Results of the Work – 9/8/21

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you had a good day walking in the light of God’s love for you. I had a good day on campus. Though it seems to be getting harder to find someone sitting around I have not spoken to, Katie prayed with me to receive Jesus today. I’d be grateful if you’d pray for her life in Christ to be blessed. Her story follows if ya got some time.

 Katie walked out of the food preparation area and sat down at a table and began to dig into her subway sandwich. She had silver gray hair pouring out past her shoulders from under a ball cap. She wore black skinny jeans that were shredded up on the front and a black shirt covered in rhinestones with a jacket over it. She had not put on makeup where her mask had been, but as we talked while she was eating I could see she was a pretty girl with a bright white smile. A smallish nose and a golden base around her eyes. Her eye shadow was green and she had pointed dashes painted off the edges of her eyes. She had long clear pointed nails, and looked like an art student, which proved to be true though she was taking general education courses. She wanted to travel. I asked the question, “You’re walking down the road and you get hit by a bus. So you’re dead and you stand before God and He asks, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” What would you say?” She said, “It has something to do with faith.” I said that was true, but really Heaven wasn’t just a place. It was the presence of God, so we had to be changed to fit in there. “The philosophical word for it is ontology. Our being does not match God’s being. Like you are breathing air and you need to learn to breathe water. But you could not learn that. You’d have to be transformed into a different being.”  “Doesn’t everyone know deep down they deserve to go to Hell?” she replied. I agreed we all deserved it.  “For me I was raised by a pastor, it was constant rules and guilt. Existential fear.” She went on to say her parents did not want her to go to school but wanted her to take a minimum wage job so she would be dependent on a guy she married and stay home where he would earn the money. I had explained at one point that it was possible that her father’s placing all the rules he had on her might have been because he loved her and was afraid she would go to Hell.  But that sometimes people don’t speak the language another person needs to hear as love. I said people are all different and hear love differently at times. But I’m not sure where it fell in the conversation. I asked her what she thought the likelihood was she would go to Heaven. She said it was 50/50. I explained that the rule of Christianity according to Jesus is that you love God and love your neighbor as yourself. All the rules are supposed to be because you are trying to be loving. I explained that if she got up to go to the bathroom and her x-boyfriend walked in with a gun and walked up to me and said “Where is the girl who was sitting here?” I would tell him you went out the door the other way. And that would be the loving thing to do for you and for him,, so he would not have shot you and had to carry that through life. I began to explain the Gospel to her how God took away our sin with the Blood of Jesus and how His righteousness was to our credit. I told her that God adopted us and gave us all these things: The sacrifice for our sins, the blood that cleansed us, and the righteousness of God that surrounds us like a robe.  I explained she was saved by faith, in that Jesus was God, had died for her sins and rose from the dead. I said that if she wanted to be forgiven for her sins, trusting in Jesus, there was a prayer she could pray and I explained it. That she was asking God to live inside her and forgive her and make her the person He wanted her to be. Then I didn’t ask her to pray, but went to the back and explained living by the Spirit’s power to give her the strength to do anything God was asking her to do. She could ask Him to transform her and she would be able to do it. But if she was not ready to ask God to change her to do something, she could ask Him to change her into the kind of person who would want to ask Him to change her. God does everything, whatever we come across we just give it back to God. It says in James you do not have because you do not ask. “So Just Ask.” Then I turned back to the prayer and asked “So do you think you would want to ask God for forgiveness?” And she said, “Yes.” I said she could pray it silently so only God would hear, and she prayed to receive Jesus. And I was so grateful she did. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do writing her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front (and “Just Ask” on a couple pages that directed her to do things). I also gave her Bible Promises for You and a Bible study on ways Jesus claims to be God. She said, “You don’t have to give me any books.” But I explained that people gave me money for books to give to students. “I’m sorry I have to run to class,” she said packing up to go. I said no worries and that I would pray for her for the next year each night. She was grateful and headed out to English class.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 9/7/21

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was filled with all good things. I had a good day on campus and Victor and Natalie each prayed with me to receive Jesus today. I’d be grateful for your prayers to bless them today. I got through the Gospel with others; a Mormon named Leslie and Joey, an atheist with a mop of green curly hair on his head, who took The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. A Filipino guy Kier said he would consider the Gospel. Their stories are below if you feel like taking the time.

