Results of the Work – 4/8/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers and Christ,

I hope your day was blessed. I had a good day on campus for seed planting anyway. I went through the Gospel with a Muslim from Iraq Sudais, and agnostic whose father was agnostic and mother was Roman Catholic, named Ryan, we talked for a while apologetically and I hope I said something that registered. He was pretty hard however. The most promising, if I had to guess or hope, was Julian in the PE building. I went through a skeleton version of the Gospel giving him the booklet at light speed. He had to study for a test he was taking in half an hour. But he had just started becoming interested in things of faith so I gave him Bible Promises for You. Luke seemed close. He had been raised Jehovah’s Witness but realized the church was corrupt. I explained the Gospel to him. He’d had a Christian girlfriend for a while that made him interested in going to her nondenominational church. I gave him a Bible Study on the Deity of Christ.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry, I was grateful to be able to go through the gospel with several students and I’ve prayed it will bear some fruit.

 

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/4/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope ya had a good day walking with the Lord. I had a good day on campus. A guy I’ll call Z and Thomas prayed with me today to receive Jesus. I also encouraged some Christians in faith who said they believed. Z was the first guy I came across today on the third floor of the BIC. I walked past him and he looked up and made eye-contact, so I turned around to ask him if he would do a student survey. He asked how long it would take and I said 6 minutes, which is true if you don’t begin to ask a lot of questions and we get sidetracked. But Z. did. He was wearing a kind of worn out looking, kelly-green workout jacket that zipped up the front had a shirt on under it and jeans. He had a mustache that stopped at the edge of his mouth and a beard on his jaw line, a conservative hair cut and strawberry blonde hair. He described himself as stressed and kind of lost. So I was hoping the Gospel would reach him from the beginning. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “I’d like to meet my family again.” I said I thought that was interesting, “I’d like to meet my distant family, like great-great grand parents.” I asked how likely it was he would get into Heaven. He said, “That depends on how strongly [He grades] on the sins.” I began to go through the Gospel with him and said God had to take away his sins to live inside him. He knew Jesus had died for his sins. We talked a bit then and he asked if God could forgive the 7 deadly sins, “If someone committed all of them.” I said I believed He could. Everyone had committed all of them, and that the Bible says if we break even one law we were guilty of them all, but I was not sure I could name them as I wasn’t Catholic. But I tried. I got sloth, envy, gluttony, wrath, and greed (turned out I was missing pride and lust). He asked if I ever watched “Sponge Bob Square Pants.” I said I hadn’t, but I knew who he was. He said that the show was an example of the 7 deadly sins and then told me three characters who were examples, He’d just found that out and thought it was strange. He then asked if one of sins was murder. “I don’t know, maybe,” I replied. “Do you think God can forgive murder?” he asked. I said the Bible says that David was “a man after God’s own heart” but that he went into Palestinian villages and killed everyone even women and children and animals and burned them to the ground, but God forgave him. I pointed out Paul held everyone’s coats while they stoned Steven. Paul was on his way to arrest others in the Holy land when God got to him. He was going to arrest Christians, even women. The Bible does not say he killed anyone but he set some up to be killed, “So it’s just as bad.” He agreed. “Because that is what I did, I killed someone,” he said. He said he went on trip to Tennessee and was in a bar and a guy was trying to pull a girl into a rest room to hurt her. Z. punched the guy a few times and then blacked out from adrenaline and he can’t remember much. The guy he hit hemorrhaged and died. He didn’t look anything like a bar fight guy, though he was a thicker dude than me. (I wondered later today of the story, as it sounded like when someone gets set up for something they did not actually do. They black out, maybe have a seizure, they are from out of town and others lay the crime on them. But I’m glad it did not come to me in the moment to complicate things. Maybe I’ll see him again to talk more.) He said the Judge was understanding and gave him 45 days and 3 years probation which had just ended. The sentence seemed light. Talking more about murder he was wondering again if he could be forgiven. I went on to say David had also had Uriah killed after sinning with Bathsheba and God forgave him. He remembered the story. I said I think that was why God put murderers in the Bible to show He could forgive anything. I said Jesus had died a terrible death to pay for terrible things.  I finished going through the Gospel and I encouraged him saying he could be forgiven and he wanted to be. I walked him through the prayer for forgiveness and said God could live inside him and give him the strength to have self control, when he said he feared he could do it again. I said his probation was over and he had a new start. He should begin with God’s power in him to help him begin again. I asked if he would he like to pray, “Yeah,” he replied. “Just pretend I’m not here,” I said. “Can I have it?” he said, taking the booklet from me. I gave it to him and encouraging him I said, “Give it a shot.” He prayed to receive Jesus then and said something like, “I like that.” “Amen?” I said back and he nodded. I explained living “inside out” by the Spirit’s power transforming him and gave him 20 Things God Can’t Dowriting his name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside along with “By the Spirit’s Power.” I gave him a Bible study and he thought he’d like to come to ours. “Well I gotta study,” he said and was thankful. I said no worries and headed out. He went to a UCC church growing up so hopefully he’ll hang out with us at Bible Study. Please pray for Z.

