UWM Audacity Outreach Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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There certainly was a sea teeming with fish on a beautiful Son-shine filled day. The Milwaukee Seed Sowers handed out 800 of the Audacity DVD’s.

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Watch Audacity free at www.AudacityMovie.com

 

 

Sondra was busy handing out DVD’s and engaging the students in conversation. As I was handing out DVD’s and people would ask what was it about I would tell them it was about Human sexuality and most of them would remark “0h yes” very enthusiastically. Other conversations were “who do u think gets to go to heaven?” Most people reply “Good People”. Then I’d talk about the Ten Commandments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Randy wearing his 180 hat joyously handed out DVD’s. Watch 180 for free at www.180movie.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jim had a conversation with this young couple who while they believed there was a God felt they couldn’t relate to God. Jim reminded them that is why Jesus came as a man to earth so that people could relate to God in His personhood.

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Bob is handing out DVD’s to passersby. We were asked numerous times, “What’s the film about?” We gladly replied that it was a loving movie about human and homosexuality.

Generally, about half took the DVD and said thanks! Appreciatively! I talked with a man who thought gays were born that way. He came by later with his lunch in hand and heckled us each time we handed out the DVD saying, “hate video! Don’t take it.” We chatted with him and he had no answer for his intellectual stance so we prayed for the heckler.

Bob is having a conversation with two men who stopped to talk with him about the film. Generally, about half took the DVD and said thanks! Appreciatively!

 

 

 

 

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Bob met Todd who works for Intervarsity on campus and chatted for about 15 minutes. He appreciated the way we witnessed and thanked us. I also met three saints who were encouraged that we were there. We saw a Christian group that had banners explaining spiritual truths and engaging passersby in conversation.

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Sondra speaking with a group of students.

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Lakefront Fishing – Update

First divine encounter.  Two lady caregivers and a mentally disabled young man.  He was so happy to see us.  One lady very aware that there was a God, her sinful state and her need for Him but not sure of her Salvation.  The other, most (pessimistic).  Did not understand how the bible could be totally true after, as she called it, “so many different translations”.  (Editors Note: It’s true there are many translations of the Bible! Some are in English, some in German, some in Arabic, some in Chinese, etc.)

In an effort to ease her mind on that issue we reminded her that the word of God was written by men inspired by God.  Sure there were translations but the true meaning had not been lost.  Not sure whether she totally received that.  We further explained that God says in the bible that without faith it is impossible to please Him. She also sadly believed that hell was here on earth.  We shared with her some of the bibles descriptions of hell. One went away smiling and thankful as we shared the whole Gospel, filling in parts that had not been clear to her before.  The other, we’re not so sure.  We’re praying God’s hand is still in her life.

We were so blessed to come upon Amir and Danyell.  Amir was a black muslim.  Very surprised he was so receptive and wanted to hear what we had to say.  Danyell was very shy to admit her sin.   Amir owned up without a hesitation.  He to was eager to share what he knew about repentance.  He seemed to believe that repentance was all that was necessary to gain heaven.  We tried to help him to understand that putting your trust in Christ death on the cross was a necessary step also. We were able to share the entire Gospel. They both said they understood, thanked us and we said our fair wells.  Melissa was excited and confident that he (they) got it, I was not so sure.  Again, we are praying God will do a work in his (their) hearts.

Next, we came upon Darryl, Joshua and a young ladies name that escapes me.  Darryl did not know if he would go to heaven, the young lady went back and forth and Joshua just said “no, I’m not going to heaven”.  After much conversation especially with the young lady who spent much time in and around the church and was proud to share the lingo she knew, but did not really know how to be sure of her salvation but based it on asking God to forgive her over and over again…we finally shared that now while you are living you can know for sure.  Thus, we shared the Gospel.  Separation was sweet to see, especially for the young men to hear something they had not heard before and the young lady to hear that there was a way off the merry go round if she really wanted it.

We gave tracts to a group of students which included one Jehovah witness which again I was surprised she took it but I guess she just didn’t know better.  We are praying that they read, think, meditate and receive the Word!

One young couple received tracts, but the gentleman had grown up in church and was turned off by it and as he said, “everything about it”.  The young lady said that she would wait until she died to find out if she went to heaven or hell and with that I told her then it would be to late, now is the time to make that decision.  They kindly thanked us and agreed to take the tracts.  I must say, it was sad to see how turned off the young man was about religion as a whole even though we submitted we weren’t offering religion but a relationship. (Editors Note: Amen!) We speculated on what happened but he was not to eager to share.  God bless their confused souls.

