Thursday, January 29, 2009

This Is What Happens When You Read Romans!

Hello All,

As many of you know, I teach a morning Men's Bible study at Kingsfield Church. For those with early morning syndrome, feel free to join us 6AM on Tuesdays. It's great being with a bunch of like-minded, godly men, who just want to be encouraged in their walks with the Lord...and breakfast doesn't hurt either!

This season, I have been doing a biography study of the Apostle Paul. It's called "The Power of One: One Man, One Life, One Mission." For the most part, it's been a study on the book of Acts until we came to Acts 15, where the question of how a man is saved became the focal point of the Church. One faction said, "You have to follow the law and become a Jew!" The other faction believed that a believing faith in Christ would be sufficient. There was some heat and passion and vigor, as the minds of that early church in Jerusalem wrestled with essential theology.

So, as part of Paul's story, I moved us over to the book of Romans and have been surveying this fantastic book for the past month. I have always loved Romans. To me, it is one of the most perfect literary works that I have ever had the privilege to read, study and teach. Viewed in the mindset and context of Acts 15, I believe that I was able to catch personally the passion that Paul had when he wrote this answer to the question of how a man can be saved.

One thing that really stuck out to me was Paul's insistent theme of condemnation because of sin. It's always in my mind and I'm constantly reminded of my own sin, but I wonder if the message of God's wrath against sin is heard much today?

I remember as a young teen, the time when I discovered the wretchedness of my own sin condition. I had to be told. I needed to be convinced. I needed to be shown. But when the Word of God was exposed to me, I knew that I was a sinner, damned and on my way to Hell. I felt the weight of guilt overtake me and I had to be free of it. I knew that it was a curse that hung over me like a constant sign. I knew that the only hope was to run to Jesus and trust completely and thoroughly in His Word, that if I called on Him, then He would in no way, cast me out!

I wonder how many people feel that today? Many are innoculated by their own good deeds and their track record and the fact that they are not as bad as so-and-so. Many are deceived into believing that they can stand before a Holy God and point to their own righteousness, when in reality, the ultimate feeling of dread comes with the realization that their works don't represent righteousness, but are instead another debt! How sad, to have been so loving, so charitable, so "holy" in their own minds, and yet to have stood before the Savior that they rejected because of their reliance on their own "holiness."

Receiving Christ as Savior, means that you trust Him completely for your salvation. That is the positive side of it. On the other hand, it concurrently means that you reject fully and completely any other thing or work or deed that you would believe has redemptive value before God!

It used to be that one could illustrate the love that Jesus has for mankind by looking at the cross. The old picture is of a preacher, holding out his hands in a cross position, saying, "This is how much He loves you!" I have done this and I believe it with my whole heart. He does love me, and you, whoever you are, whatever you have done, THAT much! However, we are remiss in our preaching if we do not alternately use the same illustration to convey that God HATES SIN THAT MUCH!

He hates my pride, arrogance, lust, anger! He hates my sinful attitudes and actions! So much so, that He died for me, standing in a representative position, dying a death that I and all of humanity deserved. He took every ounce of the righteous, holy anger of God! Every moment He was tortured, more of God's wrath was released!

When I point to anything of my own righteousness, I might as well be saying, "Jesus' death was good, but not great!" I may as well say, "Jesus' death put me over the top, but I was pretty close!" Let such a thought be accursed!

Biblically, there is NO ONE WHO IS REMOTELY CLOSE! Paul says that there is NONE who seek after God, no not even one!

Jesus died to be my bridge, but the deal is that HE IS THE ONLY BRIDGE! There is no other bridge across the Grand Canyon that separates me from Him.

I will never be a party to anyone ever believing that their righteousness amounts to anything before God. Paul, writing to the Galatians said that that thought was another gospel and was to be considered accursed! So that's where I stand.

On the other hand, Paul wrote and implored the people, on God's behalf, to be reconciled to God, through Christ, for believing upon Him, trusting in His name and His perfection, is equal to living a perfect life, according to Romans 4! "Abraham believed and it was accounted to Him for righteousness!"

And now, in Romans 8:1, we read that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit! No condemnation!

Please don't miss this! If you happen to be reading this, having stumbled across this, please trust Christ and reject any item that you would hold up as redemptively valuable to God! If you have been a Christian for a long time, don't miss this reminder that this is our greatest and really, only message for the watching world of people who are currently living under the wrath of a living, Holy God, condemned because of their refusal to recognize Jesus Christ, the unique Son of God, as the Savior of their Souls from the bondage of sin. If that is not your heart's cry to make that known, please reconsider and ask for the Lord to give you His heart and message again!

Blessings To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

Monday, January 26, 2009

Train Up A Child

I'm pretty sure it means this...
I hope that it doesn't mean this:Only time will tell! Let's all hope and pray for the best!

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

Saturday, January 24, 2009

"You Do All Things Well..."

Hello All,

I may have blogged before about a time in my life that was very influential to my development as a Christian, a drummer and a Pastor. It was during my time with Pastor Rod Collins, when I was playing in the Saturday Night Life worship band. Someday, I'll write more about what that means, but I was musing on a certain song that became an anthem at SNL.

