10/18/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44, 1 Timothy 3:1-16, Psalms 88:1-18, Proverbs 25:20-22

Today is the 18th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we continue our journey forward through the scriptures this year. And we’ve been working our way through the book of Jeremiah, which we’ll continue to do until we get to the end and we’re not there yet. So today we’re reading from the New International Version. Jeremiah 31:27-32:44 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in our reading from the pastoral letter of 1 Timothy today, a template for church leadership was offered that has basically been used ever since. Many different Christian denominations have their own process of discernment for ordination, but the guidelines outlined in 1 Timothy are nearly always a part of this process and they include moral and temperamental characteristics that are necessary to successfully care for God’s people. So, two different offices of leadership were mentioned in 1 Timothy, the first being the overseer or the pastor and the second being the deaconate or deacons. And in most cases, these are each functions of ministry that a person is ordained and commissioned to perform. So, the office of the pastor or the overseer or the priest or the presbyter or bishop is certainly one of the most worthy callings in the church. However, it’s also very complex and it’s a very challenging and difficult job. It requires a certain gift mix to perform with honor because a pastor, an overseer, right? In that kind of language, we can get a dominate kind of characteristic, but it’s not there. An overseer watches over and cares for the spiritual needs of the community of people of God. So, according to 1 Timothy, these are the criteria that are essential for a pastor. A church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control. He must live wisely and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home. He must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome and not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. And a church leader must not be a new believer because he might become prideful and the devil would cause him to fall. And people outside of the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the traps of the evil one. So, those are characteristics, according to the Apostle Paul given to Timothy, as a template for who can be an overseer, who can be a pastor. And the office of the deaconate, so deacons, this office was established to care basically for the earth-bound well-being of the congregation and the different functions of community life. And they were commissioned and ordained to assist the pastor in this regard. So, for a deacon, according to the Apostle Paul, they must be well respected and have integrity, they can’t be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money, they must be committed to the mystery of the faith as it has been revealed and must live with a clear conscience. Before they’re appointed as deacons, they must be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them be ordained and serve as deacons. Their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in what they do. And a deacon must be faithful to his wife and he must manage his children and household well. And those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Jesus. So, if you’ve ever felt God’s calling, if you’ve ever felt this prompting and God calling you toward ordained ministry, then the discernment process begins way before you ever say that out loud. And this critique criteria that we looked at in 1 Timothy today is something that should be closely examined personally because it’s certainly going to be closely examined as you go through the process of ordination. And if you’ve ever wondered why the ordination process works the way it does in your church or in your denomination, 1 Timothy 3, it’s gonna be a part of that mix. These criteria are what you should expect from your spiritual leaders. So, whether or not this is something you aspire to or something you feel called to, we should - every single one of us, pray for our leaders, our pastors and those who serve as deacons among us. They are required by the Scriptures to live what they teach and it’s no easier for them to do it than it is for any of us. They carry an additional burden and mantle of serving God’s people, of caring for, of watching out for and watching over God’s people. I mean, through my own process, one of the things that was really impressed upon me is that ordination isn’t something to achieve. It doesn’t elevate a person above anyone else. Even though you may be leading, you’re not leading from a place above where you’re looking down on anyone. Actually, ordination is to get down on your knees and lower yourself. You become a servant of God’s people as Jesus modelled with a servant’s heart. He came to serve and not be served. And ordained leaders are to do this as they are the servants of God’s people.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for this. And it certainly brings up the fact that we need to remember those who are leading us. And we do. We think of them now. We thank You for all of those in church leadership all over the world in so many different capacities. Strengthen their hearts, Lord. The road is long and new challenges every morning, sometimes it seems. And without Your grace and Your kindness and Your mercy and Your Holy Spirit’s guidance, it’s an impossible task. So, we pray Your Holy Spirit fall upon Your leaders all around the world, giving them strength and courage for the road ahead. And we pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

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Pray for your brothers and sisters at the prayer wall. Visit the Daily Audio Bible shop for resources for this journey through the scriptures this year.

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And as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

This is Lori Ann, a.k.a. Victorious Grace from near Gettysburg Pennsylvania. As I was listening to the DAB yesterday, October 13th, I was hearing words and prayers for the lady who called herself Gee and I had this realization, and Gee, I want to share it with you. This may sound corny, but I’m a want to be writer of sorts. I’ve been working on my first novel for like 16 years. But, in any case, I have all these stories and worlds and characters in my head and one, in particular, centers around a woman called G. She was unwanted and dehumanized by her parents, others, even society as a whole and the story is told from the point of view of her twin brother who, in adulthood, discovers he has a sister and is getting to know her. And, well, there’s all sorts of awkwardness and parts I’m leaving out, of course, but the point is…the point is…the brother comes to this realization that the name G doesn’t really stand for unnamed baby girl, baby G, which is literally how she got her name but he sees this G actually means grace, because most overlook her and don’t see it, he realizes that’s who she truly is, it’s what she reflects, grace. So, yeah, it’s probably weird that I’m pulling all of this from an unwritten fictional story, but I am. And I get that you probably picked Gee simply as a way to keep some anonymity but, well, I don’t want that somehow to stick to you. So, I am praying for you and I am praying that you will see your identity in grace, not just a letter, but in grace, God’s grace. Shalom.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is Alfi calling from Delaware. It’s been a while since the last time I called. I know, I listen, and I pray that each one of you is still blessed. Today I’m calling to give some encouragement to somebody who’s struggling and trying to find their purpose. When reading the Scriptures, I remember Brian reading this one sentence saying in the New Testament, in everything that you do, do it all for the glory of God. That statement, that Scripture, that verse is life-changing. Reason being, before you say anything, before you do anything, before you even think about anything that would be otherwise, take time to think, is this going to glorify God or not? And if it’s going to glorify God, by all means go ahead. And if it’s not, stop right there and do otherwise. We struggle in life, we make a lot of mistakes through our words, through our actions. But we know that God desires a relationship with us. So, few things. May we be quick to listen, slow to anger, and slow to speak. And in everything that we do, say, or think, may we do it all for the glory of God. Daily Audio Bible family, I love you. May you have a great week. This is Alfi from Delaware. Bye. Make it a great day.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family this is Prophetic Intercessor from North Carolina. Hope everyone is doing well. I haven’t called in in a while. It’s a Monday morning and I’m just on my way to work. __ call in and pray for those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide or have had family members that are battling that or have attempted that. So, let’s pray, gracious God, in the name of Jesus I come before you lift up those who have struggled with thoughts of suicide, who have been by family members who have battled attempting to take their lives. And in the powerful name of Jesus Christ God, we surround them with the angels of the living God and we take this opportunity God to ask that You would, that You would pour out Your healing upon them, pour out Your healing upon their minds God. And we ask that every lie of the enemy that has been launched in their psyche to try to convince them that life is not worth living, we come against it now in the name of Jesus and we command the lie to be dislodged and we command it to be expelled and we speak life over your life right now in the name of Jesus. And we release the spirit of hope, we release the spirit of peace to envelop you. Hallelujah. For you shall not die but you shall live and you will live to declare God’s glory in your life and over your life. Hallelujah. So, you will not succumb to the darkness. You will not come to a spirit of oppression and depression, but we come against it and we command those things to bow in the name of Jesus for at the name of Jesus every knee must bow. Hallelujah. So, we pray in the name of Jesus that there would be peace in your mind today, peace in your spirit today, peace in your heart today and that you would be made a prisoner of hope. So, I love you family. Have a blessed day and we will continue to lift up all those who are struggling with suicide and we will continue to bind it in the name of Jesus.

