Results of the Work – 10/26/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you’ve had a nice weekend so far. I’ve been a bit under the weather but I’m feeling better now, must have been something I ate last night. Thanks for praying for the ministry on Friday if you had a chance. Demiya prayed to receive Jesus on Friday Ben (brown haired and eyed guy in a hoodie with a day’s growth of beard believed like Brandon Thursday) so I am hopeful he will pray later. “I’ve never heard this said this way before,” he said of the Gospel as I taught it to him. “Having God live inside me sounds pretty cool.” He said he had gone to a Baptist Church  I offered him the prayer but he had to run to class and asked if he could keep the booklet  I’d taken 5 more minutes than he said he had as I began. “It’s been a rough week, so thanks,” he said and he ran off,

Demiya was sitting in the line of chairs outside the cafeteria. She was a pretty black girl; her hair was straitened on top and laid flat on her head parted down the middle. It was gathered in back in a roundish bunch of ringlet curls. She had no eyelashes and a pug nose, pretty bright smile. She wore a nylon jacket and a hoodie and grey sweat pants, looked kind of sporty. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven if she died she said, “I try not to sin on purpose… everyone sins but…” I went through the Gospel with her and she’d been to church a bit when she was younger. She thought she had about a 60% chance of going to Heaven. She listened closely to the Gospel and when I asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sins she remembered he died. So as I finished with her I asked “So would you want to be forgiven for your sins trusting in Jesus so He could live inside you or do you think something else?” “The one on the right,” she replied pointing at the circle with God inside and on the throne or the driver’s seat of your life. So I asked, “Do you believe Jesus was God, died for your sins and rose from the dead?” She paused for a second so I added, “Do you think that’s true?” “Yes.” she said kind of looking at me like I had asked a suddenly obvious question like is the sky blue. “So would you want to put your trust in that to be forgiven instead of just trying not to sin and hoping that would work out?” “Yes,” she said with a knowing smile, seeing where I was going with the question. So I said there was a prayer she could pray and explained it and said, “You know what this is like God’s like a pretty girl, they like to be asked.” “Yes,” that’s true she said laughing. “Wanna do it?” I asked after saying she could pray it silently so only God would hear. “OK,” she replied and she prayed to receive Jesus. I gave her some more analogies then on the Christian life walking by the Spirit where God, her Heavenly Father, would give her all the power she needed to do the things he wanted her to do. I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front of 20 Things God Can’t Do and gave her a Bible study.  And I explained now trusting in Jesus and His righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I said because Jesus was God His righteousness was worth an infinite amount. “So there’s enough for an old guy like me who has done a lot of stuff wrong and a young woman like you who hasn’t even done that much yet.” She smiled at that and thanked me. I told her I would be praying for her and though I might not bump into her again I would see her in Heaven, “You can tell me how things went,” I said cheerfully. And she laughed again and said, “OK.” and I headed off down the hallway.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry if you had a chance yesterday. God truly blessed. I got a couple other seeds planted too I think.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 10/24/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope ya had a good day walking by the Spirit. I had a good day on campus. I got some seeds planted with a couple students. One, Emmanuel was doing periodic studies with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He hadn’t completely fallen for their lies yet so I gave him a Bible Study on Jesus claims to be God and poked some car sized holes in what they were saying. Later Brandon committed to Christ. He had not known how Jesus took away the sins of the World nor the Gospel much trusting in his works. He had Asiatic looking eyes and was from Guatemala, a flat oval face and wore a hoodie and jeans. When I asked him what he would say to get into Heaven he said, “Probably ’cause we used to send money to all the people we knew in Guatemala who were really poor to buy clothes or something like that, I try to help the community here.” When I finished going through the Gospel he wanted to be forgiven for his sins. I offered him the prayer. He said he would pray it tonight. So I asked if he believe Jesus was God had died for his sins and Rose from the dead and he said “Yes.” I said, “Do you trust in that to be forgiven now.” Yes he said. So I said, “Well you said it to me now you just have to say it to God. I gave him the book Bible Promises for You and put his name in the front. Then I put the date and a little square box that said “Forgiven” next to it and said he could check the box when he prayed tonight. He really liked that and gave me a big smile. I got up to go saying I hoped I would see him in Heaven and he said, “Thanks, I appreciate it.”

So Thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God had some good conversations for me to have and I am hopeful Brandon will pray to receive Christ but I am reasonably sure he believed.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 10/23/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope ya had a good day and had joy and peace in believing. I had a good day on campus and  Shay and Angel each prayed to receive Jesus today. So that was great.

