03/27/2017 DAB Transcript

Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20 ~ Luke 7:36-8:3 ~ Psalm 69:1-18 ~ Proverbs 12:1

Today is March 27th.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you. Man, we are rounding the corner on another month, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Here we are, the 27th day of the third month of the year and almost since the beginning we’ve been chasing this story of a land of promise and been trying to get there and we are on the banks of the Jordan.  It’s not time to go into the promised land now. We’re listening to the final words of Moses as he speaks from his heart and with a weightiness that is necessary to these people, because he is going to disappear from the story when he is done talking.  So, back out to the banks of the Jordan River.  Deuteronomy chapter 7, verse 1 through 8, verse 20 today.  We’re reading from the Common English Bible this week.  

Commentary

We are on the eastern side of the Jordan River in what would be modern day Jordan, the ancient land of Moab, across from Jericho.  Moses has the children of Israel assembled.  Like we’ve been saying, he is saying the last things he has to say.  This is the parting shot.  He has been encouraging them in all kinds of areas, basically reviewing the law, basically saying, “Look, if you’ll do this stuff right here, it is going to be perfect. It is going to be exactly like what God wants.  If you don’t, it’s going to be everything but that.”  

He encourages them today.  “When you go into the land, you have to be careful about these other gods that they are worshipping and not fall for it.  You’re not going to go in and take care of all this business in one day. You’re not going to invade this land and it is going to be yours in one day.  It is going to take time.  It is going to be a little by little thing, a bit by bit thing.  Because if you went in and just wiped everything out, you’re not equipped to take possession right now of all this promise anyway.  We’d be giving the land to the wild animals who would become a nuisance for you, and so it is going to be a little by little thing.”

That is important.  It is important to this story, but it is also important to our lives because a lot of times we’ll get a promise, we’ll get an understanding, we’ll get some clarity about where the Lord is leading us and we’ll start filling in the blanks about what that is going to look like, and then we rush across the proverbial Jordan River into the promised land and boom!  It is a little more complicated than we thought.  Then we’re discouraged and we’re like, “Where are you going before me? I thought I was just going to be able to waltz into this thing.”

No, we have to contend for things in this world.  And that is what gives them value.  Think about it.  The things that you have had to contend for, that you have had to stand for, that you have had to fight for, the things that you’ve had to press into, the things that you have had to work through, those are the things that you treasure, right? Those are the things that have built your character.  

So the children of Israel are being admonished that this is how it is going to be when they go into the promised land.  It is going to be systematic, but it is going to be a bit at a time.  We need to remember that.  We need to remember that this is a process.  Life is a process.  It is something that is building one thing upon the next upon the next.  So wherever it is that we are in our lives, if we are following the Lord, then we are on the right path.  The momentary circumstances that would oppose that, that is normal.  That happens. We will be victorious.  That part is done.  So we must stay true and content, little by little until the promise is fulfilled.  

Prayer

Father, impatience is something that is all through this species of humanity, especially in this day and age, because our cultures, they try to sell us instant gratification continually, that if we just have enough money we can buy whatever we want.  And that may be true, but it does not build character and it is not something that we’ve contended for.  It is not something that we’ve stood for.  It’s not something that has been carefully crafted.  So as we move through our lives, may we treat them like the treasure that you do and may we pour into them good things as we stand true and firm and walk with you little by little, step by step, bit by bit, day by day. Come Holy Spirit, we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.  

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Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family.  It’s Brian from Costa Mesa.  It’s March 23rd and I just finished listening to the prayer requests. This goes out to Scott from Southern California.  You just had thousands of people around the world hear your plea for prayer.  What you described is heartbreaking and I’m sure we can only understand a small portion of what you’re going through, but first let me just say that you cannot sin more than God is willing to forgive and you have a good hold on who God is and who you are.  Trust in that faith.  Let this body of Christ surround you and lift you up in prayer.  Stay strong.  Stay in the faith and be open and honest.  I don’t know where it will lead, but I know that the Lord is going to restore you.  We pray for you.  We pray for your wife.  We pray for your kids.  We pray for everything surrounding your life.  Just know that you have a family here that is standing strong with you. Keep checking in, let us know how it is going.  

Good morning family.  This is Mary from Melbourne, FL.  I would like to pray.  Precious Father, I pray for the upcoming More Gathering and all of our precious women who will be attending.  I pray that you would draw close to each one in a very special way and reveal yourself to them.  Bring them lots of laughter and lots of tears of joy as they are renewed by your Spirit. Meet them all right where they are, Father, and fill them with your Holy Spirit.  We pray for Jill and Brian, Father, that you would minister to the people through them.  Give them the words to speak and, Father, I pray that you would get them all safely there and safely home and bless them to overflowing.  We know you have so many great things for them, Father, so we just ask you to be with them.  Give them a joy that they will never forget and we praise you and glorify you in Christ’s precious name.  Brian and Jill, we love you so much and we thank you for what you’re doing.  We know that this is going to be a blessing to our women and we lift them all up knowing that God is really going to bless them. He is going to surprise them with the things that he has for them, so thank you so much for all the work that you’ve done to go behind the scenes and in front of everyone to prepare these women for a wonderful, wonderful blessing from God.  We cannot thank you enough.  Hallelujah.  God bless you all and I just want you to know that we’re praying for all of you women, that you will come back excited and renewed by the Spirit of the Lord.  God bless every single one of you.  We love you and we know that this will be a wonderful, wonderful weekend for all of you women.  God bless you.  Goodbye.

Morning DAB.  This is Loralee from Boynton Beach, FL.  For the new people, glad you’re here.  I’m a 10-year listener and I wanted to read something for Candace in Oregon and for Bill B. It’s from The Valley of Vision with a few words changed.  Sovereign Lord, I am a tree of the vineyard you have planted.  Grant me not to be barren with worthless leaves and wild grapes. I’m a voyager across life’s ocean, safe in heaven’s ark.  May I pass through a troubled world into a harbor of eternal rest.  Prune me of useless branches.  Water me with dews of blessing.  I am part of the Lamb’s bride, the church.  Help me to be true, faithful, loving, pure, devoted.  Let no strong affection with the world draw me away. By grace may I live high above a love of things temporal, sanctified, cleansed, unblemished and holy.  Your love my fullness, your glory my joy, your precepts my path, your cross my resting place.  My heart is not always a flame of adoring love but, resting in your Son’s redemption, I look forward to the days of heaven where no apathy shall oppress, no iniquities bite, no cloud of unbelief dim the eye, and no zeal ever tires.  Father, these thoughts are the comfort of my soul.  In Jesus’ name, amen.  You have a blessed day.  We’re thinking of you and praying for you.  

Hi lovely family.  This is Pastor Gene from Bradenton, FL.  Here are a few words that gripped my heart as I was listening to the word of God in Numbers. God saying this about his people: How much longer will they reject me? Why won’t they trust me after all they have seen?  How much longer will they complain about me?  Father, these words pierce my heart as I recognize myself in them.  How many times have I said why did you bring me into this world?  How many times have I said why did you place me in this situation?  Please forgive me and forgive us when we declare that we don’t appreciate the gifts that you’ve given us, when we doubt you after you have brought us through so many situations.  Forgive us, O Lord, and help us to love you.  Help us to trust you.  As __________ from you in the word says, we believe.  God, help our unbelief.  Father, we come before you asking that you will fill our brother Dean with hope. That you will let him know how much you love him.  That you will let him know you are not going to quit on him.  Please bless our brother Dean __________ and let him know how much you love him and how much he __________ this community.  Father, I pray for our brother Pastor Tom from the UK who is currently in hospice battling terminal cancer.  We believe that just as you have brought him through for the last two and a half years, you’re able to touch his body with the power of your Son’s resurrection and heal him completely.  And Father, we are believing and expecting a miracle.  And finally, Lord, I pray for all the victims of the terrorist attack in London, whether they are from the UK or whether they are from a different country and were visiting.  O God, have mercy.  Touch them. Lift them up and deter the evil that has overcome us.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  This is Pastor Gene from Bradenton, FL.  Bye.  

