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PREACHING AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA- FLORENCE, ALABAMA- APRIL 4, 2012- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Preaching at the University of North Alabama was like trying to plant a garden in the concrete while digging with your hands. This place needs some serious help. Great free speech area though with tremendous crowd capacity.

Two days before the forecast was predicting eighty percent chance of rain. The day before it was down to 60 percent. By that morning it was down to 10-20 percent. Maybe I prayed too good because it was so clear and hot there was little shade. This could have affected the crowd size.

I began preaching around 11:40 AM. By 12:30 PM there was about 200-300 people. I have never seen such rabid, frothing and foaming at the mouth, green with jealousy, sin defending, greasy gracing, hypocrites. The great free speech area has a large gazebo looking spot in an amphitheater. While standing in the amphitheater these rabid, foaming at the mouth hypocrites would take turns jumping in and screaming at the crowd warning them against me screaming and yelling at them. They kept losing their voices screaming Bible verses at the crowd but it was probably the right thing to do to show everyone it was wrong for me to scream Bible verses at the crowd. I was constantly judged as being a hypocrite and false prophet because we are not supposed to judge and I was judging. I was constantly shown intolerance because we are supposed to show tolerance and I was being intolerant.

The crowd was so rowdy after about 12:30 PM it was very difficult to do any crowd interaction. I was in rebuke mode overload. The crowd would settle down long enough for me to get out maybe one scripture and then everyone would start heckling, mocking and hurling insults, accusations and questions at the same time.

A black guy interrupted and gave out some “Christian rap”. A male cross dresser kept walking up and making appearances as the crowd cheered including the professing Christians. About 5-7 police officers were on hand all day and were very professional.

At about 1:20 PM the four or five rabid, foaming at the mouth, sin defending hypocrites began screaming at the crowd to leave and not to listen anymore. The mindless robots showed how well they think for themselves by obeying implicitly these commands by the hypocrites.

The crowd went down to about 50 and I was interviewed by the school newspaper. They asked good questions and listened well. The crowd eventually grew back to around 100-125 but I never got it where it was before.

Around 2:30 PM I attempted to stop preaching and just have some dialogue with a smaller group but several rabid, screaming, intolerant black homosexual and lesbian students made this impossible.

Around 2:50 PM I dismissed myself and exited the mob. The police escorted us. As we were leaving a student stopped us and asked us where we went to church. He said his father preached out here regularly and said his dad preached “The doctrines of Grace” which means his father preaches Calvinism. I don’t think the antinomianism prevailing on this campus is a result of this student’s fathers preaching but I am sure it contributes to it.

My wife said one black male student told her I came and disrupted the utopian atmosphere on this campus. Yes the utopian atmosphere of fornication, drunkenness, marijuana use, homosexuality, profanity, pornography, hedonism we came to disrupt that atmosphere. Jesus said “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth. I came not to send peace but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). He came to bring division and separation. The Kingdom of Light colliding with the Kingdom of Darkness brings division.

I do not always measure effectiveness by how well the students listen although sometimes that is very effective and is the ultimate goal. Many times effectiveness is measured by how much opposition and disruption you receive.

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PREACHING AT UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FAYETTEVILLE 4/09-4/13/12- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Monday April 9, 2012-University of Arkansas at Fayetteville-Fayetteville, Arkansas: 

 

MACEDONIAN CALL “COME OVER AND HELP”

 

Preached today at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with Brother “Moses”. I have been phone friends with Moses since about 2008 but never met him in person until we arrived here last Thursday evening (4/05/12). He asked me to come and help him preach on campuses, a few churches he is working with, and help him with some of his work as he has been very busy lately.  It was a “Macedonian call” (Acts 16:9).

 

PREACHER MOSES

 

Brother Moses is a VERY intelligent and UNIQUE individual. He was very impressive preaching on campus and has been preaching on this campus and others around here since around 1997.  Great combination of content, humor and sobriety. Moses seems to have an articulate well thought out opinion on everything and can think and speak very fast. He also changes gears very quickly as one moment he is rebuking sin like an old testament prophet and the next minute speaking with the care and concern of a pastor.

 

We began preaching around 2:20 PM in a very poor spot that had a lot of construction going on. Moses gathered a small group of about 15-20 and then turned the group over to me around 3:00 PM. He had to talk to an administrator because there was another activity going on in the area they gave us the permit. I only preached here for about 10 minutes before we moved to another spot. Thankfully we were moved to a much better area.

 

THE WIND BLOWETH WHERE IT LISTETH (JOHN 3:8)

 

I began preaching in the new spot around 3:20 PM and immediately gathered a crowd of about 30-40. It built up to around 50-60.  I was not used to preaching with Moses because he is so unpredictable. Sometimes it is difficult for me to tell if he is serious or joking.

