The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday April 27, 2017 (NIV)

Judges 7:1-8:17

So then Jerubbaal (Gideon) and all the troops with him rose early, and they camped beside the spring of Harod. The camp of the Midianites was to their north, in the valley below the hill of Moreh.

Eternal One (to Gideon): You have too many warriors for Me to allow you to defeat the Midianites. As it is now, the people of Israel would just deny Me the credit and claim they had won the victory on their own. So go out and tell your army, “Any of you who are afraid and trembling are free to leave Mount Gilead.”

After this announcement, 22,000 left, so Gideon reduced his army to 10,000.

Eternal One: You still have too many warriors. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you. When I say, “This one will fight for you,” he will go with you; but when I say, “This one will not fight for you,” then he will not go.

So Gideon led his army down to the water.

Eternal One: All of those who lap water the way a dog drinks, put them to one side. All of those who go down on their knees to drink, put them on the other side.

Three hundred of the men lapped up water by raising a hand to their mouths, and all the rest went down on their knees to drink.

Eternal One: I will use these 300 who lapped from their hands to deliver Israel and to give the Midianites into your hand. Send all the rest home.

He kept jars and trumpets from the army and sent them back to their tents, but distributed the jars and trumpets to the 300 who stayed with him. The camp of Midian was in the valley below him.

That very night, the Eternal spoke to Gideon.

Eternal One: Get up and attack the camp of the Midianites because I have given you victory over them. 10 But if you should have any fear, take your servant Purah; scout out the camp, 11 and listen to what they are saying, and afterward you will find you are strong enough to attack.

So Gideon and his servant Purah approached the outposts of the army’s encampment. 12 The Midianites and the Amalekites and other people of the east were as thick as locusts in the valley, and their camels were as numberless as the sands of the seashore.

13 When Gideon arrived he overheard a man telling his neighbor about a dream he had.

Man: In my dream, a barley cake rolled into our camp. It came to the tent and hit it so hard the tent fell over. It turned over and collapsed.

Neighbor: 14 That must symbolize the sword of Gideon, son of Joash the Israelite. Their God has given him victory over Midian and all its camp!

15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship. He went back to the camp of Israel and roused them.

Gideon: Get up! The Eternal has given you victory over the army of Midian! We strike now.

16 He divided the 300 men into three companies, and he gave them all trumpets and empty jars with torches placed inside of them.

Gideon: 17 Watch me. Do what I do. When we come to the outskirts of their camp, do what you see me doing. 18 When I and my company blow the trumpet, I want all of you to blow the trumpets all around the camp and to shout: “For the Eternal and for Gideon!”

19 So Gideon and the 100 men who were with him came to the outskirts of the Midianite camp just after the middle watch had been posted. There they blew their trumpets and smashed the jars they had brought. 20 All three companies of men blew their horns and shattered the jars at about the same time. They held the torches in their left hands, held the trumpets in their right, and together they shouted.

Men: A sword for the Eternal and for Gideon!

21 They encircled the entire camp and woke the Midianite force abruptly, so that the Midianites cried out and fled. 22 When the 300 trumpets sounded, the Eternal set the Midianites fighting against each other with their swords. The Midianites ran away in panic toward Beth-shittah, toward Zererah, to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath. 23 The men of Israel were summoned out of Naphtali and Asher and from all Manasseh, and they joined in the chase after the Midianite army.

24 Gideon sent messengers throughout all the hill country of Ephraim.

Messengers: Come down now and fight against the Midianites, and seize the watering places from them as far as Beth-barah and to the Jordan River.

So the Ephraimites gathered, and they captured the watering places as far away as Beth-barah and the Jordan. 25 They also captured the two leaders of the Midianite army, Oreb and Zeeb; they executed Oreb at the place we know today as Oreb’s Rock, and they executed Zeeb at Zeeb’s Winepress as they chased after the army of Midian. They brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was now beyond the Jordan.

Ephraimites (arguing angrily with Gideon): Why did you treat us this way? Why didn’t you tell us you were going to battle against the Midianites so that we could join you?

Gideon: Really now, what have I accomplished in comparison to you? Wouldn’t you say that the gleanings left from Ephraim’s grapes are better quality than the choicest of Abiezer’s? God has given the Midianite captains Oreb and Zeeb into your hands, and you have taken care of them. What have I and my 300 soldiers done compared to that?

And they were calmed by this explanation.

Gideon came to the Jordan, he and his 300 men, all of them tired and hungry, but they crossed to continue the chase. So he spoke to the people of Succoth.

Gideon: Please give some bread to my followers, for they are exhausted, and we are on the trail of the kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna.

Leaders of Succoth: Have you already chopped off the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna that we should go to the trouble of feeding your army?

Gideon: All right, then. When the Eternal has given Zebah and Zalmunna into my hands, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and thistles.

From Succoth, Gideon went up to Penuel and had the same conversation with them, asking for bread and being answered by the men of Penuel just as by the men of Succoth.

Gideon: When I return here victorious, I will tear down your tower!

10 Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with an army of about 15,000 men, all that was left from the armies of the east, for they had lost 120,000 soldiers. 11 Gideon approached them by the caravan trail east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and he attacked them when they least expected it. 12 When Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he followed and captured them, throwing their forces into complete disarray.

13 When Gideon, son of Joash, returned from fighting by way of the Heres Pass, 14 he captured and questioned a boy from Succoth and got from him the names of 77 leaders and elders of the town.

15 Then Gideon came to Succoth.

Gideon: Look, here are Zebah and Zalmunna. Remember when you taunted me about them, saying, “Have you already chopped off the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna that we should worry about feeding your exhausted soldiers?”

16 So he took the leaders of the city, and with the desert thorns and thistles, he flailed the flesh of the men of Succoth. 17 He also shattered the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the town.

The Voice (VOICE)

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Luke 23:13-43

13 Pilate assembled the chief priests and other Jewish authorities.

Pilate: 14 You presented this man to me as a rabble-rouser, but I examined Him in your presence and found Him not guilty of the charges you have leveled against Him. 15 Herod also examined Him and released Him to my custody. So He hasn’t done anything deserving the death penalty. 16 I’ll see to it that He is properly whipped and then let Him go.

[17 It was the custom for Pilate to set one prisoner free during the holiday festivities.][a]

Crowd (all shouting at once): 18 Away with this man! Free Barabbas instead!

Crucifixion is a favorite Roman punishment for insurrectionists, slaves, and prisoners of war. Anyone daring to defy the power and authority of Caesar is executed in this public and humiliating way. Jesus indeed is a revolutionary. He doesn’t come to proclaim a new religion, but a new kingdom—a new way of life. He is indeed a threat to Caesar’s way of doing things, a way that co-opts the religious leaders.

Jesus’ revolution is a peaceful revolution. He doesn’t advocate the use of violence—in fact, when one of His disciples uses the sword to try to protect Jesus from arrest, Jesus heals the “enemy” and rebukes His disciple. So Jesus doesn’t support the regime of Caesar or follow the usual violent path of revolution: He leads a revolutionary revolution—in a path of love, healing, justice, and reconciliation.

Jesus appropriates and transforms the symbol of their power into a symbol of His greater power. He makes the cross not the icon of violent domination, but the reverse. By hanging on the cross and speaking of forgiveness, Jesus shows that there is a greater power at work in the world than the power of domination: it’s the power of God’s saving and reconciling love.

19 Barabbas had been imprisoned after being convicted of an insurrection he had led in Jerusalem. He had also committed murder. 20 Pilate argued with them, wishing he could release Jesus, 21 but they wouldn’t be silenced.

Crowd (shouting): Crucify Him! Crucify Him!

Pilate (countering a third time): 22 Why? What has He done that is so evil? I have found in Him no offense worthy of capital punishment. As I said, I will punish Him and then release Him.

23 But they would not relent. They shouted louder and louder that He should be crucified, and eventually Pilate capitulated. 24 So he pronounced the punishment they demanded.

25 He released the rebel and murderer Barabbas—the insurrectionist they had pleaded for in His place—and he handed Jesus over to them to do with as they desired.

26 On the way to the place of crucifixion, they pulled a man from the crowd—his name was Simon of Cyrene, a person from the countryside who happened to be entering the city at that moment. They put Jesus’ cross on Simon’s shoulders, and he followed behind Jesus. 27 Along with Him was a huge crowd of common people, including many women shrieking and wailing in grief.

Jesus (to the people in the crowd): 28 Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me. Weep instead for yourselves and weep for your children. 29 Days are coming when people will say, “Blessed are the infertile; blessed are the wombs that never bore a child; blessed are the breasts that never nursed an infant.” 30 People will beg the mountains, “Surround us!” They’ll plead with the hills, “Cover us!”[b] 31 For if they treat Me like this when I’m like green unseasoned wood, what will they do to a nation that’s ready to burn like seasoned firewood?

32 Jesus wasn’t the only one being crucified that day. There were two others, criminals, who were also being led to their execution. 33 When they came to the place known as “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, in the company of criminals, one to the right of Jesus and the other to His left.

Jesus: 34 [Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.][c]

Meanwhile they were drawing lots to see who would win Jesus’ clothing. 35 The crowd of people stood, watching.

Authorities (mocking Jesus): So He was supposed to rescue others, was He? He was supposed to be God’s Anointed, the Liberating King? Let’s see Him start by liberating Himself!

36 The soldiers joined in the mockery. First, they pretended to offer Him a soothing drink—but it was sour wine.

Soldiers: 37 Hey, if You’re the King of the Jews, why don’t You free Yourself!

38 Even the inscription they placed over Him was intended to mock Him—“This is the King of the Jews!” [This was written in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.][d]

39 One of the criminals joined in the cruel talk.

Cynical Criminal: You’re supposed to be the Anointed One, right? Well—do it! Rescue Yourself and us!

40 But the other criminal told him to be quiet.

Believing Criminal: Don’t you have any fear of God at all? You’re getting the same death sentence He is! 41 We’re getting what we deserve since we’ve committed crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong at all! 42 (turning to Jesus) Jesus, when You come into Your kingdom, please remember me.

Jesus: 43 I promise you that this very day you will be with Me in paradise.

Footnotes:

  1. 23:17 The earliest manuscripts omit verse 17.
  2. 23:30 Hosea 10:8
  3. 23:34 The earliest manuscripts omit this portion.
  4. 23:38 Some early manuscripts omit this portion.
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Psalm 97-98

Psalm 97

The Eternal reigns powerful over all;
let the earth sing with joy;
let the distant islands celebrate.
Clouds and deep darkness encircle Him;
righteousness and justice are the bedrock of His rule.
Fire precedes Him;
it burns away His opponents on all sides.
With His lightning flashing about, He illuminates the world;
the earth watches and trembles.
Like wax before the flame, mountains melt when the Eternal appears,
the Master of the whole earth.

The heavens display His order and perfect justice;
all peoples witness His magnificence.
Those who worship idols,
who boast in the impotent creations of human hands, will be shamed.
Worship Him, all you gods.
Zion heard and was glad,
and the daughters of Judah celebrated
because they saw Your justice, O Eternal One.
For You are the Eternal, the Most High, over the entire world;
You far exceed all gods.

10 Hate evil, you lovers of the Eternal.
He protects the souls of those who follow Him;
He rescues them from the devices of the wicked.
11 Light is sown in the just;
as it grows, it brings joy to the pure of heart.
12 Celebrate the Eternal God, all you who are faithful;
offer thanks to His holy name.

Psalm 98

A song.

Compose a new song, and sing it to the Eternal
because of the unbelievable things He has done;
He has won the victory
with the skill of His right hand and strength of His holy arm.
The Eternal has made it clear that He saves,
and He has shown the nations that He does what is right.
He has been true to His promises;
fresh in His mind is His unfailing love
for all of Israel.
Even the ends of the earth have witnessed how our God saves.

This hymn invites all the people on earth and creation itself to join in singing a new song of “beautiful noise” celebrating God’s justice and victories.

Raise your voices; make a beautiful noise to the Eternal, all the earth.
Let your joy explode into song and praise;
Make music to the Eternal with the harp;
sing a beautiful melody with the harp and chorus.
With trumpets and horns,
fill the air with joyful sounds to the King, the Eternal.

Let the sea rumble and roar, and all the creatures it holds shout praise;
let the whole world and all those who live in it join the celebration.
Let the rivers applaud
and the mountains join in joyful song
In the presence of the Eternal because He is coming
to judge the earth.
He is coming,
and His judgment will be what is right for the world
and just to all people.

The Voice (VOICE)

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Proverbs 14:7-8

Walk away from the company of fools,
for you cannot find insight in their words.
It takes wisdom for the clever to understand the path they are on,
but the fool is deceived by his own foolishness.

