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How to Turn an Atheist into an Agnostic in minutes

The term atheist means someone who denies the existence of God, whereas the term agnostic means that person holds the theory that God is unknown or unknowable.

When you share with an atheist, think logically. Ask them if when they see a painting they know there is a painter, when they see a building they know there is a builder, when they see order (trees planted in a row, 20 coke cans in order) there must be an orderer.....so when they see this huge, beautiful, organized, and intricate creation, there must be a Creator. Look at how intricate and detailed creation is.....Did you know that the eye has 40,000,000 nerve endings, the focusing muscles move an estimated 100,000 times a day, and the retina contains 137,000,000 light sensitive cells? Did you know that the earth is so exactly perfectly set in motion that if it were to move the slightest bit out of its place to be a little closer or further from the sun we would either burn alive or freeze. Also, if the earth were to rotate any …

No Coincidence

I was in class today and the class was busy working on a worksheet quietly when out of nowhere the professor looked up and said, "Does anyone know how many children die a day in America?" and she looked at one girl and said, "I want you to research something for me....how many people die in America daily...and give me the results". I was speechless! I didn't know what to think, and by the time I wanted to tell her how many people died in the world a day, everyone else was talking loudly. I mean, theres no way this was coincidence....pray that God would give me time and courage to share with this professor soon. Thank you and God bless.

Sharing at Enmark

So today after my jogging class, I was driving home and noticed I was out of gas....I was on my way to Enmark (2.11/gal!) and knew that God wanted me to share with somebody there. I normally have to choose either inside or outside witnessing because I would have to block the pump taking so much time. So I told God that if He wants me to share with the clerk to give me a sign to go inside and if not I would share with the person at the next pump. So I pumped my gas and sure enough...the receipt didn't come out and the machine read, "Go see cashier"....It has never done this with me at that station and I go there all the time! So, to make sure I didn't deny God's easy ability to show me a sign I just said, "Thanks God, please prepare their hearts" and walked in with boldness. I got my receipt and handed them a tract and asked the question, "what do yall think happens after death?" to which one girl working said, Heaven somewhat rudely and …

Giving it up and Just Meeting God

I was about to go to bed the other night when Doug told me he wanted to just chill with me and talk about what God is up to. I had been running around like a chicken with my head cut off all day and was acting as though God would waste some of my time. I have now come to the conclusion that God deserves my time...even if it means me only getting about 4 hrs of sleep, like I did last night. I think this is gonna teach me to discipline myself about all the stuff I go to and do with other people so that I can sit and just chill with God for a while each day. I don't like the term "quiet time" because its just so lame sounding....I prefer Chill Time. I think if God were to use up to date lingo, he would call it chill time. I mean, why can't we just be still and know that He is God. I also think this will strengthen my love for Him and for others. If I really put the day into perspective BEFORE it starts, I know that things will go smoother with God on His rightfu…

Share with Professors

Ok, so I was thinking...who is someone we see all week long that we usually don't think to share Jesus with??? Our Professors! So, how can we do it? They have all this free office time and just sit there bored to tears probably checking assignments and looking at email and stuff. Why don't we make it our mission to shed the love of Christ upon them. They need Jesus too. I'm gonna strive to share with all my professors in office time this semester whenever I possibly can. I know, I know...our grades could suffer....but would you rather it be your grades or them (for eternity)....who knows, maybe because of your absolute love for the lost, your teacher will come to Jesus and find complete redemption and relationship with their Maker. Just a thought....anybody thought about this? May the Holy Spirit guide you this week to fulfill all He has planned through your life. May you be filled with joy and passion knowing Your Father loved and loves you enough to pay your fine and wal…

Make Witnessing A Big Deal

Hey guys, I decided to go to get some food a few minutes ago at Subway and brought in some Million dollar bill tracts. The lady working was really focused on the work so I figured its not a great time to try and talk to her. But as I was being checked out, she looked across the room and said, "I have a thousand dollar question to ask you" to which I said, "Oh really, what is it?" and she said she was talking to her friend across the room.....I then said, well...I have a million dollar question to ask you and gave her a tract. I said, where will you go when you die and she said, "Hey, someone gave me one of these at school". She said she went to a college around here and someone passes out tracts! I said, well just take a minute to read over it...it explains how to be sure. So anyway, I walked out with my sandwich...or so I thought...this guy came walking out to my car as I was leaving and it was the guy behind me in line....he said, thats my sandwic…

Be Courageous

So I was heading to Jesup this weekend and had to stop at a gas station to get gas....when I talked with the guy at the pump across from me, I found out he was a mormon and he actually stated that he didn't have the same beliefs as I did! Most mormons will say they believe the same thing....but the truth is, they don't. Anyway, I told him about how Lee Strobel in his book "The Case for Christ", was trying to look up evidence for the Book of Mormon outside of it and could find none....so he went to the Smithsonian Institute and asked them if there was any evidence whatsoever for the Book of Mormon to be true and they said no, there is no evidence for any of the people to have ever lived, any of the places to have ever existed, or any of the situations to have ever been authentic! Anyway, I told him this and said to go look up the evidence before you believe in something that could just determine your ETERNAL destination and he said that was true and he would. I pray t…

