04/19/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 19:1-20:9, Luke 19:28-48, Psalms 88:1-18, Proverbs 13:12-14

Today is the 19th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is great to be here with you today although this is the most somber day of the year in the life of a believer. Today is Good Friday. Today commemorates the day that Jesus was crucified. So, it’s important for us to keep that at the forefront of our thoughts today and maybe we’ll talk about that a little bit at the end of our reading today even though it is Good Friday it is another day and, as is our rhythm, we will take the next step forward in the Scriptures this year. And we’ve been reading from the New Living translation this week. Today Joshua chapter 19 and 20.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as I mentioned at the beginning, today is Good Friday and really, what else should or would we talk about. This is a day that we’ve been leading up to and we began to observe this season almost 40 days ago, I guess 37, 38 days ago on Ash Wednesday, which began the season of Lent and we talked about it along the way and some people observe Lent and some people don’t. And it’s not a command in the Bible. It’s a way of preparing our hearts to get here and to get through here and we can’t get to Easter, which is perhaps the most important day in the life of the believer. We would say maybe this is the most important day in human history, Easter, but we can’t get there without coming through here. And today is a day that commemorates the day that Jesus was nailed to a cross and hung in unspeakable agony, pain that I don’t even know how to…I don’t even know how to think about, but it wasn’t just a physical pain, it wasn’t just the physical torture that would eventually cause his heart stopped beating it…it was the weight of the sins of the world upon his shoulders and the utter and complete rejection of everyone, it was the weight of the verbal abuse in the lying, it was the weight of being spit upon and smacked around, it was the weight of the world upon his shoulders. And, so, thankfully, we do understand that Easter is coming. Thankfully we have that hope but if we put ourselves back with the disciples, if we put ourselves back with the people who were following Jesus at a distance, if we go back to the people who were talking about the things that Jesus was talking about and it was spreading like wildfire and they were following this man and then we get to today and rather than any other number of things that could’ve happened that this day took the life of this person and his life was taken by crucifixion, a horrible death and we don’t know that we can look forward to Easter, right? He said stuff about this, but it was all cryptic and we don’t understand. And we watch Him bow his head in death then we would properly put ourselves in the confused and black day that it is because we do certainly look forward to Easter. We certainly do understand that that’s coming but today we put ourselves in the position of understanding that the light of the world went out, was snuffed out, and that Jesus came off of the cross dead and He was wrapped with spices and put into a tomb quickly to avoid all of the problems with Passover. And they had planned to get through Passover and come back and get his body and figure out what to do. That was the plan. So, we put ourselves in that position. And even if you go to a Good Friday service today, depending on the tradition you’ll probably receive Communion or the Eucharist, but an appropriate way to end a Good Friday service is that the candle gets blown out and everything goes dark and everyone leaves in silence because what worse thing could happen? Besides the light of the world being taken out of the world, what hope would be left after that? And that’s where we leave ourselves on Good Friday. We’ve been considering during the season of Lent, the weight, the cost of our freedom and we’ve invited God to reorganize and reprioritize our lives and take out whatever doesn’t need to be there and put in whatever does to just allow ourselves to lament and sit with it. And, so, we come to this day of ultimate grief. Now we’re face-to-face with what it cost to give us our freedom. We’ve been tracking with the Bible and through the sacrificial system and all the way through all of the things that would need to be done to remind a person of how helpless they are without God and then we get to this day and we see that people could still, could still, could still try to do away with the Lord. And yet, in spite of it all what the Lord’s saying through this scene that we commemorate today is that I am doing away with sin. Sin isn’t going to be the story anymore. Once and for all this is being dealt with. We’re not going to be separated anymore. We’re going to be united. And, so, that’s what we hope in as we move toward Easter, but today. Today we experience the blackness of the day that it is. Today we consider what it would be like if there were no Easter. Today, we consider the price that was paid to take the shackles off of our lives and give us freedom and we once again consider the shackles that we keep putting back on that don’t need to be there anymore.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite You into the experience of this Good Friday. For some of us it’ll just be another day and we’ll be busy and get things done. For others of us, we’ll sit with the blackness of this day. And for most of us it’ll be something in between. We invite Your Holy Spirit to bring the year what it cost to remove sin as a part of our story to give us the freedom to walk away from a dead-end life and onto a narrow path that will lead to life. We sit with these things and we thank You Jesus. We are humbled. But the truth is the word…there aren’t the right words that at least that I know that can properly show gratitude and it be big enough. You changed our lives completely and utterly and we apologize for the shackles that we keep putting on ourselves and we ask that Your Holy Spirit lead us through this season to resurrection day and that those chains fall off once and for all. Come Holy Spirit we pray in the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.

Song:

Death Be Not Proud - Audrey Assad

Death, be not proud, though the whole world fear you:

Mighty and dreadful you may seem,

But death, be not proud, for your pride has failed you

You will not kill me.

Though you may dwell in plague and poison,

You’re a slave to fate and desperate men,

So death, if your sleep be the gates to Heaven,

Why your confidence?

When you will be no more,

You will be no more,

When you will be no more.

Even death will die.

Even death will die.

Death, be not proud.

Death, be not proud.

Death, be not proud,

Cause even death will die.

04/18/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 16:1-18:28, Luke 19:1-27, Psalms 87:1-7, Proverbs 13:11

Today is the 18th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you for another day, another time that we can come in out of the cold or the heat or whatever but just come around the light of this global campfire and let God speak to us through His word. So, we’re reading from the New Living Translation this week and out today as we go back into the Old Testament we’ll read Joshua chapters 16, 17, and 18.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word, we thank You for all of the ways that it speaks to us, how it touches every part of our lives at one point or another. It penetrates deep within our thoughts and motives. It penetrates deep into our hearts, our emotions. It speaks into our relationships with each other. It leads us on the narrow path that leads to life. It leads us to You. And, so. we thank You for Your word. Father, as we’re here in this week that the ends the season of Lent that also commemorates Your death and burial and resurrection, we enter into this fully here on this Thursday, a day that has been called Maundy Thursday to represent Your last meal with Your friends where You washed their feet and modeled for us to be great in God’s kingdom is to be the servant. So, come Holy Spirit as we contemplate these things today and as we continue to sit with the question from yesterday. “What do You want me to do for You?” Come Holy Spirit into these questions, into these contemplations as we move into these holy days that commemorate our very salvation. Come Jesus we pray. In Your mighty name we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

It’s Dustin from Spokane Washington and it’s Friday April 12th and I just listened to the Daily Audio Bible and wow that was a good episode. I pretty much cried during both of them, my phone just downloaded it twice for some reason. Anyways, I just wanted to thank you Brian, thank you Blind Tony, thank you everyone who participates in creating the podcast and thank you for everyone that calls in. Whenever you ask for prayers I pray right then for you in your name and in Jesus’ name and that’s pretty much it. Oh, and, Brian I love you too. I just wanted to say that. I don’t think enough people say that enough. I know you say that every episode. Just another one back at you. Anyways, I love all you and take care. Bye.

Hello, my name is Don Perry, I’m calling for my son Tyler Davidson. Tyler has been diagnosed with bipolar schizo-affective disorder and he has been battling this and struggling with this for the last five years. He refuses to take his medication and has tried to self-medicating with alcohol and his life is spiraling out of control once again. He’s been in jail over this issue. He’s been in several mental institutions. He can’t get his life together because of this problem and its characteristic for this type of diagnosis that they will start taking their medications, they think they’re okay, and that they will just stop taking them because they don’t need them anymore. They get their life together and they don’t remember how it was before they started taking the medication. I raised him in church, he is a godly child, and he is a sweet, sweet man. He’s 25 years old now and I still, as a mother of course, moms always see the little boy inside of their child as they grow up forever and, you know, I just I know he’s just got so much of to give to God and to the world. And, you know, so my prayer is that you will please pray for my son. I don’t know what to do. I am putting this in God’s hands. I just thank you so much. Bye-bye.

