Joshua 16-18; Luke 19:1-27; Psalm 87; Proverbs 13:11
Today is the 18th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian as I am everyday. It’s good to be here with you and I’m excited as I normally am that we can take this next step forward in the Scriptures together as we move through this month and this week as a community. So we’ve been working our way through the book of Joshua. And, you know, we can see it’s a totally different kind of thing than early stories that we read and the giving of the law and all of that that we went through. This is a different kind of thing. We’re in a new era. And so we will continue with the children of Israel as they settle in the promised land. We’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week. Joshua chapter 16 through chapter 18 today.
Thank you, Father, for your Word. Lord, thank you for another day in your Word as we gather together around this global campfire that is the community of the Daily Audio Bible. Thank you that we can come in out of the chaos of life no matter where we are, no matter what time it is and allow your Word to wash over us and wash us clean and reorient our perspectives. Cause there’s plenty of things pulling at us for attention. And a lot of them are stressful and a lot of them are anxiety ridden and a lot of them bring us into dark places where we’re not sure what’s going on. And everyday your Word, your Word brings peace and it brings comfort. It brings guidance and direction. It confronts us. It’s not afraid to stare us in the face and say you’re not doing this right. This is not going anywhere. And we thank you for that. And we thank you for the community that we share with each other that has just grown up around it organically. We thank you that we have each other. And no matter what we’re going through we know we’re not going through it alone. We know we have brothers and sisters who are willing to pray for us. We know that we are all on a journey through life at the same time on planet earth. And that we’re all facing similar kinds of challenges and that your Holy Spirit is present in and among us. So come, Holy Spirit, we pray. Plant the words that we’ve heard deep into our lives today. And we open ourselves fully to their transformational power inside of us. Come Jesus we pray. In your precious name we ask. Amen
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And that’s it for today. I’m Brian. And I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.
Community Prayer and Praise:
Hello Daily Audio Bible family. This is Cameron from Detroit. I’m a listener but this is my first time calling. And I’m calling for Karen on April 13th. Karen, I wanted to reach out and let you know that I had MS like symptoms for years and years with headaches and numbness and tingling and the Lord healed me. He brought me through different things and led me to diagnoses and the help that I needed. And I wanted to reach out and leave my information. And maybe I could help medically point you somewhere or at the very least I could give encouragement. So please email me firstname.lastname@example.org. And also keep praying for Jordan. Jordan is an incredible young man and I know that the Lord is good doing great things in his life. So, I just encourage everyone to keep praying for him. Thank you all so much. This community is incredible and I’m glad to be a part of it. God bless.
Shalom DAB family. This is Blessed from New Jersey and it’s April 15th. If you’ve not listened to today’s readings from Brian, take the time to go back and especially listen to Luke 17, then pray and ask God what does He want you to know from the story of the 10 lepers. Before I heard Brian’s commentary earlier this morning at church I had a strong desire to do something for Jesus to show my gratefulness in a way that only He would be pleased. So, I volunteered to serve in our upcoming DBS. I know to most of you this seems no big deal; however, for me it stepping out on faith. My job requires me to be able to travel. And, so, I’m rarely home during the week and in my opinion I’m not the best with kids. Brian challenged us today to be that one to turn back and thank Jesus for what He has done as opposed to the other nine that were healed but just kept going. My commitment to DBS, or vacation Bible school, is all about Jesus wanting us to serve and leaving the what if’s to Him. So, Father I thank you that Your word speaks personally to us every single day, every single time we need it no matter what season of life we are in. Bless Brian for sharing Your thoughts about how You value our things as was evident when You asked, where were the other nine that receive the same healing as the one that returned to give you praise. I thank You for this in Jesus name. Shalom. This is Blessed from New Jersey.
Hi family this is His Little Sharee from Canada. And today Brian read the story about the 10 lepers who were healed and the one who returned to thank the Lord and how important it is for us to be deliberate about noticing our blessings and thanking the Lord. And I just wanted to share a gratitude game, I call it, that has really helped me to be more deliberate about gratitude. So, every day I keep a gratitude list handy and I jot down specific things that happen during the day that I’m thankful for, big or small, and there’s usually about five or six things. And then at the end of the day I post that note on my bulletin board until I’ve got a months’ worth. And at the end of each month I take down all those notes and read through them. And it’s amazing to read through a months’ worth of gratitude. But then from all those notes I pick out a few of the things that seem very significant to me and I write them on slips of paper that go in my jar for the year. And at the end of the year, usually New Year’s Day, I make sure that I have some time and that I won’t be disturbed and I sit on my bed and I dump out all those notes from the whole year and I read through them. And it never fails to overwhelm me, reading through a years’ worth of blessings and miracles. And I’m just reminded how much God has done for me over the year. So, I’ve done this for couple of years now and I am basically addicted to it now. And maybe some version of this kind of gratitude game will help you. So, thank you for listening family. God bless you. Bye for now.