 

GOOD COP VS BAD COP

 

I turned the crowd back over to him around 4:10 PM and he played the “good cop-bad cop” with himself being the good cop. The students seemed delighted and let me know clearly they liked Moses as he told the crowd God wanted to save, heal or fill with the Holy Ghost someone in the crowd.

 

Soon it became obvious the crowd was not interested in seeing anyone get saved, healed or filled with the Holy Ghost. Moses then turned on them and told them we were going to leave and he was dusting his feet off because he was casting his pearls before swine (the school’s name is the Razorbacks-pigs).

 

JUDGE YOURSELVES UNWORTHY OF EVERLASTING LIFE (ACTS 13:46)

 

He looked at us and nodded and said “No I am serious let’s go.” We all packed up and got ready to leave. This seemed to greatly alarm the crowd and they became concerned.

 

FOUL

 

Moses and I took some turns rebuking the crowd. A photographer kept sticking his camera in Moses face and Moses kept blowing his whistle (this is very humorous as Moses carries a whistle and blows it while he is preaching calling fouls and penalties and acting as a referee).

 

The police officer moved the livid photographer away. Moses was talking with the officer and I preached to the crowd for about 15 minutes. During this time I rebuked a female student. Moses discerned the girl was under conviction and talked to her on the sidelines and reported to me later she had gotten saved!

 

We left the campus around 5:15 PM and on the way out a male student stopped Moses, Elizabeth and I. He asked us some good questions and Moses had him kneel on the ground and we prayed with him to have victory over sin in his life.

 

Wednesday April 11, 2012-University of Arkansas at Fayetteville-Fayetteville, Arkansas:  Sister Elizabeth and I arrived in the free speech area before Brother Moses as he wanted to stay back and pray a few minutes.  I began preaching around 1:40 PM.

 

WHISTLE BATTLE

 

As I began to gather a small group of listeners and getting a few questions Brother Moses showed up along with the livid photographer from Monday.  Today he had a duck’s whistle. 

 

He followed Moses all over the green blowing the duck whistle in his face.  Moses was filming everything and kept blowing his whistle for the guy to back off.  Moses also called the police.  They arrived and backed the “duck whistle cameraman” away. 

 

LARGE CROWD GATHERS

 

In the meanwhile I had been preaching and a large crowd of 200-250 gathered.  They were fairly rowdy at first but settled down and listened well.  This could have been due to the police presence.  I was able to preach and answer questions effectively as they listened well. 

 

PSALMS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS

 

I turned the crowd over to Moses around 2:50 PM.  They had been anticipating hearing him and he is a very good preacher.  From 2:50 PM to around 3:10 PM Moses sang many of the songs he has written over the years.  He sang one right after another.  Many of these songs he claims have been given him by the Spirit of God spontaneously and on the spot.  Most are catchy, somewhat corny songs that have a message and warn of the dangers of sin.  The students love the songs though and will listen to them over and over.  It is very effective. 

 

Around 3:10 PM Moses turned the large attentive crowd of about 250 over to Sister Elizabeth and she preached to them a message on what the love of God was and what it was not.

 

We had to attend a church service that evening and had an hour and half drive ahead of us so Moses told me we were going to leave around 4:00 PM.  I preached to the large crowd of about 250 until around 3:50 PM. 

 

MOSES DEBATES ATHEIST

 

At this point I turned the crowd back over to Moses so he could make any final announcements.  An atheist challenged him and Moses called for a short formal debate.  The large crowd moved in close and sat down all around.  Moses appointed two moderators.  The atheist representative badly embarrassed the other atheists as Moses destroyed him. 

 

MINISTRY CONTINUES

 

We continued to talk to students in the area until around 4:20 PM.  Moses had invited any students in the large crowd who were interested to join us to eat.  About six students met us and we continued witnessing and answering their questions in the restaurant until around 6:00 PM.  It was a very effective time of ministry. 

 

That evening I preached for about 45 minutes in the church we attended. 

 

Friday April 13, 2012-University of Arkansas at Fayetteville-Fayetteville, Arkansas:  On the way to campus today Moses requested to be dropped off at the police station to discuss Wednesday’s events with the police.  Sister Elizabeth and I went ahead. 

 

MENNONITES

 

I began preaching around 1:00 PM.  There were a few Mennonite looking brothers near the area holding up hand made signs that read “American Christianity is a joke” and “God’s Grace Exposes Sin”.  They were talking to several students who had approached them. 

 

WHERE ARE THE LABORERS? 

 

Soon I began to gather a crowd that continued to grow to around 150.  They were similar to Wednesday’s crowd in that they listened well.  At times they would get lively but would settle down again and listen.  It was evident most of the student’s are trained by Moses to listen to the preaching and be civil.  Every campus in the nation should have a regular preacher but where are the laborers and the priorities of the “church”? 

 

I preached to the crowd until Moses showed up around 2:40 PM and then turned the crowd over to him. 