Nearly an half-hour later I came across Thomas in the science building. He was  from Africa, slight accent, good looking oval face, jet black, he wore a silver ski vest and twill knit sweats tight at the ankles and his long sleeve shirt was similar material. Big dude though probably not much taller than me. I asked him if he “wanted to do a student survey what he thought about God and stuff”. He wasn’t interested saying he was a Christian. “You wanna answer the big metaphysical question?” I asked. He kinda half said Ok. “You are walking down the road and you get hit by a bus, so you’re dead and you stand before God and He says, ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’ What would you say?” He said something like, “Because I keep His keep his statutes.” “Do you keep them perfectly?” I asked. ” “No, but then I do good things [to make up for it]” he replied. I explained God was just and said, “He owns everything right?” He agreed. “So when we sin we damage His stuff. So we owe him for it. How does God get paid?” I also asked. He said he did good things and I said, “Yeah that’s not what the Bible says. You wanna know what it says or you don’t care so much?” “No, I mean OK?” (I think the “no” was responding as to if he did not care, since I’d asked 2 questions at once.) I began to tell him Christianity was like a blood transfusion where God has to make you His type to transfuse His life into you so He can live inside you with His Holy Spirit. So He has to take away your sin. “So what did Jesus do to take away your sin?” Thomas didn’t know. So I said “This is how it works” and began to show him the Gospel, using a page in the booklet and writing Bible verses in addition. I explained that His blood cleansed us and His righteousness was to our credit. I said, “You don’t go to Heaven because you are good, but because Jesus is good and you’re connected to Him.” “Oh I get it,” he said then realizing. Then I said He rose from the dead, reading 1Corinthians 15:3-6 and that we had to receive Him by faith (John 1:12 Eph. 2:8,9) and that your good stuff cannot fix your bad stuff, giving him an example. But that God could turn our bad stuff into good stuff, quoting and writing Romans 8:28. He leaned in to see the verse as I wrote it, very interested now. I asked if he wanted to be forgiven for his sins with God inside then or thought something else. “Be forgiven with God inside,” he replied. So I told him there was a prayer he could pray and walked him through it and he read the last of it with me out loud. I asked if he’d like to pray it silently and he took the booklet and silently prayed. I said he could keep it and showed him the verses in the beginning to help him remember some of what I had said. I explained living “inside out” first asking God to transform us soon the inside then we become good men and do good things on the outside. I gave him a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do and showed him verses in the back and gave him examples of how we should ask God to give us the power to do everything. And I gave him an example of an Uncle who helped him, better then God was our Heavenly Father and lived inside us. Everything He was asking us to do He would give us the power to do by His Spirit. He gave me his email to send him some things and said he’d like to check out Bible study. He was grateful and I laughed and said, “Ha you said you were a Christian but I got you,” He gave me a big warm grin at that and we shook hands and I headed out. He was happy.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly blessed and had good work for me to do guided by your prayers.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/3/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you had a great day and felt the presence of the Lord. I had a long, slow day on campus, but after nearly 2 hours there I finally found someone who would talk to me. And though I had talked to them before, Mari and Dorien each prayed with me to receive Jesus.

The number of students in attendance is down at school and there really are not many people sitting around. There normally would be fewer by this time in the semester after you can drop a class while passing. By the time I found Mari (Pronounced Marie) the rest of the lounge she was in in the MAC arts building was empty and she sat in the corner alone. As I walked up to her, I recognized her face as someone I had talked to before (who I think is someone I’ve been praying for) early in the fall. (She is a pretty petite Latina with bangs and a small cute face, sharp nose and a couple pretty freckles, wearing a hoodie, jeans and jacket.) She thought that was when we talked and said I had explained things to her. But I had not given her a book so I knew she hadn’t prayed to receive Christ. At first I thought she’d said her name was Maya, who had prayed to receive Jesus (but she did not look like her). As I got her name squared away, I asked her if I could give her a book and gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do so I could explain trusting in the Spirit’s power. I asked how she was doing and she said she had gotten pregnant. I asked if the guy was still involved with her and she said yes. I asked if she might marry him. She thought so, and said, “He gave me a ring.” She had recently stopped working in a clothing store saying she needed to make more money. Her boyfriend Rodolfo was working trying to save money and his family was supportive of them. I realized in talking to her she had not remembered the Gospel. She believed God would always forgive her but did not know why. So I explained the Gospel to her, that Jesus had died for her and if she trusted in His work He could live inside her and give her strength. She wanted to trust in Jesus ( I think her situation had changed to make her more interested in dependence on God). I offered her the prayer she could pray. I explained what it meant and said she could pray it right now quietly so only God could hear. She took the booklet and looked up and said, “Can I pray out loud?” “Sure,” I said and I bowed my head as she prayed. When she finished I explained more of the Christian life to her living “Inside Out” asking God for strength and we talked about how God could make all things work together for good. She was hoping in that. She hadn’t been going to Church and she and Rodolfo were looking for one. She had a slight accent so I asked if she spoke more Spanish or English and she said she spoke more English but Rodolfo was more fluent in Spanish. I got a card from my backpack for the Spanish service at the Wheaton Bible Church and gave it to her. She thought she knew where the Church was and said he and his parents would be more comfortable (with a Spanish service) so they might check it out. She did not have a Bible so I said I would give her one. Then I got sidetracked offering her a Bible Promises for You book she seemed like she really wanted to read some Bible verses and get into the scripture and was excited about it as she had been about the 100 Bible verses in the back of 20 Things God Can’t Do. I gave her my contact information. I had left my wallet in my coat saying I felt like I should give her something (I almost never have done that). But she said not to worry. She thanked me a few times and I gave her a Bible study to read and headed out. I figured I would return to my locker on the other side of the BIC, the building next to the one I was in, connected by a tunnel. I had some money a supporter, Joe, had given me. So I prayed that if she was there when I returned with it, it would be God’s providence to help her and give her $20. Then half way back I remembered I had forgotten to give her a Bible. Pretty bad form, I’ve been pretty exhausted (worked too hard over Spring Break on projects) but God is compensation for my weakness. So I began to walk fast and got my coat and money and returned to give it to her and she was still there. So that was great. I gave her two $10 bills and she said “Oh you did not have to do that!” and I gave her the Bible. I showed her the “Where to Turn” section and explained Jesus words were in read. I wrote her name and the date and forgiven in the front. She thanked me a few more times. “I just think God wants you to know He cares about you today,” I said. “Thank you,” she replied emotionally, and I headed out.

