12/14/2018 DAB Transcript

Jonah 1:1-4:11, Revelation 5:1-14, Psalms 133:1-3, Proverbs 29:26-27

Today is the 14th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you. 10 days and it will be Christmas Eve and I pray that you are immersing yourself in this Advent season, this season of longing, this season of waiting and watching for the arrival of the Savior. And as we move through this season of Advent we’re moving rapidly through a lot of territory in the Scriptures. As we’ve mentioned several times. We’ve kind of reached our destination in the New Testament. We’re in the book of Revelation and that will carry us into the end of the year, but the Old Testament, we are moving rapidly and we read the book of Obadiah in its entirety yesterday. We’re gonna read another book in its entirety today and this one is called the book of Jonah.

Introduction to the book of Jonah:

Jonah, this one is one of the minor prophets and it’s a book of prophecy that has a twist. Jonah was a prophet and he lived in the northern kingdom of Israel. And where he lived was basically due west of the southern portion of the Sea of Galilee and he lived during the reign of King Jeroboam the second, who continue to lead the people into idolatry. Now, whereas most of the prophets of the Bible called their own people to repentance, Jonah’s mission was to go to the city of Nineveh, which was one of the largest cities in the world at that time. And the ruins of ancient Nineveh are located near the modern city of Mosul in Iraq. And unfortunately, many of those ancient ruins were damaged or destroyed in recent years by Isis. So, you can imagine…you can imagine that Jonah was not pleased. And the thing is Jonah, the story we’re about to read is…you know…it’s a famous story, so we probably know the lay of the land and he was not pleased. God commanded him to go to a people who were considered enemies, I mean mortal enemies of Israel and for that matter enemies of God’s. So, to Jonah’s way of thinking, God was sending him to God’s enemies. As the story goes, rather than obeying, Jonah fled in the opposite direction and got himself to the Mediterranean coast at Joppa, which is now kind of a coastal suburb of Tel Aviv. And as we probably are all aware, Jonah ended up in the belly of a great fish. And after three days of repentance he was spewed out on the shore alive. And, so, for Christians there are obviously foreshadowing’s of Jesus in this story. But Jonah also contains parallels with our own lives. When we allow fear and pride to lead us into disobedience we will certainly find ourselves just like Jonah, we will be on the run from God. And the thing that we need to learn from Jonah and from our own stories is that running from God is not possible. And even though Jonah was swallowed in the open sea by a great fish, that great fish ended up being his salvation, right? He would have drowned in that storm. Even though being inside the belly of a great fish would have been terrifying and probably terribly uncomfortable and all kinds of things, God used the fish to deliver Jonah alive and well back on dry land. And we’ve all run from God at times, and we may find that life has swallowed us alive because of it, but we may also find that what engulfed us was actually transporting us in the end, back to firm footing, we can walk with God in obedience once again. So, we’ll read the entirety of Jonah today from the New International version, which is what we’re reading from this week. Jonah 1:1 through 4:11.

Commentary:

Brian: Okay. So, we usually read the proverb right here, but I’ve got a little friend standing next to me. Hey buddy. How are you right now?

Ezekiel: Good

Brian: Want to help read some of the Daily Audio Bible today?

Ezekiel: Yeah

Brian: Want to do the proverb?

Ezekiel: Yeah

Brian: Okay

Ezekiel: Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice. The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.

Brian: Yes. Out of the mouth of babes.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for another day in Your word and surprises even. You’ve instructed us to have the faith of a child. And, so, when You here the Scriptures from the mouth of a child it is a special indeed. So, we thank You Father. We thank You for all that You have done and all that You have yet to do in this year and in our lives. We ask that You plant the Scriptures deep within, that they might yield the fruit of the spirit in our lives. Come Holy Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

Brian: Thank you for reading with us today buddy.

Ezekiel: Your welcome.

Brian: You excited for Christmas to be here.

Ezekiel: Yeah.

Brian: Its coming very soon, ha?

Ezekiel: Yeah.

Brian: We’re counting down the days.

Ezekiel: Yeah.

Brian: I think you just brought some Christmas cheer into a lot of people’s lives who are listening to you today.

Ezekiel: [yawns]

Brian: You tired? You want to go back to sleep?

