8-2-16 Johovah Jireh, The Lord will provide.
The team: Joel, Sean (came to pray) and myself.
My open air Bible, I left at work. My milk crate, I left in my wife’s vehicle. My tracts and outreach Bibles, I left in my wife’s vehicle. I virtually had nothing I’m used to having. But the Lord provides.
Joel had an outreach Bible for me to use, I had a pocket full of tracts that I usually have on me and the tailgate of my truck. The Lord provides. In fact, many people eagerly listened to what I had to say this evening. Who’s that crazy guy shouting atop the truck? (Shout out to brother Dan Courney.) “Why would someone shout from the tailgate of a ford, risking his reputation? Either he is a lunatic, or he has something urgent to say.”
My friends, I confess and suspect that it is both!
I preached from Exodus 10:21 (plague of darkness) and drove it home with John 3 and 8.
Sean showed up during the briefing and prayed for us and then he went to Rosa Parks with First RP (pastor Craig Scott) to evangelize. Amen! Pray for them.
We also ran into John, who has begun to be a regular at New City. I’ve had opportunity to serve Him on the streets in several ways with Joel through tracts, water, and rides. We have been praying for him to get a job……
John said he was tired and I eagerly asked him why? He rejoiced, “because I just got back from work!”. What joy overtook me! Say hi to him at Kens fruit market if you see him and congratulate him on Sunday as he said he would be there! The Lord provided him a job!
We had a faithful 30 minutes. Joel distributed the Gospel and had a one on one and I engaged vehicles, passer bys and was asked by a local business owner very nicely to move back to the corner instead of in front of his shop. I voiced to him that I would finish the message and afterward I went inside to inform him that the souls of people and his own soul was far too important for me to move and I loved him. I gave our professing Muslim friend a tract, and thanked him for his kindness.
Please pray for the professing Muslim population in our neighborhood today. Oh, how they need Jesus. Pray for us, that we would bold and relentless in love and compassion without compromising the Gospel of our our Lord Jesus.
A shout out to a coworker I saw, Tommy, and a friend, Lissa. I enjoy seeing friends on the streets, I hope you were stirred in your heart by the preaching of God’s Word to repent and believe.
Ps I enjoyed a wonderful meal that my faithful wife prepared for me while I was out. What joy it is to come home from the field and receive such God honoring service from my love. I also had the utter joy of having all my girls present to sing with me, Victory in Jesus and my wife to pray for me before i left today as we always try to do. Preach the Gospel to your family more than to the streets. 😉
8-4-16 In need of some urgent help
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
As some of you may know, every other thursday i utilize my lunch break to go preach the Gospel at an abortion clinic here in Grand Rapids. My work schedule has changed and does not permit me to go any longer. However, i now have the availability to go on Fridays during lunch. My dilemma is that i watch my 1 year old daughter Cadence Grace on Fridays and i am in need of a trusted Christian friend to watch her while i go to the place of death and preach life. This would only be for 2 hours at the most. I would drop her off with her diaper bag and likely a little lunch. If any of you, after prayerful consideration, could help in this way, it would afford me the time to go forth to plead for sinners to turn to Christ and receive the grace and mercy of God through faith in Christ alone. You would play a vital role in saving those being led to the slaughter. Let me know, this is a life or death issue.
In truth and love for Savior and souls, the least of men,
8-9-16 Providence, Prayer and Pleading
The Team: Joel and I
Tonight was faithful and encouraging in that we had much motivation from the commumity to keep on proclaiming the Gospel tonight and one great one on one with a young man named Javon. 8 Bibles among tracts and dvds were received and people held up traffic to listen to the preaching tonight. It was hot, but the Gospel is always regreshing to the soul of those who come to Christ in thier thirst. Consistency on location, ive come to find, is crucial in this form of ministry. I praise God for calling me to have the burton and eastern (b&e) in the rotation of locations.
