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The gift of eternal life was purchased for you by Jesus on Good Friday, and verified by His resurrection on Easter. As a thankful recipient of the Easter Present Jesus gave to you, please consider giving Easter Presents that convey the Gospel and compelling Christian evidences to friends, neighbors, classmates, and especially to loved ones who have become church drop-outs.
Many faithful witnesses for Jesus use what is called, The Romans Road to present the Gospel. But author, Bob Prall, a former Campus Crusade staff member who has also pastored a church a few blocks from a major University, believes that all three messages suggested by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:1-5 must be included to reach most doubters and skeptics. He considers it, Paul's Romans Road Map.
The first road is a clear explanation of the Gospel, and the Romans road can be a good one. The second road shares prophecies given hundreds of years before Jesus was born that clearly establish that He is the Messiah – the eternal Son of God. The last road in Paul's road map is the compelling evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So Bob wrote a three chapter e-book, titled it, You can have a Great Date with God, and priced it on Amazon at only $1 – so every believer can afford to send several Easter Presents. At no additional cost, Amazon will send it anyplace in the world, and include your personal note (see suggestions below).
Bob developed his versions of those messages over many years in personal meetings with skeptical students on campuses from coast to coast. (A testimony from a Duke student is on the bottom of this web page). The first Chapter is complete in Amazon's free trial, so you can evaluate it before parting with a dollar. But your due diligence is to read all three chapters before you give it as Easter Presents. (Each chapter is in both English and Spanish).
All of Bob's e-books are offered exclusively through Amazon, and Amazon Prime Kindle owners can borrow any of them them at no cost. In appreciation of their exclusive rights, Amazon will send Bob a couple of dollars for each e-book you borrow (even if it's the $1 e-book above). That helps support his ministry, and is why Bob's newsletter does not need any donations.
If someone does not have a Kindle, Amazon will give them a free reader for their PC, iPad, Tablet, Smart Phone, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone 7 device.
A suggested note to a loved one: “I know I am forgiven and will go to heaven when I die. I love you and want you to be there with me. Please read this short e-book and confirm for me that we will spend eternity together in glory.”
A suggested note to a friend any day of the year: “Please read this Easter Present. Yes, I know this is not Easter. But the gify of eternal life, verified by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter, is better than a Christmas, birthday, or graduation present, because you can enjoy it forever.
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The three chapters from You can Have a Great Date with God are included in this educational teaching tool. Half of the teaching apps end by encouraging the student to click and read one of the special chapters. The humanist thought police will keep it out of public school classrooms, but they can't stop you from sending it as an Easter Present.
From Bob's perspective, Word Dynamics is a lure – the educational apps are bait – and the extra chapters are included to get students hooked on Jesus. When you give it as an Easter Present (any day of the year), it's like you're fishing for students. More information about it is at www.learn-it.info.
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The Master Plot of the Bible
A few years after graduating from the University of Oregon, Bob trusted in Jesus Christ as his Savior. Just six months later, he enrolled at Western Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Portland. (Now Western Seminary.) As a new believer, Bob had a lot of catching up to do.
In college, a book titled Master Plots had helped prepare Bob to read many of the classics. He asked some professors if there was a short book, like Master Plots, that would help him get a grasp on the Bible -- a very long book. The books they recommended were about 500 pages long (at least they were shorter than the Bible), and he devoured them.
After graduating from theological Seminary, Bob spent many years ministering on college campuses. First, as a staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ, and later as the pastor of Grace Bible Church -- a few blocks from Texas A&M University. Over many years, he repeatedly taught a Bible study to help people get a handle on the big picture in the Bible. Later in his life, he remembered his need when he was a new believer, and he put the content of these studies in book form, and titled it, The Master Plot of the Bible.
This book focuses on foundational and transitional passages in this Book of Books so you can understand how and why it is really one book, with one central plot. If you do not have a comprehensive knowledge of the Bible's big picture, this will be one of the most important books you will ever read. It's the book Bob needed as a new believer enrolled in theological in Seminary.
After writing The Master Plot of the Bible, friends asked if he was going to write another book. At first Bob responded, “The first book took me thirty years. I don't think I have another thirty years.” But he did come up with a second thirty-year book, and titled it As You Are Going Make Disciples
Most translations of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) render it as if we are commanded to go. In the original Greek, the imperative is to make disciples. The word go could be translated “as you are going.” God may send you to a particular place to fulfill a particular ministry. But, as a Christian, you have been called to witness for Jesus Christ wherever you are right now, and for the rest of your life.
So, wherever you are going, whenever you are going, and for whatever reason you are going, your assignment is always the same: As You are Going Make Disciples. This book uses stories, from Bob's many years of interacting with skeptics on college campuses, to help others be more effective as witnesses for Jesus Christ.
The e-book version of this book includes chapter/apps the function like flash cards for memorizing 130 Bible verses that focus on the person and work of Christ (you can use any of five translations it includes). It's a good tool for sharpening your spiritual swords for personal evangelism. When Jesus was challenged by Satan in the wilderness, He responded with scriptural verses. Memorizing these verses will help prepare you for challenges by doubters, skeptics and atheists.
