02/16/2019 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 1:1-3:17, Mark 1:29-2:12, Psalms 35:17-28, Proverbs 9:13-18

Today is the 16th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you at the close of another week. And yeah, as we begin next week, tomorrow we’re going to be beginning our pilgrimage to the land of the Bible and we’ll talk about that a little bit more at the end, but here we are the beginning. And yesterday we finished the book of Exodus, which brings us to a new book in the Old Testament that were beginning today.

Introduction to the book of Leviticus:

Leviticus is the third book of the Pentateuch or Torah and it’s written to the children of Israel and we’re in the middle of the desert at this point, right? So, we followed the children of Israel out of Egypt and slavery and into the wilderness and we’ve been kind of camped out at Mount Sinai, out in the middle of the desert for a bit and that’s where…that’s where we are at this point in the story. God is establishing the terms of the covenant between himself and the people that He set apart and chosen to be holy. And it’s been about a year since they’ve been out of Egypt and now the law is being given. And as we pay close attention we’ll sort of see a sub theme emerge out of the laws and statutes. Everything that they are commanded to do and obey and observe all has a spiritual underpinning. Everything that they do is to remind them of their spiritual reality and their holiness before God and their covenantal relationship with God. And holiness is a huge, huge thing to God. In fact, God tells them, “I am holy therefore, you will be holy”. And, of course, holy means set apart to God. So, God is saying, “if we’re gonna be in a relationship, right, if we’re gonna be communing together and enjoying each other’s company and fellowship with each other than this is gonna only happen through holiness.” So, you know, Leviticus, we get to this point in the year and this is when a lot of the New Year’s resolutions start wearing off. And we’re just a couple days post Valentine’s Day and that is usually the point where the community for the year is established, those who are gonna make it have decided to do it and it usually kind of corresponds to how well you’re doing with your other New Year’s resolutions, right? Some people are like, “I’m not reading Leviticus and I’m not eating any more boiled chicken and salad.” And that’s fine. I mean, we get to choose…we get to choose our lives, but what I’ve found over the years is that a lot of those people, a lot of that, if that’s you, if you’re like, “okay I just can't…like I just gotta get off this train”, pretty good chance that one year from today you may be right where you are right now. So, I’m telling all of us, we can do this, we can take this journey, we just have to understand the territory that we are moving through as we move through the Bible. Yeah, not all of it is like sit at the edge of your seat riveting page turner stuff. Some of it’s like we’re reading laws and laws aren’t the kind of literature that’s meant to be narrative or edge of your seat, but all of our societies would fall apart without our law books. And, so, we’re going to move through the law and understand its context so that when we come out the other side of the law and begin to move toward the Promise Land ee understand the lay of the land. And, so as we move through Leviticus and we talk about sacrifices and stuff like that we’ll find a lot of blood in this book because there’s a lot of sacrifice in it. And if we approach the Old Testament, a work that was inspired thousands of years ago from the perspective of the culture that we live in right now, right, back reading our culture into an ancient culture, then yeah, it’ll seem somewhat barbaric and certainly antiquated and perhaps even irrelevant, but it certainly wasn’t then. And what it all represents is certainly not all relevant now. It’s as relevant now as ever. And we may wonder why they would just start sacrificing animals and why would God want animal sacrifice. And to find that out how we’ve gotta go back to the beginning. It’s been six weeks. We read the account of the garden of Eden. We read of Adam and needs fall. And from that moment all of mankind was separated from God and worthy of destruction spiritually and physically. And remember that story when God came to the garden in the cool of the evening looking for Adam and Eve. They were hiding, and they eventually told God that they were afraid because they were naked. How God responds to that is telling. He covers them with the skins of animals. So, it was God who set this precedent of atonement and covering. It costs something to cover man and woman. It cost the life of an animal. And now we live in a culture after Jesus, where this idea of an atoning sacrifice isn’t something that we think about that much other than to just know that Jesus was a sacrifice once and for all. Okay, well, that sacrifice once and for all, we just…just read of that story in the Gospel of Matthew. It was barbaric, it was ugly, it was bloody, it was sad, and the more that we fall in the Jesus the more that we see Jesus at work in our lives, the more we realize that this didn’t happen to somebody we don’t know, this happened to our closest friend, but His sacrifice was once and for all. All that we needed, He took it all, blameless, willingly and we no longer need any other atonement. That’s the reality that we currently live in but the children of Israel back in the book as we start Leviticus, they don’t have that luxury. God is showing the children of Israel that to cover their sin comes at a great cost and requires the shedding of blood. It is a constant living cultural reminder for them that sin leads to death and we’ll see God sewing this into the fabric of the culture that He’s establishing, we’ll see the burnt offering, the grain offering, the peace offering, the sin offering, the trespass offering and how they’re to be given. And we’ll see the way things are to be consecrated and the consecration of priests and priest’s families and we’ll learn what’s considered clean and what’s considered unclean in the culture and we’ll discover the different festivals and feasts that have to be observed and the blessings and cursings, all against the backdrop of the utter holiness and sovereignty of God. And so, let’s embrace this journey as we move forward into and through the book of Leviticus. We’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week and today we’ll read Leviticus chapters 1 through 3.

Prayer:

We thank You Father for another week in Your word, we thank You for all that You’ve spoken and it’s like every week You speak volumes into our lives, every week You touch soft tender places inside of us, either to correct us or to comfort and heal us, every day Your word has something for us and we are so deeply grateful. And, so, as we and this week You’ve brought us into new books in both the old and new Testaments for us to camp out in and enjoy as we move through the remainder of this month. And Father as we prepare to go back and experience the places where so many of these stories occurred in Israel in the land of the Bible we certainly pray Your protection, Your health, Your stamina, Your wisdom over all of it. Come Holy Spirit we pray in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, it is where you find out what’s going on around here and there are a couple of things going on around here.

The registration for the More Gathering for women, which will take place in the mountains of North Georgia just about an hour outside of Atlanta. Registration is open for that. You get all of the details at moregathering.com or go to dailyaudiobible.com and scroll down to the Initiatives section. Of course, you can see the Initiatives section on the Daily Audio Bible app as well, just got click the drawer icon in the upper left-hand corner. So, we are anticipating and excited and prayerful and hopeful for all that God is going to do on that mountaintop. And any of the you who have ever been, then you know that the God shows up for each of us in the way that we need Him to and it’s pretty remarkable. So, if coming…come this spring you feel like you might be looking for new life as new life comes to the earth, if maybe it’s been a long stretch for you and you need some perspective, this could be exactly what has been put in your path for a reason. So, pray into that. Hope to see you…hope to see you there.

And I mention we’re going back to the land of the Bible, that is upon us. I will be flying out on the big plane tomorrow and I it’s a long way, it’s a long flight. It’s not my favorite thing to do but I guess it beats walking, especially since I’d have to walk across the ocean, but jet lag can be difficult and logistics can be challenging. I mean there’s a lot of moving parts when, you know, you have buses of people who are all from all over the world and it has always been such a beautiful dance to see it all come together, but it has never happened without the intercession and prayer of God’s people in this community. And, so, wouldn’t dare get on that plane and go back over there again without knowing that there was a canopy of prayer being raised over that. And, so, I ask for your prayers, prayers of safety and travel, prayers for on time delivery of all of our guests who will be arriving on all kinds of different flights, prayer over stamina and health, and jet lag and logistics and all of these things as we prepare to pilgrimage around the land of the Bible. Now, yeah, this is gonna happen for a bunch of people in person but it’s always a community experience, it’s something that we do together, whether virtually or in person. And, so, we’ll be posting pictures and videos several times a day on our social media channels. Just as things happen we’ll be posting them up. So, be sure to stay connected that way so that you can kinda look in, not only to get a glimpse of what’s happening in the Daily Audio Bible community, who’s actually going to be in Israel, but also looking into sites that you’ve heard of, like names that you’ve heard of in the Bible, places that we’ve been to in the Bible. Those places are real places and they can come alive and we do everything that we possibly can to make that happen. And we’ll also be doing a live broadcast. We always do this once we reach the sea of Galilee. And we all get together and kind of debrief each other and invite the community in to ask questions and spend about an hour just together as a community virtually even though were spanning across time zones and even international datelines. And, so, we’ll keep you posted on that but thank you for your prayers. And if you are interested in perhaps being one of the of those who actually get to experience the land of the Bible in person next year in 2020, registration is now open for that, You can go to dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section and find Israel 2020 and get all of the details that you would want to know, and get yourself registered. These trips always, at least for the last five or six years, they’ve always filled up and they’ve always been sold out, and we’ve always had a waiting list. So, I wouldn't…you know, if like, if it’s something that you’re like, “seriously, I do want to do that” then I wouldn't…I wouldn’t wait, but certainly there is time to pray into that. But you can you can now register for Israel 2020 at dailyaudiobible.com.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link that lives on the homepage. 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.