Hi DAB family this is Andy from Albany. I just wanted to lift out a big praise. Thursday I was in involved in a pretty good accident in my little car and through the intervening power of God to step into that space with me and my kids, we are relatively uninjured. I mean, we’ve got some muscle stiffness and tightness and my daughters got a pretty good bruise from the seatbelt and, you know, aside from the trauma of the event where relatively uninjured and that’s because God stepped into that space and protected us and for that I am eternally grateful. And I appreciate you all and I just wanted to throw out a praise and I’m here with you guys daily, praying with you and for you and I just wanted to put that out there. Thank you guys, for your prayers, previous prayer request, and I’m here with you for your…

Hello Daily Audio Bible family. I just met a vet today, he is a double amputee. He’s homeless and now he’s got a stage four small cancer and he’s afraid that he won’t get his benefits from of the Veterans Administration before he passes away. So, if you’d just pray with me. Lord, please heal Thomas from the tip of his head until the end of his body. Lord, just strengthen him and give him courage and give him all the help that he needs and the support that he needs. And would you also pray for me for Rye and her hubby to be healed as well. Thank you Jesus, for your love and your care. And I appreciate you all for praying with me. Thank you. Bye-bye.

10/17/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26, 1 Timothy 2:1-15, Psalms 87:1-7, Proverbs 25:18-19

Today is the 17th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today for the next step forward as we kind of move through the center of the week and prepare for the back half of the week. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. Jeremiah chapter 30 verse 1 through 31 verse 26 today.

Prayer:

Thank you, Father for another day in your word and as we move to the center of another week and into the back half of another month we feel the sense of time moving forward and you drawing us deeper and deeper into your story and our story intertwined. We thank you Father for the ways that you disrupt us, for the ways that you encourage us, for the ways that you heal us and bring comfort. We love you Lord, We surrender to you, we submit to you, and we invite your Holy Spirit to come, lead us on the narrow path that leads to life, lead us into all truth, we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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The prayer wall lives there. Of course, you can access the prayer wall using the Daily Audio Bible app so that you can continually pray for your brothers and sisters no matter what time it is and no matter where they are in the world. We all find ourselves connected in one way or another through the power of the Holy Spirit. So, that is always available dailyaudiobible.com.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com as well. There’s a link on the homepage. I thank you for your partnership. If 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.

10/16/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 28:1-29:32, 1 Timothy 1:1-20, Psalms 86:1-17, Proverbs 25:17

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi there, this is Judith from Reading in the United Kingdom. It’s the 12th of October. I’m calling with a few things I’ve thought of but I haven’t called in to say. Firstly, Bobby or Bonnie, I’m not sure which it was, from Pennsylvania a while ago called in to say she finished her job and had decided to stay home with her son. And just wanted to call to say I stay at home too with my 13 month old son and I was really encouraged to hear that that’s what you are doing too and trusting that God’s blessing you in that and I wanted you to know that I think that’s a great thing and I think that really honors God, what you’ve chosen to do. And also, been really blessed to hear a couple other people calling from the United Kingdom, really love to hear that. There was a girl, a long time ago now, I think a few months ago, ringing about a keloid scar that you had. And I’ve been thinking of you too and I’ll keep praying for you and really trusting that the Lord would give you we give you new perspective on that and this would be a time when He really changes your attitude and understanding of what’s beautiful to Him and how you can overcome these things that distract us and that you would find a new confidence that comes from Him and not just from the way you look, which I know is really hard. So, trusting that He’s with you in that. And thank you for calling. And been really blessed just to hear the way people…some of the women who call in about your husbands, you’re speaking about your husband’s with such respect and I really find that a blessing and an encouragement and trusting that God honors you in that because that’s a wonderful thing that you’re doing, praying for your husband’s. So, yeah, really loving hearing you guys. I never used to listen to the prayer requests but I’m really…

Hi, it’s Markoma, calling from down under down under, which is Hobart Tasmania. I’ve been a listener for two years and I have really enjoyed the program. It has really enriched my life. I listen every single day. I’ve worked for the last 4 ½ years in the prison service, as a correctional officer and recently have changed into probation and parole. There’s about one men and women on my caseload. I also am a mother of two sons and both are kind of haphazardly attending church without really making a commitment. So, prayers for them would be great. I enjoy hearing your calls and I do pray for you and thank you so much Brian and your family for the sacrifice with this amazing program. Okay. See ya.