It was called "His Banner Over Me." At one point in the song, the words would say "His banner over you, his banner over me, his banner over us, is love, love, love." What I will always remember about this particular song, was that when we came to this part, the band would point at each other. "His banner over you..." Kim would point at Joe, Scott would point at Kenny, etc. It was a sweet time.

At the end of that song, after talking about the Lord's banner over our lives, a picture of His protective providence in the lives of believer's lives, we sang a lyric that stated, "You do all things well, just look at our lives!"

This particular song lyric rang in my heart this week as I heard whispers and rumors of God's work in people's lives that I have been praying for for what feels like an eternity. In most of these situations, there have been times when it seemed like their trial would end. News would come and it would sound like God was done testing them. And then, a new turn would show itself, and we were back to prayer, praying for the cessation of the trial.

In most of these cases, we have asked the question, "Lord, how long will you allow this to continue?" I'll be honest, I have never heard Him answer this. I have never heard Him give me a definitive timeline. His answer is generally reflective of His Word. "Let patience have her perfect work...." "I am the Lord..." "I will never leave nor forsake..."

I have told people for years that God never tells them the end of their story. For one, such knowledge is worthless in the middle of pain. I mean, who when they are in pain care to hear, someday you will be healthy/whole/released. That never helps in the moment, at least not in a abiding way. It might give that person a ray of hope, but their present pain circumstance is still right there in that moment.

But even more, if God told you how He was going to answer something, you would not believe it! You can't see how He is going to orchestrate someone's repentance. You can't see how He is going to change a heart and a mind. At that point in linear time, we cannot fathom the Father's wisdom and plan.

So, it's back to prayer, feeling helpless, though our hearts know that we are winning, and drawing from the only resource that we have that we know is proven. You keep praying, seeking and knocking, hoping for a resolution, but being drawn instead into a heart that is beginning to rest in God's work.

It's when that happens in my life, when I am absolutely at the end of my rope, that God brings relief and answers. Two scenarios happened like that this week. Time will tell if this is not just another turn in the road or not, but if these things play out like they sound, I will have truly witnessed some miracles!

It leads me back to what I started with. God does all things well! I would have had Him relieve the pressure. I would have had Him shortcut the process. I would have settled for much less. I wanted relief; He wanted to show His power!

Truthfully, I pray that these things resolve in this way. But what if they don't? What if I go back to prayer and wrestle and struggle with the Lord some more? Either way, God gets more of what He is interested in: The development of my character and the character of the ones that I am praying for! Both parties go back to reliance and trust in the Lord, and reaffirm their allegiance to the God that we trust is just doing what He does...well!

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

Friday, January 23, 2009

Prayers Answered...

Hello All,

I asked one blog entry ago for your prayers. Tonight, I am able to post some results. First, with regard to George Sabolick. George had a massive heart attack on Sunday while attending the N.A.M.M. (National Association Of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim. Because of the trauma of the event, he was put into an induced coma and the fear at the time was that if he made it through surgery, there would likely be some brain damage. Thankfully, the surgery was a success and as of last night, George was talking and accepting visitors!

Though I have only had a few conversations with George and his wife Donna, I have spent quite a bit more time with the Sabolick Twins, my rhythm section mates, Adam and Jordan. Bass player and guitar player respectively, I genuinely love these guys and am thankful that their Dad is alright. They had to travel back from a national tour to be here, and both acknowledge the Lord's hand in bringing them back. For their sakes, I prayed the hardest, not wanting them to lose their Father.

On the home front for the Sanchez family, Renae also emerged from her surgery Monday morning, drowsy and a little out of it. Renae's adenoids, as suspected, were very infected when removed. We hope that these are the cause of what has been a history of poor health in her life. Her mom REALLY HOPES that this was the root cause, if you know what I mean!? As for the surgery itself, I was told that she was commended by the doctors and nurses for being a model patient. She has been slowly recovering her equilibrium over the week and seems to be well on her way to better health. She will be back at school on Monday, but cannot do P.E. or run and play like she is accustomed to. If you would like to pray that she would be able to have fun without being her usual crazy self, that would be appreciated!

Thank you again for your prayers.

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Prayers All Around...

Hello All,

I am asking all of our blog readership for prayer today. First and foremost, for Pastor George Sabolick, who endured a heart attack yesterday while at the NAMM show in Anaheim. Some details have been disseminated, but I am not comfortable putting them up here for my lack of familiarity with the entire process. I will say that I know George to be a kind man, with a deep and sincere love for the Lord. I also ask for prayers for his sweet wife Dona and their boys, especially my bandmates at Kingsfield Church, Adam and Jordan, who spent a good deal of today traveling back from the East Coast, where they had been on tour. Lord willing, I will be able to give a good report about this situation soon.

