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11 Jul 2012 | No Comment

My wife and I together with Poul (yes, “Poul” is the right spelling) Andersen, Pastor of the Co-operating Parish in Waipawa, Hawkes Bay, went on the three day outreach mission in Picton and Blenheim over the weekend.
We sang our way across Cook Straight, both ways, which gave us free passage.
We arrived in Picton at 11-30am and  I went to the Choice Supermarket to get permission to sing Gospel Country songs.
“No preaching here” allowed was the reply.
We moved further along and started up and in this new location we were well …

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8 Jul 2012 | 2 Comments

Wow! What a rich week this has been.
On Tuesday, I was in someone’s home and I invited them to watch the video.  At the end the came to Christ.
On Thursday, two teenagers heard the gospel in McDonald’s.
They were so impacted, they sent me a text last night asking if I could pick up 9 people from a certain address to take them to church!
When we got to the house this morning, only 6 were there.
There was an incredible message at church,  great programs for the children, and my six …

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1 Jul 2012 | 3 Comments

I was out giving the gospel today and walked in Burger King.
Having a meal all by himself was a guy in his late twenties, dressed in full motorbike leathers. His helmet was on the table next to his meal. To be honest, he looked quite ominous.
I approached him in the usual way and asked him if he would like to watch the video on my iphone.
Just before he started, he explained that he was an atheist and politely asked if that disqualified him from watching it.
I said of course …

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20 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments

Yesterday, I was training a pastor “in the field” how to do evangelism using my iphone.
When we arrived at Westfield Shopping mall in West Auckland, we sat in the car and prayed a simple prayer that the Holy Spirit would lead us to people who were open and ready to receive the gospel.
I didn’t feel “on fire” or  “pumped” or anything like that.
I had made a simple decision to go and reach a lost person with the gospel, and that was that.
We got out of the car, and began wandering …

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16 Jun 2012 | No Comment

Click here to find out what he said….

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14 Jun 2012 | No Comment

Today I received this email from a friend in the Salvation Army.  His name is Greg McDuff and his lives in Auckland.  The photo shows Greg with his lovely wife Bianca.  
Greg has his own plumbing business, so he is meeting new people all time, which gives him opportunity to share the gospel regularly.
He’s loaded onto his iphone and always has follow up booklets in his van.
This is Greg’s email to me:
Hi Julian
Last week I did a plumbing job at a house in Otara.

The owner of the house …

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12 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments

Yesterday I had a most interesting time out evangelising.
I came across two teenagers who were both 17.
After chatting with them about this and that, I shared the gospel with them via my iphone.
I thought they were both non-Christians.
After they had heard the gospel clearly, I asked them the key question “If everything you’ve just watched here on my iphone is true, and if you died tonight, where would you go?”
They both confessed they’d go to hell.
Then I gave them the follow up booklet “How To Be Sure Of Going To …

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7 Jun 2012 | No Comment

Dear Mr. Key,
Please find below our suggestion for fixing NZ’s economy.
Instead of giving billions of dollars to banks that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.
You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:
There are about 200,000 people over 50 in the work force.
Pay them $1 million each severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:
1) They MUST retire.
200,000 job openings – unemployment fixed
2) They MUST buy a new car.
200,000 cars ordered – Car Industry fixed
3) They MUST either buy a house or pay …

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5 Jun 2012 | 3 Comments

The concept of “Friendship Evangelism” dominates the evangelism landscape in the Western Church, particularly NZ.
What’s good about it and should be retained? What’s not so good?  What should we dump as outright heresy?
Please enjoy this critique of “Friendship Evangelism.” Click here.

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21 May 2012 | 2 Comments

Every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, between 1.30pm-3.30pm, I go out evangelising, sometimes it is door-to-door, other times it is more the direct approach.
Last Tuesday I decided I would take my survey and go door-to-door around my neighbourhood. This has proved very successful.
Since I’ve just started as one of the new ministers in my church, I found this to be a great conversational starter, as well as talking a little bit about the major rebuild our church is undertaking and the new opp shop that will be going up.
These conversations often relaxes the person which can lead to …

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19 May 2012 | 6 Comments

I am continually amazed at how God is working in His sovereign power to draw people to Himself.
The encounter I had last night was a CLASSIC example.
I had a meeting with someone at 6pm in a certain location. Without going into all the details, I got the meeting place completely wrong.  I sent him a text and we agree to meet the next day in the right location.
I hadn’t given the gospel to anyone that day so I looked around. I wanted to make the most of the time I …

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18 May 2012 | No Comment

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Thanks a million.

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13 May 2012 | 4 Comments

Recently I heard someone (Joe) say that to win the lost we must scratch where people itch.
For example, if people are lonely, offer friendship; if hungry, food; if hopeless, give hope; if sick, offer healing, etc.
The thought this person was conveying to me was that evangelism (i.e. proclaiming the gospel to someone) didn’t scratch where people itch because people were not looking for God or desiring Him.
He told me that the most effective way to win the lost was to discover their felt need and meet that need.
What should we …

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8 May 2012 | No Comment

Getting onto a flight in Auckland en route to Wellington, I was served by these two staff members at Jet Star.
It was so easy to turn the conversation onto spiritual things and hand them a card.
I said “How’s your day going?” as they processed our baggage and we chatted in reply.
Then I said “I am going to Wellington to work with a church. Have you guys had any church background?”
He said yes, she no.
“Let me ask you a question. What’s the best selling book in the world?”
They didn’t know.
I …

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7 May 2012 | 3 Comments

This morning around 7:30am I was buying some things at Countdown supermarket.
The guy in front of me at check out was asked by the teller if he had a ‘One Card’.  If you have one of these loyalty cards, the supermarket gives a small discount on purchases.
He replied he didn’t have one.
I was listening to the conversation so I said ‘Do you want to use my one?’
His eyes lit up and jumped at the idea.
I saved him 70 cents. Whoopee!
He was happy. Smiling, he thanked me. I knew what I …

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4 May 2012 | No Comment

Absolutely! Please read where it’s actually happening. Click here

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1 May 2012 | 2 Comments

God’s blessings to you from the USA! We are two Christian women, Kristi Smith (left) and Nena Jackson.
We have been close friends since first grade but drifted a part over the years while raising our families and living in different states.
Kristi currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama where she is a cardiac nurse at UAB Hospital, wife and mother of two teenage children.
Nena currently resides in Charleston, SC with her husband and is Discipleship Coordinator at Church of Our Saviour on Johns Island.
God reunited us in December …

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25 Apr 2012 | 6 Comments

Recently, I was looking at an offshore church web site, and I read the following:
Our Vision
We believe we are called to
Reveal the glory of God’s Kingdom
This vision is based on a conviction that God’s purpose, in and through Jesus, is to restore His entire creation to its original glorious perfection, where His reign is universally accepted and acknowledged. The mission of His people is to demonstrate here and now what that looks like helping others see and experience and marvel at what God’s reign, God’s will being done on earth …

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20 Apr 2012 | No Comment

Hi everyone,
The following email arrived today. What’s the lesson here? If we plan to evangelise, we will.
If we don’t, we won’t.
Many people would have missed these opportunities, but Maryna “saw” them, even created them, because she had prepared her heart to create them before she left home.
This is the secret.
Heart preparation, and definite intention. Daily.
This is something Jesus modeled so beautifully. God bless you Maryna. You set out on your day like Jesus set out from Heaven. You are a shining example for us all my friend!
“Before I left home this …

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