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On January 1, 2013, sometime in the afternoon, I will post a video from the Rose Parade asking you to join The Everyday Club, an evangelistic Club that allows participants to to be held accountable for an everyday witnessing challenge.

The minimum goal is to hand out one Gospel tract a day, but you can make your own goal. Then, on the first day of the month, I send out an email asking you to leave a comment on how you did with your monthly commitment. Also, you can sign up to receive in the mail a thirty day supply of tracts from the Bezeugen Tract Club.

Please pray about joining, then sign up by clicking here!  Are you willing?

Read how D. L. Moody had his own personal everyday goal by clicking here.

The “ARE YOU READY?” cross elicits many reactions, not all of them encouraging, but the two questions that always seem to come up is: “Are you ready for what?” or “What does that mean?”

At this time of year you may want to answer, “Are you ready for the New Year ?” And if you did answer in that way, you’d miss the point  of the “ARE YOU READY?” cross. Yes, those would be wimpy answers indeed.

No, the cross is meant to provoke this answer from the one who holds it: “Are you ready… to die?” Then there should be a follow-up question: “If you died today, would you go to Heaven or Hell?” You’d then, of course, take them through God’s standard of moral goodness, the 10 Commandments, and then tell them about the Savior.

But if all that is too much for you while standing on the street with a heavy cross, then my friend Paul Latour, of The Word Street Journal blog, has a solution: The “ARE YOU READY? Gospel tract. Here’s what it looks like:

It also comes in black and white with a serious Gospel message on the back. Want to download your own for free and print up a few hundred? Click here for all the info you’ll need.

Our Rose Parade Sound System

December 29th, 2012 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in BIG Events - (4 Comments)

It’s called “The Annihilator.” I just dare those atheists to heckle one of our evangelists on New Year’s Day at the Tournament of Roses Parade.

For details on how to carpool with us click here; to find out more about this sound system, click here.

ONLY 4 DAYS TO GO! Please consider joining us at The Tournament of Roses Parade on Tuesday. Click here for carpool and meet-up details.

Here’s another countdown video from the 2011 past parade: Here’s my then 11-year-old daughter D.D. preaching to the people standing in line to see the floats after the parade.

This Tuesday we will be heading to The Tournament of Roses Parade, the grandaddy of all evangelism extravaganzas at 5AM from Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach. (But on Saturday we will be heading to LAX again. Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool.)

I love to show this video every year of what can happen when you preach to the grandstands before the parade, which is what we do every year:


 

Tomorrow, I will show you what we did after the parade with tracts. Remember, 5AM on January 1 at Hope Chapel. Or, you can meet us directly under the Metro Rail line on Allen St. at about 6:30AM. We will be heading to the parade down that street after parking in the neighborhood. For more info and a direct line to call me, leave a comment and I will get back to you.

What if Christ Had Not Come?

December 25th, 2012 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Special Days - (5 Comments)

“His name shall be called Emmanuel . . . God with us. (Matt. 1:23) . “The Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6).

A few years ago a striking Christmas card was published, with the title, “If Christ had not come.” It was founded upon our Savior’s words, “If I had not come.” The card represented a clergyman falling into a short sleep in his study on Christmas morning and dreaming of a world into which Jesus had never come.

In his dream he found himself looking through his home, but there were no little stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort, gladden and save. He walked out on the public street, but there was no church with its spire pointing to Heaven. He came back and sat down in his library, but every book about the Saviour had disappeared. (more…)

Christmas Currency Exchange

December 24th, 2012 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in E-vangie VIDEO! - (2 Comments)

Only one day left to hit the Christmas crush at your local airport. Yes, it’s legal to hand out tracts and witness at these venues. And during the holiday season, it’s especially easy! This currency exchanger at LAX was very friendly but entirely self-deceived before God about her condition.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good flight!

For almost 50 years the world has enjoyed “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” But did you know that it was almost stifled by network execs (atheists?) at its inception? Read this very interesting story by Lee Habeeb of the National Review.

The famous show was an instant classic when it was created by Charles Schulz on a shoestring budget back in 1965…. What people don’t know is that the Christmas special almost didn’t happen, because some not-so-smart television executives almost didn’t let it air. You see, Charles Schulz had some ideas that challenged the way of thinking of those executives 46 years ago, and one of them had to do with the inclusion in his Christmas cartoon of a reading from the King James Bible’s version of the Gospel of Luke. Read the rest by clicking here.

