27 Years a Slave


Here’s a discovered photo from my “other life” around 1980. I was 21, at a bar called Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico, had too many cervezas and foolishly danced on top of a table.

Suddenly, two Federales grabbed my shoulders and escorted me to the shadows. Thankfully, a Mexican local, whom I did not know, followed us into the “torture room,” negotiating my release. (I’m the shirtless guy standing next to one of the arresting officiales.)

Now, a head shot from when I started my career as a Hollywood actor around the same time I gave up my dream of being a radio disc jockey. My name? Steve Sage. Motto: “He’ll grow on you.”

I made a few local commercials, some “skeleton in the closet” films, (I’ll never tell!), and paid way more money for acting classes in Tinsel Town than was ever deposited in the bank. 

Currently, as Pastor of Community Church of the Hills in Johnson City, Texas, hometown of LBJ, I’m about as far removed from L.A. as Democrats are from reality.

Today, December 2, marks my 27th anniversary of being a Christian, a bond-slave of Jesus Christ, an unworthy servant, a worm, a wretch, completely dependent on my Master for life and breath and everything I have. The elimination of all that craziness is a great reminder of what the Lord has done in my life.

And Jesus still changes lives.

Slave trader John Newton met Christ, repented, changed, then wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

C. S. Lewis, author of “Mere Christianity,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia,” was an atheist who said he was looking for Christ like a rat chases a cat.

But probably the most famous of all testimonies was the Apostle Paul’s:

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”

All born again.

The term “Born Again” was popularized by Watergate co-conspirator Chuck Colson who wrote a best seller of the same name about his conversion to Christianity in the ‘70’s when he was thrown in jail for his crimes, and when released, started a ministry to prisoners called “Prison Fellowship.”

But the term “born again” has an earlier history. Jesus spoke it first in the best-selling book of all time, the Bible: “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

Being born again means acknowledging that you’ve sinned against God and deserve Hell. You repent of that sin and trust in Jesus Christ’s death on a cross. Now you live for him instead of yourself directed by his words in the Bible. Your life will change.


In being a slave, there is no greater freedom.


Listen to my entire testimony here, including my “Breaking Bad” meth years when I sold stereos out of the back of my car in the desert. I almost committed suicide, too. I was also robbed by a drug dealer at gunpoint, had my faced smashed against my steering wheel and challenged Satan to show himself. Whew!

It’s in three parts from my former radio show called “Shine Your Light Radio,” and also has cool music!

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