Fall 2019 Prayer Letter

Third Watch Ministries, NFP                                                            Bob & Ellen Bollow

P.O. Box 1283                                                                                   September 27, 2019

Wheaton, IL 60187-1283  

 

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” Job 38:4

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you have been enjoying late summer of 2019. It’s now officially fall, but it has been the fall semester for just about a month at campus. God has blessed the work of evangelism and 46 students have prayed with me to receive Jesus this school year so far, with several others committing to Christ but not praying with me in the moments I had with them. So we want to thank you for your prayers and gifts, without which this would simply not have happened. Not that God cannot draw people to Himself by visions and dreams or even in solitary confinement reading the Bible. All these ways I have read of happening in my lifetime. But He graciously uses you and me, and that is a kindness to us.

I thought you might be interested to hear my best recollection of a discussion I recently had on campus with a black guy Reese, who claimed to be a Muslim. He was in a religious studies class that had begun to talk about atheism and so I began to explain to him that science is a description, not an explanation. The analogy I used went something like this. “Say I ask you how your girlfriend broke up with you, and you tell me, ‘She wrote a note that said, I do not want to date you anymore. Then walked over to my house and rang the doorbell. I opened the door to let her in and she stepped inside, kissed me on the cheek and said I’m breaking up with you. She then handed me the note and walked out of my house and my life forever.'” “This,” I said, “though it is a complete explanation of how your girlfriend broke up with you, tells me not one thing about why she broke up with you. You may in fact, for the rest of your life, never discover why she had broken up with you. But you have a complete explanation of how she did it.” He agreed and laughed and seemed to have a girl in mind who had never provided an explanation for their break-up.

Science does this all the time. Many of its descriptions are woefully inadequate, but they get away with them because they seem complicated or they use a scientific world we have grown to accept. Sometimes they just label a force, but not only can they not tell you why the force exists, but they cannot tell you why the force acts upon the world in the manner they describe. Newton came up with the math that describes Gravity, but Newton could not tell us what Gravity was. It is simply the name of a force he discovered existed and had mathematical equations to describe. He believed the reason why Gravity existed was the Old Testament’s creator God. (He did not believe Jesus was God.)

Here is another scientific explanation with no math, just a story-line description: Evolutionary science. Evolution describes that within every life form, cells conspire to survive. They want to survive and so try to become more fit. This is not exactly true, though they say it. For example, a fern has cells that survive, but it is not the fern itself that wishes to survive exactly, from an evolutionary view point. In truth, the fern will not survive because nothing survives. Every life form on the planet dies. But the fern has a desire that it reproduce itself over time, and what it reproduces will survive to reproduce. So in effect, we are told to believe by the scientists that tell us this tale that the fern (and all life forms) are made of small pieces (cells), all the parts of which want their children and grandchildren ferns to have a better shot at survival. This is, of course, silly on several levels if you pause to think about it. First, because we do not really believe ferns have these motivations for their grandchildren or are capable of this foresight. And second, because we do not believe all the intricate parts of any given life form down to a cellular level can mutually conspire.  This is to humanize or anthropomorphize the tiny pieces of every life form and give each of them a will to collectively do things. Not for the organism they are a part of but for a future organism of which they are unaware. BUT let’s take a leap with them and say “OK, all these little bits of us and everything else are driven and conspiring for their future grandchildren to have a better shot at survival.” What force drives them, every little piece of everything, giving them this will? Well this force is blind chance, they say. In horse racing they call this luck. But no one really believes Luck is a thing. We do not believe there is a force out there called Luck, or Chance, that rests on things such that they gain an advantage we then deem desirable. When you say someone is lucky, or a horse is lucky, you mean that there is a force you do not understand and do not define, that landed on them and something you think is desirable happens. So IF an evolutionist says Chance is a force doing things in the world, they are saying there is a force they cannot name, which is acting on all life forms. And one of the things this force they call Chance is doing is driving life forms to make their genes survive long enough (to be fit long enough) to adapt in a way that makes their grandchildren ferns exist and then create another, better fern. So they do not name it and cannot find it. They can only describe it. Even if they were right about their weak description, it is not answering why the fern wishes to do that. (It is not telling you why your girlfriend broke up with you). So the option is left to you, if you wish to name the force something more satisfying or descriptive than Chance. I do not believe that on their own, all the little bits of a fern are conspiring in the manner an evolutionist says. But since they do not say what force wired them that way, made them all want to conspire to survive, I can name the force for them. I can call the force God.  So evolution’s believers are not disallowing for a belief in God. They believe a force has made everything want to have its offspring survive. So they cannot insist the force is not God.

A former Oxford professor points out that if you come over to his house and want some tea, he will put the kettle on to boil on the gas burner. A scientist can tell you that the heat from the gas has made the molecules in the kettle speed up, and that is why it is boiling. But the professor says there is an explanation beyond this description of heat for why the water is boiling in the kettle. It is boiling because you wanted a cup of tea. If the fern did evolve from past ancestors who wanted it to be more fit (and I do not believe it did), that is a description. It lacks the explanation of who wanted it to do that and nothing in the description prohibits the explanation of God. God, in fact, is the only thing that would make the description an explanation. Science is a description, not an explanation. Evolution is arguably neither, it is just a tale scientists tell.

We find many students have an unexamined belief in evolution.  They have been taught evolution is a fundamental truth, but that life, at its inception, was Chance.  Please pray for these students, that they will come to an understanding that God is their Creator, and the Creator of all things.  (We regularly have this discussion in our Tuesday bible study.)

These are the students that have prayed to receive Jesus this year so far:

(An * means they did not pray with me, but said they would pray later.)

