Blending Your StepFamily 49: It’s Nice to be Included

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: You know the remarkable, one of a kind story, about Joseph, Mary and Jesus. The angel told Joseph that Mary was pregnant with the child of God and Joseph was to marry her and become the child’s stepfather. Can you imagine? We may struggle with the fact that our step kids are not “perfect” enough but Joseph was probably struggling with the reality that he was not the perfect one; his … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 86: Paintings. It’s All About the Paintings. (And Oh What a Painter God Is!!!)

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[display_podcast] In this PODCAST, so many, many questions will be answered. How do we know there is a God?  Why does the Bible say that all people are without excuse? How did people in the Old Testament get "saved"?  What about people who have never heard of Jesus before?  Just to name a few!!! Open your ears. Open your eyes. Most importantly, open your heart. You will be amazed at all that you are about to learn!!! First off, let’s read Matthew 12:38-39 (AMP):38 Then some of the scribe … [Read more...]

Ouxano: God Is the Hero of the Story!

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[display_podcast] God uses flawed people to do His work!  One of the most well-known example of this is from the Book of Judges in the Old Testament.  I give you:  Sampson!  If you look at the things Sampson was supposed to do and the life that he was supposed to lead, he basically did everything wrong.  And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!  He breaks his vow as a Nazarite, he hangs out with prostitutes, he compromises his faith and devotions with his relationship with Delilah... and y … [Read more...]

Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Do We Compare Ourselves To Others?

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[display_podcast] When I hear the word “compare,” I think of being lesser than, less cool and not measuring up.  It’s easy to compare ourselves to other people. Sometimes I think we all live fake realities.  We censor our lives through status updates and Instagram filters and then we compare our real lives with everyone else’s fake ones.  It’s easy to get down on yourself when everyone is getting a new apartment, a new dog, a new fiancé, a new husband, a new house, and a new baby.  I sit at my … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: What Makes A Story Good and Which Story Do We Prefer?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “story”, I think of something epic, adventurous and intriguing.  There’s battle, sport, magic, and romance.  There’s a beginning, middle and end and some sort of conflict.But when I hear the word “Bible”, all that comes to mind is a heavy brick of a book full of strict rules with harsh and exclusive undertones and overtones.  I don’t instinctively think of the Bible as a “good story”.  I don’t think of it having battles, magic or romance.But as I … [Read more...]

Ouxano: General Principles to Keep in Mind When Reading the Old Testament

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1) God is the hero of EVERY story.We tend to get off track and view different people as the heroes. For example, in the story of David versus Goliath, the Philistine giant threatens to destroy the Israelite and David was the shepherd boy who took him out with a single stone. But David was not the hero. He merely made himself available for God. You see, anytime any person works on God’s behalf, usually it’s because they love God and are available to do His will. It’s God truly doing the heroi … [Read more...]


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