Monday, December 28, 2009

Entermission the debut album from DJ Official available in stores now!


Entermission the debut album from DJ Official available in stores now!.


After producing for over 10 years and serving as traveling deejay, Official finally has the opportunity to reveal the dynamic of his skill-set on one project. The album is purposed to influence Christians to think about the Great Commission (Matt 28:19) and the Great Commandment (Luke 10:27) on a local level. As Christians we have a personal mission field, which consist of those that God has placed in our sphere of influence. With a missional mindset we can affect the people around us with the Gospel message by the way we live and conduct ourselves in our everyday walk. This is a message that needs to be heard and with everything from Reggae, Downsouth, East Coast, Commercial, Underground, Electro, and Rock/Hipster featured on the album there is something for everyone!

EnterMission features over 20 artists such as Lecrae, Flame, Sho Baraka, JR, Tedashii, Trip Lee, R-Swift, Thi'sl, Jahaziel, and more! Every single track on EnterMission is produced by DJ Official.

To buy it on iTunes, click here

To order the physical album, go here

You can listen to the singles, read about the album, and create your own version of the album cover here

There are three versions to choose from:

album-now
deluxe-now
lp-now

I will post a review soon...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Blogpost Round Up.

Thought I would round up some interesting links for you to enjoy on Christmas eve. You ought to be spending time with the family, reading the scriptures, and/praying. If you have done those things and have some extra time, DIG IN.

Desiring God articles on Christology (nice and short for your short attention span). Jesus is Lord, Jesus is God, Jesus as treasure.

Some great J.C. Ryle quotes on the theme of the wise men. Monday 12/21: Servants Where You Least Expect TheTuesday 12/22: A Splendid Example of Spiritual Diligence Wednesday 12/23: A Striking Example of Faith Thursday 12/24: A Memorial to the Wise Men

A free poster that succinctly explains the most important theological ideas about the prophesies of Jesus and/or the Expiation poster. Hang them somewhere on your wall to use as reference or teaching.

Come all ye faithful sing along.

Christmas music for you rockers!

I cant forget the hip hoppers. Kathy Lee Gifford breaks it down YO!

The beloved classic monologue from Linus, from Charlie Browns Christmas.

The Atheist celebrate this holiday too. Have you ever wondered what their cards look like? Wonder no more!

This ones for my HomeSchooling Homies!

A little fun for the whole family (or at least the biblically literate) with Nativity Trivia.

Immanuel, God with us! What does that mean? James White (The Man) explains. Also listen to the cross fire segment of his debate about the Deity of Christ.

See what Jesus upholds by the word of his power

The Nativity Hymn is long but worth reading (or singing if your into that).

If you're still bored and want another list of links (that are probably better than mine) go here

Monday, December 14, 2009

Open Letter To Tiger Woods

It seems that every station on my radio is talking about Tiger. They all seems to do nothing but bash him, which I find to be odd coming from the secular radio when he did the very things that most of them promote and boast about all day.

Going against the culture and approaching the subject with a biblical perspective my buddy Len over at the One Over 99 blog has written an open letter to tiger woods. Read it and see if you would handle a conversation with tiger the same way he does.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Mount Zion Bible Church: Chapel Library.



Here is a great resource that I have enjoyed for over a year now but have failed to share with you guys. Mount Zion Bible Church in Pensacola, Fl. has a ministry called Chapel Library that provides tracts, booklets, and tapes that are Christ centered and God honoring. Some of their stuff will blow your mind!

The Free Grace Broadcaster is a free quarterly booklet they mail to your house that contains some priceless sermons written by some of histories greatest preachers. All centered around a particular theme. For example one I received is titled The Gospel and contains sermons by Thomas Boston, J.I. Packer, Thomas Manton, J.C. Ryle, Spurgeon, and Jonathan Edwards. Read a PDF copy here.

Studies In The Scriptures is another free quarterly mailing from Chapel Library. A. W. Pink wrote the Studies in the Scriptures without interruption from 1922 to 1953. Each issue includes six to eight expository articles addressing a different Biblical topic in a series. Read sample here.

Gospel Tracts, their selection of tracts is amazing! Now these are not your business card size tracts that you get from The Way Of The Master. No, these are tri folds, booklets and small books that are for both the lost and the redeemed as well. My favorite tracts for the lost are J.C. Ryles "Are You Born Again?", Morrisons "Christ The Only Refuge." among others. For the redeemed (and maybe the lost) tracts like, Spurgeons "Justification By Grace", "Family Worship" and "Gods Sovereignty" by AW Pink, "The Lord Our Righteousness" By George Whitefeild  and much much more. Browse others here.

They also have a Bible Institute free online and they make the printed materials available to Prison ministries free of charge. Course curriculum includes titles such as "All of Grace" by Charles Spurgeon, "A Call To Prayer" and "Holiness" by J.C. Ryle, "Spiritual Foundations For Ministry" by Horatius Bonar, "Pilgrims Progress" by John Bunyan, "Holy Spirit" by AW Pink and other great titles. View the course descriptions here.

Check out their website at mountzion.org and look around. I couldn't find an order form for samples or materials so I would just call them and ask 850-438-6666. I get all sorts of new stuff in the mail from them all the time and it has richly blessed my walk with Christ and I hope it does the same for you.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Essentials and Non-Essentials

A very helpful article over at The Parchment and Pen blog on Essentials and Non-Essentials where they break down the chart below to help us distinguish between the two. I wish I could have read something like this a few years ago. It would have saved allot of my breath on certain issues. Thankfully this is an area of much growth for me over the last year. Now if I could get some of my friends to read this article.