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 you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey Daily Audio Bible family, this is Darrell, this is my second time calling, Darrell Georgia and absolutely love this. I drive a truck at night and this is absolutely a perfect way to get my food, get my daily soaking in God’s word. And Brian I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you and appreciate your passion for God. I am so on board with that passion. There’s no one like our great God. There is nobody like our Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit is sustenance for our lives, which brings me to my point. I think your name was T, I think that’s what you said, T, you’re young man and you called in and you’ve been listening since Thanksgiving of last year and you’re struggling with sensing the presence of God or you said the peace of God, you’re battling that. My encouragement to you is dwell on what the word of God says. Believe what the Bible says and what the Bible says is that God’s promises, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So, the presence of God is there. He is there by your side, never doubt that. My encouragement to you, I believe, what I have experienced for myself is, if I’m feeling maybe empty or feeling like I’m not sensing His presence, I just talk to Him and I worship Him. I tell Him everything that He is to me, I tell Him how amazing He is, and I thank Him for all the little details in my life and that causes me to sense His presence. I hope that’s encouraging to you. My time is just about up. God bless you my brother.

This is a Lynn Song. I just started Daily Audio Bible this year. It’s very hard to call, I feel very vulnerable, but I need prayer for my husband. I wrote what I would say because I was afraid I would go blank. So, my husband has battled depression for years. He’s a musician and feels like a failure because his music has not taken him where he hoped it would. He is very gifted and talented, has made 20+ CDs. He writes things, composes, produces, plays multiple instruments but living in the Midwest makes it difficult. He struggles socially as well so it is challenging for him to market himself. Long story short, I prayed for him for years to for God’s will for him including that he would accept these circumstances if that is what God wants. I want us both to accept God’s will for our lives and I want him to be happy. I need help lifting my husband up in prayer and feel like I am Moses in need of assistance to hold my hands in the air until the battle is won. He came home tonight very depressed and discouraged. So, thank you. And I can’t stress enough, married 21 years and how long we’ve struggled with this. I don’t know if my time will run out, but I wanted to say I’ve been feeling __ hearing how many men are involved in DAB. So, calling for prayer and calling to pray for others. For some reason it’s given me hope for the body of Christ. So, I thank you for praying. I am praying for you all. Thank you so much.

Hi everybody it’s Margo from Australia and I’m now in Uganda. This is actually a bit of a test call to see what the lines like and whether it’s very clear and not working out which number to use. But I just wanted to let you know that I’m going quite well. Still have moments of being homesick but that’s __ and in between I have lots of joyful moments. I wanted to say thank you very much for everyone that’s praying for me. I did start writing down the names so I could thank everyone but I didn’t want to use up all my time just saying a list of names. So, if you’ve prayed for me, thank you so, so much. I did specifically though want to mention Treasured Possession. That word from the Lord, ahhh look, I cried. That was beautiful and encouraging and I’m so __. So, I’ve got a bit of a cold but other than that I’m doing well. I’m down…Uganda is an amazing place. There’s a couple of people who I did want to say that I’m praying for. Carl from Canada, you called, the quadriplegic __ it sounds like you’re having an awful time. I’m praying. Teresa in Texas with the alopecia, I really feel for you sister and I’m praying for you. And Karen from Pennsylvania, it sounds as though you’re having a very rough time and I’m praying for everyone and these couple of things are things that really made me…really touched my heart. I had a moment the other day where I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. I was standing in the supermarket and I just couldn’t work out where everything was and what to buy and everything was so different, and I didn’t understand the money. And I got so overwhelmed I cried out to Jesus in my heart. I had this beautiful image of Him standing beside me with His arm around my saying, “it’s okay Margo, we’ve got this” and I nearly cried right there. It was beautiful. And I wanted to share that because that is what your prayers are doing, allowing me to feel his peace. Okay. Love you all heaps. Bye.

Hey DAB family this is Byron out in Florida. I need you guys to pray for my son, Caleb who’s 12 years old. We’ve discovered that he’s picked up some fairly disturbing habits concerning his sexuality and we’re really concerned and worried about him. God is good because he felt bad enough about these things to confess them to us but still there’s a lot of work to be done for him to understand why these things are wrong and what he needs to do to walk the right path. We put a really tight rein on what our kids watch, what they read, and who they hang out with, but somewhere and there there’s a leak in the system for him to be doing some of the things that we’ve heard about. And he hasn’t really come forward with us about where he might’ve gotten some of these ideas from and that’s a concern. But I just need the warriors to come out and pray because the devil’s trying to take my boy. He knows the Lord, loves Him, and he’s just trying to separate him from his family and separate him from his God and separate him from himself and I can’t stand for that and I need my family pray. A lot of other stuff going on too but just if you could focus your prayers on that I’d really appreciate it. Love you all. Bye.

02/15/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 39:1-40:38, Mark 1:1-28, Psalms 35:1-16, Proverbs 9:11-12

Today is the 15th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian, it is wonderful to be here with you today. Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day yesterday. We concluded the book of Matthew. So, the first gospel, the first book of the New Testament yesterday. So, when we get to the New Testament today we’ll be beginning the book of Mark and we’ll talk about that. And today we will be concluding the second book of the Old Testament, the book of Exodus and we’ll move on from there tomorrow. So, we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week and we’ll conclude the book of Exodus with chapters 39 and 40 today.

Introduction to the book of Mark:

Okay. So, that concluded the book of Exodus and like we said a minute ago, we finished the book of Matthew yesterday, which brings us to the gospel of Mark. And, so, we should know right off the bat that Mark was not a disciple of Jesus, he wasn’t one of the 12 and he wasn’t an apostle. Actually he was more of a long-term disciple of Peter and we first see him show up in the book of Acts. We also know him as John Mark and he lived in Jerusalem and came from a fairly wealthy family. His mother’s name was Mary and she had a big house and she had a servant named Rhoda. I mean we learn all of this from the book of Acts. She was an early believer and opened her home to other early believers and our church tradition tells us that her home may have been the place of the upper room where the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early believers after Jesus ascension. Obviously, that’s not explicit in the Bible, it’s tradition but totally plausible. So, Mark was around all this all his life, like even as a boy and would’ve been part of the first generation of children that were raised up to know Jesus was. So, we’ll get to the story soon enough, once we finish the Gospels a little bit more towards the summertime, but the apostle Peter was captured by Herod and was gonna be executed by Herod because Herod had put some other Christians to death and this was pleasing the religious leaders and so on and so forth and so he planned to execute Peter but an angel came and sprung Peter from jail. And, so, it was to John Mark’s house, right, to Mary’s large home that that Peter went first. And all the believers there were praying for Peter earnestly, that God would deliver him, and God answered that prayer by sending an angel to lead Peter out of jail. And, so, Peter comes to John Mark’s house and Rhoda the servant girl comes to answer the door and she sees him, and she slams the door in his face, basically because she can’t believe it’s Peter. And, so, we’ll get to that story soon enough but that gives a little bit about who Mark is. And Mark had a cousin and his name is Barnabas and Barnabas was a dear friend of the apostle Paul. So, Mark actually goes with Barnabas and Paul on Paul’s first missionary journey. So, this there’s a pedigree here and church tradition tells us that he went all over the place as an interpreter even for the apostle Peter in Italy and even in Rome and everywhere that they go Peter shares the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, Mark has heard the story told by Peter over and over and over everywhere that they go as Peter is doing his evangelistic work and then Mark remembers all of this and recalls it and maybe even at some point was asked to write it down so people could remember all of Peter’s story and eventually does. And, so, in a lot of ways we can consider Mark to be somewhat the gospel according to Peter. And, I mean, nearly all biblical scholars agree that the gospel of Mark was the first gospel written and definitely the earliest gospel found in the New Testament. And it’s from the gospel of Mark that Matthew and Luke draw a lot of their material and that is why Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known as the synoptic Gospels because they share a lot of the same material. Although Mark’s gospel is the earliest most rudimentary of the Gospels. And even Greek scholars look at the gospel of Mark which was written in Greek and would say like, you know, it’s like an elementary school level language, it’s written really roughly, like its not written beautifully, as nice prose, it’s actually clunky, which actually kind of makes it beautiful because it’s like what were about to do is read the first written account of Jesus life and ministry. So, let’s settle into that and just let it speak to us, let it wash into our lives. Ans, so, we begin. Mark chapter 1 verses 1 through 28.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word and we heed the voice of wisdom today. “If you follow me”, She tells us, “we’ll live a long time.” And if we have good sense that’s good for us but if you don’t and we fall into arrogance then we’re just hurting ourselves. So, Holy Spirit, plant that in our lives. We learned yesterday from the book of Proverbs that we begin by honoring you Lord, this is the beginning of wisdom, but not the end. It’s just the beginning when we honor you. We’ve taken the first step toward being wise, toward living a wise life; however, if we will follow your Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lives and we continue to honor you and continue to listen to the voice of wisdom and obey then we’re going to be the ones to benefit. Help us to do that Lord because so often we listen to the counsel of the scoffer or the mocker and we’re anywhere but next to wisdom. But we want to string together a series of days and weeks and months where every day we are honoring you and every day we are listening to the voice of wisdom. And if we can string these days together, then it won’t be too long before we realize that we are living within wisdom, we are living wise lives, and we are becoming wise. We need this. As we just stand here and look back over the seasons of our live it is so starkly apparent which seasons we didn’t practice wisdom at all and which seasons did. Now we want the rest of our lives to be one long continuous season of wisdom where we continue to grow not only in wisdom but in awareness and vigilance so that we are wise, so that we have grown up, so that we become a mature son or daughter of the king. Help us Holy Spirit, come lead us in the way of wisdom 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, my wife, my Valentine, she came in yesterday and shared with us about the More Gathering for women coming up this April. Registration is open, and we are excited. I mean, a new season is coming, and we don’t have all of the answers, but we know that the Lord has told us that this season in Georgia on Sharp Top mountain, this is the last year we’re supposed to do this, at least for now, there. So, it’s kind of a real celebration because the More Gathering was birthed and has only ever been there. So, it’s gonna be quite an amazing time and we have a sense of deep anticipation as we pray into this spring. So, you can get all the details at moregathering.com or go to dailyaudiobible.com and just scroll down to the Initiatives section and you’ll find what you’re looking for. All the details are there. All the questions are answered and hope to see you, as here in the northern hemisphere, as the seasons change and new life begins to come back to the earth, as winter begins to dissipate, this is when this happens and it is lovely. So, hope to see you there.

