Ouxano 59: 1 Samuel part 6 – Parenting Tips from Eli

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[display_podcast] In 1 Samuel 3, we find little Samuel hearing from God while sleeping in the Tabernacle:2 One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. 4 Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!”“Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” 5 He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”“I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did.6 Then the Lord  … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 4: Adapting to God’s Game Plan

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Life as a Christ-follower will always have its ups and its downs – times where you feel like you’re in the “sweet spot”, and times of confusion or even bewilderment.  But, as you remain faithful to God’s plan, it becomes clear to see that all these seasons are actually opportunities for God to mold and shape you for His purposes.For instance, in my early years of ministry, it all seemed to come easy.  The congregation grew and grew.  People were happy and fervently seeking God.  But as more a … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 3: Following God’s Lead

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After retiring from the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, I wanted to go and get equipped so that God could use me in ministry.  Although, I didn’t really know what that meant, or where or how God could use a guy like me.  So, I went back to San Diego State to finish my undergrad studies and worked with Youth For Christ while there.  And, while God was using us to do some great things during that time, I realized that the depth of my Biblical knowledge wasn’t where it needed to be, so I enrolled at Talbot T … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 57: Real Stuff My Papa Would Say

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[display_podcast]I’ve got to be real honest.  This week’s podcast is just a bit too much for me to dictate and write down, so do me a solid:  just push play and listen.In lieu of a full blog entry, I offer this podcast preview:  It’s been a tough month: one of my dogs was killed, I had to put the other one down and in the midst of all that, my brother and I got the call no grandson wants to receive – my Papa passed away.Papa always had something to say about everything, and while he m … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 36: Becoming Spiritually Healthy, part 3: Leaders Who Follow Jesus

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[display_podcast]What can we do as leaders to follow in the gentle footsteps of Jesus? What do you want to look for when it comes to our church organizations?1.  False reverence replaces Jesus.As if we think that we can be Christians but not in love with God.Question:  Is loving Jesus the thing that is given the most pulpit time?  Are most of the people in love with Jesus or worried who is smoking or swearing or going with girls who do?2.  Knowing about God substitutes for kno … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard to Call Sin What It Is?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “sin”, I think of something dark and crusty, like liquid that dried and caked on a beating heart.If we believe that Jesus died for us, then our sins are washed from our hearts.  We’re clean.But still, we continue to sin.Those sins are forgiven, but we do still sin.Sometimes I think that I treat sin like an ostrich would.  I earnestly plant my head in the sand with the hopes that maybe – just maybe – if I don’t see it, it may not actually b … [Read more...]


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