Christ or Clause?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Biblical Parenting

In October 2008, Mars Hill Church hosted a Biblical Parenting Conference with Dr. Tedd Tripp, who presented biblical teaching on topics from formative instruction to corrective discipline. Listen to streaming audio or watch video by clicking on the link

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bring The Noiz to Jamaica

 Here is a video montage of our recent trip to Jamaica. I could write so many things about this trip but I couldn't begin to communicate the work of God in the hearts of the people and of us evangelists Missionaries, particularly myself. So I hope this video will do. If you want details just call me.



God uses atheist to preach the gospel.

This is a story onvolving 2 friends of mine and I wanted to repost it here. It is from the Fish With Trish blog.~
Last Thursday my friends Jon Speed and Tim Crawfordheaded up to the University of North Texas to share their faith. Prior to going, they put in for a free speech permit two months ago and The Dean of Students Office honored the permit for the 19th. But with in that 2 month period UNT changed their free speech policy - so after the 19th UNT won't allow any open-air preachers on campus unless they have a sponsoring student organization.

On Thursday, Jon preached for the last time on the Sovereignty of God and how God is Sovereign even when He allows the UNT administration to change their free speech policy so that open-air preachers cannot come on campus without a sponsoring student organization.

After he finished, a young atheist man named Stewartwho they have witnessed to several times and who was on Wretched Radio with me in February of this year(you might remember him from my "Stewart has a problem" video) asked Jon about what he was saying with regard to the free speech policy. Jon explained as Stewart listened, "The Dean of Students office will not allow us back on the campus without student group sponsorship and that most Christian student groups don’t like to be aligned with open-air preaching (or any evangelism for that matter)".

Stewart left, made a phone call, and came back and said that he has a secular student organization that would be willing to sponsor Jon and Tim's ministry and that he would be willing to be the contact person backing them. He gave them his phone number and the authorization to put the student organization name on the application!

I was so filled with joy when I heard this!

In other words, an atheist is helping Christians so that they can continue to preach at UNT!

Stewart told Jon, "I don’t agree with your message, but I hate to see anyone’s right to free speech taken away. You have the right to be heard."

Isn't this wonderful!

In Jon's words, "Our Sovereign God is able to use atheists to keep the gospel coming to UNT."

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Free Audio Book: Desiring God by John Piper

Download the audiobook version of this great book for free Here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Family Worship



Worship has got to be one of the greatest things a family can do together. It is also the hardest and possibly the most confusing thing to get started in. Thankfully a resource has surfaced to help get you started. http://familyworshipguide.net/. I have been using this guide since day one and am very satisfied with it so now I want to share it with you. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

30th and 2nd Birthday


  For you created my inmost being;
       you knit me together in my mother's womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
       your works are wonderful,
       I know that full well. 
It was 30 years ago that the Lord gave me life, I am thankful for that, but as I reflect over the last 30 years I see that God has brought me through some crazy situations and used those situations to make me--me. Then 4 years ago this month He gave me a new birthday to celebrate. This birthday was different then the first, this time I was not born physically, but spiritually (John 3:5-8)! I was given a new heart (Eze 11:1936:26) and life eternal (John 3:16). So today on my real birthday I would like to praise God for giving me life and allowing me to live long enough to be born again! But the birthday story doesn't end there! Two year ago today my wife gave birth to my second son Kaden! So happy birthday to you too my dear son! God has blessed me richly on this 30th birthday!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

James




I had an interesting experience at the killing place the other day and thought I would share. It was a Wednesday morning, which is the late term abortion day, and a young couple pulls into the clinic in a Mercedes SUV. They parked in the back about 20 feet from our “safe zone” (We are not allowed on the clinics property). The young man stepped out of the vehicle to smoke a cigarette. I lifted my voice to get his attention. I warned him that what he was about to do was murder and that he would be held accountable to God on judgment day. This got his attention, so I began to reason with him. I explained that when someone is sent to prison for murdering an infant they usually have to be separated from the main population. I explained that even the lowest of criminals see murdering an infant as detestable. I told him of a man in the news recently that threw his 4yr old daughter over a cliff because he no longer wanted to pay the mother child support. I asked him if that was wrong? He spoke up and said, “yes!!” I informed him that is exactly what he was doing. His child was an inconvenience so he was going to murder it. This awakened his conscience and he came over to chat with me. His name was James.

James was in his mid twenties and already had 2 other children. He told me that his girlfriends’ mom was encouraging them to have the abortion. Not only that, she provided the vehicle and the 1,000+ dollars to do it. I pulled out a pamphlet to show him what an aborted baby looks like. When he saw the picture he turned pale and asked, “Is that what there going to do to my baby?” I then had to inform him that what he was looking at was only a ten weeks gestation abortion, his was over 20 weeks and when I showed him a picture of that, and Patte described the process for him, he began to panic. He said, “I have to try and stop her!” At that point he went back to the car.

About a half an hour later I see James and his girlfriend on the side of the building in what appeared to be a heated discussion. James was holding one of her arms as if to try and stop her. She snatched her arm from his grip and coldly stormed into the clinic. James was visibly upset so I called him over. He said that he was trying to talk her out of it, but that she wouldn’t listen. I spent some time consoling James and witnessing to him when Patte smith walks up and tells this young man to do something so unthinkable that I could hardly contain my emotions.

Patte told James something like, “If you love that baby I want you to do something, I want you to be there for that baby when it is delivered (At this stage the woman would be induced and give birth to the baby in the toilet.) If that baby is born alive, which happens, then you can call 911 and as it is dying you need to hold that baby and let him know that his daddy loved him. Then take some pictures of the body so that the world can know what goes on inside a clinic so your sons life wasn’t in vain” James was shocked! I began to cry. Shawn was already crying and Patte was dead serious.

