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  • Religion Makes No Sense

    By Jenifer Pepling

    I recently talked to a gentleman that said he did not believe in heaven or hell. I asked him why. He stated that he is a religious studies major and said that none of them made sense. I said "so justice doesn't make sense to you?" I explained the justice of God.

    I shared the gospel and the gentleman said that he did not like the God of the Old Testament because he was homosexual. He said he was shot at in his home town and God made him this way so how could he say that was wrong. I explained that homosexuality is a sin and he told me that word did not exist. I said that even though that word did not exist at the time, you understand what the Bible means by "If a man lies with a male as with a woman." (Leviticus 20:13)

    Sadly, he walked away saying we should agree to disagree. Please pray for him.

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  • 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!

     

  • Why do I choose to believe the Bible?

    Without first being converted, all “belief” in the Bible will inevitably turn out to be superficial when tested. However, once I was born again, as I studied the Bible more, I saw and discovered the numerous amounts of proof that made this collection of books truly axiomatic. I discovered that the Bible is not a book of fairy tales. It is not a novel with characters and a plot contrived by men to deceive the world. If we were to place the Bibles uniqueness in a creed, it would sound like this in my own words: 

     “The Bible has 66 separate books, written by 40 different authors (most of whom did not know each other), in three different languages, from three different continents over a 1,600 year time frame with zero contradictions. They are historically accurate, credible, verifiable, and archeologically reliable. The prophecies that were written therein could not be forcefully fulfilled seeing that most of what was written was written hundreds of year prior to their fulfillment, and some are still being fulfilled today. There are over 300+ explicit and implicit prophecies that point to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ before He was born and before crucifixion was even a known punishment. The Bible is not only historically valid, but scientifically accurate as well. Also, the truthful testimony concerning the fallen, sinful, and depraved nature of man is one that is not found in any other culture in the world in the same way it is depicted by scripture. The cure for such a condition in only found in the original and unique presentation of the gospel. The Bible has not only proven itself in continuity, and internal integrity, but has stood the test of time, tyrants, and external criticism. All attempts to stop, destroy, or prevent this book to be printed, preached, and promoted have utterly failed and were very counterproductive. The Bible was written by the hands of men, but not the spirit of men. The Bible is not only a book of transcendent mysteries and spiritual paradoxes, but also imminent certainties and timeless absolutes. It is unmatched in its philosophy, marked by its wisdom, and abundant in its knowledge. No matter what you do, no matter how you feel, no matter what you may say about this collection of ancient writings, if in the end, this book were a lie (which it won’t), it is still one heck of a book! Why? Because it was inspired by one heck of a God!”

     “All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God…” -2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV) 

    There are many reasons I can use to try and convince someone to believe the Bible, or arguments I could write as to why so-and-so should choose to do so. However, if someone does not know Jesus, the Bible will always be nothing more than just another religious book. It will have no reality, no relevance, and no real application. The Bible is a living word, because God is living. It is true in all that it’s says because God is true. But, if one is never converted from their sin, then none of that will ever be realized, ever! However, if you fail to believe what the Bible says, then you will never believe in Jesus to save you from your sin. So what do you do? Cry out to God and by asking Him to make you born again. Trust Him to save you from your sin if you understand that you are guilty before God and are deserving of Hell. He is rich in Mercy and will save those who are broken over their sin. Do it today, because in Hell, everyone believes the Bible.

  • Praise Report May 2014

    One of the pillars for CCN is Bible Study. We evangelize on the campus and invite students to Bible studies. We teach on the following subjects: evangelism, apologetics, theology, character building, ministry training. You can see more about our pillars by going here.

    Here is a picture of Campus Leader Jake in Minnesota preaching the gospel.

