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Conversations with Ray Martinez

English, Cultural, 1 season, 308 episodes, 2 days, 5 hours, 4 minutes
My podcasts vary from interviews with people, storytelling of my past experiences, and sharing other stories that are uplifting, caring, and sensitive topics most people don't want to engage in, but listen to with interest and concern. Some of the podcasts contain Christian connotations and current events at the time of the podcast. The intent is for uplifting moments while sharing life lessons and reasonable thinking.
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Drawing near to God | James 4:8

The Bible frequently emphasizes the importance of drawing near to God and promises that He will draw near to those who seek Him. This concept is foundational to the Christian faith, encapsulating the essence of a personal relationship with God. We will dive deep into drawing closer to God. Billy Graham and Rick Warren certainly had something to say about this too. Listen in and learn about some great take-a-ways. --- Send in a voice message:
6/20/202417 minutes, 55 seconds
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Where you sit depends on where you stand | Ps. 46:10

In our reading and study today, we will explore why it is important to sit at the feet of Jesus' teachings. We are meant to be a captive audience to His words. Be still, take a seat, and you will come to know the words of Jesus, which lead to the life we all desire. Join me for this special insight into living. --- Send in a voice message:
6/8/202412 minutes, 25 seconds
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Laying down on the job | Ezekiel 4:4-6

According to the book of Ezekiel, God instructed him to lie on his left side for 390 days to symbolically bear the iniquity of the house of Israel, and then on his right side for 40 days to bear the iniquity of the house of Judah (Ezekiel 4:4-6). This symbolic act was part of a series of dramatic signs and actions that Ezekiel performed to convey God's messages to the people of Israel. Ezekiel's act of lying on his side for an extended period was a symbolic action commanded by God to convey a message of judgment against Israel and Judah. This can be explained with the relevant biblical references. Listen in for more relevant details. --- Send in a voice message:
6/1/202418 minutes, 53 seconds
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Stand for what? | Eph 6:13-14

The Bible uses the concept of "standing" or "standing up" both literally and metaphorically to convey a variety of spiritual, moral, and relational principles. We will talk about several key themes along with relevant scriptures that illustrate their meanings. Join me in a in-depth discussion and teaching from the Word of God. --- Send in a voice message:
5/25/202419 minutes, 38 seconds
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Self-control | Fruit of the Spirit | Pro 25:28

Self-control plays a crucial role in helping individuals live a life that honors God and others in several ways: Resisting temptation, making wise decisions, avoid impulsive behavior, practicing patience and forgiveness. It helps control the instability of greed, lust, anger, envy, gluttony, and pride. Listen in as we take a deep dive into characters in the bible that understood this all too well. --- Send in a voice message:
5/17/202415 minutes, 29 seconds
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Gentleness on my mind | Fruit of the Spirit | Col 3:12

The Greek word for gentleness is "praütes" (πρᾳότης), which can be translated as meekness or gentleness. It denotes strength under control, humility, and a gentle disposition. We will take a deep dive into the scriptures and understand gentleness through the lives of people like Barnabas, Moses, Ruth, Titus, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Join us today for a great conversation. --- Send in a voice message:
5/10/202416 minutes, 26 seconds
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Fathfulness is essential | Fruit of the Spirit | Ps 119:90

This is week seven of our continued study of the fruit of the Spirit. We’ll talk about what faithfulness is. Faithfulness is a recurring theme throughout the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments.  In the Old Testament, for example, the concept of faithfulness is often linked with God's covenant with his people Israel, emphasizing the importance of loyalty and obedience. Listen for more insight for living. --- Send in a voice message:
5/3/20249 minutes, 38 seconds
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My goodness! | Fruit of the Spirit | Eph 5:8-9

The concept of goodness is fundamental in the Bible, reflecting attributes such as moral excellence, righteousness, and kindness. Jesus acknowledges the ultimate source of goodness as being God Himself. Listen in for a deeper conversation about goodness. --- Send in a voice message:
4/25/202413 minutes, 43 seconds
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Are we kind? | Fruit of the Spirit | Eph 4:32

In the book of Ruth, Ruth's kindness and loyalty towards her mother-in-law, Naomi, are evident throughout the story. Ruth's selfless dedication and care for Naomi are exemplified in Ruth 1:16-17. In Hebrew, the word for kindness is "חֶסֶד" (chesed). Chesed encompasses a range of meanings beyond just kindness; it can also be translated as mercy, loving-kindness, or steadfast love. In the context of interpersonal relationships and moral behavior, chesed refers to acts of compassion, generosity, and loyalty towards others. Listen in as we take a deep dive into "kindness." --- Send in a voice message:
4/20/20249 minutes, 41 seconds
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Dynamic Wisdom | mini podcast | Psa 111:10

We are reminded of the importance of the reverent fear and worship of the Lord as the foundation of wisdom. It is through this fear and respect for God that we gain a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning in life. Those who follow the will of the Lord experience the enduring praise of Him. Let's focus on the concept of dynamic wisdom today. Listen in for a light discussion about Godly wisdom. --- Send in a voice message:
4/16/20244 minutes, 32 seconds
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Patience is a virtue | Fruit of the Spirit | 2Timothy 3:10-11

The Bible describes patience as the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset. It emphasizes attributes such as perseverance, long-suffering, and forbearance. Patience is often linked with trust in God's timing and wisdom. In this episode I talk about two of my former teachers, Dr. Gil Carbajal and Dr. Dennis Baker. Join me as we take a deep dive into the world of patience. --- Send in a voice message:
4/13/202419 minutes, 7 seconds
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Peace be with you—the fruit of the Spirit | Eph 2:14

The Bible has much to say about "peace." Peace is often described as a state of tranquility, harmony, and freedom from conflict or turmoil. It goes beyond mere absence of strife and encompasses a deep sense of well-being, wholeness, and contentment that comes from being in a right relationship with God and others. Listen in for a deeper dive into "Peace." --- Send in a voice message:
4/5/202418 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Joy of the Lord is my strength | Ps 16:11

Continuing on with our study about the fruit of the Spirit. Today it is about Joy! Joy is part of the Spirit that embodies all circumstances in our life. The Bible defines joy as a deep sense of delight, gladness, and happiness that comes from knowing and experiencing God's love, mercy, and blessings. Joy is a state of rejoicing and contentment that transcends circumstances. Let's take a deep dive today about your joy. --- Send in a voice message:
3/28/202418 minutes, 41 seconds
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What love is and is not | Phi 1:9-11

The Bible says that mankind is made in the image of God, and that God is love. Its pages are full of people driven by love, responding to love, and obeying God in love.  If Jesus Christ is the primary subject of the Bible, then love is the theme. The greatest act of love in history was when Jesus Christ died to pay for the sins of the world. --- Send in a voice message:
3/22/202415 minutes, 34 seconds
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The fruit of the Spirit intro | Gal 5:22-23

While we study this matter, the Holy Spirit develops these characteristics in us such as love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control. These things take time to develop, but they come as we need it...we are in the developing stage.  Big companies have R&D departments (Research and Development)...they need these departments to perfect the product or improve it. We are researching, and the Holy Spirit is developing us. We will follow this topic for several weeks. Stay tuned and listen in for a deep dive. --- Send in a voice message:
3/15/20249 minutes, 49 seconds
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What do you stand for? | Daniel 6:10

Last week, we talk about thinking and acting independently…this week we will discuss what do you stand for? As a leader, it is important to know what you stand for. This means having a clear understanding of your values and principles and being willing to take a stand on important issues, even when it may be difficult or unpopular. Unfortunately, many leaders vacillate or waffle when faced with tough decisions. They may be swayed by outside pressures or fear of criticism, and as a result, fail to take decisive action. However, the most effective leaders are those who take a stand, regardless of the peer pressure, and are not afraid to stand behind their decisions. In the Bible, there are several illustrations that exemplify standing for one's beliefs, values, and principles. Listen in as we take a deep dive into the scriptures about this topic. --- Send in a voice message:
3/7/202414 minutes, 44 seconds
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Thinking & acting independently | Romans 12:2

The Bible does address the concept of independent thinking, encouraging believers to exercise discernment and wisdom in their thoughts and actions. Listen in for a deeper dive! --- Send in a voice message:
3/2/202410 minutes, 59 seconds
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In the breach | James 4:7

As we navigate the wilderness of life, facing trials and temptations, we are reminded of God's presence and power to protect us. Despite the forces working against us, we can take refuge in the assurance that God's Word and His divine power can thwart any attack from the enemy. Listen in for more insight. --- Send in a voice message:
2/23/202413 minutes, 43 seconds
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Be of good cheer | John 16:33

My notes and discussion emphasize the biblical teaching of "being of good cheer" or having courage and confidence despite facing trials and sorrows in the world.  Jesus assures his disciples of his victory over the world, encouraging them to find peace in him. Despite impending persecution and suffering, believers are reminded that they are secure in God's love and that nothing can separate them from it.  The key takeaways include the assurance of victory through Christ, the call to confidence and courage, and the promise of inner peace. --- Send in a voice message:
2/17/20247 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jesus the evangelist | Mark 1:1

Evangelism isn't about a what, but a Who. Maybe that's why God has given us so many ways to evangelize? Because God's love in Jesus is something no one can adequately express, and no heart can fully fathom. We simply have to live with Him, not just for a season or a semester, but all eternity. Listen in for more insight. --- Send in a voice message:
2/10/202411 minutes, 49 seconds
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Light vs. Darkness | John 9:1-7

The story of Jesus healing the blind man with mud is found in John 9:1-7. The story of Jesus healing the blind man with mud emphasizes divine healing through unconventional means, the importance of obedience and faith, God's sovereign mercy, spiritual transformation, the power of encountering Jesus, perseverance in the face of opposition, and Jesus as the Light of the World. Listen in so we can learn more about the difference of light and darkness. --- Send in a voice message:
2/2/202411 minutes, 35 seconds
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Teaching with Authority | Mini podcast

Today, our main topic of discussion is teaching with authority. The synagogue served as a gathering place for the congregation, where Jesus spoke and amazed the people with His authoritative teaching. Unlike the rabbis who relied on previous teachings, Jesus spoke as the origin of the Word, with the authority of the Lord Himself. Listen to hear what happened in the synagogue. --- Send in a voice message:
1/30/20243 minutes, 50 seconds
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Taking Advice | Proverbs 15:22

Taking advice is essential for making wise decisions, as emphasized in Proverbs. Seeking counsel from multiple sources helps to avoid disappointment and achieve success. However, it is crucial to choose trustworthy and wise advisors. The Bible provides examples of the consequences of bad advice. Surrounding ourselves with diverse perspectives allows for a stronger foundation when forming opinions. Personal mentors who align with God's Word offer valuable guidance. Recognizing our nation's Christian foundation, the Supreme Court has affirmed our status as "one nation under God." Listen in for more advice. --- Send in a voice message:
1/20/20249 minutes, 30 seconds
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What "is", is in the bible? | Phil 4:8-9

What does "is mean in the bible? "Is", is present tense. In theology, the present moment represents a significant concept known as "the sacrament of the present moment." It emphasizes the belief that God is not only present in our past and future, but most importantly, in our present experiences. It teaches us to be fully aware and attentive to the present moment, recognizing that it is the time in which we can encounter God's presence and experience His grace, love, and transformative power. Let's take a deeper dive by listening in today. --- Send in a voice message:
12/30/20239 minutes, 59 seconds
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John the Baptist clarifies his role | John 1:6-8, 19-28

John clarifies that he is not the Christ, but he points to the coming of another person, Jesus. Despite the people's anticipation of the Messiah, John emphasizes that he is not the one they are waiting for. He even denies being Elijah, although Jesus later confirms that John is the fulfillment of Elijah's role. John, aware of his purpose, declares that he is a voice calling in the wilderness to make straight the way of the Savior. He humbly acknowledges that he is not worthy even to tie Jesus' sandals. Listen in for more details... --- Send in a voice message:
12/26/20233 minutes, 59 seconds
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Scanning your heart | Psalms 139:23-24

So the question is… How do we scan the unseen part of us—-the soul? That's where the Holy Spirit comes in. As we study our Bible, the Holy Spirit shows us our failures and weaknesses. Then He prescribes the needed treatments of repentance, faith, and obedience. There will always be some element in our lives that is in need of introspection and improvement. Don't be afraid to ask the Lord where and how to improve. When you ask Him to scan your heart, He will, and He will reveal the results to you. Then work to make those changes with His strength and power to guide you. Listen in for a deeper dive into what the Word says. --- Send in a voice message:
12/24/20238 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Three Wise Men | Mat 2:1-5

In the biblical account, the wise men, also known as the Magi, were not specifically identified as three individuals, and their names were not mentioned. However, tradition has often referred to them as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. It is important to note that these names are not found in the biblical text. Listen in as we take a deep dive into the biblical Wise Men of Orient times. --- Send in a voice message:
12/16/20239 minutes, 34 seconds
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Suffering in a fallen world | Romans 8:18

Suffering is an unavoidable part of our lives in this fallen world. But earth is not our permanent home (1 Peter 2:11; Hebrews 11:13). As we wait for eternity, we can cling to this life-transforming hope communicated by the apostle Paul: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18, NKJV). Listen in as we dive deeper into this topic. --- Send in a voice message:
12/2/202310 minutes, 1 second
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Don't worry about who is eating what | mini podcast

We will be exploring the topic of relationships in the Roman Church, based on the passages from Romans 14:1-15:13 and 16:3-15. In these chapters, Paul addresses the issues and dynamics within the churches in Rome. In Romans 14, Paul discusses the matter of judging others based on what they eat. He emphasizes that it is not our place to judge others in such matters. Whether someone eats meat or not is not of utmost importance. We are called to live for the Lord and recognize that when we die, we die to the Lord. It is God who will judge each one of us, so we should not put stumbling blocks in the way of others. Listen in to learn more about relationships. --- Send in a voice message:
11/25/20233 minutes, 9 seconds
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Free from fear| Mini podcast

We learn that the coming of the Lord will be sudden and unexpected for those who do not believe. Jesus often emphasized that He is coming soon, and as Christians, we have been anticipating this for 2000 years. In 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul assures us that we who are alive will witness His coming. Therefore, we are called to live lives of faith and trust, not in fear. Listen in so as to alleviate your fears. --- Send in a voice message:
11/25/20232 minutes, 25 seconds
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Stay Vigilant | Genesis 35:2

When we allow the devil to slither into some habit in our lives, it causes a loss of spiritual power. When we make excuses for stepping away from the truths and standards God has set for us, we open ourselves up to sin and the accompanying guilt that, comes with it. The best way to avoid spiritual blackouts is to keep sin from entering our lives. But the real question is how do we do it? How do we get rid of these bad habits— these evil things that infiltrate our life? The Bible offers guidance on staying vigilant in various aspects of life, emphasizing spiritual vigilance and watchfulness. Let's dive in to today's podcast and learn how not to do the very thing we don't want to do. --- Send in a voice message:
11/25/202312 minutes, 4 seconds
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Jesus describes heaven | John 14:2

Though Jesus acknowledged that an after-death heaven existed, Jesus devoted his preaching, not to that heaven, but to a Kingdom of Heaven that he said was here and now, near, “at hand” (Mark 1:15). The principal message that Jesus brought to us was the Gospel or “Good News” of the Kingdom of Heaven. Listen in to our heavenly discussion. --- Send in a voice message:
11/18/20239 minutes, 12 seconds
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Paul's encouragement | mini podcast

The central message of today's podcast episode is encouragement. We are reminded of the interconnectedness we have as believers in Christ and the importance of gathering together. Paul's words encourage us to support one another, sharing the word of God and inspiring repentance and belief. Listen in for more insight. --- Send in a voice message:
11/13/20233 minutes, 18 seconds
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Giving our "all" to God | mini podcast

The greatest challenge lies in the word "All." How do we truly give our all? It requires wholehearted commitment and dedication. We cannot approach our relationship with God in a halfhearted manner. We must ask ourselves how we can live in a way that truly counts, giving our all to God. Listen in for more insight for living. --- Send in a voice message:
11/12/20233 minutes, 26 seconds
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Understanding hell | Mat 25:41

JESUS speaks often about the reality of hell, describing it as a place of eternal punishment and separation from God. The word translated “hell” in Mark 9:43 is the Greek word Gehenna, which comes from the Hebrew name for a place called the “Valley of Hinnom.” Jesus uses this place to paint a vivid image of what hell is like. The Jewish people often associated the Valley of Hinnom with spiritual death. The risk of not believing in Christ is far greater than any risk associated with believing in Him. The consequence of rejecting Christ and choosing to live apart from Him is eternal separation from God in hell. Listen in so we can learn more about hell. This podcast is taken from my book, "The teachings of Jesus." --- Send in a voice message:
11/11/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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We are the chosen | mini podcast

On this All Saints' Day, it is important for us to remember who God is and the promise of life everlasting. It is a time to have faith and trust in God's shepherding presence in our lives. We can rest assured that our loved ones who have gone before us are now with God. Let us give thanks for their faith, and let us also look forward to the day when we will be reunited with them. Listen as to why you are chosen. --- Send in a voice message:
11/6/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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Understanding Angels | Mat 22:30

JESUS spoke often about angels, describing them as heavenly beings who carry out the will of God. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about angels and their role in the spiritual realm. Angels are personal spiritual beings who have intelligence, emotions, and will. This is true of both the good and evil angels (demons). Listen in to learn more about Angels. This comes from my book, "The Teachings of Jesus". --- Send in a voice message:
11/3/20239 minutes, 38 seconds
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Jesus teaches about worry | Mat 6:25

JESUS speaks often about the dangers of worry, describing it as a hindrance to our spiritual growth and a sign of a lack of faith. Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God‘s hands in everything. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about worry, its effects on our lives, and how we can overcome it. Listen in today on a great teaching and insight. This teaching comes from my book: "The teachings of Jesus." --- Send in a voice message:
10/27/202314 minutes, 16 seconds
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Gotcha didn’t catch Jesus | mini podcast

Welcome to today's mini podcast episode! In today's scripture reading, we will explore three passages: Isaiah 45:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, and Matthew 22:15-22. These passages shed light on a common human behavior known as the "Gotcha" game, particularly prevalent among politicians, especially in the weeks leading up to an election. --- Send in a voice message:
10/23/20233 minutes, 33 seconds
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Jesus understands our fears! | Mat 10:28

FEAR is a natural human emotion that can be caused by various factors, including perceived danger, uncertainty, or the unknown. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about fear, its effects on our lives, and how we can overcome it.  Listen in as we talk about the nature of fear, the effects of fear, and overcoming fear. --- Send in a voice message:
10/22/202311 minutes, 21 seconds
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The passion of Christ | 1Cor 2:1-5

Scripture often highlights the suffering of Christ. Indeed, the crucifixion of Christ is the apex of human history and the grand theme of the apostles’ teaching:  “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). It is through the passion of Christ that we are made right with God. Listen in as we take a deeper dive. --- Send in a voice message:
10/13/202312 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jesus teaches the significance of fasting | Mat 6:16-18

FASTING is a spiritual discipline that has been practiced by many religions throughout history. In Christianity, fasting is often seen as a way to deepen one’s relationship with God and focus on spiritual growth.  In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about fasting and its significance in His teaching.  Listen in today. --- Send in a voice message:
10/7/202310 minutes, 24 seconds
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Finding peace in a chaotic world | mini podcast

Welcome back to another episode of "Finding Peace in a Chaotic World." Today, we are delving into the topic of societal harmony and the pursuit of peace, inspired by Romans 12:14-21. In this passage, the Apostle Paul offers us practical advice on how to navigate our interactions with others and maintain peace in society. He encourages us to bless those who persecute us and not curse them. This may seem counterintuitive, but it reflects the transformative power of love and forgiveness. Let's dive right in! --- Send in a voice message:
10/2/20234 minutes, 26 seconds
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Having a new mind | mini podcast

Having the mind of Christ doesn't mean thinking exactly like Jesus, but rather aligning our thoughts with His. It involves a change of mind, a new way of processing things. Paul encourages the Philippians to be of the same mind, in full accord, and to consider others more significant than themselves, showing humility and love. We are not only in need of a new heart, as Ezekiel mentions, but also a new mind. Listen in for insight for living. --- Send in a voice message:
10/2/20233 minutes, 23 seconds
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Power of silence taught by Jesus | Mat 26:59-64

