Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Show Me the Money

I'm always on the look out for a good gospel tract.  There are lots of tracts, but few good ones.  I'm not saying that many do not contain the gospel, most do.  However, many are too long, poorly designed or just plain cheesy.

The other day while reading a book that had belonged to my father I discovered a small tract that was being used as a book mark.  On one side it looked like a twenty dollar bill, only about 1/3 the size.  On the back was this message:

Money will buy: A bed but not sleep. Books but not brains. Food but not appetite. Finery but not beauty. A house but not a home. Medicine but not health. Luxuries but not culture. Amusement but not happiness. A crucifix but not a Saviour. A church pew but not heaven.  What money can't buy, Jesus Christ can give freely without charge. Is He your Lord and Saviour? If not, you can get a new lease on life right now. Confess to God that you have sinned and that you want to turn from you sins to receive Jesus as Lord of your life Through that step of believing faith you can start life afresh with your sins forgiven and a new life in Christ."

I remember that my Dad had a stack of these tracts.  He gave me a few and I gave them all away.  Its not a perfect tract but it has some appeal.  The money image is eye-catching and the theme strikes at the heart of many who worship the "almighty dollar."  I checked online and apparently the publisher of this tract is out of business.  Not shocking, the copyright date on the one I have is 1997. Ancient by today's standards.

Mathias Media has produced lots of good evangelism and discipleship materials.  Two Ways to Live is a gospel presentation that can be viewed via the web or distributed in tract form.  The North American Mission Board of the SBC has some helpful tips about using tracts in personal evangelism as well as a link to purchase tracts.

If you find a helpful gospel tract make sure you get extra copies.  But don't use them as book marks, share them with someone who needs to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

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