Judges 6:1-40 ~ Luke 22:55-23:10 ~ Psalm 95:1-96:13 ~ Proverbs 14:5-6
Today is April 26th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s good to be here with you today in the center of the week and I trust that we are having a strong week as we move through, but no matter what is going on, we’re moving forward. Forward, into and through this week and forward, into and through the scriptures, which brings us to where we are. We’re in the book of Judges in the Old Testament and we’re learning of the different people that God rose up after Joshua to lead his people and to restore them. So we find ourselves in Judges chapter 6 and we’ll read verses 1 through 40 today and we’re reading from The Voice translation this week.
We thank you, Father, for another day, another step, another span of time that we’ve been able to spend just letting your word wash over us. As we move into the story of Gideon, the judge, we pray that it will continue to illuminate our own lives and things in our own lives and postures in our own hearts. Yes, we have been unsure that you’re telling us to do this thing that we can’t do and so yes, like Gideon, we say show me some way that I’ll know it is you talking. We can find ourselves in every little nuance of this and so many of the stories, so we invite your Holy Spirit. Come, come, illuminate our path, awaken our hearts. As we read, Jesus, in the gospel of Luke of your sacrifice and it is still so new because we’ve just observed this time all around the world of your death and burial and resurrection, so it is fresh, as we move through it again, may it stay fresh in our minds what you were willing to do to set things right and what that means to our lives and what we’re supposed to do with that. Not just live a comfortable life but actually live into all that you taught and did and said and showed us what we were supposed to look like and we can. It’s available. So we invite you into that. Come Holy Spirit, plant the words spoken today deep into our hearts, into the soil of our lives and, indeed, may it yield the fruit of the Spirit within us. We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus, amen.
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Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports
Good morning Dabbers. It is a rainy day in Charlotte, NC today. This is Walta, the burning bush that would not be devoured to the glory of our God and King. I just can’t let that go. Oh my God, praise the Lord. I heard a call from our sister __. Praise God! __ this Easter and let me just say we are rejoicing with you my sister and rejoicing that the angels and Heavenly Host are rejoicing, all the saints are rejoicing. Praise God for you! We celebrate your birthday and I’ll pray with you for your mother and that she will experience God’s strength, in the name of Jesus. Also I heard a call from a sister from Nigeria just reminding us that we are healed. By his stripes we are healed and thank you for that reminder. It is so easy to forget that. God’s word is true and he will not let us down, so I’m praising God for that and will continue praying for marriages and for us lonely singles __ people, that God will be our husband as we wait. Alright, I love you guys. Talk to you later. Have a blessed week.
Hello Daily Audio Bible. My name is Matt from Pennsylvania. This is the first time I’ve called. I’ve been a listener for about five years and just really love the program, but today I call with a heavy heart. My brother and his wife are currently pregnant. They have struggled with a couple miscarriages, but they have a pregnancy that was going well. They went in for an ultrasound and the doctors have told them that the baby has Chiari malformation and from our understanding that means that the brain and the cerebellum are intruding into the space of the upper spine and that it is a type 2 CM which apparently means that also the lower spine in the baby is also exposed, similar to spina bifida patients have. So they are saying that the baby has 90% plus chance of being completely paralyzed upon birth and potentially not survive birth. We just pray God’s healing hand over this and I ask you to join me. We just have such a heavy heart this weekend. They do have an appointment today with the doctors in Pittsburg, so we pray that God’s healing hand would touch this baby and that this appointment today would be a testimony that they’ve got a baby that has been healed, that they can’t explain the ultrasound today. That is my prayer. I just ask that the Daily Audio Bible family prays with me for that. I’ll call back with updates, but I would really appreciate your prayers. Give the family strength, my brother, his wife, as well as our family. We just really, really appreciate and need God’s presence right now. We thank you all for this. Have a great day. Bye.
