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My Life Changed This Day (24 years ago)

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

On December 1, 1990, I was still dead in my sins, thinking I was a good person. I was right with the Man upstairs and I had no fears because I knew I was living my life the way I was supposed to: as a drug-abusing, womanizing, gambling thief.

But everything changed the next day when I looked up, knelt down and bowed my head in submission to Jesus Christ.

broken-chains-manIt’s a good thing He didn’t tell me what was going to happen over the ensuing 24 years because I may not have chosen this path. Thank God He chose me. I can, like the Apostle Paul, say this whole-heartedly:

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:12-17)

My story before I became a Christian is a crazy one. I was a meth addict who sold stereos out of the back of my car in the desert. I was robbed at shotgun point by dealers. I had my face smashed against a steering wheel…and I ultimately challenged the devil to show himself in a field at midnight. I guarantee you that you will not be bored when you listen.

Please listen to my very eventful and entertaining testimony as shared on KDRP Radio by clicking here.

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Sharing Your Faith W/One Question. Only.

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

I took a calculated risk at Hope Chapel Hill Country today by preaching on evangelism. It was a fun sermon, with videos, on how to share our faith by simply asking one question…then running away. It’s also a nice reminder on why using Gospel tracts are so important. Perhaps you will want to teach this at your church. Use anything you want. Videos are included as well. Enjoy.

                                       Sharing Your Faith w/One Question                                             
Mark 16:15

Mark 16:15: Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.

Bill Bright: 2% of Christians share their faith.

Think about it: How many of you have had a born again Christian share with you about Jesus over two times in the past five years?

Paul wrote this in Philemon 6 (NIV ’84): “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”

The Living Bible: And I pray that as you share your faith with others it will grip their lives too, as they see the wealth of good things in you that come from Christ Jesus. (Explain)

I have found, after being an evangelism pastor for over 10 years at my other church, that people have many reasons for not sharing their faith.
Take a look at this video and see if you can relate to any of these?

While I’m sure that one of these eight reasons might be yours, I think we could narrow them down to just two: fear and not knowing what to say.

But what if I showed you a way this morning where you could share your faith by asking only one question and one question only? Do you think you might be able to do it?

As you know I’ve challenged you to invite people to church, but what if, at the same time, you asked this one question that would motivate people to actually come?

I’m not joking. All you have to do is ask one simple question…then run away.

But after you have asked this question, people would then understand God’s standard for getting to Heaven, the consequences if they fall short of His standard, and the solution through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection on their behalf. They may even thank you after you ask this question, too! (more…)

The Worst Year of My Life (My Testimony, Part 3)

Friday, February 28th, 2014

This is the third and final installment of my testimony, how I came to Christ. Some people say life is easier when you come to Jesus. HAH!

Click here to listen to part 3, the finale.


Part 1 ended with me taking a handful of sleeping pills and calling my Mom to say goodbye.

In part 2 I tell what happened afterward as I slid hell-bound into a downward spiral of drug addicted paranoia. This is where I crossed over the line, realizing that I was no longer a good person, even by my own standards.

This thirty minute radio broadcast from KDRP, our local radio station, is where I have a weekly produced radio program. You can listen to all my shows by going to

This story, by the way, is designed to intrigue unbelievers and the unchurched to seriously consider where they stand with God.

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The Gory Details (My Testimony, Pt.2)

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014


Part 1 ended with me taking a handful of sleeping pills and calling my Mom to say goodbye. (Listen to it by clicking here.)

In part 2 I tell what happened afterward as I slid hell-bound into a downward spiral of drug addicted paranoia. This is where I crossed over the line, realizing that I was no longer a good person, even by my own standards.


Here are some Facebook comments from friends who who have listened so far:

That is such a wild life story, I cannot even imagine such an experience. Absolutely no way to relate to that! What an amazing God we have to save you out of that.

