Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Reformation Day

Wether you are reformed or not, you cannot deny the effect the reformers had on Christian history. Today marks the 491st anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. Martin Luther, German reformer, 1529

If you are not familiar with the history of this great event I encourage you to do a little bit of research to find out more.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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I Wasn't going to post any blogs till after my Grandmothers services, but when I saw this I knew that my readers would appreciate the effort.
 
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Bad News

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No more then 5 min after I wrote my last post I received a phone call from my father. I could tell that it wasn't going to be good and it wasn't. Today around 9:00am my beloved Grandmother passed from this world to the next. I have not much to say right now except that God is my refuge and strength and this is when the Gospel is lived out.

Please pray only for those in my rather large family, that they are able to cope and that I can support those who are in need of counseling. I've also been given the privilege to speak at her memorial service Thursday. So please pray that I bring honor to the name of Christ and that I preach "like a dying man to dying men." and if you have any suggestions on materials or scripture post them in the comment section.

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Fla.vor Fest 2008

I always love going to The Fla.vor Fest Conference, but this year I'm exceptionally excited! Because this year is going to have a bunch of my favorite Holy Hip Hop (Reformed Rap)artists from the 116 clique including, Trip Lee, Lecrae, Tadashi, Sho, Shai Linne, and a whole lotta other artists. Get details @ http://www.flavorfest.org/ 

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Regeneration vs Decisionism

This is the Lecture given by Paul Washer at the 2008 Deeper conference breakout session. This is not his main Sermon, I hope to have it soon, but this one is wonderful as well! Below are 2 quotes from this video,

"We have no right to water down the gospel' offence or civilize its radical demands in order to make it more appealing to a fallen world or carnal church members.  Our church's are filled with strategies to make it more seeker friendly by repackaging the gospel removing the stumbling block and taking the edge off the blade so that its more acceptable to carnal men

We aught to be seeker friendly, but we aught to realize that there is only one seeker and He is God. If we are striving to make our church and our message accommodating lets make it accommodating to Him. If we are striving to build a church or  ministry let us build it on a passion to glorify God and a desire not to offend his majesty

To the wind with what the world thinks about us! We are not to seek the honors of earth, but the honors of heaven."

"If you draw people using carnal means you will have to keep them by carnal means"

~ Paul Washer

You will be blessed by this!

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

The End Of An Era

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Today marks the end of a chapter in my life that I was not wanting to end. Today was the last day of our Band of Brothers Men's Group. This group and the people in it have brought joy to my life that I had yet to experience. I have had the pleasure of getting to know some of the greatest and most kind hearted men I have ever met and It has been an honor to be called their leader when in reality I have been the one who has been led by them!

Fellas, if you are reading this I want to say that I Love you Guys and I will always have each and every one of you in my thoughts and prayers! I want you to remember that being a Biblical Man is a discipline and that you should "discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness (1tim 4:7)." That discipline requires of you some sweat and tears, but be realistic. Set your self up priorities and accountability. Be sure and stay in your word and on your knees in prayer! Remember though this is a life long journey, not something that can be obtained then placed on a shelf, so be realistic in your expectations. So when you stumble, and you will, remember that God understands your failures better then you ever will so be easy on yourself! I hope that you grew and continue to grow in your walk with Christ and your quest for biblical man hood. I end with this quote,

" The man who wisely disciplines himself for godliness understands the necessity of prioritizing and realism and prayer and accountability and that failure is part of success, but his greatest wisdom and impetus comes from his understanding of grace. Everything in his life comes from God's grace - sola gratia - grace alone!" ~ R. Kent Hughes, Disciplines of a Godly Man, pg 227

Grace and Peace!

Robert Houghton

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Downtown Tonight

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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 youra newbee or a seasoned evangelist come and join us.
When:Friday, October 24, 2008 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Where:The corner of Central and
2 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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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Paul Washers iPod

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While I  was at the Deeper conference in Atlanta I had, as you know, an opportunity to meet Paul Washer and talk with him a  bit. Now every time I have ever imagined speaking with Paul Washer I assumed it would be some deep theological discussion with me begging for mercy in the end. Well as I walked toward him and prepared myself for this deep theological discussion I was unaware that the conversation that lay before me was going to be more deep and profound then I had anticipated. When we started talking I was unaware  that the conversation would swing to what is on his iPod!


If you had asked me what I thought was on Paul Washers iPod (as if I thought he had one) I think I would have said something like, The Bible read by Ben Stein, Hymns sung by large choirs, or maybe puritan audio books. What I never would have thought is what Paul Washer himself told me. He said and I quote,

"Many people look at me funny when I'm walking through the airport bobbing my head to some Trip Lee or Lecrae Like, "what's this old guy doing?""

