Atheist Christian Book Club Interview with Bill Kluck

After the August meeting of the Atheist Christian Book Club I interviewed our co-founder, Bill Kluck, about what we have been able to accomplish over our first five months and what we can expect to learn from from the book we will discuss on September 1, 2017, Nailed.

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Watch Me, an Ex-Mormon, Interview this Mormon Missionary

This is NOT a coincidence! You will love watching my interview with Jaron Fowles, a returned Mormon missionary, on main street in Manti, Utah. I met Jaron exactly three years earlier at that same intersection. Watch what happened next.

When I first met Jaron in 2014, he told me he was about to leave on his Mormon mission and he had been assigned to the Texas, Fort Worth Mission. In God’s providence, he was placed in an apartment within walking distance of my home.

Although I am an ex-Mormon, Jaron had the courage to call my cell when he arrived in Texas. That call was the beginning of a great friendship that lasted throughout his two-year mission and beyond. He is still a believing Mormon but he says he now has questions about Mormonism that have “rocked me to my knees.” Jaron and his brother just drove 4-hours round-trip to meet me in Manti, Utah for this interview. Please watch and let me know what you think.

THANKS to each of you who prayed for our 2017 Utah Mission trip and for those of you who gave financial support to our ministry. You literally make ministry like our 2017 Utah Mission Trip possible. Please take a few minutes to watch the 10-min. video interview and to pray for Jaron. I also want say a special “thank you” to all 30 of our 2017 Utah missionaries who gave of their time and finances this summer to reach Mormons with the true gospel of Christ.

QUESTION: What advice or encouragement would you give Jaron today? Let me know and I’ll pass it on to Jaron. I’m sure that he will be thrilled to know you are praying for him. (Privacy Note: I will not share your name or email address!)

Utah Mission Report – Great News!

Manti, Utah

Great news! We have received the remaining support needed to fund our 2017 Mission to Utah. Thank you for your prayers and donations that made this possible. Watchman staff Renae Storms and Brady Blevins are already in Utah right now leading our Week #1 team. We have already seen God move! Just watch this 74-second video report: www.watchman.org/Utah1

Salvation by Grace: Even before our training was completed, we already have a report of one salvation. There were some great gospel conversations on the plane going out. We are also hearing of fantastic spiritual discussions, opportunities to build some new friendships and share the true gospel of grace with a number of Mormons.

Prayer Request: I am asking for prayer right now! The real focus of the mission trip starts as our team joins with many other Christian missionaries in Manti, Utah, site of the Mormon Miracle Pageant. Each summer, tens of thousands of Mormons attend this is a huge outdoor drama with a cast of hundreds, powerful music, and special effects. The drama reenacts Joseph Smith’s “First Vision,” his claims to be a prophet of God, and many events written in the Book of Mormon. For about three hours leading up to the pageant, we will be starting gospel conversations with the gathering crowd.

We have 31 missionaries — our largest team ever! We have had to break up into two groups. Renae Storms, Brady Blevins, and Brian Harbeck are leading this weeks team. I will be leading week two along with Bob Stewart and Ken Taylor. Most of that team will be students from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

All of us covet your prayers. We are all there to build relationships and share the Good News not to prove our point or win arguments. I know that we will never see eternal results by trusting in our own abilities. That is why I am asking you to take just a moment to pray that the Lord will work in a mighty way in Utah these two weeks — all to HIS glory. Thank you!

Photo of Manti, Utah, by C.Maylett

Get a Free Book for Supporting Our 2017 Mission Trip

A Mormon's Unexpected Journey vol. 2

You will love this free book! As a former Mormon myself, I rarely discover a book that more clearly lays out the differences between Mormonism and biblical faith. At the same time, here is a book that goes beyond the facts to tell a story of personal transformation. As I read it, I was vividly reminded of every feeling and emotion that I experienced during my own transition from Mormonism to Christianity. Get it here: www.watchman.org/FreeBook

Here in Vol. II, Carma Naylor once again strikes that perfect balance between exposing the errors of Mormon doctrine and providing a vivid description all of the emotions and tension that resulted from her discovery. She invites her readers along for an incredibly personal journey through the desperate drama that came with losing her religion followed by unexpected joy upon discovering the grace of Christ. I know you will want this book and I would like to give you a free copy.1 Why?