I do not know what happened to James’ baby. We gave him our contact number in either case, but we haven’t heard anything. What I do know is that there was a man who wanted to save his child from being murdered, but the “choice” of a woman out weighed the choice of a loving father. I have not been able to get the sight of a murderous mother snatching her arm away from a father who wanted to save the life of his unborn child!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Abortion Clinic Ministry


A few months ago I received a friend request from a woman on face book named Patte Smith. I accepted the friend request and unbeknownst to me it would change my life. Patte Smith turned out to be a ProLife Advocate and a veteran clinic counselor. Once I accepted the friend request I began to see her posts in my newsfeed. She would post images, articles, quotes, links, and prayer requests that were all in reference to abortion. Up to this point I purposefully avoided this topic because it made me very uncomfortable. But as she kept posting things I would read them and slowly but surely I began to desire to learn more about it. What I found was sickening! Since 1973 43-46 million babies have been murdered in the united states, some at pretty advanced stages in the pregnancy. God finally broke my heart and I started joining Patte at a local clinic (or killing place as it called).

My first day at the clinic I was in shock! The people would just waltz up to the door, casually, ready to kill their babies. I started the day the clinic does late term abortions. I would see women with huge bellies entering this place to have there babies murdered. The coldness that we received from them and the fathers was unbelievable. I was so broken that first day I cried a few times, I couldn't eat for days, when I would close my eyes I could see the faces of those woman and men as they sat out front and casually filled out the paper work while ignoring our pleas from a few feet away.

I am so overwhelmed as I write this post that it would be emotionally impossible for me to tell some of the life and death dramas I have witnessed unfold right before my eyes. This ministry is by far the most physically and phycologicly taxing ministry I have participated in to date.

I will not freak you guys out by posting images of aborted babies here on the blog, but I would request that you come face to face with this reality by placing before your eyes the truth in photos by going here

If you want to get involved in this sort of ministry Patte Has written an informative article on how to get started. You can read that here. You may also like to watch a very informative interview with Patte Smith here

In closing I just ask that my readers pray for us and others like us. I am struggling pretty hard right now with what has been going on right under my nose for all these years. Even more because years ago, I lost a child against my will, to this method of murder!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Carrying The Cross

Lately I have been reading about some of my evangelist friends and acquaintances carrying homemade crosses out in public places. At first all I could think of was the "Crazy Cross Guy" that I saw once when I was young. I thought to myself "That is crazy people are only going to think your a loon if you stand there holding a cross." The more I thought about it the more I realized I'm already a "loon" in the eyes of the world and the lukewarm church. I already have an uncommon ministry that most people think is foolish, though it is the same ministry Jesus, The Apostles and the Great preachers of our past participated in. Even with that thought in mind I was still a bit apprehensive until I saw this video. Then I was convinced that I should do it.

So this past friday night I spent a few minutes in my garage putting together a cross. It was simple to put together. I used some left over 1x4 from a previous project then used some of my wife's scrap-booking stickers for the letters. The letters could be bigger but it will do for now.

The Debut
Saturday would be the debut of my new cross. I was a bit nervous about doing it so I called a couple friends to see if they would join and none of them could. I think this was God wanting me to face my fears alone. So I hopped in my truck and drove down to the local park. I had butterflies in my stomach and conflicting thoughts in my head. It was strange to me because I have open air preached in all sorts of places and for the most part have been able to overcome fear, but when I pulled in to the park and saw all those people I began to tremble.

After a time of prayer I jumped out with my cross in hand and made the walk toward all the people. It was windy out and the gusts would cause me to have to grip the cross pretty hard to keep it steady. Once I made it to all the people I began to feel their stares. Most people just had a look of shame on their face. Not shame for themselves but as if to shame me for doing what I was doing. I felt like an outcast, a lunatic, a religious zealot!

It was such a blessing to carry that cross. Though my experience pales in comparison, the stares, the laughs, and my mixed emotions, caused me to see in a new light what my Lord must have suffered while he was carrying His cross. I am humbled to be His servant and look forward to doing it more often.

Cross Carriers that inspired me.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The 500 2009

For the second year after the Deeper Conference ended 500 people from across the US hit the streets of Atlanta. Last year I was still fairly new to Open air preaching so I was a bit shy still. However this year was a different story. Now that Ive "earned my wings" in the streets I was less reserved and able to have an absolute blast with my team. There are tons of stories to tell but this video montage will have to do.



Other videos from the 500
Violent guy threatens Shawn
Roberts entire sermon
Mike Poddos debute open air sermon


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Deeper 09'

I'll be away for a few days at The Deeper Conference 09'. I will be posting some, stories, pictures, and video whe I return. Until then check out last years experience at Deeper 08'

Monday, September 7, 2009

Here is a unique outreach oppertunity.