Hey everybody, this is John from Bethlehem, PA. I hope you’re doing well. I love you, Daily Audio Bible family. Thank you, Brian and Jill, again for this wonderful format for this family and this community. I called in and started to give a praise report about my marriage and thank you again for that. I wanted to also let you folks know something that has been on my heart for a while and it is something that I guess I just couldn’t find a way in my own power to be able to do this, but I found a way through God’s power. I’m not sure who it was that really kind of gave a call to action when they called in and they said if you really love the Daily Audio Bible program, then support it and give. I hadn’t been in a position, at least in my own power where I thought I could do that. And I’m not calling to be braggadocios here or anything like that, but I found a way. My ask is that if you have it on your heart to give, but you don’t think you can, do it anyway. I don’t have much that I can pull from to be able to donate, but I found some and it is amazing what has happened as a result of doing that. It was so easy to set up just a monthly donation to the Daily Audio Bible and it is such a pleasure to do that. I can see the work that God is already doing in my life as a result of just opening my heart to the idea that I can do that and it is okay. I don’t know if it was Asia in Munich that had called in to say give if it is on your heart to give or if it was a call that came in from someone else, but I would just suggest to do the same. I am so glad to be able to have the opportunity.
The spiritual nugget for today, the title Your Purpose Has a Warranty. Listen carefully. God’s calling and gifts are under full warranty, bumper to bumper, never to be canceled or reduced and since he is God, you need not have any contract for proof. Time cannot touch God. He created time. We were created in his image so we are all one of a kind with a spirit unblemished. So whatever is his purpose for you, his counsel does not change. You may get re-routed on your trip, but your destination will be the same. I heard you, Blind Tony. I’m back. And Brian, thank you for this wonderful spiritual global site. Bye-bye.
Hi everybody. This is Sandy in New Hampshire. I am calling on the 24th of April and I’ve been listening to the Community Prayer. And it just keeps coming up in my spirit to pray so I’m going to pray. I want to talk to us about marriages and I want to talk to our friend and our brother Mark. God bless you. Look at what you’ve done. You’ve helped so many people, Mark. God has used your story to encourage people, so hallelujah. Alright, here’s my encouragement that the Lord has put on my heart. Be likeminded, steadfast, immovable. Those of us who are strong need to bear the needs of the weak. We are many members and yet we are part of the same body of Christ. I was reading the book of James and it says endure until your testing is over. Fight the good fight. In all things we are overcomers. Having done all, stand, Ephesians 6:10-18. So today I am praying for people with faith in Christ, marriages, families, employment, other things that are going on. So Father, in the name of Jesus, we lift these prayer needs up to you and God, you are able. You are well able, your word says, to hear us and to answer these prayers. So we are standing and we are enduring, Lord, until you tell us to stop. We are going to stand on that wall. We are going to believe that you can do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or hope or think because it is for your glory, Lord. It is for your glory that lives are changed. And we give you thanks. We give you praise. Father, we honor you and we thank you, in Jesus’ name. God bless you. Sandy in New Hampshire.
Hello family and brothers and sisters. I’m calling in. I just listened to the 22nd and I heard Annette A. Annette, we love you sister and we’re praying for Alex. Let me just tell you that a few years ago I called in for my son, young Drew, and I thought things were hopeless, but he ended up coming and living with me in the Bay Area and things seem to be working out in the way the Lord wants them to go. So he left a life in Fresno which was heading in the wrong direction. He was doing things that would have landed him in jail or worse, so I just want to thank the family for praying for me and for my son and all the difficulty that we’ve gone through and we continue to go through, but we know God is on our side and we need to rally around each other and trust in one another’s prayers, that God hears our prayers. Even when we feel alone and when we feel abandoned sometimes, that God is there and that our brothers and sisters are praying for us. So we’re praying for you, Annette. And we’re praying for all of you. We’re praying for those of you who listen and don’t call in. Because you don’t call in, maybe you don’t get as many prayers you deserve, so I encourage you, call in. Love you guys. Thank you. Bye.