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The Teddy Trillion Five Year Anniversary!

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THIS WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED on August 25, 2011, so I edited it a little to bring it up to date.

It’s been five years since we introduced these original tracts. (Read to the end for a special free offer.)

No other church has these; you can only get ’em at Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach, CA. (and at Community Church of the Hills): The new Teddy Trillion Gospel tract!

That’s right. Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President (1901–1909), is the latest famous figure to grace the front side of these wildly popular money tracts. Of course, he’s famous for saying, “Speak softly, and carry a big…TRACT!!!

We ran out of our Million Dollar Bill Gospel tracts (we ordered 2 1/2 million). So, with permission from Living Waters Ministries, and with the skills of our church’s talented graphic artist, Mike Faye (adapting Dale Jackson’s work), we came up with this new one and ordered 2,026,000 of these.

Now here’s the special offer:

If you’d like some of these for yourselves, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Steve Sanchez
PO Box 1441
Johnson City, TX. 78636

I’ll send you 10 Teddy Trillions to celebrate this new season of tract evangelism at our church.

Here are some more great evangelism-related quotes from Teddy:

  1. “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”
  2. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
  3. “Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.”
  4. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
  5. “Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.”
  6. “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”
  7. “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!”
  8. “No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.”
  9. “Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor. “

And here’s my favorite:

10. “Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.”

*****

Here’s what the message on the back says:

The trillion-dollar question: Will you go to Heaven when you die? Here’s a quick test.

Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God’s name in vain? Jesus said, “Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day?

If you have done those things, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell.

God, who the Bible says is “rich in mercy” sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for guilty sinners. We broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid our fine. That means He can legally dismiss our case. He can commute our death sentence:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Then He rose from the dead and defeated death.

Please, repent (turn from sin) today and God will grant everlasting life to all who trust in Jesus.

Then read your Bible daily and obey it.

21 Comments

  1. God bless you Hope Chapel, may these seeds be planted, and for and in His name, and may God cause the seeds to be watered and cause the growth!

  2. Howdy Hope Chapel,

    Praise God, what a beautiful tract you folks have put together!! It’s always nice to see people thinking ‘outside the box’ unto the glory of God. How amazing to consider, this large quantity of tracts on the verge of distribution, and how the Lord can and will use them, for the advancement of His Kingdom!!:-)

    Onward soldiers,
    Kurt

  3. These are awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing a few with us!!! I’m so excited to start passing them out!

  4. I will send it out to you asap. It takes about four days from the east coast to CA.

  5. I look forward to passing out my share of these tracts and may God get all the glory. For I will have only done my duty.

    When I get to heaven go’in to talk with Jesus!

  6. Hi Pastor Steve, Once again I want to say how encouraged I am by the information you share on this site. This month has has not been as productive as I would have liked but I had several opportunities to share the gospel and pass out tracts inconsistently throughout the month.

  7. I got mine in the mail the other day. whoot! Thank you Hope Chapel.

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  9. I saw the President Lincoln version of the Trillion Dollar bill the other day. I would be pleased to pass these out where I live and work.

  10. I’m not concerned with judgement day as I have no evidence such a day will happen but I do have some questions regarding the “good person test”. Does looking with lust at a woman who is your wife count as adultery? According to the verse it would be but that is nonsensical, how can one commit adultery with ones owns wife even in thought? So how about a single man looking lustfully at a single woman? Adultery by definition is either a married man engaging in intercourse with a woman not his wife or a man engaging in intercourse with another man’s wife so a single man can not commit adultery with a single woman, formication of course but not adultery, however according to this verse he can which is not logically possible.
    It seems that either Jesus was wrong, or adultery does not mean what it is clearly defined as meaning, or the verse was intended to apply to either married men or single men regarding married women.
    I would venture that the third option is the most logically consistent but I am interested in your opinion.
    As to me, when married I never have looked lustfully at a woman not my wife, and when single never looked lustfully at a woman married to another man.
    I have lied as a child and young man but have not lied in at least twenty years, I am obsessive about honesty to the point where many people wish I would be less honest.
    I do not hate people, I may hate actions of people but hating a person is beyond me. I honor my parents very much.
    The commandments regarding the God however are a big failure for me from a Christian perspective, I work Sunday, I do blaspheme at times, I have no Gods before the Christian one but I don’t value the Christian one either.
    Basically I would absolutely fail the good person test but I question whether the test had any value, it doesn’t seem to.

    • I should clarify, when I said the test didn’t seem to have value that isn’t entirely correct. I can see it as being valuable in getting a lapsed or non practicing Christian to become more faithful, it could be valuable in converting a Christian from a different denomination towards your own. I just don’t see how it could have any impact on a non Christian.

      If someone asked me if I were a good person my first thought would be “in what way?” If I asked and the person said “according to the Ten Commandments.” I would just say no by that standard I’m definitely not a good person.” If at that point they persisted I would simply point out that the standard they are using is irrelevant to me.

    • Hi Ryk,
      Here are my short answers in bold:

      I’m not concerned with judgement day as I have no evidence such a day will happen but I do have some questions regarding the “good person test”. Does looking with lust at a woman who is your wife count as adultery? No.

      According to the verse it would be but that is nonsensical, how can one commit adultery with ones owns wife even in thought? I agree.

      So how about a single man looking lustfully at a single woman? Adultery by definition is either a married man engaging in intercourse with a woman not his wife or a man engaging in intercourse with another man’s wife so a single man can not commit adultery with a single woman, formication of course but not adultery, however according to this verse he can which is not logically possible.
      It seems that either Jesus was wrong, or adultery does not mean what it is clearly defined as meaning, or the verse was intended to apply to either married men or single men regarding married women. You’ll have to take it up with Jesus. He is, after all, God. He elevated the sin from just physical to mental, which judges the heart.

