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1. Literature Distribution for Today’s Mind in Today’s World

Bill Krick

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Bill Krick

Literature Ministries Director for the Pacific Union Conference

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  • January 1, 2015
    9:00 AM
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The title of this seminar is The Fourth Angel

Does anyone know what the 4th angel is? The 4th angel refers to Rev 18:1-4. You know the three Angels’ Messages.  Revelation 18:1-4 talks about the 4th angel and I’ll explain why this period and also next period, why that 4th angel relates so closely to literature. We’re told that, that’s why, we’re told that.

So this seminar presentation is entitled Literature Distribution for Todays Mind in Today’s World.

So the question is what is today’s mind? How to reach today mind. Today’s mind is different than it was 100 years ago, it’s different than it was 125 years ago, 200 years ago. It’s different. What is today’s mind, how can we reach it? That is the question that we are asking this morning.

Turn your Bibles to Daniel 2, we’ll have prayer then we’ll read our first verse in Daniel 2. I like Daniel 2, it does not get old for me. After hearing many evangelists preach from Daniel 2, I love Daniel 2, we’re going to look at Daniel 2:45. Let’s pray.

Father in heaven, Thank you so much for these GYC attendees. Thank you that we can spend time thinking about your word, and most of all thinking how to reach people that you died for Lord. We are at the cross during these few days and we know that Jesus tasted death for every man including the postmodern man, the secular man, the man who doesn’t appear to care about spiritual things. I pray that you will help us to know how to reach people better because of the cross, in Jesus name, Amen.

Daniel 2:45 Daniel is concluding his explanation of the dream to the king. Remember, first he told the dream, then he explained the dream. This is the end of his explanation. 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest Daniel is talking to king Nebuchadnezzar that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: Now notice the last line  and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

This slide is from BBC the news magazine, British Broadcasting Company and it is from this 2014 and this fellow, Tom is writing and he says, Is it better to be religious or spiritual?

Religious is defined as participating in religions activities, going to church, and fellowshipping with the body of believers. Spiritual is defined as having spiritual experiences, transcended experiences with a higher power. Is it better to be religious or spiritual? This article discusses this and it points out that in America research has shown that one out of three people consider themselves SBNR. Spiritual But Not Religious. So is it better to be spiritual or religious? According to America one third of Americans believe no, I’m not religious but I’m spiritual. Interesting, is that interesting? How many of you took part in the three day canvassing outreach recently? Oh, I see a few hands.  We meet people when we canvass, when we go door to door, we talk to people, we meet people all the time. I don’t want anything to do with religion but I’m a spiritual person. Okay? Why do you think that is? It is definitely a movement in America. Maybe they’ve had bad experiences with a church of some kind. Very good, or they don’t want to be told what to do. SBNR, Spiritual But Not Religious, There’s a big chunk of people out there today who consider themselves that way, they don’t believe in right or wrong. Without taking more time to define the problem, I want to try to jump in to a bit of a solution right away.

There was an interview recently that Adventist Review did with Pastor Shawn Boonstra who is the director of Voice of Prophecy. He’s preached all over the world. And this is what Shawn Boonstra pointed out in this article that current research shows 34% of Americans attend church. Back in 1789 when the constitution was ratified only 17% of people attended church. Huh? Wait a minute that seems backwards doesn’t it, is that backwards? But he pointed that out. Isn’t that interesting? Actually there was a pew research survey that was done that actually said it was 38% of American’s attend a church every weekend. That includes synagogue or whatever, attend a house of worship. Shawn Boonstra then goes on to point out that it actually isn’t as different as you think it is.

Notice this, we may have to back up to the very foundational issues with this generation but this idea that people are not religiously inclined? Nonsense, human beings are struggling with the same things we have struggled with for thousands of years. The core human problems never change. So the point is, yes there are people who say they are spiritual but not religious. Yes, there are post moderns who believe that there is no right or wrong that everything is fuzzy, that you have your own experience. Yes, there are people who are secular, but the core human problems never change. What is he talking about?

What is a core human problem that everybody faces? What was that? Pride, okay what else, sin, the results of sin – death. Everybody has to face death. Every culture in the world has a way of relating to death, and they struggle. Even primitive cultures, the famous Egyptians when they put the pharaoh to rest, they mummify him, and they set him in a canoe and they’d give him food to go on his journey across the waters into the realm of the dead. That’s the way they processed death.