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Dee from Virginia.  I’m a new listener since November 2016 and a first-time caller.  I just want to say I appreciate Daily Audio Bible greatly and thank you. I also want to let you know that I’m agreeing in prayer with the prayers that are being lifted up daily on behalf of those calling in and I’m just praising and thanking God for answering in the way that he knows is best.  Please join me in praying for Stanley who called in around the 18th or 19th.  Isaiah 40:31 says they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.  They shall mount up on wings as eagles.  They shall run and not be weary.  They shall walk and not faint.  And Galatians 6:9 says so don’t get tired of doing what is good.  Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.  Father, thank you for your word and how it will reassure Stanley in his role as an educator.  Thank you for giving him the wisdom, the understanding and knowledge he needs for the opportunity you have given him.  Help him to seek your face for guidance and direction.  May he be encouraged and know, Lord God, that you love him and you care about the things that are concerning him.  Please, Father, give him courage, confidence, strength, and peace.  In Jesus’ name, amen.  

Hello Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Jay calling from New Jersey.  God bless you.  God bless you.  God bless you.  Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, God, we praise you and we bless the mighty name of Jesus Christ this morning.  Father, we thank you for life.  We thank you for health.  And we thank you for the strength that you give us every day.  Father, we confess now of any sins that we’ve committed in our hearts, with our flesh, with our minds.  We repent, Father.  We turn away from it.  Father, we come to you because we’re dealing with so much that we need to lean on you, God. Father, we’re dealing with anxiety. God, we’re dealing with depression. Jesus, we’re dealing with isolation from friends and family.  Father, we’re dealing with financial issues that just seem to be too much.  God, we’re dealing with pornography.  Father, we’re struggling with our flesh.  God, we’re dealing with alcoholism and drug abuse. Father, we’re dealing with emotional and physical abuse.  God, some of us have been raped.  Some of us have been mugged and robbed and stolen from and lied on and cheated on. So God, we’re coming to you.  Jesus, we need you.  Holy Spirit, come now.  Comfort us in our time of need.  We thank you, Father, for your word that says that you give us the peace which passes all understanding.  We pray for that peace now, God, as we go to your word each and every day.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday March 27, 2017 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 7-8

Dealing with foreign worship

Now once the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to take possession of, and he drives out numerous nations before you—the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: seven nations that are larger and stronger than you— once the Lord your God lays them before you, you must strike them down, placing them under the ban.[a] Don’t make any covenants with them, and don’t be merciful to them. Don’t intermarry with them. Don’t give your daughter to one of their sons to marry, and don’t take one of their daughters to marry your son, because they will turn your child away from following me so that they end up serving other gods. That will make the Lord’s anger burn against you, and he will quickly annihilate you.

Instead, this is what you must do with these nations: rip down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their sacred poles,[b] and burn their idols because you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God chose you to be his own treasured people beyond all others on the fertile land. It was not because you were greater than all other people that the Lord loved you and chose you. In fact, you were the smallest of peoples! No, it is because the Lord loved you and because he kept the solemn pledge he swore to your ancestors that the Lord brought you out with a strong hand and saved you from the house of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh, Egypt’s king. Know now then that the Lord your God is the only true God! He is the faithful God, who keeps the covenant and proves loyal to everyone who loves him and keeps his commands—even to the thousandth generation! 10 He is the God who personally repays anyone who hates him, ultimately destroying that kind of person. The Lord does not waste time with anyone who hates him; he repays them personally. 11 So make sure you carefully keep the commandment, the regulations, and the case laws that I am commanding you right now.

12 If you listen to these case laws and follow them carefully, the Lord your God will keep the covenant and display the loyalty that he promised your ancestors. 13 He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will bless the fruit of your wombs and the fruit of your fertile land—all your grain, your wine, your oil, and the offspring of your cattle and flocks—upon the very fertile land that he swore to your ancestors to give to you. 14 You will be more blessed than any other group of people. No one will be sterile or infertile—not among you or your animals. 15 The Lord will remove all sickness from you. As for all those dreadful Egyptian diseases you experienced, the Lord won’t put them on you but will inflict them on all who hate you. 16 You will destroy all the peoples that the Lord your God is handing over to you. Show them no pity. And don’t serve their gods because that would be a trap for you.

Against power and lack of trust

17 If you happen to think to yourself, These nations are greater than we are; how can we possibly possess their land? 18 don’t be afraid of them! Remember, instead, what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and all Egypt: 19 the great trials that you saw with your own eyes, the signs and wonders, and the strong hand and outstretched arm the Lord your God used to rescue you. That’s what the Lord your God will do to any people you fear. 20 The Lord your God will send terror[c] on them until even the survivors and those hiding from you are destroyed. 21 Don’t dread these nations because the Lord your God, the great and awesome God, is with you and among you. (22 The Lord your God will drive out these nations before you bit by bit. You won’t be able to finish them off quickly; otherwise, the wild animals would become too much for you to handle.) 23 The Lord your God will lay these nations before you, throwing them into a huge panic until they are destroyed. 24 He will hand their kings over to you, and you will wipe their names out from under the skies. No one will be able to stand before you; you will crush them.

25 Burn the images of their gods. Don’t desire the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, or you will be trapped by it. That is detestable to the Lord your God. 26 Don’t bring any detestable thing into your house, or you will be placed under the ban too, just like it is! You must utterly detest these kinds of things, despising them completely, because they are under the ban.

You must carefully perform all of the commandment that I am commanding you right now so you can live and multiply and enter and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors. Remember the long road on which the Lord your God led you during these forty years in the desert so he could humble you, testing you to find out what was in your heart: whether you would keep his commandments or not. He humbled you by making you hungry and then feeding you the manna that neither you nor your ancestors had ever experienced, so he could teach you that people don’t live on bread alone. No, they live based on whatever the Lord says.[d] During these forty years, your clothes didn’t wear out and your feet didn’t swell up. Know then in your heart that the Lord your God has been disciplining you just as a father disciplines his children. Keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him, because the Lord your God is bringing you to a wonderful land, a land with streams of water, springs, and wells that gush up in the valleys and on the hills; a land of wheat and barley, vines, fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey; a land where you will eat food without any shortage—you won’t lack a thing there—a land where stone is hard as iron and where you will mine copper from the hills. 10 You will eat, you will be satisfied, and you will bless the Lord your God in the wonderful land that he’s given you.

Against wealth and overconfidence

11 But watch yourself! Don’t forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commands or his case laws or his regulations that I am commanding you right now. 12 When you eat, get full, build nice houses, and settle down, 13 and when your herds and your flocks are growing large, your silver and gold are multiplying, and everything you have is thriving, 14 don’t become arrogant, forgetting the Lord your God:

the one who rescued you from Egypt, from the house of slavery;

15 the one who led you through this vast and terrifying desert of poisonous snakes and scorpions, of cracked ground with no water;

the one who made water flow for you out of a hard rock;

16 the one who fed you manna in the wilderness, which your ancestors had never experienced, in order to humble and test you, but in order to do good to you in the end.

17 Don’t think to yourself, My own strength and abilities have produced all this prosperity for me. 18 Remember the Lord your God! He’s the one who gives you the strength to be prosperous in order to establish the covenant he made with your ancestors—and that’s how things stand right now. 19 But if you do, in fact, forget the Lord your God and follow other gods, serving and bowing down to them, I swear to you right now that you will be completely destroyed. 20 Just like the nations that the Lord is destroying before you, that’s exactly how you will be destroyed—all because you didn’t obey the Lord your God’s voice.