Shay was sitting in a side hallway on the ground floor of the Science Building that runs into the dental cleaning offices. She wore a green polo shirt that still had her work ID on it and Khaki cargo pants. Her hair was straight and in a bun, she was pretty with a pug nose, full lips and a round face, she said her mom was Malaysian and her dad was African. She was going to a local church. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “I try [tried] to show God, [to others] through kindness, as much as I could.” She was sure she was going to Heaven and she knew Jesus had died to take away her sins. She listened to the Gospel and took it all in patiently. When I asked her if she would want to be forgiven or thought something else she said, “That one,” pointing at the circle with God inside you on the throne of your life. So I asked if when she was asking for forgiveness if she thought she was doing the right things and was in the group God would forgive and was hoping she was going to Heaven or if she’d known she’d be forgiven because Jesus had died for her. “I know you knew the story but had you placed your trust in Jesus?” I asked. She was uncertain. I asked if she thought she might go to Heaven because she was good enough. “I know I’m not good enough,” she replied. But she really struggled to think of where her heart had been. I believe that if you struggle like that as to if you have been trusting in Jesus or not, and if you answer the question of why God should let you into heaven making no mention of Jesus, but just things you’ve tried to do, then you are not trusting in Jesus. I think she landed on that notion too. I said that there was a prayer she could pray if she wanted too so she’d know she was forgiven and I walked her through it asking if it was the desire of her heart. It was and she decided to pray to receive Jesus kind of nonchalantly. I’ve been to the church she attends and I wasn’t surprised she had not been led to decide to trust in Christ for forgiveness. But when she’d finished praying she was happy she had done so. I said, “You know what it’s like God likes to be asked, like a pretty girl.” She smiled at that and I gave her another illustration of it. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do writing her name and the date and forgiven in the front. I wrote Just Ask and By the Spirit’s Power. In the front saying God was her heavenly Father and anything He was asking her to do He would give her the Power to do it by His Spirit. “I’m interested to read this book,” she said. I gave her a Bible study and she was happy ask I got up to leave and told her I would pray for her. “Thank you,” she said. “Have a good one,” I replied. “Thanks, you too,” she said and I left her on the bench.

Angel was an interesting looking guy, which I am always grateful for as it helps me remember a face when I am praying for someone. He sat at the counter in the cafeteria later in the afternoon. He had very short stick straight brown hair on the top of his head and a pencil thin mustache in the style of the movie star Errol Flynn. But his was not rimmed it just grew perfectly that style. He wore rounded semi-rectangular glasses a red hoodie and black sweats. He thought he had a 95% chance of going to Heaven but said he did not go to church often but had gone with his grandmother. He had his own interaction with God and Jesus. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “Because I believed in you all my life and I have trusted in you.” He listened to the Gospel and also knew Jesus had died and rose from the dead to take away the sins of the World. I explained the righteousness of Christ which Jesus earned by perfectly fulfilling the Law and that it was to our credit and the Blood of Christ which was a power in the world to cleanse us from sin. I asked if he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus or thought something else he said, “I’ve been a little of both.” I asked if he had placed his trust in Jesus or if he was just trying to do the right thing. He misunderstood me a bit and said, “Every night I hope I did the right thing.” I explained the prayer to him and said he could pray silently if he thought he had not trusting in Jesus for forgiveness. He looked at the prayer and said he thought he’d done something like this before going to the front of the Catholic Church with his grandmother but he had not understood what it meant. He said it had had something to do with becoming one of the Sons of God. I explained what that meant, how in Heaven God shared His glory with us and could do that because our sins were paid for by Christ. I said I didn’t think saying a prayer before he had not understood would have counted for much and he agreed and quietly read the prayer receiving Christ. He did not have a Bible but said he wanted to ask his grandmother for one, she was very religious and he asked her questions. He did not want a book or a Bible Study either. I think he wanted a reason to tell his grandmother the story of trusting in Christ for forgiveness. I explained that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I told him I would be praying for him and got up to go. “Thank you,” he said. “God bless you,” I replied and I headed into the cafeteria a bit further as he walked 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 – 10/22/19

Hey brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things. I had a good day on campus but I was pretty worn out for some reason. Still Kento [ken toe] prayed with me to receive Christ. And hopefully Hannah (black girl from a Christian background who could not remember what Jesus did to take away her sins, round face hair up in Mickey mouse ears) and Sara (long brown thin hair and glasses–7th day Adventist who did not know Jesus had died for her either)  each seemed to need to process the Gospel a bit more. But each believed at the end Jesus was God had died for their sins and rose from the dead and thought they would pray later.

So Kento came in anyway. He was sitting a bit apart at the set of tables next to the stairs in the PE lounge. He had blue athletic shorts on and a white hoodie pull up over his afro. He was suffering from a cold and had a wad of Kleenex stuffed in his right nostril. He had classic African American features and a smooth oval face. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he thought for minute then said, “Because I look out for people. I treat others the way I want to be treated.” He had gone to church some as a kid. He thought he had about a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven. I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sins but he could not remember anything. So I explained the Gospel. That Jesus had died for him, His blood could cleanse him and His righteous could be to his credit. He focused well on everything I said to him and the verses I read the illustrations I used and tuned right in. I asked him if he would want to be forgiven for his sins or thought something else and he said, “I would want to be forgiven for my sins.” So I asked, “Do you believe Jesus is God has died for your sins and rise from the dead?” He didn’t hear me clearly and said, “Wait what?” so I said the same thing again and he said, “Yes,” without hesitation. As I went through he prayer somewhere in the middle he said something affirming, I think it was just “Yep”. And so I read, “Is this prayer the desire of your heart?” “Yes Sir,” he replied. So I said if he wanted to he could pray it silently, not so I would hear but God would hear him and forgive him, “Wanna do it?” I asked. “Yes Sir,” he said again. So I handed him the booklet and he prayed to receive Jesus. I explained then that now trusting in the righteousness of Jesus the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. “Preciate it.” he said. He then said, “Thank you.” He said his mom had a Bible he could read so I offered him one of his own. He wanted one so I got one out showing him the “Where to Turn” section and the messianic passages. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. “Thank you, Appreciate you,” he said as I handed it to him. He did not want another book I gave him a Bible study on the ways Jesus claims to be God. Specifically I showed him where Jesus walking on the water fit the description of God in the Book of Job. He really like that explanation for why Jesus would do a miracle that made everyone in the boat look bad. I shook his hand getting up to go, telling him I would be praying for him until next spring. And he said, “Appreciate it.” 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 – 10/18/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and you had a great day walking with the Lord. Thanks so much for praying if you had a chance today. Sam, Jorge, Cedric, & Nate each prayed with me to receive Christ today. But it took a few extra hours.

