Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My 2008 Top 10

Here is my 2008 top 10 list.

10. Starting this blog!

It was something I was very hesitant to do because of my inability to use proper grammar. I was never a strong speller (Just this paragraph alone had about 7 misspellings) and I slept through most of English class. I have also made some pretty cool “Cyber friends” and have been able to use the blog as a tool to the glory of God! This post will also be my 200th blog post!!

9. Witnessing.

As most already know I've only been saved for about 3 years. I have, since the very first day, always shared my faith with a lot of zeal and no knowledge. After about a year, I discovered Way Of The Master Radio and then learned the foundational tools to actually share my faith effectively and knowledgably. I had my first purposeful encounter on Oct, 29 2007, but it wasn't till 2008 that I knew that I was called to do it as much as possible and 2008 has been a great year for me in that regard.

8. Deeper and The 500.

Deeper was a wonderful conference held in Atlanta, Georgia and featured some of my favorite teachers like Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, Todd Freil, and more. The highlight was actually getting to meet Paul Washer and then Go out with 500+ Evangelists and hit the streets of downtown Atlanta. Read more about these here and here.

7. My First Supporter.

This year was the first time in my life that I have had someone (who I had just met for the first time) say to me, “I love what you do and I want to support your ministry however I can.” How cool is that!!

6. Reading Books with My Son.

I've been reading books to my 5 year old son every night since he was born. Normally we would read stuff other people bought him like, Disney books, Dr. Suess, ect. But just recently I started reading some real books to him. This change has blessed him and I beyond what I could have expected. The books we have read thus far are, The Princes Poison Cup, The Lightlings, Sammy and his Shepherd, and of course the classic, Pilgrims Progress. If anyone has any recommended books I would love to know about them.

5. My New Church Home.

It is never easy to leave a Church especially when your a leader there, but I knew that it was time for me and the family to venture out and explore other options. I ended up at a solid reformed biblical church. We have a great Pastor and a great church body. We have felt like part of the family since day one. You can check us out at www.celebrationcommunitychurch.com

4. Shawn.

This one really ranks at the top of my all time list! Being able to be used by God to bring an old friend to the Saviour was something I’ll never forget. I think it is a story I will be telling my grandchildren someday! You can read the story here.

3. My Great Friends.

God has placed a few good friends in my life that have been important in my Christian growth. These guys don’t take me too serious, hold me accountable, and encourage me when I need it most and correct me when I am wrong. There is one in particular that has been around since my conversion and has been a big part of my walk. There is nothing like Christian fellowship! Thank you guys!

2. Family.

My wife honors me and is truly my best friend. I don't know what I would do without her. My sons are the greatest! My parents and my sister are also a big part of my life, although they think I’m nuts! I could write for days about the wonderful family God has given me, but I’m trying to keep the paragraphs short.

1. My Lord.

It seems this year was a big year of growth for me. I have been praying, reading my word, commentaries, and many books. And it seems that the more I get to know this God and Saviour of mine, the more I am in complete awe of him. I am thankful every day for his death on the cross as a payment for my sins!

I look forward to 2009!!!

Citrus Parade.

I just got back from tracting the Citrus Parade. This parade was allot larger then I expected which caused allot more traffic then I expected so even after leaving to get there an hour early I got there a few minutes late.

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The parade drew allot of people into the streets of downtown which gave us ample opportunity to pass out thousands of tracts. It was great to meet some of the new evangelists that joined in our effort to reach the lost.

Signlady I also saw my first “Sign Lady.” It is unusual for there to be any other evangelists (besides our team members) at an event in our town so it was a welcome sight to see someone doing what they could to point people to Christ.

Special thanks to Sean Kelsey for organizing the event and providing thousands of free gospel tracts!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Champs Bowl Outreach.

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The Champs Bowl was held on the 27th of December and featured one of our states top teams, The Florida State Seminoles. This was a game that was guaranteed to draw a BIG crowd because it would be the first time that the Noles would be at the Citrus Bowl in over 10 years! Since there would be tons of people we knew that we couldn't miss this opportunity to share the Gospel in the open air. So Me and Braz met up with our new friend Jason to do some preaching.

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As we expected it was a zoo around the stadium. There were thousands of people walking by us as we preached the gospel. We were first stationed outside of the gates on what we thought was public property until the cops came. They asked us to move down the road and across the street from the stadium into what they called “the first amendment zone.” Slightly discouraged by this apparent set back we moved on down to “the first amendment zone” and as providence would have it, would be able to preach to more people at one time! You can see all the people that Jason is reaching with the gospel in this picture taken by Braz’s cell phone.

It was a great day and the gospel went forth! Now we pray for those who heard and those who received tracts.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Paul Washer: Preach The Gospel Right!