Our last encounter was one for the books.  Young man and two young ladies who looked like college students out having a little picnic.  They were very receptive…little did we know that he was the spokesperson for the group.  He had very grand ideas about how everything was about love and he loved everybody and everything and everything was interconnected and heaven was here on earth.  And we truly let him talk way to long.  But after everything was said and done, he stopped challenging us, we were able to share the Gospel, and they took our tracts and thanked us.  Melissa said she believed he was a young hippie who believed in pantheism.  All and all a very full evening. Nancy and Melissa.

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Karma Proves God’s Existence

Subtitle: If religion is a crutch then karma is an excuse for the conscience

I’ve heard people refer to karma frequently as of late. The world’s definition of karma is – “action, work or deed. It also refers to the principle of causality where the intent of an individual action influences the future of that individual.”

Hmm, let’s think that through. If I commit a good act to my neighbor, Richard, what or who causes that to come back to me as goodness in any other form? If there is no God and we evolved from nothing then there’s nothing coordinating or controlling my good action to have it come back to me.

Outside of Richard simply returning the favor, how could impersonal evolution control/create/etc. anything return good to me? It can’t- by definition.

Few people fight against the idea of karma since it seems like a just concept; since they innately know the idea is good and desirable they mostly accept it.

So the world’s definition of karma is self-contradictory and nonsense (meaning it makes no sense).

Instead, let us reason together (Is 1:18) and think a little further. The idea implies and requires an intelligent, powerful, all-knowing, and perfectly judicial being (not simply a force as it has no consciousness since it has no mind) since knowledge of the original act is required, plus all-knowing to determine the best way to return the act, plus power to actually bring about the reciprocating act, and finally perfect moral character in order to return the perfect amount and effect of the reciprocating act in exact proportions.

Since evolution does not qualify let us look around the universe to see if perhaps something else does qualify…

What or who else is intelligent, powerful, all-knowing, and perfectly judicial?… Why, the Bible tells us that God is! And God’s definition of karma is, “for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” – Gal 6:7.

Everyone innately agrees with this concept because their  God-given conscience bears witness that this is true.

Therefore, the concept of “karma” proves God’s existence because your conscience bares witness of God and judges you as to whether you’re good enough to get to heaven or not (Ro 2:15).

The ultimate finality of God’s divine law of “reaping what you sow” (aka, “karma”) will be consummated at the end of the age when every knee shall bow and declare that, “Jesus is Lord” through the Great White Throne judgment (Rev 20:11-15) where God will mete out His divine judgment based on your works.

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Unbiblical Messages

We all at some time have taught our children that almost everything they see in movies and on TV is fake (yes, including “reality” TV), but do we also teach them that most shows and movies have anti-biblical messages that are the hero of the plot?

The character can overcome and accomplish whatever they dream, without the reality check that we are promised trials, tribulation, and persecution.

Instead of charters striving for purity and marriage, they follow their heart and become engaged in a romantic relationship.

Without a compass that absolute morals exist, they become beloved by telling a “little lie” or stealing from the rich to give to the poor.

I believe the most detrimental of all the messages is how children are told that deep down they are good and they should have self-esteem. They are subtly led to believe that they can do good things, and that they deserve good things, because they are good. The Bible teaches that there is nothing good within us (Romans 7:18), all our good works are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6), our hearts are deceitfully wicked (Jeremiah 17:9), and what we deserve is judgment and condemnation (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Revelation 21:8).

When the Holy Spirit leads, He leads us through His Word. We should never trust our heart without first filtering it through God’s Word. Humans by nature are lovers of self (Matthew 22:39). We love to be told that we are right, and that we should “follow our heart.” But what happens when we don’t get what we want? Should we get mad at God? God forbid! God has provided for every need (and much more), yet people curse at God for not providing them with all of their wants too. People get upset that God would allow bad things to happen, because they mistakenly think that they only deserve good.

I have asked my children, “What do you deserve?” and their first answer is often, “Nothing.” But this is the wrong answer. What we all deserve is eternal conscious torment, and any day that our lives are better than that we should praise God for his mercy. Praise be evermore to God that He is not only merciful, but gracious and has provided a way for us to receive eternal life, joy and peace! He gives eternal life only to those who realize they do not deserve it, and that they cannot accomplish it by believing in themselves and following their heart. Instead they must fully trust in Christ and believe in what He has accomplished. – Randy

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Christmas: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, then the Beauty by Dave and Andrea

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, if you’re in or near southeast WI, our wonderland of white snow has melted and there is little sign of any coming before Dec 25th, so…it is just a dream. And with the rain and the surface ground frost gone at the time of this writing, if you have farm animals, everything is basically mud slop. But…back to Christmas.