Footnotes:

  1. Deuteronomy 7:2 See note at 2:34.
  2. Deuteronomy 7:5 Heb asherim, perhaps objects devoted to the goddess Asherah
  3. Deuteronomy 7:20 Heb uncertain; perhaps wasp, plague, or pestilence
  4. Deuteronomy 8:3 Or whatever comes out of the Lord’s mouth
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Luke 7:36-8:3

Forgiveness and gratitude

36 One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him. After he entered the Pharisee’s home, he took his place at the table. 37 Meanwhile, a woman from the city, a sinner, discovered that Jesus was dining in the Pharisee’s house. She brought perfumed oil in a vase made of alabaster. 38 Standing behind him at his feet and crying, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and poured the oil on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw what was happening, he said to himself, If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. He would know that she is a sinner.

40 Jesus replied, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

“Teacher, speak,” he said.

41 “A certain lender had two debtors. One owed enough money to pay five hundred people for a day’s work.[a] The other owed enough money for fifty. 42  When they couldn’t pay, the lender forgave the debts of them both. Which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the largest debt canceled.”

Jesus said, “You have judged correctly.”

44 Jesus turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your home, you didn’t give me water for my feet, but she wet my feet with tears and wiped them with her hair. 45  You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet since I came in. 46  You didn’t anoint my head with oil, but she has poured perfumed oil on my feet. 47  This is why I tell you that her many sins have been forgiven; so she has shown great love. The one who is forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other table guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this person that even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Women who followed Jesus

Soon afterward, Jesus traveled through the cities and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of God’s kingdom. The Twelve were with him, along with some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses. Among them were Mary Magdalene (from whom seven demons had been thrown out), Joanna (the wife of Herod’s servant Chuza), Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 7:41 Or five hundred denaria
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Psalm 69:1-18

Psalm 69

For the music leader. According to “The Lilies.” Of David.

69 Save me, God,
because the waters have reached my neck!
I have sunk into deep mud.
My feet can’t touch the bottom!
I have entered deep water;
the flood has swept me up.
I am tired of crying.
My throat is hoarse.
My eyes are exhausted with waiting for my God.

More numerous than the hairs on my head
are those who hate me for no reason.
My treacherous enemies,
those who would destroy me, are countless.
Must I now give back
what I didn’t steal in the first place?
God, you know my foolishness;
my wrongdoings aren’t hidden from you.

Lord God of heavenly forces!—
don’t let those who hope in you
be put to shame because of me.
God of Israel!—
don’t let those who seek you
be disgraced because of me.
I am insulted because of you.
Shame covers my face.
I have become a stranger to my own brothers,
an immigrant to my mother’s children.
Because passion for your house has consumed me,
the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me!
10 I wept while I fasted—
even for that I was insulted.
11 When I wore funeral clothes,
people made fun of me.
12 Those who sit at the city gate muttered things about me;
drunkards made up rude songs.

13 But me? My prayer reaches you, Lord,
at just the right time.
God, in your great and faithful love,
answer me with your certain salvation!
14 Save me from the mud!
Don’t let me drown!
Let me be saved from those who hate me
and from these watery depths!
15 Don’t let me be swept away by the floodwaters!
Don’t let the abyss swallow me up!
Don’t let the pit close its mouth over me!
16 Answer me, Lord, for your faithful love is good!
Turn to me in your great compassion!
17 Don’t hide your face from me, your servant,
because I’m in deep trouble.
Answer me quickly!
18 Come close to me!
Redeem me!
Save me because of my enemies!

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Proverbs 12:1

12 Those who love discipline love knowledge,
and those who hate correction are stupid.

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03/26/2017 DAB Transcript

Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25 ~ Luke 7:11-35 ~ Psalm 68:19-35 ~ Proverbs 11:29-31

Today is the 26th day of March.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian. It’ is great to be here with you as we turn the knob, open the door, step through the threshold into a brand new week, releasing everything that is behind us and looking forward to everything that is to come.  This week we’ll read from the Common English Bible and pick up where we’ve left off in the book of Deuteronomy where Moses is giving his final three talks, the final things that he will say to the children of Israel, the way he will charge them as they go forward before he recedes into history.  Deuteronomy chapter 5, verse 1 through 6:25.  

Commentary

As Moses speaks to the children of Israel and puts a weightiness behind his words, because these are the last things he is going to say and he will pass the torch of leadership on, we can see the urgency, the urgency that he has for the people that he has led out of Egypt through the wilderness to the precipice once again of crossing the Jordan into the promised land.  So he is certainly reviewing their history and the law and it is great review for us because we’ve spent ample time working our way to this point.  But what he is telling them is timeless.  He is saying, “Look, the wilderness has been long and we have stayed here longer than we needed to.  We have seen God in his glory on our behalf in so many ways, in so many situations. He has sustained us.  We are still here.  After a whole generation of wandering in the desert, we’re still here and we’re ready to go in.  But you need to think about what that is going to look like.  Because it has been the point we have focused on for so long, just getting across the Jordan out of the wilderness, into the land of promise.”

“When you get there, you’re going to find that the land is beautiful and it has wonderful towns that you didn’t have to build and houses that have stuff in them that you didn’t put there and cisterns for your water that you didn’t dig and vineyards and olive groves that you didn’t plant, so all of a sudden things will rapidly shift.  You’ll move out of the wilderness into the promised land and he will have to fight for that promised land but you will be victorious.  And then it is going to get easy.  You’ll be at peace.  You’ll have homes.  You’ll have plenty.  You won’t be wandering anymore, wondering if one of the nearby nations might attack you, wondering where the next meal is coming from, wondering what the future might look like.  That will have been answered.  It is then that you find your great test.”  

“Watch yourself,” Moses said.  “Don’t forget the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. Revere the Lord your God.  Serve him.  Take your solemn pledges in his name.  Don’t chase other gods, those gods of the people around you because the Lord your God who is with you and among you is a passionate god.  The Lord your God’s anger will burn against you.  Don’t test the Lord your God.  You must carefully follow him.”

That is timeless.  And if we will look at our lives, and maybe some of us are in the wilderness right now, longing for that point, focusing on that point where we can cross over out of the wilderness and into promise, but we’ve all gone through those seasons, isn’t it true that once we get out of that season, out of focusing all of our attention on God and walking through that season, that, yes, indeed, things get easy, comfortable, and we forget and then we keep forgetting until we have walked right back into the wilderness again?  

Moses has the foresight to warn these people of what will be the greatest challenge, a greater challenge than the wilderness itself, the challenge of remembering the Lord their God when everything is going wonderful.  

And this is our challenge and so may we take heed.  We can remember this moment of contemplation now.  We can remember this.  We can remember to remember God.  We’re going to get to see what this actually looks like both ways, with God and without God.  So may we remember this moment, this moment of warning that Moses gave the children of Israel and through them is giving us because the paths will be laid out for us and we are continually choosing one or the other.  

Prayer

Holy Spirit, we invite you into that now because we’re going to see this greater theme unfold before us in the coming weeks and months.  We invite you into this now because we can look at our own lives and see that this is true.  Help us, God, to not forget.  We stay so close to you in the wilderness just asking for relief and then you come in your mercy and kindness and rescue us and we have a bad habit of abandoning you and that is so sad.  It is so heartbreaking.  And that isn’t the story we want to be telling.  That is not the story we want to be telling to the world and it is not the story we want to be telling while we’re in the world.  The story we want to be involved in is one of intimacy with you in all things, at all times, in all places, in all circumstances, that we are intertwined and inseparable.  So forgive us for the ways that we have abandoned you in thought, word, and deed by what we have done and by what we have left undone.  Forgive us.  Have mercy upon us.  We return to you.  We walk with you.  You are the hope of the world.  You are the hope of our lives and the story we want to be telling is one of friendship, one of intimacy, one of awe, one of reverence, one that never ends, one that is not waiting to begin, one that has begun and will never end.  Come Holy Spirit, we pray.  In Jesus’ name we ask, amen.  