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"Preach right! So when they stone you, they stone you for a right reason. You know, there's some guys who get stoned and literally its because they're so stinking aggravating. Its not because there biblical." ~ Paul Washer

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Evangelist Vs. Ultimate Fighter

A new friend of mine, Jason, who is a great open air preacher and shares the corner with us in Downtown, Orlando, had a great opportunity to witness to an atheist. And this atheist, if provoked, could have knocked his block off! Here’s what he wrote on his Blog,

SethPetruzellWhile one of my brothers was preaching a man came up and started arguing about how the Earth wasn't 6000 years old. So a brother and me pulled him aside so he didn't stop the preaching of God's word. Eventually it was just me and him. He said he was an atheist but agreed that he wasn't a true atheist because he didn't have absolute knowledge. He was very combative and his language was very nasty, so to try to calm him down I told him my name and asked him his. He said his name is Seth Petruzelli. I have a background that knows a lot about fights and fighters and I kind of recognized him and his name and asked if he was a UFC fighter. He said that he is. Seth a couple of months ago scored one of the biggest upsets in MMA history when he beat a Goliath of a man named Kimbo Slice (Watch the knockout here). While reasoning with him of his conscience, right and wrong, and trying to reason with him about how there had to be a Creator of some sort, because something could never come from nothing. I asked him if he could be wrong, and he admitted that he could. After talking with him for about a half an hour, I gave him Mark Cahill's book "One Heartbeat Away." He said that he would definitely read it because he is always trying to learn. What was amazing was this guy who was very angry and didn't want to listen was humbled and admitted he could be wrong. Please pray for him that God will convict his sinfulness and the love of this world will not keep him from the amazing grace found in Jesus!”

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Citrus Parade Outreach

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The Orlando Citrus Parade is a televised event in Downtown Orlando and with your help it is possible that we will hand out over 10,000 gospel tracts! Tracts will be provided by Sean Kelsey’s Ministry.

The parade starts at 11:00, but we will arriving at 10:00 to tract the staging area.

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Christmas Parade Outreach A Success!

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The 2008 Christmas Parade Outreach was a great success! Thanks to Sean Kelsey and all the teams that volunteered to help in this effort there were over 89,000 tracts handed out this year!!!!!

Now we all need to pray for those who received a tract that their hearts be transformed by the gospel and pray that maybe next year you too will volunteer in this effort!

Jason Bellard – I never Sounded The Trumpet

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Below is a song  by Jason Bellard it is entitled, “I never Sounded The Trumpet.” It is a song that every Christian should listen to closely. It is based off of Ezekiel 33:2-6.,

"If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand."

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

God In His Underwear

Original Post by, Chris de Vidal on Reformed Evangelist

“The purpose of Bethlehem is Calvary. The purpose of the manger is the cross. Jesus had to clothe Himself with skin at Bethlehem so that nails could be driven through it!

Given that, I thought it would be appropriate to share this quote from Joni Eareckson Tada’s book, When God Weeps.

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As the soldier swings the mallet, the Son recalls how he and the Father first designed the medial nerve of the human forearm–the sensations it would be capable of. The design proves flawless–the nerve performs exquisitely. “Up you go!” They lifted the cross. God is on display in his underwear and can scarcely breathe.

But these pains are a mere warm-up to his other and growing dread. He begins to feels a foreign sensation. Somewhere during this day an unearthly foul odor began to waft, not around his nose, but his heart. He feels dirty. Human wickedness starts to crawl upon his spotless being–the living excrement from our souls. The apple of his Father’s eye turns brown with rot. His Father! He must face his Father like this!

From heaven the Father now rouses himself like a lion disturbed, shakes his mane, and roars against the shriveling remnant of a man hanging on a cross. Never has the Son seen the Father look at him so, never felt even the least of his hot breath. But the roar shakes the unseen world and darkens the visible sky. The Son does not recognize these eyes.

“Son of Man! Why have you behaved so? You have cheated, lusted, stolen, gossiped–murdered, envied, hated, lied. You have cursed, robbed, overspent, overeaten–fornicated, disobeyed, embezzled, and blasphemed. Oh, the duties you have shirked, the children you have abandoned! Who has ever so ignored the poor, so played the coward, so belittled my name? Have you ever held your razor tongue? What a self-righteous, pitiful drunk–you, who molested young boys, peddle killer drugs, travel in cliques, and mock your parents. Who gave you the boldness to rig elections, foment revolutions, torture animals, and worship demons? Does the list never end! Splitting families, raping virgins, acting smugly, playing the pimp–buying politicians, practicing extortion, filming pornography, accepting bribes. You have burned down buildings, perfected terrorist tactics, founded false religions, traded in slaves–relishing each morsel and bragging about it all. I hate, I loathe these things in you! Disgust for everything about you consumes me! Can you not feel my wrath?”

Of course the Son is innocent. He is blamelessness itself. The Father knows this. But the divine pair have an agreement, and the unthinkable must now take place. Jesus will be treated as if personally responsible for every sin ever committed.

The Father watches as his heart’s treasure, the mirror-image of himself, sinks drowning into raw, liquid sin. Jehovah’s stored rage against humankind from every century explodes in a single direction.”