Even if you are a secular person, even if you are a post-modern person, even if you are an SBNR, whatever you are, you have to face death.

How about guilt? It seems as if some people have no guilt now days, but almost everyone does have guilt. That’s almost universal, that is a core human problem that doesn’t change even if you are SBNR, or you don’t believe there is any truth, or you know that there is something funny when some kid is mutilated, you know there’s a problem, you can’t say that that is amoral.  So the core human problems never change, death. Folks do we have answers to these things? Do we have answers to the meaning of death? Do we have answers to what to do with guilt? That’s what this whole convention is about, At the Cross, by God’s grace, it’s not because we’re smart. God has given us a lot of answers, Praise His Name! There’s a lot of truth that we have, a lot of truth.

So, are people interested in spiritual things now days? Think about this, what are the best-selling movies? Super natural characters, people are interested in the super natural. People with super human powers, Batman, Spiderman, how about this one Frozen, there she is casting a spell on someone or something. These are the best-selling ones, these are the top movies, okay? There is almost always a supernatural component.

People like the magic or the superhuman powers, the latest one is what they call a dystopia. Dystopia is the opposite of utopia. There’s been an apocalyptic trap, earth blew up and the people who survived created a new bizarre, twisted civilization, and they call that a dystopia. That’s the latest thing, it kind of science fiction and futuristic and there is supernatural stuff going on. That’s what’s popular, people have an interest in spiritual things. They have an interest in the future, they have an interest in destiny. Think about this it goes on, Guardian of the Galaxy, the Hobbits, Jurassic Park. Jurassic Park has now grossed past the one billion mark. People are interested in this stuff.

People are interested in channeling. I was driving somewhere and trying to keep myself awake, it was at night. I hate driving at night because I have a tendency to go to sleep, and then I am going to drive off the road, and my wife is going to be a widow, so I try very hard to keep myself awake. So I listen to some stuff on the radio that is so foolish, but at least it keeps me awake, if I don’t have anybody to call. I was cruising through and I would listen to this guy who was channeling, and he would take calls and this person says, what about my grandmother, she died. And the guy says, hang on, hang on, I’m getting something, I’m getting something, was she …. Oh yes, yes, that’s my grandma and it goes on like this. People are very interested in this, it’s very common. Pet channeling, have you heard of pet channeling? You can talk to your dead pet, I’m not kidding, okay? So these things are really popular, people are interested in spiritual things.

How about this, this is a list of specials on the history channel and the discovery channel.  These are actual specials. The Lost Book of Nostradamus, you know prophecy, he’s Mr. Prophet. Ape to Man, does that sound familiar? Secrets of the Apostles, Enigmas of the Old Testament, Who Wrote the Bible? A History of God. Countdown to Apocalypse, UFO’s the Secret History. Folks this isn’t like some bizarre thing, this is the History channel and the Discovery channel. These are really popular. Lost Magic Decoded, Prophets of Doom, Jesus, the Lost 40 Days, Secret Access the Vatican, Prehistoric Mega Storms, Noah’s Flood, the 10 Commandments. This is a popular place, these guys they know what people are thinking about and if people weren’t thinking about these things, didn’t care about them, they wouldn’t show these. People care about this stuff.

Today’s Mind, Today’s World Postmodern, secularist for most part, for most of these people, they care about this stuff, but they don’t have answers.

I’ll tell you what the biggest myth is, again this is Shawn Boonstras point. The biggest myth is that the postmodern secular person is happy. That’s false. They are not happy, they are not fulfilled, they don’t have answers, there is a lot of uncertainly. Like Daniel 2:45 we read, Daniel looked at the king right in the face, as if he were looking at a go pro camera, he just looked him right in the face and he said “the dream is certain and the interpretation is sure”. We have surety, we have certainty for people for whom there is no certainty in their heads. Our literature contains a lot of certain stuff, and that’s exciting.

If you are really a secular person, life has absolutely no meaning, no purpose, no mission nothing just the inevitable death.