 

As soon as I finished a handful of students followed me off to the side.  For the next few hours I answered their questions and objections.  I also got to know one of the Mennonite looking brothers.  He seemed to like me and gave me a book on what the early church believed. 

 

Moses continued preaching and at some point the crowd moved in closer.  It thinned out some towards the end of the day.  Moses stopped preaching around 4:30 PM with about 60-70 listeners around him. 

 

He again announced if any were interested they could join us at Chipotle Mexican Grille.  About 10 students showed up this time.  We witnessed and answered their questions for over an hour. 

 

In the parking lot Moses and I continued talking to a male student for another 40 minutes or so who claimed he could not stop sinning.

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GREAT PREACHING IMPACT AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY 3/27+3/29/12- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

I had not preached on this university since November 2009.  This university used to allow you to only preach for one hour and a half one day per month.  Naturally that policy had the desired effect of keeping traveling preachers away by so limiting the amount of time they could preach. 

 

POLICY CHALLENGED, BEATEN AND CHANGED FOR THE BETTER

 

This policy had been challenged I believe by a local preacher and the policy was beaten.  I learned in passing through last November (2011) in hopes of preaching here the policy had been changed and now a permit could be obtained allowing a preacher to preach all week as long as advance notice was given. 

 

In the years of 2007-2009 I usually preached here about once per semester realizing other traveling preachers would not be interested.  This school has had a history and reputation of drawing rowdy and sometimes violent crowds.  I know a preacher who was decked by the fist of a student while preaching here back some years ago.  Another preacher friend of mine told me he was chased by a mob of students here years ago. 

 

DEFYING POLICE

 

In the last visit I mentioned above I had gathered a rowdy crowd of at least 200 students with several police officers on hand to keep things under control.  One student tried to break through and attack me and was restrained by one of the officers.  The student then jerked away from the police officer and the officer commanded him to stop.  The student was encouraged by the large rowdy crowd to run from the officer and he began to run.  The officer went after the student and pandemonium broke out.  It was a near riot situation.  Somehow I was able to finish preaching and my wife and I were quickly escorted by several officers to our vehicle. 

 

I was hoping with the less restrictive time limit we would be able to preach long enough for the students to settle down and listen better.  I also realized this allowed more of an opportunity for the students to become rowdy and violence to break out, especially with the recent happenings of Trayvon Martin and the black community. 

 

Monday March 26, 2012:  We had a permit for this day but spent most of the day driving up from the Tallahassee area. 

 

Tuesday March 27, 2012-Georgia Southern University-Statesboro, Georgia:  It was a sunny very hot spring day and the designated free speech area had little shade. 

 

I began preaching around 11:55 AM and soon gathered a small crowd that continued growing.  There were about 5 police officers on hand and soon the rowdy crowd was swelling to around 200-225.  They were rowdy all right but I was still able to do much effective preaching a good part of the time. 

 

Around 2:00 PM the crowd seemed to have come down to around 50-60 but gradually swelled right back up to around 200-225. 

 

BOB MARLEY AND JOHN LENNON

 

Close to 3:00 PM they began blasting Bob Marley’s song “One Love” and John Lennon’s “All You Need is Love” over the loudspeaker in opposition to the preaching and to drown me out.  Thankfully the administration made them turn the music down almost right away.  I had made some comments about having to reserve the area in advance and should not have to compete with other activities in the area. 

 

By 3:10 PM I had been hammering the large rowdy crowd with the Word of God for over three hours and I was standing directly in the sun with weather in the high eighties.  Unfortunately due to the rowdiness of the crowd and the police presence once you step out of the free speech area the officers do not want you to hang around.  I would have loved to stepped out of the sun and sat down in the shade to have conversation with the more open and sincere truth seeking students but it seemed this was not possible. 

 

I stopped preaching at 3:10 PM and informed the police officers I was finished for the day.  As they were escorting us to our vehicle the school newspaper requested an interview and took some pictures. 

 

That evening I preached in the church where we were staying. 

 

Thursday March 29, 2012-Georgia Southern University-Statesboro, Georgia:  Once again it was another hot sunny spring day with weather in the high eighties. 

 

FREE ADVERTISING

 

The newspaper ran an article with several pictures that provided free advertising in addition to the controversy and word of mouth stirred up from the previous Tuesday’s over three hour Bible hammering. 

 

THE CAGE PREACHER

 

I thought of suggesting this idea to the police after I left but they figured it out on their own.  They had set up poles around the designated free speech area and blocked it off with yellow tape to keep the students back.  Once again about 5 police officers were on hand in addition to administration. 

 

TRAYVON MARTIN

 

I was concerned because when I arrived there was some type of demonstration going on with very loud music about 50 yards from the preaching area.  The majority of the students at the demonstration were black and it had something to do with the Trayvon Martin incident.  I was being very careful the previous day to stay away from anything that would cause any racial controversy with this sensitive issue waiting to erupt. 

