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Just Lippen to Jesus–Large Print Tract

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Just Lippen to Jesus
In the broad Scotch translation of the New Testament, the word “lippen” is used for the English word “believe.” For example, John 3:16 reads: “For God se loved the world as to gie His Son, the only begotten ane, that like ane wha lippen till him sudna dee, but has life for aye.” We are more used to, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
An exact English equivalent for the word “lippen” is not easy to find. It expresses the condition of one who is entirely unable to support or protect himself, but trusts implicitly to the safekeeping of some other person or object.
For instance, a man walking across a rushing stream on a wooden plank “lippens” to the plank. If it breaks, he can do nothing to save himself.
The word “lippen” implies entire dependence when there is risk and helplessness.
Years ago a Scottish Christian doctor was visiting in a country district. The object of the doctor’s visit was a poor old woman, bedridden and almost blind. Seating himself beside her, and after a few general inquiries, he spoke to her about her soul.
But her heart had been closed so long, and was so dark that it seemed impossible that a single ray of light could ever penetrate it.
Still, the woman evidently was anxious to understand what the doctor was telling her. Encouraged by this he persevered, urging her to trust in Christ. At length, with a sigh of despair, the old woman said: “Ah! sir, I would fain do as you bid me, but I dinna ken how. How can I trust in Christ?”
“Oh, woman,” was his expressive answer in the dialect of the district, “just lippen to Him.”
“Eh! sir,” was her reply, “and is that all?”
“Yes, yes,” was his happy response, “just lippen to Jesus, and lean on Him, and you will never perish.”
“Oh, is it just to lippen to Him? Why surely I will lippen to Jesus. He will never let me down, will He?” They bowed together, and she spoke to the Lord Jesus in simple prayer.
And that is all that God asks you to do to be saved. Jesus said, “He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47).

Pull Me Up Janet!–Large Print Tract

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Pull Me Up Janet!
Janet had a “drinking problem.” Her neighbors knew it; her husband knew it. Janet herself knew it, but she just couldn’t overcome it.
One night as she wandered in the streets, disgusted with herself and miserably unhappy, she overheard a preacher speaking on John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
He was talking of the word “whosoever,” and was just telling the listeners that this word meant all, no matter how bad they were or how low they had fallen. He said that even if one were a slave to sinful habits, the word was still true. Even for the very chief of sinners, God’s love in this verse was for them.
Janet listened in amazement. Could a holy God love her? The Holy Spirit opened her eyes and heart, and she saw that “whosoever” meant even her. Janet accepted the Saviour of sinners and received God’s forgiveness that night. Rushing home to her sober, sensible husband, she exclaimed, “John, I am saved! John, I am saved!”
“What do you mean, Janet?” he asked.
“I mean, John, God loves me and I’m saved. His ‘whosoever’ means me!”
“No, no, Janet,” he replied. “You can’t be saved as easily as that, for it says in the Good Book that you must work out your own salvation.”
“Yes, John, that’s true, but you must get it first. I have got it, and I want you to get it as well as me.”
Janet’s talking was useless. John’s mind was set that nobody could be saved as easily as Janet had said-by just taking God at His word. What could Janet do? She began to live as a Christian, putting in a word now and then to her husband to see if he would respond. The answer was still the same: “You can’t be saved as easily as that. You must work out your own salvation.”
Weeks passed. Everybody saw that Janet was a changed woman. John, seeing the change in his wife, began to wish that he had the same peace and joy, but he wouldn’t give in.
One dark night John went out to get some water from the well. Missing his footing, he fell into the well. Immediately he shouted, “O God, save me! O God, save me!”
Hearing his cries, Janet and a friend rushed to the rescue. They lowered a rope down to John in the well. Eagerly he grabbed hold of it and shouted, “Pull me up, Janet!”
Janet called down: “Have you got a firm hold of it, John?”
“Yes, Janet; please pull me up!”
They began to pull. When John’s feet were out of the water, suddenly Janet let him fall back into the water. Coming up gasping and sputtering, he cried, “Janet, what are you doing? Do you want me to drown?”
“No, John, but I want to save you in your own way. I’ll pull you up part way and then you must get the rest of the way out by yourself. I want you to work out your own salvation before I save you.”
“I’ve been wrong, Janet. I can see now that I must be saved all at once. Pull me up, please.”
Immediately Janet, with the aid of the neighbor, pulled John up. From that hour John, too, was a changed man.
John had realized for a long time that he was a sinner, but he had refused to yield to the Saviour. His fall into the well made him cry to God and he gave up his stubbornness. Janet’s prayers were answered, though in a very unexpected way.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Put My Finger There–Large Print Tract

