Abortion Ministry Update
For those of you following Frontline Apologetics street ministry on the frontlines of the local Abortion clinic, id like to thank you for your support and prayers and provide you with an update.
As of right now i was told by both the GRPD sergeant, Officer B. and the Assistant City Attorney for the city of Grand Rapids Enforcement Division that 1. If i do not forfeit the use of amplification I will be arrested/citated 2. Even if i do forfeit use of amplification, the same result will occur due to my mere manner/presence being a distrubance.
According to the City, im in violation of a few ordinances. According to the Attorney im working with through Alliance for Defending Freedom, these ordinances are in violation of my constituational right.
The plan, according to the Attorney:
The plan is to see if I can obtain a letter from Mr. Passenger indicating what it is (they believe) you are doing to violate the law. If what the letter states is within the rules and regulations of the government, then all you would need to do is to be compliant with what is written. If they attempt to add restrictions that are not in the rules and regulations, then we would seek an appropriate legal resolution of the same.
I want to be a God fearing, law abiding citizen and respect our civil authorities and thier requests without compromising my freedom found in the Constitution and more importantly my freedom found in Christ. There are many ways to evangelize, but faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Ive been called to faithfully preach.
I’m pleased to serve the Lord at the clinic and am pleased to encounter all people of all kinds, including our local law enforcement.
Please do not cease praying for me on this battlefront, im ultimately concerned about all this according to what God says. That is precisely why the preaching outside the clinic has come to this in the first place. It is not me, it is the Gospel. Babies are being murdered and people are going to Hell. I dont want that for anyone.
In this world we will have trouble, but fear not, for Christ has overcome the world! John 16:33
[NEW] Abortion Ministry Update
Ive recieved news that the Attorney ADF transferred to me has made contact with the Grand Rapids City Atty.
Mr. P, City Atty, said:
1. not to use an amplification device
2. not to block the sidewalk
3. and that they would prohibit activities based on noise, manner and disturbance.
Accordong to the Attorney who is graciously working with me via ADF: “Point #3 is subjective and that is where he and I differed. He stated that you can’t promote people to honk their horn when passing but that you can hold up a sign, pray, and speak in a normal tone of voice.”
We are now moving forward to understand what these things mean objectively and in writing.
Ive been recieving messages calling me a terrorist, a pain and fear inflictor, that i trigger ptsd in women. That i threaten women and cause them to fear me shooting them, beating them, bombing the clinic and assaulting them. I am being told that Jesus’ name is being trampled and that i should be ashamed of myself. Ive been told i do not know the Jesus of the Bible, that i harm and traumatize women as i demean them. These false accusations are a violation of the Ninth commandment “Thou Shalt not bear false witness”. Some of them claim to be embassadors for Christ, yet they bear the marks of Satan. Pray alongside me for these souls of which i am no better, but better off as i am in Christ. The wrath of God remains on them outside of Jesus. They need to be pricked with the needle of the Law and sewn together with the eternal thread of the Gospel.
Acts 20:24 (ESV)
24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
The following is a link to the open air message i preached that day:
1-20-16 Open air and Truthtank
Frontline Apologetics: Joel, Sean and myself
TruthTank: Tom, Kris and 3 of thier boys.
This evening was honoring to the Lord and productive, we had much interaction! TruthTank was heading out to the Griffins game, so we decided to link up after doing some open air preaching nearby, just up the street at a familiar downtown spot at the end of the ionia bar strip.
Sean preached first and I went second while Joel constantly engaged image bearers. This is the second time Sean has been on the box with us and he always beings such solid and convicting truth to the world. I truly enjoy his coming out to the field of souls with us. While many mocked and ignored the preaching, many took tracts and a few came to stop and listen. One man listened and reviled us as we tried to engage in conversation, another listened and the even stayed for an hour! He just came from a drug (marijuana and heroin) party and heard the preaching. He talked with each of us and walked with Sean to our next location. He took a tract, bible and catechism and listened intentlly to the preaching of the Law and Gospel.
There was one face as Sean preached that caught my eye as he walked up the sidewalk. I believe it has been an affirmative answer to prayer as i pray for this particular gentlman now and again. It is the third time ive seen him. The first time was New Years eve 2015, then again at Bdubs downtown and again tonight. This man was vile toward the Gospel and he still is. I always greet him by saying, “Ill always remember you, have you come to know Christ yet?” He hates God and he is a lover of Satan. Tonight he told me all the same things except this time he told me that he loved to hurt children and wants to murder them and take thier clothing off. This man will either suffer the eternal wrath of God, or Jesus will on his behalf. I was sure to tell him this as he raised his middle finger and walked away.
After Sean finished, i stepped up for about 15 minutes and ended with 2 young women coming up extatic about what we were doing. They were so encouraged and they prayed for Joel and I and spoke words of affirmation to us. Afterward we met with TruthTank in front of the van andle Griffins game. Joel immediateltly made contact with a gentleman whom recieved his bible some time ago to kick it off.
The evangelism was faithful and many heard the sobering truth. While many mocked and found offense, as usual, we did have a good portion of those who intentfully listened and appreciated the public outreach. Tonight was a good night and the outreach went beyond even the evening and into social media where the Gospel was shared again. Unfortunately, my gopro was in error, but i got pictures with my cell phone.