Sam was sitting on a bench on the edge of the last lounge out of the BIC on the ground floor, a glass wall behind her. She had a winter cap on and stick straight light brown hair and some really blinged up nails. She was white and slight with an narrow serious face, cute kid, wearing blue jeans and a jacket. She said she’d do a survey with me. Though she thought she had a 75% chance of going to Heaven when I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she just said, “I… don’t know.” Her boyfriend Jorge showed up right about then carrying a long board.  He was Latino and had kind of a unkempt looking beard and a mop of curly brown hair pulled up into a topknot. Together they looked like hipsters. I said the rest of the survey was what you think about Christianity and heaven but if her boyfriend was waiting and she didn’t have any time that was ok. She asked if there was a short version. I said something like, “Sure Christianity is like a blood transfusion. I have A+ blood so if you fill me full of B- blood I would clot up and die. So God wants to fill you full of Himself, transfuse His life into you with His Holy Spirit but first he has to make you His type.” I went on to explain that sin kept us from Knowing God, having Him live inside us, so I asked her what the big thing was that Jesus had done to take away her sin, but she didn’t know so I went on to explain the Gospel pulling out a booklet and realizing Jorge was listening too I included him, talking to him as well and getting his name. As I finished I asked Sam if she wanted to be forgiven for her sins or thought something else. “I would want to be forgiven for my sins,” she replied so I asked Jorge if he would want to be forgiven as well and he said yes. So I said to Sam, “Do you believe Jesus is God, He died for your sins and rose from the dead, do you think that’s true?” I was a bit surprised when she said, “Yes.” Jorge believed that too. So I said if she wanted to place her trust in that to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray and I explained it to her and in the end read, “Is this prayer the desire of your heart?” “Yes,” she said emphatically. So I offered it to her saying if she wanted to she could pray it silently in her heart and God would hear and forgive her. “Ok.” she said and I asked Jorge if he wanted to pray as well and he did and so I handed him another booklet and they each prayed to receive Jesus silently sitting near each other. I said I was sorry I had taken some time but Sam said, “You’re fine.” I explained the Christian life to them then living “Inside Out” and wrote the verses on the imputed righteousness of Christ I’d written in explaining the Gospel in Jorge’s booklet [Isa. 61:10 and Rom. 13:14] I said I’d like to give them some books and gave them each a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do in each of their books I wrote their names and 10/16/19 and “forgiven” saying they now had the same spiritual birthday. I explained to Sam that now trusting in the righteousness of God to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I recommended a Church but then it turned out they went to Willow Creek. I said I used to go there when it met in a theatre. “It was cool then,” I said. “before Hybels lost his mind.” “Yeah. I heard there was some kind of scandal,” Jorge said. “Yeah power screws you up I guess but he’s retired now so I’m sure he’s repeating and everything is cool.” I gave them Bible Studies on the Deity of Christ. Sam reached out her hand as I got up to go and said, “Thank you very much.” “Yeah thanks for talking with me man,” I replied. “Thanks Bob,” Jorge said reaching out and shaking my hand as well. They were happy and I said I’d see them both in Heaven and they could tell me how it went and I headed out.

I bumped into O’Drey who had received Christ earlier this semester. He is Filipino and was dating a girl from Myanmar who spoke 5 languages and was a Christian. They seemed to be doing well and he was being careful not to take things too fast. He talked with me for 2 hours. The details are not that interesting except to say I looked at my watch and it was 4 PM so I said I had to go. It had been a long day so I headed from the science building toward my locker on the other side of campus.

