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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

April 19, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Nada

The amount of visitors who came to Community Church of the Hills (CCH)‘ Easter service as a result of two weeks of Facebook ads. Same as last year.

Heck, I even bought an eBook telling me how to write excellent Facebook ads.

However, we did have record attendance for this year thanks to family members inviting other family members and friends.

As it ought to be!

April 14, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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What’s so good about Good Friday?

The story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life, positive or negative, and remarking, “This is good!”

thumbOne day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off. Examining the situation, the friend remarked as usual, “This is good!”

To which the king replied, “No, this is not good!” and proceeded to send his friend to jail. Continue Reading

April 13, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Get Promoted, CEO!

ARE YOU A CEO CHRISTIAN? If so, your big day is this Sunday! C.E.O. = “C.hristmas E.aster O.nly”

It’s time to get promoted. Move up higher. Get committed. Quit fooling around! After all, eternity is at stake….

I was not raised in a religious home so I wasn’t familiar with the traditions surrounding Easter. The church I went to for 23 years after I became born again only celebrated Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. I wondered if there was more to remember during Holy Week, or Passion Week, as it is sometimes called. I wanted to know if perhaps there was a remembrance for every day of the week before Easter. There was. What I learned may cause you to want to know Jesus better, draw closer to him and appreciate his sacrifice much more, maybe even prompting you to take his call on your life a lot more seriously. Continue Reading

April 9, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Walking the Cross

PEOPLE THINK HE’S NUTS, AN IDIOT, A RELIGIOUS FANATIC, but 64-year-old Steve Epp doesn’t care because God called him to take up his cross, put some wheels at the base and walk along the southern route from Wilmington, North Carolina, to San Diego, California.

But why would he do such a thing? Isn’t that a little odd given this post-modern, anti-Christian era? Continue Reading