Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 11: Gearing Up for Battle!

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Ephesians 6:12 says -2 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.What this means is that our existence here on the planet earth is a warfare.  Satan is our enemy.  He is against us. And he wants to kill, steal and destroy the life that God came to give us through creating us in His image.  Satan was very successful in the Ga … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 10: Spiritual Game Planning

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The Bible says that we, as Christians, will inevitably take part in spiritual battles. Just because we decide to follow Jesus, life doesn’t magically start going our way. After all, who was the greatest Christian that ever lived? Jesus! And, as He walked in the Spirit, doing God’s will, He was crucified! So, if He encountered such strife, what makes you or me any different? Now, when tough times come, you can have the peace that comes from God that will assure you that you are being who God wan … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 9: The Prayer God REALLY Wants To Answer!

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From Ray Schmautz, former Oakland Raider and servant of God for Cadence Intl. in Colorado Springs:In our last video podcast, I talked about God’s commandment to grow closer to Him and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  This week, we’re going to look at what the Bible says we should do in order to live in a spiritually healthy manner. Just like breathing, we need to “exhale” or get rid of all the things that might hinder us; and “inhale” or bring in the things that God has for us to draw us c … [Read more...]

The Big Picture Podcast: Stop Believing Our Own Bad Press!

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[display_podcast] Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast. This week we’re checking in again with the Backrow Baptist and letting you know what he sees from The Back Pew. And again, most of know a BRB, he’s the guy in the back of the church who just came in from doing laps around the church plaza until all the singing is over. But he’s always there ready to hear God’s Word and God’s Truth proclaimed. And that’s why he’s got something on his mind, and as usual he wants to share it with you. And that … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 8: How to be Filled with God’s Spirit

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It’s impossible to lead a Christian life if the Holy Spirit isn’t empowering you. When you became a Christian, God’s Spirit came to live inside of you, and He wants to have total freedom to empower you and influence you in the choices you make throughout your life. But you also have your own flesh – the reality of your sinful nature – still in you battling with the Holy Spirit over your will.In Ephesians 5, we learn about what it’s like to turn away from ungodly things, and then we read in ve … [Read more...]

The Big Picture Podcast: Faulty Programming?

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[display_podcast] Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast.  This podcast seeks to begin and hopefully sustain a conversation about current trends, ideas and issues in the Church and greater society. Today we hear again from the Back Row Baptist, you know, the guy in the back pew who’s just takin’ in the view. He’s done checking the ESPN app on his iPhone that he hides in his Bible, and we now have his attention. He’s been getting some push-back lately about some things he’s said on this podcast, an … [Read more...]


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