The other thing that we are praying into and praying over is the pilgrimage that we’re about to take to the land of the Bible in just a couple of days. 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, it lives on the homepage. I am profoundly humbled and deeply grateful for every brother and sister who has ever clicked that link. We would not be here if we did not do what we’re doing together. So, thank you for your partnership. So, there’s a link on the homepage. 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 you here tomorrow.

02/14/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 37:1-38:31, Matthew 28:1-20, Psalms 34:11-22, Proverbs 9:9-10

Today is the 14th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and happy Valentine’s Day for all you lovers in the world. So, here we are, center of the second month of the year. We’re working our way through the book of Exodus. We’ll actually complete the book of Exodus tomorrow and we will conclude the first gospel in the New Testament, the book of Matthew today. So, we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week. Exodus chapter 37 and 38.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word. We thank you for bringing us to the conclusion of the first gospel and the story of your resurrection, the story of all stories. We thank you for rescuing our hearts. We thank you for redeeming our souls. We thank you for aligning us to your will and your ways and inviting us near so we can come into your presence with boldness as children. That is almost unfathomably good news. And, so, we thank you Father for your word that instructs us in these things and reveals to us the narrow path that leads to life and we invite your Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. And on this day that we commemorate love in the world, we love you, we love you with all of our hearts, we love you above all others. And through that love and that intimacy and that union we can love those around us because we are loving them with your love. Come Holy Spirit and help us to spread love throughout the earth today we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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

And, yeah, in just a couple of days from now we will be leaving for the land of the Bible but this is Valentine’s Day and I have invited my Valentine my, my, my best friend, my all, I mean, I don’t know what I would without my wife. So, I have invited her to come talk to you about our upcoming More Gathering for women that will take place this April in the mountains of North Georgia. So, welcome, welcome Jill.

Jill: Thank you, babe. I probably should’ve got you something better than I did after that. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, those of you who are in waiting and in hopes of a Valentine someday. So, this is where I usually talk to the men, to the husbands. So, if that’s you, ladies you are excused from the moment. Go get your nails done, go get a cup of coffee, go get a cupcake. If you are not married, Fathers I would also ask you to lend your ear this way and maybe women who are still on the fence thinking about coming to More. I don’t know what I could say to you that hasn’t already been said as far as what you might experience at More. I truly believe as women most of us if not all of us live with a secret desire, the secret longing, hope, secret cry or prayer or desperation that there has to be something more than this. I am supposed to be something or someone more than who I am. I feel as women we live under an umbrella, a secret umbrella of shame that we need to be doing more than what we are and we need to be doing more better than what we are doing. Now, this might not be all women. I meet a lot of women on the road, I meet with a lot of women throughout the week and this is what I’m hearing. I see your tears, I hear you apologize for your tears, I hear you say I don’t even know why I’m crying or where these came from. That tells me you are living alone with thoughts and there are few safe places to let those thoughts, those feelings, those emotions go. So, husbands, fathers, significant others, if you have heard your wife, your daughter, your sister, if you’ve heard any of these women voice any of these emotions, any of these thoughts, then she should be at More. We have created a very safe place to validate a woman’s emotions, a woman’s longing, a woman’s fears, a woman’s lies that are trapped inside their mind, but we’re not stopping at validation, we are exploring this together. I have a team of women who are willing to be vulnerable to talk about their pain, their shame, their hurt. So, we’re going to validate the secret that most women live with, we’re going to explore it together, we’re going to dig deep. This is not your fluffy women’s conference. We’re gonna dig deep, we’re gonna get healed and set free from some things and we are going to teach women who they are and let them lose to be all that God created them to be. So, this is me imploring you men, husbands, grandfathers, brothers, if you have a woman that needs to be there, if you have a woman who is lost, who is overwhelmed, who does not know who she is or where she’s going, who feels like she is spiraling out of control, please send her to More and give her one of the greatest gifts you could ever give. Now, women I’m gonna talk to you again because this might be the last time I get to talk about More before the gathering. So, we’re still a couple of months away. Some of you are still on the fence, some of you are really afraid ,some of you hate women’s gatherings. I get it. I do too. I did too. That’s why it’s so funny that God has had me create a whole conference for women. I hated them too, but it was actually at a women’s conference, Captivating in Colorado with the ministry of Ransomed Heart with John and Stacy Eldridge where God completely healed me and showed me who I am in Him. So, this was our starting point, our starting point was Captivating to reiterate the message of captivating. It has slowly morphed and was birthed into something more. Ironic don’t you think? No, that’s just Jesus. This is what He does. So, ladies, you’ve he decided to get there. You’re gonna sign up, you’re gonna bite the bullet, you’re gonna do this thing, you’re going for it, let me tell you some things that you absolutely will have to hear and trust me in this process but hold onto these words. You will have to fight the fear to there. Once you say yes every possible thing that could be used against you that would hinder you from getting there will happen. You will think that you’re going to be alone and isolation will prevent you. You might snore and so you’ll say, “I don’t want to be in a room full of women.” Guess what, you will be with fellow snorers. You already feel alone, you’re worried about going alone and remaining alone. Guess what? That is not true. You will leave with some of the deepest friendships, relationships, that you have ever had and it might be women clear across the country but we have this beautiful thing called the Internet that keeps us connected. You’re going to say that you have a special diet. Fantastic. A lot of women do. We have an incredible chef who will meet every dietary need possible. Maybe you’re older, you can’t walk well, but you would really like to come. Guess what? We can accommodate you as well. We have ways to meet every need possible, but you will have to fight through to say yes. And what I am most excited about this year is two things that God has highlighted for us. One is we are continuing to move forward for the deaf community. God has provided two American Sign Language interpreters, two ASL interpreters for More 2019. Here’s the thing. God has equipped us with two ASL interpreters and our greatest form and tool of marketing is an audible podcast. So, we will need your help. If you have a deaf friend or sister, could you help us spread the word and let them know. This is undoubtedly something that God is doing and I know this because it’s beyond my realm of anything. I think I know two words in what Ezekiel calls “silent language”, is that not precious? So, but this is a dream that one of my team members had, “we’ve got to take this to the deaf community.” God has provided a way for that. We would love it if you could help us spread the word. The second thing is, this is not a conference we typically say, “yes mothers and daughters come together.” Here’s why, there’s some really personal work that women have to do here. It is so difficult sometimes to do work that we need to do when we feel like we need to nurture another woman. And, so, it’s really difficult for a mom to come out of the role of a mom to first be a daughter. However, we have had such an unprecedented amount of mothers and daughters register together this year that we just had to stop telling women that we advise against it and we’re rolling with it. Because of the amount of women signing up together we felt like this is directly what Jesus is inviting us into this year because sometimes we put these boundaries in, these healthy parameters up, you know, “oh no, we need to protect the women” and then times like this He just…He just makes it known that the boundaries are being blown into shreds. And, so, we are we are acknowledging the amount of mothers and daughters coming together, we are welcoming you. So, what I want to say to you all the way now, two and half months out from conference, from More, is that if you are a mother coming with your daughter I need you to get into the place and the mindset that you are coming first and foremost as a daughter. We are not all mothers coming but we are all daughters. And, so, we’ve got to stay in the mindset that first and foremost, we are a daughter first before we are anything and we are daughter of the most-high King. We are a daughter to that woman that carried us in her womb for nine months. And I think if you can remember that in this context and we’ll remind you at the conference, all throughout the weekend, but if you can come in first as a daughter I think you you’re gonna have a completely different experience. Daughters, if you’re coming with your mother or you’re considering coming with your mother, I’m gonna ask you to get into the headspace and the heart, please be mindful that she is coming first as a daughter and that will make more sense at the conference, but even right now you need…if you could consider that then maybe even some of you that are on the fence about whether you can come do this thing together, maybe that will compel you forward. So, the invitation has been given, the invitation is extended, the invitation is in my hand, my hand is reached out, and I would be absolutely thrilled if you just accepted the invite and placed that invitation in your hand and say, “yes”. This is not a numbers game for us. This is not…this is not an ego stroke of we've…we've…we’ve gotten the best number that we ever have this year. We pray for a number every year and that number already has been exceeded. And truly what I wish everyone to know is this is the work of my heart, of my life, that I feel like everything I have been through in life has come down to this moment. I have told the Lord time after time after time again that I say yes, I give my life to showing women who they are in You and watching them be set free, watching them live the life that God intended for them to live. Nothing brings me greater joy. Nothing gives me more sense of fulfillment and purpose and I will not stop until every woman that is within my capability, my sphere of earshot, knows who they are in Jesus, because when I…I firmly believe when we know who we are, when we know whose we are it does not matter what He’s asked of us. We say yes, and we go in full abandon towards Him and what He has for us and that will set the world on fire, that will change the world we live in. I don’t want to just pray for change and hope for change and wait for somebody else to change things, I want to be the change and I want you to be the change as well. So, will you come with me to More 2019, April 11-14 in Jasper, Georgia? If you are saying yes, you can sign up. www.moregathering.com or you can go to www.dailyaudiobible and scroll down until you see the More Gathering page. That’s it for me. Happy Valentine’s Day. I love you all. Each and every one. Love one another.