I was tempted to take a short cut. But I’d gotten my second wind so in passing Cedric sitting on the stairs waiting for the bus. I doubled back to talk with him. He had a rough afro that popped up in multiple finger tips of curls and a narrow nose; he was very dark and had sideburns, good looking slim kid. He had on black skinny jeans and a black t-shirt and had kind of an amused smile he wore all while I talked to him, like I was telling him a mystery story that he was sure would end well. He had gone to church some in junior high somewhere in Wheaton. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven and he wanted to know if I meant right now or after he had lived his life. “Right now,” I replied. “If his reason for putting me in Heaven is success [in life] I would not know what to say. I don’t know his reasons.” He thought he had a 90+ chance of going to Heaven. He did not remember what Jesus had done to take away his sins. So I explained the Gospel to him, His blood and imputation and resurrection and the payment for sins on the cross how it all worked. “I get it,” he replied. Then I explained he had to receive this by faith, not by works. I asked if he would want to be forgiven or thought something else and he said, “I would want to be forgiven.” So I asked if he believed Jesus was God had died for his sins and rose from the dead. He thought for a moment and said, “Yes.” So I said that if he wanted to place his trust in that to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray silently and I talked him through it asking if it was the desire of his heart and he said “Yes.” So I asked if he’d like to pray. “Yeah,” he said smiling. And he prayed to receive Christ. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “Just Ask” and “By the Spirit’s power”. He did not have a Bible so I gave him one and showed him the “Where to turn” section and the messianic passages section writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I explained that now in trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I told him I would keep him in my prayers and he said, “Thank you.” Then his buss suddenly pulled up and he had to run so he took off.

Nate was at a counter height table outside the bookstore just across the foyer and down the stairs from where I’d been talking to Cedric. It was getting pretty late but I thought I would ask him and he was willing to do a student survey. He had on a winter cap, some of his random front bangs were dyed brown. He was Asian with pretty much a round head and a gap toothed smile, cool looking’ somehow, He had on a grey hoodie and jeans. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “All my life I have tried to help others in need. In some manner help then as much as I can. Give a ride to someone or help a homeless person… do what I can.” I explained God wants to know him, live inside him to give him eternal life and I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sins so God could do that. He knew Jesus had died for him. It turned out he had gone to Catholic school and he went to Church a couple time a month.  He agreed with things I said, saying a word of affirmation, like he was understanding them and affirmed the verses and such. As I finished the Gospel I asked if he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus or thought something else and he said, “I’d rather be forgiven.” So I said if he’d want to trust in Jesus there was a prayer he could pray and after I explained it I read, “Is this the desire of your heart?” “Yeah,” he replied. “100%.” So I said he could pray the prayer silently so only God would hear and be forgiven and said, “Wanna do it?” “100%,” he replied and he prayed to receive Christ. I gave him the book Bible Promises For You and he was really enthusiastic about it. I wrote his name and “By the Spirit’s power” in the front and the date and “forgiven”. I gave him a Bible study on the deity of Christ and said I would pray for him once a day one of the prayers of Paul to bless him until Spring of 2021. He didn’t have a Bible so I said if he’d wait there I could return in 5 minutes with one as I had one in a locker. So I left him and returned from the locker showing him the “Where to turn” Passage and the Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus. I put his name and the date and “forgiven” again in the front. “Sweet,” he said he liked the Bible and said he would try to “make it to a meeting”. Leaving him he said, “Thank you so much.” “I’ll keep you in my prayers,” I replied. “I’ll d the same for you.” he said and I thanked him and headed out.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry today if you had a chance, God truly blessed. 71 Students have now prayed with me this semester to receive Jesus.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 10/17/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you had a great day walking with the Lord and God truly blessed. I had a pretty good day on campus as   DJ prayed to receive Jesus. Fabian committed to Christ to trust in Him, having been trusting in his works. He said he would probably pray tonight. He was a big Mexican dude with a beard only on his jaw line and chin, round face wearing a ball cap in the Lunch room. I had some good conversations. Also giving The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet to Robert who had been burned by his church growing up.

