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Told it on the Mountain

December 31st, 2009 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Bits 'n Preaches - (0 Comments)

At the last minute, I decided to take a break and head up to the mountains to play in the snow with my kids, where I was able to hand out hundreds of Gospel tracts to families careening down hills in inner-tubes. And their were plenty of backsliders!

As a result, the year-end retrospective will be put on hold until next week. I’m so very sorry for the disappointment. HAH!

What is the “bait”? 

This Friday morning join us for the biggest evangelistic event of the year as over a million people watch this venerable parade.

Meet at the MetroRail station in Redondo Beach (2406 Marine Av., 5301 Marine Av.) at 5AM; we will leave promptly at 5:15 AM. The Day Pass   is only $5.00. Bring a backpack, water,snacks…an empty bladder (there are no restrooms on the rail), and layered clothing for the morning. We will eat lunch in Pasadena, returning between 3-4PM (but you are free to leave at any time). Fun for the entire family! If you live outside of the South Bay and want to meet us, call my secretary Barbara, at 310-374-4673 x140, and she’ll give you my cell phone number.

Click here to read about why I preached to the Porta-Potty lines at the 2008 parade.

***On Saturday January 3, we will be heading out to the 3rd St. Promenade to share our faith. Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool.***

The Video Top 5 of 2009

December 29th, 2009 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in ABOUT ME & MY BLOG - (5 Comments)

Out of the 30+ videos I made and posted at my blog this year, not one came even close to viral status. Nevertheless, here are the top 5 viewed (mostly by my family and me). These totals include tallies from both of my YouTube accounts here and here.

#5: Everyone loves a train wreck or someone getting hit. I was the recipient of this slap in the face at the 2009 NBA Finals while preaching at a stoplight. With a whopping 478  viewings, here are the NBA Hecklers.

#4: The infamous Michael Jackson interview at STAPLES Center continued to draw a few die-hard fans with 648 viewings.

#3: My little tutorial on how to preach at stop lights (while standing on a little pole drew the curiosity of 850 people.

#2: 1,041 people, probably angry evolutionists, gritted their teeth while watching my interview with that Prof at USC during our “Origin of Species” giveaway.

But the #1 video of the year should not come as any surprise to those who follow this blog. It is, with 1,610 views, my interview with… (more…)

The Top 6 Stories of 2009

December 28th, 2009 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in ABOUT ME & MY BLOG - (2 Comments)

It’s almost a new year so it’s time to look back at the top stories featured at this site. Tomorrow I’ll feature the most viewed videos and after that, a recap of the strange things we did to attempt to reach the perishing.

This year I saw my weekly average of unique visits jump from 600-700 to over a thousand. Here are the top 6 stories that hit the thousand mark. 

#6: With 1,011 visits, my Michael Jackson Interview at his memorial service proved to be quite the curiosity factor. (This was the first time the thousand barrier was broken.)

#5: 1,056 people checked in to read the seven part story of our first experience evangelizing a West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade.

#4: 1,061 read about the story behind the“Origin of Species” Giveaway at USC featuring an interview with a prideful professor of evolutionary biology.

#3: When I posted the video of the  “Origin of Species” give away, 1,199 people tuned in to see it.

#2: The Michael Jackson Memorial Service was a big draw with  1,216 reading about how we were able to preach to the cordoned off crowds at The STAPLES Center in downtown L.A.

But by far, the #1 story, and the largest crowd attracted to this site, was brought about by a video that I didn’t even approve….

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Sudden Death: Nativity!

December 28th, 2009 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in SUDDEN DEATH! - (0 Comments)

ASHTABULA — Charges could be filed next week against a driver who may have caused a chain-reaction accident that killed a spectator and injured others viewing a live nativity scene outside an Ashtabula church early Wednesday night.

A man succumbed to injuries he suffered when he was struck by a pickup truck that apparently was knocked into a group of people watching the nativity outside Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1342 W. Prospect Road, police said. —From The Star Beacon, 12/24/09, “Nativity Victim Dies” 

‘Twas Christmas morn.

A time to reflect on the Savior’s birth. The shepherds. A manger. The joy set before him. Bright star. Noel.

Not me.

I reflected on other verses—strange verses—given the occasion. During my morning  meditation I read this out of Revelation 14:9-11:

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”

I couldn’t shake it.

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Next time I go to Walmart I will do this, then write about it. How about you? Will you take up this challenge, too?

More Seasonal Links for Your Enjoyment

Click here for a strange Christmas greeting from a strange little man.

Click here for a Christmas quiz no one can pass. (Can you tell truth from tradition in the Biblical Christmas account? Bet not.)

The funniest Christmas commercial ever (especially if you are a husband).

A reworking of the traditional song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by the song’s original author, after he became a Christian.

And one of my kids’ favorites: The Christmas Linebacker!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

What? That’s right. The day after Christmas we will still be reminding people about what the season is really about since Kwanzaa is a fairly recent made up holiday, created by a Professor of Africana studies at Cal State Long Beach. This is from the founder, Maulana Karenga:

During the early years of Kwanzaa, Karenga said that it was meant to be an alternative to Christmas, that Jesus was psychotic, and that Christianity was a white religion that Black people should shun.[7][8] However, as Kwanzaa gained mainstream adherents, Karenga altered his position so that practicing Christians would not be alienated, then stating in the 1997 Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture, “Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religion or religious holiday.”[9]

Tom Nance-Ulrich will be leading a team to this festival. Meet in front of Calvary Chapel South Bay’s Bookstore at 1PM, Saturday. Returning by 5PM.