(Emphasis added.)

You Know You’re An Open Air Preacher When…

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You know you’re an Open Air Preacher when one of your closest friends buys you an EZ Fold stepping stool for Christmas and you super excited! Thanx Braz!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Downtown Takedown First’s

This weeks downtown takedown brings a few first’s,

1. Drunk Christmas tree’s

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Its the first time I’ve seen a possible Jeff Foxworthy joke in real life, “You might be a redneck if… the Christmas tree your wearing downtown is decorated with empty cans of Beer!”

2.Taylor’s first Open Air

It would be the first night my young friend Taylor would try his hand at Open Air Preaching. He did a great job!

3.Killer Jesus

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I was presented an Objection that actually caused me to pause. It went like this, I was talking to a  young man who thought Christianity was false and he didn't like Jesus because Jesus wants his followers to Kill anyone who does not follow Him! I obviously told him that he must be mistaken and Jesus would never say or decree such a thing. He then said “Oh yes he did read Luke 19:27!” So I open my bible to Luke 19:27 which read,"'But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.'"

I actually was taken back by what I just read. I laughed as I struggled for an answer and that’s when I realized that Jesus was telling a story about someone else in the greater context a parable. I then explained that to him but he claimed that all Christians just twist the scripture to get around the truth.

Though he was most definitely mistaken on his reading of the text. I thanked him for actually trying to object to Christianity based on at least some sort of evidence. It was actually nice to meet someone who could do more then use foul language and irrationality to deny Christ.

4.Shawn’s Tattoos

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4.) Last night was Shawn’s first night wearing short sleeves which revealed his many tattoos. That's when we heard at least 10 different people yell out, “You have tattoos so your going to hell!” or “Jesus doesn't allow tattoos so your a sinner too”

What was so surprising is that we get told were judging people and that it is wrong, but yet the heathen would quickly hurl hurtful and judgmental statements at us with out any cause.

The crazy thing is that for some reason most people think we’re preaching like we’re not or were not sinners. I have yet to figure this problem out. It is clear just by looking at us that we are not perfect. That's the great thing about his tattoos, he gets to use them to point this fact out to the people. So whenever the objection comes up he says, “Yea I've got tattoos! I got them before I was saved and they will forever remind me who I was and what God saved me from!”

All and all it was a great evening downtown. We preached for 5 hours straight and I got to observe my friend Taylor’s first time doing open air and also saw another another close friend of mine who preached like he had never preached before! My friend Shawn was being used by God last night more then any of us. He preached with more truth, conviction, passion, then ever before. All the while keeping Christ the center! Praise God for his conversion and his ministry!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

To Santa Or Not To Santa That's The Question?

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Since I came to know Christ 3 years ago I have quickly become one who doesn't like the idea of a false idol named Santa Clause being the focus of Christmas. I have been telling my kids, now 5 and 1, that there is no such thing as Santa.
This causes some people to get angry with me. They say “your taking the fun out of it!” to which my wife always replies “Should we rob our kids of their fun or rob Christ of His glory?” It’s a pretty good come back and would shut any sort-of Christian down!
I could write a whole long article about this issue, but I really just wanted to post the following quote by Dan Phillips from the Biblical Christianity Blog. It really sums up my position on this issue.
“I never told my children that there really is a demigod-Santa Pelagius looming somewhere, judging their works. First, it isn't true. Second, I don't think lying to kids is very nice. But third, I don't want them to have to start filtering what I say, and wondering whether ol' Dad is having a bit of a snicker at their expense when he talks about this other invisible figure who sees them when they're sleeping, and knows when they're awake. (Santa? God?) original article


John Piper On Santa Clause

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Super Bowl Outreach

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Thanks to the generous donation of a brother in Christ I will be joining the evangelists at the 2009 Super Bowl Outreach in Tampa Florida on Jan 29 – Feb 1st! Go to superbowloutreach.org for more information.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Spurgeon: Not wavering in the Truth

"No signs can be more alarming than the growing infidelity and worldliness which I see among those who call themselves Christians. Does this nation really intend to cast off the fear of God and the doctrines of Holy Scripture to follow the vain imaginings of the sophists and the fashionable follies of the great? Are we to see again unbelief and luxurious sin walking hand in hand? If so, there be some of us who mean to take up our sorrowful parable, and speak as plainly as we can for truth and holiness, whether we offend or please. Be it ours still to thunder out the law of God, and proclaim with trumpet clearness the gospel of Jesus, not batting one jot of firm belief in the revelation of God, nor winking at sin, nor toning down truth, even though we fear that the only result will be to make this people’s hearts gross, and their ears heavy, and their eyes blind.

If it must be so, my soul shall weep in secret; but still, Oh Lord, here am I, send me. Be of good courage, Oh my heart, for the faithful have not ceased from among men; other voices will cry aloud and spare not, if haply our land may be purged of its present defilement."

