Eternity is rushing towards us.
You and everyone else must be ready.
â€œMark, THANK YOU just does not seem adequate enough for the message you brought yesterday, before our witnessing teams headed into Atlanta. Thanks for your faithfulness and encouragement. We atÂ Hillcrest, and every other church represented yesterday, are praying for you!â€Â â€”Mike M., Pastor
â€œHello Mr. Mark my name is Caleb Green.Â During your sermon I was one of the people sitting in the front row on your left.Â I was enthralled for the third time in my life by the message.Â The first time was whenever my home church Macedonia received brother Sluggo Norris as our pastor and he preached his first message which started my road of salvation.Â The second was the sermon the night I was saved on June 19, 2016.Â I got three of your books Sunday after service and am now reading The Watchmen.Â So far I love the book and it has lead me to make changes in my personal life.Â Thank you for giving me an opportunity I would not otherwise have.â€Â â€”Caleb G.
â€œThank you so much for speaking to us Sunday morning. It was life changing for me.â€ â€”Pam G.B.
â€œThank you for joining us at Hillcrest Baptist Church on Sunday morning! Thanks for loving people.â€Â â€”Deby T.
â€œThank you for sharing with us at Hillcrest on Sunday.â€Â Â â€”Jonathan S.Â â¤ï¸
â€œMy wife informed me that we were going to church in DeKalb County this past Sunday. Her cousin and her husband were having their 8-month-old son dedicated. When my wife, Chia, gives me the â€œand you know we have to be thereâ€ eye, I donâ€™t have to ask if sheâ€™s sure. I got some khakis and a sweater vest out to be ironed and moved along. There was a reason I was supposed to be at New Life Church in Decatur on Sunday, and it wasnâ€™t just because Chia gave me the stink eye. It was much bigger than that. Much bigger.
â€œFollowing the dedication ceremony, which by the way was very nice, New Life Senior Pastor Marlin D. Harris introduced the morningâ€™s guest preacher, Mark Cahill. I felt like I knew Cahill from somewhere or at least heard of him. I did; I knew I recognized him but not from what heâ€™s now known for all over the world. Cahill was a member of the Auburn University basketball team from 1981-84, having played on Tigers teams with Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Charles Barkley and Indiana Pacer great Chuck Person.
â€œYears ago, I had done research on those Tigers for a magazine piece and Cahillâ€™s name just so happen to stick with me. He wasnâ€™t a big time SEC player by any stretch of the imagination â€” he did, however, make a few All-SEC Academic teams â€” averaging 2.3 points and less than a rebound per game as a senior. Cahillâ€™s greatest moves are being made on stages, at malls, in the streets and wherever he can as an evangelist.
â€œOn Sunday in front of a 99.9 percent African American congregation, Cahill, a 6â€™7â€ white man with a shaved head, told stories and jokes, quoted the Bible, preached the word in a way I had yet to hear in my time on Earth. My mother, God rest her soul in heaven, had my twin brother and I in church every chance she got and I thank her for it every night in my prayers. Iâ€™m passing that on to my kids and now I will be passing on parts of Cahillâ€™s testimony as well because his words got me up off my feet.
â€œSports and faith donâ€™t always find their way into the sports section of a newspaper, especially one in the south. First, church service on Sunday morning, then Falcons football on Sunday afternoon. Everything in its rightful place. For the sake of this column, I wanted to incorporate Cahillâ€™s work and his five books (and counting) into this â€œsportsâ€ column.
