06/19/2018 DAB Transcript

1 Kings 20:1-21:29, Acts 12:24-13:15, Psalms 137:1-9, Proverbs 17:16

Today is the 19th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you today as we step in out of whatever is going on and just let it go. We’re about to let God speak to us through his Word and let it wash over us and so we center ourselves in that and invite the Holy Spirit. So, we step away from everything and just allow God’s Word to speak. We’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week. And we’re working our way through the chronicles of the kings. 1 Kings chapters 20 and 21 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So in the book of 1 Kings, we’re following the path of the prophet Elijah. We’re getting to know him. There are other prophets involved at this time and we’re situated in Ahab’s reign. Ahab was the king of the northern kingdom of Israel, the ten northern tribes. And he is in a list of a lot of kings that led people away from God, did everything that inflamed God’s passions against him. And yet God still protected the people from the king Benhadad. But I want us to note we’ve traveled many generations since the apex with King David and then King Solomon’s reign. And so as we’re reading through these kings, like we read of King Ahab and just following the story we can see this is a completely different kind of thing than was happening under King Solomon’s reign and King David’s reign. This is a totally different thing. But because we’re moving rapidly through a number of generations, we’re quickly watching a transformation. I mean, these people, by the time they get invaded and eventually conquered, they don’t really look anything like they once did. So like in the same way that we watched a transformation happen when the people came from slavery in Egypt and how the desert formed them and the entire story that we walked through, we’re kind of watching that in reverse. They’re kind of regressing. They’re going their own way and they will become captives again. I say that simply to locate us in the story and show us where we’ve come from and where we’re going. But we also have to consider this in our own lives. We can come out of complete bondage, find an incredible amount of restoration in our lives, walk with God and move through that. And then slowly, over time, enslave ourselves again. We’re watching the Hebrew people do this, but we can watch ourselves do this. And if we’ll pay attention to it in that context, we have a map. We’re going to continue with this story and we will see where it leads. And then we can understand if we choose the same path, we’re going to end up in the same place.

Prayer:

So, Father, we submit that to You. We know that’s true. We know what You have delivered us from. We know what walking with You feels like. We also know what the drift and falling away is like. And we just never quantify it as bondage, that we are stepping back into slavery when You have made us free. And so we invite You. Come Holy Spirit. Show us the ways that we are wandering back on a path that we should not take. Come Holy Spirit we ask. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi family. This is I Can See in North Carolina. First time calling. I’ve been listening for about one and a half years. We could use your prayers. My husband and I are leaving on Sunday to take our six-year-old daughter across the country to get some treatment for sensory processing disorder. She has this because she was deprived of oxygen at birth. And, actually, we were worried that she wouldn’t survive. So, she’s doing really well, but it can be really hard to travel because if she gets scared or overwhelmed __ a lot of screaming, thrashing, and crying for, potentially a long time. You can imagine how much people appreciate that on a plane. It just kills me that things are so hard for her sometimes. Please pray for unity and resilience for our marriage, especially since my husband just returned from deployment. Pray for protection as we travel and for God work to heal our daughter. Also, pray for the connection between my daughter and my husband to be strengthened, especially since my husband just returned from deployment. We are so worn out from six years of our precious child having so much trouble with feeling safe and sleeping and lots of other things. Also, from battling the judgment of people who think this is due to poor parenting. Thank you so much for praying.

Hi DAB family this is Joel C. from Oregon. Hey, just wanted to do a shout out to Brian and the DAB family and all the DAB teams. You do a wonderful thing. I’ve been listening for about three years and it’s always learning something new. I request your prayers for my wife as she’s been recently diagnosed and with __. We’re going to a second treatment today and we are just hoping and praying dear Lord that this would be something that would be…give her back some of the joy and normalcy in her life because she’s really struggling right now. So, just if you pray along with me for that, I just really appreciated. Thanks everybody.

Hey what’s up everybody. It’s Miguel from Santa Rosa. By the way if you want to reach me, you can get me at miguelfromsantarosa@gmail.com. Today, I just needed to call in and give a shout out to Steve from New Hampshire and to shut out an Amen to the word that he gave to Jim from New Hampshire about as well. And wow, I was just like, man, there’s no prayer too big or too small for God. And I just think about my own budgeting for my own life. Man, and I just think about how, like, I can’t go to Taco Bell all the time and get these small meals because I’m not going to be able to afford groceries. And hey, I can’t have that many internet streaming services because I’m not going to be able to afford rent. And there’s this budgeting in there because I have limited resources, but man, we worship a God that has unlimited resources, unlimited glory, He is all-powerful and all-knowing and all loving. And it’s just amazing that we can go to Him for anything. So, so we can pray for that, that stubbed toe, and we can pray for our family member that are struggling in their faith and in their health. And what an amazing God that we serve that we worship. So, this may even be an invitation for anybody out there that has something, like, man this just feels like too small of a prayer request to bring to my family. And, can we be the church that comforts? Can we just do that? I just think about it, like, the church is here to comfort those around us. We are the church. We are to cover each other. We are to pray for each other and take each other to our heavenly Father that loves us and will care for us and will be there for us and protect us. Thank God for who He is. Praise God. So, thank you, Steve for that word. And may that resonate with more people here in this community. Amen.

Hey DAB family. This is Byron Florida. I just wanted to give a shout out to God because He is good and He is awesome and He is worthy of our praise and He has provided for us in the Lord Jesus Christ for __ for our sins. He’s taken our filthy rags and washed them in His blood and they’ve come out perfectly clean __ in His righteousness. God gave us His best. He didn’t hold back a single thing. The entire kingdom has been laid open to us and He is worthy of our praise forever and always and in everything that we do. And on top of that, we have our friends, we have our family, we have our churches, we have His word, we have Brian and the Daily Audio Bible community, every day, faithfully putting out the word that we can receive it and we can hear it while we drive, while we walk, what we talk, and while we do stuff and we have a printed all over the place. There are churches that don’t have that where it is illegal and a lot of countries where it is illegal to just go out and worship God. And He is just worth it. He is absolutely worth everything that we have. And so, we can give Him glory, we can give Him praise. We just thank Him for word, how it instructs us. We just thank You for the Holy Spirit, how it indwells in us. We thank you for everlasting forgiveness, how time and time again, no matter how much we’ve messed up, He washes those clothes clean again and dresses us again in His righteousness and He doesn’t even remember His righteousness. I was listening to the Audio Bible today and they were talking about, one of the new Kings that took place after David and they were saying how they didn’t walk in the way that David did, who was righteous and never failed. And I was like, wait a minute, David failed, David made mistakes. And then I realized, oh, God forgave him of that failure. In God’s mind, it was like it didn’t happen, like, David was righteous, even besides his mishaps. And he does the same things for us in Christ Jesus. And he’s just worthy of our glorious praise, even on our worst day physically in our mental muddle days, He’s still worthy…

Hello. My name is Joseph. This is my first post to the prayer wall. I listen to the DAB every night. Thank you, Brian. So, the reason I’m calling because a family member very close to me is experiencing bone cancer. It’s my dog, his name is blue. And he’s helped me through so much through the years. I believe that he’s, you know, a gift from God. So much that he’s helped me through. And I would just like prayer for Blue, for his bone cancer, his right shoulder. And it looks like it’s progressing quickly but I know that we have an all-powerful God who is capable of anything…His infinite power and infinite resources. So, I request, you know, for listeners of the Daily Audio Bible to please, please submit your prayers to him. Thank you.

