03/05/2017 DAB Transcript

Numbers 4:1-5:31 ~ Mark 12:18-37 ~ Psalm 48:1-14 ~ Proverbs 10:26

Today is March 5th.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian and it’s always a pleasure to be here with you and I’m glad, really glad that we can be here for another day, another step, and cross into this brand new week together, centering ourselves and orienting our hearts to God through his word.  So here we go, launching into our first full week of this new month and this week we’ll read from the Good News Translation.  And, of course, we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday, Numbers chapter 4, verse 1 through 5:31 today.  


Father, we thank you for your word.  And here we are, walking through the threshold into another week.  We have given this month to you in advance and we give this week to in advance.  What we want is intimacy with you and we want that more than all of the other things that we are pursuing, both good and not so good.  We invite your Holy Spirit to show us the paths that are a waste of time, the things that we are into that have no value, the things that steal all of the margin in our lives and force us to the edges where anxiety and restlessness live.  We want to back off all of that and create spaciousness in our lives, not so that we can just get ourselves into a bunch of other hobbies and just simply do the same thing, get ourselves back out on the margins where anxiety is.  We want space in our lives for you because what we have learned in your word and what we have observed in our lives is that when we do walk with you, we are walking on the narrow path that leads to life. We are walking in a healthy way, one that has space, one that has margin, and as we allow you to touch all of the things in our lives, as we allow you to pull us out of things that are wasting our life, we will find more and more life.  It feels counterintuitive and yet it just simply reveals our addiction to motion.  We don’t like the idea of what it might look like to slow down and see the world before it passes us by.  Yet you’ve given us this life and these years to enjoy life as a human being.  We want that to its full because this is how you’ve created us.  We know that there is an eternity and often we think, well, there will be space and time there and yet there is space and time here, for now is a part of eternity. So come, Holy Spirit.  May this week matter in our relationship with one another.  We choose to walk with you.  We love you. We worship you.  We offer all of the days in this week in advance to that endeavor, the endeavor of knowing you and being known by you.  So come, Holy Spirit.  We pray in the mighty name of Jesus, we ask these things.  Amen.  


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Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

[Singing]  My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.  I cannot trust the sweetest praise, but only trust in Jesus’ name.  Christ alone, cornerstone, weak made strong in the Savior’s love.  Through the storm he is Lord, Lord of all.  [singing ends]  Jesus, you are our rock.  You are our cornerstone and though we face storms in this life, you will help calm the storms and bring us through.  Blessings from Sherry in British Columbia, Canada.  Just wanted to give a shout-out to all the DAB family that are participating in Lent March 1.  It starts today.  Firstly, I’m giving up chocolate and sweets and it’s going to be a fun time, so just remember if you’re doing this, the focus is to turn our attention to God. Every time we think of the sweets and the things, that we would pray and we would be thankful for God and all the things that we have.  In Jesus’ name, amen.  

Hello Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Jay from New Jersey and his fiancée Janelli, “hi!”  So that’s a praise report.  I want all of my brothers and sisters who are going through divorce, who are divorced, to understand that God has a plan for your life.  I’ve been divorced and Janelli has not been divorced and we’ve both been through many, many struggles in past relationships but just know and understand God has a will, so let’s pray.  Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we come before you now with our hearts humbled, focused and centered on you.  God, we thank you for this engagement between me and Janelli and we thank you for the blessing of a unity in Christ Jesus. Father, we pray that our relationship will be centered on you and we pray that our Daily Audio Bible family will pray for us continuously and we pray for those who are in the same situations which we are dealing with, which we’ve been through.  And we pray God, that you will manifest yourself through their prayers and their seeking you through fasting and their obeying you in their lives and in their relationships.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.  

My name is Dean and I would just like to ask for prayer.  I just feel like I’m just really lost and I don’t really know where to go anymore.  I’ve gone to churches and I don’t feel like I belong.  God just seems really distant to me.  Just really lonely.  Never been in love.  I’m getting older and I hear a lot of stories about people that are in bad relationships and people that have loved ones that have cancer, things like that.  Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t feel the way I feel, but I just know that I just, I don’t know, I can’t get along with anybody.  You know, I put up a good front and I’m just tired of living this way.  I don’t know. I love my parents and I watched both of them die and I feel like maybe there would be something to take their place and there never is.  So I just ask you for prayer.  Thanks.

Father God, we lift up those to you who need provision at the moment, Lord.  You know who they are.  You know what their needs are and we pray, Lord, that you would provide in them.  Father God, I think especially of those with disability benefits and those who are served by charities that are able to provide needs and things of that, Lord.  We pray for wisdom for those in authority and those in control of budgets at this time of cuts, that you would give them wisdom on what is needed and what is not.  And Lord, when things do get taken away from us, I pray, Lord, that something else will step in and provide that need.  Lord, you love us and I pray, Lord, that you would help us to be aware of that love and to feel that love.  And I pray, Lord, that we would be able to see that at work in those around us and in the way you provide for us.  And I’m praying especially, Lord, for my brothers and sisters out there who are dependent on things at the moment, Lord.  And I pray, Lord, that you would be providing or fulfilling whatever need, whatever gap there is, that something else will take its place.  Father God, thank you.  Thank you for your provision and for the way you look after us.  In Jesus’ name, amen.  Everyone, it’s Michaela from Gloucester, UK.  Yeah, hope you’re all having a good and blessed day wherever you are.  I’ll speak to you soon.  Bye.  

Hello fellow Dabbers!  This is Wayne from Maine calling you all the way from Ghana, West Africa.  It’s been a while since I called and I just wanted to touch base with you all.  You know, we’re beginning March and as we begin March we’ve listened and let God wash through us every day for this year.  Have you felt the presence in your life?  Have you felt him drawing you closer to him?  We’re going to continue to have trials and tribulations, physical, financial, emotional.  Lord, we’re going to have that, but He is here next to us encouraging us.  Isn’t that so reassuring?  I love it.  Hey, well listen, every time I call, which hasn’t been often lately, but every time I call, I read Micah.  The writer is saying “Lord, what do you want from me?”  And he says, “Would the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams and 10,000 rivers of oil?  Should I offer my firstborn for my transgressions?  My first fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  What is it you want, Lord?”  And the writer says, “He has shown you, O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you.”  Listen and let this sink in.  He says, “Dude, act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”  Remember that every day, you’ll do well, my friends.  Shout-out to the __________ baby!  Woot-woot!  Hey, this is Wayne from Maine.  Pray for me as I travel around Africa like a madman.  Cheers!  Love you guys.