DJ was sitting on a counter and when I first came in the PE lounge. The place was kinda mobbed so I went upstairs thinking I’d hang out a bit until it thinned out and maybe I could find someone sitting apart from the fray on the counter. There was a class in the lounge upstairs. So when I turned around and headed back to the stairs, I could see it had dissipated on the ground floor and only two guys were near the counter, DJ on it.  Here a couple guys have received Jesus this year, a bit away from the main run of tables. (Ron a guy yesterday, afro bad skin, said he’d think about praying later sitting on the counter too. A girl had jumped in on that conversation unfortunately and spirited him off to class with her like she was his mom, kind of a drag but he wouldn’t have let her drag him off if he didn’t want to.) One if the guys walked away as I headed down the long flight of stairs and DJ was left so I asked if he’d do a survey. He was up for it. He had 8 inch braids out the top back of a couple inch afro, his beard was mostly on the jaw line but he had a thin MJ kind of mustache and wore black jeans and a hoodie. He had kind of traditional black features, looked like a tough dude. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I don’t know… that’s actually a hard question, I’d actually have to think it over.” He did then for a bit but landed on that he didn’t know what to say. He thought he had about a 75% chance of going to Heaven. It turned out he had gone to Catholic High School I think to play football, he was ranked as a Defensive Tackle out of school (11th) but had been a running back at first in college and now was back at DE. He hadn’t been to church since he was young. This information came out as I talked. He said he prayed to God as I went through the Gospel. I went through the Gospel with him and asked if he’d want to be forgiven trusting in Christ and not his good works or thought something else. “Forgiven,” he replied frankly. I said if he wanted to place his trust in Christ so that he’d know he was forgiven there was a prayer he could pray and I talked him through it. I asked if it was the desire of his heart. He looked at it and said, “Yes.” So I said he could pray it silently “I wouldn’t hear it but God wild hear and he’d be forgiven.”  “I have my own prayers I pray,” He said. I said that was fine but this was not a prayer you pray every day, it was a onetime thing to trust in Jesus. Saying he hadn’t been trusting in Jesus before for salvation as it had come out as we talked. I said it’s kind of like some girl he knew in High School that he just hung around with and one day he just sidled up to her and said, When are we going to Prom? And she looks back and says, As soon as you ask me… maybe. God likes to be asked. He laughed at that and I gave him another analogy asking who his favorite Bears player was. He says, Khalil Mack.  I say that Khalil Mack bumps into us at school doing a talk here for say no to drugs or something and we got Bears stuff on so he offered us skybox tickets as some friends of his that can’t make the game that night. He gets our names and says he’ll leave them at the Gate. We go to the gate, give our names and the woman at the gate says, Who left you the tickets? We are like, Oh Khalil Mack. She says,  I could have 15 DJ’s and Bob’s in here, you gotta say the name of who bought the tickets.  I explained that to get into the sky box you have to say the name of who left you the tickets and since he was not praying in Jesus name or asking for salvation, trusting in Him, he was not saved, He liked that story and agreed to pray and ask I held the book he did. He crossed himself as he finished. I gave him a Bible writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front showing him the “Where to Turn” section and the one with Messianic passages. I told him if he was trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness the likelihood he would get it Heaven was 100%. I also gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do writing Just ask and By the Spirit’s Power in the front. I told him I would pray for him until spring of 2021. He wanted to get in the League, so I said I would pray about that too. “Thank you,” he said as I got up to go. He’d been grateful as we talked. “Yeah God bless you man,” I replied. “God bless you,” he said and I headed out.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 10/14/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed with all good things in answer to my prayers for you. I had a good day on campus and Baylee and Tim each prayed with me to receive Christ, I also gave the student edition of the Case for Christ to Mateo who was searching and The Case for Christianity Answer Book to Eli who was searching as well.

Baylee was sitting in a lounge half way down the hall in the east most science building on the second floor in an overstuffed chair. So I sat at her feet on the floor. She had a Page-Boy cut to her stick straight blond hair a round face and a warm smile. She wore jeans that had been fashionably shredded and though she said they were her favorite they were ripped completely open on the right knee, which she found regrettable. I had my favorite pair of patched straight leg jeans on, so we were kindred souls of fashion. Hers were cuffed above white tennis shoes mine just pulled down over work boots but hey. She had a reddish hoodie that read “Sun Devils Arizona State” She went to a Vineyard church. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she said, “Hmm I’d say I’ve been kind to those around me, I go to Him if I’m in trouble and even if I’m not.” She thought about the likelihood she would go to heaven and said, “I have faith so 100%.” I began to go through the Gospel with her and she knew Jesus had died for her sins. She listened to the Gospel and I pointed out that she did not go to Heaven because she was good but because Jesus was good and she was connected to Him. I asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins after explaining the death of Christ His blood that cleansed her and His righteousness that surrounded her, proving it was true by rising from the dead. “I would want to be forgiven,” she replied. So said “I know you knew the story but were you trusting in that,” I asked then if she was trusting in Jesus or if she had been hoping she was good enough (as her reply had suggested reading it to her asking what kind of faith she had had)  and that that is why God would forgive her. “A little of both,” she at first replied. Then thinking about it more she said, “Well, I have a relationship with Him.” “Everyone has a relationship with God because He is their creator, “I replied. But not everyone is IN a relationship with God, as their savior.” She immediately understood what I meant. So I said something like well if you want to think about it there is a prayer you could pray where you are accepting God’s forgiveness based on what Jesus has done. I explained the prayer asking if she had said something like that to God. “I’m working toward that,” she replied. “Yes, but see it is not your work, it is God’s work,” I said, saying she had to trust in Him. She saw what I meant and decided to pray to receive Jesus and she did and was happy. I gave her a Bible and put her name and the date and “forgiven “in the front showing her the “Where to turn” section and the Messianic passages section. I explained “It was 100% sure now she would go to Heaven trusting in the righteousness of God to be her righteousness. I gave her a Bible Study and got her email. I told her I would be praying for her and gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “By the Spirit’s Power” and “Just ask” in the front. She thanked me and I said, “Nice to see ya.” “It was nice to see ya too,” she replied with a big smile and I left her happy.

