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February 9, 2016
by Steve Sanchez
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A Note from the Author

I have been blogging at this site for nearly 10 years. Those who have read it know that it’s main focus has been evangelism up until I moved to Texas to plant a church in 2013. Now that evangelism is just a regular part of my Christian life and not the whole focus, my site has changed to reflect this new perspective. If you are searching for evangelism articles, they are pre-June 2013. With a change of servers, I’m in the process of fixing over 2,000 broken links. Thanks for visiting.

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February 9, 2016
by Steve Sanchez
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Jeffery Dahmer, Cannibal Christian

Jeffrey Dahmer was a notorious mass murderer who killed seventeen young men, ate them, and stored various body parts in his refrigerator. The police ended up finding eleven corpses in his apartment.Jeffrey-dahmer mug

What kind of thinking leads to this type of behavior?

During an interview with MSNBC Dahmer explained: “I always believed the lie that evolution is truth, that we all just came from the slime and when we died, that was it, there is nothing. The whole theory cheapens life.” In other words, there was no accountability; he could do whatever he wanted.

Jeffrey_Dahmer_HS_YearbookDahmer didn’t start out right away murdering people. He out started with small crimes and experimented with being cruel to animals, and it continued from there. After all, with an evolutionary mindset, it’s survival of the fittest; no one cares.

That must be a comforting thought, especially since our public school systems and college institutions teach this as truth.

But then what happened?

“I started reading books about how evolution is a complete lie. There’s no basis in science to uphold it. And I’ve since come to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the true Creator of the heavens and the earth; it didn’t just happen. And I’ve accepted him as my Lord and Savior, and I believe that I, and everyone else, will be accountable to him.

“If a person doesn’t think that there’s a God to be accountable to, then Jeffrey_Dahmer_Sheriffs_1991_mugshotwhat’s the point of trying to modify your behavior and keep it within acceptable ranges? That’s how I thought anyway. I’ve since come to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is truly God—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit—the only True God.”

Wait? You mean God can forgive someone like that? A better question should be: How can God forgive someone like me? What’s in your heart? What’s in your mind? Jesus said, “…out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.”

Yes, in every one of us lies a little Jeffrey Dahmer.

But there’s always hope. When one turns to Jesus Christ in trust and repentance, believing in his death, burial and resurrection, God will forgive your sin. God will change your heart and will change your life. Why wait?

Today you can be a new creation!

Dahmer was murdered in 1994 by a fellow inmate, beaten to death with a broom handle.

Images: Wikipedia; Scripture reference: Matthew 15:19
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February 9, 2016
by Steve Sanchez
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60 Million Dead and Unwanted

The worst day in America history was commemorated on January 22, 2016. On that day 43 years ago, the infamous ruling by the Supreme Court known as Roe V. Wade passed, legalizing the killing of unborn children in the womb.

If you are not familiar with the case called Roe v. Wade that changed abortion law in America, it is this: Norma McCorvey (her pseudonym, Jane Roe), sued the state of Texas to obtain the right to an abortion since it was illegal in this state at the time if the mother’s life wasn’t threatened.

Since that decision, close to 60 million babies have been aborted in our nation. The human lives killed by abortion exceed the number of people living in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Utah combined.

The total lives lost in all of America’s wars is less than 1.5 million people, yet this is close to how many babies are killed each year!

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When we take the life of another, born or unborn, we are playing God, we are making decisions that rightfully belong to the One who knit us together in our mother’s womb.

The Psalmist says this about our Creator concerning life: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb….”

From a Christian perspective, abortion is always wrong because it is an attack on God’s work of forming a person. Abortion is wrong because abortion is murder. The fundamental reason why abortion and murder is wrong is that human beings are made in the image of God.

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The most powerful sentence spoken in America today is this: “I do not want this baby at this time.” “I don’t want this baby, therefore it’s not a baby.”

When a mother makes that statement, “I do not want…” and terminates her pregnancy, she has become sovereign over her child, not God.

Where does that leave today? What can we do to help stem the tide of abortion?

1. Pray on behalf of the unborn, the mothers, abortionists, and for the church to get active.

2. Vote your pro-life convictions.

3. Support pro-life workers.

4. Reach out with the message of love to women who have had abortions and let them know that we are not mad at them. Remind them that we love them and want to bring them to the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Abortion is not the unforgivable sin. We as a church have to reach out to women who have had abortions, put our arms around them and say, “We love you in Jesus’ name.”