Ezekiel: [giggling]

Brian: You just want to hang out here some more?

Okay. Okay….so…we’ll just hang out here. dailyaudiobible.com…hold on….let me just get everything situated. Okay. So, dailyaudiobible.com is the website and its home base and it’s all things Christmas right now around here.

And, so, we’ve been talking about the family Christmas Box. Those are available. The family Christmas album, that’s available. The Daily Audio Bible Christmas cards with our word for the year, “Hope” on the front of them and they’re beautiful. That’s available. All this is available in the Daily Audio Bible shop in the Christmas section. So, certainly check that out while supplies last.

There are other resources that we have in the Daily Audio Bible Shop that make for really wonderful Christmas presents. Check out the Lifestyle section in the Shop where all of our writing instruments and our Daily Audio Bible journal, those all live in the Lifestyle section. And just some wonderful stuff, great gift giving ideas.

We’ve also been talking about the More Gathering for women that’s coming up this April. That is a fantastic gift idea and you can find out all of the details. I mean, we’ve been talking about it for a couple weeks, so, you kind of probably know some of the details but you can get more details at moregathering.com or at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section.

We’re also taking the Christmas calls for this year and that runs through the end of the week, which is tomorrow. So, if you’ve been kind of procrastinating now would be the time to pick up that phone and wish your Daily Audio Bible family holiday cheer, merry Christmas and whatever it is the that you have to say about your journey. This is always a beautiful beautiful time in this community. Christmas time is a beautiful time around the world, but it is a beautiful time in this community because we’ve been journeying together the whole year. So, you can use any of the prayer request lines to also call in your holiday greeting. 877-942-4253 if you are in the Americas. If you’re in the UK or Europe 44-20-3608-8078 is the number to dial. If you are in Australia 61-3-8820-5459 is the number to dial. And like I’ve been saying, just the only thing is don’t call in with a prayer request and then tag on like a holiday greeting at the end or vice versa. Make them separate and then we’ll be able to get everything to where it goes. But every year those are there. There are those that hear this every day and then wait and then miss out. And, so, don’t do that. Make sure you call in one of those numbers and be a part of the family Christmas for this year.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There’s a link on the homepage. I thank you. Thank you. We would not be here doing what we are doing if we didn’t do it together. And, so, thank you. So, there’s a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner of the app 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 or a holiday greeting you can use any of those numbers that we named a little bit ago.

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:

You are everything that’s anything
and everything that’s anything is nothing without you
Giving tender mercies every day made new
mold and shape this broken vessel according to your will
speak to my inner restlessness tell it peace be still
hide me under the shadow of your wing while you mend my broken heart
fill me with your word and son while your spirit leads me to a brand-new start
thank you father for not throwing me away for that’s truly what I deserve
but I’m fully committed 100% and it’s only you that I’ll serve
I will lift my little light way up high and let the whole world know
that for me there is no other way and I’m glad it is so
for you are everything that’s anything
and everything that’s anything is nothing without you
full of tender mercies every day made new
mold and shape this broken vessel according to your will
speak to my inner restlessness tell it peace be still
praises glory and honor forever to you are due
for giving us tender mercies every day made new

blindtony1016@gmail.com. Happy holidays everybody. And once again, I want to give a shout out to Asia and Matthias and baby G and mom and I hope that you’re keeping the faith and you’re hanging in there and know that the best is still yet to come. Anyway, know you’re loved, thought of and prayer for every day. And once again, thank you Brian and the Hardin family. Thank you for this wonderful podcast for God’s Holy Spirit to flow throughout the earth. Keep it flowin’ y’all. Alright. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Deb, the Faithful Wandering Widow of the Word. This message goes out to Dr. John. My heart goes out to you as your mother is in hospice. My prayer for you is that the Holy Spirit would be encamped around her, that God’s peace would be around her, that comfort would be within her body. Lord, I just ask that you would be with John’s mom and just be with her son supernaturally during his last moments. And I pray that you’d be with the entire family, that she would give them comfort, that you would be with them, that you would just love on them Lord and be with them. In Jesus’ name.