Join Jason Karroll and a few other evangelists as we go over to the UCF campus to commemorate Charles Darwins 200th birthday by giving away free copies of his famous work "The Origin Of Species." Why in the world would a bunch of christian evangelists want to give away a book that is the back bone to the theory of evolution? two reason. 1. If they actually read it they probably would find it repulsive being that it is racist, sexist, and foolish. 2. Its a special edition put together by our friend and fellow evangelist Ray Comfort. From the books description,
"280-page edition not only contains an abridged Origin of Species but also has a 50-page Introduction that reveals the dangerous fruit of evolution, Hitler's undeniable connections to the theory, Darwin's racism, and his disdain for women. It counters the claim that creationists are "anti-science" by citing numerous scientists who believed that God created the universe — scientists such as Einstein, Newton, Copernicus, Bacon, Faraday, Pasteur, and Kepler.
It has many original graphics and (as it says on the back cover) is designed for use in schools, colleges, and prestigious learning institutions. The back cover lists the above information as well as saying the book contains "Information on Intelligent Design vs Evolution."
The outreach is scheduled for Nov 19 at the University of Central Florida. So if you would like to join us please contact  Jason Karroll at 407-860-1421

Friday, September 4, 2009

Puritan Picks DVD lending library

 
If have not checked out this service you are missing out. Puritan Picks is like a Netflix for solid Christians. There are tons of videos to choose from. The selection ranges from Conferences to Movies. They have a great kids selection. My son and I have enjoyed allot of great movies together such as Pilgrims Progress and The William Tyndale Story. Its really easy, just sign up, add some videos to your "Que" and they will send them out to you as they are available. It usually takes about 3 days. Try it!
www.puritanpicks.com

See How it works

Friday, August 21, 2009

Back online with some observations

After more than 40+ days without the Internet at my house I am now back online! Why didn’t I have the Internet? Glad you asked! It all started a few months ago when I was beginning to realize that I was spending less time with my family and more time online. It was the beginning of a battle with the flesh that I could never have expected. I started to notice that I would wake up and before even getting the sleep out of my eyes, I would be checking my facebook, youtube, blog etc etc. I would be constantly telling my kids “wait a second daddy is in the middle of something.” and my wife asking “are you listening to me?” when she would be telling me about her day. I began to fight the urge to be online but I would always find some excuse to get on. I began to pray asking for Gods help and help he did.

Last month I received my bill from the Internet/Cable Company that, in my current financial condition I was not able to pay, which turned out to be the biggest answer to prayer I have ever received. Not only did I loose my Internet connection I also lost what remaining T.V. channels I had left! Let me tell you, it was most certainly the greatest thing to ever happen to me.

I have some observations to make about my 40+ days off line.

Having no Internet I was able to see how much time I was wasting and how many great things in real life I was missing. Before my son would sit in my office and watch a DVD while I was on the computer and it would basically annoy me. Now I sit and watch the DVD with him. We laugh together, cry together, and now enjoy a bond that we didn’t have before.

I realized that I spent way to much time and energy trying to cram in all sorts of bits of information rather than savoring bigger and more in depth bits of info such as a book and then marinating on it. I have gotten more great reading done in these last 30+ days than I have in awhile.

I relied too much on the web to do my biblical heavy lifting. Instead of searching my bible to find what I needed I would just type my question in Google and let someone else’s work help me out. I would read articles and commentary on things I didn’t quickly understand rather then trying to figure it out on my own and then seeing if my conclusion was correct. These things are fine to do in moderation but I now see where it was doing more harm than good. If you think about it, some of the greatest biblical minds to ever live didn’t even have a calculator, much less a computer to use as a source.

In conclusion the one thing that stands out the most is that while I was at times forsaking my family they waited there patiently and received me with open arms when I returned. But since I have been off line for 40 days my “virtual” family and friends have basically forgot me about. The emails have stopped (except for group emails), facebook is dead, and hardly any youtube or blog comments. It seems as if all have moved on to the next bit of information never checking on me to see if I was alive and well. But my real life friends and family, the ones that truly love me, were there the whole time despite my brief absence.

Now I'm back with the correct perspective. The Internet is not a suitable replacement for real life!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

American Idol Auditions

This week I spent 3 of my mornings, along with Brother Jason Karroll, witnessing to the throngs of people who flocked to the American Idol tryouts at the Amway Arena here in Orlando. It was really hard to plan this outreach because it was not posted on the Amway schedule and there was virtually no information on start time's. We were also unable to get a permit for our loud speaker because some protesters had beat us to it (I guess they only issue one per event).



We showed up the first morning during the registration to find a few thousand in line waiting to submit their paper work. So we went for the jugular. We walked straight into the crowd of people and began to preach. Jason stood up on the stool and used Michael Jacksons death as a segway into the gospel. Its amazing how attentive the people where up to the point Jason mentions The Bible. You can hear the people in the video above express their disdain at the mere mention of Gods word. Then the security guards move in. We were ultimately threatened with jail by the police and banned from the property for the stay of the event.  So we moved to our usual spot across a small street and Open air preached.

We had a bunch of people sit to listen and some great conversations as a result of our meager efforts. We witnessed to people from all over the country. One guy, a Jew, flew all the way from Israel to join the competition. He was an interesting conversation and I think we both learned a lot. He left us with some proofs that Jesus was the Messiah and a New Testament that he promised to read.

All in all it was a great time. I just pray that next year more Christians will come out to help in the effort. 2 vrs. 9,000 are not the best of odds. I wonder if thats the picture Jesus had in mind when he said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." (Luke 10:2)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Free Audio Book: Crazy Love

In keeping with weeks apparent theme of free stuff we have another free resource. Christianaudio.com has a great book for free download, Crazy Love by Francis Chan. It has received great reviews from some of my favorite leaders including Tim Challies.

Just go here and enter coupon code JUL2009 during checkout.

Enjoy.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Free Bible Giveaway

 I dont know about you but I love free stuff! Exspecialy books and even more so, expensive books! The only problem is I never win. I can't tell you how many giveaways Ive entered and received nothing more than a solicitation call. But now I think all that is about to change thanks to Logos Bible software.

