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I  recently received permission from a friend to post these two disturbing images. He said that they are now in the public domain via a recent YouTube video (about refugees). I debated with myself about displaying them here on this blog, but thought that timid Christians could reflect a little on the liberty we have in America, liberty denied our brothers and sisters who live in North Korea. These people do not have the opportunity to share their faith everyday.

What was the crime? Being a Christian.

A few friends of mine keep these photos in their bibles. They serve as reminders of the freedom we have in America to preach the Gospel. I, too, have taped them in my bible. I’m reminded that the time is short, so I’ll continue to share my faith everyday.

If you are still committed to sharing everyday, post your totals here. If you’ve lapsed, it’s never to late to start again. Thanks.

The Everyday Club is an opportunity for you to make an evangelistic commitment and report on it twelve times a year. (I post each report at the beginning of each month and send you an email reminder.) Wanna join? You can sign up by clicking here

An atheist who frequents this blog took issue with some of the techniques I teach at the Ambassadors’ Academy, the training arm of The Way of the Master. In this post, I explained how attendees learned to preach in elevators, at stop lights and on top of cement trash cans. Students would pass or fail depending on if someone shouted “Shaadaap!” or not. A “Shaadaap!” was a good thing earning a “Pass.”

This is what the atheist, named Perdita, wrote:

“I think you guys get off on being jerks. You’re not happy until someone gets annoyed and then you can cry persecution.”

“Elevator evangelizing – also jerky behavior. Steve, anytime you’re cornering people where they can’t leave (like, oh for example, an elevator) or where it would be difficult to leave (maybe, perhaps in the middle of lunch at a restaurant), then you’re behaving like a jerk.”

How would you answer her, evangelists? Does she make a good point?

Get my answer by clicking here.

THIS WEEKEND

On Saturday we will be heading out, for the very first time, to the 33rd Occasional Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena. This is a parody of the Tournament of Roses Parade, bohemian and counter-cultural in character, with lots of left-leaning, tree-hugger types who need the Gospel.

Meet at Hope Chapel at 8:00 AM, pray and then go out to share our faith. Parade begins at 11:00 AM. Returning by 5:30 PM. (more…)

What is your greatest fear when attempting to tell others that the only way to be saved from Hell is to repent and trust in Jesus Christ?

I recently received an email from The Voice of the Martyrs that included a very disturbing letter sent to a Christian family in the middle east. (See the full letter here.)

What would you do if you received a letter with these words? What if the letter also included a real bullet? Would you tell your children? Would you leave your home? Would you stay and face the consequences?

Here in the States we have tremendous freedom to preach the Gospel; sadly, many are too timid to take advantage of the liberties we enjoy. Most Christians experience a little intimidation—not real persecution—and are out of the game before they even suit up.

What will it take for you, my dear Christian brother or sister, to share your faith regularly? Are you afraid of rolling eyes, a finger gesture, or someone telling you to “Shaadaap!”?

What will it take?

A good first step would be to take my evangelism class, Sharing Your Faith Without Fear. I’m offering a six week class starting May 13, at 7PM, and a one-day crash course on May 22 from 9AM-4PM at Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach. I also have free teaching notes available when you leave a comment.

I made my team of eight men go through the evangelistic ringer at the 14th Ambassadors’ Academy training—and no one died! I tried my best to make them flinch, pout or weep uncontrollably, but, alas, it was all for naught.

From “standing on the box” in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater to preaching at stop lights and in elevators, these guys proved their mettle.

They were willing to try new things, too, like “BusStop”: When a bus pulls up to its stop, commuters get on, and the evangelist runs aboard handing out as many Gospel tracts as possible before the bus leaves with him on it (we always get permission from the bus driver).

But everyone’s favorite was the “Shaadaap! Game.” Would-be  heralds were scored on a Pass/Fail basis when they preached atop cement trash cans dotted along Main Street in Huntington Beach. If one of the men preached a one minute sermon and was not disrupted by an annoyed listener, they would fail. If someone yelled “Shaadaap!” while they lifted their voices like trumpets toward the outside eateries, they’d pass. A “Shaaaaadaaaaap!” was worth double.

My team graduated this boot camp with flying colors and are now released to create Gospel havoc in their own communities!

If you are attending the Academy in June or August, I’d love to have you on my team. Just email Tony Miano at the Academy and make your request. Look forward to meeting you.

Congratulations to (from top left clockwise): Ed Lopez, Glenn Parker, me, Chris Poindexter, Paul Beese, Brian Harris, Paul Adams, Chris Chumita, and Mark Graham.

Sudden Death: Parked Car!