06/18/2018 DAB Transcript

1 Kings 19:1-21, Acts 12:1-23, Psalms 136:1-26, Proverbs 17:14-15

Today is the 18th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is great to be here with youtoday as we move forward by taking the next step in the Scriptures. And we’re in the middle of some dramatic territory in the Bible in 1 Kings. In our Old Testament reading, we’re reading about the prophet Elijah. Of course, in the New Testament we’re reading of the early church and God sending out his Holy Spirit and pouring it out upon Gentiles and everyone having to try to figure out what that means. So, let’s dive in. We’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week. 1 Kings 19 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, every time we come past this this particular territory in 1 Kings and talk about Elijah, it’s one of those stories that… It’s just hard to blow by because there’s so much there for our own lives. Elijah, obviously a powerful prophet of God. I mean, we just watched this massive showdown with the prophets of Baal, we just watched torrential rain come back to the land. So, Elijah is a very powerful and respected prophet, even though Jezebel, the king’s wife, the queen, worships Baal and has tried to stamp out the worship of God, the God that brought the people into the land. She’s trying to completely eliminate that from the land, from the northern kingdom of Israel. Obviously, the events that happened atop Mount Carmel in front of all of the people, as well as the elimination of the prophets of Baal, that puts a dent in her plan. She is beyond furious. And, so, she sends a note to Elijah, essentially telling him that she’s going to do everything she possibly can and wants God to judge her harshly if she doesn’t succeed to kill Elijah within 24 hours. So, Elijah takes off. And he doesn’t just take off a little bit. That’s the thing about it. What the Bible says is that he leaves the Jezreel Valley and runs all the way to Beersheba. That becomes really crystal clear when we’re traveling around the land because that’s quite a long ways, like several hours in a car. So, if you imagine that you’re going to do it on foot it’s a long ways. He has to leave the north country and go all the way to the southern border of ancient Israel, which is Beersheba, right? From Dan to Beersheba. And then from there, he has to go all the way down into the Sinai Peninsula, down into Egypt to get to Mount Sinai. We are talking hundreds and hundreds of miles on foot, right? So, he doesn’t get this note from Jezebel and then just run across town and get into somebody’s basement and hide out. He is gone. So, it seems like great lengths that he is going to to escape Jezebel, even though he has stood up and confronted the king and even though he has had the showdown with the false prophets of Baal, he’s on the run from Jezebel. And he has one thing burning in his heart, one thing that he wants God to understand. He is the only one. There is no one else. Everyone is against him. No one is listening. So, he does get to Mount Sinai. He’s in a cave, God comes and says, why are you here? And Elijah shares what he needed to share. And then God invites him to come out and meet with him on the mountain, right? And then this famous story. Wind is on the mountain shaking the mountain; God’s not in it. An earthquake shakes the mountain; God’s not in it. Fire is on the mountain; God’s not in it. But then a gentle breeze as this translation we’re reading from this week says. Others say still small voice or the sound of a low whisper. And Elijah goes out to meet with God, who essentially tells him to head back in the direction that he came from. He’s got two new kings to appoint, as well as appointing his successor. Okay, so that’s how the story goes. That’s how the story reads. How do we overlay our lives and find ourselves in this story? It’s pretty easy. We move along in our lives, we feel the Holy Spirit leading us, we feel the power of God going before us and we are doing what we’re supposed to be doing until we get that note, right? Until that nasty thing comes in on social media or we get some other unexpected communication. And it’s like all of that authority and power that we were walking in is drained right down the drain and we’re alone and there is no one else and we’re running. And we run until we’re exhausted and it’s like God comes for us and says, what are you doing here? So, we pour out or hearts and we’re invited into His presence, but we’re expecting all the bombastic stuff but he’s not in that. It’s calm, low whisper. It’s still small voice saying Go back the way you came. You’re not finished. There’s some other things we still gotta do. There’s important work to be done. And all of the sudden we see ourselves right here in this story. So, let’s give that some thought today. What are we on the run about? What are we trying to say? What is God coming to us and saying, what are you doing here about? And are we looking for whirlwinds and fires and earthquakes or are we seeking the low calming whisper of the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lives?

Prayer:

So Father, as we often do, we invite you into that. Your Word brings up stuff all the time than we then come to you and say we invite you into that, the stuff that that’s bringing up. And invite you to counsel, comfort and direct and lead our paths. And so we invite you into this. Come Holy Spirit. Show us what’s intimidating us, what’s making us want to run and say we’re the only ones, the places that we’re looking for bombastic things when we should be looking for the still small voice. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

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The prayer wall is there for you to pay for your brothers and sisters and maybe you need some prayer so that’s a great place to go to connect. The Daily Audio Bible shop with resources that are designed to travel along with us as we travel through the Bible in a year, so stop in there.

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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 here is tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey Daily Audio Bible family. This is John, husband of Pastor Gene. I just know you guys love her. And she’s…she and our family…in spite of our serving the Lord…have kind of been under unrelenting attack, circumstances have been happening. And particularly, particularly in Gene’s job. And it’s gotten so bad that for the first time in her life, she’s said I don’t want to do this job anymore. So, I would just ask you all to pray for her, for God to open a door and provide a way out, a way of escape. As it says in First Corinthians 10:13, that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able but will, with temptation, provide a way of escape so that we may stand up under it. So, I just pray for her and ask that you pray for her and our whole family as we seek the Lord and try to serve Him. So, God bless you, thank you, and I know we’ll feel your prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Good morning family this is Erin in Michigan. I’m on my way to work and usually I listen to the Daily Audio prayer, yeah, the Daily Prayer, read by Brian, and I just love it. And it just calms me as I’m driving to school and it’s been a particularly tough year this year. There’s lots and lots of changes, lots of things added to our teacher’s plates, lots of student need, both inside and outside of the classroom. So, that Daily Prayer, just as I was driving to work…it will just calm me and focus me. It would remind me to invite the Holy Spirit into my day and into my students lives. And, so, that has been by routine, on my way to work, that’s what I do. I have about a 12-minute drive. So, today I want to offer my own prayer. Holy Father, Creator of all, I praise You. I praise You for life. I praise You that this is the last day of the school year. I praise You Lord for helping me through this very trying year. I praise You for the amazing people that I get to teach with Lord and I give You…I give You honor for the amazing people You’ve created that I get to teach Lord. Going into their summer, keep them safe. Help them to make good choices. Help them to love themselves as You love them. Help them to love each other. Lord, and I just praise You that I get to do this again next year. And I praise You, most importantly, for this break in between, so that You can…You can rest and bless my soul so that I am ready to do it all again next year. I praise You Jesus. I love You. I thank You, thank You, thank You. And I pray all this in Your name. Amen. Alright family, have a blessed, blessed Friday. And…its the last day of the school year, hallelujah.

Gerd morning Daily Audio family. This is Jay from Tennessee. I’m calling this morning to pray for my brothers and my sisters who are trapped, bound, and held captive by drugs and alcohol. The Bible tells us many different Scriptures that we are not to be slaves to anything, including drugs and alcohol. Let us pray. Heavenly father, in the mighty, precious, holy, powerful name above every name of Jesus Christ, we come before you this morning Lord thanking, praying about our brothers and sisters who are trapped, who are held captive, who are bound up by drugs and alcohol. Lord, we know that through You all things are possible. So, we pray now the mighty name of Jesus Christ that You will open their hearts, their minds, their eyes to a way away from these things. Lord, You know that I was bound myself with drugs and alcohol. I couldn’t escape. For 16 years I drank and drunk my way through life desiring a relationship with you continuing to hope and seek out a way. And Lord, You provided freedom, you provided a way of escape for me. So, I know Lord its possible. So, I pray God that You will continue to provide hope for them, continue to remind them that there is a way out. Just keep praying. Just keep seeking. In the mighty name of Jesus, Christ we pray. Amen. Those of you who are like me, who are stuck on drugs and alcohol, there is a way out. Keep praying. Keep seeking the Lord. I love you.