â€œWhat I saw on the stage that morning was a former athlete that found his calling off the court, away from the huge crowds of the Southeastern Conference. Today, Cahill is still performing in front of crowds and changing lives â€œby having conversations.â€ Heâ€™s changed mine by what I saw and heard from him on Sunday. Hopefully, heâ€™ll read this and get up off his feet for me like I did for his words. I should be so lucky.â€
Sports Writer, HHJ
â€œI always said if there is one teacher I wanted to have at our church it was Mark Cahill!!!!Â God has worked out the opportunity.Â I can not tell you how excited and honored we are to have Brother Mark!â€
EastsideÂ Community Church
â€œOne Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill has to be the best Christian book that I have read so far. The book’s main focus is spreading the gospel and the different ways you can do that so that it captures people’s attention. This book would make any believer and non believer take their eternity more seriously, as well as think about where they and others are spiritually. But it will also make you drop whatever you’re doing so that you can share the good news. Along with my bible, I would carry this book everywhere that I go as I embark on a new journey of becoming an evangelist.â€
â€œThe best places for a believerâ€™s light to shine is in the darkest places. Mark will go anywhere to tell others about Godâ€™s Word. He has talked to prostitutes in Las Vegas and to ex-gang members in prison. Don’t stray away from scary places because though they seem dark, that’s where your light will shine brightest (John 8:12).â€
â€œSo to discuss Markâ€™s theme and name of his book, One Thing You Can’t Do in HeavenÂ is share your faith with a non-believer. In his first chapter Mark says, â€œDo you realize that when you take your last breath, you will never again be able to talk with a lost person?â€ That should challenge each and every one of us to get out of our comfort zones and to witness to the lost. Ephesians 5:16 encourages us to redeem the time because the days are evil. There are only two times for us to share the Gospel, and that is in season and out of season.â€
â€œMany times Christians have excuses for why they are not telling others about Christ. One excuse is the fear of being rejected. Galatians 1:10 says, â€œFor do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.â€ Itâ€™s better to witness to a lost soul and be rejected, than for someone not to hear about God at all.â€
â€œAnother common excuse is that people donâ€™t know how to witness. Mark has many tips when it comes to striking up a conversation. A lot of times to get people talking, you can ask them what they think will be on the other side when we die. Another good tip is to use the Ten Commandments method. Ask someone if they believe they are a good person, many times their answer will be yes. Go through the Ten Commandments and say something like,Â â€˜Have you ever lied, lusted after someone, hated another person, or stolen something? Then youâ€™re telling me that youâ€™re a liar, adulterer, murderer, and thief. You must be pretty bad, but God has died on the cross for us to save us from our sins.â€™â€
â€œThere are so many things about this book that I donâ€™t even have the time or space to mention, but these few things stuck out to me. Mark has taught me how to approach people who have the â€˜right answers,â€™Â but they donâ€™t have salvation, and how to approach those who are completely lost. I have learned not to worry about whether or not I will lose a friend, or if I will be rejected. If a seed is planted, itâ€™s up to God to do something with it. I have also been taught not to have a message like, â€˜Jesus loves you,â€™ but to have one of sin, righteousness, Law, judgement, and Hell. Though I have been taught many things, I have also been inspired to hand out gospel tracts to people and put them in places such as beer cases in a store, or on cars in the parking lot.â€
George C., Teacher
“We had Mark Cahill yesterday in both morning worship services. Over 350 people came back Sunday at 5:00 p.m. for a two hour evangelistic training session. Mark did an excellent job. We cut our music to the bone to give him 50 minutes of preaching time and it was worth it. I was amazed at the number of people who returned for the training.
“I have sat through a number of evangelistic training courses over the years. Mark’s training was by far the best. He is a great guy (even if he is an Auburn Graduate – All-American Academic in Basketball early 80’s). He is passionate. He is intelligent. He is motivating. He is prepared. He is thoughtful. He is Biblical. He loves the Lord and he loves people enough to share his faith with them.
“Seldom have I taken the time to write an email like this after having a guest preacher/teacher in my church. But I REALLY want you to consider him, because my church needed him and my guess is that your church does too.
“You will appreciate this. He brought cartons of books and tracts and CDs. We set up a table and put the books on the table. We put an open box on the table. He told people they could take what they want and give what they want and if anyone had a need, they could take money out of the box. At the end of the day, we closed the box and gave it to Mark and he is sending more material for us to do the same thing next week. By the way – the material is excellent.
“Mark preached in both services . . . witnessed to several people at Starbucks in the afternoon . . . came back and did the training. He is the real deal. Check out his web site, read a book, give him a call and introduce him to your people. You will be glad you did.”