Hey DAB family, my name is Scott, I live in Fresno California and I’m calling today…I don’t call very often but I was gonna call in for friend. Anyway, I have one particular friend who has been married for 30 years and they’ve had a lot of struggles and challenges in their marriage but this past week my friends wife asked him to leave and it’s kind of blowing him away and it kinda blows me away but in a lot of ways I see this a lot with some other people. I have, oh shoot, at least three people around me who are involved in some kind of situation like this and, honestly, sometimes I start feeling like, why bother if people just decide to do what they’re gonna do. And even with my friend that I’m mentioning to you, as I see some of my other friends and I come around him to talk with him, it doesn’t seem like there’s an awareness or even a desire to press in and pray for my friend. I want to pray for his wife. And for some reason she’s just shut down. And I’ve known my friend for a while, he’s a good guy. It’s just they’re two different people, you know. And, so, I guess I just ask that that where two or more are gathered, you know, we lift up this couple, this relationship. Lord, I just…I just ask that you bring them back…

Good morning my beautiful sisters and brothers. This is Don calling from New York but I’m actually calling from the More Conference on Sunday morning as we pack up to leave today. And my heart is so full and I’m so grateful. Thank you, thank you, for all of you who have been praying for us. This was very likely one of the most beautiful, well-crafted, __ precious women’s event that I’ve ever gone to, truly lovely, beautiful team, you amaze me, each of you, you really acted like one unit. It was pretty impressive to watch the way you all were with one another. Thank you so much for all the beautiful preparation. I wish I could tell each one of you what your contributions, your testimonies, meant to me. I want to note, Bonnie, your mentioning secondary losses was pretty incredible. And Ireland, when I think of you and your face I’m going to continue to smile because you make me smile. Communion together was very, very precious. Thank you so much for everyone praying. All right, I want to give a few shout outs to some of the lovely people I met, all my sisters on the bus on the way in, the shuttle bus from the airport. Danielle __ and her mom, dynamic duo, and Angie and the others. We all said we were gonna call in a little more, we’re gonna try. So, I’ll be listening for your voices. Angie from Salt lake City,  I’m carrying you home in my heart girl. Jennifer and the beautiful friend from Canada game who came and I love you beauties in the back row. It was great to worship with you. Beth from Texas, __ with a rocking chair, thank you sweetie. Terry and Jenna who prayed with me. God bless all of you. So many sweet, sweet people I met. And especially it was wonderful to have time with God and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for all of you praying for us and thank you to the beautiful team.

Good morning this is Bridget from New York City. I’m calling to pray for Luke and Sharon. Dear Lord, we just pray for Luke right now Father God and I ask You Lord God that every time he comes into Your presence Lord to read Your word that You would cover that time Father God for him. Lord I just pray that as he gets distracted, as his mind becomes renewed Father that he would not allow distractions to keep him from reading Your word but would continue to read the Scripture over and over and over, following that he receives what You desire to give him through that Scripture Lord God. For Sharon, my sister, my husband, he smokes, and he has even dabbled with different types of things and my father was like that. I’ve been raised as a child by my father…not…exactly the same you experienced it but what God has taught me is that it all roots back to sin and the fact that the people that hurt me didn’t know God. Because of my mother’s choices, she allowed strangers to live in her home, which caused for those strangers to molest me and to do things to me from childhood up and my mother was an alcoholic and it all roots back to sin. And what God has taught me with my husband, in the past I personalized his smoking with him not loving me and that’s not the truth. So, I pray Father that You would reveal the truth to Sharon Lord about why her husband drinks and that she would not personalize it because You don’t personalize it God. But that she would see him from the broken place that he’s in God and that she would try to love him from that place and that through that You would deliver him God. In Jesus’ name.

04/17/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 15:1-63, Luke 18:18-43, Psalms 86:1-17, Proverbs 13:9-10

Today is the 17th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today as we move into the center of our week together and I guess we’re moving through kind of the three-quarter mark through the book of Joshua, which is what we’re reading in the Old Testament right now. So, let's…let’s get to it…let’s take the next step forward. We’re reading from the New Living translation this week. Joshua chapter 15.

Commentary:

Okay. So, here we are just days away from all that this weekend represents, right? So, this Friday, day after tomorrow, is Good Friday, a day when we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus, one of the darkest days, the darkest day on the Christian calendar. Of course, we know that Sunday comes but a day to truly, truly, truly, observe and reflect upon the kind of love that it would take to lay your life down and be tortured to death on behalf of the human race. And, so, as we’re reading through the Gospel of Luke at this time, we enter the story today and Jesus is passing through Jericho and He’s on His way to Jerusalem where all of His passion will unfold. And, so, we can put ourselves in this story. And we’re also coming to the end of the season of Lent. So, those of you who observe lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter that are intended for many things, one of them certainly reflecting upon the price, the cost of sin. It’s a time of fasting and lamenting and repenting. It’s also a time of completely opening our lives, our hearts, everything that we are, our entire identity to God, and just asking Him, “what do you see in my life that does not belong in my life? Where are the nooks and crannies that I’m hiding things and they’re poison and they’re seeping into my life and affecting everyone around me and affecting my relationship with you and affecting how I live in this world. I just keep them around. I don’t know why. Show me where they are so that they can be gone. And even the good things. What are the good things in my life? How does my life need to be ordered as I enter into the resurrection and commemorate your resurrection and understand that that brought me new life and I am resurrected with you into eternal life? How do I approach Easter after coming through this season of Lent new, ordered, properly ready to go into the world?” Which brings us to the story of Jesus walking through Jericho. And just as a little aside, so many of the places that we read about in the Scriptures today are places you can see in the in the Promised Land films. When we’re talking about all these different territories in the book of Joshua, so many of those places are places and Jericho where Jesus is passing through in the gospel of Luke, that’s a place, it still exists. And, so, Jesus has reached this point now where He’s been moving south out of the Galilee deep into the Jordan Valley to Jericho where He’s going to be making a right and heading west and going uphill the whole way to Jerusalem. So, He knows what is upon Him, right? He tells His disciples in the gospel of Luke. He pulls them aside and instructs them on what’s gonna happen when they get to Jerusalem and they don’t understand, right? According to the gospel of Luke they didn’t understand any of this. “The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.” That’s a quote from the gospel of Luke. So, Jesus knows what’s going to happen to Him in Jerusalem on every level, is walking toward Jerusalem isolated, no one understands. And that may have been our cry through this season of Lent or through the last five years. Nobody understands. That’s not true. Jesus actually does understand what it means to be isolated and misunderstood and we see that as He’s moving through this inside of himself. You can only imagine. What do you do when you’re walking with a bunch of your friends but you know that at the end of this trail you’re going to die and you’ve tried to tell people that but they don’t understand, but you must continue to walk forward because it is what you were born for. And, so, off you continue alone and misunderstood toward this with no one to shoulder the burden with you. Imagine that. And, so, imagine when Jesus is walking by Jericho, possibly preoccupied, I mean this would have to at least occupy a portion of your thoughts as you’re walking toward your death and through the noise of the crowd and all of the hustle and bustle around them He hears someone in the distance, yelling, “son of David! Jesus, have mercy!” And Jesus stop’s and He asks a question. And we may know this question but what will we need to do today is personalize this question. Jesus is on his way to die for the sake of the world and has a blind person asking Him to have mercy upon him, and He stops what He’s doing and allows the man to be brought to Him and He asks him, “what do you want me to do for you?” As we move through this day and into Monday Thursday, and Good Friday, and Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, may we carry this as a leading torch forward as we continue this contemplation on what it cost to make us free, allow Jesus question to penetrate your soul where nothing is off limits. “What do you want me to do for you?”

