Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Do We Worry?

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[display_podcast] I think I follow a bit of a God pattern.  Here’s what it looks like: I work myself up into a tizzy.  This is usually very melodramatic as no one has died, but rather plans – my plans – have changed. I freak out in my tizzy.  This usually happens at a speed of 0-60 and sends me into stern-worded rants, ugly crying, and the mass consumption of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream along with a dozen cookies. I realize God is supposed to be some sort of Mastermind, so I decide to put my wh … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 44: Living From the Heart, part 7 – Boundaries

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[display_podcast] Have you ever made a choice and when the outcome wasn’t so good, blamed the results of your poor choice on someone else?    Boundary violations are about not taking responsibility for our own choices and trying to lay the responsibility of those choices on someone else.How often do we use the phrase, “I HAD to”, or “HE made me do it.”   Whom are we blaming for the circumstances of our lives? Many of us are afraid to set boundaries in our lives for fear of making the wr … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 81: A Tale of Three Cities

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[display_podcast] Sometimes things really are as simple as they seem. This will certainly be true in this PODCAST, as we discuss together one of Jesus’ most remarkable statements.Matthew 11:20-24 (NKJV)20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackclo … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 43: Living From the Heart, part 6

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[display_podcast] We must eat daily...spirit, soul, and body to grow, be balanced, and to be healthy...in all three areas: spirit, soul, and body.We are so fast paced in our country.  And we have incorporated this into our relationship with God.  We are a fast food nation. We want instantaneous answers, overnight transformation, and speedy growth. We want drive up and drive through service. But God desires to speak to us daily through his word. He wants to have direct conversation w … [Read more...]

Ouxano 62: 1 Samuel part 9 – The Philistines Return the Ark

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[display_podcast] 1 Samuel 7:1-2So the men of Kiriath-jearim came to get the Ark of the Lord. They took it to the hillside home of Abinadab and ordained Eleazar, his son, to be in charge of it. 2 The Ark remained in Kiriath-jearim for a long time—twenty years in all. During that time all Israel mourned because it seemed the Lord had abandoned them. This process of Israel mourning began all the way back in chapter four, when they were relying on gimmicks and trickery to win a battle “in the … [Read more...]

Ouxano 61: 1 Samuel, part 8 – 21st Century Idols

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[display_podcast] The fifth chapter of 1 Samuel focuses largely on the Philistines.  Now, as we study the Bible, we see the Philistines as an enemy of God’s people – a group of people God and Israel deal with on a regular basis.  However, too often, 21st century Christians fall into the trap of looking at these scriptures and interpreting them to mean that the “Philistines” of today’s world are anything secular, or outside of Christianity – that “the world” are the “bad people” that need to be s … [Read more...]


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