WWUTT: What Does the Bible Say About Making New Years Resolutions?

Ah… the New Year! Time for a fresh start, new beginnings, bogus prophecies that don't mean anything - seriously watch out for those yahoo's declaring, “This is the year of your breakthrough!”By now, you've made a few New Year's resolutions of your own. Perhaps you want to lose a few pounds, or break a bad habit, or learn a new skill. And then in two weeks, when you epically fail at your resolution, you'll say, “Ahh, there's always next year.”Is it a good idea for Christians to be making r … [Read more...]

WWUTT: God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life?

If you are a disciple of Jesus, then God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life, just like he did for the first disciples! What kind of wonderful plan?Well, Peter was crucified upside-down. Andrew, his brother was also crucified. James was executed by the sword. John, his brother was exiled and died of old age. Philip was tortured and then crucified upside-down. Bartholomew was skinned alive and he, too crucified upside down. Thomas was speared to death while praying. Matthew was … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On 20: Clean Slates For Everyone!*

[display_podcast] In our last episode, I discussed how we can be absolutely assured that we have eternal life in heaven, just as the Bible promises.This week, we’ll talk about God’s love and forgiveness and how it plays in our lives today. It all starts with a simple Bible verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. So, we see here that Jesus Christ is God’s visible “reaching ou … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 18: The Secret to Living Forever

[display_podcast] Over the past several podcasts, I have shared how God revealed Himself to me and then led me through a series of events that were very special to me and He has continued to use these experiences to minister to people throughout my life, such as playing football for the Oakland Raiders, starting a Bible study that became a church, and then serving as a pastor in a couple different churches. Today, I’d like to share with you the same thing that was shared with me years ago w … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On 7: God’s Love and Forgiveness

In our last episode, I discussed how we can be absolutely assured that we have eternal life in heaven, just as the Bible promises.This week, we’ll talk about God’s love and forgiveness and how it plays in our lives today. It all starts with a simple Bible verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. So, we see here that Jesus Christ is God’s visible “reaching out” to you and me – His … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian 35: Why Do We Worry?

[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...]