There were more Americans baptized in 1972 than in any year since, in spite of a population that is now 50% larger. The first chapter, Lessons from the Sixties, will explain what happened that lead to a spiritual harvest called the Jesus People movement. It's a must read for anyone who wants to see another awakening in America, and that entire chapter is included in Amazon's free trial.
Endorsements from the paper back version of
As You Are Going Make Disciples
Bob Prall has set out for his reader several very practical and relevant methods for communicating the good news of Jesus Christ. Drawing from the reservoir of his own life, he makes sharing Jesus an imperative responsibility for every believer at every time. As You are Going... Make Disciples is not a textbook for how to witness, it is a mandate. It is my hope that every believer who reads this mandate becomes fired with the excitement to share the wonderful truth of Christ.
< styMark O. Hatfield, United State Senator from Oregon, retired
The day of the parable, which Jesus used so skillfully to communicate the most profound truths, is not over. The anecdotal, narrative method can be one of the most effective means of witnessing, as Bob Prall demonstrates in this intriguing book. Here is a practical, yet entertaining approach, a guidebook on how to win souls for Jesus Christ, from a soldier of the cross who knows what it is to be on the firing line.
(D. James Kennedy, Ph.D, Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Bob Prall attacks the problem of disciple making. His book, “As You are Going... Make Disciples” will motivate believers to think strategically in their personal evangelism. Bob understands that the Gospel is the main priority, and skillfully uses apologetics to enforce the message of the Gospel. This book will motivate people to action – using stories to communicate that evangelism can be an exciting and rewarding adventure.
Dr. Charles Stanley, Senior pastor,First Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
I first met Bob Prall when he was one of my students at Western Seminary, and I should add, the reigning Oregon State Amateur Golf champion. Bob had accepted Christ about three years after graduating from the University of Oregon. Recognizing his need for preparation in the Word of God, he enrolled in seminary just six months after he became a believer. I remember Bob as an enthusiastic new Christian with a burning heart for evangelism. After graduating from Western Seminary, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. As a speaker at some of their conferences, I followed Bob's ministry for many years when he ministered on campuses across America.
Later, as a visiting speaker, I observed first hand his ministry as pastor of Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas. During his pastorate, the church grew from just 27 members to a church with a dynamic outreach to professors and students in that university community. God gave Bob a heart for evangelism that continues to burn, and it is my prayer that many believers will read his book, As You are Going... Make Disciples, and catch his vision and zeal for sharing the Gospel.
< styleEarl D. Radmacher, Th.D, President Emeritus Western Seminary
Bob Prall's book, As You are Going... Make Disciples, is one of those books that all followers of Christ need in their arsenal. High school kids who desire to share the good news with their friends will find this fun and easy to read book helpful and motivating. The real life stories of people making a difference during their everyday journey of faith will fire you up to join the battle.
John Wayland, Regional Director for Young Life
< From the Fore Word of As You Are Going Make Disciples
I met Bob Prall during my freshman year at Duke University. He was the director of Campus Crusade for Christ in North Carolina, and I came to know Christ as my Savior through my involvement with the Campus Crusade students and staff on the Duke campus. The following is from an article I wrote for the April/May 1999 issue of Moody Magazine that tells the rest of the story:
Churches that Equip, by Rusty Wright
I still remember the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was a university student, a young believer, and my faith in Christ seemed like a house of cards that had just crumbled. For awhile, the Christian life that had been so exciting and joyful became a myth. I felt rootless, adrift, and confused. One of my fraternity brothers had just asked me some questions about Christianity that I couldn’t answer.
This bothered me deeply until Bob Prall, a pastor and campus Christian worker, answered them for me. “Always remember,” he advised as he finished, “just because you don’t know the answer, doesn’t mean there is no answer.”
For the next two years I followed him around, watching as he shared Christ with skeptics, listening to his speeches, and observing how he dealt with non-Christians. Bob’s loving, learned example and teaching helped me sink my spiritual roots deeply into God’s truth and provided a foundation for three decades of interaction with unbelievers. I shall always be grateful to him for equipping me in this way.
Rusty Wright holds Bachelor of Science (psychology) and Master of Theology degrees from Duke and Oxford universities, respectively. He has spoken on six continents while ministering as an award-winning journalist, author, lecturer, and syndicated columnist. His material has been used in any of 14 languages by over 1,000 websites.
About the Evangelism Encourager newsletter
Bob Prall, the author of these e-books, is planning on sending an e-mail newsletter to encourage personal evangelism. It will include true stories and strategies he developed, and it may include some from feedback. While this newsletter will encourage readers to purchase his e-books, Bob does not have an organization anyone can join, and this free newsletter will never ask for donations. You can receive it by ending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (comments will not be read). Please encourage your Christian friends to also send Easter Presents by telling them about www.easterpresents.info.
Bob's other web pages are at:
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