Nate's On Fire

At Fan Into Flame, which means at my house, Thursday night, God brought us into conversing about evangelism...and Nate, who once said that this sort of evangelism was SO wrong and just self-righteous, stood up and said that he was very wrong about that.....He said that he has found that evangelism fires up the believer to the point of a purpose for everyday of life....he got so into it that he said, "I've gotta go now" and walked out....he came back a few hours later and told an amazing story about how he had gone straight to the KA house (because hes in the frat) and parked his car to talk to folks on campus. Well they were having a party at the house and he got to share with a few of his buddies there about how horrible it is live for this life and how they need to turn to Christ....they all left....he didn't stop....he then went to the UC and talked with some guys skateboarding....one rejected him, the other didn't.....he told the atheist who talked with him …

Confusing Beliefs

Last night, Colby, Emily, Brad, Clay, and I went out witnessing and we had a great time seeing God work. Clay and Brad went together while Emily, Colby, and I went together. At first we ran into some people that didn't have time to talk, but then we ran into a couple of girls who had a little differing beliefs. One girl was Catholic and believed that if she were to die then she would have gone to purgatory, because she wasn't being a good enough person to go to Heaven yet. The other girl said that she didn't even know what to believe because she had grown up in church, but never really understood everything and it never really applied to her life. She had heard it before but didn't honestly believe it to be true. After sharing the whole Gospel with her and pointing out her....and the rest of the worlds...need for a Savior, she said she would go and read Psalm 51 and start reading John. She seemed to understand everything, but I wish I could have asked her what t…

Watering The Seed!

So last night, I was going by the BCM and people were playing volleyball....A friend of mine called me over to the court and said that his roommate was one of those 7-8 guys Nate and I talked to about the Lord outside of Hopper the other night. He said that after this conversation we had with him, my friend talked with him in their room for about an hour after that. Now I am glad Nate and I prayed like we did for those individuals...God is so good. My friend, the guy's roommate, said that he had been praying for something like that to happen for a while. I began wondering how we shouldn't just pray that God would send people to share with our friends, but that we would share with our friends joyously. God has placed us around these people for a reason and we should do whatever we can to spread His Word and plant it in their hearts. God is good and had this whole thing planned out. Praise God for His marvelous work and for His glorious power. There is none like Him and without …

Phone Call Evangelism

So this past sunday night at the BCM leadership meeting, I was given information on people who had shown an interest in wanting a personal relationship with Jesus. After already planning on going out witnessing with Brad, Clay, and Sarah...the plans changed and Clay, Brad, and I decided to call these people up. The guy I first called said that he was saved back when he was 10, but that he had gotten into a little bit of partying in college and was trying to get back to God....which, as Clay and I discovered implies that he received the Word at once with joy but his plant actually had not root at all, thus no salvation, and he was pulled up. I asked him the question, why did you "accept" Jesus and go down front? To which he responded that he grew up in church and wanted to do it because he saw others do it. I asked him if he had ever at one point in his life realized that he was going to Hell for his sin if he didn't turn to Jesus, to which he answered, "No". I …

God Provides More

Last night I got to talk with my friend Nate about the whole "witnessing" thing and he said that he wanted to try it out and see if he loved it as much as I did. We went up to the school and started walking around talking to people and God definitely was convicting hearts before our very eyes. At first Nate was a little nervous about starting up the conversation, but once he got going with it he was definitely pouring himself into it. We got to talk to a couple library workers, a guy and girl, two different groups of guys, then one big group of like 7 or 8 guys which was awesome. Nate and I ended up spliting up halfway through the night because we were talking to two separate groups of guys next to each other and God had ordained it. I went on to talk to the group of 7-8 guys and asked them the question, "What happens after death?" and got varying responses. Then when I asked where they were going, they thought I was going to kill them out there. I told the…

God Answers Prayer

So last night was great! We all prayed that the Lord would send out laborers for the harvest, as Jesus told us to, and sure enough we had more laborers for the harvest. I couldn't get over how many people told me they were either coming or would come next week to go out with us on campus. We had about 10 people going out sharing Jesus with folks and it was so amazing. We got to talk to a supposed convicted felon on the loose, a couple of girls that didn't know they could be 100% sure of their salvation, three guys who all stated they were going to Hell if they died and then wanted to repent, and a guy and girl who were totally broken over their sin and desired to know God personally....and that was only my group of three, so God is obviously doing HUGE things this semester through us. If you are reading this and are unsure of the whole "sharing your faith" thing, then I challenge you to step out there and be uncomfortable for a little bit so that Jesus' redemptio…

sharing with neighbors

One of the hardest things I've realized in my Christian walk is when I come home to my family and see that our neighbors are still lost, we are the ones to share with them. The week before school started, God laid it on my heart to pray for my neighbors for an oppurtunity to share the Gospel with them. I prayed that God would allow it and sure enough, that same day my neighbor calls and says she needs me to come help her change her air filter. She has a son who in high school and a daughter in college. I went over there and my mom decided to go too. After I changed the air filter, I went up to hang out with the high school boy. We played video games for a few hours and just talked about stuff. Finally, I got up the courage to ask him...."If you died tonight, where would you go?" he said that he hoped Heaven, but wasn't sure. After that, I got to share the clear Gospel with him and he understood that he needed to turn from his sin to Jesus in order to be made …