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We are setting up a table tonight during our four services at Hope Chapel that will display the “180″ movie (click here to see it). We purchased a 1,000 copies and will be offering it for sale for one buck. Our hope is that many congregants will buy a quantity and give them to their pro-choice friends.

We will show a two minute promo before the service to whet the appetite of those who have not yet heard about this award winning film.

We have also set up a little “Honor System” box for those who buy the DVD. This film is the most important resource that Ray Comfort’s ministry has ever created. Not only does it have the potential to save souls, but also may save millions of babies’ lives when their mothers do a “180″ in their thinking about abortion. (more…)

See “Courageous” this weekend!

September 30th, 2011 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Salt - (0 Comments)

Click here for the 5 reasons why you should see the film this weekend. Take the “Courageous” Challenge by clicking here.

There are lots of ways that you can be an Internet Missionary and get the word out about the powerful new 180 movie which has the potential to save millions of pre-born lives. (The film is posted at the end of this article.) Help the film go viral in many different ways, one of which the man below is doing. (And a big thanks to the atheist who sent me this photo which inspired me to write this article.)

What’s he doing? Well, after hearing from my friend John on Facebook it turns out that he’s NOT clicking on the link to the film many times which increases the viewership ratings, which puts the video at the top of search engines and will hopefully be featured on YouTube’s home page. It’s actually wallpaper which reminds us to get the word out about this film to as many people as possible. (As of this posting there are more than 4000,000 visits to the video since it debuted last Sunday.)

You can also do these other things if you are against abortion and love babies, both born and pre-born: (more…)

I’ve been speaking to our college group the last three Tuesdays about evangelism. Most won’t hand out even a tract because they are afraid. Satan has done a great job in shutting the mouths of Christians when it comes to talking about their faith. But what is there to fear in a country that has religious freedom? Read about this Pastor in Iran who may face execution today if he doesn’t renounce his faith and consider yourself blessed to live in America.

An Iranian pastor who has refused to renounce his Christian faith faces execution as early as Wednesday after his sentence was upheld by an Iranian court.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who maintains he has never been a Muslim as an adult, has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ, the 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court ruled. Iran’s Supreme Court had ordered the trial court to determine whether Nadarkhani had been a Muslim prior to converting to Christianity.

The judges, according to the American Center for Law & Justice, demanded that Nadarkhani, 34, recant his Christian faith before submission of evidence. Though the judgment runs against current Iranian and international laws and is not codified in Iranian penal code, the judge stated that the court must uphold the decision of the 27th Branch of the Supreme Court in Qom. Read the rest here.

This is the last street fair of the year, and believe it or not, we usually encounter a little trouble when passing out tracts here. Even though it is protected speech, the police and organizers aren’t aware of that fact. Just to make sure that they are aware, we contacted our lawyer and had him send a friendly “reminder” letter apprising them of our First Amendment Rights. This worked wonderfully when it was sent to the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Police Dept. before we went to that city’s street fair to evangelize. Will it work this time, too? Find out by joining us at Hope Chapel at noon where we will gather together to carpool.

Read a sample portion of the firm but gentle letter from our lawyer: (more…)

EDIT: THIS VIDEO HAS NOW REACHED
WAY OVER 200,000 VIEWINGS
IN A FEW DAYS ON YOUTUBE!!!

I’m not kidding when I say this: I watched and fought back the tears.

This is a video that will change multitudes of hearts, and more importantly, save millions of babies’ lives. You will be shocked as you watch how much our society has forgotten. Please invest 33 minutes of your time. It truly is a matter of life and death.

“I give my unflinching, joyful, trembling Yes to ’180′. Unflinching, because it’s right. Joyful, because it’s good. Trembling, because this our defeated enemy is still vicious.” —John Piper

“Riveting!” —Joni Eareckson Tada

Mind-blowing and unforgettable!” —Randy Alcorn

Since 1973 there have been over 53,000,000 murders of babies since the disastrous decision of Roe Vs. Wade made it legal for mothers to kill their kids.

Mao killed 60 million. Stalin: 20 million. Hitler: Over 6 million.