Tim was sitting in the Cafeteria at the counter. I had asked him before to do a student survey but this time he agreed saying he had time. He was wearing tan jeans and a plaid shirt; he had a short mop of blonde hair and an angled nose like the stereotype of European Jewry but for how narrow it was. He was a warm friendly guy and had gone to Church with his grandparents as a kid. Some kind of Christian Church and a bit there after with his parents irregularly but it had been a long time. I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven and he said, “”God, I don’t know what to say.” “You want to say that,” I said after a moment. “Yeah, I don’t know what to say to that one.” He thought he had a 95% chance of going to Heaven. I went through the Gospel with him and explained everything I usually do. He did not know what Jesus had done to take away his sins. I also explained the Jesus was the just sacrifice for our sins and that unlike the god of Islam who might be merciful for reasons unknown God forgave us because He got paid. “He paid Himself,” I said concluding. “That’s interesting,” he remarked. I explained the imputed righteousness of God and that God adopted us. I said that these things had to be gained by faith. “When you think about it one day, when you marry, the thing you will want most from your wife is for her to believe you and you to believe her,” I said. “Trust,” he put in. I agreed that if he trusted in God He could forgive and live inside him. So I asked if he wanted to be forgiven or thought something else and said, “Do you believe Jesus is God has died for your sins and rose from the dead.” “I do yeah, I’d want to be forgiven for my sins,” he replied. So I said there was a prayer he could pray and asked if it was the desire of his heart. “Yeah,” he said. So I said he could pray it silently so only God would hear and then He would forgive him and live inside him. So he said, “OK,” and he prayed to receive Jesus. I explained the Christian life living by the Spirit’s power “Inside out”. I gave him  20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “By the Spirit’s Power” and  “Just ask” in the front along with his name and the date and “forgiven” and gave him a Bible study also. I said the likelihood he would go to Heaven was now 100% trusting in the righteousness of Jesus. He thought he come to Bible study and then had to run so I got up to go and said, “See ya in Heaven.” “”OK yeah,” he said with a grateful smile. And I headed off.

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 – 10/11/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you had a blessed day walking with the Lord. I braced the cold, (the same temperature which will ironically feel warm in April) and found a couple warm hearts on campus in Joe and  Jocelyn who prayed to receive Jesus today. Haley was somewhat receptive to the Gospel and took in a brief correction on the false proposition that all religions teach the same basic morality. In the end she agreed with me about the teachings of the Bible being more validated as we parted but I think she had other reasons she wanted an excuse to disregard a Christian God. But I didn’t leave her with any she could think of so might have been a seed planted there.

Joe was sitting up on the third floor of the BIC where I felt led to go when I first got to school. The halls were pretty empty relatively speaking (being a Friday) but I found Joe sitting in a lounge and he was willing to do a survey. He was a pretty good looking guy, brown hair kind of wavy/curly parted on the side and combed back on the top. Roman nose like Tiberius Caesar’s better looking younger brother. He wore black nylon shorts and black canvas low tops, gray t-shirt with black short sleeves. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I would probably say I tried to be as nice as possible to everybody I met. I didn’t judge people until after a time when I can see how I’m going to react and interacted with that person.” He thought he had about a 90% chance of going to Heaven. He had been to church with his grandma some who was a “very religious Christian”. He knew there had been a sacrifice for his sin. He was interested to hear the Gospel and took it all in attentively. I explained Jesus was the just payment for our sin, because everything belongs to God so when you damage yourself or the world around you, you owe God something perfect to replace it, like if you damage someone’s car and have to take it to the body shop to be made new looking again. But we cannot do anything perfect so God has to pay Himself for our sin and Jesus becomes the perfect sacrifice, he said that made sense. I asked if he wanted to be forgiven for his sins trusting in Jesus or if he thought something else. “I would want to be forgiven,” he said practically. “Do you believe Jesus is God, He died for your sins and rose from the Dead? Do you think that is true?” I asked. “Yes,” he replied. I said if he wanted then to place his trust in that to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray. Then God would live inside him giving him strength. I talked him through the prayer and read, “Is this prayer the desire of your heart?” He considered it and said, “Um hmm.”  I said he could pray it silently and know he was forgiven and going to Heaven. “Wanna do it?”I asked. “Sure,” he replied and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained that if he trusted that the righteousness of Jesus was his righteousness the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100% He didn’t have a Bible of his own so I gave him one and showed him the “Where to Turn” section and the messianic passages saying Jesus words were in red. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I got his email to send him some stuff. I gave him a Bible study and 20 Things God Can’t Do writing “Just Ask” and “By the Spirit’s Power” in the front having explained a life in the Spirit.  I also gave him a Bible study. “Thank you Bob,” he said shaking my hand. “Sure, ” I said, saying I would keep him in my prayers. “Thank you,” he replied. And I headed out.

