2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14, Romans 9:1-24, Psalms 19:1-14, Proverbs 20:1
Today is the 25th day of July welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian and it’s great to be here with you as we round the corner on another one of our weeks together. Won’t be long before we’ll be rounding the corner on another of our months together. But as I often say when I look at the date…and it always hits me…when I look at the date, “o here’s where we are”. It’s easy to get out in front of ourselves or behind ourselves when we are right here right now, July 25th. And, so, let’s take that next step together on our journey through the Scriptures. We’ve been reading from the New English Translation, the NET Bible this week, which is what we will do today. Second Chronicles chapters 14, 15, and 16.
Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for another week, another week to live, another week to enjoy Your presence upon this earth, another week to embrace the fact that we are not alone, another opportunity to spend time in Your word and allow it to inform the choices and decisions that we make. We thank You for bringing us this far. We are…we are so grateful. No matter what we face, You bring us through…we are still here. No matter how hard it’s been, we are still here. You have sustained us, and we are grateful. And, so we release another one of our weeks and it becomes a part of our history, even as we look forward to all that You have yet to do and say, correct, and comfort inside of us as we continue our journey within the pages of the Scriptures this year. So, come Holy Spirit, give us rest. Restore us today we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.
dailyaudiobible.com is home base and that is…that’s where you find out what’s going on around here. It’s a special day…special day and in…in our family. Today is that my son Ezekiel’s birthday and it’s his eighth birthday and I never let a birthday go by without kind of mentioning…mentioning that because he’s the Daily Audio baby basically, His birth, hard to believe it was eight years ago, but his birth years ago today was a really, really beautiful moment in Jill and my life in this community because we…many of you have been here for years, you’ve heard the story. Some of you were here, like here as it happened, and I hear about those stories because I remember making the Daily Audio Bible in our family van in a hospital parking lot for a couple of days because we had intended to have Ezekiel at home. We’d done that before and had a midwife and things got sideways on us and it got kinda dangerous for a little bit where Ezekiel’s heart rate was…he…like he was struggling and Jill was exhausted and struggling and we were just not able to progress and it got dangerous. And, so, we had a rush to a hospital, not even…not even the one we had planned. Like we had to rush to the nearest hospital, and it was so quickly that they were examining her…it…like I couldn't…like, she went into the emergency room and before I could get parked and get into the emergency room, like she was already gone and had to be taken back and they were already examining her and having us make really, really quick decisions about C-sections and stuff, just telling us like, “this is serious.” And, so, we just hardly had time to even adjust to…to what was happening before they were wheeling Jill away. And I’m giving my wife a kiss and it’s like all we know is that this is very serious, and this has gotta happen right now. And, so, I mean all the flurry of activity ended up leaving me alone in this hospital room that I had just been with a bunch of doctors and nurses and my wife and now everybody’s gone and I’m just sitting here wondering, how dangerous? What is happening? And praying and crying out to God and just being able to reach out, just to reach out on social media, just send out an email, just asking, “like community…like I need you now. We need you now. This is a scary thing and just immediately and the ongoing prayers.” And because it was an emergency surgery and stuff and the baby and the baby’s mommy, like they needed to spend a couple days in the hospital and I’m staying too. And, so, we’ve got this little makeshift studio down in the van. It’s the middle of the summertime in Tennessee. So, yeah, I mean it’s 110° in the van…just but trying to make enough quiet to be able to do it and just kinda sharing that story as it happened and just continuing the Daily Audio Bible as life happens. And we’ve done the Daily Audio Bible all over the world in all kinds of strange circumstances, but eight years ago today was this particular story. And, so, happy birthday to Ezekiel, who is now eight years old and who is indeed becoming quite a good reader. And now we…we see Ezekiel reading Daily Audio Bible kids soon. And just kind of passing, passing it on, continuing it forward. And so today is Zekee’s birthday. Happy birthday! So, that’s kind of what’s going on around here. And I’d like to take this moment to thank everybody, especially everybody who was there. Like it’s just…it’s really unique what we have. Like I think…I think we know that. Like, I think we know that going through the Bible in community like this, like there’s something special about this. But we…it’s like the kingdom, we couldn’t go like, “it’s this” or “there it is over there.” This is why it just is and what we share together is real and it’s a…it’s a beautiful thing and I’m grateful that we have each other in the different seasons and stresses of life. We do know that were not alone, and that we are in this together.
And so, yeah, that’s it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.