We’re surrounded by things good and lovely: pretty trees with bright lights and decorations, colorful ornaments, beautiful candles, wreaths, snow scenes, warm fireplaces in the hearth in a family home, beautifully wrapped presents. Everything is bright and light and cheery and happy. It seems that all of that symbolism is conveyed to us most significantly in the Christmas cards that we receive, which present to us almost a world of fantasy, beauty, wonder, loveliness, with folks writing about the highlights of the past year(hardly any mention of hardships),and that is one side of Christmas.

But if we may, I’d like us to talk about the blackness of Christmas, the other side. So grab a candy cane or a Christmas cookie as you read the rest, because there will be no sugar-coating in this letter.

There is lurking behind every beautiful scene on every Christmas card, every lovely sentiment of Christmas, somewhere behind all of that is something very vile and very ugly. And I really believe that to have a proper understanding of the beauty of Christmas, you must have a proper understanding of the ugliness of Christmas.

Because of this thing, there are tears and pain and war and fighting and anxiety and discord and unrest and fear and worry and sickness and death and famine and earthquakes and pollution. All those things which mar our existence are the direct result of it. It disturbs and disrupts every human relationship, whether between man and man, man and creation, or man and God. It’s the phenomena that damns every soul to hell; it’s that blight which pervades the entire world. What is it?

In Matthew 1:21, we read these words as the Angel spoke to Joseph: “And she shall bring forth a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sin.” 1 John 3:5 says, “And you know that he appeared to take away our sins;” 1 John 4:14: “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”

The Apostle Paul says, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,…” 1 Timothy 1:15. The dark and ugly side of Christmas is this: Sin.

The heart of Christmas is this: Christ came into the world to save sinners. “You shall call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sin.” And that’s the real beauty of Christmas: to understand the ugliness that it cures.

WHY am I talking about this in this Christmas letter? If there were no sin, there would need to be no Christmas. So we cannot divorce the two and we cannot hide behind the fantasy, the smokescreen of Christmas cards and all the rest. We cannot look at Christmas and celebrate its peripheral elements. Sin must come to the forefront. You see, the reason that Christ was born was to be the Savior who came to deliver men from sin.

Sin is that from which no one escapes and all who die in childbirth or from heart disease or cancer or war or murder or accidents or old age, or whatever else, all are dying and all are dying because of sin. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death.” Every person on the globe will die, and therefore has been affected by sin: the ugliness of Christmas, the degenerative power in the human stream that makes man susceptible to disease, disaster, illness, death, and hell.

It is the reason for Christmas. Every broken marriage & home, every shattered friendship, every argument, every disagreement, every evil thought, word & deed, can be attributed to sin. Anything that sinister, powerful, & totally debilitating for the whole human race must be dealt with if God, who is infinitely holy, is to bring man to himself. Thus Christ came into the world to deal with sin.

How many people does sin affect? The answer is in Romans 3. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. For there is none righteous, no not one.” The definition of sin is “transgression of the law.” All you have to do is, in the quietness of your own heart, look at yourself in the mirror of the 10 Commandments. Take a look at your life: your deeds, your actions, the lust, the lying, not thanking God, not praising Him for everything that he’s done for you day in, day out, living in rebellion to Him. And when you start thinking of the pile, the mountain of sin that you’ve committed against God, think about Him DYING on the cross for you anyway, to be the payment for the sins that you have committed.

What do you need to be saved from? You need to be saved from the wrath of God- He’s angry at sin. BUT- God is rich in mercy! The babe in the manger- the One God sent- His Son- He lived the perfect life to be the perfect sacrifice on the cross. The message of Christmas ultimately leads to the cross. The Cross- where the sin of man was bore. Oh, that Jesus would take the punishment we deserve-bearing God’s wrath- for us! Now the bad and the ugly have become beautiful!

So, think about your own sin and then think about His kindness, and let it break you and let it lead you to repentance.

