Meeting People Head On 7: God’s Love and Forgiveness

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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 out” to you and me – His … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 6: Eternal Assurance

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Last time, I shared what the Bible says about how to become a Christian. But, how can we be assured that if we put our faith in Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world, that He personally came and died for you to pay your penalty of death for your sin, so that you could have His righteousness – the Bible clearly says that you could be assured that if you were to die today, you would have eternal life and be with God forever. And that’s an assurance that’s worth more than all the money in … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 43: Living From the Heart, part 6

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[display_podcast] We must eat daily...spirit, soul, and body to grow, be balanced, and to be healthy...in all three areas: spirit, soul, and body.We are so fast paced in our country.  And we have incorporated this into our relationship with God.  We are a fast food nation. We want instantaneous answers, overnight transformation, and speedy growth. We want drive up and drive through service. But God desires to speak to us daily through his word. He wants to have direct conversation w … [Read more...]

Ouxano 61: 1 Samuel, part 8 – 21st Century Idols

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[display_podcast] The fifth chapter of 1 Samuel focuses largely on the Philistines.  Now, as we study the Bible, we see the Philistines as an enemy of God’s people – a group of people God and Israel deal with on a regular basis.  However, too often, 21st century Christians fall into the trap of looking at these scriptures and interpreting them to mean that the “Philistines” of today’s world are anything secular, or outside of Christianity – that “the world” are the “bad people” that need to be s … [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...]

Jesus in HD 75: Jesus’ Mind-Blowing Climax to His Signature Sermon

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[display_podcast] They say that confession is good for the soul. So here goes: I confess that I'm feeling terribly conflicted about the passage we discuss in this PODCAST. On the one hand, this is as sober and serious as it gets, Jesus' climax to His signature sermon. Yet on the other hand, I find myself strangely comforted by His words. Comforted because they explain SO MUCH of what we see done today in Jesus' name. You see, Jesus said this at the end of His Sermon on the Mount: 21 “Not eve … [Read more...]


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