Albert Camus wrote the book called The Plague, set in the 1400 or 1500 hundreds when the bubonic plague was roaring through Europe and North Africa, and he has one of the characters, the Catholic Church, he essentially is making fun of the Catholic Church, because the priest is saying, well the reason why these people have been struck with the plague is because they are sinners. And the main character sees the little child dying of the plague and says that doesn’t make sense priest. Then the priest himself, of course, gets sick and then there’s a whole plot. But the writer, who is an agnostic, Albert Camus concludes essentially by saying life cannot have any meaning, and the only question is, Do I commit suicide now or later? That’s all you have folks, this guy of course people think that he’s amazing. Albert Camus won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. He spent his time in multiple marriage sleeping with many partners, had seven children by four women, something like that, some terrible life and he said marriage is not for me etc. and he won a Nobel Prize for philosophy. Folks these people have no answers, these people have no answers. God has given us meaningful answers to real questions. Praise His name! 

I remember I was watching MTV years ago and they did some special basically was about how bad these stars are, and at the very end the host is standing there with the spotlight on him and the host says “and this proves nothing”, and he says “because nothing matters anyway”, and he turned and he walked off. That was the end of the show. He just betrayed a tiny bit of his philosophy, because nothing matters anyway, he said at the very end. But MTV is wrong, there is deep, deep meaning in life.

My young friend Nelson Ernst, who is in the other building giving a seminar on GLOW. He was flying in to Amsterdam to visit his girlfriend, fiancée, who is now his wife. He was taking off perhaps from Amsterdam airport and he was sitting next to a lady who was a professor at a university in Holland. As they chatted he gave her GLOW tracts and they made a nice friendship. At the end of the flight she said, you know you’re lucky, you have something to believe in. The rest of us are still looking around. You’re lucky, you are fortunate, she said. There are so many needs out there. The postmodern mind is not fulfilled, not satisfied with uncertainty, they are fundamentally uncertain.

Well today one of my main points is, please do not be intimidated by the postmodern secular mind. Please do not be intimidated. Don’t think that when you hand them a tract they’re going to say, NO. Don’t think that. Many of these people are searching people. They don’t know what to make of life, they don’t know what to make of life.

Let’s go over –

1. People are still thinking about spiritual things.

2. it’s a myth that postmodern secular people are happy, satisfied and fulfilled.

That’s a myth. That’s the first two points now let’s go on, point number three will surprise you. Are you ready to be surprised?

3. People are still reading and they are reading spiritual books.

Prove it to me Krick you say, prove it to me. This is quoting a Pew study. Pew is a poll like Gallup. This is quoted now in the New York Times. They did a huge study of America, it says regardless of where they do it, the Pew study presented what seems a fairly upbeat picture of reading. Readers consumed an average of 15 books in the previous year. 14% of the respondents read 21 or more books. Woe, that’s interesting, that’s very interesting, so was that you? Was that me? That’s a lot. People are reading.

Check this out. Forbes magazine, this is one of my favorite ones, I’ve used this before, I just love this quote. So Forbes magazine. This is basically a magazine for rich people. “Are books in danger? The conventional wisdom would say yes, after all more and more media, internet, tv, satellite radio, video games compete for our time, and the web in particular with its emphasis on textual snippets, skimming and collaborative creation, seems ill suited to nurture the sustained authoritative transmission of complex ideas that has been the historical purview of the printed page.

“Surprise! The conventional wisdom is wrong. Our special report on books and the future of publishing is brim full of reasons to be optimistic. People are reading more, not less. Why? Because the internet is fueling literacy. Everybody is on the web, if you can’t read very well, the web doesn’t do that much for you. 

Isn’t that intereting? The internet is actually pushing literacy up. So giving away books online increases offline readership. It says, people still burn books, check this out, this is the conclusion of Forbes,

“People still burn books, but that only means that books are still dangerous enough to destroy. And if people want to destroy them they are valuable enough that they will endure.

That’s interesting isn’t it, okay so people still burn books. That’s a good thing, there still is power in the ideas communicated through the printed page or e-books,  or whatever you want. People still burn books.

Check this out, this is from the BISG and the AAP this is the two largest industry leaders in studying the publishing and literature industry in America. Over 2012 and 2013, we don’t have numbers for 2014 yet of course. There was an 8% increase in books purchased over that 2 year period. People are buying more books than they did. eBook revenue dropped 0.7%. What? How can that possibly be? That is because their prices went down, actually the unit sales went up by 10% in 2013. so people are buying more eBooks, including myself. I just bought a whole 55 Ellen White books at one shot for my tablet. A couple of weeks ago I bought an eBook and read it quickly. So I like eBooks, but there is still only 19% of all books purchased, isn’t that interesting? And revenue actually dropped last year and it’s a little bit different than you think. Isn’t that interesting? It is different than you think.