Prayer:

Jesus, we sit with the question and before we even speak because our initial reactions would probably be how we would like You to make life easier for us, how we would like an obstacle removed from our path, how we would like the treasury of heaven to open up and shower us with blessings. We would try to design for ourselves what we perceive to be an abundant life because this is what we believe that You have promised to us. And somewhere we wrote into the text that we get to define what that’s gonna look like and that we don’t have to surrender to You and just flow through life with You. Instead, we get to constructed it of our own accord. And then when You don’t show up and give us the abundant life we’ve defined then it turns backwards on us. We’re not doing any of that. We’re not even answering the question yet. We’re allowing the question to begin to peel back the layers of our lives. What do we really want You to do for us? And we invite Your Holy Spirit into the question as we seek the answer, the answer that is true, the answer that is what we really need. The blind man on the side of the road, he knew what he needed. He needed to see. And maybe that’s what we need. Maybe we need to see things as they are because we’ve been looking so narrowly at our own lives. But we feel the question continuing to penetrate, “what do You want me to do for You?” And, so, as we go with this into the next days, we invite Your Holy Spirit to reconnect us with our own hearts so that we can see what it is that we really need. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

Song:

Light – Gungor

Your eyes, they opened

And love was spoken

The tears came tumbling down

Your heart was broken

The words was spoken

The tears came tumbling down

And the blind gain sight

As we met our Light

All the joy and fight

The gift of life

Your hands, the creases

Your feet, Your breathing

You’re mine, You’re perfect light

And the blind gain sight

As we met our Light

All the joy and fight

The gift of life

I can’t take my eyes off of You oh my Light

I can’t take my eyes off of You

04/16/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 13:1-14:15, Luke 18:1-17, Psalms 85:1-13, Proverbs 13:7-8

Today is the 16th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it’s great to be back together with you today around the global campfire taking our next step forward and our next step forward will lead us back into the book of Joshua. And we’re reading from the New Living Translation this week. Today Joshua chapter 13 and 14.

Commentary:

Okay. So, there’s some fascinating wisdom embedded into what we just read from the book of Proverbs today about being false, basically, about being a poser. So, maybe you have those kind people in your life, you know, people that pretend to be something that they’re not, right? People who fully curate their lives for social media and you just look at them and you’re like, okay, you’ve got a perfect life, I don’t have a perfect life, I don’t measure up to you. But it’s charade. We all…every single one of us…all of us have our struggles…all of us and our culture pulls us to live this way because we’re seeing pictures of something that has been made whole and every marketing ad that’s thrown at us, right? If you will get this product you will be made whole in this way. And, so we see all this perfection. And, so, when we’re…we were pulled toward being false in so many areas of our lives and often this kind of behavior is really just our insecurity and wounding speaking or our attempt to get an identity by comparing ourselves to somebody else and ultimately what we’re after is that we are perceived differently than we really are, that we are perceived as our ultimate best self, not as we normally live because everybody else seems to be doing better than we are; however, when the whole cultures posing then all we are as people is a house of cards that’s gonna eventually tumble down. And the book of Proverbs gives us a little bit of a riddle concerning this kind of posing, right? So, “some who are poor pretend to be rich. Others who are rich pretend to be poor. The rich can pay around some for their lives but the poor won’t even get threatened.” So, if we look at all of the options that are laid out in these couple of sentences we see that there’s only one scenario that is completely unsustainable and it’s those who are pretending to be more than they really are. So, let’s go back through it. “Some who are poor pretend to be rich.” So, there posing. “Others who are rich pretend to be poor”. They’re also posing but they’re pretending to be less than they are. “The rich can pay a ransom for their lives. The poor won’t even get threatened.” So the truly poor have nothing to worry about, they won’t be held for ransom. The truly rich don’t have much to worry about, they can pay the ransom. It’s the one pretending to be more than they are that would find themselves in trouble in this scenario because they’re pretending to be rich and if they’re held for ransom, they’re poor, there’s no escape. So, may we consider what’s being presented us in the book of Proverbs today. In what ways are we exposing ourselves by pretending to be more than we are when we have been given full permission to be nothing more or nothing less than what is true. In fact, what we are invited into through the gospel of Jesus is the honor of living noble and true and not having anything to hide.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we invite You into that. We confess that we’re posers in certain areas of our lives, some to greater degrees, some to lesser degrees but we acknowledge that there is a pull toward falseness and what we’re learning for the Proverbs is that that simply exposes us. It’s not real, it doesn’t let us live true, it only exposes us to further danger. So, Holy Spirit, come into this. What are the ways that we are over embellishing who we are or trying to pretend to be an ideal of ourselves that we think would be perfect when the only perfection we will ever find is my becoming lost in You where our identity is You? Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, this is Johnny Silver from Colorado and I am not the greatest Christian or believer, but I am a believer and today it’s not about me, it’s about my friend Nick at school. And we’re in junior high and he’s going through a very rough time and I told him that we’ll have a big community, have a bunch of people to back him up because this is __. His family is in a court case and he’s going into foster care for 1 to 6 months at least. And I’m adopted, I was in foster care but I was a very lucky person and God helped me through it and __ family. __ and my parents, they…they…my dad’s in college and so my mom said __. And so there’s a lot of things like that going on __ and we’re not able to bring him in properly. And, so, I’m just asking you as the DAB community to please pray for Nick and with everything that he needs and support because he’s going through such a rough time with just him and he needs somebody, and he needs God’s guidance __. When I heard about this and just helping to the best of my ability, but I need more, and I need more people to help me. So, I just need you all to pray for him and to help him find the right home and the right family and to help his family get through what’s going on to live a blessed and full life and what he can do for others as well as what others ca do for him. So, I just ask to pray for him and just have a wonderful day and I pray with you guys. All right. Bye-bye.

Hi DABbers, this is Kara from Denver and I want to focus this call on a prayer for moving and relocating. I heard Maggie May call on the line. It was so nice to hear your voice Maggie May. I hope you can hear the full DAB. I would try restarting my phone, maybe check…if you’re on a phone…or restarting your computer or device. The DAB used to do that for me when I first started listening for some reason. It works now. So, I don’t know, but it was so lovely hearing your voice and you sound great. And I just…I have a move coming up myself and I’ve been in the place I’m in now for three years and about a third of that I was using. I’m in recovery now and a lot has gone on in this place and there’s really a lot I need to leave behind when I move. And I just want to pray now. Yeshua, son of my Father, my heavenly Father, please sanctify this move Lord. Let the old life die and a new one begin with this relocation. With this change of scenery, let me see You a new Yeshua. Surround me with Your love as I remember You in the way that I arrange my new place, when I see my new neighbors, let me remember You. Give me eyes to see You in this new environment. Sanctify the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom, the bedroom, and every nook and cranny in this place. Be with me Jesus, be my roommate and I welcome You to be my most awesome roommate in this new place. Changes can be jarring, they can be exciting, and also stressful…

How you guys doing, it’s the Prodigal calling in. I just want to say that I’m praying for all the people struggling with marriage problems. I had them for years. They got so bad my wife left and it’s irreparable. So, if you’re still together just work hard at it, pay attention to it. I didn’t, and I just thought I was right and couldn’t have been more wrong, turns out. So, that’s leads to the reason I’m calling today. I was convicted at church today. Just came up…knocked me down like I was hit by a 2 x 4. Every single bad thing that’s ever happened to me in my life, every single sin, every single bad decision, every single…you name it…catastrophe has been a direct result of my pride, including, up to and including the loss of my marriage, the loss of my beautiful wife. And it’s all been about my pride. I’ve been…for some reason I grew up thinking I was better than everybody else, or I could do better than everybody else, or whatever. Maybe it’s the way I was raised. It really doesn’t matter, it’s just the way it is. And, so it just struck me just like lightning at church today. So, I want to confess and today is the first day of Holy Week. It’s a day of reconciliation and went and confessed to the priest and…good guy…good guy. He said, “you know John, humility tuff, but you need to work on it. And, so, I’m praying and I ask your prayers for me to be more humble, not to like be more successful but so I can make up for all the mistakes in the past. But I just want to let you know I’m praying for all of you all, Blind Tony, Joe the Protector, happy grandpa day, and everybody, Viola, Victoria Soldier, you name it, you guys know who you are. Your beautiful people and for everybody else who’s struggling out there, all I can say is I’m praying for you all every time you make a call. So, know that I’m praying for and you might not hear from me. And my voice is always terrible. So, anyway, you all have a blessed day. Love you all. Bye.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family, this is Bridget from New York City. I’m calling to pray for Emmanuel and Selena. Emmanuelle God’s with you. I know what it is to be a wife and to stay to a husband. My husband…I wanted a divorce and when there are children involved…it’s just painful. So, Lord I just…I cover this marriage Father. Lord I just pray for both hearts involved in this marriage Lord. I pray Father for Karina right now Lord God and I ask You Lord God to touch her heart Father God. Lord we are so emotional as women and we do get to a place where we become so weary Father that we want to give up completely but Father I pray Lord that You did not give her that spirit of giving up, that You do not let her give up on her marriage Father, that she would look at her children, that she would look at the long-term effects that this would have Father, that she would look at the covenant that she has chosen to stick by because she decided to marry this man Lord God. I pray Father Lord for a softening of her heart towards her husband Father God. I pray Lord for her to see him in a new light. I pray that the anger would be completely subsided Lord God. I ask You to give her a heart of forgiveness Father God. I ask You to give her a heart of discernment Father God. I pray for Emmanuel Father God, not to give up on her Lord God. I pray that Emmanuel Father God will have strength to receive the hurt and the pain, that she shares the truth and I pray that Father God she would share every single thing that is in her heart so that she can let out what is troubling her Lord. As Your word says Father God that when we confess it heals us Father God. So I pray that she confesses her pain. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hey DAB brothers and sisters this is Byron from out in Florida. I need your help with something. As a lot of you know, my wife suffers from anxiety and depression as well as chronic pain and fatigue from fibromyalgia and I’ve done my best to support her in that and support my family as we go through that but it is hard and yesterday a wrinkle developed which I won’t get into here that pushed me a little past my limit to soon and I reacted in a way that I regret. So, now I’m having to…needing to patch things up with my wife as well as deal with this new development. And, as always, I appreciate your prayers and encouragement. By the grace of God, I’ve been able to take care of my family, take care by wife and all of the other responsibilities that I have, and she’s never stopped being good, He’s never stopped being there. And, so, that’s why I come here, ask for you guys prayers. But it is hard, and I just need to get my eyes back on Him and stop looking at the circumstances, but He’s good and I’m maintaining. I love you all and I’ll talk you later. Bye.

