Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz: Suit Up for Battle!

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[display_podcast] Ephesians 6:12 says – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.What this means is that our existence here on the planet earth is a warfare.  Satan is our enemy.  He is against us. And he wants to kill, steal and destroy the life that God came to give us through creating us in His image.  Satan was very succes … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz: A Scouting Report for Battling Satan

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[display_podcast] The Bible says that we, as Christians, will inevitably take part in spiritual battles. Just because we decide to follow Jesus, life doesn’t magically start going our way. After all, who was the greatest Christian that ever lived? Jesus! And, as He walked in the Spirit, doing God’s will, He was crucified! So, if He encountered such strife, what makes you or me any different? Now, when tough times come, you can have the peace that comes from God that will assure you that you are … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz: Fill ‘Er Up!

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[display_podcast] 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 t … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On: Clean Slates For Everyone!*

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[display_podcast] In our last episode, I discussed how we can be absolutely assured that we have eternal life in heaven, just as the Bible promises.This week, we’ll talk about God’s love and forgiveness and how it plays in our lives today. It all starts with a simple Bible verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. So, we see here that Jesus Christ is God’s visible “reaching ou … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz: The Secret to Living Forever

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[display_podcast] Over the past several podcasts, I have shared how God revealed Himself to me and then led me through a series of events that were very special to me and He has continued to use these experiences to minister to people throughout my life, such as playing football for the Oakland Raiders, starting a Bible study that became a church, and then serving as a pastor in a couple different churches. Today, I’d like to share with you the same thing that was shared with me years ago w … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 13: Swordplay and Prayer

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Ephesians 6:10-20 draws a parallel between what Roman soldiers wore into battle with what we Christians need to prepare ourselves with for our daily battle against the things that would lead us away from God’s will for our lives. 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, … [Read more...]


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