 

However I made no qualms about letting the administration know I did not understand why I had to reserve the area in advance and compete with a noisy event going on at the same time.  Thankfully they told me they were going to have them turn the music down.

 

In less than 10 minutes I had an attentive crowd of about 250.  For the next 2 and a half hours I preached to a larger yet somewhat less rowdy and more receptive crowd than the previous Tuesday.  Most of the afternoon the crowd was in the 250-300 range. 

 

At one point I looked across the brickyard where they Trayon Martin event was going on and the crowd size there was almost as large as ours was but not quite.  A very large black police officer was the one in charge where I was preaching and I think he somewhat liked me.  Both days the police did a great job of not interfering yet keeping the peace.  The crowd was what I would call “pleasantly rowdy” meaning they were rowdy enough to keep things interesting but civil enough to allow the preaching to go forth.  A very effective day indeed! 

 

The crowd extended all around the taped off area and was fairly deep.  I looked behind me where Sister Elizabeth was and there was a good many students around her also. She was also interviewed by the school newspaper. 

 

I continued preaching to the large crowd of 250-300 (or more) in the direct sunlight until around 2:30 PM and informed the officers I was finished preaching for the day.  The officers once again escorted us to our vehicle. 

 

On the way home we met with several students who had some interesting questions.

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GREAT PREACHING AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY 3/20-3/23/12- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Tuesday March 20, 2012-University of South Florida-Tampa, Florida:  Once again we met up with our good friend and fellow preacher Brother Matt Bourgault.  We arrived on campus around noon.  It was a beautiful Florida Spring day with breezy and sunny weather. 

 

I wore Brother Matt’s sandwich board and he held his banner and I began preaching on the ledge in front of the Subway around 12:10 PM.  I quickly gathered a crowd of about 50-60.  I had several hecklers who helped build the crowd and kept momentum moving and the crowd continued growing to around 175-200.  The crowd remained attentive and listened well other than the hecklers. 

 

At around 1:30 PM an authority from the school told me I needed to move to the grass area.  The crowd was probably close to 200 and getting more rowdy at this time.  I immediately consented to move to the grass and turned the rowdy crowd over to Brother Matt.  Brother Matt wore the sandwich board and I held the banner. 

 

Brother Matt began battling the rowdy crowd and I had many very good conversations on the sidelines.  The crowd moved in closer to Brother Matt and gradually decreased to around 50-60 but then began to increase again and kept increasing until it reached around 130-150 around 3:30 PM.  He then called on me to preach again but I asked my wife Sister Elizabeth to preach. 

 

Sister Elizabeth preached from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM.  I continued to have very productive conversations on the sidelines during her preaching time.  I took over the preaching around 4:00 PM. 

 

By now the crowd had decreased to around 50-60 but as I continued preaching and answering questions the crowd continued to increase.  By 4:45 PM it seemed the crowd was once again nearing 200 and it seemed God was empowering me to preach. 

 

At 5:00 PM I turned the crowd back over to Brother Matt.  Brother Matt preached until 5:30 PM and left a crowd of 60-70 standing around.  I had a conversation with a homosexual male who had been mocking me but seemed very open and reasonable.  I believe he was wanting deliverance. 

 

We all rejoiced at the great day of preaching and conversations with students the Lord gave us. 

 

Wednesday March 21, 2012:  Sister Elizabeth and I drove from the Tampa area to the Tallahassee area and I preached in the evening service of the church hosting us. 

 

Thursday March 22,2012-Florida State University-Tallahassee, Florida:  Brother Matt Bourgault was going to meet us on campus and do some preaching before he had to travel to Georgia to preach in a church that evening.  It was another beautiful Florida Spring day with breezy and sunny weather. 

 

Brother Matt began preaching around 12:20 PM and I arrived around 12:30 PM.  Brother Matt had gathered a handful of attentive listeners.  He continued preaching and gathered an attentive crowd of about 25-35 who were spread out in the great free speech area. 

 

I figured Brother Matt would preach until at least 1:30 PM before leaving but I was kind of surprised when he turned the preaching over to me at 1:00 PM.  Brother Matt had set things up and it was very easy to build a crowd at this point.  As I began preaching the crowd quickly increased to over 200 and was spread out in a large circle around us.  They were very attentive and civil at this point.  I do not know how long this atmosphere would remain but with the crowd growing so fast and listening so well it seemed the meeting would go “sky high”. 

 

Around 1:45 PM satan interfered and two musicians set up with their instruments behind me and began playing loudly to distract the crowd and drown me out.  I shudder at the judgment of God on such an act as this to hinder so many attentive hearers from a message they needed to hear to wake them up to their danger of eternal torment. 

 

I moved away from the musicians and moved towards the crowd and stood upon a planter.  Much of the crowd left after the musicians sabotaged the meeting but those remaining moved away from the musicians and moved in to where I was preaching. 