John Newton Died on This Day

December 21st, 2012 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Great Quotes | HIStory - (1 Comments)

The former slave trader and writer of the hymn “Amazing Grace” died on this day in 1807. According to The One Year Book of Christian History, Newton’s “final year was analogous to the setting of the sun. He had gradually lost his hearing and sight and he could no longer recognize some of his closest friends. He declined to the point where he could not walk unaided. Still, in his final month, John Newton the Wretch was able to say:

“My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things:
that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior.”

This Saturday we are going to attempt to reach all those coming in for the holidays on the fly at Los Angeles International Airport. Ever tried an airport? Is it legal?

Here is what the American Center for Law and Justice writes:

You are not merely limited to streets, parks, and sidewalks for tract distribution; courts have found many other places to be appropriate.  Subject to local laws and ordinances, airport terminals, bus and train stations, and walkways surrounding government-owned coliseums, stadiums, and memorials may be appropriate locations for leafleting. See, e.g., Bd. of Airport Comm’rs v. Jews for Jesus, 482 U.S. 569 (1987) (resolution banning all first amendment expression in the public forum of an airport was unquestionably overbroad); Grace, 461 U.S. at 180 (holding that the sidewalks surrounding the Supreme Court constitute a public forum); Jews for Jesus v. Mass. Bay Transp. Auth., 984 F.2d 1319 (1st Cir. 1993) (overturning a complete ban on noncommercial expressive activity in a train station).

MEET AT HOPE CHAPEL  ON
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22,
AT NOON TO CARPOOL.

The overt religiosity [the cadet] experienced at West Point, the lack of accounting for non-theists in resiliency programs, and many instances of overt discrimination directly toward [the cadet] and toward atheists in general, all proved too much in the end. — From Military Atheists.org

Cadet Lt. Blake Page is an atheist. He is a cadet at West Point nearing the completion of his four-year program. In fact, he’s only five months away from graduating. He is upset about the religious nature of some aspects of West Point. He describes it as a blatant violation of the Constitution:

“These men and women are criminals, complicit in light of daily defiance of the Uniform Code of Military Justice through unconstitutional proselytism, discrimination against the non-religious and establishing formal policies to reward, encourage and even at times require sectarian religious participation.”

Even if everything Mr. Page says is true, it’s obvious that he’s a wimp. Read the rest from The American Vision blog here.

Logo from kickstarter.com/Godless Patriots

Here are some great evangelistic quotes compiled by my friend (and fellow laborer in the Harvest Fields), Steve L., who contributes to our Hope Chapel blog, “Living by Faith.”

“I believe that entertainment and amusements are the work of the Enemy to keep dying men from knowing they’re dying; and to keep enemies of God from remembering that they’re enemies.” —A.W. Tozer

“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism, but deception.” —John Piper

“The more faithful preachers are to the Word of God in their preaching, the more liable they are to the charge of hypocrisy. Why? Because the more faithful people are to the Word of God the higher the message is that they will preach. The higher the message, the further they will be from obeying themselves.” —R.C. Sproul

“We best defend the Lord’s glory by speaking first TO Him about unbelieving men rather than speaking first ABOUT Him to unbelieving men.” —Sinclair B. Ferguson

“Let eloquence be flung to the dogs rather than souls be lost. What we want is to win souls. They are not won by flowery speeches.” —Charles H. Spurgeon

And here’s everyone’s favorite quote (except for those who do not witness): (more…)

Sudden Death: Helium

December 17th, 2012 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in SUDDEN DEATH! - (1 Comments)

Investigators have ruled the death of a missing Delaware County woman found Saturday in Ridley Creek State Park a suicide by helium inhalation. Read the rest here.

“No, thank you. I don’t want to waste the paper.”

—The response from a student at El Camino College when I offered her a “Happy Holidays!” gospel tract. I replied, “But the tree is already dead. You will give it purpose if you take the tract and read it!” (You can see the student at the end of this video.)

Download your own Happy Holidays tracts in English and Spanish below the video, but watch the video first to see how easy it is to hand them out!

Just in time for the Season: The New and Improved Happy Holidays Tract! It’s seemingly innocuous and politically correct—until you read what’s on the inside.

We just printed over 10,000 of them at my church, Hope Chapel. We put them in the foyer in packs of ten for the whole congregation to pass out. (Click here for an older version of this tract.)

***WE ALSO HAVE A “FELIZ NAVIDAD!” TRACT FOR OUR SPANISH SPEAKING FRIENDS. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TRACTS!***

Download them for free then take them to a print shop and print them on green paper with red ink. There is blank space on the inside for you to stamp your own church name. Download it by clicking here. To see what else the tract says… (more…)

Believe it or not, the atheists and I have something in common: I now believe that wishing someone “Happy Holidays!” is perfectly okay during the Christmas season.