Logos Bible Software is celebrating the launch of their new online Bible by giving away 72 ultra-premium print Bibles at a rate of 12 per month for six months. The Bible giveaway is being held at Bible.Logos.com and you can get up to five different entries each month! After you enter, be sure to check out Logos and see how it can revolutionize your Bible study.

Go there and sign up now! Or don't and increase my chances at winning! :-)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Free Book: The Jesus You Can't Ignore by John MacArthur

"If you’ve ever wondered how to deal with false teachers and their bad theology, where better to look than Jesus and His example.

So how did Jesus deal with religious leaders who taught error and rejected the gospel?  Did He seek common doctrinal ground and engage in dialog?  Did He soften and adapt the gospel so it wouldn’t confront or make them uncomfortable?

John MacArthur’s new book, The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, explores the Lord’s many personal, often-explosive encounters with the influential teachers of His day.  You’ll see how both Jesus’ message and His manner have direct application for believers who love truth in this age of accommodation and compromise."
 
Go Here and fill out the form. The link will not work after July 20th

Friday, June 12, 2009

You Cannot Escape Death!

A woman who dodged death when she and her husband narrowly missed Air France Flight 447 before it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 aboard, was killed in a car accident just over a week later. Read the story here

www.needgod.com

Sunday, June 7, 2009

New Opposition To The Gospel

I have been doing open air preaching for awhile now and have run into all sorts of opposition to the gospel. Hecklers, Drunk women exposing themselves or touching us, possible demon possessed people, angry business owners, security, and the police are just a few of the things that attempt to prevent the proclamation of the gospel. But now I have a new foe, the iPhone!!!!

This Saturday night while I was preaching an angry officer walked up to me with iphone in hand telling me to turn my P.A. down. When I objected he showed me the screen of his phone which which revealed his new Decibel Meter software. Now I respect all law enforcement but I have been preaching on that corner every weekend for over a year and have never been told to turn down my P.A.. I objected again saying, "thats just an iPhone that cannot be accurate!" He then claimed to have tested it with the stations real DB meter and it came two DB under and I was 20db over the limit. I requested that he bring out the official one and he said that if he did he would cite me.

It is interesting what electronics have done to our world. Whats seems to help us in a lot of ways limits us. Our nation is becoming more ignorant, kids are glued to T.V. sets and game consoles, a lot of jobs have been handed over to computers, the Internet is filled with porn and has nearly ruined music and movie industry with all the piracy and now the iPhone is shutting down the proclamation of the gospel! when will it end!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Half Mile Hailer



Update: I have been using this P.A. for 13 days now and have preached about 6 different times at 3 different locations. I still love this thing! But my one complaint is that now the police keep sending out the Decibel meter to measure our sound levels and then telling us to turn it down because we are in violation of the sound ordinances usually at 90 db or so. In the time that I have been preaching with amplification I have never had this happen. I guess it's a testimony to the power of the Half Mile Hailer!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tadashii - Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis by Tedashii

Identity Crisis is the new album that has just been released from Tedashii of the116 Clique. This album by far exceeds all of my expectations. In this album Tedashii does a wonderful job of displaying his versatility. He boldly proclaims the gospel while rhymin’ on top of dirty south, hip hop, old school, and R & B beats.
On this project Tedashii gets help from featured artists such as Lecrae, Flame, Diamone, Trip Lee, Stephen the Levite, as well as others. If I had to give this album a rating from 1 to 5, I would rate it a strong 4.5 out of 5. Tedashii, well done sir! Please continue to serve and honor our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with your music.

Review by David "Braz" Buck

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A testimony

I was reading someones testimony that a friend pointed me to and I really thought the following quote was encouraging.
"In October of 1983 I found myself sitting in my car on the side of the road, the needle on empty, waiting for someone to bring me gasoline. During the time that I waited I had read everything in my car including my registration twice. There was one booklet that I had kept avoiding but due to boredom I finally picked it up and began to read the Gospel of John. It was in the reading of this tract that I discovered that being Roman Catholic and following the teachings of the church as well as the keeping of the Holy Days and the sacraments were not going to get me to heaven. I needed to be born again!!!!! It was then that I bowed my head and gave my life to Him, lock stock and barrel"
It is easy for us to get burnt out or discouraged when we are handing out literature to seemingly uninterested people. But it is these people that could wind up in the situation above. Dont give up!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Shack Protest

Cover of "The Shack"

Cover of The Shack

This Saturday past a local church invited William P. Young to speak about his book The Shack. For those that don’t know The Shack has created allot of stir amongst the church. There are camps that love the book and those that vehemently appose the book. I fell somewhere in the middle of those extremes before Saturday.

Jason K. thought it would be a good idea to go down to this church and warn those who fall in the first camp of the heresies that are written in this book. Jason sent an email to the pastor warning him of the dangers of having this book promoted in his church and that we would be there to protest. The pastor responded saying that he would continue forward with his plans.

So early Saturday morning we headed down to this church to pass out “lies in the Shack” tracts and Open air preach. As we were doing so a few men from the church came out to bring us bottled water. One of these men turns out to be William P. Young himself! So we start asking about the lies in the book. We used Michael Youssefs basic outline of the 13 lies in the book as our questions (this is what we printed on the tract) but Mr. Young denied each point asking us to prove it from his book. Now I admit this is a fair thing to require but unfortunately we didn't have the book nor the quotes from the book to support our arguments. It was definitely a mistake on our part. We were not prepared to debate the author himself.

What bugs me is that he probably used us in his Saturday morning presentation as an example of the people who object to his book. That they [We] haven't read the book or don't have proof of these so called heresies.

