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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Pers: CAMPBELL  BRUCE,
Year: 1987
Dir: RAIMI, SAM
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Credit: [ KOBAL COLLECTION / ROSEBUD/RENAISSANCE ]

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."

HT:Pyromaniacs 

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.

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