JESUS is often questioned by the religious leaders of his time, who seek to trap him in His words. However, Jesus chooses to remain silent at times, much to the confusion of those around him.  In this podcast, we will explore why Jesus chooses to be silent when questioned and what we can learn from His example. Please, listen in. --- Send in a voice message:
10/2/202312 minutes, 8 seconds
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Appropriate worship | mini podcast

Our daily lives as Christians, in our bodies and in our relationships with the world and our vocations, become the arena of worship. This is who we are and what we do in Christ. We are not to conform to the behavior and customs of this world but to be transformed. Transformation is a metamorphosis, a change from within. It involves having the mind of Christ, as Paul teaches that we do have the mind of Christ --- Send in a voice message:
9/25/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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Not fair, but Just | mini podcast

We will be diving into the theme of "Not Fair but Just." Our scripture readings for today come from Isaiah 55:6-9, Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30, and Matthew 20:1-16. In Isaiah 55:6-9, we are reminded to seek the Lord while He can be found, and to understand that His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. This serves as a foundation for our exploration of the concept of fairness and justice. Listen in for more details. --- Send in a voice message:
9/25/20233 minutes, 18 seconds
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Jesus teaches compassion | Mat 15:32

COMPASSION is a fundamental aspect of Jesus’s teaching. He emphasizes the importance of showing love and kindness towards others, especially those who are marginalized and vulnerable. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about compassion and its significance in our lives. This study comes from my book, "The Teachings of Jesus". --- Send in a voice message:
9/23/202313 minutes, 38 seconds
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What it means to live out the Gospel | mini podcast

Romans chapter 12:1-2 emphasizes the power of appropriate daily worship. This concept of being a living sacrifice means being dead to ourselves but alive to Christ. Listen in for more details. --- Send in a voice message:
9/19/20234 minutes, 18 seconds
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Free to forgive

Today we will talk about being “Free to Forgive”. Joseph said to them to not fear. Your evil only caused God to make good of it. Joseph had every reason to be angry with his brothers. He was thrown into a pit, then sold him into slavary. Then they told his father that Joseph was killed by wild animals. In a classic rags to riches, Joseph becomes in charge of Egypt. Jesus cross was meant for evil, the cruelest method of death back then. But God meant it for good, for the salvation of the world. This is about forgiveness. Listen in for a deeper dive into forgiveness. --- Send in a voice message:
9/19/20234 minutes, 4 seconds
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The role of women in Jesus' ministry | 1Peter 3:7

Jesus Christ is often revered as a revolutionary figure in His approach toward women. He challenged the patriarchal norms of His time and elevated the status of women in society.  In a day when women were considered second-class, Jesus shattered prejudices and elevated the status of women to unprecedented heights. That value equalization continued with His apostles.  In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about women and their role in His ministry.  Listen in about how women help changed the world. --- Send in a voice message:
9/16/202313 minutes, 58 seconds
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Personal Evangelism | mini podcast

Welcome to the podcast on Personal Evangelism with Dr. Jerry Root’s teaching. In today's episode, we will delve into the importance of putting our faith into action and sharing the good news of Christ with others.  Our scripture for today is Philemon 6, which reminds us of the generosity that comes from our faith and the good things we have in Christ. Dr. Jerry Root emphasizes that the gift of evangelism is not reserved for a select few; it is for every believer. It is not a skill to be learned, but rather a natural outpouring of our faith. --- Send in a voice message:
9/14/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ft Collins Ballot Watch 09/13/23

Today we'll be discussing the various ballot issues that will shape the future of our beloved city. Fort Collins voters will be faced with several crucial decisions when they head to the polls in 2023. In this episode, we'll break down the ballot issues that you need to know about. Let's dive right in. --- Send in a voice message:
9/13/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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Remembering 9-11 on 9-11-23

September 11, 2021 was a horrific day that none of us will forget, at least those who were around then. The history of this tragedy can never be forgotten. What we did in our community was to pull together and do what we could for the moment. --- Send in a voice message:
9/11/20236 minutes, 5 seconds
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The power of saying “In the name of Jesus” | Mat 28:18

In Christianity, we say, “in the name of Jesus” is a common practice used in prayer and spiritual activities. This phrase is not just a set of words, but a declaration of faith and dependence on Jesus’s power and authority. In this podcast, we will explore why we are taught to say “in the name of Jesus” and the power it holds. Listen in for a deeper dive. --- Send in a voice message:
9/8/202312 minutes, 8 seconds
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Dying is the only way to live | mini podcast

Embracing the concept of dying to ourselves may seem challenging, but it is through this surrender that we truly find life. It is in dying to our own desires that we discover the abundant life that Jesus promises. Let us reflect on the call to die to ourselves and embrace God's plan. May we strive to set our minds on the things of God, surrendering our own will and desires. In doing so, we will experience the transformative power of God's love and find true life in Christ. Listen in for a deeper conversation. --- Send in a voice message:
9/4/20234 minutes, 5 seconds
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Understanding God's plan | mini podcast

Welcome to today's episode of "Understanding God's Plan." In our reading from Romans 11:1-10, we delve into the concept of the remnant and the hardened. We will explore the profound insights shared by the apostle Paul and the significance of these teachings in our lives today. The passage highlights how the hardened individuals are deaf and blind to the Gospel, while the remnant represents those who faithfully follow God. We see this pattern throughout history, as even revered figures like Moses, Elijah, and Isaiah were sometimes received well and other times not so well by the people of Israel. Listen in to a deeper dive of conversation today. --- Send in a voice message:
9/4/20234 minutes, 55 seconds
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Jesus' authority over demons | Mark 1:34

Throughout Jesus' ministry, he encounters many people who are possessed by demons. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus does about the demons. Jesus has the power and authority to cast out demons and heal those who were possessed. Notice that Jesus casts out demons throughout the Bible by merely using His words.  The spoken word is powerful .  Mark 11 says that if we just “say” to this mountain, be removed, it will happen.  Speaking the Word is a tool we often forget about. Listen in today for more take-a-ways. This podcast is from my book, "The Teachings of Jesus." --- Send in a voice message:
9/2/202312 minutes, 33 seconds
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Confession opens the doorway | Matthew 16:13-20

Jesus asks His disciples who people say He is. Peter, speaking on behalf of the disciples, declares Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God. This confession holds great significance, as it forms the foundation of our faith. Jesus assures Peter that upon this confession, He will build His church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Listen in for more insight to the stairway. --- Send in a voice message:
8/27/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Jesus cares about orphans | John 14:18-20

ORPHANS are among the most vulnerable in Jesus’s time, and He has a heart for them. We will explore what Jesus says about orphans. Jesus teaches that caring for orphans is an important part of living out our faith. The words of the Bible call God’s people to actively pursue meeting the needs of children who have been orphaned, and a great place to start is through prayer. Listen in as we take deeper dive about orphaned children. --- Send in a voice message:
8/24/202315 minutes, 20 seconds
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What Jesus taught about children | Psalms 127:-3-4

The Bible makes it clear that children are a blessing. Whether adults are called to be parents, to foster, or to invest in children in some other unique way, kids are part of God's plan for individuals and humanity as a whole. God works through kids to bless their parents, and to demonstrate the blessings of simple faith. Listen in for a deeper dive from my book called, The Teachings of Jesus. --- Send in a voice message:
8/19/202311 minutes, 40 seconds
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What Jesus taught about the poor | Luke 6:20

JESUS has a heart for the poor and marginalized, and He often speaks about them in His teachings. In this podcast, we’ll explore what Jesus says about the poor. If you are poor, know that God sees value in this for you today.  He also has the power to help you experience a change in this situation at any time. He knows exactly where you are and He still has this wonderful plan for your life—but it may not include lots of money. --- Send in a voice message:
8/9/20238 minutes, 30 seconds
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What Jesus says about anger | Mat 5:21-22

ANGER is an emotion that all humans experience, but it can also be harmful if not controlled. In his teachings, Jesus speaks about anger and how we can manage it in a healthy way. When managing your anger, we must realize that sin is involved, reconciliation is needed, and forgiveness is essential. What's the difference between reconciliation and anger and what is righteous anger? Let’s explore what Jesus says about anger. --- Send in a voice message:
8/3/20239 minutes, 6 seconds
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Paul's wish and God's love | Romans 9:1-6

 Paul expresses his deep love and concern for the people, stating that he would willingly give his life for them. He emphasizes that the true Israel lacks nothing from God and affirms that the word of God has not failed. Paul reminds the readers that through Isaac, their name will live, as Sarah bore a child for them. He also mentions God's choice to love Jacob but hate Esau, highlighting God's sovereignty in showing compassion to whomever He desires. Listen in and I will share 10 take aways from this short message. --- Send in a voice message:
7/31/20234 minutes, 53 seconds
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What Jesus says about faith | Mat 9:22

FAITH IS A central concept in Christianity, and Jesus speaks frequently about it in His teachings. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about faith. Faith can heal. Faith is essential for salvation. Faith can move mountains. Faith requires trust. Many people speak about “having faith in Jesus,” but what exactly does this mean? The Bible uses the phrase “faith in Jesus” synonymously with belief in Jesus as Savior.  --- Send in a voice message:
7/30/202310 minutes, 34 seconds
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Carjacking prevention--staying safe.

In this podcast episode, we will be discussing carjacking prevention. Carjacking, the armed theft of automobiles from their drivers, has become a prevalent crime in recent years. It can occur anywhere and at any time, even in seemingly safe neighborhoods and during daylight hours.  One reason carjacking is on the rise is because stealing parked cars, especially luxury models equipped with advanced alarm systems, has become increasingly difficult. As a result, car thieves find it easier to steal a car when the owner is present, with the keys in the ignition.  While there are no foolproof ways to avoid carjacking, there are precautions you can take to minimize the risk. It's important to be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Listen in for some tips on how to stay safe and reduce you risks. --- Send in a voice message:
7/24/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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What does Jesus mean by: "Do this in remembrance of me." | 1Cor 11:23-26

IN THE GOSPELS, Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper, a meal of remembrance that Christians have continued to celebrate throughout the centuries. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus means when he says, “Do this in remembrance of me.” What are the things we are to remember? We will take a deeper dive into this discussion...listen in today. --- Send in a voice message:
7/22/202311 minutes, 46 seconds
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What Jesus says about Scripture | Mat 4:1-4

Jesus had a high view of Scripture and often referred to it in his teachings. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus said about the Word of God. We know that the Scripture is authoritative, it is true, it points to Jesus and it must be obeyed. Listen in so we can take a deeper dive into the Scriptures. --- Send in a voice message:
7/14/202310 minutes, 17 seconds
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Are we perfect or are we being perfected? | Romans 7

Paul discusses his struggles about doing the things he hates, while teaching us how to recover and what assurances we have in Christ. --- Send in a voice message:
7/9/20233 minutes, 3 seconds
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Encouragement leads to success | Are you leading?

Encouragement is a powerful tool for leaders, and it can have a significant impact on the success of a business or an organization. When leaders encourage their team members, they can foster a sense of motivation, engagement, and loyalty that can lead to increased productivity, creativity, and innovation. In this podcast, we will explore the different styles of leadership by encouragement and highlight recent stories of business leaders who have used this style to achieve success. Listen in today so we can take a deeper dive into leadership by encouragement. --- Send in a voice message:
7/8/202320 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Lord's prayer-what Jesus said | Mat 6:5-15

Who do we pray too, Jesus or God? Does Satan listen in on our prayers?  How can we keep him from knowing what we are revealing about ourselves? In Matthew 6:5–15, Jesus gives His disciples guidance on how to pray. He begins by warning them not to pray to be seen by others, but rather to pray in secret. He then gives them an example of how to pray, which is commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer. --- Send in a voice message:
7/7/202312 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ask, Seek, Knock--What Jesus says about prayer | Mat 7:7-11

PRAYER IS AN integral part of the Christian faith. We will explore what Jesus had to say about prayer, specifically about asking, seeking, and knocking. These words are a call to persistent prayer and trust in God’s provision. Jesus is saying that we should not give up on our prayers, but rather, we should continue to ask, seek, and knock. He also promises that our prayers will be answered. --- Send in a voice message:
6/30/202311 minutes, 6 seconds
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Relational Leadership | Are you leading?

In today's world, leadership is more important than ever. With rapid changes in technology, political tensions, and a global pandemic, people are looking for leaders who can guide them through uncertainty and chaos. And what makes a good leader? It's not just about having a vision or making decisions. It's about being relational.Being relational means building strong relationships with the people you lead. It means being empathetic and understanding, listening to their concerns and needs, and creating a culture of trust and collaboration. This kind of leadership inspires people to work together towards a common goal, and it fosters a sense of community and belonging. Listen in for a deeper dive and discussion about building relationships. --- Send in a voice message:
6/24/202318 minutes, 10 seconds
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What Jesus said about the end times | Mat 24:13-14

The topic of the end times has fascinated people for centuries. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus had to say about the end times and what we can learn from his teachings. In Matthew 24, Jesus gives a lengthy discourse about the end times. He warns his disciples about false prophets, wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, and persecution. He also speaks of the coming of the Son of Man, saying that no one knows the day or the hour of his return. In Mark 13, Jesus again speaks of the end times, warning his disciples to be on guard and to stay awake. He speaks of the coming of the Son of Man and the signs that will precede his return. In Luke 21, Jesus speaks of the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the signs that will precede his return. He warns his disciples to be on guard and to not be weighed down by the worries of life. What We Can Learn from Jesus' Teachings? Listen in as we learn more about the end times. --- Send in a voice message:
6/22/20239 minutes, 21 seconds
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Accountable Leadership | Are you leading?

Responsibility is the obligation to do something, while accountability is accepting the consequences of one's actions or decisions related to that responsibility. Responsibility is a duty, while accountability is the obligation to answer for the outcome of fulfilling that duty. Accountability is often seen as a higher level of responsibility, as it involves taking ownership and being answerable for the results of one's actions. I like to think of the two, responsibility and accountability, like a coin.  They have two different sides but one cannot be without the other. Listen in for a deeper dive into accountability. This podcast is part of my new book, "Are you leading?", coming in August 2023. --- Send in a voice message:
6/17/202319 minutes, 55 seconds
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What Jesus said about temptation | Mat 26:41

Before we look at what Jesus said about temptation, it is important to note that he himself faced temptation. In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Each time the devil tempts him, Jesus responds with Scripture, ultimately resisting the devil's schemes. What Jesus Said About Temptation: In Matthew 26:41, Jesus tells his disciples to "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." This shows that Jesus understood the power of temptation and the need for vigilance in resisting it. Listen in today so we can take a deep dive into our temptations. This study today is from chapter 10 of my book, "The Teachings of Jesus". --- Send in a voice message:
6/17/202313 minutes, 46 seconds
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The mission of the Holy Trinity Gen 1:1-2:4

Welcome to today's mini podcast where we will be exploring the mission of the Holy Trinity. Our journey begins with Genesis 1:1-2:4 where God spoke and unfolded the earth with light, waters, the earth, the heaven, morning and evening. He created the sea creatures, birds, livestock, and even the things that creep on the ground. Then, He made man to be in charge of it all, created male and female by the creatures and humans. The trinity was present when all of this happened. --- Send in a voice message:
6/11/20234 minutes, 55 seconds
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Responsible Leadership | Are you leading?

Being a leader is not just about making decisions and giving orders. It is a role that comes with a great deal of responsibility. A good leader understands this and takes their responsibilities seriously. They are aware that their actions and decisions have a direct impact on their team, their organization, and even their community. In this podcast, we will discuss the responsibilities of a good leader and how to avoid being irresponsible.  --- Send in a voice message:
6/10/202315 minutes, 27 seconds
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What does Jesus want from us? | Mark 12:30-31

As Christians, we often ask ourselves what Jesus wants from us. We will explore some key aspects of what Jesus desires from His followers. The prophet Micah responded to the Israelites’ complaint that they didn’t know what God wanted from them. The prophet says, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8, ESV). Listen in to today's podcast as we take a deeper dive into what Jesus wants from us. --- Send in a voice message:
6/9/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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The powerful message of Romans 8, who will deliver me?

We will explore the powerful message of Romans 8 and how it answers the question, "Who will deliver me from this struggle of being a sinner, doing the very thing that God hates?" In Romans 8:1-2, Paul tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. It is through Jesus that we are delivered from the power of sin and death. We are no longer under the law of sin and death, but under the law of the Spirit of life. It's important to reach Romans 7 to get the big picture of why Paul is making these statements in Romans 8...Paul struggled with this whole matter of sin, just like we do today. Listen in to this mini-podcast episode to gain more insight for living. --- Send in a voice message:
6/2/20234 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Pentecost is every week | Acts 2:1-20

Today's podcast we will discuss the significance of Pentecost and how it relates to our Christian faith. In Acts 2:1-20, we see that on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came like a mighty rushing wind, and divided tongues of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues. This event is a reminder that Jesus said in the last days, he will pour out his spirit on all people. It is the Holy Spirit that gathers us in church, keeps us in the Christian faith, and creates and sustains the whole Christian church today.  --- Send in a voice message:
6/1/20233 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Truth will set you free | John 8:31-32

"The truth will set you free" is a frequently quoted phrase within academic circles that aim to promote academic freedom and the transformative power of education. Many universities proudly display this statement on signs near their building entrances.  However, it is important to note that "the truth will set you free" did not originate within academia; it was spoken by Jesus in John 8:32.  In its original context, Jesus' statement does not pertain to classroom learning. In fact, John 8:32 conveys a deeper form of knowledge that surpasses what can be acquired in a classroom setting. Listen in today for a deep dive on what is Truth. --- Send in a voice message:
6/1/202312 minutes, 54 seconds
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The art of problem solving (Are you leading?)