Hi neighbors. This is Lisa the Encourager. I wanted to call in pray for Diana’s sister who has had a 19 year battle with liver disease. And I decided to read a little bit about our liver and again, just being in awe of God and the creation that he gave each one of us in our body. So, our amazing liver, it’s the second largest organ next to the skin. So, it’s actually bigger than the heart, which I thought was interesting. And it’s like a supercomputer itself, it’s like a supercomputer because it performs over 200 functions simultaneously inside of your body. It stores nutrients and creates protein and it’s a detoxifier, you know, for things like alcohol so it won’t hurt our body. And also, it creates blood in the body. So, we would not survive without our liver. And it also converts medication, like prescribed medications, it converts them and helps so that they can be healthy for our body. And so, I just thought it was amazing, because it’s an amazing organ inside of our body that God created. I’m so thankful that I have a healthy liver. And an honor of Diana’s sister I want to pray for her today. Dear God, I thank You so much for having the privilege to pray for our dear sister, Diana’s sister, who is having the battle of the disease of her liver God. And I just pray and lift her up in Your almighty more powerful name. And I know that You can heal her and rid her of this awful disease God. And I know and believe that. And I pray God that Diana will be a blessing to her sister and that she will love her sister and hold her hand and believe with her that she can be healed Lord. And I just pray God that You will help her to be a light in her every day, every time she’s around her…
It is about 10:30 on the East Coast at night and the spirit of prayer and intercession fell on me. And in my spirit, I heard that I should call the daily audio Bible and pray for those who are in the midst of depression, who are battling suicidal thoughts. And I just wanted to reach out to you in this moment and be obedient to the Holy Spirit to let you know that there is hope. And I pray in the mighty name of Jesus that He will begin to make you a prisoner of hope, that you would realize that God is the lifter of your head, He is the strength of your faith, and your life is not over, but there is purpose and destiny yet on board. And God has you in the midst of His hands. So, for all those who find themselves in the low place know that God himself is coming to see about you, that He is going to give you joy for the ashes, He’s going to give you beauty for the ashes, and He’s going to allow the spirit of praise to come upon you. And, so, I come against the spirit of heaviness and I bind it in the mighty name of Jesus. And I loose the mighty name of Jesus upon you now and I pray that His angels will go before you, that He will dispatch His ministering angels to minister unto you and to uplift your heart and infuse it with hope and with joy and peace. Hold on. Do not give up because joy is coming in the morning. Hallelujah. Be blessed, be encouraged, keep the faith, and know that God is fighting for you and in you and through you and your greatest moments are yet before you and not behind you. Dear DABbers and Bible family community, be encouraged. I love you. This is Prophetic Intercessor from North Carolina. Be blessed. In Jesus’ name.
Hi DABbers. It’s Margo from Australia. I am just calling today, I’ve been listening to the community prayer and I had a few thoughts on a couple of things. There are a couple of people, a couple of our DABbers at the moment who are talking about having a relationship with someone who isn’t a Christian. And they are really in love with the person, genuinely in love I’m sure, and even would maybe like to get married. There’s also a couple of our DABbers who have been ringing in with spouses who aren’t saved. And there’s a lot of pain and a lot of suffering in that situation. I want to point out to those of you that are in a relationship with an unsaved person that, I guess you’ve been sort of describing it as a choice of what to do, but really, according to the Bible, and I say this in love, there is no choice. You know what to do. The Bible says do not be yoked to an unbeliever. So, you have before you a right choice or a wrong choice. I can only encourage you that when you do the right thing God will be with you. He will give you His peace. It will not be easy. If you’re going to break off a relationship with someone because they’re not saved it’s going to be very painful, but that’s kind of inconsequential. We do right, regardless. There’s a reason they call it the straight and narrow road. It’s not an easy road. If you are with someone and your unequally yoked, please choose right. If you make the wrong decision there will always be consequences and there will be very great pain. God is your number one priority and what He says in His word is your priority. I pray for each of you that He will help you to do the right thing. I’m really praying for you guys. Love you all. Bye.