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Im trying to be a good Christian!

Christianity is not trying to be something your not, but being something you are, a new creature! ~Paul Washer

Friday, December 5, 2008

Missionally Led - A Testimony


I had the privilege of being able to share a piece of my testimony at my church home a few weeks ago. Here is the audio.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A list of Total Depravity verses

Travis Carden as compiled a list of verses to support the biblical doctrine of Total Depravity. You can get it here. I think it is wise to have a good understanding of the nature of man as part of you evangelism.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Why call Me Lord, Lord and do not the things I say?

Why call Me Lord, Lord and do not the things I say?

You call Me the Way and walk Me not!

You call Me the Life and live Me not!

You call Me Master and obey Me not!

If I condemn you blame Me not.

You call Me Bread and eat Me not!

You call Me Truth and believe Me not!

You call Me Lord and serve Me not!

If I condemn you blame Me not.

~Jeff O’Hara

Quote taken from John MacArthur’s sermon Salvation Survey.

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Free Audio Book: 90 days of Morning & Evening by C.H. Spurgeon

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Every month ChristianAudio.com offers a free audio book download. This months free resource is the Charles Spurgeon devotional classic, “90 days of morning and evening.” Get it by going here and entering DEC2008 in the coupon code box when checking out.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Parade Outreach

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This year the Bring The Noiz Evangelism Team has been invited to join with fellow Evangelist Sean Kelsey in his effort to pass out as many gospel tracts at as many Central Florida Christmas parades as possible. Sean has had great success in the past handing out 5,000 tracts per parade and with 6 parades on schedule this year there will be over 30,000 tracts being distributed.

We are looking for more people to join us in this effort. Sean has agreed to provide the tracts if we provide the bodies! So if you are looking to step out of your comfort zone and join the great commission please join us. Contact me at noiz (at) bringthenoiz.com

Parade Schedules:

Winter Haven* Friday Dec. 5th 7pm
Winter Garden* Saturday Dec. 6th 10am
New Symrna Beach Saturday Dec. 6th 4pm
Maitland Saturday Dec. 6th 5pm
Cocoa Rockledge Saturday Dec. 13th 10am
Kissimmee* Saturday Dec. 13th 6pm
*We will be attending these parades

The Custom Tract:

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What a wonderful joyous season it is. A time for remembering dear friends and
family. A time for a warm fire in the fireplace and the smiles and laughter of children
playing with newly opened Christmas toys. A time to reach out to a neighbor or
someone in need with a warm smile and a hug. What fun it is to see all the Christmas
lights, Christmas trees, Santa Clause and all the reindeer. Remember the song “He’s making a list, He’s checking it twice… he’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice?”
What if Santa used the Ten Commandments as his standard of naughty or nice, how
would you do? Let’s find out… Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen anything?
(No matter the value.) Ever used God's name in vain? The breaking of these rules defines what sin is. There is another seven of the commandments we can look at but
we do not need to, because the Bible says in (James 2:10) “For whoever keeps the
whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it,” or in other
words, if you have broken even one, then you are a sinner. The truth is, it is not Santa
who determines who is good or bad, but God on Judgment Day. The Bible states (in
Hebrews 9:27) “And it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
Many people don't know that God will use the Ten Commandments to judge the
world. Forget about Santa, "naughty" and "nice"... how will you do on Judgment
Day? Would you be innocent or guilty of breaking God’s laws? Your guilt remains,
even if you committed these sins years or decades ago. If you are reasonable, you
will see that you will be guilty, and that means eternity in Hell. The good news is
that's not God's will. Over 2,000 years ago on CHRISTmas, God sent Jesus to the
earth for you, not Santa. The Bible expresses it like this: "God commends his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). God
promises eternal life to those who repent, confess and forsake their sins and place
their faith in Jesus Christ alone to save them. Confess your sins to God (name them),
repent and forsake them once and for all. You can choose to pay for your own sin by
spending eternity in hell, or you can choose to let Jesus Christ pay for your sin, which
He already did on the cross. Choosing Christ is the best Christmas present you could
ever give yourself and your family! Don't put it off until tomorrow... You may not
have tomorrow. Read your Bible and obey what you read. God will never let you
down. For more information on your next step go to www.LivingWaters.com
and click on “Are You a Good Person” and “Save Yourself Some Pain” in
the top right corner. If you think you are already a Christian, then go to
www.HellsBestKeptSecret.com and click on listen. If you have any questions,
comments, concerns, or desire local church information, email us at
ANSWERS@CFL.RR.COM.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Paul Washer’s Testimony

Here is the testimony of one of my favorite preachers, Paul Washer.