Hi Daily Audio Bible. This is Dan from Arkansas. I just wanted to say how instrumental Daily Audio Bible has been in changing my life. Two months ago, my marriage was in a bad place. My relationship with my wife and my kids was in a horrible place and it’s due to anger and anxiety. And, so, a friend of mine suggested that me and some guys from work start listening to an app, or, you know, a daily audio bible type thing. And, so, we did. And now there’s five of us at work. And we listen almost every day and we discuss the word as often as possible. And it has absolutely changed my life. I can’t give enough praise to Brian and his team for putting this together and just to God for bringing me to this community. It has been absolutely amazing. I thank you guys. I love all of you. I pray for you daily. And, thank you God. I hope everybody has a great day.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. Let’s pray. Giver of all, another day is started and we take our place in our great redeemers cross, where healing streams continually flow, where balm is poured into every wound. Lord, we are washed in the all cleansing blood, confident that you see us in Christ. Help us to take up the worries of our minds, to quicken our steps, to speed as if each moment where our last, that our life be joy and our death glory. We thank You for the temporary blessings of this world, the fresh air, the sunlight, the food that renews our strength, the garments that clothe us, the sleep that gives rest, the canopy of stars at night, the summer breeze, the flowing stream, the relationships with family and friends. Our cup runs over. Help us appreciate these daily mercies. Your hand gives blessings. Your power turns away evil. And we bring our tribute of thanks through Your graces, that for warmth of faith, the presence of your Spirit, the strength of your restraining realm. Blessed be our Father, Lord. This, from the Valley of visions. A little updated word. For Ali in Boynton Beach. I just wanted to say, have a blessed day. And I want to lift up the lady with her husband who had retired. Lord, I pray that you give the wife of the doctor that retired a new, refreshed foundation of who she is in Christ and to give her a new perspective on her husband’s struggle to find his identity upon retiring. And that maybe, we all Lift him up, that he finds his identity in You, Your love. In this season of life, we must be prepared for it because it is a season and You are with us through them all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

06/17/2018 DAB Transcript

1 Kings 18:1-46, Acts 11:1-30, Ps 135:1-21, Pr 17:12-13

Today is June 17th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is great to be here with you as we cross the threshold into a shiny, sparkly, new week that we get to walk into together and allow God’s word to speak into this week. And this week we will read from the Contemporary English Version. Of course, we will pick up where we left off yesterday. And we’re in the book of first Kings and we’re kind of, survey style, going through the different kings of Judah and Israel, but we’ve slow down for a minute because we’ve met this person and his name is Elijah and he is dealing with the king, Ahab, of Israel, the northern kingdom whose capital is in Samaria. So, we’ll pick up with that story. 1 Kings chapter 18 today.  

Commentary:

Okay. So, we’re in the middle of some pretty dramatic stories in both the Old and the New Testament. And we started them yesterday and we talked about them yesterday. We met Elijah the prophet yesterday and we can kinda see now why he’s such an important prophet and such a famous one. And God is obviously speaking and working very powerfully through him. And as we move further forward in Elijah’s story we’ll learn some things about ourselves through him. But today we read of the great showdown on Mount Carmel, which is actually a real mountain in Israel. And, so, when Elijah asks his servant to go look out over the sea. It’s not too far, like, he could look out toward the sea. There’s a monastery that sits on the top of Mount Carmel now to commemorate this very story.

In the book of Acts, we talked about Gentiles receiving the Holy Spirit, Gentiles beginning to follow Jesus and God beginning to pour Himself out on Gentiles, which was somewhat confusing to the Jewish believers in Jesus because their social structure did not have them intermingling whatsoever with Gentiles. So, when the story begins to get back to Jerusalem ahead of Peter, that he had gone into a Gentile home and stayed there, he was a little bit on the hot seat until he was able to share the story. And it was then the people began to understand that God was pouring His Spirit out. In other words, God was making this choice. No matter how it flew in the face of their constructs, their traditions, their rituals, and their culture, God was pouring out His Holy Spirit on Gentile people. So, at some point in time you have to go, like, yeah, this doesn’t seem to measure up to what I thought that I knew but I’m not the one that gets to pour out the Holy Spirit. And if God pours out His Holy Spirit on someone that I didn’t think He should have or that I didn’t think He would have, who am I? Which is basically Peter’s posture. But it at least invites us to consider the same thing because we have our own constructs and our own rituals and, you know, the different flavors of the faith. And, so, we can look at somebody who, maybe, doesn’t think the same way that we do about something and yet the Holy Spirit is present in their lives. And we have to say, like, this really reframes what I think I know, but I’m not the one issuing the Holy Spirit. So, who am I? We are a essentially reading about the first issue that’s going to be a big issue in the early church, and one that needs to get worked out. And we close our reading from the book of Acts with the gospel spreading around, spreading outside of Jerusalem, and this guy, Saul being sent for. And we already know, he’s the apostle Paul and we’re about to start to follow his story in the book of Acts, but we will be talking a lot about Paul because will be spending the generous portion of the rest of our year working through his letters in the New Testament. So we’ll have…we’ll have plenty of time for that.  

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for this shiny new week. We thank You that Your word will be a part of this shiny new week and it will inform and guide us by the power of this same Holy Spirit that we’re reading about in the book of Acts. And, so, we invite Your Holy Spirit to lead and direct and guide our every step to lead us on the narrow path that leads to life, to lead us into all truth, and to bring about the fruit of the Spirit in our life’s. We ask these things because we can’t do them. We can’t do them on our own. We have to collaborate with You. We do this by opening ourselves to You fully, surrendering ourselves to You fully. Come, Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, it’s where you find out what’s going on around here. So, be sure to check it out.  

Check out the resources that are available in the Shop, like the Promised Land films that I mention from time to time because we encounter a place that we filmed, like Mount Carmel, where the showdown with Baal worshipers, Baal’s profits, and the prophet Elijah took place. We filmed all that and you can see it for yourself in the Promised Land films. So, swing in and check that out as a resource in the Shop.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that it dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link. It’s on the homepage. Thank you for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper 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 here is tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi. My name is Don. I just need prayer. My wife and I are going through marriage counseling and we’re…it’s been revealed that there are traumatic things that’s happened in both of our pasts that are playing in our marriage today and coming forward and just praying that God would help us process through the healing, both my wife and I, and that’s pretty much it. Thank you. God, bless. Bye-bye.

Hi. This is Ruthie from Aurora Colorado. And thank you everybody for your prayers. I like to have a special prayer request for my daughter, Katya. She’s in jail and she has her court date on Friday the 15th. Please pray that she would find Jesus when she’s in jail and that His love would free her, that she would accept that freedom. And I pray for my friend Hank who’s just diagnosed with prostate cancer. I pray that he would be healed and that he and his wife and his son, his wife Sherry and his sons David and Seth would have the Lord’s peace and comfort. And thank you everybody for your prayers and for the gift of being brothers and sisters. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Father God, thank You so much for Ramadan this year. Thank You Lord, so much for everything You have been whistling to Muslim hearts. Thank You Lord for all of those seeds planted. We pray Lord that You’d water them as we move forward and that they would flower into faith in You, to a knowledge of Your son, and the acknowledgment of who He is and of what You’ve done, that they might to become our brothers and sisters. Father God, thank You for bread or the Arabic word for bread, I think also means life or similar to life. Lord, as citizens in communities hold bread very high regard, may they come to know the true brad of life, that they would be able to come and eat at Your table and know exactly what that bread represents and acknowledge that sacrifice that Jesus made on their behalf for their sins, and that they are loved, and that they are forgiven. Lord, thank You for our brothers and sisters working in Muslim communities. I pray Lord that You would be giving them wisdom and insight into You. Mend them culture, give them symbols so they can better understand the language, all those local things, the local things and ways that we have of saying things, that they can better communicate the gospel. In Jesus’ holy and precious name. Amen. __ Michaela from Gloucester in the UK. All right. Have a good day. And have the most blessed and __ week. Bye.

