07/20/2017 DAB Transcript

2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17 ~ Romans 6:1-23 ~ Psalm 16:1-11 ~ Proverbs 19:20-21

Today is the 20th day of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we take the next step forward in this week in the scriptures and in our lives. In the Old Testament we’re beginning the book of second Chronicles today and there isn’t really an overview to give about second chronicles that isn’t the same as when we talked about first Chronicles. We’re just kind of moving forward. First and second Chronicles were all one text and they we’re just broken apart for the ease of locating things at a time where we didn’t have word processors and search engines and stuff like that when we needed to go to the right scroll to locate what we were looking for. But, generally speaking, first Chronicles ends with the end of David’s reign and second Chronicles begins with the beginning of Solomon’s reign. We saw this same kind of pattern in the books of the Kings and so we begin. Second Chronicles chapter 1 verse 1 through 3 verse 17 today.


Okay, so, Paul is laying out his argument and his argument is reframing their understanding of their faith as they’ve traditionally known it. Paul is bringing Jesus into the mix and saying, look, this revelation, what Jesus did, that God came here in the flesh and dwelt among us, this is a big deal. And, so, we have to reframe what we think we know because we know more now and here’s how this works. And that’s basically what Romans is doing. And it can get tedious. Paul is packing, like, every sentence with theological understandings and it’s like, wow, slow down a second. I need to process this. So, a few days ago, Paul begins with Abraham. He’s like, let’s go back to the beginning and work our way forward. And let’s remember, because this was his first reframe, let’s remember that it was Abraham’s belief that was counted as righteousness in God’s eyes, not his following of a recipe, because there was no recipe. It was his belief. Let’s start there. It was his belief in what God said that was counted as righteousness to him. All the other stuff that we’ve been kind of stuck in under this law came later.

And then, yesterday, he talks about the law and he talks about mercy. Right? He talks about Grace that overcomes the deficiencies that we find in the law because the law shows, it reveals, our hopelessness and powerlessness to achieve righteousness in our own strength. We cannot get there on our own but God is merciful. He is a Father. He has grace that He extends to us through Jesus and that changes everything.

And, so, what Paul is going into today, and you can sort of see this build. It’s the entire faith that we ascribe to. What he is saying today is, so, now that we know this that we have a merciful kind graceful God that would come and, while we were still enemies, while we were still sinners, He would die to offer freedom to us. Now that we know that he’s that kind and now that we know that that kind of Grace exists and is extended toward us, does that mean we can just do whatever we want? Because every time we do something wrong there is grace and it multiplies and multiplies. So, should we intentionally just do what we know isn’t right so that we can receive this grace even more and more? Absolutely not, he says. Because when you become a slave to something you are obeying it and you have died to who you were. The waters of baptism are a representation of this. You go into the water declaring that who you were without Christ is dead, is going to be left behind in those waters, and you will come back out a new creature.

But the whole thing that we’ve come to this far is beautifully summarized today at the end of our reading. And the very last verse that we read is one of the very famous verses in the Bible, right? For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Absolutely astounding, the truth in that verse. But it’s even more powerful when we just go back a couple verses and understand the entire paragraph, the narrative that he was saying that led to that statement, because it applies to us all. So, what fruit was produced from the things that you are now ashamed of? Right? So, you can look back over your life and go like, man, college was not so good of a season for me, or man, you know, some of those things that I did to and against my spouse, or some of those things that I did to against my parents and my friends, or the way I betrayed, the way I did those things that I knew were wrong, I’m ashamed of those things. So, Paul’s just simply saying, where was the fruit in that, did you get what you were looking for, was there a bunch of fruit produced from the things that you are now ashamed of? Right! Because the end of those things leads to death. But that’s not you anymore. You’ve been liberated from those things. You can let them go. That was an earlier version of you. That was the version of you separated from God. That’s not your story anymore. You are intertwined with God now. You are a new creation. Those things that you were enslaved to before that we’re leading you toward death. That’s gone. You’ve now changed yourself. You are now slaves to God and as you obey your master that will only lead to fruit, which will result in your sanctification. And the end of that story is eternal life because the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


So, Father, we thank You for the book of Romans. We thank You for your word. We thank You for this truth washing into our lives. We thank You for this opportunity to remember what it was like without You. It’s nothing we really want to relish in but it’s good to remember that that old person is gone now and it was leading nowhere and You intervened and came and rescued us. And now every day, we march forward deeper into sanctification. Every day we are being made set apart and holy. Every day we are being transformed into Your likeness. We are looking more and more like You, Jesus, every day. And the end of this story is the beginning of forever and ever and ever and ever with You, Eternal Life. So, we thank You, God, for the gift of mercy and grace and, like Abraham, we believe. That’s what we bring to the table because that’s all we have to bring to the table. And You supply us with everything we need. You indwell us and fill us. It’s no longer us. The person that we were without You is gone. Now it’s a new creature intertwined with You. It’s a collaboration in life, moving us deeper into restoration and wholeness and sanctification and eternal life. What do we even say to that? Thank You…is…is…it’s flat…it’s not enough. This is the point where our vocabulary fails us. This is too good to articulate. And, so, we just simply worship You, walk with You, enjoy this life with You, and share the light and good news of it everywhere we can in every way we know how. So, come Holy Spirit, show us what that looks like as we walk with You today. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Couple things are going on around here.

Tonight at 7 p.m. we’re going to do a Facebook Live inside the Sneezing Jesus discussion group and I’m just going to share some thoughts. And it’s great forum for us to get together, like, to be together, all in one place at one time when we can kind of fellowship. Even though we are all over the place and maybe even spread out in all kinds of different time zones, we can be together in the same place at the same time, a little bit. So, that’s going to happen at 7 p.m. tonight. That’s Central Standard Time, which is the time zone for the rolling hills of Tennessee. And you’ll just have to, maybe, look up wherever you are in the world, the difference. I know what it’s like here in the United States. I know that that’s 8 p.m. on the east coast and I know that’s 5 p.m. on the west coast and I know that it’s 6 p.m. mountain time. But I don’t know where it is all over the world. So, you can just Google that. I hope to see you there. You’ll need to be in the Sneezing Jesus group, discussion group, to see that. So, you can find a pretty easily facebook.com/groups/sneezingjesus. So, we’ll see you there tonight.

Other thing that I’ve been telling you about this week is that all the formats of Sneezing Jesus have been released, including the audio addition, so, you can get it at Audible or iTunes or wherever else you get audiobooks. So, it’s out there. It’s out there in all kinds of formats. And if you haven’t had a chance, be we sure to check that out.

We’ll be doing the Sneezing Jesus tour beginning this autumn and into the new year. If you would like to see that come to your area, there’s a form you can fill out - small one, just a couple things, just a way to get in touch.  Go to sneezingjesus.com, scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll find it. Boom! Piece of cake. You’ll find it in 1 minute. And we’ll see if that can happen.

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And as always, if you have a prayer request for comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that’s it for today. I’m Brian, I love you, and I’ll certainly be waiting for you here tomorrow. But I’ll also be waiting for you here, tonight, at the Sneezing Jesus page. So, I’ll see you there or I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayers and Praise Reports:

Hello. Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is Jay calling from New Jersey. It has been a little while since I’ve called in. Well, allot has happened this while that I haven’t called in. I am now married and I’m enjoying the honeymoon phase of life. So, let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we thank you so much God for life. We thank you for health. We thank you for strength to call in to the DAB and listen to our brothers and sisters and to pray with them. God, we love You so much, there’s no possible way that I could even begin to fathom. You’re awesome. So, we praise You now. We lift You up. We glorify Your mighty name. In that God, thank You for the many blessings that we’ve been able to experience the last month, getting married. Many people have had children, others are getting engaged, some are even having birthdays, and celebrating anniversaries, so, God, we thank You for that. Father, we thank You for the new jobs, and we thank You for the new cars, and we thank You for our homes. God, we thank You for being able to satisfied with what we have, because I know it’s so easy sometimes to get caught up in what others have and what we don’t have and where we want to be and how we want to get there and then we can forget to be satisfied with what we have. So, thank You Father. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible. This is Lauralee and I have received my 10 Sneezing Jesus books and that was Saturday, and its Monday and oh boy…I had…anyway…I’m just going to lift up the names of the people to our heavenly Father with this community. Thank you, Brian and Jill and the Hardin family for your faithfulness. Lord Jesus, your word says draw near to you and you will draw near to us. So, I pray for pastor Dwayne, Joanne, Robert, Cheryl, and Matthew, that those small little books will draw their eyes to you, draw them by your spirit to you, and open new days and new ways to live your life out in and through you. We come to you in Jesus’s name Lord, God, our Father and mention His righteousness only to call on Your obedience and Your sufferings. You magnify the law in its construction and its cost and made it faithful. May we be secured by your blood, saved by your light, joined by your spirit. Let us pick up your cross and follow you. May your grace prepare us for your appointment and make us willing that we should choose your inheritance for us and a point that we will keep or loose, suffer or enjoy. If blessed by prosperity, let us be free from its snares and use, not abuse, its advantages. And may we cheerfully and patiently submit to those afflictions, which are necessary…

Hello DAB family this is Marsha from Colorado. I’m a member of the Sneezing Jesus Facebook group and I feel so compelled to share a post I made this morning, July 17th, for those of you who are not on Facebook. So, here’s my post. Something very powerful is happening deep within me today. I have power read Brian Hardin’s new book, Sneezing Jesus, and now I am going back through, slowly listening on audio and taking notes. It is obvious to me that God has placed a powerful anointing on this book and I feel God’s presence as I listen and read. It’s deep, it’s wide and it’s having the effect the author desired and prayed for. Thank you, Brian. All the sudden I find myself navigating through some very troubled waters that God brought to my attention just yesterday. If I handle this through the knowledge of good and evil without God’s guidance, it has the potential for great destruction. Had I not received this book last week and devoured it, and made the decision to wake up and see what’s it’s like to be fully human, intertwined with God, I know I would not be sharing this post today. God’s timing is impeccable. I was literally on my knees in prayer last night about this and awake all night in turmoil, but today God specifically showed me how to proceed, which was opposite of how I was going to handle it. I am tremendously thankful for His intervention. I went from turmoil to peace in a short amount of time and I can’t wait to see the restoration God has in mind for this. I am almost giddy in anticipation. Now that’s powerful, and I think this is the stuff that sneezes are made of.

Hi, this is Nadene from Michigan and I want to say first of all, that I have never been much of a reader of the Bible or even very spiritual. And, so, I was trying to get rid of some fears that I have of death and a lot of…I have panic attacks. And I asked my dad and he suggested this. And on my breaks, at work, because I work at a factory, I’ve been listening to it. And now, for at least 2 weeks, they’re letting us listen to music at the factory and I’ve just been listening to this on my own personal speakers. And I’ve become quite addicted to listening and it’s changed my life a lot, in the fact that I actually feel like I want to learn more and I’m asking questions. And I wanted a prayer request because my husband is not a believer because of a church we went to. And I want to be firm in my faith so he can see what Christianity is supposed to look like. And I’m not feeling like I’m doing a very good job. With two young kids, two full-time jobs, and college split between the both of us, it’s pretty hectic to even get out the door to go to church. But I wanted to thank you all for being such a wonderful community. Thank you very much. Bye.

07/19/2017 DAB Transcript

1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30 ~ Romans 5:6-21 ~ Psalm 15:1-5 ~ Proverbs 19:18-19

Today is the 19th of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Man, didn’t it, wasn’t it just July 1st? Some days I sit down in front of this mic and say the date and it’s like, really, were did the last week go? So it’s going to be here with you on the 19th of July as we take the next step forward in the adventure through the bible this year. And this week or reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, working our way through 1st Chronicles, and will actually complete the book of 1st Chronicles today before diving deeper and drinking from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. But first, first Chronicles chapter 28 verse 1 through 29:30 today.


Okay, so, obviously, we’re continuing in the book of Romans. And so, yesterday, we were talking about circumcision and the apostle Paul showing that it was Abraham’s belief, it was his faith in God, that was counted towards him as righteousness, not anything he did. So, Paul’s unpacking that further today by simply saying, look, the law shows us what sin is. Every one of us knows that we haven’t been able to achieve perfection in the law. None of us can actually live up to it a hundred percent of the time all the time. If we could do that then we could claim, in our own strength, we have been made righteous, we are righteous within ourselves by our own action. But no one’s been able to do that except for Jesus, who said he didn’t come abolish the law, he came to fulfill it. Right? So, He did that but nobody else has been able to do that and so we should acknowledge that we’re helpless. We can’t achieve it on our own. We can’t get there. So even while we’re in the state of helplessness, that we cannot achieve it. God came through Jesus and died for the ungodly and that’s rare because rarely will a person die for any other person. But God, even while we were estranged, even while we were helpless, even while we were hopeless, God did come. Even while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. It is God’s way of showing Mercy to the world, extending grace to the world. In the thick of our inhumane behavior and helplessness, he is merciful to us, rescuing us.