2 Corinthians 5:21: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Romans 5: 6-8: “… in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 2 Corinthians 7:10: “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation,…”

Acts 17: 30-31: “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” So, to receive this offer God made to you, you are called to repent, turn from sin and turn to God, trusting in Jesus alone for salvation. The Bible-God’s Word- teaches that anything added to trusting Jesus alone will not save you- it actually is an affront to God because He has already provided an all-sufficient gift of his only Perfect Guiltless Son to bear the shameful punishment & death of a criminal that sinners deserve. Then Jesus rose again, defeating death. “I Am the Way, the Truth, the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me,” Jesus said this in John 3:16. You must trust in Jesus alone for salvation…. the reason for Christmas!

Look, I know for some of you this is hard-reading, but it’s the truth. Please examine what I have said in the light of the Bible to make sure for yourself. I don’t know how long I have here, so I’m not wasting time or opportunities. Please consider this. There’s nothing more important than where you spend eternity, and you have read how to be saved.

The Beauty of Christmas-The Reason for Christmas- it is God’s greatest gift! With all sincerity and love.

We hope you have the most joyous of Christmases this year! We look forward to hear from you and we keep you in our prayers. Please enjoy these 4 free online movies. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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You can’t just walk up to someone and tell them about Christ!

Recently I attended a men’s breakfast at a church and the speaker who was a pastor on staff was giving a message on leadership out of the book of Nehemiah.

Some of the points that he was trying to make was that the main focus of the church is Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

So far so good, I agree.

He mentioned that the book of the law was read and it brought such conviction of sin over the people that they repented. Nehemiah 8.

Again, I have no disagreement there.

Then in one fell swoop he mentioned that he and another pastor were exploring a ministry called Q Place http://www.qplace.com where you get to know a person and listen to them before sharing Christ. “You can’t just walk up to someone and tell them about Christ!”

That is a false teaching. My thoughts went to many scriptures and experiences in the Bible such as Moses, the Prophets (Samuel, Jonah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.), Kings, Jesus preaching repentance, Jesus sending out the disciples two by two, Jesus many open air sermons, Peter at Pentecost, Stephen before the council, Paul at Mars Hill, the apostles going to the synagogue and teaching there on the Sabbath.

Now I will agree that when speaking with a person, we do need to listen to them and to answer them. 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

I talked to the speaker after the breakfast and confronted him with the fact that a person has no need for Christ and His church until he sees himself as a wretched sinner in need of a God who can save him from the only problem they have. Sin!

He could not argue or deny that truth, yet his response was the oft spoken rebuttal, “Well, that’s your calling”. I thought the primary mission of the church was the great commission?

NOTE: This was reiterated by a Pastor of the same church in a message just recently – “You can’t make a disciple without having a relationship with your neighbor. You can’t make a disciple without having a friendship with your neighbor.

It seems as if the institutional church wants to yoke themselves to the world, believing that they can bring a person to Christ and they’ll eventually become a disciple. It’s not a biblical approach and a departure from a scriptural gospel. A person only becomes a disciple when they repent and believe the gospel. Then they’ll know why they need Christ and why they need the church.

Our Ambassadorship

I would like to reprint an excerpt from a book that a friend of mine wrote entitled The Ambassador’s Handbook (Available by emailing jesuswaytruthlife@startmail.com): Let’s look at what our ambassadorship does not involve:

  • We don’t try to draw the lost; that’s God’s job: John 6:44 – No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
  • We don’t try to convince their intellect that Christianity is true and all other pagan religions are false. This is a true statement, but it’s not our job to convince them; it’s the Holy Spirit’s job: John 16:8 – And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
  • We aren’t responsible to have an answer for every intellectual rabbit trail someone sends us on; the lost don’t have to first unlearn false beliefs and then learn Christianity. When the law humbles them they’ll have the fear of the Lord and then they’ll be capable and eager to listen to the gospel: Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Pro 16:6 …and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Ro 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

(Keep in mind that I’m differentiating between preaching the gospel and defending the faith. If someone won’t hear the gospel, or you’ve already given it to them, you can still defend the faith by being salt and light by your words and deeds. Matthew 5:13-16, 1 Peter 3:15).

  • We aren’t responsible to convince them that they’re sinners; that’s the Holy Spirit’s job:

John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.

Ro 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.

  • We don’t ask them if they want to ‘receive Jesus Christ as their Savior’. ‘Receiving Christ’ as John 1:12 states is what happens to them when they’re saved; it’s not what’s required on their part to be saved – they must repent and place their faith in Christ by believing the gospel. By doing this they are saved and then they receive Christ.
  • We don’t ask them to make a ‘decision’ for Christ. They must ‘believe’ and ‘repent’ to be saved – which inherently requires making many ‘decision’s. If they decide intellectually, without repentance, they cannot be saved (Luke 13:3, 5, Ro 10:9-10).

