Ouxano 70: 1 Samuel part 17 – Meet Goliath!

[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

[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...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 11: Gearing Up for Battle!

Ephesians 6:12 says -2 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 successful in the Ga … [Read more...]

Christian Home and Family: God is Light and What it Means for Your Family!

From Carey Green, author, blogger, speaker, coach and pastor:God seems to love illustrations and symbols. The scriptures are full of them: sheep, goats, seeds, plants, vines, brides and bridegrooms, light, darkness – you get the idea.This episode uses the biblical illustration of light to show you a fun and effective way that you can use light to teach your family that God is light, and what that means for their lives.Let’s start by looking at 1 John 1:5-7 This is the message we have … [Read more...]

Ouxano 68: 1 Samuel part 15 – God’s Plans are ALWAYS Bigger & Better than Ours!

[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: In 1 Samuel 16, we are introduced to David. Now, this important chapter in the Bible links together the history of the people of Israel with our lives today, as it takes place in the city of Bethlehem, and introduces the great-great-great-great… grandfather of Jesus Christ. Let’s start by reading 1 Samuel 16:1Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: How To Stop Family Conflicts

 From Carey Green, author, blogger, speaker, coach and pastor:Family conflicts can make life inside the home horrendous. Nobody wants to be around when arguing, fighting, and complaining are the norm.So how do you get past the arguing?You get past it by preventing it in the first place. And you do that through working hard toward every person in the family having a right relationship with God.But, isn’t conflict a part of every family?Well, yes. But you can stop t … [Read more...]


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