All is well. Father thank You for Your mercy today. I am grateful for my extraordinary DAB family. All is well Cherry Chase. Father, You are our creator. You made us in Your image. You are the most high God. Thank You father for Your blessings that rain down from the windows of heaven that chase us down and overtake us. We receive them today. All is well Cherry Chase. Father, we are the family of God. We are who’s who we are, children of the most high God. We are blessed indeed. All is well Cherry Chase. I am Daniel. I am whose I am. I am a child of the most high God. I am blessed indeed. Father, thank You for Your faith today. All is well Cherry Chase. You are an extraordinary child of the most high God, a masterpiece made in His image. We thank God for you exactly where He has You this moment, standing tall with your head held high and your shoulders back, knowing that you are the apple of his eye, held in the palm of his hand, where nothing in your path is bigger than the most high God. We’re in deep my sister. All is well. My sister in Christ, Cherry Chase, believe and praise Him for exactly where He has You right now, this moment, and every moment you ask Him to be in with You. You thank Him. I thank Him. We thank Him as one body in Christ, the bread of life, the living room God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hi. My name is Brick and I live in Arizona at this moment. Thankfully, through my wife Cheryl I’ve been having a great pleasure of listening to the children of God lift their voices up in unison and for one another. As I’ve listened to the children of God some time now, it is laid heavy on my heart that I would encourage every single child of God to be of good cheer, that His yoke is easy. Regardless of the things which we’re going through, keep in mind we’re never alone. It is truly our Lord God who is in control and wants to take things, our burdens, from us. Please, allow the Holy Spirit to speak with you. Have an open mind, a willing Spirit, and a tender heart, and ears that hear. Allow God to do His will in His time, not in man’s. That is what a father does. Please, I beg of you, let God take your burdens. Truly release them to Him. He’s there waiting for you. In the true and living Christ Jesus’ holy name. This is my sincere wish for every child of God. A wonderful day. Bye-bye.

06/16/2018 DAB Transcript

1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Ps 133:1-3, Pr 17:7-8

Today is the 16th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. And it is a pleasure, like every day, to be here with you, an honor to be able to read the Scriptures around this global campfire that is our community. And where I envision most every day that roaring fire and us just sitting around, kind of coming in out of the dark, warming ourselves, being together. Cause in a very real way that’s what’s happening. We’re never listening to the Daily Audio Bible alone and someone’s always sitting at the campfire. So, it’s a pleasure and an honor to take the next step forward with you today as we close down another one of our weeks together. We’ve been reading from the Good News translation this week and we’ll continue to do that today. 1 Kings 15:25-17:24 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the book of 1 Kings, we are rapidly moving generation to generation, following two sets of kings, kings in the north in Israel and kings in the south in Judah. And so, yeah, it gets confusing. And then a prophet will come into the mix and so we can kind of anchor ourselves in the relationship that the prophet might have with one of the kings. So, we sort of see that happen in today’s reading as we meet a name that it’s unlikely that you’ve never heard before. Elijah. The prophet Elijah. A great prophet of Israel who is prophesying in the North. Okay, so he’s with the ten Northern Tribes of Israel. And he’s telling the new king, Ahab, that it’s not going to rain for a while. And, so, we will watch that story unfold. But we should note that of Ahab the Scriptures tell us that there was no one worse than him. No one had sinned more against the Lord than him. And the capitol city of the north has now become Samaria. Ahab has built a temple in Samaria to the god Baal. The ruins of that temple still exist in the ancient ruins of Samaria. And they can still be seen today. This is not particularly an easy place to get to right now. Not a place to take tour buses and stuff like that to, but we have definitely gone there and filmed there. And I’ve seen the ruins myself and we’ve filmed them. They’re found in the Promised Land films. So, there is archeology that remains until today from this time that we’re reading about today.

Then we get to the New Testament, the book of Acts. And we kind of started a story that I said has pretty significant repercussions for the early church. And it does. So, Cornelius is a gentile, Peter’s a Jew, there were visions, there was a sending for Peter, Peter has come. And it’s interesting because Peter comes into Cornelius’ house and so he’s like, here I am. You sent for me. What do you want? And Cornelius is kind of like, Well, an angel told me to send for you, so what do you have to say? Quite an interesting way to make an acquaintance for sure. Peter shares the story of Jesus with a house full of gentile people in Joppa. The Holy Spirit falls upon these gentile people clearly. And this forces Peter and the early church that he was associated with to grapple with the fact that God was pouring out his Holy Spirit upon gentiles and they could see it, even though this was a complete reframe of what they thought they knew. They thought what Jesus had done was all in the context of Jewish people. Now they began to understand that the work of Christ was opening up the way of restoration and intimacy and relationship with God to everyone in the world. Now, most of us can be incredibly grateful for that fact because most of us would be considered gentile. And for the most part this isn’t an issue. This isn’t something we’re thinking about every day. But I cannot stress to you the importance of this issue in the early church. This was essentially the first church problem. It was a sincere and significant struggle. And it would take more than an hour to try to tell the whole story, so we’ll tell the story as we continue to move through the Bible, especially as we get into the writings of the apostle Paul, which are kind of next up on deck. But I will give you the implications right now because the implications brought about great tribulation and persecution for the early Christians later on. So, in the time that we are reading about in the book of Acts, the entire land was a part of the Roman empire. So, where this is all taking place in the modern-day area of Israel and the ancient area of Israel, this was the far eastern border of the Roman empire. It was their province of Syria. And these Jewish people who had ancient roots in this area, they were permitted by the Roman government to continue to have their worship of the god that they had always worshipped. That’s not so unusual. The Romans had a pantheon of gods. Everybody could worship whatever gods that they wanted to worship. But they were sort of like the state gods. The kind of worship that would give your allegiance to the empire, that would bind people together as one group of people. The Jewish people wouldn’t do that. They would only worship the God of Israel, which is a little ironic based on the kings that we’re reading through and how they worshipped all kinds of gods and were not faithful to the Lord their God. But anyway, the Jewish people would not worship these Roman gods. They would only worship the one true God. And they kind of had an exception. This was sort of tolerated, permitted. It marginalized them. This was Roman territory and it was being built up as part of the Roman Empire, but the Jewish people separated themselves and so they were marginalized by default and then they were suppressed, oppressed but they got to worship their god without having to worship any of the Roman gods to show their allegiance to Rome. This kind of explains some of the context in Jesus life, like why are the Sanhedrin, why are the Sadducees and the Pharisees plotting to kill Jesus and all this stuff? Why is the High Priest saying it’s better for one man to die for the whole nation than the whole nation to be destroyed? It’s because of this kind of context. They have this tenuous kind of thing going on where they are being oppressed and suppressed but they are given religious freedom to worship only the one true God. So not very many Romans wanted to convert to Judaism. It did happen. They were God- fearers and Cornelius in the book of Acts is one of these people. He wasn’t a Jew, but he was God-fearing. The implications of the Holy Spirit coming into gentile lives and this opening up to the entire world was going to force a separation that would bring about persecution because up until this point, up until God began to work among the gentiles giving his Holy Spirit, people who followed Jesus were just largely looked at as kind of a weird sect of Judaism following a very specific rabbi into certain specific behaviors and they had some mystical feelings about who this rabbi might have been and revering rabbis goes back into antiquity. This wasn’t particularly a new concept. And not everybody knew about Jesus’ life. So, these people who were following The Way, the way of Jesus, never really assumed that they weren’t going to be Jewish anymore. This was the entire context for their lives and Jesus was a Jewish person and lived within that context. So, it was just sort of like a branch of Judaism and it would have found its protection and religious freedom because of the Jewish people. For the Holy Spirit to come into the gentile lives, and for the church, the early church, to acknowledge, this is not just a Jewish thing, this is a whole world thing, would have immediate set the Jews against them and they would have no longer protected them with their religious freedoms and so then they would have been required, like every other Roman, to have allegiance to the roman gods. And over time that played out and brought great persecution, but that’s some context. We have a lot of ground to cover because we look at the book of Acts and we go, that was the Golden age, man. The Holy Spirit was falling everywhere, people were coming to Jesus by the thousands. It was an amazing, amazing time with no problems and everyone was in harmony and unity. And that’s just not how it went though, and we will see how that all plays out and how particularly relevant it is to our lives today as we continue forward over the coming months and getting into the writings of the Apostle Paul. So, I think that’s a pretty good way to end our week.