    Jake met up with Tom Hacker in Rochester MN. Jake had the following to say about their outreach:


    “ We handed out about 200 tracts, open air preached, and had some great one to one witnessing. Elizabeth (pictured) saw us walking by with the cross and shouted out "I love that...it is so true.” We stopped and talked with her for about 20 minutes. She turned out to be Roman Catholic and didn't understand why Jesus died on the cross, but knew that it was important. After taking her through the good test, she said that she was afraid of going to hell. I explained to her that it was good to fear God and that it is the beginning of wisdom. I then shared the good news with her. She was very grateful and took a DVD.”

    “We preached for about 2 hours near the Mayo clinic. It was very busy with hundreds of people passing by on the street. I was amazed by how many people stopped and thanked us. This is very unusual, but awesome!

    Not everyone was pleased with us though. We had one strange heckler who called himself "The Woodsman.” He claimed to be a Christian, but couldn't tolerate the Word of God. Then there was Eva. She screamed every cuss word in the book at Tom as she passed by with her stroller and 2 small children. After we finished preaching, we came across this angry woman half a block away. Tom offered her a tract, but she just yelled at him again. I then asked her why she was so angry. It turns out that she was offended by Tom's shirt that reads "Abortion is Murder.” She told me that she aborted her baby because she had been raped. She admitted that it was murder and that murder is wrong. She kept going back and forth saying that it was wrong, and then justifying it on account of the rape. It was a very heartbreaking conversation, but she did soften up to me and I prayed with her and left her with a Bible.

     

    CCN Bible Studies at Pitt and SRU finished up for the semester. We had a great semester of learning. Thank you for supporting our outreaches and teachings.


    The summer time brings many different kinds of outreaches. One of my favorite outreaches is our booths as community days. We have about 7 booths planned for the summer and fall months. I am very excited about them. The booth currently looks like this when it is set up.

    We are able to witness to many people in our local communities in a friendly manor.

    I have been going to the local abortion clinics a few days during the week. It is great to go during the week since there are no deathscorts during that time. This allows the interactions between me and the ladies going into the clinic to be more natural and less stressful. Please pray for all the people that go down there to beg for babies lives and give the gospel.

    Ryan our CCN Campus Leader in Ohio lead a team at Ohio Fire.  Here is a picture of the team that he lead.

    I was also granted the opportunity to serve as a team leader for Ohio Fire.  This is a conference run by Striving for Eternity.  I was blessed to help people grow in their own witnessing ministry.  

     

    Leah and I were blessed to be able to witness to 2 JW's.  I was worried about being in a longer conversation while I was the team lead so I handed over the conversation to Chris and then he handed over the conversation to Andrew.  They stayed around for about 2.5 hours to hear the gospel.  Please pray for ED on the left and Eric on the right.  Eric was worried about loosing salvation and I was happy to give him the true gospel and explain several passages to him.  He left knowing he had to go look up several passages again.  During the time I talked to him his eyes seemed to be opening. They left with homework.

    I was asked to get up on the box as an example of how to open air.

    Several people got up on the box for the first time at this event. The one gentleman that joined our group later even though he was not a part of my group said that if Jen can get up and do it then I can. He did a wonderful job. 

    Leah has tons of Scripture memorized and people would stop for a few seconds to listen to her recite Scripture. It was very inspiring for all of us to see just how much she memorized.

    Here you can see Amynah our CCNY Campus Leader finishing out the night with the gospel while others in our group witnessed to those passing by. Amynah helped people come out of their comfort zone at the outreach as well.

    We were able to buy tracts for the campus leaders and for Repent and Witness. We bought Bibles for the Campus Leaders to bring for the students to use during fellowship. We received a large donation that allowed us to purchase these. Thank you.

    Thank you for making CCN Ministry possible.