Victor was sitting at the opening for the tunnel that goes over to the PE building. He had on blue crocs with white stars and described himself as patriotic when I asked. He had a gold pen with a gold eagle at the end of it. His mask had a small American flag on it. He wore glasses and had the dry-look Clark Kent hair cut and regular guy face. He wore navy blue shorts and t-shirt. He had grown up in the Catholic Church and said he had done all the things required there growing up, touched all the bases. When I asked him what he would say to God if he died to get into Heaven he said, “First I’d say it’s not really my choice. I feel like I’ve been a descent person to everyone I know around me.” He went on to say he was imperfect. He thought he had maybe a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. I went through the Gospel with him. I explained the sacrifice of Jesus, His resurrection and righteousness to our credit. When I offered him the circle to trust in Jesus as Savior, that he might be one with God living inside him he said, “I don’t really know.” He said that used to be more where he was at when he was younger, but things going on lately he’d lost enthusiasm for the Church, having once been the most religiously active kid in his family. I explained to him how the priest was like an agent you buy insurance for your car from. When you crack up your car you tell the agent and they take your information and say you are covered. But the agent does not pay, the insurance company pays. The priest, when you confess your sins to him, is telling you that you are forgiven as God’s representative. But it is God who forgives your sin. I said I can appreciate there are some things going on in the Catholic church that would be tough to endorse, but that he could have a direct relationship with God regardless of how things were going in the church. I said there was a prayer he could pray and I asked if he would like to be forgiven, having a relationship directly with God. I walked through it with him and asked if he’d like to do that, “Yeah,” he said shaking his head affirmingly. He took the booklet then and prayed to receive Jesus. Then he said of the prayer, “Can I take a picture of this?” I said he could keep the booklet. I explained then living “By the Spirit’s Power. Just ask,” and explained living “Inside Out”. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do, writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. I gave him a Bible study on ways Jesus claims to be God. I said the Church might change but wherever he found to go, he could know the likelihood he was going to Heaven now was 100%. I got up to go and said, “Nice to meet you.” “Nice to meet you too. Thank you.” he replied. And I headed down the hall.

Natalie was sitting in one of the lounges against the atrium on the first floor. She was a small girl and was wearing a denim jumper with a bib and straps, had on pink high tops and had nails painted bright yellow. Cute kid, long brown hair, looked Latina. She went to a Catholic Church. When I asked her what she would say to get into Heaven she said, “Maybe… Everyone deserves a second chance” I asked the likelihood she would get into Heaven and she said, “I  don’t know, only God can say, I don’t know.” She listened closely to what I had to say and laughed a couple times engaged in the stories. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven, trusting in Christ for the forgiveness of her sins or believed something else. She said, “This one,” nodding affirmingly and enthusiastically and pointing with a long pinky nail at the circle with Christ inside your life. I said there was a prayer she could pray to be forgiven and walked her through it. I said she could pray it silently and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained a life in Christ “By the Spirit’s Power,” and explained living inside out where the Spirit transforms us and then we do good things. I asked her if she would like a book with some verses to read and she said she would. So I gave her the book ­Bible Promises for You and The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. I also gave her a Bible study on ways Jesus claims to be God. She had never heard the story where Jesus walks on the water. “Thanks so much for talking with me,” I said getting up to go. ”Thank you for explaining things,” she replied. And I headed out.

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 – 9/3/21

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thanks for your prayers for the ministry today. I hope you had a great day and a great weekend lies ahead. An African American student named Joe prayed to receive Jesus today. The school was basically empty of students. I think most of the ones I saw were taking their class on-line at school on a computer in a lounge. I guess they may get better Wi-Fi at school than they do at home. Joe’s story is below if you have some time.

Joe was sitting on the third floor of the BIC building at school, outside the office of my faculty advisor (who I have not been able yet to touch base with). I had gone up to see if I could find him in his office and it was empty, but Joe sat on a bench and was willing to answer some questions. He had gone to a local church I had heard of. He had an inch and a half high afro, kind of rough on top. He had a mustache and a beard that was only on the underside base of his chin. Nice smile, medium size sharp nose and features. He wore gray stretch sweats and a grayish blue jacket. He said he wanted to travel. He was a defensive back for the football team, pretty big guy. I asked him what he would say to God if a bus killed him and he was asked why he should be let into Heaven. “I would say I made mistakes but I learned from them,” he replied. “I’ve grown from them.” He thought he had about a 60% chance of getting into Heaven when he died. I began to explain the Gospel to him and he seemed receptive, though I could not tell much through the mask. I kind of feel like I can see someone’s eyes respond a bit. He seemed to track with me anyway. I explained God had to take away his sins to live inside him and asked what Jesus had done to take away his sins. He thought for a minute then said, “He died.” “He died for you, right.” I replied. I explained that the blood of Jesus cleansed us from all sin and His righteousness could be to our credit. I illustrated things and explained why good works could not pay for the damage we’ve done, because we owe God something perfect. I asked him then if he would want to be forgiven for his sins, where Christ lived in him, or if he thought something else. “Be forgiven for my sins,” he said. So I said, “If you’d like to be forgiven there is a prayer you could pray,” and I walked him through it, telling him he could pray it silently. “Wanna do it?” I asked. He nodded and I gave him the booklet saying, “Just pretend I’m not here.” And he prayed to receive Christ. Taking back the booklet from him to write some more things down I said, “Your sins are forgiven.” I explained to him then the power of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life and how God would give him the power to do anything He wanted him to do. I said living “inside out” God would transform him on the inside and then he would do good things. I told him God could give him powers of perception on the field or help him in any way, if success would lead to good things for him. I said that if he would trust in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness, the likelihood he would get into Heaven was 100%. I gave him a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside. I gave him a Bible study on places Jesus claims to be God and said I would pray for him each day for the next year.  Getting up to leave I said “Hey show me your face when I get over here, so I can remember it when I pray for you.” I crossed the hall and he flashed me a grin and I headed out.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly has blessed these first 2 weeks of school with 23 people praying to receive Jesus and a couple more committing to pray later to receive Christ.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 9/2/21

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day held blessings in Christ and joy and peace in believing on Him for the future. Richard and Amarillus each prayed to receive Jesus today. I’d be grateful for your prayers to bless these two students. The description is below if you want to spend the time.