And another one:

I’ve heard your testimony before. But while I had this playing you captured a new audience, my preteen grandson. He didn’t let on at the time, but was held by every word.

This thirty minute radio broadcast from KDRP, our local radio station, is where I have a weekly produced radio program. You can listen to all my shows by going to

This story, by the way, is designed to intrigue unbelievers and the unchurched to seriously consider where they stand with God.

Click here to listen to Part 2.


Click here to listen to Part 1.

My Testimony, Part 1

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

I was a former actor and drug addict. I sold stereos out of the back of my car in the desert. I almost killed myself. I was robbed by a drug dealer at gunpoint, had my faced smashed against my steering wheel and challenged Satan to show himself.

robbed-at-gunpoint-signThis half hour radio show is the first of three parts detailing my story of how I came to the Lord. I think you will find it very interesting, informative and (somewhat) entertaining. Let me know what you think.

                  Click here to listen.

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My Last Sermon: “Not By Sight”

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

I gave my last sermon at Hope Chapel last Labor Day Weekend called “Not By Sight.” It summed up my tenure at Hope Chapel: how I got saved there, met my wife there, got hired there, dedicated my kids to the Lord there, and then later, baptized them there.

It’s been a wonderful ride.

I also go through the entire “Faith Chapter,” of Hebrews 11 in about 20 minutes and explain how God called me to Texas.

In essence, this a message on how I’ve learned to walk by faith.

You will be encouraged. If not, double your money back.

Listen to it or watch it by clicking here.

What Jesus meant when He said: “Follow Me”

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Inspired by my upcoming move to Texas to start a church (click here to read the story), I preached a sermon on what Jesus meant to follow him from Luke 9:57-62. Perhaps you will consider His call, too? Click here to listen or watch.  (It’s about 35 minutes long.)

John 3:16: The Gospel in Under 40 Minutes

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

John 3:16 has been called the greatest verse in the bible.

Martin Luther called it “The heart of the Bible–The Gospel in miniature.”

Pastor John MacArthur said it was “the most familiar and beloved verse in all of Scripture.” 

One man wrote that it’s “a text that contains an ocean of thought and a drop of language.”

In the 19th century Charles Spurgeon would preach on this text once a year as a reminder that when individuals were converted because of this verse it wasn’t because of anything new or clever he said, but because it was the power of God.

The message I preached last weekend explains what John 3:16 really means. It’s the unadorned Gospel, the reason why Jesus had to die. If you know of any atheists, Jews, Muslims, Hari Krishnas, Scientologists or people who are just to smart to believe, send this short sermon.

You can listen to it by clicking here. (The video will be ready on Wednesday.) Or you can read it below. (more…)

Jesus Turned Water to Wine. What’s the Big Deal?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

I preached a very familiar passage, John 2:1-11, to our congregation a week ago. It’s the historical account of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. You may have read it many times and thought “Eh, Jesus turned water into wine. What’s so big about that?”

Unless you’ve studied the passage in-depth you will miss a lot. As I prepared, I learned a whole lot about this text that I was not even aware of. You will, too. But the main point about Jesus doing his first miracle, and the reasons why John writes about these miracles is this: “…so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31)

Click here to watch the 35 minute sermon, or read it below.

The Savior’s Simple Sign

John 2:1-11

As we’ve been going chronologically through the New Testament over the last several months, something struck me that is going to seem really obvious. (more…)

21 Years in the Light!

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Today is my 21st re-birthday, the day I bowed my knee to Jesus Christ and gave my life to Him. It’s an annual tradition for me to post my testimony of how I came to faith.

Here are some highlights:

  • One night while searching for witches’ covens in an open field at midnight, I challenged Satan to show himself. He did.
  • I was also robbed at shotgun point by drug dealers (as a meth addict I didn’t have much discernment in friends).
  • I broke into a “friend’s” mobile home and stole some equipment in broad daylight.
  • I knocked on the apartment doors of strangers looking for a wife; I found a lost key and tried opening neighbor’s doors with it. The television spoke directly to me. Then I got a very clear vision that I was headed for Hell if I didn’t die….

