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Jesus

This is a great story--it should give you hope and courage.  It takes guts to say "Jesus".  This is a true story that happened just a few years ago at USC.  There was a professor of a philosophy there who was a deeply committed atheist.  His primary goal for one required class was to spend the entire semester attempting to prove that God couldn't exist.  His students always afraid to argue with him because of his impeccable logic.  For twenty years he had taught this class and no one had ever had the courage to go against him.  Sure, some had argued in class at times, but no one had ever really gone against him.  (you'll see what I mean later).  Nobody would go against him because he had a reputation.  At the end of every semester, on the last day he would say to his class of 300 students, "If there is anyone who still believes in Jesus stand up!"  In twenty years no one had ever stood up.  They knew what he was going to do.  He would say "because if anyone does believe in God is a fool.  If God existed he could stop this piece of chalk from hitting the ground and breaking.  Such a simple task to prove that he is God, and yet he can't do it."  And every year he would drop the chalk and it would shatter into a hundred pieces.  All the students could do nothing but stop and stare.  Most of the students were convinced that God couldn't exist.  Certainly, a number of Christians slipped through but for 20 years they had been too afraid to stand up.  Well a few years ago there was a freshman who happened to get enrolled in the class.  He was a Christian and had heard the stories about this professor.  He had to take the class because it was one of the required classes for his major and he was afraid.  But for 3 months that semester he prayed every morning that he would have the courage to stand up no matter what the professor said or what the class thought.  Nothing they said or did could ever shatter his faith, he hoped.  Finally the day came.  The professor said, "If there is anyone here who still believes in God stand up!"  The professor and class of 300 people looked at him, as he stood up and the back of the classroom.  The professor shouted, "You FOOL! If God existed, he could keep this piece of chalk from falling and breaking when it hit the ground!"  He proceeded to drop the chalk, but as he did it slipped out of his fingers off his shirt cuff onto the pleats of his pants down his leg and off his shoe.  As it hit the ground it simply rolled away, unbroken.  The professor's jaw dropped as he stared at the chalk.  He looked up at the young man and then ran out of the lecture hall.  The young man who had stood up proceeded to walk to the front of the room to share his faith in Jesus for the next half hour.  Three hundred students stayed and listened as he told of God's love for them and of his power through Jesus.  "Yet all who receive HIM to those who believe in HIS name HE gave right to become children of God--children born not born of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of GOD.  But He knows the way that I take.  When HE has tested me.  I will come forth as gold."  Job 23:10

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