 

The crowd was now down to around 50-70.  They were no longer listening attentively but were hurling insults, threats, questions and accusations all at the same time.  I battled them for some time and they settled down some and listened better.  The remaining crowd also increased to around 100 at times.  I had lowered my voice after the musicians interference but at times it seemed the Spirit of the Lord came upon me powerfully to preach, reprove, and rebuke with all longsuffering and doctrine. 

 

I exited the crowd at 2:45 PM as we had to drive about 90 minutes to preach in a church that evening.  After exiting the crowd I had a few short conversations with several in the crowd who had questions.  It seemed I was able to thoroughly answer their questions and I think I got through to them. 

 

As we walked to the car a girl in the crowd who had been calling me a “Pharisee” walked with us.  She was now settled down and seemed to think I had good intentions and meant well.  I answered her questions and she seemed thankful and appreciative.  Most of the students have been trained in humanism and not the Bible but think they are being Biblical. 

 

That evening I preached in the church where we were staying. 

 

Friday March 23, 2012-Florida State University-Tallahassee, Florida:  We were very tired this morning from all the preaching and driving but I believed the Lord wanted us to return to preach at Florida State University again today. 

 

We made the 90 minute drive and I arrived in the free speech area around 1:10 PM.  I slowly gathered a civil, attentive crowd that continued increasing to around 50-60. 

 

By 1:50 PM the crowd was no longer civil and attentive but rowdy and hostile.  The size of the crowd had increased to around 200.  One student tried to steal my water and another tried to steal my hat.  Three musicians showed up and followed me around while playing their instruments.  Another male student followed me around and made physical threats and later came back with a bullhorn to drown me out anytime I tried to preach.  A female student followed me around playing a harmonica. Other students also made physical threats. 

 

The crowd would sing in unison and chant “Get off our campus!”  With all this going on it became difficult if not impossible to do any effective preaching.  The crowd was now over 200. 

 

I exited the crowd around 2:20 PM and some of the crowd left.  I went back into the crowd around 2:30 PM as a hypocrite preached the sin loving, sin defending, Bible rejecting, God mocking crowd a pitiful “God loves you!” message. 

 

I returned and hammered the smaller less rowdy crowd of about 60-70 with the Word of God and refuted the lies the hypocrite was spreading.  At 2:50 PM I exited the crowd again and prepared to leave. 

 

I was having conversations with some sin defending professing “christianettes” when the student who earlier tried to steal my hat grabbed my hat from off my head and began running.  I took off after him and almost caught him but unfortunately pulled a hamstring!  Praise God a student talked the thief into bringing my hat back.

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PREACHING AT SOUTH BEACH AND UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA 3/9-3/16/12- BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Friday March 9, 2012-South Beach-Miami Beach, Florida:  Sister Elizabeth and I had to leave the Gainesville area and make the long drive back to Miami for a funeral.  March is the month for Spring Break so the campuses all go on Spring Break on different weeks.  Many college students head to South Beach in Miami Beach for Spring Break so we believed the Lord was leading us to remain a few extra days and do some Spring Break preaching on South Beach. 

 

STARK CONTRAST

 

We drove through the heavy Miami Friday Spring Break traffic and arrived at South Beach just before 4:00 PM.  It was a beautiful Spring day with clear sunny skies and a breeze coming off the ocean. This was a stark contrast to the flagrant abounding sin being flaunted everywhere in the South Beach area. 

 

I set up with banner and amplified sound in the shower area across from Wet Willie’s on Ocean Drive.  To our surprise about 75-85% of the Spring Break revelers were black.  We have preached here on a weekly basis in the years of 2004 to 2006 and I never remember such a high percentage of blacks being there for Spring Break.  We also have preached several years during the almost all black event Urban Beach Week. 

 

It was too windy to hold the banner and the microphone and preach at the same time so I took down the banner after a few minutes.

 

Hundreds and hundreds heard the message of repent or perish, turn to Jesus the Savior from sin.  Our message met mostly with apathy, ridicule and hostility. 

 

INCREASING HOSTILITY

 

Thankfully the police did not interfere at all with the preaching but sadly they did not interfere as the crowd would scream in my hear, try to unplug my microphone, pull the microphone from my hand, and girls would dance vulgarly right next to me. 

 

As night began to fall the crowd became more bold and hostile.  The spot we were preaching in was poorly lit.  Around 5:45 PM we decided to move to the street corner across from Wet Willie’s and resume preaching.  This area was lit up by the street lights and the police were constantly present. 

 

I continued preaching until around 6:30 PM and we left as night fell. 

 

Tuesday March 13, 2012-University of Central Florida-Orlando, Florida:  After a short night’s sleep Sister Elizabeth and I left Miami in the morning and began the approximately 4 and a half hour drive to University of Central Florida.  Unfortunately, we almost ended up on the wrong campus as there are many of them in the Orlando area. 