     


  • Justice

    Please watch the video below of a courageous young person who was hit by a car back in November:

    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/03/14/college-student-making-strides-after-being-hit-by-car/

    If you are like me, you are screaming for justice. You are outraged that the cowardly driver and the two passengers refuse to own up to the accident, and the incompetent police and the rest of the justice system has failed to find a way to charge the woman who hit them. One of the things that God goes us is a sense of justice; we always want to see justice done. Bekka was hit by a car- she and her other friend who were hit have to face multiple surgeries and therapy to get back to where they were before-  and the driver was never charged. We would all like to see justice done - even from the human side many times we would like to go beyond justice into revenge.

    These stories happen thousands of times a day- people get away with murder, people con others out of millions of dollars - people lie, cheat, steal, cheat on their spouses - and seem to get away with it. Where is the justice? When will justice be done?

    I see tattoos that say 'only God can judge me" - and though most have no concept of the holy, holy, holy God who will judge them, they are right. You see, though human justice is imperfect, often tainted with thoughts of revenge and biased against the poor and downtrodden, God's Justice is perfect. This gives Christians a great deal of peace when they see injustice. It should also cast fear in the heart of everyone who has broken even one of God's commands- because God knows every thought and intent of the heart, and will judge every action, motive, and even every word that passes over your lips.

    You see, God is holy, holy, holy, and He will judge each person on the standard of good- that is- moral perfection. This means simply God will judge you based upon his standard for righteousness- His moral law. The ultimate moral law is written on each persons'  hearts; the Ten Commandments. The ninth commandment is "thou shalt not bear false witness". That means that you should not tell lies. How many lies have you spoken in your life? I do not know, neither do you, but God does. Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord (Proverbs 12:2) and each liar will be cast in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). Every time that you lie, you are storing up wrath (Romans 2:5) against the day of judgment. So to a holy, holy, holy and just God, your one lie is enough of an offense to cast you into Hell for all eternity. Justice would be done.

    You may say that is unjust, and that is simply because you do not understand God's holiness. God is pure and perfect, and He cannot abide even one sin in His presence. You may say God is forgiving- but many people do not know what that means. They assume it means that God can wink an eye at sin- at their sin that they love. Yes,  God forgives, but there must be a payment in place for the sin so that He can remain Holy and Just. If you were the driver in the car that hit Bekka standing before the judge, and you begged for forgiveness based on all the other good things you had done since the accident, and the judge would let you go, we would say that the judge was corrupt rather than just. Instead, if the judge said that the fine for drunk driving is thus and so, and in this case, you must pay for 100% of Bekka's care until she is back to where she was, as well as damages for pain and suffering, you would likely be satisfied with the verdict. Yet- Justice would still be done if someone else not related to the driver walked into the courtroom and paid the fine in full, and promised to pay more should the need arise. Justice would be done.

    2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born. It is called the incarnation, because He was born of a virgin, and, having been God already for eternity, He was simply taking on flesh. He was sent on a rescue mission, to seek and to save the lost. All humans have sinned against God in thought, word, and deed. Every lie that you have told is an eternal offense against God, and you deserve the death penalty (Romans 6:23). This is true of every sin- every sin deserves the death penalty.  Jesus Christ paid that penalty on the cross, and He rose from the dead three days later demonstrating that God accepted the perfect sacrifice. You owed a debt for your sin that you could not possibly pay- and Jesus Christ paid it in full. All you must do is repent- turn from your sin, even from your self righteousness, and turn to Christ, believing on Him for the full payment for your sins. Justice and mercy met at the cross- and upon repentance Justice will be done.

    We hope and pray that Bekka will come full circle and be that bright and bubbly girl she was before the accident. We pray the scars will all go away, that her memory and speech will come back fully. The good news of the Gospel is that people broken by sin can be fully restored if they will humbly bow the knee to Jesus in repentance and faith.

    Friends, Justice will be done.

    Justice will be done when those who refuse to repent and believe the Gospel are cast into hell for all eternity to bear the full and just wrath of God for their sin.

    Justice will be done when forgiven sinners are welcomed into heaven on the merit of the finished work of Christ at the cross.