02/13/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 35:10-36:38, Matthew 27:32-66, Psalms 34:1-10, Proverbs 9:7-8

Today is the 13th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is a pleasure and a joy to be here with you around the global campfire that is nice and warm and bringing light and life and good news, and we just gather around and allow God’s word to speak, which is what we’re about to do. We’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week. Exodus chapter 35 verse 10 through 36 verse 38 today.

Commentary:

Okay. It’s hard to talk about anything else but what we were reading about in the book of Matthew today. And it’s pretty hard to talk about that because for the first time we experienced the crucifixion of Jesus in our reading from the Scriptures this year. And, so, there’s not a whole lot else to say. And we know it’s the story of our salvation but if we would just sit with the humanity of the scene. It’s so heartbreaking. It is so profoundly sad to think that the Creator who fashioned beings in His own image with the idea that a mutual relationship could be formed and bound by covenant, that this creator would come and become one of us only to be killed by us. This is profoundly sad. And it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long ago since we began our journey but within the first couple of days of our journey we saw everything get blown apart in the book of Genesis. And in the scene that we’re seeing in the book of Matthew today we’re able to see just how far, just how twisted, just how backward an upside-down things had gotten among the human race. And to be honest, we could just look around now and say things are still pretty upside down and backward but now we don’t really have an excuse because there is a way. This bloody scene that we’re seeing play out on a cross and the gasps of an innocent man, His blood was shed on our behalf and we were restored to God in the process for those of us who believe. We have no business and no excuse for living backward and upside down anymore. It’s not supposed to be our reality anymore. So, if there’s a thought, if there’s something for us to live into today, it would be to sit with the brutal scene that is before us and what it cost to bring freedom into our lives and then to consider the ways that we’re living far less than free.

Prayer:

Jesus, thank You. And even as we say it the words fall flat because what can we say? We had no way to untangle the mess in our species created in Your image. We were irreversibly lost and then You came and rescued us and we didn’t earn it and there’s nothing that we can do. You’re giving it to us as a gift and so often we find ourselves not even taking the gift that cost You Your life and living into it and being transformed by it and being shaped into Your likeness. So, often we’re busy trying to make You in our image and make You do the things that we need done instead of the other way around and we’re repenting and were sitting with the starkness of the scene that the Scripture has brought into our lives today and contemplating it because there is no other story to tell. And, so, we invite Your Holy Spirit, come. Make this scene matter to us. Show us how to embrace it and show us how it is to transform us because of the work that was accomplished there, the victory that was won. Come Holy Spirit and let us sit with the weightiness of what we’ve read today and appreciate with a heart of gratitude and help us to look at the world through Your eyes. You looked at the world and loved it even though that hated You. You died for people who wanted You dead. What kind of love is that? Lead us deeper into that love we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

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

I thank you for your continued prayers over our journey to actually walk in the footsteps of Jesus and experience the land of the Bible coming up here next week.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There’s, of course, a link on the homepage or you can use the app, or the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And this is a community experience and if you’re shouldering burdens that are too heavy and shouldn’t carry them alone then we do a good job of loving one another even though we’re spread out all over the world. There’s a number you can dial, 877-942-4253 is that number.

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, this is Amber from California. I’m a new listener and I just wanted to call in and say that the Daily Audio Bible has really blessed my life. I tend to have difficulties finding the time to sit down and just soak in the word and it’s really been an awesome experience for me to listen to Scripture and then reflect and have my own study. So, just wanted to call in and say what a blessing it was. I also wanted to share a prayer request with you all. I’ve been married for some time and have children with my husband and I’m just calling to ask our community to reach out and pray for my husband who has been struggling with a sleepwalk and really just a lot of spiritual warfare within our home and marriage and specifically with him. So, just wanted to call and ask the brothers and sisters to lift him up prayer and me up in prayer. Really trying to strive to be the mom and life that God has called me to be. So, thanks so much for listening and I look forward too much more in this community.

Hello everyone, this is Peggy in Texas. And first I want to thank Brian for doing an excellent job day after day, such a blessing to me personally. I’m calling…I’m asking for prayer for my precious grandson Xander. This is…I’ve called before, and he’s troubled, he’s alone, he’s manic-depressive, he’s drinking, he doesn’t have a doctor. So, he’s not getting any help. He hasn’t sought Christian friends. In fact, I don’t think he has one. Today he called, and he was frightened and afraid something might happen to him and afraid someone was out to cause him trouble. And I think he’s trying to reach out and say a call for help and yet I don’t know for sure. He’s in school and is working, an engineer student. So, as a grandmother I’, trying to keep the lines open to him and I’m trying to communicate love and guidance and, you know, personally I think he needs to be in a treatment center but financially that’s…that’s not possible. Anyway, you’ve got the picture. I’m a very concerned person, a very concerned grand mom. I don’t want to be a worrier, I want to trust the Lord, but I’m week. And, so…and I don’t have a great support system right now and I’m just calling on someone to pray with me. So, anyway I’m feeling a tad lonely and I just need you all too. And, so, I’m turning to you. Sometimes it’s just hard to pray. Maybe all of you have experienced that at some time but I’m in that boat tonight. And, so, I’m asking for you precious people to pray for my precious grandson, Xander. Thank you.

Hi, this is Victoria Soldier just calling. Wanted to say thank you Brian for all the fire that you’ve been putting out on the web and through your word and it’s been really blessing my soul and I just wanted to call and bless some of the other souls more abundantly. And I just wanted to pray for Prodigal and Rebecca and I wanted to pray for Hamm and Jamie and Tyler and I wanted to pray for the lady who wanted a friend and she was going through. I wanted to pray for those who have gone through depression and trying to help them to take away that precious life of the precious life through wanting to commit suicide. Lord, I just ask You to fill them with so much joy that they will see what You have before them, that the enemy is trying to take away them feeling not only the joy but knowing that they have salvation in You, knowing that they are going to be with You. Oh Lord You’re coming back soon. The world act like they don’t remember that You said You were coming back, they don’t remember that You are the way the truth and the light, but Lord You said You’re coming back __ without spot or wrinkle. You said we shall not all sleep but we shall be all changed in the moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the sound is gonna sound and You gonna hear…and the mighty archangels…and the dead in Christ will arise first and we that are alive will be caught up to meet Him in the air. Lord I pray for my brothers and sisters today that the enemy’s trying to trick. You fill them with Your joy, You equip them with what You need to make this mighty journey. Oh Lord You bless those that need a friend, You bless those that need a spouse, You bless the one who is looking to have a baby and they couldn’t conceive but God You are…it all comes from You. Lord I just ask You to bless that womb Lord, that they will produce the baby that You have…

Hi this is Tony from Germany. I’m actually in Minnesota visiting my family and I just wanted to call in to….I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible during my commute to their place…they’re in a nursing home, my parents. So, but for Tito, I want to tell you that I have tithed for many many years and I’m gonna tell you that the Lord has opened amazing doors for me and I believe that is because I tithe. For example, even going to Germany, it was just very miraculous and many many other things. And I just wanted to relay that to you because I wanted to give you a little bit of hope so you can continue onward. And then for Pelham, you know what __ ice. Not ICE but EIS, as you know, is just amazing amazing Italian ice cream. And, so I feel the Lord is steering you in the right business and perhaps at some point in time in planting a seed you will travel to Italy to learn different recipes, experiment with different recipes so one day you could do your own, come up with your own Italian ice recipe. So, remember you are not alone. I know that you’re reaching some low points. We are your family and we do love you. So, just remember that. Thanks for sharing your story with us and your faith and your faith journey. The other thing I wanted to say is I have played the Daily Audio Bible to my parents. My dad keeps his eyes closed a lot but when I have played the Daily Audio Bible his eyes open and he listens and at one point he took off his glasses, laid them down and blessed himself with this big…

02/12/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 34:1-35:9, Matthew 27:15-31, Psalms 33:12-22, Proverbs 9:1-6

Today is the 12th day of…February…I had a brain freeze…February, that’s where we are and we’re just about to the middle of the month in a couple of days when we experience Valentine’s Day. And it’s great to be here with you for the next step forward in our adventure through the Scriptures this year. And this week we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version and in the Old Testament we’re reading through the book of Exodus, which we will conclude before this week is out. But today, Exodus chapter 34 verse 1 through 35 verse 9.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we’ve been watching some erratic movement back and forth in the children of Israel’s existence in the book of Exodus, so erratic that they’re bowing in worship to a golden calf and then we have the conspiracy to kill Jesus in the book of Matthew. And, so, kind of some dark territory that we’re moving through but we have to consider ourselves in these stories. Like, where are our hearts in these stories? Who would we be if we were living in those stories, right? Would we be bowing to a golden calf wondering what happened to the man of God who disappeared on the mountain? Would we be yelling nail Him to a cross in the throng of people who had been whipped into a frenzy by the trusted religious leaders? We’ll read these stories and consider ourselves maybe above the disciples, “no we wouldn't…we wouldn’t run away, no we wouldn’t deny.” Or we might read the Old Testament story and think of ourselves more along with the priests and with Moses not…we would be the people going, “what are we supposed to do now? Give us a God so that we can be led forward in our lives.” And, so, trying to put ourselves in the story, this can be disruptive, but it exposes us, it invites us forward because we have to consider how patient God is with humanity, how patient God is with us, how intentional He is, how long-suffering He is. We do not deserve it. And that’s the thing because we began to think that we do. We don’t deserve God’s compassion and grace. Why does He love us at all?