The Voice (VOICE)

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04/27/2017 DAB Transcript

Judges 7:1-8:17 ~ Luke 23:13-43 ~ Psalm 97:1-98:9 ~ Proverbs 14:7-8

Today is the 27th day of April.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian.  It’s so good to be here with you today.  Really, it’s so good that we have a burning global campfire that is always alight and there is always somebody around it and so when we come to it, we’re never really alone.  That is amazing.  It’s just amazing to know whenever it is we turn this on and kind of step away for a minute and give ourselves some space to absorb and let God’s word wash over us, we’re never doing that by ourselves.  Someone else is always also doing it.  That’s mind-boggling.  Anyway, I digress.  

It’s great to be here with you right now as we prepare to take the next step forward and the next step forward is about the judges of Israel, the people who came after Joshua to lead.  We’ve begun learning of this judge named Gideon and we’ll pick up with his story now. Judges chapter 7, verse 1 through 8:17 and we’re reading from The Voice translation this week.  

Prayer

We thank you for your word, Father.  We thank you for the way that it washes over us, the way that it shifts our orientation back to you and even today, as we see this victory in Gideon’s leadership over the Midianites in very counterintuitive ways, a victory against all odds, and then we come to the gospel of Luke and we see you, Jesus, seemingly in the ashes of defeat, hanging from a cross humiliated and dying, but yet this shows us again, against the odds, there is more going on in all of these stories, just like there is more going on in our lives.  So we turn toward that.  There is more going on here and we invite your Holy Spirit to speak and lead, guide and correct us because all of these things compel us into trust.  And we do trust you.  We trust you with everything.  We invite you into everything.  Nothing is off-limits to you.  We declare this often, but we need to.  We need to remind ourselves because we so easily go back into our compartmentalized lives.  Nothing is off-limits to you.  There is more going on here than we know, but you know all.  And you are our Father.  So knowing that there is more to every situation that we’re facing, knowing that you are our Father, we pray together.  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.  

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Hey Daily Audio Bible.  This is Jake in Maryland.  I just wanted to call.  I was encouraged by some of the other calls that I’ve been hearing.  I’ve been listening since the first of the year.  I haven’t always listened to the prayers, but I’ve been listening to them lately and I’ve been encouraged to reach out and just ask for prayer from you guys.  Shortly after the first of the year I was confronted by my wife who warned me that she had an affair and that she is pregnant.  Unsure at the moment whose child the baby is.  I’m praying that it is mine.  I’m fighting a lot of thoughts daily.  Blessed to have a group of strong men around me, godly men.  I know that every little bit of prayer helps, so I just wanted to reach out and let all those other guys out there know we’re not alone in this if you’re fighting for your marriage.  I know it is not going to be easy going forward, but I’m going to fight and I’m going to keep fighting.  Thank you and God bless.    

Hi DAB family.  It’s Shannon from Salem, OR.  Please pray for my husband, Brett, who is in ___ helping lead a mission team.  The team is ministering all week through medical clinics, BMX stunts, dramas, and an outdoor evangelistic festival which is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 28, 29, and 30.  This will also be the launch for an online followup software Brett has been developing.  Father in Heaven, thank you for raising up workers to go into the harvest of ___.  Please help them to stand firm in your armor and proclaim your word fearlessly.  Draw souls to Jesus.  Help the followup software to work flawlessly and use it to help our new brothers and sisters in Christ connect with you, your body, and your word. Encourage Brett’s heart and help me and the kids to pray and stand firm here at home.  We ask for good soil and pray against the devil’s schemes to steal the seed of the gospel, choke it out with the worries of life, and scorch and wither the new life.  But help our new brothers and sisters to grow deep roots into your love.  Help them abide in you and bear much fruit.  Bless, refine, and grow your church in ___. Help our brothers and sisters to be of one heart and mind, contending for the faith and encouraging one another. In Jesus’ name, amen.  Alicia in Kansas, I’m praying for deliverance for your daughter.  May the eyes of her heart be enlightened in order that she may know the hope of her calling, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  In Jesus’ name.  Feel free to connect with me at Shannon@innocencefound.org.  I would love to pray with you.  Again, my email is Shannon@innoncencefound.org.  Love you all. Bye.  

My name Kashell J.  I really, really, I don’t know how to say I need prayer.  I need clarity.  I need strength.  I need hope and faith.  And I thought I had those things, but I’m just in a place where I’m like immobile. I just can’t come to a place where I’m ___.  Financial woes just have plagued me and I thought was at a better place in life.  I don’t know if I’m aligning that to ___. I don’t have a job.  I’ve been offered a job.  I’ve been waiting for clearance from the Department of Justice. I haven’t gotten my clearance yet to go back overseas to work.  And I knew it was ___.  I just knew that was from God because of the timing and the way it happened.  I’ve just kind of shut down waiting on that clearance and, as a result, I’ve depleted my savings and I don’t know, I just need someone to help me to hold on.  Help me to know that God never changes.  He has been there for me forever, so why am I in such ___?.  

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Alicia calling from Arizona.  This is my first time calling and also my first year of following Brian and his beautiful voice and  messages every morning.  Thank you, Brian, for that.  And this morning in Judges chapter 4, this is the 25th of April, the message and the word concerning Deborah’s courage against the forces of darkness resonated very deeply for me as I have tried to remain courageous during this time of my life, being a grandmother now dealing with marital issues.  There have been a couple of callers who’ve called in concerning marriage.  I know that the enemies hate marriage and we are desperately seeking God for answers and wisdom and prayer concerning that.  We do not want to end our marriage.  That is not what the Father wants.  I know that he wants me to remain strong and courageous, but there are so many times when it feels like I just can’t carry it any longer.  So I’m seeking wisdom, Father God.  I am seeking your purpose for my life.  I’m seeking your purpose for our marriage.  We are currently living miles apart due to lack of work for my husband and I am praying that he will be offered more hours so that he can retire soon, which is the plan.  Other employees at his job are able to work more hours and are offered; however, he gets picked over and I’m just praying for ___.

Good afternoon Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Lee from New Jersey.  It is April 25th.  I called in the morning, but I’m calling again now because I’m having my lunch with the Community Prayer this past weekend and I heard Donnie from California call in.  Your desperation just moved me to have to call in and praise you because I know the feeling of being desperate and just screaming out calling out to God and it is just so overwhelming sometimes.  So Father, we pray for Donnie’s grandson who is going through a tough time right now with fevers, hasn’t been diagnosed, Lord.  You are above all physicians, all ___.  Reveal what exactly is wrong with this young man so that way he gets the proper treatment, Lord, and that way his family, his surrounding family, Lord, what do you want them to learn from this?  What do you want them to gain through this situation, Lord?  Your will be done, Lord.  May your mighty hand come over this young man that he be healed, Father.  You work miracles.  May he be healed by you ___ revealing to the physicians that are caring for him what exactly is wrong and what kind of treatment that he will receive, Lord.  That is your miracle, Lord, for this young man and for this family.  Lord, I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.  

Hi.  I’m calling today for Annette A.  Hi Annette. I’ve been listening to you for so many years now and I remember the first time I heard your voice.  It just made me smile from ear to ear.  You just have such a joyful voice and just such a great warm personality.  I remember the year that you went to the women’s conference in Georgia.  I went that same year.  You said you’d be the one with chocolates.  Unfortunately, I never met you, but maybe one day I will.  Anyway, I’m calling because my heart is very sad.  A few days ago I heard your prayer request for your son Alex and I just want to pray for the healing of his foot and I want to pray for him getting out of jail.  I’ve never heard you sound so sad and it just breaks my heart to hear that.  So Annette, I just want to thank you for all these years that every time you’ve called you’ve made me smile and I’ve been praying for you and your family for many, many years now and now I will focus on praying for your son Alex.  Annette, thank you for your joy in Christ and all your prayers and may you be blessed, your family be blessed, and your son be blessed at this very difficult time in his life.  Thank you, Annette.  This is Kim from California.  God bless you all.  Thank you, Brian.  Thank you, Jill.  Thanks to the entire Hardin family and everyone behind the scenes of the DAB.  Thank you for this wonderful forum.  I pray for each and every one of you.  God bless you all.  Kim from California.  Have a blessed day.  Bye-bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday April 26, 2017 (NIV)

Judges 6

When the people of Israel again did what the Eternal One considered evil, He made them serve the Midianites for seven years. The power of Midian prevailed over Israel so that the Israelites built for themselves hiding places in the mountains, in caves, and in safe strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted seed, the soldiers of Midian, Amalek, and others from the east would rise up against them and destroy their farms and fields as far as Gaza in the west, leaving them nothing to eat and no livestock. They would come up with their tents and their livestock, as thick as a cloud of locusts. They and their camels were so numerous they could not be counted, and they left the land desolate behind them.

So the people of Israel were impoverished because of the Midianites, and they cried out to the Eternal One for help. When the people of Israel cried to the Eternal for relief from the Midianites, He sent a prophet to them.

Prophet: Here are the words of the Eternal God of Israel: “I brought you out from slavery in Egypt. I delivered you from the Egyptians, from all who would have oppressed you. I drove the Canaanites out before you and delivered their land into your care. 10 But I said to you, ‘I am the Eternal One, your True God, and you must not worship the gods of the Amorites, those people in whose land you settle.’ And you have not listened to Me.”

This unnamed messenger brings a familiar message, one we find coming from both well-known and unknown prophets in the Scriptures: “I am the Eternal God, and I have done many things for you. You swore to be My people, but you have turned away from Me and turned toward other gods.”

God has brought the patriarch Abraham out of the east and initiated a relationship with him. Later the people of God make a covenant with Him, a sacred contract that both sides are expected to honor. When they are faithful to God and God’s laws, the people of Israel prosper. Whenever the Israelites fall away from true belief and true practice, God withdraws His blessing from them. This messenger is simply reminding them of what they already know—as prophets sometimes must.

11 Now in Ophrah, the Eternal’s messenger sat under an oak tree that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite. Gideon, the son of Joash, was beating out wheat in the winepress so that the Midianites could not see what he was doing. 12 The Eternal’s messenger appeared to Gideon.

Times are so bad that even when processing the wheat, one has to be quiet about it so that the Midianites do not notice and seize the food.

Messenger of the Eternal One: The Eternal One is with you, mighty warrior.

Gideon: 13 Sir, if He is with us, then why has all this misfortune come on us? Where are all the miracles that our ancestors told us about? They said, “Didn’t the Eternal deliver us out of Egypt?” But now He has left us. He has made us servants of the Midianites.

14 The Eternal turned to Gideon and addressed him.

Eternal One (speaking through His messenger): Go out with your strength and rescue Israel from the oppression of Midian. Do you understand that I am the one sending you?

Gideon: 15 But, Lord, how am I supposed to deliver Israel? My family is the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least of my family.

Eternal One: 16 Go. I will be with you, and you will totally destroy the forces of Midian as one man.

Gideon: 17 If You do look on me with favor, then give me a sign that I’m really hearing from You. 18 Wait here until I return and bring out my offering and place it in front of You.

Eternal One: I will stay here until you return.

19 So Gideon went into his house, cooked a young goat, and made cakes of unleavened bread from half a bushel of flour. He then put the meat into a basket, poured the broth into a pot, and brought the food out to present it to Him under the oak.

Eternal One: 20 Put the meat and the unleavened bread on this rock, and pour out the broth.

Gideon did as he was told. 21 Then the Eternal’s messenger touched the meat and bread with the tip of the staff he carried. Fire raged out of the rock and consumed the food, and the Eternal’s messenger vanished from sight.

22 Then Gideon realized that he had been speaking to the Eternal’s messenger.

Gideon: Have mercy on me, my Lord, the Eternal, since I have seen Your messenger face-to-face!

Eternal One (speaking after the messenger had departed): 23 Don’t be afraid, Gideon. Be at peace. You will not die.

Gideon expects sure death after conversing and looking on a divine manifestation of the Lord.

24 Afterward Gideon built an altar to the Eternal there and called it “The Eternal One is Peace.” It still stands at Ophrah in the land of the Abiezrites.

25 That night, the Eternal spoke to Gideon.

Eternal One: Take your father’s bull, the second bull, seven years old, and pull down your father’s altar that has been consecrated to Baal. Then cut down the image of Asherah made of wood that is beside the altar. 26 Then build correctly an altar to the Eternal One, your True God, on the top of this stronghold. Build a fire using the wood from the image; then take your father’s bull and offer a burnt offering to Me.

27 So Gideon took 10 of his servants and did as the Eternal had told him; but since he was worried about what his family and the people of the town might think, he did it at night while they all slept. 28 Early the next morning, when the townspeople left their homes and saw the altar of Baal destroyed, the wooden image cut down, and the second bull offered on the new altar, 29 they asked each other, “Who did this?”

After the investigation, it became clear that it was Gideon, the son of Joash, 30 so they went to Joash’s home and called for him.

People: Send out your son Gideon. He has torn down the holy altar of Baal and the Asherah image beside it, and he must die!

31 Joash stood up as the angry crowd lined up against him.

Joash (to the crowd): Will you fight in place of Baal himself? Can you save him? Anyone daring to say such a thing will be put to death by morning! If Baal is indeed a god, then let him stand up for himself, because his is the altar that has been torn down.

