Daniel 8:1-27, 1 John 2:1-17, Psalms 120:1-7, Proverbs 28:25-26
Today is the 1st day of December, the first day of the 12th month of the year. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It's…it’s wonderful to be here with you. We ended a week and ended a month yesterday. So, that means we’re beginning a week and beginning a month today and what a glorious month it’s going to be. Today is the first Sunday and a season that’s on the Christian calendar known as Advent. So, many of you will certainly be hearing about that in church today and many of you may be like. “yeah, I’ve heard the name Advent before but that’s just something I never participated in. I don’t really know what it’s about.” And then others of you may be like, “I never…I don’t even know what we’re talking about here.” Well basically on the Christian calendar and the Christian calendar certainly finds its way into every calendar, like for example, Christmas day, is a major holiday on the Christian calendar, representing the coming of the Savior, right? The purpose of our faith. And yet it’s a national holiday all around the world. And then there are other holidays or seasons that are just part of the Christian rhythm and Advent is one of them. The four Sundays leading up to Christmas are intended to allow us to have a season of contemplation, a season to consider what Advent means. Advent means arrival. So, these four weeks to consider the arrival of the Savior. And we do this in part by realizing that before Jesus came, before Jesus was born the people were longing, were waiting, were praying for a Savior, a Messiah to come. And we can easily put ourselves in that same state, in that same sense of longing by understanding that although He did come and His work is complete, we are waiting for His second Advent, His arrival. So, Advent gives us an opportunity to explore that longing inside that really doesn’t ever go away but we can’t quite put our finger…like we can’t quite name it. And, so, we’ll get more active…like we’ll get busier and busier and busier just to kind of mask that there’s something missing somewhere, and we can’t quite figure it out. That is our deep spiritual longing for all things to be made new and advent allows us to contemplate and live into that as we celebrate the fact that God came for us and He will always come for us, and in the end all things will be made right. So, this is the first Sunday in Advent. And, so, in lots of churches a candle will be lit today. It’s the week that we consider hope, hope in the Savior’s coming, hope in the joy that awaits His arrival. So that’s where we are in the year. In the Bible we’ll be moving back into the book of Daniel in the Old Testament and this letter that we began, first John yesterday. This week will read from the English Standard Version. Daniel chapter 8.
Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for bringing us here successfully to the…well…to the shiny threshold of a new week and the shiny threshold of this final month of the year. And it’s all out there in front of us. It’s a story that has yet to be told and we will write that story with our thoughts, words, and deeds. And, so, we invite Your Holy Spirit into all of them - all of our thoughts, all of our words, all of our deeds. May they reveal Your kingdom. May they be light in the darkness as John was just talking about. May our lives light up the darkness wherever we go in this season and may we celebrate with hope this week as we contemplate what You have brought in arriving here to rescue us, things that we could never earn, things that we do not deserve, things that have been given as a gift, which is why we celebrate the season the way that we do. Thank You for the gift of eternal life. Help us to live into it in this season that we celebrate. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the mighty name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Margo from Australia you’re now in Liberia and when you pray, we hear you in our hearts they are near you. You’re hurting in this transition phase and we are hurting with you and yet we are joyful that God is with you during this time. We could never forget you. You’re a part of this family. Chin up, keep looking up to Jesus. We love you. By Margo.
Show Me God’s Love Ephesians chapter 3 verse 20 and 21. Holiday attitudes and tempers are not always in the warm tiding’s arena. We’re all under stress and most dread the inevitable bad interactions. I recommend to take a breath, think before you speak and consider if you should. Just like it says in the Bible, “be slow to speak, quick to hear, and slow to anger.” A lot of people are very sad this time of year as well because a lot of bad things may have happened in their life around the holidays. I’ve lost a lot of people that I care very much about in the last quarter of the year including my sister who was murdered brutally. So, please try and be…remember to be kind as often as you can. Hope everyone has a great holiday season including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year. Show Me God’s Love.