He has risen from the grave and He is Lord!
1-24-16 In memory of Donald Dykstra
In Christ Alone, It Is Well With My Soul
As is now tradition, whenever a family member passes from this life to the next, i dedicate the next open air to thier memory and bring people into the place of mourning for the living take it to heart (Ecc. 7:2).
My grandfather recently was ushered from his body and is now present with the Lord and the fullness of His love. Grandpa is in the precence of The River of Life.
I texted my mother (step) and asked where Grandpa Don enjoyed his free time. None of the places mentioned were positioned for me and Joel to go preach at as i had a meeting at 7. I thought in prayer and wisdom, “Lord, Grandpa was a Navy veteran and so it would serve well to preach outside the recruitment center on 54th street”. I followed the proviking of the Lord to that location as i argued with myself to go somewhere else and as i drove into the strip i saw a lovely family through the window of the oriental buffet. It was uncle Donny and his lovely wife and daughter and they were happily enjoying a meal. I thought, surely this is a sign i should be here. Indeed it was, unbenounced to me, this was apparently a place where Grandpa went to eat with them often. A special place. Praise God for His providence and His comforting signs that Grandpa is in heaven with Christ.
So Joel and I proclaimed Christ on the sidewalk between the recruitment center and the oriental buffet facing the parking lot. Many heard the Gospel, the obituary was read and i preached from Revelation 21 and 22. A woman came over from the sidewalk and after i gave her a tract and continued preaching, Joel engaged her more thoroughly. He asked her if she knew whether or not her sins had been forgiven. She said she wasnt sure. So she remained with Joel for some time as he shared with her the Law and the Gospel.
She acknowledged her sin against her Creator and while she didnt recieve Christ as Lord and Savior, she did give Joel her address to send her Biblical literature as she pondered the Gospel. Shes been in and out of prison, lost her kids to ward of the state and was a walking lost and broken soul. I praise God for this evenings outreach. Pray for this woman. Grandpa Dyskstra would have surely loved it and he would have had the fitting words to share with her. Although Scripture is sufficient, God in His sovereignty continues to send us comforting signs of Grandpas eternal resting place. Soli Deo Gloria Grandpa. We love and miss you and are excited to worship our Lord face to face in His presence alongside you.
1-30-17 GVSU FOR LUNCH
Did some quick recon for evangelism at GVSU during my lunch break last week. You can rent a Free Speech Zone for a limited amount of time when available. I plan to preach there in the near future. Can you guess what verse ill proclaim the Gospel from? Hint: Acts 17 strategy
1-30-17 Be Still and Know That I Am God
Yesterday as i drove the hour home from work i listened to the radio and they began to speak briefly of Psalm 46. I just drove, dwelling on the passage and thinking of the holiness of God from Sunday evening service. My spirit was deeply provoked and stirred. I could not supress my need to herald Gods Law and Gospel. I pulled over at the intersection of Kalamazoo and 28th, got out of my truck and proceeded to preach to the folks at the bus stop and those awaiting the green light. People stood up and came as close they could to listen without missing the bus, they rolled thier windows down in the cold, i looked cell phones in the eye as they recorded the words and called people to flee the wrath to come and to, by faith alone, fall at the feet of the Jesus of the Bible who would give warmth to cold impenitent hearts.
I believe God called me abruptly for His sovereign grace in salvation to be immediately presented to someone. Im so unworthy of the call, so prone to wander, so feeble and anxious. A sinner such as i, called to serve a King such as He. I never found God, for He was never lost. You see, it was God who found me!
May this Psalm be well with you today dear friend.
Psalm 46English Standard Version (ESV)
God Is Our Fortress
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.[a] A Song.
46 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[b] help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Do Not Be Decieved
The Team: Joel, Darryl and myself
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:2
As it is during these cold nights, we have to battle the flesh. There is always a temptation to call the evening off, simply because of the fear of man and nothing else. Im so grateful that the Lord sustains us to refuse the lies of the devil and to cling to the promises found in the cross of Christ.
The briefing pertained us not being led astray from the mission to distractions regarding political talk and debate. While its okay to talk of these things, they do not save to the uttermost. We must always being it back to the Law and Gospel.
We all had quite a bit of interaction tonight. Darryl stationed himself outside the Harvest Health and Joel outside the Wing Avenue. I remained on the corner and preached while engaging passer bys and vehicles that rolled thier windows down. I know you hear it often, but its amazing to see people remain with thier windows rolled down as the Word of God goes forth.
We encouraged some professing believers tonight. While this is great, we must be careful not to be decieved. Many people, in an attempt to justify thier unbelief, rejoice and support us. They walk by with a thumbs up and then refuse a Gospel tract. They shout how they love God but then when confronted as to why, they reject Jesus. People say thier sins are truly forgiven, but they refuse to accept the character and nature of God. They say they know Jesus in thier heart and yet say they do not need a Bible for that. Thier hearts say they are free, but they are deceived. It is those very hearts that condemn them.
May we be discerning and diligent, making sure that everyone who gives an ear, has the needle of the Law and the thread of the Gospel sewn into thier hearts.