Yes, hi Daily Audio Bible. I just wish to come to you in prayer and pray for my friend Matthew who lives in New Zealand. And Lord I just like to thank You for him Lord and ask Your blessing upon him. Lord I just pray Lord that You just __ Lord and just really…just touch his heart Lord. And Lord but wherever he goes Lord and as he’s working Lord in the Bakery place Lord, I just pray Lord that You just help him to be…be an angel to You Lord and be an angel to Your light Lord. And Lord I just thank You Lord that You just fill him up today Lord and Lord I just really thank You Lord that…for him Lord and just ask Your blessing upon him now in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen. You know, it’s really great to just be here with you and talk to you guys in prayer __. This is Matthew from Australia. And it’s now the 13th of the 10th and it’s 12:04 PM. So, I’d just like to thank Brian and all the family for being here and organizing this Daily Audio Bible podcast. You know __, I got my friend Matthew into reading…ya…listening to the Audio Bible here and he’s loved it ever since. It’s really, really great too…that you guys are still doing this ministry. Keep up the good work. I’ll call again soon. Thank you, bye-bye.

Hi Audio Bible family, my name is Kenisha out of Atlanta. I’m new…fairly new…to the Audio Bible. It has done my heart such pleasure to, you know, here all those words of encouragement from the prayer line and everything with you guys. And I just wanted to let you know that I do pray for a lot of you. I can’t remember the names of the people, but a lot of the…I do pray for each and every last one of you. I’m calling today for prayer for me and by daughter. I’m not sure what’s going on. She’s lost her way and I just can’t reach her. She’s 23 and her name is Alexis. And I don’t know. She went to school and she came back this different child or this different person. I’m just not used to her and I can’t reach her. And my heart is breaking right now because I just…I don’t know how to help her anymore. I just don’t and I’m at my breaking point with her. She’s just so disrespectful and so rude. I tried to teach her and told her to read the book of Proverbs and I just don’t know anymore. Could you just please pray for me and my family? Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Bye.

10/15/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 26:1-27:22, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18, Psalms 85:1-13, Proverbs 25:16

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello, my name is Chad, I’m from the Detroit area. The reason why I’m calling is that I’ve heard a lot of other guys, you know, calling online talking about how they have a hard time dealing with porn addictions and I’d like to ask request for healing of my own. I, you know, it’s been ongoing for a number of years starting and stopping but, yeah, I just wanted to…with that and just ask for a prayer request there as well as my own personal health as I’m dealing with a few issues regards to allergies. Thank you.

Yes, my name is Dale Dennis. I have pancreatic cancer and I was informed of this in May of 2018. The reason for my call is I have a little brother that’s about 45 and he says that he can’t go on if something happens to me. So, I would like to have prayer for him. __. And also, prayer for my family and myself. My brother’s name is Mark Dennis. Our father passed away when I was 12 and my brother was 10. And then my mother got hit by a car, got hit head-on. She passed away later. All of our aunts, uncles on the Dennis side have passed away. My grandfather’s __ passed away as well. __ partner, she passed away from cancer. __ passed away. So, we’ve had a lot of death in our family. __ have passed away. I love the Lord. I have faith. I have faith and…maybe I can beat this cancer. Only 5% that have pancreatic cancer survive. __…

Good morning DABbers my name is Anna and I’m from Los Angeles. I am calling this early morning because I’m just under a lot of pressure and are a lot of desires and dreams in my heart that I’ve been praying for for a long time and I wanted to ask all of you to join me in prayer. The first is that I’m dealing with a bully at work and he’s a man. He’s been getting to the point where authorities have to be involved. It’s not only that I’m disturbed by his bullying behavior but I’m really bothered by the emotions that it brings up in me and really trying to press through and grow in not allowing what people say to me to ruffle my feathers and bother me but also be wise about what is not appropriate behavior, but please pray for wisdom. __ with my health. I’ve been losing my hair and I’ve been breaking out all over my body and the doctors are trying to find out what’s going on. Please pray for healing and restoration of my hair. Especially as a woman, it’s so important for me to have my beautiful long hair. And also, please pray for my heart. I have not been in a relationship for four years since I lost my boyfriend to a car accident. And recently I met someone, his name is Cameron and his heart is in a lot of tumult as he’s coming back to Christ. Please pray that he would be fully restored to Christ and that our relationship would be restored in peace and in purpose and, yeah, and joy. His name is Cameron and I love him very much and I have so much hope for him and I know that he needs to come to Christ on his own terms. And also, lastly if you could pray for me, I started a…

Hi this is Jay from New York City. I am a medical student. I’ve called before. I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible for about, I believe like 10 years now and I’m very thankful for this community. It’s always been present, especially during trying times. And I am very prayerful concerning DABbers needs. And I am also encouraged by their praise reports. It’s just a very real community and a very real place to just reflect and appreciate all that God is and all that he does. So, I’m currently…I’m nestled in a bit of a situation. It’s not impossible…as nothing is impossible with God. I’m in my last year of medical school and it’s been eight years. I kind of had to take a longer course because of my parent’s illnesses and because I also had some learning difficulties. I have a learning challenge. So, here I am, my last year, I’m getting a residency in __ and I took my step two CS which is part of the licensing procedure and I did not pass it. It’s comprised of clinical skills, applying clinical skills in a standardized setting with standardized patients who act like patients. I failed on many components and if you fail one component you fail the exam. So, I did not pass and it poses a little bit of a challenge…

10/14/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 23:21-25:38, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17, Psalms 84:1-12, Proverbs 25:15