 

Roy, Jamari, CJ, Jaylen, Jordan* Carmen, Ray, Chloe* Marco, Jeff, Daniel* Cole, Chase, Gillam, Isabelle, McPaul, Bryan* Chris, Tyler* Pablo* Bobbi, Enzo, Andrew, Kiya, Michael* Cody, Esabel, Saul, Joe, Kimberly* Ivan, Ethan, Zandrix, Jasmine, Sandra, Monsieur, Jamie, Tionne, Mia, Maria, Rachel, Luciana, Briaunna, Oedrey, Mahala, Goldie*, David, Clinton, Tavian, Reese, Austin, Kevin, Danny, Mya and McKenzie

Please also pray that the Lord will move in the hearts of some of these students to come to bible study.  Right now we have only our faithful few that are returning students from last year.

In Him,

Bob & Ellen

 

Results of the Work – 9/19/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Hope your day was blessed today walking with Him. I had a good day on campus and Mahala prayed with me to receive Christ and Goldie committed to Christ say she would pray later. She was from South Africa. Black, had her hair straightened and combed down into a bob, wore glasses. She was under conviction so I hope she will pray, she said she went to Cru. She had said she had faith but she realized at the end she had never been trusting in Christ’s work on the cross to be forgiven.

Mahala was sitting in the ground floor lounge on the atrium that has vending machines in it on the south side of the BIC. She was wearing a purple blouse and had yoga pants on that were solid at the thighs and looked like a pair of nylons across the front, they had several holes in the front in either leg , might have been designed that way, there were not runs. She had curly, deep brown hair down past her shoulders and big eyes and wore huge eyelashes; she had a pretty face, pointed chin and wore heavy make-up. She said she had gone to church with friends growing up if there was a sleep over at their house that went over to Sunday and said she loved the church youth groups she went to in High School. She had gone on several mission trips too. She was a really nice person and had a simple heart but was a little unclear on what was true of Christianity. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “Well, everybody deserves a chance at happiness and to live peacefully whether in the after-life or your life [now].” She thought she had a 99% chance of going to Heaven. I began to explain the Gospel to her, that Jesus had died for her sins and His blood had cleansed her as a power now in the world, His righteousness was to her credit. She would repeat things I said and I would say them again with more clarity fixing what she’d said that was a bit off. “You explain this more clearly than they do at Church,” she said to me. I thanked her and continued to teach her. At one point she exclaimed, “Love it.” I think when I was explaining how we are saved by faith and though we should do good things to please God our good stuff did not fix our bad stuff but God could turn your bad things into good things quoting Romans 8:28. Then I asked her if she would want to be forgiven for her sins or if she thought something else and she picked the circle with God inside saying she’d want to be forgiven. I said, “It doesn’t seem like you’ve ever really put all this together before to place your trust in it.” She agreed so I said that if she’d like to place her trust in what Jesus had done to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it. “I like that part,” she said (of the line, “Take control of the throne of my life, make me the kind of person you want me to be.”) “That He would take control.” So I said she could pray it silently so only God could hear saying “You know what this is like: God’s like a pretty girl, he likes to be asked.” She agreed that was true and said, “Sure.” And took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ. She did not have a Bible so I gave her one and showed her the “Where to Turn” Section. “That would be really helpful,” she said. And I agreed the bible was a big book and some of it is hard to understand without scholarship so it is nice to know where to look for stuff. I said Jesus words were in red and showed her the Messianic passages section. I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “By the Spirit’s Power” in the front and “Just Ask”. I told her the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%, trusting in Jesus righteousness and she agreed. I gave her a Bible Promise book too. We talked a bit more and I told her I would be praying for her and getting up to leave I said, “God bless you, it was nice to meet you.” “Nice to meet you too,” she replied shaking my hand, “Thank you, you too.”

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had chance, God truly blessed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 9/18/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed today walking with the Lord. I had a good day on campus and Luciana, Briaunna, Oedrey each prayed with me to receive Jesus today so that was great.

Luciana was sitting in the ground floor hall just down from the student activities lounge leading into the BIC on a bench. She had a pink hoodie on and black Adidas sweats with white stripes up the sides. Slight, pretty girl, square sharp features small with blonde hair tinted half way up from where it fell on her shoulders. She didn’t have much time but said she’d do a student survey. She was friendly. When I asked her what she would say to God if he asked her why He should let her into Heaven she said, “Because I care about other people more than myself and I make sure to give them my best.” She went to a Catholic Church and thought she had a little more than a 50% chance of going to Heaven. She was affirming and enthusiastic about the Gospel as I went through it with her (it seemed novel to her). When I asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sins she said “Confession, my grandma always makes me go to confession.” Then seeing the page with the Cross on it as I turned it she said, “Oh, He died.” I went on to explain the Gospel and the Blood of Christ and how it was symbolically represented in the Mass so when she took it she should say, “Thank you.” Because it was reaffirming that Jesus had died for her and so she was forgiven. I explained His imputed righteousness saying it was too her credit. When I asked her if she would want to be forgiven for her sins trusting in Jesus so he could live inside her she said very firmly, “Yes!” So I said, “Seems like you hadn’t had a chance to trust in all this to be forgiven?” “Yes,” she replied. So I said there was a prayer she could pray if she wanted to silently and only God would hear and forgive her and live inside her giving her the strength to live the Christian life. I walked her thought it explaining it as I went and asked her if she’d like to pray. “Yes,” she said excited. “Thank you so much, thank you,” she said taking the booklet then holding it before she prayed she said again to me, “Thank you so much for this.” Then she prayed to receive Jesus. I explained living the Christian life “inside out” where everything God was asking her to do He’d give her the power to do. She was late for something then and started to grab her pack and stood up. “Let me just give you a book of Bible Promises,” I said and she waited and I wrote her name quickly in the front and handed it to her. “Thanks you so much she said happily and ran off. She was so grateful and joyful it was infectious and made my day.

