Ouxano 77: Saul Reflects Our Sin & Jonathan Points to Jesus

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[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: In 1 Samuel 18, we begin to follow David’s career as a military man. Additionally, we see foreshadows of Jesus, as well as the path for David eventually becoming Israel’s king. Let’s begin right at verse 1:After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. Now, in chapters 13 and 14 of 1 Samuel, we we … [Read more...]

Ouxano 71: 1 Samuel part 18 – (Re)Meet David!

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[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: We are in the middle of 1 Samuel 17. We’re going through this looking at the picture of David as a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ: the man willing to stand in the middle, facing our biggest enemy – the one we could never face on our own. So, we pick up the story in verse 12:12 Now David was the son of a man named Jesse, an Ephrathite from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. Jesse was an old man at t … [Read more...]

Ouxano 70: 1 Samuel part 17 – Meet Goliath!

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[display_podcast]From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: 1 Samuel 17:1-11The Philistines now mustered their army for battle and camped between Socoh in Judah and Azekah at Ephes-dammim. 2 Saul countered by gathering his Israelite troops near the valley of Elah. 3 So the Philistines and Israelites faced each other on opposite hills, with the valley between them. Here. We. Go! Now, setting the stage a bit – God has rejected Saul as king of Israel. H … [Read more...]

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...]

Church for Men 12: Paradise Outfitter

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[display_podcast] From David Murrow, author of the bestselling book, Why Men Hate Going to Church.What happens when you put an archery range inside an abandoned grocery store and call it a church? Brandon Smith started a church in Oak Grove, MO – 30 minutes east of downtown Kansas City. In the past five years, his church – Paradise Outfitter Ministries – has grown from 15 to more than 500 weekly attendees. They’ve had to expand to four weekly services in order to accommodate the crush of ne … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 35: Becoming Spiritually Healthy – Recognizing Spiritual Abuse

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[display_podcast]Often you don’t realize you’re in a abusive situation until, your soul is torn, or your outside relationships suffer. My heart in sharing this is to simply shed light on unhealthy, manipulative, controlling practices.Spiritually abusive ministries…Have a distorted view of respect. They forget the simple adage that respect is earned, not granted. Abusive leaders demand respect without having earned it by good, honest living.  Remember the pastor who tried to control m … [Read more...]


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