Is that cool or what? My favorite preacher listens to my favorite Holy Hip Hop artists!!! He also went on to tell me that he is good friends with Trip Lee and about a conference in Chicago called Legacy that he recommended I attend.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The 500: team 1.1

This weekend we had the pleasure of going to Downtown Atlanta, Georgia with The 500 to do some evangelism. We were assigned to team 1.1 which was going to the BET Hip Hop Awards. I was really excited about this because that is my type of environment. The BET Awards is something I would have attended in my unconverted days and is still a people group I am burdened for. Still I was a tad bit nervous just because I was in a city I didnt know, with people I didnt know, and my wife was going out for her first time.

Once in Atlanta we met up in the park with the rest of team one to pray and make any last minute arrangements. Iiit was really cool seeing  all the people getting ready to go to their destinations. You could sense that some were really nervous. From there we headed to the "subways" or transits as I later found out. This is where I got nervous because I had never been on a "subway" train before and I wasnt sure what to expect. It was a unique experince that I nor the people I fell into when it took off will forget.

While on the train our group leaders did some open air preaching which was a new experience for me also. It was neat to see the and hear the reactions of the people. What was real funny is that they didn't know I was with the preachers and would complain to me which would lead into a conversation. A few where shocked when I  handed them a Million Dollar Bill and when they asked what it was and I would say, "Its says the same thing he was preaching on the back"

After switching trains a time or two we were finally there. The Awards were in a section of Atlanta that would be considered a project. There were a lot of homeless, liqueur stores, and apartment buildings. At first we really didn't have alot of people to talk to that is until the awards ended. Now there were tons of people exiting the arena and hanging on the corners hoping to see someone famous. The influx of people made passing out tracts a blast. I just stood in the middle of the flow saying, "did you get one of these" and handed out about 150+ tracts in less then 20min.

These tracts allowed me and the others to have some conversations. But what is more important then the conversations I had or anything I did is the fact that Shawn and I's wives were out amongst all these people witnessing for the first time! And boy were we proud! Shawn's wife was the first to get into a conversation. She spoke to a gentleman for about 25 min. I over heard some of it and was thrilled to hear that she was doing a good job! The guy agreed with a lot of what she was saying and even prayed with her at the end. She would later try to hand a tract to the famous singer Sierra.

My wife admitted that it was really overwhelming to be out there, but I couldn't tell at the time. I watched in amazement as she would engage people in conversations and the things I heard astounded me! She handled her self better then I would have given the same circumstances. She told me later that a lot of the conversations were from guys trying to pick her up. She would use this to start the conversation and swing into the spiritual. She would even tell them that lusting over her was committing adultery and breaking Gods commandment! I was in awe! She also told me when we got back to the hotel that a pimp walking by with some prostitutes tried to recruit her.

After it was all over and the people had gone home it was time to make the trip back to our cars. First we stopped off and shared stories and testimonies then to my surprise my wife grabbed the mic and shared about 5 min of her testimony! I was so proud of her! from there we went back to the train station and did some more open air and one 2 one witnessing.


I had a great time and will never forget all the people that I met! The new found friends from my team were a joy to serve with and the lasting effects of our mission will be eternal! Praise God for all the people that seek and save the lost with a passion and zeal that only comes from the spirit of God.

Some pics from our trip!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Deeper Conference: Drowned in The Word

As you guys know I spent the weekend with my wife and 2 friends in Woodstock, Georgia at the 2008 Deeper conference. The idea of the conference was to "take you deeper into God’s Word and expand your understanding of today’s culture with the goal of making you a more effective witness for Christ." And that it did!

We spent the entire 2 days being immersed in the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From the first speaker to the last, the entire conference had a focus on Christ! Speakers included, Ray Comfort, Emeal Zwayne, Todd Friel, Ken Ham, Marshall Foster, Kirk Cameron, and last but not least, my favorite preacher Paul Washer!

The two speakers that stood out to me were, of course, Paul Washer who delivered an amazing sermon on the Gospel. This sermon (like most) had me on the edge of my seat and welling up with tears as he took us to the cross in a way that only Paul Washer can! What's even cooler is that I had a few opportunities to chat with Brother Paul! (Check out my other posts on Paul Washer)

The next speaker was Todd Friel. Todd is the host of The Way of The Master radio show. One would think that if you listen to him for 2 hours a day 5 days a week that he wouldn't have much new to say. Well he did! He delivered to "Lectures" one on Christ in the Old Testament and the other on Biblical Covenants. It was well researched and well presented. I also had a chance to chat with Todd, once in the hallways and again out witnessing on the streets of Atlanta for the 500 (which I will write about tomorrow).