04/15/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 11:1-12:24, Luke 17:11-37, Psalms 84:1-12, Proverbs 13:5-6

Today is the 15th day of the month of April. I’m Brian, it’s great to be here with you today. I was just thinking, are we in the middle of the month? And I guess we’re about dead center in the middle of the month of April already. So, three and a half months into this journey together and what an adventure, what a joy to be together with you every day around this global campfire that we call home and let God’s word speak to us. So, let’s get to that. We’re reading from the New Living Translation this week. We’re working our way through the book of Joshua, which of course is the story of what comes after Moses, right? Moses was responsible for leading people out of slavery and Egypt and through the wilderness for more than a generation, bringing them right to the precipice of the of the Jordan River. And then he stepped back and Joshua took leadership and is taking the people into the land of promise and we have been witnessing all of the intriguing conspiracy about that, how different kings would ally themselves and attack Israel and then Israel would defeat them and take the land. And, so, we are moving our way through of the conquest of the promised land. Today Joshua chapter 11 and 12.

Commentary:

Okay. Today we have the story in the gospel of Luke of Jesus moving through the border between Galilee and Samaria. So, Samaria, Samaritans, right, the remnant of the northern kingdom who were…they were not really accepted as Hebrews at all because they were very, very intermixed and we’ve kind of covered that territory before, but the tension between the two camps was and is apparent in the Scriptures. And, so, there’s these ten lepers, they’re not identifying as Hebrew or Samaritan or anything else, they’re just unclean and outcast because they’ve got a degenerative disease and Jesus tells them to go show themselves to the priest, right? And t’s the one, it’s the Samaritan one, it’s the one on the way, who realizes that he’s healed that comes back to talk to Jesus and Jesus asks, “where are the other nine?” And the implications are fairly apparent. It’s a well-known story and yet, I can’t read this well-known story, even though I’ve known this story as long as I can remember. This is a Sunday school story and I grew up in Sunday school. So, this is a flannel board story for sure. I still, even having known this all my life, I’m still struck by why the other nine people would continue forward. Like, they were gonna die from this disease, it was gonna eat them alive, literally waste them away, disfigure them until they were unrecognizable and kill them. So, if you see and you look down and your skin is clean, I mean, on the one hand, I guess you go to the priest and you get declared clean. I guess what maybe picks me a little bit, pricks me little bit about the story is how entitled we can be as believers. We will claim who we are in Christ and we will work on our identity and we will claim and wield our authority and we just expect like, you know, we’ll claim, “I am a child of the most-high God.” And it’s all true. And yes, we are supposed to have that identity. And yes, it’s true nut then we just come to expect God to kind of be the pushover father that just happens to be rich and just really wants…will write the check to keep us from bothering him and so we come to expect this stuff. And, so, easily we can just take and take and take and take and still be dissatisfied, right? Take and take and take the provision of the Lord and it still not be enough and it never is enough, and we’re always dissatisfied and we’re always grumbling to God about what else we need rather than being like the one and looking down and seeing, “hang on a second. I’m clean and I know what filthy feels like inside and out and I’m clean” and just go fall at Jesus feet. We’re clean, we’re not owed something, we’ve received something that is eternal. So, as you go into your day give that some thought. Invite the Holy Spirit into the places that you are overwhelmingly blessed and it’s still not enough and you are ungrateful in spite of it all. And on one level or another that’s probably all of us. Let’s lay that down as we continue through this season of repentance and sitting with what it cost to offer us our salvation as we move toward Easter. Let’s sit with this today.

And then also in the book of Luke today, Jesus kind of drops a bomb. It’s very common, we know it well, but when we sit down and think of the implications it’s pretty huge stuff. Everyone’s asking Jesus about when this kingdom, He keeps talking about when this is gonna happen, when is the kingdom gonna come because they’re looking for this. Like, they are looking for the kingdom of God and they are looking for a messianic leader to usher in the kingdom. And, for them, it’s the restoration of ancient Israel, for them, it’s the reclamation of the land so that they can self-govern and get rid of all the mixture and get the Romans out and try to wash away all the Greek influence in the Hellenistic era that…they want to start over with a Messiah that will lead them back to God and give them their kingdom back. And, so, they are certainly interested in what Jesus is saying because he’s talking about the kingdom of God. And, so, the obvious question is, “okay, you’re saying the right things, when is this going to happen?” And we do kind of wonder the same thing, “when is this gonna finally happen? When’s He gonna show back up? When’s he gonna establish His kingdom upon the earth? When will this happen?” And Jesus answers the question and it should rivet us, it should give us pause. “The kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. Just let that sink in. Won’t be able to say here it is or it’s over there for the kingdom of God is already among you this let that sink in. If this is the first time you can…it’s becoming apparent. It’s already happening. We are it. It’s already upon the earth. We are the sons and daughters of the most-high God. We have the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead living within us according to the Scriptures. It’s now. The state of the kingdom is in our hands. Is it on earth as it is in heaven? This is our prayer, but this is also our work. So, although we’re contemplating how we can be ungrateful and how we can be entitled toward God and how we should run back to God because we’re clean be like the one, we also must understand as we take that posture of humility before the Savior realizing we are clean and made new that it is onto something, it is for something, it is because we are here to perpetuate the good news and bring the kingdom, reveal it, make it apparent, make it seen. It’s here and we must reveal it and we do that through our lives. So, at some point we have to decide whether we’re gonna to continue this mixture of light and darkness within ourselves. And that’s going to be the story, is our own personal struggle against our own personal darkness is or if we’re gonna surrender to the light utterly so that all that comes from us, all that emits out of us is light and life and good news because we are like our Savior, we have become Christ like in this world. Big thoughts for today, big thoughts as we head into our workweek.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank You, we thank You for the rhythm of Your word and how it will just lull us and comfort us and tell us stories that we can see ourselves in and then it will also confront us head on and force us to actually examine what it is we’re doing here and what it is we believe and what it is Your word is telling us is. And, so, Father, we first humble ourselves and come to You as the one. We know what it’s like to be dirty, filthy, diseased, wasting away, dying inside and You washed us clean, You restored us. We are thankful, and our response is to be in this kingdom that no one can say it’s over there or here it is, because it’s already among us. Come Holy Spirit, may we reveal Your kingdom today in this world. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, its where you find out what is going on around here. So, be sure to stay tuned and stay connected.