Father, that rescue of us has altered the world, has certainly changed our lives, and you have extended that grace and mercy to everyone. And you’ve invited us to be a part of that story by living into it, by the very weight of our lives, being an example of what that restoration looks like, and in inviting us to bring light and good news into this world just like the Savior did. So, we invite Your Holy Spirit into that. Come Holy Spirit and show us what that continues to look like, as it is an ever evolving process within us. We are continually being changed from within and You have continually invited us to change the world from within. So come, in every thought that we have today, in very word that we speak today, in every interaction that we have today, may we represent You and do it well, as an ambassador for Your kingdom in this world. Come Holy Spirit, we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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So, the announcements for this week are that the Sneezing Jesus audiobook is available. So, you can get it at Audible, iTunes, or wherever else you get your downloadable audio books. Which means that all of the formats, whether that be physical book or like a digital book or audiobook, they’re all released and everywhere that you can get books.

The Sneezing Jesus discussion group is lively and good and amazing and encouraging and I just love seeing what everybody is saying. I’m going to do a little bit of a Facebook live discussion tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time. So, I guess you’ll have to Google…like…we’re all over the place…we’re in a lot of different time zones…so…you’ll just kind of, like, have to Google the difference. I know here the United States that would be like 8 p.m. on the east coast and 5 p.m. on the West Coast. And I’ll just share for a little bit and we’ll be able to discuss. So, make plans for that. You need to be in the Sneezing Jesus discussion group to be able to see that. So, jump over to facebook.com/groups/sneezingjesus and dive into the conversation.

The other thing is that we’ll be taking this message out on the road on a limited basis and if you would like to see that come near your area, there’s a form at sneezingjesus.com. If you just scroll all the way down to the bottom, there’s this little form. If you fill that out and send it in you’ll be responded to. We’ll see if that can happen.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There’s a link, it’s on the homepage of dailyaudiobible.com. Thank you. Thank you for your partnership here in the thick of the summer. I appreciate it more than I can say. If you’re 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 PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 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 Prayers and Praise Reports:

Hey family, it’s Rich from Little Rock and I wanted say I thank you so much for your prayers. I love you Blind Tony and I love you Brian and it’s great to friend up with you on Facebook. Things have been kind of up and down but, you know, I’ve decided…I’ve decided that I wasn’t going to let this be my lord, you know.  I mean it’s not totally gone but I reprioritized things and I love my Lord Jesus. I remember, Brian, that my mom, the month before she died, she went through this exhaustive search in the Book of Ezekiel, especially. I can hardly handle chapter 1. It was wild. The way the bible describes the angels going up and down and around but I wanted to know things like that before I go. You know that Jesus is closer than any brother. And you guys…and now I’m going to get emotional…I love guys you very much. I’m back in Exodus still. Let’s roll man. I love you guys for loving me. Keep those prayers coming. I appreciate it.

Hello Daily Audio Bible. My name is Marco. I’m from California. I’m a first-time caller. I’m just calling to… I’m going through a rough time. I never do this. Just trying to have a prayer request. I lost my job and bills are piling up. I’m the provider for me and my wife and I don’t want her to start stressing.  I’m on my hands and knees and am reading my Bible and I’m praying every day. And Brian, you, you are amazing - what you do, how you do it. You brought me closer to Jesus. I know that all things are possible with God and I know that I’m going through this adversity to test my will. It’s really hard but I’m trying and I’m standing and I’m praying every day, more and more, and I’m listening. I’m listening every day to the Daily Audio Bible. And I love all the prayers that get sent in and all the prayer requests and I really want to be a part of this community. And I really want God to be a part of my life and remain to be a part of my life. I just want to pray for financial stability. If any of you can just pray for me, I’d appreciate it. I know that things are going to get better. It’s just, I’m at the point right now where it’s hard to see that but again I’m praying and I’m staying strong and I know that all things are possible with God. And once again thank you Daily Audio Bible family, friends, brothers and sisters. And Brian thank you for what you’re doing. You’re an amazing human being. God bless. Thank you.

Hi everyone this is Karen in Saint Louis. Hey, first off, I just want to say, Blind Tony, I just love your poems and I wish that you would put them all in a book. That would be, like, so awesome to have. Anyway, that was just a thought that I had. Another thing that has been on my heart and especially, through this week, something that God’s been putting on my heart, the whole idea of us and how we go through seasons. There is also a friend of mine that’s in Ministry that spoke about this on the praise show on TBN. And, so, I have friends that are going through tragedy, that are going through loss, that are going through struggles. I do the same. And the thing is is that, just like in Ecclesiastes 3, we go through these seasons - the low, the rocky, the rough spots. They’re just as important and good as the high tops – the mountaintop experiences that we go through. And in our humanness, it’s so easy for us to focus on the sadness, the pain, the hurt of the low spots. But may we turn our eyes upon Jesus during that time because Romans 8:28 is true and God is going to make it good, no matter how bad it seems, and it seems like there’s so many things that…we’re just…it’s hard…it’s hard. Nobody said it was going to be easy. But I think about how a diamond…how it is…it goes through so much to sparkle and shine. And, so, I just want to encourage us that go through these low valleys, sometimes for a very long time, that God loves us so, so much. He is for us. He is with us walking through it. And just like Brian had shown that tear bottle…

Hi Daily Audio Bible family, it’s James here from the UK. I haven’t called in for a while but been listening to the community prayer, 15th of July. Candice from Oregon, I just was so touched by your prayer and I just wanted you to know that you’ve been a real inspiration to me. I haven’t called in to mention this before but what you talked about and the love you have for your husband, your late husband. Candice, it is an absolute inspiration. And you need to know that you are inspiring many people that are listening to this podcast and sharing your grief and just sharing your openness to the Holy Spirit to take you to the next level, to transform you, to continue to be at work in your life without your life partner is something that has inspired me so much. So, thank you for reaching out Candice. I will continue to pray for you and…you know…please pray for me…that as a community it’s a beautiful thing that we can do this for each other. And Candice, I know that lots of people are thinking of you. Continue to inspire us and thank you for your heart for Jesus. Amen.

07/18/2017 DAB Transcript

1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34 ~ Romans 4:13-5:5 ~ Psalm 14:1-7 ~ Proverbs 19:17

Today is the 18th of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is good to be here with you -  really good to be here with you today - as we take the next step forward in this journey that we are on together through the Bible and we’re working our way through the books of Chronicles in the Old Testament and Paul’s crowning jewel, the book of Romans, in the New Testament. We are reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week. First Chronicles chapter 26 verse 12 through 27 verse 34 today.


Okay, so you see what Paul is doing here, right? I mean, we were talking about this yesterday with circumcision as Paul is deconstructing an understanding that everyone thinks is complete but, then as now, they don’t know all they think they know, just like we don’t know all we think we know.  And since Paul was a Pharisee right? So, like a devout, respected Pharisee. Since he met Jesus on the road to Damascus he has had to go into a season of complete deconstruction of what he thinks he knows and it’s being put back together, molded into the same faith but with an understanding of who Jesus is and what he did. So, it’s forcing Paul to go all the way back to the beginning, all the way back to Abraham, and kind of start there, which you can just…I mean…I imagine Paul. I cannot wait to shake that guy’s hand and, I don’t know, have some coffee or something at some point, just to go like, okay, so, you’re killing the believers, like you’re persecuting the believers and then you meet Jesus but you’re also an educated Pharisee. You’re studying this all the time, constantly, this is sort of your vocation. And so, once you meet Jesus all of the sudden everything you thought you knew starts to come apart like old wallpaper peeling off a wall. And so, where do you go? How did you do this? But we can see from his writings, he had to go back to the beginning of his faith, which originated in this person, Abraham, to whom the promise of this nation and this people was given. So, that’s what Paul is doing here in Romans, going back to the beginning and saying, look, we have done everything we can to perfect ourselves through the law but, would it be heresy, might we consider just a simple truth? Abraham, our father, the originator, the one who entered into covenant with God in the first place, that has brought us to this place, might we consider the fact that he didn’t have a law to obey? Might we understand that it didn’t exist yet and still God was in covenant with him? Still, God was with him, promising everything that would come next.  And there’s even controversy within this because, in some ways, this is diminishing Moses and his activities that brought the law to be because he came way after Abraham and they all have to have a continuity. And so, they are saying, if you are saying this kind of stuff then what about Moses? And Paul’s just like, let’s just go back to the beginning and work our way forward again with, maybe, some new eyes here. The promise to Abraham and his descendants that he would inherit the world didn’t come through the law. It came through righteousness that came through faith. And so, if those who are trying to follow the recipe of the law are heirs, then faith is empty and the promise is cancelled because Abraham didn’t have any of those things to put his faith and trust in. So, Paul is saying, Abraham didn’t have any of this. He simply had one thing - he believed - hoping against hope in the impossible in that what God was telling him, that he would become the father of many nations, even though he was a hundred years old and his wife was not far behind, that against all odds, he was going to become the father of many nations. And he did not waver in that belief. He did not waver in that faith. He looked at the realities. He looked at the circumstances. But he did not waver or, to quote the bible, he did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God because he was totally convinced that what had been promised, God was also able to perform. If God promised something, he believed he could do it.

Now, do you believe that? Do I? Do I believe what God promises he can do? I think we would all say yes,. I do believe he can do. I’m just not so sure he will. And there is the rub. There is the disconnect. Because within that is doubt, not faith. He could but I don’t know that he will. He said it but I’m not so sure he’s going to come through.

And yet this story, I mean the human story, would be radically different if Abraham did not believe in the impossible. Not because he’s simply believed in the impossible but that he believed in God’s declaration, that what Abraham saw as impossible was in fact possible. So Paul is effectively saying, God can speak a promise and we collaborate by simply believing in an unwavering way, not denying the realities around us, totally understanding that what’s being said is impossible, and hoping beyond hope, against all hope, and moving forward as if it’s going to happen. And in all of that we rejoice in our afflictions, in are realities, because we know that all of it has purpose. Affliction produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope, and we need this hope. This is rocket fuel and it will not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who is given to us.  

Now, I don’t want to pull this out of context, because the context that Paul’s talking about is why we can have faith in Jesus, what this actually means - that Abraham had to have faith and that was what justified him before the Lord and he took God’s promise and he believed against all circumstances that it would be true. That he, I mean, we don’t know many 100-year-old fathers that are, like, having a brand new newborn baby, that that would actually happen and that because that happened nations would be born. But for us there’s all kinds of things that we have hope for and in that God has spoken to us and they will not happen if we decide they will not happen. If we decide we are not going to collaborate through faith and hope in an enduring way then they’re not, then they won’t. Many of us have had dreams that we’ve basically abandoned because we feel like it’s too late for us now.  But then we have to look at Abraham because it was most certainly too late for him. And none of this would be here if he had thought it’s too late, this is bogus, I don’t know what I’m hearing but it’s not the Almighty. Nope, he would have died and disappeared from history. We would have never known his name. Paul is saying it’s faith guys. It’s hope that we need.  It’s not recipes or traditions or rituals or laws. It’s faith and hope that we need. And in Paul’s context, he’s inviting hope and faith in Jesus and it’s no different for us.


So, Jesus, we put our faith and hope in you and you alone. And the thing is, we say those words but we’re going to have to do that in 5 minutes. And we’re going to have to do it again in another five minutes or we’re going to have to do it every minute, as long as it takes, until hope arises. And, so, we invite your Holy Spirit. Our hope is in you, in the face of the impossible. Our hope is in you. And we ask your Holy Spirit to give us eyes to see and ears to hear and that we are pulled away from the thing we are obsessing about even if it’s your promise, trying to figure out how it’s going to work and back away. I don’t know how it’s going to work. We don’t know how it’s going to work but our hope is in you and you alone. Our faith and trust is in you and you alone. It doesn’t matter how it’s going to work. Our hope is in you and we see how we’ve obsessed and how we’ve tried to make things happen only to be frustrated, which is simply an indicator that we lost hope.  So, come Holy Spirit, fill us with hope today we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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The Sneezing Jesus Discussion Group, which is just…some of the things you guys are saying and doing are just incredible and there’s really good discussion happening there. So, if you haven’t had a chance to get into the group it’s at facebook.com/groups/sneezingjesus. And you’ll want to jump in. We’ll be doing a Facebook Live inside that group about Sneezing Jesus just a couple of days from now, on the 20th, which is Thursday at 7 p.m. Central Time. So, just maybe Google the difference between central standard time and wherever you are, so, that you have the right time.  And I’ll be sharing some thoughts and maybe taking some questions. So, I will look forward to seeing you there.

