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Preaching at Pink’s (World Famous Hot Dogs)

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We weren’t there for the famous hot dogs named after celebrities.
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Though I have to admit, The Ozzy Spice Dog, with nacho cheese, American cheese, grilled onions, and chopped tomatoes sounded delicious.

And we weren’t there to see celebrities who acted like hotdogs during the former Happy Days of their careers.
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We were there for the ridiculous crowds that have snaked around this Hollywood landmark since 1939!
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I can almost guarantee that in the 69 years that Pink’s World Famous Hot Dogs has been in business, no one ever stood on a little stool to preach to people waiting in line for a Rosie O’ Donnel Long Island Dog…

…that just wouldn’t be kosher!

But I relished the idea of asking people: If you were to choke on a hot dog today and die, would you go to Heaven or Hell?
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Oh sure, some people may have thought that this venerable institution had gone to the dogs, but I didn’t see anyone get too steamed when I warned them about breaking God’s 10 Commandments, as I reminded them that lying one time, stealing one thing, lusting only once, or misusing God’s name only one time would leave them guilty before a Holy God, and the penalty would be Hell, where they would be broiled and grilled forever.

I then told them the good news of Jesus Christ. I pleaded for them to repent and trust in the Savior. As I did this, an Orthodox Jewish man and his sons walked by.

Fortunately, no one threw a Pastrami Reuben Dog at me.

Fellow preacher “Righteous Richard” Chavarria wanted a piece of this evangelistic action, so he had to ketchup with the rest of the crowd at the back of the line…

…as the sun set on the home of The Martha Stewart Dog.
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See the live video here!

Click here to read the essence of the text we use for open air preaching.

(Photos of former L.A. mayor James Hahn and “The Fonz” are from Pink’s website.)

5 Comments

  1. I have to confess that if someone had told me years ago that they serve hot dogs in Heaven and the only way to get there was by being a “good person”, I would have died as the BEST of the nicest, kindest, most wonderful person on the planet. Not to mention: humble.

    As it turns out, I’m a sinner (gratefully saved by grace). I’m a sheep.
    Ho hum. Pass the grass.

    Great job guys!

  2. I have to say your “evangelizing” strikes me as very discourteous. People who are just in line for a hot dog probably don’t appreciate having religious dogma preached at them. I know I certainly wouldn’t. Doesn’t the religion you’re peddling teach you the value of common courtesy?

  3. I can appreciate Kenton, himself, not appreciating being anywhere in public and having to hear ‘religious dogma’ being preached in that fashion. In any randomn crowd, not everyone would appreciate it. No one is saying they have to and that’s understandable.

    But are people so selfish that just because SOME might not agree with how and what is being presented that they don’t take into consideration that maybe someone else in the lineup might really appreciate what is being said and go home with a little more knowledge about something that is important for them in their life right now?

    It’s just a few minutes of hearing someone speak with conviction about something that may turn out to be good for someone else. Is that so hard to tolerate for a little while?

    It’s also Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion in action. Do we not fully appreciate the fact that we are FREE to excercise these blood bought rights, thanks to the thousands of lives sacrificed on the battle fields of the great wars FOR US ?

    There is nothing discourteous about democracy.

  4. As being a young proud serving Veteran and a fellow friend of sinners, for I am as well also a sinner by nature as well also. It’s is Only by Christ Righteousness, can my account of sin be paid in full, as it was on Mount Calvary. Only by His Holy Grace can I be saved by, not of anything I could ever do on my own part ever. His Grace alone is what saves alone, not church, to giving money out to the poor, being born into a certain type of family and etc. That is the only reason why I can and many others can as well also, even share His Holy unchangeable Word of absolute truth. I am a street preacher as well also, and we need to sheed some light onto the situation that has been posted, about preaching while others wait in line to eat. First off how unloving it would be for another true regenerated ” born again” Christian not to share the whole counsel of God. In dealing with the people standing in line to get food, and this how this message falls into place. If you knew someone that would be going to get into a car that has no brakes and you for knew that information before hand, and You did not share that with them. How unloving of that person who had that for knew knowledge. Same thing with the Gospel message as well also, the Bible say’s there is none righteous, no, not one. There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no not one. We have only one chance in this life time, as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. In knowing that if you break the 7 Commandment- You shall not commit adultery. When we lust after a woman or a man we have already have commited adultery in our hearts, for man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart. The 6 Commandment- You shall not murder, but if you have had unforgivness in your actions towards another, you have already committed the act of murder already before a Holy God already then. That is only 2 Commandments, that I have touched on briefly, and the Bible says if You break One Commandment, You are gulity of breaking them all. And the greatest Commandment of them all is the First Commandment- You shall have no other gods before me, and We All Have Broken that, by being born in sin, for our Sin separates us from a Holy Righteous Living God. For we don’t have to teach children how to lie, or how to cheat, or how to steal, any mother or father, has to ever give them a lesson on how doing those acts, that comes from a corrupted heart. So how unloving of Christians when they don’t share the whole counsel of God. For there is hope from Judgment and Wrath, and it’s Only Found in Jesus Christ. As He said I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Jesus says we can have the free gift of eternal life and perfect fellowship with Him alone. When we cry out to God in Godly brokness, in when we see our sin, in the vew of How God looks at it and How He deals with sin. We Must Repent, turn away from the sin that is inslaving you into bondage and corruption. Only crying out to God to break You away from your own sin issues and false hope out side of Christ perfect will to be done is the only Hope. For Jesus is the Only One that has ever Ressurected from the Grave, no other has ever done that, only God can forgive for ones sin. With out the sheeding of His blood there is no remissions of ones sin, and Only Christ blood can take away ones sins. Jesus is friends of sinners, for He didn’t come to call the Righteous, but sinners to repentance. For He layed His life down for His Sheep, no greater of Love has ever been shown to lost hell bound sinners, when Christ went to the Cross and took the Full Wrath of His Father, upon Himself alone. What Holy Perfect Love, that a Holy Righteous God would even allow One sinner to come too repentance and faith alone in Christ alone, for the Free gift of Eternal life. Only by God granting into ones life, regenerating of ones spirtual heart, can you turn towards God and Hear His Beloved Word of Eternal truth. Only by hating ones sin, will one ever see truth need of repentance into ones life. Jesus is the asnwer, for His Name alone is the Only Name that one can be Saved by. One last thing, in knowing in this day and age we live in, how many foods are bad for our health, it’s not God’s fault, it’s Many fault by His own personal responability. May God save lost souls and others will be ever so grateful, for the love of others in sharing such a life changing message and amen.

  5. Why do you think they preach? They are being very courteous, and very concerned about where you end up. Wherever the crowds are, that is the best place to preach, lots of lost people, ya know.

    ~liza SOBE

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