The other thing that was out of this world was the worship! It was like I had never experienced in my life! The type im used to is music that makes you "feel good" you know, loud with guitars and drums, lights and stage props, the kind that really makes you say, "wow this band rocks!" So at first, I was not impressed when Scott Krippayne came out to his grand piano and was playing down tempo type stuff, that is until they brought out Paul Washer to read scripture before each song. Scripture that developed the song. Then on the big screens they had verses that corresponded with what Scott was singing! Some of the songs where Old Hymns. On top of that, they went as far as to have Paul Washer read a prayer from the Puritan Prayer book, Valley of Vision and then the Athenasian Creed in between a set of songs! This worship drove you to your knees to worship God! By the way, Scott Krippayne is an amazing vocalist check him out here!

But it still gets better! We also took communion! I have never been involved in such a well presented and Christ honoring communion in my life! But wait it gets even better! I even had the opportunity to meet my favorite preacher Paul Washer! Oh wait I already told you that. Just kidding! It really does get better, on the last night (sat) we went out with 500 evangelist to witness to the people of Downtown Atlanta! More on that tomorrow!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Away at Deeper!

As I post this we are leaving to go to Woodstock, Ga. to attend the Deeper Conference! I have been waiting weeks to go and during those weeks I have had nothing but crazy things happens to try and prevent me from going! But I praise God for a few of my closest friends making this trip possible both financially and physically. Financially because one friend is paying for the gas and another is paying for my hotel stay. Physically because one of the same friends couldnt go and is going to handle some business for me that I really needed to get done! It is such a blessing to see God work and make this thing possible for me and my wife!

I will not be posting any blogs from the conference because I wont have time. However, I will take notes and lots of pictures to post at the begining of the week.

Be praying for our safety as we travel and when we're out with The 500 witnessing (Our group is scheduled to witness in front of the BET Hip Hop Awards).

God Bless

Monday, October 13, 2008

Downtown: 10/11

As usual we spent our Friday night on the streets of Downtown Orlando handing out tracts, talking to people, and doing some open air. This week was different then most because my friends the Henry's were not out with us (they were at a family reunion). Plus we had a new Evangelist from my new church, Nikki, meet us out there. I was originally hoping that one of the women on the team would be able to "show her the ropes" from a ladies perspective, but since there was no ladies I gave it my best shot.

It was really encouraging to watch her as she stepped out in faith and for the first time started handing out tracts and at of all places in the wild night life of Orlando's Downtown club scene. She did a great job handing out tracts and she had at least one good conversation that I was able to hear. What was most encouraging and enlightening was a sentence in an email she sent me the next morning. She said,
"Hi Robert, thanks a bunch for babysitting me last night. I must admit it was an eye-opener. I've been definitely tucked away in my little world and never considered what was going on in the rest of it. I'm having a hard time describing my experience to my family and even myself. The one thing that keeps nagging me is that in God's eyes, I look exactly like what I saw last night. No better. What a humbling experience."
How true it is that God sees us as no better then all those, rebellious, drunkards, homosexuals, scoffing, God haters, ect. that we are trying to witness to (Isaiah 64:6, 59:12)! And if it wasn't for the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ we would rightfully deserve the same punishment as those people! It really makes you praise God for choosing to give us something that we DID NOT and DO NOT Deserve! What amazing Grace! Well said Nikki!

As usual we were met with plenty of opposition from the enemy. First off it was a struggle to even get out there. I had a CRAZY week and was also not feeling well, but once there I had some of the most illogical and deranged conversations I think ive ever been engaged in. Some of the stuff I can not repeat. There were a lot of strange people out.

We had these people stand in front of our preachers.
 
Homosexuals start making-out in open rebellion to the preaching of 1 Cor 6:9 
But there are always good things any time that the gospel is proclaimed. There are always those that hear the preaching but do not engage us and those that engage us, argue, but still hear the gospel. Below are some examples of that.

Some of the team having one-2-one conversations.

And finally this guy. For what ever reason when I handed him a tract he wanted more so I gave him a few and watched as he hung out in the background and handed them out. So I gave him another stack of tracts to hand out. 

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Jeff Noblit: Dogs, Crumbs, and a Faith to Emulate.

 
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Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Gospel Written By Paul Washer

"The word “gospel” comes from the Greek word euangĂ©lion which is properly translated “good news.” In ancient history, the word was given to any message of great joy. In the Scriptures, the Gospel is the “good news” that through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the penalty of sin has been paid and sinful men may be saved!

