Ouxano 69: 1 Samuel part 16 – David’s Path to Leadership

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[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: We’re in the middle of 1 Samuel 16 – where the story gets really good! We’ll start this week at verse 14:4 Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and the Lord sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear. Now, many scholars have said that God sent a demonic spirit upon Saul, but I don’t think this is the right explanation of this text. If you look at the original Hebrew … [Read more...]

Ouxano 68: 1 Samuel part 15 – God’s Plans are ALWAYS Bigger & Better than Ours!

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[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: In 1 Samuel 16, we are introduced to David. Now, this important chapter in the Bible links together the history of the people of Israel with our lives today, as it takes place in the city of Bethlehem, and introduces the great-great-great-great… grandfather of Jesus Christ. Let’s start by reading 1 Samuel 16:1Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 86: Paintings. It’s All About the Paintings. (And Oh What a Painter God Is!!!)

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[display_podcast] In this PODCAST, so many, many questions will be answered. How do we know there is a God?  Why does the Bible say that all people are without excuse? How did people in the Old Testament get "saved"?  What about people who have never heard of Jesus before?  Just to name a few!!! Open your ears. Open your eyes. Most importantly, open your heart. You will be amazed at all that you are about to learn!!! First off, let’s read Matthew 12:38-39 (AMP):38 Then some of the scribe … [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 58: 1 Samuel, part 5 (chapter 3)

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[display_podcast]One of the most-taught stories in children’s Sunday School classes over the last several decades is that of the Lord calling out to little Samuel: 2 One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. 4 Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!”“Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” 5 He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”“I didn’t call you,” El … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: What Makes A Story Good and Which Story Do We Prefer?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “story”, I think of something epic, adventurous and intriguing.  There’s battle, sport, magic, and romance.  There’s a beginning, middle and end and some sort of conflict.But when I hear the word “Bible”, all that comes to mind is a heavy brick of a book full of strict rules with harsh and exclusive undertones and overtones.  I don’t instinctively think of the Bible as a “good story”.  I don’t think of it having battles, magic or romance.But as I … [Read more...]


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