Today is the 14th day of October welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. And as every day, as is the case every day, it’s a pleasure to be here with you as we open the threshold, walk-through into a brand-new, sparkly, shiny week. And we will move through this week and move through the center of another month as we’re doing it. Of course, we will pick up where we left off, but we will read from the New International Version this week. And, so, picking up where we left off brings us back into the book of Jeremiah chapter 23 verse 21 to 25 verse 38 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word, we thank You for another week, we thank You for another threshold to walk-through into a shiny, sparkly, new week, and we look into this week and realize it’s all out in front of us. We may have lots of plans that are for this week, but none of them have been accomplished, everything is shiny and new and we choose to turn to Your Holy Spirit and invite Your leadership, Your guidance, Your comfort, and Your will for our lives. That’s what we want this week to look like. So, come Holy Spirit, we pray. We surrender to You and Your lordship. We humble ourselves before You and ask that You would lead us into all truth in the coming days, we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible in the mission that we share together as a community around this global campfire, which is to continue to bring God’s spoken word read fresh every day and to offer it to the world every day to anyone who will listen anywhere on this planet no matter what time it is and to build community around this rhythm so that we know where going through this alone, we’re going through this and life together with our brothers and sisters even though we may be spread all over the world. If this has been life-giving to you, then thank you for your partnership. There’s a link on the homepage of dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Yes, shalom shalom Daily Audio Bible people…and it is Wednesday, October 10th at 530 in the evening and I was listening to my reading for today and after the reading I heard a lady, I don’t remember your name, but you were raped when you are 17 and it was 20 years ago and you have never forgotten and he was a Christian whose name was Christian and my heart just broke for you honey, my heart just broke for you. I’m going to be praying for you. I came from an abusive home too. My first father was…almost killed by mother when I was little and I had four brothers and two sisters. There was a lot of abuse going on in my early years, but I can’t imagine to be in your shoes as a virgin girl, young girl, to have that stolen from you. And all I can say is keep listening to the Daily Audio Bible and you will hear comfort come to your soul. And I just want to wash over you with my prayers, surround you with my faith and my love, and I want to reach out my hand to hold you in my arms and just sit with you…

Hi, this is Donnie from California and today is October 10th and I just heard a girl call in. I couldn’t hear her first name but I think it was Gee, her nickname, and I want to tell you I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry that that happened to you. It should have never happened to you. I was raped when I was 12 but I got justification because I put him in jail. And you have nobody to justify you but the Lord. And I got your back girl. I’m gonna to pray for you every day. And I’m so sorry that that happened to you and you shouldn’t let it affect you. You should just __ your eyes and pray that God will help you to forget this situation, not forget it, because you’ll never forget it, but just forget the situation. And my gosh girl, I’m on your side and I’m so sorry this happened to you. Bye-bye.

Hi, this is Deb from Franklin Wisconsin or as I go, by Wondering Widow of the Word. This goes out to Dr. John. You had called on October 7th about your daughter Phoebe. I can relate. I’m a nurse. I am an oncology hematology nurse and it is a difficult field. There’s so much to learn in there’s much changing daily but I just encourage Phoebe that she has the mind of Christ and she can do all things through Christ who strengthens her. That’s a verse that I hung onto going to nursing school and God is so faithful and He can use a doctor and He can use a nurse in so many ways to touch lives in ways that nobody else can. Encourage Phoebe today that she has a calling on her life and ask her to follow through and just persevere through and God will be with her and strengthen her. Goodbye.

Hi DAB family this is Gigi from Gainesville and I’m calling in a prayer for Dr. John’s daughter Phoebe and also a praise. The praise is that I got through my semester…mini semester. Man it was so hard for me but I have this term paper and I had to pray, seriously, every sentence out. And I cried a lot too but I turned it in and it turned out great, so, thank you God. And the prayer is for Dr. John’s daughter Phoebe. I don’t know if she listens or not but I’ve been praying for you every day since I heard Dr. John’s prayer for her. I just really relate, I guess it struck a chord. And, so, I’m just gonna pray for her right now. Dear God thank You so much for Phoebe and all that she’s going through __ impossible but You are with her and You make the most impossible possible so that she can call on You and You are there and You will help her. Thank You God for overcoming the __, for overcoming sin, for overcoming darkness, for overcoming death, the grave, sickness, everything. You have overcome, and You live within us that believe in You and look to You and You make us overcome. Thank You God, for You are our help and our salvation. And also seeking and helping…I mean eating all the really great things that You giving us to feel better. Thank You God, that we can pass on all our cares upon You __ there for us. We thank You for the perfect peace that You give us when we are thinking about You. You give us that perfect peace that passes all understanding.

10/13/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 22:1-23:20, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12, Psalms 83:1-18, Proverbs 25:11-14

Today is the 13th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you as we close down another week. The rhythm just keeps continuing like a heartbeat and here we are at the end of another of our weeks together. And we start this journey every January 1st with 52 of these weeks out in front of us and we’re down to eleven more. Eleven more times we get to close down the week together before we end this year together. So we are moving right along. And in order to move right along, let’s dive in. We’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. Jeremiah 22:1-23: 20 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for another week in Your word. And as we were considering at the beginning, we have fewer weeks than we had and we’re able to number them and count them down as we move to the end of the year. And we’re thankful. We can look back and see Your faithfulness and Your mercy in our lives. Father, it is our desire to finish strong. To step into these remaining weeks and surrender to You and enjoy this coming season in Your presence as we move further and deeper into the center of Your will as the fruit of the Spirit continues to be cultivated in our lives. And as Your Holy Spirit continues to lead us into all truth. This is our desire and we look to You for guidance. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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Dailyaudiobible.com is the website. It’s home base. It’s where you find out what’s going on around here, so be sure to stay connected.

Visit the community section of the website to find out all the places to stay connected on social media. And definitely do that because there’s continual conversion going on among this community and it never stops so stay connected. Also stay connected at the prayer wall. Pray for your brothers and sisters while you’re there. And of course, you can do these things in the Daily Audio Bible app as well. Stay connected.

If you wanna partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com as well. There’s a link on the homepage. And I thank you. I thank you for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the give button in the upper right-hand corner. Or if you prefer, the mailing address is P.O.  Box 1996, Spring Hill, Tennessee, 37174.