In our reading from Psalms today we got some clues. We read, “the Lord looks at the world from His throne in heaven and He watches us all. The Lord gave us each a mind, and nothing we do can be hidden from Him.” In other words, God sees and He understands and it’s a pretty radical thing to know that we’re are understood when we’re so often screaming just the opposite into the face of the Lord, but He his understand, right? Every atom, every molecule, everything that makes us who we are, every good conviction and emotion that fills our hearts finds its essence in God because we were created in His image after His likeness. Of course He understands, He’s our Father. And, so, as we continue forward and we see God giving the law we have to understand that He’s not vengefully, angrily laying down the law. Instead, He’s weaving into the fabric of this new culture the story of who He is and what it means to be set apart by Him.

And as we watch Jesus, as we watch for the first time, Jesus go to the cross in the book of Matthew, we have to acknowledge just how committed God is to setting us apart.

The Psalm goes on to say, “the Lord watches over all who honor Him and trust His kindness.” In other words, we are being fathered by God under His watchful eye. He understands us, and He was willing to come and give His life so that we could know Him intimately, so that we could come close.

The proverb told us to leave our simple ways behind and begin to live. Maybe it’s time to do that. Maybe it’s time to own our part of the relationship as we’ve talked about already this year. God has done His part. Maybe it’s time that we grow up and do our part. God does understand us, and we are loved more than we can comprehend. Maybe we should give everything we’ve got and love Him with all of our heart and our mind and our strength in return.

Prayer:

Father, we begin by humbly acknowledging Your patience, Your long-suffering, Your kindness, Your goodness to us. We acknowledge that You are our Father, and that You love us. And then next we humbly repent for the ways in which we haven’t lived as if that were true, for the ways that we’ve lived as if that were not true and have thrashed about screaming and yelling about the circumstances that we’ve navigated ourselves into. Forgive us God. You are present. We acknowledge that You wouldn’t leave us. You died for us. You wouldn’t abandon us. You are with us every moment, every breath, and You love us, and You have bestowed upon us Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth. We acknowledge that we’re just not always paying attention. In fact, maybe we’re paying attention far less than we think. So, come Holy Spirit. Once again, we open ourselves to You and Your power of sanctification and transformation within us. Come Holy Spirit we pray 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, stay connected.

The Prayer Wall is at dailyaudiobible.com where people are praying for one another on an ongoing basis. So, check that out, it’s in the Community section or if you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the little drawer icon in the upper left-hand corner and get to the Prayer Wall.

The Daily Audio Bible Shop is also available dailyaudiobible.com and there are resources for this journey as we continue to step our way through the year. So, check that out.

And then continue, of course, to pray for the upcoming adventure that we’re about to go on as we visit the land of the Bible and visit so many of the places that we’ve already visited so far this year. We’ll bring them to life. A bunch of us will be there in person but it’s a virtual trip that we go on together. So, make sure your bags packed and don’t back to heavy, I’ve got to fit all of you in my suitcase, so, as light is you can and off we’ll go to the land of the Bible. And thank you for your prayers over that are coming up next week.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link, it’s is on the homepage. 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 you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, I’m calling in today because I have been feeling that I’ve been needing to make this call for several weeks, but I was out of the country for part of that time so now I’m finally doing it. But I’ve been feeling that…I’ve been feeling the urge to ask everyone to think about how much does Daily Audio Bible mean to you? I know for me it’s meant so much. I’ve been listening to it for about a year now and it’s been incredible, the change that is made in my life. Finally, I understand the word of God and I can talk about it and I can understand things and it’s given me a power and a knowledge that is incredible. And, so, I started donating once a month. I set up a payment where it sends payment once a month and I think that it’s something important that we should all do if it’s valuable to you. It must cost a lot of money and time and effort to make this all happen and it’s wonderful that is free and accessible to all of us but if we want this to continue I think you need to make sure that we, that we, you know, support this financially as well…as well as, you know, all the other ways that we support it by being a community and by gathering together and supporting each other. So, I’m just asking if even if you don’t have a lot of money, I don’t, but even if you can donate $15 a month or if it’s $50 or $100 or whatever it is but just do something that’s every month because this community doesn’t just survive off of words it also requires financial backing. So, I’m just, you know, wanting to encourage you all to, if you haven’t already to go onto Daily Audio Bible __, you can set up a monthly donation so that you can…so that this can continue and more people in the future…

Hello Daily Audio Bible family. I’ve called in before and left a name but I’m not leaving my name because of a vicious family member. I just call myself in pain right now. I need you all to pray for me and my family. We’re going through a difficult time. My brother just called me, and we can’t find him. He tried to tell me that he wants to commit suicide and I don’t believe it’s gonna happen because I know God loves me and He loves him. And God’s gonna keep him because I lift him up and prayers. And I just need some more prayer to strengthen me as I go through this, not knowing where my brother is and all the things that he’s going through. He’s going through some really, really, really bad things right now. These things that he can even forgive himself for, but he knows God and he loves God. Please pray that God will reveal Himself to him right at this moment. I know this recording won’t be heard right now but I know God knows the schedule of time and I know your prayers, when they go up they don’t reach back in the past, they change everything. So, I’m asking that you pray for me, that I can be strong, for my brother. And I pray that you would have God keep my brother, keep him alive, and let him understand that this is not the end of the world, that things will get better so that he can forgive himself and that he can love himself like God loves him. Pray for his family, his wife and his children and that he would __ protect him. So, please pray my strength so I can be strong to him because I know God loves us unconditionally and He’s gonna take care of all of us unimaginably and I’m just waiting for that miracle. Let God get the glory…

Hello family, my name is Jill and I’m from the state of Washington. I am married to a wonderful man whose sexaholic. This has been a really difficult last two year transition for me as I discovered it. I was lied to and was more lied to and more lied to and now I feel like I am probably being told the truth. He is involved with multiple groups that are helping sexaholics and most importantly he’s reached out to God. That is something I shut down for quite a while because it was very difficult for me. I shut down my Lord, my Savior but I’m now reaching out to Him again and I would ask that you would pray for us, that God would just capture the heart of our home. We have all adult children, four adult children, and it’s been very trying as some of the blame has come back on me. That’s just been painful. But please family, pray for us that God would just capture our hearts, know how to respond and also that we would reach out for Him to heal us because I have been destroyed as a woman, as a partner, as an identity as a female. Thank you. I appreciate your prayers.

Hi, yeah, this is Joey from Missouri again. Sorry__ is February 8th, 2019 and it is a Friday afternoon. I just wanted to congratulate Beth from Canada on her on her legal permanent residence. Wow, congratulations, that is just wonderful. I just heard your phone call from the February 7th podcast and I just want to say that is just great. You know, sometimes…I think I mentioned I was in the final work…I’m in immigration…and it will take a while sometimes for…for applications to get approved. And sometimes we get that and it’s very easy to lose hope about that and I just want to say congratulations to Beth. And thank you to all of our __ others…so many of them. Duane from Wisconsin, Aright Holy Spirit let’s roll, Jay from New Jersey who is now from Nashville. Thank you for your encouragement. You’re a very special person and I just want to say thank you. And everybody calls, know who you are. Thank you and have a blessed day. I pray for of you. Love you.

Hi, this is Pam from Wisconsin today is February 8th. My husband was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and we’re just feeling the overwhelming chaos regarding all the decisions that need to be made very rapidly. I do need to get the bills together today, something I’ve been avoiding because I don’t know how they’re going to get to get paid. I ask Jesus to calm my heart and keep my head clear. I had today’s Daily Audio Bible on in the background. Bob from Michigan called with a message for Tyler and gave him 2 Corinthians 1:9-10. That message dear Bob was also a message for us from the Holy Spirit and I thank you. I’ve supported Daily Audio Bible monthly as part of my missions giving for some time. Please believe me when I say your blessings for this community will far outweigh what you give. Please bring us to the Father in prayer as we walk down this road together with Him. Thank you.

