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January 22, 2023
by Steve Sanchez
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Calloused-Hearted Me

TODAY IS SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE SUNDAY.

This is perfect timing too, because it falls on what would have been the 50th anniversary of that disastrous Supreme Court decision which legalized nationally the tearing to pieces of babies in the womb.

I never know what Scriptures will speak to me in my daily reading, but this account of Joseph shows the grief of a loving father who cares for his child.
In this case, Jacob, who thought his son was dead due to the callousness of brothers with hardened hearts who were only thinking of themselves and not about the preciousness of life.

Nearly 64 million beautiful humans have perished at the hands of those who only think of themselves—nearly the size of France.

I contributed to three of those deaths before I was a Christian and still grieve over who I lost and wonder how their lives would have turned out if I loved them like Jacob.

I thank God for a gracious Heavenly Father who has forgiven me and has granted me life and breath and everything I have.

“I hate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday not because I think it’s inappropriate,” wrote Russell Moore. “Just as every Lord’s Day should be Easter, with the preaching of the Resurrection of Jesus, and Christmas, with the announcement of God becoming man, so we need to constantly affirm the dignity and preciousness of human life.
“The main reason I hate this day is that I’m reminded that we have to say things to one another that human beings should never have to say.

“Mothers shouldn’t kill their children. Fathers shouldn’t abandon their babies. No human life is worthless, regardless of skin color, age, disability, economic status.”

That’s why I’ll continue to advocate for life, preaching about it today at Community Church of the Hills and working to abolish demonic laws that promote death to the least of these.

Will you join me?
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*See the touching half hour documentary “I Lived On Parker Avenue” https://www.ilivedonparkerave.com/

**Learn more about the Abolition Movement: https://freethestates.org

*** #JustAnotherDailyDevotional is based on my morning readings in The One Year Bible. If you’d like me to tag or text you them, leave me a Personal Message. (Or check in daily.)

January 20, 2023
by Steve Sanchez
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The Snake Bite Bible Translation

PASTOR JAMIE COOTS DIED AFTER BEING BITTEN BY A RATTLESNAKE IN A CHURCH SERVICE.

Coots and his followers at “Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus’ Name” in Kentucky, believe that God calls them to handle venomous serpents and to drink other poisons.
Even if they are bitten, they will refuse medical treatment because they believe that their fate is in God’s hands.

Proverbs 4:1—“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.”

Despite his father’s death, Cody Coots said he doesn’t believe snake handling is dangerous. “It’s the word of God,” he said. “We’ve always said it’s a good way to live by and a good way to die by.”

Proverbs 1:2—“I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.”

Charles Spurgeon said, “If you sincerely drink poison, it will kill you: if you sincerely cut your throat, you will die. If you sincerely believe a lie, you will suffer the consequences. You must not only be sincere, but you must be right.” Continue Reading

January 19, 2023
by Steve Sanchez
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Take One Step in 2023

GOD DIDN’T SAVE YOU TO JUST GO TO CHURCH, sit in a pew, listen and leave (though many who profess Christ don’t even do that). He expects you to be good dirt, producing something.

Some don’t understand God’s Word so they don’t obey ever.

Others get excited about Jesus, worship and fellowship, but don’t read the Bible to apply knowledge, so when stuff hits the fan, they fall away.

Still others hear God’s Word, get distracted with “what-ifs” or get a raise at their job, and produce nothing.

What type of dirt are you based on the concentric circles below?

To be good dirt, you must be in a fellowship of believers. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Read this and take one step this year into another circle to become excellent mulch:

If you are in the “COMMUNITY,” you are not entirely committed to Christ. You may visit church occasionally, but haven’t decided to follow Jesus fully.

Are you part of the “CROWD”? You may attend a fellowship once or twice a month, but aren’t much more involved beyond that.

Those in the “CONGREGATION” attend regularly, give faithfully, and support the vision and values of the church.

The “COMMITTED” are members who are growing in their relationship with Jesus, establishing the disciplines of a disciple, and progressing spiritually, serving in various ministries.

The “CORE” take responsibility for leadership in the church.

The “COMMISSIONED” are living out the Great Commission, making disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). They are active in reaching out to their community, sharing the Gospel, sharing their lives, and inviting people to church.

What step will you take in 2023 to produce an abundant crop?

Whoever has ears, let them hear.

*** #JustAnotherDailyDevotional is based on my morning readings in The One Year Bible. If you’d like me to tag or text you them, leave me a Personal Message. (Or check in daily.)