And as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning family, this is Erin in Michigan. It is Wednesday October…gosh what it is…I don’t even know…October 10th and my heart is broken…for a million reasons really. They just found 120 something missing children that were in a human trafficking situation here in Michigan. So, that’s breaking my heart. The local school that I work at has just had another issue with someone who’s preying on children. And…just…my heart…my heart is heavy…and there are things in my life that have harmed me and caused me to…to grow fearful and nervous Lord. And, you know, not every day but just when I think of it. And then Gee called in today Lord, spoke of her issues, and spoke of someone in the name of Christ who treated her like she wasn’t made in the image of God and it just killed me Lord that she had to say, I don’t care about the politics. We have to discount the fact that women across our nation, across our world have been misused and have been harmed in the search of whatever it is that person wanted. And Lord, I just lift up our brokenness and I lift up our pain and our need for healing to You, the great physician Lord. And You know how to help us and You know how to heal us Lord and we just pray for healing across the world Lord for women, for girls Lord. And we pray for our men. We know that they are made in Your image and we know that they are stronger and better than they are acting Lord. And we know that it’s not all of them. We lift everyone up to You Lord in Your holy and precious name. Amen. Thank you, family. Love you. Bye.

Hello this is Scottish Tom calling from the Cleveland Ohio area. So, I was saying my morning prayers this morning and I was praying for the community as I do all…every morning. And I also pray for the people who don’t call in and also the people that don’t call in because they maybe think that their problems are unimportant to the community. I just wanted to say that no problem is unimportant to the community. One person may be calling in because they’ve got cancer and you feel stupid calling because you’ve got a headache that day. But for every one person that maybe says, well that was a dumb prayer request, or why are they calling about that, there’s plenty of others that are saying, well, I can relate to that. I’m gonna pray for that person today. It also got me thinking about Jesus first miracle. It wasn’t raising someone from the dead, and it wasn’t healing someone from the sick, or making the blind see. It was a bride and groom at their wedding who were embarrassed because they were about to run out of alcohol and Jesus turned water into wine. Now that’s not a life or death situation. Maybe for the servants who thought they might run out. But, I don’t know. But yeah, it wasn’t a life and death situation but He saved their embarrassment by making wine and it was the best wine that people had tasted. So, never think that your problems are so small or that you can’t call in about them. And as I say, even those that don’t call in, I do pray for you every morning. Take care everyone and I will call in again soon. Bye.

Hi it’s October 10th and I just listened to the Daily Audio Bible and then the prayer requests and the prayer read quest that came in from…I think it’s Gee. It just really broke my heart. I just want to let you…I wanted to let you know that I’m praying for you and that Jesus Christ heals you. What happened to you is horrible but you can let that go and it is over, it’s done, it’s the past. But you have nothing to feel guilt or shame about. You’re a new creation in Christ and He just…just like Brian said today in the message…he wants you to be stronger because of it. There are so many others out there. I was raped when I was 13. I was molested for years and years before that by my pastor and grandparent. So, God has made my life beautiful and I know that He wants that for you. So, please hear that and please know that you can have a happy and good life and Jesus Christ heals you. Okay? Sending my love and prayers.

Hi, my name is Kim, I’m a first-time caller and I just wanted to call and reference a few calls that have really touched my heart. I want to talk to the lady, I believe you said you’re going to refer to the name Gee. I listened today, 10/10 and you were raped at 17. And I just wanted to commend you for taking the step forward and letting that go. And I just want to tell you that you are not alone. I want you to know that it is not your fault. And you have taken the first step to healing and I will be praying for you. Margo in Australia, I heard your call today too. I’m going down the same road as you, trying to wean off of antidepressants. So, know I’m praying for you. Kaylee, whose son is 11, can I tell you that your story resonates with exactly what I’m going through with my son and daughter right now? I am praying for your son and just know that he is at an age where he is still impressionable and I am praying that he gets the help he needs. And you are a great mom. Thank you for calling. Candace from Oregon, I’m praying for Micah. Your prayer about a month ago really spoke to my heart. Thank you for being transparent. The lady from Canada whose son is on the street, I’m praying for him and for you. I love you all. Hope you’re having a great day. Please be in prayer for my family. Thank you.

10/12/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 19:1-21:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-28, Psalms 82:1-8, Proverbs 25:8-10

Today is the 12th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is an honor and a pleasure to be here with you today, right here, right now. And how crazy is it that we live in a time that this can even happen. Nevertheless, we do live at such a time and so we’ve come together around the global campfire to take the next step forward and the next step will continue us in the Amplified Bible, which is what we’re reading from this week. Jeremiah chapter 19, 20 and 21 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we just concluded Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. And typically, in Paul’s letters, like there’s this…this ending or concluding list of characteristics or postures that Paul is inviting his readers to live into, probably because Paul wanted to paint a picture for the congregations so that they could see what a transformed life should and could look like. And we don’t always read these lists correctly. We can read postures from Paul and then try to turn the list into an action plan for some sort of recipe of things that we’ve got to live further into rather than understanding that he’s offering a picture of what will become natural for us as we embrace our new nature. So, with that in mind, let’s just look at this closing list from First Thessalonians. Paul says, appreciate those who diligently work among you. Recognize, acknowledge and respect your leaders who are in charge over you in the Lord. He also says, admonish those of you who are out of line, the undisciplined, the unruly, the disorderly. Encourage the timid who lack spiritual courage. Help the spiritually weak. Be very patient with everyone, always controlling your temper. See that no one repays another with evil for evil but always seek that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always and delight in your faith. Be unceasing and persistent in prayer in every situation no matter what the circumstances. Be thankful and continually give thanks to God for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench or subdue or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Do not scorn or reject gifts of prophecy or prophecies or spoken revelations or words of instruction or exhortation or warning but test all things carefully so you can recognize what is good. Hold firmly to that which is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Withdraw and keep away from it. Okay. So, there’s plenty of stuff to consider there. And it’s not a bad thing to look at that list or those characteristics that Paul is inviting the Thessalonians to aim their lives toward, it’s not bad to look at those and say, okay, here’s the places that I’m failing or here’s the places that I really need to focus in on and work on. That’s not a bad thing, but rather than looking at this as a collection of postures that reveal the ways that we’re failing, we should see what we are becoming. This is what comes naturally to a transformed person and transformation is a process. So, if, you know, reading back through that passage, if there were things that do not describe your life, that should describe your life, then you’re simply discovering areas that are in the process of being sanctified. And the only person…I mean…this is where we are headed…this is what it’s going to look like to become Christlike. The only person who can ultimately interfere with this process is you. So, let’s invite the Holy Spirit into those areas and begin to consciously turn to God, rather than consciously and continuously embracing old habits.