02/11/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 32:1-33:23, Matthew 26:69-27:14, Psalms 33:1-11, Proverbs 8:33-36

Today is the 11th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian, of course, like I am every day and you are you like you are every day and here we are together like we are every day surrounding the global campfire as we come together to take the next step and get ourselves into this work week. So, we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week and we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday, of course, and there is some drama brewing in the wilderness. Exodus chapter 32 and 33 today.

Commentary:

Alright. So, in the book of Exodus we witnessed…I mean…events that should make us speechless, at least in relation to the story, like, jaw-dropping stuff. Here the children of Israel have been brought out of Egypt in miraculous fashion, have walked across the Red Sea, are in the wilderness around Mount Sinai where God has come down to meet with His people and Moses has been gone 40 days and their antsy that he’s not coming back. And, so they decide to create an idol and bow in worship to the idol that they watched being made and worship this golden calf as if it was the deity that brought them out of Egypt. That’s pretty staggering stuff. Unfortunately, it won’t will be the last time in the Bible that we see a golden calf. And for that matter, cows are still worshiped among certain cultures today by millions of people. But I mean in the story that we have been tracking since the beginning of the year we come to this point where God has by his strong arm set a people apart and brought them miraculously out where he could reshape them and give them a new identity and this is what we find, idol worship? How could this happen, right? After all that God had brought them through, how could this happen? And that’s what God thought, right? Go down the mountain right now, He’s telling Moses, your people that you brought from Egypt have corrupted themselves, right? They’re worshiping a golden calf and claiming that the golden calf brought them out of Egypt. So, I mean on one hand, this would almost be funny if it weren’t so heartbreaking. God had moved heaven and earth to put in motion a promise that took generations, centuries to develop and He hadn’t just shown His existence, but also His power in Egypt and He’d been feeding the people in the wilderness while leading them by a pillar of fire in the night and a cloud in the day. So, God was obviously in their midst and He had obviously chosen them. They had not only been told of their ancient story but of the story that they were currently living. In fact, they were at that mountain to meet with God and they made a false God at that mountain to worship. So, this might even be funny in our own lives too if we saw ourselves behaving this way until we actually do see ourselves behaving this way. And then it’s equally heartbreaking. And when God seems distant to us or the path is fogged in and we don’t know which way to go, we often find ourselves ignoring the obvious, that God has not departed, He would not abandon us, that He is present, that He has been sustaining us in ways that we’ve chosen to ignore and then we get obsessed and we get compulsive and we start looking for anything that’s gonna promise life, even if it’s only going to bring death, even if it’s only idolatry. So, let’s remember that the things that we give our hearts in search of life that is not God, that is idol and we find ourselves bowing before these idols perhaps more than we might realize and this is a big, big deal. Our tendency toward idolatry explains so much about our lives and the condition of our lives. And we have to pay attention because God is a jealous God, which doesn’t mean God is an insecure God, right, or a manipulative God. God is faithful and loyal and good and it breaks His heart when we betray Him. And let’s pause. If we are being faithful and loyal and good in a relationship only to find out that the person we have given our hearts to have been disloyal and unfaithful our hearts would be broken too and we would probably start acting very erratically very quickly. So, this isn’t something that we do not understand it. It’s actually a pretty sobering reality which we press into, that we can affect the heart of God like that, through our disloyalty and unfaithfulness. That should be pretty stark because it is pretty stark.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite You to come into this. What are the ways that we’ve been searching for life that isn’t You and that we’ve been giving our hearts in worship to that person, that thing, that goal, that expectation, what are the ways, what are the things that we’ve been turning to for life that aren’t You? Things that may not be bad in and of themselves, but that we are turning to in access in hope for comfort that only You can provide. This exposes idolatry and that is a stark thing because we would never think that we are practicing idolatry in any way. We would never bow down to some kind of golden calf, that’s part of our culture. That’s not something we can even really relate very well to. Oh, but we can bow to bank accounts. We can bow to food. We can bow to people. We can look outside of our relationship with You and try to find a little life on the side. The thing is, if we tried that kind of behavior in our daily lives it would wreak havoc. And yet we don’t realize the havoc that we wreak on our lives spiritually that then back fills into our daily lives by behaving this way. So, we take some time to press into this today. Yes, we would rather end today with some great word of encouragement that would help us navigate forcefully and confidently through this day, but You are leading us today to consider what we are giving our hearts to that aren’t You. And, so, we’ll follow the path where You lead. What are those things Holy Spirit? We give ourselves to contemplating that today and opening ourselves to repentance. 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. Be sure to stay connected.

Continue to pray into and over this upcoming pilgrimage that is speeding our way where we will get on a big plane and fly across the ocean and experience the land of the Bible. And many of us will be there physically in person taking this journey but all of us will be taking this journey virtually. And, so, certainly asking for God’s people to intercede over this travel.

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, profoundly for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible, 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 you here tomorrow.

02/10/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 30:11-31:18, Matthew 26:47-68, Psalms 32:1-11, Proverbs 8:27-32

Today is the 10th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and here we are, we reach out together and twist the knob, swing wide the gates, and walk into a shiny, sparkly new week together as we continue our journey that, day by day, will lead us…well…will lead us week by week and then week by week will lead us month by month through the entire Bible this year. And what a journey it has already been. So, we’re in a brand-new week, we’ll read from a new translation, this week the Contemporary English Version. And we’re on the same path, so we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday. Exodus chapter 30 verse 11 to 31 verse 18.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for bringing us here to the beginning of this, the seventh week of the year. And that in itself is hard to believe. It seems like yesterday, yet this kind of how porous time is and yet one thing that is constant is this rhythm where we come together around the global campfire as a community each and every day and allow Your word to wash over us and speak to us and inform us and give us counsel for the day. And, so, we thank You for this gift and we thank You for this week out in front of us. We invite Your Holy Spirit now in advance before any missteps. Come Holy Spirit and lead us on the path that we should walk this week and we certainly won’t be blaming You for the times that we choose not to listen, but we also commit ourselves to listening. 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 stay connected.

Definitely been asking the community to begin to pray into the upcoming pilgrimage that we’ll be taking to the land of the Bible. There’ll be a couple of buses of us and we’ll be traveling all over the land and all of the logistics of traveling in from all over the world are very near. We’ll be heading out in week. 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 that is on the homepage. 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 and I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi Nonny. I’m calling in actually to encourage you. I just wanted to remind you of the story in the Bible that occurred when Moses and Aaron went to go speak to Pharaoh __ situation __ and Moses told God, “look, I did what you told me to do. I had the right approach to it, the right expectation, I was confident, but it did work out and it got worse.” What I love about that, that verse that it showed __ that God had a plan for even that moment, that moment of despair and confusion of why certain things are happening in our lives and we try to have the right approach to it. God has a plan for even your situation. God is lifting you up, He’s pulling you up and He’s just telling you to keep holding onto that robe, the hem of his garment. In Philippians chapter 1 verse 6 it says, “be confident of this very thing that he who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” God will not abandon you, He will bring you through, He will keep that good work that is within. He will keep progressing you and evolving you and the word will bring you through. He loves you so much. He has not forgotten you. So, keep seeking after Him, going after Him relentlessly. Whatever it takes to get closer to Jesus. If you need to spend hours in your car just talking to God, do it. Just don’t let go of Jesus. He’s not letting go of you. We love you at the DAB and so does God. Bless you honey.

Yes, hi my name…I’m from New Jersey…I’m calling, this is my first time calling in, this is my first time following Daily Audio Bible. I’m calling to ask if you guys could please pray for me. I’m looking for a full-time permanent job. I’m in my late 50s and it’s been difficult to find even though I’m a nurse. I also would like to ask if you would pray for a person that I’m working with. I work as a substitute. I work with an autistic student that I know is very smart and I just pray that God will open up his brain so that he can show the place that he goes to school and home all the things that he knows. Also, if you can just pray for my…I have two girls that are not talking to each other right now. If you can just pray for them I really appreciate it. And just continue to pray for me so I can continue follow Daily Audio Bible, daily. Thank you. God bless.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible brothers and sisters, this is Amazed by Grace in Massachusetts. I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible about three years and am so excited of how God has blessed me and given me the opportunity to be part of so many of your lives as you share and we are able to pray for one another. I was so happy to hear your call this morning Margo and that you are doing better in your adjustment to this huge change in your life. I just praise the Lord that you and your husband are taking this next up. And I want Jane to know in New York that we’re praying for her and that you will find friendships in the church where you can be encouraged and we continue to pray for Margaret Ray and for others who are struggling in loneliness. And so good to hear from the Prodigal that you’re doing better and persevering. It’s so wonderful to be part of this community. This morning I’m on my way to __ to help care for some little people while their moms are busy and I just so thankful for this and other ways that we can serve him. Blessings on all of you today. Thank you again to the Hardin’s and all the team that make this ministry possible. Bye-bye for now. Gld bless.