In accordance with the Father’s good pleasure, the eternal Son, who is equal with the Father and the exact representation of His nature, willingly left the glory of heaven, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin, and was born the God-Man - Jesus of Nazareth. As a man, He walked on this earth in perfect obedience to the Law of God. In the fullness of time, He was rejected by men and crucified. On the cross, He bore man’s sin, suffered God’s wrath, and died in man’s place. On the third day, He was raised from the dead. This resurrection is the divine declaration that the Father has accepted His Son’s death as a sacrifice for sin, that the penalty for man’s disobedience has been paid, the demands of justice satisfied, and the wrath of God appeased. Forty days after the resurrection, the Son of God ascended into the heavens, sat down at the right hand of the Father, and was given glory, honor, and dominion over all. There in the presence of God, He represents His people and makes requests to God on their behalf. All who acknowledge their sinful, helpless estate, and throw themselves upon Christ will be fully pardoned, declared righteous, and reconciled to God. This is the Gospel of God and of Jesus Christ His Son." ~Paul Washer, Journey into the Gospel - With Friends, pg3

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Paul Washer: The Gospel of Propitiation

This is another of one of those "WOW" sermons by Paul Washer. It would be in your best interest to read along in Romans 3:23-27 and take notes.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Downtown Orlando 10/3

Last night was another great night of evangelism and open air preaching in Downtown Orlando. There were so many great conversations I couldn't begin to write about them all. What I do want to write about is something more special then the great conversations, the crazy hecklers, or the shots fired in this club across the street from our station.What I want to tell you about is how God has worked in the lives of two individuals so much that they are faithfully out there with us handing out tracts and sharing the Gospel one on one with the lost. But this week was different for those two individuals because this weekend would be the weekend that God gives them the courage to step up on the curb and do some open air for the first time!!

First up on the mic was my good buddy, a familiar face on Bring the Noiz, Shawn. It was one of the highpoints of my night watching a man that God has changed from the inside out in a short period of time stand up there dispite his youth in Christ and boldly proclaim the Gospel.  Shawns story


He started with his testimony and used it to present Gods law, explain the cross, repentance and faith. After that he read Romans 3 and told the story of the Bridesmaids. He had a nice crowd (Left) and even had his first heckler (right) which didn't even cause Shawn to miss a beat!

 
Next up was a young lady who I have just recently had the privilege of getting to know so I don't know much about her whole story. However, I can say that she is one heck of an evangelist. I see her in more conversations then anybody on the team. She's what we call a "Bulldog". When she gets someone she latches on and doesn't let go until she's done with them.

What made this so special  is that last week we tried to talk her into getting on the curb, but she said she wasn't ready for that yet. I think that it had mostly to do with fear because she is obviously able to communicate the Gospel effectively.

It was around 12:00 when she decided to give her fears to the Lord and step up there to give it a shot. She read from Mathew 7:22 or so and explained what the verse meant. It was short, sweet and  to the point. It was amazing to watch all the guys give her a high five and celebrate her facing her fears and taking the next step in evangelism.

One of the other cool things of the night was meeting two new Christian brothers out on the streets. Im not sure how they found us, but they were there for us when the open air crowd got a little out of control. These guys were able to pull people to the side to have rational conversations and defend the Gospel really well. The coolest thing is that they both live in my neck of the woods and are cut from they same mold as me! One was a rapper, the other was a beat maker, and both were solid brothers in Christ. I look forward to fellow shipping with them in the future.


All in all it was a great night with a lot of crazy people, not to mention as we were heading out to leave we got stuck on an elevator in the parking garage for a few minutes (which felt like days). That was an experience that I could have done without.!

Needless to say God is good!

Here are some other pics from last night:

 
Deanna talking with some guys
  
Lil PJ (L) talking with someone. This was PJ's first time giving someone the good person test
 
Paul talking with some guys. This turned out to be a great convo. The blond guy was terribly convicted and i think a good seed was planted!

The Worlds Theology

Anybody who has spent even a little time out on the streets doing evangelism will find the following quote very accurate.
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(by James Montgomery Boice)

The world's theology is easy to define.
It is the view . . .
  that human beings are basically good,
  that no one is really lost,
  that belief in Jesus Christ is not necessary for salvation.
"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools."
     Romans 1:22
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Free: Audiobook

I found out about this free resource this morning, its Charles Spurgeons classic work, All of Grace. I have since listened to the whole thing and all I can say is, wow! Now I know why they call Spurgeon "The Prince Of  Preachers"! Get it here free only for the month of  October.

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