Briaunna was sitting up on the third floor and somehow caught my eye through the top of the couches she was sitting on just down and one floor up from where we have Bible study. She was a pretty brown haired girl with her hair up held up by a head band. Looked a little like a Caucasian Selena Gomez. She had on a navy blue nylon long sleeved shirt and navy blue workout pants. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “That’s a hard question. I don’t know, I’d probably say it’s not up to me, it’s up to youth decide. I don’t think I could convince you.” She thought she had a 60% chance of going to Heaven. “Just passing,” I said and she said, “Well a bit over 60.” I asked her if she went to church ever and she said her Grandpa was a pastor in the Pentecostal church. When I asked her what the big thing was that Jesus had done to take away her sins she said, “He hung on the cross,” she replied. She listened to the Gospel, the blood that cleansed her and the imputed righteousness of Christ to her credit. As I finished I asked if she’d want to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else. I wasn’t sure what she’d say since she seems to have something of a negative reaction to the strictness of her grandparent’s faith. But she said, “I want to be forgiven.” So I said it seemed like she’d never really put all this together before to trust in it and she agreed. So I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through the prayer line by line saying at the end she could pray it silently and only God would hear. “Out loud?” she said, taking the booklet. I said no, no one else needed to hear it. “Well I read it as you did,” she replied. “Ok, Amen?” “Amen,” she said. “That counts,” I said and I explain the Christian life to her living inside out by the Spirit’s power and gave her a Bible Study and 20 Things God Can’t Do writing by the Spirit’s power in the front and her name and the date and “forgiven”. So I said as I got up to go, “So do you believe Jesus is God, He died for your sins and rose from the dead and do you trust in that to be forgiven?” ‘Yes,” she said. “Then this is 100%,” I said, pointing at the question of the likelihood she would go to Heaven when she died. “Because you’re trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be your righteousness and how righteous is Jesus? 100% righteous,” I said. “And what’s His righteousness worth? An infinite amount. So there’s enough to an old guy like me who’s done a bunch of stuff wrong and someone like you that hasn’t even done hardly anything wrong yet.” I told her I would be praying for her each night until spring and then one year after, just praying the prayers of Paul to bless her and she really liked that and I headed off.

Later in the day I planned to head up to touch base with our advisor who said far fewer students had asked him about Bible Study groups this year. Before talking with him I found Oedrey sitting on a couch in the hall on the floor beneath his office. He was a Latino guy who split his time between two different churches. He had stick straight hair, pretty short, bangs poking straight out over his forehead and square features tanned skin a narrow face. Thin, in a blue t-shirt and blue jeans. I asked him what he would say to God if He asked why he should let him into heaven and he said, “Aside from my going to church every Sunday and treating people like they are good neighbors of mine, personally I don’t know. I’ve done everything I knew to do to be a good person. I don’t know if I’ve done enough.” He was sure he would go to Heaven though, 100%. I guess thinking if you have tried all you knew to do you get in. When I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sins he knew He had died for us. He listened closely to the Gospel and was happy to hear it all and when I got to the end I asked if he’d want to be forgiven. “I want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus and what He did on the cross for us.” He said. I asked him if he had been trusting in that to be forgiven and he said, “I want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus.” So I showed him the prayer he could pray talking him through it and I asked if he’d like to pray it silently and he took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. He was happy. I told him a symbolic view of the Mass. I began to talk him through living the Christian life. He did not have a Bible so I gave him one showing him the “Where to Turn” section and the one on Messianic passages in the back. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I told him Jesus words were in red and he’d never seen that before and thought that was interesting. I gave him a Bible Study and 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “By the Spirit’s Power” and “Just Ask” in the front. He was really grateful, “Thank you,” He said. “Thanks for your time,” I replied shaking his hand. “You’re welcome, thank you,” he said again and I headed off.

So thanks for your prayers for the Ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly blessed me.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 9/17/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you had a good day today walking with the Lord. It was a beautiful day outside as I walked through it a few times between buildings. No one was willing to talk to me outside that I asked but Maria and Rachel each prayed with me to receive Jesus.

Maria was sitting in the hall of the BIC building the southeast side. She wore a t-shirt and jeans and was a bigger person that average, not fat. Her face kind of reminded me of the Mona Lisa, only prettier, when she smiled her teeth barley showed in a half circle opening. She hadn’t been to church for a while but came from a Roman Catholic family. She had a slight accent and looked Latina with long brown hair and a point to her chin. When I asked her what she would say to God if she died and He asked: Why should I let you into Heaven? She said, “Hmm, because I’ve done great things… good things. I’ve also done some bad. I wouldn’t complain if He told me No.” She thought she had an 80% chance of going to Heaven. As I went through the Gospel I asked her if she knew what Jesus had done to take away her sins. “Yes,” she replied as if saying she knew that Jesus had taken away her sins. She listened to the Gospel and my explanation of the imputed righteousness of Christ and his blood to cleanse her. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus or thought something else, “No forgiven,” she replied. So I suggested she might not have understood all this before to trust in Jesus to be forgiven and she agreed. So I said if she’d like to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and talked her through it asking if it was the desire of her heart and she nodded. I suggested if she’d like to pray silently right then only God would hear and she would know she was forgiven. She gave a small smile at that and a slight laugh and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained the Christian life to her then and the power of the Spirit to live inside her. I explained symbolic view of the Mass saying she could just say thank you in taking it knowing she was forgiven. He did not have her own Bible but did not want to take a book from me of any kind but she did take a Bible study on the deity of Christ. “This is 100%,” I said pointing at the question of the likelihood she would go to Heaven. “Because since you’re trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be your righteousness, how righteous is Jesus? 100% righteous,” I said answering my own question. “And what’s His righteousness worth? An infinite amount…” Yeah that’s pretty cool,” she replied. And I said I’d see her around and headed off.

