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June 28, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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ON THIS DAY…from 2013 to 2017!

FACEBOOK HAS AN APP called “On This Day” which shows you what you posted on this day, one year, three years, however many years ago it was.

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June 28th is kinda special to me. How so? Take a look at what happened today:

After being finger-printed, having my driver’s record checked for the past five years, enduring a physical exam upon my person (including going to the restroom with a little cup), taking five written tests, a 20 hour certification course, memorizing every part of the bus including the engine components, exhaust system, air brakes etc., and two months of driver’s training…I passed my school bus driving test! What? A school bus driver? Yes. And in Dripping Springs of all places, the city where I first planted a church after leaving Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach nearly four years ago.

Circumstances have arisen where I have to take a 2nd job in addition to pastoring my current church, launching my eldest daughter to Baylor U., and taking care of my family. (Someone asked me what I’m doing for the summer. I laughed.)

Now, see what has happened on this day over the last  four years. Continue Reading

June 19, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Why the Atheist Mocked My Blog

On this day, five years ago, I wrote this…and nothing has changed!

I got an email recently from an adolescent atheist mocking my decision to make “Atheist Tuesday” posts an occasional blog item instead of weekly. Here it is:

SUBJECT: Laughter

Wish you could hear mine. [Presumably his own laughter]

Quitters never win and winners never quit, Steve.

I like the fact that your “Evangelism Schedule” and “Evangelism Training” posts have received no comments, not even from Christians, while your “atheists are bad” post has received over fifty.

Keep up the good work.

Yes, it’s a sad fact that this blog will never be popular.

If I wanted to pander to atheists, I suppose that it would be more popular, but why would I want that? I will end up having to answer over and over again the same Googleable questions that are found ad nauseum on Christian apologetic sites’ comments sections. You know, questions like these:

  • What makes your story of creationism fundamentally different from all the others that exist now, have existed before, and will exist in the future?
  • Why is there at least some evidence for our scientific theories, but none at all for your creationism?
  • Why does your God support slavery, murder, etc.

Remember, this is an evangelism blog “written to be an encouragement to those who share their faith and a motivation to those who don’t.” (Steve’s note: The emphasis of this blog changed in 2013.)

I found I was getting off-track and wasting my time answering questions that never lead to salvation. That is, I can try and answer all those questions, but really, atheists will not believe the truth by my answers, only if they have been called by the Holy Spirit.

So, back to the adolescent atheist’s email…. Continue Reading

June 16, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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The Un-American Religion

THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT CHRISTIANITY is the fact that not everyone goes to Heaven, not every belief system is correct and millions of people stand condemned already.

This bothers me.

It also bothered Senator Bernie Sanders when he grilled Russell Vought, President Donald Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget last week. Here’s an edited excerpt of the exchange:

Sanders: Let me get to this issue that has bothered me and bothered many other people. You wrote, “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.” Do you believe that that statement is Islamophobic?

Vought: Absolutely not, Senator. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith. That post, as I stated in the questionnaire to this committee, was to defend my alma mater, Wheaton College, a Christian school that has a statement of faith that includes the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation, and . . .

Sanders: I understand that. I don’t know how many Muslims there are in America. Maybe a couple million. Are you suggesting that all those people stand condemned? What about Jews? Do they stand condemned too?

Vought: Senator, I’m a Christian . . .

Sanders: I understand you are a Christian! In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?

I want to jump in right here and say that it really doesn’t matter what Vought had to say in answer to Sanders’ question, but I am glad that he was straight-forward in explaining his beliefs without denying the facts of what Jesus taught and what the Bible says. Continue Reading

June 4, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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The Fuss Over a President’s Severed Head

The big controversy last week concerned the simulated beheading of President Trump by a celebrity—and the huge public outcry that ensued, especially from Christians.

I’m always amazed at how sensitive believers are. Correct that. Overly sensitive. A liberal, radical, vulgar “comedienne” like Kathy Griffin does an outrageous, ridiculous, in-bad-taste publicity stunt, and she gets exactly what she wants, especially from the crowd she wants to irk the most. Then she apologizes, sheds crocodile tears, blames the current administration for attacking her, and then gains even greater ire…and notoriety!

Ten years ago she won an Emmy Award for Best Reality Program and said this: “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. S— it, Jesus. This award is my God now.” When asked about her speech backstage, she replied, “I hope I offended some people. I didn’t want to win the Emmy for nothing.”

Atheist is as atheist does.

Do we really expect non-believers to have the same values that we do, the same morals, the same tastes that we do? They worship an entirely different god who demands nothing from them, winks at their peccadilloes and allows them to murder babies in the womb.

C’mon, Christian, grow up. Let ’em be. If you must protest, elevate yourself above the fray; say something different, something compassionate, show unconditional love toward the most scurrilous. The more outrage you show, the less grace you display. The only fool is you.

Christians helped Disney’s live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” make half a billion dollars domestically because they protested one tiny little “gay scene” that would go over the heads of most 5-year-olds.

I like Jerry Seinfield’s response from a People interview:

“Yes, it was another bad joke. Every comedian tells bad jokes. We all do it. That’s how we find the good jokes. So someone told a bad joke—so what, I don’t understand the big deal.”

That’s gracious, unexpected and entirely true.

We live in a post-Christian nation in an increasingly anti-Christian world. Get used to it, Christ-follower. Live quietly, be a good neighbor and share the Gospel wherever you can. That will make a big difference.

And, please, save your finger-wagging for the neighbor’s kids.

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April 30, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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On Hitler, Auschwitz and Forgiveness

Hitler, to no one’s regret, killed his chicken self on this day in 1945. Satan’s servant failed miserably in his quest to complete his Final Solution and is now in the presence of God’s wrath for all eternity.

Now meet Agnes Kun an Auschwitz survivor, imprisoned in Hitler’s death camp when she was 18.

My girls and I met her yesterday at the Museum of Tolerance Museum. I gave her a Trillion Dollar Bill Gospel tract and asked her to what she  attributed her survival to. 

“Luck,” she replied.

I then explained to her that it was not luck at all, but it was God who spared her. I then requested that she read the information on the back of the tract so that she may learn of her Messiah, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, Jesus, the Messiah.

Corrie Ten Boom was a prisoner in Ravensbruck, another horrible concentration camp, a camp where she witnessed her sister’s death.  She attributed her survival to Jesus Christ.

The greatest test of her faith would be played out a few years after her release, when after a speaking engagement, a former guard at the camp, came up to congratulate her on her inspiring talk. Here’s the account:

“It was in a church in Munich that I saw him—a balding, heavyset man in a gray overcoat, a brown felt hat clutched between his hands. People were filing out of the basement room where I had just spoken, moving along the rows of wooden chairs to the door at the rear. It was 1947 and I had come from Holland to defeated Germany with the message that God forgives.

“It was the truth they needed most to hear in that bitter, bombed-out land, and I gave them my favorite mental picture. Maybe because the sea is never far from a Hollander’s mind, I liked to think that that’s where forgiven sins were thrown. ‘When we confess our sins,’ I said, ‘God casts them into the deepest ocean, gone forever. …’

“The solemn faces stared back at me, not quite daring to believe. There were never questions after a talk in Germany in 1947. People stood up in silence, in silence collected their wraps, in silence left the room.

“And that’s when I saw him, working his way forward against the others. Continue Reading