Attributions: A large part of this article was inspired by John Piper’s excellent work “Abortion is About God,” and Randy Alcorn’s “Why Pro-Life?”
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February 9, 2016
by Steve Sanchez
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David Bowie and Eternity

“Look up here; I’m in Heaven,” sang David Bowie on his farewell video before dying of cancer.

As a pastor I’m always curious, when a celebrity dies, if he was a Christian. Will I thinsomeday meet The Thin White Duke in Heaven?

I researched his song lyrics and interviews to get some clues:

In his song “Seven” he crooned,

“The gods forgot that they made me
So I forget them, too
I dance among their shadows
I play among their graves.”

Apparently, he thought God is dead. That doesn’t seem too hopeful, because the God of the Bible says he’s the Everlasting God.

In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, Bowie said, “I was young, fancy free, and Tibetan Buddhism appealed to me at that time. I thought, ‘There’s salvation.’ It didn’t really work. Then I went through Nietzsche, Satanism, Christianity… pottery, and ended up singing. It’s been a long road.”

Jesus said that “narrow [is] the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” And “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” That’s a pretty narrow long road.

ziggySo, did Ziggy Stardust believe? In 2003 he explained, “I’m not quite an atheist and it worries me. There’s that little bit that holds on: Well, I’m almost an atheist. Give me a couple of months.”

“That little bit that holds on” may just be his conscience. We all have one and it tells us right from wrong independent of what we may think. That ally of God in the heart of a sinner always says that lying, murder, stealing and adultery is wrong.

“God knows I’m good
God knows I’m good
God knows I’m good
God may look the other way today.”
–From “God Knows I’m Good”

God will not look the other way because of our sin. Sin one time and you will be found guilty on Judgment Day and end up in Hell.

“And there is no hell
And there is no shame
And there is no hell”
—From “The Motel”

But there’s good news: If Bowie put his trust in Jesus Christ, who suffered and died on a cross, was buried, and on the third day rose again, and if he turned away from his sin, God would forgive him.

Later in life Aladdin Sane seemed to soften: “That’s the shock: All clichés are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is. And there really is a God—so do I buy that one?”

Will I see Major Tom in paradise?

Attributions: HollowVerse.com; ReligionNews.com. Images:Wikipedia

January 8, 2016
by Steve Sanchez
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The Great Divide

It’s 2016! Happy New Year!

But why? Do you know what happened 2,016 years ago?

year of LordOver the last several weeks I posed that question to various people in different locales, from Panda Express, to Costco, to Whole Foods Market. And only one person answered correctly.

What happened? Simply the most significant event ever….

It’s been 2,016 years since Jesus Christ was born, that babe in the manger. Every time you look at a coin, it’s a marker of time, a reminder that Jesus Christ came into this world to seek and to save people from their sin.

Someone once said: “He has turned aside the river of ages out of its course and lifted the centuries off its hinges.”

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We measure time as B.C., Before Christ, and A.D. Do you know what that means? Not “After Death.” No, A.D. stands for Anno Domini, “In the year of the Lord.” It has been changed now to “The Year of Our Lord.” The big question: Is he your Lord?

The wonderful irony of all this is that every book in the library, even those that hate God and Christianity, acknowledge that Jesus Christ was born by the dates contained within them. The former Soviet Union, an official atheistic government, has in its constitution that it was formed in 1917.

Interesting, huh?

At Whole Foods Market, one man argued that it wasn’t 2016 A.D. but 2016 C.E., which means “Common Era.” Yes, and there’s a time before that time abbreviated as “B.C.E.;” that is, “Before Common Era.”

The irreligious among us like that designation better because it eliminates all references to God, Jesus Christ and Christianity. Of course, in this Politically Correct era, we don’t want to offend those who do not see Jesus Christ as Lord, do we?

At some point in time, though, he will be their Lord and your Lord, whether they—or you—like it or not. The Bible says, “…that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

So whether a year’s designation is B.C./A.D. or B.C.E./C.E., the great divide is still the life and times of Jesus Christ.

With this being the year of our Lord, let’s make it real by living for him in this New Year.

*That’s this pastor’s point of view. Is it yours?

(Scripture reference: Philippians 2:10-11 NASB)

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