Jocelyn was sitting on the second floor of the BIC around the corner from the exit closest to the PE building a short walk away. She was wearing a black soccer shirt and nylon sweats. She is a Latina, pretty, petite with sharp features and almond eyes a diamond shaped face. She said she played soccer. She had gone to Church as a child but did not seem to remember anything. (I later asked her if she knew the story where Jesus walks on water when I gave her a Bible study on some ways Jesus claims to be God in the NT but she had never heard it.) She had braces on her teeth but they looked like the job was soon finished and she had a nice smile. I asked her what she would say to God if she died and He asked; Why should I let you into Heaven? “Oh my god, that’s a hard question,” she exclaimed thinking. She couldn’t think of anything so I said “Did you ever go to Church?” She had a little when she was younger. “What would they say it was that let you into Heaven?” I asked. “‘Cause you confessed.” she replied guessing. I said, “The priest was telling you God forgave your sins, why is God just to do that?” “Because I was honest?” she suggested. And then decided, “I recognized my wrongs.” I wrote that and went on to explain the Gospel to her saying God had to take away her sins so He could live inside her and be one with her and give her eternal life. I went on to explain how God did that with Jesus and how He was the perfect payment for her sins and his righteousness was her righteousness by faith if she received Him believing on His name. I asked if she would want to be forgiven for her sins, and she did. So I asked if she believed Jesus was God, had died for her sins and rose from the Dead. “Yes,” she said. So I said if she wanted to be forgiven trusting in that there was a prayer she could pray and walked her through it asking if it was the desire of her heart. “‘Um hum,” she replied. Then saying she could pray silently and God would hear her, she could pray it right now and know she was forgiven and she was going to Heaven. “Want do it?” I asked. “Yeah, OK” she replied and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained that trusting now in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. I explained the Christian life to her then living by the power of the Spirit inside us and I wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” along with “just ask” and “By the Spirit’s power” on the inside in the front. I gave her a Bible Study and The Case for Christianity Answer Booklet. I said I would keep her in my prayers and she thanked me. I got her email to send her some stuff and said I’d see her around. “Thank you so much,” She replied. 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 – 10/10/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed today and you enjoyed the last of the nice weather for a bit if you live near Chicago. I had a good day on campus and. Josh prayed with me to receive Christ. Keno a skinny, slight, short guy with a dark brown crew cut committed to Christ in the Cafeteria, saying he would pray later. I gave the student edition of The Case for Christ to Savannah, an oval faced black girl pretty with her hair up like a ball of sticks, who said she was still exploring. I gave The Case for Christianity Answer Book to Jacob a red head with a red beard in a vending machine lounge. He went to church but was unsure what to think about Christianity. I talked up D’Angelo, a young black Marine he had not really understood depending on the Spirit’s power or the imputed righteousness of Christ. I emailed him a Bible Study on Christ and violence showing the different military men of faith in the NT and teaching some other stuff on capital punishment. I recently sent it to a ROTC guy from Wheaton College  I met to teach some of his guys who said it was great.

Josh was sitting in the cafeteria at the counter eating a Chic-fil-a. He was from a Greek orthodox family and they read religious reading together as a family. His brother was studying to be a Greek Orthodox Priest. He wore black nylon shorts and a long sleeve black shirt. He was a good looking kid, tanned with a triangle nose and sharp features, warm face, tall and wearing a white ball cap turned backwards. He was getting texts or emails from another Bible Study group on campus but said he’d be willing to find out how the Bible said you could get to Heaven. 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, “”Cause I’ve done your will I guess and I’ve tried to do your will.” He thought he had about a 70% chance of getting into Heaven. When I explained God needed to take away his sins so He could live inside him I said, “So what’s the big thing Jesus does that takes away your sin?” “Right,” he said. But I let it go since I was pretty sure he would not understand the question without more explanation given his religious background. So I went on to explain the Gospel and the imputed righteousness of Christ by faith. He really tuned in leaning over to see each of the Bible Verses I read and wrote down. I asked him in the end if he would want to be forgiven for his sins or thought something else. “Yeah that,” he said gesturing at the circle with God inside you. So I said that if he’d want to be forgiven there was prayer he could pray and after explaining it to him I asked if the prayer was the desire of his heart. “Yeah,” he said. So I said he could pray it silently and know he was forgiven. “Can I keep this?” he asked of the booklet. “Yeah sure but if you wanted to pray I’d know to keep you in my prayers,” I said. “Yeah sure,” he said agreeably. After he prayed I explained that trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness meant the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I explained living “Inside Out” by the power of the Spirit and explained everything God was asking him to do He’d give him the power to do. I wrote “Just Ask” and “By the Sprit’s power” in the front of 20 Things God Can’t Do and his name and the date and “forgiven”. I also gave him a Bible Study giving him verses where Jesus claimed to be God. “Thank you,” he said. “Yeah sure. It was a pleasure to meet you,” I replied shaking his hand. “OK thank you,” he said again.

And I headed out.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 10/9/19

Hey Brothers and sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and you delighted yourself in the Lord. John, Joseph and Mike prayed to receive Jesus today on campus so I had a good day sharing the Gospel. 62 people have trusted Jesus so far this year which had not happened until November 14 last year.

