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  • Give Thanks!

    This Thanksgiving season we certainly had lots to be thankful for.  At CCN we are truly grateful for the God given freedom we have in this country to share our faith openly and the gospel freely.

    As those who have been redeemed in Christ our hearts cry aloud with the Psalmist "Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever" Psalm 107:1.

    However, we're not the only ones who are grateful this holiday season...


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    This young man shown with CCN President Jenifer is from Brazil.  From afar he brought with him an assortment of questions.  He was so grateful to hear the gospel that day and for the answers Jen was able to graciously provide him.  Jen, who carries with her several Bibles and a wide array of gospel tracts, left this sojourner with a full heart, a handful of literature, and opportunity for followup later.

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    Just like the U.S. Postal Service we don't allow the elements to prevent us from going out and witnessing!  This young lady standing underneath Steve's umbrella stopped even in the rain to listen as he shared with her the lifesaving message of the gospel.  Though chivalrous, Steve's kind gesture is also symbolic of the grace of God that covers those who shelter in the Cross. 

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    "Aunt" Laura is a faithful CCN volunteer who certainly knows how to make the most of every witnessing opportunity.  This conversation began with Tom, a student at Pitt, telling Laura that he loved her scarf.  Seizing the opportunity she immediately segued from music to the gospel using the Psalms.  It turned out that Tom grew up Catholic and is in the process of converting to Judaism.  Quick on her feet Laura asked the young man to explain Passover.  Seeing that he could not explain it's meaning Laura wonderfully illustrated for him Jesus as the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  Despite the freezing temperature Laura spent about 45 minutes talking to this coat-less man who listened intently to her every word and no doubt finding his heart strangely warmed by the gospel.

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    The annual Holiday Parade outreach in downtown Pittsburgh was a wonderful success.   We handed out several dozen tracts along the parade route and started several conversations afterwards. Despite the rainy weather it turned out to be a great day for spreading the gospel!  Their smiles say it all, dont they?

    As we look ahead to the birth of our Savior this Christmas season and as the New Year quickly approaches we are thankful for faithful partners in this ministry such as you.  

    For that we echo the heartfelt sentiments of Paul to the Philippian church who wrote: "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you...for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now" Philippians 1:3,5.

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

  • As followers of Christ, remember that we are "sojourners"

    The Bible often reminds us as followers of Christ that we are "sojourners", "pilgrims" (1 Peter 2:11-12), strangers in a strange land if you will.  And last month's outreach booth at the Mars Apple Festival in Mars, PA was no exception. (They literally have a spaceship in the middle of their town!!)  


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    Here Dennis, Assistant Campus Leader at Pitt, is speaking with a woman at our booth sharing with her the gospel of Jesus Christ.  While we have the wonderful privilege of doing so and meeting many different people along the way, one common thread we've noticed running through each person regardless of race, color, creed, or religion is the erroneous belief in goods works as a means for one's salvation.  To which we continually point to the finished work of Christ on the cross and to Bible passages such as Ephesians 2:8,9.    


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    Andre, Leader of Discipleship with CCN, took his youth group out again this month to share the gospel in the streets of Pottstown, PA.  Both Andre and Campus Leader Cliff (not shown) have been faithful to share the gospel in that area for years.  Please pray for a revival in that town and may God be glorified!


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    Slippery Rock University Campus Leader Matthew met with a young man that came and sought him out him.  The student wanted to meet with Matt and see what he was doing on campus.  Matthew then proceeded to graciously walk him through the gospel.  During their discussion Matthew became aware that the young man possessed some un-biblical views.  So he spent the remainder of the time showing him what the Bible says rather than what the student thought it says.  Matt reminded the young man that Jesus was upset with the Sadducees and Pharisees, the religious leaders of His day, because they put the the traditions of men above the word of God.   


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    CCN President Jenifer spoke with a young man recently named Harry at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).  Harry asked some of the most often asked questions a person could ask such as:  

    • How do you know there is a God?
    • How do you know which God?
    • Is it the word of God with all those different versions of the Bible?
    • Which God do you believe in the one of the New Testament or the Old Testament? Why did God kill everyone but Noah?
    • Why did God kill all the people before Israel took over?
    • Why does God let bad things happen?

    Jen was able to give him answers to all of his questions and Harry was happy to finally get an answer to all them!  Afterwards, Jen gave him a Bible and a book called "The Gospel of God" to encourage this young man to seek after God.  Harry also took her card and said he was going to read through the Bible.  Please pray for Harry.  This was truly a wonderful conversation!

    CCN exists for the purpose of proclaiming Christ while warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may "present every man perfect in Christ Jesus" (Col. 1:28).

    Because of your partnership with this ministry God is answering prayers and providing the necessary resources needed in order for us to carry out the Great Commission.  Thank you once again for your faithfulness to the gospel in ensuring that it is being preached unto every creature (Mk.16:15)!

  • Personal Testimonies

     At CCN, we are all about sharing the gospel and often a persons personal testimony is a wonderful tool.  You can tell your friends and family your testimony.  You need to make sure that your testimony always includes the law, judgement and the gospel.   A person needs to see that they personally broke God's law.  They will stand before God in judgement and that Jesus paid their personal fine.  No one can say what happened to you did not happen.  It is also easy to start a conversation about Jesus with this is what happened to me.  This is what has made me different.  We added some personal testimonies at www.ChangeYourCampus.com/God.   We will be adding more in the near future.  

