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...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Why Does God Feel Like A Product I Have To Sell?

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When I invite someone to church, I get uncomfortable.  In fact, the word “invite” needs to be interpreted loosely.  I rarely have the courage to ask somebody to go to church with me. I’d rather throw up my breakfast. – eggs and all. Most of the time, I don’t even really invite them.  I merely mention my church one too many times and they ask if they can come check it out. This has got to be the work of the Holy Spirit – because Lord knows it’s not due to my own words or efforts. And the Holy … [Read more...]

Ouxano 57: 1 Samuel, Chapter 2b

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[display_podcast]Today, we’ll look at the second half of 1 Samuel chapter 2 and its applications to life today.  Right off the bat, we see that young Samuel has been placed under the care of Israel’s priest Eli.  Now, Eli already has a couple of sons, so why is Samuel allowed adoption into Eli’s family?We see the answer to this question in 1 Samuel 2:11-12 11 Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest.12 Now the sons of … [Read more...]


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