Announcements

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If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at the website as well.  There is a link.  It’s on the home page.  Thank you profoundly for clicking that link.  That is how we’re here.  Thank you. If you are 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.  It’s McKenzie calling from California.  I just wanted to let all of you guys know that I’m praying for you and that there are people hearing your experiences and just wishing that God would __________ your lives in those hard times.  I just wanted to share a quick experience with you guys and some quick words of knowledge.  I recently attended a youth camp with our church and it was so eye-opening to me. I’m a believer and I love God and have always loved God since I was really little, but it was just such a different experience and I got to see God in a whole other way.  I got to see him move within young people.  I got to see him move within youth pastors, within older people.  I got to pray for people.  I saw kids who at the beginning of the camp refused to worship God, would cuss, talk inappropriately, dress inappropriately, by the end they wanted to get baptized and were worshipping God with all of their hearts.  People were healed and it was so incredible. You can’t experience something like that and think that God is not alive and here with us.  So sometimes that is easy to forget.  Super easy to forget.  Extremely, with difficult things going on in our lives.  Like I have really bad anxiety so it was super difficult for me to go but I’m so happy I did because I just really got to experience God in a whole new way.  I just want you guys to just always continue to love him and worship him through everything and just remember that God is there with you and he is there.  With everything, call on him.  Thank you guys.  Love you.  Bye.  

Hey, Brian.  This is Rich from Arkansas.  First off, I wanted to say hello to Blind Tony who has been my friend since January 1st.  Brian, I want to ask the family to reach out for me.  I did 500 days’ sobriety and I went to New York for a job interview, guys, and I kind of fell on my feet and I don’t understand.  Five hundred days of being sober and now I’m off.  I’ve been following the Daily Audio Bible because, I mean, for anyone that deals with addiction, I would tell you that I believe there is a healing and I totally believe that Jesus can heal.  This 12-step thing, I mean, I don’t know.  I’m fighting with it, but I know that Jesus healed the blind in one step, so I think he can heal me too.  So I hope this gets played.  I’ve been following.  Brian, you’ve been encouraging me.  After your mom passed, I’ve been following through the book of Moses and the story about how Joseph was so in trouble.  

Good morning family.  This is Biola from Maryland.  I hope you’re all doing well.  Brian and Jill, God bless you.  Know that you’ve been in my prayers every single day.  And Lord, I just want to thank you for that More Conference.  I thank you, O God, because your power and your anointing will be evident.  Every woman that will be going, O Father, I pray in the name of Jesus that they will not remain the same.  Holy Spirit, that you will come for your daughter’s hearts, in the name of Jesus. Teri from Delaware, I was so happy to hear all your testimonies and I pray that God will continue to put testimonies in your mouth, in the name of Jesus.  Candace from Oregon, my sister, know that I prayed for you when I heard your prayer request and your heart’s cry.  And I just prayed that God would comfort you, he would wrap his arms around you and your family, he would give you your heart’s desire at this time. Know that your husband is with the Lord and the Lord has a heart for the brokenhearted and he is there with you, sister, and he is grieving with you.  God bless you, my sister.  Valerie from Dallas, TX.  I heard your prayer request with deep hurts in my heart.  Father Lord, I pray for this sister, O God, Lord, and whatever is going on in her family, I arrest, O God, Lord, the work of the enemy even in that family, in the name of Jesus.  Father, Lord, you said, O God, Lord, that they will come against us, O God. They will gather against us, O Lord, but every one that is gathered, every demon that is gathered against Valerie, O God, and her family in Texas, O God, and __________ will fall for her sake. I bind every work of evil in that family, in the name of Jesus, and release your grace, O God, your power even into that family.  In Jesus’ name.  Nicki from North Vancouver, I’m praying for your grandson Leif, that God would touch him in his heart of hearts that respects God, that respects authority, in Jesus’ name.  Sidney, I prayed for your situation and I prayed for that young man.  I arrest even that spirit of evil that you think is harassing him right now and I decree that it will be delivered, in the name of Jesus. God bless you.  

Hi there, this is Jerrie from Wyoming, also known as __________.  I’m currently in Orem, UT on my travels and just got done listening to Daily Audio Bible.  It is March the 23rd I believe, 22nd, 23rd? Oh, I travel too much.  I’ve just discovered how love works __________ through Daily Audio Bible.  Oh my goodness, just to hear the beautiful voices of you all.  It’s just such a blessing to me.  And __________ just hearing the whole story of Candace.  I’ve only been listening for a few months and hearing the beautiful voice of Candace sing and just hearing her and who she is, that is the voice of love.  And then to have her go through what she has gone through with the death of her husband, but on the other side of that hearing the voice of love from you all in condolences and lifting her up and singing to her and blessing her and touching her family, that is the voice of love.  It’s just taken me such a long time to learn how to love and be a love to others.  The more I listen and the more I hear your voices speak out to others, I’m learning about love.  And then hearing Candace rejoice in praise with you all and thanking you all for all the wonderful words that you have given her, that is the voice of love.  It is wonderful to see the cycle of love given out and received and given back in return.  I’m learning about love and it is through you all and…

Hi fellow Dabbers.  It’s Joe the Protector from Georgia.  It’s March 23rd, 8:00 in the morning.  Just been listening to the prayers for our precious Candace from Oregon. Candace, I just want to lift you up as well and just cover you with many prayers over your loss.  I’m sure it is such a heartache losing a close loved one like that and just going through the pain.  You know in the end you are going to see him again.  He is in a better place and so we just lift you up right now, though, as you’re going through the heartaches of it and your family.  Just keep up those sweet songs you phone in. We all enjoy them.  So anyhow, Tony from California, I believe, called in. Brother, want to lift you up in this time and struggle you’re going through as your career as a correctional officer is causing issues in your marriage.  I can totally relate.  As a 16-year law enforcement veteran, I went through the same issues, I’m sure.  I was a correctional officer at one time and I know how they train you and how they teach you to react to situations.  The way you’re taught to do that isn’t biblically based.  I’m not saying that it is wrong, but it is just not…I don’t believe it is a godly thing to do.  Anyhow, if you want to contact me, KellyJMcClendon@yahoo.com.  

Good morning, this is Inez calling from Arizona.  I just called to send my condolences to Candace and her family. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss in your family.  I know that your husband is now in heaven and I rejoice with you in that, but I also am feeling a little bit sorrowful because of that loss.  I don’t know you, but through Daily Audio Bible I do. Because you always share with us a song, I’m going to share a song with you also, Wonderful Peace.  I’m going to sing the first part of it in Navajo.  [Singing]

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday March 26, 2017 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 5-6

Ten Commandments

Moses called out to all Israel, saying to them: “Israel! Listen to the regulations and the case laws that I’m recounting in your hearing right now. Learn them and carefully do them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Mount Horeb. The Lord didn’t make this covenant with our ancestors but with us—all of us who are here and alive right now. The Lord spoke with you face-to-face on the mountain from the very fire itself. At that time, I was standing between the Lord and you, declaring to you the Lord’s word, because you were terrified of the fire and didn’t go up on the mountain.”

The Lord said:

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

You must have no other gods before[a] me. Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. Do not bow down to them or worship them because I, the Lord your God, am a passionate God. I punish children for their parents’ sins—even to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me. 10 But I am loyal and gracious to the thousandth generation[b] of those who love me and keep my commandments.

11 Do not use the Lord your God’s name as if it were of no significance; the Lord won’t forgive anyone who uses his name that way.

12 Keep the Sabbath day and treat it as holy, exactly as the Lord your God commanded: 13 Six days you may work and do all your tasks, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Don’t do any work on it—not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your oxen or donkeys or any of your animals, or the immigrant who is living among you—so that your male and female servants can rest just like you. 15 Remember that you were a slave in Egypt, but the Lord your God brought you out of there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. That’s why the Lord your God commands you to keep the Sabbath day.

16 Honor your father and your mother, exactly as the Lord your God requires, so that your life will be long and so that things will go well for you on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you.