    Did you know that the same Greek word for "Witness" is also translated as "Martyr?" This makes one wonder, what does it mean to really be a witness for Jesus Christ?

    "Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses!" (Isaiah 44:8) Learn how you can dispel your fear while becoming an active AND effective witness for our Lord!

    The Martureo Academy will consist of intense training from experts in Evangelism, Apologetics, and Theology. The classes will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and lunch IS provided! After the training, you will be given the opportunity to put what you have learned into practice in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.  Our Campus Leader Ryan is putting on this Conference.

    Here are two testimonies from two of our students:

      

    As always we were busy sharing our faith this month.

     

     

  • Blessed Year of Ministry

    This past semester has been such a blessing from God. 

    A husband of a CCN student said the following:  "I am so grateful for all that you have taught my wife.  She has taught me all the things you taught her."

    One of the CCN students texted this:  "I learned a lot this semester I just hope I can remember most of it thanks!"

    The last few weeks in the Campus Leaders meetings we have been going over the book Tactics. One of the Campus Leaders is teaching this in their fellowhip as well.  We learned that when others bring up hard topics or speak untruths we should ask questions.  The book "Tactics" taught us to first ask "What did you mean by that?"  This helps us make sure that we understand what the person is saying.  If they are asking a question that is really a statement it helps us flush that out as well.  When we ask these kinds of questions we make sure that we do not challenge something a person is not saying.   We do not want to make a strawman and disprove something a person do not even believe.   It makes people define their terms so we can be clear about what they are saying.

    The second question we learned to ask is "How did you come to that conclusion"?  As Christians we often are called upon to defend our faith but we almost never make others defend what they believe.  Many of the stances that people stick to as to why they do not have a Biblical view they have not thought through.  People cannot defend their own faith and have not thought through why they do not believe Christianity.  They hear statements and just repeat them without thinking them through.  This questions gets us out of the hot seat and instead of us have to debunk whatever the other person says it makes them prove their world view.

    After we understand what a person believes and how they have come to that conclusion, hopefully we have found the flaw in their view.  We take the flaw and we add knowledge of the correct view and we ask a question to show them the flaw using their own wording of their view.

    This plan of attack is good since the person likes us since we are asking questions.  We are seen as interesting to talk to since we are interested in listening to them.  We are also in control of the conversation while not exposing what we believe until we have shown the flaw in other persons world view first.  This works very well in places like the classroom and at work where there can be a high price to pay for having a Biblical view.

    Here is a picture of students sharing their faith at CCNY in NYC.  They are interviewing students and then giving them the good person test and then sharing the gospel with the students.

    In Virginia the Students and Campus Leader got together over the Holidays to enjoy fellowship together.  They are all sporting their CCN shirts!

    December is a month to finish up teaching on the campus.  We spent time talking to the students about what they would like to learn next semester.  We came up with a plan for next semester.  We spent time working on fliers to invite students to Bible Study next semester.  We planned all of the outreaches for the Spring semester.

    CCN is very excited about this coming semester.  We will be finishing up Tactics and then we will be going over Creation Science. 

    God Bless you and thank you for your support!


  • November Praise Report

    CCN exists to train up its students to go out and share the gospel.  This month one of the Pitt students shared the gospel with another Pitt student.   The new college student at Pitt joined us at Bible Study.  He was headed home for Thanksgiving later that day and could not wait to ask his Grandmother for a Bible.  Jen asked him if he wanted one and he did and so Jen gave him a Bible.  He was so excited about joining us for Bible Study that we are going to have Bible Study the week of finals.  Pray that he reads his Bible the entire way home to Philadelphia.

    Jen finished teaching through John Frames book "Apologetics to the Glory of God."  We learned all about Presuppositional Apologetics.   The students now know how to show others that Christianity true because it resembles reality.  We learned about many different ways to show that the God of the Bible and specifically Chrisitan God is the only logical God.  The students discovered that you cannot have logic or morality outside of the Christian Worldview.  It was powerful to show the students that all other world views do not have legs to stand on.

    The NYC Campuses ministered at an abortion clinic in their area.  Here is a picture of Diane pleading with those that are going inside.

     

    The MCCC Campus went out proclaiming repentance and faith in Jesus Christ in Pottstown this month as they always do.  Here is Andre preaching the good news to people waiting at the local bus stop.

    Tim at Tidewater Community College had many great conversations on his campus about the Gospel.  

     

    Some of Tim's students came out and shared the gospel several times this month.  They helped hand out Evolution vs God DVD's as well and hand out tracts on other days.  It is so exciting to see the students going out and sharing their faith.

    We  handed out tracts at the Christmas Parade in downtown Pittsburgh.  We handed out Christmas Postcards at this parade.  The Christmas postcards were very easy to handout.  We handed out the same tract last year.  People were very excited to recieve the tract.

    Each week we are able to speak to many students about the gospel on the campuses.    This month Jen had several second conversations with people.  A young man named Ben who is a Buddhist came up to talk with Jen a second time.  Jen had talked to him about a month ago and then this past week he walked right up to Jen so they could talk some more.  It was a great second conversation.  They talked about the fact that if it was natural for people to die then why was it so upsetting that they died.  Jen explained to him that we were wired to live forever and not meant to die.  We were made in God's image.  He really understood and said that resinated with him.  Pray for Ben.

     

    Bible Study is going great in Cincinnati.  We are so excited to have Ryan teaching there.  He does www.witnesstalkradio.org during his outreaches.  It is great to be able to hear many of the conversations that he has witnessing with students. 

     

    Thank you so much for your support!

     

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