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  • Born Again

    One must understand being a Christian means you have to be born again. If you are unhappy and struggling, yet saying you are a Christian, maybe you need to die to your own desires so you can live.

    “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” (John 3:7)

    To be a Christian you must be born again. You must die to your desires of the flesh.

    “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

    After a person picks up a cross, it is expected that they will not come back. When we are born again, it should not be us that comes back, but Christ.

    "And he said to all, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Phil. 1:21)

    When you become a Christian, it is not about your desires; it is about life in Christ. It is a painful death to let your desires go and to put on the new man.

    “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness”” (Eph. 4:22-24)

    If we are putting on the “new man,” we are putting on the image of God. What does that image look like? What does God look like?

    God is holy, righteous and just. Jesus said “Not My will, but Yours be done.” The “yours” He was talking about the will of God the Father. The will of God is that we obey Him.

    It is not about your desires. It is not about what you want. It is about that which is holy and righteous. Those who say, “I can continue to live this way,” do not understand what it is to be born again. Are you going to be perfect after you are born again? No, but you will not be all about the desires of your flesh or at least you will be fighting them. Do you say you are a Christian? Are you fighting against your flesh or are you enjoying the pleasures of the day?

    “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

    Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

    If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Gal. 5:16-25)

    As Christians we are to die to our own desires. We are now "ambassadors for Christ as if God was making an appeal through us." We are to "Go Preach the Gospel." We are to strive to be mature in Christ and "show ourselves approved." We are to "Go make disciples" because we "are fishers of men!”

    “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)


  • December 2013 Update

    This Fall semester at CCNY has been God-glorifying!  CCN students were able to share the gospel with many students on campus during weekly outreaches, and they were able to give away free gospel tracts and books. Additionally, many professors and faculty members at the City College of New York were encouraged by CCN students as well, and invited them for lunch to celebrate a great semester. The students cannot wait until the Spring semester starts, to continue serving God!

    The last 30 days we have handed out over 10,200 tracts. We gave out many of them at the Macy's Christmas Parade in Pittsburgh.  Those watching the parade loved the tracts.  They were Christmas postcards with the gospel on them.

    The tracts were easy to give out.  We said Merry Christmas to everyone.

    They normally said Merry Christmas back to us.

    The students at Slippery Rock I believe loved the Christmas Postcards the most.  Almost all of the students I have the tracts to take them and said Merry Christmas back.

    At Pitt we were able to talk to several students while handing out tracts.  This young lady is a Christian and she asked for a few extra postcards so that she could send them to her family that is not Christians.  Pray for all the non Christians that got these tracts.

    A Slippery Rock students found the tracts easy to handout as well.  We were able to talk to this young man outside even after he finished his cigarette.  It was about 8 degrees outside.  When we first started talking to him he said he was an agnostic. Before the end of the conversation he said that he could believe in a God that died on the cross to pay his fine for his sin if he repented and trusted Jesus. He just did not want to call himself a Christian and go to Church.  I would say it was a step forward.

    We went down to the Strip District and Planned Parenthood to witness as well this month.  We spent a lot of the time praying for people after we witnessed to them.  We watched the one couple that we witnessed to at Planned Parenthood pass by the clinic.  They stopped and argued in front of the clinic but they did not go in.  They paused and the boyfriend walked back to the clinic and then walked back to the women.  The women left and did not go in.  I do not know if they really were going to go in but they heard the gospel and the women seemed to understand the gospel before she walked away from us.

    In December most Campus Leaders plan out the next semester.   CCN has two new campus leaders. 

    Jen gave a talk on evangelism on the second Saturday of the month.  The teaching went very well.

    We also had our annual outreach at First Night.  We spent several hours handing out tracts and witnessing.  Several groups of people heard the gospel 1 to 1.  The New Years Eve event is always a festive atmosphere in which to share the gospel.  We were excited to share the love of Christ at this event.  Below is a picture of the crowds during the parade on New Years Eve.

    All of this would not be possible without support.  Thank You for your prayers and your support.

  • November 2013 Update

    This month one of the CCN Outreahes included feeding the hungry.  What a beautiful way to show our faith through works as well as sharing the gospel.  Praise Jesus that we are given these opportunities to give glory to Jesus.  We partnered up with Manhattan Bible church to reach the community of Inwood and Washington Heights feeding the homeless and sharing the gospel one to one.

    At CCNY they have been able to have outreach inside of a building.  They have been using the IQ test banner at CCNY.  Most people really get a kick out of the IQ questions.  It allows the conversation to start out with a few laughs and humor.  It also allows the students to see that they do not have all the answers and they could be wrong about somethings.

    In November  at Pitt and SRU, we learned about giving our personal testimony.  We talked about the importance of the students testimonies including the law, judgement, the reason Jesus died on the cross, repentance and faith.  The students were very excited to use what they learned.  They decided that they would write out their own testimonies and share them with the other students after they got back from Thanksgiving Break.  We are all very excited to listen to the students testimonies.  We all have people that we love that have not realized that when they stand before God they will be guilty if they ever broke one of the 10 commandments and would end up in hell.  No one has ever explained to them that Jesus died on the cross to pay their fine and rose from the grave 3 days later. They need to repent and trust Jesus paid it all.  

    We were able to talk to lots of people this month.  We pulled out the IQ test banner and used it at Pitt as well.  We did lots of witnessing 1-2-1 like we always do but it was fun to use the IQ test board.

    We spend lots of time handing out tracts and trying to get people to talk about the gospel with us.

    This month I started witnessing to a muslim student on the way to Bible Study Fellowship.  We walked together across half the campus while I went over the gospel with him.  When I got to the elevator to go up to fellowship he ask where we were going.  I told him that I was going to teach Bible Study.  He followed me and sat down for Bible Study.  I spent 2 hours walking him through the Bible and showing him Jesus in the different books of the Bible.  It was good because 1/2 through our conversation the students showed up and they got to see me use all the theology that we had been going over the past several weeks.  It was a wonderful conversation.  Please pray for this young man.

    At the NYC outreach we had a great time sharing the gospel with so many interesting people.  Please pray for everyone that heard the gospel at our CCN Saturday Outreaches.

     

    We also had new people join us this month.  We love to put chalk down on the sidewalk so that we have a witness there even when we are not around.  Elizabeth wrote some wonderful things on the sidewalk.  

    We had outreach in the Strip District in Pittsburgh.  We witnessed to several people but the picture of the encounter below is the one I am praying the hardest for.  Please pray for this gentleman to repent and put his faith in Jesus.  His family is Christian.  He does not believe but he heard the gospel and after his conversation with Diane he wanted the name of the good church.  Please pray for him.

    The picture below is of a student who has Christian friends and he heard and understood the gospel for the first time when I went over it with him.  He said it was very good news and understood why his friends would go to Bible study.  I gave him information about the CCN Bible Study.  Please pray for him.

    God Bless you and Thank You for your support and prayers.  I would not be able to go out and share the gospel on the campuses without your support and partnership.