The scriptures are filled with many admonitions to encourage one another, one Christian to another. Hebrews 3:13, 1 Thess 3:3,4:18,5:11,
These verses show a context to the word 'encourage'. We tend to think of it as 'cheer up' but it has more to do with the root 'courage'. Encourage and exhort are pretty much synonyms in the NT. These verses talk about encouraging one another with the Gospel message of hope and the promise of a life with God after the persecutions and trials of this world. To try to encourage a non-believer without the gospel would be more like telling a dying cancer patient to cheer up and he'll be okay. Wouldn't it be more encouraging to confirm their dire state instead of ignoring and then offer the cure, the gospel?
So, one way to practice Five Minute Ministry in a very practical way is to send an encouraging card, one that builds their faith in Christ, strengthens them in the midst of trials, and exhorts them to further good…
Zombies at Your Door?
They come slowly down your sidewalk, two or three at a time. They show little emotion and no enthusiasm but they are after you. They are seeking out those who aren't yet like them. Their brains have been afflicted and they cannot reason on their own any longer and they want your brain too. They are Jehovah's Witnesses.
Christian, certainly there is hyperbole in this characterization but it isn't that far off the mark. When the JW's are going door to door they aren't rewarded by achieving high numbers but are putting in their time. They face rejection almost everywhere they go so it is understandable to not have any enthusiasm for this task.
No, these aren't zombies who are walking dead people like the movies and TV shows. They are made in the image of God and, like you, were once 'spiritually' dead in their sins and need to be born again from above. Now, what if your encounter at the door were filmed for a TV show would …
The New World Translation (NWT) is infamous for changing verses to fit with their theology. In some verses like Col 1:16-17 they inserted the word [other] in brackets to portray Christ as a created being. In the most recent edition of the NWT the brackets have unfortunately been removed. They claim that the bracketed words were inserted to improve clarity. Even the NASB marks the words they insert to improve clarity so that practice is fine as far as it goes but often in the NWT they are actually there to negate the original meaning. With that in mind, I would like to suggest that they could have inserted a different word to be just as clear in their goal of negating the clear text:
Instead of verse 16 reading: "because by means of him all [other] things were created in the heavens and upon the earth,..." they could have written it "because by means of him all things were [not] created in the heavens and upon the earth..."