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Alan Robertson- When my brother Jase got out of high school, one of the first things he did was make a list of some of his high school buddies- not to settle old scores, mind you. Jase wanted to see them come to Jesus. So he took his list and started praying for them and sharing the good news of Jesus with them one by one. Well, it wasn’t long before word got around that Jase was fired up about God. One day Jase was asked to give a Bible study for one fellow at his home, where he lived with several roommates. As the 2 of them were preparing to get started, Jase opened up his Bible and asked “Kevin,” one of the other guys who lived there, if he’d like to join them and listen. Kevin said No and headed to the next room to play a video game, but he left the door ajar. For the better part of an hour, Jase took this guy through the whole gospel message. At the end of the study, Jase asked if he wanted to have Jesus as His Savior. The guy said he appreciated the offer but he wasn’t ready. Jase isn’t one to force Jesus down anybody’s throat, so he politely gathered his things and got up to leave. At that point, the door swung wide open and Kevin stepped into the room. “Hey, I’m ready to move on this right now,” he announced. Even though he had pretended not to listen, playing video games and never saying a word, the message had convicted him. He told Jase, “I need to obey what you’ve been talking about.” Jase talked to him a little bit more about faith in Jesus and then took him down to the river to baptize him. See the light of Jesus shone out and made a difference in a place unknown to Jase.

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