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 74: False Teachers: How to Identify Them and Their Followers

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[display_podcast]The Apostle Paul died a very troubled man. As did Peter. As did John. As did Jude. Know why? They shared the same concern.The identically same concern that Jesus addressed rather pointedly here in this PODCAST. Matthew 7:15-2015 Watch out for false prophets! They dress up like sheep, but inside they are wolves who have come to attack you. 16 You can tell what they are by what they do. No one picks grapes or figs from thornbushes. 17 A good tree produces good fruit, a … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard to Call Sin What It Is?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “sin”, I think of something dark and crusty, like liquid that dried and caked on a beating heart.If we believe that Jesus died for us, then our sins are washed from our hearts.  We’re clean.But still, we continue to sin.Those sins are forgiven, but we do still sin.Sometimes I think that I treat sin like an ostrich would.  I earnestly plant my head in the sand with the hopes that maybe – just maybe – if I don’t see it, it may not actually b … [Read more...]


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