Ouxano 94: Prayer Is All About You (submitting to God)!

[display_podcast] In this week’s podcast, we take a look at the importance of prayer when we read the Bible as part of our personal daily devotional time.  If reading the Bible is part of a growing Christian walk with God, then talking, communicating, having honest and open conversations must be part of your Spiritual growth as well. One thing I do is start out by reading a Psalm. It tends to help put me into a worshipful mindset, from which I am more open to hearing from God, and I am more pr … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 111: What I Wish I Knew Then That I Know Now (A First-Person Rendition)

[display_podcast] As you will hear in this PODCAST, I have now reached a point in my life and ministry where I am easily bemused. Bemused by a question that I more and more frequently get asked. When I am out speaking at a camp or a conference, often times a young man or woman just starting out in the ministry, or headed for his first ministry, will with furrowed brow and pen poised at the ready ask me this singularly significant question: What do you wish you knew then that you know … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Why The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Not A Checklist

If you’ve been in Christian circles for any length of time, you’ve heard a sermon or talk about the fruit of the Spirit. You’ve seen it on plaques in people’s homes, you’ve heard children’s songs about this list of virtues.Galatians 5:22 says – “the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.” Our human tendency is to take list of character qualities like that and make them into a checkl … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 109: Swimming in a Sea of Tranquility

[display_podcast] From Dewey Bertolini, Pastor of The Safe Haven in McMinnville, OR: In this PODCAST, we will discover together an amazing privilege that is ours, especially given tormented world in which we live. We have been given a unique gift of God’s blessing that Jesus Himself empowers us to bestow on His behalf to others. Just so you know, this is the kind of person I long to be. This blessing and privilege defines a pretty amazing purpose statement for our lives. This is HUG … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 24: Suit Up for Battle!

[display_podcast] Ephesians 6:12 says – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.What this means is that our existence here on the planet earth is a warfare.  Satan is our enemy.  He is against us. And he wants to kill, steal and destroy the life that God came to give us through creating us in His image.  Satan was very succes … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 23: A Scouting Report for Battling Satan

[display_podcast] The Bible says that we, as Christians, will inevitably take part in spiritual battles. Just because we decide to follow Jesus, life doesn’t magically start going our way. After all, who was the greatest Christian that ever lived? Jesus! And, as He walked in the Spirit, doing God’s will, He was crucified! So, if He encountered such strife, what makes you or me any different? Now, when tough times come, you can have the peace that comes from God that will assure you that you are … [Read more...]