When it comes to leadership, few skills are as important as the ability to solve problems. Whether you're leading a team, a company, or a community, you'll encounter obstacles and challenges that require resourceful solutions. Unfortunately, problem-solving is often easier said than done. In this podcast, we'll explore the difficulties of problem-solving and the leadership styles and techniques that can help you overcome them.   --- Send in a voice message:
6/1/202312 minutes, 8 seconds
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What Jesus says about Depression &Loneliness | Psalms 25:16

Many famous individuals throughout history have experienced feelings of loneliness and depression. Their struggles serve as a reminder that these emotions can affect anyone, regardless of their outward success or recognition. Depression and loneliness are common struggles that many people face. But what does Jesus have to say about these difficult emotions? We will explore some key examples of what Jesus says about depression and loneliness. He experienced these emotions Himself. In Matthew 26:36–38, Jesus goes to the garden of Gethsemane to pray before His arrest and crucifixion. He tells His disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” This shows that even Jesus, the Son of God, experiences deep sorrow and anguish. Listen in today as we take a deeper dive about this topic. --- Send in a voice message:
5/27/202312 minutes, 42 seconds
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Creative thinking leaders

As a leader, it is important to be able to think creatively to come up with innovative solutions to problems and to lead your team to success. Creative thinking is the ability to see things in new ways, to think outside the box, and to come up with unique solutions to challenges. In this podcast, we will discuss the importance of this exercise for leaders and provide practical tips on how to accomplish this.Leaders who are able to think creatively have a competitive advantage in today's rapidly changing business environment. With new technologies emerging every day and globalization creating new challenges and opportunities, it is essential to think creatively to stay ahead of the curve. Innovative thinking also helps leaders to inspire their team and to come up with new and exciting ideas that can lead to growth and success. Listen in today. --- Send in a voice message:
5/25/202312 minutes, 1 second
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Memorial Day 2023 speech

We gather here to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. Memorial Day is a sacred occasion where we honor their sacrifice and express our deep gratitude for their courage and selflessness. It is important to understand the significance of this day and the context in which we honor our fallen heroes. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated in the aftermath of the American Civil War. It was a time for communities to come together and decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers and flags, a gesture of remembrance and respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Listen in to the entire speech I prepared for Memorial Day at Edora Park @ 8:45am on May 29, 2023. You are welcome to attend. --- Send in a voice message:
5/25/202311 minutes, 24 seconds
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The death of Husband Law | Rom 7:6

"Freedom in Christ," in this podcast we explore the liberating truths found in God's Word. Today we have an insightful topic to discuss—freedom from the Lordship of Sin and the law. Our focus text is Romans 7:6, which speaks of "The death of Husband Law." In Romans Chapter 7, the apostle Paul shares powerful insights on our relationship with the law and sin. He uses a relatable analogy to help us grasp the profound truth that we belong to Christ. Let's dive right in. --- Send in a voice message:
5/22/20234 minutes, 31 seconds
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The inbetweeness | 1 Peter 4:12-19 & 5:6-11

We are not of this world, but we are in it. Jesus is with us in His mercy during this in-between time. As we navigate this time of in-betweenness, let us remember that our Lord and Savior is with us, even in our suffering. He is the good shepherd who restores those who are done and strengthens us in our weakness. Brothers and sisters, let us devote ourselves to prayer and trust in God during this time of in-betweenness. Let us resist the devil and stand firm in our faith, knowing that God will lift us up and sustain us. --- Send in a voice message:
5/22/20232 minutes, 41 seconds
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What Jesus says about mercy. Mat 5:7

Mercy is a major theme in the teachings of Jesus. He emphasizes the importance of showing mercy to others and receiving God's mercy in our own lives. In this podcast, we will explore some key examples of what Jesus says about mercy. We’ll talk later on about the difference between grace and mercy, but for just a quick note, I’ve come to realize that Grace gives, and Mercy does something with that grace. The beatitude emphasizes the importance of extending kindness, compassion, and forgiveness to others, even when they do not deserve it. Listen in today for a more in-depth understanding of mercy. --- Send in a voice message:
5/20/202316 minutes, 14 seconds
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Critical Thinking for Leaders

Leadership is a complex and multifaceted concept that requires a variety of skills and qualities to be effective. The ability to think independently and critically, to solve problems, and to take responsibility and accountability for one's actions are all essential components of effective leadership. However, these skills alone do not make a great leader. Critical thinking for leaders is the ability to analyze information, evaluate different perspectives and evidence, and make informed decisions based on logic and reason. It involves questioning traditions, identifying predispositions, and considering different viewpoints to arrive at a well-reasoned and informed decision. Listen in for an in-depth understanding of critical thinking. --- Send in a voice message:
5/18/202316 minutes, 21 seconds
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What Jesus says about grace | Eph 2:8-10

Grace is a central theme in the teachings of Jesus. He emphasizes the importance of receiving God’s grace and extending it to others. We’ll explore some key examples of what Jesus says about grace. According to the Bible and Bible commentators, grace is a term that refers to the unmerited favor and kindness of God toward humankind. The concept of grace is central to the Christian faith and is emphasized throughout the Bible, especially in the New Testament. Grace is for sinners, and the unworthy, which means it is for everyone and no one is left out. Mother Teresa was a great example of showing human grace to others. Listen in today so we can take a deeper dive into grace for all. --- Send in a voice message:
5/12/202313 minutes, 22 seconds
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Indépendant Thinking as a Leader!

Independent thinking is a critical skill for leaders who want to succeed in today's complex and dynamic world. It enables them to embrace diversity of thought, develop new skills, overcome barriers to independent thinking, and apply these practices to leadership. Leaders can effectively navigate ambiguity, make informed decisions, and drive innovation. They also inspire their teams to think creatively and challenge the status quo, leading to breakthrough ideas and solutions. In this chapter, we explore the importance of independent thinking for leaders and provide practical tips and strategies for developing this essential skill. We'll talk about five categories of independent thinking in today's podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
5/11/20237 minutes, 9 seconds
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How Jesus Loves | Deut 6:4-6

Love is a central theme in the teachings of Jesus. He emphasizes the importance of loving God and loving others, and his own life is a shining example of sacrificial love. In this podcast, we will explore some key examples of what Jesus says about love. One of the big commands that Jesus gave us was to Love God with All Your Heart, soul, mind, and strength. This commandment emphasizes the importance of having a deep and authentic love for God, One that encompasses every aspect of our being. When we love God in this way, we are able to love others more fully as well. --- Send in a voice message:
5/6/202312 minutes, 50 seconds
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How Jesus Reasons with People | Mat 13:10-13

Jesus is known for His ability to reason with people, using logic and wisdom to engage with them and challenge their beliefs. He often uses parables and analogies to communicate complex concepts in a way that was easy to understand. In this episode, we will explore some key examples of how Jesus reasons with people. Throughout the bible, the voice of reason is exercised. Think of the phrased used in the bible, “reasoning together” as the opportunity to have reasons to believe. Yes, the bible helps nonbelievers to use common sense. Join me today and listen in for a more in-depth study of how Jesus reasoned with people. --- Send in a voice message:
4/28/202311 minutes, 38 seconds
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What Jesus didn’t care about | Mat 23:25-26

We’ve all heard familiar statements like: I don’t care! Who cares? Ask me if I care! I could care less. Oh, cry me a river! Give me a break! ...and the list goes on. Jesus never used the phrase, I don’t care, but there are a number of things that Jesus did not consider a priority and illustrated that he didn’t care about certain issues. In many ways, Jesus is a polarizing figure. His teachings and actions have inspired millions of people throughout history, but they have also been the source of controversy and debate. As we look at the life of Jesus, we can see that there are certain things that he didn't care about. In this podcast, we will explore some of these aspects of Jesus' life and teachings such as: Jesus doesn't care about material possessions. Jesus doesn't care about social status and He doesn't care about outward appearance. We'll talk more about this as we listen in today. --- Send in a voice message:
4/22/202313 minutes, 18 seconds
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Jesus Cares | Mark 1:40-42

Today we will explore the theme of Jesus' care for his followers. Throughout the Bible, we see evidence of his love and concern for those who believe in him. From healing the sick to comforting the broken-hearted, Jesus demonstrated his compassion in numerous ways. Let’s explore some of the key biblical references that highlight just how much Jesus cares for us. Listen in for an indepth discussion about His care for us all. --- Send in a voice message:
4/15/20238 minutes, 25 seconds
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Thomas overcomes | John 20:25

Thomas was one of Jesus’ most loyal followers. The Gospels portray him as reflective, not talkative. On the three occasions where his words are recorded, it’s clear Thomas thought long and hard before speaking. Once, in the wake of a friend’s death, Thomas broke the silence, saying that he was willing to die for Jesus if it came to that (see John 11:16). When everything came crashing down the following day, Thomas was devastated. They all were, of course, but Thomas seemed to take it especially hard. While the rest huddled together in fear, Thomas was not with them. On Resurrection Sunday, when Jesus appeared to his disciples, Thomas was nowhere to be found. He emerged from hiding to find his buddies beside themselves with joy. “We have seen the Lord!” they exclaimed. Thomas wasn’t buying it: “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). This may sound like hard-heartedness, but it wasn’t. We know this because a few days later, when Jesus graciously appeared to Thomas, he fell to his knees and confessed, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Listen in for more about why Thomas was a great man of faith and not of doubt. --- Send in a voice message:
4/6/202311 minutes, 18 seconds
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Christophanies in the Old Testament | John 8:58

Christophany is a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. The Old Testament points to Jesus through various types of people, such as Moses, who is seen as a type of Christ. Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, just as Jesus leads his people out of bondage to sin. In Genesis 18, three men visit Abraham, and one of them is believed to be Jesus Christ. Abraham refers to him as "my Lord" and "Adonai" which is a name for God. And in Gen 22:11-18 the Angel of the Lord appearing to Abraham. Joshua encounters a man with a drawn sword who identifies himself as the commander of the Lord's army. Joshua intentionally falls down and worships Him, and the man tells him to take off his sandals because he is standing on holy ground. Some scholars believe that this man was Jesus Christ.
 Listen in so we can take a deeper dive into today's word. --- Send in a voice message:
4/2/202314 minutes, 42 seconds
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Josiah’s mission | 2Kings 23:-21-25

Josiah was only 8 years old when he became King, after his father's murder. His father had been wicked, as had the Jewish kings and culture for generations before him. Josiah was the grandson of Manasseh, king of Judah, and ascended the throne at age eight after the assassination of his father, Amon, in 641. Great-grandparent: Hezekiah, who, if you remember, ask God to spare his life and granted him an extra 15 years, because of the great work he did for the Lord. When the workers found the lost and forgotten Torah, which was brought to Josiah’s attention and the words were read aloud, Josiah wept, tore his clothes, and grieved deeply for the ways he and his people had turned away from the Lord. There are a number of great encouragements readers can take away from this joyful time in Judah’s history. Listen in today for great lessons about leadership. --- Send in a voice message:
3/23/202314 minutes, 42 seconds
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Real acceptance & adoption | Eph 1:4-5

I have a few friends and family who have experienced the joy and the struggle of adopting. For some, adoption came at a cost—of finances, time and emotional energy—but for each it has brought great joy. Adoption is a beautiful thing and a powerful picture of who God is. In Ephesians, Paul tells us that adoption was never “Plan B.” God actually had it in mind before He even created the earth! Wow! God’s plan was always for us to know the full range of His mercy and grace as His adopted children. In adopting us, God gives us the very Spirit of His Son and grants us to feel the affections of belonging to the family of God. There is a deep personal and spiritual bond between God our Father and us, His children. God says, tell me personally if you want to accept me, we don’t have to be in the halls of Justice to be legally adopted, but only in the pathway of Christ. Listen in as we take a deeper dive into the Word of God about acceptance and adoption. --- Send in a voice message:
3/19/202312 minutes, 40 seconds
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Why fear and anxiety? | 2Tim 1:7

Paul’s words to Timothy are equally God’s words to us. He has given each one of us a spirit of “power, love and self-discipline”, or as in some translations, "a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). Therefore, we never should respond to circumstances or people in fear, because we have the power of God living within us — the very power that dispels all fear and anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States.  Today, I will share with you three key points for us to remember and learn. John tells us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).  Ask God to impart to you more of Christ’s love and to take away any torment you feel—be direct about it.  As you do, fear will lose its grip on you.  Join me today and know how to conquer the fears and anxieties in your life. --- Send in a voice message:
3/10/202315 minutes, 43 seconds
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If I could show you a plan. | Rom 9:6-13

Mal 1:2-4 is a great example of God’s love for Israel.  And Edom will never be allowed to build again (Edomites are today’s Petra in Jordan). The Edomites were the descendants of Esau, the firstborn son of Isaac and the twin brother of Jacob. Esau became the father of the Edomites and Jacob became the father of the Israelites, and the two nations continued to struggle through most of their history. "Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have HATED, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals." Romans chapter 9 makes it abundantly clear that loving Jacob and hating Esau was entirely related to which of them God chose. Many times we may ask ourselves, why did God choose that person instead of me? Or why was that person promoted instead of me? My qualifications were much better? I have seniority! What matters is his perfect plan? God knew all along how Esau was going to treat his brothers people. God also knows the outcome for your position if you get into the wrong spot. God has your back. God’s plans and unexplained events in our lives are for our own good. We should rely on Jesus for our plans because He is the ultimate source of wisdom and guidance.  Listen in today for a more in-depth discussion. --- Send in a voice message:
3/4/202310 minutes, 34 seconds
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Be vigilant, not revengeful Gen 35:1-2

Jacob wanted to be obedient to God, and he was. But he knew he had to clean up his own household first. We read in the previous chapter how his two sons slaughtered the men of Shechem, because Shechem had raped their sister. So they took an unlawful revenge. God says vengeance is mine, not yours. Remember when you put your finger at someone you have three more pointed right back at you. To be vigilant, we have to set the revengefulness aside, which means we need to ask God to forgive us of our sins as we forgive others who have sinned against us. That’s a familiar phrase, isn’t it?  Listen in today so we can take a deep dive into being vigilant. --- Send in a voice message:
2/25/20237 minutes, 16 seconds
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What is apostasy? | Heb 3:12-14

Apostasy is the total rejection of Christianity by a baptized person who, having at one time professed the Christian faith, publicly rejects it. Apostasy is distinguished from heresy, which is limited to the rejection of one or more Christian doctrines by one who maintains an overall adherence to Jesus Christ. The Great Apostasy is a concept within Christianity to describe a perception that mainstream Christian Churches have fallen away from the original faith founded by Jesus and promulgated through his twelve Apostles.  Listen in as we take a deeper dive into questions about the unpardonable sin, and let's ask ourselves about the characteristics of apostasy. --- Send in a voice message:
2/18/202319 minutes, 34 seconds
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Discovering yourself

Today, we talk about how to discover yourself.  Why are you here today?  What's your purpose in life?  If we change the way we look at things, the things we look at will change.  Are you willing to change?  Listen in as we probe some deeper thoughts to this discussion. --- Send in a voice message:
2/14/20239 minutes, 25 seconds
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Getting our feet wet | Joshua 3:13

Joshua was incharge of leading the people across the Jordan to win a battle.  This was a shortcut, but not an easy one. Yet God directed them to cross about 100 feet of water that may be approximately 10 feet deep.  The crossing of a turbulent river at flood stage would have been difficult.  This happened around 1406 BC.  God assured them that if they entered the water with the Ark, they would enter dry land as their feet got wet.  That has to be a defining moment for their trust and faith in God. In this instance, the priests, carrying the Ark had to be thinking that if we drop this Ark they were dead.  They knew that the fast flowing water could trip them up. and kill them.  For them to dare, to step into the water with the Ark of God, not only demonstrated courage, it was a complete illustration of their faith, trust, and conviction.  Listen in as we think about our own challenges in life. --- Send in a voice message:
2/11/202314 minutes, 44 seconds
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Absalom’s revenge and EGO | 2Sam 14:25-27

Today's story is really a sad one, but life lessons are taken away from Absalom's ego, and hatred, along with David's carelessness of not being a dad to Absalom.  The story of Absalom's rebellion against his father, King David, is told in the Second Book of Samuel (chapters 14 to 18). The handsome Absalom is distinguished by his extraordinarily abundant hair, which is thought to symbolise his pride (2 Sam. 14:26). Absalom was the third son of King David.  The first recorded event defining Absalom’s life also involved his sister Tamar and half-brother Amnon. During the festivities, in the presence of David’s other sons, Absalom had his servants kill Amnon in cold blood. As Absalom was riding under some trees trying to get away from David's men, his long hair became entangled in the branches, and he was unhorsed.  General Joab found Absalom suspended in mid-air and killed him there. You will want to listen in to know the horrific story with life lessons. --- Send in a voice message:
2/4/20239 minutes, 57 seconds
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Glory Ager, Mom heaven bound 020223

My mother, Gloria Ager, passed on to heaven on January 31, 2023 at 11:48AM.  She is one of the candles in my life that God gave me to enjoy and share about her love for people and her family.  I hope you can listen in for a few minutes to hear more about her legacy.  For 92 years, she lived a great life of discipline. --- Send in a voice message:
2/3/20235 minutes, 25 seconds
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The 4 RARE thing Leaders forget

Leaders often forget the four R.A.R.E. things of genuine leadership, which are:  Responsibility, Accountability, Relationships, and being an Encourager.  If you want to grow in your leadership style, listen to this simple and transparent message about your leadership style. --- Send in a voice message:
1/28/20237 minutes, 51 seconds
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Is there power in the name of Jesus? | 1John 5:13

Any power attributed to the name of Jesus originates in the Person of Jesus. When we “believe in Jesus’ name,” we are trusting in the finished work of the risen Christ on the cross.  Jesus is not a magic word. There is nothing special about the arrangement of the letters in His name. By simply calling out the name of “Jesus,” one cannot expect a special power, outcome, or better standing with God. Praying in Jesus’ name means praying with His authority (Luke 10:19) and asking God the Father to act upon our prayers because we come by faith in the name of His Son, Jesus. In my early days as a policeman, if somebody was fleeing from me on foot, I would say “Police, stop in the name of the law“!  My authority and power came from the laws, written by the state legislators and approved by the governor in the state of Colorado. Nevertheless, we didn’t say, “stop in the name of the governor“.  My badge, or my shield, represented my authorization and authority to the state of Colorado, which I had the authority to verbalize via commands and direction to those who were in violation of the law.  Listen in for a more detailed discussion. --- Send in a voice message:
1/28/202311 minutes, 40 seconds
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What is the Godhead? | Col 2:9

The term Godhead is found three times in the King James Version.  In each of the three verses, a slightly different Greek word is used, but the definition of each is the same: “deity” or “divine nature.” The word Godhead is used to refer to God’s essential nature. We’ll take a look at each of these passages and what they mean.  We are the offspring of God, not by images made by men. We were made by God or a part of his lineage.  Paul’s argument is that all of creation virtually shouts the existence of God; we can “clearly” see God’s eternal power, as well as His “Godhead” in what He has made. We know he spoke these things into existence. This is written in Genesis, chapter 1, but what we don’t realize is that once he spoke the word, then his craftsmanship started taking place by the power of his words. He went into full intelligent design, knowing that someday we would be able to see his wonders beyond the naked eye.  God intended for us to see the galaxies and the planets.  Let's take a deeper dive into this study by listening to the podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
1/21/20239 minutes, 13 seconds
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Are we reading too much? | Ecc 12:11-12

In Solomon’s day information was mostly limited to books. In our day information takes many other forms. If Solomon could say this when there was no printing press, Internet, television, radio, and only a fraction of the books we have what would he say if he lived in our day? The amount of information in our day is overwhelming and untrustworthy. Plant yourself in the Bible where “the words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed; they are given by one Shepherd” (Ecclesiastes 12:11).  Scripture must be our primary read and most important reference in life. Because we learn from it, and we know that every word was inspired by God. It doesn’t get any better than that.  Listen in today for more insight on this topic. --- Send in a voice message:
1/11/202310 minutes, 30 seconds
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The attributes of Christ | Isa. 11:2

The Holy Scriptures clearly shows us Christ’s attributes.  We can certainly identify about 20 or 30 attributes of Christ right off the top of your head. However, we’re going to focus on the four main categories that are directly attributed to Christ. So let’s zoom out and look at the big picture. We will talk about that he is: OMNISCIENCE (all-knowing), Omnipotence (all-powerful), Omnipresence (everywhere), and finally, Jesus’ Ascension.  Join me for an in-depth teaching about Christ's attributes. --- Send in a voice message:
1/1/202313 minutes, 47 seconds
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Why Bread? | Matthew 2:1-2

What irony that Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Bethlehem means “house of bread”.  Jesus is the bread of life, “ Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).  On the night when was betrayed Jesus instituted His Supper, that the bread He blessed and gave to His disciples, and us is His body. The cup (wine), that He blesses and gave to them, and us is His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. This is the New Testament!   What did Jesus mean when he said, we must eat His flesh and drink His blood?  Jesus’ graphic imagery about eating His flesh and drinking His blood is indeed puzzling at first.  Those who misunderstood Jesus and were offended by His talk about eating His flesh and drinking His blood were stuck in a physical mindset, ignoring the things of the Spirit. They were concerned with getting another physical meal, so Jesus uses the realm of the physical to teach a vital spiritual truth. Those who couldn’t make the jump from the physical to the spiritual turned their backs on Jesus and walked away (John 6:66).  We will take a deeper dive into this whole topic if you will listen to the podcast today. --- Send in a voice message:
12/23/202212 minutes, 38 seconds
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Why celebrate Christmas? | Luke 2:1-21

We celebrate Christmas because, as the angel said, the birth of Jesus Christ is “good news.” Good news is meant to be celebrated. In fact, the angel said the news of Jesus’ birth would cause “great joy” and would be “for all the people”—the joyful celebration would be universal. People around the globe would be glad for this occasion.

