Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Giving a Gift that Will Last with Canvas Factory

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Canvas Factory.
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone.  Did you get all your shopping done?  How about something for free now?!

Gifts for children get played with and enjoyed, but gifts for other adults often get unwrapped and set to the side.  If you have an adult to buy for this year, how about trying something meaningful that will be appreciated all year long!

For the past two years I have gotten a picture printed from Canvas Factory. We are not big picture people around here, but there are a few things that my husband had expressed interest in wanting displayed in our home, so I decided they would be great printed onto canvases! I love that both times I was able to surprise him with the canvas and they they are able to be displayed and enjoyed all year long!

Here is what I had printed, but you could also give a picture of your kids, a favorite landscape scene you captured on your last vacation, a collage of picture from the past year, or anything else you want to be remembered!

(If you like these two designs, I'd be happy to share them with you, just enter your email address here and I will send you an email with the download links!)

Give a Canvas this Christmas

Ordering from Canvas Factory is simple and shipping is fast!  Simply upload your image (or choose one of their 25 million wall-art images), choose you size and material, customize details like solid edges or wrapped images, and you are good to go!

Order now and you will be ready for Christmas, or enter the giveaway below to win a 16x20 inch canvas of your choice! Need some inspiration or want to know more about what Canvas Factory has to offer? Check out these posts and then scroll down for the giveaway!

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Winner must be 18 years or older and have a mailing address in Canada, or The United States.  Winner has 48 hours from being notified to respond with their mailing address or else another winner will be picked.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Gospel in a Minute - with FREE Printable!

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If you grew up in a Christian home, or have attended a church for a while, you have probably come across someone saying that it is a good idea to be able to verbalize what the Gospel is.  I remember doing this exercise before going on a missions trip in high school.  I think we had a list of colors and each color represented a different aspect of the gospel (Black - we are dead in our sins, Red - Jesus died to rescue us from our sins, White - Jesus' blood has made us white as snow, etc.).

Whatever way you want to learn to share the gospel is fine, but it is definitely something that you should do!  Obviously it helps when you are witnessing to someone.  You don't want to come across sounding like a bumbling idiot when you are talking about the most important topic ever!  =)  It is also a good exercise because it makes us slow down and actually think about what we believe.

Mark Dever's Gospel in a Minute

A few years ago, my husband heard Mark Dever speak about trying to put together a gospel presentation that would only take one minute to share.  We thought this was a neat idea.

I've heard some people try to come up with the fewest amount of words possible to convey the gospel message (I sinned, Jesus died, etc.), and while that is an interesting mental activity, its helpfulness is really limited.

Other people have such a complicated gospel presentation that it leaves room for so many rabbit trails and you have a hard time getting around to the main point.

So, my husband and I were really interested in this "Gospel in a Minute" idea.  Is it going to fully explain and defend every point of Christian doctrine? No, but it's amazing just how much content you can get into 60 seconds!

It's been a while now, so I don't remember exactly, but I think my husband took what Mark Dever wrote out and tweaked it.  The 9 Marks website shows the basic outline with verses to back up each point.  Dever has written a book, called The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, that also cover this topic.  Also, here is a youtube video of him talking through the gospel (though here it takes him 1 minute and 50 seconds!)

Our Gospel in a Minute

Here is what my husband came up with.  Like I said, it is very similar, just tweaked.  We slowly memorized this as a family and often review it before bedtime.  It's so wonderful to have this kind of things rattling around in our children's brains and nourishing their souls.  We reference it so often in our daily conversations and it provides such a great jumping off platform for deeper discussions.

The one and only God, creator of everything, who is holy, made us in His image to Know Him and glorify Him. 

 But we sinned, we rebelled. We cut ourselves off from Him, and there’s nothing we could ever do to earn our way back to Him.

 But in His great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, taking on himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever believe in Him.

 And then He rose from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us has been satisfied.

 He now calls us to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness.

 If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God.

FREE Gospel in a Minute Printable!

Recently, my husband mentioned that he thought it would be nice to have this Gospel in a Minute printed so we could have it up in our home.  I thought it was a great idea, so I decided to create a version that was pretty enough to have setting around =)

I got it printed on a 16x20 canvas from CanvasFactory.com and have it sitting next to the 5 Solas print that I got from them last year. 

I heartily encourage you to memorize this or something like it with your family!  If you would like this GOSPEL printable (or the 5 Solas one for that matter), you can get them for free just by entering your email address here (or click below).  An email will be sent to you with the links to download the images.  The file can be used as a background on your computer or other device, or it can be printed as a picture, any size up to 16x20 inches.

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