Religious book sales increased over 31% over the 3 year period 2011-2013. People are interested in reading religious stuff, Notice 31%, that’s significant, that outpaces the rate of increase for regular books, people are interested in religious books according to the BISG and the AAP.

This is a quote from Steven Johnson, the author of Where Good Ideas Come From. He is a thinker, he thinks about thinking and ideas, where do good ideas come from, his books are very popular at Amazon. The book, in its traditional form, has been as much an idea generator as the web or the city over the centuries because the leaner format of the book and the word count of most books allowed more complex or arguments to be presented.

In other words tracts are awesome but if you really want to deliver a full meal deal, punch you need to go get a GC and hand it out. Right? So in other words an important or complex argument or observation is presented through a book. So are people reading spiritual books? Yes, have you heard of Heaven is For Real? That’s the little boy that died and went to heaven in Kansas or wherever he was? This is on the New York Times best seller list, I mean people gobbled this baby up.

Check this one out, Proof of Heaven and its sequel now was just released The Map of Heaven. Now this was written by Eben Alexander, a neuro surgeon, so for people this is highly credible. So, this neuro-surgeon had a brain infection, I think it was, he went to the ER and went into a coma. He was in a coma for quite some time. During his coma he says, he went to heaven and spoke with the divine source of the universe. Then when he came back it was some amazing miracle that he was brought out of his coma and then he lived to tell about it and he wrote this book, which is a bestselling book. Here I am quoting from Amazon. “Thousands have had a near death experience but scientists argue that they are impossible. Then neuro surgeon Eben Alexander’s brain was attacked by a rare illness. His recovery is a medical miracle but not a real miracle. While his body lay in a coma, Alexander journeyed beyond the physical world with an angelic being who guided him to the divine source of the universe, reading his story will change your life” and now the sequel The Map of Heaven where he chronicles the experiences of many people like him. Since he is a neuro surgeon it lends credibility to him.

Fascinating, people gobble this stuff up. Here’s a photo of him right there, Eben Alexander with Opra Winfrey, Proof of Heaven. Hunger Games, Divergent Insurgent, those are pushed apocalyptic books that are extremely popular on the New York Times best seller list. Harry Potter, Frozen novels with magic and prophecy and I did want to mention Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, 81 million books sold of The Da Vinci Code just because people love conspiracies and particularly if they involve the Catholic church and that’s what that last book is. Conspiracy theories and the Catholic Church. I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, even though they are very popular.

There is one conspiracy theory I do believe in and that is the one in Revelation chapter 13. But people love this stuff, they are so interested in it. Why are we reluctant to share our message, when there is so much interest in this sort of thing out there? Folks, this is stuff we have answers for, big time. Our literature, our books, our tracts, their production, their distribution, their use in evangelism can meet real needs, in real people. Don’t be fooled into thinking that only internet witnessing or movies will be effective. By the way, I love internet witnessing and I sell lots and lots of DVDs. But don’t be fooled into thinking that that is the only thing that matters.   So let’s go back to where we are.

1. People are still thinking about spiritual things.

2. it’s a myth that postmodern secular people are happy, satisfied and fulfilled.

3. People are still reading and they are reading spiritual books.

4. Like Jesus we have answers.

Do we have answers? Turn in your Bibles to John 7. Do we have answers? We do, but it is not because we are smarter than everybody else, or because we are special. It’s because we’ve been given answers. John 7:26 There was confusion in Christ’s day. Part of the postmodern mind is confusion, nothing is certain, it’s foggy and did you know that in Jesus time there was a lot of uncertainty and confusion as well? Listen to John 7:26. These are the people, this is the crowd speaking

 7:26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?  7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. Where did they get that idea from? You know? Is that in the Bible? No it’s not. So it was like a common urban legend. but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.  That’s not true, the Bible says that he is from Galilee, the Gentiles have seen a great light, right? He is from Nazareth that is in Isaiah 9:1 and Micah 5:2 right from Bethlehem. But here there is some confusion. Now fast forward to John 7:40 and we’ll see some more confusion. 

7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.  7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?  7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?  7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him.

Well wait a minute, he was from Bethlehem, but they didn’t know it, see they’re confused, you see? They’re confused. So in the middle of all this confusion, Jesus cuts right through. It’s really fun to watch how he relates to confused people in the scriptures. Turn to John 4, we won’t spend a long time here, we’re going to touch on several stories where Jesus cuts through and speaks to confused people with tenderness, gentleness and a lot of confidence and certainty. John 4:19 do you remember what her confusion was?

