Reflections of Grace 39: Living From the Heart, part 2

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[display_podcast] For the complete story, listen to the podcast.Gentle words are a tree of life a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit; Proverbs 15:4 NLT Have you ever been in the company of an angry person?  Have you been the brunt of their issues being lashed out at you? Have you been tempted yourself to just give in to your baser self and say whatever you want to say, in spite of who hears it? The bible says a lot about out of control anger and our tongues are a major part of v … [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...]

Reflections of Grace 38: Living From the Heart, part1

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[display_podcast]What is a religious spirit? A Religious spirits breeds bondage. It produces condemnation and blocks true liberty (see Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:1.) Religion creates only a form of godliness. This comes through regimen and repetition, not grace. We are to avoid people with forms of godliness (2 Timothy 3:5).  Religion corrupts and perverts. It holds up an unrealistic standard that cannot be attained because of the flesh. The laws of God are now written in our hearts and n … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 3: Following God’s Lead

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After retiring from the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, I wanted to go and get equipped so that God could use me in ministry.  Although, I didn’t really know what that meant, or where or how God could use a guy like me.  So, I went back to San Diego State to finish my undergrad studies and worked with Youth For Christ while there.  And, while God was using us to do some great things during that time, I realized that the depth of my Biblical knowledge wasn’t where it needed to be, so I enrolled at Talbot T … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 75: Jesus’ Mind-Blowing Climax to His Signature Sermon

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[display_podcast] They say that confession is good for the soul. So here goes: I confess that I'm feeling terribly conflicted about the passage we discuss in this PODCAST. On the one hand, this is as sober and serious as it gets, Jesus' climax to His signature sermon. Yet on the other hand, I find myself strangely comforted by His words. Comforted because they explain SO MUCH of what we see done today in Jesus' name. You see, Jesus said this at the end of His Sermon on the Mount: 21 “Not eve … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 57: Real Stuff My Papa Would Say

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[display_podcast]I’ve got to be real honest.  This week’s podcast is just a bit too much for me to dictate and write down, so do me a solid:  just push play and listen.In lieu of a full blog entry, I offer this podcast preview:  It’s been a tough month: one of my dogs was killed, I had to put the other one down and in the midst of all that, my brother and I got the call no grandson wants to receive – my Papa passed away.Papa always had something to say about everything, and while he m … [Read more...]


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