17 Do not kill.[c]

18 Do not commit adultery.

19 Do not steal.

20 Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.

21 Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s wife.

Do not crave your neighbor’s house, field, male or female servant, ox, donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.

22 Those are the words the Lord spoke to your entire assembly with a loud voice while on the mountain, from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick smoke. He added no more. God wrote them on two stone tablets, then gave them to me.

Moses’ intercessory role

23 Now once you heard the voice from the darkness while the mountain was blazing with fire, you came to me—more specifically, all the chiefs of your tribes and your elders came— 24 and you said: “Look here! The Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness. We’ve heard his voice come out of the very fire itself. We’ve seen firsthand that God can speak to a human being and they can survive! 25 But why should we die? Surely this massive fire will consume us! If we hear any more of the Lord our God’s voice, we will die. 26 Is there anyone who has heard the living God’s voice speaking out of the very fire itself, like we have, and survived? 27 You go and listen to all that the Lord our God says. Then tell us all that the Lord our God speaks to you. We’ll listen and we’ll do it.”

28 The Lord heard what you said, when you said this to me. The Lord then told me: I heard what the people said when they spoke with you. Everything they suggest is good. 29 If only their minds were like this: always fearing me and keeping all my commandments so that things would go well for them and their children forever! 30 Go and tell them: You may go back to your tents. 31 But you, Moses, must stay here with me. I will tell you all the commandments,[d] the regulations, and the case laws that you must teach the Israelites to do in the land that I am giving them to possess.

32 So you must carefully do exactly what the Lord your God commands you. Don’t deviate even a bit! 33 You must walk the precise path that the Lord your God indicates for you so that you will live, and so that things will go well for you, and so you will extend your time on the land that you will possess.

The great commandment

Now these are the commandments, the regulations, and the case laws that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you to follow in the land you are entering to possess, so that you will fear the Lord your God by keeping all his regulations and his commandments that I am commanding you—both you and your sons and daughters—all the days of your life and so that you will lengthen your life. Listen to them, Israel! Follow them carefully so that things will go well for you and so that you will continue to multiply exactly as the Lord, your ancestors’ God, promised you, in a land full of milk and honey.

Israel, listen! Our God is the Lord! Only the Lord![e]

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength. These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds. Recite them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up. Tie them on your hand as a sign. They should be on your forehead as a symbol.[f] Write them on your house’s doorframes and on your city’s gates.

10 Now once the Lord your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to you—a land that will be full of large and wonderful towns that you didn’t build, 11 houses stocked with all kinds of goods that you didn’t stock, cisterns that you didn’t make, vineyards and olive trees that you didn’t plant—and you eat and get stuffed, 12 watch yourself! Don’t forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 Revere the Lord your God, serve him, and take your solemn pledges in his name! 14 Don’t follow other gods, those gods of the people around you— 15 because the Lord your God, who is with you and among you, is a passionate God. The Lord your God’s anger will burn against you, and he will wipe you off the fertile land. 16 Don’t test the Lord your God the way you frustrated him at Massah. 17 You must carefully follow the Lord your God’s commands along with the laws and regulations he has given you. 18 Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight so that things will go well for you and so you will enter and take possession of the wonderful land that the Lord swore to your ancestors, 19 and so the Lord will drive out all your enemies from before you, just as he promised.

The next generation

20 In the future, your children will ask you, “What is the meaning of the laws,[g] the regulations, and the case laws that the Lord our God commanded you?” 21 tell them: We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. But the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 Before our own eyes, the Lord performed great and awesome deeds of power[h] against Egypt, Pharaoh, and his entire dynasty. 23 But the Lord brought us out from there so that he could bring us in, giving us the land that he swore to our ancestors. 24 Then the Lord commanded us to perform all these regulations, revering the Lord our God, so that things go well for us always and so we continue to live, as we’re doing right now. 25 What’s more, we will be considered righteous if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, just as he commanded us.

Footnotes:

  1. Deuteronomy 5:7 Or besides
  2. Deuteronomy 5:10 Or to thousands
  3. Deuteronomy 5:17 Or murder
  4. Deuteronomy 5:31 Heb is singular, commandment (see 6:1).
  5. Deuteronomy 6:4 Or The Lord is our God, the Lord only; or The Lord is our God, the Lord alone; or The Lord our God is one Lord; or The Lord our God, the Lord is one; or The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.
  6. Deuteronomy 6:8 Heb uncertain; cf Exod 13:16; Syr sign or mark; Tg phylacteries
  7. Deuteronomy 6:20 Or What are the laws…?
  8. Deuteronomy 6:22 Or signs and wonders
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Luke 7:11-35

Jesus raises a widow’s son

11 A little later Jesus went to a city called Nain. His disciples and a great crowd traveled with him. 12 As he approached the city gate, a dead man was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. 13 When he saw her, the Lord had compassion for her and said, “Don’t cry.” 14 He stepped forward and touched the stretcher on which the dead man was being carried. Those carrying him stood still. Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, get up.” 15 The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.

16 Awestruck, everyone praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding region.

John the Baptist and Jesus

18 John’s disciples informed him about all these things. John called two of his disciples 19 and sent them to the Lord. They were to ask him, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?”

20 When they reached Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you. He asks, ‘Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?’”

21 Right then, Jesus healed many of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he gave sight to a number of blind people. 22 Then he replied to John’s disciples, “Go, report to John what you have seen and heard. Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled now walk. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. And good news is preached to the poor.[a] 23  Happy is anyone who doesn’t stumble along the way because of me.”

24 After John’s messengers were gone, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John. “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A stalk blowing in the wind? 25  What did you go out to see? A man dressed up in refined clothes? Look, those who dress in fashionable clothes and live in luxury are in royal palaces. 26  What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27  He is the one of whom it’s written: Look, I’m sending my messenger before you, who will prepare your way before you.[b] 28  I tell you that no greater human being has ever been born than John. Yet whoever is least in God’s kingdom is greater than he.” 29 Everyone who heard this, including the tax collectors, acknowledged God’s justice because they had been baptized by John. 30 But the Pharisees and legal experts rejected God’s will for themselves because they hadn’t been baptized by John.

31 “To what will I compare the people of this generation?” Jesus asked. “What are they like? 32  They are like children sitting in the marketplace calling out to each other, ‘We played the flute for you and you didn’t dance. We sang a funeral song and you didn’t cry.’ 33  John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34  Yet the Human One[c] came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ 35  But wisdom is proved to be right by all her descendants.”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 7:22 Isa 35:5-6; 61:1
  2. Luke 7:27 Mal 3:1
  3. Luke 7:34 Or Son of Man
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Psalm 68:19-35

19 Bless the Lord!
The God of our salvation
supports us day after day! Selah
20 Our God is the God of salvation,
and escape from certain death comes through God my Lord.

21 Yes, God will shatter the heads of his enemies—
the very skulls of those who walk in guilt.
22 My Lord has spoken:
“From Bashan I will bring those people back.
I will bring them back from the ocean’s depths
23 so that you can wash your feet in their blood,
so that your dogs’ tongues
can lap up their share of your enemies.”

24 They saw your procession, God—
the procession of my God,
my king, into the sanctuary.
25 First came the singers,
then the musicians;
between them the young women
were playing hand drums:
26 “Bless God in the great congregation;
bless the Lord from Israel’s fountain!”
27 There’s Benjamin leading them,
though he’s little;
then the princes of Judah,
their speaker;
then the princes of Zebulun
and the princes of Naphtali.

28 Summon your strength, God!
Show how strong you are, God,
just as you’ve done for us before,
29 from your temple above Jerusalem,
where kings bring you gifts.
30 Rebuke the wild animals of the marshland,
the herd of bulls among the calves of the peoples.
Trample those who delight in money;
scatter the peoples who take pleasure in battles.
31 Let ambassadors come from Egypt;
let Cush stretch out its hands to God.