A regular and dear friend Cristian came out today specifically for prayer. He has a surgery on Friday at 1p. Would you pray for him? He is having a halo put in to bring his lower and upper jaw back into alignment. As we ministered to him regarding this issue and his transparency about a sin issue he struggles with, an old teacher, mentor and friend whom i highly respect kindly interupted us. It was MSG Hall, my old jrotc instructor from highschool! I was filled with joy to see her and to give her a Thank You tract. What amazing providence our God has!
After further ministry to Cristian through prayer and Romans 8 and 4, i took to the box and Joel pursued the street.
As i stated earlier, people held up traffic to listen, recieve free Bibles and tracts and dvds. We had one gentleman raise his Bible in support and offer a donation as the light turned green. It was very encouraging. I bet fellow Christians are excited to see true trumpet blowers of Christ preaching Christ crucified on these streets instead of it always being the damning and false teaching of the BHI and the HI and the Farakhan fans. If you have not yet prayed for SE grand rapuds, please start.
Joel encountered a young man named Javon and engaged him for almost the whole time i was on the box. Meanwhile, before i joined him and Javon, an elderly woman and her friend/or dsughter pulled up with such joy on thier faces! Mrs. Fields was her name and she was GIDDY. they gladly recieved a handful of free Bibles and they donated 4 dollars to the ministry along with a most encouraging prayer from both of these beautiful ladies! I was tearing up from thier joy for Jesus and His Gospel to be proclaimed. They had such unction and power in that prayer. They insisted i take the donation and i humbly recieved it. Out of pocket, i generally spend 200 a month on minidtry, and every dollar counts. The Gospel provides the Gospel, the money will go toward the gopro as soon as i get it approved. Praise God for these dear saints that he sent to me.
I walked over to Joel afterward to assist in his conversation with Javon. Im always encouraged as i walk up to spot a fellow soldier. Javon, was very nice to talk with. He was not militant or angry, but he was trying to nicely justify his unbelief, presenting every excuse he could think of. He was confronted with the truth, exposed for his attempt to deny God, reduced to absurdity and called to repentance and faith toward God in Christ. Joel did an amazing job and a faithful job at this. God was glorified. We were out of time so we let Javon take off.
Lord willing we see him for a third time. 🙂
Be praying dear brothers and sisters, all you families who ascribe to the Lord.
8-12-16 Abortion Clinics
I read mainly from proverbs 1 and psalm 127,128 and 139 today. As well as Romans 1.
This week its busy, so bullet points it is. Your prayers have been essential in this ministry and im so grateful for them!
•dropped Cadence off at the Hovens who faithfully answered the call to help in this way. She had a blast with thier 3 children!
•went to the evenson center, it was closed.
•decided to leave a dvd at the door and relocate to the heritage clinic for recon. Half way there i prayed and listened to the leasing of the Holy Spirit.
• I reconed the area and thought id, A. Assist brothers and sisters in the battlefield from the omega house with my cold gatorade and prayer support. and B. Make a hasty assault down into thier parking lot with a hand full of Gospel tracts and distribute until i ran out of tracts or people to give them to and then peel out.
• i saw a likely brother who seemed to be a sidewalk counselor to encourage with gatorade and prayer and he in turn ended up greatly blessing me from his heart, both physically through money, handshakes and hugs and spiritually through the Word of God and prayer. Soon i will not have a poormans gopro. It was running into a fellow soldier in the heat of battle under the Lordship of Jesus Christ that caused my plans to change. Pray for him.
•after wed talked, prayed and sharpened iron, i had a change of plans. I was also not equipped well enough to execute the original plan after hearing about how vigilant the enemy was at this location. Wisdom and zeal must go hand in hand. We must submit to Gods plan.
•i began to herald the Law of God and the Gospel of Christ while pleading with people going in to murder children. Oh, how God was glorified through His Son Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to carry His Word forth from the chapped lips and sweaty brow of a lowly man.
Results from the Open Air today at “heritage” murder mill.
•everyone except 2 people recieved a gospel tract as they passed me by on the sidewalk and leaving the mill.