Richard was sitting at the counter in the cafeteria. He agreed to listen to some questions. He had dark skin and a pretty broken in COD t-shirt on. He had jeans on and was eating a Subway sandwich with some success. He had full lips, was on the short side and had a perfect inch-high afro. He said was born in America, but it seemed like he had also recently come here as he said, “I’ve come here for a second time.” He worked at Amazon. His parents were in Africa in Ghana and he lived with his sister. He was studying pre-calculus as I walked up. I wasn’t sure if his grasp of English was real solid as we spoke because I had to change up some wording at times. So I spoke very precisely and a bit slower than I usually do, checking as I did if he understood. He had that nice sounding British tone to his English. I read Ghana has 80 different spoken languages however, so who knows what he grew up with primarily. I asked him what he would say to God. He read the question again and I shortened it saying, “What is it that gets you into Heaven?” “Repent, confess your sins, ask God’s forgiveness, that’s forgiveness for sins,” he replied. He thought he had a 60% chance of going to Heaven. I proceeded to go through the Gospel then and he knew Jesus had died to take away our sins. After I had explained everything I asked if he would want to be forgiven, trusting in Jesus with God living inside him or if he thought something else. “Be forgiven,” he replied. I explained if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray. I walked him through the prayer explaining each thing as I went and asked if he would want to pray to be forgiven. He said, “Yes,” and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus, saying the pray where I could just here him. I explained a life in the Spirit’s power living “Inside Out.” He had a Bible so I gave him Bible Promises for You, showing him how he could look for a topic and read a verse from it. I gave him a Bible Study on ways Jesus claims to be God and told him I would pray for him to be blessed each night for the next year. I said I would see him around and he said “OK.” And I headed off.

Amarillus was sitting in the lounge by the vending machine in the BIC building 1st floor. I asked if she wanted to do a survey and she agreed. I was a little surprised, since so few girls have been up for it this year. She was playing a game on a phone-size screen and had another larger screen she wasn’t using for online gaming that was perpendicular to her across the table. She had a floppy hat on with a bear on the front band, a grey t-shirt on and a mask that she pulled down once or twice to drink from a bottle. She had a teddy-bear kind of look to her face, cute, sort of tomboyish. She had white polished nail and a girly purse though.  When she told me her name I told her it was cool saying it sounded like a name from a movie with castles and dragons in it. “I heard it once on Game of Thrones,” she replied. “Ha, see I was right,” I said and asked the questions. When I asked: What would she would say to God if she died and was asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “I mean you shouldn’t probably,” she replied. “Is there a ‘but’ in there anywhere?” I asked. She said there wasn’t saying, “I don’t deserve it.” I agreed, saying no one deserves it. I asked what the likelihood was she would go to heaven, “You know if God was having a good day and was merciful?” “I’d be begging I think. I have no interest in going to Hell,” Amarillus replied. I went through the Gospel with her and explained the righteousness of God that could be to her credit through Christ. I got her to smile a few times and she stayed engaged. Explaining she would not go to Heaven because she was good but because Jesus was good. When I got to the end, I asked if she wanted to be forgiven for her sins with God living inside her. “Sure,” she replied. “But I don’t have a relationship with God.” (That word made me feel like she had been to church and she later said she had a Bible.) I said something like, “Well if you would want to have a relationship with God where He forgave you and lived inside you, all you have to do is ask.  There’s a prayer you can pray.” And I turned the page and began to talk her through the prayer. I said, “It says here does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does you could pray this silently right now. I wouldn’t hear you but God would hear and you’d know you were forgiven. Wanna do it?” “Sure,” she said and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. It took her a while and I think she had some things to say besides the prayer. When she was done, I explained to her living “inside out” and said by the Spirit’s power she would have what she needed to live the Christian life. I asked her if she would want an evidence book or just something to work through and she said something to work through. So I gave her a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I gave her a Bible study on different ways Jesus claims to be God in the Bible. I said I would pray for her for the next year and wave if I saw her around. She thanked me a couple times and I headed out.

So thanks for your prayers for the Bible study and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God blessed and I made some connections I hope will get stronger.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 9/1/21

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you had a good day walking with in Christ. I had a good day on campus and Adrian and Anecia each prayed with me to receive Jesus as their Savior today and Calvin (medium build guy with a ton of freckles and a tight short mop of red hair) was close. I gave him The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. “I’ll check into it” he said. I’d be grateful for your prayers to bless them. Their stories are below if you have extra time today.

Anecia was a cute, round-face black girl. Her hair was up over her head and the curls were kind of here and there. She was not thin at all, on the short side, really shy and had on a mask on with Mini Mouse on it. She wore black rubber crocs, which I could see sitting at her feet, and black pants and a black t-shirt with a crazy colorful print or something on the front. I asked her if she would like to do a survey and she just nodded silently so I sat at her feet and began. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and was asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” She thought for a minute and said, “The life I was living.” “That you were a good person?” I queried. “Yeah,” she replied. She thought she had a 20% or even only a 10% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with her and used stories to make her interested and she laughed a couple times. As I finished I asked if she would want to be forgiven, trusting in Jesus with God inside or thought something else. “Be forgiven with God inside,” she replied. So I said if she wanted to trust in Christ there was a prayer she could pray. I talked through the prayer with her and asked her, reading, “It says here, ‘Is this prayer the desire of your heart?’ so if it is you could pray it silently right now. I wouldn’t hear you but God would hear and then you would know you were forgiven. Wanna do it?” She silently nodded took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained to her living “Inside out By the Spirit’s power” to strengthen her and that the book of James says you have not because you do not ask, so “Just Ask.” Then I explained that if she would trust in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness, the likelihood she would go to Heaven is 100%. She said she liked to read so I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do writing her name and the date and “Forgiven” in the front. I also gave her The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. And I gave her a Bible study on passages where Jesus claims to be God.  I thanked her for talking to me, telling her I would pray for her for the next year. I got to my feet, asking her if I could see her face to remember her when I prayed. She showed me her face with a tiny smile and I said, “Thanks, I’ll remember.” And I headed off down the hall into the cafeteria.

Adrian went to a Catholic Church. He had a big mop of brown hair, gray shiny shorts with a slightly darker stripe down the side. He had a dark blue hoodie on with a picture I could not make out.  He was eating a subway sandwich; he had full lips and a button bump chin you could almost cover with a quarter, pretty big dude. I asked him “Say you are walking down the road and you get hit by a bus. So you’re dead and you stand before God and He asks, ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’ What would you say?” He thought for a moment and said, “’Cause I’ve always followed His Word through hard times.” He was 100% sure he would go to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died to take away our sins. I explained the righteousness of God that Jesus earned, saying we did not go to Heaven because we’re good but because Jesus was good and we’re connected to Him. I asked him if he would want to be forgiven, trusting in what Jesus had done for him so God could live inside him. Or if he thought something else. “Be forgiven,” he replied. So I said there was a prayer he could pray to be forgiven, trusting in Jesus. I read through it, asking if he would want to pray it silently “Yeah,” he said firmly. And he took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained living “by the Spirit’s power, Inside out” “You know you go to church and they say ‘You should do this, you should do this, and you should do that” and you’re like ‘this is great but I’m gonna forget this by Wednesday’.” He nodded in agreement with a slight expression as if to say that was his experience at church. “But if you wanted to you could ask God: ‘Make me this kind of man.’ And if you forgot by Wednesday it wouldn’t really matter because He would have started to work on Sunday.” I gave him a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front explaining everything the book suggested you have to do, God would give you the power to do if you “Just Ask”.  I also gave him a Bible study on passages where Jesus claims to be God and told him I would pray for him for the next year. “Thank you, I appreciate it,” he replied sincerely and I headed out.

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 – 8/31/21

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things in Christ. I had a good day on campus. Derek and Micheal each received Jesus today. I also got a couple seeds planted, so I hope a couple others will turn to the truth. I’d be grateful for your prayers to bless these guys. The description is below if you want to spend the time.

Derek was sitting in the computer lounge as I walked in, with a colorful page open on his laptop so I thought he wasn’t studying. But he might have been. It turned out he was studying computer graphics at school. He was a thin guy with a narrow face and a shadow of a mustache and beard that did not reach it. He suggested I had probably seen him around in the past (as if he’d seen me) and I took him to mean past years. ‘Well I can’t really see ya right now cause of the mask,” I said with a smile.  But he pulled it down a second and looked really familiar. He had cornrow braids and the ends came down to his collar in back. He wore a workout jacket and a t-shirt with a lot of pictures on it I couldn’t decipher. He asked what the survey involved and I gave him the main question. Asking what he would say to God if he died and was asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” He said the answer seemed to have a lot to it, he didn’t really know. I said it was understandable, telling him Christianity was like a blood transfusion where God wanted to transfuse His life into Him, to live inside him with his Holy Spirit, but first He had to take away his sin. I began to explain the Gospel. He had not trusted in Jesus yet, but agreed to everything I said as I spoke. When I asked if he would like to be forgiven, trusting in Jesus or thought something else he said, “I would want to be forgiven.” So I said if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray. I explained it to him and he seemed to be reading it as I gave it to him. I explained living “Inside out” where God transforms you and you become a different person able “By the Spirit’s Power” to do what God was asking him to do. I gave him a Bible Study and the Book 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and forgiven in the front. Then I gave him the booklet and he said, “Where is that prayer at?” I showed him and asked if he had prayed it. “I usually pray in the day later,” he said. So I asked, “Do you believe Jesus is God, died for your sins and rose from the dead? And do you place your trust in that to be forgiven?” He said “Yes.” “The words can come later then.” I said. He asked about a Bible study, having talked to a friend of mine that has a different one. So I talked to him about the time and asked him to email me about coming. When I got home, he’d sent me an email so I’ll check up on him and see if we can connect some more.

I walked to the end of the hall on the south side of the ground floor of the BIC and as I came to the end where I would usually go over to the PE building, I felt like I was supposed to go outside. I exited and came out on the outside theatre of the MAC arts building. No one was around except a girl studying. Some students on their laptop are actually taking a quiz or in on online class this year. So I wrote some stuff down and checked my phone and started up the grass hill to go up to the PE entrance and on the hill sat Micheal. He was a thin, real good looking black guy, looked young. Had a shadow mustache and wore black skinny jeans shredded on the knees and a black t-shirt. He said he’d do a survey. It turned out he considered himself a Christian, which he told me as I explained the prayer to Him. But his response to the question was his own righteousness saying, “I tried to do everything I wanted to do without hurting anyone.” He went on to say that he felt like the Bible taught if you do that you’ll be OK. When I asked what the likelihood was he would get into Heaven he said, “I have a lot of life to live. I hope I go there. I would say I’d get a solid 70%.” After I went through the Gospel with him and he said he would want to be forgiven, he said he was a Christian and had forgotten to mention that.  I helped him to see that what he had been trusting in was that he would hold up his end and always do the right thing, not hurting anyone. But that he was not perfect and after a life lived there would be times he hadn’t done that. He agreed. So I explained if he would trust in Christ’s righteousness and not his own, the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I talked through the prayer with him asking if he had prayed it and he said he’d read it through as I had gone through it. So I said, “Amen?” And he said he had done it in his head. I gave him a Bible Study on ways Jesus claims to be God in the Scripture. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and he said he would like to come to a Bible study. We talked about when he was done at school and he said he’d send me an email so I hope we’ll connect again.

So thanks for your prayers for the Bible study and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God blessed and I made some connections I hope will get stronger.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 8/30/21

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed. We are having some nice weather here after a few storms this weekend. I had a good day on campus and Cedric and Marshawn each prayed with me to receive Jesus. Please pray a blessing on them if ya got a moment. The details are below if you have some time.

I found Marshawn down the end of the corridor that goes past the yoga classes out to the MAC arts outdoor theatre. He had small braids about 4 inches long (seems to be the style right now) and later revealed a thin Errol Flynn style mustache and a chin beard, a wide nose and face and a warm smile. He wore a white hoodie and sweats. He played Basketball at school, broad shouldered athletic looking guy. I asked him if he’d like to do a survey and he said he’d done one. So I said this was different, asking him the main question where if he dies and God asks: Why should I let you into Heaven? He didn’t know what he’d say, so I asked if he’d like to know what the Bible says the answer is and he said, “Yeah you can tell me.” Then I said there’s a little booklet here I can use to explain it all. And sitting beside him on a bench I began to go through the Gospel. He did not remember what Jesus had done to take away his sins as we spoke, but I think it all came back to him as I went through it, seems he had gone to Church as a kid. I asked if he’d like to be forgiven, trusting in Jesus, where God would live inside him or if he thought something else. He said, “This one, to be forgiven,” he said pointing at the circle with God on the throne. I said,  “Well it seems like you might not have put all this together before?” “Well, it’s more like a refresher course,” he replied. So I said if he would like to trust in Christ to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray and talked him through the prayer and asked if it was the desire of his heart, something he wanted to do. He said “What?” like he had been thinking about something else. So I read it through again and asked if he would like to pray and he said, “Uh huh, yeah.” And he took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. As I took the booklet back I said he could keep it “Yeah I would want it,” he interjected, but then I used the propositions in back to explain the Christian life living by the Spirit’s power. Reading, “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 for Him by your own self effort.” So I wrote “By the Spirit’s Power” and “Just ask” saying the book of James says in the Bible, You do not have because you do not ask. I handed it to him and said, “So it’s inside out not outside in.” ‘What do you mean?” he asked. So I explained that unlike learning a jump shot, where you take a 1000 of them from the 3 point line (saying I had watched Paxson doing that before a game back in the day), you hope your discipline will change you muscle memory and change you on the inside and the shot will become automatic. But in Christianity, you ask God to change you on the inside first and you become a good person and do good things. I gave him Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and “Forgiven” and “Inside Out” on the inside cover. I also gave him a Bible study on how Jesus claims to be God. He had not heard the story of how Jesus walked on the water, so I explained what Jesus had done and how He was claiming to be God. I told him I would pray for him and thanked him for talking with me. “Thanks so much,” he replied. I asked to see his face so I could picture it when I prayed for him. He shot me a grin and I headed out

I found Cedric then with his back against a post, just past the doors into the PE lounge. He said he’d do a survey. He was tall, 6”4’ I think and had a lighter brownish afro; it was kind of a mat that came out in braids. He wore a set of rectangle lenses for glasses, made him look smart. Did not look muscular, thin arms. Later saw he had a pyramid sharp nose and fairly sharp features, a beard only on his jaw line and a wisp of a mustache. Wore a white T-shirt and jeans. He wanted to become a pilot and travel the world. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven, he thought for a long time. “It literally would be like hard to make a decision—any one thing that I would say… there would be another that I shouldn’t have done either.” “Oh like the Scales of Justice balancing it out. Did you do more good than bad?” I asked. He seemed to agree, but might not have known what the Scales of Justice were. He thought he had maybe a 50 or 60% chance of going to Heaven. So I began to explain the Gospel to him and he tuned right in. He knew Jesus had died to take away his sins. He interacted a bit as I explained the righteousness of God Christ earns that is to our credit. I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins, trusting in Jesus or if he thought something else. He said, “Yeah,”  he’d want to be forgiven. So I said there was a prayer he could pray and walking him through it, I asked if it was the desire of his heart I and would he want to pray it? He nodded and said, “Sure.” He then prayed to receive Jesus. So that was great. I took back the booklet to write in more. I explained living “Inside out, By the Spirit’s Power” saying “Just ask.” He said, “Thank you.”  I explained that trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness, the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I also gave him Bible Promises for You and a Bible study on how Jesus claims to be God. I wrote his name and the date and “Forgiven” in the front. I said I would pray for him and through next year. He thanked me again and I said, “Have a good one!” “You too,” he replied. “Thank you.”

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 8/27/21

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and you are looking forward to peace and rest. I had a good day on campus and two black guys,  Edmund and Fiyin, each prayed with me to receive Jesus.

Edmund was sitting on some chairs overlooking the door by the bookstore. He had a beard on his jaw line and a separate mustache, with his face gator around his neck as I walked up. He had a rough-top afro and a friendly face. He had on a white t-shirt and light tan cargo pants. He said he would answer some questions about God. He had an island accent in English, sounded Jamaican. I asked him what he would say to God if he died and God asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” He thought for a moment and said, “That’s tough, I don’t know. I can’t even tell you if I’m righteous or not. It [would] be God’s decision.” He thought he would have a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. I went through the Gospel with him, explaining how Jesus had earned the righteousness of God by living a perfect life. “So you don’t go to Heaven because you are good or have enough of your own righteousness,” I explained. “But because Jesus is good and you are connected to Him.” He listened attentively to the Gospel all the way through, saying OK as I made points. When I asked him if he would like to be forgiven, trusting in the blood of Jesus or if he thought something else he said, “Be forgiven trusting in the righteousness of Jesus.” So I said if he would want to ask God for His forgiveness there was a prayer he could pray. I walked him through it, explaining what it meant and asked if he would like to pray and be forgiven. “Yeah,” he said with a smile. So I said he could pray it silently, handing him the booklet and he prayed. As he finished he said of the booklet I had written in and he’d prayed from, “Can I keep this?” I said “Sure,” and then took it back saying, “Let me just write one more thing.” Then I explained living “by the Spirit’s power inside out” and gave it back to him.  I wrote on the survey that the 50/50 answer was now 100%. “Because if you’re trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be your righteousness: How righteous is Jesus? 100% and what’s His righteousness worth? An infinite amount.” He smiled at that. I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and “Forgiven!” on the inside. We got up and I headed to the science lounge and he to the bathroom.

Fiyin was sitting in the PE lounge. He had very dark skin and a small mouth, a mustache and some facial hair. He had on a black T-shirt and black shorts and had a gold cross around his neck.  He said he’d done a survey already so I said, “This is different. The main question is: You’re walking down the road and you get hit by a bus and you’re dead and you stand before God and He says to you, ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’ What would you say? So would you like to know how to get into Heaven? There’s some verses in a booklet.” “Can I see it?” he asked. I said, “Sure,” and I took it out to use part of it to explain the Gospel. He listened attentively except for answering his phone, when he pulled down his mask briefly. When I finished the Gospel, I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus or if he thought something else. “Forgiven for my sins trusting in Jesus,” he replied. So I said there was a prayer he could pray to be forgiven. I talked him through it and asked if he would like to pray it silently and he said he would and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. When he finished he crossed himself. I took the booklet to explain living, “By the Spirit’s Power, Inside out.” I gave it to him and gave him a copy of Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and “Forgiven” in the front and “By the Spirit!” I stood up saying I would pray for him each day for the next year. He stood up with me then and said, “Thank you Sir.” And we both headed out.

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 – 8/26/21

Hey Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was a good one walking with the Lord Jesus. I had a good day on Campus and A.J, Rafael and Keyshawn each prayed with me to receive Christ as their savior.  I’d be grateful if you’d pray for God to bless them. [If you want to read some details beyond that: see below.]

A.J. was sitting on the first floor against the glass in one of the lounges that looks at an atrium. There are vending machines in there. He had a friendly face from the nose up J And had a curly mop of light brown hair. He wore a cubs t-shirt and faded straight-leg jeans cuffed above high-tops. He said he went to Catholic school and talked to God every day. When I asked him what he would say to God if he died and was asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” he said. “I’m a follower, like to consider myself a good person, stay away from sin.” When I asked him the likelihood he would go to Heaven he said, “It’s not up to me, it’s up to God.” I began to explain the Gospel to him using Cubs references and he knew Jesus had died for our sins. I explained the righteousness of God to his credit and that God forgave him because He got paid. Seeing we could not pay, He paid Himself. When I asked him if he would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done A.J. said, “I’ve believed but you totally changed my perspective.” “Making Jesus the priority instead of being good?” I said. He agreed. So I said if he wanted to trust in what Jesus had done there was a prayer he could pray and I explained it to him and asked if it was the desire of his heart. “I’d have to read it [more closely],” he said. He took the booklet and read it through and then began to pray. He seemed really moved. I said he could keep the booklet and used the last line in it to explain the Christian life. It reads: 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 for Him through self effort.”  I compared the Christian life to the repetition of learning baseball, where you change your muscle memory by practice. I told him Christianity was Inside out, not Outside in. You ask God to transform you on the inside and you become a better person and do good things on the outside. You don’t simply do good things hoping to change who you are. I said everything was by the Spirit’s power and he should just ask. I gave him a Bible study on the ways Jesus just claims to be God. I gave him a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do. I wrote his name and the date and “Forgiven” on the inside. He reached out to shake my hand and said, “Thanks Bob.” “Sure,” I said shaking his hand, “I’ll see you in Heaven. Hopefully there will be some Cubs up there and we can get the inside story. That would be cool.” He laughed and agreed. I doubled back and gave him Bible Promises For You later and he said, “Appreciate it Bob,” as I passed him in the hall to give him the book.

Rafael had a huge mask on the entire time I talked to him. It is hard to get a feel on someone that way. But who is to say you can get an accurate read on someone anyway? He had a dark blue cotton hoodie on and jeans torn up completely on the knees. His head was a lot of dark brown curly hair and a wide face. He had serious eyes. He wanted to travel around the world. He’d been raised in church but his parents stopped going so he stopped too. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven and he said, “I don’t know what I’d say.” And then went silent. Through the entire presentation of the Gospel, though he sometimes looked me in the eyes. At the end of going through the Gospel with him, I asked if he’d want to be forgiven showing him the two circles. “That one, forgiven,” he replied. So I said there was a prayer he could pray if he wanted to trust in what Christ had done. I talked through it by way of explanation and read the line, “Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?” he nodded. I asked if he would want to pray that and he said, “Sure.” And prayed to receive Jesus. It felt like one of those times when you don’t feel like you’ve made much of a connection and God is just working by His Word. I explained to him a life in the Spirit’s power “Inside out” and told him to just ask. I explained now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness, the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I asked if he would like a book that answered questions on the evidence of the Bible or just a book with Bible verses in it. And he said “Bible verses.” So I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and forgiven I the front. I told him I would pray for him for a year and then some. I asked if he could let me see his face so I could picture it to pray for him. And as I crossed the hall he showed me under the mask. He was a good-looking full face Latino guy, clean-shaven but for a soul patch. He did not smile at all. I said, “Thanks,” and headed out. Rafael is probably good at poker.

I headed over to the Science building and after looping around the top floor I came across Keyshawn sitting on the other side of a railing in the lounge. He was jovial and had a round face with a mustache that was not at all thick, and a scruffy beard largely hidden by his mask on his chin. Had perfect brown skin and wore dark shorts and a light blue long-sleeve thin polyester shirt. Looked like a football player, size wise, and wore his hair in thin braids. He was as friendly as Rafael had been quiet. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven and he got a big smirk on his face and said, “That’s a good question.” He laughed than and said, “I don’t know.” I asked if he went to church and asked what they would say and he said he just moved down here from MN with his brother but went to church up there. “I read my Bible, go to church. Trying to find another church with my brother.” I asked the likelihood he would go to Heaven and he said, “75%”.  I went through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died for his sins, or remembered when I asked him. At the end he said something like, “With my life I go to church and everything, but I never really gave myself completely to it.” So I said I got that and possibly someday, if he was at that place, there was a prayer he could pray. I talked through the prayer and said “It says here: Is this the desire of your heart? So when you look in your heart is this something you want to do?” He hesitated a moment and said, “Yeah I’ll take a shot.” “Just pretend I’m not here,” I replied. And he prayed to receive Jesus. “I think I needed this,” he said when finished. I said, “Yeah you did.” I explained that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness, the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I explained to him a life in the Spirit’s power “Inside out” and told him to “Just Ask.” I gave him a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote his name and the date and “Forgiven” in the front. I told him I would pray for him and give him a wave if I saw him. He thanked me and I headed out and he said, “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 – 8/25/21

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you had a good day walking with the Lord. I had a good day on campus and Solomon, Brandon and Joe each prayed with me to receive Jesus as their Savior today. Gabriel (who I gave a promise book too as he ran off to class, saying he would pray before class) and Adiel (I gave her and her friend Chrissy who was a Christian The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet) said they believed and would pray later.

Solomon was the first guy I talked to today. He had a narrow mustache and a beard, dark skin and a short afro and a SOX cap. Professional looking guy. He wore gray sweats tight at the ankles and a white hoodie.  When I asked him one thing he’d like to do before he died he said, “Create generational wealth for my family.” I told him he was way ahead of me at his age. I asked him what he would say to God if he died and was asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” He said, “I don’t really know. It would have to be from the heart. I always believed the Word. I tried my best to live according to it. I don’t know, I did some things. I’d say something along those lines.” He thought he had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. I said “The last thing was to explain Christianity in this booklet and I think you’ll dig it because you can be 100%.” I went on to use some of the verses in the booklet and use illustrations of others. He did not know what Jesus had done to take away his sins. When I finished explaining the Gospel and the righteousness of Christ to his credit, I asked if he would want to trust in Jesus to be forgiven for his sins or thought something else. He said “Trusting in Jesus.”  I said there was a prayer he could pray. I explained it, but in the middle he got a text and glanced at his phone and so I asked him if the prayer was something he wanted when he was attentive again. He read it again and said, “Yes.” So I said he could pray it silently if he wanted, where only God would hear. Would he want to do that? He silently nodded and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. When he finished I said, “This is real generational wealth, as it is in Heaven for eternity and you can teach it to your children and they can have eternal life too.” I gave him the book Bible Promises For You writing his name and the date and “Forgiven” in the front.  I told him I would pray for him after explaining living by the Spirit’s power and transformation. As I left him, I said, “Hey flash me your face so I can remember you when I pray for you.” I stood apart from him and he gave me a warm smile as I thanked him and headed out.

Brandon was sitting with some guys on the football team at a long table in the PE building. I asked him and a friend at the end of the table if they wanted to do a student survey. And like several people have told me–they said they already did one. I said this was a little different, it’s how you get to Heaven. “You guys know how to get to Heaven?” I asked. They were both silent, wanting to brush me off so I launched into the question saying, “Say you are walking down the road and you get hit by a bus. So you’re dead and you stand before God and He asks, ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’ What would you say?”  One guy did not know, but Brandon said, “I’d just call my Nana. I gotta be honest.” That got some scoffs from the table but he was unfazed. He’s about 6’3” and a corner back for the football team. I said, “Yeah, but you wouldn’t have a phone.” Brandon said, “Now you got me intrigued, ok tell me.”  I said, “Christianity was like a blood transfusion. I have A+ blood. If you fill me full of B- I would clot up and die. God wants to fill you with His Holy Spirit, but first He has to make you his type. The problem is we all have sin. So God takes away our sin. Now we are perfect and holy inside and we match God and now he can live inside us.” He knew when I said Jesus had died for our sins. I went on to explain the Gospel from there. I asked him at the end if he would want to be forgiven for his sins, trusting in what Jesus had done for him or thought something else. He said he’d want to be forgiven. So I walked him through the prayer and asked if it was the desire of his heart and he said, “Yeah.” So I said he could pray the prayer silently so no one would hear and he took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus.  I explained walking by the Spirit’s power and he showed me a long message his Nana had sent him, saying she regularly sent him stuff to read by text. So I told him he should tell her he has received Jesus. It would make her happy and he agreed. I asked if he would want a book with some Bible verses in it and he said, “Yeah.” As if to say “I could do that.” So I wrote his name and the date and “Forgiven” in the front. His ride was leaving then, so telling him I would pray for him for the next year I headed out.

Joe was sitting on 3rd floor against the wall in the lounge near the room the Muslims used to use for prayer. There is kind of a hall behind it with more lounge on the south side. He was kind of shorter and stout with reddish, sandy hair. He had a kind of scruffy beard and a thin mustache, small mouth. Looked like a dock worker. He had a blue short-sleeve shirt on with a flag on the arm and back and tan shorts. He said he had been to church a few times when he was younger. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I’d beg for mercy. I’ve been a good soul, hope He’d let me in.” When I asked him how likely it would be he said, “That’s for God to say not me. I could tell… I hope.” I went through the Gospel with him and he knew Jesus had died for his sins.  And as I got to the end I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus or thought something else. “Forgiven” he said. I asked “Do you believe Jesus is God, died for your sins and rose from the dead? Do you believe that’s a true story?” “Yes,” he replied. So I said there was a prayer he could pray and walked him through it, saying if he wanted to he could pray it silently and know he was forgiven and he nodded and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I talked to him then about asking God for transformation to live the Christian life by the Spirit’s Power. He said he had a bible but was happy to take the book  Bible Promises for You. I wrote his name and the date and “Forgiven” in the front. I also gave him the Case for Christianity Answer Booklet saying there was more from Strobel on YouTube. I said I would pray for him for the next year and said “Have a good one Brother.” “You too,” he replied and I asked to let me see his face after I got a few steps off and he flashed me a scruffy beard grin as I left.

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

In Him,

Bob