    Which camp will you be in? Will you bear the full weight of God's just judgment of you? Or will you allow Jesus to be your sin-bearer?  Either way, Justice will be done.

  • January 2014 Update

    Before the winter semester started at LCC (LaGuardia Community College),  Aishah and Nick discussed how they can encourage and galvanize the Christians on their campus, while also sharing the gospel with the unsaved. After an hour of witnessing on the campus, the Lord gave Aishah the idea to host a interfaith dialogue. An interfaith dialogue is a event in which people from different religions come and share their views on God, morality, and things pertaining to salvation.

    After a week of promotion, the interfaith dialogue had arrived. Aisha and Nick didn’t know what to expect. We wondered "Will we students come out?" "Would it be all Christians?"- All we knew is that God was going to do something, and that’s exactly what happened. Though we didn’t have a huge number of students come out, had 4 Christians and one atheist - who really was open to the things of God.

    The event was a success. A Christian was encouraged and an atheist heard the gospel. What God began that night continued the following week. Our young atheist friend returned, and our topic of discussion was none other then the gospel. We play a short clip by Paul Washer on the cross, and proceeded to talk about morality. Evidently the discussion went from the gospel to abortion. At the end of our fellowship, we gave him a 180 DVD, which is a documentary on abortion, and Evolution vs God both by evangelist Ray Comfort.

    The month is almost over, and with only 3 more weeks to go in this semester our prayer is that our atheist friend will repent and trust Christ.

    January was also a new start on both Pitt and SRU.  The Pitt fellowship was changed to be during the lunch time at this semester.  There are many good reasons to do this.   Please pray for the new fellowship time. 

    During one CCN Saturday in Pittsburgh that CCN went to Planned Parenthood we had a couple that decided to not murder their baby.  This was a very exciting day.  I went over to the Strip District afterward and met up with others who share their faith.  We talked to several people that day.

    Our CCN Leadership summit this month was so encouraging.  Many of the leaders taught at the summit.  We learned about fellowship, loving those we are ministering to, being approachable, prayer, homiletics, avoiding the down falls of pride in ministry and keeping your word.   The teaching was amazing.

    We went out witnessing during the Leadership Summit as well.  We love to go to Astor and 4th to witness  and open air evangelize in NYC.  Here are some pictures of us sharing our faith.  This is Andre our Campus Leader from MC3.

    This is Cliff sharing the gospel.

    Here is Jen sharing the gospel with some young people.

    Here is Jake sharing his faith.

    We also spent time on Wednesday morning at the Planned Parenthood in NYC in Manhattan.  We all pleaded for the lives of the innocent.  We try and go through the gospel with the women and then explain that repentance is deciding to not go into the clinics.  We pleaded for their babies lives.  Here is a picture of Aishah pleading with a women.

    I printed out tracts in Simplified Chinese for us to handout since we were staying in Chinatown in NYC.  We were able to hand out tracts to many Chinese people while in NYC.  We cannot speak Chinese but we were able to give them tracts.  This is Nick handing out Chinese tracts in Chinatown.

    Several CCN Campus Leaders were also able to attend the Super Bowl outreach this month.   Many of the people in Times Square were not taking tracts.  Jen loves to be in one to one conversations and so she decided to just walk up to people that seems to be either alone or not in a rush and ask them if she could ask them a few questions.  Then she would take them through the good person test and share the law and the gospel with them.  It was a great week.   

    Jen was able to talk to so many people during the four day Super Bowl outreach.   The gentlemen that you see me talking to below is a muslim, his name is Turk from Turkey.  She had spent 5 hours on the way to NYC listening to James White talk about witnessing to muslims.  She asked one of our friends to come over and join the conversation and then he ended up using all the things that she had learned on the way.  It was a great conversation and we gave him several presents and he even cared about the conversation so much that he came back to make sure that he had not offended us at all.  He said that he was going to look up the things that we talked with him about.  