4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Basically she was dealing with the issues of worship, like what’s your worship style. Okay? So she immediately goes to the confusing issues of the day, and to watch Jesus’ response is beautiful. Essentially he says in John 4:22

4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. He gave her the answer, salvation is of the Jews. But he deals with her very kindly. Jesus gives a certain response.

I want to go forward to John 3: Nicodemus was Mr. Uncertain. Remember? He didn’t even know what to say to Jesus. He came and was kind of nervous, kind of self-conscious and he said, Master we know you are a great teacher in Israel and ….  Or whatever, he didn’t even know what to ask, remember that? He was Mr. Uncertain. Jesus just basically brushed aside his comments and went right for what Nicodemus needed. That happens all the time by the way, especially in the book of John. Jesus gets a question that is like this, and he answers over here. Jesus often answers a question indirectly, but that is often because he knows that the person actually needs something other than what he is asking, because he is confused.

Turn your Bible now to Luke 13, I want us to look at Luke 13:1. I want us all to look at this, this is what I call the 9/11 scripture.  13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, these are Jews, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. Ewe, what was that? We often think of Pilot as kind of a weak little guy who kind of got caught in a trap or whatever. No Pilot was pretty cut throat, he went out and killed a bunch of Jews took their blood and put it on the sacrifices. Which to a Jew is highly what? Offensive, right? Highly offensive. So that was the latest CNN headline and so they are telling Jesus about this headline, saying Master what’s the deal, obviously these Galilaeans that Pilot slaughtered, they must obviously be bad.

13:2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  So that’s what they were thinking, right? If you get a disease it’s because you are sinning. If you get in trouble, if an accident happens it’s because you’re sinning. If you are born blind it’s because you sinned or your parents sinned, I’m not sure, I’m confused, right, you get it? So they’re saying to Jesus, these guys because Pilot did this to them, they were the worst sinners. Right, now that’s why it happened? And Jesus says what? No. N O.

13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. So Jesus turns it around and says no that’s not correct, and then he turns it to the heart doesn’t he? He says this is a reason to repent. You also likewise will perish. Now verse 4 is the 9/11 text okay?

13:4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?   Those people who were in the top of the towers 9/11 who worked for that investment company [Cantor Fitzgerald 648 people died, 75% of their employees] were they worse sinners? Do you think they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? Evidently some tower fell in Jerusalem and crushed 18 people and they died. The people of the time were confused, they were uncertain and they didn’t know what to make of it and Jesus cuts right through it and says No.

13:5 I tell you, Nay: They weren’t, the tower of Siloam fell probably because it was structurally weak, but Jesus takes that, says exactly what the answer is and then he turns it around and makes an excuse to go for the persons heart. I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  So this certainty, this confusion, remember in John 9 they pass a blind man, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind? Was it his parents sinned that he was born blind, or was it he who sinned when he came out of the womb, what happened? I’m confused. Jesus said, neither, neither this man nor his parents sinned that he was born blind. Bad stuff happens. So this confusion, Jesus cuts through the confusion, Jesus has answers. Jesus has answers.

Let’s turn to Matthew 19. Folks our literature and our outreach and our evangelism need to provide answers to confused people. That’s one thing that I love about literature evangelism, about doing outreach. We have answers. Praise God we have something that can help people, that’s exciting. Matthew 19:23

19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? Why were they astonished? If you are rich obviously God is favoring you because you’re righteous, so the richer you are the more righteous you are and the poorer you are, it’s …. it doesn’t always add up, and they knew it didn’t add up, and the people knew it didn’t add up, but  they believed it, but it was confusing. Jesus cuts right through that and shows them what the certain answer is.

Matthew 22 Jesus teaches with certainty, he teaches in Matthew 22 that there is a resurrection that you can be sure about it, remember the Sadducees said well master there’s a man that had seven wives, they all were widowed, no children, in the resurrection whose wife will be with whom? Jesus answered with a direct, certain answer, cuts through all of that. Yes the Messiah is actually the Son of God, not just the son of David. Yes we must pay taxes to Caesar. Yes there is a resurrection.

Matthew 24 The future is certain not uncertain. Fisherman, tax collectors, Jewish zealots, he gave them meaning and purpose saying that the kingdom of God is spiritual not temporal.