Prayer:

Father, we want this to look like our lives. What we want is to look like You. This is what we are invited to do. We are invited to become Christlike. We are invited to put on a new nature. And not just any nature, the nature of God. And this will transform us utterly. And the Scriptures, over and over, give us pictures of what that can look like. So, come Holy Spirit. Show us where we need to aim our lives. Show us the areas that we need to get mastery over rather than a struggle that is for the rest of our lives over anger or rage or lust or greed or envy or whatever it is that we might deal with. Rather than figuring out how we can struggle and live with this for the rest of our life, we would like to see mastery over it by the power of Your Holy Spirit. And this is possible. It simply requires our surrender. Come Holy Spirit. We surrender to You. In the name of Jesus, we ask these things. Amen.

Announcements:

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

Pray for your brothers and sisters at the Prayer Wall. Visit the Daily Audio Bible Shop. Just stay connected.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link. It’s on the homepage. I thank you profoundly and with all humility for those of you who’ve clicked that link. We…we simply wouldn’t be here if we didn’t do this together. And that’s a fact, so, thank you. 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 there are a number of numbers that you can use located at different points on the globe. If you’re in the Americas, you can dial 877-942-4253. If you are in the UK or Europe you can dial 44-20-3608-8078. And if you are in Australia or that part of the world, you can dial 61-3-8820-5459.

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, my name’s Nora David and I’m calling from a village called Mantaska Alaska. I am calling for prayer. We had a suicide here three weeks ago and our young people are still reeling from it. Please pray for our young people here in Alaska. I want to thank you and I appreciate that I can reach out with a call for help. This is the first time I’ve listened to the Audio Bible. It’s October 9th. Thank you again.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is His Beloved from California. First, I would just like to say I got my name when I was at the retreat in Georgia with the other women. We did a little exercise at the end and they lead us to ask God what our name was and that’s the name He gave me. So, this is His Beloved. Victoria Soldier, you prayed for me and I just want to say, praise report. I’m sure other of my family members are praying too. My test results came back positive. My doctor said it was a mistake. They scared me, they called me in to give me my results and it was a mistake. My test results were positive and fine and everything’s good. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m so excited and happy. There’s a couple people that are weighing on my mind heavily that I’d like to pray for. There was a young woman with an 11-year-old boy. The story just broke me. And, so, Father God, I just raise up this 11-year-old boy. And You promised that You would make every crooked path straight and I just call on You now for blessing that family with healing, harmony, protection, Father God. I pray over this woman and her children, that You promised that every crooked path is made straight. And I believe this in the name of Jesus. Also, there is a gentleman who called in a while back about his mother, that she’s had been abused physically and emotionally and now I think his brother was taking care of her and the same thing was happening. So, Father God, I cast this off. I ask that the Holy Spirit would convict this man and if not that someone would come in there and take the situation out and help her Father God. You promised that our children will call us blessed and this is what I call on that family in the name of Jesus. I love you all so much. Have a blessed day. Bye.

Hey everybody this is Pelham from Birmingham still. Well, hurricane Michael has been born and I am making the declaration that that is not a coincidence. And I’m gonna go mission Impossible for second. I watched the new one the other night and the opening scene had a guy that says, and faith withdrew to the warrior a storm is coming. And the other character says, and the warrior whispered to say I am the storm. We’re all prayer warriors, all of us, and I’m calling today because of two calls that played this morning on the 9th. It was Pam, it was Prosperous Pam’s call that got me where I had to call in but Teresa from Ontario was the one that hit my heart. And you were talking about Jay and the children, the estranged from. And I’m in that situation. I need prayer. And your call and you were saying that you were hesitant to call, I believe that was you. I’d have to double check that wasn’t before you. But any time that you’re hesitating to call out there, anybody that’s listening, that is a signal to you that the enemy does not want you to call. He knows how much strength you have and how much power this community has. So, he’s gonna move against you anytime you think about picking up the phone. So, I’m sure that the DAB loves this, but you guys, don’t hesitate to call. And don’t hesitate also…I’m…I’m speaking from the DABs perspective…I haven’t been able to tithe towards the DAB or any community here recently, but I know my finances are being blessed and I it’s time for some DAB donations. I’m just sayin’. We need to hire three more operators to go through the editing of all the calls because our prayer powers in unity are unstoppable. Love you guys. Let’s pray for the hurricane to stay away.

Hi this is Terry and I’m calling for prayer for my son Josh. We live in Southern California and I’m just…he’s a young man, 14, and, you know, and just entering high school. And I just need prayer for his guidance, prayer for me too and our family on how to guide him. But I’m just asking for God just work a miracle in his life so that he would just know the right decisions to make and just…I guess…be obedient to his parents without getting mad and not wanting to run away from the problems and everything. And, so, if…if the family…if you guys could pray, I’d really appreciate it. And I just started listening two days ago. So, I’ve been really blessed so far. And for the prayer requests that have gone forward, I’ll be praying for those too…everyone that I heard today…the last two days, I’ll be praying for those requests and just continue to do the good work that God’s called us to do. And I pray to God will continue to bless you Brian and your ministry. Thank you. Bye.

10/11/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 16:16-18:23, 1Theselonoans 4:1-5:3, Psalms 81:1-16, Proverbs 25:6-7

Today is the 11th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. What a pleasure it is to be here with you today, just like every day because we come together around this global campfire and we can slow the world down and give ourselves permission to step away from all the chaos. We’re doing it for a reason. We’re doing it because our souls are craving God’s word in our lives. This is the rhythm of our lives. And he never ceases to speak to us through his word. So, everything that’s been going on, all the chaos, that’s still there. We can return to it. But we can return to it after stepping away for a minute and allowing God to give us some context through his word. So, we’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. And in our Old Testament reading, we’ll go back into the book of Jeremiah, which we’ve been working our way through for the last, I guess, week, right? About a week. These days and weeks, they fly by. Nevertheless, today Jeremiah 16:16-18:23 today.