31 Reasons Why Am I Giving You This Book

Our 2017 Utah Mission trip is just weeks away. We are poised to have our largest team ever (31 missionaries) and have expanded our outreach to two weeks. With time running out, however, we are still $10,372 now just $5,996 short of having the funds to cover all 31 missionaries for food, airfare, accommodations, etc. All 31 have:

  • Volunteered their time
  • Applied and completed their paperwork
  • Received an endorsement from their pastor
  • Raised at least part of their travel expenses

I want no missionary left behind! I want to see all 31 missionaries in Utah sharing the gospel. They are the 31 reasons I want to raise awareness with this free book. Would you consider helping?

I am very thankful for each of you who have already donated to help send one or more missionaries. If you have not done so yet and want to help send a missionary, here is your chance. Any tax-deductible donation above the cost of postage will help send one of our team members to the mission field.2

If you only want to cover postage, however, please don’t hesitate to claim your copy. I don’t want the cost to prevent you from enjoying your own copy of this valuable resource.

Okay, what is the catch? Here is the fine print. We do ask for a donation of at least $3.81 to help cover the postage. We do have a limit of one free book per household. This offer is valid in the USA only* and the offer ends Friday, June 30 at midnight.

Just click here to claim your copy: www.watchman.org/FreeBook.

Last year we offered Vol. I of Carma’s story and shipped hundreds of free copies. I received tons of positive feedback with many asking how they can get Vol. II. I’m pleased to announce that it is finally available. If you did not get a copy book one last year, don’t worry. Vol. II begins with a brief synopsis of part one of Carma’s story so you can catch up. You really don’t need to read her first book to fully enjoy Vol. II.

Not only will you enjoy reading Carma’s story, this book also makes a great gift to share with a Latter-day Saint to help introduce them to the biblical gospel of grace.

Do you know any Mormons — a coworker, neighbor, or family member?

Have you ever had the Mormon Missionaries knock at your door?

If you answered yes, you will want to be prepared to be a witness when the Lord give you an opportunity. This book is a great way to be “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) to a Mormon friend.

Once again, thank you for your prayers and support. Any help you can give towards our 2017 Utah Mission Trip is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping to make this ministry possible!

1 This offer ends 6/30/17 at midnight. * Limit one free book per household * This offer is valid in USA only. The high cost of international shipping, insurance, and customs regulations prevents us from shipping this book to other countries. We appreciate all of our international friends, prayer partners, and supporters. We suggest they order the book from Amazon.com in either Kindle or paperback: A Mormon’s Unexpected Journey, Vol. II by Carma Naylor.

2 Your donation is tax-deductible in the USA. If we are able to receive funding above and beyond the expenses of our 2017 Utah Mission trip, some of these funds may be applied to other Watchman Fellowship mission trips, educational resources, training and evangelism projects.

Seeking God at The Shack

Seeking God at The Shack

I’ve had a crazy response from the email I sent offering our 4-page Profile on The Shack. Over 1,000 people have already downloaded our Profile and I’ve had tons of feedback and shares. With this much buzz, I thought it would be helpful to offer another free resource — this sermon I preached on the book, The Shack.

All Roads Lead Where? Seeking God at The Shack

I shared this message live at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC for my friend Pastor Stephen Davey. It was carried worldwide on the Wisdom for the Heart radio network. Feel free to listen to this sermon and share it with others. We have included the PowerPoint that you may watch along with the audio.

We also added some eye-opening video. Please play close attention when watching the two video clips we included from CBC TV’s The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos interviewing The Shack author William P. Young. Once you watch the interview, I think you will understand the source of much of the controversy.

