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February 12, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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Great Biblical Valentine’s Day Cards

Forget those sentimental and sappy Hallmark cards with their treacly rhymes and flowers. How about these Song of Solomon inspired, true romance love language epistles?

Nothing says love like comparing your amour’s nose to a tower!

“Thunder Thighs” wasn’t an insult in Old Testament times!

Perhaps you prefer more theological love languages. Well, here ya go!

Whether Calvinist or Arminian, nothing says “I ‘eros’ you more than a good non-heretical love note.

Okay…this is indeed a bit creepy. Screwtape must have had a hand in this!

Theologian cards by TheMondayHeretic.wordpress.com

February 6, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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Is Kirk Douglas in Heaven?

KIRK DOUGLAS DIED TODAY AT AGE 103. What did he believe about God? Did he go to Heaven?

In an Esquire interview in 2001 he said this:

“The more I’ve studied the Torah, the less religious I’ve become, the more spiritual. We Jews are taught to read Hebrew, but we don’t know what the hell we’re reading. At Yom Kippur services, I was reading the English translations, and it came to me: There’s so much adoration of God, but God doesn’t need us to sing his praises. He just wants us to be better people.

“Muslims follow Muhammad to reach God. Christians follow Jesus. Jews follow Moses. But it’s all the same God.

“Maybe when you die, you come before a big, bearded man on a big throne, and you say, ‘Is this heaven?’ And he says, ‘Heaven? You just came from there.’

“Religion has killed millions of people. Something must be wrong.”

In an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in 2017, he explained,

“I grew up praying in the morning and laying tefillin, but I gave up much of the formal aspect of religion. I believe in God and I’m happy to be a Jew. But I think too much religion has not helped civilization. Caring for other people is my religion.”

Caring for people is wonderful, but no amount of good deeds will get anyone to heaven. The only way anyone has a relationship with God is by putting their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins.

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January 22, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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My Black Heart Changed

“THIS IS WHERE THEY PERFORM THE ABORTIONS,” I said to my beautiful and precious daughters in 2011 as we drove past the innocuous looking building called Family Planning Associates located just a few miles from our home at the time. Making a quick U-turn I parked just up the street from the entrance. A solitary man looked like he was praying as he strode slowly up and down the sidewalk in front of the medical offices.

Two women exited. One was weeping as they both hurriedly walked to the parking lot. The praying man told us it’s busiest on Wednesdays and Fridays because that’s when they carry out their “surgical procedures.”

“Daddy,” my then 12-year-old DD exclaimed, “why is it called a Family Planning Clinic? Why did they name it that?”

“Because,” I gently explained, “it sounds better than advertising that it’s a place to murder your child.”

Flash backward about twenty years from that day to a Christian Singles Retreat I attended shortly after committing my life to Jesus. In the dining room a petition was passed around from table to table opposing a new abortion clinic that was just getting ready to open for business. “I can’t sign it,” I protested, “I am for abortion.”

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January 10, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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The Importance of Baptism

On this day 29 years ago, at Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach, I was baptized as an adult, fully immersed in water like Jesus, (and which was the practice of the early church), in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, in obedience to Jesus’ command in Matthew 28.

Thirty-nine days after I became a born-again believer by putting my trust in Christ for forgiveness and repenting of my sins, I made my public declaration of faith. Hallelujah!

The only thing I remember about that time was saying this in front of my entire church: “I thought Amazing Grace was a bartender at the Red Onion.”

Yeah, I was really lost back then….

There’s a lot of confusion regarding baptism and I would even say that most Christians are indifferent to it, or worse, people who call themselves believers in Jesus may have never been baptized at all according to New Testament baptism even though Jesus clearly says,

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

There are two ordinances, or commands, for the Protestant, Evangelical church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. I’d like to bring some biblical clarity, starting with the word “ordinance.”

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