Rachel was sitting at the counter in the cafeteria and was finished with her lunch so was willing to do a student survey. Her dark brown hair was pulled back and up, she has pretty large eyes that looked Indian and was dark skinned but from other things I’d guess she was Latina. Kind of a round pug nose. She wore grey yoga pants and had light blue v-neck t-shirt on. She went to St Peter’s a Roman Catholic Church. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “Because I’m generally a good person. I try to help people out.” She listened to the Gospel, interested, and she knew Jesus had died to take away our sins. She listened to all of the Gospel with interest. So at the end I asked her if she would want to be forgiven by trusting in the work of Jesus so God could live inside her or thought something else. She pointed at the circle with God inside her believing on Jesus. “Well it seems like you hadn’t put all this together before and were just hoping you were good enough to go to Heaven.” She nodded. So I said if she’d like to trust in Jesus there was a prayer she could pray to know she was forgiven and I explained it to her saying she could pray it silently so only God could hear and would she like to do that. “Sure,” she replied. And she prayed to receive Jesus. I explained the Christian life to her living “inside out” by the Spirit’s power, explained a symbolic view of the Mass and that in trusting in the righteousness of Jesus the likelihood she would go to Heaven is 100%. She did not have a Bible so I gave her one and showed her the “Where to Turn” section and the “Messianic” passages telling her Jesus words were in red. She thanked me. I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I also gave her a Bible study on the Deity of Jesus. I told her I would see her in Heaven being old I’d get there first and show her where all the cool places are and she smiled and said, “Sounds good.”

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God blessed today.

In Him,

Bob

 

Results of the Work – 9/12/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you were blessed today walking in the nearness of God which is our good. I had a good day on campus and

Jamie, Mia and Tionne each rayed to receive Jesus Thursday. I was sick all night with a headache and woke up with it, it’s still there so I decided to cancel the painting work I was going to do today and do it tomorrow.

Jamie was sitting in the upstairs PE lounge at the top of the stairs. He’s African American with an oval face and full features, he had a nice smile. Stocky dude and his yellow hoodie was pulled up over his head so I could not see his hair at all. His eyes were narrow with basically no eyelashes He had quilted black jeans on. He said he’d do a student survey and so I asked him what he would say to God if He asked him: Why should I let you into Heaven? “Well I’d say when I was younger I had heart surgery. You gave me a second chanced and stuff. I tried to live the best of my ability. Not saying I deserve it, I just really hope I could get in.” I asked him if he ever went to church after he said he thought he’d have a 70% chance of going to Heaven. “Yeah, my dad owns a church and my grandfather was a pastor, my Uncle’s a Deacon.” I told him the last part of this is what you think of Christianity, it’s just some Bible verses and I began to go through the Gospel with him. He knew Jesus had died to take away our sins. I went through the rest go the Gospel message and asked him if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus or thought something else. He pointed at the circle that had Christ on the throne of your life. I then said, “It seems like you hadn’t put all this together before so you could trust in it.” and he agreed. I said if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray to tell God he was trusting in Christ and I walked him through it asking if it was the desire of his heart. He nodded; he was a man of few words. So I said he could pray it silently so only God would hear, “Just pretend I’m not even here.” He had kind of a half chuckle in response that came out like, “Humf”. And he prayed then to receive Jesus. “Your sins are forgiven man!” I said to him then. I hurriedly explained the Christian life to him (Inside Out) as he had to catch a bus and gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and also gave him a Bible Study. I told him if he would not trust in the righteousness of Jesus the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. He got up saying he had 9 minutes to catch his bus smiling and said, “Thank you.” “Yeah,” I said cheerfully and he headed down the stairs and out the door.

I found Mia up on the third floor. She was waiting to go into class sitting on chairs in the hall. She had her curly hair up in a bun and a hair band, wore a red, white and blue zippered sports hoodie with a name and number on the back and blue athletic shorts, flip flops on her feet. Had kind of a soccer player look to her. She had a wider round face with full features, looked Latino, big boned, cute kid. We went really fast I think she knew she had to be in class. When I asked her what she’d say to God to get into Heaven she said, “Cause I wanna be here.” She went to Catholic School growing up and thought she had a 70% chance to get to Heaven. I went through the Gospel with her, when I asked her what the big thing was that Jesus had done to take away her sins she knew Jesus had died for her. She listened closely to what I explained and when I asked her if she would want to be forgiven with God inside her trusting in Jesus or thought something else she said she’d want to be forgiven. So I asked if when she was asking for forgiveness for her sins if she’d thought she was a pretty good person and based on her past record she thought she’d be forgiven. She nodded and said,, “Yeah,” scrunching her mouth in a frank affirmation. “Or were you thinking Jesus had died for you?” She said then that no she’d hoped she was good enough. So I offered her the prayer and she prayed it quickly knowing she would have to run. I said she could keep the book and she said, “Awesome, Thank you.” I offered her a book and she said, “This is enough, thank you.” And walked 5 steps and disappeared into the classroom. Several students by now in the semester have said they have seen me around, so I think they are nominal Christians and wonder what I am talking with sternest about, so when they hear the Gospel they quickly respond realizing they are at a point in life to make a choice to believe the faith they were raised in, even if it was never properly expressed to them growing up.

