November 20, 2019
by Steve Sanchez

Beyond Thoughts and Prayers

MASS SHOOTINGS ARE IN THE NEWS AGAIN and I hate that I have to write this article. Anticipate more controversy of what could have been done, what should have been done. Also, expect those who offer their thoughts and prayers to be shamed once again.

CNN reported that the phrase “thoughts and prayers” had reached

“semantic satiation, the phenomenon in which a word or phrase is repeated so often it loses its meaning.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said that thoughts and prayers after a shooting “should be outlawed…Usually, it’s a throwaway line by a staffer who knocks off some script, some product, some wordage for somebody political to make it sound like they give a damn.”

I can understand that sending good thoughts during a time of crisis mean nothing, but Scripture says prayer is “powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7) The implication is that we are to continuously ask, seek and knock.

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November 13, 2019
by Steve Sanchez

Why I Can Never Vote For a Democrat

A WOMAN ASKED ME IF I, AS A PASTOR, GOT INVOLVED IN POLITICS. The pastor at her church refused to talk about political issues and discouraged congregants from doing the same. I assured her that I thought it was a Christian Pastor’s mandate to involve themselves in the issues of the day.

There are many important matters, but all pale in comparison to one issue, legalized abortion, and because of this, I can never vote for a liberal, nor a Leftist, nor a Democrat.

Let’s compare that one issue with the rest of the Left’s concerns this campaign season:

A “living wage” means nothing when one can always afford to kill the living.

An open border policy is a hollow goal when baby humans cannot pass beyond the border of the womb.

Healthcare for all means nothing at all, when the weakest and most vulnerable of all, get none at all, not even the right to live at all.

Stricter firearm laws will never save the pre-born, who die at the hands of those carrying no guns at all.

Gender politics, intersectionality, LGBTQ rights and policies against racism are nothing if not hypocritical when female, black and minority babies are killed more frequently in the womb than any other innocent person.

Equality for all should include all people, no matter how small.

Justice begins in the womb. Women’s health begins in the womb. You began in the womb.

Everyone should have a right to vote, even when it’s 18 years in the future.

Perhaps marijuana should be legalized so that we can forget the tragedy of America’s holocaust which ignores the least of these.

October 29, 2019
by Steve Sanchez

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 502 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 22, 2019
by Steve Sanchez

Why I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye (Kind of….)

I KISSED EVANGELISM GOODBYE on this day a year ago. Well kind of….

For those who know me, this is an odd confession. On January 1, 2004, I made a commitment to share my every day. Then on July 31st of 2005, I heard “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” after Ray Comfort taught at our church. My eyes were then opened to the most effective way to share my faith.

Soon after, I taught The Way of the Master for seven years at my former church Hope Chapel—and everywhere, even in China! I also led evangelism teams to almost every large event in the L.A. area, including Michael Jackson’s memorial service, (we were outside in the streets), the Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, the Lakers Championships, the L.A. Kings, and thirteen parades a year. I was quite the zealous Gospel proclaimer over the years, handing out perhaps, hundreds of thousands of tracts, preaching in the open air, and, of course, having hundreds of one-to-one conversations, reminding people how they have broken God’s Law and how they needed a Savior to be forgiven.

Not only that, our teams preached with Ray Comfort regularly in Huntington Beach and I served as a leader for three years with the Ambassadors’ Academy, the training arm of Living Waters Ministries.

I say all this so you will know that I was totally committed to the cause of preaching the Gospel, because, after all, “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved. But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?” (Romans 10:14-15)

Then something changed as I was praying in my bed during my devotional time on that October 22nd Monday, 2018.

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October 16, 2019
by Steve Sanchez

The Mistake I Refuse to Make

I’VE MADE A FEW EMBARRASSING MISTAKES IN MY 22 YEARS AS A PASTOR. Two in particular cause me to get red-faced whenever I remember them:

At a Communion service several years back, when reflecting on the punishment Jesus received, I said to the congregation that “Jesus was beatilly bruten on our behalf.” I then proceeded to tell everyone to drink the cup BEFORE eating the Matzo, reversing the order of service described in the Gospels.

That was a bad day.

Even worse was the funeral I officiated after having prepared two memorial services at the same time to be given on the same day to two families I did not know. As I sincerely delivered the comforting message to the gathered aggrieved, the family sitting in the front row kept shaking their heads frantically as I solemnly eulogized their dearly departed…and used a wrong name! I had somehow gotten my notes mixed up. It was at this point a career-change to a Chick-fil-A fry cook looked pretty good.

Those are some embarrassing errors, but there is one mistake that I will never make. Ever. I will never…

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