Get the full message for free here: www.watchman.org/shack.htm

In case you missed my email, The Shack movie just opened last weekend in theaters worldwide. It is based on the controversial book, self-published in 2007, by a heretofore unknown author, William P. Young. The book, which had been rejected by traditional Christian publishers, shocked the publishing world by jumping to #1 on the NY Times bestsellers list in 2008. The movie is being heavily promoted now in many Christian churches. The movie is poised to be a blockbuster but you will want to know that there are some serious theological problems.

I want you to be prepared. That’s why I sent our 4-page Profile on the book, The Shack. If you didn’t get it yet, you may still download that 4-page Profile for FREE here: www.watchman.org/Shack.pdf.

If the movie previews are any indicator, the film will be repeating some of the same doctrinal errors promoted in the book. Among other problems, The Shack misidentifies the Persons of the Trinity, hinting at the heresy of Modalism and promotes a form of Universalism (everyone eventually goes to heaven) called Universal Reconciliation. Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said:

This book includes undiluted heresy. … It is a deeply troubling book. … It is intended, undoubtedly, as a way of trying to bring about some kind of redefinition or new understanding of the Christian faith. … The main character says at one point that he now understands that everything he learned at seminary was basically all wrong.

Please read the Profile to get a better idea of what is at stake. Also, I want you to feel free to share this with others either by emailing the link or printing copies.

Thank You for your Prayers and support!

We are an evangelical Christian apologetics ministry focusing on reaching people of other faiths and religions with the true gospel of the grace of Jesus Christ. Thank you for enabling us to continue through your prayers and financial support.

“The Atheist Delusion:” Free DVD if you know an Atheist!

The Atheist Delusion

Do you know an atheist, agnostic or skeptic? If so, I would like to send you a free copy of the 62-minute DVD, The Atheist Delusion. I was so impressed with this video, I purchase one thousand DVDs from our friends at Living Water Films! I’d like to give you one. All I ask is a donation of at least $3.71 to help cover shipping.1

Of course, if you can donate more than $3.71 it would be greatly appreciated but I don’t want the cost to keep you from owning this exciting resource. Watch this 85-second preview or claim your DVD here: www.watchman.org/AtheistDelusion.

Instant Access: Watch this DVD now on your Phone?

When you order your DVD, you get instant access to a link and password to watch the entire video by web streaming. It works great on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. At checkout, you automatically get a link (online and by email) to register your DVD. Once registered, you can immediately access the full 62-minute video to stream on any device. Then, please allow about 14 business days for your DVD to ship.

You’ll be riveted as you witness atheist students on university campuses being interviewed about powerful proofs for the existence of God. Watch Christian apologist Ray Comfort discussing evidences for a Creator with Lawrence Krauss, renown atheist and author of the bestsellers, A Universe from Nothing and Why There Is No God.

You will want to first watch this video yourself to learn some simple yet effective techniques for engaging in conversations with atheists. The DVD also makes a great gift to give to any atheist, agnostic or skeptic. Ask them if they would be willing to watch and critique it. They may be very open to give you their opinion of the video from an atheist perspective.

I really believe you are going to love this DVD. It is a great tool and will be a valuable addition to your “defend the faith” toolbox (1 Peter 3:15). Watch the 85-second preview or request your free DVD here: www.watchman.org/AtheistDelusion.

I greatly appreciate your prayers and support. Your partnership makes possible our ministry of apologetics including research, writing, publishing, mission trips, evangelistic outreach, and training Christians to defend their faith. On behalf of our staff and their families, I wish to thank you for standing with us as we help hurting people and share the Good News of the grace of Christ.

1NOTE: This DVD offer ends at midnight March 31, 2017 and is valid in the USA only. International donors will receive video streaming access only.

Utah Mission Trip: Share Jesus with Mormons – Help send us or come with us?

2017 Utah Mission Trip

We have dates set for our 2017 Utah Mission Trip. Would you like to come with us as a summer missionary or help send someone else? Learn more by watching my 3-minute video report highlighting some of the last year’s trip: www.watchman.org/UtahRept.htm.