I mentioned yesterday the Sneezing Jesus tour. And so, we will be out on the road this fall into the winter and spring and if you would like to see that come to your area, go to sneezingjesus.com, scroll down to the bottom, and you see the just a little form there. And we’ll see if that can happen.

The other thing around Sneezing Jesus is that the audio edition of Sneezing Jesus is available. I read that. So, it’s my words in my own voice. And that is available, as I understand it, pretty much everywhere that you can get audio books in the downloadable formats. So, you may want to check that out. It’s on Audible. It’s on iTunes and a lot of other places around the world.  So, check that out.

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Community Prayers and Praise Reports:

Hi this is CenCal, as in central CA. First time caller long time listener since ‘08. Responding to Grady from PA. This is July 14th podcast. The college student that’s worried about his friends.  Man Grady, you can tell by just how emotional you’ve gotten talking about them, your heart’s for God, man.  That’s awesome.  Make sure that your friends don’t change you or influence you but rather change and influence them.  Be the light in their lives.  Let your light shine the way and I truly believe that you are there for a reason man. You are there to show them the way. God did put you there and put those people around you. So, make sure you are that positive influence in their life that they need.  Ya know, we need more people like, you know, like you, that have a heart for people. And you were bold enough to make that phone call today.  That’s awesome man.  Just keep on doing what you are doing. Keep your friends in constant prayer, that God protects them, that he guides them, as well as yourself. Basically, just keep doing what you’re doing and let God handle the rest man.  We’re praying for you. We love you man. Ya know, just keep on calling back whenever you feel God tugging on your heart that you need to reach out.  I just want to thank Brian, Jill, and the staff for doing what you do and have a blessed day DAB family.

Hello my DAB family this is Max _____ from Sydney AU. Today is the 15th of July and I am ringing for massive praise report.  I came back on Thursday last week from youth camp and the youth camp was amazing. It was really was. There was so much of Jesus’ love shared around to everybody and all the kids that I was looking after were absolutely a joy to have and be able to impart Jesus with them and spend some wonderful time together.  So, the whole camp was a success.  It was about 90 children and I think everyone experienced God’s love. And so, I do want to ring and say thank you. Thank you for all those who prayed for this camp, especially Candice who I heard call in but I know there was others as well, so, I thank you for everyone that called in. So, just looking forward to Sneezing Jesus. I’ve got my copy.  I’ve got my download copy for my iPad. But I’ve got 10 books coming.  But unfortunately, in Australia it will take until about the end of August for me to get the books but I am planning, nervously. I must say I am nervous about spreading the word but I know how that’s ____ coming against us too, so. And thank you Sarah from Nebraska for reaching out and praying for us too about sneezing. And I’m praying for everybody too, that we will have that courage, because I know that courage in me is feeling a bit weak at the moment. The Spirit is willing and I’m certainly going to get out there and start spreading the word.   So, I am praying for myself as well, that courage myself, that I will have the courage to spread the word. And I’m praying for everybody out there as well that we’ll all have the courage to spread the word of God. Thank you my DAB family and I am praying for all of you. Bye.

Morning on Daily Audio Bible.  This is a message for Hope. I call her Hope but you called yourself Hopeless. Anyway, you are dealing with depression and want to be freed in your mind and I’m sure many of us can agree we face this. So, I just want to help try to bring you out of it, not by my strength but by God’s.  You say you have generational family patterns. I pray and hope you’ll be the one that breaks the patterns with trust, faith, and with God to bless the rest, that He’s given us what we need. Through the word we find the scripture. I’ve found one for you.  It says, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is glistening, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy take that with you.  That’s Philippians 4:8. So, hold onto that. I needed it. And I pray and hope your day is blessed and empowered.

Hi this is Tony N. I’m calling from Germany. I want to start off by saying hello to Brian, to Jill, to your children, and I would like to ask our community to please pray for this family as a unit when they are so out there on behalf of the Lord. They are under attack, so, please pray the Lord, protect this unit. If you were to give me a name or, if the Lord would, it may be facilitator of healing, mind, body, and soul and you’ll see me post on DAB sometimes, DAB Friends, sometimes private messages just sharing what the Lord has blessed me with right where knowledge is concerned on health and healing. I want to especially call out Elaine from Victoria. I heard your cries, your ruinedness, your pain when you called and, it was very special. To hear that the Lord had reached out to you, specifically, and in a miracle, let you know you are His, yes, we are His. Most importantly He wanted you to know you are His and I’m very grateful for that blessing. Very happy to be connected with my DAB family. Bye-bye.

Hi family this is _____ from FL.  I haven’t called in a while and a lot has been going on but I can’t really say in 2 minutes but I just wanted to call and thank you and thank God for intertwining me with such a beautiful community. The forgiveness that you all show, devotion that you all have. The love that is so clear is something that I know touches God’s heart. So, I just wanted to express my gratitude to you and my praise to God, who is the source of all love. And, so, anytime you guys show your love, what you’re showing, and what you’re teaching is an aspect of God’s character. So, I just, I thank you all for being such beautiful ministers and I’m just grateful and I just love all of you guys. God bless.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday July 25, 2017 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 14-16

14 [a]Abijah lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. His son Asa succeeded him as king. In Asa’s time the land had peace for ten years.

King Asa of Judah(A)

Asa did what the Lord his God considered good and right.

He got rid of the altars of foreign gods, broke down the sacred stones, and cut down the poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah. He told the people of Judah to dedicate their lives to serving the Lord God of their ancestors and follow his teachings and commands. He got rid of the illegal places of worship and the altars for incense in all the cities of Judah. The kingdom was at peace during his reign.

He built fortified cities in Judah because the land had peace. There was no war during those years because the Lord gave him a time of peace. So Asa told Judah, “Let’s build these cities and make walls around them with towers and doors that can be barred. The country is still ours because we have dedicated our lives to serving the Lord our God. We have dedicated our lives to him, and he has surrounded us with peace.” So they built the cities, and everything went well.

Asa had an army of 300,000 Judeans who were armed with large shields and spears and 280,000 Benjaminites who were armed with small shields and bows. All of these men were good fighting men.

Then Zerah from Sudan came with 1,000,000 men and 300 chariots to attack Asa. Zerah got as far as Mareshah. 10 Asa went to confront him, and the two armies set up their battle lines in the Zephathah Valley at Mareshah.

11 Asa called on the Lord his God. He said, “Lord, there is no one except you who can help those who are not strong so that they can fight against a large army. Help us, Lord our God, because we are depending on you. In your name we go against this large crowd. You are the Lord our God. Don’t let anyone successfully oppose you.”

12 The Lord attacked the Sudanese army in front of Asa and Judah. The Sudanese army fled. 13 Asa and his troops pursued them as far as Gerar. Many of the Sudanese died in battle. As a result, the Sudanese army couldn’t fight again. It was crushed in front of the Lord and his army. The Lord’s army captured a lot of goods. 14 It attacked all the cities around Gerar because the cities were afraid of the Lord. The army looted all the cities because there were many things to take. 15 It also attacked those who were letting their cattle graze and captured many sheep and camels. Then it returned to Jerusalem.

15 God’s Spirit came to Azariah, son of Oded. Azariah went to Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all you men from Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you will dedicate your lives to serving him, he will accept you. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you. For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest who taught correctly, and without Moses’ Teachings. But when they were in trouble, they turned to the Lord God of Israel. When they searched for him, he let them find him. At those times no one could come and go in peace, because everyone living in the land had a lot of turmoil. One nation crushed another nation; one city crushed another. God had tormented them with every kind of trouble. But you must remain strong and not become discouraged. Your actions will be rewarded.”

When Asa heard the prophet Oded’s words of prophecy, he was encouraged and put away the detestable idols from all of Judah, Benjamin, and the cities he had captured in the mountains of Ephraim. He also repaired the Lord’s altar in front of the Lord’s entrance hall.

Then Asa gathered all the people from Judah and Benjamin and the foreigners who had come from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon. (Many of them had come to him from Israel when they saw that Asa’s God, the Lord, was with him.) 10 In the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign, they gathered in Jerusalem. 11 On that day they sacrificed to the Lord a part of the loot they had brought with them: 700 cattle and 7,000 sheep. 12 They made an agreement with one another to dedicate their lives to serving the Lord God of their ancestors with all their heart and soul. 13 All people (young or old, male or female) who refused to dedicate their lives to the Lord God of Israel were to be killed. 14 Asa and the people swore their oath to the Lord with shouts, singing, and the blowing of trumpets and rams’ horns. 15 All the people of Judah were overjoyed because of the oath, since they took the oath wholeheartedly. They took great pleasure in looking for the Lord, and he let them find him. So the Lord surrounded them with peace.

16 King Asa also removed his grandmother Maacah from the position of queen mother because she made a statue of the repulsive goddess Asherah. Asa cut the statue down, crushed it, and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 17 Although the illegal worship sites in Israel were not taken down, Asa remained committed to the Lord his entire life. 18 He brought into God’s temple the silver, the gold, and the utensils he and his father had set apart as holy.

King Asa’s War with King Baasha(B)

19 There was no war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa’s reign.

16 In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign, King Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah to keep anyone from going to or coming from King Asa of Judah.

Then Asa brought out all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and the royal palace. He sent them to Damascus to Aram’s King Benhadad. He said, “There’s a treaty between you and me as there was between your father and my father. I’m sending you silver and gold. Now break your treaty with King Baasha of Israel so that he will leave me alone.”

Benhadad did what King Asa requested. He sent his generals and their armies to attack the cities of Israel. He conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim, and all the storage cities in the territory of Naphtali. When Baasha heard the news, he stopped fortifying Ramah and abandoned his work on it.

Then King Asa took everyone in Judah to Ramah. He made them carry the stones and lumber from Ramah. Baasha had been using those to fortify the city. Asa used the materials to fortify Geba in Benjamin and Mizpah.

At that time the seer[b] Hanani came to King Asa of Judah and said to him, “Because you depended on the king of Syria and did not depend on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped your grasp. Weren’t the Sudanese and Libyans a large army with many chariots and drivers? But when you depended on the Lord, he handed them over to you. The Lord’s eyes scan the whole world to find those whose hearts are committed to him and to strengthen them. You acted foolishly in this matter. So from now on, you will have to fight wars.”

10 Asa was furious at the seer. He was so angry with Hanani that he put Hanani in prison. Asa also oppressed some of the people at that time in his reign.

11 Everything about Asa from first to last is written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.

12 In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa got a foot disease that became progressively worse. Instead of asking the Lord for help, he went to doctors.

13 Asa lay down in death with his ancestors. He died in the forty-first year of his reign. 14 They buried him in the tomb that he had prepared for himself in the City of David. They laid him on a bed full of spices and blended perfumes. And they burned a bonfire in his honor.


  1. 2 Chronicles 14:1 2 Chronicles 14:1–15 in English Bibles is 2 Chronicles 13:23–14:14 in the Hebrew Bible.
  2. 2 Chronicles 16:7 A seer is a prophet.
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Romans 9:1-24

Paul’s Concern for the Jewish People

As a Christian, I’m telling you the truth. I’m not lying. The Holy Spirit, along with my own thoughts, supports me in this. I have deep sorrow and endless heartache. I wish I could be condemned and cut off from Christ for the sake of others who, like me, are Jewish by birth. They are Israelites, God’s adopted children. They have the Lord’s glory, the pledges,[a] Moses’ Teachings, the true worship, and the promises. The Messiah is descended from their ancestors according to his human nature. The Messiah is God over everything, forever blessed. Amen.

Now it is not as though God’s word has failed. Clearly, not everyone descended from Israel is part of Israel or a descendant of Abraham. However, as Scripture says, “Through Isaac your descendants will carry on your name.” This means that children born by natural descent from Abraham are not necessarily God’s children. Instead, children born by the promise are considered Abraham’s descendants.

For example, this is what the promise said, “I will come back at the right time, and Sarah will have a son.” 10 The same thing happened to Rebekah. Rebekah became pregnant by our ancestor Isaac. 11 Before the children had been born or had done anything good or bad, Rebekah was told that the older child would serve the younger one. This was said to Rebekah so that God’s plan would remain a matter of his choice, 12 a choice based on God’s call and not on anything people do. [b] 13 The Scriptures say, “I loved Jacob, but I hated Esau.”