You can watch the video or listen to “A Wretch Like Me” on MP3 or Quicktime. Click here and scroll down to August 15, 2010. (No permalink available.) Or you can read the text version by clicking here.

Malevolent Marriages/Great Gospel

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Most evangelists are aware of John Wesley, that awesome itinerant open air preacher who God used to bring about the Great Awakening in the 1700s and was the founder of the Methodist movement. What you may not know is that he had a horribly lousy marriage.

William Carey is considered the father of modern missions, but did you know that he, too, lived a matrimonial nightmare?

John Wesley’s wife Molly was so unhappy she decided to make John’s life miserable as well. Because he was away often preaching to crowds of thousands in the open fields, she grew resentful of his long absences. She destroyed some of his writings, criticized him publicly and repeatedly accused him of adultery.

According to Church History Blog “on several occasions she left home, only returning after he begged her repeatedly. Although he had been unspeakably angry with her, he kept aiming at reconciliation.

“But the home life was unhappy. John Hampson of Manchester ‘once entered a room unannounced to find Molly dragging her husband across the floor by his hair.’ (John Pollock, Wesley, Hodder, p.238)

“Finally, she left for good. Wesley wryly reported in his journal, ‘I did not forsake her, I did not dismiss her, I will not recall her.’ ”

You’d think that this was straight from an 18th century edition of the National Enquirer, but sadly, it’s all true.

William Carey’s wife Dolly refused to go with him to India but was pressured to go. Once there, their 5-year-old died and the other children continually contracted tropical diseases.

His wife started to go insane and constantly followed him down the street berating him, accusing him of having affairs with women, even threatening him with a knife. Finally, he had to keep her in a locked room.

His motto for life: “Expect great things; attempt great things.” *

On one hand, I’m distressed that God didn’t change the hearts of these wives to support their husbands in their respective Gospel ministries. I’m bummed that these men didn’t love their wives like Christ loved the church. John Wesley’s philosophy about being married and ministering was this:  “I cannot understand how a Methodist preacher can answer it to God to preach one sermon or travel one day less, in a married than in a single state.” (more…)

Praise to the King!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

With all the hoopla surrounding the royal wedding today I thought it might be more fruitful to post a sermon I did a few months ago (mostly non-evangelistic) that deals solely with the King of Kings from Psalm 145.

If you want to watch or listen click here, then scroll down to February 4, 2011.

A Wretch Like Me (Steve Sanchez’ Testimony on How He Came to Faith in Jesus Christ)

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

This is the print version of my testimony. The audio/visual version has been archived in a secret vault somewhere.

A Wretch Like Me

1 Tim 1:12-17

(August 13, 2010)

 I’m happy to report that I’m in my 20th year as a born again Christian, and today, I want to tell you how that happened. I’m going to give you my testimony. The last time I shared this was 7 years ago, and it is said that every 7 years we get a new body, and that’s sometimes true with a church body.


So if you’ve joined the Hope Chapel family in the last several years, I want to encourage you with what God can do in a life. I want to paint a picture of how the Lord Jesus Christ poured out his love and mercy and forgiveness on me, the sinner.


As you listen, my hope is that you will reflect on what Christ has done in you, and that you will be zealous to share the transforming good news with everyone who needs to hear it.


Every born again Christian should have a testimony prepared. Every born again Christian has a story to tell about how their lives have changed since believing in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.


The term “Born Again” was popularized by Watergate co-conspirator and lead henchman of the Nixon Whitehouse, Chuck Colson, who wrote a best seller of the same name about his conversion to Christianity in the ‘70s, when he was thrown in jail for his crimes. (more…)

Sermon: Winning Your Family

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Do you have any family members who need to know the Lord? Maybe it’s granny, Uncle Bob, mom or that brother who only shows up at Christmas. If so, then you need to listen to this message I preached a few weeks back about how to win your family inspired by the Way of the Master television show. If you’d like to see it online or hear it on MP3 or Quicktime then click here and scroll down to July 10, 2010.

