Thanks to all who entered.
We have our winners as chosen by PTL.
1) Winner of two paid writing assignments for the Pocket Testament League along with her article being posted on 100 Christian blogs.Listening to the Savior's Heartbeat
- By Marty Wellington“There was reclining on Jesus' breast one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.” (John 13:23 NASB)
The disciple John, a young fisherman from Judea, made a life-changing decision when he decided to follow Jesus. He partnered with his brother James in this endeavor – forsaking his past, to strike out upon a new path – a path of trust, a journey of love, a discovery of redemption, peace and forgiveness. His young heart was eager and teachable, his spirit open to God, his heart willing to grow and serve.
As his journey progressed as a follower of the Rabbi, he listened, he questioned, he learned, he prepared and he remained faithful to the calling he had received from his Messiah.
John was known as the “Evangelist” and appropriately so as his life exhibited a commitment to learning, compassion for others and an intimacy with his Savior. He heard his Savior's heartbeat. He reclined at table with him during the Last Supper, and he never forgot the lessons he learned. He received free evangelism training
from the Master Teacher Himself and then in turn shared that training with others through example and writings. His teachable heart became a leader's heart.
Now, two centuries later, we have his letters and writings, life-breathed from the Master Teacher to an eager young student-- “the one whom Jesus loved.” Inspired of God, the Gospel of John is alive with the story of God's redemptive work through His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. Today, these writings have the power to lead new believers down the same dusty roads that John and Jesus traveled together, experiencing life together, and spreading the good news through evangelism
. “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31b-32 NASB)
Since 1893, The Pocket Testament League has been sharing John's Gospel and New Testaments to those in need thus spreading the good news to a hurting world. Helen Cadbury, it's founder said: “If only we could get people to read the Book for themselves it will surely lead them to Christ.”
Her vision lives on today through the vast outreach of The Pocket Testament League which inspires believers to listen to their Savior's heartbeat, to abide in His word, and to share that Word with passion and authenticity. The League equips believers with countless evangelism tools
and educational materials to support this goal such as pocket versions of the Gospel of John, children's resources, training programs, daily devotionals
, Bible studies, and website banners. All meant to equip Christ followers with the power of Jesus' word to heal, to encourage, to strengthen and to lead a hurting world into the saving grace of God's redemption plan.
From a Savior's heartbeat . . . to John's heart . . . to yours.
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Best Silver and winner of a one year free Gold membership on FaithWriters.
Handprints of Evangelism - By Jennifer Liang
“Thank you so much Sarah for the book you gave me last week. “ Emily said while giving her youngest a big push on the swings. “I read it cover to cover and it was so interesting. My husband even saw how engrossed I was reading it before bed and asked to take it to work with him two days in a row.”
Sarah’s daughter Grace giggled as she exclaimed “Higher mommy higher!”
Loving the smile on her daughter’s face and not wanting to disappoint her Sarah obliged with a mighty push resulting in another round of giggles. “You are most welcome. I am glad to help. I am here anytime you need me.”
Leaving her son to swing on his own Emily carefully avoided his pumping legs and walked over to join Sarah next to the pole. “But why me? What does this all mean to you?”
“You mean Jesus?” Sarah asked.
“Yes. I mean it is a nice story and all but what does that have to do with you and me?” Emily reiterated. “Why did you give me a free book?”
After a moments thought Sarah asked, “Well, let me ask you a question. Did you make handprints and fingerprints of your children as babies?”
“For my oldest we did at birth. It is framed on our wall. I have yet to do anything with Michael. Why?”
“My Grace was so tiny that I wanted to have proof of her growth to remind me of how far she has come and will go. I took her handprint and while looking at it Jesus spoke to me about how important He is in my life and how He is always taking care of me and my family.”
“Yes, I remember the difficult time you went through with her premature birth.”
Finally freeing Grace and running after her to the slide Sarah motioned Emily to join her in the shade. “Grace would not be where she is now if it were not for God’s hand orchestrating everything. Her framed handprints on our wall serve as a daily reminder of His healing and provision.”
“In other words it is not just a story to you but this Jesus character is real.”
“That is exactly what I am saying Emily.”
Pondering that thought for a moment Emily distracted herself by seeming to be captivated by what Michael was doing as he gleefully climbed the slide and slid down followed closely by his friend Grace. “Wow. That gives me a whole new perspective. Do you happen to have more of those books? My husband still has my first copy.”
Handing her a pocket testament Sarah smiled and simply said, “We will be praying for you.”
On Sunday Sarah’s husband Harry nudged her during the sermon and whispered “Isn’t that your friend Emily?”