The woman caught in adultery, oh, she needed concrete and sure acceptance and forgiveness.

The demoniacs he gave them stability. Jesus has answers, like Jesus folks, we have answers.

How about Saul the persecutor.  Saul the persecutor needed hard core mission. Hard core mission. You want to be hard core? One of my favorite Ellen White quotes says here is something you can be enthusiastic about.

You know the word enthusiasm back in Ellen White’s day actually was a derogatory term. She says, when somebody really starts praying and turning their lives to God, the cry will be raised enthusiasm, in other words fanaticism. Okay? So enthusiasm was a synonym for fanaticism. Okay? She says here is something you can be enthusiastic about, in other words here is something you can be fanatical about, she says, the cross of Christ.

So here is hard core mission, Jesus has something for you to be hard core about. The mission of the cross and the three angels’ messages. So folks we have answers, we have what people, even post moderns are looking for. We have the answer for the future, Daniel chapter 2. Why do palm readers and crystal ball gazers exist?

I just passed one, did you guys see it when you pulled in? How many people saw the palm reader? The difference between the ones here and the ones in California have a gigantic mother Mary on them, so there’s some Catholicism mixed in with that, I’m not sure how that works. But why is it that palm reader exists? It’s because people pay him or her, right? So people care about that. People go to crystal ball gazers, people pay for their services.

We have the answer for the super natural.

We have the answer for death, and the meaning of death, what happens after death.

We have the answer for the meaning of life. Sorry MTV you have it wrong.

We have the answer for guilt, the cross of Christ.

We have the answer for what’s right.

I was canvassing in businesses years ago. I was with this older guy who was teaching me, I was young, very young and we walked into this medical place and we started making friends with people and trying to hand them literature or whatever. This lady had just come off duty, just gotten off work and she had her scrubs on, I think she was an aid or a nurse. She came out and I remembered her, we started talking to her about Christ and we started talking about religious things. She had a religious background, she had spiritual interest and after just a couple of minutes we showed her some books. And she shared about her personal life. She wound up breaking down and crying right there in the hospital lobby, as she explained, I want to do what’s right, but I just can’t. We had answers for her, we left her with some amazing literature. We talked to her, we prayed with her.

We have answers for people who need the supernatural power in their lives.

We have the answer for the rat race of life, people are weary, we have the Sabbath.

We have the answer for health and wellness, these are huge, huge issues in America today, health and wellness is a big deal.

We even have the answer for someone who love conspiracy theories, as I mentioned earlier.

We of all people have an explanation of the problem of suffering. The Great Controversy between good and evil. Praise His Name. Talk about a confusing difficult thing, right? That’s difficult. In today’s mind in today’s world the problem of suffering is a huge question, a huge question, we have so much literature that deals with that problem. The book The Great Controversy is only the beginning. Praise His Name.

So our literature, our books, our tracts, their production and distribution, their use in evangelism can meet real needs in real people, don’t be fooled that they don’t. Are you willing this morning, to be unashamed when you hand someone a tract?  Are you willing to be unashamed? I challenge you not to back off in the slightest, when you go back to your home church and become active in distribution of literature and all outreach.  God has blessed us tremendously, and don’t forget the personal contact which is inherent in literature evangelism can have a powerful effect on anyone searching for meaning and certainty. And for more on this come to our next seminar.

Okay, the personal contact component of literature outreach can have a powerful effect on someone who is searching, someone whose mind is uncertain. It can have a powerful, powerful affect.

In closing Daniel 2:45, we’re going to end where we started.

2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

Daniel standing straight up before the king, his posture like a pole, looking at the king in the face  and he said the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

Thank you Lord for all that you have given us. You have been so kind to give us answers that are meaningful. You have been so kind to give us a fulfilling and satisfied life. And I pray now Lord that each of us in this room will take what you’ve given to us and share it with people who don’t have answers, people who are confused and uncertain. I pray that you will baptize us with your Spirit and fill us with love as we talk to people, as we leave literature, as we do evangelism in our home churches. Bless us, bless the rest of our day and I thank you again for GYC and praise you for this convention.  Bless us now in Jesus name. Amen.

This message was recorded at the GYC 2014 Conference: At the Cross in Phoenix Arizona. GYC a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist church seeks to inspire young people to be Bible based, Christ centered and soul winning Christians. To download or purchase other resources like this visit us online at www.gycweb.org.

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