14 What can we say—that God is unfair? That’s unthinkable! 15 For example, God said to Moses, “I will be kind to anyone I want to. I will be merciful to anyone I want to.” 16 Therefore, God’s choice does not depend on a person’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.

17 For example, Scripture says to Pharaoh, “I put you here for this reason: to demonstrate my power through you and to spread my name throughout the earth.” 18 Therefore, if God wants to be kind to anyone, he will be. If he wants to make someone stubborn, he will.

19 You may ask me, “Why does God still find fault with anyone? Who can resist whatever God wants to do?”

20 Who do you think you are to talk back to God like that? Can an object that was made say to its maker, “Why did you make me like this?” 21 A potter has the right to do whatever he wants with his clay. He can make something for a special occasion or something for everyday use from the same lump of clay.

22 If God wants to demonstrate his anger and reveal his power, he can do it. But can’t he be extremely patient with people who are objects of his anger because they are headed for destruction? 23 Can’t God also reveal the riches of his glory to people who are objects of his mercy and who he had already prepared for glory? 24 This is what God did for us whom he called—whether we are Jews or not.


  1. Romans 9:4 Or “covenants.”
  2. Romans 9:13 The last part of verse 12 (in Greek) has been placed in verse 11 to express the complex Greek sentence structure more clearly in English.
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Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky displays what his hands have made.
One day tells a story to the next.
One night shares knowledge with the next
without talking,
without words,
without their voices being heard.
Yet, their sound has gone out into the entire world,
their message to the ends of the earth.
He has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun,
which comes out of its chamber like a bridegroom.
Like a champion, it is eager to run its course.
It rises from one end of the heavens.
It circles around to the other.
Nothing is hidden from its heat.

The teachings of the Lord are perfect.
They renew the soul.
The testimony of the Lord is dependable.
It makes gullible people wise.
The instructions of the Lord are correct.
They make the heart rejoice.
The command of the Lord is radiant.
It makes the eyes shine.
The fear of the Lord is pure.
It endures forever.
The decisions of the Lord are true.
They are completely fair.
10 They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey, even the drippings from a honeycomb.
11 As your servant I am warned by them.
There is a great reward in following them.

12 Who can notice every mistake?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep me from sinning.
Do not let anyone gain control over me.
Then I will be blameless,
and I will be free from any great offense.

14 May the words from my mouth and the thoughts from my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my defender.

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Proverbs 20:1

Wine makes people mock,
liquor makes them noisy,
and everyone under their influence is unwise.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday July 24, 2017 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 11-13

Israel’s Priests Come to Judah(A)

11 When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he gathered the people of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 of the best soldiers, to fight against Israel and return the kingdom to Rehoboam.

But God spoke his word to Shemaiah, the man of God. He said, “Speak to Judah’s King Rehoboam, son of Solomon, and all Israel in Judah and Benjamin. This is what the Lord says: Don’t wage war against your relatives. Everyone, go home. What has happened is my doing.” So they obeyed the Lord’s word. They turned back from their attack on Jeroboam.

Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built fortified cities in Judah. He rebuilt Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, Beth Zur, Soco, Adullam, Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, 10 Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron. These were fortified cities in Judah and Benjamin. 11 He strengthened them and put army officers with reserves of food, olive oil, and wine in them. 12 In each city he stored shields and spears. He made the cities very secure. So Rehoboam held on to Judah and Benjamin.

13 The priests and Levites in every region of Israel sided with Rehoboam. 14 The priests abandoned their land and property and went to Judah and Jerusalem because Jeroboam and his descendants rejected them as the Lord’s priests. 15 Instead, Jeroboam appointed his own priests for the illegal worship sites and the goat and calf statues he had made as idols. 16 People from every tribe of Israel who were determined to seek the Lord God of Israel followed the Levitical priests to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the Lord God of their ancestors.

17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah by supporting Rehoboam, son of Solomon, for three years. During those three years they lived the way David and Solomon had lived.

Rehoboam’s Family

18 Rehoboam married Mahalath, daughter of Jerimoth. (Jerimoth was the son of David and Abihail. Abihail was the daughter of Eliab, son of Jesse.) 19 Mahalath gave birth to the following sons: Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham.

20 After marrying Mahalath, he married Maacah, Absalom’s granddaughter. She gave birth to Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith. 21 Rehoboam loved Maacah, Absalom’s granddaughter, more than all his other wives and concubines.[a] (He had 18 wives and 60 concubines. He fathered 28 sons and 60 daughters.)

22 Rehoboam appointed Abijah, son of Maacah, as family head and prince among his brothers. By doing this, Rehoboam could make him king. 23 He wisely placed his sons in every region of Judah and Benjamin, in every fortified city. He gave them allowances and obtained many wives for them.

King Shishak Takes the Temple Treasures(B)

12 When Rehoboam had established his kingdom and made himself strong, he and all Israel abandoned the Lord’s teachings. In the fifth year of Rehoboam’s reign, King Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem. This happened because all Israel was not loyal to the Lord. Shishak had 1,200 chariots, 60,000 horses, and an army of countless Libyans, Sukkites, and Sudanese from Egypt.

He captured the fortified cities in Judah and then came to Jerusalem.

The prophet Shemaiah came to Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah who had gathered in Jerusalem because of Shishak. Shemaiah said to them, “This is what the Lord says: You have abandoned me, so I will abandon you. I will hand you over to Shishak.” Then the commanders of Israel and the king humbled themselves. “The Lord is right!” they said.

When the Lord saw that they had humbled themselves, he spoke his word to Shemaiah: “They have humbled themselves. I will not destroy them. In a little while I will give them an escape. I will not use Shishak to pour my anger on Jerusalem. But they will become his servants so that they can learn the difference between serving me and serving foreign kings.”

King Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem and took the treasures from the Lord’s temple and the royal palace. He took them all. He took the gold shields Solomon had made. 10 So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and put them by the entrance to the royal palace, where the captains of the guards were stationed. 11 Whenever the king went into the Lord’s temple, guards carried the shields and then returned them to the guardroom.

12 After Rehoboam humbled himself, the Lord was no longer angry with him and didn’t completely destroy him. So things went well in Judah.

13 King Rehoboam strengthened his position in Jerusalem and ruled. He was 41 years old when he began to rule. He ruled for 17 years in Jerusalem, the city that the Lord chose from all the tribes of Israel, the city where the Lord put his name. (Rehoboam’s mother was an Ammonite woman named Naamah.) 14 He did evil things because he was not serious about dedicating himself to serving the Lord.

15 Aren’t the events concerning Rehoboam from first to last written in the records of the prophet Shemaiah and the records of the seer[b] Iddo in the genealogies? There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam as long as they lived. 16 Rehoboam lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. His son Abijah succeeded him as king.

King Abijah’s War with King Jeroboam(C)

13 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam, Abijah began to rule Judah. He ruled for three years in Jerusalem. His mother was named Micaiah, daughter of Uriel from Gibeah.

There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.

Abijah prepared for battle with an army of 400,000 of the best soldiers, while Jeroboam arranged to oppose him with 800,000 of the best professional soldiers.

Then Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim in the mountains of Ephraim. He called out, “Jeroboam and all Israel, listen to me! Don’t you know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingdom of Israel to David and his descendants forever in a permanent promise? [c] But Jeroboam (Nebat’s son) rebelled against his master. He had been the servant of David’s son Solomon. Worthless, good-for-nothing men gathered around him. They opposed Rehoboam, son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was too young and inexperienced to challenge them. Do you now intend to challenge the Lord’s kingdom, which has been placed in the hands of David’s descendants? You are a large crowd, and you have the gold calves that Jeroboam made to be your gods. You forced out the Lord’s priests who were Aaron’s descendants, and you forced out the Levites so that you could appoint your own priests, as the people in foreign countries do. Anyone who has a young bull and seven rams can be ordained as a priest of nonexistent gods.

10 “However, the Lord is our God. We haven’t abandoned him. The priests who serve the Lord are Aaron’s descendants, and the Levites assist them. 11 They sacrifice burnt offerings to the Lord every morning and every evening. They offer sweet-smelling incense and rows of bread on the clean[d] table. The lamps on the gold lamp stand burn every evening. We’re following the instructions the Lord our God gave us, but you have abandoned him. 12 God is with us as our leader. His priests will sound their trumpets to call the army to fight you. Men of Israel, don’t wage war against the Lord God of your ancestors. You won’t succeed.”

13 But Jeroboam had set an ambush to attack them from behind. So Jeroboam’s army was in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them. 14 When Judah’s soldiers looked around, the battle was in front of them and behind them. They cried out to the Lord, the priests blew the trumpets, 15 and the men of Judah shouted. When they shouted, God attacked Jeroboam and all Israel in front of Abijah and Judah. 16 The Israelites fled from Judah’s army, and God handed them over to Judah. 17 So Abijah and his men defeated them decisively, and 500,000 of the best men of Israel were killed. 18 So the Israelites were humbled at that time, and the men of Judah won because they trusted the Lord God of their ancestors. 19 Abijah pursued Jeroboam and captured some of his cities: Bethel and its villages, Jeshanah and its villages, and Ephron and its villages.

20 Jeroboam never regained power during Abijah’s time. The Lord caused Jeroboam to become sick, and Jeroboam died.

21 But Abijah became strong. He married 14 wives and fathered 22 sons and 16 daughters.

22 Everything else about Abijah—how he lived and what he said—is written in the history by the prophet Iddo.


  1. 2 Chronicles 11:21 A concubine is considered a wife except she has fewer rights under the law.
  2. 2 Chronicles 12:15 A seer is a prophet.
  3. 2 Chronicles 13:6 Or “covenant.”
  4. 2 Chronicles 13:11 “Clean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is presentable to God.
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Romans 8:26-39

26 At the same time the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we don’t know how to pray for what we need. But the Spirit intercedes along with our groans that cannot be expressed in words. 27 The one who searches our hearts knows what the Spirit has in mind. The Spirit intercedes for God’s people the way God wants him to.

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan. 29 This is true because he already knew his people and had already appointed them to have the same form as the image of his Son. Therefore, his Son is the firstborn among many children. 30 He also called those whom he had already appointed. He approved of those whom he had called, and he gave glory to those whom he had approved of.

31 What can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 God didn’t spare his own Son but handed him over to death for all of us. So he will also give us everything along with him. 33 Who will accuse those whom God has chosen? God has approved of them. 34 Who will condemn them? Christ has died, and more importantly, he was brought back to life. Christ is in the honored position—the one next to God the Father on the heavenly throne. Christ also intercedes for us. 35 What will separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or violent death separate us from his love? 36 As Scripture says:

“We are being killed all day long because of you.
We are thought of as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties. 38 I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us.[a] We can’t be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces 39 or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.


  1. Romans 8:38 The last part of verse 39 (in Greek) has been moved to verse 38 to express the complex Greek sentence structure more clearly in English.
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Psalm 18:37-50

37 I chased my enemies and caught up with them.
I did not return until I had ended their lives.
38 I wounded them so badly that they were unable to get up.
They fell under my feet.
39 You armed me with strength for battle.
You made my opponents bow at my feet.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
and I destroyed those who hated me.
41 They cried out for help, but there was no one to save them.
They cried out to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
42 I beat them into a powder as fine as the dust blown by the wind.
I threw them out as though they were dirt on the streets.
43 You rescued me from my conflicts with the people.
You made me the leader of nations.
A people I did not know will serve me:
44 As soon as they hear of me, they will obey me.
Foreigners will cringe in front of me.
45 Foreigners will lose heart,
and they will tremble when they come out of their fortifications.

46 The Lord lives!
Thanks be to my rock!
May God my Savior be honored.
47 God gives me vengeance!
He brings people under my authority.
48 He saves me from my enemies.
You lift me up above my opponents.
You rescue me from violent people.
49 That is why I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the nations
and make music to praise your name.
50 He gives great victories to his king.
He shows mercy to his anointed,
to David, and to his descendant[a] forever.

Psalm 19

For the choir director; a psalm by David.


  1. Psalm 18:50 Or “to his descendants.”
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Proverbs 19:27-29

27 If you stop listening to instruction, my son,
you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A worthless witness mocks justice,
and the mouths of wicked people swallow up trouble.
29 Punishments are set for mockers
and beatings for the backs of fools.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday July 23, 2017 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19

11 Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter from the City of David to a palace he had built for her. He said, “My wife will not live in the palace of King David of Israel because these places where the Lord’s ark has come are holy.”