I headed down the hall back in the BIC and I was not looking up but a black guy, I just caught his voice, crossed the end of the hallway. He hollered out to me but I’d missed his face so I just hollered “Hey Brother,” back and kept walking towards where he had been (I call every male at school “brother.” I think I picked it up from watching “Lost” on TV). When I got around the corner he was waiting for me. He had a bright blue satin sports jacket on and a t-shirt, sweats that gathered at the ankle. It was Dorian, who always says hey to me when he sees me walking around. He had his hair shaved on the sides and curly braids out the top of his head. He wore a beard that was still short but he pulled on the corner of his chin curls giving it a wizardry look as we spoke. Real good looking black guy about 6’3″ tall, lean and athletic, played football. There are a dozen or so of the athletes that are always friendly to me through the year after I have gone through the Gospel with them, even if they didn’t receive Jesus by praying. Thinking back he had been sitting with another guy I had gone through the Gospel with, Malcolm, who had received Jesus. Dorian confessed Christ (saying he was a Christian already) but I wasn’t sure he’d heard all the Gospel as I was mostly talking with Malcolm. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do then though because he wanted a book. Anyway he said wanted to come to Bible Study but when he’d walked by the study going on he didn’t know if he could just jump in and I said for-sure he could. I’d run out of cards for the Bible study but I took out a booklet as it had my email and the time and day and location on the back. I got his name again as I was having a senior moment. I had prayed for him a bit but didn’t put him on my list of peeps that had not received Christ as he said he believed. Many students say they are already Christians and since I am praying for about 280 students each day now (kids that received Christ with me this year and last year.  If they say they are saved I do not pray for them. I pray for an extra unsaved list, but not every day.)  Anyway I started chatting him up and he could not remember what he had said about why God should let him into Heaven. “I think I said I didn’t know,” he laughed. He prayed often and thought God forgave him. I explained God’s justice and how everything belongs to God so when you do something bad you damage His stuff, “Like if you sleep with your girlfriend before you are married, that damages her and since she belongs to God, even though you hurt her you owe Him for it.” I explained that God had to be paid and nothing you could offer God was perfect in payment so Jesus had to pay. One drop of his perfect blood was worth an infinite amount to pay for his forgiveness.  I asked who his favorite player was, “NFL?” he asked I said yeah and he told me. “Say he autographs a football and we go to sell it on eBay. We’d get a lot of money but if I put my name on a ball I just wrecked it, it matters who does the work it is worth more if Jesus does it.” That worked to explain things and he got it. I said it was not enough for him to just believe God forgave him, he had to trust in Jesus’ payment for him on the Cross. I said there was a prayer he could pray and walked him through it and he prayed to receive Jesus as we stood together in the hall. He remembered some of what I had said before and I added to it. His Christian girlfriend was involved at her church and had been working on him. Maybe that lined him up so he could hear. So that was great. We said goodbye and I hope he’ll come to Bible Study.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly blessed yet again in His good time.

In His Great Love,

Bob

Results of the Work – 4/2/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope ya had a good day walking with the Lord. I had a god day on campus and Danni prayed with me to receive Jesus today,