We want to continue to pray for all of the women who were at the Moore Gathering, who have arrived or are arriving home. Continue to pray over them and all that God is doing in their lives and what that will represent in their communities.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link on the homepage. Thank you humbly and profoundly 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 is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

04/14/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 9:3-10:43, Luke 16:19-17:10, Psalms 83:1-18, Proverbs 13:4

Today is the 14th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and here we are reaching out and grabbing the door handle, whatever it is, and pushing our way through the threshold into a brand-new week and we are grateful and thankful to the Lord for bringing us this far into the year and allowing us into this new week. We’ll read from the New Living Translation this week. And, of course, we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday. We are in the book of Joshua and today we’ll read chapter 9 verse 3 through 10 verse 43.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for a brand-new shiny, sparkly week that we are walking into together, and we thank You for bringing us the first stretch into that week. We ask that Your Holy Spirit to be in and among and around us over the course of this next week. We choose to humble ourselves under Your mighty hand submitting ourselves to Your authority inviting You fully. Nothing is off limits to You in this week as we continue to move through this season of repentance that we observe, and call lent. And Lord these are our rituals that help focus our attention and our heart and repentance and lamentation and sitting with the fact that our sin brings only death to ourselves, to our communities and to this world but You have come to eradicate sin’s power over us and set us free. But this cost something, and we’ve read of this story over and over but as we’re in this season we sit with it. And, so, we sit with it now. It was costly to give us our freedom, we acknowledge that. There’s no way we could repay that. There’s no way we can even approach it. And, so, we fall to our knees in humble gratitude thanking You for coming to get us when we were so lost. And may we bring light and life and good news into this world this week. May we not perpetuate the darkness in any way. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, its where you find out what is going on around here.

Continuing to invite the community to raise the canopy of prayer over the More Gathering for women that will conclude today. And what an adventure it has been. What beauty has as befallen us as we’ve felt the presence of the Lord among us and within us, recalibrating, reinterpreting, just bringing us to a place where we can see what freedom tastes like and then move out from here and bring it back wherever we are going. So, thank you for your continued prayers over that and all of you women who are listening either together in the morning or maybe you’re listening and you’re on your way back and it’s over now, well done, well done. It has been such an honor to be in your presence and to be together like this. And, so, for the rest of us let’s just continue to pray. There’s a lot of travel happening today, a lot of flights going out today, a lot of driving miles happening. So, we just pray for God’s comfort, stamina, wisdom, instruction, safety over our vehicles, all the technology involved, everything that’s involved in migrating back to our homes all over the world. So, thank you for your prayers.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link, it’s on the homepage, it just lives there. Thank you for those of you who have clicked that link. 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 19 96 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 is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, my name is Luke. I’m calling for prayer that God would help me to understand his word better, that He would unlock it. A lot of times when I’m reading the word just a million thoughts would come into my head that wouldn’t come into my head unless I was reading the word and that’ll be strong because over the past few months I’ve had a lot of spiritual warfare that I went through, just a lot of headaches and stuff like that, people on my job that are not for me so to speak. But, you know, help me to love. I’m praying that you guys would pray for me to help me love my enemies because the more time I spend with God the more I realize that there’s a lot of enemies out there, that the people of God, and, you know, that’s about it. Thank you.

Hi family, this is Desperate. I’m calling because I feel guilty as a mom for even having my son. He was born…his dad didn’t want him, and I wanted him even though I knew my marriage was not gonna last. Since he was born he was rejected by his father and his family, his earthly family. And he’s struggled, we’ve struggled __ everything. He turned out to be a good son __ never in trouble but he’s just been struggling so much lately and I’m so desperate because he has no job, he hasn’t had one in a while. And he just is so confused. I’m so needing the Lord to answer and I’ve been praying without ceasing for him, not for the desires for the type of job he wants but that God would lead him. __ lost a relationship and now he’s losing his dog and now he’s thinking of even putting the dog for adoption only because he can’t afford to keep him. Please pray for him, pray for me because I just feel guilty as his mom who brought him in this world without being able to provide for him.

Good morning my Daily Audio Bible, family this is Sharon in Southern California. Let me just say that I still haven’t heard from my daughter or the kids and I appreciate your prayers. Thank you. And I know the Lord will work out that situation. I’m calling today because I just found out this morning that my husband has been drinking in secret without me knowing and I don’t know for how long. I have an issue with that, that is my deal breaker. We’ve been married for 14 years, it will be 15 in August. And I’m an incest survivor. I’ve been molested from when I was a baby until I was 12 and each time they were drunk, most of the time they were drunk. So, my issue, my trigger is drinking. I suspected he has been drinking. He kept denying it until I found the evidence this morning. I’m asking for your prayers. I love my husband. I don’t want to leave but I can’t live…I can’t live like this. Please pray. Thank you.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible. Hey this is Scott in Alaska calling you from Alaska, of course, overlooking the southeastern mountains and I can see over the __ here __ west of Anchorage. I’ve got a prayer request. I have a job interview later today that’s to teach at the local college and the request __. I’ve taught at this college before as an adjunct for a few years off and on and they’ve asked me several times to interview and I’ve decided to interview and my request is, of course, that the interview go well but more that I have a sense of humility and a sense of, you know, that this is a gift that these people want me to come interview and it’s quite a blessing. And thankfully I’ve had a really arrogant attitude about this and that is not a very godly attitude. That is no way to bring God into the interview room when I’m sitting there thinking I’m all that and a bag of chips because they’ve asked for me to come interview. Anyway, so I would just ask that you guys pray that I have a sense of humility and a sense of right-sized-ness and a sense about thankfulness that I’ve been asked to come and do this, and we’ll see where it goes from here. I mean, as proof of the fact that I need prayer for humility, I haven’t even thought about asking for prayer until the day of the interview. So, that tells you right there the size of my ego and arrogance, it’s unbelievable. Thankfully God’s love is even more unbelievable. Appreciate all your prayers and thanks again for doing this. And I will talk with you guys later…oh my goodness this is such a beautiful morning. I hope it’s as beautiful where you’re at. Bye.

04/13/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 7:16-9:2, Luke 16:1-18, Psalms 82:1-8, Proverbs 13:2-3

Today is the 13th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you as we and another of the ever flowing weeks and coming to you from the More Gathering here at the top of Sharp Top mountain. At this point in the journey, even though it’s been a day really, a day and half, it feels like a week and a half and we’re kind of reaching the halfway point and moving through into the second half of our time together, which will end tomorrow. And yet it’s never anything short of profound. It’s beautiful to watch what God does in such a short amount of time by just offering Him some space, just giving Him some space in our lives. So, thank you for your continued prayers over all that’s happening here. And let’s finish this week well by taking the next step forward in the Scriptures. We’ve been reading from the New International Version this week and today we will continue the journey forward. If we remember yesterday, Jericho the first conquest, the city of conquest was taken but then the second battle for a small village named Ai was met with defeat. And, so, everyone’s trying to sort out what’s going on. Joshua chapter 7 verse 16 through 9:2 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for another week. As we conclude today, we conclude another of our weeks together in the Scriptures. We thank You for bringing us this far. We thank You for all that You’ve done in our lives thus far in this year alone and we look with great anticipation for all that You have yet to do as Your word washes into our lives each and every day. So, as we release this week and allow it to become a part of our history and look forward to the coming week we invite Your Holy Spirit’s here on to this mountaintop where the More Gathering is taking place. Holy Spirit we thank You for all that You are doing and what You will continue to do in this time. And as we move into the new week and all of us prepare to make our ways back to our homes we ask for Your mercy over the travel, over the stamina, over health, and over all that You are planting in our lives. But we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. That’s not until tomorrow. So, we want to be here, now and invite You fully. Come Holy Spirit into this day, no matter where we may be on this planet we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

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I’ve been mentioning that the More Gathering is happening around here. So, thank you for your continued prayers over this time. There is an awful lot of moving parts that go into an event like this. So, 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 anyone who will listen to it anywhere on this planet any time of day or night. And we achieve that every day. Someone’s always listening to the Daily Audio Bible, you can pretty much never listen…I don’t think you can ever listen to the Daily Audio Bible alone no what time of day or night it is. That’s our mission. And our mission is to build community around that rhythm so that it becomes a part of our lives as we move forward, and year-by-year are transformed completely. And I can look back over the years that I’ve been involved here and say I am nowhere near the same person I was and you may have been here a year, two years, five years, eight years, whatever and you can say the same thing and this may be your first year. This is your first, April 13th being here but you can look back toward the beginning of the year and see. Somehow the Bible, it speaks to the deepest places inside of us. That’s our mission to continue to offer it and build community around it. And if that brings life to you then thank you for your partnership. There’s a link on the homepage at 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 is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

This call is for Victoria Grace out of Houston first-time caller and pretty new listener. This is Candace from Oregon. Thank you so much for calling. I was just really hurt along with you that you did not get to meet your biological father and that you had made a plan to meet him this summer with your brother but then a couple days later he passed away. That’s just really painful and I’m so sorry…I’m so sorry. May God heal your heart and bring you unexpected comfort. You are innocent, and the enemy really, really tries to use these kinds of things to bring guilt and shame, but you are…you are completely innocent so keep your eyes on the Lord Jesus. Thank goodness it’s the time of year when we celebrate His life and death and resurrection on our behalf. He’s got you covered my beautiful sister and just know that we’re praying for you and please call in again sometime. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and give you peace.