12 Then Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings to the Lord on the Lord’s altar that he built in front of the entrance hall. 13 He sacrificed every day, on weekly days of rest—holy days, on the New Moon Festivals, and on the three annual festivals (the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks, and the Festival of Booths) as Moses had commanded. 14 As Solomon’s father David had directed, he set up the divisions of priests for their service and the divisions of Levites for their appointed places. The Levites were to lead in praising the Lord and to serve beside the priests by doing whatever needed to be done each day. Solomon also set up divisions of doorkeepers at every gate because this is what David, the man of God, had commanded. 15 No one neglected the king’s orders to the priests or the Levites in any matter, including the temple’s finances. 16 All of Solomon’s work was carried out from the day the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid until it was completed. The Lord’s temple was now finished.

17 Then Solomon went to the coast near Ezion Geber and Elath in Edom. 18 Huram sent his own servants and his experienced sailors with ships to Solomon. They went with Solomon’s servants to Ophir, got 33,750 pounds of gold, and brought it to King Solomon.

The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon(A)

The queen of Sheba heard about Solomon’s reputation. So she came to Jerusalem to test him with riddles. She arrived with a large group of servants, with camels carrying spices, a large quantity of gold, and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she talked to him about everything she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions. No question was too difficult for Solomon to answer.

When the queen of Sheba saw Solomon’s wisdom, the palace he built, the food on his table, his officers’ seating arrangement, the organization of his officials and the uniforms they wore, his cupbearers[a] and their uniforms, and the burnt offerings that he sacrificed at the Lord’s temple, she was breathless. She told the king, “What I heard in my country about your words and your wisdom is true! But I didn’t believe the reports until I came and saw it with my own eyes. I wasn’t even told about half of the extent of your wisdom. You’ve surpassed the stories I’ve heard. How blessed your men must be! How blessed these servants of yours must be because they are always stationed in front of you and listen to your wisdom! Thank the Lord your God, who is pleased with you. He has put you on his throne to be king on behalf of the Lord your God. Because of your God’s love for the people of Israel, he has established them permanently and made you king over them so that you would maintain justice and righteousness.”

She gave the king 9,000 pounds of gold, a very large quantity of spices, and precious stones. Never was there such a large quantity of spices in Israel as those that the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon.

10 Huram’s servants and Solomon’s servants who brought gold from Ophir also brought sandalwood and precious stones. 11 With the sandalwood the king made gateways to the Lord’s temple and the royal palace, and lyres and harps for the singers. No one had ever seen anything like them in Judah.

12 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba anything she wanted, whatever she asked for, more than what she had brought him. Then she and her servants went back to her country.

Solomon’s Wealth(B)

13 The gold that came to Solomon in one year weighed 49,950 pounds, 14 not counting the gold which the merchants and traders brought. All the Arab kings and governors of the land also brought gold and silver to Solomon.

15 King Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold, using 15 pounds of gold on each shield. 16 He also made 300 small shields of hammered gold, using 7½ pounds of gold on each shield. The king put them in the hall named the Forest of Lebanon.

17 The king also made a large ivory throne and covered it with pure gold. 18 Six steps led to the throne, which had a gold footstool attached to it. There were armrests on both sides of the seat. Two lions stood beside the armrests. 19 Twelve lions stood on six steps, one on each side. Nothing like this had been made for any other kingdom.

20 All King Solomon’s cups were gold, and all the utensils for the hall named the Forest of Lebanon were fine gold. (Silver wasn’t considered valuable in Solomon’s time.) 21 The king had ships going to Tarshish with Huram’s sailors. Once every three years the Tarshish ships would bring gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys.

22 In wealth and wisdom King Solomon was greater than all the other kings of the world. 23 All the kings of the world wanted to listen to the wisdom that God gave Solomon. 24 So everyone who came brought him gifts: articles of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules. This happened year after year.

25 Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots, and 12,000 war horses. He stationed some in chariot cities and others with himself in Jerusalem. 26 He ruled all the kings from the Euphrates River to the country of the Philistines and as far as the Egyptian border. 27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as plentiful as fig trees in the foothills. 28 Horses were imported for Solomon from Egypt and from all other countries.

Solomon’s Death(C)

29 Aren’t the rest of Solomon’s acts from first to last written in the records of Nathan the prophet, in the prophecy of Ahijah from Shiloh, and in Iddo the seer’s[b] visions about Jeroboam (son of Nebat)?

30 Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for 40 years. 31 Solomon lay down in death with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. His son Rehoboam succeeded him as king.

King Rehoboam Foolishly Rejects Israel’s Request(D)

10 Rehoboam went to Shechem because all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him king. Jeroboam (Nebat’s son) was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon. When he heard about Rehoboam, he returned from Egypt. Israel sent for Jeroboam and invited him back. Jeroboam and all Israel went to speak to Rehoboam. They said, “Your father made us carry a heavy burden. Reduce the hard work and lighten the heavy burden he put on us, and we will serve you.”

He said to them, “Come back the day after tomorrow.” So the people left.

King Rehoboam sought advice from the older leaders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive. He asked, “What do you advise? How should I respond to these people?”

They told him, “If you are good to these people and try to please them by speaking gently to them, then they will always be your servants.”

But he ignored the advice the older leaders gave him. He sought advice from the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we respond to these people who are asking me to lighten the burden my father put on them?”

10 The young men who had grown up with him answered, “This is what you should tell them: ‘My little finger is heavier than my father’s whole body. [c] 11 If my father put a heavy burden on you, I will add to it. If my father punished you with whips, I will punish you with scorpions.’”

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came back to Rehoboam two days later, as the king had instructed them. 13 The king answered them harshly. He ignored the older leaders’ advice. 14 He spoke to them as the young men advised. He said, “If my father made your burden heavy, I will add to it. If my father punished you with whips, I will use scorpions.” 15 The king refused to listen to the people because the Lord was directing these events to carry out the promise he had made to Jeroboam (Nebat’s son) through Ahijah from Shiloh.

16 When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, the people answered the king,

“What share do we have in David’s kingdom?
We won’t receive an inheritance from Jesse’s son.
Everyone to his own tent, Israel!
Now look after your own house, David!”

So all Israel went home to their own tents. 17 But Rehoboam ruled the Israelites who lived in the cities of Judah.

18 Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram to the Israelites. He was in charge of forced labor, but they stoned him to death. So King Rehoboam got on his chariot as fast as he could and fled to Jerusalem. 19 Israel has rebelled against David’s dynasty to this day.


  1. 2 Chronicles 9:4 A cupbearer was a trusted royal official who ensured that the king’s drink was not poisoned.
  2. 2 Chronicles 9:29 A seer is a prophet.
  3. 2 Chronicles 10:11 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
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Romans 8:9-25

But if God’s Spirit lives in you, you are under the control of your spiritual nature, not your corrupt nature.

Whoever doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ doesn’t belong to him. 10 However, if Christ lives in you, your bodies are dead because of sin, but your spirits are alive because you have God’s approval. 11 Does the Spirit of the one who brought Jesus back to life live in you? Then the one who brought Christ back to life will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you.

12 So, brothers and sisters, we have no obligation to live the way our corrupt nature wants us to live. 13 If you live by your corrupt nature, you are going to die. But if you use your spiritual nature to put to death the evil activities of the body, you will live. 14 Certainly, all who are guided by God’s Spirit are God’s children. 15 You haven’t received the spirit of slaves that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the spirit of God’s adopted children by which we call out, “Abba![a] Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 If we are his children, we are also God’s heirs. If we share in Christ’s suffering in order to share his glory, we are heirs together with him.

God’s Spirit Helps Us

18 I consider our present sufferings insignificant compared to the glory that will soon be revealed to us. 19 All creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal who his children are. 20 Creation was subjected to frustration but not by its own choice. The one who subjected it to frustration did so in the hope 21 that it would also be set free from slavery to decay in order to share the glorious freedom that the children of God will have. 22 We know that all creation has been groaning with the pains of childbirth up to the present time.

23 However, not only creation groans. We, who have the Spirit as the first of God’s gifts, also groan inwardly. We groan as we eagerly wait for our adoption, the freeing of our bodies from sin. 24 We were saved with this hope in mind. If we hope for something we already see, it’s not really hope. Who hopes for what can be seen? 25 But if we hope for what we don’t see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.


  1. Romans 8:15 Abba is Aramaic for “father.”
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Psalm 18:16-36

16 He reached down from high above and took hold of me.
He pulled me out of the raging water.
17 He rescued me from my strong enemy
and from those who hated me,
because they were too strong for me.
18 On the day when I faced disaster, they confronted me,
but the Lord came to my defense.
19 He brought me out to a wide-open place.
He rescued me because he was pleased with me.

20 The Lord rewarded me
because of my righteousness,
because my hands are clean.
He paid me back
21 because I have kept the ways of the Lord
and I have not wickedly turned away from my God,
22 because all his judgments are in front of me
and I have not turned away from his laws.
23 I was innocent as far as he was concerned.
I have kept myself from guilt.
24 The Lord paid me back
because of my righteousness,
because he can see that my hands are clean.

25 In dealing with faithful people you are faithful,
with innocent people you are innocent,
26 with pure people you are pure.
In dealing with devious people you are clever.

27 You save humble people,
but you bring down a conceited look.
28 O Lord, you light my lamp.
My God turns my darkness into light.
29 With you I can attack a line of soldiers.
With my God I can break through barricades.

30 God’s way is perfect!
The promise of the Lord has proven to be true.
He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.
31 Who is God but the Lord?
Who is a rock except our God?
32 God arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.
33 He makes my feet like those of a deer
and gives me sure footing on high places.
34 He trains my hands for battle
so that my arms can bend an archer’s bow of bronze.
35 You have given me the shield of your salvation.
Your right hand supports me.
Your gentleness makes me great.
36 You make a wide path for me to walk on
so that my feet do not slip.

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Proverbs 19:26

Foolproof Instructions

26 A son who assaults his father and who drives away his mother
brings shame and disgrace.

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07/17/2017 DAB Transcript

1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11 ~ Romans 4:1-12 ~ Psalm 13:1-6 ~ Proverbs 19:15-16

Today is the 17th day of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s great to be here with you today as we dive headfirst into this week and, of course, at first into the scriptures for today and we’re reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week. So, back into the book of 1 Chronicles we go, Chapter 24 Verse 1 through 26 Verse 11 today.


Alright so, we’re in the letter to the Romans, obviously, and we talked a lot about the apostle Paul as we were going through the book of Acts, trying to fill in the back story, why he’s such a lightning rod, why people want to assassinate him, why there are mobs forming around him, and this is largely due to the fact that they believe this devout Pharisee has become a heretic and left his faith and is trying to entice others by dismantling everything they’ve believed all along, when the reality is that Paul’s argument is: None of that is true. I’m not trying to leave anything behind. I have found how it works. I have found how Jesus fits into this story. It’s the same story and God is continuing it and completing it through Jesus.

And so this letter to the Romans is to the Roman Church, people who were following Jesus, but it’s a mixed church, it’s an integrated church with some Jewish believers and some Gentile believers. And Paul is speaking, in particular, about circumcision today, which is one of the outward representations of devotion to God in the Jewish faith. So, for them, you can’t be in the Jewish faith if you’re a man and you are uncircumcised. So, sorry for all the penis talk today, but I think I can safely blame it on the Apostle Paul. Circumcision was a very big deal within Judaism and some of the things Paul is trying to explain were getting him on the hot seat as if he were saying it is no big deal.  We’ll see this crop up. We’ll see this very issue crop up as we continue forward in the New Testament.  But underneath It all, Paul is saying, if you have this symbolic thing that you’ve done ritualistically and you have no idea what’s underneath that, like you have no idea why, the why of that, then you have built a dogma around a tradition you don’t even understand, which is no less true in the Christian faith, and Paul is equating this to like action, work that will by default justify you and make you righteous before God.

