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June 21, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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A Father’s Chief Responsibility

HEY, FATHERS! DO YOUR KIDS KNOW THE LORD?

Do you have the assurance that they will stand for Jesus in this crazy world that calls evil good, and good evil; that puts darkness for light, and light for darkness?

More importantly, do you know for sure that they will go to Heaven and not to Hell, should they—God forbid—die prematurely?

Many parents expect their church to do the work of training up their children in the way they should go, and that it’s the pastor’s responsibility to ensure that every kid knows and obeys Christ.

Not true!

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June 2, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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Fasting for God

(Originally published on 2/14/16. Revised 6/3/20)

As our church is entering into a new phase  with lots of goals to accomplish for the Kingdom of God, perhaps I can convince you through Scripture that fasting is a worthwhile spiritual discipline to investigate.

Also, I’d like us as a church to engage in this practice on the first Thursday of every month.

What is a fast? It’s abstaining from food for a limited period of time to seek God. It’s a denial of self for the purposes of intense spiritual activity.

In the OT, regular fasters were Moses, David, Elijah, Daniel and Hannah. In the NT, Jesus fasted, and, of course, his Apostles and Anna.

Jesus did not say “If you fast,” but, “When you fast…” (Matthew 16:16), the implication being that this is something we should do.

Fasting is not a hunger strike, nor a manipulative device nor a form of dieting. Fasting should be about God, one that is set apart for him to honor and glorify him, designed to accomplish his will.

But why should we fast today? What spiritual benefits can we get from this ancient discipline? I want to give you 3 reasons why you may want to consider fasting as a regular part of your spiritual life: Continue Reading

May 9, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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Tutti Frutti No More

LITTLE RICHARD DIED TODAY. Did he go to Heaven or Hell?

He was one of the fathers of rock ‘n roll and described himself as an “omnisexual” where he gloried in a life of pervert practices that included orgies with men and women. Rolling Stone magazine said that his “fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form.”

Known for such hits as “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Lucille,” and “Good Golly Miss Molly,” Elton John was even influenced by him: “I heard Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and that was it. I didn’t ever want to be anything else. I’m more of a Little Richard stylist than a Jerry Lee Lewis, I think.”

The Beatles recorded his songs as did such diverse bands as the Everly Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Kinks and Elvis Costello. His style even influenced Prince. As he told Joan Rivers in 1989, “Prince is the Little Richard of his generation. I was wearing purple before you was wearing it,” he said, as he looked straight into the camera.

He gave up rock ‘n roll in 1957 to become an ordained minister after experiencing many signs and a dream about his own damnation and the end of the world.

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May 9, 2020
by Steve Sanchez
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Why We Are Having Church Indoors

94 people were tested at the Covid-19 Mobile Test Site in Blanco County last week and all tested negative! This is why I support the opening of Texas.

One man criticized my conviction that we ought to open Texas by posting this: “I love how the ‘right to life’ movement has no problem tossing older folks onto the virus pyre.”

Though the man was sincere, he presented a false dichotomy.

His meaning? “Because I’m pro-life, I’m a hypocrite, since granting liberty to Americans will kill older people.”

Millions of babies are killed every year. Yes, I’m against that. But I also care about older folks too. I believe they should be segregated and looked after especially.

At church on Sunday we did just that. We had our more mature members sit on one side of the sanctuary. In a newsletter I re-stated Texas Governor Abbott’s official position:

“Strongly encourage the at-risk population to watch or participate in the service remotely. Or, designate an area inside the facility reserved for the at-risk population, or offer a service for at-risk population attendees only.”

How different from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s response which forced elderly people with Covid-19 back into nursing homes. I guess baby-killers don’t care about older people on the East Coast. (He rescinded that order a few days ago.)

My Facebook friend did not acknowledge the nuances of the “Open the USA” argument.

Every model projection given by “experts” in the academic and medical fields concerning the death rate of the coronavirus have been proved wrong so far.

Yes, there will indeed be a spike in coronavirus cases. The lockdown was not meant to eradicate the virus, but to flatten the curve so that hospitals would not be overwhelmed.

Yes, people will get sick and some may, God forbid, die. But, what is the alternative? Stay in lockdown? How long? Forever?

Since the lockdown there has been a 1,000% increase in suicides as well as an increase in domestic violence and mental illness. People have died of other issues due to the lack of adequate healthcare. Not to mention those who lost jobs—maybe permanently.

“You don’t care about old people” is a Strawman, easily knocked down when you look a little deeper.

Humans are made for human contact; we are social beings. How much longer can we endure a quarantine?

Experts are saying that we are now entering into the “Third Quarter” of isolation when things start becoming intense.

“In studies of people isolated in submarines, space stations or polar bunkers, researchers have found there appears to be an inflection point where the frustration and hardship of being cooped up inside gets suddenly harder to bear.”

James Purtill www.abc.net.au/

Interpersonal conflicts arise when people get desperate.

Ultimately, what will be the final cost of a crushed economy in terms of human suffering, job losses, unpaid rent, evictions and food shortages?
With freedom comes great responsibility. Americans can be responsible people.

There is always risk to living life.

So, get out there, put on the mask if you need to and wash your hands.

Exercise your freedom as Americans, the land of the free and home of the brave. Isn’t it time to be people of courage again?