Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This money will go to Holly and her family to help with the costs of the funeral and living expenses while she grieves.







A Christian knows that death shall be the funeral of all . . .
  his sins,
  his sorrows,
  his afflictions,
  his temptations,
  his vexations,
  his oppressions,
  his persecutions.

He knows that death shall be the resurrection of all . . .
  his hopes,
  his joys,
  his delights,
  his comforts,
  his contentments.


He knows that death shall bring him to a more clear,
full, perfect, and constant enjoyment of God! This
makes him sweetly and triumphantly to sing it out,
"O death! where is your sting? O grave! where is
your victory?" 1 Corinthians 15:35-37

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Birthday To My Hero!


He has just turned 3 yet can barley talk
He stands on his toes every time he walks

His screams are attempts to communicate
But usually ends in him irate

Sights and sounds turn his world around.
A simple texture can make his emotions abound

Life hasn’t been the same since he came
He has autism but that’s not his name
He’s my hero, Kaden Shayne.


Happy Birthday “Super Kute”

Love,
Your Dad


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Prison Poetry

I have been reaching out to an inmate since his arrival at Orange County Jail. It started when I was going cell to cell to see if anyone needed anything lie a bible, prayer ect. This inmate was very anxious about his elderly mother who hadn't put money in his phone account. He said, "its not like her, she is all by herself and I am afraid something happened to her." I got her number and gave her a call and turns out she was OK but having trouble with her debit card.

Today I had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time sharing the gospel with him and his bunky. 

When I was done he said, "I have been thinking a lot about the after life." Then handed me the following poem he wrote prior to our conversation.

As I sit in this cell
I say to myself,
"I wonder if I'm going 
       to Heaven or Hell."

There's no doubt in my mind
you know what I've done.
cuz' you sure aint blind
nor are you dumb

You'll open the book
That will explain my life
from the day I was born
till the day I died

You will judge me fairly
no matter what I've done
decide my fait
then you'll be done.

You will let me know
if I'm worthy to go
into the Kingdom of Heaven
        or that place called Hell


Pray that God softens his heart so that he can respond to the gospel and gives me more opportunities to share with him.

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Parramore Project

I am praying about starting a ministry in the Parramore district. God has been drawing me to this area for sometime now. Please pray that He shows me how and what to do. More details to come.

Jail Book Drive

Boxes of books headed for the jail
Thank you all who donated books for the christian library at the Orange County Jail. Because of your generosity we were able to collect over 1,500 books!

These books were weeded through and only the biblically sound material made the final cut, putting us at a final of over 1,000 books.

I am very grateful for the people and ministries who donated. I would like to thank Desiring God, Ligonier, Stand To reason, Charles Lieter, Tony Miano, Prison Book Project, and Scott Smith for their generous donations.

Though we recieved all these books we are still in need of bibles (any size or translation) and study helps such as, lexicons, concordances, commentaries, theologies, dictionaries, ect.

We could also use christian movies for movie night, sermons, and teachings either DVD or VHS.

If God puts it on your heart to donate materials or money to by materials please contact me by email at noiz@bringthenoiz.com

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ambigram Tattoo Ice Breaker


Most of us know or at have at least met someone with tattoos. And I would venture to say that we have, wether knowingly or not, met someone with the popular Life/Death ambigram tattoo.

An ambigram is an image that looks like one word but is actually made up of multiple words which are revealed by rotating the image. To the left is the one tatto from both angles. Turn your screen (or head) upside down and you'll see them change.

This tattoo is one of my favorite tattoos and fun way to swing into the things of God. The conversation usually goes like this,

"Hey I noticed your tattoo. Do you know where it originates from?" Most of the time they will tell you about some musician they saw it on. To which I respond, "It actually originates from the bible." This usually peaks there interest. I then quote Romans 6:23 and expound on each point of the verse.

"for the wages of sin is death" Romans 6:23a
Death is the payment for sin. Sin is breaking Gods law the 10 commandments. Have you kept the ten commandment? Have you ever lied, stolen, used Gods name in vain? If you have you have earned death and the punishment of Hell.

"But the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord" Romans 6:23b
But God, who is rich in mercy, made a way by sending His only Son who lived the perfect life we could not live and Died the death we should have Died satisfying the Justice of God on our behalf. And if we Turn away from sin and trust in Jesus Christ God will grant us everlasting life with Him in Heaven.

Obviously this is just to give you an idea of what I do so add or take away whatever. Now go out and find someone with this tattoo and give it a try and leave a comment about your experience.