Prayer:

Father, thank You. Thank You for another week in Your Word and thank You for all that You have brought us through all these stories. Sometimes it feels like they’re coming at us so quickly that we can’t keep up and sometimes they are piercing our heart, they are exposing so much inside of us that we need to submit to You and it’s a beautiful thing the way Your Holy Spirit does move around the world through Your Word. And, so, we’re thanking You for allowing us to be a part of that story. We ask that You plant the words that we’ve heard from the Scriptures this week into our lives, rooting us in You, guiding and directing our steps in the ways that we should go. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, it’s where you find out what’s going on around here. So, be sure to check it out.  

Check out the resources that are available in the Daily Audio Bible shop. Things like the Promised Land films which will allow you to see so many of the places that we experience as we go through the Scriptures, including Samaria that we talked about today. So, check that out.

If you partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link on the homepage. Thank you for your partnership profoundly as we move deeper into the summer months. There is a link on the homepage. If you are using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the give button on the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is P.O 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 here is tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi there Daily Audio Bible family. This is Alaska mom. And I don’t call very often but I just heard some really sad news. I live in a very small town in Alaska and there was a single car accident sometime last night but it was not even found until tonight. A mother and three children in the car. The mom and the middle child did not make it. The youngest who was about 6 or 7 and the oldest who is about 12 or 13 are being Medevac’d out of town with severe hypothermia and I don’t know what else, but if you could just keep the family in prayer and keep our whole town because this will…this will affect our whole town. It’s…it’s very heartbreaking. Please pray. Thank you.

Hey everybody. It’s Margo from Australia. I just couldn’t resist ringing again today because I just finished hearing today’s reading on the 12th of June and the proverb that Brian read at the end where he said, gold and silver are tested by fire and a person’s heart is tested by the Lord. I love that proverb and it reminded me of one of my all-time favorite verses in the Bible, which is in Job of all places. And most of you will know the story of Job and the suffering that he endured. And there’s a verse in Job 23:10 and its Job speaking. And he says of the Lord, when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. And that has always been one of my favorite verses. I have a couple my bathroom mirror. When the Lord has tested me, I will come forth as gold. And I’ve always found that so encouraging. When we are going through times of suffering and hardship, remember that at the end we want to come forth as gold. And, so, no matter what’s happening in your…in your life continue to praise the Lord, continue to bless His name, continue to trust in Him and have faith in Him and say to yourself, when He has tested me I will come forth as gold.

Hi DAB family. This is Diane from Indiana. I’m calling to reach out to Jeanette who called to say her husband, Vince, has Parkinson’s disease and is soon to have DBS surgery. I too have Parkinson’s disease and have gone through this same surgery. I know exactly what he’s going through and how precise this surgery has to be. Please let Vince know that I’m praying for him every day while he goes through this process for physical healing and for God to be glorified through it all. Jeanette, please call back and let us know how Vince is doing. Thank you DAB family for your prayers for Vince.

Hi DABbers. My name is Lynn. I’m calling from British Colombia, Canada. I have a prayer request. I recently had a birthday and I relapsed into alcoholism around my birthday. I have something important to do today and I am worried that I might mess up something rather important because of the physical state that I allowed my body to get into with…with the birthday bender. However, a praise report, because I flagged…May…or…March for this year and just re-listened to, ‘be still and know that I am God’, and just listening to that along with Brian’s prayer has given me such hope for today. Thank you. God bless you all.

06/15/2018 DAB Transcript

1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Psalms 133:1-3, Proverbs 17:7-8

Today is the 15th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Welcome to the middle of the month. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we wind down another work week and take the next step forward in the Scriptures. We’re reading from the Good News translation this week. First Kings chapter 14 verse one through 15, verse 24 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, when we began 1 Kings, we began and traveled the story of Solomon, which was laid out before us in detail just as we had in the books of Samuel, following Saul’s life and then the intertwining of David’s life and then following David’s life and then we followed Solomon’s life. Now that Solomon has died, the united monarchy of Israel has divided into two separate nations, right? The northern tribes of Israel and the southern of Judah. So, the books of Kings now represent themselves as the books of Kings. Like, we don’t have all of the detail for every single one of the kings like we did for Saul and David and Solomon. So, we kind of get a synopsis of generation after generation after generation in both of these two countries. And, so, it’s easy enough to get lost. But what’s not easy to miss is that generations are going by and they’re moving in the wrong direction. So, we see now, clearly, that after Solomon’s reign things began to slip downward just as Solomon kind of fell away and turned away from God at the end of his life, that began to slide downward that continues. And we will certainly have the breath of fresh air when a new king comes to the throne who fears God and turns the people back to God, but we’ll see that that is a that is the exception and not the rule, which leads that Israel in the North and Judah in the south on a perilous journey. And we will continue to follow that story.

In the book of acts something incredibly pivotal happens today. So, with the story of Cornelius, the Roman military leader in Joppa, which is near modern-day Tel Aviv, he has a vision and he’s told to send for Peter. Simon Peter was up in Caesarea. So, that would be up the coast to the north. Meanwhile, Peter has this vision of a sheet coming down from heaven with animals that he was not supposed to eat under Mosaic law but he was being told to eat them. So, what we have brewing here is a fundamental shift in the way that the church is going to go. And now that we have arrived here we need talk about it so we understand what we’re heading into. Cornelius, the Roman, is a Gentile. Jewish religious people did not interact with Gentiles in any kind of personal way for lots of reasons that we’ll get to over time. So, Cornelius sends for Peter who has a vision that essentially sets aside for him the dietary requirements of the Mosaic law. One of the reasons that the Jews and the Gentiles, only one of many reasons that the Jews and Gentiles, were not associating with each other was over this, over what they ate. The Gentiles eight unclean things. And here’s Peter being told to do that. So, Peter doesn’t know exactly what to do. And these men who were sent to get him show up. And we’ll have to follow that story tomorrow. But what is happening here is something very, very pivotal in the trajectory of how the early church will go. And we will see that unfold and talk about it more tomorrow.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word, another day to allow it to wash into our minds and cleanse us, another day for it to be planted in our hearts, yielding fruit of the spirit, another day to be counseled and comforted by it. And we invite Your Holy Spirit to do just that. Come Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth we ask. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, it’s home base, it’s where you find out what’s going on around here. So, be sure to check in, check it out.

Visit the Prayer Wall. Be sure to pray for your brothers and sisters. Maybe you have some things that you want prayed over. Such a good place to connect.

Check out the resources that are available in the Daily Audio Bible shop that are that are there to accompany you as you take this journey through the Scriptures this year.