When I got home I reviewed the tape and did my research. What I discovered is that William P. Young is a LIAR! Everything that he denied as being in the book is indeed IN THE BOOK! You can get the page numbers and quotes from the book here

I will post the video as soon as I can get my video editor to work!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu

The U.S. declared a public health emergency Sunday to deal with the emerging new swine flu. We wanted to share some information that the media is not informing you about.

What is swine flu?

“Like people, pigs can get influenza (flu), but swine flu viruses aren't the same as human flu viruses. Swine flu doesn't often infect people, and the rare human cases that have occurred in the past have mainly affected people who had direct contact with pigs. But the current swine flu outbreak is different. It's caused by a new swine flu virus that has spread from person to person -- and it's happening among people who haven't had any contact with pigs. 

What are swine flu symptoms?

Symptoms of swine flu are like regular flu symptoms and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu.”(I) As of this writing there have been 149 deaths and 1,995 people have been hospitalized with serious cases of pneumonia since the first case of swine flu was reported on April 13.

It’s Deadly History?

“The "Spanish" influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 infected one third of the world's population (or ≈500 million persons at that time) and caused ≈50 million deaths.”(II) The government estimates that a pandemic like the 1918 Spanish flu would sicken 90 million Americans, or about 30 percent of the population. Of those, nearly 10 million would have to be admitted to a hospital, and nearly 1.5 million would need intensive care. About 750,000 would need the help of mechanical ventilators to keep breathing! Did you know that There is a greater chance you will catch this flu then the chance of you winning the lottery!

The next question is…

Are you ready to die? Do you know where you will spend eternity if and when you die?  Lets see, have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God's name in vain? Jesus said, "Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Have you looked with lust? If you have done those things, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. That's not God's will. So, 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.

 

  • I WebMd
  • II Wikipedia
  • Yahoo News, Associated Press
  • Paul Washer

Monday, April 27, 2009

Servant evangelism?

There is something on my mind.

The other day I was in Publix with a friend to buy stuff for a Bar-B-Q. After getting all the stuff for burgers I wanted to get a can of Glory brand Collard Greens. When we finally found the isle a lady over heard me ranting about how great these canned collards are. The lady asked, "canned collard greens? are those really any good, because I'm from Atlanta and I like to make them from scratch." I informed her that while they may not be as good as her homed cooked greens they are the best I've ever tasted anywhere." So she asked us to grab her a can and throw it into her cart. She said thanks and we parted ways.

There are many people in the Church today who purposely do things like this, be it giving out bottles of water, free food, ect. and call it "evangelism." But was it evangelism when I convinced a lady to get some collards? A good work yes, evangelism NO! This lady was convinced to buy collard greens but not of her need of salvation through Christ!

Just something I wanted to get off my chest before bed!

Oh, by the way, I sent my buddy to find her while I cashed out to give her a gospel tract!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tea Party Preaching

I am not to sure what a “tea party” is exactly. I do know it has something to do with stopping taxes and is a modern day version of the Boston Tea Party (without actual tea) that occurred in 1773. Anyway with out trying to get to technical. Me and fellow Bring The Noiz team member Jason Karroll set off on a day long adventure to preach at a few of these rallies.

Our first stop was in Deltona Florida where Jason boldly walked into the center of the event, set down his speaker, and began to preach the gospel.

Our next stop was a rally in Daytona. We arrived an hour early so we hit the beach to preach on the sand. The Police shut us down during the Law.

The rally in Daytona was a lot more organized than the one in Deltona. This rally had a makeshift stage, signs, and a bunch more people. Somehow Jason made contact with one of the rally organizers who agreed to let him read a speech he wrote entitled “America is to young to die” he finished up with the Law and The Gospel!

Then Robert was asked to read a sermon by (?) and finished up with a call to evangelism.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Murdered By Charles Spurgeon

 