April 26th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in SUDDEN DEATH! - (0 Comments)

LARKSPUR – A woman was killed when her car’s emergency brake, which was not set properly,  rolled down a steep driveway. The woman, who had been standing next to the car, was snagged by the vehicle and dragged down the incline. Read the rest here.

(Thanks to David Hawkins for this submission)

Here’s the final version of a video I previewed here several months back that demonstrates how to preach to upwards of 90,000 people at one time. Watch it and apply it to your next big event.  I hope you are encouraged as you listen to the comments of the passersby.

See the other ridiculous thing we did on the campus of USC several months ago by clicking here.

Saturday, April 24: “Righteous Richard” Chavarria will be leading this event while I am at the Ambassadors’ Academy. This is a new evangelistic event and should be fun for the entire family. Meet at Hope Chapel at SPECIAL TIME! 8:30 AM. Parade starts at 10:00 AM, returning by 2:30 PM.

Sunday, April 25: Celebrate Israel’s 62nd Independence Day at Woodley Park in Van Nuys – $5 entrance fee. Meet leader, Tom Nance-Ulrich  at Calvary Chapel South Bay across from the bookstore at 12:30pm to carpool. We will return approx 6pm.

Next week: The Pasadena counter-cultural
Doo Dah Parade!
What that?

If you are new to this blog and haven’t yet seen the 3 1/2 minute video from this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade, please watch it below. You’ll notice that the crowds didn’t exactly appreciate Richard and myself lovingly and graciously presenting the Gospel.

The Redondo Beach Pier is generally a safe place to share your faith. We will be going there this Saturday, January 30. If you’d like to carpool, meet at Hope Chapel at noon; we’ll return by 4PM.

I say the Redondo Beach Pier is “generally a safe place” because, on occasion, there have been interesting incidents.

Mike, a former member of our evangelism team, had one of those incidents happen to him a couple of years ago. Here’s an excerpt from his story:

It was a Friday night and I went out alone to evangelize on the Redondo Beach Pier. I met another small group of believers and we went out together to share our faith. I gave a Gospel tract to a guy who had just come out of a bar. “What is this?” he asked.

“It’s from my church.”

“It’s about God?”

“Yeah,” I replied.

“Let me tell you something about God,” he said putting his face into mine, nose to nose. “I am God!” He started talking about how rough his life was. The more he described his past, the angrier he got.

Then he hit me right in the chest! Read the rest of the story by clicking here!

Now see a pastor get punched after talking about peace and love! Whew! Preaching the Gospel isn’t pretty… or easy!

Next week: Venice Beach!

McRuffian!

April 20th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Guest E-vangies | PERSECUTED! - (44 Comments)

I got a panicked voice mail not too long ago from Val Scott, the only guy I know who had the guts to preach inside an IN N’ OUT Burger restaurant.This time something violent happened as he savored his Egg McMuffin….

After preaching at the DMV this morning I went to breakfast with my friend and I passed out Gospel tracts throughout McDonalds. This guy came up from behind me and he ripped the tract up and threw it in my face, pushed me, and cussed me out—I thought he was going to slam me! Everybody in the restaurant thought he was going to do something—they were all trippin’ out ’cause he shouted at the top of his lungs at me in the restaurant with cussing and stuff.

So, there was some cool persecution this morning, my brother; I’m still shaken by it. I thought I’d call and share it with you. It’s a blessing!

Sudden Death: Sunbathing

April 19th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in SUDDEN DEATH! - (0 Comments)

A young woman was sunbathing in her family’s backyard when some 2-by-10-foot boards toppled, killing her. Read the rest here.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) wrote: You cannot stop their dying, but, oh, that God might help you to stop their being damned! You cannot stop the breath from going out of their bodies, but, oh, if the Gospel could but stop their souls from going down to destruction.!”

(Article submitted by Payton Dooley)

I love the gay community. So much so, I want them to hear the Gospel. Here’s a compilation of many encounters I’ve had with these people.

I’m featuring a few past posts demonstrating how I, as a Christian man and evangelist, have dealt with our gay, lesbian, transgender, and bi-sexual friends.

  • The Not-So-Great Prop 8 Debate details my intervention in a no-holds-barred shout-fest on the campus of El Camino College between supporters and opponents of this California amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman only.
  • Inside the Mind of a “Radical Sign Guy” chronicles a conversation I had with a man named Reuben Israel who takes a very different approach to sharing his faith with the homosexual community. For the record, I believe he’s in error. Judge for yourself.
  • The Man Called Lena is an account about my daughters being awakened to the fact that there are many different gender identities on a college campus.