Commentary:

Okay. God has a plan, right? Have you ever heard that said before? Have you ever said that before? Usually, you hear, God has a plan as a means of encouragement when we’re facing unexpected hardship. But does God have a plan like that though? And if he does, is it a mysterious plan that we can’t figure out? When we think about God’s plan, we’re usually thinking about it because we don’t like where we are or we’re watching something awful unfold in the world and we will just shake our heads and tell ourselves that God has a plan. We don’t understand it now, but all will be revealed eventually. And, honestly, it’s easier this way. It’s easier to press into the idea that God has a plan because then it leaves us with an excuse. And if the sorrows that we’re facing in our own lives or just as humanity can all be attributed to God and his plan, then we have no culpability in anything, right? So, this is like disassociation. We can look at the mess that we’ve made of things or we can look at global events and think this isn’t my fault. God has a plan, which essentially means that God’s to blame for everything. This is not a new concept. This is a very ancient concept, and in our reading from Jeremiah, God spoke on his own behalf about this issue. So, quoting God from the book of Jeremiah, at one moment I might suddenly speak concerning a nation or kingdom that I will uproot and break down and destroy. If that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent and reverse my decision concerning the devastation that I intended to do. Or at another time I might suddenly speak about a nation or kingdom that I will build up or establish. And if they do evil in my sight by not obeying my voice, then I will reverse my decision concerning the good with which I had promised to bless them. Okay, so yes, for sure, God has a plan and it’s perfect. It’s a perfect plan to restore humanity. But, according to God’s word spoken through Jeremiah, human beings have a role to play in that plan. I mean, after all, it’s a plan for humanity, which means that our choices matter, right? Individually, our choices matter. As the whole of humanity, our choices matter. And according to Jeremiah, God is willing to change his plans accordingly and reverse his decisions accordingly. Let’s consider this, the concept that we would all find familiar. Sowing and reaping. If we will reap what we sow, right, then we can hardly chalk up a life full of weeds to God’s plan. We can’t plant selfishness or envy or immorality and expect that it’s going to yield the fruit of the Spirit. God has a plan, and we’re invited to collaborate with him in bringing that plan into its full and redemptive completion. And this happens in our personal lives as individual people and it happens as the whole of the Body of Christ in this world. If there’s anything that we’ve learned if the Scriptures so far this year, it’s that God desires and expects to collaborate with us in relationship. God’s plan is not our excuse for being absent in our own lives. His plan is that we might fall in love with him as he has fallen in love with us and that we might collaborate with him in bringing his kingdom and in the restoration of all things, which is a pretty good plan. So, next time something’s going sideways in our lives or that something awful is happening in the world and we’re shaking our heads and saying God has a plan, we have to say, yes, he has a plan, and how is it that I have stepped out of that plan as opposed to saying, well I have made a mess of things but it’s not my fault because God has a plan. We’re invited to collaborate with God in relationship in his plan for our personal, individual lives, for our families and for this world. May we consider how we can intentionally be involved in that plan today.

Prayer:

So, Holy Spirit, we invite You into that. We are all certainly guilty of being confused about circumstances and things that come our way and Your plan and how we all fit into that when we now realize that You have a plan. And You have always been willing to make modifications, just as You spoke in the book of Jeremiah today based on our response to Your plan. Come Holy Spirit. Align us with Your will and Your ways that we may walk with You perfectly, upright, as sons and daughters who are in love with their father and deeply want to participate in restoration and wholeness. Come Holy Spirit, we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its where you find out what’s going on around here in Daily Audio Bible land, what’s happening at the global campfire. So, certainly do stay in touch and stay connected.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com as well. There’s a link that just lives on the homepage. And I thank you humbly and profoundly that we can be here for another day because we’re here together and in this together. 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 P.O. Box 1996, Spring Hill, Tennessee, 37174.

And as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

10/10/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 14:11-16:15, 1 Thessalonians 2:10-3:13, Psalms 80:1-19, Proverbs 25:1-5