â€”Dr. Bob Jolly, Pastor
First Baptist Church
â€œThank you so much for coming to speak at Acts Fellowship Church! It was such a Blessing for all of us. there have been many testimonies of people sharing their faith after retreat was over. God bless you, Mark! May the Lord use you even in greater measure in the coming years!â€
â€œEveryone from a newborn babe in Christ to the 99 year old saint will be inspired by Markâ€™s presentation! He is truly a generous individual that is â€œsold outâ€ to Jesus!â€
International ALERT Academy
“Mark was a tremendous speaker for our youth conference! Lives were changed as he showed us first hand how to share and live our faith. Our local restaurant will also never be the same! He made sharing our faith a top priority in the lives of those who heard him speak the truth.”
FraserÂ Road ChurchÂ of God
“Mark’s message of challenge and seminar on witnessing was a great encouragement for our Church.Â His personal warmth and sincerity was greatly appreciated as well.Â I recommend his ministry to any Church.”
KelviewÂ Heights Baptist Church
“After going to a conference a few years ago, I heard you speak. It truly changed the way I looked at sharing the gospel! From that point on, I love to go out and share the good news of Jesus Christ! Now I know that whenever I share, it’s a win-win! As you always say: ‘Till the nets are full’!”
â€” Mary-Jean D.
“Mark Cahill is the best speaker I know. He writes and speaks to you; and, maybe without even trying because he is so blessed. He makes you feel like you are having a one on one conversation and you just love listening! Then you reach out to him and he IS there. He won’t like hearing me compare and elevate him. Of all evangelists, Mark is most real, accessible, cordial, polite, and delivers a message in a way nobody else seems today to convey. Mark teaches you that the number one reason to be here on earth is to talk to souls who don’t know where they go when they die. We are supposed to help people get there while we are here. You can’t DO that in Heaven!!! Those who know the truth need to talk to those who don’t know. Fellow believers need convincing to SHARE this message with those who need to hear it. Talking to everyone that needs to hear this message is what believers should do!! Mark gave me books and signed books for me to keep and to give to friends, which is what I have done. As a result, several of my friends have COMPLETELY changed. Friends are talking to others ABOUT the afterlife, and friends are FINALLY pondering something real. Thank you, Mark, for all you do!
“Thank you for your commitment to our Lord and to the Great Commission, Mark.Â You are a role model that many, many more of us who are Christians need to follow,Â regarding your faithfulness, your burden for souls, and your kind and friendly heart.Â Your book One Thing You Can’t Do In HeavenÂ is my all-time favorite book.Â My second-favorite book is Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Â Of course, both of those fall below the importance of the Bible, and the Bible is 66 books anyway (not just one),Â so the Bible is above and beyond my list of ‘favorite books,’ since it alone is God’s Word, and no book canÂ compare to it.”
â€” Jeff J.
“We just returned from driving 3 hours each way to hearÂ Mark Cahill speak in Bellingham, MA!Â It really was a great day!!Â I loaded up the church van with 14 teenagers. They were so inspired!!Â It was fun to hear the difference in their conversations between their ride TO the conference as opposed toÂ their ride home FROM the conference!!Â On the way back, the public school kids were talking to each other about how, in light of eternity, itâ€™s ridiculous to get upset if someone makes fun of you for being a Christian because what really matters is their soul.
“One thing that I really respect about Mark is that he takes the time to talk to each and every person who goes up to him after a conference. He doesn’t just shake their hand and sign their book, and then move on to the next person. He asks about their life and encourages them in their particular area of ministry, and he uses their names. Mark is just as much of a blessing before and after his conferences as he is during!!”
“I am going through [scores of lectures] and after 59 sessions have come to Lukewarm No More. I must say yours was the most powerfulÂ of all of them so far. As I listened to you I constantly threw my hands up in worship and praise and agreement. I am deeply blessedÂ by your message. You are so anointed I just wanted to say thank you so much I really felt the great movement of the SPIRIT.Â Very excited and the clarity is brilliant. Gods blessings on you and your ministry. I am going to have to get some of your books I haveÂ Â a list of “Hard Cases”â€”I have prayed for some of them for years. Â Thank you so much again.”