32 From that time on, Gideon was also called “Jerubbaal” (“Let Baal fight against him”), because he pulled down Baal’s altar.

33 At that time, the Midianites, Amalekites, and other people of the east had come together, crossed the Jordan, and camped in the valley of Jezreel.

34 Then the Spirit of the Eternal touched Gideon; he sounded his trumpet, and the Abiezrites all gathered behind him. 35 Gideon sent messengers to the members of the tribe of Manasseh and called them also to follow him. He also sent messengers to the tribes of Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they, too, gathered at his call.

36 Then Gideon spoke to the True God.

Gideon: So that I can know if it’s true that You plan to use me to rescue Israel, 37 I am going to lay out a wool fleece on the threshing floor. Tomorrow morning, if it is wet with dew while the floor around it is dry, then I will know You are going to use me to deliver Israel, as You have told me.

38 So the next morning, that was what he found. In fact, Gideon wrung enough water out of the fleece to fill a bowl, while the floor around it remained dry. But Gideon still was not satisfied.

Gideon (to the True God): 39 Please don’t be angry with me, and I will ask this one thing more. Please let me use the fleece again to prove that You are with me. But this time, let me lay out the fleece, and let it remain dry while all the floor around it is wet with dew.

40 God did as he asked that night. The next morning, the fleece was completely dry, while all the floor around it was wet with dew. Gideon knew that God was calling him to deliver Israel.

The Voice (VOICE)

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Luke 22:54-23:12

54 They grabbed Him at this point and took Him away to the high priest’s home. Peter followed—at a distance. 55 He watched from the shadows as those who had seized Jesus made a fire in the center of the courtyard and sat down around it. Then Peter slipped in quietly and sat with them. 56 But a young servant girl saw his face in the firelight. She stared for a while and then spoke.

Servant Girl: This fellow here was with Jesus. I recognize him.

Peter (denying it): 57 Woman, I don’t even know the man.

58 A little later, a man also recognized him.

Man: I recognize you. You’re one of Jesus’ followers.

Peter: Man, you’re wrong. I’m not.

59 An hour or so passed, and then another person pointed to Peter.

Another Person: This fellow is obviously Galilean. He must be a member of Jesus’ group.

Peter: 60 Look, I have no idea what you’re talking about.

And he hadn’t even finished the sentence when a nearby rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned toward Peter, and their eyes met. Peter remembered Jesus’ words about his triple denial before the rooster would crow, 62 so he left the courtyard and wept bitter tears.

63 At this point, the men who were holding Jesus began to mock Him and beat Him. 64 They put a blindfold on Him.

Men Holding Jesus: Hey, Prophet! Use Your prophetic powers to tell us who just whacked You!

65 They kept on with this sort of insulting, degrading treatment for quite some time. 66 When dawn had given way to full day, the Sanhedrin council assembled, consisting of religious leaders of the Sadducean party, along with the chief priests and religious scholars. They took Him to their headquarters for interrogation.

Sanhedrin: 67 If you are the Anointed One whom God promised us, tell us plainly.

Jesus: If I give you an answer, you won’t believe it. 68 And if I ask you a question, you won’t answer it. 69 But this I will say to you: from now on, the Son of Man will take His seat at the right hand of the power of God.

Sanhedrin: 70 So You are the Son of God, then?

Jesus: It’s as you say.

Sanhedrin: 71 What more evidence do we need? We’ve heard it with our own ears from His own lips.

23 So the whole council got up and took Jesus to Pilate. They brought accusations against Him.

Sanhedrin: We have observed this man leading our nation astray. He even forbade us to pay our taxes to Caesar. He claims to be the Anointed One and a King Himself.

Pilate: Are You the King of the Jews?

Jesus: It’s as you say.

Pilate (to the chief priest and crowd): I find this man guilty of no crime.

Sanhedrin (growing more intense): He has been stirring up discontent among the people all over Judea. He started up in Galilee, and now He’s brought His brand of trouble all the way to Jerusalem!

Pilate: Just a minute. Is this man a Galilean?

When Pilate learned that Jesus was indeed Galilean—which meant He was officially under Herod’s jurisdiction—Pilate sent Him over to Herod, who was currently in Jerusalem. Herod was fascinated to meet Jesus for he had heard about Him for a long time. He was hoping he might be treated to a miracle or two. He interrogated Jesus for quite a while, but Jesus remained silent, refusing to answer his questions. 10 Meanwhile the chief priests and religious scholars had plenty to say—angrily hurling accusations at Jesus.

11 Eventually Herod and his soldiers began to insult Jesus, mocking and degrading Him. They put expensive clothing on Him and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 This ended a long-standing rift between Herod and Pilate; they became friends from that day forward.

The Voice (VOICE)

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Psalm 95-96

Psalm 95

Come, let us worship in song, a joyful offering to the Eternal.
Shout! Shout with joy to the rock of our liberation.
Come face-to-face with God, and give thanks;
with loud and joyful voices, praise Him in songs.
For the Eternal is a great God,
and a great King, supreme over all gods.
Within His control are the very depths of the earth;
the mountaintops too—they all belong to Him.
The sea belongs to Him, for He created it—scooped and filled it—
with His hands He made the dry land—every valley and mountain.

Come, let us worship Him. Everyone bow down;
kneel before the Eternal who made us.
For He is our God
and we are His people, the flock of His pasture,
His sheep protected and nurtured by His hand.

Today, if He speaks, hear His voice.
“Don’t harden your hearts the way they did in the bitter uprising at Meribah
or like that day they complained in the wilderness of Massah.
Your ancestors tested Me,
wanted Me to prove Myself though they had seen that nothing was too great for Me.
10 For 40 years I despised that grumbling generation
and said, ‘Their hearts are unfaithful;
they no longer walk in My ways; though I call, they do not listen to My voice.’
11 That is why in My anger I swore,
‘They will never enter into My rest.’”

Psalm 96

Sing a new song to the Eternal;
sing in one voice to the Eternal, all the earth.
Sing to the Eternal of all the good things He’s done.
Bless His name;
broadcast the good news of His salvation each and every day.
Enlighten the nations to His splendor;
describe His wondrous acts to all people.
For the Eternal is great indeed and praiseworthy;
feared and reverenced above all gods, the True God shall be.
For all human-made, lifeless gods are worthless idols,
but the Eternal plotted the vast heavens, shaped every last detail.
Honor and majesty precede Him;
strength and beauty infuse His holy sanctuary.

One of the great themes of Scripture and Psalms is the kingship of God. While lesser kings come and go, God is the One who ultimately rules and reigns over His people, and by extension over the rest of creation. Psalm 96 and others in the collection are often referred to as “enthronement” psalms because they declare boldly and unequivocally that the Eternal is King. There is evidence to suggest that an annual festival at the beginning of the year provided an opportunity to reaffirm the people’s loyalty to the one True God. Psalm 96 calls for new songs to be composed and sung to God and about God as a witness. The enthronement psalms call the world and all its inhabitants to come and recognize His beauty and majesty.

Give all credit to the Eternal, families of the world!
Credit Him with glory, honor, and strength!
Credit Him with the glory worthy of His magnificent name;
gather your sacrifice, and present it at His temple.
Bow down to the Eternal, adorned in holiness;
lay awestruck before Him, trembling, all people of the earth.

10 Shout out to the nations, “The Eternal reigns!
Yes, indeed, the world is anchored and will not shake loose.
He governs all people with a fair hand.”
11 And so, let the heavens resound in gladness!
Let joy be the earth’s rhythm as the sea and all its creatures roar.
12 Let the fields grow in triumph, a grand jubilee for all that live there.
Let all the trees of the forest dig in and reach high with songs of joy before the Eternal,
13 For the Eternal is on His way:
yes, He is coming to judge the earth.
He will set the world right by His standards,
and by His faithfulness, He will examine the people.

The Voice (VOICE)

The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

Proverbs 14:5-6

An honest witness can always be trusted,
but a false witness breathes out nothing but lies.
Wisdom eludes mockers, though they seek it,
but insight comes quickly to those with understanding.

The Voice (VOICE)

The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

04/26/2017 DAB Transcript

Judges 6:1-40 ~ Luke 22:55-23:10 ~ Psalm 95:1-96:13 ~ Proverbs 14:5-6

Today is April 26th.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian. It’s good to be here with you today in the center of the week and I trust that we are having a strong week as we move through, but no matter what is going on, we’re moving forward. Forward, into and through this week and forward, into and through the scriptures, which brings us to where we are. We’re in the book of Judges in the Old Testament and we’re learning of the different people that God rose up after Joshua to lead his people and to restore them.  So we find ourselves in Judges chapter 6 and we’ll read verses 1 through 40 today and we’re reading from The Voice translation this week.  

Prayer

We thank you, Father, for another day, another step, another span of time that we’ve been able to spend just letting your word wash over us.  As we move into the story of Gideon, the judge, we pray that it will continue to illuminate our own lives and things in our own lives and postures in our own hearts.  Yes, we have been unsure that you’re telling us to do this thing that we can’t do and so yes, like Gideon, we say show me some way that I’ll know it is you talking.  We can find ourselves in every little nuance of this and so many of the stories, so we invite your Holy Spirit.  Come, come, illuminate our path, awaken our hearts.  As we read, Jesus, in the gospel of Luke of your sacrifice and it is still so new because we’ve just observed this time all around the world of your death and burial and resurrection, so it is fresh, as we move through it again, may it stay fresh in our minds what you were willing to do to set things right and what that means to our lives and what we’re supposed to do with that.  Not just live a comfortable life but actually live into all that you taught and did and said and showed us what we were supposed to look like and we can.  It’s available.  So we invite you into that.  Come Holy Spirit, plant the words spoken today deep into our hearts, into the soil of our lives and, indeed, may it yield the fruit of the Spirit within us. We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus, amen.  

Announcements

Www.DailyAudioBible.com is the website.  It’s home base.  It’s where you find out what is going on around here.  We’ve been talking about the fact that we’ll be going back to this land of promise, this land of the Bible and taking another pilgrimage. This will take place in February, February of 2018 into early March of 2018.  Letting you know, inviting you along, looking forward to it very much. It is quite a beautiful time of year and oh, it is hard to describe.  I’ve described it the best I can.  It’s eye-opening, for sure, to be able to stand in places that you’ve heard about your whole life, to be able to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and not just do that in a metaphorical way, but actually be standing somewhere that you know the Savior was and be able to look around, put yourself in the crowd, following along with Jesus and be able to look around and see the hills, they haven’t changed. See the Sea of Galilee, all that. It is so much more.  So we’ll be going back.  You can find out all about it at www.DailyAudioBible.com.  Just kind of scroll down, look for the little banner that says Israel 2018 and click it and you’ll get all the details.  We will look forward to seeing you there.  

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at www.DailyAudioBible.com.  There is a link.  It is on the home page.  Thank you profoundly for your partnership in this community and keeping it here every day. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible App, you can press the More button in the lower right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is P.O. Box 1996, Spring Hill, TN 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, (877) 942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that’s it for today.  I’m Brian. I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Good morning Dabbers.  It is a rainy day in Charlotte, NC today.  This is Walta, the burning bush that would not be devoured to the glory of our God and King.  I just can’t let that go.  Oh my God, praise the Lord.  I heard a call from our sister __.  Praise God! __ this Easter and let me just say we are rejoicing with you my sister and rejoicing that the angels and Heavenly Host are rejoicing, all the saints are rejoicing.  Praise God for you!  We celebrate your birthday and I’ll pray with you for your mother and that she will experience God’s strength, in the name of Jesus.  Also I heard a call from a sister from Nigeria just reminding us that we are healed.  By his stripes we are healed and thank you for that reminder.  It is so easy to forget that.  God’s word is true and he will not let us down, so I’m praising God for that and will continue praying for marriages and for us lonely singles __ people, that God will be our husband as we wait.  Alright, I love you guys.  Talk to you later.  Have a blessed week.  

Hello Daily Audio Bible.  My name is Matt from Pennsylvania.  This is the first time I’ve called.  I’ve been a listener for about five years and just really love the program, but today I call with a heavy heart.  My brother and his wife are currently pregnant.  They have struggled with a couple miscarriages, but they have a pregnancy that was going well.  They went in for an ultrasound and the doctors have told them that the baby has Chiari malformation and from our understanding that means that the brain and the cerebellum are intruding into the space of the upper spine and that it is a type 2 CM which apparently means that also the lower spine in the baby is also exposed, similar to spina bifida patients have.  So they are saying that the baby has 90% plus chance of being completely paralyzed upon birth and potentially not survive birth.  We just pray God’s healing hand over this and I ask you to join me.  We just have such a heavy heart this weekend.  They do have an appointment today with the doctors in Pittsburg, so we pray that God’s healing hand would touch this baby and that this appointment today would be a testimony that they’ve got a baby that has been healed, that they can’t explain the ultrasound today.  That is my prayer.  I just ask that the Daily Audio Bible family prays with me for that.  I’ll call back with updates, but I would really appreciate your prayers.  Give the family strength, my brother, his wife, as well as our family.  We just really, really appreciate and need God’s presence right now.  We thank you all for this.  Have a great day.  Bye.  

