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“I’d Love To Have a New Testament!”

January 3, 2014

Gideon New Testament with Psalms   A very agitated guy came in with his pal for food today.  I thought he might be withdrawing from drugs. In the course of a general chat he said to me ” I’m a friend”. I looked at him in a puzzled way and he clarified: “a Friend – a Quaker”. We chatted about this and he said he was “looking for the light”. I said “you mean God” and he replied “I don’t know if there is a God”. He went on to tell me he’d done around 7 years total in prison. He’d just come out on Christmas Eve from his last stint of 6 weeks. In the past he used to take cars, but now he does shoplifting mostly.

He then told me he was a Roman Catholic and had been confirmed in the last year. In prison he’d enjoyed reading the lesson in chapel.  I asked if he went to confession. He said he didn’t, as he’d have to confess his sins. I told him that might do him good, but he wasn’t convinced. As he got up to leave I said: “would you like a New Testament?” He said, to my surprise, “I’d love a New Testament!” So off he went with his New Testament. I pray he reads it and gets convicted by the Holy Spirit of his need for forgiveness.

Nowadays you don’t need to subscribe to traditional Christian beliefs to be a Quaker. Things have changed.

Abortion Considered

September 7, 2012

A guy came in for food and we chatted. It transpired he was a lapsed Catholic. His current girlfriend was pregnant and they were considering an abortion. He and she were thinking of all sorts of reasons to justify going ahead with it, but something in him sensed it was wrong. I tried to counsel him against it, but who knows what they will decide? He suggested that God might overlook an abortion, and make allowances. I told him that was not what God was like.  pregnant woman being examined

We discussed faith and the passmark for heaven and he was surprised by my “100%” answer.  As he left I gave him the “Journey Into Life” booklet by Norman Warren

Alcoholic Dad Wants To Be Free

July 8, 2011

the IRA in Northern ireland A guy came in for food and we got chatting. He grew up a Catholic on The Falls Road, Belfast. No longer a practicing Catholic, he had drink problems he wanted to conquer and wanted to make his young son proud of his dad. We talked about churchgoing and got on to Jesus. I gave him my testimony and he said he could relate to some of the things I said about how I had wanted to change my life. He insisted he wanted to sort out his demons before considering Jesus. I told him emphatically that was NOT the right way. The way it works is to bring his problems to Jesus and Jesus will change him from the inside out. Sadly, he wasn’t convinced.

He thanked me for the chat and I asked if he had a Bible. He said no, so I offered him a New Testament and suggested he read it and as he read, he talk with Jesus about his problems.

I told him we would be here the same day next week, so come in for a chat and a coffee.

Evangelism at a Local Agricultural Show

June 20, 2011

photo of tractor Spent Saturday and Sunday at a local agricultural show in the Christian Tent chatting to visitors and trying to share the gospel.

Had several good spiritual conversations and was able to share my testimony a few times.

Met one Roman Catholic lady who rarely attended church anymore. The previous day she had been visited by the church out of the blue, and one of the visitors had come from her father’s old village in Ireland. After our chat she felt that God had his hand upon her and these events were connected. As we chatted, I felt the Lord’s love for this lady and I shared this with her. It touched her deeply.

Also met a youngish married couple. Not believers, but happy to talk about spiritual things. Both admitted they’d like to believe, but so far had not done so. I gave both my testimony and he continued to ask many questions about faith, other religions, evolution and Richard Dawkins. He admitted he feared the death of his parents and his own death, although no-one was currently ill. She went off to do some shopping, but he said he’d like to stay and chat, so we carried on for another 5 minutes. He wanted proof before he believed, but I told him that’s not the way faith worked. I suggested he take a New Testament and put God to the test: read the four gospels and ask God to reveal himself to you. He took the NT, thanked me for the chat and off he went.

Another man felt he was at a crossroads in life and was happy to talk about spiritual crossroadsthings, so I explained briefly what faith was all about for a Christian. His wife was suffering depression but refusing to go to the doctor for medication. She was physically abusing him and he was suffering the violence in silence. I offered to pray for him, but he declined. I gave him my card and invited him to contact me if he felt the need at any time. A genuine conversation with a thinking, but troubled, man.

A Welsh couple who were church attenders but had not yet met Jesus. She hankered after the church of her youth, more from nostalgia than anything else it seemed. I shared my testimony and the wife was interested to hear what had happened to me. I tried to make clear how my “after” was different to my “before”. She didn’t quite seem to understand how the born again process worked. I and ended up giving her a booklet “What Is A Real Christian?”

One man was litter picking on the site and came in a couple of times for a break. He had an RC background, but no longer went to church. Divorced, his mother-in-law was a born again Christian and treated him very well in the aftermath of the divorce. He professed no faith, but was happy to take a “Dying To Meet You” booklet.

Can The Church Still Say “Rise Up And Walk?”

April 25, 2011

Thomas Aquinas was once invited by the Pope to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In
one of the rooms the Pope showed him where the treasury was. There were priests counting a lot of money and so the Pope proudly said, “You see Thomas, gone are the days when the church will say, silver and gold we have none”. With amazement Thomas replied, “Yes, neither can it say now, ‘Rise up and walk.’ (Ravi Zacharias)   rise up and walk in Jesus name

A Bitter ex-Roman Catholic

November 10, 2010

Chatted to a drinker on the streets today who told me he was brought up Catholic. He had nothing good to say about the priests who taught him. On the contrary, he told me how one priest who  regularly beat him was later taken to court for such actions. Two of his fellow young pupils were sexually abused by another priest, who would then take Mass a day or two later.

Although this guy still believed in a God, it was not the God of the Bible. He rejected the words of Jesus “you must be born again” when I quoted them.  He said “God forgives us all” so he saw no need to change his viewpoint.

What tragedies have been inflicted in the name of religion in this country and others!