1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18, Acts 28:1-31, Psalms 9:1-12, Proverbs 19:1-3
Today is the 11th day of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be here with you today and every day. And I’m excited to see where the Bible leads us today as we take the next step. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. 1 Chronicles 11:1- 12:18 today.
Okay. So, Paul’s shipwreck turned out to be on the island of Malta. And they were way off course. Had they missed the island of Malta and survived, had the ship held together, then the next place that they could have hit would have been on the continent of Africa. So, this shipwreck’s on the island of Malta about seven hundred miles south of Rome. And to this very day, Paul is revered as the person who brought the good news to the island of Malta.
I remember back, I don’t remember how many years but many years ago, we had a brother on the island of Malta who was a Daily Audio Bible listener every day, would call in often, sent me a book on Malta. Fascinating, fascinating, beautiful place. We’re seeing a fascinating, really interesting thing happen in Paul’s ministry because when he first began to travel around and he did a lot of traveling and establishing churches everywhere, he was free. And then he went into captivity. He was arrested and under guard. And he’s able to speak freely the gospel to very, very powerful and influential people from that time forward. And then we have the serendipity of a shipwreck that brings the gospel to a completely different place than Paul had ever been before. And we just read the story, right? Paul’s gathering firewood, they’re building a fire to dry off, warm up, get out of the ocean. And this snake bites Paul and he throws it into the fire and everybody’s expecting him to die because this is a ship with prisoners on board. But when Paul doesn’t die then they think he’s a god. This has happened to Paul before. And it’s amazing what the anointing, the presence of God, in any situation will do to change hearts and minds, which is what we saw happening on Malta. And then they sailed away. And Paul eventually made it to Rome. And we’ll pick up that story as we continue forward.
Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for the examples of people like the Apostle Paul that demonstrate for us what it looks like to be completely abandoned to the mission that You’ve called them to. Father, we know that You have purpose for each one of us. It may look very different and does look very different than that of the Apostle Paul, but the posture of heart that is demonstrated is something that we all seek. So, come Holy Spirit. Let us spend this day in awe of You, knowing we are in Your hands and that You are aware of us and that You are leading and guiding us by the power of Your Holy Spirit. And that You will send us into situations that You need us to go into. Come, Holy Spirit, we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. To Be A Blessing in California. I’m requesting prayer for my work situation. It’s changing significantly and there are a lot of details that are not known. I ask that you would pray for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding on my behalf as well as working with people that I don’t know in a situation where I’ve been working for quite some time. I’ll just be moving into a new department. Also asking that you would pray for me as I am learning how to live life now that I have lost my mother. I was living with her and life is changed and now I have to figure out, have God tell me what I need to do in terms of making a new life without her. My brain is foggy, I’m scattered, I’m just in the midst of great sorrow and grief. And, so, this change with work in addition to the change without having mom is pretty big. I’m praying for jubilant perseverance. I’m praying for the woman whose son was just killed and her other son is facing cancer. I pray for all of you as it comes through. Thank you for praying for me. God bless you. Bye-bye.
My name is Scott. I’m calling from North Carolina. I’m calling for prayer for my son Joel. We’ve had a very difficult season. I lost a 25-year-old son in a car wreck and shortly after that I lost my father to dementia. Very shortly after that my son Joel had emergency brain surgery because of a tumor wrapped around his brain stem. It was his eighth surgery. Unfortunately, things have not gone well. They’ve not given him very long to live. We are trying radical new surgeries right now. Radiation is probably going to be the only option. Joel is going to be 17 on his next birthday in August and I’m just asking for you to pray for the life of my son.
Hello, this is Beautiful Soul from North Carolina. I called earlier and the call got disconnected but I wanted to say that I call myself Beautiful Soul because in 1 Peter 3 verse 3 and 4 where he speaks about not living the outward appearance but God is in love with your soul. I called in because I wanted to give a little tip to some of you who are having a hard time concentrating on the Scriptures as Brian reads through the genealogy. Sometimes that gets to be a little bit tedious when you’re naming all of the descendant’s and you want to kind of just skip over it, but I found that if I repeat every name that Brian repeats it becomes fun. And because their unusual names sometimes if you try to read them on your own in Scripture, they’re hard to translate or hard to pronounce. But it’s fun when Brian pronounces the names and you say the names afterwards. And before you know it you’ve gone through that entire Scripture as he’s read through it. And, so, you know, I thought I would give that little tidbit to those who are struggling through it to not skip through it, that if you just repeat the names after Brian it becomes fun and it ends up being something that will stay on your Spirit. And I want to continue to pray for my Daily Audio Bible family and Brian. And God’s going to keep on blessing us. And have a fantastic summer. God bless.
Hi, this is Valerie calling from south of Atlanta. I just heard Mary from the UK call about her friends son, the one that just passed away and the one that is recently diagnosed with cancer and was just giving a few leaks to live. Mary, my heart breaks for this family. I have a 25-year-old son. I also have a 27-year-old son. And I just could not imagine what this mother must be going through at this moment. So, please know that I am praying for her. I am praying that she feels the comfort of God surrounding her. I pray that she has a strong support system to get her through this. Thank you so much for reaching out to us and telling us about her story so that we can surround her in prayer and uplift her and her family during this difficult time. I can only imagine the questions she must have and the sense of hopelessness and I just pray that she is able to draw on her faith and that she is able to rely on the Lord and that He’s sovereign and that He has everything in control and there’s a reason, even when we can’t understand it. But please just know Mary, that my heart hurts for her and I am praying for her and please keep us updated on any updates on her son that is fighting cancer and how we can continue to pray. And also I just want to also uplift Vince. I’m glad that he’s doing so well. And today is the 9th. And, so, tomorrow is when they’re turning on the devices and I will be praying for him and that everything goes well. Thank you guys. You all have a blessed day. Bye-bye.