32 Sing to God, all kingdoms of the earth!
Sing praises to my Lord. Selah
33 Sing to the one who rides through heaven,
the most ancient heaven.
Look! God sends forth his voice,
his mighty voice.
34 Recognize how strong God is!
His majesty extends over Israel;
his strength is in the clouds.
35 You are awesome, God, in your sanctuaries—
the God of Israel who gives strength and power to his people!

Bless God!

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Proverbs 11:29-31

29 Those who trouble their family will inherit the wind.
The fool will be servant to the wise.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and the wise gather lives.[a]
31 If the righteous receive their due on earth,
how much more the wicked and sinners?

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 11:30 Or LXX, Syr violence takes lives away
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03/25/2017 DAB Transcript

Deuteronomy 4:1-49 ~ Luke 6:39-7:10 ~ Psalm 68:1-18 ~ Proverbs 11:28

Today is the 25th day of March.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian. It’s good to be here with you today, end of another week, and so we’ve been reading from the New Living Translation this week.  Deuteronomy chapter 4, verses 1 through 49 today.  

Prayer

We thank you, Father, for another week in your word.  We hear you say, “Why do you keep calling me Lord when you don’t do what I say?”  We hear you. We invite your Holy Spirit into that. We want to be people built on a foundation of solid rock so that no matter what comes our way, we stand firm. So we invite you into that.  Holy Spirit, come, show us the places that have cracked in our foundation.  We ask this in your precious and holy 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 on the home page.  Thank you for clicking that link.  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 Daily Audio Bible family.  This is Joyce calling from California.  Let’s pray. O Heavenly Father, Lord, we praise you so much.  Father God, you are so good to us.  Lord, we praise you because you have healed us, Lord, and we will be healed.  Save us, Lord, and we will be saved for you are the one that we praise.  O Lord, blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  Lord, for we will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes.  It’s leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and it never fails to bear fruit.  O Lord Jesus, we just praise you.  Heavenly Father, we just praise you and we lift up every single member of our beautiful family and our community.  Lord, just as you have spoken through Arjen to tell us, Lord, that the blood that binds us together in this eternal family is far more precious and far more binding, Lord, than the blood that binds us to our biological family. Lord, we praise you.  We bless you.  We love you.  And we pray your protection over every single member of our community.  We pray your healing.  And Lord, I pray that you rise up in each of us, Lord, in our community and we bless this world.  That we’ll be the salt and the light, Father God.  We pray that your will be done through our lives.  We thank you for the words of encouragement that Brian spoke today, Lord, that you will rise up with courage to face the temptations and the trials and everything you have given to us with great confidence because we know that you live in us and you’re the one doing this.  We praise your holy name.  In your precious name we pray, amen.  

Hi, this is Cindy from Columbia, SC, calling back with an update on fasting for Hannah Joy.  She has been praying and fasting, this is day three, for her healing, and I am her mom and I called in and told everybody about it a few days ago and just asking for everyone’s prayer that she will be healed of her type 1 diabetes that we hope will no longer be hers.  I joined her in her fasting today and will continue with her for the next three days and just thank you guys for your prayers.  I just want to read and declare Acts 3:16 and changing Hannah’s name out for the man that was healed.  By faith, in the name of Jesus, this woman, Hannah Joy, whom you see and know is made strong.  It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to her as you can all see.  We’re looking so forward to this beautiful testimony.  Thank you Jill and Brian for this forum.  Love you all and have a great day.  

Hey family.  This is Jordan from Michigan.  Wanted to call in for prayer for my best friend’s mother.  As many of you know, back in June my best friend passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident and his mother has not been talking to me much. I’ve been calling her and just hasn’t been answering.  I made a promise to my best friend that I would call her and talk to her frequently. Well, she ended up calling me last week for the first time in about five months and it was excellent to hear from her, just to hear her voice, but she is not doing too well.  She wasn’t talking much and she told me that she emotionally she is doing worse than she was doing when she first found out and at the funeral and so she needs prayer.  She is so low right now and I know that the Lord has so much work for her to do to minister to people who are going through painful circumstances but she can’t lift up others until she is lifted up herself.  So that is where you come in.  Please intercede on her behalf and say a prayer for Ellie.  Thank you and I love you.  Have a wonderful day.  

Hi, this is my first time calling.  I love you guys.  You guys are awesome.  I do have a prayer request.  My daughter has been fighting illnesses all her life and now there is one that is becoming very tricky.  Please pray for her.  I won’t give out her name, but she is almost 33 years old and she really needs prayer. She has come a long way in the last few years, but medically it sucks.  So she has a lot of medical issues.  So please pray for her.  And I appreciate all that you guys do.  Thank you so much and God bless you.  Bye-bye.

Hi, this is Victorious Soldier.  I’m just calling tonight to pray for Candace in the loss of her husband and to pray for her family.  My beautiful sister Candy, I pray for you right now, in the name of Jesus.  Lord, you touch my beautiful sister Candace from the crown of her head to the soles of her feet.  Lord, you hold her.  You caress her.  You touch her.  You let her know and comfort her and let her know you’re with her, Lord.  O Lord, you touch every one of her children, Lord.  O Lord, you touch them and let them see the Lord like never before.  Lord, give them a hunger and thirst after righteousness, Lord, that their father can look down and see them doing the will of the Lord, knowing that one day they will soon be together and they will be rejoicing with him.  O Lord, this is not our home.  This is our visiting station.  Our home is a permanent home of eternity and peace and love.  Lord, we thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be here and allowing us to have the relationship with the Dabbers and the people of God.  We want you to continue to comfort those who have lost their loved one and let them know that our joy is in being with God and being with the Savior, knowing that he is with us now.  He never leaves us or forsakes us, but we have no interruption when we are there with him.  Lord, you have your way.  Encourage them on, Lord.  O God, you rain on Candy with your mighty rain.  Give her the desires of her heart.  You encourage her, Lord.  You strengthen her, Lord.  O God, you have your way.  In the mighty name of Jesus, I lift you up and I give you the praise.  In the mighty name of Jesus we pray, amen.  Have a good day, Dabbers.  And my sister Candace, I love you and still praying with you and the family, looking to see greater things.  

Good morning to my Daily Audio Bible family.  Good morning Jill and Brian and just glad to be on just to give my warm regards to everyone.  It’s been a long time.  This is Pamela.  I am a pastor’s wife/teacher from Huntington, NY.  I’ve been listening and I’ve been extremely busy but all is well.  I do have the desire __________, still continuing to pray for everyone although I don’t call in often.  I just want you to know I’m still listening in, loving the word of God, loving the teaching that is coming from Brian.  I do have a prayer request.  I’m requesting that you pray for my husband.  His name is Gary, Pastor Gary.  He is struggling in his life and I need for you to lift him up in prayer, Pastor Gary.  Okay?  And I’m lifting up everyone in prayer.  God bless everybody.  Have a wonderful day.  

03/24/2017 DAB Transcript

Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29 ~ Luke 6:12-38 ~ Psalm 67:1-7 ~ Proverbs 11:27

Today is March 24th.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian and it’s great to be here with you today.  Every once in a while I hit the record button while I’m in the middle of a sip of Windfarm coffee.  Sorry about that.  So, we’re all set.  Here we go. We began the book of Deuteronomy yesterday, which is basically three different discourses from Moses that happened to be the last things that he says in his life to the children of Israel. And it’s kind of moving back through the history that we’ve covered with them in a review.  And it’s beautiful to kind of contextualize where we’ve been over the last little while, ever since we met Moses, which buttons this section of the Bible up nicely because we’ll be moving into completely new territory from this point forward.  So today, from the New Living Translation, Deuteronomy chapter 2, verse 1 through 3, verse 29.