There were 1,212,400 abortions performed in the U.S. in 2008. – Guttmacher, “Abortion… in the U.S.,2008″

332,278 abortions were performed at clinics associated with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) in 2009. – PPFA Factsheet, January 2011

About 17% of abortions done each year in the U.S. are done on teens.
—Guttmacher.org, 1/08

Click here for more facts.

Indelible Truth

September 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Abnormal Evangelism Ideas - (19 Comments)

I can pretty much guarantee that you’ve never seen “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” displayed like this.

Anna “Banana” Jackson is pretty much out there with her passion for evangelism and love for the lost. But why would she do such a thing as this? Click here to find out. (Anna also answers those who would question whether getting a tattoo is a sin.)

Know the tattoo and the tattoo will set you free.

Did you know there is a raised pulpit at the beginning of the 3rd Street Promenade right in front of the entrance to the Santa Monica Place mall? Yes there is! And Dennis Liebregt, husband of Ambassadors’ Alliance Lady Mentor Rachael, used it to preach a powerful minute sermon. To get over his fear and lack of confidence he’s been pushing himself to do more open air preaching. So give a big hand to our latest stop light preacher. Take it away Dennis…. (Please forgive the shaky camera work as I’m getting used to filming with our new Flip Video camera.)

We will once again join Tony Miano and the Third Street Heralds for a rousing good time preaching the Word in the open air, through one-to-one conversations and by handing out tracts. Meet at Hope Chapel at 10am to carpool, or meet at the Promenade at Johnny Rockets at 11am.

I’ve pretty much given up trying to reason with atheists.

No matter what evidences I give that there is a God they will always reject it. Always. For the most part I have never met such a recalcitrant, incorrigible group.

I mean it’s ridiculous. They are everywhere and they pretty much say the same thing, like they’ve read a special book or something on how to deny the truth of a Creator using the same old standard ten or so questions.

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.

So what’s a Christian to do? We can’t ignore them. We still have to give the truth of God’s standards and the Good News to them because they are perishing. We are to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us and pray for those who mistreat us according to Jesus (Luke 6). But how can you deliver God’s Word in a way that they will understand, even though they may outright reject it every time?

Build a better mousetrap.

Try a gentle Q & A. Give them the first minute or so to state their case on why they are an atheist, then graciously ask a few questions. I tried this out on an atheist at a recent street fair. Watch what happens:

There is no need to get yourself embroiled in a debate when they use misinformation and lousy facts (e.g. Frank said, “…most of the stuff in the bible is stolen from other religions.” “Jesus was a guy…who was looking for political support…” etc.). If you argue against these statements, you’ve lost. You are on their turf now and you will lose. (Read why you can’t argue with atheists here.) Not only that, you will have lost the primary goal in this encounter: Get the Word out.

Remember, you are not trusting in your wise and persuasive arguments, you are trusting in the fact that God’s Word will do it’s work. (See my previous article on the efficacy of God’s Word here.) Ask a few questions. Listen attentively to the atheist’s response then ask another evangelistic question.

This even “works” on college students:

Conclusion: Be gentle. Don’t argue. Ask poignant questions. Listen. They will have no idea what you are doing—and they don’t have to.

God knows.

Sometimes, people send me Sudden Death stories that are too gross, or too sad to post. This is one of them.

You may be asking, “Well, why post them at all then?”

I want to show what can happen to some people when they do not submit their will to the Living God. (Another reason can be found by clicking here.)

Click here to read what was too awful to post.
(And blame David H. for this submission.)

John Wesley’s Journals

September 16th, 2011 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Weekend Reads - (0 Comments)

Here is a resource for anyone who admires the ministry of John Wesley, that great 18th century preacher of the Great Awakening. I have yet to read this entire work, but thought that you might benefit from this man’s reports from the field.

Click here to read this great work.

Here’s an excerpt:

A SERMON AND A RIOT (more…)

Bummed at the Booth

September 15th, 2011 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in BIG Events - (2 Comments)

I received this comment from Bro310 after our recent excursion to the Fiesta Hermosa where we set up our evangelism booth in the fair.