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Put My Finger There
Feeble and blind, the old man in a nursing home knew his life was fast slipping away. One great worry tormented his mind: What can I do to be saved? Poor man, what could he do to be saved? He could only lie there and fret because of his helplessness.
He had a little granddaughter who often came in to read to him, and one day she brought her Bible. She started reading the first chapter of the first epistle of John. She came to the seventh verse: “And the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
The old man sat up and stopped the little girl, saying eagerly, “Is that there, my dear?”
“Yes, Grandpa.”
“Then read it to me again; I never heard the like before.”
The little girl read again: “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
“You are quite sure that is really there?”
“Yes, quite sure!”
“Then take my hand and put my finger there, for I should like to feel it.”
So she took the old blind man’s hand and placed his bony finger on the verse. He said, “Now read it to me again.”
The little girl read softly, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Again he asked anxiously, “You are quite sure that is there?”
“Yes, Grandpa; quite sure!”
“Then, if anyone should ask how I died, tell them I died in the faith of these words: ‘The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.’”
Peacefully, trustfully, the old man lay back on the pillow and, with his hand still on the wonderful verse he had just learned, he silently passed into the presence of Him whose blood “cleanseth us from all sin.”
Helpless, hopeless, unable to do anything to save himself, what relief it was to learn that the Lord Jesus had done it all for him.
It may seem to some that “that is all right for the poor old man; he couldn’t do anything else, but those who are strong and capable should work for their salvation should do something to earn it.”
Not so. Physical strength or mental ability has nothing to do with the salvation of a soul. The strongest and the wisest must come to the Lord Jesus Christ just as the old man did, simply believing in His work on the cross of Calvary and receiving all the benefit of that work. It was not “to as many as worked for it,” but “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).

The Right Way

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The Right Way
We should all be on our guard against being misdirected for eternity. It is vital to be certain where we will spend eternity-in heaven, or in hell. It must be one of the two places.
Many contradictory directions to heaven are given today. Many of them must be mistaken and misleading, even when given by well-meaning people. All can’t be true. There is no need for us to depend on doubtful advice. God has given simple directions to heaven.
God doesn’t say “do your best,” or “observe the golden rule,” or “try to be good.” He makes it clear that none of these will lead us to heaven. We have all wandered too far from God for that to help us.
The Word of God points to Christ as the only way. Jesus Himself says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
He suffered at Calvary, not merely as a martyr, but as the one who suffered for the sins of others. He washes away sin by His own blood on the cross. Now that He is risen from the dead, He is proclaimed to all as the only Saviour. The way to receive blessing for the present and to enter heaven for eternity is by trusting Him.
The Bible says: “To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43). Could words be plainer?
True wisdom is to listen to the sure directions of the Word of God and so escape the dreadful danger of being misdirected.
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end there of are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on Him” (John 3:36).
“I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” (John 10:9).