• one young man hurled yhreats at me and turned around aggressively as if to fight me. The women he was with held him back and he got in the car. As they pulled up to leave, i pleaded called them to turn to Jesus. They cursed me and said they loved murder and enjoyed death. They returned about 10 minutes later in an attempt yo do a driveby, honking thier horn to try and drown out the preaching of the Word of God. Spotcheck: thats impossible.
• a young women took a tract and a prc card as she left. She listened to me tell her about forgiveness in Christ.
•i pleaded with a few more ladies who walked in and out.
•A man told me to go F myself from my 6, so i challenged his worldview. He did not return. Pray for his wicked heart.
•i noticed a few people putside on thier porches mocking me thriufh the reflection of the clean windows of the filthy place.
•A women stopped to ask me what the building was used for and why i was preaching outside of it. She was a professed Christian and she took a tract and seemed thankful and encourafed by my honesty. We were interuptes by an unbelieving woman who bacame my last one on one before the police officers arrived.
• i engaged the woman who interrupted us in a nice conversation that lasted for some time. She asked if what i was doing actually did anything and asked about sensitivity, etc. She sounded much like many professing Christians who think that this type of ministry is run on results rather than the Word of God. She refused the Gospel tract several times, she was shown her folly and exposed to truth of abortion and the Gospel. I planned to wrap it up after our conversation.
•Someone called law enforcment on the preaching.
• a second officer would arrive. Citation and/or arrest were warned by one officer and the other officer seemed to give me the go head with a “what momma dont know wont hurt her” approach. I respect them both. They wanted everyone happy, to find a good balance. A subjective balance. Spotcheck: there is none, NO NEUTRALITY. Be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. The only way i plan to be arrested will not be from my own offense, but by the offense of the Gospel alone. I still got your 6 blue! Police lives matter!
I am so blessed by the prayer support you all have given. Thank you for holding the rope and being my supply and support.
Soli Deo Gloria
I am indebted to my Lord for giving me such a wife and daughters. Indeed, the open air preacher is not only sent by the authority of the local church, but it is the churches obligation to be sure that he is also sent by his family.
A great night. Lots of interaction. I wish id taken more pictures. Joel and i were constantly engaged in one on ones with professing atheists, christians, agnostics, homosexuals, and militant God haters. The coversations went well. Confess Scripture, Call out Folly, Command the Gospel.
Kris pulled a lot of security for Tom as he engaged with a very tough crowd. They even began to chant “hail kiss” for a few minutes as others shouted blasphemy toward God and mocked the faithful proclamation. There were a few intense moments and God used them to sanctify us.
Ive not the time to share all the details. People took tracts, an audacity dvd was recieved and people were called to repentance and faith. May Gods elect hear His voice and come freely to the throne of grace.
The grass fades, the flowers die but the Word of the Lord remains forever.
8-18-16 A Christian Who Hates the Gospel
The Teams: Joel and myself of Frontline Apologetics and Pastor Craig Scott, his wife and Sean from First RP (reformed presbyterian).
Oh, what a night it was! Much has been happening in the Nylen household lately and so ive not had ample time to update in detail. The same will be for this update.
Joel and i arrived early to do our briefing and pray up. Leyanna (my oldest daughter) was with me. We sung music in the truck on the way and it was a joy to my soul. She enjoys swing nights with her friends. After prayer we began to search for the First RP gents and we saw them to our 6, setting up a table with free bibles and literature. We walked over and touched base. I would preach first and then Craig would follow as the guys with boots on the ground would pass out tracts and engage in one on ones. I was blessed to have much support as i took to the box, it really charges me up to get hugs, high fives and amens from the saints and regular people who have become familiar with our ministry.
A quick overview of my time on the box:
Before i stepoed up i passed out 3 Police Lives Matter tracts to 3 officers in our immediate area.
Was encouraged by fellow brothers and sisters in Christ from the local church as well as some familiar faces that i havent seen since last year.
Had a good open air discussion sharing the Law of God and the Gospel of Christ with a few females whom i hooked while they were walking together. They sincerely thanked me.