Hey everybody, this is John from Bethlehem, PA.  I hope you’re doing well.  I love you, Daily Audio Bible family.  Thank you, Brian and Jill, again for this wonderful format for this family and this community.  I called in and started to give a praise report about my marriage and thank you again for that.  I wanted to also let you folks know something that has been on my heart for a while and it is something that I guess I just couldn’t find a way in my own power to be able to do this, but I found a way through God’s power.  I’m not sure who it was that really kind of gave a call to action when they called in and they said if you really love the Daily Audio Bible program, then support it and give.  I hadn’t been in a position, at least in my own power where I thought I could do that.  And I’m not calling to be braggadocios here or anything like that, but I found a way. My ask is that if you have it on your heart to give, but you don’t think you can, do it anyway.  I don’t have much that I can pull from to be able to donate, but I found some and it is amazing what has happened as a result of doing that. It was so easy to set up just a monthly donation to the Daily Audio Bible and it is such a pleasure to do that. I can see the work that God is already doing in my life as a result of just opening my heart to the idea that I can do that and it is okay.  I don’t know if it was Asia in Munich that had called in to say give if it is on your heart to give or if it was a call that came in from someone else, but I would just suggest to do the same.  I am so glad to be able to have the opportunity.  

The spiritual nugget for today, the title Your Purpose Has a Warranty. Listen carefully.  God’s calling and gifts are under full warranty, bumper to bumper, never to be canceled or reduced and since he is God, you need not have any contract for proof.  Time cannot touch God.  He created time.  We were created in his image so we are all one of a kind with a spirit unblemished. So whatever is his purpose for you, his counsel does not change.  You may get re-routed on your trip, but your destination will be the same.  I heard you, Blind Tony.  I’m back.  And Brian, thank you for this wonderful spiritual global site.  Bye-bye.  

Hi everybody.  This is Sandy in New Hampshire.  I am calling on the 24th of April and I’ve been listening to the Community Prayer. And it just keeps coming up in my spirit to pray so I’m going to pray.  I want to talk to us about marriages and I want to talk to our friend and our brother Mark.  God bless you.  Look at what you’ve done.  You’ve helped so many people, Mark.  God has used your story to encourage people, so hallelujah.  Alright, here’s my encouragement that the Lord has put on my heart.  Be likeminded, steadfast, immovable.  Those of us who are strong need to bear the needs of the weak.  We are many members and yet we are part of the same body of Christ.  I was reading the book of James and it says endure until your testing is over.  Fight the good fight.  In all things we are overcomers.  Having done all, stand, Ephesians 6:10-18.  So today I am praying for people with faith in Christ, marriages, families, employment, other things that are going on.   So Father, in the name of Jesus, we lift these prayer needs up to you and God, you are able.  You are well able, your word says, to hear us and to answer these prayers.  So we are standing and we are enduring, Lord, until you tell us to stop.  We are going to stand on that wall.  We are going to believe that you can do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or hope or think because it is for your glory, Lord.  It is for your glory that lives are changed.  And we give you thanks.  We give you praise.  Father, we honor you and we thank you, in Jesus’ name.  God bless you.  Sandy in New Hampshire.  

Hello family and brothers and sisters.  I’m calling in.  I just listened to the 22nd and I heard Annette A.  Annette, we love you sister and we’re praying for Alex.  Let me just tell you that a few years ago I called in for my son, young Drew, and I thought things were hopeless, but he ended up coming and living with me in the Bay Area and things seem to be working out in the way the Lord wants them to go.  So he left a life in Fresno which was heading in the wrong direction.  He was doing things that would have landed him in jail or worse, so I just want to thank the family for praying for me and for my son and all the difficulty that we’ve gone through and we continue to go through, but we know God is on our side and we need to rally around each other and trust in one another’s prayers, that God hears our prayers.  Even when we feel alone and when we feel abandoned sometimes, that God is there and that our brothers and sisters are praying for us.  So we’re praying for you, Annette.  And we’re praying for all of you.  We’re praying for those of you who listen and don’t call in. Because you don’t call in, maybe you don’t get as many prayers you deserve, so I encourage you, call in.  Love you guys.  Thank you. Bye.  

04/25/2017 DAB Transcript

Judges 4:1-5:31 ~ Luke 22:35-54 ~ Psalm 94:1-23 ~ Proverbs 14:3-4

Today is April 25th.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you for the next step forward in this beautiful week we have and the next step forward in the scriptures and we have been learning about Israel’s judges, those who came after Joshua and kind of rose up to lead Israel; hence, the name of the book that we’re reading in the Old Testament, the book of Judges, and we’re reading from The Voice translation this week.  Judges chapter 4, verse 1 through 5:31.  

Commentary

Like we said at the beginning, we’re getting to know the judges of Israel which is a period of time of leadership in Israel where most everybody, the tribes, have kind of settled in some land and there is no real central leader other than in Shiloh at the Tabernacle.  The tribes are kind of independent, but over time they just kind of mix in with all the other people and things happen.  Different tribes are oppressed.  Different tribes are conquered or under other leaders and then a judge seems to emerge and God uses that judge to reunite his people and kind of reset things.  

We came to the story of the judge Deborah today which I love because this is a valiant woman now leading Israel and in the Deborah story is another valiant woman named Jael and she has some courage, courage enough to defeat a general of an ally in her case, which is not going to make the king very happy, which is aligning herself with God’s people.  Pretty big stuff.   So if you’re one of the women who was at the More Gathering or if you’re just a woman within the sound of my voice, don’t think that you’re not a valiant person, which is not to say you should drive a tent peg through somebody’s head.  I’m saying you have courage.  You have what it takes.  You are seen.  

Sometimes loving in the face of every bit of drama that comes into our lives, sometimes that is a very valiant thing to do.  Sometimes just telling the truth is a very valiant thing to do. Sometimes being patient in another’s story and walking with them and staying with them when they keep tripping up and keep messing up is a valiant thing to do.  We all have it in us.  We all have that stuff rise up in us, that courage, but a lot of times we’re just aiming it at the wrong place.  Sometimes we’re aiming it in the wrong direction at the wrong person at the wrong time when we have incredible amounts of authority, power, valiant hearts and courage.  If we would understand that we are fighting the forces of evil and darkness first, if we would understand that first before we go in all these weird directions, finding the darkness and coming against that with a valiant heart, with a tent peg as it were, we would do so much more good and bring so much more goodness, if we aimed all of that courage at darkness instead at whoever is closest nearby.

May we take the story of Deborah and her song that she sang and her words that she has become the mother of Israel to heart as we move through the remainder of this week.  May we take that courage and use it against the forces of darkness in this world and in our communities and in our homes and in our families and in our relationships.

Prayer

Father, we invite you into that because sometimes it just feels like we’re the ones getting beaten down, beaten down, beaten down, just like the children of Israel, but you always brought rescue and that rescue brought a unity. So come Holy Spirit and let us each understand that what we’re really fighting against is darkness in any form, in any place, not a person.  Come Holy Spirit and help us.  We ask in the mighty name of Jesus, amen.    

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And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, (877) 942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that’s it for today.  I’m Brian. I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Yeah, hi.  I’m a 7-year listener, first-time caller.  For this call you can call me the sex addict from Central Washington. All of the consequences of my sin are falling on my wife – hurt, betrayal.  She is all alone.  And now, after a fight, I followed the advice of legal counsel and reported domestic violence, not knowing if these charges go through, that my wife could lose her job. So please, Biola, Blind Tony, Delta Alpha Foxtrot, Asia, James, Drew, Sam, Pastor Gene, Slave of Jesus, and all the rest of you listeners, please pray.  Pray that these domestic violence charges will be reduced or stopped and that God would heal our marriage.  And I will call back with a praise.  Thank you.  

Hello my DAB family.  This is Mark S. from Sydney, Australia.  Today is the 22nd of April.  I’m calling today just to say how much I just love all of you, my community.  The response that I’ve had, the loving response from God through all of you, especially Pastor John who posted on Facebook Friends and all the people there, just too many to mention, you certainly are the hand and extension of God’s love to me.  Steve from New Hampshire I heard today.  And Lisa the Encourager, you certainly encouraged me.  Lee from New Jersey, I wish I had so much more time. There is so much that I would love to say, but two minutes is not enough.  Family, I just want to let you know that I have dusted myself off.  I’m back on the narrow path and, through the mercy of God, I will keep moving forward.  There are so many miraculous things that have happened in my life true to God, and Brian and Jill, I just cannot express my gratitude that you have listened to the Lord and created this amazing body of Christ, this community that extends love to anybody who wants love from God.  How I wish…  There is nothing I can say to show my appreciation.  Thank you, my family.  I love to hear from all of you.  I love listening to everybody.  I love praying along.  I wish I had more time to do more like a lot of you do, but I’ll do what I can at the moment and keep loving all of you as well.  Thank you.  Bye-bye.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Nidia from New Jersey.  It is April 22nd and I’m calling for you, Annette.  I love you so much, Annette.  I love your voice.  I love your joy and I love your love and steadfast faith in our Father God. I just want to lift up right now, if we all could pray for Alex.  Father God, we just lift up, Father, Alex.  You created him and you love him so much, Father God.  We just thank you that his only injury was a broken ankle physically, Father God, but we know that his soul, Father God, is sick because he is not having a relationship with you, Father God.  You just love him and you created him for such big plans that you have for him, so Father, now that he’s in prison, Father, please, please Holy Spirit, open his heart, open his eyes.  Give him faith.  Give him the faith so that he can feel the love, Father God, that you have for him, the joy and the sadness that you have because you don’t have that relationship with him.  Annette, can you send him the Reframe audio, DVD, the CD?  I just listened to it three times and I’m just so filled with God’s love. Maybe Alex is in prison so that he is stayed put in one place to receive our Father.  So Father God, I just lift up Alex and Annette and we just stand in your promise because we know that you are going to heal Alex’s heart and soul. In Jesus’ mighty, mighty and precious name we pray and we just thank you for Brian, for Reframe, for the message that he sends to the world and the seed that he is sowing.  In Jesus’ mighty and precious name we pray.  Amen.  

Dear Lord Jesus, this week we commit our marriages into your able hands. Thank you for our marriages. Thank you because when the enemy comes as a flood, you will raise up a sword against him.  Thank you because you are now starting to work in our marriages, O Lord. Thank you because the hearts of husbands are turning back to their wives and the wives’ hearts are turning back to their husbands too.  Thank you because you’re pulling down the stronghold of the enemy of our marriages. Thank you because you’re setting captives free.  Thank you because wives are now going to submit to their husbands as husbands submit to you, O Lord.  Thank you because husbands will love their wives and be very considerate and treat them with tenderness.  Thank you because you will rebuke Satan to get his dirty hands off our marriages. Thank you because your blood is setting captives free right now.  Lord, please ignite the fire of love, deep love between husbands and wives.  Lord, let your Holy Spirit move in our marriages. __ has been the cause of strife in our marriages, Lord, please hold __, Lord.  Please let husbands desire their wives only and wives not __ their husbands. Same thing, let husbands be very, very gracious to their wives.  Lord, help us to use our finances wisely.  Help us to always encourage each other and not pull each other down.  We speak life over our marriages.  We ask, Lord, that you remove unnatural behavior that may be destroying our marriages.  We ask, Lord, for a mighty hedge of protection over marriages. Please bring back those spouses that may have left marriages, O God, if it be your will for them to come back. Lord, we ask for total renewal in DAB marriages and yes, we thank you in advance because we know you hear our cries. Thank you, Lord.  In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.  This is Sheila from Texas.  

Hey, good morning.  This is Stephen from Cullman, AL.  It’s Sunday, April 23rd and I just wanted to call.  I’ve been listening for I guess about six years.  Haven’t called too many times, but I was reminded today about why this has been such a life-changing habit.  I used to try to figure out what I was going to read.  I was challenged to spend time in the morning with God and I would go back and forth and didn’t have a good plan. Following this rhythm of the scriptures every day, going through the One Year Bible has just been amazing.  There are so many times where God has given me the answer right when I needed it and today I was reminded in Psalm 91 a couple years ago my youngest daughter, she was having nightmares and she was very afraid and she was convinced somebody was going to come in our house at night and shoot her.  Her room is closest to our front door and despite everything I could do to try to convince her that I would protect her and tell her I have guns and I’ll do whatever I could to protect her, it wasn’t really enough.  Until one morning about this same time a couple years ago this chapter came up and I immediately went, printed it out, I read it to her, prayed about it.  We started praying about it at night.  Taped it on her mirror in her bathroom and ever since we’ve had it taped on our garage door and it is a constant prayer I pray for my family and children.  So God used that to help me be a better father when I didn’t have the answers.  So fathers out there, I hope this encourages you.  I listen to the prayers.  

