9/26/11 Steve, about 60
I brought Ernie -a relatively new believer from our church- out onto the streets today, the same streets God had rescued him from just a few years ago. Now it was his turn to help reach out to those still in darkness, but he was a bit unsure as to how he would be received by those who knew him from his past life of street hustling. Sure enough, we met someone he knew - a man named Steve who was a customer from Ernie's drug-dealing days. Steve had a lot of theories about the things of God, but relied on his own ideas rather than God's revelation of Himself in His Word. As I explained the Gospel message to Steve, Ernie affirmed what I said through his own personal testimy of how God has worked in his life. It really got Steve's attention, hearing the Bible explained more clearly and seeing an old acquaintance whom God has changed a lot since he last knew him. Ernie later told me he had mixed feelings about the conversation. Talking with Steve brought back a lot of negative memories from his past life, but talking about Jesus helped him remember the present.