WWUTT: While We Were Messed Up?

A youth leader stood before a group of teens and quoted Romans 5:8, “but God shows His love for you in that while you were messed up Christ died for you!” Now you’re going to read in the bible “That while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Why change the wording. The youth pastor would say, “Well Sin is such an archaic word. Who knows what it means anyway? Let’s just put it in words the students can understand. Or the word is too offensive and I don’t want to offend anyone. So messed up … [Read more...]

The Problem of Evil: Obstacles to Faith with Mark Mittelberg, Part 8

To purchase the entire DVD set of the Summit Lecture Series, visit summit.org.God can use pain to grab our attention and teach or redirect us in ways that will be important for our lives.  C.S. Lewis famously wrote: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain.  Pain is His megaphone to arouse a deaf world.” You know, most of us don’t change our lives, or wake up to things in our lives, unless we go through hard times.  And often, God uses horrible … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On 20: Clean Slates For Everyone!*

[display_podcast] In our last episode, I discussed how we can be absolutely assured that we have eternal life in heaven, just as the Bible promises.This week, we’ll talk about God’s love and forgiveness and how it plays in our lives today. It all starts with a simple Bible verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. So, we see here that Jesus Christ is God’s visible “reaching ou … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 74: Run, Dad, Run!!

[display_podcast] Over the last year, my sons and I have taken up running as a hobby. My oldest and I have run a couple 5k races and a 10k, and I just signed up my seven-year-old twins for their first 5k. To me, this is funny because I have never, ever, EVER enjoyed running. As I get older and more out of shape, I hate running even more. But I absolutely love spending time with my boys and this is something we can compete in and spend time doing TOGETHER.   In addition to the physical activity … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 18: The Secret to Living Forever

[display_podcast] Over the past several podcasts, I have shared how God revealed Himself to me and then led me through a series of events that were very special to me and He has continued to use these experiences to minister to people throughout my life, such as playing football for the Oakland Raiders, starting a Bible study that became a church, and then serving as a pastor in a couple different churches. Today, I’d like to share with you the same thing that was shared with me years ago w … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On 7: God’s Love and Forgiveness

In our last episode, I discussed how we can be absolutely assured that we have eternal life in heaven, just as the Bible promises.This week, we’ll talk about God’s love and forgiveness and how it plays in our lives today. It all starts with a simple Bible verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. So, we see here that Jesus Christ is God’s visible “reaching out” to you and me – His … [Read more...]


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