I hope you will be encouraged, as you read these posts, to be more loving in a straight-forward and gentle way by speaking the truth more boldly. And never be silent about the Savior!

The Spit and Argue Club

April 15th, 2010 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in News - (1 Comments)

Before Ray Comfort preached at the Huntington Beach pier in the open air, there was the Long Beach “Spit and Argue Club.”

The story goes that in the 1880s, a woman spotted some tobacco-chewing debaters on the veranda of the Long Beach Hotel and complained to a friend: “All they do is spit and argue.”

And so the Spit ‘n’ Argue Club became the name of the informal group of mostly retired characters who met daily in Long Beach to chew and whittle while tackling such issues as God, world peace and the proper methods of plowing a wheat field.

Profanity and alcoholic beverages were banned, as well as bathing suits. It seemed almost blasphemous to debate the existence of God while wearing swimwear. You gotta read the rest of the L.A. Times story by clicking here.

Friday, April 16: Combat the gay, lesbian, transgender,  and bi-sexual sponsored Day of Silence at various high schools in California by preaching the Truth outside your local school during the lunch break or after school.

Don’t engage in the “Is homosexuality wrong?” debate; just preach the Law and Gospel. If someone wants to know what the bible says about homosexuality, hand them a bible with the particular passages highlighted, then ask them to read it. For another strategy on this day click here.

Saturday, April 17: Evangelism Adventure @ Huntington Pier with Ray Comfort. Meet at Hope Chapel at noon, eat pizza, pray and then go out to share our faith. We leave promptly at 12:30 PM, returning by 5:30 PM.

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Read what happened when we were harassed by angry, crazy, wacko, rent-a-bike dudes at the first Ambassadors’ Academy on the Huntington Pier below.

Revenge of the Rickshaws

It was horrible. Awful. Stomach-churning. I wanted to turn my head to avoid the tragedy that was destined to happen. I didn’t. But what I witnessed, no man should ever see…

The persecution took place at Huntington Beach during the last day of training at the Ambassadors’ Academy, a new evangelism boot camp of Living Waters, while one member of the team I was leading, Neil Collins, got on the “soapbox” to preach.

Launching into a powerful sermon, the two or three gathered to hear him preach were almost moved to tears. Read the rest of this exciting story by clicking here!

What difference can one person make in preaching the Gospel?

This 90 second presentation shows the spread of the Gospel as compared to the spread of other religions (and their wars). This map gives a brief history of the world’s most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds?

From Maps of War

Every now and then people will ask me why I post these morbid Sudden Death! stories on Mondays.

One atheist, perdita, wrote:

I know you’re trying to make a point here, but I dislike these posts. It’s almost as if you’re getting off on these calamities. All these Sudden Death!! people had friends and loved ones that miss them and it seems rather callous to co-opt their pain for your point.

Another frequent atheist contributor, ExPatMat, completely misunderstands the whole concept as evidenced by this comment:

It’s all part of Steve’s coping mechanism, perdita.

You see, he’s terrified of dying (one of the reasons why he’s convinced himself that there’s a God, in fact) and these posts are his catharsis, as if to say; ‘phew, it wasn’t me!’

Of course, he’ll say he’s not scared of death, but that’s only because he’s suppressing his fear in false-righteousness.

Here’s my clarifying explanation:

It gives me no pleasure to report the various sudden deaths that occur throughout the year, but it is my hope that by reading these posts every Monday you will be encouraged to do something to save the lost. As a general rule, I post only the odd and strange deaths to demonstrate that  people can be taken out of this world in a variety of ways. Jonathan Edwards said as much in his famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”:

It is no security to wicked people for one moment, that they are in no apparent danger of dying soon. It is no security for the natural man, that he is now healthy, or that he does not foresee how he might suddenly be taken by some accident, though his present circumstances pose no visible danger.

The long and varied history of humanity disproves the assumption that we are not on the very brink of eternity itself, and that our very next step will not be into another world. The unseen and unexpected ways that people suddenly leave this world are too numerous to imagine.

The unconverted walk over the pit of Hell on a rotten bridge, and there are countless places on that bridge that are too weak to bear their weight. These places go unseen. The arrows of death fly unnoticed at high noon; the sharpest eyes cannot spot them.

God has so many unfathomable ways of taking people out of this world and sending them to Hell that He does not need miracles or unnatural causes to do so. His ordinary providence alone is able to destroy the wicked at any moment. All the means by which sinners leave this world are under His control. Those means are so subject to His power and choosing, that it depends no less on His will if God uses them than if He does not.

