to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior and the gift of eternal life (Acts 10:1-48; 13:48; 16:14). Sometimes I use these “Paper Missionaries” to start a conversation, close a conversation, or when a conversation isn’t possible.

If you’d like to have a part in promoting, supporting, or learning more about “Paper Missionaries,” contact us. We’re here to assist those who want to make their life on earth count for God’s glory and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 5:13; 6:10).

Imagine that you come across someone who is going to die within moments.  You’re a Christian and want to share the Gospel with him so he can be saved and go to heaven.  What would you say?

Dr. Manfred Kober posed this question to his students.  Here is what he writes: