Results of the Work – 4/29/24

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope ya found your hope in Christ today as you walked with Him.  I talked Christians all day. I went through the Gospel with two of them and Kara needed assurance of salvation and in explaining the righteousness of Jesus she realized it so that was great. It lifted her heart. I gave Bible Studies to Sara (who prayed to receive Jesus last year) and Alma a girl who trusted Christ 2 years ago and their friend sitting with them. Alma was thinking about dating a Muslim and began the discussion with the question of what it meant to be unequally yoked. I explained the concept with Oxen and what a yoke was and said it was a metaphor for being equal with a marriage partner where both believe in Jesus, equal spiritually in the eyes of Christ. She asked if marrying a Muslim would be a sin. I explained it was because the Bible told you not to do it. I asked her if she knew that Muslims according to the Quran can marry 4 women and many have more than one wife. Even here in the US but the extra women are just not legally united them the Muslim man. I said the Quran also says men can beat their wives. She was not aware of these things. I said in some instances Muslim men married to Christian women have left the country with their mutual children leaving the wife behind and there was nothing the mother could do. She was born in Africa so it was a good discussion. She said she would pray about it. I said she need not bother as she already knew the answer from God’s word so He had already told her. Sara said her mom was Muslim and warned Alma against it. I said God forbids things that will not make us happy. You could tell she had a guy in mind. I asked the 3 girls at the table if they knew a guy might lie to them. They all agreed this was true. I asked Alma if she thought I would ever lie to her and she said, “No.” So I left it at that.

So hey discipleship vs Evangelism today. Thanks for your prayers.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/24/24

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your week was blessed so far and the grace in which to stand has been with you. I had a good week on campus given with remote classes many students are done already. Maggie prayed to receive Jesus (Olivia let me know she had prayed; she heard the Gospel Friday) Gianna* said she would pray later. I hope to bump into several students I’m praying for who said they would later pray. Angel prayed to receive Jesus on Thursday, his story is below.

 

Angel was sitting with his back against an outcropping in the wall buried in an iPhone as I remember. I passed him not wanting to bug him and then went back to give it a try. He looked Latino or Persian in complexion and had a short-cropped hair cut like the Jokic the NBA center. He’s click bigger than me in stature. He had on a dark blue t-shirt and black jeans. He had smooth rounded features, firm jaw, good looking. Interestingly as we talked it came out that he had converted to Islam in High School due to “peer pressure”. But then looking at Mohamed’s life, (he realized studying it later) the prophet was not the guy to follow. He looked at Jesus life and decided He was worthy of following. I asked him what he would say to God if he died and was asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” ” Um… I have faith in you.” He said kind of tentatively. He thought he had a 50/50 shot of going to Heaven. He described himself as “reform” denominationally. As I went through the Gospel he knew Jesus had died to take away his sins. I explained the blood of Christ to pay his debt. To which he replied, “Oh that makes a lot of sense.” And then the righteousness of God Christ earned, saying, “You don’t go to Heaven because you’re good but because Jesus is good and your connected to Him.” “Oh, it’s just faith!” he replied. I said it was and Paul had said, “he was not saved by his own righteousness but by the righteousness which is by faith” but that we could have all kinds of faith. I said he probably just flopped down on the bench we both sat on without thinking about it or testing it to see if it would hold him first. I said I did the same thing without checking if my additional weight would hold. We had faith in the bench. The faith that saved him was faith in “that Jesus was God, He died for your sins and rose from the Dead. Not that you just knew the story from Church but that you trusted in this alone to save you. And I read “not by works” from Ephesians 2;8,9. “That makes a lot more sense,” he replied comparing this to what he’d thought. I explained we could not do anything perfectly and so there was no way we could contribute to our salvation, “Your good stuff does not fix your bad stuff.” He had some questions about the Orthodox faith which is really comes out to works salvation in practice. The church fathers (I said, “strangely Jesus tells us to call no man “Father” yet they use the term Mt 23:90) before the reformers are most often a system of works salvation not Grace. I asked if he would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done to forgive him so the Spirit could live inside him and give him all the strength he needed to live the Christian life? ” Yeah,” he replied. I said if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray and I walked him through it. I said he could pray it silently and know he was forgiven. “I’ll do it,.” He replied. He prayed then to receive Jesus. He had some other questions, on the Trinity and on why Jesus said the “father is greater than I”. I explained there was hierarchy in the Trinity (quoting Phil 2:7) and that it might help to realize he was kind of like a Trinity [1Thes 5:23]. He had a mind or a will like the Father, a body like Jesus and emotions like the Holy Spirit. But his emotions could overwhelm him and he’d be lost in them and might start to drive off the road. Or pain in his body might make it impossible to think well. “So you are kind of like a trinity you’re just a dysfunctional one. When you think about it when you are alone sometimes you are talking to yourself, well who are you talking to? There’s more to you than just you. Yet you are one person. It helps a little to think about God but we will not fully understand these things until we have a gloried body.” I then quoted 1John 3:2. I explained the Christian life living “Inside > out” saying that the Holy Spirit would disciple him and that it had been the movement of the Holy Spirit when he had said, “It’s by faith!”. I said the likelihood he would go to Heaven now was 100% trusting in the blood and righteousness of Jesus. His teacher had come out in the hall summoning him to class and he dismissed him as he closed the doors to the classroom. He seemed unconcerned to be on time and more concerned to get some questions answered. He was talking not I as the teacher came out so I could not be blamed. But faculty and staff complain about me anyway. I told him to look into “The Two Powers of the OT” by Heiser on YouTube to understand Jesus’ appearances in the OT. I gave him Bible Promises for You and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front. I gave him The Case for Christ Answer Booklet saying Strobel had some good things on YouTube also. I gave him my card to contact me. He was grateful. I told him I would pray a Bible verse for him each day the next year and I let him go into class.

 

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism last week if you had a chance. I’m really worn down, and got a bad leg (sciatica) but I’ve only got a couple weeks left of evangelism. Looks like I’ll crawl across the finish line for the semester.

 

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/22/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed doing whatever God asked you to do. I had a good day on campus and Maggie prayed to receive Christ today. Later a defensive lineman named Casey (clean shaven stick straight brown hair parted down the middle, looked a bit like Dan Hampton) said he “would consider it”. He’d gone to a fellowship church a few times at his pervious school so I think God’s working on his heart. Thanks for your prayers please pray these 2 students are both brought closer to him. Maggie’s story is below if you have some time.

Maggie was sitting on the second floor in some couches that overlook the exit doors by the bookstore. She had a cute elf-like face her nose having a little crease in the tip of it, it pointed up a bit. She had blondish hair, the occasional freckle and blue eyes and was wearing a powder blue pullover hoodie with some writing on it. A cross at her neck was dangling out on a chain at the ties of the hood. She wore nylon sweats. She said she had kind of fallen away for a time but had recently returned to going to Church. I asked her something she wanted to do before she died and she said, “Start a family” which is always a sign someone will be (or already is) receptive to the Gospel. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and He asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “Mmm,” she replied, “That’s a tough one.” Then she thought and continued, “I guess I would make the argument I’ve done good.” She said more softly, “It doesn’t really compare to Jesus’ sacrifice.” I think by that she meant He had sacrificed more. She thought she had a 75% chance of going to Heaven. I explained for God to live inside her He had to make her His type. I asked what Jesus had done then to take away the sins of the world and she knew this was why He had died. I explained the atonement then and the cleansing of His blood and the payment for her sins. I said that He earned the righteousness of God, which was to her credit when God adopted her as His child. She could become a “Child of God” by faith placing her faith in the name of Jesus. Finally I finished all I say and asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins trusting in Jesus or thought something else. “Forgiven,” she said. I said, “I know you knew the story but do you think you had placed your trust in what Jesus had done to be forgiven?” I asked if when she asked for forgiveness for her sins if she thought God would be merciful and forgive her or if she thought, “I know I will be forgiven because Jesus died for me.” She said she hadn’t been trusting in Jesus. “I was just hoping,” she replied.  I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and talked her through it. I said if it was the desire of her heart she could pray it silently and I wouldn’t hear her but God would hear and she’d know she was forgiven. “Wanna do that?” I asked. She smiled shaking her head she did and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I began to explain the Christian life to her asking if she had a Bible. “I’ve been meaning to get one,” she replied so I gave her one and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front.  I showed her all the study helps in it, the Miracles of Jesus are listed and His parables and there’s a list of questions and answers and 30 days of readings. I told her now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I gave her Bible Promises for You and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet I also gave her a Bible study on ways Jesus claims to be God. I told her I would pray a Bible verse for her for the next year asking God to bless her. “Thank you, I really appreciate this,” she said. I said she was welcome and now she had the first steps all lined up. She thanked me again 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 – 4/17/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you had a blessed day serving the Lord with gladness. I had a good day on campus Eva, Abby and Jason each prayed to receive Jesus and Cecilio* (a classic Latino looking guy with a thin mustache and a chin beard, mop of dark hair parted down the middle) said he would pray later folding the booklet open at the prayer and tucking it half under his laptop. He seemed rushed so I gave him a promise book and headed off. The stories of the students who prayed are below if you have time. Please pray they grow in their faith.

Eva was sitting at a table in the cafeteria eating some pasta and meatballs. She had calf length baggy jean shorts on and a white half t-shirt that had Lauren Hill’s picture on it. She had dark brown (near black) ringlets of hair pulled back in a head band and the ends were dyed light brown blown out behind her head. She had cute Irish looking face with light freckles on her cheeks and a pointed chin, hoop earrings, about the size of a beer bottle bottom. She did not appear to have make-up on.  She was friendly and kind. I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven. “Don’t let me in,” she replied.  I asked for an explanation and she said, “I don’t believe in God [enough] to go to Heaven. I don’t deserve to be in Heaven—doing enough good things. I try to be a good person but I’m not there yet.” I asked her what the likelihood she would go to Heaven was, “Zero,” she replied. It turned out she was raised in a Christian home. I said, “The rest of this was about what you think of Christianity, you might not agree but it’s a good story.” And I began to explain the gospel to her. She seemed captivated right away so I felt like God was at work in her. Her mouth was just slightly open and she stared at me as I spoke. I went through the verses and explained things with word pictures. I asked her what Jesus had done to take away the sins to the world, “Isn’t that when He was crucified.” she replied. I said it was and explained the blood that cleansed her and paid God and the righteousness of God and Jesus earned that could be to her credit when God adopted her. I explained she was a child of God by faith. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven or thought something else. “You really made it sound attractive. That was a good explanation,” she replied.  I said that if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray. I talked her through it and asked if it was the desire of her heart. She said it was. I said she could pray it silently and be forgiven. She said she’d like to but thought she would “not really mean it”. It seemed this meant she didn’t have enough faith. So I explained how the Spirit could inside her and could transform her and that faith was a gift from God, showing her that verse again. “So if you need to you can ask for more faith,” I said. “Ok she replied and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained what Jesus had said about the mustard seed being the smallest seed they planted on a farm and that if you had just that much faith you could be saved and I wrote “Mustard seed” in the booklet and she smiled. I showed her the things on the Christian life and she said she had a Bible. She wanted to come to the Bible Study so I hope she will. I gave her Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. I gave her The Case for Christ Answer Booklet and she recognized Strobel’s name saying, “Didn’t he make a movie?” I said he did and there were YouTube’s out there where he explained different things.  I gave her a Bible Study on the deity of Christ and explained it and I told her the likelihood she would go to Heaven now was 100% trusting in the righteousness of Christ. She asked about deserving it. I said that no one really deserves anything they get. I said I was skinny because my mom was always skinny. Some people are better looking than others, but not because they deserve it. Life did not have a lot to do with what we deserve and she was right no one deserves Heaven. “Thank you so much,” she said shaking my hand. I said I would keep her in my prayers the next year praying a Bible verse for her. She was grateful and said again that she’d try to come to Bible study and I said OK and headed off.

Abby was in a lounge on the third floor sitting at a table in a lounge. She was a Latina, classically pretty with a Roman nose and her hair parted down the middle. She wore a pink hoodie and black leggings. I asked her what she would say to God if He asked her, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “Because you have forgiven me, I don’t know,” she replied. She thought she had a 100% chance of going to Heaven. She said went to a Christian Church. So I said the last part of the survey was what she thought about Christianity and she might use the booklet to share her faith. I explained that eternal life was “knowing God” and that meant God wanted to live inside her but to do that He had to take away her sins. So I asked what the big thing was that Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world so He could forgive her. She could not think of anything to say and seemed to be struggling so I said, “I’m probably just asking the question wrong,” and I began to explain that Jesus had died for her sins and His blood cleansed her so then God could live inside her. I explained the imputed righteousness of God and this could be hers by faith.  I asked her then if she would want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done or thought something else. I believe she just said, “The first one.” And so I said there was a prayer she could pray and talked her through it. “I said it says here, ‘Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?’ Do you think it does? She said it did so I said she could pray it in her heart silently and know she was forgiven and she took the booklet and prayed then to receive Jesus. I gave her Bible Promises for You and wrote her name and the date and forgiven in the front. I gave her, The Case for Christ Answer Booklet explaining it a bit and gave her a Bible study. I apologized for taking longer than I thought. She said, “That’s OK., thank you.” I told her I would pray for her for the next year and we said goodbye and I headed out.

Jason was sitting in the hallway alongside the construction they are doing. The racket from what I presume is the demolition in the area forced me to talk loudly most of the time. He asked how long the survey would take. I told him and he looked at the time on his phone and said, “OK, I can do a survey.” He was wearing a butterscotch-colored zip neck fleece and red framed prep-school glasses with black sides. He looked a bit older than a senior in college, in part because he looked as if he could grow a heavy beard. He had grey narrow at the ankle slacks and a tassel top black watch cap. He looked kind of like your average good-looking guy, though his features were not sharp more rounded. He thought the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I asked him what he would say to God, “’Cause I’m a Believer,” he replied. I asked him what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world. He said, “He forgave us.” I asked how he did that and he said, “By our worship”. He was Roman Catholic in background but also went to a Christian church with friends. I began to go through the Gospel with him. He seemed in a bit of a rush saying, “Right,” as I made each point. The noise was a bit distracting. I explained that Jesus sacrifice paid for his sins and His blood cleansed him and He earned the righteousness of God, which could be to his credit. He was adopted by God to inherit these things and he could be saved by faith. I offered him the two circles one to trust in what Jesus had done for him on the cross and be forgiven with the Holy Spirit living inside him and the other with God outside his life. “This one,” he said touching the circle with God inside his life. So I said there was a prayer he could pray and began talking him through it. But I think with the noise and the people walking by he’d missed it. Though when I was done I’d asked if the prayer fit the desire of his heart. He had said it did but maybe was responding to the content of the booklet. So he thanked me and took the booklet. I asked if he had prayed the prayer as I had explained it. “Can I see it; can you show me which one?” I showed it to him again and he promptly prayed to receive Jesus. So maybe he’d thought he’d do it later and when I asked again he thought “OK” and decided to go for it then. So I gave him Bible Promises for You writing his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. I asked if he liked to read and he said, “I could skim it.” So I gave him The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told him I would keep him in my prayers for the next year and he thanked me and I said he was welcome and sensing he was in a hurry I walked away. When I look back where he was sitting he was gone.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/16/24

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you had a good day walking with Jesus by the Spirit. I had a good day on campus and Liam prayed with me to receive Jesus today. His story is below if you have some time. Please pray he grows in His faith.

Liam wore jeans, a green t-shirt and a PBR hat with stick straight reddish-brown hair poking out from under it. He had a pencil thin reddish mustache and was built pretty slight and was shorter than me.  I asked him if he died what he would say to God if asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” He said, “I’d say over all I’ve been a good person. I’m Catholic, I go to church and I act and listen and live by those values and rules, I guess.” He thought he had a 75% chance of going to Heaven. I told him that eternal life is to know God, this means that He lives inside you. So like a blood transfusion He has to make you His type to transfuse His life into you. I asked what the big thing was that Jesus did to take away his sins, “He was crucified,” he replied. “Right,” I replied and began to explain that the blood of Jesus cleansed us from all sin.  “His blood is worth an infinite amount because he is God so when He pours out his blood it pays God back for all the imperfect things we have done that we owe God something perfect for so the real reason God forgives you is He got paid, by the blood of Christ. So He had to pay Himself. I explained that Jesus earned the righteousness of God by perfectly fulfilling the law and this was too his credit. “So you don’t go to Heaven because you’re good but because Jesus is good and your connected to Him,” I put in. Then I explained he was saved by faith: “That Jesus was God had died for his sins and rose from the dead, not that he just knew the story but that that was what you trusted in to be forgiven so that if someone would say to you, ‘Why should God let him into Heaven’ you’d say, ‘Because Jesus died for me.’” I asked if he wanted to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done, then he would live inside him and give him all the strength he needed to live the Christian life. “I definitely want to be forgiven he said, pointing at the circle with Christ on the throne of his life. I asked if he thought when he was praying to be forgiven for his sins was he thinking that he would try to do better and God would forgive him or was he thinking he would be forgiven because Jesus had died for him. “It’s had to say what I was thinking,” he said, pinching his chin. “I think when I asked for forgiveness I just took it for granted.” “Without a thought about Jesus,” I said. “Right,” he agreed. So I said if he wanted to be forgiven and had not asked God to forgive him before trusting in Jesus there was a prayer he could pray. I talked him through it, saying he could pray it silently and know he was forgiven. “Wanna do that?” I asked. “Yeah,” he replied and he took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I said he could keep the booklet and showed him the part about living the Christian life “Inside > Out” by the Spirit’s power. He said he did not read the Bible but had one. So I gave him Bible Promises for You and I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven!” on the inside. “Bob, thanks a lot!” he said reaching out and shaking my hand with a firm handshake. I gave him The Case for Christ answer Booklet and a Bible study. He was enthusiastic and grateful. I told him I would pray for him through Spring and all next year asking God to bless him. I said I would see him in Heaven. “See you there,” he said brightly. And I headed off. 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 – 4/11/24

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your week was blessed walking in the Spirit of the Lord. I had a shorter week of work of one type as we had to go on the road for a former student’s (now friend’s) wedding at the beginning of the week. We saw several former students there in Florida. And we visited other former students in South Carolina on the way down finally seeing their cute kids. This week doing evangelism, two students committed to Christ saying they would pray later. Friday Olivia* committed to Christ saying she believed. Thursday Jade* trusted in Christ by faith. So I hope bother of these girls will talk to the Lord about their trust in the work of Christ as they professed to me.  Also on Friday Peter prayed to receive Jesus. Their stories are below. Please pray they are drawn closer to God in Christ.

 

Olivia is a very cute, tiny, square faced blonde girl with blue eyes a gold ring on the right side of her nose. She was wearing grey leggings and a grey shirt of the same material. She had yellow nails and a row of 3 piercings in her left earlobe that was showing her stick straight hair tucked over her ear on that side. She had been raised Catholic but said she was now going to a Christian Church. She sat in what used to be the Student services Lounge which is mostly now under construction. I asked her what she would say to God if He asked “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “That’s a really hard question,” she replied. She thought for a long while and said, “Everything I do is for God, everything I do is for Him, I try at least. That’s all I can think of.” She thought she had a 75% chance of going to Heaven. She knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the world. After hearing the Gospel and about the righteousness of God Christ earned she said, “Oh wow.” And she had been nodding in agreement all the way through. I asked her if she thought she had ever asked God to forgive her trusting in Jesus. She thought she might have done that once because she “prayed all the time”. After explaining the prayer to her she thought she wanted to pray it and would at dinner. So I asked if she believed Jesus was God had died for her sins and rose from the dead and she said, “Yes.” I then asked her, after hearing what I explained to her, if she trusted in what Jesus had done to be forgiven for her sins and she said, “Yes.” So I said to her, “The Bible says if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead—after He died for your sins on the cross, you will be saved. So now all you have to do is talk to God about it.” She was happy and I gave her Bible Promises for You and my contact information and a Bible Study and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I explained living “Inside > Out” by the Spirit’s power. I told her I would add her to my prayer list if she let me know she’d prayed but then realized as I left her I’d be praying for her anyway. “Thank you. You have a good rest of your weekend, it’s a beautiful day outside.” “Thanks,” I said and headed off.

 

Jade was a cute Latina girl. Slight, wearing a tank top and jeans up on the 3rd floor. She had read sections dyed all through her hair. She had a cute small face and wore clear pinkish plastic rimmed near circle glasses. I asked her what she would say to God if asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “I would say… um…um…um” she began thinking out loud. “I would say that I, that’s a hard one to answer.” Then she finally settled on, “I tried my best to follow your words… there’s definitely more I could have done. Yeah.” She thought she had a 65% chance of going to Heaven. She knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the world and listened closely to the Gospel and wanted to be forgiven. I talked her through the prayer too and she thought she would pray on her own and then asked, “How is this different from Roman Catholic?” I said it really depended upon what you thought the Roman Catholic Church taught. I explained the present Pope seems to think we have the same God is Islam (I had already explained how we did not). Some priests would tell her what I did and I’d had students tell me what I had said to them was exactly like what their priests taught. The basic teaching of the Roman Church (this is since Vatican II though I did not go into it, which teaches all sincerely religious people are children of the Church) was that everyone goes to Heaven. I explained there was no condemnation for her if she trusted in Christ and His blood and righteousness to save her. I said what any given Church teaches might just depend upon the priest. Some Roman Catholic Churches would tell you, you had to do good works to go to Heaven, but there is no list provided to be certain you have done enough, and there is no such list in the Bible. But if she would believe on Jesus He would forgive her and she could have His forgiveness. I explained the life in the Spirit living by His power and gave her, Bible Promises for You. She seemed to accept that and was grateful and I thanked her for her time and said I would see her around.

 

Peter was in a lounge alone against the wall on the 3rd floor of the BIC. He was a heavyset guy wearing dark blue shorts, a red t-shirt and a blue drivers cap. He had rectangle lenses for glasses framed with wide sides. He had a mustache that could have passed for eyebrows but the beard on his jaw line, though bushy and curly, was very thin and stringy. I asked him what he would say to God, “I have done bad in the past. I’m not perfect. I’ve acknowledged that, I hope to not make the same mistakes again. It’s not the perfect reason but it’s something at least,” he replied. He thought he had a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven saying he had made first confirmation in the Church but now only went on holidays. I asked him what Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world. “He died for our sins,” he replied. “He was the gift of God. I try to follow in His steps, to the best of my ability, during His time on earth. Not that I can perfectly. He took all our sins on Him he was the perfect gift of God’s love.” He listened closely to the Gospel and I asked him if he wanted to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus. “Well, I might not be someone who practices my faith as much, but [I believe] as long as I place my trust in God and Jesus, he is my friend. Or He is my teacher I am His student. I don’t know that He is outside me or inside me but I hold him close.” I said that if he wanted to be forgiven trusting I what Jesus had done to save him there was a prayer he could pray and I talked him through it. “It says here, ‘Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?’ would you say that it did?” “I think so,” he said in an affirming tone. I said he could pray it silently. Also saying if he wanted to have God’s Spirit inside him and know he was forgiven trusting in Jesus he could pray. A girl had entered the lounge but fortunately he had the earmuff headphones that make it completely impossible to hear anything around you so it was like we were still alone. “Wanna do that?” I asked. “Yeah,” he replied and prayed to receive Jesus. I offered him a promise book but he said, “No I’m alright. But thank you this was nice.” “You’re welcome,” I replied and I headed out wishing him a good day.

 

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism. God blessed.

 

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/4/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your week was blessed with all good things from above and you could rest in His love for you. I had a good day on campus Thursday and Anna prayed with me to receive Jesus. Her story is below if you have time. Please pray she grows in her faith. Derrick committed to Christ Wednesday saying, “If you’ll give me this [booklet] I’ll pray later.” So I’m hopeful I’ll bump into him and he has believed. He had a rough top afro and kind of a short beard like popcorn for want of a better texture description. He was at a desk up on the 3rd floor too. Samantha and Carlos also prayed to receive Jesus this week.

 

Anna was sitting in the hallway up on the 3rd floor of the BIC in a run of chairs. She had a blonde head of hair was wearing a pink pull over and had a tiny diamond stud in her left nostril. Her face was red with sunburn so she’d been outside somewhere for Spring Break I imagine. Had a diamond stud in her left nostril, nice nails. She was pretty with a short face, a bit like Reese Witherspoon (with less forehead). Seemed like a warm confident person. I asked if she died what she would say to God to get into Heaven. “I’ve done everything in my power to make right decisions—when it comes to decision making—to be kind and things like that,” she replied. She thought she had a 93% of going to Heaven and was going to a 4-letter community Church I’ve not heard of; she only gave me the 4 letters not the name so hey. I told her that eternal life was knowing God. This meant that God could live inside her and be one with her but to live inside her He had to make her His type, like a blood transfusion. Sin killed her and God gave her life, so God had to take away her sin as He can’t occupy the same place as sin. “What was the big thing Jesus did to take away the sins of the world?” I asked. She thought for a while and replied with a broken sentence saying she did not know, like the question had caught her off guard. So I began to explain what Jesus had done for her in dying and pouring out His blood. This paid for her sin and cleansed her. Now God could live inside her. I explained the righteousness of God Christ earned which would be to her credit, she would not go to Heaven because she was good but because Jesus was good and she was connected to Him. When God adopted her he gave her all these blessing. She could receive all this by faith and become a child of God. I asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins. “Yeah,” she said with a kind of enthusiastic well obviously tone. I said there was a prayer she could pray if she wanted to be forgiven and talked her through it getting half a sentence out and a guy interrupted saying, “Sounds really good.” He seemed to be a believer and so I slapped his hand in a 5 and a thanks brother to get rid of him, [I’ve had this happen several times through the years a Christian wanting to help or be a part of the conversation and interrupting, seems odd to me] and went back to the prayer. It had been a bit dark in the hall and I wondered if she would want to pray in front of someone but she discarded him and said reading, “It says here, ‘Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? Would you say it does? She nodded. So I said she could pray it silently and I wouldn’t hear her but God would hear and she’d know she was forgiven. “Wanna do it?” I asked. “Yeah sure,” she replied and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained the Christian life asking if she had a Bible, she said she had several. I explained living “Inside > Out” by the Spirit’s power and told her the Christian life was “Just Ask”. God loved her and wanted to help her live. I told her the likelihood she would now go to Heaven was 100%. “!00%,” she repeated, pleased. I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven!” in the front of Bible Promises for You. She seemed happy seeing that written and thanked me. I said she could read them for encouragement or turn them into prayers. I gave her The Case for Christ Answer Booklet she had not heard of Strobel and so I said he had stuff on YouTube. I gave her a Bible Study and explained it and said if I saw her I’d just say hi. “Thank you so much,” she said. You welcome I’ll see you in Heaven. I got up to go and the hall emptied the other direction as I was at the near end of the hall. Her girlfriend walked up and they headed off and the guy who interrupted me, Jimmy, button holed me and started telling me about his Christian life for about 20 minutes as I stood on my unhappy leg. But this is long enough. 

 

So Thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism if you had a chance God truly worked. We have to travel this tomorrow to a former student’s wedding in Florida so we are stopping to see some other former students we have not seen for many years watching her vows and heading back. But people are popping in and out all weekend for the kitties.

 

Blessings,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/2/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you had a good day walking with the Lord. I had a pretty good day on campus talking to some students I knew. One in another ministry (He’s a black guy with a beard) on campus was drifting into heresy but I did what I could to explain why the modalism he had gotten into was wrong. He wanted to say God made a body and then entered into it, but this would be Man becoming God. I also explained that if Jesus was not fully God the sacrifice of His life was not worth an infinite amount and so would not pay for everyone’s sins. On perfect man could only pay in death for one other sinner. I explained Phil. 2:7 where Jesus seems to have emptied Himself of “God-ness” leaving a man who was yet fully God. He seemed to have encountered a cult he was getting his info from. I explained that John wrote in the 1st chapter that “The Word became flesh.” This Word was “The Word of God” who came to the prophets in the Old Testament. I also bumped into Sam from Last year, who had prayed the night after we spoke. (I found this out from him a couple months later after first speaking with him December 6th of 2022). He’s closer to the Lord now and took The Case for Christ Answer Booklet though last year in February he did not want a book at all. So it was good to see someone who prayed walking with the Lord. COD is a revolving door few students stay longer than a couple or 3 semesters and so all I can do is pray for them as I have been for Sam each night. Carlos trusted in Christ today, praying to receive Him as savior so that was great. Thanks for your prayers for him his story is below if you have a moment.

Carlos was sitting in the cafeteria and had some time and was willing to do a survey. He said he went to several different Catholic Churches sometimes with his family, or what his schedule allowed for it seemed. He had a royal blue pullover hoodie on and blue jeans. He had a mustache shaved down to look like a couple weeks of growth and a thinly manifesting jawline beard. His hair was receding a bit and short, the top swept to the side left to right. He had an oval kind face and was soft spoken. A really kind guy.  When I asked him one thing he’d like to do before he died he said, “Have a family”. (This as an answer is a tell for a guy that he will pray to receive Jesus or is a Christian already). I asked him what he would say to God if he died and was asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” “That’s a good question,” he replied. “The first thing that comes to mind is all the good that I’ve done on earth. I’ve always seen goodness in every action. I don’t know it sounds cheesy but I do go to Church every Sunday. I know it’s not enough but…” “Going to Church does not make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car,” I replied. “But it seems like it should be part of it,” I finished for him and he agreed. He thought he had a 50% chance of going to Heaven saying, “It’s not my call.” I agreed suggesting an argument would not seem to be very effective. He said he thought he could do all good things and then one bad thing might send him to hell. I pointed out that only God could know and do the good. This was because you have to be all knowing and all-powerful to do the good. You have to be all knowing to know what the good is and be all power so that the good action you did can be maintained as a good outcome into the future. It does no good to pour distilled water into a mud puddle.  He seemed very attentive as I began to go through the Gospel leaning in when I wrote a verse to see it or drew in the booklet. I asked him what the big thing was that Jesus had done to take away the sins of the world and he said, “Death.” “Right he died for you,” I replied. I went on to explain the cleansing blood of Jesus and that this was how God got paid. “The Bible says if we confess our sins He is faithful and Just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” I said. “So why it is just for God to forgive you because there was a payment for your sin.” He nodded in agreement. I explained the righteousness of God Christ earned for us which when God adopts us as his Children belongs to us as the blessing of His family. I said all that was his if he received Jesus by faith, believing Jesus was God had died for His sins and rose from the dead. Then by Grace he was saved by faith. So I asked if he would want to be forgiven for his sins trusting in what Jesus had done or thought something else. “Definitely trust in Jesus,” he replied. I said if he wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray and talked him through it asking if it expressed the desire of his hear. He agreed it did. So I asked if he would want to pray it silently and he said, “Sure.” He took the booklet and then looking at it said, “Just recite it?” “Yeah pray it in your heart,” I replied. He prayed then to receive Jesus. I went through the Christian life with him. He had a Bible and talked about living “Inside > Out” where God transforms us on the inside and we do good things by the Spirit’s Power. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside of Bible Promises for You saying he could read the verses for encouragement or use them as prayers. “Oh I have to get to class, he said noticing the time. So I quickly gave him a Bible study and The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I told him I would pray a verse for him each day through Spring and one year after. “Thanks so much,” He replied. “Thank you,” I said and I headed out leaving him to gather up stuff to go.

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 – 4/1/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope ya had a blessed day waling in the light as He is in the light. I had a good day on campus. I got to encourage Josiha (never seen the “a” at the end before but hey) a Black guy who plays defensive end on the football team, he has assurance of salvation now. It seemed like he believed in Jesus to forgive him but was not sure that would be enough to get into Heaven. Then Samantha prayed to receive Jesus. Please pray these students grow in the faith. Samantha’s story is below if you have some time. Thanks for your prayers.

Samantha was sitting on a stuffed chair in the light of the glass doorway that opens out to the top of the waterfall on the south side of campus. The stonework for it I was once told cost a hundred grand and I imagine it would be 3 times that today. She is a Latina, fair skinned and had a slightly wide, short pretty face with a beauty-mark freckle on either side of her nose. She wore camouflage print sweats tight at the ankle and a grey hoodie. Her hair was pulled up behind her head and it had some tint to it. She kind of had an athletic build. She wanted to become a pilot. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and was asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” She thought a moment with an “Um.” Then she said, I tried my best to, um, be a good person.” She thought she had a 95% chance of going to Heaven. To which I replied, “So you’ve been pretty good?” and she smirked that that was true. I asked her what the big thing Jesus did to take away the sins of the world. She thought for a bit and I added, “How he purifies you or cleanses you?” “His body and His blood,” she finally said. I said, “Right, He dies for you.” She listened patiently to the gospel mostly with an open posture but at one point she folded her arms so I hoped it didn’t mean anything. I have always heard that folding your arms means you are expressing closure to what you are hearing. But I have caught myself folding my arms just to relax and was at the same time enjoying what was being said. So all that to say I don’t know how valid it is, I just continued and then prayed God would open her heart. She listened to everything that the blood of Christ cleansed her from all sin. This was how God was paid and so could justly forgive her sins. The righteousness of God earned by Christ was to her credit when God adopted her. I said this was all hers by faith and asked if she’d like to be forgiven for her sins trusting in Jesus, then he could live inside her or thought something else. She thought for a bit and then said with a smile, “Forgiveness is nice,” So I said if she wanted to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray. I talked her through it and said, “It says here does this prayer express the desire of your heart and she nodded that it did. I asked if she’d like to pray it silently, “I wouldn’t hear you but God would hear and you’d know you would be forgiven, wanna do it?” “Sure,” she replied and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ. I walked her through the Christian life asking her if she had a Bible, “I’ve got a couple,” she replied. I explained living “Inside > Out” by the Spirit’s power. I gave her, Bible Promises for You, and wrote her name and the date and forgiven in the front. I gave her a Bible Study explaining it to her a bit making her smile and a copy of The Case for Christ Answer Booklet. I said the likelihood she would not go to Heaven was 100% trusting in the blood and righteousness of Jesus and that though I was old and had sinned more there was enough to save me too. I told her I would pray a Bible verse for her each day through Spring and next year. “Well, I’ll see ya in Heaven,” I said as she seemed ready to go. “See ya there,” she said. “Thanks for your time,” I replied. “Thank you.” She said and headed off.

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 – 3/20/24

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things God blesses with in Spring! Hope for relaxing outside and sunshine. I had a good day on campus going through the Gospel with several people. I came across Quin who last semester said he’d had a porn problem and I had prayed for just last night and Jack who seemed likely to pray but had to run to class.

Please pray these guys grow in their faith and for a Latina Nursing student sitting in her green scrubs with a coat on (She had classic features and bangs pretty wider face). She was not sure she believed so I gave her the Student Edition: The case for Christ and Bible Promises for You. She thought these books might help and she’d look at them next week.

Thanks for your help in prayer I had good conversations today.

In Him,

Bob