A young woman drove by and yelled, “did Jesus make me gay?!?” I called for her to come talk. She didnt.
Many people were confronted with thier utter need for Christ and Him alone.
I then stepped down and Craig took to the box a few feet away. He faithfully stood to herald the good news and a small crowd of 4 people formed, they even sat down to listen. Many heard the thunder of Gods Word as he used His servant, Craig, to light up the street with the truth and peace found alone in Christ the risen King.
I fenced his audience from a gentleman named Marcello who, according to my discernment, would not have been a “good heckler” but rather someone who was merely interested in pulling apart the small crowd that was intentfully listening to my brothers message. I know, “dont take your brothers heckler”, but i believe you ought to have situational awareness and in rare cases, such as this, pursue the unbeliever. In fact, he pursued me first to critique the message id just preached.
While Pastor Craig preached, i spoke with Marcello near a few other people who listenes in on our conversation as well, they were blessed to hear the Gospel pouring forth from our conversation. It was wonderful. We would all spend the remainder of the evening in bounding overwatch toward his heart with the Word of God. It grieved me to see this man in a such rejection of the Lord by suppressing and distorting the truth. Our conversation began like an average one on one and as it went along his folly began to be exposed as Gods Word was revealing his nakedness. There was a very patient man closely following who was blessed by recieving a free spanish bible and spanish book of 1 John.
Joel engaged in a few one on ones and did some mass tract ditribution and Sean did likewise. Everyone spoke with Marcello at one point or another. Everyone was Biblically faithful to our King. It was a great evening. Afterward i was blessed to watch my daughter Leyanna and her friend Cameron have a blast swing dancing. A deep joy to see her having such fun! There is certainly a time to dance! May God be glorified in all that we do.
!WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGERY!
LAST NIGHTS UPDATE
My Facebook Page for Frontline Apologetics is still not allowing more than 2 photos. So, I’ll post this update on here again. May the Lord be recognized. There is much more to be said from this, but I’m simply trying to give an account.
An emotional day on the Frontlines. A true reminder that we are in a real battle.
At around 2100 (9pm) 2 men were renovating a home at 1645 college st near the intersection of dickinson. They sat down on the porch to take a break. 3 suspects rode up on bikes and demanded money, at which point they drew a firearm (pistol) and shot one of the men, Kenneth, several times and pistol whipped thr other man, unnamed, and then fled the scene. Kenneth died early in the morning from the injuries. He is deeply missed by a significant other and 2 young boys (his children), and dear family and friends.
Perhaps one of the most humbling moments in open air ministry is when the preacher steps down from his box and down into the suffering of the hearers. While this is always the case on the box, there is something particularly notable when a real life xperience happens that causes you to take a different avenue of approach. I believe this is a reflection of what the Lord Jesus did for us. He proclaimed His Gospel on high and yet lowered himself as a servant. The Lion of the tribe of Judah and yet the Lamb who was slain for sinners. God took on flesh! The Gospel is personal! It’s exclusive! It’s majestic! It seeks to save the lost and to uphold the broken! So we go. We follow the Holy Spirit and take Gospel, from what I’ve heard from a speaker recently, to the gutter-most. As such were we.
When I hear of these horrific events, in SE Grand Rapids, I desire to bring the Gospel to them; and so i do. Christ is the only cure. Last time we did this was the Stroy Pittman murder, this time was the Kenneth East/Kirkwood murder.
The Team: Joel and I
We located the porch, parked at the school for our SP, and walked over to recon and pray together and to do the briefing. We then waited for people to walk by to pray for them and with them and to share the Gospel via tract distribution and conversation. There was a silence that contained unspoken words, I believe, between Joel and I. I fought some ptsd in the moment as we stood there. We prayed to God who says fear not for I am with you. The Lord sent people to us. He sent a worker on the home, a man and his son who lived up the street, and a friend of Kenneth who claimed to have served prison time with him. His name was Jesse. Jesse had his girlfriend in the car with him and they have beautiful baby on the way. We prayed with them as well and Jesse asked for church contact information. They also received a free Bible and dvd. We embraced Jesse with a hug and then went door to door to evangelize the healing balm of the Gospel.