Hi, everyone my name is Maria. I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible now since January when a friend introduced me to it and I just want to say that this has been such an incredible part of my day to start out each morning. It’s so encouraging and also humbling just listening to everybody’s stories and prayer requests and just getting to hear the word each morning. So, thank you Brian and Jill and everybody else on the team who makes this possible. I just wanted to say that, and I was just encouraged to call in because I feel like I often don’t ask for things when I need it and I could just use some prayer right now for __ His guidance and an opportunity to work closer to home to be closer to my husband and my daughter who is now eight months old. I really just would love to be able to see them more and not have to commute so far. It would be amazing to one day become a stay at home mom and God willing if that happens it would be such a blessing but I could just use a prayer for that right now if you guys think of it and I appreciate your time. Thank you everybody. I want you all to know that when you call in those prayers are all being answered in God’s timing and I’m praying for all of you. Thank you. Have a blessed day. Bye.

Hello, my name is Lee Crawford I’m calling from outside Detroit. I’m calling regards to Cassidy the infant that’s in Madison right now with a diagnosis with retinoblastoma. I’m praying for her. My mother had retinoblastoma and she did lose an eye, but God has given her a beautiful life and I’m sure that everything will be fine with Cassidy with the prayers that are coming in for her. And I just wanted you to know that I’m praying for her, so is my mother, and my sister. And have a blessed day.

Hi DAB family my name is Miranda. My father’s name is Joel. He’s been suffering with a very serious illness for over a decade. He’s now suffering from kidney failure and he needs a miracle very, very soon. If you can please pray for him and his family I would really appreciate it and __. Thank you.

04/12/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 5:1-7:15, Luke 15:1-32, Psalms 81:1-16, Proverbs 13:1

Today is the 12th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we just come in. Wherever we are, whatever’s going on, no matter what the challenges may be or the victories, we just come together as one family allowing God’s word to speak over us as we move through our next today. And, so, the next bit of territory that we’re heading into is further into the book of Joshua. We have crossed the Jordan River, this mythic moment that we’ve been working our way towards so long. And, so, now we’re on the other side of the Jordan River and we’re in the promised land, but it isn’t settled, it isn’t taken, we’ve just arrived and that’s where we’ll pick up with the story. Joshua chapter 5 verse 1 through 7:15 today and we’ll reading from the New International Version this week.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we are in the promised land and we have witnessed the first conquest of the city of Jericho and its just been mere weeks since we were standing at the ruins of Jericho. The large walled city that it may have once been is only fragmentary ruins there, but still some ruins, some of the oldest ruins of any kind of city dwelling in the world are found in the ruins of Jericho. So, Jericho was conquered and then they go to small city nearby called Ai. Ans some of the ruins of that city still exist. It’s being excavated, at least it was the last time I was there. We filmed there once. It was just kind of getting going. And they found defeat, which threw them into panic because what they were worried about is that the rest of the people would find out, certainly the reputation of the destruction of Jericho. But then to turn around and find out that they could be defeated by Ai, a small kind of village, little town, would cause everyone to band together and come against them and wipe them out. And this is…and when God spoke, “you didn’t obey what I told you to do.” And, so, there’s been things taken that were supposed to be destroyed. And it’s interesting because, probably most of us have a sense of where this story is going with this man Aiken who has taken property and hidden it. But let’s look at what’s going on here because they didn’t just decide to go find Aiken, drag him out and do away with him. What was commanded was that the people consecrate themselves and prepare to come before the Lord the next day and the person found with the items that were devoted to destruction then that person would be destroyed. So, what if Aiken had just gotten rid of what he had taken, what he had done to break covenant on behalf of his people before God. We don’t know because he didn’t do that, and we’ll continue with that story tomorrow.

But let’s go over to Psalms for a second because…because the Psalm today brings up some important questions to consider like, does God have feelings? Right? Does the way that we live our lives affect God? Is He ever exasperated? Does He ever feel sadness? These are fascinating things to think about but when we go back to the story of Aiken we could say He must have some feelings about what He’s saying because he’s exasperated that at the very first battle some have broken faith with Him. So, how would it change the choices you’re going to make today if you thought or knew that they were going to affect God. I know that might be like a mind bend. You might think, “well God is above it all and there’s nothing that I can do that could affect him in any way”. But that’s not how the Psalm reads. So, what we read from Psalms today is, “no my people wouldn’t listen, Israel didn’t want me around. So, I let them follow their own stubborn desires living according to their own ideas. Oh, that my people would listen to me.” So, this is the voice of God speaking from Psalms, and He doesn’t sound aloof or separate or disinterested because He’s not. He’s not indifferent to us and He’s never been without emotion towards people and we’ve come far enough in the Bible to see that that’s clear and as we continue this journey through the Bible we will…there’s no way we will get to the end of the Bible and not understand that God is deeply invested, hugely emotionally invested into us. God wants to know us. God wants to be known by us. We would otherwise call that a relationship. And any of us who are in a relationship or who have ever been in a relationship pretty much of any kind, doesn’t have to be a romantic or sexual relationship, a relationship that’s real, indifference doesn’t work in relationships, but isn’t it interesting how often we blame God for indifference to us all. All the while being indifferent to His heart because he’s not doing what we want Him to do. So, our reading from Psalms gives us a glimpse into what it feels like for God when we do this. So, let’s take these stories that we found in the Scripture today and consider that our actions will matter in our lives and in our relationship with God today. Not because God might punish us if we’re bad boys and girls but because he’s trusted us with His heart. That’s what happens when you fall in love with somebody, that’s what happens when you are in a relationship. So, if we’ll consider this as we move through the day with God we may begin to sense just how powerful His resolve to care for us and be with us is.

Prayer:

Father, as we do most every day, we invite you into what we’ve read, because we can use our minds to interpret and consider the words but it’s your Holy Spirit who will plant it in our lives and make it mean something that changes the way we’re going to live today. And once again understanding that you have invited us into a relationship should strike us utterly speechless. What, else can be said when the eternal God has invited a human being into a personal relationship other than under speechless awe. But most of the time we just take it for granted because it’s just always been how it’s been. And, so, we had the audacity to say, “well, if we’re gonna be in a relationship then you better show up for me in whatever said set of circumstances I might weave myself into”. And all of these circumstances that we create for ourselves and all the chaos that we make and all of the drama that we’re manufacturing by the bucket load every day, that never had to exist, we never had to birth it into the world, it never needed to be on this planet, we could’ve walked with you. We could’ve just gone through our days with you. It’s our unrest, it’s our dissatisfaction. And, so, we try to get our identity from each other and we cause and manufacture these dramas that are nothing more than distractions. And then when we are distracted and run ourselves into a brick wall, we throw our hands up in the sky and say, “where were you when I needed you?” Forgive us, God. We are so ridiculous sometimes. We are like sheep who have gone astray. And yet even in the gospel of Luke we see Jesus telling the story of leaving the 99 to find 1. And you have come after us so many times we can’t even count. Forgive us. We are sorry for the emotional toll that our lives have had on you. And those of us who have estranged children or prodigal’s who are going through that kind of season we understand what this feels like and obviously so do you because you told the story in the gospel of Luke. But usually we focus our attention on what it is we are going through not understanding that we have put you through this so many times and you have never given up on us and you will never give up on anyone who is estranged from you including our prodigal’s. So, help us God to get our eyes back on our own lives and own our relationship with you and walk in our relationship with you and stop perpetuating darkness that does not need to be on this planet. We are here to bring light. We will never do this when we are estranged from you in any way. Come Holy Spirit, fill us from bottom to top with your presence today we ask in the mighty and all-powerful name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Song:

