Zechariah 14:1-21 ~ Revelation 20:1-15 ~ Psalm 148:1-14 ~ Proverbs 31:8-9
Today is December 29th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you for the final steps of the year and we’ll take that next step. We only have three steps left today and in today’s reading we’ll conclude the book of Zechariah which will bring us tomorrow to the final book of the Bible. So today, reading from The Voice translation, Zechariah chapter 14 verses 1 through 21.
Father, we thank you for another day in your word and we look forward with longing. Now that we’ve gone through this Christmas season of Advent, we look forward with longing to what we read of in the book of Revelation, this great white throne, this wonderful, wonderful resurrection, this end to death. So we put our hope in you and our lives in your hands. Where else would we go? What other hope is there? So we ask, Lord, as we truly do prepare to end this year that we might stay present in these next couple of days and that we might have open hearts to all that you might say to us through your word. We thank you for the gift of this community and this year and we want to finish well. So come Holy Spirit, we pray. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Www.DailyAudioBible.com is the website. It’s home base. It’s where you find out what is going on around here and so like I was saying, there are a lot of moving parts that go into resetting and preparing for a brand new year, so we’re in the thick of all of that. But where it would touch you is that if you have some episodes from this year that you need to go back and listen to or whatever, you need to go ahead and download them while you can. When we start the new year, the final week of December remains, but we’re moving into a new year and a new rhythm of that year so the entire reading from 2016, the entire readings from all of the Daily Audio Bible for all of these years are available in the Daily Audio Bible Shop, but if you’re just wanting to kind of fill in the blanks and finish off 2016, go ahead and grab those while you can. Next year we will be beginning, of course, at the book of Genesis and starting the year over with a new focus and a new word that we revealed on the Daily Audio Bible Family Christmas. That word is ‘margin.’ We’ll kind of dive into that. So if you haven’t had a chance to listen to Daily Audio Bible Family Christmas yet, make sure that you do, at least the first part of it, because it helps to set up where we’re going next year. So check those things out.
If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible here in the final days of the year, thank you profoundly, deeply, humbly. There is a link on the home page of www.DailyAudioBible.com. You can push the More button if you’re using the app. Or the mailing address is P.O. Box 1996, Spring Hill, TN 37174.
Then we’ve been talking about the More Gathering for Women that will take place this April for a little bit here and the advanced pricing for that conference ends on the 31st, so just a couple more days. Just mentioning it for those of you who have been meaning to check it out. Please do.
And that’s it for today. I’m Brian. I love you. I will be waiting for you here tomorrow.
Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports
Hi Daily Audio Bible family. My name is Sarah. I’ve called before. Tonight I’m about ready to go to bed and as I usually do, I’ll listen to my Daily Audio Bible as I fall asleep, but I’m told recently that sin, when it is in our heads, is really strong, but when it is let out or shared with others, then it weakens, so let’s pray. God, thanks for today. Thank you for the Daily Audio Bible. I ask that you would give me aloneness to take your thoughts that are true and pure and noble and right and let go of the thoughts that I or Satan like to put in my head. I ask that you would give me wisdom on how to make good choices in who I befriend and who I talk with in life. Thank you so much for the Daily Audio Bible family. I ask that you would do amazing things in and through the people in this group and that you would show us your fingerprints, that you would give us a firm belief that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Help us to be strong, take heart and wait for you. It is really hard to do sometimes. I ask that you would encourage the hearts of the discouraged and those that are contemplating ending their lives, that you would just surge such hope in them and through your word, through anything, you’re a creative God, so that you would just give them a new outlook on life. Amen.
Hey Daily Audio Bible family. This is Becky in Orlando. I finished listening to the Daily Audio Bible Christmas and it was awesome. Every year it makes me cry and I rejoice and I just love all of you. I love the mosaic sound of your voices from all around the world. I love the variety show of the songs that are being sung, the instruments that are being played, the poems that are being read. I just love all of you guys like crazy. Let me tell you, I was so happy to hear from Bill B. this morning, so yeah, I’m so happy to hear that you’re doing well, Bill. If that is the best thing that happens to me all day long, I am going to rejoice in that. I’m under a little bit of weather right now. I seemed to have gotten that Christmas cold, so I’m praying that I will recover quickly from that. I’m also trying to hit my goal for the end of the year right now where I work, so if you guys could pray for me, that would be awesome. I love you guys like crazy and I look forward to hearing you every day. I’m finally caught up for the year so I’ll be finishing strong. Love you lots! Bye-bye.
Hello, my name is Reyna. I’ve called a few times before for my children and now I’m calling for myself. I’m battling now with alcoholism. I’m very depressed this season and my youngest son, Vincent, had to leave the house because he got into a confrontation and he still hasn’t spoken to me. It’s been over a month now and I miss him terribly. He is 17 and he is living with his father who isn’t a very good influence on him. Obviously, for whatever reason, now I’m just battling with alcoholism and my oldest son as well. We are alone at the house and we’re quiet, but we just drink and I just go to sleep. I try to just forget how sad I am. I miss my boyfriend. We still talk and we have a relationship and God is building a relationship between us, but we live separately now. My daughter lives with her boyfriend, so it is a very broken home for me right now. I miss my mother who died years ago but I still miss her terribly. Pray that God would deliver me from alcoholism. Thank you. I love you, Daily Audio Bible family. I’m so grateful for all of you. God bless you all. And I pray for everybody. I listen to this almost daily and I pray for everyone out there. God bless. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Hi everyone. This is Melody from Canada. I want to respond to a woman who called on December 22 about breaking her daughter’s trust. Thank you so much for your vulnerability. Really precious and God treasures that. And I’m not a mother, but I’m a daughter and one of the most powerful things my mom did for me and still does for me is pray for me. She made a lot of mistakes. She broke my trust at times, but she faithfully prayed for me and that has __________. So encouragement to you to keep praying for your daughter and trusting in the grace of God __________. Merry Christmas everyone.
Hello, this is Johnnie from Colorado and I was asking for prayer because we are moving and I just need prayer just to have help with new friends and this new school. I’m kind of scared. Just to please have prayer. I’ll be praying for all you guys. Thank you, Brian, for all that you do for the Daily Audio Bible. Thank you. Okay, bye.
Hey everyone, my name is Kristen. I’m having a lot of struggles in my marriage. My husband used to be a follower of Christ and he’s been mixed in a lot of different things. He is so far from God and it is really, really hard. I know with God all things are possible and I know that God has a plan to restore our marriage and to bring us back together and I know this, but I need prayer for my strength to stay. We’re separated right now. It’s really hard. And it’s hard for our 10-year-old to go from house to house. Please, just everybody pray for him and for our son. Thank you. God bless.