 

Due to this we got a later start than we wanted and I ended up beginning the preaching around 2:10 PM. 

 

The UCF “praising singers” were out playing a guitar and praying  underneath their small gazebo. There was a girl about 10 yards from where I was preaching with a sign saying hell did not exist and giving out literature to prove this so. 

 

I HAVE HAD BETTER DAYS

 

I soon gathered a crowd of about 25-30 but was never able to get them to settle down into a seemingly profitable atmosphere of questions and answers.  A seemingly demon possessed Jewish guy would follow me around reading from the Talmud.  The students would constantly ask a question,  or make an accusation and when I would try to respond they would keep repeating it. 

 

LOVE DOES NOT MEAN HUG

 

One student from the Chi Alpha (Assemblies of God) student group came into the crowd and greeted me with a patronizing “Brother Micah!  Give me a hug!”  I stared at him and asked him why and he responded “You know love!”.  I told him giving a hug does not prove you love someone. 

 

SHOWS HIS LOVE

 

He asked if he could say something to which I told him “No”.  He refused to listen and interrupted anyway and gave a short message of his testimony (which was ok) and then made a remark inferring how I was not doing it right but how “God loves them all”. 

 

When he finished I asked how many in the listening crowd were now ready to repent of all their sins and follow Jesus with all their heart.  No one responded.  I pointed out to the student how they were not ready and  what he was going to do next.  He looked at me bewildered and said nothing. 

 

The hell denying girl to my left began singing loudly Matt 6:9-13 over the already unruly crowd.  By 3:50 PM the crowd was splintered into several groups having their own discussions and no one was listening so I stopped preaching. 

 

Before we left I had a good conversation with a student professor from Poland who always comes to the meetings and listens.  I have never really been able to have a good conversation with him due to the crowd but today I was. I had some good conversations with several others. 

 

We left around 5:15 PM.  It was definitely not a very encouraging day but I realize we must sow in tears before we can expect to reap in joy (Psalm 126:5-6). 

 

Friday March 16, 2012-University of Central Florida-Orlando, Florida:  Once again we had the blessing of meeting up with and preaching with our good friend and brother Matt Bourgault.  I believe, Brother Matt has been preaching on the campus circuit full time since the late nineties. 

 

BROTHER MATT

 

We left early enough to arrive close to noon but we had to pick up Brother Matt and the traffic was so congested we did not arrive on campus until after 1 PM. 

 

Brother Matt brought his sandwich board and I brought our banner.  I began preaching at 1:40 PM wearing the sandwich board sign and Brother Matt nearby holding the banner.  There was a group sitting right across from us that were wearing pro abortion t-shirts and behind us were the “praisers” singing under their gazebo. 

 

GOOD CROWD

 

It took a few minutes but soon I had a nice crowd of 25-35.  They were much more focused and civil than on Tuesday.  I was able to have a profitable time of preaching and answering questions.  Of course we had hecklers and opposers making home made signs.  The crowd was rowdy at times but then would settle down and listen. 

 

By 3:30 PM the crowd was getting ever more rowdy and I turned them over to Brother Matt. I gave him the sandwich board and I held the banner. 

 

He preached until after 5:00 PM and I had many good conversations while holding the banner.  I seemed to have earned some respect and begin to connect with some of the students.  I was away from this campus much over the past two years and although many have heard my name they really do not know me here like the students from years past. 

 

CONVICTION ON IMMODEST WOMEN

 

Several girls wearing their bikini bathing suits told my wife how embarrassed they were as “Christians” that Brother Matt and I were out there “yelling” at students.  My wife told them how embarrassed she was dressed the way they were and claiming to be Christians.  She showed them Biblical passages on modesty and they admitted to being convicted and covered themselves. 

 

We left the campus at about 6:00 PM.

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PREACHING AT UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2/28-3/01/12- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Tuesday February 28, 2012-University of Florida-Gainesville, Florida:  We arrived on campus just before 2:00 PM but when I arrived to preach at the Turlington Plaza local preacher Matt Sherman was already preaching to a handful of students. 

 

MATT SHERMAN

 

I met Matt when I preached here back in December 2009.  He is part of the same group as Tom Short and I assume his beliefs are similar.  His preaching with an emphasis on apologetics and a more intellectual approach is similar to Tom’s also.  Personally I much prefer Matt’s style as he is much more aggressive, confrontational and using sarcasm effectively with the students. 

 

I am sure Matt remembered me and I think he appreciates my preaching even though we would not agree on some things.  I thought he might invite me to preach at some point but he never did.  I stayed on the sidelines and talked to students individually. 