So what we are talking about today in the Book of Romans is kind of controversial at this time because Paul is zooming out and going back to their ancestral father, Abraham, like the guy that started the whole thing, that has made them to people that they are, and saying, hang on a second. Abraham believed God and God then took that belief, that faith, and looked at him as righteous because of it, but (and it’s a big but) we have to remember that Abraham, when this happened, wasn’t circumcised. It was only after this that circumcision was given to him as a symbol that was in his flesh - like he couldn’t ever take a bath, get naked, go to the bathroom, whatever, without being reminded of his righteousness and covenant with God.  It was a symbol of this state of being that he had entered into, because God bestowed it on him, differentiating the idea of working your way into this or receiving it as a gift. Works versus Grace. So, in effect he’s saying, look, you can jump through the hoops and you can follow all the rituals that you want, you can follow whatever recipe you want that you think is going to make you righteous before God but that’s not how it works. Those rituals, those symbols, those works are as a result of what has been given to you, bestowed upon you by grace.  The symbols, the recipe, the rituals, they don’t mean much unless they are attached to something far deeper within you. You’re just kind of going through the motions, thinking that if you can follow that recipe it’s all good when the only way it’s going to be all good is if you, like our ancestor Abraham, believe God and receive this gift that you cannot possibly earn your way into.  And for them, the earning their way into it was by following the law to a tee, which no one could do, which is a pretty big deal. A really big deal for us now as we understand our faith in Jesus, but an even bigger deal for the Jewish people who had been practicing a faith all along of trying to obey the law perfectly, trying to work their way to God.  This was part of the tapestry of their entire worldview and being in the world. Everything was oriented to doing, to obeying this law.

And so Paul coming along and saying all this is sort of reframing things. It’s very disruptive because it’s a new way of looking at the same thing that reveals that the story is much bigger then maybe previously thought.  And so Paul is this lightning rod in the middle of all of this. Paul is preaching a message that is inclusive and expansive in that he’s saying the Gentiles can be grafted into this story and are supposed to be grafted into this story, which is in part where the circumcision talk comes from because he’s saying Abraham wasn’t circumcised when he believed and then God gave him circumcision as a symbol of what had already taken place. So why are we thinking that can’t still happen?  But he’s also saying none of us have been able to achieve perfection in the law. The law is what shows us sin. The law, actually because we can’t keep it, shows us our powerlessness to achieve that perfection before God and yet God came to be here and give us righteousness and give us what we cannot possibly do ourselves.

And so it is the heart of the Christian faith, but it’s such a beautiful thing when you have some context and see how disorienting and disruptive what he’s saying is that what we take for granted wasn’t something we could always take for granted and watching this unfold, which brings us to consider what are the things that we’re wrestling with right now? I mean, how is it that we have tried to close the whole thing down and own it in some sort of recipe that must be followed, when the reality is we cannot possibly achieve perfection before God without God.  We can’t possibly earn our way forward into this by just being that good. We cannot receive the divine nature of God that Jesus offers us on our own, in our own strength. We can’t earn our way into it. It can’t happen. We’re not capable of doing it without God. That’s the story of the human race.  That’s the story of the Bible since Adam and Eve, trying to figure out how to make it work without God when we were never made to do anything without God.


God, Father, without You we can do nothing. You’ve been pretty clear about that in the scriptures, not only explicitly but within every story and every person that we meet. And Your word shows us our flailing struggle to try to wrap our minds around our own helplessness but also our struggle to try to make this work on our own terms, to try to take the knowledge of good and evil and find our way back on our own to perfection.  And it can’t happen on our own because the state of Shalom, of perfection, that we see at the very beginning and in Jesus was deeply and utterly and hopelessly intertwined with you. So come Holy Spirit, show us the recipes that we’ve been trying to follow to make it work. Not that  they’re bad things or choices or activities or postures, but because when we try to achieve them without Your indwelling we will never get there.  Come, Holy Spirit we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Dailyaudiobible.com is the website. It’s home base. It’s where you find out what’s going on around here and a few things.  Obviously, last week we gave birth as a community to this work Sneezing Jesus, and I can safely, I think, announce that the audio edition of that work is now available. I know it was becoming available even as we released. Here’s the thing. Last time, my last work, Reframe, had a bit of a delay with the audio release, several months, largely because there was a CD edition of it in the world before there was a digital audio downloadable edition and so that was staggered.  So we had been working toward the downloadable audio edition for a while trying get them as close as possible, but when you are trying to roll something out all over the world in all kinds of formats and places, you don’t just push a button and it happens. It’s a bit of a tedious process. I’m pretty sure, pretty much everywhere that does downloadable audio editions has it now. For example, here in the United States, probably the two primary outlets for audio books would be Audible and iTunes and it’s available. I even saw that Audible had it on sale, I think $4.95 is what I saw.  I don’t know if that is still the way it is, but I think so. Anyway, so those of you who ordered Sneezing Jesus and working through the book, who are also like, I’d love to have it read to me, I read the audio edition of the book and so that’s available. And wherever you are in the world, wherever it is that you go to get your audio books, it should be there now. So Sneezing Jesus, audio edition is available.

The other thing is we have a great discussion group going around Sneezing Jesus. We are discussing and talking about it. Come jump into that and this Thursday, just a couple of days from now, we’ll do our first little live broadcast about Sneezing Jesus and we’ll talk about it, but it’ll be in the Sneezing Jesus group discussion page. So, you have to be in that group to be able to see it, so it’s at facebook.com/groups/sneezingjesus and that will be at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time which is where I am in the Rolling Hills of Tennessee. So you have to maybe Google it depending on your time zone.  If you’re in the United States that would be 8 p.m. on the east coast and 5 p.m. on the West Coast and I’ll just come down here in the studio and turn it on and share some thoughts and take some questions and we’ll just see where all of that leads us, but make some plans for this Thursday and I will look forward to seeing you there.  

And then the other thing is the Sneezing Jesus tour. So this fall and into next year we’ll be doing some traveling and bringing this message and we are looking forward to that. I have done some pretty grueling travel and speaking schedules and tours in my life. This is not going to be quite Iike that. I’m not going to do quite as many cities as I’ve done before, just keep a little margin in my life this year; however, if you would like to see Sneezing Jesus come to your city, your church, here’s how to get some of the ball rolling. Go to sneezingjesus.com and so that’s like the portal for Sneezing Jesus, and scroll all the way down to the bottom and you’ll see that there’s a little form down there.  Fill that out and we’ll respond and see if we can make that happen.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com.  There’s a link on the homepage. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your partnership as we move through the thick of the summertime. 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 PO Box 1996, Spring Hill, TN 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request a comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that is it for today. I’m Brian.  I love you, and I’ll be waiting for you here, tomorrow.

Community Prayers and Praise Reports:

Good morning Dabbers, this is Walta, the burning bush that will not be devoured for the glory of our God and King.  Today is Friday, July 14th and I just heard Paula, the child advocate, and I heard your prayer and I am so touched in my heart because when you were speaking about other people calling and praying versus you praying, I just saw that woman, no, not the woman, the scripture where Jesus talks about this man going into the church, going into the temple and praying these loud prayers and telling God all these things and the man was just quiet in the back and just crying and saying Lord forgive me.  And what I saw was the sincerity of the prayer.  The Bible says the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person availeth much.  Your prayer was so effective and it hit the nail and you talked about loneliness, those who feel alone and honestly I’ve been struggling with that last week and I praise God for you and thank Him that you were able to step out and just let the Holy Spirit speak through you. I strongly believe that God listens to the prayers of your heart and your prayer is just you verbalizing what’s in there. And so, to you, and all the other Dabbers out there who don’t pray audibly for fear of not being able to meet a certain standard, take her challenge and call in and pray and let God bless others through you. I love you all and I’ll talk to you later.  Bye.

Hi beautiful family. This is Pastor Gene all the from Bradenton, FL. I love you guys. Praying for each one of you. Please join me in prayer. Lord, You are so good, we love You, we praise You, we give You thanks for Jill, we give You thanks for Brian and the inspiration and anointing You have given him. Father, thank You for helping him pen Sneezing Jesus. Father, we pray for each one that has been able to purchase from one book to several of them, it doesn’t really matter.  What matters is that each one of us is going to read the book, put it in the hands of somebody else, and most importantly, practice the principles of looking at Jesus as God Man inspiring us to spread love, hope, and light wherever we are. Father, I pray that every person that we will place a book in their hands will be blessed, will be strengthened, will be encouraged to become Your followers and Your witnesses. Father, I want to pray for my sister Judy from the Midwest. Father, you know that she’s working in a very hostile environment where she feels she was about to be assaulted the other day.  She is intent in being the light and the salt in her work environment and I, who can completely relate to what she is trying to do, pray that You will grant the desires of her heart, that You will affirm her and establish her and make her a beautiful testimony and that You will cover her and protect her. Father, if it’s Your will to deliver her from that place, please do so in the mighty name of Jesus, but if it’s Your will for my sister to stand in the midst of the fire and overcome and be the church that many of those people attend just by looking at her life, then let it be so. And in the name of Jesus, Father, I bless my brother John, who called very sad because his wife is moving away and they are thinking about a separation. Father, in the name of Jesus, You make all things new.  Make my brother John’s marriage brand new.  I pray for all you guys in Jesus mighty name. Pastor Gene. Bye.

Greetings to my beautiful DAB family. This is Candace from Oregon. I owe a debt of gratitude. Wow, big time. I owe thanks to Brian and Jill and everyone who’s a part of this family. I am so upheld by this daily experience that I’ve gotten to be in now for about three and a half years now and I just can’t tell you how the kind of growth and strengthening its been and spiritual growth and it’s getting real, getting more real, and getting more into relationship with Jesus. Jen from SoCal, thank you for your prayers for me. I feel them and I know many people are praying for me. And really I feel it and I need it.  Boy, I need it. This is probably one of the toughest years of my life, no doubt, but only God knows that. And he can carry us through anything. I’m on the Eucharist chapter of Sneezing Jesus. Wow, there you go. There’s your proof. He can get us through anything. He called Lazarus out of the grave.  He walked to His own grave for us. There’s nothing too difficult for him. There’s nothing too big for him to handle. Thank you Jesus. Thank you so much. We love you. We love you back.

Hi DAB family, this is ___________ from Phoenix. I am actually calling with a praise report. Quick back story.  I found out a year ago, last June, that my husband was having an affair and we’ve gotten a little closer over the last year.  The praise report today is that he is going to lunch with my pastor.  He thinks it’s just lunch because he’s not working, but he really likes the guy and he’s actually willing to sit down with a pastor and hasn’t been willing to do that for at least the last four years. Other huge praise report, I know it won’t be heard before it happens, but if you could be praying that that relationship would form.  Second praise report.  His attitude has significantly changed towards me.  He is more attentive.  He’s been living at home pretty much for the last few months, but the last week since we got back – we’d been gone for a week on vacation - he’s been very attentive, wants to know what I’m doing, who I’m talking to, just things that never happened before that he didn’t care about, so that’s a great attitude change and I’m very excited about that.  Third thing which is also a big prayer request, we have our mediation hearing for a week of separation this upcoming Wednesday.  Prayers that all that can be worked out so that we do not have to go to court for, that we will work to reconcile and call the whole thing off. Either way, that God’s will be done for the best and that we will keep moving forward towards him coming back to God and back to his family.  Thank you so much for your prayers.

Hi family and friends. The is Deb in ____.  Today is the 14th of July and I’m calling because of Grady’s call and ____ call and just really and truly calling because the Holy Spirit moved me to call and to pray for Grady and to remind you how much you’re loved and that even though some others, like myself, don’t call often, we are listening and we are praying and I love what’s been happening a lot lately of just praying while we’re here so because Grady called and asked for help with reaching his friends for Christ and I know many of us have cried out for the Father to send laborers into the Harvest, I think Grady is an answer, in part to that prayer, so join me as we pray for Grady. Lord, we know that you love all of your children. We know that you love all of the population of the earth and would love to see all those that would receive You be saved to come into a closer relationship with You and that’s where Grady’s heart is.  Give him wisdom. Give him guidance. Give him the right words at the right time and the courage to speak them. Lord, by Your Holy Spirit, well up in him with the ministry that each one needs and give him strength to say his course, to not be tempted, to not fall away, and to not fail in Your assignment but Lord, help him to remember that it’s not his strength and that the failure isn’t the way we see things but you’re with him to help him to obey and that we are here praying for him in the background. You all have a wonderful day. Know how much your Father loves you and know that you are important and that if you are sneezing, God bless you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday July 21, 2017 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11

The Altar, Reservoir, and Basins

He made a bronze altar(A) 30 feet[a] long, 30 feet[b] wide, and 15 feet[c] high.

Then he made the cast metal reservoir,(B) 15 feet[d] from brim to brim, perfectly round. It was 7½ feet[e] high and 45 feet[f] in circumference. The likeness of oxen[g] was below it, completely encircling it, 10 every half yard,[h] completely surrounding the reservoir. The oxen were cast in two rows when the reservoir was cast. It stood on 12 oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The reservoir was on top of them and all their hindquarters were toward the center. The reservoir was three inches[i] thick, and its rim was fashioned like the brim of a cup or a lily blossom. It could hold 11,000 gallons.[j]

He made 10 basins for washing and he put five on the right and five on the left.(C) The parts of the burnt offering were rinsed in them,(D) but the reservoir was used by the priests for washing.