Hey Daily Audio Bible family this is Andrea from Kentucky just wanted to call and say I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving for those who celebrated Thanksgiving. Just wanted to say…I wanted to personally thank each and every one of you even the ones that never call in, but you listen in on a regular basis. I just want to say thank you for just being a part of this Daily Audio Bible community and you matter and even if you’re not speaking or…or anything, just showing up and being a part of this community and just listening to the word of God. I just want to say I’m proud of you and good job and I’m just so grateful that you’re growing in your faith with the Lord and you are just being…taking those steps whether baby steps or big steps to really grow yourself because you…as we are all growing closer to the Lord, as we are all coming back out of maybe paths that we don’t need to be in a lot of decisions that we don’t need to be in as we’re getting realigned, redirected in the word of God, we’re making a global impact and the kingdom of heaven is being advanced. And as you let the Holy Spirit love on you through the word of God and direct you and guide you and comfort you and just help us all, we are all being able to take off the weights that are easily entangling us and we’re able to be free, more free. And, so I just wanted to cheer you on and say that I’m so thankful that your my brothers and my sisters and if you’re not a born again yet I just want to invite you into the family of the most high Elohim, our amazing Creator and I just want to invite you into that personal relationship with Yeshua, He is the best thing, He is the most fulfilling relationship, the most fulfilling situation you can ever began. So, I just want to invite you in if you’re not in. But I just want to tell you I love you family. Have an amazing holiday season.
Hi DAB family this is Rob’s Still worship dude in Nashville Tennessee and I just want to pray in response to November 27th call from Diana Lake Davis. Your call was riveting. And thank you so much for calling in and sharing from your book, the Jewels of the Bible. You know, I was just reflecting on…we’ve been studying first Peter 4 where it talks about each of us should use our gifts to serve others and be a blessing, you know. And thank you for doing that. So, I just want to pray about this cancer and this prognosis that you have. And Lord right now in Jesus name I pray for Your mighty healing power to touch Diana Lord, that Your peace would be over her mind about her family and her kids and God You would deliver her from this cancer that’s in her body Lord, we rebuke it in the name of Jesus. And God I just speak life, life, life that she may have it and have it more abundantly God. So, bless her we ask in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Thank you for calling sister. The Lord be with you.
This is for Diana Blake Davis with the metastatic breast cancer. I declare over you today, healing from your head to your feet. I have prayed and prayed and prayed for your healing and I know that God answers my prayers and you will be healed. And I also pray now for your peace and comfort and so much joy, so, so much joy in Jesus’ mighty name I ask of you holy Father in Jesus’ mighty name I ask of you Jesus. Lord God spill Your love all over her and within her. Lord hold her tight and heal her from the top of her head to the bottoms of her feet. Lord God and give her peace, much, much, peace, Your peace that surpasses all understanding in Jesus’ mighty name in Jesus’ mighty name be healed be healed. God bless you Diana. God bless you. Amen.
Hi, it’s Sherry from Kansas. I wanted to share something with you that has been on my heart. When I was picking out the gravestone for my parent’s grave, I was sitting and talking with the woman who owned the business and an elderly man came in and he was so joyful that he almost glowed. It was like he had a light around him. And I commented on it after he left and she said, “you know, he is in a lot of pain all the time because of back problems that he had. And there had been other difficult circumstances in his life.” Well, I wanted to ask him, “how is it that you’re so joyful?” And he came back in again and I asked him, and he told me every morning when he wakes up the first thing he does is start thanking God, that he finds something that he can thank God for. And it sets the atmosphere for his whole day. Well, I was just taken by that. It’s so touched my heart. And I’ve been thinking and…that this is something that I need to do. And I have been seeking to do that. When I wake up in the morning the very first thing before I do anything is find something to thank God for. I hope this story speaks to you, blesses someone. And blessings. Have a wonderful holiday. And I’ll call back later. Thank you. Bye.