I also mentioned yesterday that the Daily Audio Bible Family Reunion for this year that takes place over Labor Day weekend this year is sold out. So, that’s exciting but I know there’s a lot you that still want to come. So, I mean, we stepped into this not knowing that anyone would come. And we thought, well, maybe, maybe a hundred people would want to come. And we started looking around through the rolling hills of Tennessee, you know, like, what can we do and we figured out a scenario that would allow several hundred of us to be together and thought, you know, it’s a family reunion. It’s kind of outdoorsy, kind of campy thing. That’s a pretty big family reunion. We should be good and we will be good, but it’s full. So, we have a waitlist now. You can go to dailyaudiobible.com to the Initiatives section where the Family Reunion section is and get on the waitlist. and over the next couple weeks we’ll be exploring how we could accommodate more. I mean, we can accommodate lots, but not if it rains. I mean, after all, you’re coming to the Daily Audio Bible Family Reunion and not the DAB mud Fest 2018. I don’t think that will happen. It’s a beautiful time of year here, but we want to make sure we have shelter. So, you can get on the waitlist and we’ll be working through every conceivable scenario and see how may we can all bring together. And we’ll go from there. And, like I said yesterday, thank you for your prayers.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible in the mission that we share together to bring the spoken word of God read fresh every day to whoever will listen to it wherever they may be on this planet or in life and to continue to build community around that rhythm so that we actually know we’re not alone. If that is life-giving to you, then thank you for your partnership. There’s, of course, a link on the homepage of dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper 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 here is tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is Lee from New Jersey. Today is June 11th. It is Monday. On my way to work. Mobile headquarters. And, so, today is day 33 of prayer against anger. And today is actually a confession of prayer because yesterday, yes, I gave into anger. My wife, my daughter, man, they’re killing each other. Man, so, getting involved in that, trying to separate them from their arguments and then both of them getting at me, forget it. I just lost it. But none in a way like the past, nothing like that. Nothing crazy. But it’s true. I gave into anger. So, today is time for confession. Father God, we love You. I am here, one of Your children, confessing to You and in front of my brothers and sisters Lord that I have given into anger Lord. Among other sins that I have given into Lord, anger is the one that I’m focused on. And anger is the most destructive, at least in my life. I have given into anger Lord, where I have sinned against my daughter and I have sinned against my wife Lord. And I have sinned against You. God, I ask You for to give me oh Lord, which I thank You for forgiving me for You’ve always forgiven me Lord. Help me to continue to learn and to continue to grow and not allow the enemy to step in and try to make me feel more ashamed than I should Lord. You give us enough shame Lord that we can acknowledge what we did that was wrong, so we can see what we did that was wrong Lord and not repeat it. Thank You, Father for giving that wisdom to us Lord, that godly wisdom Lord, to know to give us just the amount of everything that we need - the good, the bad, the pain - and of course everything else that comes with all of the blessings and all of your wisdom Lord. We ask this in Jesus name.

Hi. This is Melody from Canada. And I’ve been impacted lately by death. In the last few weeks three of my friend’s relatives have died, two from cancer, another one from a sudden-death. And, of course, there’s the celebrity __ . And I’ve been in the place before of wanting to commit suicide and it’s a very dark place to be. And I really feel for those who are in that situation and wanting to do that and not having the ability to reach out. So, I pray life over them and over all the nations represented in this community. Jesus said, I am the light of the world and he who follows me will not live in darkness but will have the light of life – John 8:12. And, I just pray that Jesus, the light of the world, will shine His light on us all for the joy of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thank you so much, Daily Audio Bible listeners for this opportunity to share our prayer requests and that you would join me in praying for my husband Benjamin who’s going through a lot of transitions and downsizing at his work. And today he’s just having a really tough day, feeling very discontented even though we feel very blessed and thankful for the life that the Lord’s given us. But he reached out asking for prayer and was kind of being snarky today and yesterday as well and I was kinda angry with him. So, just him reaching out in prayer today really softened my heart towards him and changed my attitude and perspective. So, I just lift him up to the Lord and just ask that would pray with me that the Lord will give him His perspective and remind him of all the things to be thankful for and that we’re blessed by and to run from the enemy and hedge of protection around him. So, thank you so much. Appreciate it.

Hi neighbors. It’s Lisa the Encourager. I wanted to call in and especially pray for the dear woman that called in on June the 7th on the community…no I’m sorry…it wasn’t the community prayer…it was just on June 7th. And I, I was actually walking, listening to it, when I came home this evening I looked for it again  to see what day it was on because it just really stuck on my heart. And she basically has been…has been a long-time listener and she’s in trouble with her marriage. Her husband recently retired and she retired and he’s a physician or was a physician and is very controlling and now she’s started to drink. So, and it’s damaging to her, damaging to her heart and her soul and her spirit is just broken. And I am just so moved by her call my sweetheart. And I just want to know I am going to pray with you and for you and I just want everybody that’s listening right now to hold hands with me and pray for this dear woman that has been a Daily Audio Bible listener for a long time. And let’s all just pray together. So, I’m reaching out my hand right now on the right-hand side and my left-hand side is for you, sweetheart, because I’m holding your hand right now because I want you to know that I’m here for you and I am praying with you. And I’m praying for your husband too, that God will soften his heart for you. And dear God, I pray for this dear sweet woman that had the courage to call in…been a long-time listener God and now she’s turned herself over to destruction in alcohol Lord and relying upon that because she’s so hurt inside God. And I know You feel her pain. And if we all join hands together tonight and pray for this dear woman, God. We call upon your name to…

06/15/2018 DAB Transcript

1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Psalms 133:1-3, Proverbs 17:7-8

Today is the 15th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Welcome to the middle of the month. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we wind down another work week and take the next step forward in the Scriptures. We’re reading from the Good News translation this week. First Kings chapter 14 verse one through 15, verse 24 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, when we began 1 Kings, we began and traveled the story of Solomon, which was laid out before us in detail just as we had in the books of Samuel, following Saul’s life and then the intertwining of David’s life and then following David’s life and then we followed Solomon’s life. Now that Solomon has died, the united monarchy of Israel has divided into two separate nations, right? The northern tribes of Israel and the southern of Judah. So, the books of Kings now represent themselves as the books of Kings. Like, we don’t have all of the detail for every single one of the kings like we did for Saul and David and Solomon. So, we kind of get a synopsis of generation after generation after generation in both of these two countries. And, so, it’s easy enough to get lost. But what’s not easy to miss is that generations are going by and they’re moving in the wrong direction. So, we see now, clearly, that after Solomon’s reign things began to slip downward just as Solomon kind of fell away and turned away from God at the end of his life, that began to slide downward that continues. And we will certainly have the breath of fresh air when a new king comes to the throne who fears God and turns the people back to God, but we’ll see that that is a that is the exception and not the rule, which leads that Israel in the North and Judah in the south on a perilous journey. And we will continue to follow that story.

In the book of acts something incredibly pivotal happens today. So, with the story of Cornelius, the Roman military leader in Joppa, which is near modern-day Tel Aviv, he has a vision and he’s told to send for Peter. Simon Peter was up in Caesarea. So, that would be up the coast to the north. Meanwhile, Peter has this vision of a sheet coming down from heaven with animals that he was not supposed to eat under Mosaic law but he was being told to eat them. So, what we have brewing here is a fundamental shift in the way that the church is going to go. And now that we have arrived here we need talk about it so we understand what we’re heading into. Cornelius, the Roman, is a Gentile. Jewish religious people did not interact with Gentiles in any kind of personal way for lots of reasons that we’ll get to over time. So, Cornelius sends for Peter who has a vision that essentially sets aside for him the dietary requirements of the Mosaic law. One of the reasons that the Jews and the Gentiles, only one of many reasons that the Jews and Gentiles, were not associating with each other was over this, over what they ate. The Gentiles eight unclean things. And here’s Peter being told to do that. So, Peter doesn’t know exactly what to do. And these men who were sent to get him show up. And we’ll have to follow that story tomorrow. But what is happening here is something very, very pivotal in the trajectory of how the early church will go. And we will see that unfold and talk about it more tomorrow.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word, another day to allow it to wash into our minds and cleanse us, another day for it to be planted in our hearts, yielding fruit of the spirit, another day to be counseled and comforted by it. And we invite Your Holy Spirit to do just that. Come Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth we ask. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, it’s home base, it’s where you find out what’s going on around here. So, be sure to check in, check it out.

Visit the Prayer Wall. Be sure to pray for your brothers and sisters. Maybe you have some things that you want prayed over. Such a good place to connect.

