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...]

Ouxano 55: 1 Samuel, part 2 – Hannah’s Heart

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[display_podcast]As we start reading the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, we meet Elkanah and his two wives, Hannah and Peninnah.  Now, right off the bat, we are hit with the question, “Why did God allow people of Israel who seemed to be righteous have multiple wives?”Well, it wasn’t the way things should have been done, but it is the way things were often done.  This also offers us a clue:  A man – for the most part – only had multiple wives if he was a wealthy person.  So Elkanah was mos … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 73: Two Roads, Two Gates, Two Destinies

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[display_podcast]Sometimes things really are as simple as they sound.As you will hear in this PODCAST, this little truism was never more true than it is of Jesus’ words here at the tail end of the Sermon on the Mount.And believe it or not, Jesus swerved right into the middle of what has become a tragic distortion of our beliefs, especially among a younger generation of pastors and the churches that they lead.It’s time for us to recalibrate our theology, in order for our beliefs to … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 35: Becoming Spiritually Healthy – Recognizing Spiritual Abuse

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[display_podcast]Often you don’t realize you’re in a abusive situation until, your soul is torn, or your outside relationships suffer. My heart in sharing this is to simply shed light on unhealthy, manipulative, controlling practices.Spiritually abusive ministries…Have a distorted view of respect. They forget the simple adage that respect is earned, not granted. Abusive leaders demand respect without having earned it by good, honest living.  Remember the pastor who tried to control m … [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...]


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