Daniel 11:36-12:13 ~ 1 John 4:1-21 ~ Psalm 123:1-4 ~ Proverbs 29:2-4
Today is the 4th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you on this, the second Sunday in the season of Advent. Of course, Advent is the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, a time to just really immerse ourselves in the mystery that God came for us and to put ourselves in a place of longing for his arrival which is represented by Christmas, but also our longing for his return, his second arrival. We know that day will come, that the King is coming.
SONG played on today’s DAB “The King Is Coming” MissionSong http://apple.co/2gQfYej
So as we greet this new week, we will read from The Message and pick up right where we left off yesterday, Daniel chapter 11 verse 36 through 12 verse 13.
Jesus, as we’re here in this season of Advent, certainly a season that is commemorated and venerated by man as a tradition of the church, it has no less impact or meaning on us as we put ourselves in the position of contemplating that perfect love has come into the world and this love within us now compels us to love one another and to love outward into the world bringing, light and life as your body in this world and recognizing that without love, according to the book of 1 John, well, if we’re not willing to love, then we’re not as close to you as we might think. So we invite your Holy Spirit into that. Show us the places that we have blocked love in our lives and, like an artery, closed off our heart. That is what is happening when we’re not allowing your love to flow through us. So come, Holy Spirit, into this time of contemplation, into this time here in Jerusalem for our final day and for all the travel that will be taking place tonight and tomorrow. Come Holy Spirit, we pray. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Today is a travel day, flying back in time as it were. So all day today we’ll be in transit over the ocean and connecting through, making our way back to the rolling hills of Tennessee. That is always a delirious day. Everything is off. So we thank you for your prayers. Many are just arriving home, many will be arriving home today, like us, some time tonight and so, yeah, it’s been an absolutely overwhelming experience. And it always is. It is just every day is like multiple days. It is like we’ve been here for months and our hearts are full and now we can get back home and into the rhythm of life a little bit and into familiar surroundings and all of what is in our hearts can begin to seep into what our lives are and we’ll see the changes because we’ve walked the land and the Bible is alive and awake and quickened in our lives. So thank you for your prayers over all of the travel today.
Www.DailyAudioBible.com is, of course, the website and it is where you find out what is going on around here. It’s the Christmas Box right now. The Daily Audio Bible Christmas Box is available. It is chockful of the resources that we’ve created for this community.
The Promised Land Films are in the Daily Audio Bible Christmas Box this year. It is a double DVD package with over four hours of content. All of the places we visited on this excursion, this pilgrimage are included as well as so many others that we either couldn’t go to, there is just no way to take a group there, or that we didn’t go to this time. You can make the Bible come alive to you in the same way by seeing where these things happened in the Promised Land Films. So they are in the Christmas Box.
Bible Stories About Jesus, which is a double CD reading of the book of Mark using age-appropriate translations for children is included.
The Family Christmas Album is included. Jill’s new album is included.
My latest book Reframe, From God We’ve Made to God With Us is included as well as the corresponding films that go with it on DVD. And this is the last time those will be available so get them while you can.
Let’s see, what else? Your choice of Windfarm coffee or our Windfarm English Breakfast tea, your choice, will be included.
A pack of Daily Audio Bible Christmas cards, 20 Christmas cards with the corresponding envelopes for 2016, that is included.
And the Daily Audio Bible Christmas Bulb for 2016. It has our word for the year – healthy – on it. We’ve been doing this for a number of years now and so I have a number of these on my tree and I know a number of you do too. Every time I look at them I remember all of the journeys we’ve taken through the Bible together. It’s a wonderful tradition. For me, it brings you into Christmas for us in the Hardin household. That is included. The only place to get that is the Daily Audio Bible Christmas Box, so check it out.
We are selling out of them, so get yours while you can. There will be things in there that that you’ll want to keep and things that you’ll want to give away for Christmas and you can pick and choose how you wish, but you can get that at www.DailyAudioBible.com in the Daily Audio Bible Shop.
If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible here at the end of the year, if this has been a life-giving experience for you inside this community that we are, thank you for helping it to continue forward into the new year. Thank you humbly and gratefully with a true, full and gracious heart. You can do that at www.DailyAudioBible.com. There is a link on the home page or if you use 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. I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.
Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports
Hi, this is Tricia in Henderson, NV, God’s Princess. I’m calling. First off, thank you for all you who prayed for my daughter Amanda and my boys. We’re all talking and getting along much better. My marriage of seven years is suffering really bad. My husband is very jealous of my children and I brought to the doctor’s attention that he has anger issues and he has outbursts all the time and takes it out on my verbally and I just pray that our marriage can be helped. I want it to work so bad. It’s been struggling for a long time. A few months after we got married I was in a major accident and since then our marriage has suffered. I also want to pray for our pastor, Pastor Leonard, who has Parkinson’s. I pray for his healing. Thank you everybody. I love you. Bye.