â€œYou have been blessing myself and others I visit at jail in Elk River, Minnesota these past 3 yrs and now at the jails in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.Â We have a couple “faith-based” classes (about 100 men) and God is opening doors for the men “to have purpose” when they get out.Â Through your ministry we’ve seen hunger/fruit from these men desiring to know what “real” Christianity is about.Â Youâ€™re a testimony of this Mark.Â Thank you.Â I share your DVD’s and they listen.Â Tonight we heard part of the “You Are Here for Two Reasons” DVD.Â At the close, I asked the men what they thought?Â A resounding acclamation of â€˜MORE!!â€™ by the 36 men who were present. Â May this encourage you Mark. Your teachings and example shine brightly by the Holy Spirit.Â May God bless you and the ‘calling’ He’s placed in your heart.Â No rusty swords.â€
“First off, I just wanted to say ‘thanks’ for your talk today at YEC on Samford’s campus. We’ve been discussing, with our youth, the struggles of witnessing today and how to witness for the past few weeks. A lot of our youth have struggled finding a good way to witness because most of them have been in church all their lives and don’t have that shocking life-changing story and really didn’t know how best to witness. After your talk, and books as a guide, we are excited to see where it’s going to take them. It really opened all our our eyes, youth leaders as well as youth, to the idea of a conversation instead of a presentation. We thank God for your message this weekend and hope to share some of their and our stories of witness of Jesus to our committee in the near future.
“We pray for the success of your ministry and know that wherever you go, you will be bold in your witness. May God continue to bless and use you.”
â€”David Hughes, on behalf of our youth council
Crawford Road Baptist Church Youth
Phoenix City, Alabama
Terry Johnston Youth Pastor
“For the past ten years my primary ministry responsibility as an elder at Christian Family Chapel in Jacksonville, Florida has been the oversight of our outreach/evangelism ministry. Mark Cahill has spoken twice at our church and has been most effective in challenging, motivating and training our congregation to be intentional about sharing the gospel. His books and booklets are excellent resources for our training classes and for personal evangelism. Mark is not only an excellent speaker and author, but he truly has a heart for the lost and leads by example.”
â€”Frost Weaver, Elder
Christian Family Chapel
“Mark provides a powerful example of what he teaches. Â And he teaches the need for every Christian to tell all men about God’s love for them in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Â Mark provides a vital message for this day and age that will change the world.”
â€”Tim Rude, Pastor
Walnut Creek Community Church
Windsor Heights, Iowa
“Mark’s message of challenge and seminar on witnessing was a great encouragement for our Church.Â His personal warmth and sincerity was greatly appreciated as well.Â I recommend his ministry to any Church.”
â€”Jerry Berry, Pastor
Kelview Heights Baptist Church
“Mark not only exceeded our high expectations here at Racine Bible Church as a speaker, but was even more impressive as a man of God!”
â€”Racine Bible Church
“Mark Cahill’s teaching lit a fire that continues to burn in our church. Our congregation has adopted evangelism as a lifestyle and it is always a pleasure to hear the various ‘fishing’ stories on Sunday. New souls are being added as our members contnue to fish for souls during the week. Mark sowed a seed which is bearing much fruit.”
â€”Renewal Christian Center
“Mark is the most zealous, bold, and powerful witness for Jesus Christ that I have ever seen. He motivated our church to do the same.”
Flint Hill Baptist Church, Alabama
“Last night the FCA Banquet with Mark Cahill was a GREAT success! We managed to double our attendance from last year and this year’s profit is looking good…final figures not available, monies still outstanding.”
â€”Rockmart Adult Chapter Fellowship of Christian Athletes
“Wow!! What a phenomenal messenger of the Gospel of Jesus Christ Mark is!! From the time he hit the stage until the time he got off everyone was glued to this man. We’ve had many great speakers at our Souled Out event but none compare to the compassion for the lost that Mark Cahill has!!! I would refer him to anyone on this planet!!!”
