Archive for 2012

Are you willing to make an Everyday Commitment?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

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.

“ARE YOU READY?” Gospel Tracts

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

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

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

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.

Rose Parade Retrospective: The Cutest Little Preaching Girl

Friday, December 28th, 2012

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.

Evangelism Adventures: Rose Parade and LAX!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

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?

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

“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

Monday, December 24th, 2012

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!

Unthinkable! A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn’t happen!

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

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

Friday, December 21st, 2012

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.”

Evangelism Destinations: LAX—Is it Legal?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

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).


Atheist Tuesday: West Point Atheist Can’t Take the (Religious) Heat

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

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

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.

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Encouraging Quotes on Why We Must Continue to Share

Monday, December 17th, 2012

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

Monday, December 17th, 2012

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.

Quote of the Week: The Tree Hugger

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

“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.)

Happy Holidays and Feliz Navidad Gospel Tracts

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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.)


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…)

Atheist Tuesday: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

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

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

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.

Evangelism Adventures: Whittier Christmas Parade

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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.)

Atheist Tuesday: God’s Gonna Get Ya (One way or another)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

My habit most mornings is to crack open my Charles Spurgeon devotional called “Morning and Evening” (the updated version by Alistair Begg). Whenever there is a particular rumination that applies to atheists on their special day (Tuesday), I post it. So here you are, unbelieving friend:

“I have many people in this city.”—Acts 18:10.

HIS should be a great encouragement to try to do good, since God has among the vilest of the vile, the most reprobate, the most debauched and drunken, an elect people who must be saved. When you take the Word to them, you do so because God has ordained you to be the messenger of life to their souls, and they must receive it, for so the decree of predestination runs. (more…)

Memorial Service

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

MEMORIAL FOR_____________________


I would like to welcome everyone here today on behalf of the family of _______________________ and I would like to ask you to join with me in prayer, before we begin the memorial service in HIS/HER honor: (prayer)

Death is always a painful time for the family and friends of the one who has passed on. No words can comfort or dull the sharp edge of pain over the loss of ____________________________.

Even Christians, who have the great hope of eternal life, mourn when someone close dies. Yet our sadness is eased by the knowledge of a reunion someday in heaven.

Death is NOT a surprise to us. We all know that death is a looming reality for each of us.

Our pain at death is increased by how much we loved the one who died. We cannot escape the grief of death.

Way back in the beginning in the Garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:16-17) “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

We know, from the Bible, that both Adam and Eve ate from that tree. They disobeyed God and died. From this we learn many things, but two important facts stand out.

  1. We were originally created to live forever.
  2. People have been dying very regularly since the time of Adam and Eve.

Because we believe in life, death comes with much astonishment and anguish. Death seems unnatural. Even though we all know we are going to die… death still comes as a shock and with much sorrow.

The Bible says that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die… a time to weep and a time to laugh… a time to mourn and a time to dance…

Today is the day we mourn the passing of ________________. Today we are gathered here to remember HIS / HER life, because we loved HIM / HER. We cry because we love – and that’s a good thing. We are also reminded that life is terminal. All that we are, and all that we have done, finds its final expression here at this place. It all boils down to “How did we live our lives?”

So, even though this is a time for mourning the loss of ______________, it is also a time of celebration, a celebration of life! It’s the celebration of the transformation from a temporal life to an eternal life. It is also a day for celebrating the life that ______________________ lived. It’s a time for sharing how

HIS / HER life touched our lives.


(Give the facts about their life here.)

 Transition statement:

__________________ is not here now, however, we do have memories from HIS / HER life. I would like to invite those who knew HIM / HER, to share some of those memories as an encouragement to HIS / HER family and to honor __________________ passing.



(Family and friends share)



Jesus said, “He who believes in me will live if he dies.” That is the wonderful hope that all people have who trust in Him.

–         Read John 3:16


(This is where I give the Law and Gospel. I usually start out by saying something like: “We’ve all know John 3:16, but what does it really mean? ‘For God so loved the world…’ How did He love the world? ‘… He gave is one and only Son…’

Why did He give his Son? Because of sin.”

Now I explain what sin is by going through the Commandments, Judgment Day and… I never use Hell at a funeral. I say “Perish.” If it’s a non-Christian funeral I don’t want people to come up asking me if their loved one is in Hell, so I say “Perish.” As a pastor, I’m to bring a measure of comfort to the bereaved.

Then I close with these words):


The legacy that Jesus left behind after His death was a legacy of joy. Joy for all those who would believe in His death, as the payment for our sins. He was buried and on the 3rd day rose again to give us the hope of eternal life. We are thankful for the life of Jesus who also said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”


_______________ passed away on _____________________.

HE / SHE is now in God’s hands. HE / SHE will be missed by many.