Interesting link: You can create an ambigram of your own with this free generator. https://www.wowtattoos.com/wow/generator.php

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A letter from a friend

A really good friend of mine, John Barrows, is going in tomorrow for brain surgery. This is not a story you will read about in the headlines because he is a humble construction worker quietly serving the Lord. He seems to not be worried about it a bit. He seems more worried about others than himself. The evidence of that is in his words below.

Please pray that all goes well with His surgery.

_______________________________________

I have been thinking so much about life and death lately… I have lost a few friends and have others that are very sick… I myself am going in for brain surgery tomorrow at Florida Hospital Orlando. God has Blessed me with a Peace that is passing understanding for myself, but I’m gravely concerned for some of my friends and relatives…. I have sinned so much in my life but it has been taken care of by Jesus… I just want to make sure that you all can find the way to flee from the wrath of God. I know it’s not a very popular thing to think of but God is going to punish sin. 150,000 people die every day. That's two a second. Don't let anything get in your way... Here is the Gospel or Good News presented in a way that all of us can understand… It is so simple… Please take a hard look at the truth….

Do you consider yourself to be a good person? Most people do. However, most of us differ as to the definition of "good." The Bible says that God is good, and the Ten Commandments are His standard of goodness. So, we will look at God's Law . . . With a tender conscience, ask yourself if you have obeyed the following:
1. You shall have no other gods before Me. (Have you always loved God above all else?)
2. You shall not make yourself an idol. (Have you made a god in your mind that you're more comfortable with, a god to suit yourself?)
3. You shall not take God's name in vain. (Have you ever used God's holy Name as a cuss word?)
4. Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. You shall not murder. (God considers hatred to be as murder).
7. You shall not commit adultery. ("Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart" Matthew 5:27-28; this also includes sex before marriage).
8. You shall not steal. (Have you ever stolen anything? the value of the item is irrelevant).
9. You shall not lie. (Have you lied even once? Including answering these questions).
10. You shall not covet. (Have you ever jealously desired what belongs to others?)
The Bible says that God will punish all murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, adulterers, etc. He will even judge our words and thoughts. On Judgment Day, will you be found to be guilty or innocent of breaking His commandments?

Perhaps you think that God is good, and will therefore overlook your sins. But it is His goodness that will make sure that murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, etc. receive justice. He would be a corrupt Judge if He turned a blind eye to injustice. Have you kept the Commandments?
The Bible says that the Law is perfect. It commands you to be perfect (Matthew 5:48). Are you perfect (in thought, word, and deed)? Will you make it to Heaven? You may say that you are still good, but God says you're not (see Psalm 14:2-3). So one of you is lying, and the Scriptures tell us that it is impossible for God to lie. Remember that all liars will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8). God's Law demands justice, and the penalty for sinning against Him is death and Hell. Listen carefully if you want to live.

God Himself made a way where His justice and His goodness could meet. We broke the Law, but He became a man to pay the fine. Jesus suffered and died on the cross to satisfy the Law. God can forgive us and grant us the gift of everlasting life! But you may still think that you can (from now on) keep the Ten Commandments. But isn't it true that the best of us have lied, stolen, lusted, hated, failed to love God above all else, and failed to love our neighbor as ourselves?
How can we then, live a "good" life if we have already sinned against God? At best we are reformed liars and thieves . . . but still Lawbreakers. Think of it this way - would you sell one of your eyes for a million dollars? Would you sell both for $50 million? I'm sure you wouldn't. Your eyes are priceless, yet they are merely the windows of your soul. What then must your life (soul) be worth? With these thoughts in mind, what would be a fair price to pay for everlasting life? It is utterly without price. Yet, if we trust in our own goodness to enter Heaven, we are saying to God, "I should enter Heaven because I have done good - I have earned my way in."

Imagine if you wanted to give me a brand new (very expensive) car, but I said, "I can't take it! I feel embarrassed receiving such a gift . . . here's 10 cents for it." I'm sure you would be very insulted by such a pathetic offer of payment. Besides, if I pay for it, it is no longer a gift, it's a purchase . . . it's mine by right.
When we talk of entering Heaven by being good, by trying to keep the Ten Commandments etc., we are tossing God 10 cents of "self-righteousness," which is a terrible insult to Him, in the light of His sacrifice. The only thing we can do is humble ourselves, repent of our sins, and receive the gift by trusting Jesus Christ alone. Almighty God demonstrated how much He loves you when Jesus suffered for you on the cross. If you want to trust in your own goodness, then you are saying His agonizing death on the cross was in vain. The Bible says, "For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." You cannot earn a gift.