Today is the 10th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is a pleasure and a joy to be here with you today around the global campfire where we can come in out of the cold coming out of whatever’s going on in the storms of our lives and just allow God’s word to speak, allow it to wash into whatever’s going on and speak life to us. So, we’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. We’ll pick up where we left off yesterday, Jeremiah chapter 14 verse 11 through 16 verse 15 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, at this point in our journey through the letter to the Thessalonians, the letter that we’re calling first Thessalonians, while Paul isn’t revealing like grand vistas of faith that we’ve grown accustomed to as we moved through some of the previous letters. And he’s not offering, like, complex theological understandings. Right now we’re simply reading an encouraging word to ordinary believers just like us. These new believers had formed a congregation together in Thessalonica and they had been experiencing opposition from the get-go. And Paul was concerned that persecution would eventually stamp out the work that had been done in their hearts, which was something that Paul was continually burdened about overall the churches. Paul told the believers in Thessalonica how deeply he and his companions had desire to spend more time with them if they could have and how they had been trying to get back to them, but unfortunately, they’d been unsuccessful. And, so, Paul writes in this letter, for this reason, when I could no longer endure the suspense I sent someone to find out about your faith how you are holding up under pressure for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our work among you would prove to be ineffective. So, Timothy coming back from Thessalonica with good and hopeful news inspired Paul to write this letter, in part, because he wanted the Thessalonian congregation to deeply understand that they were not alone. They were not the only ones facing opposition. I mean, it’s true. They were experiencing intimidation and they were being harassed from their own countrymen, but Jewish believers were experiencing the same thing from their own fellow Hebrews. And Paul wanted the Thessalonian believers to know that they had not been abandoned. Rather, they had locked arms and hearts in a struggle for spiritual freedom with thousands of other brothers and sisters going through the same thing. So, if you’re in a season where you feel like you’re facing spiritual opposition, maybe even marginalization, then the first thing to become aware of is that you’ve taken your place in a long and unbroken line of brothers and sisters who have all endured the same thing over all of these thousands of years. Opposition is how the gospel spread throughout the earth and the Scriptures repeatedly tell us not to be surprised by opposition. But the Scriptures also tell us repeatedly that we’re not alone. The brothers and sisters of the early church all faced this. And Jeremiah, 600 years earlier that we’re reading through in the Old Testament, faced this as well. Jeremiah cried out to God just like we do and he received comfort and context from the Lord when he cried out. And, so, we can receive from God the same words that were spoken to Jeremiah - if you repent and give up this mistaken attitude of despair and self-pity then I will restore you to a state of inner peace so that you may stand before me as my obedient representative. And if you separate the precious from the worthless, examining yourself and cleansing your heart from unwarranted doubt concerning my faithfulness you will become my spokesman. Let the people turn to you and learn to value my values. But you, you must not turn to them with regard for their idolatry and wickedness and I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze. They will fight against you but they will not prevail over you, for I am with you always to save you and protect you, says the Lord. Centuries later, Paul prayed a prayer over the Thessalonians who were facing similar obstacles, a prayer that we can also receive over ourselves. And may the Lord cause you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you so that He may strengthen and establish your hearts without blame in holiness in the sight of our God and Father of the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. So, remember this prayer from first Thessalonians. Remember God’s words spoken through Jeremiah when you’re feeling alone or overwhelmed or opposed. Come back to these things. There, sitting here. They’re in the Bible. You can find them every single day. Say out loud the words spoken by God. Say out loud the prayer of the apostle Paul, you are not alone. Do not mistake challenge for abandonment, right? Don’t mistake opposition for desertion by God. God’s presence and the presence of our brothers and sisters is not a recipe for making these easy, it’s the promise that we can rise to the challenge and become stronger through the challenge and we are not alone in any of it.

Prayer:

Father, we invite Your Holy Spirit into those places that are feeling like we’re walking alone, like we’ve been deserted, like we are abandoned. We know these things are false and yet sometimes they feel so true and they pull us in all kinds of directions. And, so, You have brought us through Your word, back to this bedrock truth, we are not alone. We will never be alone and we are the ones that have to reorient ourselves to that fact because we can go on living a lie that we have been abandoned and we can live that lie the rest of our lives and it was never true. We have never been abandoned. We are not alone. Your presence is here and You’ve given us the gift of each other to walk out this life in community. So, we thank You for this reminder in Your word and now the ball is in our court. Now we have some choices to make, whether to believe it or not, whether to walk in that direction of wholeness or not. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its where you find out what’s going on around here in Daily Audio Bible land, what’s happening at the global campfire. So, be sure to check it out.

Definitely pray for your brothers and sisters at the Prayer Wall. find the resources that are available in Daily Audio Bible shop.

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 profoundly for your partnership and allowing the Daily Audio Bible to exist. If you are 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.

10/09/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 12:1-14:10, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:9, Psalms 79:1-13, Proverbs 24:30-34

Today is the 9th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s always a pleasure to meet you here each and every day. So, I’m glad that we have this time. I’m glad that you showed up today. I’m glad that you show up ever d ay because this would be awfully lonely all by myself. Even though I’m an introvert, this wouldn’t be any fun without you. So, I’m glad that we can be here today and take the next step forward as we continue to move through the Scriptures. We’ll be picking up where we left off in Jeremiah, but when we get to the New Testament, we’ll be beginning a new book, another one of Paul’s letters known as 1 Thessalonians. So, we’ll talk about that when we get there, but we’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. Jeremiah 12:1-14:10.

Introduction to 1 Thessalonians:

Okay. I mentioned at the beginning that we would be entering into a new letter from the Apostle Paul today. And at this point as we have made our way through the New Testament, we should be well aware of who the Apostle Paul was. And that it was his missionary journeys that established many churches throughout the Roman empire. And preserved for us in the New Testament are many of the letters that he wrote to the different churches that had been established. So, in just a couple minutes, we’ll begin Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica. And the story of the establishment of the church in Thessalonica can be found in the book of Acts. Paul had previously been in Philippi, but then the persecution had become severe and he travelled to Thessalonica, where in a very short and intense time, a church was planted. But then a mob was stirred up against it, and as with many early communities, persecution again broke out in Thessalonica as it had in Philippi. And Paul and his traveling companions had to flee away in the night to escape it. And this happened on Paul’s second missionary journey. And a few cities later, Paul found himself in Corinth where he stayed for a year and a half. And Corinth was probably where Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians. And this is probably in AD 51, maybe late in the year or early in the year of AD 52. So, Paul didn’t get to spend a lot of time in Thessalonica and he wanted to go back to encourage and bolster the faith of the community, but he wasn’t able. So, he sent Timothy. And when Timothy came back from Thessalonica and reported the good news that everyone was staying true, Paul was exhilarated. His relief and joy are noticeable in the words of the letter we’re about to read, making it a very encouraging and personal letter from the apostle to the Thessalonian believers. And through them, of course, encouraging us on our own journey. It was the persecution that made it impossible for Paul to spend much time among the Thessalonians and the forming community was under such duress that some of the believers had begun to question what Paul had taught them. It all happened in a very short period of time, so they especially questioned what he had taught them about the afterlife of a believer. So, this is one of the things that Paul addressed in this letter, giving a more solid theological foundation from which to grow. And just like Paul’s other letters, 1 Thessalonians is a fascinating glimpse into the early church because these letters are some of the earliest existing Christian documents. So, we’ll get going into this letter and we’ll find that we’re encouraged to live with one another well and to remain passionate for God even when we face the pressures of life and even the pressures of persecution. So, with all that being said, we begin. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:12 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for the many facets of it and the way that it speaks to all of the issues of our lives. We thank You for the letters of the Apostle Paul that we’re working our way through that give us a clear vision and example of Your kingdom and our place in it. And we fully embrace all that You are speaking to us as we walk with You today. Come, Holy Spirit, we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

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