Danni was sitting in the PE lounge where I had felt led to do when I got to school, across campus from where I came in, she was upstairs. There is a seating area outside the workout machines and she was waiting for a friend and said she’d do a student survey. She was Latina and had long brown hair and an oval face, pretty. She wore navy blue leggings and a low-cut neck blue shirt with a blue jacket. She went to church regularly and seemed kindhearted. When I asked her what she would say to God if He asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” she said, “That’s hard… I don’t know,” Then thinking about it for a moment she said, I make mistakes, God should be able to forgive me no matter what, all this, that He has forgiven me [in this life] He should do that.” She thought she had a 60% chance of going to Heaven, to her I think that meant it was likely. She listen attentively to the Gospel and when I asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sins she said, “He died,” a bit tentatively. “Right He died for you,” I said in agreement. I explained how His blood cleansed her so He could live inside her and his righteousness was to her credit. “So in God’s eyes you get an A,” I said after explaining it was like extra credit in a class. “Nice,” she said enthusiastically. I explained she needed to trust in that by faith and that her good stuff couldn’t fix her bad stuff but God could change the trajectory of bad things she had done or had happened to her into Good things quoting Romans 8:28 to her. I explained she could trust in what Christ had done to be forgiven. “So that’s basically the last question would you want to be forgiven for your sins or do you think something else?” “Forgiven,” she said nodding. “It seems like you hadn’t quite put all this together before though right?” She nodded in agreement. So I explained there was a prayer she could pray to trust in Jesus and walked her through it unsure she would want to pray since her friend (also named Danielle) had come and sat just a bit across from us on the half circle couch. But I asked if she wanted to pray to be forgiven silently and she said, “Yeah,” and she took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I gave her a Bible then as her family had a big Bible but she did not have one of her own and wrote her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do explaining how she could just ask God for the power to do anything He was asking her to do or she thought she should do. I wrote “By the Sprit’s Power” in the front. I said since she was now trusting in the righteousness of Christ to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. “Nice,” she said again. I gave her a Bible study and offered her friend a booklet, after she told me they had the same name, (she didn’t go by Danni much though she explained) to read on her own which she took, she also appeared Latina. I got up to go and Danni said “Thank you.” “Yeah sure, I’ll see you in Heaven. Well you guys have the same name and you’re both pretty girls,” I said offhandedly. “You got the whole girl power thing all going on.” And they both laughed at the compliment 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 – 4/1/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed walking’ with the Lord. I had a good day on campus and Ariel, Dawnnetta each prayed to receive Christ today. I ran into Matt in a first floor BIC lounge who said he would pray that night, (this was before spring break). I greeted him and he was friendly and as I headed away down the hall I thought I could turn back and ask him if he had prayed. Walking back I said, “Hey you’re Matt right and we talked up on the third floor in the glass walled lounge?” He said that was him and I asked if he’d prayed the prayer in that booklet I’d given him. He said he had and it was sitting right on his desk. So I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and a Bible Study and told him I would keep him in my prayers. And he was grateful for that so that was great to see some fruit on time delay.

Ariel was sitting on the third floor of the SSC lounge looking out over the area (a floor below) where we meet for Bible study. She wore plaid pajama pants and a light green tie-dye hoodie with a Teenage Ninja Turtles emblem. Her once brown hair (judging by the quarter inch roots) was dyed kind of a bright orange. She had a cute, wide baby face. She said she’d gone to Catholic Church when she was young but hadn’t been there for a while. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she struggled for a while first laughing as she thought, “Because,” she began then laughing again almost nervously. She finally settled on “Because I love you.” She said as if she was sure she did but not sure if it was a good answer. She thought she had about a 90% chance of going to Heaven. When I asked her what Jesus had done to take away her sins she knew he had died for her. I began to go through the Gospel and she remembered Jesus had died to take away our sins. She listened closely to the verses and I said the Bible teaches, “You are to be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” She replied, “That’s why I only said 90%.” I agreed with her that if you had to be perfect n your own everyone would go to Hell. When I finished explaining that Jesus had died for her and His righteousness was to her credit. I explained she needed faith to be forgiven and her good stuff couldn’t fix her bad stuff. I asked if she would want to be forgiven and she said, “I would.” So I asked, “Do you believe Jesus is God He died for your sins and rose from the dead, do you think that’s true?” She said she did so I said if she’d like to be forgiven there was a prayer she could pray. I walked her through it asking if it was the desire of her heart and nodding she agreed it was so I said she could pray and God would hear her and forgive her. “Wanna do it?” “Sure,” she said taking the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. I explained living the Christian life “Inside Out” to her and how everything God was asking her to do He would give her the power to do by His Spirit. I said if she was trusting in Jesus righteousness to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. “Cool!” she said smiling. She didn’t have a Bible so I gave her one and showed her the Messianic passages in the back and the “Where to Turn” section to answer questions. I also wrote her name the date and “forgiven” in the front and gave her a Compass Church card to watch sermons on line. I gave her a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “By the Spirit” in the front. She had to go then so I said “Nice to meet you,” standing up from my seat at her feet on the ground and shaking her hand. “Nice to meet you too,” she replied. “God bless you.” “Bless you,” she said.