We spoke with a young man who was training for golden gloves. His name was Kenneth. We spoke of the shooting and the reality of mortality. A great one on one pursued as we explained the Law of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit to Kenneth. He rejoiced with us, grieved with us, prayed with us, and also received a Bible, tract and dvd.
Afterward, Joel and I went to few more homes and ended at a porch with an older woman named Bernice and middle aged woman (I believe her great grandchild). A conversation similar to the one with Kenneth ensued. It was beautiful as tears gently ran down Bernices’ face. We prayed and read scripture and then headed back toward the vehicles. We almost pursued a one on one with a professed Muslim, but I felt the Lord lay upon me, “not now”. I praise God for His guidance because He had a much more beautiful appointment in store for us.
Joel and I decided to walk back to the porch again and as we did, we saw a woman and 2 children approach the porch and sit down on it. She was clearly mourning as she sat staring at the scene, so we stood behind cover, passed out a tract to a passer by with a brief conversation and waited for the women to finish her weeping. As she crossed over to the other side of the street I approached her with Joel close behind. I explained who we were and why we were there and she responded, “My name is___K__, his significant other and this is ______ and ______, his 2 sons (maybe 4 and 6).” She began to cry, I immediately embraced her and we wept. I knelt down before his children, thier children, and explained the truths of Scripture. We wept with her some more and talked. We all held hands as Joel prayed a beautiful prayer for us and then gave her all he had in his wallet along with precious words of comfort.
We spoke with her a little more, explaining Gods justice and mercy from Psalm 146 and Hebrews 9 and then her mother and father pulled up. The boys went across the street and __K___ stayed with us to mourn and grieve a little longer. We welcomed her tears with compassion that only Christ can provide. I embraced her one last time and she wept for what seemed to be forever, my shirt was wetted as God caught her tears. She embraced Joel and then we gave her contact information to New City and told her to come partake in more of the means of grace and how we longed to minister to her further. No pictures were taken of her or her children for the sake of confidentiality.
The proof that God exists is that you don’t need proof. The proof that God exists is that without Him, the Triune God of the Bible, you can’t make sense of anything. Apologetics and the Gospel are in tandem. It’s not just for your militant professing atheist, it’s for your weeping widow and orphans who had thier loved one murdered on the porch, who stare at pools of blood, flesh, flies and tears and can’t understand why God would allow such tragedy. What the world, the flesh and the devil mean for evil, God means for mans good and His ultimate glory. There is no inconsistency here, look to the cross! Hatred and sin overcome by divine love! God’s glory on display! Justice and mercy have kissed! There are only 2 kinds of people here; those who run from His arms and those who are embraced by them. Choose today whom you will serve. Life is meaningless without Christ. Wake up! People NEED Jesus. Jesus fullfilled the law, atoned for sin and bore the wrath of God on our behalf. The Gospel is salvation for all who repent and believe, and this is a gift from God by His marvelous grace.
We are but messengers, To God alone be the glory.
Corryn Elise, Jessica Nylen, Mika Edmondson, Sean McDonald
!WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGERY!
8-26-16 Heritage Abortion
The Hovens watched my youngest daughter again and enabled me to go out to the Heritage Abortion clinic during lunch. I planned to do more recon, pass out tracts and find some time and distance strategy for when law enforcement is called again. I did just that and was compelled to do more. I had a few one on one interactions and was able to get he name of a young woman inside who was having an abortion so I could plead for him to run from the dorm of death and into the Lord of Life.
First time I’ve used the gopro and still trying to figure it out, but I was able to record some clips of the one on ones. Blessings and may God be glorified.
8-28-16 Evening I GAVE WEIRD AL A GOSPEL TRACT!
WE HAD ONE MORE NIGHT OF EVANGELISM ON AUGUST 30, BUT I AM UNABLE TO UPDATE NOW. IT WILL BE ADDED TO NEXT MONTHS UPDATE