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At the beach.

I’d like to share a few experiences of “walking up to someone and telling them about Christ!” On Wednesday or Thursday evenings we’ll go down to the Milwaukee lakefront and walk up to people, handing out gospel tracts and listening to them talk about their favorite topic. Themselves!

3 Young Muslim Men

As we were walking in the parking lot, we found 3 young men and handed them gospel tracts. They were the Million Dollar Bill and they kind of chuckled. They were Saudi’s and students down at Marquette. They identified themselves as Muslims so I asked them to consider a man in front of a judge who was found guilty of raping a woman and then slitting her throat, would the judge let that person go based on his good works. “No way”, was their response.

I took the time to take them through the commandments and they admitted to being liars, thieves, blasphemers and adulterers at heart. I asked if when they stood before the judge (God), would he find them guilty or innocent? There was much in the way of, “well, this is what we believe”. I explained that they would be guilty because by His goodness, God much punish the evil doer and that they were deserving of hell, an eternal punishment.

I then took time to explain the difference between Islam and Christianity, between religion and relation, that God provided a way for them to be forgiven and have eternal life. I also explained, that the only way for their salvation, was through Jesus Christ, His death on the Cross, burial and resurrection and by putting their trust in Him, the perfect God/Man who kept the law perfectly where we fail. I also shared that they needed to repent, to turn away and forsake their sin and that they needed a new birth by the Spirit of God.

Now with Muslims, it usually will come up that “How can God die?”, so I explained to them that God did not die but the man, Jesus died but the spirit never dies.

These Muslim men were very respectful, we listened to one another. We exchanged thoughts with one another but most importantly the gospel was shared.

Carrie Alone in the Car

We came upon, Carrie sitting alone in her car and began a conversation. She explained that she was alone, getting older and her health was beginning to fade. She said that her son was offering her a place with his family but she didn’t want to be a burden on him.

We acknowledge all of that and suggested that perhaps she should be thankful and accept his generous offer.

We then switched to the spiritual and that really was the topic. Carrie had knowledge of God but it was more of a spiritual experience. She had some bible-speak, that’s what I’ll call it.

We were able to take Carrie through the law and the gospel and she received the words graciously.

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God is Good

So I was out for a walk today and saw an elderly man walking his dog.   I said hello and talked a bit about the weather.  I was thinking I wanted to talk to him about Christ, but I didn’t.  We said goodbye and I started walking quickly up the street.  I thought, when I get to the top of the street I can turn around and meet up with him again.  I said a short prayer to the Lord for words to say that the man needed to hear and for his heart to be open.  I thought I could ask him about his dog who was limping and walking very slowly; tell him about my sister’s dog being put to sleep last week; and then ask if he himself is ready to die?

Well, I got to the top of the street and looked down and he was not there.  I headed over to the next street and there he was at the bottom.  When I was near the man, I said hello again and asked what was wrong with his dog.  He said the dog was old and had a tumor and had been on a steady decline the last 3 years.  I told him that my sister just had to put down her dog recently.  Then the conversation went something like this.

I said, “speaking of death, are you ready to meet your creator when you die?  Do you know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?”
He said, “yes, I have heard that all before.”
“Oh, so have you repented and put your faith in Christ alone?”
“Yes, I have.”
“Yeah, then I’ll see you in heaven some day.”
“After seeing what goes on in this world, I’m sure I’ll be at the front of the line at the pearly gates.”
“Oh, are you trusting in your good works or what Jesus did?”
“What Jesus did, but I also live by the golden rule. That’s a good way to live.”
“Have you ever told a lie?”
“Yes, I’d probably call it a white lie.”
At this point the verse that came to mind was all liars take their place in the lake of fire.  But, I did not verbalize it.
(I need to count on God’s courage here.)
“Well, only Jesus lived the perfect life.”
“Yes, but I can’t believe the things that some people have done that are said to be Christians.”
“That’s why we need the Lord.”
“Are you a minister, maam?”
(I was thinking he meant a female pastor ) so I said “no, I’m just a Christian and I want everyone to go to heaven.”
“So you are an ambassador for Jesus Christ?”
“Yes.”
“Well, I’ll be praying for you and you be praying for me.”
“Okay, have a good afternoon.”

We parted ways and I was blessed.  – MJ

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