Good morning family this is T from Salt Lake City Utah. First time calling, been listening since probably Thanksgiving of last year. So, this will be the first full year I’ve done. It’s been wonderful. To be honest to get to the point. I guess. I’m calling first of all just to thank everyone for just the prayers that they put out there for everyone else. The encouragement is wonderful to hear. I could use a bit myself to be honest. I would say over the last six months or so I just kind of felt an absence of the peace of God that I used to feel on a daily basis and I don’t know what’s happened or what’s changed. I, you know, I do, I’ve, I listen to the Bible, I don’t have a lot of time to read the Bible, but I do listen to every day. But I mean I just I don’t know, I’ve struggled with depression, with, you know, despair and thoughts of just not taking my life but rather just wanting it to end so to speak I mean if that makes sense. I just, I guess I just need prayer to have the strength to keep going and to know that this is probably a time when I’m in the waiting and I’m waiting for something but I just pray for…pray for me family. Pray for strength that I will continue to just get up and march forward even when it feels like I’m not…I don’t feel like He’s there sometimes. I thank you all so much. I love you guys. Keep it up. Bye.

02/09/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 29:1-30:10, Matthew 26:14-46, Psalms 31:19-24, Proverbs 8:14-26

Today is February 9th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is great to be here with you for sure as we end another week. And yeah, they just…they just don’t slow down…they just kind of keep coming day after day and we have accumulated another week together. So, well done! We’ve been reading from the Amplified Bible this week and we’ll continue to do that today since this is still this week and then we’ll switch to something else tomorrow. We are gonna go back out to Mount Sinai where God is speaking to Moses and establishing the ground rules for a new culture that is being formed in the wilderness. Today, Exodus chapter 29 verse 1 through 30 verse 10.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. Every day we basically thank You for Your word because it is a gift and we are grateful and we thank You for bringing us through another week and we thank You for all that You have spoken to us through Your word during this week. And today the voice of wisdom told us that she loves those who love her and those who seek her early and diligently will find her. Holy Spirit lead us on the paths of wisdom, that we might seek it early before there’s a problem and diligently so that we are living wise lives. We don’t propose that we can do this on our own. We need Your Holy Spirit’s guidance. So, come, we open ourselves to You. Lead us into all truth. Lead us into wisdom. Lead us on the narrow path that leads to life we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, it’s where you find out what’s going on around here. So, of course, stay tuned and stay connected.

I’ve mentioned, yeah, just a little over a week and we’ll be heading towards the land of the Bible. So, continue to pray over that. I mean when we do these kinds of trips I wouldn’t dare get on a plane without knowing…without knowing that we were surrounded by this community because this journey is for this community, it’s about this community. And, so, raising up a canopy of prayer and intercession over all that goes on in this kind of travel is so deeply appreciated and so comforting, it’s like a blanket around us when we’re so far in distant. And, so, thank you for your prayers for this upcoming journey.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link, it is on the homepage and I 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, of course, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that’s it for today and that’s it for this week. I’m Brian I love you very much and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning DAB family this is Walta the Burning Bush that will not be Devoured for the Glory of our God and King. I’m  __ this morning…that’s my 11-year-old knocking on the door. Anyway, I’m back. We’re getting ready for school…and…I’m here family. I’m gonna pray. __ I heard your prayer on the program a while ago and wrote them down, he’s sick and this is impacting his marriage. Father God I pray for his salvation and I’m praying for him. I pray oh God that you will give him a Job like restoration in the name of Jesus. Pray for Jackie from St. Louis. Jackie I heard your request, your prayer and I wrote it down as a person problem with financial __. And Father God I pray that You will restore what the __ has __ . I pray oh God that You will hold Jackie’s hand and guide her through this valley of the shadow of death Lord and take her to the other side in the name of Jesus. Protect You as His Name called praying for her dad’s salvation and restoration and relationship with her Father. Father God we know You are the ultimate Father and a relationship between a Father and a child is precious to Father. So, whatever’s causing the separation between the two Lord, I pray that You will remove it in the name of Jesus and restore it and God I pray that You will bind them together in Your love Father. God, I pray for the salvation of all our family members __ that don’t know God. Lord, we pray that You will reach out and call them by their name. So, Holy Spirit, call them to Yourself. In Jesus name. Amen.

Hi family, this is Kim from Kentucky and it’s Tuesday, February the 5th and I just listened and I’ve been wanting to call and several times over the past several weeks with people’s prayer requests and things and I’ve just not done it, but jazz, I just listened to your praise report passing your boards. I’m a pediatrician and when you called a while back asking for prayer, I mean, I know how hard that is and how much worry and ache there can be while waiting for those test results. And, so, I just praise God for that. And I thought about calling in because I have a son that is just out of PA school last month and I thank you for praying for those that are facing challenges because he failed his first test in physiology but I’m praying for a turnaround that he just rises up and continues to excel from here. And my daughter is studying for the MCATs, to take it in April to apply to med school. So, you know all about that. And a couple of days ago Brian talked about Moses and the battle and sitting on the rock and Aaron and Herr and just reminded me of this community. Jesus is our rock. Brian, reading out the word every day is what we sit on, it’s our foundation, it’s what we stand on. And we and Aaron and Herr __ and sometimes we’re the Moses in the battle and we need others to be our Aaron and Herr. And we’re a good community for that. Everybody that feels hopeless, listen to those Christmas program. Love you all. Bye.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family or whatever time of the day it is where you’re at. This is Andrea Delane from Kentucky. Just wanted to say it’s so good to hear from you. I’ve been listening to your prayer requests and I just wanted to encourage you today if you’re lonely or if feel socially isolated. I read something the other day on Facebook from a neuroscientist, a __ neuroscientist and she wrote, “did you know that loneliness is one of the leading causes of death in our world today. Isolation is no joke. Loneliness actually increases the risk for premature mortality amongst all ages while one recent study indicates that social isolation and loneliness kill more people than obesity.” So, I just wanted to come on here because I know that this is definitely something that I have struggled with through the years and as I’m listening to a lot of the prayer requests I really feel the root of it is feeling alone, is feeling isolated. So, I just want to pray for you today, right now. I’ll just go ahead and pray for you. So, Father I just ask You right now…I just want to thank You, first of all, for Your friendship, that we can run to You, that You are closer than a brother, that You will never leave us or forsake us. That’s Your promise to those who believe and trust in You. And, so, Father I ask right now that the Holy Spirit would remind Your people that You are with them, but secondly that You would also like for us to reach out to one another and to visit the widows in their affliction, to visit the orphans. And Lord that the timing, time is so important even more important than money. And Father I ask that we would be able to have wisdom in knowing how to increase our relationship skills, being able to increase in developing deeper meaningful relationships so that we are not suffering in the needless thing of loneliness or isolation that affects our brains, that causes our mental health to decline. Father I pray a release of Your spirit and a release of Your wisdom in building new relationships all around us in Jesus name. Amen.

Hey everybody, this is Pelham from Birmingham apparently. So, now I’m looking for a place in Birmingham. Real quick getting that out there, that I need prayer for that. I’m calling because of you Prodigal. I’m calling cause your call played today. I couldn’t even get through your entire call in. I gotta go back and finish it. Dude! High-fives from Birmingham comin’ at you bro. You’re at war man. You’re at war man. He’s liftin’ you up though, he’s liftin’ us all up and the wheel turns. Man and we forget where we are often, don’t we? Woo. This last weekend I was in darker place than I thought I could go, more lonely, more afraid, more separated from my family, and isolated from my friends than I’d ever been, like out on a branch. And that’s all he wants to do is isolate us so he can get us alone with our thoughts and get us to turn against ourselves. We start agreeing to things that would never agree with if Jesus was standing right there next to us. And sometimes we forget that He’s always standing there. Sometimes we need an actual person to stand there. Prodigal, good job man. I’m salutin’ you over here. Guys pray for Italian ice because I’m gonna be the Italian Ice man apparently. __ Italian Ice wants to hire me full-time to run his truck in Birmingham, which is really good timing. I don’t know how that’s gonna work. Help! I’m calling out. I need help. Pelham needs help. I need prayer. Thank you.

Hey family this is Josh from Indiana a.k.a. Employed by God. I just want to call in and give a quick encouragement. One of the things that God’s been dealing with me on is sometimes having the feeling that I’ve missed my calling but that I’m reminded that we’re not bigger than God. He knew when he called you exactly the path that you would take. He knows how he will fulfill your calling. So, remember that promise and begin working towards your calling today.

02/08/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 28:1-43, Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalms 31:9-18, Proverbs 8:12-13

Today is the 8th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it, of course, is great to be here with you every day including today as we round the corner on another work week. So, we’ve been reading from the Amplified Bible this week and we’ll continue to do that until this week is over. And we’re reading our way through the book of Exodus right now, and the formation of a culture, and the shift of an identity from that of a slave to that of a chosen people. So, God has been telling Moses about the tabernacle, the place that would be in the center of the culture, the center of the camp, the Place where God would dwell with His people and how He would like that to be set up and the proper care for it as they moved around. So, we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday. Today, Exodus chapter 28.