We celebrate Christmas because, as the angel said, “A Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” The three titles the angel applies to Jesus are important. Jesus is THE SAVIOR.  He is the HUMAN MESSIAH, and he is the DIVINE LORD.  In celebrating Christmas, we celebrate the Savior, because we needed deliverance. Listen in as we did deeper in the why, the birth date of Jesus, and much more. --- Send in a voice message:
12/17/20228 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hagar’s consequences | Gen 21: 17-19

The powerful story of Hagar in the Bible underscores how messy and complex God’s work in history really is. As people of faith, we believe that God answers prayer and keeps his promises, but this story will shake us out of simplistic notions of God’s call, God’s promises, and God’s faithfulness. Hagar is not just a supporting character in the story of Abraham and Sarah. She is not just the mother of Ishmael.  Looking at Genesis 16 and 21 through Hagar’s eyes reveals that her story is Israel’s story. And it has a lot to teach us about how God shows up in our own stories.  I encourage you to get the book:  She Is Called Women of the Bible Study Vol. 2, by Rev. Ming Chen Lo Rohrer (Grace) is pastor of the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Northern Jersey in Livingston, New Jersey. Listen in as we take a deeper dive into the life of Hagar. --- Send in a voice message:
12/10/202215 minutes, 59 seconds
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Keys to truly knowing God | John 17:3

Yahweh is the principal name in the Old Testament by which God reveals himself and is the most sacred, distinctive and incommunicable name of God. Within all of us there exists a strong desire to be known and to know others.  We all like to think we are an influencer to others.  Jesus was the King of influence and sometimes in controversy.  The key to truly knowing God is found in what God has revealed about Himself in the Bible. He wants to be known (see Acts 17:27-28).  Jesus revealed to us who God is, so in knowing God we must look to Jesus.  Another key ingredient in truly knowing God is reading the Bible, God’s Word. In the Bible we have God’s revelation of His character, His promises, and His will. If you will listen in today, we will take a deeper dive into some key points about knowing God. --- Send in a voice message:
12/2/202211 minutes, 12 seconds
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God transcends all things | Phi 4:7

When the scripture says that God transcends or passes all understanding, this refers to the only known knowledge or capabilities of mankind. God rises above any man’s law. If God wants the law of man to work in his peoples favor, he can cause that to happen beyond circumstances that we cannot understand. So we refer to them as coincidences. There is no such thing as a coincidence. I refer to them as God-cidences.  If God does not agree with mans law, and he wants to guard or protect his people, he’s not obligated to operate within man’s realm, or known scientific facts. God is not bound by man’s absolute knowledge. Listen in and we will take a deeper dive into the transcendence of God. --- Send in a voice message:
11/25/20229 minutes, 11 seconds
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Silence is Golden | John 11:1-6

Have you ever had a conversation and then all of a sudden, both of you are quiet…that sound of silence…what’s going on during that silent conversation?  Oswald Chambers talks about, His silence. He notes that God has trusted you with His silence – a silence that has great meaning. God will give you the very blessings you ask if you refuse to go any further without them, but his silence is the sign that he is bringing you into it, and even more wonderful understanding of himself. If God has given you a silence, then praise him—he is bringing you into the mainstream of his purposes .  Let's learn more today by listening in. --- Send in a voice message:
11/19/202211 minutes, 53 seconds
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Intimacy with God | Romans 8:32

One of our greatest needs is to know that we are loved. Each one of us has to feel certain, deep down in our hearts that someone loves us, cares for us and has our best interests at heart. Intimacy in a relationship is a feeling of being close, and emotionally connected and supported. It means being able to share a whole range of thoughts, feelings and experiences that we have as human beings. That is how God designed us. He wants us to know that he loves every one of us with a passionate intensity too deep for words. Listen in for more insight on how God wants our love, and He gives us His love from the day we are born.  Will we accept His Love? --- Send in a voice message:
11/12/202210 minutes, 23 seconds
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What about loneliness? | Ps 25:16-19

Being alone and being lonely are two different things. One can be alone without being lonely, and one can be lonely in a crowded room. Loneliness is a state of mind, an emotion brought on by feelings of separation from other human beings. When we are lonely, we lose the sense of “will”.  We wonder what our purpose is in life. We can become bitter against the world. Lonely people tend to argue about the littlest things in life. Everything is wrong or against me. Some lonely people lose their appetite for food, entertainment, and yes, even wanting to be around people.  They just want to be left alone. The loneliness has a tumble affect of moving away from our surroundings and living in isolation. King David knew this all too well.  David’s sins oppressed him, his enemies had enlarged his troubles and were multiplied, increasing in hate and violence.  Listen in today for more insight and God's rescue plan. --- Send in a voice message:
11/4/202212 minutes, 3 seconds
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Valued counselors | Proverbs 15:22

Twenty foolish advisors are no better than one, so the kind of counselors one seeks makes all the difference in the outcome. The bible gives many examples of people that received bad advice and reaped disastrous results. Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD.  He even consulted a medium instead of asking the LORD for guidance. Human beings are fallible. No one gets it right 100 percent of the time. The wisest and most godly among us are still subject to human error. Having a multitude of counselors is valuable because hearing varied viewpoints gives us a healthier foundation upon which to form opinions.  --- Send in a voice message:
10/28/202210 minutes, 12 seconds
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Five fold use of scripture | 2Tim 3:15-17

Today, our discussion is about the five fold use of Scrpture. 1. Reproof, 2. Teaching (Eph 4:14), 3. Correction, 4. Training in righteousness (Col 3:16), 5. Consultation (Rom 15:4). Jesus used two teaching methods—storytelling and a teachable moment—to illustrate and summarize this truth into three words: The Good Samaritan. These three words bring to memory an example of what it takes to be a good neighbor and shows an example of love. We can think of God’s Word as a spiritual trainer or loving parent who only wants what’s best for us. We can immerse ourselves in God’s Word and rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal its truth to us (John 16:13). For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword. We may feel weak and vulnerable when Jesus makes obvious our weakness, however he doesn’t do it to hurt us, but instead it is intended to build us up! Listen in for more insight for living. --- Send in a voice message:
10/20/202211 minutes, 57 seconds
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Breathe deep! | Psalm 150:6

The power of the breath of God is divine inspiration that spreads throughout the Scripture. God breathed “the breath of life” into Adam (Genesis 2:7), and Jesus “breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20:22). As we all know, every breath that we take is a blessing from God, and when  we are speaking about our Savior, we are breathing the Word into people just as Jesus breathed on the Disciples and said with that same breath, “Receive the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit was inside Jesus and He shared it with them. And so we too should share the Words of the holy Scripture, knowing it’s the Holy Spirit. Listen in for more insight about the breath of God that breathes through us. --- Send in a voice message:
10/14/20229 minutes, 36 seconds
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Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? | John 17:20-23

The Muslim and Christian views of God have some similarities. Christians believe in one eternal God Who created the universe, and Muslims apply these attributes to Allah. Both view God as all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. Christians believe that Jesus was the incarnated Son of God, divine, and sinless.  Islam teaches that Jesus was one of the most important prophets of God, but not the Son of God, not divine, and not part of the Trinity. Rather, Muslims believe the creation of Jesus was similar to the creation of Adam.  Listen in for more detailed discussion. --- Send in a voice message:
10/6/202210 minutes, 25 seconds
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What is a sin of omission? | James 4:17

What is a sin of omission?   It is generally used in contrast with the corresponding phrase “the sin of commission,” or sins that a person actively commits. Paul contrasts the two concepts in Romans 7:14-20 . He decries his tendency toward both types of sin. He does what he doesn’t want to do and knows is wrong—the sin of commission—and he doesn’t do what he knows he should do and really wants to do—the sin of omission. This is a picture of the nature of Christ and our own nature that is in conflict with the flesh in which it dwells.  This is a relationship battle.
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9/30/20229 minutes, 19 seconds
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What the Bible says about “today” | Heb 13:8-9

Today is an everyday event. So we must treat it accordingly and try to do the things of God today and everyday.  Heb 3:13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. “Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” I love this quote from Benjamin Franklin, it encourages me to seize the day, life and opportunities that Christ has placed in front of me. Peace lives in the present….peace today is the meaning of life.  We should be able to live in peace daily with Christ for the rest of our life.  Listen in and learn more about what the bible says about today. --- Send in a voice message:
9/25/20229 minutes, 31 seconds
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What is biblical stewardship? | 1CO 3:9

Stewardship defines our practical obedience in the administration of everything under our control, everything entrusted to us. It is the consecration of one’s self and possessions to God's service. Stewardship acknowledges in practice that we do not have the right of control over ourselves or our property—God has that control. It means as stewards of God we are managers of that which belongs to God, and we are under His constant authority as we administer His affairs. The ultimate question, then, is this: Am I the lord of my life, or is Christ the Lord of my life?  In essence, stewardship expresses our total obedience to God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. --- Send in a voice message:
9/16/20228 minutes, 19 seconds
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Is Baptism necessary for salvation? | Rom 6:3-4

The belief that baptism is necessary for salvation is also known as "baptismal regeneration." Baptism is an important step of obedience for a Christian. I strongly believe that each and every Christian should be water baptized by immersion. Baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. The action of being immersed in the water illustrates dying and being buried with Christ. The action of coming out of the water pictures Christ’s resurrection.

 Requiring anything in addition to faith in Jesus Christ for salvation is a works-based salvation. To add anything to the gospel is to say that Jesus' death on the cross was not sufficient to purchase our salvation is out of context of what the bible says. Yes, there are some verses that seem to indicate baptism as a requirement for salvation.  So let's take a deeper dive in today's podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
9/10/202213 minutes, 24 seconds
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Forgiving one another | Eph 4:32

How can I forgive those who sin against me? Everyone has been wronged, offended, and sinned against at some point. How are Christians to respond when such offenses occur? Why do we forgive? Because we have been forgiven! Those who are not Christians, however, have not been forgiven by God and have neither the power nor the desire to forgive others. Forgiveness would be simple if we only had to grant it to those who come asking for it in sorrow and repentance. The Bible tells us that we are to forgive, without condition, those who sin against us. Jesus did not only die for our sins, but also for the sins of those who have wronged us. Join me in today's podcast as we take a deeper dive into being forgiven. --- Send in a voice message:
9/2/20229 minutes, 10 seconds
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What is the purpose of fasting? | Ezra 8:23

A couple of years ago we talked about this in another podcast about the power of fasting. Today, we will talk about the purpose of fasting. So you can consider this part two of the message on fasting. In the OT, fasting often accompanied prayer as a demonstration of need before God (1 Kgs 21:9; 2 Chr 20:3; Neh 1:4; Dan 9:3). Throughout the Bible we most often find God’s people turn to fasting as the natural, inevitable response to a grievous sacred moment in life, such as death, sin and tragedy. But other times a fast is not a spontaneous reaction and we have time to prepare to respond both physically and spiritually. Fasting is not an end unto itself, but a means of focusing our minds and bodies for a spiritual reason. Whenever you fast, do so for a reason that is mentioned or modeled in the Bible. Fasting is a discipline that God's people have practiced in both the Old and New Testaments and throughout church history. Listen in to learn about ten primary purposes for fasting mentioned in Scripture. --- Send in a voice message:
8/27/202214 minutes, 22 seconds
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What does the Bible say about luck? | Ecc 9:11-12

The main question is, do things happen by chance? If they do, then one can speak of someone being lucky or unlucky. But if they do not happen by chance, then it is inappropriate to use those terms. Much of what Ecclesiastes shares is from the perspective of a person who looks at life on earth without God, or life “under the sun.” From such a perspective—leaving God out of the picture—there seems to be good luck and bad luck. The idea is that God’s providence plays the determining role on all of our outcomes, whether it's action that He takes intentionally, or when God allows certain things to happen in our life. We cannot always determine whether God’s active or passive will is involved in the events of our lives, but we do know that all things that take place are under the umbrella of His will, whether active or passive, and, therefore, nothing is a matter of mere chance.  --- Send in a voice message:
8/22/202213 minutes, 2 seconds
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Do we agree with God? | Ezra 10:10-12

I've questioned myself many times if my simple desire to please God was enough or satisfying to God. I think God wants me to obey because I want to please him. But he also wants me to obey because I agree with him about what is right and good. He wants my mind as well as my heart to be aligned with his.  People often say that the three words they most love to hear are  “I love you.” Running a close second must be the words, “you are right.” I know parents who longed to hear those words from their kids, which makes me think that God longs to hear those same words from each of us. Being righteous is a way of saying to God, you are right. The Greek word for righteous in the New Testament literally means “the person whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God.” In other words, God is right and I agree with him.  Listen in for a more in-depth study of agreeing with God. --- Send in a voice message:
8/13/202212 minutes, 34 seconds
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When God says wait. | Ps 40:1-2

Do we put our wait time to good use?  The LA Times says that we spend about five years waiting in lines. There are times in our lives when God calls us to wait so that he can help us work on our hearts, our minds, our attitudes, and even our health. Sometimes during these waiting experiences, God helps us to understand what’s been slowing us down. Once God gets us back to our “firm place,” we can run our race much more effectively, pursuing our goals with renewed energy and focus. If you find yourself sidelined or in a wait line today, think closely about the work God may be doing in your life. Listen in today to more about waiting for God. --- Send in a voice message:
8/7/202214 minutes, 40 seconds
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Are we legalistic? | Gal 3:24-25

What does the Bible say about legalism? How can Christians avoid falling into the trap of legalism? The word "legalism" doesn’t occur in the Bible. It is a term Christians use to describe a doctrinal position emphasizing a system of rules and regulations for achieving both salvation and spiritual growth. Those who hold a legalistic position often fail to see the real purpose for law, especially the purpose of the Old Testament law of Moses, which is to be our "schoolmaster" or "tutor" to bring us to Christ. Even true believers can be legalistic. Rather, We are instructed to be gracious to one another. Many legalistic believers today make the error of demanding unqualified adherence to their own biblical interpretations and even to their own traditions. Legalists may appear to be righteous and spiritual, but legalism ultimately fails to accomplish God's purposes because it is an outward performance instead of an inward change.  Let's learn more today in our podcast... --- Send in a voice message:
7/30/20229 minutes, 26 seconds
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Is self-esteem in the bible? | Heb 10:35-36

Christians attain self-worth and esteem by having a right relationship with God. We can know we are valuable because of the high price God paid for us through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. In one sense, low self-esteem is the opposite of pride.  In another sense, low-self-esteem is a form of pride. Some people have low self-esteem because they want people to feel sorry for them, to pay attention to them, to comfort them.  Low self-esteem can be a declaration of “look at me” just as much as pride. It simply takes a different route to get to the same destination, that is, self-absorption, self-obsession, and selfishness. Listen in as we explore more about what the bible says about self-esteem. --- Send in a voice message:
7/22/202211 minutes, 28 seconds
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What is the image of God? | 1Cor 15:49

The Bible teaches that to be human is to image God and to image God is to be human. In this unique relationship with humanity, God is giving to humans a special moral status and vesting them with dignity and respect. The structural view of the image of God points to certain qualities or abilities that distinguish humans from animals – rational capacity, volition, moral awareness, and consciousness, for instance. The important point is that human beings, and only human beings, are imagers of God. Every human being has special status in God’s eyes (see Psalm 8) and every person should be treated with dignity and respect.  Join me and listen to a more in-depth conversation about the image of God. --- Send in a voice message:
7/15/20229 minutes, 51 seconds
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Crucified with Christ, why? | Gal 2:20

Paul is speaking in this passage of the fact that when Jesus died, he had Paul and Paul’s sin in his own body. Paul owed a great penalty for his own grievous sin, and Jesus paid it. Paul’s sin was imputed to Christ, and Christ’s righteousness was imputed to Paul. This, of course, was not just for Paul, but for everyone who believes in the name of Jesus and puts their faith in him to save them by his death on the cross. With Christ’s crucifixion, we are crucified with him. In his resurrection, we are raised with him. Now we live an eternal life, though we are still on earth in this mortal body. By faith, we remember that we are in him, having died with him, we live with him. Listen in as we do a deep dive into this verse and what it means for us and our future. --- Send in a voice message:
7/8/202210 minutes, 38 seconds
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Why apologetics? | Phil 1:7

The English word "apology" comes from a Greek word which basically means "to give a defense." Christian apologetics, then, is the science of giving a defense of the Christian faith. There are many skeptics who doubt the existence of God and/or attack belief in the God of the Bible. There are many critics who attack the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. There are many false teachers who promote false doctrines and deny the key truths of the Christian faith. THE MISSION of Christian apologetics is to combat these movements against the truth, and instead promote the Christian God and Christian truth. There is no excuse for a Christian to be completely unable to defend his or her faith. Every Christian should be able to give a reasonable presentation of his or her faith in Christ. Not every Christian needs to be an expert in apologetics.  --- Send in a voice message:
6/30/202210 minutes, 6 seconds
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Is Liturgical worship for Christians? | Acts 2:44-47

Several New Testament passages do give us important ingredients that should be part of a healthy local church. While some churches are labeled as "liturgical" because of their very formal and predetermined order and manner of worship, all churches to some degree have a format that they typically follow. What is the difference between worship and liturgy? According to Andrews University:  it is words, while “worship” names an internal state of human consciousness, “liturgy” designates objective forms and rituals, external to human consciousness. even in non-liturgical churches, certain songs and choruses are sung repeatedly over time and carry the same danger of being sung without sincerity rather than with reflection upon what is being said and sung. Whether a church is liturgical is not as important as the soundness of the doctrine of the church and the soundness of the pastor doctrinally and spiritually.  Listen in for more details.  --- Send in a voice message:
6/23/20229 minutes, 26 seconds
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Rank Choice Voting, a bag of tricks

Our City Council wants Rank Choice Voting in the City of Fort Collins, CO.  Why?  What's the matter with the way they were voted into office?  This should be an initiative from the people, not the Council.  Almost 70% of Rank Choice Voting Elections did not produce a majority winner.  Many votes are tossed out because the voters chose not to rank any one in a specified order, and only wanted to vote for one.  The voters lose with this cleverly disguised technique.  It's a bag of tricks and will cost upwards to $1 million versus our current system that approximately $70,000. --- Send in a voice message:
6/22/20226 minutes, 53 seconds
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Are there consequences for sin? | Eph 1:7

The Bible gives the good news that Jesus paid the price for our sin (Ephesians 1:7), yet in many ways we still suffer the consequences of our sins. Coming to Christ does not erase the temporal effects of sin; rather, our salvation guarantees that we will not face the eternal consequences of sin. On the basis of Christ’s perfect sacrifice, those who believe are no longer under God’s condemnation (Romans 8:1). Sin is a serious enough problem for God to have sent His Son into the world to die. We dare not take sin lightly. We are all wayward at times. God’s purpose in allowing us to experience disciplinary consequences of sin, true to His nature, is perfect.  Listen in for more insight. You can also follow my blog here. --- Send in a voice message:
6/14/202212 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Power of the Gospel | Mat 9:35-10:8 15.15 MB | 15:41

Have you ever read a portion of the Bible and felt absolutely captivated by it to the point where you can’t get it out of your head? At times words we read enthrall our every waking moment. That's the power of the gospel that we are experiencing. Jesus taught the religious, preached the good news of the kingdom to all who would hear, and healed people who had sicknesses and diseases on a regular basis. This was part of his everyday life. Everywhere He went he demonstrated the values of the kingdom in both speech and action. --- Send in a voice message:
6/10/202215 minutes, 41 seconds
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What does it mean to be poor in spirit? | Matthew 5:3

Some propose that Jesus is speaking of financial poverty, that He is advocating being poor so that riches and possession don’t come between us and God. While it is true that Jesus elsewhere warned against seeking riches (Matthew 6:24), that wasn’t Jesus’ point in Matthew 5:3. Jesus is speaking of being “poor in spirit”; i.e., being “spiritually poor.”  In the beatitudes, Jesus is concerned with spiritual realities, not material possessions. Join me today and listen to more details of what it is like to be poor in spirit. --- Send in a voice message:
6/4/20229 minutes, 51 seconds
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Who is a false prophet? | Jer 23:16

The concept of knowing whose word to pay attention to has precedent in Scripture. “False prophets” are still with us. “Experts” dispense advice while ignoring God altogether or twisting His words to suit their purposes. We have seen this occur on the pulpit, social media and many other electronic venues. I’ve Watched television evangelism or ministers that want to mail you a handkerchief that will heal your body for a donation of money. They have made hundreds of thousands of dollars with this kind of false teaching. Rather than speak the Word of the Lord, false prophets delivered messages that originated in their own hearts and minds. True prophets are motivated by loyalty to God above all else, whereas false prophets are motivated by self-interest and a desire to be popular among the people. Through God’s Word and Spirit, God has given us what we need to begin to discern the false from the true. --- Send in a voice message:
5/28/202210 minutes, 34 seconds
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What is family, Community & Unity? | Gal 3:7-14

