Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 4: Adapting to God’s Game Plan

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Life as a Christ-follower will always have its ups and its downs – times where you feel like you’re in the “sweet spot”, and times of confusion or even bewilderment.  But, as you remain faithful to God’s plan, it becomes clear to see that all these seasons are actually opportunities for God to mold and shape you for His purposes.For instance, in my early years of ministry, it all seemed to come easy.  The congregation grew and grew.  People were happy and fervently seeking God.  But as more a … [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...]

The Summit Lecture Series 28: Is Christ the Only Way, part 8 with Brett Kunkle

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To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to:  summit.org.As Christians, you and I are on a rescue mission.  You see, as followers of Jesus Christ, we have received the cure for the world’s disease that is the consequences of sin.  And so now, as the Church, we are called to go out into the world and rescue people from their disease.  And I tell you, when you get involved in that rescue mission, your Christian life will be infused with so much passion!I know this bec … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On 2: Raider Nation

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In 1966, I was drafted by the Oakland Raiders.  I went up to training camp in Santa Rosa, CA and immediately, I was hit with the fact that every single player there was really, really good.  So, to make the team, I had to fight every minute, every day on the field and off.This started pretty much minute one, when I walked into my room, where they had assigned me two veteran players for roommates.  Now, this was about a year-and-a-half after I had received Christ and I was very solid as a Ch … [Read more...]

The Summit Lecture Series 27: Is Christ the Only Way, part 7 with Brett Kunkle

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To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to:  summit.org.We have good historical evidence that Jesus rose from the dead.  And the best explanation of the historical data is that Jesus rose from the dead ultimately to verify his claims (1. That He is the only way to God; 2. He is equal to God Himself; 3. He was able to forgive the sins of mankind; 4. He was worthy of receiving worship)  So this verifies that He is the way the truth and the life – God in human fles … [Read more...]

The Summit Lecture Series 26: Is Christ the Only Way? part 6 with Brett Kunkle

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To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.orgWhat do the primary source documents pertaining to the life of Jesus Christ tell us about Him?First off, Jesus made explicit claims to be God. John 10:30“I and the Father are one.” Now, when we look at the full context of this verse, we see that upon hearing this, the religious leaders who were there picked up rocks and prepared to stone Jesus for the very reason that He – a man – was claiming to be God. … [Read more...]


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