The Lampstands, Tables, and Courts

He made the 10 gold lampstands according to their specifications and put them in the sanctuary, five on the right and five on the left.(E) He made 10 tables and placed them in the sanctuary, five on the right and five on the left.(F) He also made 100 gold bowls.

He made the courtyard(G) of the priests and the large court, and doors for the court. He overlaid the doors with bronze. 10 He put the reservoir on the right side, toward the southeast.(H) 11 Then Huram[k](I) made(J) the pots, the shovels, and the bowls.

Completion of the Bronze Furnishings

So Huram finished doing the work that he was doing for King Solomon in God’s temple: 12 two pillars; the bowls and the capitals on top of the two pillars; the two gratings for covering both bowls of the capitals that were on top of the pillars; 13 the 400 pomegranates for the two gratings (two rows of pomegranates for each grating covering both capitals’ bowls on top of the pillars(K)). 14 He also made the water carts[l](L) and the basins on the water carts. 15 The one reservoir and the 12 oxen underneath it, 16 the pots, the shovels, the forks, and all their utensils—Huram-abi[m](M) made them for King Solomon for the Lord’s temple. All these were made of polished bronze. 17 The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zeredah. 18 Solomon made all these utensils in such great abundance that the weight of the bronze was not determined.

Completion of the Gold Furnishings

19 Solomon also made all the equipment in God’s temple: the gold altar; the tables on which to put the bread of the Presence;(N) 20 the lampstands and their lamps of pure gold to burn in front of the inner sanctuary according to specifications;(O) 21 the flowers, lamps, and gold tongs—of purest gold; 22 the wick trimmers, sprinkling basins, ladles,[n] and firepans—of purest gold; and the entryway to the temple, its inner doors to the most holy place, and the doors of the temple sanctuary—of gold.

So all the work Solomon did for the Lord’s temple was completed. Then Solomon brought the consecrated things of his father David—the silver, the gold, and all the utensils—and put them in the treasuries of God’s temple.

Preparations for the Temple Dedication

At that time(P) Solomon assembled at Jerusalem the elders of Israel—all the tribal heads, the ancestral chiefs of the Israelites—in order to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord up from the city of David,(Q) that is, Zion. So all the men of Israel were assembled in the king’s presence at the festival; this was in the seventh month.[o]

All the elders of Israel came, and the Levites picked up the ark. They brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and the holy utensils that were in the tent. The priests and the Levites brought them up. King Solomon and the entire congregation of Israel who had gathered around him were in front of the ark sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted or numbered because there were so many. The priests brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the most holy place, beneath the wings of the cherubim.(R) And the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark so that the cherubim formed a cover above the ark and its poles. The poles were so long that their ends were seen from the holy place[p](S) in front of the inner sanctuary, but they were not seen from outside; they are there to this very day. 10 Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets that Moses had put in it at Horeb,[q](T) where the Lord had made a covenant with the Israelites when they came out of Egypt.

11 Now all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves regardless of their divisions.(U) When the priests came out of the holy place, 12 the Levitical singers dressed in fine linen and carrying cymbals, harps, and lyres(V) were standing east of the altar, and with them were 120 priests blowing trumpets.(W) The Levitical singers were descendants of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun and their sons(X) and relatives. 13 The trumpeters and singers joined together to praise and thank the Lord with one voice. They raised their voices, accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and musical instruments,(Y) in praise to the Lord:

For He is good;
His faithful love endures forever.(Z)

The temple, the Lord’s temple, was filled with a cloud.(AA) 14 And because of the cloud, the priests were not able to continue ministering, for the glory of the Lord filled God’s temple.(AB)

Solomon’s Dedication of the Temple

Then Solomon said:(AC)

The Lord said He would dwell in thick darkness,(AD)
but I have built an exalted temple for You,
a place for Your residence forever.

Then the king turned and blessed the entire congregation of Israel while they were standing. He said:

May the Lord God of Israel be praised!
He spoke directly to my father David,
and He has fulfilled the promise
by His power.
He said,
“Since the day I brought My people Israel
out of the land of Egypt,(AE)
I have not chosen a city to build a temple in
among any of the tribes of Israel,
so that My name would be there,
and I have not chosen a man
to be ruler over My people Israel.
But I have chosen Jerusalem
so that My name will be there,(AF)
and I have chosen David
to be over My people Israel.”(AG)

Now it was in the heart of my father David
to build a temple for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel.(AH)
However, Yahweh said to my father David,
“Since it was your desire to build a temple for My name,
you have done well to have this desire.
Yet, you are not the one to build the temple,
but your son, your own offspring,
will build the temple for My name.”
10 So Yahweh has fulfilled what He promised.
I have taken the place of my father David
and I sit on the throne of Israel, as Yahweh promised.
I have built the temple for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel.
11 I have put the ark there,
where Yahweh’s covenant is
that He made with the Israelites.(AI)


  1. 2 Chronicles 4:1 Lit 20 cubits
  2. 2 Chronicles 4:1 Lit 20 cubits
  3. 2 Chronicles 4:1 Lit 10 cubits
  4. 2 Chronicles 4:2 Lit 10 cubits
  5. 2 Chronicles 4:2 Lit five cubits
  6. 2 Chronicles 4:2 Lit 30 cubits
  7. 2 Chronicles 4:3 = gourds in 1Kg 7:24
  8. 2 Chronicles 4:3 Lit 10 per cubit
  9. 2 Chronicles 4:5 Lit a handbreadth
  10. 2 Chronicles 4:5 Text emended; MT reads 3,000 baths in 1Kg 7:26
  11. 2 Chronicles 4:11 = Hiram in 1Kg 7:13,40,45
  12. 2 Chronicles 4:14 Lit the stands
  13. 2 Chronicles 4:16 Lit Huram my father
  14. 2 Chronicles 4:22 Or dishes, or spoons; lit palms
  15. 2 Chronicles 5:3 = Tishri (September–October)
  16. 2 Chronicles 5:9 Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read the ark; 1Kg 8:8
  17. 2 Chronicles 5:10 = Sinai

Romans 7:1-13

An Illustration from Marriage

Since I am speaking to those who understand law, brothers,(A) are you unaware that the law has authority over someone as long as he lives? For example, a married woman is legally bound to her husband while he lives.(B) But if her husband dies, she is released from the law regarding the husband. So then, if she gives herself to another man while her husband is living, she will be called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law. Then, if she gives herself to another man, she is not an adulteress.

Therefore, my brothers, you also were put to death(C) in relation to the law(D) through the crucified body of the Messiah,(E) so that you may belong to another—to Him who was raised from the dead—that we may bear fruit for God. For when we were in the flesh,[a](F) the sinful passions operated through the law in every part of us[b](G) and bore fruit for death. But now we have been released from the law, since we have died to what held us, so that we may serve in the new way[c] of the Spirit(H) and not in the old letter of the law.

Sin’s Use of the Law

What should we say then?(I) Is the law sin? Absolutely not!(J) On the contrary, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law.(K) For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet.(L)[d] And sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment,(M) produced in me coveting of every kind. For apart from the law sin is dead.(N) Once I was alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life 10 and I died. The commandment that was meant for life(O) resulted in death for me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me,(P) and through it killed me. 12 So then, the law is holy,(Q) and the commandment is holy and just and good.

The Problem of Sin in Us

13 Therefore, did what is good cause my death?[e] Absolutely not!(R) On the contrary, sin, in order to be recognized as sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment, sin might become sinful beyond measure.


  1. Romans 7:5 = a person’s life before accepting Christ
  2. Romans 7:5 Lit of our members
  3. Romans 7:6 Lit in newness
  4. Romans 7:7 Ex 20:17
  5. Romans 7:13 Lit good become death to me?

Psalm 17

Psalm 17

A Prayer for Protection

A Davidic prayer.

Lord, hear a just cause;(A)
pay attention to my cry;
listen to my prayer—
from lips free of deceit.(B)
Let my vindication come from You,
for You see what is right.(C)
You have tested my heart;(D)
You have examined me at night.
You have tried me and found nothing evil;(E)
I have determined that my mouth will not sin.[a]
Concerning what people do:
by the word of Your lips[b]
I have avoided the ways of the violent.(F)
My steps are on Your paths;
my feet have not slipped.(G)

I call on You, God,
because You will answer me;(H)
listen closely to me; hear what I say.
Display the wonders of Your faithful love,(I)
Savior of all who seek refuge(J)
from those who rebel against Your right hand.[c]
Protect me as the pupil of Your eye;(K)
hide me in the shadow of Your wings(L)
from[d] the wicked who treat me violently,[e]
my deadly enemies who surround me.(M)

10 They have become hardened;[f](N)
their mouths speak arrogantly.(O)
11 They advance against me;[g] now they surround me.(P)
They are determined[h]
to throw me to the ground.(Q)
12 They are[i] like a lion eager to tear,
like a young lion lurking in ambush.(R)

13 Rise up, Lord!
Confront him; bring him down.(S)
With Your sword, save me from the wicked.(T)
14 With Your hand, Lord, save me from men,
from men of the world
whose portion is in this life:
You fill their bellies with what You have in store;
their sons are satisfied,
and they leave their surplus to their children.(U)

15 But I will see Your face in righteousness;(V)
when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.[j](W)


  1. Psalm 17:3 Or [evil]; my mouth will not sin
  2. Psalm 17:4 God’s instruction
  3. Psalm 17:7 Or love, You who save with Your right hand those seeking refuge from adversaries
  4. Psalm 17:9 Lit from the presence of
  5. Psalm 17:9 Or who plunder me
  6. Psalm 17:10 Lit have closed up their fat
  7. Psalm 17:11 Vg; one Hb ms, LXX read They cast me out; MT reads Our steps
  8. Psalm 17:11 Lit They set their eyes
  9. Psalm 17:12 Lit He is
  10. Psalm 17:15 Lit form

Proverbs 19:22-23

22 What is desirable in a man is his fidelity;
better to be a poor man than a liar.(A)

23 The fear of the Lord leads to life;
one will sleep at night[a] without danger.(B)


  1. Proverbs 19:23 Lit will spend the night satisfied

Cross references:

  1. 19:22 : Pr 19:1; 28:6
  2. 19:23 : Pr 14:26-27

07/16/2017 DAB Transcript

1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32 ~ Romans 3:9-31 ~ Psalm 12:1-8 ~ Proverbs 19:13-14

Today is the 16th day of July.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible and here we are stepping through the threshold of a brand new week.  And kind of here, where I live in the Rolling Hills of Tennessee, this is the thick of the summer we are moving into. For the next 6 weeks, for me, it’s going to be hot and humid, which is probably my least favorite, although one of the most beautiful times – lush, green, beautiful - but the point is, we are moving into the thick of the summer, unless you live below the equator and then, I guess, we’re moving into the thick of winter. I guess as a community we experience it all but I digress.  Welcome to a brand new week. There is much out in front of us for this week in the scriptures and this week we’ll read from the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Today, 1 Chronicles, chapter 22, verse 1, through 23, verse 32.


Thank you, Father, for your word, and as we walk through this threshold into this new week, we walk through it with you. Every step that we take, every breath that we take, every thought, word, and deed we invite you into and we consecrate ourselves to you and invite intertwining with you as we walk through this week. May we be your hands and feet in everything that we do and in all that we are. Come Holy Spirit, we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.


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If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There’s a link that is on the homepage. Thank you, thank you…humbly and profoundly for your partnership. 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 PO Box 1996, Spring Hill, TN 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or a comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial. There are also a couple of other numbers.  If you live in the UK you can dial for 44-20-3608-8078. If you live in Australia or the lands down under you can call 61-3-8820-5459.  

And that’s it for today.  I’m Brian. I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayers and Praise Reports:

Hi DAB Family.  It’s Carla Jean from Pahrump, NV just outside of Las Vegas. I’ve been a listener since the beginning of the year and this is my first time calling. I was diagnosed yesterday with diabetes and it’s out of control and so it’s kind of scary right now. I also have my oldest daughter who is getting married this Friday and although she lives in Las Vegas, we have not been invited to the wedding and so that’s heartbreaking.  We’ve just been having a lot of financial difficulties in the last 6 weeks.  We’ve had 8 major appliances break, water system, the well, and it just feels like we’re hemorrhaging cash at this time. But we got Sneezing Jesus this week so I’m looking forward to diving in with that. I want to shout out to Christy and Candice, Pastor Gene, Blind Tony, Sandy and Dan from New Hampshire. I’m from New Hampshire, so I especially love listening to you. Jacqueline, Slave of Jesus, and the gentleman Marty who called about a month ago about his marriage and having problems with his daughter passing away a couple years ago. Just want you to know I listen every day and I pray along with you every day. I love you family.  Bye.