I know what you’re thinking: What? Has Steve gone off the deep end? Has he gone all ecumenical on us, or worse yet, Politically Correct? Or even worse than that, has he become an atheist?

Of course not. Read on and see if you can agree with my logic….

We live in a multi-cultural society. I can’t expect everyone to agree with me that it’s the Christmas season; not everyone celebrates the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As an evangelist I want to reach the maximum amount of people possible with my message of the Gospel; so I, on occasion, will wish people—in all sincerity—Happy Holidays! (more…)

Sudden Death: Cannibalism

December 9th, 2012 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in SUDDEN DEATH! - (6 Comments)

These Sudden Death articles are continuing reminders that every person’s life is short. Repent and believe the Gospel! Read my reasons for posting these sad and morbid articles by clicking here.

From MailOnline: Two fishermen lost in Siberia are suspected of killing and eating their friend in order to survive, it was claimed last night.

A fourth man is also missing, leading to fears that he, too, was murdered and cannibalized. Read the rest here.

This is the incredible story of Mitsuo Fuchida, lead pilot of the December 7, 1941, raid on Pearl Harbor. Fuchida was the one who shouted the war cry, “Tora, Tora, Tora!”

Mitsuo Fuchida fought the United States throughout WWII and was intimately involved in the planning and leadership of the Japanese war effort as flight commander and later as a senior operations officer.

After the war, Fuchida was a defeated warrior in occupied Japan, farming to meet the needs of his family. He was also the only one to return to Japan after the bombing.

In 1950, Fuchida miraculously came to know Jesus Christ as Savior through a tract handed to him while exiting a train in Tokyo. The tract was entitled, “I Was a Prisoner of Japan,” written by Jacob DeShazer (read it here)who was one of the famous Doolittle Raiders. DeShazer trusted Christ as his Savior while held captive by Japan for 40 months. DeShazer went to Japan in 1948 as a missionary and preached to the nation who held him captive.

Fuchida faithfully served Jesus Christ as an evangelist until his death in 1976. “From Pearl Harbor to Golgotha” is Fuchida’s testimony of salvation. Here it is in his own words:

I must admit I was more excited than usual as I awoke that morning at 3:00 a.m., Hawaii time, four days past my thirty-ninth birthday. Our six aircraft carriers were positioned 230 miles north of Oahu Island. As general commander of the air squadron, I made last-minute checks on the intelligence information reports in the operations room before going to warm up my single-engine, three-seater “97-type” plane used for level bombing and torpedo flying.

The sunrise in the east was magnificent above the white clouds as I led 360 planes towards Hawaii at an altitude of 3,000 meters. I knew my objective: to surprise and cripple the American naval force in the Pacific. But I fretted about being thwarted should some of the U.S. battleships not be there. I gave no thought of the possibility of this attack breaking open a mortal confrontation with the United States. I was only concerned about making a military success.  (more…)

Here’s a touching excerpt about how Pearl Harbor survivor Joe Morgan forgave the Japanese after the naval commander, Mitsuo Fuchida, who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, spoke on the island of Maui ten years after the war:

Shortly after the attack, Joe was transferred to another unit on Maui while his previous unit was sent to the South Pacific where it suffered heavy casualties. Joe felt God had a reason for protecting him, and the only wound he carried from the war was his hatred turned animosity for the Japanese.

He never hated Japanese Americans who abound in Hawaii, just those from Japan. Two years into his Wailuku pastorate, Joe heard that Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese naval commander who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, was speaking on Maui.

“He was flying high above my head that day, giving orders to his pilots over the radio,” Joe recalls in his written account.

Fuchida, however, had become a Christian after meeting a former prisoner of war who had returned to post-war Japan as a missionary. Joe felt the animosity resurface and didn’t know “whether to shake Fuchida’s hand or shoot him” if they ever met. (more…)

The secret to a successful, awesome, Spirit-filled evangelism team is found in this one minute video:

Sadly, because we will be meeting so early, at 8:00AM to carpool from Hope Chapel to go to the Whittier Christmas Parade this Saturday, we will not be serving pizza. But please, do not let that deter you from joining us. (You may also meet us at the Metro Rail Station on Santa Fe Ave. in Carson at approx. 8:40 AM if you want to come. But you will have to bring your own pizza leftovers.)