EYESSSS

There was a day, as I took my walks abroad,
when I came by a spot forever engraved upon
my memory, for there I saw this Friend,
my best, my only Friend... MURDERED!
I stooped down in sad affright, and looked at Him.
I saw that His hands had been pierced with rough iron nails,
and His feet had been torn in the same way.
There was misery in His dead countenance so terrible
that I scarcely dared to look upon it.
His body was emaciated with hunger, His back was red with
bloody scourges, and His brow had a circle of wounds about it:
clearly could one see that these had been pierced by thorns.
I shuddered, for I had known this Friend full well.
He never had a fault; He was the purest of the pure,
the holiest of the holy.
Who could have injured Him?
For He never injured any man: all His life long He "went about
doing good." He had healed the sick, He had fed the hungry, He
had raised the dead: for which of these works did they kill Him?
He had never breathed out anything else but love - and as I
looked into the poor sorrowful face, so full of agony, and yet
so full of love, I wondered who could have been a wretch so
vile as to pierce hands like His.
I said within myself, "Where can these traitors live?
Who are these that could have smitten such an One as this?"
Had they murdered an oppressor, we might have forgiven them;
had they slain one who had indulged in vice or villainy,
it might have been his desert; had it been a murderer and a rebel,
or one who had committed sedition, we would have said,
"Bury his corpse: justice has at last given him his due."
But when You were slain, my best, my only-beloved,
where did the traitors hide?
Let me seize them, and they shall be put to death!
If there be torments that I can devise, surely they shall
endure them all. Oh! what jealousy; what revenge I felt!
If I might but find these murderers, what I would do to them!
And as I looked upon that corpse, I heard a footstep,
and wondered where it was.
I listened, and I clearly perceived that the murderer was
close at hand! It was dark, and I groped about to find him.
I found that, somehow or other, wherever I put out my hand,
I could not meet with him, for he was NEARER to me than my
hand would go.
At last I put my hand upon MY BREAST. "I have you now"
said I - for lo! he was IN MY OWN HEART - the murderer
was hiding within my own bosom, dwelling in the recesses
of my INMOST SOUL.
Ah! then I wept indeed, that I, in the very presence of my
murdered Master, should be harboring the murderer - and I
felt myself most guilty while I bowed over His corpse, and sang
that plaintive hymn...
"Twas you, MY SINS, my cruel sins,
His chief tormentors were;
Each of my crimes became a nail,
and unbelief the spear."
Amid the rabble which hounded the Redeemer to His doom,
there were some gracious souls whose bitter anguish sought vent in
wailing and lamentations- fit music to accompany that march of woe.
When my soul can, in imagination, see the Saviour bearing
His cross to Calvary, she joins the godly women, and weeps
with them; for, indeed, there is true cause for grief, cause
lying deeper than those mourning women thought.
They bewailed innocence maltreated, goodness persecuted,
love bleeding, meekness about to die - but my heart has
a deeper and more bitter cause to mourn.
MY SINS were the scourges which lacerated those blessed
shoulders, and crowned with thorns those bleeding brows;
my sins cried -
"Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" and laid the cross upon His gracious shoulders.
His being led forth to die is sorrow enough for one eternity;
but MY having been His murderer, is more, infinitely more
grief than one poor fountain of tears can express.
If Christ has died for me, ungodly as I am, without strength
as I am, then I cannot live in sin any longer, but must arouse
myself to love and serve Him who has redeemed me.
I cannot trifle with the evil which slew my best Friend.
I must be holy for His sake.
HOW CAN I LIVE IN SIN WHEN HE HAS
DIED TO SAVE ME FROM IT?

(From Spurgeon's autobiography)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter

NEAR CROSS

This is the book I am reading this Easter and each chapter has kept me focused on the Cross. It is an easy read and I Highly recommend this book! Here is what the product description says,

“This collection of readings, drawn from the writings and sermons of 25 classic and contemporary theologians and Bible teachers, focuses on the wonder of Christ’s sacrifice.

In a culture where crosses have become little more than decorative accessories and jewelry, how easy it is for even the most well-intended Christian to rush from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without thoughtfully contemplating the cross and all that it means. Yet we miss out on spiritual riches when we do.

So that we all may linger at the cross during the Lenten season—and stay near it the whole year through—editor Nancy Guthrie has compiled this special anthology. It draws from the works and sermons of classic theologians such as Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon, Ryle, and Augustine, and from leading contemporary communicators such as John Piper, R. C. Sproul, Francis Schaeffer, John MacArthur, Skip Ryan, and Joni Eareckson Tada to help readers enter into an experience of Christ’s passion and anchor their hope in the power of his resurrection.

Each essay in this collection holds to a high view of Scripture and expounds on a particular aspect of the Easter story using the appropriate Scripture passage from the ESV Bible. These readings are sure to prepare people’s hearts for a fresh experience of the cross each and every Easter season.”

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Prayer List

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I have decided to start keeping a list of the people that we have one-2-one evangelism encounters with. The list is going to be a mostly combined list of the Bring The Noiz team. I will not indicate who the evangelist to whom the conversation belongs to avoid any pride issues. I will add to it from time to time at least monthly.

 

4/15-19/09

+Luis and Wife (Gave them the gospel on the Job and they were really receptive. Answered a ton of “seeker” type questions and left them with a bible and some literature.)
+“Captain” (Really receptive during an Open air encounter)
+“The Murderer” (Sorry I don’t have his name. This guy didn't think he could be forgiven by God because he had murdered someone. Gave gospel and received he it)
+Officer Riddle (Talk with him about civil rights and left him with a gospel tract)
+Jimmy – One of 8 EMT’s and An old friend who received a tract from me while I was talking to the officer above)
+Ishmael (has heard me open air at 2 different locations)
+Boogie (Heard the gospel open air and had a few questions. Gave bible)
+Magnum (Receptive during one-2-one, then ran into him in the store)
+John (Older man in wheel chair (4 strokes) who was going through hard times financially)
+Abbey (Young girl who trusted in own goodness to get to heaven. Helped her understand gospel more clearly)
+Jose (Handed tract then walked over to talk with us, Shared gospel seemed receptive)
+ Mike (One-2-one)
+Jerry (One-2-one)
+ Quinton (One-2-One)
+Frank (Homeless Christian struggling with sin)
+3 Iranian exchange students (Had a ton of questions wanted a bible and good chapters to read on the passion of Christ)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Drunken Spider-Man Heckler

This weekend I had an unlikely heckler. The hero of my youth Spiderman, who apparently likes to drink allot on the weekends, webbed down to the corner that I preach on. Now usually you can find Spider-Man fighting the forces of evil, but evidently the alcohol hindered his “Spidey senses” and he mistakes The Gospel for the enemy.