Commentary

As we travel along with Jesus, we’re on a little hill, a little rise, moving away from the Sea of Galilee.  The Sea of Galilee is the backdrop.  It’s beautiful.  It’s a beautiful, beautiful place.  And Jesus is laying out this message known as the Sermon on the Mount, this central teaching. And we’ve covered this before in the book of Matthew, but in the book of Luke, as we hear the retelling of what Jesus said, we see so clearly that the kingdom of God that Jesus is talking about and the way that it operates, the way that you operate within it is basically completely opposite of the way we live most of our lives or our initial reaction to things.  Jesus just contrasts everything.  And what he says to do looks the opposite of what we normally react or do, right?  I mean, love your enemies.  Do good to those who hate you.  Bless those who curse you.  Pray for those who hurt you.  If somebody hits you on a cheek, turn the other cheek.  If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt.  Give to anyone who asks.  And when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.  Do to others as you would like them to do to you.  Love your enemies.  Do good to them.  Lend to them without expecting to be repaid then your reward from heaven will be very great and you’ll be truly acting as children of the Most High.  Don’t judge others and you won’t be judged.  Don’t condemn others or it will all come back against you.  Forgive others and you will be forgiven.  Give and you will receive.  

You see, it’s like the opposite of what we normally do.  If we’ll take the time to kind of examine this today, overlay it with our own hearts and invite the Holy Spirit, we’ll see that Jesus is outlining the fabric of the kingdom and how we do or do not operate in it, because if we read all this stuff backward, we would find ourselves in some of these things.  For example, the opposite of what Jesus said to do would be don’t love your enemies. Don’t do good to those who hate you. Do bad to them.  Curse those who curse you.  Cut off your prayers for those who hurt you.  If somebody slaps you on the cheek, slap them back.  If anyone asks you for anything, don’t give it to them.  Especially don’t love your enemies.  Don’t do good to them.  Don’t lend to anybody without expecting to be repaid.  Judge others all the time so that you too will be judged.  Condemn others so that you too can be condemned. Be unforgiving so that you can in turn be unforgiven.  Don’t give so that you don’t receive.  

I mean, if we look at our lives, we’ll see that some of these postures, they crop up.  Jesus is inviting us to live backward to the way that we’re living a lot of the time. But backward to the way that we’re living a lot of the time is actually how the kingdom works.  So may we give the postures of our heart some thought today.

Prayer

We invite you, Holy Spirit, into that.  Come Jesus.  These are your words.  This is your picture of humanity.  This is how you lived and this is your description of the kingdom of heaven. And we can find places quite easily that we are contrary to that.  We invite you into that.  We release those things, those postures, those attitudes, those reactions, those words, the things that we say that are contrary.  We release all this.  It’s all rooted in other places of our identity that only you can reach and so come. Come Holy Spirit.  Change us from within and help us to live and represent and steward your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.  

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Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Hi family.  This is Salvation is Mine in San Leandro, CA.  Today is Saturday, March 18th.   I wanted to say thank you to everyone on the DAB that has reached out to me or has sent me a card or has sent me CDs or books or gifts.  It was so unexpected and I so appreciate each and every one of you for embracing me with the love of Christianity that I have never seen before in my entire life.  I just am so grateful for this family, for the love, for the genuine heart that everyone has for Jesus in this community. I really don’t even have the correct words to tell you how grateful I am that you guys care for me and that you love me, even though we’ve never met, but we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. And we will all be together one day in his glorious presence.  So thank you. I will be posting more pictures of the items I have received in the next few days, but I just wanted you to know that I have so much gratitude in my heart for you and I will never, ever, ever forget how you’ve made me feel, that I am truly a part of a family because I don’t feel that way about my own family and I don’t think they feel that way about me, but the Daily Audio Bible people have truly made me feel that I belong. So thank you so much.  God bless you.  Have a good evening.  Bye-bye.

Stanley in Maryland, this is John from Bethlehem, PA.  It’s Sunday, March 19th and I just heard your prayer request after listening to today’s podcast and I wanted to share with you that it is no coincidence that yesterday, the 18th of March, I was in an Alpha program at my church here in Nazareth, PA and there was a story that was told during that service that was absolutely put there for me to hear to be able to tell you.  And it goes like this.  There were two soldiers.  They were fighting in war together.  They were in a foxhole together.  One of the soldiers was dying.  He said to his counterpart and his friend, “I’m dying.  There is a certain man at a certain address back home that I need you to go see when this war is over because what he taught me is what I’m thinking about right now and I love him for that.”  That war ended.  That soldier that lived went back home.  He sought out that person at that certain address and he knocked on his door and that person answered and he told him what his friend told him, that what he taught him as a young child was what he was thinking about right then just before his death.  The person that answered the door broke down in tears.  And the soldier said to him, “What is it?”  And he said, “Oh my God, I don’t know why I ever stopped teaching.” What happened was somebody was impacted by what he had done and he had never realized the impact of it. Stanley, the work that you’re doing is impactful.  It’s making a difference.  You may not ever be able to reap the harvest, to see the growth, but the soil that you’re tilling is…

Hi, my name is Michael.  I’m a first-time caller, calling from London, UK.  I’ve been battling with anxiety more recently, anger in the form of self-attacking. It’s pretty much a daily occurrence, and I know I need to let go of my thought life and take responsibility because that is where it kind of lies, but I just need prayer for help in that capacity because it is not doing very well for my wellbeing.  Thank you.  

Good morning Daily Audio Bible.  This is Janelli from New Jersey.  I am so excited to be calling in.  This is my first time and I’m just so blessed by the Daily Audio Bible and I’m really calling in for prayer.  I’m newly engaged to my wonderful fiancé Janeen and he’s just amazing and this God-filled man that God has really placed into my life.  And we’re just looking forward to having a Christ-centered marriage as we have a Christ-centered relationship and I’m calling on behalf of prayer and guidance that I can be the excellent wife that I know God has called me to be.  I don’t have a lot of examples of biblical marriages so there are some fears there that I can do all that God has called me to do even though I know I’m strengthened by him.  But I’m calling for my DAB family to really pray and wrap this around in prayer. And also there are feelings of doubt from the enemy that I can’t do this and that I don’t have examples, and I know that is from the enemy, but just prayer on how to stay strong against those doubts when they come in and battling them with scripture.  Really looking forward to hearing and praying and moving forward.  Thank you so much for this resource in my life.  It really has taken off and changed my whole year.  Thank you so much.  Bye-bye.  

Hi Daily Audio Bible family.  This is James, the teacher in LA, and actually responding to the prayer request from March 19th by Stanley teaching out in Washington, D.C.  And I guess I’m responding to Stanley, but I want to talk to you and I want to talk to Jordan in Detroit and any other teachers out there, especially new teachers.  I can understand all too well the feeling of am I doing the right thing?  Am I doing a good job?  Being exhausted from staying up late regularly lesson planning and being challenged by your students all the time.  Guys, and especially I’m talking to the male teachers in particular, you don’t understand the value that you have.  Just statistically, especially if you teach in the city, this country is full of fatherless children.  You might be one of the very few men who has ever cared for any of these kids and showed them what a man of integrity looks like, a man of God.  And even if they have church in their lives, that is never a guarantee. You’re being challenged because __________ doesn’t like the Spirit, but at the same time they need it.  And I’ve seen these kids grow up over the years and they come out the other side and they need an example of what it is to be an adult who loves God.  So keep going.  You’re doing the right thing.  Love you guys.  Bye.  

Hi DAB family.  This is Daphne P. calling from Roswell, NM.  I would like for you guys to pray if you can for our mission trip to Tokyo and __________ coming March 24 to April 2.  We have 12 people going and we are just praying that God would do a mighty work among Japanese people.  Japanese are the second largest unreached people group on the planet, people here in America kind of don’t ever see.  Japan is a  solid mission field because it is so modern and so beautiful, yet the people’s hearts are so far from God, so many of them.  And I’m just wondering if you would pray for them?  I’ve been listening for, I think this is my eighth year.  I have never called in before, so thank you guys for being my family and thank you for getting me through so much in the past.  Just pray for us as we’re working with churches and doing street evangelism and prayer walking through Tokyo and __________.  You can reach out to me on Facebook.  Daphne P. so Facebook.com/Daphne P. I believe. But thank you so much for everything you guys do, Brian and this whole team.   We just thank you and praise you for all that you’ve done for this community.  God bless.  