I chatted up some peeps I knew and had a god apologetic discussion with a guy Trent who finally said he had time to talk after a few times when he had work to do. Then I came across Dawnnette (who pronounces her name don-ette). She was sitting in the hallway of the BIC waiting for her class to begin. She said she’d do a survey so I closed the door to another class leaving it ajar only 3 inches (it lock peeps out if the door closes) and began a survey with her. She’s African-American, social, a nice kid, a bit short, long eyelashes. She wore a black leather jacket with a mock turtle showing, and torn skinny jeans, her hair was straightened and she had it in a bun on top pulled up from the sides (straight down in back) full features, cute with a nose ring, bright smile. When I asked her what she would say to God to get into Heaven she struggled with an answer though she said went to church faithfully every week. She finally answered in slang, “I say like ’cause I really obedient towards God.” Then not really satisfied with that answer she said, “I guess ’cause I… I don’t know…” she trailed off. She thought she had a 50/50 chance of getting into Heaven. I began to go through the gospel with her and she could not remember what Jesus had done to forgive her sins. “He forgives you,” she replied when I asked. I asked again trying to rephrase it but she could not think of anything else so I just began explaining how her sins were paid for and the righteousness of Christ to her credit and that Christ’s blood had cleansed her so God could live inside her. I skipped the review I do in the middle as she’d gotten a call in the middle and seemed anxious to call them back before class. But she wanted to be forgiven for her sins and so I simply said there was a prayer she could pray and walked her through it saying she could pray it silently like I wasn’t there. “Wanna do it?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said firmly and prayed then to receive Jesus. I gave her the book 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote her name and the date and forgiven in the front. I gave her a Bible Study and explained living by the Spirit’s power “Inside Out”. Then I explained that if she was trusting in Jesus righteousness as hers, the likelihood she would be forgiven was 100% and she was happy for that. She said we were across the room from her class, so I said “God bless you,’ getting up to go. “Thank you, God bless you too,” she said happily. And I headed off down the hall.

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 – 3/22/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your weekend has been blessed so far walking with the Lord. I had a good day on campus Friday and  Xavier prayed with me to receive Jesus.

When I first got to school I prayed for God to lead me to someone. Then though I was walking North down a hall I turned around when I felt like I was supposed to go to the PE building. I headed around the corner toward the tunnel leading over to the lounge outside the Gym. I tried a couple peeps on the way (walking the length of the BIC) with no success at getting a conversation going. When I got to the PE lounge saw Xavier sitting at the long study table they have set up by the stairs. He was sitting across the table from a guy I had asked to do a survey earlier in the week–who in a friendly way said God wasn’t important to him right now. I’d been cool with him and he did his own thing and let Xavier talk with me after helping with the first question “3 words to describe yourself” saying, “He’s funny!” So Xavier used that as one of his words. Xavier was shorter and didn’t seem as big as a lot of the guys that come to COD to play sports, from Missouri, where he said he went to a Baptist church. He had perfect skin, young face, short afro, good looking guy with a mustache and chin beard. He wore a gray t-shirt and gray sweats. “When I asked him what he would say to get into Heaven he said, “Because I ask for forgiveness for all my sins.” He was 100% sure he would go to Heaven. Ask I went through the Gospel with him he knew Jesus had died for his sins but he was really focused on everything I taught him enjoying the Gospel. When I asked him if he wanted to be forgiven for his sins or thought something else he pointed at the circle with the Spirit of Jesus living in him and said something like ‘forgiven”. So I asked if he’d been trusting in that, saying as I often do that I knew he knew the story but asking if he’d thought God would forgive him because He was good. He agreed that he hadn’t been trusting in Jesus and repeated that He’d just been thinking God was good and forgiving. I said then that there was a prayer he could pray, holding the booklet open between us on an angle up where he could see it and I explained what it said to him. I said he could pray it silently. He didn’t answer but just began to pray and I could see his eyes go back and forth reading. He visibly finished and I said, “Amen?” “Amen!” he said with a big grin. I walked him through the Christian life and asked if he had a Bible. He didn’t so I gave him one and showed him the “Where to Turn” section for answers to life questions he might have and the Messianic passages section showing prophecies Jesus had fulfilled. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” under it on the presentation page and gave it to him he was really happy with it. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and put his name and the date and forgiven in that too, by habit kinda half forgetting I had just written it in the Bible but he thought it was great to have the date in two places so that was fine. I gave him a Bible study and got his email. then before I headed out I told him a fiction story about how everything God is asking him to do He would give him the power to do by His Spirit inside him [Ephesians 3:20]. I got up to go and he asked, “What was your name?” “Bob” I replied. “Bob, nice to meet you,” he said enthusiastically shaking my hand. “You have a good day.” I said, “You too, I’ll see you in Heaven and you can tell me how things went,” and he laughed and I headed out.

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

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 3/21/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed today with all good things coming down from the Father of Lights.  I had a good day on campus and  Mike and Matt each prayed with me to receive Jesus. I got a good seed planted with a guy named Aaron in the hallway of the BIC who took a copy of the student edition of The Case for Christ and with another guy named Mike who said he would probably pray later. This second Mike is was a Roman Catholic who I see in the PE lounge every so often who never wants to do a survey. But I got through the Gospel with him today and he was close. 121 students have prayed to receive Christ this school year since August after hearing me tell them the Gospel.

Mike [the first one] was sitting in the Hallway up on the third floor of the BIC. His family was from Ecuador though he looked more of the European lineage than that native to that region. He said he’d like to visit family down there. He was wearing a bright blue hoodie and shorts and went to Christ Church. He had a superman style hair cut, light brown hair and a day’s growth of beard. I asked him what he would say to God if he died and were asked why he should be let into Heaven. “D— that’s a deep question.” he said, then thinking some more, “Honestly I lived the best life I could in the way I knew how.” He thought he had a 50/50 change of going to Heaven. When I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sin so God could live inside him and know him, he knew Jesus had died. So I continued to explain the rest of the good news that His blood had cleansed him and His righteousness was to his credit. In the end he wanted to be forgiven and so I said, “If you’d want to put your trust in what Jesus has done to be forgiven and not just hope you were good enough and not be sure there is a prayer you could pray.” I walked him through it asking if it was the desire of his heart and if he’d want to pray it so only God would hear and be forgiven. “Yeah,” he said. And he took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. That was great. I asked if I could give him a book and he said, “Sure,” enthusiastically. So I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and “forgiven” saying he could remember and he was grateful for that. I also wrote “By the Spirit’s Power” in the front explaining how everything God was asking him to do he’d give him the power to do. I explained if he’d trust in the righteousness of Jesus the likelihood he would go to Heaven was 100%. I said maybe I’d see him in Heaven and got up to go and he said “Thank you.” “Have a good one man,” I said in response. “You too,” was his reply and I headed out.