    When several members of the team went out to eat they witnessed to the waitress.  She asked them to pray for joy for her. 

    When several members of the team went to Applebee's in Times Square and had a very fruitful time witnessing to our waitress. When she brought us our drinks, we asked her if she would like us to pray for her about anything. She asked us to pray for her happiness, which we did. Then we explained to her that happiness is good, but that we want her to have the joy of eternal life. We share the law and gospel with her. She was moved to tears and said that we made her day. She said that we were her last table of the night, so we invited her to sit with us. We spent the next hour or so, sharing with her. When we gave her a Bible, she said "I can't believe that I was given this gift at work today!" She was amazed that we cared about her so much and that Christ would die for her.   She was invited to church.  Please pray she repents and puts her faith in Jesus and goes to church.  This picture and the following was written on facebook:

    "Met the most kind hearted and down to earth people at work yesterday, #ThankYou for giving my day"Joy"#ForeverGrateful  #Blessed #YouNeverKnowWhoYouCanMeet  #TimesSquare #Happy — with Jake Larson, Amynah Diop, Andrew Rappaport and Mitchell Lebron.

    The young lady on the left is the waitress.  Please pray for her joy and salvation!

    Time Square is a great place to draw a crowd.  Jake is wonderful at drawing a crowd to preach the gospel by just sharing about God's word.  

    Jake Tells this story: "When I was preaching in Union Square, Jamie (a teenage skateboarder) asked some very good questions. He asked how we could know if the Bible was true. I then used apologetics to reason with him. Jamie expressed frustration that he was being taught absurdity in school. When I shared the law and gospel with him, he softened. When I said "Jamie, you know this is true", he didn't argue but thanked me."

    We went to one of Jen's favorite locations, Washington Square Park.  Here is Jen using Presuppositional Apologetics and she shared the law and the gospel to this group of young people.  Afterward she spent about 30 minutes talking to a young man named Neal.  After the conversation was over Neal thanked Jen for giving him the gospel and for listening to him.  He said that most people like Jen do not tend to listen and he thought better of Jen because she listened.

     

    Jen was able to talk to a man named Walter for a long time.  She gave him a big thousand dollar bill tract when he walked by and then he came back and said you got me.  It is about God.  She walked him through the good person test and explained the gospel to Walter.  He enjoyed the conversation.  He told me about how his dad died and about how badly his mom was treated when she died.  He had issues dealing with anger against those that treated his mom badly.  She explained that those people would either be punished in hell or Jesus died on the cross to pay their fine. She told him that revenge was of the Lord.  He thanked me and said that he was going to start going to church again.  He made a comment about how sweet she was to him.  Here is a picture of me talking to Walter.

    Jen's favorite conversation of the weekend was with a man named Isaac.  We were at Union Square and Jen asked a young man named Mitch to walk around and witness with her while others were preaching.  Jen witnessed to some skateboarders and another couple.  Then Jen told Mitch to start a conversation with Isaac.   Jen did not realize that this was Mitches first 1-2-1 witnessing encounter.  Isaac's first language was french and so that made Mitch nervous but he did a great job.   Isaac turned out to be a muslim from Africa.  Mitch walked him through the law then Jen gave him the gospel.  

    Isaac asked what Christianity's view was on the following.  He said that the strong kept the weak down.  Jen told him that God made men strong so that they could take care of their wives and Children.  Jen told him that God made the strong to take care of and protect and provide for the weak.  He loved that answer.  He then talked about the American wife that he had.  Jen was able to give him a Christian view of marriage, man loving his wife and Mitch was able to give the mans view.  He liked what we had to say.  Mitch is a local in NYC and was able to invite Isaac to his church.  Pray that he goes to church.  Isaac said  "I think I could become a Christian."  Pray for Isaac.  It was so exciting to talk to him.  He really understood and agreed.

    Below is a picture of Mitch and Jenifer witnessing to Isaac.

    Thank You so much for your support.


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