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday March 25, 2017 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 4

Moses Urges Israel to Obey

“And now, Israel, listen carefully to these decrees and regulations that I am about to teach you. Obey them so that you may live, so you may enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you.

“You saw for yourself what the Lord did to you at Baal-peor. There the Lord your God destroyed everyone who had worshiped Baal, the god of Peor. But all of you who were faithful to the Lord your God are still alive today—every one of you.

“Look, I now teach you these decrees and regulations just as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy. Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and intelligence among the surrounding nations. When they hear all these decrees, they will exclaim, ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’ For what great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us whenever we call on him? And what great nation has decrees and regulations as righteous and fair as this body of instructions that I am giving you today?

“But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. 10 Never forget the day when you stood before the Lord your God at Mount Sinai,[a] where he told me, ‘Summon the people before me, and I will personally instruct them. Then they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will teach their children to fear me also.’

11 “You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while flames from the mountain shot into the sky. The mountain was shrouded in black clouds and deep darkness. 12 And the Lord spoke to you from the heart of the fire. You heard the sound of his words but didn’t see his form; there was only a voice. 13 He proclaimed his covenant—the Ten Commandments[b]—which he commanded you to keep, and which he wrote on two stone tablets. 14 It was at that time that the Lord commanded me to teach you his decrees and regulations so you would obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy.

A Warning against Idolatry

15 “But be very careful! You did not see the Lord’s form on the day he spoke to you from the heart of the fire at Mount Sinai. 16 So do not corrupt yourselves by making an idol in any form—whether of a man or a woman, 17 an animal on the ground, a bird in the sky, 18 a small animal that scurries along the ground, or a fish in the deepest sea. 19 And when you look up into the sky and see the sun, moon, and stars—all the forces of heaven—don’t be seduced into worshiping them. The Lord your God gave them to all the peoples of the earth. 20 Remember that the Lord rescued you from the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt in order to make you his very own people and his special possession, which is what you are today.

21 “But the Lord was angry with me because of you. He vowed that I would not cross the Jordan River into the good land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession. 22 You will cross the Jordan to occupy the land, but I will not. Instead, I will die here on the east side of the river. 23 So be careful not to break the covenant the Lord your God has made with you. Do not make idols of any shape or form, for the Lord your God has forbidden this. 24 The Lord your God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God.

25 “In the future, when you have children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time, do not corrupt yourselves by making idols of any kind. This is evil in the sight of the Lord your God and will arouse his anger.

26 “Today I call on heaven and earth as witnesses against you. If you break my covenant, you will quickly disappear from the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. You will live there only a short time; then you will be utterly destroyed. 27 For the Lord will scatter you among the nations, where only a few of you will survive. 28 There, in a foreign land, you will worship idols made from wood and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29 But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.

30 “In the distant future, when you are suffering all these things, you will finally return to the Lord your God and listen to what he tells you. 31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.

There Is Only One God

32 “Now search all of history, from the time God created people on the earth until now, and search from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything as great as this ever been seen or heard before? 33 Has any nation ever heard the voice of God[c] speaking from fire—as you did—and survived? 34 Has any other god dared to take a nation for himself out of another nation by means of trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, a strong hand, a powerful arm, and terrifying acts? Yet that is what the Lord your God did for you in Egypt, right before your eyes.

35 “He showed you these things so you would know that the Lord is God and there is no other. 36 He let you hear his voice from heaven so he could instruct you. He let you see his great fire here on earth so he could speak to you from it. 37 Because he loved your ancestors, he chose to bless their descendants, and he personally brought you out of Egypt with a great display of power. 38 He drove out nations far greater than you, so he could bring you in and give you their land as your special possession, as it is today.

39 “So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other. 40 If you obey all the decrees and commands I am giving you today, all will be well with you and your children. I am giving you these instructions so you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

Eastern Cities of Refuge

41 Then Moses set apart three cities of refuge east of the Jordan River. 42 Anyone who killed another person unintentionally, without previous hostility, could flee there to live in safety. 43 These were the cities: Bezer on the wilderness plateau for the tribe of Reuben; Ramoth in Gilead for the tribe of Gad; Golan in Bashan for the tribe of Manasseh.

Introduction to Moses’ Second Address

44 This is the body of instruction that Moses presented to the Israelites. 45 These are the laws, decrees, and regulations that Moses gave to the people of Israel when they left Egypt, 46 and as they camped in the valley near Beth-peor east of the Jordan River. (This land was formerly occupied by the Amorites under King Sihon, who ruled from Heshbon. But Moses and the Israelites destroyed him and his people when they came up from Egypt. 47 Israel took possession of his land and that of King Og of Bashan—the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan. 48 So Israel conquered the entire area from Aroer at the edge of the Arnon Gorge all the way to Mount Sirion,[d] also called Mount Hermon. 49 And they conquered the eastern bank of the Jordan River as far south as the Dead Sea,[e] below the slopes of Pisgah.)

Footnotes:

  1. 4:10 Hebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai; also in 4:15.
  2. 4:13 Hebrew the ten words.
  3. 4:33 Or voice of a god.
  4. 4:48 As in Syriac version (see also 3:9); Hebrew reads Mount Sion.
  5. 4:49 Hebrew took the Arabah on the east side of the Jordan as far as the sea of the Arabah.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Luke 6:39-7:10

39 Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? 40 Students[a] are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

41 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye[b] when you have a log in your own? 42 How can you think of saying, ‘Friend,[c] let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

The Tree and Its Fruit

43 “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 44 A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. 45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

Building on a Solid Foundation

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

The Faith of a Roman Officer

When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people, he returned to Capernaum. At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer[d] was sick and near death. When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave. So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us.”

So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” 10 And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed.

Footnotes:

  1. 6:40 Or Disciples.
  2. 6:41 Greek your brother’s eye; also in 6:42.
  3. 6:42 Greek Brother.
  4. 7:2 Greek a centurion; similarly in 7:6.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Psalm 68:1-18

Psalm 68

For the choir director: A song. A psalm of David.

Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies.
Let those who hate God run for their lives.
Blow them away like smoke.
Melt them like wax in a fire.
Let the wicked perish in the presence of God.
But let the godly rejoice.
Let them be glad in God’s presence.
Let them be filled with joy.
Sing praises to God and to his name!
Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.[a]
His name is the Lord
rejoice in his presence!

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God places the lonely in families;
he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.
But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

O God, when you led your people out from Egypt,
when you marched through the dry wasteland, Interlude
the earth trembled, and the heavens poured down rain
before you, the God of Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.
You sent abundant rain, O God,
to refresh the weary land.
10 There your people finally settled,
and with a bountiful harvest, O God,
you provided for your needy people.

11 The Lord gives the word,
and a great army[b] brings the good news.
12 Enemy kings and their armies flee,
while the women of Israel divide the plunder.
13 Even those who lived among the sheepfolds found treasures—
doves with wings of silver
and feathers of gold.
14 The Almighty scattered the enemy kings
like a blowing snowstorm on Mount Zalmon.

15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic,
with many peaks stretching high into the sky.
16 Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountains,
at Mount Zion, where God has chosen to live,
where the Lord himself will live forever?

17 Surrounded by unnumbered thousands of chariots,
the Lord came from Mount Sinai into his sanctuary.
18 When you ascended to the heights,
you led a crowd of captives.
You received gifts from the people,
even from those who rebelled against you.
Now the Lord God will live among us there.

Footnotes:

  1. 68:4 Or rides through the deserts.
  2. 68:11 Or a host of women.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Proverbs 11:28

28 Trust in your money and down you go!
But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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