Want the text only? Feel free to borrow any part. No attribution necessary.

(Acts 16:31)

I wear a T-shirt on occasion that my wife thinks is kind of weird. I got it at a memorial service several years ago as a keepsake to remember a man who died. (more…)

The Wrath of God

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The 2 minute video below illustrates the current thinking about God from the man on the street. When I asked people on The Strand in Hermosa Beach if God is a God of wrath, people overwhelmingly said no. Surprised? I used this as an illustration from a sermon I preached over the weekend called “The Wrath of God,” based on Romans 1:18-32. When I read it to my wife before the church service, she cried, because it reflects the current dismal culture in which we live (I ended up revising it and wrote a hopeful ending). Nineteen people made some type of profession of faith during the weekend.

If you’d like to listen to the sermon, click here then scroll down to February 5, 2010. You can read it below, too. If you’d like to preach it and want the  PowerPoint presentation, all you have to do is leave a comment.

Sermon: THE WRATH OF GOD (Romans 1:18-32)

A subject that’s rarely talked about in Christianity these days is the idea of a wrathful God; it goes against the wishful thinking of unbelievers (who certainly don’t want an angry God to exist), and most Christians would prefer not to think about him in this way at all. (more…)

Sermon: David and the Defiant Giant

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

One of the most popular stories in the Bible is the account of David and Goliath. Traditionally, this passage is taught as a lesson on how to face our own personal giants of problems, worries, trials, etc.—and that’s how I planned to teach it. But as I studied the passage and then slept on it, I had a complete change of perspective. This is actually an account of one young man boldly fighting for God’s honor. As Goliath taunted the people of God, and God himself, David took it upon himself to do something radical….

I compared and contrasted David’s challenge with our own challenge today as Americans as we face the encroaching Philistines of secular culture. I used recent examples of Americans being persecuted by the likes of professors, lawyers, city offficials and Richard Dawkins.

If you’d like a fresh take on this passage, then click here to listen online or on your iPod then scroll down to September 4, 2009.

The video used in the teaching is Ray Comfort’s “Banana Man.” Watch it below.

“Sudden Death!” The Sermon

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Borrowing liberally from Mark Cahill and Ray Comfort (and from my own Sudden Death articles posted every Monday), I preached my annual evangelistic Rah! Rah! sermon to our congregation four times over the weekend.

I exhorted our church, Hope Chapel, to evangelistic action, using liberal doses of humor, illustrations, quotes from great preachers of the past and two video segments (both taken from The Way of the Master’s 2nd season TV show, “God’s Wonderful Plan.”)

  • You can listen online by clicking here, then scroll down to the date, August 23, 2009.)
  • Feel free to download the text and use whatever you want for your church by clicking here.

Note: At our fourth service sixteen people came down the aisle and professed Christ as their Savior.

Sermon: Follower or Fooled?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

You can now listen or watch the sermon I did last weekend on Matthew 7: 21-23, where Jesus says, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers.” This is a sermon for all those who may think they are saved when they really aren’t; in other words, this is for false converts to Christianity.

Click here to listen online, then scroll down to the sermon dated July 17, 2009.

You can download the printed text here.
(Use whatever you want for free!)

I sure hope you will never hear those horrible words from Jesus, but you better tune into this sermon right away to see if you will one day.! Thankfully, God moved twenty people to make a profession of faith after the sermon.

Here are some of the comments I heard from others after I gave the message:

One man stormed out in the middle of the service saying, “Everyone’s going to Hell! Everyone’s going to Hell!” Then he left. A few minutes later he ran back in and bought some Gospel tracts.

Another person, in the prayer room after the service, made this comment after making a commitment to Christ after the altar call: “I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t come forward.”