McPaul, a guy who received Jesus earlier in the year and looks like Malcolm-Jamal Warner, was sitting on the edge of the lounge where we have Bible Study with a couple friends in overstuffed chairs. McPaul asked me about Bible study and I said at the last one we’d had last week we talked about the parable of the Talents.  I explained it taught about faith. That everyone had faith but some people had not taken their faith and trusted in Christ to do things with God’s help in the world. They buried their faith never trusting in God. I jumped off that to ask the other two guys sitting with McPaul what they would say to get into Heaven. He encouraged them to talk with me, as he had before, and I began to go through the Gospel with Kalen, a tall thin black guy with torn skinny back jeans and a horizontal stripped shirt. He has some facial hair and a narrow face and a short afro. He was friendly and open but not really sure about his faith. In the end he took The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet  from me and the gospel to think about. His friend Tionne (Tee On) received Christ however after hearing the Gospel. He was a bit shorter and medium build, He had some facial hair chin and air and an afro that went straight up and had a rough top. He wore a t-shirt that said USA and had red shorts on, classic African-American features. Kalen hadn’t known what he’d say to get into Heaven but Tionne had said basically he was a good person and went to church. He asked, as I was going through the Gospel, if Jesus had died for our sins (something he had not remembered): Why go to Church and confess your sins? I said you go there so you can get preached up and know how to live, what to ask God to change you into. Confession shows God we are genuinely sorry and know we need a savior. In the end he decided he needed to receive Christ and prayed to receive Him. I gave him a Bible putting his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front which he liked, I showed him the “Where to Turn” section in the back that answers some issues with Bible Verses. I also gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do saying he should ask for God to give him strength through the Spirit to do everything in the Christian life and I wrote “By the Spirit’s Power” in the front. I left them and was off in Starbucks writing down their descriptions and then passing them by again as I left the lounge I asked them what the answer was as to Why God should let them into Heaven and the all responded, “Jesus died on the Cross.” Kalen seemed happy and  thanked me then as I walked off. And so I am hopeful he will think about the Gospel.

So Thanks for your prayers for eh Ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed.

Results of the Work – 9/11/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Thanks for your prayers for the ministry if you had a chance today. Sandra & Monsieur each prayed with me to receive Jesus today so that was great.

Sandra was wearing a pink Peasant style short sleeve blouse and blue jeans. She had long blonde hair parted a bit to her left and then zagging back toward center. She had those beauty mark freckles some peeps have, really pretty girl in kind of country girl kind of way. When I first asked her if she wanted to do a survey she said she’d already done one but would do another. (As a side note: there have been over 15 students who did not want to do a survey from a Bible study group because they’d already done one that did not present the gospel. Doing these kind of surveys as another group on campus does, keeps students from hearing the Gospel later from me, often. Paul says of his own work in Acts 20:26 “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of everyone’s blood, 27 for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God.” If we do things that keep people from hearing the Gospel we are responsible for their blood.) When I asked Sandra what she would say to God if He asked her why He should let her into Heaven she said,” Well, because when I look at others I do not treat them [differently] one person better than the others, everyone’s equal.” She thought she had an 85% chance of going to Heaven and knew Jesus had died for her. She attended a Roman Catholic Church. She listened to the Gospel and affirmed the points I made, knowing Jesus had died. “You should be a priest,” she said. “You make this so relatable.” I said, “I’m a pastor.” “I’ve thought before being a priest would organize everything for you but my wife does that and I wouldn’t want not to be married, I really like my wife, she’s really nice to me.” She accepted that as a good reasoning. So I asked her if she would want to be forgiven for her sins trusting in Jesus to forgive her. She pointed with a long powder blue finger nail touching the circle that represented trusting in Christ. So I asked her if when she asked for forgiveness for her sins if she was hoping she was good enough to be forgiven or had really been trusting in Jesus. It was hard to help her understand what I meant. “I’d really say that I’m as far away from being a good person as I can be. (She meant far along at being a good person) People have abused my good nature for years.” Earlier in talking she seems to have an abusive parent and had had a bad boyfriend. I said that she was trying to live a Christian life on her own and I read the quote in the back of the booklet “Your walk with Christ depends on what you allow Him to do in and through you empowered by the Holy Spirit, not what you do…through your own self effort.” I said Christianity was living inside out by the Spirits power where first you become a good person by asking Him to change you and then you do good things. I said God could also give her the power to forgive the people who had hurt her which otherwise was almost impossible. I explained the prayer to her to receive Christ and she said “That’s right.” I encouraged her that if she receive Christ the Spirit could live inside her giving her strength to be good, not trusting in our own goodness. I encouraged her to pray when she said she had to go to class soon saying if she would I would pray for her each night until spring and one year after that asking God to give her strength to trust in Him. She decided to pray to receive Jesus. Please pray for her to seek God for the strength to forgive. I quickly gave her a Bible study then and said I had a book for her, “You’re going to give me a book!” she said enthusiastically. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do showing her the page on forgiveness and saying when I found it hard to forgive I asked God for a Spirit of forgiveness and for his power. I Wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and gave her a card with our numbers on it saying she could text Ellen or I a prayer request anytime. She stood to go as we were sitting at a table in the Cafeteria and reached over the table to shake my hand saying, “Nice to meet you. Thank you.” “Nice to meet you too,” I replied and she headed off. And seemed happy.