Commentary:

Okay. So, for the last several days as we’ve been moving through the gospel of Matthew Jesus has been holding a discourse on the end times and we conclude that conversation in today’s reading. And it was a lengthy conversation with a lot to chew on. But as Jesus concludes this final discussion He describes the final judgment and he talks about sitting on His glorious throne and then all the nations are brought into His presence and then separated, right? Some to His right and some to His left. The sheep on the right, the goats on the left. And can we pause here and understand that Jesus is holding a conversation about the end times and the final judgment. So, it would not be a bad idea to pay attention to what He’s saying. And what He’s saying is, “He will sit on a throne and the nations of the world will come before Him and He will separate them into two camps, the sheep and the goats.” So, what’s the difference between the sheep and the goats? It’s the way that they cared for other people, right? So, to the sheep Jesus would be like, “come, your blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom that has been made for you from the beginning of the world because I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink, right, stranger and you invited me in your home, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you cared for me, I was in prison and you visited me.” And in the story the sheep respond like, “when did we ever do that”? And the response is, “you did it when you did it for the least of these”. The goats on the other hand were sent away. Same kind of conversation happens only they did not care for others in the way that Jesus is describing. So, from Jesus teaching on the end times and His teaching on God’s kingdom, we learn that our ability to see and participate is directly connected to whether we’re paying attention or not and maintaining the posture of a servant. And if there’s one thing that Jesus gave us an example of its being a servant. And if there’s one thing that Jesus was outspoken about it is that we are to follow that example and be a servant. And that can only happen out of a relationship with Jesus. I mean, our actions will align themselves with the most important relationships in our lives. So, we have to be awake and aware and vigilant, which we were talking about yesterday because God’s kingdom matters to us more than any other distraction and we’ll steward what we’ve been given because we understand that everything we have is wholly dependent on God’s grace and we’ll work on behalf of the Master by seeing the world through His eyes and caring for those who need a touch from Jesus because when we touch someone we can be giving them the touch of Jesus. We are, after all, the body of Christ in this world, His hands and feet. So, when we do these things on behalf of the least of these we’re doing it to Jesus.

Prayer:

Jesus, we acknowledge that we’re often not paying attention, especially to those who might need a touch from You, those who are the least of these. And when we think of the least of these we think of the poorest of the poor and that matters greatly because You speak about caring for the less fortunate throughout the Scriptures, but a person can gain the whole world and lose their soul, so some of the poorest of the poor among us are perhaps even those who have plenty of worldly goods, but they do not know You. And what You are suggesting here is really a change of posture, that we simply become more aware as we move through this world, that we simply become less self-focused on what we’re dealing with and equally focused on what others are dealing with because we’re all dealing with things. So, show us how to shift our hearts and begin to look outward with love at everyone around us. So, practically, rather than being angry at somebody who’s not paying attention to their driving or something like that, give us the eyes and ears to understand that they may be going through something that we can’t even imagine having to endure. Give us a heart to bless those who curse us, whether with their mouths or with their erratic driving. Help us Jesus to change the way that we look outwardly because we spend so much of our lives looking at ourselves and what we’re experiencing as if we’re the only people here when You’ve actually given us permission and empowered us with Your Spirit to do in this world the things that You did and continue to do. Show us how we fit into that story. Show us how our attitudes and postures need to change. Show us how to find Your face in the least of these. We ask this in Your precious name. Amen.

Announcements:

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

I have mentioned a couple times this week that…man…little over a week from now and we will be off on our annual pilgrimage to the to the Promise Land where we will experience the land of the Bible and contextualize the Bible by its geography. And, yeah, those of us who are going a person, it will be epic, no doubt, but this is a community experience. And, so, whether you’re going physically our or not, you still get to go, you still get to go virtually. This is a good time to follow Daily Audio Bible on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram if you just want to see kind of the posts that are coming sometimes even hourly. We try to post as often as we can. Sometimes there’s, you know, not as much connectivity and we have to wait until we’re in some zone where we have cell, but we’re continually kind of making this a virtual experience. And I will obviously be discussing and describing the things that we are seeing and doing as we take this journey. So, this is kind of a time when the Bible begins to come alive inside the community as we’re journeying forward toward springtime. So, my request of this community, is that we pray, that we ask God for strength and stamina and traveling mercies and health and jet lag, and all of these things that kind of go along with basically going to the other side of the world. So, if we can begin to pray into that, it gives us as we leave an enormous amount of comfort to know that we are not alone and that our brothers and sisters all over the world are praying. So, thank you, thank you for your prayers over the upcoming trip to Israel.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that it dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link and it’s on the homepage if you just scroll down a little bit. 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, of course, 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 you here tomorrow.

02/07/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 26:1-27:21, Matthew 25:1-30, Psalms 31:1-8, Proverbs 8:1-11

Today is the 7th day of the month of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and every day we come together like this and every day it’s a pleasure to be in your presence and have this time to take the next step forward in our adventure through the Scriptures. And our current adventure leads us back into the book of Exodus where an entire culture is being built up from scratch. We’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. Exodus chapter 26 and 27.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the gospel of Matthew for the last couple days we’ve been talking about the end times because that’s what Jesus is talking about. And, so, we’ve been kind of moving our way through that. We touched on apocalyptic worldview and the fact that Jesus tells us that when these things do begin to happen the way that we are supposed to look at them is to understand that this is birthing pains and it will give birth to all things being made new again. And we were also counsel not to basically live in panic mode. Actually, we’re supposed to live opposite of panic mode. We’re supposed to be aware and vigilant and perceptive and see what’s going on. And as for dating the end of the world, as we’re like trying to figure that out, is it is a going to be 2019, is going to be 2029, will be 2129? As for that, Jesus basically puts an end to it by saying, “nobody knows, nobody but the Father.” So, that’s some of the territory that we’ve navigated through and Jesus is continuing that conversation in today’s reading by using a couple of stories, parables, that are designed to illustrate what he’s talking about and also what the kingdom of God is like. And these parables they basically seal the deal in showing us that our posture for the kingdom of heaven should be no different than the posture toward the end of days. So, in the first story Jesus told the parable of the 10 bridesmaids who went to a wedding feast and the bridegroom hadn’t arrived yet, so the women had to wait. And as they waited the differences between them were revealed. Half of them were ready. Half of them had been vigilant. Half of them had been aware and they brought extra oil for their lamps while the other half didn’t. And when the oil ran out the unprepared bridesmaids had to go in search of more but while they were gone the bridegroom arrived. So, those who were prepared, who had been vigilant, who understood what was going on were allowed into the celebration and those who were not missed out on it. And then in the second story Jesus told of a master who was planning to go away for a while and he provided resources to three of his servants with an understanding that they would steward those resources while he was gone. And, so, he went and then he came back and when he returned he asked for an accounting and two of the servants had doubled what they’d been given, right? So, they were vigilant and they were aware and astute and wise and they received very encouraging words from the master, “well done my good and faithful servant”, because those servants had taken a risk and they put the resources to good and profitable use. And, so, he invited them. “You’ve been faithful in handling small things and now I’m gonna give you…I’m gonna let you handle larger things. Come in and let’s celebrate.” Oh…but there was the third…the third of the three. And that servant was fearful. And, so, he took what he’d been given, and he hid it in the ground. So, he didn’t lose anything, but he didn’t gain anything, and he didn’t risk anything. Like, even if he had risked and lost that would be an attempt but he buried in the ground and the master didn’t respond as favorably to him. He says, “to those who use well what they’re given then even more will be given and they’ll have an abundance but for those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” So, as we’re kind of rounding the bend on this discourse about the end times, from the lips of the master we’re reminded that we really don’t have another choice but to stay prepared and aware. And we don’t really have another choice but to be vigilant because everything that we have has been given to us to steward on behalf of the master. And it doesn’t matter how much or how little we have, we’re to use whatever we have. And this isn’t just about dollars, right, or Euro’s or whatever the currency is in your country. This isn’t about money. This is about everything. We’ve got to get our minds around this. As we move forward into the message of Jesus, we are going to come face-to-face with the stark reality that this is all or nothing. So, it doesn’t matter what we have, and it doesn’t matter if we don’t feel prepared or that we don’t have enough. We’re to use what we have whether it’s our time or our talent or our money in the service of the master. He will provide more if we steward what we are given well, which is summed up pretty nicely in our reading from Proverbs today. “Take my instruction rather than seeking silver and take knowledge rather than choicest gold for wisdom is better than rubies, and all desirable things cannot compare with her.” And we talked about wisdom on a number of occasions already this year and it won’t be the last time because we’re not going to get anywhere if we don’t make it the goal to achieve wisdom over anything else and understand that if we are wise there’s not much we cannot achieve. And one of the things we must achieve through wisdom is this preparedness, this vigilance, this awareness of what is going on that Jesus is speaking about in the gospel of Matthew today.

Prayer:

Father, we acknowledge that we have a role to play in this, that we must seek wisdom, and actually that it must be something that we seek and try to attain more than any other thing that we’re trying to achieve or obtain. So, we realize we have to do our part by opening our eyes and seeking out wisdom; however, we also understand that we won’t know how to implement wisdom into our lives without Your Holy Spirit. And, so, we’ll do our part because You have commanded that we do our part, You’ve told us that getting wisdom is going to alter the trajectory of our lives in a good way. And, so, we heed that and we seek it and we invite Your Holy Spirit to lead us to it. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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