Our 2017 Utah Mission Trip will be June 11-18. There are three ways you can participate: 1) Donate to support our team, 2) Pray for our mission team, or 3) Join the team by coming with us. Here is how it works.

DONATE: We need to raise our portion of the mission trip costs above our normal budget. Click here to designate your gift to help cover the cost of the trip or to help send one or more missionaries.

PRAY: For over 25 years, Watchman has had a team of missionaries sharing the true gospel with Mormons in Manti, Utah. The Mormons produce a huge outdoor drama, Mormon Miracle Pageant, outside of their temple in Manti. The pageant features a cast of hundreds in a major production dramatizing the story of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.

Over 70,000 Mormons attend this event annually. We join with many other Christian groups sharing in gospel conversations for hours each evening before the pageant begins. The first few days we provide training and a crash course in Mormon theology and history. We also take a tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City (and have tons of fun).

JOIN THE TEAM: Please pray about joining us for Utah Missions 2017. We need two kinds of missionaries — those who will be sharing the gospel and team partners who will be providing the prayer support and encouragement.

Our trip is June 11-18 and the cost is $1,400 including all training, witnessing materials, tracts, lodging, meals, ground transportation, and airfare from most major US cities. If you want to provide your own transportation to Salt Lake City, the total cost is $900 for the 8 days and 7 nights.

Space is limited so if you think you might be interested, let us know right away and I’ll connect you with our mission trip coordinator, Renae Storms. She will follow up with you and provide an application, suggestions on how to best raise your personal support to help cover the costs of your trip, and more information.

Can I Say ‘Thanks’ By Giving You This Ancient Biblical Coin from the Time of Christ?

I want to thank each of you for praying for our staff and their families and for standing with us financially as we approach the end of 2016. Your faithful support literally makes possible our ministry of evangelism, apologetics, and missions. That is why I’m thrilled to tell you about a new way we can express our appreciation for your partnership.

Ancient Biblical Coin from the Time of Christ

We recently acquired a collection of 2,000-year-old biblical coins known as “widow’s mites” from a friend of our ministry who is a licensed antiquities dealer in Israel. These ancient bronze coins were minted in Judea between 135-37 BC and recently excavated just south of Jerusalem. That means, that these coins were actually in circulation in Israel during the earthy ministry of Jesus Christ.

I would like to FedEx you this ancient biblical coin. It is beautifully framed and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Just watch this short, 3-minute video to discover how you can own this rare treasure: www.watchman.org/mite.

Jesus praised a widow for her offering of two “mites”

Jesus mentioned this coin in the Gospel of Mark when He praised the faithful giving of a poor widow. When Jesus saw the widow donate two mites, he said, “this poor widow hath cast more in than all…. For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living” (Mark 12:43-44).

Would you like to own one of these ancient biblical coins?

I would like to make this ancient coin available to you as our way of saying “thank you” for your support to help us advance our ministry of evangelism, apologetics, and missions over the next 365 days. Some of you may wish to send in a gift to cover $10 a day for one year ($3,650). Others may wish to send in a donation at this time to cover $5 per day for the next year ($1,825). To receive your coin, however, we are requiring a minimum donation of only $1 per day.

That means that if you make a donation at this time of at least $365 we will ship you a framed “widow’s mite” as a token of our appreciation. That is just $1 a day for one year to help support Watchman Fellowship’s ministry of evangelism, apologetics, and missions.

Large or small – every end-of-year gift is important!

I know that $365 is a lot of money. Many of our most faithful prayer partners and supporters simply don’t have it – especially at this time of year. Please know that your donation, regardless of its size, is much-needed and greatly appreciated. If you can only afford to give $25 or even $2 right now, rest assured that you are truly a blessing to us and I believe you will be blessed as well.

That is the beauty of the Widow’s offering. It was only two “mites,” which adds up to about $2 in value in today’s US dollars.1 Jesus praised the widow not because of the size of her offering but because of the size of her sacrifice.

