Let's talk trick-or-treat.
I LOVED trick-or-treating. But one thing that could always bum me out was a household that passed out tracts instead of candy. Not that there is a THING in the WORLD wrong with passing out tracts! Trick-or-treat is a great time to come in contact with a bunch of kids and families you might otherwise have never had the opportunity to share your faith with. Candy AND a tract? Awesome.
Fast forward a few years to my college days, and I loved the tradition of "Safe Trick-or-Treat" when hundreds of the little kids of Oxford, Ohio would come trouping through the halls of my dorm and a bunch of college kids (some in costumes) (as in, me) would pass out candy.
I came up with this little label idea back then, because I couldn't afford, on a college kid's budget, both candy and tracts, and I REFUSED to be the stodgy one who only gave out tracts. These labels print 30 to a page (Avery 5160), so they're cheap and cute, and a good way of sharing God's love.
I want to share these with you, so you can share the Gospel with the kiddies and families in your neighborhood. I think I figured out a free and easy way to do so (thanks to the hubby who is WAY smarter about online stuff than I am!). You shouldn't have to register or enter personal info or anything... if it doesn't work out like that, let me know... I'll email the .pub to ya!
Just go to my dropbox, download the Publisher document, print these out and stick them on good candy. GOOD CANDY! You're witnessing here, no nasty Bottlecaps or Dots or Almond Joy!!! The kids will be excited - good candy has that effect on them... the parents just may look up the unfamiliar Bible reference. John 3:16 would have been an appropriate choice for this project, but I wanted a verse that people wouldn't necessarily glance at and ignore. I'm betting more people who don't know the Lord know John 3:16 than know Titus 3:4-7. In this case, curiosity could be a good thing! It may lead people to open up a Bible that's gathering dust or even google the Good News. :-)
"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life." (NIV)