Monsieur was sitting in the MAC arts building lounge. He was a big burly black dude with a thick beard and mustache, wider nose, dark tanned skin. Had a nice smile though, kind face. He wore black jeans and a black t-shirt and a ball cap with a company name on it. He went to a church that was Bible based every Sunday. When I asked him what he would say to God if he died and was asked why He should let him into Heaven, he said, “I would..” thought about this too… “I did right by everyone else and treated everyone like I wanted to be treated; I never held animosity toward myself.” He thought he had a 99% chance of going to Heaven. He knew Jesus had died for him and after I had gone through the Gospel with him I asked if he wanted to be forgiven or thought something else and he said something like “Yeah that one,” pointing at the right circle with God inside. So I said “When you asked God to forgive you before were you thinking I’m a pretty good person and go to church and based on my past record I think he’ll forgive me or were you thinking I know I’ll be forgiven because Jesus died for me?” The first one he said with a “caught me” kind of grin. So I said, “Would you want to be forgiven though, trusting in Jesus.”Yeah,” he replied. So I talked him through the prayer and said he could pray it right now and only God would hear, “Give it a shot?” I asked. “Out loud?” he asked holding the booklet. I said no just silently. And he took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ. When he finished I said enthusiastically, “Your sins are forgiven man! And gave him a fist bump. I went on to explain the Christian life living by the Spirit. He had his own Bible and I encouraged him to read in the book of John and explained the fruit of the Spirit and living inside out. I told him I would be praying for him. I gave him a Bible study and 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I explained that now he was trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness and the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. “Thanks so much,” he said sincerely. “God bless you man,” I said in return. “Best of luck to you,” he said and I headed out.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed and bright 2 more peeps to Himself.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 9/10/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and life is good over by you. Jasmine prayed with me to receive Jesus and I was able to go through the Gospel with 7 students, 3 were solid Christians so I went through the Gospel with them to encourage them to share their faith, two were good seeds planted I hope. An agnostic who looked like a young Brad Pitt from a UCC church Michael.  He took The Case for Christianity Answer Book.  Sadhnan a woman from India heard the Gospel from me. She had been educated in India in a convent. She seemed moved and I gave her Bible Promises for You she thought she would like to read once in a while. She had two children but looked 18. Pretty with sharp features and freckles. I had a long apologetic discussion with Peter who prayed to Mary. He took my Email to ask me some things after when I refuted every reason he put forward for praying to Mary with common sense and the scripture. I felt for him but I think he was clinging pretty hard to the false hope of praying to Mary. The sad part is you have not really prayed at all as the Dead cannot hear us. So not only did she not forward your requests God never heard them as they were not spoken to him.

Jasmine was sitting alone in the PE lounge. She was in workout clothes, leggings and a zip up jacket and looked athletic but was not active in any sports at COD. She is a pretty, fair skinned African American girl with a small nose and pretty mouth and perfect smile right out of a magazine. Some people are blessed but it’s not an easy world to be a pretty girl in I imagine. Her hair was pulled up randomly by a colorful headband scarf. She was very nice to me (probably raise to be kind to old people) and had been to church growing up but had not been in a while. When I asked her what she would say to God if she died and He asked her why He should let her into Heaven she said, “Because I learned to forgive those people that at first I didn’t think I had.” She thought she had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. When I asked her what the big thing was that Jesus had done to take away her sins she knew Jesus had died for her sins. I went through the rest of the Gospel with her explaining how Jesus had died in her place and his blood cleansed her, turned death into life, “So now you’re alive inside and God can live inside you.” “Ok I follow,” she said with some real joy.  I continued to go through the Gospel writing verses for her and explaining them and then I asked if she would like to be forgiven for her sins and she shook her head saying, “I would like to be forgiven.” So I said that if she’d want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus there was a prayer she could pray and talking her through it I read, “Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?” “Yes it does.” she replied frankly. So I said she could pray it silently so only God would hear. We were alone at a table behind a big post so that worked well and she prayed to receive Jesus. I began to explain the Christian life to her. She said they had a bible but she did not have her own they just all kind of passed it around at her house. So I said I would give her a Bible. It had a box and she was thrilled to get a nice Bible saying, “Thank you, you just made my day!” I showed her the “Where to Turn” passage and told her Jesus’ words were in red, and messianic passages were listed and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and she liked that. I gave her a Bible study and 20 Things God Can’t Do writing “Just ask” and “By the Spirit’s Power” in the front. I explained that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I got up to leave and she reached across the table to shake my hand and said, “Thank you.” I said I would see her around maybe and she said with her pretty smile she’d remember I was the one who had made her day that one time. And I headed out glad.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God blessed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 9/9/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed walking in the Lord. I had a really good day on campus Ivan, Ethan and Zandrix each prayed with me to receive Jesus today.

Ivan was sitting in the ground floor long on the south side of the BIC that has vending machines and looks out onto the atrium of the building; it’s been nicely landscaped like an upper class back yard, stone walls and trees and such. He was sitting at a table on his phone and said he’d do a survey. He had on hoodie with narrow horizontal stripes of brown and grey, a ball cap turned backwards and brown skinny jeans. He had a thick jaw line beard and a mustache that didn’t meet it, only over his lip. Warm tan face, he looked Latino, slightly broader nose heavy eye brows. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I’ve done enough good than bad”[sic] He thought he had a 50+% chance of going to Heaven, which he thought was a good shot. (Hey if they say there is a 50% chance of rain it rains.) He seemed to have come from a Catholic background and his parents were now going to some kind of evangelical church in Carol Stream. He hadn’t understood the Gospel at all and didn’t seem to know Christ had died to take away his sins. I went thought he Gospel and the imputed righteousness of Christ His death, where He died so we would not have to die in hell and his blood that cleaned us. When I’d finished I asked him if he’d want to be forgiven with Christ living inside or if God was on the outside of his life. There are two circles I use in the little booklet, though not in the way the booklet describes, (the 4 laws also does not mention Hell, Christ’s imputed righteousness, blood or that He is God, merely the son of God, ya gotta add a lot to it but I’ve never gotten around to printing up my own booklet). He said, “I’ve been more this one I think.” pointing at the circle with God outside your life. So I asked would you want to have God live inside and be forgiven. “Yeah,” he replied. So I said there was a prayer he could pray. I walked him through it and asked if it was the desire of his heart. He was hesitant so I said something like, “Something not quite you?” He said, “Yeah.” Since he’d seemed really turned in I asked what it was that kept him from praying figuring I might be able to give him a book or thought that would help. He said something like, “Well, right now I’m not going to Church.” I said this wasn’t really about if he was consistently going to Church but if he wanted to begin with God knowing he was forgiven. I went on to read a line at the end of the booklet talking about the Holy Spirit (best line in the book). I said if God was living inside him He would give him the strength to live the Christian life. Maybe some morning when he did not really feel like going to church He might give him the nudge he needed to get up and go, but to begin he had to trust in Christ. The rest could come along in time, but if he trusted in Him and died he would go to Heaven. And I told him the parable in Matt. 20 where everyone received a denarius even those who had not labored very long living for Christ. “I figure I’ll just be happy to be there,” I said. And he laughed with me and agreed and decided then to pray to receive Jesus. I went through some of the Christian life with Him and he did not have his own Bible so I gave him one showing him the “Where to Turn” section and the messianic passages and Jesus words in red. I put his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I also gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do writing “By the Spirit’s Power” in the front. I said I would keep him in my prayers. I gave him a Bible study and explained a bit and got up to go and he said, “Thank you, appreciate it,’ with a big smile. I said I’d see him in Heaven and since I was old I’d get there first and he could look me up and I’d show him where all the cool places were.