We can accomplish great ministry working together

As much as 40% of our annual support is donated in the month of December. That is why each December is literally a “make or break” challenge for us. The lion’s share of all of our outreach efforts, writing, printing, postage, web development, staff salaries, mission trips, evangelism, training, equipping, and everything else is funded in December.

Each year our staff and their families anxiously look forward to December trusting the Lord to supply all of our needs. I can’t tell you how many times we have been totally blown away to see how God answers our prayers and blesses – often in the most unexpected ways. Thank you for being a part of those miracles and answered prayers.

On behalf of our entire staff and their families, I want you to know how very grateful we are for your support that keeps us on the forefront of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with those of other faiths, religions and worldviews!

www.watchman.org/donate

I know that your support means so much more than just a tax-deductible donation. Like the original “widow’s mite,” you are giving sacrificially to the Lord through the ministry of Watchman Fellowship. For this, I would like to say “thank you!”

Free Book: A Mormon’s Unexpected Journey

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You will love this free book! As a former Mormon myself, I rarely discover a book that more clearly lays out the differences between Mormonism and biblical faith. At the same time, here is a book that goes beyond the facts to tell a story of personal transformation. As I read it I was vividly reminded of every feeling and emotion that I experienced during my own transition from Mormonism to Christianity.

Carma Naylor strikes that perfect balance as she invites her readers along for an incredibly personal journey through the crisis of losing her religion and the unexpected joy of finding the grace of Christ. I know you will want this book and I would like to give you a free copy.

Why Am I Giving You This Book?

I am very thankful for each of you who support the ministry of Watchman Fellowship either financially or through your prayers. To express my appreciation, I would like to give you and a free copy of A Mormon’s Unexpected Journey. All I ask is that you make a donation of at least $3.81 to help me cover the postage.

If you can afford to donate more than the postage, please know that our staff and their families are exceptionally grateful. Your generous support is much-needed and greatly appreciate at this time. But if all you can do right now is cover is the postage, please don’t hesitate to claim your copy. I don’t want the cost to prevent you from enjoying your own copy of this valuable resource.

What is the catch? We do ask for a donation of at least enough to help cover the postage. We do have a limit of one per family while our supply lasts. This offer is valid in the USA only* and the offer ends Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 at midnight.

A Great Witnessing Resource

Not only will you enjoy reading Carma’s story, her book also makes a great gift to share with a Latter-day Saint to help introduce them to the biblical gospel of grace.

  • Do you know any Mormons — a coworker, neighbor, or family member?
  • Have you ever had the Mormon Missionaries knock at your door?

If you answered yes, you will want to be prepared to be a witness when the Lord give you an opportunity. This book is a great way to be “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) to a Mormon friend.

Once again, thank you for your prayers and support. Our staff and their families depend on the generous gifts from friends like you to stay on the forefront of apologetics, evangelism, and missions. Thank you for helping to make this ministry possible!

Free Book with Any Donation: Rescuing Slaves of the Watchtower

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Watch this video to learn how you can receive a free book with any donation (expires August 6, 2016).

Learn how to rescue Jehovah’s Witnesses from their slavery! Though its members represent one of the fastest-growing religions in the world, the Jehovah’s Witnesses remain one of the most enigmatic and puzzling groups to many people today. Few people never have been visited by a “Witness”, but what exactly do these determined people actually believe? What makes them so different from other Christian denominations?

In this spellbinding look at the Watchtower Society, Joe B. Hewitt, formerly a third-generation Jehovah’s Witness who was indoctrinated by his mother and grandfather with Watchtower teachings, pulls back the curtain of mystery and exposes lies, the mind control, and the glaring contradictions of biblical truth behind the organization that has sent those smiling faces to your front door. His book contains heartbreaking stories of former adherents, including himself, who were betrayed by the JW’s.

Joe says instead of evangelizing others, the Witnesses themselves need to be rescued from the cult-like organization. The book describes how people who know the real truth of Christ’s love can rescue the Watchtower’s slaves from intellectual and emotional bondage.

This is a $22 value including shipping. Now for ANY DONATION while supply lasts. Valid USA only. Offer ends midnight August 6, 2016.