Hello everyone.  Good morning. It’s Jay calling from New Jersey. I’m calling for Steve whose been listening to the Daily Audio Bible with his wife for the past 8 years and he said he is in Franklin County.  Steve, I’m going to pray for you and I’m going to pray for your daughter-in-law and your son and new baby.  Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we come to you now adoring who you are, standing and praying in awe, uniting our hearts around the love that you have given us.  God, your word tells us that we love you because you first loved us.  Father, we confess of any sins that we have committed now that we can think of, that come to our minds, into our hearts.  We ask for forgiveness, Father.  Receiving that forgiveness, we thank you.  We thank you.  We thank you for life, for health, and for strength.  We thank you for the ability to come to you as your children with these prayers.  Father, we lift up Steve and his family.  We lift up Anna.  We lift up Baby Josanna, Father.  God, this baby that is so beautiful and so precious that was born on April 1st, we thank you for her.  Father, we thank you for the union that you put between her parents.  And God, we bring forth Anna as she is going through the healing process, Father, and we prat that you will invigorate her cells to begin to heal like never before, that it could only be described as something that God has his hand on.  So we thank you, Father, for what you’re doing, what you’ve already done, and what you’re going to do.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.  

04/24/2017 DAB Transcript

Judges 2:10-3:31 ~ Luke 22:14-34 ~ Psalm 92:1-93:5 ~ Proverbs 14:1-2

Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  Today is the 24th day of April and I’m Brian.  It’s great to be here with you today kind of moving into the rhythm of this brand new week.  Like we said yesterday, it’s a new start.  We prayed over it.  We’re going to live into it.  Everything about this week we’ve dedicated to the Lord, and when you do that, it is like great anticipation about what this week could look like if we completely live into it, into the kingdom, into all of our words and activities.  So let’s do it.  

One of the ways we stay in that message and in that rhythm is through the gentle rhythm that pulls us forward in the scriptures each day.  We began the book of Judges yesterday in our Old Testament reading and we’ll continue today, reading from The Voice translation, Judges chapter 2, verse 10 through 3:31 today.  

Commentary

We’re getting our way into the book of Judges.  We’ve already met a couple of the judges.  Some of the stories are short.  Some of the stories are more detailed and in depth of the judges in their time, but we’re just watching the generations.  God brings up a judge, people follow that judge, victory is accomplished, restoration happens.  The next generation comes along and essentially rejects what had gone before and things begin to fall apart until a new judge rises up.

Then, of course, in the book of Luke this is the scene of the last supper. Having just celebrated Easter just a week ago, we have this opportunity to remind ourselves of that story and stay in that story, the story of our redemption.

And then we get to the book of Proverbs and we’re given some pretty pointed clarity.  If we’re wise, we’ll build our house up.  And this is not just the four walls that surround us and mowing our yard and stuff. It is that, but it is also everything that happens around that, the entire unit.  If we’re wise, we’ll build it up.  If we’re foolish, we’ll tear it into splinters with our own hands.  We can be our own worst enemy in our relationships and we can tear them down splinter by splinter with our own hands. But if we’re wise, that is not what we do.  If we are wise, we will build it up.  

Proverbs goes on to say whoever travels through life with integrity, a person who lives in honesty and truth and moral uprightness, that is the person who respects God.  What is poignant about that is but whoever turns away from integrity hates God. That is direct.  This compromise, this sort of situational compromise when we have no sure footing and we’re going to respond based on whatever is best for us, that is not integrity and that is not only disrespect but hate for God, according to the scriptures.  Both of those proverbs give us plenty to meditate upon today.  I mean, they are short, they are to the point, as the proverbs are, but they are speaking volumes.  

Prayer

Holy Spirit, we invite you to keep that with us today, to help us to understand that we can tear down our homes splinter by splinter with our own hands and that when we live in integrity, we are respecting your will, your ways, how you are, how we were created to be.  And when we don’t, it’s not only disrespectful, it is hatred.  So help us, Holy Spirit, to take these sobering words and apply them to our lives.  Show us the areas where we need to stop splintering our relationships and tearing our homes down.  Show us the areas where we’re not walking in integrity.  We’re completely situationally compromising.  Show us these areas because they don’t belong. They are not how we’re made.  It’s not the order of things.  Come, Jesus, into these places, we ask, this very day. In your precious name, amen.  

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If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at www.DailyAudioBible.com.  There is a link.  It’s on the home page.  Thank you. Thank you for your partnership.  If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible App, you can press the More button in the lower right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is P.O. Box 1996, Spring Hill, TN 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, (877) 942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that’s it for today.  I’m Brian. I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Hi Daily Audio Bible family.  This is the night nurse from Camillus, NY.  I used to be known as Marked Unworthy.  I have found a new name for myself, Marked as His.  I have given my life to the Lord this past Easter and I’m so blessed.  It’s been amazing, the peace.  What’s also been amazing is less than 24 hours after I did that, my mom was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.  This came as a shock to all of us and I think she is really struggling and the surgery is the first week of May.  So if you all could just keep her in your prayers so she can just be surrounded by the love and the understanding that her body isn’t broken or damaged.  She is a beautiful creation of God.  I’d also like to ask prayers for my boyfriend Ricky. He is a dairy farmer here in upstate New York and fourth generation farmer.  Their farmhands have quit and they really need someone to help with the barn chores before the field work begins, so if you all could just ask that God could provide a reliable, trustworthy, hardworking farmhand who knows a lot about dairy cows and fixing things, that would be awesome.  And then if Ricky could also experience God’s love in a real way.  I think we have a beautiful relationship that is starting to grow, however, a missing component is God’s love and I really hope he sees how much he is loved.  Love you all.  Bye.  

Hi guys.  This is Vickie in Southern California.  Most of the calls today had to do with broken marriages and good requests for prayer for marriages, so I just want to tell a bit of my story.  I’ve been married for 35 years now and my husband has mostly been great, but there were times he was a real ass.  I didn’t understand what was wrong with him.  Finally in 2011 I put my foot down and demanded that he do something about his problem with women and we separated.  He went into a downward spiral during this time, but I went to God and I asked God what to do.  I listened while God spoke to me.  God worked in mine and my husband’s life for me, for my prayers.  We’ve done our part, though.  Both of us have included the Daily Audio Bible.  We’re really involved in Celebrate Recovery.  We’ve been to marriage workshops.  We read lots of books.  I was sick of the bitterness and resentment going on in my brain, blocking my relationship to God and others.  I didn’t try to change my husband, but God has worked in both of us amazingly. Today we are doing really well and we both have so much hope.  Basically here’s what I did.  God asked me to be obedient, to forgive, to be a godly woman.  It’s hard being a godly woman, but I do the best I can and God has truly blessed me.  We pray daily along with the Daily Audio Bible.  Thanks.  Bye-bye.

Hi Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Tim, first time caller, but I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible for about three or four years.  I’m calling because I heard a prayer request on the April 20th DAB, Daily Audio Bible reading, and the person was asking about praying for her marriage and as she was talking, she really prophetically said that she had past hurts. So I just want you to trust in God, ask God what are those hurts, what are those things that from previous relationships have caused the hurts and ask God to show you and I believe he will give you the guidance and wisdom and insight that you need in order to move forward in your new marriage.  So be blessed.  In Jesus’ name, amen.  

Hello fellow from Sydney, Australia.  This is Jeannette from Denmark.  And my wonderful DAB family, I’m calling because I’ve been struggling with the same enemy, sexual addiction, and my journey has been long.  I want to share what has helped me out.  First of all, if you haven’t received counseling, there is a book called Every Man’s Battle which really gets to the root of things, at the heart in the relationship with God that sexual addiction often hides behind.  And I’ll be honest, I’m also working against a health problem that makes it harder to make the right decision.  And I’ll share that a little bit of kelp each day or a little bit of iodine really helps the willpower and straightens clear thinking.  If you need more prayer, please continue to pray and call in.  I’m with you in this.  I am praying for you and I know that with Christ all things are possible and you will have victory because he loves you so much.  You are his precious son.  Beyond all things on the earth, you are loved.  Thank you.  

Hi, this is Azukah calling from Nigeria and I’m calling because a lady called in concerning her daughter that was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  First of all, sister, I have good news for you.  She has already been healed.  Ephesians 1:3 says that we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ and that blessing includes living in divine health and so she is healed in the name of Jesus, amen.  Please do not be deceived.  Every good and perfect gift comes from God.  So don’t sit down thinking about what God is trying to teach you or what sin you committed or what is this affliction, the lesson your trying to learn or what the Spirit is trying to tell you.  No, if it is not good and if it is not perfect, then it is not from God according to James 1:16-17 because everything good and perfect is from God.  So since this sickness is not good, it is not perfect, it is from the evil one and we resist it and we rebuke it in the name of Jesus, amen.  I would like to encourage you to meditate on scriptures concerning healing like 3 John 1:2 that says that beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.  It is God’s will that we be in health.  2 Timothy 1:7 says the spirit that we have is not of fear but of love, of power and of sound mind.  Your daughter has a sound mind in the name of Jesus, amen.  Just continue to meditate on scriptures concerning healing and very soon there will be a manifestation.  You will see the manifestation of your daughter’s healing, in the name of Jesus, amen.  Thank you.

Praise the Lord, everyone.  This is John C., the elder in Fort Meade, MD, and I’m calling.  Today is the 21st, but there was a call that came in on the 20th.  I believe it was Mike who called on behalf of your sister-in-law Shanna, who has cancer, and her husband Greg.  So I just want you to be encouraged.  I want to call you and let you know there is nothing too hard for God and you sounded as though you were kind of hesitant to ask because it is such a great expectation, but there is simply no request we can make to our Father in Heaven that is too big for him to handle.  Usually the problem is we just have to get that mustard seed faith working and so I just ask my brothers and sisters to join with me now as I lift up Shanna before God. Most Heavenly Father, Almighty God in heaven, you see everything.  You know everything.  You hear our requests even before we make them, but we offer these requests, O God, for healing for Shanna now. We ask, God, that your Holy Spirit would flow through her and that you would bless her, God, that you would pour out your healing virtue upon her body.  We pray, God, not for the expectations of man to be met, but that your name be glorified in this situation.  We pray now, God, that you would reach out and do what people don’t understand, that you are the one, you are the beginning and the end of all things.  You control the destiny of man and woman and so we lay before you, God, and we ask you to lift up Shanna.  Turn back the deadly cancer that is going through her body.  Eradicate it completely.  Confound every single doctor that you get the glory and the praise and the honor.  In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.  

04/23/2017 DAB Transcript

Judges 2:10-3:31 ~ Luke 22:14-34 ~ Psalm 92:1-93:5 ~ Proverbs 14:1-2

Today is the 23rd day of April.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  Here we are, friends, the threshold of a shiny new week and I love the reset of that.  We get to step through and live into a new week.  It is not yet written.  We have not yet lived it.  It is waiting for us and every choice that we make is going to make up the week we are about to live and I like it because we can choose now how we’re going to live. So one of the things that we’re going to do as we step through this threshold of a new week is really open up a new chapter, a new season in the Old Testament, a new season in the life of the children of Israel who are newly settled into the promised land.  We ended the book of Joshua yesterday with the death of Joshua and we begin today with the book of Judges.  

Introduction of a New Book (Old Testament)

The book of Judges from a traditional perspective was authored by the prophet Samuel.  Modern scholarship does not really feel that he could be the sole author of the book. They theorize that there are many sources where it came from, but the book of Judges is a whole lot somber than Joshua with all its drama and conquest.  Judges is what comes next and we’re going to watch the children of Israel as they fall away and suffer some of the consequences of this back and forth that has been and continues to become their story.  

It’s not a book of judgment per se.  It’s not called Judges because of judgment but is warnings that God passes on to the children of Israel.  It’s called Judges because it is the story of the 13 judges that led the children of Israel after Joshua.  They didn’t have a king yet and so they were ruled by these judges.  The culminating story in the book of Judges illustrates how one thing builds on another, each decision bearing weight on a great outcome, just like we were talking about as we crossed the threshold into this new week, how subtle decisions by seemingly unrelated and really relatively unimportant people ended up bringing on the terrible annihilation of an entire tribe of Israel.  

The book itself was probably written about 1000 BC, so it was 3000 years ago.  It is obviously a long time and the irony of that is that although we’re looking back across several thousand years, we’ll have no problem finding ourselves in this book. It resonates with all of our stories. We all have the ebb and flow, the back and forth in this faith journey and we’ve all been able to experience some of the repercussions of allowing that relationship with God to falter as we falter in it and at the same time God’s arm is never not outstretched.  His words are never not “return to me, come back.” “Please, please come back, my beloved.” His love is no less profound and we’ll find that to be true in the book of Judges.

So we’ll read from The Voice translation this week as we begin Judges chapter 1, verse 1 through chapter 2, verse 9 today.  