John was up on the 3rd floor of the BIC where I felt prompted to go after over an hour of walking around looking for peeps. He was sitting in the hall waiting to go into his Physics class. He had a lot of swept back brown hair atop his head and big apple cheeks, a visible day’s growth of beard. He wore a black long sleeve shirt with white lettering on it and nylon workout sweats. When I asked him why God should let him into Heaven he said, “That’s hard.” Then thinking a moment he said, “I honestly don’t know… I don’t know why He should.” He had gone to Young Life in High school and to a Christian camp. He thought he had about an 80% chance of going to Heaven. A girl walked up and leaned against the wall, where the chairs we were on ended, who was in his class. She was soon tuned into her phone and said little after walking up and my making sure she was not his girl friend waiting for him. At one point during one of my analogies about a glass with a teacher who couldn’t teach he looked at her and said, “Sounds familiar.” but she wasn’t paying attention and was completely into her phone. So I prayed she’d go in the hopes her observing would not dissuade him from the Gospel. She suddenly walked across the hall to sit in chairs out of earshot. He listened closely to the gospel and when I read John 3;16 he said, “I know that, John 3:16.” But when I asked him if he knew what God did to take away his sin so He could live inside him he just said, “No.” So I explained the Gospel, the imputed righteousness of Christ and the blood that cleansed him and that Jesus had risen from the dead. I asked him if he would want to be forgiven trusting in Jesus and have God live inside him he said, “Um hmm.” But it was barely audible. But I’d had a hard time hearing his name when I first asked him for it, he was real low key. I said then if he’d want to be forgiven there was a prayer he could pray and after going through it asked if it was the desire of his heart. He said it was and I said he could pray it right now silently and he said, “Can I take this with me?” I said he could but if he’d, “pray the prayer right now it would make me feel better so I’d know.” He agreed then and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained that the likelihood he would go to Heaven was no 100% based on the righteousness of Jesus being to his credit. And the answer he did not know about why God should let him into Heaven was Because Jesus died for me. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. He said he’d take his father’s Bible which his dad had on a shelf to read. I gave him a Bible Study and he seemed content so I headed out.

I came across Joseph later in the day in the Starbucks lounge in a chair by the door. He was lying so far down in the chair he was nearly horizontal. He was a good looking black guy with a beard and a goatee, longer face. His lips pursed sort of, had a heart shaped upper lip. He was really low key and a big dude. He said he went to St. Michael’s in the city. He wore grey sweats and a cap. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he just said, “Ah.. I’m a good guy.” He thought the likelihood he would get into Heaven was 100%. He listened to the Gospel but didn’t seem to know Jesus had died for his sins. But he gave ascent to each point and agreed with different affirming words as we went through. I said something like: Well you grow up in the church and you just kind of go with your mom but when you are an adult you have to choose for yourself. The last thing is would you wanted to be forgive for his sins with God inside or do you think something else? He said, “First one, be forgiven.” So I said, “Well, it doesn’t seem like you had a chance to put all this together before to trust in it.” and he agreed. So I said there was a prayer he could pray so that he would know he was forgiven and going to Heaven and I talked him through it and I read the line, “Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?” “Yeah,” he replied so I said he could pray it silently like I wasn’t there. “Sure,” he said and prayed to receive Jesus. I gave him a Bible showing him the messianic passages section and the one called “Where to Turn” writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “Just ask” and By the Spirit’s Power” in the front, having explained that God would give him the power to do everything He was asking him to do and also to do well even on the field (he’s a defensive end). I gave him a Bible study too; I told him I would keep him in my prayers. His friend walked up then and they started talking about a ride to somewhere so I got up and silently pointed at him as I walked out and he said, “Appreciate it.” and I nodded and headed off.

I found Mike in the hallway that leads to the bookstore on the ground floor. He had a rectangular face but his features were not sharp, and a soft shaped nose, clean shaven.  He had on a navy blue t-shirt and cargo shorts he had light sandy hair and kind of a block head. He talked a lot. He kept bringing the conversation back to his complaint about another Bible Study group and problems he’d had with a few people that went there who were in his view taking advantage of people last year. In the end I encouraged him to give it another try and that the people he had a problem with might not be there, since he said he’d made some friends. He was a nice guy, simple. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I would say I’ve said stuff I regret, but I’ve been the best I can, trying my best to be a good person.” He then went on a bit about how he tried not to hang out with bad people and would disassociate with them if he discovered they were doing the wrong things. He talked about how he hoped his good outweighed his bad and had done some stupid things but nothing criminal. He thought he had about a 50% chance to get into Heaven. He listened to the Gospel and I tried to emphasize as much as I could that it was Jesus that was good not him and His righteousness forgave him. He hadn’t grasped the Gospel before and had attended the Catholic Church though his attendance had been hit and miss of late. I asked if he wanted to be forgiven with God inside or thought something else and he said, “Have God inside me.” And then he went on for a while about people and how he tried to relate to them. I said it did not seem like he had had a chance to trust in Jesus to be forgiven but was just trying to be good and hope that would get him into Heaven and he agreed that was true. So I offered the prayer to him and asked if it was the desire of his heart. “Yeah,” he replied. I asked if he would want to pray it silently and he said, “Sure.” And he prayed to receive Jesus. I explained the Christian life living by the power of the Spirit, trusting in God’s power to live saying He would give him the power to do anything He wanted him to do. I gave him a Bible Study and writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “Just ask” and “By the Spirit’s Power” in the front also. I explained trusting in Jesus’ righteousness to be his, then the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. He kept talking to me about the other group and about how people were some times, so I just listened for a while until he was done and said I was sorry he’d had a bad experience. I said our group was small but he could come any time. “Nice to meet you,” I finally said, shaking his hand and getting up to go. “Nice to meet you too, I hope I see you again,” he replied and I headed out.

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

In Him.,

Bob