In India, animals are worth more than the human. In Hatti, people think they are cursed. Anyone can curse another with Voodoo. What do you do if you feel like you are cursed? Everyone who doesn’t trust Jesus is cursed. The Scripture says: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.” If we only had faith in Christ, the curse is lifted. This is a clear message of unity, family, and community. Faith bounds us together like family and it makes us the family of God. All of us together as one community or family are Christ’s body, and each one of us is apart of it. Baptism represents death of an old life and birth into a new one. In the new life, the law’s curse no longer has any force. God didn’t intend for us to live in isolation. He specifically designed us to crave—and thrive in—relationship with others.  Tune in for more details... --- Send in a voice message:
5/23/202215 minutes, 19 seconds
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Have you committed the unpardonable sin? | Mark 3:28-30

The "blasphemy challenge" is an internet-based project that invites young people to submit videos to Youtube or other video internet hosts, in which they record themselves blaspheming or denying the existence of the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees said that the work of Jesus by the Holy Spirit was really the devil's work. Nobody should say that the work of God is Satan’s work. God will forgive anyone who is really sorry. But to say that God’s work is Satan’s work is a different kind of sin. It means that a person has decided to oppose God. To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to attribute the work of God to an evil (literally unclean) spirit.  We will learn much more in today's podcast.  I encourage you to listen in. --- Send in a voice message:
5/16/202212 minutes, 9 seconds
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The apprentice | Mark 1:16-18

The call of Jesus was straight forward….come and follow me. Another way to translate that is “come and be my disciple."  In the first century world, Discipleship was the apex of the Jewish education system.  There were three levels to Jewish education. The terminology, “Christian” is used 2 or 3 times in the new testament and only in a negative light. Whereas disciple is used 268 times in the NT, more than any other moniker to be the sons and daughters of God. Jesus’ followers were called “disciples” long before they were ever called “Christians.” Jesus used the term disciple but never Christian.  The word disciple in Hebrew is “tal-ma-deen”. It can also be translated as “follower”,  or “student." The best descriptive word is “apprentice”. Jesus was known as Rabi, and he was telling them because he was a Rabi, he was going to make the disciples “great teachers”.  That’s the heart and soul of “apprenticeship”. Another Greek term for “disciple” in the New Testament is mathetes, which means more than just “student” or “learner.” A disciple is a “follower,” someone who adheres completely to the teachings of another, making them his rule of life and conduct. John Mark Comer has a great teaching about this topic. --- Send in a voice message:
5/8/202216 minutes, 20 seconds
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Curt Brian Moore Eulogy | April 23, 2022

My cousin, Curt Moore, passed away on April 3, 2022 @ 11:20pm.  The family asked me to deliver the eulogy, which I am very grateful about, for the Mass that was held April 23, 2022 at 1:00pm.  Cousin Joannie Moore conducted the Rosary on behalf of the family as well.  Curt will always reside in our hearts forever more.  He leaves us a legacy of friendship, family, and loyalty in our fondest moments of life.  St. Paul said in 2Corinthians 5:8, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."  We do believe that is where Curt is today, in the presence of the Lord. --- Send in a voice message:
4/25/20229 minutes
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Mind your own business | Col 3:2-3

The average person has more than 6,000 thoughts in a single day. That’s a lot of thinking! There are so many distractions in our lives. Even with the chaotic pace of our days, there are quick and simple ways to focus on being mindful. The practice of mindfulness is simply bringing awareness to the current moment, without judgement. God wants us to take our thoughts deep inside our minds and stay focused on him or be constantly thinking about His guidance. The scripture teaches us to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." We will identify what the three voices of our life are i.e. heart, soul and mind. Our conscience can be a good guide, as long it’s germinating from our heart (spirit). If we truly mind our own business, it will be the mind of Christ and what he is doing through us. Be mindful of this. --- Send in a voice message:
4/25/20229 minutes, 58 seconds
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Living the dream--a new life | Rom 6:4-10

The believer’s power over sin and the ability to lead a new life stem from identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. From God’s perspective, Jesus’ death to sin is ours as well. His rising to new life means that we also begin to lead a new life, and in the future our bodies will also be raised. In scholastic achievments, we can read a book and know what it says, but we may not necessarily believe it. In the life of Christ, we cannot possibly “know God’s word” without believing in Him. Our “old selves” are not a nature that we possess or just one part of who we are; it reflects who we were in Adam. We are heirs of the sin and death that Adam introduced into the world (Rom 5:12), we were slaves to the power of sin. But as people who are now in Christ, we have gone through crucifixion with him (see also Gal 2:20). When Jesus died on the cross, we also died to sin that ruled in our former selves. --- Send in a voice message:
4/18/202211 minutes, 10 seconds
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When is the rapture? | 1Th 4:13-18

The timing of the rapture in relation to the tribulation is one of the most controversial issues in the church today. First, it is important to recognize the purpose of the tribulation. According to Daniel 9:27, there is a seventieth "seven" (seven years) that is still yet to come. While this does not necessarily indicate that the church could not also be present, it does bring into question why the church needs to be on the earth during that time. Another crucial passage on the timing of the rapture is Revelation 3:10, in which Christ promises to deliver believers from the "hour of trial" that is going to come upon the earth. Will we know when the rapture occurs? Of course, we are in it…but how far in advance? Listen in and we will take a deeper dive into how we will know. --- Send in a voice message:
4/16/202213 minutes, 25 seconds
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Reach out and touch someone | Mark 1:41

Experiments, and research has uncovered an astonishing number of poor health outcomes that result when we are deprived of touch. The correlation between anxiety, depression and stress and touch is large and inversely related. There is something about “touching” that is so relevant and needed not only for healing, but for comfort, and a unique way of communicating.  The laying on of hands was an action referred to on numerous occasions in the Bible to accompany the conferring of a blessing or authority. The laying on of hands was used to bless and provide an inheritance to families. If my mother didn’t hug me or my grandmother didn’t put her arms around me, I worried.  Today we will learn a lot about why  the laying on of hands is important. --- Send in a voice message:
4/7/202214 minutes, 10 seconds
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Are miracles in the bible literal? | John 2:23

Yes, the miracles of the Bible are to be taken literally, just as all Scripture is to be taken literally, except those portions which are clearly intended to be symbolic.  Each of the miracles in the Bible served a purpose and accomplished something that couldn't be accomplished in any other way.  Once we begin to doubt the reality of any miracle, we have to discount everything the Bible says came about as a result of the miracle, which puts all of Scripture in doubt. --- Send in a voice message:
4/1/202213 minutes, 41 seconds
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What's in your wallet? | Psalms 119:11

You've undoubtedly seen the ubiquitous Capital One ad campaign featuring celebrities asking that now famous question “What's In Your Wallet?” The company wanted to use the quote because it's an interesting question. The stuff in our wallet represents financial security, purchase power, and prosperity. Today we’re gonna be talking about what’s in your toolbox or what’s in your wallet. How do we use scripture to secure us, to reassure us, and procure our needs? --- Send in a voice message:
3/24/202210 minutes, 38 seconds
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Do this for one another | Rom 15:5-8

Being and serving one another is scripturally based for sure.  Let’s think of some other scriptures, from the Words of Jesus, that discusses the idea of “one another”.  If we don’t know how to comfort one another, Paul teaches us that God  is “the source of all comfort.”  Follow in his steps, one step at a time. We are taught to accept one another, to forgive one another, serve one another, honor one another, exhort one another, encourage one another.  And then there are the do nots to one another.  We will capture a lot in today's podcast.  I encourage you to listen in. --- Send in a voice message:
3/21/202213 minutes, 32 seconds
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Correcting our ways | Phi 4:8-9

Five other times in Scriptures the word “fix” is used by God to give us direction. God gives us a clear direction to keep our focus fixed upon His will; for us to permanently maintain our focus, our centre of attention, firmly on God.  We are admonishes to keep our hearts and minds, our intellect and the very fibre of our being, always feasting on the word of God, constantly meditating on His word and doing His will.   Satan can’t get your attention when your mind is preoccupied with something else. That’s why the Bible repeatedly tells us to keep our minds focused: ‘Fix your thoughts on Jesus. (God’s words and your words combined as one) fixing your conversation, or the narrative, woven with God’s word. --- Send in a voice message:
3/12/20228 minutes, 44 seconds
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Drifting Away | Mat 6:33

People do not drift  towards holiness.  People do not gravitate towards holiness, obedience, prayer, scripture, and the delight in the Lord. We drift towards compromise and call it tolerance, we drift towards disobedience and call it freedom, we drift towards superstition and call it faith, we drift”… It’s important that we engage with faith driven effort. We have to be in pursuit. The biblical writers intend to instill steadfast hope in the readers to keep them from drifting about aimlessly through the Christian life. In today's podcast, we will learn from the word how not to drift and how God can use driftwood, regardless of its state. --- Send in a voice message:
3/7/202215 minutes, 36 seconds
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Which way do I go? | Deut. 31:6

Many times in our decision making process we don’t know which way to go. We might not know which way to go, but God does. The Scriptures are clear that God will show us our path in life. the scripture teaches us that if we are godly He will direct the very steps that we take and He really enjoys every detail of our life, even when we stumble, He says I’ve got your hand so you don’t get hurt. God sees us as his little children and he wants to watch every step that we take. Will we allow him to do so? Don’t let circumstances in life get under your skin. God is more interested in changing me than He is in the circumstances. Our obstacles or circumstances in life may be what God is using to change us.  --- Send in a voice message:
2/26/202212 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jesus from the beginning | Luke 24: 25-27

Luke and Cleopus were engaged in a fervent discussion about the death of Jesus.  One may have been doubting, but they were still spreading the good word, even though they are sadden that they have not seen Jesus, arisen.  Jesus suddenly appears to them, without revealing himself, and asks what they are discussing?  Jesus explains to them that he was from the beginning.  In this podcast we discover why the law is still important to us today, and how Jesus played a role in all creation, including the laws of the old testament.  The law is our barometer, and He has given us the gifts of salvation, repentance, faith, belief, and the understanding of scriptures. --- Send in a voice message:
2/20/202215 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ray's Podcast News with Rep Hugh McKean 021922

Today's news coverage is at the Town Hall meeting with Rep. Hugh McKean (House Minority Leader) in Loveland, CO. Rep. McKean updated us on the current events at the capitol.  Topics included: The $1m liability insurance proposed on Uber drivers that will only drive up the cost of rides for you and me.  Public Safety the lack of will drive up insurance costs.  Sen Bill #217 to eliminate governmental immunity for police is devastating.  Parents' Educational Choices; it's costing us $14,000 per student.  Much more on this news alert as you listen in. --- Send in a voice message:
2/19/20225 minutes, 37 seconds
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Rescue 911 | 2Peter 1:9

There are times, we want to do God’s will, our way, instead of His way. Peter needed to assure his readers that their struggles to live godly lives in the face of false teaching and the world’s mockery would be rewarded. God knows how to rescue us. In other words we don’t know how, but God does. When we are at wits end and don’t know what to do, we refer to God and what He taught us: Trust God. Don't depend on your own understanding, seek Him out, and he will show you the way. God uses rescued people to rescue people.  If God rescued you, can you be used by God to rescue others? --- Send in a voice message:
2/12/202210 minutes, 29 seconds
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Control yourself with self control | 2Peter 1:6

Even what seems to be some of the smallest things in our life are many times some of the most difficult. Such as: our appetite, exercising to the point of injuries, and our tongue. The Bible warns us that if we do not have self control, we will be slaves to what controls us. Impulse control is never easy. All of us struggle with overcoming sinful impulses. We are not to feed our minds with that which will promote sinful thoughts. We are to pursue hard after God, replacing sinful thoughts with godly pursuits and mindsets. Christ demonstrates, illustrates, and He helps us concentrate on Him. --- Send in a voice message:
2/5/202211 minutes, 43 seconds
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Are we a giver, or a taker? | Luke 6:38

There should be a reason why you are giving. God gave out of love so that no one would perish if they would choose to believe on his son. Are you giving for personal recognition, for personal gain, or to influence someone? Or are you giving just for tax deduction reasons? Will you still give if the federal government takes away the tax deduction? The intent of your giving says it all. The silent donors or anonymous donors at fundraising events understand the law of giving. Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. In this podcast, I'll share 10 reasons why it’s more blessed to give then to receive. God loves a cheerful giver. --- Send in a voice message:
1/31/202213 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ray's news update 013122

Occasionally, I like to send out a podcast on the latest news update.  Hi-lights  of top stories are captured in a few minutes from National, State, local and political races.  Today's podcast captures the Truckers in Canada, local families are done with covid, Critical Race Theory, and Colorado US Senate race in the GOP. --- Send in a voice message:
1/31/20225 minutes, 15 seconds
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IHOP smiles for free

In this podcast we talk about a business here in Fort Collins, Colorado known as Ihop! I talk about their friendly service and survey opportunities to get a free stack of pancakes. What a great response from management and employees which are all very friendly people. But I’m going to advise you how you can get a free smile as well. Carrie Juarez is a super star manager. She deserves recognition for having a great team of people working with her. --- Send in a voice message:
1/31/20222 minutes, 13 seconds
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How do we restore? | Psalms 23:3

To restore means "to repair, renovate, or return to a former condition." The soul is the deepest part of us, our spirit and innermost being. There are people who like to restore cars, old clocks, antique furniture, and even houses. They like to bring them back to their original state and make it look new again. Bringing things back to its original state, or how God first met you when you were so much on fire for him. While there are all kinds of books written by men offering worldly wisdom, only God's Word is truly capable of restoring the soul and offering hope in times of distress. In today's podcast, we will talk about three primary sources of encouragement and strength to get us through restoration. Because David had experienced the joy of a soul restored by God, he could pen the beautiful words of the 23rd Psalm: "He restores my soul." --- Send in a voice message:
1/22/202210 minutes, 28 seconds
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Making disciples | Mat 28:19-20

Making disciples is not the same as making converts.  Converts come from decisions; disciples com from dedication.  And it takes one to make one. To obey Jesus’ final commands, we must share the Gospel with others so they will also go and “make disciples of all the nations.” We are not saved to sit and contemplate; we are saved to go and share. It is important that we talk and proclaim the good news. I know sometimes we don’t know how to start or we think how about if this person doesn’t listen or starts to dislike me. I accepted Christ through someone witnessing to me at the Police Department. Jan 16, 1975 at 5pm. It’s always important to remember that God is for us, with us, and in us. In today's podcast, I'll share 15 takeaways that will help us keep things in perspective. --- Send in a voice message:
1/16/202215 minutes, 2 seconds
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Be an encourager | Rom 15:2-4

Encouragement is something we all need to keep us motivated, loved, and feeling confident in ourselves and what we do.  It’s something that is important for our mental and overall health and it truly can give us just the same amount of joy to give it to others as it is to receive it. Because God created us and knows this about our personalities, he has provided countless verses in the Bible to not only encourage us, but also to teach us the importance of lifting up those around us. This is the last letter of RARE that we are finishing up about 4 things that leaders often forget about:  Responsibility, Accountability, Relationships, Encouragement.   --- Send in a voice message:
1/9/202211 minutes, 3 seconds
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Building relationships part 2 | Proverbs 27:17-18

Wisdom comes from interaction, often critical, with a good friend. This is a deep rooted comment and it’s about having that difficult conversation. The World’s way is: Man-up, tough love, confrontation. God’s way is: Through grace, love, truth, hope, and faith all woven together that emanates from the heart into a meaningful conversation.  In today's podcast, we will go over the 10 commandments for difficult conversations. Every conversation can work in your favor or it can work against you. I choose to be the optimistic.  It's important for us to weave together grace and truth when we are having those tough conversations; it helps develop harmony and strength. Enjoy your day! --- Send in a voice message:
1/3/202214 minutes, 53 seconds
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We need relationships | Psalms 41:6-9

Relationships are a gift from God, but they are also complicated to navigate. They can be uplifting and encouraging when they go right, yet confusing and hurtful when they go wrong. If you are struggling in a relationship, Bible verses about relationships offer guidance for how to proceed. We will look at several different verses that apply to various types of relationships. As we study and meditate on these verses, we will learn what Scripture has to say about relationships and/or friendships.  Toxic relationships is first on the agenda of today's podcast, along with good characteristics of a quality relationship. We do find family relationships, friendships, partnerships and even romantic relationships in Scripture. What does God want from our relationships with Him and others?  Here are some examples:  Loving, sharpening one another, forgiving, avoiding arguments, serving one another, no pretenses, dying to ourselves, etc. --- Send in a voice message:
12/27/202118 minutes, 58 seconds
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How am I accountable | Gal 6:7-10

Everyone is ultimately accountable to God. He is the Creator of all things.  We will learn the difference between responsibility (last weeks study) and accountability today. As leaders, you are held accountable for those you lead. These people are looking to you for guidance, like little children. We have a responsibility to lead and to lead well. We can’t take our leadership lightly, Otherwise we will be held accountable.  In the face of such temptation, many Christians seek out an “accountability partner” to pray with and help share the burdens that come with doing spiritual warfare. Knowing we are in a battle against the forces of darkness, we should want as much help as we can gather around us, and this may include making ourselves accountable to another believer who can encourage us in the fight. We have nine takeaways for us today.  Have a Merry Christmas. --- Send in a voice message:
12/18/202114 minutes, 30 seconds
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Am I responsible? | Gal 6:4-6

The Bible teaches the concept of personal responsibility: “The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child."  I like verse 4 of our reading. In some respects it’s kind of like saying “mind your own business” or, “it’s none of your business about the faults of others, you have plenty of your own to work on.” In the Old Testament, the Law emphasized the responsibility of individuals to respond in morally appropriate ways to God’s revealed truth. God clearly defined right and wrong, and His people are expected to do what is right.  At times, people try to avoid personal responsibility, usually through blame-shifting. The Bible expects us to take personal responsibility in all areas of life. In the book of Romans, Paul really holds us responsible for ourselves and for others. How can I be more responsible? In this podcast I share with you my 13 take-a-ways from the Scriptures in today’s lesson. --- Send in a voice message:
12/11/202111 minutes, 15 seconds
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Meetings, Meetings, Meetings! | Heb 10:25

When we pause, we suddenly realize that we have a lot of meetings in our life.  It's the key way of getting things done and organized.  The Christian life is not meant to live isolated, but live in fellowship with other believers. For this reason, Hebrews 10:24–25 tells us to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together... Regular, real-life, day-to-day fellowship meetings with other Christians is an essential component of Christian growth and perseverance. The early believers were devoted to meeting daily in their homes for teaching, fellowship, worship, eating meals, sharing in the Lord’s Supper, and praying together. The early believers came together for larger corporate meetings (Acts 2:44). Their commitment to one another was so profound that they pooled their resources and shared what they had with those in need. Meeting together won’t keep us from being attacked, but it sure will make us stronger, and prepared to withstand the attacks or prepared to meet our Maker.  --- Send in a voice message:
12/4/202113 minutes, 16 seconds
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Comfort one another | John 14:1

In today's podcast, we will learn how Jesus comforts his disciples because they are worried about the future. He knows what bothers us and he knows that our emotions tend to run interference with reality or sensibility. After all, he gave us our emotions, but he also gave us the ability to comfort one another. Jesus also promised to send us the Comforter (the Holy Spirit).  When Jesus tells his disciples, “don’t let your hearts be troubled,” he was  pointing out that we allow ourselves to be we see that word, “let”, suggests that we are allowing or giving permission to troublesome or uncomfortable situations to take control of us.  Jesus tells us, “don’t do that”…you don’t have to allow it to overcome us, but we must overcome the the uncomfortableness in our life with our trust in God. --- Send in a voice message:
11/28/202113 minutes, 28 seconds
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Mary Jane's legacy | passed on 112021

Mary Jane, my sister, had a heart of gold.  She left us to be with the Lord. Nevertheless, she didn't leave without a legacy to remember her by.  I've share some personal stories about her life of struggles and success and how she impressed others because of her love for the Lord and her family. When she entered heaven, I'm certain that God said, "well done my good and faithful servant."  Mary Jane will always live in our hearts forever. --- Send in a voice message:
11/22/202116 minutes, 16 seconds
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Why Hallelujah? | Rev 19:1-6

Hallelujah means, Praise ye Jehovah, Praise God, praise the Lord... The difference between Hallelujah and Alleluia is that the Hallelujah is used for joyful praise of the Lord, whereas, Alleluia is used for traditional chants in the name of the Lord. The term Alleluia is a Latin word that has been derived from the Greek transliteration of hallelujah. Did you know that that word "Hallelujah" is the same in just about every language on earth? In this podcast, I will share some great ways to praise the Lord and what He says about them! I'll also share five key points in what praise (hallelujah) means to me. Praise is a game-changer. If you are looking for the keys to Heaven, keep praising and the gates will open! --- Send in a voice message:
11/21/202110 minutes, 10 seconds
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Overcoming | Rom 12:21