Prayer

Father, we thank you for this new week, these new mile markers, these new thresholds that we step through that offer us a reset.  And as we move into this new book, this new era in the lives of the children of Israel and what comes next after Joshua, we invite your Holy Spirit, because so many of the behaviors, so many of the postures of heart, so many of the activities, they mimic ourselves.  They mimic our own lives with different clothes on.  So we invite your Holy Spirit to come, to guide and lead us through this week.  We consecrate this week to you.  We offer it to you now.  We offer our lives as a living sacrifice in advance and ask that every word of our mouths, every meditation of our hearts be acceptable to you, Lord, for you are our strength and our redeemer.  So come Holy Spirit in every thought, word and deed this week.  Show us what to do and what to not do.  Show us what to undo.  Show us how to live in your kingdom as your ambassadors this week. We ask in the mighty name of Jesus and by his authority, amen.  

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And that’s it for today.  I’m Brian. I love you and I’ll be waiting for you right here tomorrow.

Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Hello, good morning Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Jay calling from New Jersey.  It’s been a long time since I’ve called in, but I’m calling today because I really, really, really want to talk to Mark S. from Australia.  Mark S., man, listen, brother, congratulations, man, on being convicted.  Most people would shudder at the thought of coming to their brothers and sisters in Christ and first of all, confessing, and then also making yourself accountable. So praise God.  Congratulations over the power of the devil because you and I know that Satan will utilize these times that we fall weak and fall prey to sin and hold them over our heads and make us think that we can’t come to God for forgiveness or we can’t come to our brothers and sisters.  But Mark, I understand and I want you to reach out to me. My email address is Jamainepitts@gmail.com.  I’m willing to be your accountability partner, brother, so let me just pray for you now. Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we praise you God.  We honor you and we love you.  Father, we just confess now of any sin that we have committed as well in our hearts, in our flesh that is contrary to your word and to your love.  Father, we thank you for Mark S.  We thank you for his confession.  We thank you for his accountability and we thank you for your grace and your forgiveness.  And then Father, we just lift up Mark S. and we lift up myself and we lift up our friends and we lift up our family members and we lift up anyone who is struggling with anything that they just fall prey to.  God, we submit it to you and we just ask that you will strengthen each and every one of us.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.  

Hey Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Stanley from Maryland.  This is a prayer of thanksgiving, a call of thanksgiving really. I’m just overwhelmed with the persistent fervent prayer of everyone calling in and now that this is my second year listening to the Daily Audio Bible, I really just want to say well done. Man, how God has shown his face and he is moving.  I want to share a quick word with you.  Revelation 3:20 says behold, I stand at the door and knock.  It’s talking about him.  He stands at the door and he knocks and he knocks on the door of our hearts and it says that he wants to come in and have a meal with us.  I’ve been praying and seeking God a lot and he’s been showing me that he is faithful and that he is always ready to come in and to spend time with us, that he is a God of relationship, not a God of…  I made the mistake and I had to repent.  I was thinking that he was just a God for me to get what I wanted.  Like this job teaching in Southeast Washington, D.C., it didn’t really work out. Unfortunately, I had to leave, but it has been such a blessing and now I’m looking for a new position, but I’m seeking God not for what he is going to give me, even though I believe that I am going to get a new job, but I’m seeking him just out of pure relationship because that is what he wants to have with me.  He wants to come in my heart and he wants to have a meal and he wants to sit down and talk to me.  That’s my word.  Have a good rest of the day.  Bye.  

Yeah, hello.  This is Steve from South Central Pennsylvania, Franklin County.  It’s a first time call, but I’ve been listening to Daily Audio Bible with my wife for about eight years.  I’m calling in regard to my daughter-in-law, Anna, her and my son, Josiah, had a beautiful baby girl on April Fool’s Day and tomorrow will be three weeks.  She had to have an emergency C-section and it was a pretty traumatic birth and has had a hard time healing and getting on top of the pain resulting from the surgery and I would like the DAB community to join us in praying that she is able to get past the pain, that the pain will leave, and that she will be able to have joy and being able to hold her baby much more than she is now able to and that you give my son patience and love to give her as he ministers to her.  Just pray that with me now.  Lord Jesus, I ask that your healing power would cover Anna. Lord, that you would give her your peace.  Lord, help her to rejoice in you and not fall prey to the despair that she ___.  Lord, strengthen her each day.  I pray that you strengthen Josiah, that you give him all the love that he needs from yourself to give to Anna during this time of restoration and healing and, Lord, that they would be able to love on their baby, Josanna.  Pray this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Good morning everyone.  This is Elaine from Victoria.  I heard Mike call about his brother, Greg, and to Shanna, his wife with cancer.  My brother had cancer and I wished they would have known the Lord at this time, but I want to give you a scripture to encourage and help you.  And I ask the Lord of peace to be upon you, Michael, and Greg and Shanna.  And this is the scripture, Isaiah 41:10.  It says do not fear for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  I’ve asked the Lord about fasting and I’m going to fast for you and for my own family, two are the alcoholics, and I’m going to fast according to the Lord, how he wants me to do it.  So bless you guys, all of you at Daily Audio Bible.  Bye now.  

Hi Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Sam calling from Vancouver, also I am in my workplace here in Portland.  I’m calling because I heard Tony from Southern California. You called in about a month ago on the podcast in regard to your marriage.  Tony, I just want to let you know, man, you are a warrior.  I can tell that in your voice.  You will be fighting for the honor of your wife and your kids.  I just get that sense that you are the kind of man who is that and that is who you are.  So I’ll be praying for you, thinking of you and for your wife, that you would just sense his presence, your wife would and your kids would and you would draw strength from that in that moment.  And also the listener who called in who is with the native people and wanted to encourage them. Thank you for calling in and I second that.  Just appreciate you calling that out.  Thanks so much, DAB family, for being present and thanks for being in my life, just each one of you for being who you are.  It’s just a beautiful tapestry and I know God is just loving this.  So thanks to all.  I love you guys.  From Sam, Sidney, Grace, Serena and Judah.  Much love to my wife who finally called in.  So from Sam, Sidney, Grace, Serena and Judah, we love you guys.  God bless you.  

Hello Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Candace from Oregon and it’s heavy on my heart because my husband and I have three really beautiful children and the second one has just been so loving and  helpful and caring toward me as we have lost her dad, my husband, on March 11.  So she wasn’t until yesterday able to really talk about her own loss, which is really difficult because of unfinished business, things that really required some confrontation. So would you please come with me now in prayer for her?  Lord, I pray for this beautiful, beautiful woman who struggles so hard.  I pray that you will break, Lord, every barrier that keeps her from you and that she will find ways to confront the arrows of her own childhood, times of neglect and mistreatment.  I pray, Lord, that the life and death and resurrection of your son will be everything to create that reconciliation and the hope and the future and the wholeness that she needs and that can come only from you, Lord.  I pray that you’ll show up for her in unmistakable ways.  In Jesus’ name and for his sake and to his honor and glory.  

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday April 23, 2017 (NIV)

Judges 1:1-2:9

Modern readers wrestle with the violence in the Old Testament. In the wake of events like the holocaust, when the Jews were slaughtered by the millions, many do not see God as a protecting God or as a God of might.

But in Judges we learn about a God who fights for His chosen people or empowers champions to protect them. This was certainly the way the people of God in the time of Judges thought about God, as defender and protector, and the way people in the ancient Middle East understood faith, worship, and divinity. But the Lord is different from all the other gods. He is jealous, so when His people abandon Him, all that power is turned against them in the form of invading armies. The Israelites have need of judges who can lead them in their military exploits and who can keep them faithful to the mighty God of Israel.

After Joshua died, the people of Israel asked a question of the Eternal One.

Israelites: So now who will lead us in our wars against the armies of Canaan?

Eternal One (to the leaders of Judah): Judah will go and fight. See, I am giving the land into their hands.

The tribe of Judah enlisted support from the tribe of Simeon.

Tribe of Judah: If you will help us fight for the land we were given in Canaan, we will do the same for you.

The tribe of Simeon agreed to help them. 4-5 So Judah and her ally went up to fight against Adoni-bezek at the town of Bezek, and the Eternal gave them victory over the Canaanites and the Perizzites. They killed 10,000 of them at Bezek; and although Adoni-bezek tried to escape, they caught him and cut off his thumbs and big toes, which rendered him useless for basically anything.

Adoni-bezek: In my time, I cut the thumbs and toes off 70 kings and left them to scramble for scraps under my table. And now God has done the same to me.

They carried him away to Jerusalem, where he died.

Then the people of Judah attacked Jerusalem; and when they had captured it, they killed many, burned the city, and destroyed it. After that the people of Judah swept down upon the Canaanites remaining in the highlands and in the lowlands and in the southern desert. 10 Judah campaigned against the Canaanites of Hebron (formerly Kiriath-arba), where they defeated Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, 11 and then they went out in battle against the people of Debir (formerly Kiriath-sepher). 12 It was about this battle that Caleb had made a vow.

Caleb: Whoever attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher will receive my daughter Achsah as his wife.

13 Othniel, the son of Caleb’s younger brother, Kenaz, captured the city, so Caleb gave Othniel his daughter Achsah to marry. 14 When she came to Othniel, she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. As she dismounted from her donkey, Caleb approached her.

Caleb: What do you wish?

Achsah: 15 Here is what I would like as a wedding gift: since you have given me a place in the southern desert, also give me some springs of water.

And so Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

16 The people who descended from Moses’ father-in-law, Hobab the Kenite, went with the people of Judah from the city of palm trees into the wilderness of Judah, and they settled there with the people, the Amalekites, in the southern desert near Arad.

17 Then Judah and Simeon defeated the Canaanites who lived in Zephath and destroyed them completely, so their city was renamed Hormah, which means “destruction.” 18 Judah went on to take the cities of Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron and all the land surrounding them. 19 The Eternal was with Judah, and the tribe conquered all of the highlands. But those living in the plains had iron chariots, so Judah could not drive them out. 20 Caleb received the land of Hebron, as Moses had promised many years earlier, and he drove out the three sons of Anak. 21 The people of the tribe of Benjamin, however, did not drive the Jebusites out of Jerusalem, and the Jebusites live alongside the Benjaminites in Jerusalem to this very day.

22-23 The tribe of Joseph went up against Bethel (which was formerly known as Luz), and the Eternal supported them. They sent out spies 24 who intercepted a man leaving the city.

Spies: Show us the way into the city, and we’ll spare you.

25 He showed them the way, and they destroyed the city with swords; but as they had promised, they let the man and his family go. 26 This man went into the land of the Hittites, and there he established a city; he called it Luz, and that is still its name.

27-28 The tribe of Manasseh failed to drive out the people who lived in the cities and surrounding villages of Beth-shean, Taanach, Dor, Ibleam, and Megiddo. The Canaanites continued to live in those regions for they were determined to live there; but when the people of Israel grew strong, they made the Canaanites their slaves and did not completely drive them out.

29 So it was with the tribe of Ephraim, who did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer but lived among them.

30 Zebulun also did not drive out the people of Kitron or Nahalol, so these Canaanites lived among them and became their slaves.

31-32 Asher failed to drive out the people of Acco, Sidon, Ahlab, Achzib, Helbah, Aphik, and Rehob; instead, the tribe of Asher lived among the Canaanites who lived in the land.

33 Naphtali did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh or Beth-anath but lived among these Canaanites who lived in the land. They also became the slaves of Naphtali.

34 The Amorites pushed the tribe of Dan back into the hills and did not allow them to dwell in the valley. 35 The Amorites persisted in living on Mount Heres, in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim, but the tribe of Joseph overpowered them and forced them into labor. 36 In those days, the border of the Amorites ran from the heights of Akrabbim to Sela and beyond.

The Eternal’s messenger traveled from Gilgal to Bochim.

Messenger (to the people of Israel): I rescued you out of the land of Egypt and brought you into this land that I had promised to your ancestors. I said, “I will never break My covenant with you. As your part of this bargain, you shall not make a covenant with the inhabitants of this land. You must tear down the altars of their gods.” But you did not do as I commanded. Do you realize what you have done? Now I tell you, “I will not drive them out before you. The people of the land will irritate you, and their gods will ensnare you.”

When the Eternal’s messenger spoke these words to Israel, the people wept bitterly. So they named that place Bochim, which means “weeping,” and there they sacrificed to Him.

When Joshua sent the people away, each tribe of Israel went to gain possession of its territorial inheritance. The people served the Eternal as long as Joshua lived and through all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua—those who had seen all the great works that the Eternal had done for Israel.

Joshua, son of Nun, the Eternal’s servant, died at the age of 110 years and was buried within the borders of his inheritance at Timnath-heres in the hills of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

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Luke 21:29-22:13

29 (continuing with a parable) Look over there at that fig tree—and all the trees surrounding it. 30 When the leaves break out of their buds, nobody has to tell you that summer is approaching; it’s obvious to you. 31 It’s the same in the larger scheme of things. When you see all these things happening, you can be confident that the kingdom of God is approaching. 32 I’m telling you the truth: this generation will not pass from the scene before everything I’m telling you has occurred. 33 Heaven and earth will cease to exist before My words ever fail.

