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April 14, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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What’s so good about Good Friday?

The story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life, positive or negative, and remarking, “This is good!”

thumbOne day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off. Examining the situation, the friend remarked as usual, “This is good!”

To which the king replied, “No, this is not good!” and proceeded to send his friend to jail. Continue Reading

April 13, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Get Promoted, CEO!

ARE YOU A CEO CHRISTIAN? If so, your big day is this Sunday! C.E.O. = “C.hristmas E.aster O.nly”

It’s time to get promoted. Move up higher. Get committed. Quit fooling around! After all, eternity is at stake….

I was not raised in a religious home so I wasn’t familiar with the traditions surrounding Easter. The church I went to for 23 years after I became born again only celebrated Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. I wondered if there was more to remember during Holy Week, or Passion Week, as it is sometimes called. I wanted to know if perhaps there was a remembrance for every day of the week before Easter. There was. What I learned may cause you to want to know Jesus better, draw closer to him and appreciate his sacrifice much more, maybe even prompting you to take his call on your life a lot more seriously. Continue Reading

April 9, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Walking the Cross

PEOPLE THINK HE’S NUTS, AN IDIOT, A RELIGIOUS FANATIC, but 64-year-old Steve Epp doesn’t care because God called him to take up his cross, put some wheels at the base and walk along the southern route from Wilmington, North Carolina, to San Diego, California.

But why would he do such a thing? Isn’t that a little odd given this post-modern, anti-Christian era? Continue Reading

March 19, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Amarillo Al the Armadillo

SPRING OFFICIALLY STARTS TOMORROW, BUT, IN TEXAS, it started on the evening of February 2 when Amarillo Al the armadillo walked out onto the highway.

On the East Coast they have Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who saw his shadow on February 2nd, then went back into his hole, forecasting 6 more weeks of winter weather.

Texas tradition says that if Amarillo Al makes it across the road, winter continues; if he gets hit by a car, winter ends.

That’s why there is never a winter in Texas.

 

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March 10, 2017
by Steve Sanchez
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Arresting Truth

A FRIEND OF MINE WAS ARRESTED IN ENGLAND AND FOUND GUILTY for a heinous crime. Was it robbery? Assault? Murder? Nope. None of those. Mike Stockwell got busted, along with his compatriot Michael Overd, for speaking the truth!

I met Mike Stockwell back in 2008 when I was leading a team for  The Ambassador’s Academy,  an evangelism ministry started by Ray Comfort that teaches normal Christians how to share their faith simply and biblically by handing out Gospel tracts, having personal conversations and by street preaching.

I didn’t know it then, but Stockwell would continue to preach the gospel in streets around the country and the world as a calling and vocation for the next nine years. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the good news”—and he obeyed!

Now he’s paying the price. Continue Reading