The Nurse’s Mistake–Large Print Tract

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The Nurse’s Mistake
A young man lay in a hospital, racked with pain and impatient to be out again with his carefree friends. He had wanted to be an expert horseback rider and had fallen from his horse while riding. He had also decided that day to take a law course at the University, but now here he lay, and why, oh, why this pain in his leg?
Suddenly everything changed for him. A sober nurse quietly brought a folding screen into his ward and placed it carefully around his bed!
The screen! That meant he was expected to die…and soon! His world began to collapse around him. Horses and law courses were forgotten. He heard the hospital clock chime one. Perhaps before it chimed again he would be gone. Why hadn’t they told him before? He wasn’t ready to die. Perhaps before the hour was passed he would be face to face with God.
He hated the thought. Not that he had ever done anything that seemed very bad, but he just hadn’t got acquainted with God. He always figured there was plenty of time. Why had he kept so far from God?
His life began to pass before his eyes and he tried to see it as God would look at it. He shuddered. He hadn’t even kept the second commandment about loving his neighbor, let alone the first commandment about loving God with all his heart.
For the first time in his life he felt the crushing weight of his own sin, and groaned at the thought of meeting a holy God. Restlessly he tossed. His eyes roamed feverishly over the ceiling and walls. That ominous screen! The dread ticking of the clock near his bed!
Then the answer came. It was written on a little placard on the opposite wall. He could just see it above the screen:
“COME UNTO ME, ALL YE THAT LABOR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST” (Matthew 11:28). That was it! Jesus Christ, the Son of God somehow anyone would be saved if he came to Him. Yes, the Cross! Christ had died, and in some way that meant pardon for sinners and rest for the soul.
This time he didn’t stop to question it or argue it or put it off. He read the verse again: “Come unto Me, all ye that labor… and I will give you rest.”
Right out loud he said: “I will come! I do come! I come to Thee. Is it too late?”
The young man began smiling; he knew it wasn’t too late. He rested on the finished work of the Son of God, and he knew he was forgiven. He had never had such peace in his life. Now he was ready to die.
And yet, he wasn’t ready to die. He thought of his own brother and of his friends. Most of them cursed and scorned the name of God. Why hadn’t he come to Christ sooner while there was still time to tell them?
If he could only have one chance to shout this wonderful news from the housetops! He would give such a plea from a dying man that the whole world would wake up! If only—
Then the nurse came back.
“I’m so sorry,” she said, “there’s been a mistake. We placed the screen at the wrong bed. I am very sorry.”
To her astonishment the patient sat bolt upright in bed and said: “Sorry! Why, that’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me in my life!”
Have YOU come to Christ for salvation? There may not be this extra time given to you. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Are you telling others of Christ as though it were their last chance? Today may be your last chance or theirs.

Only One Church–Large Print Tract

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Only One Church
John Wesley once, in a dream, found himself at the gates of hell. He knocked, and asked who were within. “Are there any Roman Catholics here?” he asked.
“Yes,” was the answer.
“Any Presbyterians?” he asked, and again the answer was, “Yes.”
“Are there any Welseyans here?”
“Yes, we have some of those, too,” came the answer.
Disappointed and dismayed, especially by the last reply, he turned his step upward and at last came to the gates of heaven. Here he repeated the same questions.
“Any Wesleyans here?” he anxiously inquired. The answer was, “No.”
And as he named the other denominations, to his dismay, each time the answer was, “No.”
“Then whom do you have here?” he asked in desperation.
“We know nothing here of any of those names you have mentioned,” said the angel. “They are all Christians here-born again people. Of these we have a great multitude which no man can number, gathered out of all nations and kindreds and peoples and tongues.”
Down through the centuries there have been bitter arguments over religion, and especially the question: which church is right? Nothing is more irritating than to hear someone insist that only members of his church or denomination will get to heaven. How foolish that is, when the Bible makes it so plain that Christ is the way to heaven, and not the church.
Be sure that God will not ask the sinner: “What church did you join?” But He will inquire, “What have you done with Christ?” The only members of any church or denomination who will be in heaven will be those who as lost sinners have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour.
But there is a church of which every member, according to the Bible, will be in heaven. It is called “the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). According to the New Testament, a person doesn’t become a member of this Church until he knows the Lord Jesus Christ as his own Saviour.
The Church began at Jerusalem after the Lord Jesus was taken back to heaven. Universally it includes all the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world. At the second coming of Christ this universal Church will be taken up to heaven to be forever with the Lord. In that day, “The dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain [all Christians, both the dead and living] shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Are you a member of this one true Church?