Matt was sitting outside the cafeteria on a row of chairs where I talk to a lot of people who are waiting there for a ride or pausing before heading out the door for some reason. He was at the end of the row and when he agreed to do a survey I sat on his right at his feet. He was kinda a classic good looking guy with a military haircut and a short beard grown to match, kind face. He wore blue nylon sets with stripes down the side and had on a hooded jacket. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “Gosh–tough…” and then, “I generally try to help other people.” He went to a catholic church pretty regularly. “I’d like to say 90%,” he said of his likelihood he’d go to Heaven. As I went through the Gospel with him he knew Jesus had died for his sins and as I explained he needed to trust in that and went through the rest of the Gospel the light was dawning on him and he was getting a new perspective. I asked him if he’d want to be forgiven trusting in what Jesus had done to forgive him and live inside him he said. “My first instinct would be seeking God with God living inside me.” He went on to say  more or less that this is what he thought he had learned growing up but he had not applied it and was just trying to be good and this would be a shift in his thinking. I said he could pray to receive Jesus and walked him through the prayer asking if it was the desire of his heart and he said, “I think it does, yeah.” So I said he could pray it silently and he said, “Sure.” He prayed then to receive Jesus. I explained living by the Spirit’s power then “inside out” and that the Mass could be a time he remembered Jesus had died and so he was forgiven and he could just say, “thank you.” “This was a good message,” he said. I gave him 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and “By the Spirit’s power” and also explained that everything God was asking him to do He would give him the power to do. I gave him a Bible study to read and got his email. He stood up to go and said, “What are the odds,” I think meaning that I would have caught him at the door and his perspective on Jesus would change. “Thanks Bob,” he said as he walked away and I nodded. “See ya around,” I said and he headed out into the sunlight.

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 – 3/20/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you day was blessed walking in the Spirit into grace. I had a good day on campus I hope God will make into good.  Akire [a deer ri] and Carter each prayed to receive Jesus today.

I came in on the 1st floor and went to the elevator intending to go up to the 3rd floor for whatever reason though alone in the elevator it opened on the second floor and I unwittingly got out. Akire was sitting at the end of a few soft benches in the 2nd floor of the BIC. I was a bit worn out, I can’t seem to get back on a sleep schedule and I toss and turn until about 3 AM. Anyway Akire is a cute kid, short. She has shoulder-length dark brown hair, kind of a smirky mouth, wide smile perky face. She wore a black and white, plaid, fleecy sweater with a black mock turtle under it, skinny jeans and a black ball cap. She was nice and said she went to a Roman Catholic Church each Sunday. When I asked her why God would should let her into Heaven if she died she said, “Because… That’s a tough one.” Then thought a moment and said, “I was a good person.” She thought she had maybe a 60% chance of going to Heaven. I began to go through the Gospel with her and she knew Jesus had died to take away her sins. As I finished going through His death for her, His blood cleansing her so God could live inside her and His righteousness to her credit illustrating it all she was nodding her head like she understood. I asked her if she would want to be forgiven with God inside or thought something else and she’d want to be forgiven. I suggested she might have grown up in the church and just tried to do what they asked without processing it much. “When you were asking for forgiveness were you thinking, ‘I’m a good person and I go to church so I think God will forgive me’ or were you thinking ‘I know I’ll be forgiven because Jesus died for me’. Or didn’t you think about it.” “I never thought about it,” she admitted. So I said if she’d like to be forgiven trusting in Jesus there was a prayer she could pray and I read it through with her explaining it and said, “Is says is this the desire of your heart so do you think it is?” She said it was. So I said she could pray it silently like I wasn’t there and God would hear her and forgive her. She nodded shaking her head and took the booklet and prayed to receive Jesus. When she finished I said she could keep it and she thanked me and I explained the Christian life living “inside out” and the fruit of the Spirit and that everything God is asking her to do He would give her the power to do by the Spirit living in her she could just ask. I said when she took the Mass it commemorated that Jesus had died for her and so she was forgiven, symbolizing His body and blood and she could just say thank you. I asked if I could give her a book and she said “Yes”. So I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do writing her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front with “By the Spirit’s Power” illustrating that for her. I said if she was trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be her righteousness the likelihood she would go to Heaven was 100%. She gave me her email to send her a bible study and I gave her one as well. I told her I would be praying for her. I was sitting at her feet on her left side at the end of the bench and she stuck out her hand to shake mine as I got up to go and said, “Thank you so much.” I said she was welcome and I would see her in Heaven. And she smiled at that with a bit of a laugh and I headed out.