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Other Paul Washer Posts

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday: Fear and Open Air

Black Friday proved to be a great evangelism opportunity. Instead of waking up early in the morning we stayed up late and went out around 12:00am. We went by 3 of our biggest electronics stores. Each store had 100+ people in line. First we would hand out tracts (Tip: Start in the back of the line then work your way to front. What I find is if the people see you coming they can start to figure out if they want to reject your tract or not. Plus, if the persons in the front reject the people behind them assume they don't want it either)  Then at one store I open air preached using my new P.A.! I have to admit that I was highly apprehensive about doing this. I guess fear got the best of me, but I won the battle and went for it! It was well worth it, many seeds were planted on Black Friday.
A couple tips to over come fear: 1) Prayer is the most important 2) I find that fear is directly linked to my pride. I'm usually overwhelmed with thoughts like, what will they think of me, what if I get laughed at or made fun of, ect. So I go for the root and WAR against my pride. 3) I remind myself that I will never see these people again and that as soon as I leave the mission will be accomplished and I will be forgotten (for the most part). 4) If I don't do it I know that I will have to live with that regret and that is worse then just getting it over with. 5) Remember the importance of your message, so what if you look like a fool right now! You are warning them of the wrath to come and once the people see that you will be a hero (sort of). 6) I refuse to let fear control me! I try to control my fear and only allow it to warn me of legitimate dangers that are life threatening not pride threatening.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Black Friday!

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According to a preliminary Black Friday shopping survey conducted by BIGresearch for the National Retail Federation, up to 128 million people will shop this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. According to the survey, 49 million people will definitely hit the stores while another 79 million are waiting to see the weekend deals before making any decisions. Needless to say I am looking forward to this years Black Friday! Not because I'm going to purchase anything, but because I'm going to tell all the people about the greatest purchase in history!

“And they *sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You [Christ] were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood {men} from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9 NASB

John Owen, in Death of Death, says: "Christ then, by His death, purchased, for all whom he died, all those things which the Bible says were the effects of His death. The value of His death purchased deliverance from the power of sin and God's wrath, from death and the power of the devil, from the curse of the law and the guilt of sin. The value of His death obtained reconciliation with God, peace, and eternal redemption. These things are now God's free gifts, because Christ purchased them.”

If you are going out to shop this weekend at least bring some tracts to hand to the people in line with you. If your not shopping I encourage you to go and pass out tracts to the tons of people who will be waiting in line for the stores to open. And if your brave enough, do some open air! The people cant move so they have to listen to you! Below is a video of Leon Brown preaching to the lines last year.

 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Classic Weekend

It has been a few days since our Florida Classic adventure, but I haven't had the time to get all the videos and pics uploaded. Well its finally done! Here it is…

Friday night started the weekend off at our usual post in Downtown Orlando. It was really just a normal Friday night, aside from the freezing cold (at least to us Floridians). It was so cold that no one would pull their hands out  of their pocket to take our tracts. We saw this as a sign to preach the gospel open air. So we did, first using a fellow evangelists small PA then our friend Bart’s rather powerful PA. You could hear us for blocks!

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Friday was fun and productive, but Saturday was the day I had been really looking forward to for quite some time. This would be the day we would go to the Florida Classic Football game to witness to over 60,000 people! We were not disappointed.

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Our first challenge was the fact that no one outside of my regular team signed up to go out (which I cant understand) . This meant  that there were only 4 evangelists vs. 64,000 football fans so now we had to figure out how to hand out the most tracts to the most people in the shortest amount of time. We met the challenge in a vary simple, but unique way and ended up handing out all the tracts we brought with us in just a few minutes. over a thousand (video Below)!

What we did was, using our brand new P.A. system, we announced that we had free collectable Million Dollar Bills as we walked through the crowd. We had people swarm us and even fight over them (as you can see in the video above.) One of the weirdest things is that most were mad because it didn't have Obama on it (you can hear an example in the video) Good thing WOTM is filling this wish with the expected release of their Obama Bucks!

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We also did some open air right by the main entrance where thousands were funneling in to the game. I was the first to get up and break the ice (Video Below), then shawn, and then to my surprise ol’ Braz (PICTURED ABOVE)  grabbed the P.A. and had his very first go at open air! It was short and sweet, but it inspired me greatly to see a man who is normally fearful of such a thing, to actually do it in front of all those people! God is great!

Im already looking forward to next year, but hope to have a million tracts and more then 4 evangelists. I will also plan the event a few weeks earlier.

Next adventure: Black Friday! Stay tuned

 

Below is a picture slide show of our Classic Experience

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Behringer EPA40: My First P.A. system

I have been looking at getting a P.A. system to do open air for over a year now, but two things prevented me from getting it.

  1. Because I wasn't doing enough open air to justify the cost
  2. I didn't have the money!

Well God finally made it possible. After getting some practice doing open air using other peoples P.A.’s and then having some extra money, I finally got one!

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On Friday night I purchased the Behringer EPA40 for only $99 from Sam Ash music. The APA40 was recommended to me by, Tony the Law Man, Marcus Pittman, and the Henry’s. I have to say it is a good little PA for the price. The one thing I don't like is the rattling noise that comes from the battery lid when at higher volumes. I'm some what of an audiophile so it could just be me, but it drives me crazy! What I do to remedy this problem is either, open it while im preaching, put my hand up against the back, or tape it shut. Other than that little problem its definitely the best bang for the buck.