Sorry!–Large Print Tract

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Sorry!
There was never any doubt of their guilt. The two college students were caught by police as they burglarized cars on the university campus. When police searched their car they found stereo equipment linking them to eight burglaries at another campus over a hundred miles away.
Arrested, facing possible jail sentences, they were offered a “deal.” A prosecutor would drop the charges if they completed probation and apologized. Accordingly, the two paid for advertisements in their school’s newspaper and submitted apologies. One said, in part, “It wasn’t worth it. I’m sorry.”
Others have escaped jail terms by the same route: a teenager who sold cocaine, a lawyer who scuffled with a policeman, a convicted drug racketeer—a newspaper ad saying, “I’m sorry,” has been the penalty.
But is it enough?
In the parking lot of a shopping center there was a crash-a sound of crumpling metal-and a driver hastily got out to examine the parked car he had so carelessly hit. After looking at the damaged car and finding it empty, he took out a piece of paper, wrote on it, and tucked it under the windshield wiper. Then he drove away. Soon the owner of the car came back from her shopping and saw what had happened. Shocked and dismayed, she turned to a man sitting in a car nearby.
“Did you see what happened to my car?” she demanded.
“Yes,” he said, “I saw it all. He left a note for you on the windshield.”
Visions of a big repair bill faded. Evidently the man had left his name and telephone number. Relieved, she opened the paper and read one word: SORRY!
Speechless, she showed it to the witness.
“Well,” he said, “he said he was sorry; isn’t that enough?”
“Sorry!” Her voice rose to a shriek: “SORRY! but who is going to pay?”
That is the point. “Sorry” wasn’t enough. “Sorry” paid no bills, made no restitution. “Sorry” left the stereos ripped out of the cars; “sorry” would have left the woman’s car as it was. (Happily, the witness had quietly written down the license number of the hit-and-run car, and we can hope that the driver eventually paid for repairs.) It is good to be sorry for wrong things done, to repent, even to determine to “do better next time,” but there is still the question: “Who is going to pay?”
We have all done wrong things, broken God’s laws, sinned. Is it enough to tell God that we are sorry and that we won’t do it again? The Bible says that “God requireth that which is past.”
No amount of reformation will wipe out the sins of the past. There must be an atonement; someone must pay the bill.
Can we ourselves do that? Never. Only One could ever do it-the Lord Jesus Christ. He came to this earth and lived a perfect life down here-but that alone couldn’t save a single sinner. He had to give His life, to die, the just for the unjust, to bring us to God.
“God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Yes, the Lord Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and now God can justify all who simply by faith believe and receive the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
And then? Then “not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement” (Romans 5:11).
Yes, Jesus paid it all!

The Changed Word–Large Print Tract

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The Changed Word
An old man who lived in the Adirondack mountains lay dying, and he asked an old friend, a neighbor, to go for a man he knew to be a Christian. He needed to know how to be saved.
It was a few miles to the Christian’s house, and he found that the man was away from home and would not be back that day. But his wife, who was also a Christian, asked, “Is there anything I can do?”
“Old Jack’s dying, ma’am, and he wants to know how to be saved.”
“Just tell him this: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.’ If he comes to Christ as a sinner, He will never cast him out.”
“Ma’am,” he said, “will you say that again? I want to get it straight.”
“‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,’ and if he will come to Him just as he is, he will not be turned away.”
The old man went away. As he was going towards home he said to himself, “I don’t like that word ‘sinners.’ I don’t think old Jack is such a bad man. He used to chop wood for the neighbors and go for the doctor when anyone was sick, and he’s done a lot of good. When I get home I’m not going to tell it to him just like that.”
When he got back he said, “Jack, the man wasn’t home but I saw his wife and she gave me the directions. She told me that Christ Jesus came into the world to save people.”
“Didn’t she say ‘sinners’?”
“Well, I guess that’s what she did say, but I didn’t want to call you a sinner. I stuck up for you!”
“Abe, don’t talk to me like that. Since you’ve been gone I’ve been thinking back to when I was a boy and we used to sing:
Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me.
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee.
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
And I’m going to come just like that. Now, if that is the message, I can die happy.”
Yes, old Jack had to come to Jesus just as he was. Christ Jesus, the eternal Son of God, was born in a manger, and went all the way to the cross of Calvary. There He died, the Just for the unjust, to bring us to God. If you will only come to Him as a sinner and receive Him as your Saviour, you can say, “He died for me.”
Come now, just as you are, and where you are. Do not wait. Soon it will be too late!

