Ouxano 69: 1 Samuel part 16 – David’s Path to Leadership

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[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: We’re in the middle of 1 Samuel 16 – where the story gets really good! We’ll start this week at verse 14:4 Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and the Lord sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear. Now, many scholars have said that God sent a demonic spirit upon Saul, but I don’t think this is the right explanation of this text. If you look at the original Hebrew … [Read more...]

Ouxano 68: 1 Samuel part 15 – God’s Plans are ALWAYS Bigger & Better than Ours!

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[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: In 1 Samuel 16, we are introduced to David. Now, this important chapter in the Bible links together the history of the people of Israel with our lives today, as it takes place in the city of Bethlehem, and introduces the great-great-great-great… grandfather of Jesus Christ. Let’s start by reading 1 Samuel 16:1Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected … [Read more...]

Ouxano 67: 1 Samuel 15 – God’s Way or Our Way?

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[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: This week, we pick up in 1 Samuel 15, which marks a transition in the book itself. In prior podcasts, we discussed how Saul was the king that the people of Israel wanted. They wanted to be like the nations around them, so God allowed them to have a king of their own making. We now will find out what happens when we take something that God is okay with and then remove Him from the equation in order … [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...]

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...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard To Follow God’s Will?

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[display_podcast]When I think of "God's Will", I think of something really ominous - like dark clouds, a thundering voice, and a deep command to go to Antarctica and evangelize to the penguins.I think it’s easy to be afraid of God’s will.Still, I think we can get caught up in waiting for God’s “perfect will” to reveal itself.  We long for writing on the wall, an airplane to sketch us a note in the sky, or a text from J.C., Himself.“Where are You, God?  What’s Your plan for my life … [Read more...]


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