Evangelism Resources

Looking for resources on how to effectively evangelize children and teens. Check out several options on our new Evangelism Training page at Kirkman Community Church.

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A Must Read – Free E-Book

Get Ed Welch’s Book Shame Interrupted for free at Amazon through Friday! Don’t miss this book. For other reading options visit David C. Cook Books here.

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Bible Study Tools

Have you wondered how you can study the Bible better? What Apps to use? What software for your computer? What websites? Check out our resource link at Kirkman Community Church.

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Clearance Book Deals For Parents

Here’s a few early morning book deals from WTS – get them while they last!

The first book, Old Story New contains 78 ten minute Gospel centered devotionals to help you train up your child. These devotionals offer thought provoking questions to help your child connect the Bible stories to their life. Information on the book, including a sample and ordering information, can be found here. While supplies last this is 70% off – only $6.

The second book, Preparing Your Teens For College is also 70% off and is only $2. Buy it now to help you guide your teen and prepare them to be able to live strong for God after graduating high school. Information on the book, including a sample and ordering information, can be found here.

For more clearance deals from WTS check out their selection here. WTS offers quick shipping and regularly has great sales on top notch books.

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My Thoughts on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Before you completely write me off I ask that you hear me out and think through what I am saying.

First, I think this has been a great success for ALS and I truly hope that great advances are made in research and treatment for ALS. This campaign has demonstrated the success that social media can have in promoting causes.

Second, I think we sometimes get caught up in movements without thinking through what we are doing. Are people simply responding because they’ve been challenged? Are people simply responding because it’s the ‘thing to do’? Because it’s ‘cool’? Do kids understand that this is not just about someone getting a bucket of ice water poured over their head but rather about a disease that ravages people’s bodies because of a nervous system malfunction?

Please understand I am not judging anyone’s heart on this matter because I have no idea why anyone responded as they did. I am simply asking questions.  I hope people took the time to research what ALS is and thought about why they were taking the challenge and challenging others.

On the flip side of the success of the social media campaign is the peer pressure that comes with it. As I read on one site, it is only ‘jerks’ who wouldn’t support such a campaign. Many people may think I’m ridiculous in my thoughts on this – and they have that right – I just ask that you actually consider (think about) what I’m saying. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $70 million as of Aug. 24th. It raised $8 million in the 24 hour period from Aug. 23rd to Aug. 24th. Am I really a jerk if I choose to not be peer pressured into donating more money and instead invest my limited resources into a different cause? (As a side note U.S. Diplomats have actually been barred from the campaign because of their public position.)

Thirdly, I think there are many worthwhile causes to contribute to. In fact, there are more than I could possibly, with my limited resources contribute to in a life time. Because of this I must choose carefully and invest where I think God would have me invest. God may direct you elsewhere – in fact if He only directed people to a few specific causes there would be an awful lot of charities bankrupted. With the massive devastation in Russia, Ukraine, Mosul, Iran, Iraq, Syria, etc., not counting the struggles in America (Ferguson, Homelessness in Orlando, etc.) we certainly cannot think that everyone must donate to the same group of charities. If I or an immediate family member had ALS it would probably be a higher priority for me but considering how much money they have received so far and considering that I do have Christian brothers and sister, that I consider to be family, starving and dying in other countries around the world, I find it to be my responsibility to support them first. Additionally, I find the work of IJM in its relentless fight against human trafficking to be something that I am passionate about.  This past month with the ISIS crisis I felt compelled to give additional funds through World Help to support their work in the area.  I am not anti-ALS and I am not a ‘jerk’ any more than someone else is a jerk for not caring for the nine year olds sold into slavery or made to sell their bodies all day and not supporting IJM. I simply have chosen to spend my limited resources elsewhere. We should be respectful of that and rejoice. I am excited for the ALS Foundation because I know they will be able to do much greater things in the next few years. And I am excited about the little girls and boys that were freed this past month from slavery through IJM, for those who received Bibles through Voice of the Martyrs, for those children sponsored through World Vision, World Help, Compassion International, Hope for the World, and others.

Fourthly, Some people have ethical disagreements with some of the methods that may be used in ALS research. While the evidence may be vague or hard to pin down on this, shouldn’t we give those people the respect they deserve as well? After all, it is money that they have been entrusted with and it is therefore their choice where they invest it. We aren’t accountable for that decision, they are.

Let’s rejoice together at what we are doing together and spur one another on to even more good works.

 

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The Normalization of Porn in the Church: what the Church Needs to do Now

Kevin M. Adams:

The Church must wake up to the Typhoon and begin repairing the damage and implementing some serious barriers. We are allowing are boys to be destroyed before they are men and our men to be crippled and sidelined from the task given them by God.

Originally posted on Harvest USA:

Dave White

Dave White

By Dave White, Men’s Ministry Coordinator, Philadelphia and Nicholas Black, Education and Resources Director

Today, the church is facing a major crisis and there are few alarms going off.  It is a silent crisis, one that is spreading in the shadows of secrecy and yet is doing great damage to the lives of those inside her walls. 

Nicholas Black

Nicholas Black

I’m talking about the normalization of porn within the church.  Pornography, which is now so widespread and accessible, seems to have become almost a non-issue for so many churches.  Occasionally there are sermons which mention in passing the danger of it.  A few bold churches have begun to set up support groups for those who have found themselves addicted to it. But mostly, silence.

No rousing alarms.  No calls to action.  No warnings that already the flood waters are inside the house and that bold, quick action is needed…

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From The Files: Our Great God!

Great God Examples

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