Hello family. This is Drew from the Bay Area. The reason for my call today is I’m calling because I’m in a bind and my first thought, I said I’ve got to call my family, the Daily Audio Bible. But I just laid my head down after hearing a song to go to Jesus first and that is what I did. I pray that God would draw me closer to him and I thanked him for how close we are now because of Jesus and what he has done to restore our relationship with God. I asked him to take away the fear that I have. Family, I’ve been praying for all of you. I’m not the only one that is going through this. I’ve been attacked. Many of you know my story. I’ve lost family. I’ve lost my daughter. My son is living with me now. We’ve been restoring our relationship. Things are much better. But now the job that I love and the people that I love at the job seems to be going from summer to winter, if you know what I mean. Pastor Gene, I feel your pain, but I’m not saying what you’re doing is wrong in any way. Each of us have our own battles to fight. But I’m going to stay close to God and depend on him and wish you would pray for me and pray for those I work with because I pray that evil will be exposed and I think that is what is happening. I’m not sure. But I ask you to pray for me. I prayed for something silly about the ice because all the people were upset about ice and God came through on that. I’m sure he can come through on this. Love all of you and I’m praying for you that are in Israel, those of you that aren’t, those of you that call and those of you who don’t. I love you so much. Bye.
Hi family. This is Salvation is Mine in San Leandro, CA calling in with a nightly prayer. This prayer is for those who have lost loved ones around the holiday season, so family, let’s pray. Dear Precious Savior, our Jesus Christ, our Lord, our Healer, we come before you with broken hearts this holiday season, for those who have lost loved ones around this season who find it painful to find joy and cheer this time of year. We ask you to come into their hearts and give them comfort and peace. We ask that their memories at this time of year be those of joy and remembrance of good times and not the passing. We ask you to bless their remaining family members or friends and keep them in your care as well. We know that it is hard to heal a broken heart because we are human and we miss people and we want them here and not gone but Father, you have a plan that we don’t know about and we know that we will see them again someday seated at your table and we will be united as one again. So Lord God, please just give us the memories that are joy and peace and love and take away our heartache and pain of those we have lost. Let us continue to pray for each other and lift each other up in prayer and hold out a hand for those who are in need of comfort. In the blessed name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit I pray. Amen. Thank you family. Have a good night. Bye-bye.
Hello from God’s Outpost here in beautiful Cincinnati, OH. This is Daniel Johnson Jr. and just wanted to call and say thank you, Brian and Jill and all of your family. We want to wish you the very best this holiday season. God bless you on your travel back from the land of the Bible. Biola, haven’t heard from you in a little while and I’ve been thinking about you, sister. Rumbii, you know what? It’s been a really long time since I’ve heard you call in. SarahJane who works behind the scenes, I haven’t heard from you in a while. Carol from New Mexico, you were the one that pointed me to the Daily Audio Bible back in 2009. I haven’t heard from you in a while. And also I want to give a shout-out to Rob from Indiana that I met back in 2011 I think it was. Anyhow, guys, let’s pray. Father in Heaven, Jesus, I come to you now for all of us that are dealing with seasonal depression or just sadness that is going on because of this time of year. I know that the holidays are not as merry for some of us. Please comfort us. Many times I know it is because of expectations that we have for ourselves or for one another and there is shame that is involved in that. God, I also just want to pray about these areas that we’ve gone after. We’ve gone after sin over and over again. Even as sheep that have been given lush pastures and refreshing waters, we’ve gone outside the pen back into well-worn areas which not only cannot sustain us but also harm us. Thank you for coming into us and never giving up on us. Come into these hidden, dark areas of our hearts and spirits, in these places that we’ve been trying to protect for so long, knowing that it is killing us to do so. Come into our fears. Come into these places and heal the brokenness in us, these very places so that we can let you love us here. In Jesus’ name. Amen. God bless from beautiful Cincinnati, OH. Daniel Johnson Jr.
Hello brothers and sisters. Are you dealing with something that you’ve done that is so convicting that the enemy has come in and capitalized on that because you know it is wrong? The people around you that know about it know that it is wrong. The person or persons that you have done it with know that it is wrong and you’re a believer so the enemy is coming in and he is telling you that it cannot be forgiven. He is trying to tell you the God will not forgive this. Well, brother, sister, fellow Christian, that is a lie from the very father of lies. Know this now in the name of Jesus Christ, that 1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. So if there is something that you’re struggling with, a sin that you’ve committed, a wrong that you have done, confess of it. Confess of it to your Lord and Savior because he will forgive you. Do not allow the enemy to use this to keep you down, to keep you stressed out and depressed and sad and anxious and overwhelmed with guilt because you have been washed in the blood and it has been nailed to the cross. Take that. Use it. Live in it and make today a day of confession. God bless you. I love you. Have a wonderful day.
Hi. This is Katie from Annapolis. I’ve called a few times before over the years, mostly asking for prayer for my marriage and I’m continuing to do that. My husband and I have had several situations where I felt unsafe and I’m just asking for prayer and for guidance from God, knowing what to do. My husband’s rage and anger is affecting everybody in the family and he is very resistant to confronting this problem. I don’t want to break up my family. I have two boys. One is 1 and one is 4; however, my little boy who is 4, when he is angry he lashes out and tells people he is going to shoot their heads off and things like that. I’m concerned for him. I’m concerned for my husband and I’m concerned for all of us. I need guidance from the Lord. I need peace. It’s hard to be submissive to a husband who is like this and I need to know what to do and if it is God’s will for me to divorce him, then I need to be able to have the strength to be able to do that. Thank you. I love the Daily Audio Bible. I love all of you and thank you for your prayers. Bye.