I headed up to the 3rd floor then figuring I’d not been up there of late and found Carter waiting to go to class in 10 minutes. I almost didn’t asking him thinking he’d say he had to go, but he was up for it asking, “How long will it take?” I said, “6 or 7 minutes” and I would go quickly. He had quick responses to the questions saying, “‘Cause my good outweighs my bad.” As to what he’d say to get into Heaven. He wanted to be a defensive end in the NFL, pretty strong looking guy. He had kind of ringlets of gold tight curls on his forehead and a short bunch of more of the same on top, a mustache and a small chin beard. Looked kind of like a swashbuckler, good looking kid in grey sweats. He thought he had a 90% chance of going to Heaven. He knew Jesus had died to take away our sins and listened very attentively as I went through the Gospel. He believed all that I told him and when I asked him if he’d want to be forgiven he said, “Yeah I guess,” I wasn’t sure he was convinced but then when I showed him the prayer he really focused and I asked him too if it was the desire of his heart and he seriously nodded his head. I said he could pray right then so only God would hear, did he want to and he said, “Yeah,” with real conviction and prayed to receive Jesus. I was glad for that because I knew he had the excuse he’d do it later as his class began in 3 minutes. I gave him Zwingli’s view of the mass as I had Akire. I gave him a Bible study to look through without much explanation and 20 Things God Can’t Do writing his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front and “By the Spirit’s power”, I explained everything God was asking him to do He would give him the power to do and that’s goes for football too. “God is like a coach but better, a coach can’t be on the field with you but God is in you giving you strength. I told him I would be praying for him until spring of next year. He was grateful and as I got up I said, “I’ll pray you get in the NFL, hey who knows,” I said with a grin. “Thank you so much, thank you so much,” he said happily and then ran off to class forgiven.

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 – 3/18/19

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed in the Lord, walking with Him. I had a good day on campus catching up with some of the peeps who have trusted Christ, and  Dom, Alex and Noah each prayed with me to receive Jesus.

Dom and Alex were sitting on a bench under the stairs when I walked into the P.E. Lounge today and they were engaged in a conversation so I did not want to interrupt. They are African American and I had a bad night sleep. Usually I try to approach the students in that lounge with some energy since most are athletes and can be resistant to talk in groups. I didn’t have any energy, so I walked around and finding no one else to speak with in the rest of the lounge or upstairs. I headed out and was a bit past them when I felt prompted to give it a try. I asked if they wanted to do a survey and Alex said she thought she might have done one with someone else, asking if it might have been someone in my group. I smiled and said I am the only one in my group, but we were a regular Bible study and I’d been there since 2002. Dom said ok then. So I sat at their feet and began to ask them questions. They were a bit distracted as they could look right over my head, and everyone walks out past where we sat.  A couple peeps went by but I kept praying God would speak to them and by the end of the Gospel story they were focused. Dom was a big girl dressed in print leggings and had a satin wrap around her head tied in kind of a floral knot and a sweater. She had a round face and full features, cute kid. Alex was a bit darker and had her own elbow length, curly hair and black glasses a small cute face and was dress in black leggings and a sweater. When I asked them what they would say to God to get into Heaven Dom said “Because I tried [in] my life to be with different persons instead to be selfish.” Alex said, “I’m not perfect but I tried to do right in my life.” Dom thought she had a 50/50 change to get into Heaven and then Alex said, “You can never know.” It seemed like Alex had picked up a bit more at church, but neither of them understood the Gospel or really seemed to know how God took away their sins through Jesus. Alex had said she knew how her sins were taken away but did not know the specifics. So I just said,” This is how it works.” Slowly then they began to really tune in as I was praying in my heart and talking at the same time with other words. Both of them began to get very serious expressions as I explained they could be forgiven and washed clean by the blood of Jesus and His righteousness would be to their credit. I explained they needed to receive Jesus and they were then saved by that faith. I asked if they would want to trust in Jesus to be forgiven or thought something else and Alex said, “Trust in Jesus.” and Dom said, “Be forgiven.” So I showed them there was a prayer they could pray and walked them through it. They each said they’d like to pray, so I took out another booklet handing it to Dom showing her the page. They then took them, looked at them and closed them and thanked me. So I suggested if they would pray right now, I would know they had trusted in Christ and then I would keep them in my prayers. I said I would sit a bit apart from them and they agreed and each prayed to receive Jesus. I offered them books when they were done. They both wanted a book, so I gave them each a copy of 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “by the Spirit’s power” (after I explained how they could ask God for His power to live the Christian life) in the front of each one. Then I wrote their names and the date and “forgiven” in the front. They were visibly happy to see me write that for each of them. I explained then “This is 100%” writing 100% by the question as to the likelihood they would go to Heaven. “Because if you are trusting in the righteousness of Jesus to be your righteousness, how righteous is Jesus? 100% righteous and what’s His righteousness worth, an infinite amount. So there is enough for an old guy like me who had done a lot of things and young women like you haven’t even done much wrong yet.” They grinned at that. I gave them a Bible study too that they could read as they got up to go, and told them I would be praying for them each night for the next year, which really pleased them too. “Thanks for stopping by to talk to us,” Dom said. “Thank you,” Alex chimed in and I said, “Thanks for talking with me,” and we headed our separate ways.