It also has an audio line in jack that allows you to send external audio via  the 1/8” input jack. I use it to connect my iPod so that I can either play a beat behind my preaching or even Rap over it to draw a crowd. You could even play a sermon jam in between your sermons. I do wish it had a line out to allow for direct audio recording, but what do ya do?Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Downtown Take Down

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What:
Downtown Takedown

This Friday is a special week because of the Florida Classic Football game. There will be tons of people so we need all hands on deck! Whether your a newbie or a seasoned evangelist come and join us.

When:
Tonight Friday, November 21, 2008 from 9:30 PM to 11:30+ PM

Where:
The corner of Central and S Orange Ave.
Orlando, Florida 32801 USA

Read about our Downtown adventures: Downtown: 10/11, Downtown Orlando 10/3, Downtown Orlando: Open Air, Common Objections from Downtown

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Whitefield’s Evangelism

HT:Scott Brown

“God forbid that I should travel with anybody a quarter of an hour without speaking of Christ to him.” ~ George Whitfield

Ive had people say this about me, but not to encourage me!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What Money Can’t Buy: Pastor Gregg Heinsch

“But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!” Acts 8:20 (ESV)

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This past Sunday my Pastor preached out of Acts 8. I enjoyed it so much I thought I would share. Be ready to examine yourself! Click Here to listen or download.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Judas the preacher!

Kiss of Judas * Giotto di Bondone

"If you know these things--you are blessed if you do them." John 13:17

To obey the truth, and not to know it--is impossible.
To know the truth, and not obey it--is unprofitable.


For, "Not everyone who says unto me, 'Lord, Lord' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven--but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven." Saving knowledge is not as the light of the moon--to sleep by; but as the light of the sun--to work by. It is not a loiterer in the market-place--but a laborer in the vineyard.
A man may be a great scholar--and yet be a great sinner. Judas the traitor--was Judas the preacher! The snake which has a pearl in its head--has poison in its body! The tree of knowledge has often been planted, and flourished--where the tree of life never grew! All abilities and gifts--without grace and holiness--are but like Uriah's letters, which were the death warrants of those who carried them!
Mere head knowledge will be as unhelpful to the soul, in the judgment day--as a painted fire is unhelpful to the frozen body, in a cold day. Theoretical knowledge may make the head giddy--but it will never make the heart holy. How many professors are there, who have light enough to know what should be done--but have not love enough to do what they know! Give me the Christian who perfectly sees the way he should go--and readily goes the way he sees!
That is barren ground--which brings forth no fruit. "To him who knows to do good, and does it not--to him it is sin." The sins of ignorance are most numerous--but the sins of knowledge are most dangerous! That sinner's darkness will be the greatest in hell--whose light was the clearest on earth!
There are many who set a crown of glory upon the head of Christ by a good profession, and yet put a crown of thorns upon his head by an evil conversation. By the words of our mouth--we may affect to adore religion; but it is by the works of our lives--that we adorn religion.
As trees without fruits are unprofitable--so knowledge without good works is abominable! Leah and Rachel are fit emblems of knowledge and obedience. Knowledge, like Rachel--is beautiful. But obedience, like Leah--is fruitful. ~

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Florida Classic Weekend: Evangelism Opportunity

 

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2008 will mark the 29th Annual Florida Classic presented by State Farm. The record for attendance at the game is 73,358, set in Orlando in 2003. Since 1997, a total of 689,592 fans have watched the Florida Classic in the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, an average of 68,708 per year. By comparison, the total attendance for the 17 years prior to Orlando was 765,529, an average of only 45,031. Between Orlando and Tampa, the Classic has drawn 1,383,905 fans. The booming crowds in Orlando have helped the Florida Classic presented by State Farm pass the Bayou Classic (Grambling/Southern) as the nation’s largest football game between two Historically Black College/University (HBCU) schools.

The Bring The Noiz Evangelism team will be planning an outing around this event. Friday night the 21st we will be at our usual spot in Downtown, Orlando on the corner of Orange and Central. Saturday from 11:00am – 2:00pm we will be meeting at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium to, pass out tracts, open air, and sharing the Gospel with the people tale gating and going into the game.  Then Saturday night we will return to our Downtown Spot to continue to minister to the all the game visitors who will be attending the after parties.

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We will be printing up a bunch of custom gospel tracts just for this occasion and will provide them at no cost (donations welcome).

If you would like to join us please email me at noiz(at)bringthenoiz.com. If you cant join us in the field, then join us on our knees and pray that God works through our efforts.

 

Here is a video of the tract

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The nails which pierced Christ's hands!

