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Did you watch the History Channel’s airing of The Bible? 13 million viewers did, so it may prove to be the largest audience of the year…. Here’s an article that I agree with written by the producers of that cable miniseries, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Do you agree with their conclusions?

Have you ever sensed in your own life that “the handwriting was on the wall”? Or encouraged a loved one to walk “the straight and narrow”?

Have you ever laughed at something that came “out of the mouths of babes”? Or gone “the extra mile” for an opportunity that might vanish “in the twinkling of an eye”?

If you have, then you’ve been thinking of the Bible.

These phrases are just “a drop in the bucket” (another biblical phrase) of the many things we say and do every day that have their origins in the most read, most influential book of all time. The Bible has affected the world for centuries in innumerable ways, including art, literature, philosophy, government, philanthropy, education, social justice and humanitarianism. One would think that a text of such significance would be taught regularly in schools. Not so. That is because of the “stumbling block” (the Bible again) that is posed by the powers that be in America.

It’s time to change that, for the sake of the nation’s children. It’s time to encourage, perhaps even mandate, the teaching of the Bible in public schools as a primary document of Western civilization. Read the rest here.

On July 8 @ 8pm (PST) on ABC, all my girls will be on the show “Secret Millionaire.” Well, I hope they will all be on because none of us have seen the final footage yet….

This is not an evangelism outreach, but it does involve “doing good.” They are part of a program that teaches kids how to be responsible in a ranch-like environment. ShoeString City Ranch has taught my girls how to care for horses, goats, chickens, sheep and llamas—all within the city limits of Carson, California!

Kids who have not had the opportunity to learn responsibility, or have come from a home situation that was dysfunctional, can find respite here—and that’s why this place will be featured tomorrow night!

I hope that you will be able to check it out!

I recently re-watched one of my favorite films, “The Apostle.” The scene that runs from 3:27-10:00 is one of the most heart-wrenching acts of evangelistic compassion I’ve ever experienced on film. Have you seen it? What did you think about it? Do you have this kind of heart for the lost? (Read more about this film below the video.) See the full movie by clicking here.

You may quibble with this man’s style of evangelism, but not with his commitment. Every time I’ve seen this scene it stirs me up to be more on-fire for God.

The reason I like this film so much is best explained by Robert Duvall who financed the 5 million dollar budget out of his own pocket when no studio at the time wanted to do a “religious” film. (It has since made nearly 20 million dollars.) (more…)

Want to reflect on the most important day in history…Hollywood-style. Here are some film recommendations from our friends at WORLD on Campus:

Once upon a time Hollywood chose biblical material, portrayed it fairly faithfully, and often won Academy Awards for doing so. Those days may be gone, but even as we plan to fill baskets and color eggs, we can bring these classics into our homes to create more meaningful traditions to share with our children and lead them to a deeper understanding of Easter.

Children are not abstract thinkers. These movies will help them grasp the timeline and the growing drama surrounding Jesus’s life in the weeks leading up to his crucifixion, burial and resurrection. With the exception of The Passion, watch them together as a family: Click here to read the rest.

***BONUS MATERIAL: “The Spurgeon Rap.” A friend just sent me a cool rap song about Charles Spurgeon. Listen to it here. ***

I am currently attending the Shepherds’ Conference, a three day intensive that is driven by accurate expository preaching. (Read my article on it from last year here.)

One of the books a friend bought for me is called “The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon.” Guess what he talks about primarily? (See below the video for a sample of his emphasis.) I’m excited to start reading it.

In the mean time, here’s a great one hour documentary on Spurgeon called, “Charles Spurgeon: The People’s Preacher” that hits all the high points of his life. Save this link and watch it another day if you don’t have the time, but do watch it!

Here’s a sample taken from the book of what he said to sinners:

There are some in this place, who if they were labeled this morning as to where they are going, would have to be directed “to hell.” (more…)

Two Last Minute Gifts

December 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Recomended - (3 Comments)

May I recommend two wonderful books that every evangelist Christian should have?

Okay, then. I will.

The first is SPURGEON: A New Biography by Arnold Dallimore.

This is a very readable, popular account written “to understand and present something of the inner man—Spurgeon in his praying, his sufferings and depressions, his weaknesses and his strengths; in his triumphs, humor, joys and incredible accomplishments.”

At only 250 pages it is meant to be read by the masses. You’ll laugh at the “Cigar Controversy” and be surprised at his views on drinking alcohol. You’ll cheer as he derided and denounced a popular book of myths that was written the man Charles Darwin. Most of all, you’ll marvel at how much work this man did for the Lord in such a short life.

The second book is The One Year Book of Christian History by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten.

This book provides 365 daily readings of Christian history, primarily focused on unsung evangelists, missionaries and martyrs of the past, as well as popular Christian workers in our current age. (I got my information on the bad marriages of John Wesley and William Carey from this book.)

It’s absolutely fascinating, enlightening and encouraging.

If it’s too late for Christmas, then get these two volumes for the New Year!