Ethan was sitting in the cafeteria. He was a slightly built guy with a narrow face, kinda looked like “where’s Waldo” without the glasses. Wry smile, perfect teeth. He wore a windbreaker and sweats; he’d been a gymnast and coached now. He wanted to have kids. When I asked him what he say to God if He asked him why he should be let into Heaven he said, “You tell me, you’re the Judge.” When I asked the % he thought his likelihood of going to Heaven was he said, “The questions keep getting harder… %70-30.” I began to go through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died to take away his sins. So I began to tell him the story of the Gospel. In the end he said he’d want to be forgiven with Christ so I asked if when he’d asked for forgiveness for his sins he’d been thinking he was a pretty good person and God would forgive him or had he been sure he’d be forgiven because he knew Jesus had died for him. “It’s hard to size myself up like that,” he replied. So I talked some more with him about growing up with faith and not really thinking about it much and about living “inside out” trusting in the Spirit’s power to live the Christian life. So I said there was a prayer he could pray and after talking him through it I asked if he’d said something like that to God before or if he thought he’d still need to do it. “Yeah,” he decided and prayed to receive Jesus. When he finished he said, “Thank you.” to me. I explained the Christian life to him saying he could begin reading the Bible in John and told him about the fruit of the Spirit and His power giving us all the strength we need to live the Christian life. “I gotta say this was a pretty impressive presentation,” he said as a compliment with a grin. I thanked him and I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do, writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and “By the Spirit’s power” in the front. I gave him a Bible study explaining it and got his Mail to send him some stuff got up to go and said, maybe I’d see him around, “Nice to meet ya Bob.” And I headed out.

Zandrix was Filipino and kinda small, he had a round head with a slightly larger flat nose and braces on his teeth a bit of an accent. He wore a ball cap turned backwards. He had grey suede half boots and grey skinny jeans on, a cotton light grey ribbed sweater. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “Cause I believe in You.” He thought he had a 50% chance of going to Heaven. He knew Jesus had died for our sins. But he listened closely to the Gospel and the imputed righteousness of Christ. He wanted to be forgiven for his sins when I finished going through everything he said he’d want to be forgiven so I asked him if he’d been trusting in Christ or had thought he been thinking he was a good person and God would forgive him. He said “Either way,” and I think I had a bit of a language barrier going on but I think he meant “a little of both”. I talked him through the prayer and I suggested that possibly sometime later he might want to say to God something like the prayer.  I suggested if he wasn’t sure what he’d been trusting in he probably wasn’t trusting in it, but that did not resonate with him to help him think it through. I said “Well you said you would say “Cause I believe in You,” so what did you believe but that Jesus was God and had died for you.” But that seemed to make him realize he had not been trusting in Christ, that was not really what he’d meant. I talked him through the Christian life and said that if he’d wanted to say it to God that God was like a pretty girl, He likes to be asked [for forgiveness] and he grinned at that and agreed. And he decided then he wanted to pray then to receive Jesus. When he’d finished I suggested growing up you really don’t think about it, you go to church and it feels like you and he smiled then and said that was true. So I gave him the book Bible Promises for You and put his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and “By the Spirit’s Power” having explained to him more of the Christian life. I gave him a Bible study and got his Email and got up to go and said, “IF I see ya I’ll say hi”. He said with a grin, “You too, see ya around.”

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed.

 

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 9/6/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your weekend has been blessed so far and you are enjoying the last couple weeks of official summer. I had a good day Friday on campus though I had to cut it a little short for a Doctor’s appointment.  Saul (pronounced S AH OO L) and Joe each prayed with me to receive Jesus. Both appealed to things their Grandfathers had said or done as a guiding light in their lives–if you are wondering if your grand kids are listening to ya  Also Kimberly, a cute, short round faced, Latina girl with long brown hair in a the Cafeteria was close. She said her Dad took her to church 3 of 4 weeks a month but he was Catholic and she thought of herself as a Christian. She knew basically nothing of the Gospel however and I think she just needed to think it through but said the prayer was the desire of her heart so I am hopefully she will commit to believing in Jesus for salvation. She was bright and cheerful. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she exclaimed, “I don’t know!” placing her palms on her cheeks. It was a cute reaction. I hope she knows now what she’d say.