Noah was sitting at the end of the tunnel over from the PE building on a line of chairs. He said I’d asked him before but this time he was willing to do a survey. He had short brown hair, flat to his head and inch long bangs. He looked to be sporting a few days worth of beard, mostly on the underside of his jaw line and a mustache flying solo above it. He had a round, kind face. Nice guy. He had a black and white horizontal stripped long sleeved shirt on that buttoned at the neck and dark jeans. When I asked him what he would say to God to get into Heaven he said, “Well, serving the Alter since I was 13, influencing other kids my age to join [the church]. I’m a leader. I’d be one of the people that makes other’s faith grow stronger as a Catholic or a Christian.” The likelihood he would go to Heaven he thought was 90%. When I asked him what Jesus had done to take away his sins he said, “He sacrificed Himself.” I agreed and began to explain how that had paid for his sins and the blood of Christ had cleansed him so he was pure inside like God and God could live inside him. He listened closely to everything I said about the atonement and the imputed righteousness of Christ. I explained he could hook up with all that God had done by faith and believing that Jesus was God, had died for his sins and rose from the dead. I showed him the two circles in the booklet, one with God inside the circle and one with God outside the circle of someone’s life. “I’d be in the circle [with God],’ he said when I asked. So I explained he could be forgiven by receiving what Christ had done, trusting in His work by faith and waling him through the prayer to receive Jesus. “When you pray for forgiveness are you thinking in your heart that you’ve been doing the right things and so God would forgive you? Or have you been thinking ‘I know I’ll be forgiven because Jesus died for me’?” I asked. He paused, thinking, and so I said, “Or hadn’t you really thought about it. ” “I never thought about it before,” he said. So I said if he wanted to be forgiven, he could pray for that forgiveness and asked if he’d want to pray to trust in Jesus and he said, “Yeah sure.” He took the booklet then and prayed aloud the prayer in it to receive Jesus. I’d explained the Mass was to remind him Jesus had died and so his sins were forgiven. I talked to him about how anything God was asking him to do He’d give him the power to do it. And that if he trusted in the righteousness of Jesus to be his righteousness, he could be 100% sure he would go to Heaven and explained the parable of the wedding feast in Matt. 22. I gave him a Bible study he liked and 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front along with “by the Spirit’s power.” I said I’d be praying for him and then we stood up to go and I said, “I’ll see ya in Heaven” and “God bless you” as we shook hands. “God bless you too,” he replied and headed down the hall.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and of evangelism today if you had a chance. God truly blessed, even though I was pretty shot.

In Him,

Bob

Results of the Work – 3/14/19

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed and you had peace today in the midst of the shuffle. I had a good day on campus and encouraged some students. AJ prayed with me to receive Jesus.

He was sitting at one of the tables in the big lounge where we have Bible study and looked like he’d been working out. He wore a sleeveless shirt and sweats and had high tops on. He had a rough-top afro with shaved sides, a long, oval, fair-skinned face and a slight bit of beard on his chin and bit of a mustache. Good looking kid he was a friend it turned out of another student I had met Emmanuel whose dad is a pastor. I walked up and asked him if he wanted to do a student survey and he said he’d done one last semester. “Did they ask you the big metaphysical question?” I asked. “What’s that?” he asked. “So you’re walking down the road and you get hit by a bus. So you’re dead and you stand before God and He says, ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’ What would you say?” “They didn’t ask that.” he replied. “Well you want to know what the bible says the answer is or you really don’t care?” “I could learn,” he said. So I said, “You wanna do a survey or just hear what the Bible says?” “You can just tell me the Bible,” he said. So I began to go through the verses with him and the analogies about how God wanted to live inside him but first he had become God’s type. He knew Jesus had died to take away his sins. I went through the Gospel with him finally asking him if he’d want to be forgiven with God inside or thought something else. “Be forgiven with God inside,” He replied. He’d said he went to church so I asked something like, “So when you are asking for forgiveness have you been thinking, ‘Well, I’m a good man. I go to a church, from a good family and God will just forgive me. Or were you thinking, ‘I know I’ll be forgiven because Jesus died for me?’ So I know you probably knew the story but did you apply it to yourself?” He thought for a bit and said, “I think I mostly knew the story but I never applied it.” And he smiled with kind of a “ya got me” look.” So I said if he wanted to be forgiven trusting in Jesus there was a prayer he could pray and I walked him through it. There were some other students sitting at the table behind us but he’d been in a chair with his back to them and I was on the corner a couple feet from the table. I said “If you wanted to you could pray this right now, just silently to yourself and no one would know.” and he smiled knowingly and nodded and took the booklet and prayed to receive Christ. When he finished I said he could keep it and explained living the Christian life by the power of the Spirit and told him a story about how God would give him the power to do everything He was asking him to do living “Inside Out”. I gave him a Bible study and 20 Things God Can’t Do and wrote “Just ask By the Spirit’s Power” I also wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” in the front which he liked. He gave me his email so I could send him some stuff. I shook his hand then and said, “God bless you brother.” “God bless you too,” he replied with a smile and I headed out.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism today if you had a chance, God blessed me all day it was good talking with students.

In Him,

Bob