“Shhh. Yes, it is. I will talk to her after service.”
Later approaching her from behind Sarah tapped Emily on the shoulder. “Welcome Emily. It is nice to see you here. “
Enveloping Sarah in her arms Emily couldn’t contain her excitement. “I went home that day from the playground and Jesus touched me. His handprints are on my life now too. I want to shout it from the mountaintops and share with everyone I know. Where can I go for help?”
“I know just the place. It is called Pocket Testament League (http://www.ptl.org
) and there you can find the answers to all your questions like what is evangelism and why read the Bible. They also have free evangelism training, free daily devotionals, and other evangelism tools and resources. There are even ways to reach those around us as well as around the world in places like China! Congratulations. Welcome to the family!”
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Original contest guideline below.
Important: Before reading below, make sure you have read the general information about these contests on this page http://faithwriters.com/christianwritingcontest.html
. There you will learn the benefit of contextual links for websites and how to create them.
Now Open: What’s in Your Pocket?
The ministry we will be promoting is the Pocket Testament League (PTL) who we also promoted in 2012. In existence since 1893 their main focus is leading people to a saving knowledge of Christ and equipping others to do the same.
Your assignment for this contest is to review their site and ministry, http://www.ptl.org
and learn what they are all about. Read some of the stories http://ptl.org/stories
and get a feel for their ministry. Join as a free member to get inside the site. Take some time and do a great job. You are promoting a ministry whose number one goal is to promote Jesus by using the gospel of John. We encourage you to get some of their pocket testaments yourself and spread the gospel directly.
You can also look here viewtopic.php?f=92&t=35372
and view the winners for our last PTL contest. You will see the contextual links in those articles as required and how the article should be formatted including the authors name, id number, membership level and the other locations they posted in at the bottom of the article.
Specifics for this contest.
1) You are to write a promotional review of their site and ministry that would lead your readers to click on the links you place in the article that lead to PTL. <b>The article MUST have a title</> and using one of the listed keywords in the title is a great idea. Please consider what someone might search under if they wanted resources PTL offers. They are seeking visits mainly from believers who want to share their faith and need tools.
You can choose to write a straight review as or you can choose to write a unique storyline built around the keywords listed in this post. For example you might write a story about a Christian who suddenly realizes the importance of sharing the gospel. Every time you use one of the keywords like "evangelism" you would hyperlink it to http://www.ptl.org
2) The maximum number of words is 750.
3) Here is the list of keyword or keyword phrases PTL would like us to promote so that their site shows up better on an internet search in these areas.
free evangelism training
free daily devotionals
what is evangelism
It is vital that you include four of these keywords, keyword phrases in your articles as contextual links. (A contextual link is simply a highlighted keyword in the article that if clicked on will lead to a designated URL, web address). They must be incorporated into a sentence. For example the first one is "Evangelism" with a link attached that goes to http://www.ptl.org
. You could write - The Pocket Testament Leagues heart and soul is to promote evangelism and teach others to do the same. Every time you use one of the keywords you would hyperlink it to http://www.ptl.org
Note: It is not required that the contextual links work in this forum. They must work in your other posts.
4) You MUST post the article in this specific forum, our regular articles and in one other location like your personal blog. A total of three locations minimum, more if you like.
When you post it in this forum, please include the URL’s for the other two postings at the bottom of your article. Here is an example:
Member # 8826
Do not include the list in your other postings.
5) The prizes for this contest are paid writing assignments for the Pocket Testament League. The total value of the prizes is $225.00 for three articles. ($75.00 per article) First place will receive two of the assignments and second place will receive one. There is also a one year Gold membership for the best silver entry given by FaithWriters. While I cannot guarantee it, if you are the winner and do an excellent job with the paid articles they assign you. I think it is possible that could obtain further work from PTL. We have already had some of our members receive paid writing opportunities from PTL. This is a great opportunity for writers who want to spread the gospel around the world and for exposure and potential income.
The winner will also be posted on 100 Christian blogs to provide PTL with 400 more contextual links and to give the winning writer exposure.
6) The deadline for these submissions is 6 PM New York time on 6-30-14. Winners will be announced as soon as possible after the deadline in this forum and on the main site and by email to the winners.
7) VERY IMPORTANT - Everyone is invited to participate. However please remember that paid writing assignments will only go to the top two Gold or Platinum members. So if you want to be in the pack that could win a writing assignment in this contest, you would need to upgrade before the contest starts. As I mentioned this could possibly lead the winner to more work and exposure. Gold is only about .20 per day and you are helping this ministry help Christian writers and spread the gospel.
This contest is open now.
God Bless, Mike
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