34 So be careful. Guard your hearts. They can be made heavy with moral laxity, with drunkenness, with the hassles of daily life. Then the day I’ve been telling you about might catch you unaware and trap you. 35 Because it’s coming—nobody on earth will escape it. 36 So you have to stay alert, praying that you’ll be able to escape the coming trials so you can stand tall in the presence of the Son of Man.

37-38 Through this whole period of time, He taught in the temple each day. People would arrive at the temple early in the morning to listen. Then, at day’s end, He would leave the city and sleep on Mount Olivet.

22 This daily pattern continued as they came closer to the holiday of Unleavened Bread, also known as the Passover.

Jesus teaches of judgment to come and the destruction of the temple. All things move toward a collision of ideas and faith at the most important feast of the year.

The chief priests and religious scholars continued looking for a way to kill Jesus; they hadn’t been able to act yet due to their fear of the people’s reaction. At this point, Satan entered into one of the twelve, Judas (also called Iscariot). Judas set up a private meeting with the chief priests and the captains of the temple police to discuss a plan for betraying Jesus and putting Him in their hands. This was just the kind of break they had been waiting for, so they were thrilled and agreed to a handsome payment. Everything was settled, and Judas simply waited for the right moment, when the crowds weren’t around, to betray Jesus into their custody.

They came to the Day of Unleavened Bread, a holy day when a special lamb (called the Passover lamb) had to be sacrificed. Jesus chose Peter and John and gave them instructions.

Jesus: Go and make all the necessary preparations for the Passover meal so we can eat together.

Peter and John: Where do You want us to make preparations?

Jesus: 10 When you enter the city, you’ll encounter a man carrying a jar of water. Just follow him wherever he goes, and when he enters a house, 11 tell the homeowner, “The Teacher has this question for you: ‘Where is the guest room where I can share the Passover meal with My disciples?’” 12 He’ll show you a spacious second-story room that has all the necessary furniture. That’s where you should prepare our meal.

13 They did as He said and found everything just as He said it would be, and they prepared the Passover meal.

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Psalm 90-91

Book Four

There are endless reasons to praise God, and many of them are included in the Book of Psalms. Book Four (Psalms 90–106) is made up of songs that praise and celebrate God for His creation, strength, work in history, and kingship. Although these songs are written to honor God, many require something from us. Throughout these psalms is the Hebrew word hallelujah, translated “Praise the Eternal!” That’s not just a passive verb, as in, “Praise be to the Eternal”; it’s an active imperative! We are commanded to praise Him. We are commanded to join angels above, people below, and all creatures in praising Him!

Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses, a man of God.

Lord, You have always been our refuge.
Our ancestors made You their home long ago.
Before mountains were born,
before You fashioned the earth and filled it with life,
from ages past to distant futures,
You are truly God.

You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Go back to the dust, children of Adam.”
For You a thousand years is like a day when it is over,
a watch during the night;
there is no difference to You.

5-6 You release the waters of death to sweep mankind away in his slumber.
In the morning, we are blades of grass,
Growing rapidly under the sun but withering quickly;
yet in the evening, we fade and die, soon to be cut down.

For Your anger has consumed us.
Your wrath has shaken us to the core
and left us deeply troubled.
You have written our offenses before You—
the light of Your presence shines brightly on our secret sins,
and we can’t run or hide.

For all our days are spent beneath Your wrath;
our youth gives way to old age, and then
one day our years come to an end with a sigh.
10 We may journey through life for 70 years;
some may live and breathe 80 years—if we are strong.
Yet our time here is only toil and trouble;
soon our days are gone, and we fly away.
11 Who can truly comprehend the power unleashed by Your anger?
Your wrath matches the fear that is due to You.
12 Teach us to number our days
so that we may truly live and achieve wisdom.

13 How long will we wait here alone?
Return, O Eternal One, with mercy.
Rescue Your servants with compassion.
14 With every sun’s rising, surprise us with Your love,
satisfy us with Your kindness.
Then we will sing with joy and celebrate every day we are alive.
15 You have spent many days afflicting us with pain and sorrow;
now match those with years of unspent joy.
16 Let Your work of love be on display for all Your servants;
let Your children see Your majesty.
17 And then let the beauty and grace of the Lord—our God—rest upon us
and bring success to all we do;
yes, bring success to all we do!

Psalm 91

He who takes refuge in the shelter of the Most High
will be safe in the shadow of the Almighty.
He will say to the Eternal, “My shelter, my mighty fortress,
my God, I place all my trust in You.”
For He will rescue you from the snares set by your enemies who entrap you
and from deadly plagues.
Like a bird protecting its young, God will cover you with His feathers,
will protect you under His great wings;
His faithfulness will form a shield around you, a rock-solid wall to protect you.

Psalm 91 is a beautiful psalm of trust in God. But how does God take care of all His people, all at the same time? Well, keep reading because Psalm 91 is one of just a few places in Scripture that describe what we might call “guardian angels” (Exodus 23:20; Psalm 43:3). Though rare, these passages teach that God is not alone in maintaining and protecting His creation and His people. He has made a host of heavenly messengers ready to do His bidding, and His bidding is often to guard His people throughout their lives and protect them—sometimes from dangers they are not even aware of.

You will not dread the terrors that haunt the night
or enemy arrows that fly in the day
Or the plagues that lurk in darkness
or the disasters that wreak havoc at noon.

A thousand may fall on your left,
ten thousand may die on your right,
but these horrors won’t come near you.
Only your eyes will witness
the punishment that awaits the evil,
but you will not suffer because of it.

For you made the Eternal [your][a] refuge,
the Most High your only home.
10 No evil will come to you;
plagues will be turned away at your door.

11 He will command His heavenly messengers to guard you,
to keep you safe in every way.
12 They will hold you up in their hands
so that you will not crash, or fall, or even graze your foot on a stone.[b]
13 You will walk on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the lion and the serpent underfoot.

14 “Because he clings to Me in love,
I will rescue him from harm;
I will set him above danger.
Because he has known Me by name,
15 He will call on Me, and I will answer.
I’ll be with him through hard times;
I’ll rescue him and grant him honor.
16 I’ll reward him with many good years on this earth
and let him witness My salvation.”

Footnotes:

  1. 91:9 Hebrew manuscripts read, “who is my.”
  2. 91:11–12 Matthew 4:6; Luke 4:10–11
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Proverbs 13:24-25

24 Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children,
but those who are quick to correct them show true love.
25 Those who do right have plenty to eat,
while those who do wrong go hungry.

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04/22/2017 DAB Transcript

Joshua 24:1-33 ~ Luke 21:1-28 ~ Psalm 89:38-52 ~ Proverbs 13:20-23

Today is April 22nd .  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian. Great to be here with you for another step forward and to be here together to close another week in this rhythm that we call life and in the rhythm of the scriptures in our lives. So we’ll dive in, back out in the book of Joshua.  Joshua has gotten very old.  The people have kind of settled in and we’re approaching the end of Joshua’s story. So, from the English Standard Version, Joshua chapter 24, verses 1 through 33 today.  

Commentary

We said goodbye to Joshua, the leader of Israel after Moses, the one that brought the children of Israel into the land of their inheritance, the promised land, and, as with Moses, Joshua brought the people together and retold the story and reaffirmed the covenant and then he said something so penetrating that the reverberations are all the way with us today and if we would pay attention it is a game-changer:  “You are witnesses against yourselves.”  

So the converse would be true – you are witnesses for yourselves in the matters of your faith journey with God, your relationship and intimacy with God. You are witnesses against yourselves. We can dress ourselves up and make ourselves look pretty, say all the right things, look the right part, even do good things, but in the end it is the mirror before us that is telling the truth. We are witnesses against ourselves in these things.  

The people in Joshua’s time agreed.  Yes, we agree with this, we are witnesses.  They are essentially affirming yes, what we do matters.  What we say matters.  How we conduct ourselves matters.  The thoughts of our hearts, they matter.  The words out of our mouths, they matter.  The conduct, the way that we behave, that matters.  It all matters.  It is all a witness of who we really are and our true covenant with God. We are witnesses.  And so Joshua says, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you and incline your heart to the Lord.”  

May we listen to those words.  May we enter into that because it forces us to face the truth about who we really are and what is really going on between us and God.  This is fundamental.  This is baseline.  This is the only bedrock we have.  If we do not have this bedrock, we have nothing.  I mean, Joshua boiled it down by saying you have to pick.  You have to choose.  If you want to serve the gods of old, then go do that.  If you want to serve the gods of Egypt, then go do that. If you want to serve the gods of the Amorites, then go do that.  As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  So what is embedded in here is don’t pretend that you are going to serve the Lord.  Go serve something with all your heart, but I am serving God, the God who set us free, the God who set the story in motion, the God who created all things.  I’m holding onto that and I am a witness against myself in this.  

That is pretty serious stuff.  So may we take this sobering moment and the seriousness of it to look in the mirror and stare squarely in the face.  

Prayer

Holy Spirit, as we take this to heart, as we do look in the mirror and look ourselves in the face and understand that our lives are witnesses against ourselves or for ourselves and that everything does matter, help us because without the power of your Holy Spirit, without your presence in our lives, there is nothing.  There is nothing.  We can look like something, but we can’t be anything without you, nor would we want to. But we are drawn astray so easily. We are distracted so easily.  We step off the path so easily.  Without your presence to guide and correct, rebuke, instruct, comfort, and lead, it is an impossible thing.  So come Holy Spirit and let us understand the gravity, that it all matters, that it really does.  It matters that we walk in collaboration and in intimacy with you. Come, come Holy Spirit into everything that we’re going to do and say today, everything that we’re going to think and act on.  Come Jesus, we pray.  In your mighty name, amen.  

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Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Hi, this is Kim from Kentucky and I’m just calling in.  It’s Tuesday, April the 18th, and I’ve just been listening to the prayer requests and I just heard Mark from Australia call in asking for prayer, admitting that he had fallen yesterday into a sin that he has battled with.  Right before Mark called, a lady had called in and she was reading scripture.  One of the first ones she read was James 5:16: Confess your sins, your faults to one another and pray for one another that you may be made well.  So Mark, you did that.  So now just know you are forgiven.  It is as simple as that.  The enemy wants to keep condemning us and I have felt that condemnation for failures to God, but remember just like a child that is learning to walk, they walk and then they stumble and fall, but they get back up and they start walking again. That is what we have to have with our relationship with our Lord, is that same determination that we’ll get back up and start walking again and then he’s that good, good father there with the open arms to welcome us in.  I just pray you have the strength of the Holy Spirit inside of you to resist all temptations. I just pray that will grow ever stronger and this will be passed.  So just know that I am praying for you.  I appreciate your honesty.  I appreciate everyone that calls in.  I don’t call in a lot but I listen and I just appreciate all of your prayers and comments, family.  God bless you all today.  

Good morning.  This is Sheila calling from Texas.  This message is for Mark from Sydney, Australia who called in to make a confession on a sin that he had committed.  The call was April the 12th.  I want to let you know that God is well pleased with you.  You have done what so many fail to do and by you confessing your sin not only to God, but your brothers and sisters in Christ, know that the enemy Satan cannot condemn you.  His demons cannot by any chance come at you and the blood of Jesus is able to redeem you and make you clean just as though you had never sinned before. David was called a man after God’s own heart and many can ask how can he be a man after God’s own heart yet he sinned with Bathsheba and even had Uriah killed?  But I tell you the truth.  It was the condition of David’s heart that makes him a man after God’s own heart.  David confessed before God and ___.  Read Psalm 51.  Know that God loves you, Mark.  He already has forgiven you and hence you are not condemned.  I pray that many among us will be like you and listen to God when he asks them to repent.  Many in the church are still sinning but even after God had begged them to repent, they have so much pride that will not allow them to repent like you have.  So Mark, hold your head up.  Your sin has been forgiven and you’re not condemned and just as Jesus said to the woman who had been caught in the act of adultery, Jesus said, “Woman, where are your accusers?  Has no one condemned you?”  “None, Lord,” she answered.  “Neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.  “Now go and sin no more”  So Mark, God has forgiven you.  Hold your head up.  God bless you.  Bye.  

Hey everybody.  This is Annette A.  Well, here it goes.  I’m trusting in God’s plan for everything.  My son just called me from the hospital in Colorado and somehow broke his ankle and he is on his way to jail.  So I’m going to trust that God is going to work this out and I’m just trusting that he told me that he had a plan for my son and that is the way it is going to be.  I’m not going to let anything else get in that way.  So anyway, just pray for my son, Alex.  I would sure appreciate it.  I love you guys.  Bye.  

Hey DAB.  This is Jeff from Virginia Tech.  Today I’m calling out today for some prayer just for myself.  It’s hard.  I think being a college student and a Christian at the same time is actually really hard. I love Jesus.  I love serving him and it is just there are so many souls that need to be reached.  I ask you brothers and sisters, pray for me for a spirit of evangelization, a spirit to move in the hearts of the other 30,000 students on this campus.  I pray that the fire of the Spirit would just move through campus and light up the whole campus, in Jesus’ name.  Yeah, and I just ask that my own faith be ever kindled in the heart of Jesus and yeah, I’m also looking for a job this summer.  I’m hopefully looking for a job where I can be a caddy on the golf course.  This summer I’ll also be walking 200 miles in Spain on the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James.  I also need prayers for that, for getting the financial support to go.  So yeah, I just reach out to you guys today.  I’m praying for you always.  God bless.  Bye.  

