Something Amazing Happened When This Older Man Brought Up Jesus

Conversate Evangelism

 

I’ve been running around the park recently. I frequently pass by this older man in his sixties who is always evangelizing. He passes out literature and to the general public, he may come across a little awkward. But God is using him tremendously. He told me that he was praying for 20 people to place their faith in Christ and that just today he led about six people to faith in Christ, including the 20th person to place his or her trust in Christ within about four weeks. I encouraged him and told him that I share the good news about Jesus at James Madison University on Sundays.

As we were talking, two teenagers walked by us who were about 18 years old. Boy and girl. I’ll call them Fred and Stacy. Fred and Stacy were holding hands. I introduced myself and told them that my friend and I were Christians and we were out having spiritual conversations. I asked them if they believed in God. They said yes, but acted a little disgusted towards us. I asked a few questions and they seemed to have the right Sunday school answers. They went to church. The girl was finishing her last year of high school. The two of them met at work. They trusted in Jesus for their salvation. I thought that was good, but these two young church goers seemed a little turned off at this older man and I talking about Jesus.

About that time, a car pulled up and parked. The guy start walking towards the four of us. He was Fred’s best friend, named Doug. I asked Fred,  “He’s your best friend, he must believe like you do.” I introduced myself to Doug and said, “Doug, do you believe in God.” Doug said no. I responded, “We’ll surely Fred has told you about God hasn’t he. You’re his best friend, right?” “No, I haven’t.”  Fred said. “Why don’t you tell him now?” “I don’t want to, but you should.” Doug agreed to hear about God and engage in conversation. I asked him what were the main reasons he didn’t believe in God? I listened. I asked him if believed evil was real. I listened. I asked if other questions and asked him on a scale from 1-10, how sure he was that God didn’t exist. He said 5. I asked him if I could provide good reasons for him to believe in God, would he humble himself like a child and trust in Jesus? He paused and told me maybe.

I told him that I believe that God gives people a chance to respond, to receive or reject his grace, but I don’t believe God forces himself on anybody without each person making a decision to receive Christ. My friend then shared the gospel with him and this young man named Doug prayed to receive Christ. I’m not sure if he was sincere. Some of his body language made me skeptical, but God knows his heart.  We just trust the Spirit to do his work. I’m reminded of the need for all of us to get out and share the faith.

Last Sunday, I took a couple people out sharing the faith on the campus of J.M.U. One of my friends walked up to one of the basketball players and started telling him about Jesus. The tall man about my size prayed to receive Christ. It wasn’t that complicated! We just need to go. Be bold. Be loving. We don’t have to be perfect communicators or have all knowledge.  I find that atheists, Muslims and nonbelievers sometimes even respect our conviction even though they reject our gospel.  I tell atheists that I’m 100% convinced that Jesus died and rose again. Sometimes, they might even appreciate it. Many of them have left atheism and become agnostics after I shared certain questions revealing their own inconsistencies.  Hopefully, God will save them.  Jesus said, “If anyone ashamed of me before men, I’ll be ashamed of him before my Father in heaven.” Let’s talk about our faith!

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Why We Should All Support #HR7: The No Tax Payer Funding for Abortion Act

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Last Thursday morning, The House Judiciary Committee held an extremely important hearing on the important pro-life bill H.R.7 that would ban federal taxpayer funding for abortions. The bill was sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey.

“The No Tax Payer Funding for Abortion Act – Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion.”  Democrats like Nancy Pelosi quickly responded on Twitter, claiming the H.R. 7 “attacks women’s health in a hearing by all men.”  Pelosi’s tweet is consistent with the two most frequent slogans that liberals constantly appeal to: first, “Any opposition to abortion on demand is an attack on women” and second,  “Men don’t have any say so on this issue because they’re men.”

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“Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds. For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.”- Psalms 9:12 NLT

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“My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die.”

-Paul, around the year 62, while in prison. (Philippians 1:20 NET)

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The One Disruptive Resolution for 2014

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Why is it that I feel that this year I need to resolve to lose 20 pounds of weight and get back to my college days when I played basketball?

Why is it that I tell myself that this is the year I will save lots of money and take my dream vacation and finally get myself organized?

Sounds familiar?

New Year Resolutions.

Before you think I’m a “hater” on New Year Resolutions. I want to say that these kind of resolutions are not necessarily worthless. Goal setting is good. New Year Resolutions can be noble, but they may not necessarily be all God wants for me.

Perhaps, I need to look further and ask, Why is it, that I am setting these particular goals? Why have I put on weight recently? Why do I sense that I need to save money? Have I spent too much on trivial items or experiences? Is it even coherent that American’s top resolutions for 2014 include traveling and taking risks while saving money and getting organized?

What if with this year’s resolution, God wanted to take our goals, desires and dreams and transform them?

I can’t but notice that throughout history, God has often taken type A, successful, goal-setting individuals and completely disrupted them.

One of best examples of this is Paul, the Jewish rabbi and lawyer who was persecuting anyone who he discovered was worshipping Jesus, whom his followers had claimed to have seen alive after his crucifixion.  On one of Paul’s trips, while seeking to prosecute and sentence to death Christians in the city of Damascus, Paul experienced a God disruption. Jesus appeared to him in blinding light. Paul was immediately and radically changed; he became a Jesus follower. No more career and selfish political ambition. Paul loved Jesus so much, that he himself would go anywhere to tell people about Jesus even when it meant loosing money, being arrested, tortured and eventually killed.

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How Logic Can Help Save a College Student’s Faith

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“I’m a liberal, pacifist, atheist, and if you don’t like it, you can leave,” the professor said as he began the first day of Renaissance history at the University of Colorado. Joni Raille, who grew up in a conservative Christian home, was taken aback and wondered what her professor’s bluntness had to do with Renaissance history. I asked her if she ever considered dropping the course. “No,” she replied, “I can learn from anybody, even if he is an atheist.”

A few days later, Joni’s professor began speaking of religious changes within European Christian culture. He wrote a Bible verse from the Gospel of Matthew on the board. “How many of you are Christians? Raise your hand!” Joni felt singled out. But she, along with four other students, raised their hands. The professor probed further. “How many of you read the Bible everyday? Keep your hand up.” Joni kept her hand up. She was the only one. “What, are you going to be a nun or something?” Joni smiled, and politely said, “No.” The professor smiled back. “C’mon Joni, I think you would look good wearing a religious habit like a nun.”

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