When Jesus said to "believe" on Him, He was saying we should have faith in Him, in the same way you would trust a parachute to save you when you jump from a plane. You don't merely believe in the parachute - you put it on. Please don't "jump" without Jesus. If you die in your sins there is no second chance. God will give you justice, and you will end up in Hell forever. Any troubles you have at present are dwarfed by the trouble you are in with your Creator. His wrath abides upon you (John 3:36). God doesn't want you to go to Hell. Neither do you want to go there, so confess your sins to God right now, put your trust in Jesus to save you, and you will pass from death to life. Then read the Bible daily and obey what you read. (See John 14:21). Your obedience to God is the proof of your love. Have faith in God, He will never fail you.

Pray something like this:
"Dear God, today I turn away from all of my sins (name them). This day I put my trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. He is the only way for me to be saved. He is 'The way, the truth, and the life.'" Please forgive me, change my heart, and grant me Your gift of everlasting life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."

Friday, March 12, 2010

Orlando Abortion Clinic Video

Here is a video I put together for a local youth group. The group was coming out to the clinic to minister to the aborting moms. The video is intended to give them a overview of what they will experience.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Field of Blood

Today I talked to a guy at the abortion clinic named Benjamin. He was in his late 20’s and was there with his wife to kill their unborn baby. Allura was the first to engage him and spent a fair amount of time reasoning with him. Then I entered the convo after hearing some of his ”story.” He was raised in a christian home, already had one child and was buying some property to live on in Tennessee. He said that they couldn't afford to do that with the baby on the way. He understood it was a life, but “he had to do what he had to do. I was shocked! I responded as follows,

Me: Do you remember the story in the bible when Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver?

Ben: Yes.

Me: Do you remember that after Judas saw that Jesus was condemned and to be put to death he was seized with remorse? He went back to the chief priests and elders saying, “I have betrayed innocent blood.” Then Judas threw the money into the temple and left to hang himself. Do you remember this story?

Ben: Yes

Me: The Chief priests wouldn't put the money in the treasury because it was “blood money” so they went and bought a field which was then named “the Field of Blood.”

I want you to know Ben, that you have betrayed innocent blood by killing your child today and your doing it for the same reason that Judas did, FOR MONEY. This money is going to be used to by a “field” and today I tell you that the name of your property in Tennessee is now “The Field of Blood!” Every time you pull up the driveway you will never forget the child that you betrayed in order to buy it. Thats all I have to say to you!

He just stood there in cold silence as I turned my back on him and walked away.

They were still inside when I left.

I am hardly ever taken by surprise anymore at the reasons people give for killing there baby but this one shocked me. Now, I don’t want you to get the idea that we weren't compassionate with him. Allura handled him very gently as did I for 30 mins or so. Until he finally confessed his real reasons. I was deathly serious as I told him the above. I pray that, if they did go through with it, the conversation that I had with him haunts him for the rest of his life. I pray that it haunts him so much that he finally flees to Christ for forgiveness and is born again.

Monday, March 1, 2010

2 Free Audio Books

Every month ChristianAudio.com gives away a free audiobook. Almost every month they have outdone themselves with the title they are offering. However, they are going to have trouble topping this months selection of TWO free titles and great ones at that!

The first one I'll mention is a book that is close to my heart because it is the very book that God used to open my eyes to gospel and is also written by my now favorite author and teacher, John Piper. The title of this monumental little book is, "50 Reasons Why Christ Came To Die"

The second is written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and is titled "The Cost Of Discipleship." While I have not read this book I have heard some great things about it and will be the first in my iPod.


Download them here

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Text To Twitter Story

You may have noticed the decrease in posts here on the blog. This is not because I’m not out ministering, but because I have been using other technologies to update and communicate. The first one is facebook which offers a great way to stay connected with brothers and sisters and evangelism opportunities. The second is Twitter which allows me to update via text message from the field, which works well with my cheap phone plan. It also updates my facebook status and doubles its usefulness. 


I am afraid that with these two mediums of communication that I may be excluding you guys so what I want to do is tell you a story using my twitter updates. The twitter updates were sent live as the events occurred and will be highlighted in bold with a time stamp to follow.

"You'll never have a good view of the enemy till your at the front of the battle"6:47 AM Feb 22nd via txt The radio preacher says from his country pulpit as I am preparing to go to the local abortion clinic to plead for the lives of the unborn. I turn down the radio and ponder this statement.

The next day I arrive at the clinic a bit early so I spend some time in my bible till my brother Jason Karroll shows up. I also use the time pleading with God in prayer for grace today because I noticed the officer that the clinic pays is one that really doesn't like us. He has threatened me in the past. It ought to be interesting today.

