Ouxano: Comparing and Contrasting the Gospels

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[display_podcast]From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: This week, we look at some of the similarities and differences of the New Testament Gospels that tell the story of Jesus’ ministry.  First off, let’s look at Matthew, Mark, and Luke, also known as the synoptic (similar) Gospels. They are very similar, yet different. For instance, consider the same story offered differently in the following passages. But, first some context: Jesus had just come d … [Read more...]

Ouxano: The Cross is the Center of the Entire Bible

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[display_podcast] One of the first things we run into as we begin reading the New Testament is Jesus’ teachings.  In fact, just five chapters into the first of the four Gospels, the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus begins what is widely known as the greatest sermon ever taught: The Sermon on the Mount.  (Matthew 5-7). Now, it’s often said that Jesus was a great teacher… but not more than a great teacher.  Every time I hear this, it makes me literally laugh out loud.  When I was in the eighth … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 88: One Mother’s Lament

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[display_podcast] From Dewey Bertolini, Pastor of The Safe Haven in McMinnville, OR My heart goes out to Mother Mary. Her name means “Bitterness.” Sadly, and quite frankly, in many ways Mary lived up to her name. Being the mother of Jesus was no small task. One that she fulfilled with great dignity. But boy did she face her challenges. In this PODCAST, we will gaze upon a Scriptural snapshot of Mary unlike anything you have ever seen before. Not only that, but we will encounter Jesus in His … [Read more...]

Ouxano 56: 1 Samuel, Chapter 2

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[display_podcast]One of the first things you’ll notice when you turn to the second chapter of 1 Samuel is that the first half of the chapter is laid out like a poem and the second looks like a prose or narrative.  This is intentional because the first half is, in fact, a poem; and the second half of the chapter continues the story of Samuel.The first ten verses of 1 Samuel 2 is a song of praise by Hannah, Samuel’s mother.  Now, that strikes me as odd. She has just given up her son to live … [Read more...]