I didn't have my camcorder or camera to take pictures, but when searching through youtube I discovered that Spidey had an accomplice who was recording his wild Saturday night antics. I am going to hesitantly post the video with this warning, Spidey is not as good of a citizen on his off time as one would imagine and there are some graphic images in the first few minutes. If you want to see our feature in this film fast-forward to the 3:05 mark.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

J.C. Ryle on Open Air Preaching

Let us never be moved by those who cry down the preacher's office, and tell us that sacraments and other ordinances are of more importance than sermons. Let us give to every part of God's public worship its proper place and honor, but let us beware of placing any part of it above preaching. By preaching, the Church of Christ was first gathered together and founded, and by preaching, it has ever been maintained in health and prosperity. By preaching, sinners are awakened. By preaching, inquirers are led on. By preaching, saints are built up. By preaching, Christianity is being carried to the heathen world. There are many now who sneer at missionaries, and mock at those who go out into the high-ways of our own land, to preach to crowds in the open air. But such persons would do well to pause, and consider calmly what they are doing. The very work which they ridicule is the work which turned the world upside down, and cast heathenism to the ground. Above all, it is the very work which Christ Himself undertook. The King of kings and Lord of lords Himself was once a preacher. For three long years He went to and fro proclaiming the Gospel. Sometimes we see Him in a house, sometimes on the mountain side, sometimes in a Jewish synagogue, sometimes in a boat on the sea. But the great work He took up was always one and the same. He came always preaching and teaching. He says, "That is why I have come." ~ J.C. Ryle

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Heading out to Savannah, Ga.

Savannah, Georgia

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I just returned from Atlanta and haven't even had anytime to post an update on the Kobalt 500 outreach and now I’m on the road again. This time I’m heading out to Savannah, Ga. to hit up one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the south.  There is going to be an estimated 400,000 people at this annual event.

I'm heading up there with 13 other evangelists to pass out tracts and do some open air. Please be in prayer for our safety as we travel and that God works through our efforts to save at least one soul!

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

What can an Evangelist do in 1 minute?

A good question was asked by one of our readers in the comment section. I thought it was a great question so I wanted to post it here followed by a short answer,

Since I started following your blog I've been encouraged by your passion to spread the gospel and inspired by your attempts to do so at large civic events. I'm curious though...you're obviously planting seeds, but do you ever have an opportunity to do more than that? Do people stop and engage you? Do they respond with deeper questions that allow you to go further than passing out a tract? Also, I would imagine that many of the tracts you pass out end up in the trash and even on the ground as litter. Do you have concerns about that? I'm not trying to bring you down or belittle your efforts. I'm just curious because, as I said above, I have been encouraged by your posts and I would like to get my family (wife and 5 kids) started in something similar. Whenever I start a project I immediately think, "Is this the most efficient way to do this?" and "Am I maximizing my time, energy, and resources?" Any thoughts you have on this would be greatly appreciated.

This is a really good question from someone who just wants to “maximize his time energy and resources.” as any good Stewart should.

When I do large events I know that a lot of the tracts will be thrown away, but I also know that a lot of them get read, sometimes on the spot. I've walked by and heard people reading them to there kids or discussing what it says with their spouse. I also see them stuffed quickly into pockets. I know that when they get home they will have to empty those pockets and may have time to read it then. "Tracts make it into homes when we can't. They find their way onto dashboards, sun visors, wallets, night stands and desks long after we've handed them out. They are an essential tool in our evangelism to "speak" after we've gone home for the night."*

One of the main things I use tracts for is to break the ice to lead into a one-to-one conversation as my friend demonstrates in the video below.

The story of the old man who passed out tracts on George street is a legendary example of what tracts can do.

You can also read some tract testimonies here

Hope this helps some

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Kobalt Tools 500

kobalt

In 2007 Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag at the Kobalt Tools 500. In 2008 it was Kyle Bush! This year a new a driver is up for a prize who will it be? You could almost smell the exhaust as you ponder on all the possibilities this race brings. Not for entertainment but for the spreading of the gospel. Well This year Bring The Noiz Ministries will be among the estimated 105,000 race fans to attend the Kobalt Tools 500 Race at The Atlanta Motor Speedway. But there will be no shouting and cheering for any driver from us, only shouting and preaching the word of the Lord!
There is even bigger news going on behind the scenes at this event and could lead to more evangelism at future races. I will give you the details upon my return.
Please pray for our safety and that we are used by God to further his kingdom.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Humanity’s Pretense of Goodness

Romans 8:7 “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.”

“Although most human beings give the appearance at times of being confused seekers for truth with a naive respect for God, says Edwards, the reality is that unless they are moved by the Spirit they have a natural distaste for the real God, an uncontrollable desire to break His laws and a constant tendency to sit in judgment on Him when they notice Him at all. They are at moral enmity with the God revealed in the Bible. Since His purpose crosses theirs at every juncture, they really hate Him more than any finite object, and this is clearly displayed in their treatment of His Son. They are largely unconscious of this enmity. It is usually repressed through their unbelief, their creation of agreeable false portraits of God, their sense of His distance from us, their fear of punishment or their lack of awareness of the magnitude of their guilt. They are conditioned to pay their respects to some vague image of the Deity, and this is reinforced by fear and self-interest.

Fortunately Gods common grace reaches down through unregenerate humanity like a hand through a glove, revealing us of our own evil through constant acts of love and mercy that seem to originate in man. But only in Christian believers is man’s willful ignorance disarmed and his goodness rotted in worship and love of God rather than covert self-interest or the service of idols such as the human race. When the scriptures say “God is angry at the wicked every day” (Ps 7:11 AV), it is because the unregenerate are constantly (if unconsciously) angry at God and are daily expressing this anger and contempt toward those who represent Him on earth, toward one another, and even toward inanimate nature because God has made it. Every day the crucifixion is re-enacted in innumerable attacks upon the purpose of Christ. Even creation, suggests Edwards in another famous sermon, groans under its subjection to human misrule and would spew us out if it were not restrained by God.

In light of this analysis, what is remarkable is not the intensity of Gods wrath against sin but the magnitude of His patience and compassion in sparing and redeeming those who are His enemies.” ~ Richard F. Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal pg. 86

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