Martin Luther King repeated the phrase ‘we shall overcome’ over and over again. He was echoing the words of folksinger Joan Baez. Life involves many struggles, trials, tests, temptations, difficulties and battles. Yet, in Christ you can be an overcomer. To overcome means to conquer, prevail…to carry off the victory, according to Strong’s and Thayer’s definition. When you come to the point of being overwhelmed, God overcomes when we are living on overtime, no matter what the situation is about. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? The bible says we can overcome by the words of our testimony. In today's podcast, we will learn how we can overcome anything in our life with some key scriptures and twelve great take-aways. --- Send in a voice message:
11/14/202113 minutes, 13 seconds
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What was our first love like? | 1John 4:16-19

God started the process; when he loved us he enabled us to respond to him in love and to extend that love to other Christians. Assuming we love God, let’s do think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love, and good works?  For example: Maybe it’s the love of working for the church pro-bono (greeters, singing, teaching, caring for the sick, mentoring others, providing charitable hospitality. Revelation 2:4 (NLT)  says; “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! It's important that we rekindle the love we first had when we accepted Christ.  Stir up the gift of God within you.  In today's podcast, we will learn how to stir our love up again and we will read about examples of such love. --- Send in a voice message:
11/4/202113 minutes, 22 seconds
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Dedication and consecration | Gal 6:1-3

What does it mean to rededicate your life to Christ? What does the Bible say about consecration? Rededicating your life to Christ" is a popular concept in modern Christian culture. It's a decision made by a Christian who has fallen away from the practices of Christianity to turn back to Christ and strive to follow Him more completely. Habitual sin is not a problem solved by rededicating. It's a deeper issue that can only be solved with a greater understanding of the grace and love of God.  In today's podcast, we will gain some insightful take-aways today with the use of passages. --- Send in a voice message:
10/30/202115 minutes, 43 seconds
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Can we change? | Gal 5:19-21

The Bible makes it clear that everyone receives the Holy Spirit the moment he or she believes in Jesus Christ. One of the primary purposes of the Holy Spirit coming into a Christian's life is to change that life. It is the Holy Spirit's job to conform us to the image of Christ, making us more like Him. The Christian life is a battle of the sinful flesh against the new nature given by Christ. It is one of the main purposes of the Christian life, though, to progressively allow the Holy Spirit to produce more and more of His fruit in our lives and to allow the Holy Spirit to conquer the opposing sinful desires. Thaylor Iron Rope, author of the book, "The Book of Service", once said: "Don't just talk about it, be about it." --- Send in a voice message:
10/24/20219 minutes, 59 seconds
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Where is God? | 1John 4:4

People often ask the question, where is God?  God has revealed Himself to us through His Word, the Bible. Throughout Scripture, the existence of God is treated as a self-evident fact. When Benjamin Franklin wrote his autobiography, he didn’t waste time trying to prove his own existence. Likewise, God does not spend much time proving His existence in His book. Jesus is also with us here, in this world. Jesus, being God, has all of the attributes of God, including omnipresence. The Bible is chalked full of stories of examples when God and Jesus walked and talked with people. Jesus Christ, in his final prayer, prayed we would walk in “oneness” with Him just like He walked the earth in oneness with the Father.  We will learn today where God resides. --- Send in a voice message:
10/16/202116 minutes, 34 seconds
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Don't worry, be happy! | Psalms 126

“In every life we have some trouble…when you worry you make it double. Cause when you worry your face will frown, and that will bring everybody down. Don’t worry, it will soon pass, whatever it is.” Don’t worry, be happy”…this song was recorded by Bobby McFerrin in 1988, and on Sept 24 that year, the song became the first “a cappella” song to reach #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart..The Christian faith uniquely combines laughter and tears, joy and solemnity. ‘We laughed, we sang... God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people’.  When God’s Spirit gives us joy, then we are happy people. Christians should be joyful; happiness should characterize our everyday lives.  In today's podcast, we will learn about the need for happiness and what it does for us and our walk with Christ. --- Send in a voice message:
10/10/202112 minutes, 34 seconds
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How will I use the Word of God? | Phi 4:19

Can you list the ways you use the Word of God? First of all, why do we need the Word of God? The word need holds many different meanings. To say, “I need my coffee in the morning, or I won’t be able to function” is a popular thing to say, but not really true. To say, “I need oxygen to breathe, or my heart will stop beating” is a factually true statement. The Word of God is living and active in our lives. God's Word gives life to those things which are otherwise considered spiritually dead. The Holy Spirit changes us through the Word of God and gives us true life.  Today, I will share with you nine take-a-ways of how you can use the word of God and not just read about it.  This is about putting the Word into action. --- Send in a voice message:
10/3/202115 minutes, 5 seconds
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Calm, cool, and collect | Matthew 21:12-13

We often wonder if our anger is sinful or not.  In last weeks study we talked about anger not being sin.  Our motive is important and how we manage our anger.  In the anger of Jesus, he had the proper motivation. In other words, He was angry for the right reasons. Jesus’ anger did not arise from petty arguments or personal slights against Him. There was no selfishness involved. His anger had the proper focus, supplement,  duration, result, and control. Having a calm spirit is essential two successful living. Proverbs 17:27 says, “He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit” (NKJV). By exercising self-control when speaking and not allowing oneself to be dominated by heightened emotions, a calm spirit diffuses anger and ill feelings. In today's podcast, we will learn much more about a cool spirit that brings calmness. --- Send in a voice message:
9/25/202112 minutes, 35 seconds
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Healing Warriors--do it anyway

What are the biggest problems facing veterans returning home from conflict? The majority readjust to life off the battlefield with few difficulties. But a significant number—44% who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to one survey—say they’ve had problems readjusting after their return. What about problems apart from health-related issues? In addition to health problems, some returning service members have other difficulties—such as economic or social challenges—readjusting to civilian life. The depth and breadth of challenges faced by veterans varies and are the result of a complex interaction of many factors. Previous wars have demonstrated that veterans’ needs— peak several decades after their war service. Today we are talking about healing our warriors, our heroes. --- Send in a voice message:
9/19/202115 minutes, 41 seconds
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What does the bible say about anger? | Mark 3:3-6

Here is a phrase I like to keep in mind:  Anger is just one letter short of Danger.  Handling anger is an important life skill. Christian counselors report that 50 percent of people who come in for counseling have problems dealing with anger. Anger can shatter communication and tear apart relationships, and it ruins both the joy and health of many. Everyone struggles, to varying degrees, with anger. Thankfully, God’s Word contains principles regarding how to handle anger in a godly manner, and how to overcome sinful anger. we can change our feelings toward another by changing HOW WE CHOOSE TO ACT toward that person; it becomes a choice.  What will  you choose to do? --- Send in a voice message:
9/18/202114 minutes, 45 seconds
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Where is our true north? | John 16:13

We can all certainly identify with the need for guidance. In fact, Jesus addressed this very need during His Upper Room Discourse. He said that after His departure the Holy Spirit would play a crucial role in the lives of believers. As part of that role, Jesus promised, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth”.  The difference between magnetic north and true north is a matter of several hundred miles—but it changes, due to the fact that the magnetic north pole drifts several miles a year.  Moral standards that align with His nature will keep us on the correct course, just as a compass that aligns with true north keeps us moving in the right direction.Just as the readings of a compass may be corrupted due to nearby objects, so we are prone to be swayed by various attractions in the world. We must constantly calibrate ourselves to the example of our Risen Savior. Our spiritual needles must point to objective truth and not turn after subjective opinions, vacillating values, or erratic rules. --- Send in a voice message:
9/11/202111 minutes, 30 seconds
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You be the peacemaker | Col 3:15

What does it mean to let the peace of Christ rule in YOUR hearts.  I think it’s interesting when the scripture is talking directly to me, personally, when IT says YOU or YOUR heart. When I see the word you or your, it’s a personal direct communication specifically for me. Today the Scriptures are talking about peace directly at me or you--it’s not speaking about them or they, or those people. This is about my interpersonal relationships, skills, and life practices. It’s hitting the core of my life from the heart.  --- Send in a voice message:
9/5/202111 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tongue lashings | James 3:1-2

Have you ever caught yourself giving someone a tongue lashing, or have you been on the receiving end of a yeller?  James has some poignant suggestions for us today. We see this every day amongst strangers, friends, siblings, and, worst of all, among husbands and wives, the very people who, next to their love for the Lord Jesus, should have the most love for each other. What can we do to tame the tongue?  If God has declared that “no one” can tame the tongue, how can we even begin to do so?  While many people have quit smoking or drinking by the power of the human will, the problem of the heart and tongue cannot be solved by human will power.  In today's podcast, we will have some very candid options and examples. --- Send in a voice message:
8/29/20219 minutes, 50 seconds
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Sharing is caring | James 2:14-17

In our passage today, there is so much to unpack with this message. Faith without works or action is even a bigger message. However, the one thing is for sure that we will focus on today is sharing, giving, a good deed, benevolence and helping others. This isn’t about sharing what others have, but sharing what I have. Do I have plenty?  If so, then shouldn’t I share what I have. It’s easy for me to be a busy-body about what others don’t give of themselves, but have I looked at myself lately? Why do I find it difficult to give of myself or of my things? Am I being stingy?, hoarding, selfish, judgmental, greedy, or am I worried that I may not have enough for myself?  Our genuine faith should bleed with compassion.  In this podcast, I feel like I am preaching to myself.   --- Send in a voice message:
8/21/202115 minutes, 34 seconds
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Fearless love | Isa 41:13

Fear in and of itself is not sin. Fear is a normal response to threat. Like pain, it is a gift of God intended to keep us safe. Feeling guilty for feeling fear in a situation of threat is like feeling guilty for feeling hungry when you haven't eaten. It's something your body does, not your will. The challenge is to respond appropriately.  We will understand today how to take a stand in the love of Jesus, which casts out all fears.  I encourage you to listen to the song first before listening to this podcast.  The song by Josh Baldwin is called, "Stand In Your Love".  Fear is not the opposite of faith.  Unbelief is in fact the opposite of faith.  The bible talks about several kinds of fear as you will hear today.  But the fear of God is the "reverence" of God...there is a big difference. --- Send in a voice message:
8/15/202112 minutes, 56 seconds
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Present your case at the Throne | Isa 36 & 37

King Hezikiah has a big problem.  He is faced with war with the King of Assyria, which he knows is not winnable by his own army.  The King of Assyria sends threatening messengers and later on an insulting letter with threats, insulting God.  In today's story, we will learn how King Hezikiah reacts.  He isn't afraid to lay his problem before the Lord.  He took the threatening letter to the Temple and placed it before God and basically said, this is yours...I need help.  God speaks to the King through Isaiah and tells of His plan against the King of Assyria.  We have some great take-aways for you today. --- Send in a voice message:
8/8/202116 minutes, 52 seconds
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A sigh of relief | Mark 7:31-37

Today's study is about the healing of a deaf man with a speech impediment.  How does Jesus manage the situation and what does he want from us?  While touching the man’s tongue, Jesus looks up, and he sighs, saying “be opened!” Jesus cares enough about us to die.  He wants to hear our voice. Jesus wants to have that conversation. I think Jesus sighs, when we don’t turn to Him. And I think Jesus sighs, when we call out to him…he feels for us….and He has mercy on us… Sighing is very Godly.  It’s nothing to laugh about, but it stirs up the spirit of communication and love. Will you sigh with Jesus today? --- Send in a voice message:
8/2/202111 minutes, 2 seconds
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Help from nowhere while drowning

This is one of those amazing stories in my life while growing up in Fort Collins, CO.  My first venture into the water by myself, resulted in me almost drowning. Join me in hearing my near death experience at age 7, when someone out of nowhere rescued me.  Was it an angel?  How did my cousin, Linda Jean, hear me yell for help, when no one else could hear me? --- Send in a voice message:
7/27/20213 minutes, 42 seconds
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Do we recognize Jesus? | Mark 6:53-56

It’s important that we recognize who our source of power comes from, not only for us to know, but also how to serve Him and how to serve others. As a police officer, if I don’t recognize the authority that I have, how can I protect the people?  I do this in “the name of the law”. In England, the Bobby’s used to enforce the law in the “name of the Queen”. We as Christians do things “in the name of Jesus”.  Regardless, we all should know where our source of power or authority comes from. It's important that we learn to help others, and bring others to the word. In this podcast we learn about what "they" did for the people who were sick--carrying them to meet Jesus. --- Send in a voice message:
7/26/202112 minutes, 49 seconds
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Call unto me... | 2Ch 20:1-24

King Jehoshaphat was faced with a huge dilemma in his reign.  War was declared against Israel by the armies of the Moebites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites. There were messengers that told the king about the troops that were on the move to attack. This was considered a vast army from Edom and they were not far away. Naturally, Jehoshaphat was terrified by the news. I love what Sir Winston Churchill said, ‘The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’  The King knew that if they sought God, they could be rescued.  Let's listen to how King Jehoshaphat sought the Lord and obeyed his directions, even though they seemed frightening.  --- Send in a voice message:
7/18/202114 minutes, 42 seconds
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The difference between spiritual and carnal living 2Tim 3:16-17

We are taught that living spiritually will draw you away from desiring sinful activity.  Evidently, the two war with each other; spiritual and fleshly.  Certainly, we know what many of the obvious fleshly desires are... However, being spiritual entails that, from deep within, we have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. What is important about our lifestyle change is to become increasingly spiritual and decreasingly carnal, which is called sanctification.  Once we are relinquished from our sinful flesh, carnality outbreaks will be the exception, not the rule.   Travis Thompson told me about physical fitness: “This isn’t a hobby, it is a lifestyle.” Growing in Christ isn’t intended to be the popular thing to do for the day, but it is a new lifestyle that he wants us to live by and grow on a daily basis. --- Send in a voice message:
7/11/202113 minutes, 32 seconds
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Unashamed | 2Timothy 1:8-11

Paul felt it necessary to stir Timothy up and guard him against the possibility of unchristian dereliction of duty as to bold confession of Christ. we shouldn’t be ashamed because He has equipped us, and in fact, he instructs us not to be ashamed, but to share in sufferings. God gave Timothy  (and us) everything needed to accomplish the job.  He empowers us before He ever expects from us.  He gives before he demands.We receive His competence before we receive His commands. God will never ask you to do something that He hasn’t already equipped you with…you have the tools, use them! --- Send in a voice message:
7/5/202110 minutes, 23 seconds
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Stir it up! | 2Tim 1:5-7

Paul was keenly interested in the life and ministry of Timothy, and he wanted to make sure that Timothy used the gift he was given effectively, for the glory of God.  It’s not that Paul thought Timothy’s faith was weak or dying out, but that he wanted Timothy to experience the fullness of God’s gift. The gifts we receive from the Lord through the filling of the Holy Spirit are not given to us fully developed but need to be strengthened and matured through use.  God wants us to do His good works through the gift(s) He gave us. A man does not become a Christian by doing these good works, but rather he does these good works because he is a Christian. --- Send in a voice message:
6/27/202118 minutes, 28 seconds
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What really matters? Philippians 1:9-10

What does Paul mean when he says that he wants us “to understand what really matters?  He also says that he runs with purpose in every step.  Otherwise, his preaching may disqualify him.  He compares this to the athlete that is in training…be useful and purposeful, otherwise you can’t win the race. Why?  so that you may live pure and blameless lives until Christ’s return. Paul notes that we must destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. I like what someone wrote on twitter:  Only God can turn a MESS into a MESSage, a TEST into a TESTimony, a TRIal into a TRIumph, a VICTim into a VICTory. GOD is GOOD!  Resource:  JFB commentary on the bible, Alexander MacClaren bible commentary, NLT study bible --- Send in a voice message:
6/15/20219 minutes, 27 seconds
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God's special favor for you | Phil 1:7-8

In this passage, Paul has a special place in his heart for the people.  Do you have a special place for others? We know God has a special favor for us…he has a fondness, and a thoughtful place in his majesticness for each one of us. Compassion requires caring for others by sharing and doing special favors for others…be a blessing to them. When you are blessed, bless others. If you are not being blessed, bless others anyway and you will be blessed. --- Send in a voice message:
6/6/202112 minutes, 38 seconds
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Dylan's college criteria

I had the opportunity to interview Dylan, from Las Vegas, NM, about his quest to find the right college for him.  Little do we know, this really is a journey for many students who trying to find the right fit.  Dylan shares his ideas, struggles, and thoughtful concepts on how to find away to get on the right path to higher education. --- Send in a voice message:
6/5/20218 minutes, 56 seconds
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Cousin Rodney's high speed chase

This is one of many family stories of my cousins and I growing up.  This particular story was with his brothers on a mini-bike in Cheyenne, WY, on a unlicensed mini-bike and the police saw them.  The chase was on!  Short stories to laugh about. --- Send in a voice message:
6/4/20212 minutes, 16 seconds
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God's good work | Phillippians 1:6

If you ever had trouble completing a big project such as painting a house, writing a novel, or earning a diploma, the thought of the Heavenly Father beginning a good work in you and completing it is an awesome one. Reflect on the commitment it takes to go through the ups and downs of completing the work. You have accepted Jesus as your Savior. Now, the Father is determined to accomplish His will in and through you. When you received Jesus as your Savior, He gave you the gift of the Spirit who works in you to produce godly character. Let’s Think about what good work He is doing in us! What God began, let us continue. God can get us through this if we learn to love like He loved us. It’s hard to love someone when you’re judging them. And it is hard to judge someone if you love them; that’s your barometer. --- Send in a voice message:
5/29/202112 minutes, 34 seconds
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Uncle Reuben's legacy

Uncle Reuben passed away on May 2, 2021, but not without leaving a legacy of success, humor, and family traditions. I'm sharing my personal perspective of my Uncle Reuben and what he left us to remember and learn from.  I think all of us will have some takeaways in this special podcast edition.  We salute you, Uncle Reuben for serving your Country during the Korean War, serving  your family, and holding onto family tradition. --- Send in a voice message:
5/24/202114 minutes, 49 seconds
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God's insight for living | Psalms 19:7

There is a difference between the two books of God (God’s volume of self-revelations…verse 7 introduces us to Volume Two of God’s revelation—“the law of the Lord.”  Both volumes glorify God and inspire the worship of thoughtful persons. His Word reveals Him as the One who enters into covenant relationship with His people. God’s work reveal His knowledge and power but His Word reveals His love and grace. Scientific truth may stimulate our intellect but spiritual truth convicts our heart and conscience! Public hate as we are seeing today, is not the way of God. Jesus set the example by even washing Judas’ feet with the other disciples, knowing that Judas was his enemy…that’s how you love your enemy.  In my experience, it's easier to "Agape" someone you dislike (or who dislikes you) when you pray for them. Because when you pray for them, God often opens your heart to seeing people the way that God sees them, rather than the way you see them. Your friends will not point out your faults, but your enemies will. Your enemies will help you see what needs to be changed in your life while your friends will overlook your faults. Resource: 1.  Timothy Keller, an American pastor.  He’s a theologian, and Christian apologist.  He’s the chairman and co-founder of Redeemer City to City, which trains pastor for service in around the world. 2.  Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the whole bible. 3.  Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary 4.  NLT study bible notes 5. 6.  Doug Fields, youth pastor at Mariner Church, Irvine, CA, service on 122321 9:30am service 7.  William MacDonald bible commentary --- Send in a voice message:
5/23/202114 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Cause, not because… Psalms 74:18-23

We are discussing the "cause" that God wants us to pursue.  I'll break it down to the Passion, Pursuit, and Purpose of God's cause. Ultimately, nothing can stop God’s cause.  Herod, Bar-Jesus both tried but failed miserably. But here are a couple of people that were called to the "cause"; "...the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”  We are all called to carry out the work of God and to do it in the image of Jesus. Whatever we do for God must come from a place of overflowing love, worship, and surrender.  Rather than making decisions to please ourselves, we make decisions that will please the Lord. --- Send in a voice message:
5/17/202114 minutes, 5 seconds
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Calmer minds will prevail--we three kings | 2Ki 3:1-27