This is Miguel from California calling for Alex.  He called into the prayer line stating that you were not going to give up on your wife.  A little while later we hard another message saying that she had approached you and said she wanted a divorce, but Alex, cling to that first call and say that you will not give up.  Please allow me to even add to that.  Don’t not give up for your sake.  Don’t even not give up for the sake of your marriage.  Don’t give up for your wife’s sake.  As husbands, we’re called to love our wives as Christ loves the church, so I would encourage you to ask yourself how would Christ love the church in this situation?  Love your wife.  Serve your wife.  Let’s pray. Father God, Lord Jesus, I ask for you to enter into this situation, Lord.  And I ask for your Holy Spirit, I appeal for your Holy Spirit to enter into Alex and the bride of his youth, Lord.  I ask for a new reconciliation between them, Lord.  That their relationship will be made new and I know that you can do this.  We know that you have the authority to do it, the power to do it, so we ask it in Jesus’ name that you would do it, Lord.  And not for the sake of Alex or his wife, but for the sake of the glory of your name, Jesus.  May you be glorified in their marriage, that we see, Jesus, as you love the church, may Alex love his wife and as the church loves you, may his wife find that love for him again.  I pray this simple prayer in Jesus’ name.  Amen.  

Hey DAB.  This is Tom. I’ve been a listener for a number of years.  I call in very seldomly, but I wanted to say a couple things.  The first thing was for a long time for whatever reason I was not listening to the prayer portion of the podcast.  Since I’ve made the choice to pay attention to that, God has shown me so much more about his family, who they are, and how he is working in the world. So for those that are I totally understand for time or whatever I really encourage you to at least a few times a week listen to that portion of the podcast because it really reveals God’s glory through the DAB family.  The second thing I wanted to ask was just ask for your prayers for my family, in particular my marriage.  We’re going through a very hard time.  We’ve never really had a super easy time, but there is a lot of brokenness in our marriage. I don’t know what I can attribute it to particularly.  I know that one of the issues is that for whatever reason I have a hard time remembering things.  My wife tells me it hurts her deeply and ripples through other parts of our marriage and I think there are some other things in the background going on in the world or in the spiritual world, I don’t know and I’m not going to speculate, but I just would ask for your prayers.  You guys are the first place I would turn.  Amen.  

04/21/2017 DAB Transcript

Joshua 22:21-23:16 ~ Luke 20:27-47 ~ Psalm 89:14-37 ~ Proverbs 13:17-19

Today is April 21st.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I am Brian. It’s good to be here with you today. Good to be here to take the next collective step forward through the scriptures as we round the bend and head to the end of another week.  Man, I found that I have needed the scriptures this week as much as ever, just more aware of needing the rhythm.  Isn’t this rhythm, this constant, this fresh next day in the scripture so important?  It certainly is to me.  And so I am looking forward to continuing the story and we will go back to the promised land now where the central part, the main part of the promised land has been taken and is being settled.  Those who were given land on the other side of the Jordan River because it is perfect for what they do with farming and agriculture and shepherding especially are finally able to go home, go home to their families, go home and begin to build out the life that they’ve been given in the land that they’ve been given.  So yesterday they left and then they built this big altar next to the Jordan River, which freaked out the rest of the tribes because they kind of made this assumption that perhaps these two and a half tribes were rebelling against God.  And so we will dive into that story today.  Joshua chapter 22, verse 21 through 23, verse 16 and we’re reading from the English Standard Version this week.

Commentary

The incident that happened with the altar at the banks of the Jordan River between Israel and the two and a half tribes that have land on the other side of the Jordan is a striking lesson for us about assumptions.

So the two and a half tribes are going home.  They’ve stuck with it.  They’ve done everything they promised to do.  They stayed with their brothers all the way until the land was divided up and people were settling in and then they were released to go home.  On the banks of the Jordan they built an altar, the one that looks like the altar before the tabernacle.  They did this for a specific reason, but when the rest of Israel found out about it, they made assumptions about what these two and a half tribes were doing, that they perhaps were making an altar that was separate from the altar that they were all to worship at and so they banded together and were willing to go to war to destroy their own brothers, their own people who had stood by them and fought with them to take the promised land.  Rebellion against the Lord would be rebellion for everyone, so they were willing to take these drastic measures.  

Now, they could have just gone out in force and attacked.  Thankfully they didn’t.  They had the story in their heads about what must be going on and so they were assembled and prepared, but they sent envoys to get it straight first, which is very fortunate.  When they got the other side of the story, then things made sense.  These people were not trying to rebel against the Lord and build their own altar.  They were trying to build a replica that would simply stand there at the border to remind future generations that the people on the other side of the Jordan were also part of Israel, they were also part of the same family, the chosen ones so as the generations progressed and people forgot and the stories turned more mythic, that there would be this altar that was there, this memorial, this reminder, this remembrance that they were all one people.  

In our lives we can look at certain circumstances.  We can look at certain people who are maybe moving in other directions from where we are or maybe even moving away from an orthodoxy that we understand, and so we make these assumptions that they are rebelling or they are departing or they are leaving God behind.  So we can do all kinds of things.  We can make these assumptions and get in a Facebook battle with them or we can make these assumptions and cut them off from fellowship with us and our tribe or any other number of things.  It doesn’t even have to be a religious thing.  It doesn’t have to be something about faith.  This touches every part of our lives when we begin to invent a reality that is plausible, that may be true, but we haven’t heard.  

The children of Israel thankfully sent tribal leaders, they sent the priesthood to come and talk to the other people to find out what was really going on. They were ready.  They had certainly formed a certain set of assumptions. They were ready, but they sent leaders to get the story very clear beforehand.  That is a fantastic lesson for us.  Maybe we can’t stop ourselves from always making assumptions, but we have to be willing to go to the other person and have the conversation, hear the whole story, understand what is really going on.  Otherwise, we are certainly incorrect about some of it.  

Assumptions and intuition, those things are helpful in our lives if we will hold them loosely and if we will be willing, while we hold onto this assumption or intuition, to go get the details, fill in the blanks and not leave the blanks as something that we’ve made up about somebody else.  I mean, this would save us from so much.  This would save us from a lot inside of our own homes and inside of our own relationships.  This would save us from quite a bit about those that we work with. This would save us a lot about our friends, our communities, the things that we’re attached to or belong to.  It would save us a lot of confusion and a lot of unneeded wounding and a lot of unneeded strife.  

So may we take a lesson from the book of Joshua today, apply it to our lives and just see what will happen.  Catch ourselves, leave margin in our thoughts that we don’t have the whole story, and in that margin we go find the whole story.  In that margin is where the Holy Spirit can work in our lives.  

Prayer

Father, we invite you into that.  I mean, we certainly confess we’ve done this, but it’s not just us.  It’s not just our time.  It’s always been.  We’ve always been creating realities for ourselves and yet the one baseline that is real and is true and is solid is your presence in our lives. So often we just ignore that and make up our own reality.  Forgive us for that, but help us with that.  This is a turning point where we invite you in and we create margin between our assumptions and the things that we feel are bedrock and invite you into that place to speak truth.  You know the truth.  You know the truth.  You know everything that there is to know and you’re saying ‘I’m available.’  ‘I’m here to be your Counselor.’  ‘I’m here to be your Comforter.’  ‘I’m here to lead you into all truth.’  ‘I’m here to show you the narrow path that leads to life.’  And we just walk right on by.  We don’t leave enough margin in our lives to even listen. So Father, forgive us for that but help us.  Help us because every day that we come to your word our eyes open a little bit more and we become a little bit more aware of the way in which we’re living.  And you’ve given us wonderful opportunities to correct much.  So come, Holy Spirit, into our assumptions, into the way we form the way we think the world works.  Come and show us the truth.  We submit ourselves, our preferences, our desires, our assumptions, our creations, we submit them to you.  We know that you are perfect and we are only becoming, but we will never fully become without you, so we need you, we want you, we worship you, we humble ourselves before you, we submit our hearts to you and choose to draw every breath with you and every step taken with you and every thought submitted before you.  Come Holy Spirit, we pray.  In Jesus’ name, amen.  

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And that’s it for today.  I’m Brian. I love you and I will be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Hi, this message is for a gentleman that called in a week or two ago who lives in Southern California.  I didn’t catch your name.  You were really asking for prayer about controlling and letting go and helping God and as soon as you hung up, I immediately got the scripture “perfect love casts out all fear.”  God just really would like you to focus on his love to help set you free.  If you do that you will be set free.  It is just so amazing if you could just bathe in his love and pull out all the scriptures and just know that he desires to set you free.

The question to our bipolar community is what does God want as a consequence of our affliction?  You hear Jesus say “this illness and the healing is to glorify God.”  What happens when Jesus, to our knowledge, does not heal in a normal way?  You should know that up to 40% of the great artists in the world are probably bipolar. So there is a consequence.  There is an outcome of your condition and I have had it and it was not diagnosed for half of my life and I found that bipolar II condition makes me rethink my faith every day just as God intended.  So look beyond the affliction.  Look beyond the brokenness and look at what does God want from you?  How is the Holy Spirit guiding you?  And what is the Holy Spirit producing in your lives as a consequence of your bipolar condition?  Thank you.

Today is the 17th of April.  Two people have called in, one today and then I think it was Gene M, well, I know it was Gene M.  I think it was about a week ago or so.  And the gal today, our Scottish sister who called in regarding bipolar, taking medication. Both of you sisters were so spot-on because you brought out something that I think we lose track of in our walk with Jesus, and that is our relationship and our religion and our faith is a very practical and very logical and at times extremely linear relationship.  So if there is something up or something wrong, we need to take care of things.  While those of us who know that when we are baptized and when we are walking in our journey with the Lord that we are a priest, we are a prophet and we are a king, but that also lives in tension with what scripture clearly shows, that we are also beggars, and like beggars, sometimes we’re going to be on that street corner for days begging for something we need.  I want to thank you two ladies, Gene M. and you, my Scottish sister, for calling in and reminding us of the practicality of our Christian faith. Love you, family.  Peace, joy and shalom.  

Lord, we bring before you, I believe it is Alex, the Seeker, a gentleman who has repeatedly called because he’s calling upon you, Lord, begging that his marriage might be restored.  Lord, we know there are so many things that are beyond our control, but there are some things that you have promised.  You have promised to be near to the brokenhearted.  We claim that promise, Lord, on behalf of this man who has come before all of us and who comes before you humbly, Lord, and repentant and ready to be your man come what may.  Lord, I pray that you would lead and guide him, that you would go before him and behind him, over him and under him, on either side of him to give him strength to do the next right thing, hour by hour, and to come into that romance, that relationship with you, Lord, that is beyond compare.  I ask these things for him and we come together in agreement on behalf of this dear man, this man that you love so dearly, that you came for and lived on the earth and died a sacrificial death.  You didn’t have to.  You chose to do that because you love him so much.  We claim all the power of that and the resurrection to eternal life which you did on his behalf.  We thank you for everything you’re going to do, Lord.  In Jesus’ name.  

This is Steve from New Hampshire and I’m calling for the gentleman from Sydney, Australia that called.  I am calling on April 18th.  You had fallen into sexual sin and just felt really condemned.  I wanted to remind you of Jesus’ words to the woman caught in the act of adultery.  He first of all said that he that is without sin, let him cast the first stone and all those accusers had to walk away because they all had sin.  The Bible said that the enemy is the accuser of the brethren and God doesn’t want you accusing yourself either.  The blood of Jesus cleanses us.  Here’s what Jesus said.  He said to the woman “neither do I condemn you.  Go and from now on sin no more.”  I believe that there is power in the fact that there is no condemnation in Christ.  There is power not to sin, but it is not the other way around.  I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the Lord.  His sacrifice more than paid for your sin and I’m not suggesting to take it lightly, but don’t take his sacrifice lightly either.  So Father God, I lift up my brother in Sydney to you and, in the name of Jesus, I pray for this thing that has held him bondage, this addiction or whatever to be broken, in Jesus’ name.  I pray for your grace and peace to be multiplied to him and the knowledge of you. Lord, I speak deliverance and I say chains be broken, in Jesus’ name.  

Hey DAB family.  This is Jonathan from North Carolina.  I’ve been listening for about seven years now and I wanted to call in.  This is my first time calling in with a prayer request. My wife’s uncle Steve was diagnosed with lung cancer yesterday and I just wanted to request prayer for him as he selects an oncologist and wisdom for the doctors and, of course, healing because we know the Father is able to do that.  And also for a dear friend at church, Linda, who was also diagnosed with cancer recently and just for her appointments and for healing for her as well if it would be God’s will.  Thanks so much and I appreciate your prayers.