Check out the resources that are available in the Daily Audio Bible shop that are that are there to accompany you as you take this journey through the Scriptures this year.

I also mentioned yesterday that the Daily Audio Bible Family Reunion for this year that takes place over Labor Day weekend this year is sold out. So, that’s exciting but I know there’s a lot you that still want to come. So, I mean, we stepped into this not knowing that anyone would come. And we thought, well, maybe, maybe a hundred people would want to come. And we started looking around through the rolling hills of Tennessee, you know, like, what can we do and we figured out a scenario that would allow several hundred of us to be together and thought, you know, it’s a family reunion. It’s kind of outdoorsy, kind of campy thing. That’s a pretty big family reunion. We should be good and we will be good, but it’s full. So, we have a waitlist now. You can go to dailyaudiobible.com to the Initiatives section where the Family Reunion section is and get on the waitlist. and over the next couple weeks we’ll be exploring how we could accommodate more. I mean, we can accommodate lots, but not if it rains. I mean, after all, you’re coming to the Daily Audio Bible Family Reunion and not the DAB mud Fest 2018. I don’t think that will happen. It’s a beautiful time of year here, but we want to make sure we have shelter. So, you can get on the waitlist and we’ll be working through every conceivable scenario and see how may we can all bring together. And we’ll go from there. And, like I said yesterday, thank you for your prayers.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible in the mission that we share together to bring the spoken word of God read fresh every day to whoever will listen to it wherever they may be on this planet or in life and to continue to build community around that rhythm so that we actually know we’re not alone. If that is life-giving to you, then thank you for your partnership. There’s, of course, a link on the homepage of dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper 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 here is tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is Lee from New Jersey. Today is June 11th. It is Monday. On my way to work. Mobile headquarters. And, so, today is day 33 of prayer against anger. And today is actually a confession of prayer because yesterday, yes, I gave into anger. My wife, my daughter, man, they’re killing each other. Man, so, getting involved in that, trying to separate them from their arguments and then both of them getting at me, forget it. I just lost it. But none in a way like the past, nothing like that. Nothing crazy. But it’s true. I gave into anger. So, today is time for confession. Father God, we love You. I am here, one of Your children, confessing to You and in front of my brothers and sisters Lord that I have given into anger Lord. Among other sins that I have given into Lord, anger is the one that I’m focused on. And anger is the most destructive, at least in my life. I have given into anger Lord, where I have sinned against my daughter and I have sinned against my wife Lord. And I have sinned against You. God, I ask You for to give me oh Lord, which I thank You for forgiving me for You’ve always forgiven me Lord. Help me to continue to learn and to continue to grow and not allow the enemy to step in and try to make me feel more ashamed than I should Lord. You give us enough shame Lord that we can acknowledge what we did that was wrong, so we can see what we did that was wrong Lord and not repeat it. Thank You, Father for giving that wisdom to us Lord, that godly wisdom Lord, to know to give us just the amount of everything that we need - the good, the bad, the pain - and of course everything else that comes with all of the blessings and all of your wisdom Lord. We ask this in Jesus name.

Hi. This is Melody from Canada. And I’ve been impacted lately by death. In the last few weeks three of my friend’s relatives have died, two from cancer, another one from a sudden-death. And, of course, there’s the celebrity __ . And I’ve been in the place before of wanting to commit suicide and it’s a very dark place to be. And I really feel for those who are in that situation and wanting to do that and not having the ability to reach out. So, I pray life over them and over all the nations represented in this community. Jesus said, I am the light of the world and he who follows me will not live in darkness but will have the light of life – John 8:12. And, I just pray that Jesus, the light of the world, will shine His light on us all for the joy of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thank you so much, Daily Audio Bible listeners for this opportunity to share our prayer requests and that you would join me in praying for my husband Benjamin who’s going through a lot of transitions and downsizing at his work. And today he’s just having a really tough day, feeling very discontented even though we feel very blessed and thankful for the life that the Lord’s given us. But he reached out asking for prayer and was kind of being snarky today and yesterday as well and I was kinda angry with him. So, just him reaching out in prayer today really softened my heart towards him and changed my attitude and perspective. So, I just lift him up to the Lord and just ask that would pray with me that the Lord will give him His perspective and remind him of all the things to be thankful for and that we’re blessed by and to run from the enemy and hedge of protection around him. So, thank you so much. Appreciate it.

Hi neighbors. It’s Lisa the Encourager. I wanted to call in and especially pray for the dear woman that called in on June the 7th on the community…no I’m sorry…it wasn’t the community prayer…it was just on June 7th. And I, I was actually walking, listening to it, when I came home this evening I looked for it again  to see what day it was on because it just really stuck on my heart. And she basically has been…has been a long-time listener and she’s in trouble with her marriage. Her husband recently retired and she retired and he’s a physician or was a physician and is very controlling and now she’s started to drink. So, and it’s damaging to her, damaging to her heart and her soul and her spirit is just broken. And I am just so moved by her call my sweetheart. And I just want to know I am going to pray with you and for you and I just want everybody that’s listening right now to hold hands with me and pray for this dear woman that has been a Daily Audio Bible listener for a long time. And let’s all just pray together. So, I’m reaching out my hand right now on the right-hand side and my left-hand side is for you, sweetheart, because I’m holding your hand right now because I want you to know that I’m here for you and I am praying with you. And I’m praying for your husband too, that God will soften his heart for you. And dear God, I pray for this dear sweet woman that had the courage to call in…been a long-time listener God and now she’s turned herself over to destruction in alcohol Lord and relying upon that because she’s so hurt inside God. And I know You feel her pain. And if we all join hands together tonight and pray for this dear woman, God. We call upon your name to…

06/14/2018 DAB Transcript

1 Kings 12:20-13:34, Acts 9:26-43, Psalms 132:1-18, Proverbs 17:6

Today is the 14th day of June. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today and I’m glad that we can take the next step forward together as we continue to move our way through the Scriptures this year. Yesterday we kind of began to slide downward as we reached the end of Solomon’s life in our Old Testament reading from First Kings. And we have seen Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, become king. We have seen 10 of the tribes of Israel revolt against Rehoboam. So, things are a bit of a mess. And then when we were in Acts yesterday we finally begin to understand who Saul is and how he’s becoming the apostle Paul and begun to pick up that story. So, we’ll continue with both of those stories. We’re reading from the Good News translation this week. So, 1 Kings, chapter 12 verse 20 2 through 13 verse 34 today.

Commentary:

Alright. So, in first Kings you can see what we’ve been saying, that we reached an apex and then we started to go down the other side. And it’s happened rather quickly. Solomon disappears from the scene and then we can kinda get confused because there’s two Kings in Israel now and there’s two different countries and the king’s names are very similar. Jeroboam is the king of Israel in the North, the 10 tribes. Rehoboam is king of Judah in the south. Rehoboam happens to reign in the territory that encompasses the holy city of Jerusalem, where God’s temple is. Jeroboam has some concerns in that regard. So, he’s a newly minted king and he’s just beginning to establish his government and everything is just kind of getting figured out and what it’s gonna look like. And he begins to realize, you know what, if the people keep making pilgrimages down to Jerusalem to worship God, that’s where their heart and allegiance is gonna lie. They’ll eventually get sick of me. I’ll do something that will tic them off and they’ll get mad. That’s what happens in a political arena. And, so, if their hearts allegiance is to Jerusalem and go down there, when they get sick of me, they’ll just throw me out and kill me and, you know, reunite. So, even though Jeroboam had a prophetic utterance and was anointed the king and God told him to follow in His ways, Jeroboam immediately doesn’t do that. He erects two temples, one in Dan, one in Bethel. So, in other words, at the northern point of his boundaries and at the southern point of his boundaries. He builds to temples and puts in a golden calf…how original…in the temple and tells the people, you don’t need to go to Jerusalem anymore. Here are your gods that brought you out of the land of Egypt. And, so, a new story starts to be told and the people begin to worship at these altars. Now the altar that was in Bethel, in the southern…at the southern border…that has been destroyed but the temple and the altar that existed in Dan that was built by Jeroboam, the ruins of that place exist until this very day. Saw it just a few months ago. So, kind of looking out in front of us as to how this is all going to play out and to give us some context for some of the things that we’ve encountered already and will encounter, Jeroboam is beginning to lead the people to tell a new story. So, they’re trying to worship the God of Abraham, the God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, but obviously now there’s this golden calf represented so, there’s a new story being told and they will continue to worship in the customs that they’ve always continued but they’ll be nuanced and, eventually, the capital city of the northern kingdom will become this city called Samaria. And because these stories are getting convoluted, eventually, these people will be known as Samaritans and this is how that all kind of began.