This is a story about three Kings that needed Godly direction.  There is a clear delineation between their worldly decisions versus a Godly decision in this reading.  I offer nine takeaways for this reading that will help you stay focused, and you can't do this without a melody in your heart; it brings God's presence into our lives. --- Send in a voice message:
5/9/202113 minutes, 21 seconds
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Elisha's military maneuver | 2Kings 6:8-23

This remarkable narrative takes the reader into the tent of Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram, and to the meetings he had with his general staff. It turned out that his plans were known to the king of Israel and his staff. Ben-Hadad suspected a spy, and he was right. The spy was Elisha, who had never left Israel.  In this podcast, I'll share with your 9 take aways that we get from this story.  Elisha uses blindness and specific prayers to his advantage. --- Send in a voice message:
5/2/202112 minutes, 37 seconds
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Any cooking oil for sale? | 2Kings 4:1-7

In this podcast, Elisha helps a widow that is concerned about her sons being taken into slavery because of their debt, which was allowed under the laws of Moses.  The widow only has a flask of oil left, which doesn't have any value.  Through God's direction, Elisha has the women borrow jars from everyone, and tells her to fill them up with her flask...this was an endless flow until all of the jars were filled.  God says that our cup will over flow when we love Him.  Are we listening and paying attention to God's direction in life.  If you want your cup to overflow, we must follow directions and listen to the Spirit. --- Send in a voice message:
4/26/202110 minutes, 39 seconds
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Elijah and Elisha's journey | 2Kings 2:1-25

Elijah and Elisha were great friends.  Elijah was also a mentor to Elisha, and they walked in harmony along with God.  In this episode, Elijah went to the different schools of the prophets to give them his last exhortations and blessing before he is taken up in a whirlwind. God says he will never leave us or forsake us, even though these two guys were going different directions, God was with them.  In their final steps, Elijah parts the Jordan River with his coat.  Suddenly, “a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven. I'll share 7 takeaways from this reading and a story of God intervening in my life, to save my life from a dangerous moment as a policeman. --- Send in a voice message:
4/19/202118 minutes, 51 seconds
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Fishing lessons by Jesus | John 21:4-14

Jesus takes the time to teach the disciples how to fish in this episode. When Jesus called out to them and asked, have caught any fish?  They replied, “No”.  This was in His way or style of making them tell their case. Jesus wanted to better prepare them for what was coming… all Jesus has ever asked us to do is for us to bring the bread and fish. Jesus didn’t ask us to feed the 5,000. In this case, he even provided the fish and bread, and prepared it, ready to consume. Hasn’t the word of God been prepared for us, ready to consume? --- Send in a voice message:
4/12/202112 minutes, 27 seconds
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Boulder King Soopers Shooting--Elevations Credit Union steps-up

Everyone knows what a horrific tragedy occurred at the King Soopers in Boulder where a lone gunman killed 10 people.  One of those killed was a  Boulder Police Officer who entered the store in an attempt to take the gunman down. This podcast is about Elevations Credit Union (ECU) who stepped-up to the plate within 24 hours to arrange a fundraiser for the victims and their families.  It's such a great demonstration of a community of people that pitched in with donating over $700,000 to support  those who suffered a loss.  Money doesn't replace a life, but we know it can help get them through an unexpected crisis in their lives.  Thank you to the citizens that donated $509,224, and the Elevations Foundation along with Elevations Credit Union match of $200,000. ECU, put the hearts of people first. --- Send in a voice message:
4/8/20215 minutes, 37 seconds
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The humanity & Sacrifice of Christ Luke 9:51-54

There is an unimaginable price Jesus paid for us.  The suffering, stress, and weeping he went through.  Then the physical abuse that lead to the cross.  You’re going to realize that Jesus was committed and steadfast in completing the mission that God wanted him to do, regardless of the pain and suffering. Charles Spurgeon urged, “Keep your eye simply on Him.” When we do, we don’t see obstacles. We see God, the One who makes our way clear.  Remember, our job isn’t to feed the 5,000.  Our job is to provide the loaves and fish. --- Send in a voice message:
4/6/202113 minutes, 38 seconds
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What motto do you live by?

When asked what my motto was, I said, "visions are real."  Being a visionary person is incredibly important.  Otherwise, our imagination is limited and the creative side of our brain grows dormant.  What does a blind person see?  We learn about this in today's podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
3/30/20212 minutes, 22 seconds
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A plot gone bad 2Ki 5:20-27

We continue with our series of short stories in the bible that need explaining.  This is part 2 of Naaman being healed from our last week's study.  We discover this week that Gehazi, Elisha's servant, steels the gifts from Naaman that were intended for Elisha; the very gifts he refused to receive.  Gehazi is caught and punished and his family suffers too.  We learn how our ego, greed, and pride can run interference with our life with Christ. --- Send in a voice message:
3/30/202112 minutes, 47 seconds
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Naaman's humbleness? 1Kings 5:9-19

Naaman was the commanding chief of the King's army and loved by the King.  He was sent to see Elisha because of his leprosy.  Naaman becomes indignant because Elisha wouldn't personally see him to cast healing over him.  He was sent to the Jordan to wash 7 times.  Naaman left angry and stomped away.  This story expresses the need for humility and humbling ourselves before the Lord.  How humble are you? --- Send in a voice message:
3/22/202115 minutes, 56 seconds
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The mysterious ax 2Kings 6:1-6

We are starting a series about the meaning of stories in the bible.  This particular story is about how Elisha caused a lost ax head in the Jordan river to float.  His prophet friend that lost the ax head while working, prayed to Elisha to help him find it...he was distressed because they were poor and he borrowed the ax.  We are learning about casting and what Elisha did to retrieve the ax.  Remember, prayer is not a monologue, but it is a dialogue with God.  Elisha was a teacher of his students, but he was a doer as well.  He demonstrated leadership. --- Send in a voice message:
3/16/202113 minutes, 45 seconds
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What is the mystery of God? 1Co 2:1-5

This is my second part about God’s mystery or his secret plan. Paul said that "I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan."  His mystery is very simply put for all of us to know and comprehend. A “mystery” in the New Testament is something that at one time was hidden but is now revealed to God’s people. When the disciples asked about certain parables, Jesus spoke of “the mystery of the kingdom of God”.  We learn much more about this secret in today's podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
3/8/202116 minutes, 7 seconds
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A hometown hero, Lloyd Garcia

Lloyd Garcia was a hometown hero that represented the City of Fort Collins in the US Olympic weightlifting arena.  He never was recognized for his efforts in Germany, because in those days, Latinos were not recognized, but minimized with white trade signs peppered around Fort Collins in the 40's-1962.  That's in the past, and now 50 plus years later, I had the opportunity to present Lloyd with the Key to the City while I was mayor during the Olympic torch run that traveled through Fort Collins on January 30, 2002.  Lloyd Garcia leaves us a unique legacy. --- Send in a voice message:
3/5/20218 minutes, 43 seconds
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God's protection plan Psalms 91

Some people refer to Psalms 91 as the soldier's prayer. We learn from this chapter about 12 things that God will do for us, and 7 tasks that God wants us to do.  It's important that we recognize Him as our place of refuge, our guide, and that He has sent angels to watch over us.  There is a lot to learn today. --- Send in a voice message:
2/28/202110 minutes, 16 seconds
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Pondering our Christian outlook

In this brief podcast, I’m sharing several thoughts for us to ponder about our outlook in our Christianity walk. I think we are always under construction or reconstruction when building our walk with Christ. --- Send in a voice message:
2/24/20212 minutes, 20 seconds
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Mr. Warner at Lincoln Jr. High

Mr. Warner was my metal shop and mechanical drawing teacher at Lincoln Jr. High back in the 60's.  He was a stern man that taught me some life skills and I know he liked me as a student.  Sometimes it took a slap on the leg with a short stick to get a person to pay attention and learn fast!  He was a great mentor and a REAL man that taught us Respect, Encouragement, Attitude, and Listening skills. I miss him. --- Send in a voice message:
2/22/20216 minutes, 20 seconds
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How do we become Holy? Hebrews 12:14-17

We can easily be discouraged when someone asks us if we are holy?  This holiness centers around at what we work at doing.  Here are the take-a-ways in today's podcast! . Be holy (accept Christ)…living a holy life (work at it.) . Live in peace, and work at it! . Look after each other . Keep people from falling short of the grace of God . Watch out that you don’t become susceptible to the poisons of this world, and then pass it along to others like a virus. --- Send in a voice message:
2/22/20219 minutes, 30 seconds
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Our heart, soul, and mind Psalms 119:161-165

When we worship God, we have to employ our heart (spirit), soul (voice of reasoning), and our mind (conscience).  God created them all for a purpose.  We will talk about this in our podcast and why our attitude is so important.  Our attitude involves the heart, soul, and's our life sown and woven together to make us whole. --- Send in a voice message:
2/15/202117 minutes, 17 seconds
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Tom Flores, Inducted into the Hall of Fame

What a rememberable day for The Latino Community, and Tom Flores.  It's about time he was inducted to the Hall of Fame for the NFL.  Tom is a friend of mine and we met when he came to Fort Collins to speak at CSU.  More importantly, he spoke to the kids at Juan Fullana elementary school first.  I was his security person for the two days that he was here.  What a personable man of integrity, compassion, and calm.  We salute you, Tom Flores!  I've enjoyed staying in touch with him over these many years. --- Send in a voice message:
2/8/20214 minutes, 48 seconds
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What are God's mysteries? Rom 8:25-30

Today we are learning about God's mystery.  We will talk about 7 of them: The mystery of God, his will, of Christ, of the kingdom of God, of the gospel, of faith, and of godliness. Some of us worry about our past and if God can use you.  God uses our past to build our future.  Now that's a mystery in itself.  God has chosen us, and you won't know if you were chosen unless you believe in Him.  I think it's better to know than to calculate a guess, risking everything. --- Send in a voice message:
2/8/202118 minutes, 6 seconds
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Let's be reasonable Isa 1:17-20

God is giving his people a choice to follow his direction in life or end up being defeated.  Here, Isaiah speaks the words of God and says, "come now, let us reason together."  If we will listen to the voice of reason (common sense), we will make the obvious choice.  God gives us good reason to follow him, to be obedient and listen to his directions in life.  No matter where you go, there you are.  And no matter where you go, there He is too.  You cannot avoid God. Let's be blessed instead of being stressed. --- Send in a voice message:
2/1/202110 minutes, 12 seconds
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Are we part of God's wholeness? Psalms 27:1-6

What does God want from our wholeness of being holy?  David is our illustration in how he made worshiping God as his most important priority to keep himself safe from his enemies.  If God is for us, who can be against us? God wants us to be without the stress of this world.  He wants us to live without fear and be confidant in His abilities.. --- Send in a voice message:
1/24/202116 minutes, 44 seconds
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Together we are better | Isa 41:10

God told his people to fear not and not be discouraged.  The world around us today is discouraging, but God asked us to look up to Him, and he will encourage us.  Likewise we should lift each other up with encouragement.  Today, I share 8 ways of encouragement, not just for yourself but for others as well. --- Send in a voice message:
1/17/202113 minutes, 11 seconds
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Take a deep breath! Psalms 34:15-19

We are living in some crazy times now days, and many of us feel uncomfortable with the turning of events whether that is at a national level or local level.  God says he will comfort us. This "comfort" means in the biblical translation to "breath strong".  In other words, take a deep breath.  God promises us easy breathing to relax ourselves through his blessings.  This is a super natural comfort.  No one can render comfort like God himself. --- Send in a voice message:
1/10/202112 minutes, 41 seconds
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Real Peace Eph 2:12-18

Today we are talking about the real peace that comes from God; the peace of mind and the peace of heart.  We can't confuse this with the world's peace that is temporal and non-binding.  God's peace is unconditional love while the world's peace constantly accuses if we don't align with it's conditional rules. God's peace passes all understanding.  We'll talk about the difference in today's podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
1/2/202111 minutes, 19 seconds
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My greatest surprise in life

When asked what was my greatest surprise in life, I would say it was my greatest amazement in life.  Watching my Dad pass away was difficult, but  three days before he passed, something amazing happened.  Nothing short of a miraculous event that put me at ease, and I know my mom was more than excited.  A true event that I cannot ever forget. --- Send in a voice message:
12/31/20204 minutes, 1 second
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My athletic sport in High School

What was my sport in high school?  I have to say it was Judo, taught by Dick Okimoto from Colorado State University.  He taught me the art of judo while teaching me life skills that has lasted me a lifetime.  I'll share some examples.  If you know Mr. Okimoto, I want to contact him to thank him for the life lessons that have saved me many times during life struggles. --- Send in a voice message:
12/27/20207 minutes, 54 seconds
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Open your eyes for 2021 Isa 43:19

Isaiah is talking to his people, delivering a message from God.  In this message, God is basically telling his people to "open their eyes" and see what He is doing.  There is ongoing creation today, not just in the beginning of Genesis chapter 1. I'll share much about this creation today, which may help us to open our eyes for 2021.  Happy New Years! --- Send in a voice message:
12/27/202012 minutes, 48 seconds
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Joseph's Christmas Matt 1:18-25

This was Joseph's first Christmas!  We explore why the Angel told Joseph to name Mary's son, Jesus.  There is much meaning behind the name and many other names that Jesus had such as Emanuel, Christ, Jehovah, and Jesus Christ that we will explore.  We discover that Joseph was a "good man", and had 4 foundational reasons to believe that the Angel of the Lord visited him in a dream.  Listen in for more... --- Send in a voice message:
12/21/202016 minutes, 30 seconds
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Growing up with siblings

Watching other families and their siblings is intriguing to me. Some get along like best friends and others never talk to each other again after leaving home?  While growing up, I only had one sibling, my adopted sister, Mary Jane.  She came from the same orphanage that I did.  So we had things in common, but we got along great.  Like anyone else, we had our differences, but I sure do love her and we stay in touch.  I remember one time when she protected me from a bully in school... you will like the story. --- Send in a voice message:
12/16/20204 minutes, 45 seconds
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Sarah gets the giggles Gen 18:1-15

This is one of the great encounters that Abraham has with God and a couple of angles.  They have dinner with Abraham and talk about Sarah having a child at this time next year.  Sarah, laughed, realizing how old she and Abraham were.  We will learn that nothing is impossible with God.  When Sarah was confronted about laughing, she denied it, but the LORD told her, "yes you did."  This was an awkward moment.  It's not good to laugh at God. --- Send in a voice message:
12/15/20209 minutes, 55 seconds
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Thaylor Iron Rope raps about his faith

Thaylor Iron Rope is a Lakota Native American who loves to raps various lyrics that he creates because of his love for God.  This is something that he said off the top of his head without any preparation.  I think you will enjoy it. --- Send in a voice message:
12/9/20202 minutes, 28 seconds
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Have you experienced a severe storm?

My experience was with a tornado that hit Windsor, Colorado.  On May 22, 2008 right before noon, the Town of Windsor was struck by an EF3 tornado. With very little warning, the community took shelter and suffered a lot of damage.  I was on the highway driving from Denver, and wanted to retreat back after listening to the radio.  Suddenly, Denver was under a tornado warning too.  What could I do?  Listen in to this experience. --- Send in a voice message:
12/8/20204 minutes, 54 seconds
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The mark of the covenant Genesis 17:9-14

God speaks to Abraham about what his responsibilities are.  Are we being responsible to God like Abraham did?  Mark of the promise back then was we cut away the fleshly life of the world, and focus on piercing our heart with obedience and responsibility to God's will, not our fleshly desires.   --- Send in a voice message:
12/5/202011 minutes, 8 seconds
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What was my mom like as a child

I'm sharing this story about my adoptive mom.  Mom passed away on Easter night in 1994, which left me with a lot of fond memories that live in my heart today.  I shared three main points about my mom, although there are many more.  Mom worked very hard all her life and she was a caretaker of my grandmother whom I loved dearly.  Mother always had a humorous family story to tell--she kept you laughing even if it was the same story. --- Send in a voice message:
12/1/20204 minutes, 16 seconds
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The six promises to Abram Gen 17:1-8

God speaks to Abram, and he falls down on the ground on his face.  While God speaks to Abram, he reveals His covenant, which contains six major commitments.  However, God tells Abram that he has to remain faithful and blameless.  We will talk about what it means to be blameless and faithful while unpacking the six promises. --- Send in a voice message:
11/29/202012 minutes, 54 seconds
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Why are we miserable?

Today I am sharing about what can make us miserable.  The more I talk about this, the more I realize that it is my choice in how I change the world around me.  In a cartoon, Pogo looks at himself in a mirror and says:  "I have met the enemy, and it is I."  I have to make the change in the world I live in today. --- Send in a voice message:
11/27/20204 minutes, 52 seconds
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How my life changed beyond what I imagined

I couldn't pin down one event that I never expected would happen in my lifetime.  There are three major events in my life that are life changing for me.    Discovering my biological family in 2005, the covid-19 pandemic, and the 2020 presidential election.  You will hear my personal perspective, which isn't intended to sway anyone else.  Enjoy the conversation with me from where I sit. --- Send in a voice message:
11/26/20206 minutes, 49 seconds
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A Thanksgiving Day message Psalms 107:1

There is so much to be thankful for.  It's important that we know how to give thanks through our giving as well.  Thanksgiving, is giving thanks, and being thankful. In this podcast, we peruse through scriptures that teach us what we are thankful for, i.e. wisdom, circumstances, life, and peace are some examples you will hear about. --- Send in a voice message:
11/21/202010 minutes, 29 seconds
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My favorite cartoons growing up

We all have our favorite cartoons that we can relate too, whether its our pets, our way of growing up, family living, or just a means of "getting away" from the tossing and turning of life today.  Some of the ones I liked were, Marmaduke, Dennis the Menace, Dick Tracy, Gravel Gertie, and the list goes on.  Humoring yourself is okay to do.  Try it.  You can also read this story on my storyworth page that has some cartoon illustrations of my examples. --- Send in a voice message:
11/17/20206 minutes, 6 seconds
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Can you keep a secret? Matthew 8:1-4

This story was right after Jesus finished the Sermon on the Mount.  A miraculous healing just took place of a diseased man, and Jesus told him not to tell anyone about it.  Well, he did tell many people and crowds surrounded him.  I think you will find this episode chalked full of take-aways and food for thought.   --- Send in a voice message:
11/15/202011 minutes, 9 seconds
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What makes you laugh?

It's hard to pick one story in my life of the funniest moment of my time.  So, I share a few of them that really pops to the top of my mind that made me laugh so hard, that my stomach hurt.  My adopted mother was a great story teller that always made you laugh about the old days and how they made something out of nothing. --- Send in a voice message:
11/12/20204 minutes, 28 seconds
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Michele Campana's birthday remarks 2020

This is a special day for Michele Campana, celebrating many years of success, happiness and endurement through a family of loving children, husband and parents.  One of the most organized moms I know that knows how to bring ecstasy and contentment to people around her. --- Send in a voice message:
11/9/20203 minutes, 10 seconds
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The 3 little pigs Matt 7:24-27

This really is a comforting story/statement by Jesus about building our house on a firm foundation and not on the sand.  Which is likely to stand firm when a storm comes?  It's comforting to know how Jesus "has our back" when  the storms in our life come.  The cross references helps us understand why Jesus says these things for our edification. --- Send in a voice message:
11/9/202012 minutes, 6 seconds
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What are my favorite books?

You know how it is when you go out to coffee with friends with no particular agenda, the craziest questions pop up. So, here’s an obvious question. What are your favorite books? I have many favorite books. I enjoy reading. So I’ll just highlight some of the books at the top of my mind that I’ve really enjoyed.  I don't care for fiction, but I have read many of them.  True stories and books are a hallmark with insight for living. --- Send in a voice message:
11/3/20207 minutes, 56 seconds
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I never knew you. Matt 7:21-23

Jesus is teaching about "self righteous people" who may claim they have done so much for God, but their true actions are not reflective of God's love for people.  Some may get to heaven making their case for entrance, but He may say, "I never knew you."  Jesus is good about "giving the bottomline" with plenty of examples to draw a clear conclusion about His message. --- Send in a voice message:
11/1/20209 minutes, 21 seconds
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What was my first boss like?