Your friend, your neighbor, your loved one—that stranger on the street—may not have tomorrow to listen to you present the Gospel. What will you do about it, not next year, but today?

If you have not heard my very humorous sermon based on the video “8 Reasons Why I Don’t Share My Faith,” then please click here to listen. (You can also see the original video these sermons are based on.)

In light of Carol’s persecution by some demonized crazies on Good Friday, I was reminded that some things never change. Read the account of John Wesley’s persecution as he preached the Gospel in Great Britain during the 18th century.

See the larger image here.

In their mission to bring the Christian message to every town and village in Great Britain, the 18th century Methodist preachers travelled extensively.

They would arrive at a place, attempt to preach in one of the churches or, failing that, in a market place or at a fair.

Their style was engaging and they spoke with authority and grace. Wesley described their work as ‘offering pardon to sinners’.

But they didn’t always receive a warm welcome. While many thousands gathered to hear the message, some reacted negatively. Sometimes fuelled by jealous clergy, or fearful ‘Gentlemen’, and sometimes by a basic reaction of anger, the preachers faced violence fairly regularly. This was a different type of spiritual warfare.

John Wesley, making an entry in his journal for 20th June 1743, wrote,

‘Before five the mob surrounded the house again, in greater numbers than ever. The cry of one and all was, “Bring out the Minister! We will have the Minister!” Read the rest of the account here.

In sprawling  L.A. and Orange Counties there are an estimated 13 million people. And within these millions, there are over 100 different people groups. All need to be exposed to the Gospel so that they might turn from their sins and trust in the Savior Jesus. Below, there are three different multicultural events we will be attending so that we “may save some.”

Saturday, April 10: Cambodian New Year in El Dorado Park, Long Beach. Meet at Hope Chapel at Noon to carpool.

Sunday, April 11: Japanese Cherry Blossom Fest in Downtown LA. Meet to carpool at Knox & Vermont (Calvary Chapel South Bay) @ 10:30 AM. Call Tom Nance Uhlrich of Calvary Chapel South Bay for more info @ 310.619.1588

Tuesday, April 13: Santa Anita Racetrack. Meet at the infield at 12:00 PM. Please call Chaplain Eddie for more info @ 626.221.7341.

To see the rest of our April adventures, click here.

A little context is needed for this one…

Way back in November, a couple of weeks after the extremely successful “Origin of Species” book giveaway at hundreds of universities around the country, (this being the infamous book by Darwin with the even more infamous introduction by Ray Comfort, which contains the Gospel), I posted an interview called “Ray Comfort Thanks the Atheists” that got picked up by a semi-famous, YouTube-posting atheist named Thunderf00t.

Thunderf00t edited his own video that received over 323,000 viewings called “Why do people laugh at creationists (part 31)” that featured my interview. I was excited about this because it brought numerous atheists/evolutionists to StoneThePreacher where they might read the Gospel and believe.

Well… guess who commented a few months after I posted this article? None other than Thunderf00t himself. I was honored to have a semi-famous, YouTube posting atheist write a wise, thought-provoking comment. Here it is:

Tfoot says:
January 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

this blog, 32 comments

WDPLAC pt 31 [Why do people laugh at creationists (part 31)], 6500 comments.

and for this you gush thanks for helping ’spread the gospel’. Yeah sure this is an advert for the bible like the hindenberg is an advert for hydrogen powered zeppelins….. 300,000 of them…..

However as you seem intent ‘thanking’ me for the publicity, Im only too happy to give you what you lust for. – Everyones a winner! :)

My response: Yep, Thunderf00t, that success and $2.05 will get you a Vente at Starbucks. Keep up the good work!

Carol Nicholson is a member of our evangelism team who is very bold in her witness. She sent me this report about a very scary encounter she had on Good Friday.

Yesterday was the worst persecution I have suffered for the Gospel since my salvation. Olga, another sister, and I went to the Redondo Beach Pier holding up a 6 foot cross with the words  “Are you ready?” written on it. What better time than Good Friday to pick up our cross and go explain the meaning of it?

As I was preaching and getting ready to read about the empty tomb and resurrection, a man came from behind me, grabbed the microphone from my hand, then yelled to the crowd blasphemous words, insults, mockery—all while denying God, even calling me a devil. Then he wrestled with me, trying to yank the bible from my hands. Since he could not, he started calling the police and 911, saying that he lived in the condos up the hill behind us, and we were disturbing his peace. He appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

I had a chance to read about the resurrection, but by then he was joined by an angry woman— twice as furious—and between the two of them, they went back and forth between Olga and I, cursing us and claiming that they were devils. (more…)