Saved By a Sheep–Large Print Tract

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Saved By A Sheep
The ship Boyne was anchored at sea near the city of Portsmouth. On May 1st at 11 a.m., the people on the shore watched in horror as flames shot up through the deck and the royal navy ship began to burn out of control. In a few minutes the whole ship was in flames and those on board were scrambling to escape. Many died in the fire, and others were drowned trying to swim to shore.
At the time of the fire a young marine was on board with his wife and child, a toddler of eighteen months. The lifeboats were useless, and he could see that if they remained on board the burning ship they would all die.
The marine suddenly thought of a way of escape. There were some animals in pens on board, and he rushed to them. The animals were wild with fear but, seizing a full-grown sheep, he carried it onto the deck. Tying the baby securely on the animal’s back, he dropped them both overboard. He said, “There—swim to the land, and God be with you!”
The marine’s first thought was of the danger and, knowing all other hope of escape was gone, he trusted the child he loved to the back of the sheep. This makes us think of that verse in the Scriptures, “He trusted on the Lord that He would deliver Him” (Psalm 22:8). It could also read, “He rolled Himself on the Lord.” The father simply rolled his child on the sheep. He thought, If it sinks, my boy sinks. If it survives, he survives too. What a beautiful picture of faith and trust! “Cast thy burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain thee” (Psalm 55:22).
The sheep struck out for land with its precious burden and finally reached the shallow water. There it was rescued by spectators on the shore who rushed forward to meet it and released the child, safe and sound.
In the meantime the marine and his wife had jumped into the sea, where he helped her keep afloat for some time. Finally they were both picked up by a boat that had been sent to rescue survivors. The little boy was soon restored to his rejoicing parents, apparently unharmed by his strange experience and narrow escape.
One can’t read this story without seeing a picture of a more wonderful deliverance—the deliverance by the Lord Jesus of all those who trust Him for their souls’ salvation.
In the hour of peril, the harmless sheep was entrusted with the salvation of that little child; the little boy was “rolled” on his deliverer and brought safely to shore. God entrusted to Jesus, His own beloved Son, the eternal safety of all those whose sins He bore upon the cross. Alone, for them, He gave up His life; alone, for them, He bore on the cross the storm of God’s wrath against their sins.
The sheep reached shore alive, but Jesus had to die. He gave up His life, that we might live. He shed His precious blood to wash away our sins, for without shedding of blood is no remission. By His death and resurrection, He opened the way to heaven, and now as the risen and glorified Saviour at God’s right hand, He proclaims to all: “Come unto Me.”
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
Had the waves been too high, the sheep and its precious burden might both have drowned. But all those who have put their trust in Jesus are safe forever. “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand,” we hear Him say in John 10:28. Again in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Secure Now and Forever–Large Print Tract

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Secure Now and Forever
What would it be like to come into the instant possession of forty million dollars? Mike Wittowski knows. In September of 1984 the numbers on his Illinois lottery ticket matched up with those of the Grand Prize drawing. The result: two million a year for the next twenty years. A stupendous sum of money.
Four years after he won, Mike had married and started a family. He was asked, “Mike, what was the most important thing about winning all that money?”
“Security,” Mike replied. “It’s given me plenty of security, and you can’t beat that. Security is the most important thing, and I have it for my whole family. My family is what means the most to me.”
Security is a most important thing. It’s wonderful to have it for ourselves and also our loved ones. But money, even millions, can’t really make us secure.
One reason is that, “Our times are in Thy hands”-that is, God chose the time we were brought into this world, and He will choose the time we leave it. “This night thy soul shall be required of thee,” are the words God spoke to a certain rich man in Luke 12, and all the wealth that man possessed was powerless to extend his life one day longer.
Another reason is that, even if you could take a fortune with you when you died (which is impossible) it wouldn’t be enough to buy an exit from a lost eternity. Die without Christ, and money-even millions- will not buy your way out of hell.
Soul security, eternal security, is the possession only of those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Of such believers the Lord Jesus said, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.”
Forty million dollars is a tremendous amount of money, but it can’t buy eternal security. That costs far more: it cost the life of the Son of God! At the cross of Jesus Christ, God in His infinite love made a way for souls to be saved from their sins-and from hell.
How did He do this? “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 10:9 tells us the way to be saved: “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Are you seeking security in money and possessions, while ignoring God, the only true source of security? Don’t do it! Only through the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, can you be secure-secure now and forever.