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March 19, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Amarillo Al the Armadillo

SPRING OFFICIALLY STARTS TOMORROW, BUT, IN TEXAS, it started on the evening of February 2 when Amarillo Al the armadillo walked out onto the highway.

On the East Coast they have Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who saw his shadow on February 2nd, then went back into his hole, forecasting 6 more weeks of winter weather.

Texas tradition says that if Amarillo Al makes it across the road, winter continues; if he gets hit by a car, winter ends.

That’s why there is never a winter in Texas.

 

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March 10, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Arresting Truth

A FRIEND OF MINE WAS ARRESTED IN ENGLAND AND FOUND GUILTY for a heinous crime. Was it robbery? Assault? Murder? Nope. None of those. Mike Stockwell got busted, along with his compatriot Michael Overd, for speaking the truth!

I met Mike Stockwell back in 2008 when I was leading a team for  The Ambassador’s Academy,  an evangelism ministry started by Ray Comfort that teaches normal Christians how to share their faith simply and biblically by handing out Gospel tracts, having personal conversations and by street preaching.

I didn’t know it then, but Stockwell would continue to preach the gospel in streets around the country and the world as a calling and vocation for the next nine years. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the good news”—and he obeyed!

Now he’s paying the price. Continue Reading

March 5, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Praying for the Poor Paralyzed Puppy

THE LITTLE DACHSHUND LOOKED SO FORLORN sitting in the shade all alone. It looked as if it were going to cry, if dogs could shed tears. Normally cute little Harley greets me with loud barking and bared teeth while snarling maniacally, the result of too many school children teasing him in his younger days.

Fortunately for me and all of Johnson City’s humanity, my mechanic keeps the miniature monster in a dog kennel so as not to kill any errant raccoons. Or mountain lions. I asked Mechanic Tim why his darling little vicious pet was so depressed. “Well, he was running across our lawn the other day and his back legs stepped into a hole. Now both are paralyzed.” Continue Reading

February 21, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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UNPRECEDENTED PRESIDENTIAL PETITIONS

One month ago the unthinkable happened….

We live in the Divided States of America right now and there’s only one thing that can bring us together: prayer.

Did you watch Inauguration of President Trump? Did you hear the many godly, biblical prayers delivered? The NY Times reported:

Some inaugurations have had just one, others have had two or three covering different religions, but this is a record.

Listen to the prayer of Reverend Franklin Graham, son of Billy, and president and chief executive of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

I was impressed with the God-centeredness of the Inauguration, while others were not so enthused. This is how the Advocate, a pro-LGBTQ journal, put it: Continue Reading

February 9, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Super Bowl Faith

SUPER BOWL 51 WAS THE MOST EXCITING FOOTBALL GAME I’ve ever seen. As an Atlanta Falcons fan, it was wonderful to know that my California friend was going to send me a gift card after the game was over—as he has done for many years—since he has a knack for always picking the losing team, which, of course, was going to be the New England Patriots. Yes, he has endured my razzing for about a decade.

But, as history now shows, he got the last laugh. It was a blow-out of epic proportions. Down 28 to 3, the Patriots came back, and back and back. I’d send a sarcastic text to my California friend, and he would respond with a simple “HOLD ON.” (I think he texted me that sentiment four times, one for each successive touchdown.) And, yes, I ended up sending him the gift card. Continue Reading