Hi Brian, Jill, the young Hardin’s and the DAB family, this is Garth from Bromley Kent UK. Brian, ever since you’ve spoken on Proverbs, Chapter 17 one month ago, verse 9 has stuck with me:  One who seeks love forgives an offense. As I reflected over and over on this and on what you’ve said since then it eventually dawned on me – if I truly want to be His light in that relationship I will forgive the offense. From another perspective, if I withhold forgiveness I hinder his light from permeating the relationship.  In addition, the person may hinder from receiving that fullness of all God has to offer in that relationship might be ourselves.  A few of my work relationships involve an ebbing and flowing of betrayal, forgiveness, and slipping back into mistrust on both sides. It has been an issue that I’ve struggled with over the past 6 years. Father, I continue to thank you for Brian, Jill and family, keeping themselves in such a relationship with us that they facilitate your fullness being revealed to us.  I thank you for your love that has not given up on us and allowed us several chances to become more Christ-like by disrupting us again and again. I thank you that your love continues to pursue us relentlessly, despite the fact that we have failed to recognize You in difficult circumstances. I thank you for exposing my and my colleagues’ habits of repeating offenses on perpetuating darkness rather than allowing Your light, Your love to infect these relationships.  With Your revelation and Your help, I come against this unforgiving state of mind, call it out, and bind it in the name of Jesus.  I ask that you loose your Holy Spirit in these relationships and allow them to bear your fruit.  With Your revelation and Your help I recommit myself to looking for You in these difficult relationships and serving your purpose above my own. I ask all this in the name of your precious son, Jesus. Amen.

Hi, this is Charlene calling from Toronto, Canada.  I am requesting prayer request for my brother, who is in the hospital. Unfortunately, he tried to commit suicide. Happened on July 1st, which was Canada’s birthday -  150th birthday for our country. Anyway, I know that it’s a spiritual issue. The world would call it mental illness. Anyway, he is very…(call disconnected)

I used to make a lot of plans and then ask God to bless them.  I never stopped to seek His face, so I know that I used to test Him. And still He wouldn’t let me down. He’d let me do things my own way and when I’d fail, He’d pick me up. He knew I’d get it right someday. He changed my pride to humility. He changed my doubt to faith. My desire is now purity and within His plan I’m safe. In everything I seek His face. I let Him make all the plans. I trust in Him to give me strength because the whole world’s in His hands. blindtony1016@gmail.com.  I’d like to give a shout out to Annette A. and Janet _____.  Hope all of you all are well. And once again, my love goes out to the Hardin family for this wonderful podcast for God’s Holy Spirit to flow throughout the earth. Keep it flowin’ y’all.  Alright. Bye-bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday July 19, 2017 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 28-29

David Commissions Solomon to Build the Temple

28 David assembled all the leaders of Israel in Jerusalem:(A) the leaders of the tribes, the leaders of the divisions in the king’s service, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and cattle of the king and his sons, along with the court officials, the fighting men,(B) and all the brave warriors. Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. It was in my heart to build a house as a resting place for the ark of the Lord’s covenant(C) and as a footstool(D) for our God. I had made preparations to build, but God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood.’(E)

“Yet the Lord God of Israel chose me out of all my father’s household(F) to be king over Israel forever.(G) For He chose Judah as leader,(H) and from the house of Judah, my father’s household, and from my father’s sons,(I) He was pleased to make me king over all Israel. And out of all my sons(J)—for the Lord has given me many sons—He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the Lord’s kingdom over Israel.(K) He said to me,(L) ‘Your son Solomon is the one who is to build My house and My courts, for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he perseveres in keeping My commands and My ordinances as he is today.’(M)

“So now in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, observe and follow all the commands of the Lord your God so that you may possess this good land and leave it as an inheritance to your descendants forever.

“As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind,(N) for the Lord searches every heart and understands the intention of every thought.(O) If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.(P) 10 Realize now that the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong, and do it.”(Q)

11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans(R) for the portico(S) of the temple and its buildings, treasuries, upper rooms, inner rooms, and a room for the mercy seat.(T) 12 The plans contained everything he had in mind[a](U) for the courts of the Lord’s house, all the surrounding chambers, the treasuries(V) of God’s house, and the treasuries for what is dedicated. 13 Also included were plans for the divisions of the priests and the Levites; all the work of service in the Lord’s house; all the articles of service of the Lord’s house; 14 the weight of gold for all the articles for every kind of service; the weight of all the silver articles for every kind of service; 15 the weight of the gold lampstands(W) and their gold lamps, including the weight of each lampstand and its lamps; the weight of each silver lampstand and its lamps, according to the service of each lampstand; 16 the weight of gold for each table for the rows of the bread of the Presence and the silver for the silver tables; 17 the pure gold for the forks, sprinkling basins, and pitchers; the weight of each gold dish; the weight of each silver bowl; 18 the weight of refined gold for the altar of incense;(X) and the plans for the chariot of[b](Y) the gold cherubim that spread out their wings and cover the ark of the Lord’s covenant.(Z)

19 David concluded, “By the Lord’s hand on me, He enabled me to understand everything in writing, all the details of the plan.”[c]

20 Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous,(AA) and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He won’t leave you or forsake you(AB) until all the work for the service of the Lord’s house is finished. 21 Here are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of God’s house.(AC) Every willing man of any skill(AD) will be at your disposal for the work, and the leaders and all the people are at your every command.”

Contributions for Building the Temple

29 Then King David said to all the assembly, “My son Solomon—God has chosen him alone—is young and inexperienced. The task is great(AE) because the temple will not be for man but for the Lord God.(AF) So to the best of my ability I’ve made provision for the house of my God:(AG) gold for the gold articles, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron, and wood for the wood, as well as onyx, stones for mounting,[d] antimony,[e](AH) stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones, and a great quantity of marble. Moreover, because of my delight in the house of my God, I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the house of my God over and above all that I’ve provided for the holy house: 100 tons[f](AI) of gold (gold of Ophir(AJ)) and 250 tons[g] of refined silver for overlaying the walls of the buildings, the gold for the gold work and the silver for the silver, for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now who will volunteer to consecrate himself to the Lord today?”

Then the leaders of the households, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds,(AK) and the officials in charge of the king’s work(AL) gave willingly. For the service of God’s house they gave 185 tons[h] of gold and 10,000 gold coins,[i](AM) 375 tons[j] of silver, 675 tons[k] of bronze, and 4,000 tons[l] of iron. Whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the Lord’s house under the care of Jehiel(AN) the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced because of their leaders’ willingness to give, for they had given to the Lord with a whole heart.(AO) King David also rejoiced greatly.

David’s Prayer

10 Then David praised the Lord in the sight of all the assembly. David said,

May You be praised, Lord God of our father Israel, from eternity to eternity. 11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all.(AP) 12 Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything.(AQ) Power and might are in Your hand, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all.(AR) 13 Now therefore, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name.

14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand.[m] 15 For we live before You as foreigners and temporary residents in Your presence as were all our ancestors.(AS) Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.(AT) 16 Yahweh our God, all this wealth that we’ve provided for building You a house for Your holy name comes from Your hand; everything belongs to You. 17 I know, my God, that You test the heart(AU) and that You are pleased with what is right.(AV) I have willingly given all these things with an upright heart, and now I have seen Your people who are present[n] here giving joyfully and[o] willingly to You. 18 Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors, keep this desire forever in the thoughts of the hearts of Your people, and confirm their hearts toward You. 19 Give my son Solomon a whole heart to keep and to carry out all Your commands, Your decrees, and Your statutes,(AW) and to build the temple for which I have made provision.(AX)

20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the Lord your God.” So the whole assembly praised the Lord God of their ancestors.(AY) They bowed down and paid homage to the Lord and the king.(AZ)

21 The following day they offered sacrifices to the Lord and burnt offerings to the Lord: 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 lambs, along with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel.(BA) 22 They ate and drank with great joy in the Lord’s presence that day.

The Enthronement of Solomon

Then, for a second time,(BB) they made David’s son Solomon king; they anointed him[p] as the Lord’s ruler,(BC) and Zadok as the priest. 23 Solomon sat on the Lord’s throne as king in place of his father David. He prospered, and all Israel obeyed him.(BD) 24 All the leaders and the mighty men, and all of King David’s sons as well, pledged their allegiance to King Solomon. 25 The Lord highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel(BE) and bestowed on him such royal majesty as had not been bestowed on any king over Israel before him.(BF)

A Summary of David’s Life

26 David son of Jesse was king over all Israel.(BG) 27 The length of his reign over Israel was 40 years; he reigned in Hebron for seven years and in Jerusalem for 33.(BH) 28 He died at a ripe old age,(BI) full of days,(BJ) riches, and honor, and his son Solomon became king in his place. 29 As for the events of King David’s reign, from beginning to end, note that they are written in the Events of Samuel the Seer,(BK) the Events of Nathan the Prophet,(BL) and the Events of Gad the Seer,(BM) 30 along with all his reign, his might, and the incidents that affected him and Israel and all the kingdoms of the surrounding lands.


  1. 1 Chronicles 28:12 Or he received from the Spirit
  2. 1 Chronicles 28:18 Or chariot, that is; Ps 18:10; Ezk 1:5,15
  3. 1 Chronicles 28:19 Hb obscure
  4. 1 Chronicles 29:2 Or mosaic
  5. 1 Chronicles 29:2 In Hb, the word antimony is similar to “turquoise”; Ex 28:18.
  6. 1 Chronicles 29:4 Lit 3,000 talents
  7. 1 Chronicles 29:4 Lit 7,000 talents
  8. 1 Chronicles 29:7 Lit 5,000 talents
  9. 1 Chronicles 29:7 Or drachmas, or darics
  10. 1 Chronicles 29:7 Lit 10,000 talents
  11. 1 Chronicles 29:7 Lit 18,000 talents
  12. 1 Chronicles 29:7 Lit 100,000 talents
  13. 1 Chronicles 29:14 Lit and from Your hand we have given to You
  14. 1 Chronicles 29:17 Lit found
  15. 1 Chronicles 29:17 Or now with joy I’ve seen Your people who are present here giving
  16. 1 Chronicles 29:22 LXX, Tg, Vg; MT omits him

Romans 5:6-21

Those Declared Righteous Are Reconciled

For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment,(A) Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves(B) His own love for us(C) in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood,(D) we will be saved through Him from wrath.(E) 10 For if, while we were enemies,(F) we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!(G) 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him.(H)

Death through Adam and Life through Christ

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man,(I) and death through sin,(J) in this way death spread to all men,(K) because all sinned.[a] 13 In fact, sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not charged to a person’s account when there is no law.(L) 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam’s transgression.(M) He is a prototype[b] of the Coming One.(N)

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift overflowed to the many by the grace of the one man,(O) Jesus Christ. 16 And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment,(P) resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification.[c] 17 Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life(Q) through the one man, Jesus Christ.

18 So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification[d](R) for everyone. 19 For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners,(S) so also through the one man’s obedience(T) the many will be made righteous. 20 The law came along to multiply the trespass.(U) But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more(V) 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death,(W) so also grace will reign(X) through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


  1. Romans 5:12 Or have sinned
  2. Romans 5:14 Or figure, or pattern; = an OT person or thing that prefigures a NT person or thing
  3. Romans 5:16 Or acquittal
  4. Romans 5:18 Lit is justification of life

Psalm 15

Psalm 15

A Description of the Godly

A Davidic psalm.

Lord, who can dwell in Your tent?(A)
Who can live on Your holy mountain?(B)

The one who lives honestly, practices righteousness,
and acknowledges the truth in his heart(C)
who does not slander with his tongue,(D)
who does not harm his friend
or discredit his neighbor,(E)
who despises the one rejected by the Lord[a]
but honors those who fear the Lord,(F)
who keeps his word whatever the cost,(G)
who does not lend his money at interest(H)
or take a bribe against the innocent(I)
the one who does these things will never be moved.(J)


  1. Psalm 15:4 Lit in his eyes the rejected is despised

Proverbs 19:18-19

18 Discipline your son while there is hope;
don’t be intent on killing him.[a](A)

19 A person with great anger bears the penalty;
if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again.(B)


  1. Proverbs 19:18 Lit don’t lift up your soul to his death