 

LED TO UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA  FROM BROOKLYN

 

I had a good conversation with a mature Jewish believer who is always out witnessing on this campus named Fred.  He told us he had been at the University of Florida since 2007 as the Lord led him to come here from Brooklyn to reach to the many Jewish students on campus.  He also had some good insights on witnessing to Jewish students. 

I had several good conversations with different Calvinist students who seemed open and reasonable mainly on the subject of sin and holiness. 

 

Late in the day I had a good discussion with one of Fred’s disciples who looks to be of Indian descent, a sincere Christian but a Calvinist.  During our discussion I saw a student approaching from far away I had seen recently in the meetings and on campus. 

 

FORMER HECKLER NOW A CHRISTIAN

 

Back a few weeks ago when I was preaching here on Tuesday February 14 this student came to the meeting.  This was a great day of teaching from the Word of God with a smaller fairly attentive crowd.  As this familiar looking student showed up I greeted him and he greeted me too. 

 

I thought, I remembered him to be a heckler and opposed  my preaching but I was shocked when he pulled out a Bible  began nodding in agreement and witnessing to other students. 

 

I thought, I must have remembered his face correctly but remembered his actions wrongly because this student seemed to be a Christian and not a heckler or in opposition. 

 

The student I was talking to related to me this student was now a Christian but used to be a homosexual and an atheist.  This was very encouraging to me but I was not sure if this was true or not. 

 

Sister Elizabeth and I left the campus after 5:00 PM and went across the street to eat at Chipotle Mexican Grille (da bomb!).  Of the more than 60,000 students on this campus guess who sat right behind us?

 

THANK YOU FOR COMING TO UF TO PREACH

 

 I greeted the student and struck up a conversation with him.  He immediately thanked me sincerely for what I do and having the boldness to come to the campus to preach.  He admitted, he used to be very argumentative with me.  We talked for some time and he seemed to be genuinely saved and following the Lord Jesus Christ.  We do not think we are the only instruments God used in his salvation but it is very encouraging to realize we had a part in planting seeds and seeing someone who used to oppose you vehemently now thanking you. 

 

Wednesday March 1, 2012-University of Florida- Gainesville, Florida:  We arrived today on campus before 2:00 PM and I began preaching in the Turlington Plaza at 2:00 PM.  It was a hot, sunny day. 

 

As has been the pattern here recently it was slow at first.  I gathered a handful and then I would get a heckler disrupting me and some of the ones who were asking questions would leave.  Gradually the crowd built up to 20-30 and kept increasing to 30-50. 

 

WELL MEANING CHRISTIANS

 

Each time the crowd would build up and increase it seemed the well meaning Christians would infiltrate the crowd and began talking to the students who were asking questions.  This kept breaking the momentum.  Soon I would look out at the once lively attentive crowd and many would be in small groups talking while I was preaching.  Of course I always had those who kept listening and asking questions.  I continued to persevere. 

 

GREAT TIME OF PREACHING

 

I would lose momentum and then begin to gain it again.  Close to 4:00 PM the crowd grew to around 70-80.  I elevated myself onto a planter around 4:00 PM to preach over the hecklers and disrupters.  From 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM I was able to preach, teach and answer questions effectively to an attentive, lively crowd of about 25-50. 

 

The student who had been saved was there for a good part of the day witnessing on the sidelines and amongst the crowd.  I stopped preaching around 5:30 PM but we stayed around talking and answering questions until close to 6:00 PM. 

 

Thursday March 1, 2012-University of Florida- Gainesville, Florida:  It was a great day weather wise for preaching being hot and sunny.  We were going to meet our good friend and fellow campus preacher, Brother Matt Bourgault. 

 

We arrived on campus around 1:30 PM and I showed up at the Turlington around 1:45 PM.  Brother Matt was already there with two of his young boys.  Brother Matt was holding a banner, preaching and handing out tracts and his two boys were wearing miniature sandwich boards and handing out tracts. 

 

LIBERAL STUDENTS WORST NIGHTMARE

 

There is nothing liberal brainwashed students hate to see than young children wearing sandwich boards warning of sin and urging repentance from sin and turning to Jesus. 

 

I was in a discussion with several students while Brother Matt was preaching.  He gathered a handful of listeners and then called on me to preach at 2:00 PM.  I began preaching and the crowd grew quickly to about 40-50.  I was able to effectively preach and answer questions as the crowd was lively but attentive. 

 

GOING TO HELL FOR EATING COW?

 

I began to get several hecklers that built the crowd size up to around 75-85.  One was an older Hare Krishna who has always been on campus “witnessing” to students.  He told my wife a few days ago she was going to hell for eating cows.  Another was a screaming female heckler. 

 

For a time I was able to preach and answer questions effectively to the larger crowd but soon the Christians once again invaded the crowd and began talking to the students who had been asking questions.  Soon I looked into the crowd and the once lively attentive crowd was now fragmented into groups of small discussions.  Of course there were still many who were listening but this made things more difficult and broke the momentum. 