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SAVE THE DATE: THE 4th ANNUAL TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE IS ON JANUARY 1st!!! WE’LL BE GOING BY  METRO RAIL AT 5AM!

Here’s a useful article for the Christmas season by Dennis Prager, a syndicated columnist, talk show radio host and observant Jew.

Every year, during Christmas week on my radio show, I devote an hour to defending Santa Claus. It may seem odd that I have to, but many parents in homes that celebrate Christmas have misgivings about allowing their children to believe in Santa. Their arguments against Santa go as follows:

1. Christian children should be taught to focus solely on the religious meaning of Christmas, and Santa Claus detracts from that.

2. It is hypocritical, if not dishonest, of parents to allow children to believe in something the parents know to be untrue.

3. Once children realize Santa doesn’t exist, they will question everything else they were told to believe in, including God. If Santa turns out to be make-believe, maybe God is, too. (Read the rest by clicking here.)

In the latest issue of WORLD magazine, in a profile of Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, a sidebar article talks about the success of the “Origin of Species” book giveaway conducted on 100 University campuses in which 170,000 copies of Darwin’s tome (with a special 50 page introduction by Ray Comfort which also includes the Gospel) was distributed by 1,200 volunteers.

The article stated that “Living Waters will continue to print and distribute its edition across college campuses, (more…)

Okay. Even I think this Christmas display of Jesus gunning down Santa with a shotgun is a bit much. Am I overreacting here?

These are the easiest tracts to hand out. All you have to say is, you guessed it, “Happy New Year!” Download them by clicking here.

FRONT OF TRACT

Want to see the back side of the tract? (more…)

This is one of the strangest dudes I have ever interviewed. This video is also a tutorial on how to share your faith with very strange dudes!


Camera: Val Scott Editing: Barrett Sanders, Peter Johnson

If you haven’t heard by now, the 3 day evangelism training offered by Way of the Master has been slashed in half to just $300.00—and that includes 4 nights in a classy hotel!

I will be leading teams in April, June and August, so maybe I’ll have a chance to meet you when you go!

For more info and registration, click here.

Read about what happened at the very first Academy by clicking here.

This Saturday we will be headed for Venice Beach. We start the day off by preaching to an outdoor beer garden where I once got splashed in the face by an appreciative patron. (See the video below.) Then we stroll down the walkway and witness and preach at will. Our new favorite place to preach is in front of the Cush house, a “medical” marijuana dispensary. Want to come? Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool, or meet us at the Rose Ave. parking lot about 1:15.

SAVE THE DATE: THE 4th ANNUAL TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE IS ON JANUARY 1st!!! Read about what happened last year by clicking here.

Does God Exist?

December 15th, 2009 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Video/Audio - (22 Comments)

This is a TV commercial from the New Moment, New Ideas Company for the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Ministry of Education and Science. This is part of a social campaign (series of commercials) aimed at promoting education.

Headline of commercial: “Religion is knowledge, too. Bringing religion back to school.” Headline of campaign: “Knowledge is power.”

Whether Einstein as a student really answered in this way is probably urban legend. Regardless, the point is made. Read this article from Stand to Reason called “What Science Can’t Prove.”

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

[Jesus said]: “And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27)

[Jesus] called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

 ”Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
(Mat 18: 2-5)

Sudden Death: Barn Fire!

December 14th, 2009 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in SUDDEN DEATH! - (0 Comments)

A fire ripped through a horse barn at a county fairground in southwest Ohio, killing two men and 43 horses, authorities said. The barn roof had collapsed by the time firefighters arrived at the Warren County Fairgrounds, about 25 miles northeast of Cincinatti. —L.A. Times, 12/06/09

In part 1 I explained we had a plan to reach tens of thousands of people with the message of the Gospel at the last game of USC’s football season using just a handful of evangelists. The challenge was to get the fans to hear the the whole message of salvation as they walked briskly down a narrow corridor before entering the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where the game was to be played.

Watch our strategy below. (You’ll have to wait until next week to see what actually happened.)


(Camera and editing: Peter Johnson)

Last week’s evangelistic excursion to the Hollywood Christmas Parade was a wonderful opportunity to reach possibly millions of people world-wide with the Gospel. How so? By getting Gospel tracts into the hands of celebrities.

B-list celebrities.

Think about it. What if a star realizes, after reading a Gospel tract, that they will be condemned on the Day of Judgment because of their sin? They understand that they’ve lied, stolen or blasphemed God; they now know that God sees lust as adultery, hatred as murder. They then repent and put their trust in the Savior who suffered and died on a cross for them, was buried for three days and rose again. Then they use their God-given celebrity to preach to the world—until they get fired and are relegated to the B-list. (Read more about this crazy scheme from last year’s parade here.)

Am I nuts? Yep. That’s why I tried my best to get my Giant Hundred Dollar Bill Gospel tracts into the hands of as many celebrities and notables as I could. For instance: Montel Williams got one!

And the cast of General Hospital!

But the really big fish were yet to come. Popular names from TV seasons past as well as the present. They were… (more…)