Jesus in HD 93: The 3rd Most Meaningful Holiday of the Year

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[display_podcast] From Dewey Bertolini, Pastor of The Safe Haven in McMinnville, OR: It’s a day that receives NO recognition. I don’t know why. I have no explanation. It’s simply a fact. This holiday (Holy Day) is the third most important date on our calendars. Third only to Christmas and Easter. And yet, year after year, it comes and it goes with nary a mention. As happened Just l last month!!! So in this PODCAST, we are going to mention it. What this holiday is. How it came about. What it … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 91: “Listen and Understand!”

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[display_podcast] From Dewey Bertolini, Pastor of The Safe Haven in McMinnville, OR: Welcome to Parable #1. That’s right! In this PODCAST, we begin in earnest now to understand Jesus’ parables in Matthew 13. Oh, you’re in for a treat. Because this first parable, just like the eight that will follow it, speaks directly to our lives at this time, in this place, in our day, today. This is as personal as it gets. Jesus now shifts His focus completely, from talking to the crowds of His day, abou … [Read more...]

Ouxano: God Is the Hero of the Story!

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[display_podcast] God uses flawed people to do His work!  One of the most well-known example of this is from the Book of Judges in the Old Testament.  I give you:  Sampson!  If you look at the things Sampson was supposed to do and the life that he was supposed to lead, he basically did everything wrong.  And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!  He breaks his vow as a Nazarite, he hangs out with prostitutes, he compromises his faith and devotions with his relationship with Delilah... and y … [Read more...]

Ouxano 66: 1 Samuel, part 13 – The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

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[display_podcast] When we last left Saul and his son, Jonathan, the Israelite army was under-manned, out-gunned and full of fear. So much, that the soldiers ran and were hiding behind rocks and in wells. They had lost hope. This, week, we pick up the story in 1 Samuel 8:8 Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. 9 So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the … [Read more...]

Ouxano 65: 1 Samuel, part 12 – Israel at War

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[display_podcast] In 1 Samuel 11, we see Saul being demonstrated publicly as Israel’s king by defeating the Ammonites, and then in chapter 12, Samuel offers his farewell address to the people of Israel - thus the end of the era of the judges in Israel’s history.  Yet, while he no longer stands as a judge over God’s people, he still remains a prophet, speaking on behalf of the Lord. So, as we pick up the story in chapter 13, we see Saul beginning to set up his political and military strong … [Read more...]

Ouxano 63: 1 Samuel part 10 – God, Give Us What We Want!

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[display_podcast] In 1 Samuel 8, we transition to the Israeli people’s request for a human king:As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice. Now, remember that we discussed this subtheme throughout Samuel of father/son relationships and leadership.  Several examples are given, including this one … [Read more...]


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