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November 18, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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My 3rd Buck

You know you have been in the Hill Country of Texas too long when the big 7-point buck you’ve been waiting for since the start of deer season, finally shows up on Sunday morning, but you don’t want to be late for church so you wait for him to come back on your “day off.”

I’m glad I waited because God rewarded me with an even bigger one on Monday afternoon–my day off–with a 9-pointer!

I woke from my Monday afternoon nap, opened my window shades and there he was. I ran to get my .30/30, then I heard the deer feeder go off on the other side of the house. He bolted to get some free corn. I walked to my front porch, and there he was, snacking on the treats along with about ten other does. I took careful aim and… well, let’s just say that I’ll soon have a freezer full of sausage, backstrap and tenderloin.

And, yes, I thanked the Lord.

But, that wasn’t the end of the story. It took a lot of hard work to make sure that the buck stopped here. (Caution: Don’t read any further if you don’t like graphic hunting tales.)

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November 10, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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The Morning After the Election 2020

THE MORNING AFTER THE BALLOTS WERE TALLIED, the sun came up, the birds started singing, morning coffee was made, breakfasts were consumed, and families were late to church again. People went deer hunting, or to their friend’s homes or to a million other places. A dog barked somewhere off in the distance. Life went on.

As usual.

Why? Because God is still on the throne, in control, large and in charge. Nothing escaped his gaze; he holds all things together.

Many felt great elation while others profound disappointment over who God put into office and who he didn’t. Remember this: “It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.” (Psalm 75:7) Whomever got elected was God’s man or woman.

Thank Him. Praise Him. Our God knows what he is doing.

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October 31, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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Every Christian Should Celebrate October 31!

There’s a poster in our Youth Wing that says, “Do you seriously think God can’t use you?”

Then it lists a whole lot of people from the Bible who no one would ever think could be used for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

  • Noah was a drunk.
  • Abraham was too old.
  • Jacob was a liar.
  • Samson was a womanizer.
  • Rahab was a prostitute (who ended up in the generational line of Jesus).
  • Elijah was suicidal.
  • Lazarus was dead.

God also used a crazy man in the 16th century who was rude, crude and a Jew hater. He was also a worry wart, always thinking God was going to strike him dead for his sin. His name was Martin Luther and the reason you are a Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Pentecostal or even a non-denominational believer is because of what he did on Oct. 31, 1517, commonly called the Protestant Reformation.

It’s been 503 years since the day faith in God was RE-formed, and we celebrate our independence from hierarchical religion and cherish the truth that we can come to God on our own, by faith, through his Son Jesus Christ. Though this truth has always been with us, it was hidden for centuries. What Martin Luther did changed the direction of Christianity forever—all because God used this one man.

Every Christian should celebrate the third greatest Holy Day of the year after Christmas and Easter: Reformation Day, not that silly Halloween, the day that ghouls, ghosts and gross gaggles of the grave are happily acclaimed while death, murder and fiendish activity is lionized.

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October 13, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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How to Leave Your Church

A BELOVED FAMILY LEFT OUR FELLOWSHIP…and did it the right way: by actually telling the pastor!

AJ and Angela De LaCruz bought a new home over an hour away from Community Church of the Hills. Instead of fading away and never returning again, with members left to wondering what happened to them, they did the right and proper thing, something that the vast majority of church-goers do not do: They allowed the pastor to send them off with a blessing, even standing in front of the congregation to be prayed over before beginning their new venture.

Yes, it was a miracle.

The sad reality is, most people just leave. They may have good reasons or bad, but pastors do want to know when you go away, and would like to know why as well, even if it’s something we’ve done wrong…especially if it’s something we’ve done wrong!

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October 6, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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Runnin’ With the Devil?

Eddie Van Halen died today at age 65. Did he go to Heaven or Hell?

Only God knows. I can never make that determination nor can anyone else; all we can do is look at his life to see if he stood for Christ or lived for himself.

Eddie did give credit to God for his amazing music ability saying, “I just believe that when you play long enough you’re able to execute with your fingers, whatever God gives you… And God’s got a sense of humor, too–sometimes he gives me s—, ’cause not everything I do I like.”1

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