Jason finally arrives and we start our business of pleading with women. It is so hard because they just look at you with eyes filled with evil. Most mock us and some threaten us with physical harm. It is heart breaking and they will not stop and talk to us. There is nothing left to do, we need to open air preach! We move to the front of the building and Jason, who has the loudest voice ever, begins to preach into the building. The blinds begin to crack open in different spot revealing only the fingers and eyes of the person behind them. They can hear us! Our message was making it through the walls.

After a few moments of preaching the officer walks out and stands in front of the building only a few feet from us. In away only he could, Jason is letting the officer on duty have it! Wow! Powerful preaching today!7:57 AM Feb 23rd via txt. I love when truth is proclaimed but it is always a bit nerve-racking when you are telling it to a police officer. Especially this police officer. If I was to describe him to you I would just say he looks and acts like Officer Hightower from the Police Academy movies. He just stood there cold and emotionless not saying a word. Jason then turns his attention back to the building and raises his voice again. The officer finally broke his silence. He told jason, that if he doesn't lower his voice he will go to jail for disturbing the peace. Jason responds to the officer firmly and says, “Thats Ok! I’ll go to jail for the gospel sir.” and he continued to preach. The officer didn't like Jason's response at all. Next thing I know the squad car is out front. Jason almost went to jail. Gloves were on and cuffs were out.8:26 AM Feb 23rd via txt. After a few other officers arrived on the scene and an exchange of words and threats from them we decided it was time to leave. Jason didn't want to leave it alone so our next stop was At the Police station with Jason making a complaint on the officer and hoping to find more out about the law.8:51 AM Feb 23rd via txt. Turns out the officer may have been in the wrong.

The next morning we decide to go back up to the clinic again. This time prepared to call a supervisor to the scene the officer messed with us again. Lucky for us the officer on duty was Charles who really doesn't bother us much. We spent a few hours at the clinic and thankfully Had a couple leave the abortion clinic just now! Praise God!5:18 AM Feb 24th via txt After this we end up At the lawyers discussing the events of yesterday. We're in a phone conference with a well known pro-life Lawyer.7:42 AM Feb 24th via txt

The lawyers were great and they offered to challenge the city because they violated our rights. These guys are so awesome they don’t charge pro-lifers for their service. They even told us, "whenever your out there just know that you have lawyers who will back you up just a phone call away" - from our laywer 8:16 AM Feb 24th via txt

The meeting at the lawyers was long and I was tired but one of the women was going to be at the clinic and need a male there with her so I go Back at the clinic. pray hard! God is working on a women right now. She is crying while filling out the paper work. Pray she listens to us!9:35 AM Feb 24th via txt. I cant believe how God works! I wasn't even suppose to be there and now I find myself on the "front lines" of a battle. I see the enemy at work! This women doesn't really want to kill her baby, but her boyfriend is pushing her to do it. She begins to cry as I describe what is going to happen to her baby. The pictures made her cry even harder. Her boyfriend never said a word and sat there cold as steel, determined to kill this baby. I begin to address him. “You are not going to like what I am about to say to you sir. You may even want to do me physical harm. This will only be because what I am going to say is true.” I told him he was a coward, a murderer, that he wasn't man enough to take care of a baby , and more. I never got a reaction out of him. not even anger! But the girl friend was beginning to see clearly who this guy really was. Keep praying! ask God to give her the courage to leave. She wants to.9:48 AM Feb 24th via txt

This whole time she never moved from my side. She still had the paper work in her hand but was to afraid to leave. I call my wife to tell her Im still here with the couple. Im staying till she leaves or to look her in her eyes after she’s killed the baby 11:00 AM Feb 24th via txt A few minutes later A women who completed a late term abortion just left to clapping and cheering in celebration of the murder of her baby. How sad11:17 AM Feb 24th via txt I began to cry! I had never seen such a thing.

I spend the next two hours alternating between prayer and preaching. Im begging God to get this women out of here then finally breakthrough! God has heard your prayers! She just came to me and gave me her clinic paper work and said, "throw these away for me because im leaving. Thank you for being out here. Im not sure what i would have done without you. THANK YOU1:36 PM Feb 24th

What a day!!



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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Super Bowl Outreach 2010

For the second year in a row I was able to attend the Super Bowl Outreach put together by SFOI. Last year was a great experience as many of you may remember from this post. But this year was different in many ways. One thing I noticed is that I've grown accustom to outreaches of various kinds so I wasn't as anxious as last year. And I knew most of the people this year, opposed to the 1 or 2 I knew last year. This year I also twittered as things were happing which was really fun. It felt as if all my twitter friends were there with me. You can follow me on Twitter here.

Here is a video montage.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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