 

I turned the crowd over to Brother Matt at 3:30 PM and took his place holding the banner.  Around 4:00 PM the crowd closed in on Brother Matt.  I was having many effective conversations on the sidelines while he preached. 

 

STAY AWAY FROM THE CHILDREN! 

 

There was one rebellious male student who insisted on talking to, following around, and playing with Brother Matt’s children even after being repeatedly asked not to do so by Brother Matt, Sister Elizabeth and myself.  Even some of the students told him to leave the children alone. 

 

Around 4:15 PM Brother Matt moved onto one of the planters to elevate himself above the crowd that closed in on him.  I continued to have very good conversations on the sidelines holding the banner. 

 

The male student persisted to defiantly and flagrantly disobeyed Brother Matt’s orders to stay away from his children.  Around 5:00 PM the police showed up and began asking questions.  Brother Matt was questioned by the police around 5:10 PM so he had to stop preaching.  At this time the crowd was around 30-40. 

 

WINNING THEM BY LOVE 

 

It was nearing 6:00 PM and we were getting ready to leave. Before leaving one little christianette hypocrite was complaining about my supposed lack of love due to warning sinners to repent of their sin, submit to Jesus or end up in hell. He pointed out his roommate at a distance, told me he was a homosexual and was working on winning him to Christ with love. Of course, I have no problem with that but after dealing with these hypocrites for years I know what that means.

 

DESPERATE TERROR

 

I asked the hypocrite if he had talked to his homosexual roommate about his sin and the consequences. I recognized the homosexual student as he had listened to much of the preaching that day as well as several conversations I had with other students. The homosexual had been civil and attentive. I told the christianette hypocrite I was going to ask his roommate if he knew his roommate thought he was heading toward hell. The christianette had a look of desperate terror and begged me not to saying I would ruin it for him. Later as I left I asked the homosexual if his roommate ever tries to talk to him about God and the civil homosexual said “No we never talk about anything and we have no relationship at all.”. So the christianettes idea of showing love is ignoring his roommate and never trying to witness to him.

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PREACHING AT UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2/23/12- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Thursday February 23, 2012-University of Florida-Gainesville, Florida:  It was a very overcast day.  I began preaching in the Turlington at 2:00 PM.  For some time I had small groups of 1-15 listening and asking questions.  I gradually built momentum and the crowd grew to about 20-25.  I had some heckler trying to preach over me about Zeus who was a distraction for some time. 

 

Around 4:00 PM the crowd had grown to around 70-120.  Like last Tuesday (2/14) it was another good day of teaching but not as smooth as last Thursday with more heckling, interruptions and more preaching and rebuking sin. 

 

A muscular black male who had asked me last Tuesday about Romans 7 and listened all day as I expounded the scriptures for several hours showed up again today after 4:00 PM.  I told him it was good to see him again.  He asked me about Philippians 3:10-12 and Paul claiming he had not yet attained to perfection.  I quoted the passage and explained he was referring to the resurrection and then quoted to the crowd Luke 13:32 where Jesus claimed on the third day He would be perfected. 

 

I stopped preaching around 4:45 PM and began to answer questions from the black male student and several others who seemed to be sincere in seeking the truth of the scripture.  I explained again 1 John 1:8 and explained the biblical definition of sin as well as answered many other questions. 

 

I dismissed myself at around 5:20 PM and the black male student walked with me.  The student told me he had been reconsidering his beliefs and his position concerning sin and holiness.  He was very honest and sincere and confessed to sin in his life and clearly understood it was not acceptable and he could be delivered and live holy.  He also acknowledged if he dealt with that one sin he would have no excuse for not claiming it was possible to live holy. 

 

I knew he looked familiar and thought I had spoken to him the last time I preached here in December 2009.  I remembered having a lengthy conversation with him at the end of the preaching and he was a believer in Once Saved Always Saved.  He acknowledged that was him and he used to believe that because the church he went to taught that.  He no longer attends there. 

 

So he has gone from Once Saved Always Saved doctrine several years ago, to believing Romans 7 was the best a Christian could hope for in this life, to now believing it is possible to live free from sin.  I believe this final step was a direct result of the preaching from last Tuesday and again yesterday.  He asked for my contact information. 

 

All day the muslims were handing out literature for a Islam Awareness talk they were having on campus this evening.  As my wife, the black male student and myself were leaving a reporter from the newspaper asked if we were with the Islamic protest.  We did not know there was any protest. 

 

The reporter explained the pastor Jones from Gainesville who was going to burn a Koran a few years ago was supposed to show up with a group to protest the Islamic Awareness meeting. 

 

We left the campus to eat something and saw the protestors outside.  We later returned and listened in on the Islamic Awareness speech hoping to be able to correctly represent the truth.  It was mainly trying to make people tolerant of Islam.  The questions would be screened so we decided to leave.

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