On a less serious note, in terms of severity, my daughter Renae will be going into surgery early Monday morning to have her adenoids removed. I am proud of my daughter, who has had many doctors visits, but did not cave under fear tonight when I asked her if she was afraid of anything that she would like to share. She admitted fear of snakes, scorpions and bats, but not of any surgery, which for her is a big deal! We ask that you pray that this surgery will be effective in clearing up Renae's constant health battles, which amount to a little girl who feels terrible, but cannot emotionally add it up most days.

In many ways, it feels weird to ask for prayer when there is a brother who is fighting for his life. But tonight there is global conflict, there is injustice on a large scale, in two days America will have a new President and still more, there are Christians who are living underground, hoping for just the chance to have a new page of scripture.

Yet, the Lord beckons us to bring our cares to Him, for He cares for us. There is no small thing, and consequently, no big thing to Him. So for all this and more, I ask you to go to Him believing without a doubt that He is more than able to handle it all. May the Lord heal George and may He alleviate the suffering that Renae has suffered. Jesus, we trust you for it all!

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

Friday, January 16, 2009

This Is Intriguing

Hello All,

I have just about abandoned the blog that I wanted to write. It's just so long, and now, just not as fresh as when I first started to write it. Oh well, as they say, it's often true that the ideas come easy and they go just as easy as they came! Perhaps it just wasn't meant to be.

Today, I ran across this Youtube video that is a monologue about an incident with a well known Athiest. Penn Fraser Jillette, half of the comedy/magic team "Penn And Teller," recorded his thoughts about a man who came to one of their shows and offered him a Bible. Penn is an avowed Athiest who has produced several Anti-Christian shows, offers an intriguing view of Evangelism, both in terms of the role of the believer and in terms of the honest Athiest. I hope that this stirs you up as much as it did me.

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

While You're Waiting...

Hello All,

Time has alluded me once again this week. I hope to be back in the blogging community very soon. In the meantime, check out this great Rowan Atkinson routine.

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

Thursday, January 08, 2009


Hello All,

Sometimes blogging takes a little extra time to get things right. I have a blog in draft, a follow up to a blog that I wrote last week, which I'll likely finish next week. Till then, I wanted to begin blogging in a rapid-fire-soundbyte-type style. I figure a few of these might pop up from time to time. I enjoy reading them when other people do them, so maybe these can be enjoyable too. So here are some tidbits from our life:

- Lizzy got her cast off today! Thankfully, the bone that she broke climbing down the Finfrock tree house has fully healed. No more "keep-the-cast-dry" baths! No more "hide-here-comes-Lizzy-to hug-me-cast-first" moments in my head!

- Renae is going to have her adnoids removed in a few weeks. Surgery will keep her out of school for a week. She is often sick and therefore, not in a great mood with Mommy. Hopefully, this will solve that.

- Caleb wrote a letter to Kobe Bryant today, inviting him to his birthday party in May! I did not have the heart to tell him that Kobe will be busy winning a World Championship during that time and will not likely attend. But you have to give him props for thinking about it!

- Lela is making enchiladas next week! BOOYAH!!! Ever since we got the Food Network upon return from Spain, Lela has been on FIRE in the kitchen! She's awesome and I love her!

- I have waited over a decade for the Theological Dictionary Of The New Testament. I am just a day or so away and my impatience level is going through the roof!! I need some distraction.

- I love the Men's group that I teach. We are in the life of Paul and I am learning so much. I'll be teaching Romans 1 next week. I love Romans.

- Today I answered a question about Genesis 6:2. It's been years since I addressed that question, but it was so fun to be asked. I love when I get to answer those kinds of questions.

- Today, I was encouraged verbally by someone who attends my Bible study. Folks, that goes a long way for people in your life. Encourage them verbally, face to face, eye to eye. You'll never know how deep that goes.

- Didn't we have a hands free law go into effect last year? So now you can't "text?" Doesn't that require "hands?" I'm confused...

- Pastor Carlos Casco comes to town in just two days! I can't wait to see mi bueno hermano!

- My drum student is really doing well. She is learning one of the hardest tunes that I know how to play and teach. I'm proud of her!

- I get to go to NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) next week. Last time I was there, I saw the Nelson twins, Gene Simmons and several other music personalities. It will be fun to see all the new drum stuff for 09.' Thank you Jon Minei!

- Did I mention that I saw a Laker game a few nights ago with my wife! It was so much fun to be there. Thank you Brian Lewotsky!

- Yesterday, I removed every Christmas tree in my life from sight. I am so happy that they are gone...I only wish that it was for good!

- If you're not on Facebook, it sure has been fun! Come join us...

- One final important note: I am looking into paying for a renewal of our domain name, Hopefully there will be no interupption, but in case there is, just remember to that the url for this site is still:

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Jonathan Edward's New Years Resolutions

Hello All,

Jonathan Edwards was an American preacher who lived in the 1700's and was instrumental in the revival movement known as "The Great Awakening." I happened upon his New Year's Resolutions on another site and thought that they spoke volumes of the man at the time that he wrote these. Here they are:

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God's glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad's of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.

3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.

4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.

9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.

10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.

Happy New Years!

Blessings...To Our Friends,

Frank Sanchez