panelarrow

September 25, 2022
by Steve Sanchez
0 comments

A Tale of Two Convicts

I began my jail ministry three years ago, September 25, 2019, while visiting “Manny,” a man I had never met before. At the request of his brother who lived 5 hours away, he asked me to visit him after finding our church online.

I began my jail ministry on this day three years ago, while visiting “Manny,” a man I had never met before. At the request of his brother who lived 5 hours away, he asked me to visit him after finding our church online.

Manny said that he had been a Christian for over forty years.

He said that the main reason he was in jail was because he stopped going to church. One thing led to another, with sin finally getting the best of him. God got his attention after he fell too far away by putting him behind bars for what looked to be a long, long time. While incarcerated, he witnessed to everyone who came into his cell, and, with the help of his brother, gave each person a Bible, handing out over 67 Life Application Bibles.

I visited him weekly.

The second time I was there, he asked if I could visit another cellmate. Then a third and a fourth. We talked about the Bible, the Lord Jesus, and I encouraged them all with Scripture, praying for everyone.

One of the inmates, “Rick,” got out several months later and came to our church. The congregation loved and accepted him just as he was. He even started serving in simple ways. A member let him stay in an extra room he had.

Then Covid hit in March 2020, ending my visits to the jail. Still, I called Manny on occasion to check in. Rick continued to go to our church until a political disagreement caused him to leave. He didn’t like our stance on the subject. When I would see Rick stumbling down Highway 281, brown bag in hand, I urged him to come back to church. He didn’t. Continue Reading

August 20, 2022
by Steve Sanchez
0 comments

Don’t Fret ‘Cuz the Gov’ment

I gotta admit, these days, with the way our government is going, it’s getting a little harder not to fret when I see our once great country being ripped from its foundations.

87,000 new tax agents give me little confidence. And they have guns.

The mental illness that is trans-affirmation shows that all common sense has disappeared.

The New Racism raising its ugly head proves that people have not learned from the past and Martin Luther King’s comments have fallen on deaf ears.

Pregnancy Centers being destroyed in the name of death reflects the dark cult of those who want freedom without responsibility.

Censorship, election fraud, mass hoaxes, media collusion—really, nothing new under the sun. Every other country in the world has experienced fraud and corruption from the highest levels ever since the Tower of Babel was erected.

And no, just because America is now encountering the same tinpot dictatorship abuses of power usually reserved for Banana Republics does not mean Jesus is coming back soon.

So, what’s a Christian to do?

Psalm 37:3-4 tell us:

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
‭‭
Should we take matters into our own hands? No!

Should we take to the streets and shout: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore?” No!

This:

Psalm 37:7: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
‭‭
“What good will that do?” you ask.

Really? You mean that the God of the universe cannot take care of business?

Our job is to “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.” (Psalms‬ ‭37:8‬)

Tough to do when we see so much going wrong. But here’s the great promise:

‭“For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.” (Psalms‬ ‭37:9-10‬)

Hang in there, believer!‭

August 8, 2022
by Steve Sanchez
4 Comments

Was Olivia Newton-John a Christian?

The co-star of one of the most popular musicals of all time, Grease, lost her 30-year-long battle to breast cancer this morning.

What were her beliefs? Not much is known specifically, but it appears that she was quite spiritual and a student of many religions.

According to the HollowVerse website “she doesn’t identify with anything–or everything depending on how you look at it. Normally reputable sites claim that she’s a Christian, and that very well could be true, but it seems more that she’s multi-religious, or meta-religious. She has expressed an interest in aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism, but seems to claim neither as a whole.

In an interview with Catholic News she said, “I believe that all human beings are connected, like pearls on a chain. We have in common the search for peace, love and compassion. It is my hope that we can accept and respect each other’s [religious] traditions, no matter what our personal beliefs. This is my intention – to make music that helps to heal the heart and connect us to each other.

“Nature is my church,” she has stated, which belies a hint of pantheism. Continue Reading