SOULED OUT Youth Ministry
â€œMark Cahill is a very generous and humble man who glorifies God with his lifestyle. He truly lives what he preaches. His sincerity of faith won the hearts of every audience. He is passionate about the heartbeat of God. His conviction to reach the lost compelled many of us to allow our love for God to trump our fear of man. Mark really leads by example. He has become a part of our family here in Hawaii. We are truly grateful to God that He allowed us to meet Mark on this side of eternity.â€
â€œWhat an amazing weekend for all of us here at Fraser Road. You will never know the impact you have had on us. God used you to convict, inspire, motivate and move us deeperâ€¦I will never forget the phrase…”it is a conversation NOT a presentation.” That really freed me up!!! Something is about to happen in America. There is a major shaking going on. The church has become much like the world and we lack the power. What a breath of fresh air to hear a man of God who is not afraid to speak the truth, challenge us even when it hurts, and do more than just entertain and move on.â€
â€”Rick Webb, Pastor
â€”Steve Karp, Youth Pastor
Fraser Road Church of God
“All of us who attended are talking about his commitment to Christ and were not only challenged but put to shame as well for not doing much in the area of witnessing. He made a great impact on our lives and many said they had never met anyone who has blessed them so much through the Word.”
The Telugu Christian Fellowship of New Jersey
“Markâ€™s messages not only challenge, they also have an important and effective blend of two elements: 1) An ability to equip the saints, and 2) A clarifying of counter-cultural Biblical convictions that the Body of Christ in America desperately needs.”
â€”Harold Mally, Elder
Cedar Rapids Bible Chapel, Iowa
“We appreciate Mark sharing how God has worked through him and his resources. Our students and adults were inspired to be more vocal with sharing their faith with friends and strangers. Mark left us with excellent resources and our community was impacted by his visit.”
â€”Denis Tanner, Associate Pastor
Shades Crest Baptist
â€œMark Cahill challenged us to talk about the most important thing that any conversation can possibly be about: What happens after we take our next breath. Loved having Mark with us and look forward to our paths crossing again.â€
â€œThis was a transformational event for our church! Thank you for your assistance and we will definitely work with you again in the futureâ€¦ and weâ€™ll recommend Mark enthusiastically to others too!â€
â€”Grace Point Church
New Brighton, Minnesota
“We had a top-notch experience with Mark. Our students were riveted with Markâ€™s presentation and he demonstrated a strong desire to connect with us where we were at in our training.”
â€”Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC)
“He has intensity, and a passion for his message and he charged our group and challenged them to be bold!!”
â€”Idlewood Baptist Church
“Mark not only exceeded our high expectations here at Racine Bible Church as a speaker, but was even more impressive as a man of God! He was able to minister to the rich and famous at the ballpark as well as the unemployed of our community. A great experience!”
â€”Wayne Beilgard, Associate Pastor of Evangelism and Discipleship
Racine Bible Church
Chaplain for the Milwaukee Brewers
“Mark Cahill talk definitely sparked a fire for witnessing into the hearts of GIFTED members! His presentation style is that of boldness, call to action, and humor that engages the audience from beginning to end!”
â€œGod used Mark Cahill in a great way to encourage us in sharing our faith, both with friends/family and with strangers. His example of living out an authentic passion for the lost and his commitment to bless others, saved and unsaved alike, was extraordinary and awakening/energizing. We are so grateful for Markâ€™s time with us.â€
â€”East White Oak Bible Church
â€œMark is on fire for God and made no excuses for what he believes “that we are all called to evangelize”!! Would love to have him again sometime in the future.â€
â€”Bearcreek Community Church Youth
â€œOur event was exceptional, Mark is TRULY a man after God’s heart. I would recommend him for any event that’s looking to hear God’s truth. Thank you Speaker’s Bureau for being the facilitators of God’s vessel and remember that Jesus says to â€˜go and make disciplesâ€™, not â€˜sit and wait.â€™ We are to spread the â€˜Good Newsâ€™ to the uttermost ends of the earth, fishers of men and not keepers of the aquarium.â€
â€”Paul M Wilbur
SJVMM Board Member
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