Everything and Nothing - Matt Maher

Come let us return to where we were

Back to knowing life and saving words

Back to where we heard redemption speak

Where You brought us to our knees

Come let us return to Eden’s heart

Long before the fall, back to the start

Back before we covered up our sin

And took a second skin

Once upon a time

I’m lost and found

I’m saved and drowned

I’m everything and nothing all at once

I’m so far gone

But I’m already home

With everything and nothing but Your love

Come let us discover something new

Cause we’re all pilgrims on a journey to the truth

We’re all wanderers relying on a man

To help us understand

Cause everybody wants to see the proof

We’re always tripping on our pride to get to You

So blessed are the ones who haven’t seen

But still believe

Once upon a time

I’m lost and found

I’m saved and drowned

I’m everything and nothing all at once

I’m so far gone

But I’m already home

With everything and nothing but Your love

My heart is tin but love is real

I’m unconvinced by what I feel

No yellow bricks to pave this road

Oh, straight and narrow lead me home

Lead me home

I’m lost and found

I’m saved and drowned

I’m everything and nothing all at once

Oh, I’m so far gone

But I’m already home

With everything and nothing but Your love

Everything and nothing

Everything and nothing

Everything and nothing but Your love

Nothing but Your love

Nothing but Your love

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Today begins the More Gathering for women. And, so, we have been here on Sharp Top mountain preparing for that since last evening and all of the buses and flights and cars will be arriving today for the beginning of the More Gathering. And, so, yet again, I just call out to the community here. Pray, ask God to put a bubble over the top of this mountain, where his Holy Spirit is just hovering. That is our prayer and we thank you for standing together with us as we move into the a More Gathering for women. It has been planned out for so long, it’s finally here. So, thank you for your prayers.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello Daily Audio Bible family, this is Emmanuelle. First-time caller. I am a listener. I am actually asking for all prayers __. Seeking a lot of love from God to speak into my heart. At this point it’s been a few months and a prayer request is to restore and help and heal my marriage with Karina. It’s been a really tough ride. We’ve been married 10 years, three beautiful children. It’s just come down to a very tough moment and she’s asking for divorce. I know I haven’t been the perfect husband, the perfect man, but I am trying to make some changes in my life to better myself. It’s not enough at the moment. I have given time and space for her as she’s requesting but I’m doing really things of love that God’s just asking me to not give up on my marriage. I just really need…really hi prayer. Brian, thank you for so much for sharing the word every day with us and family a if there’s anything I could ask it’s to please pray for us in this tough season. God bless you all.

Hi DAB family this is Tony the Painter. I just heard Victoria Grace’s prayer request and it kind of…it kind of hit me hard because I’ve got a son and a daughter who were adopted, basically I get told by a judge that I lacked the empathy to raise two small children, which I’m sure is legalese for you’re a man and we don’t trust you. But I’ve never once stopped loving my daughter and my son, but you just really reminded me to get on my knees and to pray for my daughter. And, so, Victoria grace every single time this week that I pray for my daughter I’m also going to say a prayer for you as well and for your brother. Just…yeah…it’s really hard because that’s one of my fears…is that I won’t to be there when my children come to find me. So, yeah, I’m praying for you. God bless you guys. God bless all of you. Thank you. Love you.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible and this is Heartbroken in Tennessee. I just was listening to the community prayer for the weekend of April 6th and I wanted…I didn’t get all the way through the complete prayer requests but I did hear one that touched me because I just went through the same issue and I think it was from Victoria out of Houston and she talked about not seeing her father or having met her father, her birth father of over 23 years and as she proceeded to try to find him and locate him he had passed prior to her seeing him and I just want to comfort you right now with that because I do not that feels. I went through something very similar. My dad, I’ve known him…at 15 was my last time seeing him and unfortunately, I did search for my father through the years and unfortunately through stubbornness and anger and resentment I didn’t do it fast enough. So, when I did finally do it I learned that he had passed away and I was so heartbroken because I wanted that opportunity to see my father. I did find his burial site. I did go and visit him and make peace with that and I believe that God had it that way because I think he didn’t want me to see my father in the condition that he passed away in. He had Alzheimer’s. He was 80 years old and perhaps that would’ve broken my heart even more, that he wouldn’t have even known who I was. So, sometimes God has things happen for a reason and I do that believe in that and Victoria I just want to send you my love and my comfort and just know that I know how you feel and know that God had a purpose for how things happened and why and hopefully you’ll have some conclusion with that with some peace and know that God did everything for a reason and at the…

Hi this is Toni from Germany and I’m calling for a couple reasons. One, Denise, I heard your beautiful, beautiful prayer request to help you proceed with what you feel the Lord has asked of you in regards to your relationship. And it’s a very, very touching and beautiful even testimony and prayer request and I’m sure they’ll be a lot of people calling in and I’m praying. I also want to shout out to see if Victoria…Elina from Victoria is still on and I’m remembering you in prayer. And I would like also to ask for prayers for the people that are providing for my parents in their nursing home and also for my parents. Hi mom and dad. Then, the other thing is…the main reason I called is I had a thought. Think about how many times we are meeting people wherever we are whether it be when we’re traveling or we’re calling someone for customer service…assistance…when we’re going to a store. And what does everyone always ask? “How are you doing?” How do we know if those people are not actually DABbers? And I have a suggestion. How about replying with…this year anyways…”I am Maintaining.” This is an indication that we are a DABber. And, so, it’s just a thought, you know. So, when people start asking me, “how are you doing” and if I’ve never met them before I’m gonna say, “I am maintaining” and I’m hoping that others will pick up on that for this year and that we will connect with our DABbers. God bless everyone. Love you.

04/11/2019 DAB Transcript

Joshua 3:1-4:24, Luke 14:7-35, Palms 80:1-19, Proverbs 12:27-28

Today is the 11th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s great to be here with you as we move our way to the back half of the week and enter into the 101st day of our year together. Yesterday we finished the Torah or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible and we began the book of Joshua and we’re just getting going, but this is a new era in the story. Today, today we will be crossing the Jordan River into the promised land. So, we’re reading from the New International Version this week. Joshua chapter 3 and 4.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we crossed over the Jordan River into the promised land today and you can just see the scene. A hoard of people crossing the Jordan River and setting up camp on the other side while everyone in the land is terrified, the closest city being Jericho. And, so, they would be on high alert. And what do we see happen here? Because what we see happen here is something we’ve been seeing happen and we will continue to see happen. So, the children of Israel, all of the tribes, they get to the other side of the Jordan River and what are they instructed to do? They’re instructed to bring 12 stones out of the Jordan River and stack them up representing the 12 tribes of Israel and that monument being stocked up, that pile of rocks as it were, is meant to be a memorial so that when future generations passed by, they can ask, “why are these pile of rocks here” and the story can be told. Oh, the pile of rocks is here because this is where we crossed the Jordan River. God dried it up and we crossed into this land, our homeland. The idea of creating a monument so that you do not forget what happened there continues until today, I imagine in all of our societies. I am most familiar with the culture that I live in here in the United States, but I’ve been all over the world, I’ve been in all kinds of different cultures and I’ve seen this very thing in all of them. So, like, there’s a battlefield not too far from where I live, there’s a monument because the battle happened there. It’s been erected and placed there because it’s a part of our American history, and it’s left so that we, the future generations, and those in the future who come by this place and see this monument and wonder what happened there will be able to find out what happened there. I’ve seen this in all kinds of cultures. I’ve been at genocide memorials all throughout the country of Rwanda in back villages far, far away from main roads even or places where things happen that shouldn’t be forgotten are kept as a memorial to remember. This is one of the reasons that we so deeply encourage journaling in some way as you take the adventure through the Bible and make it the rhythm of your life. If something is happening in your life that you need to not forget, or the Bible is speaking, God is speaking to you in some way, you should write it down so that you don’t forget because then you can review and see the monuments in your own life to God’s faithfulness. When you were standing at that battlefield and didn’t know what was going to happen and then it worked out or you had to depend on God for dear life and you didn’t know how you’re going to make it, but you did. Those are memorials. Those are piling up the rocks so that you do not forget who you are and where you’ve come from and who God is, which has been ultimately the message of the wilderness, which is ultimately the message of any wilderness we face. So, we’ve tried to bake this idea into the culture of the Daily Audio Bible community as much as we can. I mean, you can’t just pound things over and over and over and over until they’re not heard anymore, but this idea of remembering where you’ve come from and writing it down as you’re going to the Bible is part of our culture. You can take notes every day just using the Daily Audio Bible app, just little things that you might want to jot down that you don’t want to forget, just like a scratchpad, but we have also designed carefully and intentionally the Daily Audio Bible Journal and it doesn’t have a bunch…it’s not to instruct you…like, here’s how to make your life more efficient. It’s just there for you to write down whatever it is that becomes apparent to you as some sort of revelation or some sort of memorial to kind of Journal your way through your life and see what God has done and know that in future generations your story can still be told. And it may be your story of God’s faithfulness that actually sets right your great, great, great grandchildren. Who knows? So, yeah, the Daily Audio Bible Journal as well as all of the black wing line of pencils, that’s what I use. I found those as my mom was in her final months of her life and I thought they were so fun…I…just so interesting to think…ha…I haven’t written with a pencil since I was in elementary school. What would writing with the best pencil that can be made, what would that be like? And I just found a love for it. And, so, now I like to Journal in my own hand. I used to do it digitally, but I found that I journaled far less digitally. To just sit down and in my own hand, write my own story…yeah…there’s something to it. And we see this established, this rhythm, this idea, this concept in the Scriptures. And we see it very clearly as we crossed the Jordan River today. So, all these resources are available in the Daily Audio Bible shop, but it doesn’t take the Daily Audio Bible shop to write down your life. You can use the Daily Audio Bible app Journal free, no problem. All you need’s a piece of paper and something to write with, right, and a way to collect it. But it’s good to find a way to journal your way through the Bible. If God’s gonna speak to you, you should take notes. So, check that out.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for bringing us this far for giving us tools, practical tools like this, to chronicle the journey that we are on together with You. And as we just simply look back over the first 100 days of this year we can think of some things that You’ve spoken to us and then we can think of other things that were important, but we can’t quite remember because it’s getting just out of sight. And if we haven’t written down then it’s just becoming a part of the tapestry of our lives, rather than something that we can actually intentionally go back to and relearn and recommit ourselves to. So, we’re taking Your encouragement that we find in the Scriptures today to be more intentional about remembering what it is You’re speaking to us and what it is Your…how it is that You are leading us. Help us to understand what placing memorial stones in our lives would practically look like. Help us to know how it is that we can create remembrances that we need so that as we pass by that territory again we remember what You’ve done, and so as future generations may pass by the story can be told. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, its where you find out what is going on around here.