I think it's harder to work for your family than it is for the "other guy".  In the family business, much more perfection is required and the learning skills are fast and steep.  My dad taught me how to "hod-carry" and eventually learning how to become a bricklayer.  The school of hard-knocks is a good teaching skill that permanently impresses you to never forget.  Family values and character are molded by not only learning to do a good job, but a better job, and sometimes that's not good enough. --- Send in a voice message:
10/27/20204 minutes, 7 seconds
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What's a false prophet? Matthew 7:15-20

Jesus paints a clear picture of what a false prophet is like.  His colorful analogy of fruits, such as grapes and other fruit trees clearly illustrates what is good and what is bad with prophets.  I like His two prong test...the person prophesying must match the Word, and it must become true.  Well, that's easy enough to identify.  Nevertheless, many people are hoodwinked by fakes. --- Send in a voice message:
10/26/202010 minutes, 52 seconds
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Leadership through encouragement

I was asked to speak to young adults that were placed in a juvenile youth center.  Because of Covid-19, we couldn't be present.  I prepared a youtube video in lieu of being in person.  This is a recording of my presentation.  Sharing words of encouragement  that are peppered with real life stories and events in my life and others. If we change the way we look at things, the things we look at will change. --- Send in a voice message:
10/26/202026 minutes, 48 seconds
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My high school activities

While in high school, I was involved with an adhoc committee with Student Council and I did write columns for the Silver Quill at Poudre High School.  Much of my activity in High School centered out side of school.  I was also a member of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). --- Send in a voice message:
10/19/20203 minutes, 51 seconds
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Which gate will you enter? Matt 7:13-14

This is an interesting study about Jesus stating that the gate is hard to enter and it is narrow...hard to travel?  Why?  What must we do?  A careful analysis of cross-referenced scriptures is enlightening and revealing of what must be done, and Jesus doesn't hesitate to "give us the bottom line" so we are not confused. --- Send in a voice message:
10/18/202010 minutes, 36 seconds
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An unusual birth

I was asked if my birth was unusual.  My story centers around where I was born, later given up for adoption and finding my biological mother in 2005, fifty-three years later. I found my birthplace, which was in a house, through Dr. Tim Foster, President of Mesa University. This was a journey. --- Send in a voice message:
10/13/20204 minutes, 32 seconds
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Do unto others like we want to be treated Matthew 7:12

Jesus gave us a commandment to love one another.  He also told us to do unto others as we would like done unto us.  This is about having mercy or putting yourself in someone else's shoes. We can obey all of the other commandments, but if we don't have love, we don't have anything to compel us to be obedient. --- Send in a voice message:
10/11/20208 minutes, 41 seconds
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God questions Cain

God has a unique conversation with Cain about his attitude and the killing of his brother, Able. It's clear that God provides a way out for us, if we are willing to listen, admit to wrong, and obey him.  Sometimes "we make our own bed." --- Send in a voice message:
10/11/20203 minutes, 59 seconds
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Who influenced me as a child growing up?

I had so many people influence me as a kid growing up in Fort Collins. In this story, I focus on my Uncle Dave, who helped shape me.  He took a special interest in me in many ways.  One was to teach me how to play baseball with my cousins.  He passed away, and I do miss him a lot.  I can never forget how he treated me; he was  like a second Dad in my life. --- Send in a voice message:
10/7/20204 minutes, 22 seconds
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Persistent asking = receiving Matt 7:7-11

This is a great teaching about ask and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be open... Jesus is insightful about his understanding, using the analogy of parents wanting the best for their kids, but knowing when to say no.  This teaching will open your eyes. --- Send in a voice message:
10/5/202012 minutes, 17 seconds
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What are your favorite musicians, bands or albums?

Crazy questions come up and this one in particular usually rises to the top about music.  My favorite artists are all over the board like Bill Anderson, Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, etc.  I'm sharing why these artists move me...listen in if you have a few minutes. --- Send in a voice message:
9/28/20204 minutes
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Are we using discernment? Matt 7:6

We learned earlier about not judging, but in the very following verse Jesus talks about not judging others, and he gives examples of making good judgement like,  "don't throw your pearls to pigs", or "don't waste what is holy on people who are unholy". So this lesson is chalked full of great verses about using good discernment.  What does the bible say about discernment? --- Send in a voice message:
9/28/202010 minutes, 20 seconds
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My favorite sports team as a kid...meeting Mickey

Growing up as a kid, I didn't know much about sports.  My first professional sports game was when the Yankees played the AAA Denver Bears in 1963 in an exhibition game. I never imagined meeting a famous person like Mickey Mantle, and shaking his hand without realizing who he was...I just thought he was a nice person.  My cousins lectured me all the way back home. --- Send in a voice message:
9/22/20204 minutes, 55 seconds
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Nothing fun about judging others Matt 7:1-5

What does Jesus teach about judging others?  Nothing precludes us from judging rightly.  Even when we take some sort of test, someone is judging us if we pass or not.  Or, when kids are disciplined, are we not judging?  Facts and rumors can really make a difference on our judgement.  We explore many examples of right and wrong judgement. --- Send in a voice message:
9/21/202012 minutes, 48 seconds
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Why is Hispanic Heritage month important to me?

I think of Latino heroes in my life growing up and how they made something out of nothing.  I'm encouraged from people like Dr. Gil Carbajal, Dr. Lupe Salazar, Sam and Consuelo Trijillo (Consuelo's drive through), the Gallegos family who started the G&S sanitation business by mowing lawns as kids, Willie Lopez who was our first Latino City Councilman and County Commissioner, and the list goes on.  Power doesn't come from what we know, but it comes from what we need to learn.  Can we learn from our cultural history?  I think so... --- Send in a voice message:
9/18/20206 minutes, 48 seconds
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What things can we not do without?

Everyone has things in life they can't do with out, right?  Some of the obvious is food, water, and for other medication.  I share my personal things in life that I just cannot do away with, i.e. friends, a confidant, family, and God.  I find it difficult to not have social friends as well.  Iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. --- Send in a voice message:
9/14/20204 minutes, 35 seconds
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Why worry? Matt 6:25-34

We are learning that Jesus was emphatic about not worrying about matters that He can help us with, which is everything when we think about it.  The Mayo Clinic has a list of physical side affects when it comes to worry or anxiety.  Jesus wants us to stay focused, and know that he he has  “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Don't worry, be happy... --- Send in a voice message:
9/13/20209 minutes, 48 seconds
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As a kid, did I worry about money?

I think most of us worried about money growing up to some degree.  My parents seemed like they were always just getting by, but yet we were happy.  I always paid my way through life, and I didn't like debt of any sort.  Jack Rauch was a car dealership in town, and he gave me my first car loan for a 1961 Cadillac DeVille ($500) on a handshake, after he talked to my dad.  Some how all things work together for good... Did I worry about money growing up?  Listen in to my podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
9/8/20205 minutes, 15 seconds
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Money and possessions Matthew 6:19-24

As we continue our discussion about Jesus' sermon on the mount, we are learning about money.  Nothing wrong with money as long as it doesn't control you?  It's nice to have things, but don't let things have you.  We learn  much about why it is good to have money when it's utilized in a smart way.  The more you have the more responsibility rests on you.  Giving is equally important.  The bible teaches us about investing wisely. --- Send in a voice message:
9/7/202010 minutes, 44 seconds
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Our healthcare system?

I've had some great conversations with Charlie Winn, MD, about healthcare.  He stimulates some excellent thoughts to cause us to ponder.  I share some of those views from my perspective.  Everyone wants personal care, with the doctor of our choice whom we trust. We can't afford to kick the can down the road anymore. --- Send in a voice message:
9/1/20204 minutes, 38 seconds
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JFK remembered

I remember the day JFK was shot to death like it happened yesterday. While in my sixth grade class, our teacher at Putnam Elementary school, Bob Asmus, walked into our classroom with the most somber, shocked, and emotional expression I’ve ever seen.  It seemed like the whole world was watching the news anchorman, Walter Cronkite, breaking the news as it was coming in rapidly as to what happened.  Oswald shot and killed Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit on a local street. Two days later, Oswald was fatally shot by local nightclub owner Jack Ruby.  I remembered the great speech that JFK gave on how we would land on the moon by the end of the decade. He was right... You may be able to destroy a person, but you cannot destroy their visions and dreams. Visions are real. --- Send in a voice message:
8/31/20204 minutes, 53 seconds
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The power of fasting Mat 6:16-18

We are learning how to fast and why fasting is important.  How does it add to our power of prayer?  Can it change history or the course of our country? It Happened in Britain in 1756.  John Wesley tells us in his journal of a similar kind of deliverance in 1756. The king of Britain called for a day of solemn prayer and fasting because of a threatened invasion of the French. In 1990 Coach Bill McCartney asked 72 men to commit to pray and fast through lunch every Wednesday for Promise Keepers. Look how Promise Keepers grew!  Maybe this is a good way to start. --- Send in a voice message:
8/31/202012 minutes, 59 seconds
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Brandon Unitt, a community heroic Ranger

Brandon Unitt was a Larimer County Ranger who lost his life on August 20, 2020, responding to a call on Horsetooth Reservior to help people that were in distress because of an existing storm.  During the course of responding, Brandon accidentally drowned, but heroically.  It was less about Brandon and more about others--that was his character.  He served in the US Marine, and as a fellow brother of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  As his advisor and friend, I am proud of his heroic service to community and for humanity.  Farewell my good and faithful friend. --- Send in a voice message:
8/29/202010 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why I like Cory Gardner as our US Senator

...sharing why I like Cory Gardner as our US Senator, based on facts and work completed and in progress.  I share some specific view points from my perspective.  Cory works on our economy, environment, jobs, most importantly to me is our transportation in Colorado that impacts all of these key points. --- Send in a voice message:
8/28/20206 minutes, 33 seconds
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What makes my faith stronger?

Like anything else, the more we put our faith into action, the stronger it gets.  Visualize this as a muscle--working out in the gym consistently will build stronger muscles.  I identify  five key points that impacts my life in becoming stronger.  Through this, I share a story about a blindman's lesson in life for me, which made me stronger.  What does a blindman see? --- Send in a voice message:
8/25/20204 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Model Prayer Mat 6:5-15

When we think of "The Lord's Prayer", we are left with the thought that Jesus was asking us to use these exact words, when in fact, He left us with a model prayer to use so we don't leave anything out that is very important to the Father.  We are to give glory to Him, and do His will like it is in heaven.  Also, to forgive others so we can be blessed, and to realize we cannot handle the temptations on earth by ourselves.  We must acknowledge that He alone will fight our battles for us and show us a way out.  There is much more to learn in this study today. --- Send in a voice message:
8/25/202011 minutes, 2 seconds
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Conversations with Ray Martinez (Trailer)

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8/21/202046 seconds
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A visit to Abbey Chapel in Canyon City, CO

This was an unexpected event while preparing to deliver a speech to a group of Gideons in Canyon City, CO.  I took a tour of the old Abbey Chapel that used to be a monk monastery many years ago, and later a Catholic High School.  While tour around the old chapel before my speech, I heard bells from heaven.  You will understand more after listening to this podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
8/20/20206 minutes, 24 seconds
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What did I miss while serving in the Military?

What a captivating question that made me reflect, not only what I missed, but an experience while in boot camp.  I was mysteriously rescued a couple of times while training in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO --- Send in a voice message:
8/18/20208 minutes, 35 seconds
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How did I get to school as a kid?

Conversations always go all over the board.  In this particular podcast, I was talking with some friends about how we used to travel to school as kids.  This gave me a chance to reflect my first "hand-made" bicycle that my Dad and Hank Chavez built from parts at the City Dump. Riding at the back of the bus was suppose to be punishment, but we found excitement out of the ordeal. --- Send in a voice message:
8/18/20205 minutes, 26 seconds
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Reminiscing Grandma Moore as kids

I loved my Grandma Moore.  So, I've chose to share some of my childhood memories and experience with her.  In the stillness of her life, I learned that the less I had, the more I gained with my creative side, and having a visionary mindset of what I could accomplish. --- Send in a voice message:
8/18/20204 minutes, 39 seconds
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Give without knowing, or being known Mat 6:1-4

Continuing with my weekly teaching, we are talking today about one passage talks about not letting your right hand know what the left hand is doing.  Yet, we read about so many people in the bible who they were known?  Why?  It might have something to do with our motives, and that's what we are learning this week. --- Send in a voice message:
8/17/202010 minutes, 15 seconds
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You can and you will...

In this episode, I share a personal story of defeat and victory.  Coach Hal Kinard played a KEY role in my life as my coach in Junior High School.  His life lesson had an immeasurable impact on my life.  He taught me about having a strong will and being a "can do" person. When I was weak, Coach Kinard made me strong.  This is another example of, what I believe, God using other people to influence my life. Coach Kinard is a legacy for many kids like me.  He leaves a life long impression on every student he meats. --- Send in a voice message:
8/17/20208 minutes, 30 seconds
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My first job in Downtown Fort Collins, Colorado

This is an epic story about how my first job took me to the top job in the City.  Shining shoes, shined a whole new light  on my life with a bright future and a vision that became real.  I'm thankful for the people in my life that encouraged me to be successful. I've always believed that God influenced people to influence me with  with a "can do" attitude . --- Send in a voice message:
8/16/20204 minutes, 43 seconds
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Hiding the tortillas

This story surrounds some of our cultural values, especially with my adoptive mom.  She always wanted us to "be as equals" to everyone else.  Mom didn't want us to appear poor, but she certainly wasn't ashamed of our culture. Yet, she didn't want to give anyone cause to gossip about us either.  This story centers around tortillas that helped me become even more proud of my heritage and culture. --- Send in a voice message:
8/16/20204 minutes, 26 seconds
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Values learned at the orphanage

While growing up in the orphanage, I learned three important values that have stuck with me all my life.  Those values helped me with decisions in life, how to treat people.  Those values kept me humble.  When I do get upset, I reflect on my early rearing at the orphanage, which gives me calm.  I share three example stories for each value. --- Send in a voice message:
8/14/20204 minutes, 34 seconds
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My favorite TV shows as a child

I'm often asked what were my favorite TV shows were as a kid?  Well, I'm still a little old school, but I think you will understand why in this podcast and what some of those old television shows taught me in life.  Maybe some of those old shows helped you too. --- Send in a voice message:
8/13/20203 minutes, 49 seconds
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My favorite childhood toys

Some of my favorite childhood toys were very simple, like the stuffed dog that my adoptive parents gave me when they picked me up from the Colorado State Orphanage for Neglected and Dependent Children.  My mother kept for many years.  I found it in her cedar chest when she passed away in 1994.  To this day, I have kept the first toy I ever owned and place it under the Christmas tree every year; the stuffed dog 63 years old now.  Many Other toys I talk about here as well. --- Send in a voice message:
8/13/20203 minutes, 44 seconds
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Love your enemies? Mat 5:43-48

This teaching is what Jesus commanded us to do, and that is to love your enemies.  Nevertheless, he teaches us how to love your enemies so you are not holding any grudges or contempt.  Two major steps are explained.  I find His solution rewarding, practical, and doable --- Send in a voice message:
8/10/20209 minutes, 27 seconds
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Christians handling disputes

How should Christians handle disputes?  I interviewed Thaylor Iron Rope, a devote student of the bible, about this question.  He had some poignant view points and understanding of the Word.  Thaylor has published a book, The Book of Service, that can be found on Amazon, BN, and other online outlets.  Thaylor Iron Rope is a Native American from the Lakota tribe.  His ancestry comes from a line of Native American Chiefs such as Chief Lone Bear, Chief High Hawk, Chief American Horse, and Chief Iron Nation. He is a warrior for sure, but not just a "warrior", but he is a "prayer warrior".  When he prays, there are results.  The Book of Service --- Send in a voice message:
8/9/20206 minutes, 31 seconds
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The scary train ride

When I was a young teenager, I thought it was fun to hop on the train as it started to leave town, then jump off down the road a bit.  One particular ride lasted a little too long and took us on a ride for our life.  Scary, life learning, but it certainly is good to know where your friends are when you are in a bind. --- Send in a voice message:
8/9/20206 minutes, 4 seconds
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The legacy of Dominick Campana and Raffaele DiMatteo

A true story about a family that is still leaving a legacy of their heritage, marked with success.  They are an example of immigrants (Dominick, and Raffaele) that came to America empty-handed, and made something out of nothing.  They arrived with hope and a dream.  They have helped shape the landscape of Fort Collins, CO, initially with a trowel and a wheelbarrow.  The Campana family personifies true character and love for family.  Their work is a portrait of their character through the affinity of their culture. --- Send in a voice message:
8/4/20206 minutes, 37 seconds
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What I looked forward to as a child

I was asked that very question.  What did you look forward to as a child?  Many memories, but I share a significant story of why I liked and looked forward to family gatherings.  I always looked forward to school starting, and looked very much for the end of the year too! --- Send in a voice message:
8/4/20203 minutes, 35 seconds
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The man in the straw hat

The man in the straw hat was a mystery person I met in Southern Mexico while backpacking to an occult where family members were living.  My objective was to convince them to return home.  The man in the straw hat saved our lives. He disappeared in thin air. I think I know who he was; a special messenger on assignment. --- Send in a voice message:
8/3/20207 minutes, 48 seconds
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Getting Revenge! Mat 5:38-42

Some great teaching on what to do when offended.  Jesus is pretty clear about our attitudes and making decisions. In a short summery, Jesus illustrates some key examples and analogies: 1. An eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth 2. If you are slapped 3. If you are sued in court 4. If you are required to carry someone else’s gear 5. If someone wants to borrow from you. * The theme is about our attitude and reaction. * Did you ever watch the TV show, “What would you do?” with John Qinionis.  In this case, Jesus tells us what we should do, He doesn't beg the question. --- Send in a voice message:
8/3/202013 minutes, 59 seconds
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Should we make vows? Mat 5:33-37 teaching

Today's teaching is about making vows, promises, swearing, taking an oath, however you want to call it.  Jesus' teaching is relevant today about letting your yes be yes, and your no be no.  If your committed, then your word should be good enough.  Does our practice and behavior lend credibility?  Of course it does, so we build our "word" based on what "we do."  Of course, there is such a thing as "over committing" as well. --- Send in a voice message:
7/27/20209 minutes, 25 seconds
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What gives me peace of mind?

I was asked, what gives me peace of mind?  That gave me a lot of reflection to ponder and condense it into this short podcast.  I took a two prong approach to this discussion; spiritually and from a secular view point. Peace be with you. --- Send in a voice message:
7/27/20204 minutes, 13 seconds
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What were my grandparents like

Someone asked me what my grandparents were like?  Good question.  I answer that in this podcast, which brought back some treasured memories and yet some unknowns.  I loved my grandmother very much, and I know she loved me.  My biological grandfather was a hard working man, but almost lost his life, looking for work.  Thank goodness for a couple of Salvation Army men who watched out for him. --- Send in a voice message:
7/25/20205 minutes, 10 seconds
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Can our thoughts be destructive or constructive? A biblical perspective.

We will learn today how to captivate our thoughts, especially the tempting ones.  God always provides us a way out of our troubling thoughts, and teaches us how to stay focused on Him. --- Send in a voice message:
7/25/202012 minutes, 39 seconds
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The dangers of Pride--a biblical perspective

This study on pride aways reminds me about an old biblical proverb that talks about pride before the fall.  We will learn about the dangers of pride and how to stay rejuvenated and not worried about pride.  Sometimes we offend people and don't realize it.   --- Send in a voice message:
7/25/202015 minutes, 2 seconds
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What is taught about habits in the Bible?

We will learn about what are good habits and bad habits, according to the bible.  I find it useful in our everyday life, as a try to relate it to our daily problems or successes.  Habits are good, when used in the right way. --- Send in a voice message:
7/25/202013 minutes, 3 seconds
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What are my favorite songs or music?

Someone asked me what kind of music I liked or what were my favorites.  I'm all over the board on this one and I explain why.  Our mood at the moment makes a big difference.  Music is good for the spirit. --- Send in a voice message:
7/25/20201 minute, 53 seconds
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Professional Athletes accountability and responsibility

This is an old story that rings true today about accountability and responsibility.  What we teach our youth today becomes very relevant tomorrow.  As we look around our world today and the kind of chaos we are living in is the direct result of how we guided our youth yesterday.  We keep today from what wasn't done yesterday. --- Send in a voice message:
7/25/20205 minutes, 7 seconds