I saw your booth and I was a little disappointed by the lack of the following:

1. No Teddy Trillions.
2. No autographed 8×10 photos of “The Sanchez”
3. No life-sized poster of “The Sanchez” and “Righteous Richard”
4. No “Repent and Believe The Gospel” refrigerator magnet
5. No personal mirror that had the words “You are not a Good Person” printed on it. (more…)

We’re going again this Saturday to preach to the thousands of fans congregating at the Coliseum. We still have over 10,000 specially-made USC tracts to give away, too. Won’t you join us? Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool, or meet in front of the USC campus on Figueroa Blvd. at about 1:15pm. (See below for our other events this week.)

Last year the police took away an angry heckler when he tried to stop our preaching:

Here’s what else we are doing this week… (more…)

Martyrs: Pastor Murdered

September 14th, 2011 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Martyrs - (1 Comments)

I post these weekly articles to remind Christians of the great opportunities we have to preach the Gospel in America.

On Saturday evening, Aug. 27, a Muslim extremist entered the home of a Christian pastor on Jolo Island and shot him four times in the stomach, according to Voice Of the Martyrs contacts. (more…)

Janie B. Cheaney penned this thoughtful article originally entitled “Permanently Offensive.”

Atheists opposed to 9/11 cross may understand it better than some of its defenders

Two days after 9/11, workers going about the awful task of clearing away rubble and identifying bodies uncovered a 20-foot cross of steel beams, made by the fusing of structural remnants in the heat of the building’s collapse. Pictures of it sprang up all over the internet. Workers made a practice of pausing there to pray and leave messages: God has not forgotten us, read one of them. Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan priest, blessed the cross as a symbol of hope, faith, and healing. Like the Ark of the Covenant, the symbol moved several times over the years but is now slated for a permanent home at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

That’s where the trouble starts, according to American Atheists, Inc. In a 19-page legal brief filed the last week of July, four individuals and the group at large claim that they have “seen the cross, either in person or on television, and are being subjected to, and injured in consequence of having, a religious tradition that is not their own imposed upon them through the power of the state.” Defendants include Gov. Chris Christie, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Father Jordan, and various entities involved with the museum. All these may have been surprised to learn that they were responsible for the plaintiffs’ “dyspepsia, symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish” owing to the trauma of feeling excluded from the ranks of the affected. The plaintiffs also claim that they were rebuffed in their offer to provide, at their own expense, a memorial honoring atheists who lost their lives on 9/11.

It’s interesting to speculate on the content of such a memorial: “They died unbelieving to the last”? Click here to read the rest from WORLD Magazine.

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Sudden Death: McFumes

September 11th, 2011 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in SUDDEN DEATH! - (0 Comments)

An elderly woman died and eight other people were hospitalized after breathing in toxic fumes at a McDonald’s restaurant in Georgia, the Savannah Morning News reported Thursday.

Investigators said a toxic mix of chemicals used to clean bathrooms was to blame for sickening customers Wednesday at the McDonald’s in Pooler, Ga., 10 miles west of Savannah.  Read the rest by clicking here.

(Blame David H. for this story.)

The crowds that hovered around the Hope Chapel evangelism booth at our local street fair called the Fiesta Hermosa, which attracts 150,000 visitors over the Labor Day weekend, were happy and enthusiastic as they took our Intelligence Tests. (Print your own here, see the video of an atheist taking the test here.) After failing the test (nobody passes), they received a coupon for a free Chick Fillet sandwich and Coke, a stuffed animal, a trillion dollar bill and our church bulletin. The other booths around us were astonished at how many people gathered around our humble little Christian booth (the only Christian representation in the fair).

The Tough Crowd revealed itself only when I decided to start preaching in the open air to those waiting to be taken back to their cars in the shuttle bus line. See for yourself, then read my explanation below.

It does not surprise me when people are hostile to my open air message. From a purely pragmatic, earthly perspective, it can be grating to hear a guy shouting a message that most people do not want to hear. I totally understand that. Still… (more…)

It’s that time again to reach upwards of 100,000 people at the Los Angeles Coliseum where the Trojans will be playing for six games; we should be there for about four of them. Sadly, we are usually the only Christians sharing our faith—and we have 20,000 specially made USC Gospel tracts to hand out! Please, evangelists, join us in this fruitful labor. Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool.

It’s also time again to re-post this video:

Click here to read about our first big encounter  at this event from 2007!