      I would venture that the third option is the most logically consistent but I am interested in your opinion.

      As to me, when married I never have looked lustfully at a woman not my wife, and when single never looked lustfully at a woman married to another man. That’s hard to believe. I still struggle with that, even at my advanced age.

      I have lied as a child and young man but have not lied in at least twenty years, I am obsessive about honesty to the point where many people wish I would be less honest. One lie is all it takes. James 2:10—“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”

      I do not hate people, I may hate actions of people but hating a person is beyond me. I honor my parents very much.
      The commandments regarding the God however are a big failure for me from a Christian perspective, I work Sunday, I do blaspheme at times, I have no Gods before the Christian one but I don’t value the Christian one either. You probably hated at least once in your life. Have you EVER dishonored your parents by saying “No” to them? Anything you focus on besides “The God” is idolatry. You admitted to blasphemy. The Sabbath Day is no longer a valid “sin” apart from you not believing in Jesus, who, the Bible says, is our Sabbath.

      Basically I would absolutely fail the good person test but I question whether the test had any value, it doesn’t seem to. It simply shows how everyone fails, you and me included.

  11. I appreciate your answers they are quite sensible but still only seem relevant to a believer. I agree that according to Jesus one lie is enough but I have no reason to value the words attributed to Jesus. Likewise the adultery, thought crime, part. I agree with you that Jesus said that, although I think it is often used improperly but again I am unconcerned with what Jesus said.
    That is why I suggested that this evangelical technique seems a poor way to reach non believers. Yes you can run through the commandments and say according to Jesus you are not a good person and are going to hell but as I believe in niether Jesus nor Hell I’m not going to care.
    By my standards of ethics which involves treating people fairly, kindly and with honesty. Keeping my word, showing compassion, helping when I can and not doing harm, I am a good person.
    In order to convince me I needed to be good by Jesus standard I would either need to be shown evidence that would convince me that Jesus and Hell are real or be shown that the standard in the Bible is superior to my own. The good person test doesn’t do those things.

    • I understand. I have no need to convince you otherwise if I’ve told you once. The Christian believes that it is God who calls and chooses an individual to be save. Here are my biblical marching orders:

      “Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

  12. Even if I honored the Christian faith I would not agree with your definition of idolatry. The Bible itself is pretty specific on the subject and doesn’t define it in that way. Biblically graven images such as the cross would be but not focusing on things.

    Also there are many things that biblical characters focused on that were not God and yet they were still considered faithful. Maybe you meant focus on in favor of God which could be a form of blaspheme but still not idolatry which pretty clearly refers to the worship of graven images or other Gods. Of course I understand that some modern theology interprets idolatry as you do but there isn’t any biblical support for that stance that I know of, it seems to be the opinion of men not the word of God.

  13. My choice to not look at women lustfully is due to my upbringing more than any personal virtue. I was taught very clearly to not objectify women. I can appreciate their beauty and I find most women beautiful, I can even acknowledge they are desirable without lusting after them or thinking of them as a sex object. I only look lustfully at someone I am involved in a sexual relationship with or at least an intimate relationship where such attention would be welcome.

    My lack of hatred towards people is not due to upbringing and certainly not due to virtue, rather it is because of my failings. In my younger days I did some very bad things yet I turned my life around and now live what I consider a virtuous life. Having been a bad person I understand that there is a story behind every bad person they are a product of genetics and experience, not that we aren’t responsible for our actions, I believe in free will (admittedly I can’t prove free will, but I choose to believe it) but our history influences the choices we make. I can, having been a bad person, show compassion for others who are bad people. That doesn’t mean I don’t want a hurtful person stopped or that I don’t believe they should be punished for their misdeeds even to the point of execution if the crime warrants it. This does not however mean I hate them, I hate their actions but not the person, I may not like them but I don’t feel hatred. One example, when I was a small child I was molested by an adult male relative, I was angry and hostile and that experience contributed to a lot of my poor choices, yet I don’t recall feeling hatred and when I was a teenager and he was dying of cancer I didn’t rejoice in his suffering, I forgave him and comforted him on his death bed. I think that is the point of loving your enemy. Even a weak person can love someone who is kind to him and does him good but it takes character and strength to love someone who has done you wrong.
    As to dishonoring my parents by telling them no, I’m not sure that applies, my relationship with my parents was not like that. I was allowed and even encouraged to disagree. My opinions were listened to if not always honored. In return in the, often frequent, situations when my parents didn’t accept my argument I freely did what they asked. My parents were also very permissive about many of the things young people normally have to sneak and lie about. When I lost my virginity my mom was one of the first people I told. I can’t say there were never any cases where I was rebellious I can think of a few cases that might qualify but my parents really didn’t consider rebelliousness to be dishonor and if they did not feel dishonored then I didn’t dishonor them.

    • All noble objectives. Have you ever, even once, looked at porn or gotten angry as a child. Then you’re guilty! It is commendable that you want to live a good life but all your good works are as used menstrual cloths to God. That’s a biblical term.

  14. Again though I was not talking about the standards of the Bible they are silly to me and irrelevant. Not that I’m saying you should find them silly or that you are silly for subscribing to them, but to a non believer they are pointless. That is why I pointed out that your tracts seem useless to evangelize an unbeliever.

    Of course your claim that you just say things and the God does the converting does answer the problem but not in any real world way.

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