Today begins the More Gathering for women. And, so, we have been here on Sharp Top mountain preparing for that since last evening and all of the buses and flights and cars will be arriving today for the beginning of the More Gathering. And, so, yet again, I just call out to the community here. Pray, ask God to put a bubble over the top of this mountain, where his Holy Spirit is just hovering. That is our prayer and we thank you for standing together with us as we move into the a More Gathering for women. It has been planned out for so long, it’s finally here. So, thank you for your prayers.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link on the homepage at 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 is it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

04/10/2019 DAB Transcript

Deuteronomy 34:1 – Joshua 2:24, Luke 13:22-14:6, Psalms 79:1-13, Proverbs 12:26

Today is the 10th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you on hump day as we move through the center of the week. And today we’ll be concluding the book of Deuteronomy, which also means we will have concluded what is known as the Torah or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. And what ground we have covered but we will be closing that particular delineation in the Bible and moving into the next era when we begin the book of Joshua and we’ll talk about the book of Joshua we get there in a few minutes. But first these are the final words of the book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy, chapter 34 and we are reading from the New International Version this week because.

Introduction to the book of Joshua:

Okay. So, that concludes book of Deuteronomy, which brings us to the book of Joshua, which in a lot of ways is an exhilarating book because, I mean, it’s almost from the very beginning of the Bible we’ve been hearing about this mythic promised land and we were in that land with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their stories unfolding but it didn’t belong to the generations. The patriarchs hadn’t proliferated enough to have large enough families for tribes and leadership and so forth. Remember the story that took them to Egypt where they did become a mighty and massive people over the course of for centuries, four and half centuries almost. And then we’ve been in the wilderness ever since. And, so, being able to actually cross the Jordan River into the promised land with these people, this is what we’ve been heading toward almost since the beginning. And now Moses has died having been able to see into the promised land but not going into it and Joshua has stepped up as a leader in Israel. And Joshua translated into English means Savior. If we go back to the original Hebrew, Joshua is Yeshua, Joshua. So, not that Joshua was Jesus. I’m just pointing out the appearance of the thread, the redemptive thread that kind of winds its way through the Scriptures. And as we step into Joshua we’ll see that that God has prepared the land for his people. And it has been promised for generations as we know from the Scriptures, but they’re not gonna just march in and take it. They’re gonna have to contend for it. They’re on a great mission with God and to accomplish the mission they’re gonna have to partner with God and that partnership’s gonna be against all odds, humanly speaking, but with God they will take the land. And we’ll notice that God asks them to do some pretty unconventional things along the way. He has no problem confounding conventional wisdom with almost bizarre instructions that sometimes wouldn’t make logical sense to the human mind, but this is still true today. This is still what it’s like to walk with and collaborate with God. And this is why we have the gift of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And this is why we have to walk with God, to be a people intertwined in a relationship with God. Otherwise we’re just kind of like bulldozing our way through life hoping we don’t destroy something along the way and hoping that we’re building a path to somewhere when we actually have our Creator, our Father who is here Fathering us and rather than bulldozing a path to who knows where, we’re was supposed to be building His very kingdom. So, in a very real way, all these years that the children of Israel have been in the wilderness, all this time that we’ve been wandering with them and learning that they are utterly, completely dependent on God. They’ve been learning to obey, and they’ve also learned what disobedience and rebellion looks like. Now they have to go across into the promised land with the full faith in God’s going to show up because it’s against all odds and full faith in the promise that he gave their ancestors that there was a promised land. And, so, we’re gonna witness one of the most glorious moments in the Bible, one of the richest times for the children of Israel, perhaps one of the greatest, most monumental moments in ancient Israel’s existence, to cross the Jordan River. And we’ll see all of that. But that’s not the end of the story and soon enough we’ll see that they do begin to fall away, and they do begin to move back toward rebellion. But for now, we’re at the precipice and we’re about to cross over the Jordan River and that’s what brings us to Joshua chapter 1.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and on this the 100th day of the year we acknowledge You and all that You have begun and are continuing to do in our lives because we are embracing this rhythm of allowing Your word access to our hearts every day. We thank You for bringing us all the way through the Torah, the law, bringing us into this next era. And as we cross the Jordan River with the children of Israel we cross into a new season and a new part of the story, but the story still very clearly mimics our own lives. And, so, we open our hearts to all of Your leadership and direction, for Your comfort and rebuke, for You to Father us and lead us onto the narrow path of Jesus was just speaking of as we read from the gospel of Luke. This narrow path, this is what we seek, this is what leads to life, this is what leads us on the road we were intended to walk. And we confess, sometimes it’s not clear whether what road we’re on. And yet, as long as we are are with You we are on the right road. So, as we continue this season of Lent, this time of repentance, these 40 days, to sit with the fact that our eternity came at a high cost, at a dear price and that You were willing to pay that price to rescue us. And, so, our only response can be surrender and asking that You would reorder our lives appropriately, that nothing is off limits to You and we are hiding nothing from You or from ourselves. We are asking Your Holy Spirit to invade our space and disrupt us as needed and to lead us into all truth and to comfort us as we walk the narrow path. Come Holy Spirit we pray. Thank You for bringing us these 100 days into this year. We pray these things in the name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen.

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If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that dailyaudiobible.com as well. There is a link. It’s on the homepage. And thank you, thank you, thank you for those of you who have clicked that link and kept the logs being thrown onto this global campfire. As I’ve said, it feels like thousands of times over the years, what we’ve done here is something that we’ve done together, something that just kind of rose from the dust of the Internet to become this vibrant community centered on the rhythm of the Scriptures. And, so, we are in a very real way in this together. Thank you for your partnership. So, there’s a link on the homepage at 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 is it for today. Congratulations for making it 100 days by the way. You can do this. We can do this. We will do this. And in order to do that, I love you and I am Brian and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.