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William Secker, "The Consistent Christian" 1660

“Though repentance is the act of man--yet it is the gift of God. It requires the same power to melt the heart--as to make it. As we are deeply fallen from a state of innocence, so we should rise to a state of penitence. Those sins shall never make a hell for us--which are a hell to us. Some people have sin enough for all their sorrows--but not sorrow enough for all their sins. Their eyes are windows to let in lusts--when they should be flood-gates to pour out tears!
When godly sorrow takes possession of the house--it will quickly shut sin out of doors. There must be a falling out with our lusts--before there can be a genuine falling off from our lusts. There must be a sincere loathing of sin in our affections--before a true leaving of sin in our actions. It is a hearty mourning for our transgressions, which makes way for a happy funeral of our corruptions!
Sinner, you have filled the book of God with your sins--and will you not fill the bottle of God with your tears? Remember, that when Christ draws the likeness of the new creature, His first brush is dipped in water: "Unless you repent--you shall all likewise perish!" Is it not better to repent without perishing--than to perish without repenting? Godly sorrow is such a grace, that without it--not a soul shall be saved; and with it--not a soul shall be lost! Is it not therefore better to swim in the water-works of godly repentance--than to burn in the fire-works of divine vengeance? Do not think that the tears which are shed in hell--will in the least abate the torments which are suffered in hell!
He who lives in sin, without repentance--shall die in sin, without forgiveness. There is no coming to the fair haven of glory--without sailing through the narrow strait of repentance. We must mourn for sin on earth--or burn for sin in hell! It is better traveling to heaven sadly--than to hell merrily!

It is the coldness of our hearts--which kindles the fire of God's anger. "They will look on Me whom they have pierced--and shall mourn!" Zechariah 12:10. Christians! The nails which pierced Christ's hands--should now pierce your hearts! You should now be deeply wounded with godly sorrow--for having so deeply wounded Him with your ungodly sins!”

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Downtown 11/14: The Same Old Stuff

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Last night was our weekly Downtown Take Down where we hit the streets of Downtown Orlando with the gospel. This week was exciting for me because I had not been there in a few weeks, but also because we were bringing Taylor a new friend from Church. This would be his first time doing evangelism in this sort of environment.  It was great having him around because he was a sharp young man and was able to handle himself very well in a one-2-one encounter. 

Normally I would write about all the, one-2-one encounters, the open air, and some of the crazy things we saw people doing, but I want to zero in on a few of the common objections that occurred while witnessing to people. What I hope to do is, tell you guys how I would handle it, post a  link or two to some deep thinking on the subject, and maybe get some input from my readers.

Post Modernism (what's true for you is true for you)

When some one presents me with this I usually show them how illogical it is by creating a straw man. I like to say “I believe that when you die Spiderman will swing down and carry your body to the top of a building then wrap you in a web cocoon for 30 days and then when you come out of it you have wings like and angel and you spend the rest of your death fighting crime on distant planets. Can this be true?” At this point they will either say, Oh I see what you mean” then you can carry on with you evangelism or they will continue with their illogical position and say, “well if that's what you believe then its true for you.” at this point you can either walk away or try another angle. If I decide to try once more I’ll do one of two things. I’ll ask them, “ if what’s true for you is true for you and what’s true for me is true for me, what if my truth says that your truth is a lie?” Or you can ask them if they will at least humor you that the biblical position is true. Then take them through the ten commandments. Usually I find that it becomes a reality to them when they see themselves before the one true God as guilty.

Your Doing It All Wrong!

The objection to the way we do evangelism, especially open air, is some what common. It is usually brought to you by, a false convert, an uneducated Christian, and most of the time the objector does not share their faith at all. Usually the person you are speaking with only “feels” that its wrong and when you show them from scripture how Jesus (Matthew 5, Matt 15:19-20, Mark 10:17-22, Luke 10:25-29, Luke 16:14-18, John 8:3-9) and the Apostles (Eph 6:19-20, Acts 13:39-41, Acts 16:22-33, Acts 17:29-31, Col 3:5-9, Acts 24:25, Acts 7:51-53, and more) did it, they always go back to their feeling “I just feel there is a better way.”

Most of the time I stay out of this conversation, but if I do engage I usually ask them how they do it. Their answer is almost always “you need to be their friend first!” There are so many problems with this Idea. First of all I don't see it in scripture. Second of all, most of the time when someone seeks to establish a relationship first they never get to the gospel for fear they will lose their friendship! Besides what if they die first? I wrote a blog post on this awhile ago here. This doesn't mean we wont be kind to people or try to establish some relation with them before we share the Gospel. But the gospel is of such importance that once they hear it and believe it, you will now have an eternal relationship!

My biggest mistake in handling this is letting my emotions get me worked up. I tend to be angered by this position because of its unbiblical and unloving nature. I always wonder how many “Christians” were working so hard on our relationship that they failed to warn me about the judgment to come. I've still yet to have a Christian witness to me!

Why Does God Allow Bad Things To Happen?

I’ll Let Voddie Baucham Answer this.