In the book of Acts, there’s some apprehension about Saul, right, this guy that’s gonna become the apostle Paul. He’s had this experience with Jesus on the road to Damascus and his life is been transformed, actually, tipped upside down. He’s not really…I mean there’s this moment where is not sure what he supposed to do or what he supposed to believe because he’s been so diligent and devout in persecuting the church and now he’s finding out that was completely misguided. So, he’s gotta reframe and rewire everything that he believes. And you can see the apprehension in the early believers because they know what…they know Saul’s reputation. I mean, he was there when Stephen was killed. So, they know is reputation. So, you can understand why they would be a little apprehensive about this guy, why they wouldn’t just open arms trust him because, even if he’s speaking the language, he could just be a spy, right? Like, he could be really trying to get deep inside the inner workings of the early church so that he could name names, so that all of the top brass, right, everybody who’s important could be discovered and then persecuted. So, we can understand that Saul, at this point, he’s gotta be going through an awful lot. His paradigms have completely shifted. And those formerly his friends now want to kill him. Those who would be his brothers and sisters in the Lord our are very skeptical about him. So, he’s got a period here where he’s kind of isolated. And when we get to the letter to the Galatians, Paul will say what he did, that he went away, that he went away for several years to work this all out. And during that time Jesus, Jesus literally ministered to him and shared the gospel with him. He will continually claim throughout the rest of his life that the gospel that he is preaching was given to him directly by Jesus. And we’ll see some of the controversy and conflict that that comes about because of that as the early church is trying to navigate who actually can be in this church. But I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We’ve got plenty of time for that.

Prayer:

Father, we sit here with what You have given us from Your word today and we stay present in that and invite Your Holy Spirit to plant that deep in our lives, even though we’re just following some stories, understanding choices and decisions that people made. We know that we will follow these stories to their conclusion and see where those roads lead and then our lives are informed about the choices that we’re making. So, Holy Spirit, come, lead us into all truth we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

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And, so, listen, the Family Reunion for 2018 that’s coming up this September, this first time we’ve ever done anything like this is sold out. We have reached the capacity that we can handle. So, we’re gonna look at that and see if we can open up any more but I don't…I don’t know…because we could definitely handle more people…but if there’s inclement weather of any sort…rain…all that…then we won’t have shelter. So, we’re gonna look into all of that a little bit. I’ll keep you posted but the Family Reunion 2018 is now sold out. So, it’s gonna be a blast, we’re gonna have a lot of fun. Very, very much looking forward to it. We didn’t know…and I’m kind of pragmatic…we didn’t know if anyone would be interested in coming. So, here we are. We’re full but we’re gonna look at all the options. We thank you for your prayers on that as we move forward.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible in the mission that we share together to keep this global campfire burning and it’s so encouraging to know that so many of us, we feel and sense that, if that has brought life and good news into your world, then thank you for your partnership. There is a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the app you can press the Give button in the upper 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 here is tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

For all of us who are gathered here
I pray for power and an end to fear
Please cleanse our hearts both within and without
Give us faith that knows no doubt
And fill our lips with words of life
That bring us peace and end to strife
Please fill our hearts with kindness too
Make us daily more like you
Respect for others as we ourselves
Lord set us free from our own private hells
Keep us humble make us pure
When life gets rough help us endure
And help us to live dear Lord for you
Abundant joy with problems few
And when were tempted Lord to stray
Give us eyes to see things your way
For there are times when we act like fools
We need your help just to obey the rules
Oh Lord leaders faithfully through this gale
To productive lives and not fail
With help from you each day we’ll grow
And if that’s true then it should show
We walk in bondage striving to be free
To that each day dear Lord for the

blindtony1016@gmail.com. Like to give a shout out to David Florez. Haven’t heard from you in a while to see what’s happening on the Western front. And also, Byron in Florida. Shout out to you too. Anyway, once again Brian thanks again for this wonderful podcast for God’s Holy Spirit to flow. Keep it flowin’ ya’ll. All right. Bye-bye.

Hey DAB family this is Jocelyn in Atlanta. I am feeling super emotional right now and trying to be mindful that these are just emotions and that is not real. I’m feeling attacked at work. I am actually a manager at my job and I am on the opposite end of what’s going on with pastor Gene and sharing Jesus. This morning I heard so many people praying at the end of the podcast. And…for Walta and Slave of Jesus and Pastor Gene, you guys just spoke __ this morning and I needed to hear that. And thank you. I know that God is in control and I pray against any attack of the enemy to divide any of us against each other, any of us as human beings against each other, and I claim in the name of Jesus, protection and peace and unity over all of us and all of our relationships and interactions with anyone we come in contact with. Able, thank you for calling it after 11 years. I’m just gonna to leave it there guys. I love you. I am so thankful for this ministry and am so thankful to be able to share with other people. I love you. And just remember, God is on the throne. And I have to remind myself of that too. I love you guys. Have a great day.

Hi. This is Lisa in Texas. I’ve been listening for six years and I just wanted to call and give some encouragement to Cheyenne. I heard her story many years ago. She was asking for prayers for her son JJ who is 28 years old who has problems with addiction. And Cheyenne, I just want you to know that I called in about two years ago and asked for prayers for my son James. He is also 28 years old. He was also struggling at that time with a horrible, life altering addiction. It just looked like his life was going to be ruined. And I just want you to know that, since that day when people started praying with me that he has just been better and better. So, I want to give a praise to all the people, a shout out to God, and thank all the people at the Daily Audio Bible who prayed. I just want to give you some encouragement and pray for you today. And these are some of the prayers that I prayed for my son. And he’s not completely healed but he is doing so much better then when I first called in two years ago. And I will continue to pray for JJ every day until you call back in and give that same praise. Lord God, please be with JJ today. Your word says in the book of Joel that you can restore the years that the __ is defeated. So, we’re going to stand on that promise today Lord for JJ and all the people who are praying for their sons and daughters on the Daily Audio Bible, that You will restore the years that they were away from their family that loves them. And Ezekiel gave us a beautiful picture of how to bring our children back from exile. So, we’re going to stand on these promises today, loving You and trusting You in Jesus name. Have a great day DABbers.

Hi. This is Steve from New Hampshire. I’m calling in regards to Jim from New Hampshire’s call that came in on Monday the 11th, which today is. And when you were requesting prayer regards to the well situation, I was immediately, the Scripture was quickened to me that said, spring up oh well. And I pray that for you brother. And I say it again, spring up oh well. And also, you made a comment how there are, obviously, needs around the world that are more important and greater urgency than your situation, yet I am reminded that the bank of heaven, God’s provision, God’s…whatever it is we need from God, He’s never depleted. When we receive from Him there is no and to His provision and I’m just so encouraged in that and there’s no request too big or too small for our God. So, I just want to encourage you Jim in that regard and I also just pray for financial provision to do all that needs to be done. Praying that the blessing of God just sweeps through your house in Jesus name. Amen.