When I got to school I felt like God had someone for me to talk to in the PE building and so I headed that direction and found Saul was sitting in the PE lounge at a table with his back against the Gym. He seemed to know me and I asked if we’d spoken before, “I’ve seen you around,” he said with a slight smile. He’s a Latino, slight build and had a blue Elmhurst college shirt on. He had stick straight hair kind of fluffed up on his head point forward, shorter around his ears. He had a narrow, tan face and was fairly reserved. When I walked up and started talking to him asking if he wanted to do a student survey. He had a bright perfect smile that he did not show much until we’d finished talking and he appear really happy.  When I asked him what he would say to God if he was asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” He thought about it conversationally saying something about doing good things and then said, “I make sure I only worship you and Jesus Christ. I help people. I go to work (I have to pay for school), pick up after myself, make sure I act the way my Grandpa said.”  He said he thought he had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven but explained that when he can’t go to Church because of work he makes it up with personal time with God and prays by himself. He thought you should do things like that not because you have to but want to. He knew when I asked him that Jesus had died to take away his sins. I went through the rest of the Gospel with him. I talked about the Blood of Christ and the imputed righteousness of Christ, (to his credit). I asked if he wanted to be forgiven trusting in Christ and he did. I asked if when he was asking for forgiveness if he’d been thinking he was basically a good person and God would forgive him, as being religious he was the kind of person God forgave, or if he was thinking he’d be forgiven because Jesus had died for him trusting in that. He hadn’t been trusting in Christ. So I said if he’d want to be forgiven placing his trust in those things there was a prayer he could pray and I talked him through it asking if it was the desire of his heart. “Yes,” he said emphatically. So I said he could pray it silently would he like to do that, “Yeah,” he said. “Just pretend I’m not even here,” “Yeah,” he said again. He was quiet for a bit then, I think reading it again and then he pray it barely audibly as I bowed my head with him. When he finished I said he could keep the booklet and explained living the Christian life by the Spirit’s power. He did not have his own Bible but his family had one, saying then, “I’d like my own,” so I said I could give him one and showed him the “Where to Turn” Section and the Messianic passages section saying Jesus words were in red.  I write his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I explained that if he would trust now in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would get into Heaven was 100%. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote By the Sprit’s Power” in the front. I said I’d keep him I my prayers and gave him a Bible Study on the Deity of Christ. I reached out and shook his hand and said, “It was really nice to meet you,” it was he had really been open to the Gospel from the jump. He got a big grin on his face then saying, “It was nice to meet you too, take care.” And I headed out.

I found Joe sitting on a couch in the MAC arts building lounge just chilling out. He had kind of the “Good ol Boy” look with a ball cap on , blue cotton sweats and a blue t-shirt, medium build. He had a couple days growth of beard and mustache that didn’t meet his chin line. Real nice guy, he said he’d been going to a Lutheran Church. He said he wanted to go to Australia. I’d been there and we talked about traveling around the world. When I asked him what he would say to get into Heaven he said, “I lived by the words of my Grandpa and just tried to be a good man.” He later said at his grand Fathers funeral the pastor had talked to him before he died and had asked him how he wanted to be remembered and his Grandpa said.  He just wanted to be thought of as a good man. Of course that wouldn’t save anyone. He knew Jesus had died to take away our sins when I asked him what He had done to do so. He tuned right in to the Gospel and like Saul seemed to be enjoying listening to what I had to say. He though he had about an 80% chance of getting into Heaven. I explained the Gospel to him explaining that the righteousness of God was earned by Christ and could be too his credit. “You don’t go to Heaven because you’re good but because Jesus is good and you’re connected to Him. Like if you marry a millionaire ya got a million bucks, if you get adopted into a billionaire’s family you get to live in the mansion and drive the cars. So God adopts us and gives us the blessings of His family. He gives us the sacrifice for our sins, the blood that cleanses us after that and the righteousness of God that surrounds us. So it’s like ya got someplace to go, Heaven, and something to wear when ya get there, the righteousness of God. (Isaiah 61:10, Romans 13:14). He said he’d want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus saying, “Well I’m pretty religious so yeah.” I asked if when he asked for forgiveness if he’d been trusting in what Jesus had done to forgive him or if he’d just been hoping he would be good enough to get into Heaven. “Just hoping,” he said with a smile.  So I said there was a prayer he could pray if he wanted to trust in Jesus and I talked him through it asking if he’d want to pray that trusting in Christ and he said, “Yeah sure, of course.” And he prayed to receive Christ.  He had a bible so I explained where to start reading and the Christian life lived trusting in the Spirit “Inside out”.  I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “By the Sprit’s Power” in the front along with his name and the date and “forgiven”.  I explained if he was trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness, the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. “Awesome, sweet!” he replied. I gave him a Bible Study on the Deity of Jesus and he had to go so I got up and said, “Have a good one Joe, nice to meet ya.” ” “Nice to meet ya too,” he said with a grin and he headed for the doors.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God truly blessed all 3 students who were willing to talk to me for the hours I was at school were really receptive.

In Him,

Bob

 

Results of the Work – 9/5/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed today with all good things. I had a good day on campus in as much as I got couple seeds planted. Justin was close to trusting in Christ, in the science building lounge waiting for a ride up against the windows. In the end he’d “pray later tonight” he said. I couldn’t tell if he had much conviction so I was fine with him not praying hoping the Spirit would work on him if he’d truly wanted to trust in Christ. He began answering what he would say to God to get into heaven by saying. “I try to treat other people the way I want to be treated. I try to put myself in others shoes and relate to people. I feel that {would get} me into heaven because if you are not relating to people you are judging peopled putting yourself on the level of God because only God can judge people.” This is of course is true and something I need to hear and Christians need to remember for sure but it is not why God sends you into Heaven. He was a friendly guy with sandy hair and a ball cap on a few days growth of beard. He really kind of looked like a regular guy, a kind face. But as I got up to go after he said he’d probably pray tonight he said, “I think if you believe in God as your savior it is enough.” So possibly he heard the Gospel and understood he needed to trust in the work of Christ and not on righteousness of self justification in your own strength. I explained walking by the Spirit asking for God’s help in all things when he said he found it hard to be devoted to religious things and I gave him the book Bible Promises for You which he really liked and thanked me for, so I’ll pry for him to truly trust in Christ and His righteousness imputed to him. He had been raised Catholic as a kid but had not been to church in 10 years.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. I think God had some good things for me to do and teach to some Christians too some of whom said they might check out the Bible Study.

In Him,

Bob