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Penn’s Video “Gift of a Bible”

“How much do you have to hate a guy NOT to tell him about heaven?”  Devout atheist Penn Jillette (from Penn & Teller) poses a great challenge to all believers.  Here, he gives pause to reflect the impact of one man’s gift:

1. He respects those who are outspoken for their Christian [or any] beliefs.

2. He respects those who express a genuine care for others. [in this case, for eternity]

3. He respects those who intelligently, cordially conduct themselves.

What’s your excuse for not sharing the Good News?

In his book, “The Unchurched Next Door” Tom S. Ranier says,  “82% of all unchurched people would “MOST LIKELY” visit a church if invited by someone they know.”  Sadly, “less than 2% of Christians have invited someone in the last year.”  Staggering.

1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV) 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

I showed this video at our church to remind our people about how sometimes the little things we say or do can make a big difference.  I hope this inspires you to share the Good News.  Keep praying for Penn.  He is a talented man, and I hope to see him in heaven some day.

If this doesn’t get you pumped up, I don’t know what will:

‘martyr’ quote— [found on a grave in Africa]  

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me-my banner will be clear!