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Homosexuals (I was Born This Way)

When witnessing to a Homosexual I usually avoid their homosexuality by setting it aside for a moment. Yes Homosexuality is a sin and is condemnable, but there is a deeper issue then getting them to right their wrong. I let them see themselves in the mirror of Gods law and then if they flee the wrath to come by clinging to the cross, God will change them from the inside out. Then and only then can their homosexuality be conquered.

If I for some reason feel the need to engage their homosexuality I try to stress to them that it is a behavior that can be controlled. They usually respond. “I cant stop being gay I like women to much!” I always say “no one liked women more then I did, but my love for God out ways my love for sexual gratification. Its a behavior that I can control” They usually don't buy that and that's why I try to avoid their homosexuality all together.

Helpful Article: I Was Born That Way, by Dan Phillips 

Conclusion

There are so many more objections that occur when out on the streets, but I just wanted to cover a few that happened last night. I am by no means an authority on this sort of stuff so if you have input or suggestions please comment id love to hear them.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Downtown Take Down Friday 11/14

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What:
Downtown Takedown
Every Friday night we join in the effort to take over Downtown Orlando with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Wether your a newbee or a seasoned evangelist come and join us.

When:
Tonight Friday, November 14, 2008 9:30 PM to 11:30+ PM

Where:
The corner of Central and S Orange Ave.
Orlando, Florida 32801 USA

Read about our Downtown adventures: Downtown: 10/11, Downtown Orlando 10/3, Downtown Orlando: Open Air

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Flavor Fest Part 2

I have given you a broad look at the weekend in part one. Now I want to zone in a particular event that made the weekend so much more special.

 

On Friday night during the first set of concerts I happen to see KB, a young artist that I highly respect. So I wanted to go over and say hi and let him know that I supported his ministry and hopefully get a picture with him, which I did. But as I walked up on him he had in his hand a familiar Way Of The Master gospel tract. I thought “wow this is great he uses WOTM stuff as well.” So I talked with him about evangelism a bit and he introduced me to some friends of his, The Phinney’s, an older couple who had a real heart for evangelism. I ended up hitting it off with them and having a deep conversation about all sorts of Christ centered stuff. They later invited us to go out with them to Ybor City to witness which of course we accepted.

Going to Ybor was a great idea to me because of the wonderful time I had the last time I was there, but for the rest of my group this would be their first time and some where a little apprehensive. Despite the fears, lack of sleep and that it was 1:00PM, we made the 15 min trip across town.There were tons of people out on this Saturday night and it proved to be good grounds for tracting and one-to-one conversation’s

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A view from the streets

 

The Gangster

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The first encounter I had was with a guy who had is hat pulled down almost over his eyes. I handed him a tract and spoke with him for e few seconds when all of the sudden his demeanor changes into an angry tone as he notices that my cousin (who had never been out witnessing) had a blue bandanna in his back pocket. He asks me if he was with me and I told him yes then he asked angrily, is your cousin repping CRIP? For those that don't know Crips are a well known and violent gang. I assured him that he wasn't and that he just used it to wipe his sweat, which I had watched him do numerous times through out the weekend. Well the guy wasn't going to be satisfied until he spoke to cousin. So I called him over and again the guy asks, “you repping crip?” my cousin told him no and pulled it out to demonstrate how he wipes his face with it. At this, the guy got livid! “Oh that's disrespect” he said. I quickly pulled my cousin away and left the guy while he was yelling something.

 

The Catholic

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Another encounter was with a guy named Poppo. Poppo was a catholic who felt that he would go to heaven because he had given a homeless person $10 and because he had a Jesus tattoo on one of his arms. I asked him, is that how cheap God is? That he is willing to be bribed with $10.00 and a Tattoo? You should have seen the look on his face! After running him through the law he seemed very convicted and understood the gospel. I passed it over to Jim and he reiterated everything and covered something's I forgot, thanks Jim!

The Flasher

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While I was engaged with Pappo, Shawn was passing out tracts and ended up talking to some scantly dressed ladies. As he ran them through the law one of them said, “Oh so you mean I cant do this” and pulled opened her shirt to reveal her bare chest. Shawn, with out missing a beat or dropping his eyes said, “I hate Lust! I fight it every day and here I am trying to tell you about Christ and you try to show me your breasts! You should feel ashamed of yourself!” He ended up speaking to them for a little while  and giving them a couple follow up tracts.

 

The Shirtless Gay Guy

Matt Passing the baton to JimJim witnessing to the shirtless gay man

At the end of the night around 3:30pm we stopped at a pizza shop to get a bite to eat. We all went inside, but my cousin stayed out side to hand out tracts. He ended up somehow getting caught up with a Gay guy. My cousin not knowing a thing about evangelism wasn't able to do much so he passed it off to Jim. Jim later said it was interesting conversation. Im still not sure why he took off his shirt though?

There were many other things that occurred, but to sum it all up we had a great time witnessing to the people of Tampa and look forward to ministering with the Phinney’s in the future.

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