Hello DAB family, this is Linda from Alberta calling today. I just…I was driving along and felt compelled to call in. I wanted to call and talk specifically to the mothers of children who are deep in their addictions right now. And I know how very difficult it is and especially at this holiday season. There so many celebrations going on. And maybe you live somewhere where it’s cold like I do. And if your child is active, my heart really goes out to you and I want you to know that I am, every single day, praying for your child. And often the Lord just prompts me to pray for you. We have had recovery in our family for a while now and this Christmas isn’t as difficult as it has been in the past. And I just want to tell you that to give you some hope and also to let you know that I will be praying for you and I’m very very sad that you are experiencing what you are experiencing. Okay? I love you all and if I don’t call in again, Merry Christmas to everybody. God bless you. Bye-bye.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family, this is Sheila from Massachusetts. I just wanted to share a quick story about the way that God works and how important this community is. The other day I said to my husband, I can’t imagine what it would be like if the Daily Audio Bible didn’t exist. My husband and I both started following Brian the first year that this started. Gosh, I’m not even sure how many years that is now, but the thought of it not being there…it just…I don’t know what I would do without it. I don’t always call in but I am always listening and always praying. I feel like this is my family and I know everybody here. That was just verified for me. I was listening. James from Southern California, you called in and prayed for me and lifted one of my prayer requests just this week. And your analogy with the generals in the Army and the promotions in the Army, it just…it resonated with me and it gave me what I needed at that time. To know that I’m being prayed for during this time of spiritual warfare and it just hit home to me how important our connections are to the Daily Audio Bible family and Brian and Jill and China. I’ve done China’s Chronological Bible with her and, gosh, I just want to thank you for the time that you guys give to this, the dedication that your family has, and every one of my brothers and sisters in the Daily Audio Bible family. You’re so important to me. We’re so important to each other. And God bless all of you in this holiday season. I love each and every one of you. Thank you so much for what you give to me and I’m sure praying for you all as well. Have a great day.

12/13/2018 DAB Transcript

Obadiah 1:1-21, Revelation 4:1-11, Psalms 132:1-18, Proverbs 29:24-25

Today is the 13th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is a pleasure to be here with you today, taking another step forward as we continue the journey through the Scriptures. And…well…the journey never ends but years do and we are winding our way toward the end of the year, If you weren’t aware, like if you’ve been sleeping for the last couple months. And we’ve been moving rather rapidly Old and New Testaments through short letters in the New Testament and we’ve finally landed ourselves in the final book of the New Testament, Revelation, but we are continuing to kind of…I don’t want to say we’re speeding our way through the minor prophets because we’re not rushing, it’s just each day’s reading is leading us through the minor prophets, which are shorter and today’s no different. We will read in its entirety the book of Obadiah.

Introduction to Obadiah:

Obadiah happens to be the shortest book in the Old Testament. And even though within the text Obadiah identifies himself as the author almost nothing is known about him other than that his name means servants of Yahweh. And this name, Obadiah, this wasn’t an uncommon name. So, dating the prophecy is hard. The general consensus among biblical scholars is that Obadiah was probably contemporary with Jeremiah and that his prophetic work using Babylon’s conquest of Jerusalem as its context. And if this is right it would date Obadiah to the late 500’s B.C. As far as content the book of Obadiah contains 21 versus and yet it deals with a much longer running family issue and it heralds the doom and destruction for the Edomites. And we might be like, the Edomites, who are they, what’s the point? But if we’ll go back now, if we’ll reflect back to the beginning of the year, back to where we started on our journey through the Bible we’ll have to remember the story of Jacob and Esau, right? And Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. And, so, his descendants became, obviously, the children of Israel because that’s who they were. Esau’s descendants, they flourished and prospered as well, and they became known as the Edomites. So, when God delivered the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt the Edomites, their kin, wouldn’t allow their relatives to past through their land as they travelled toward their own land of promise. And at other points in history while Israel was being attacked the Edomites, they just stood by with hands in their pockets and watched it happen. And this wasn’t always like a silent kind of hostility, passive hostility. The Edomites, they had been willing to pillage their own kin while they were suffering, and God was less than pleased and ultimately the complete destruction of Edom was announced in Obadiah. But we have good enough application for this message in our own time. I mean, as believers, we each have been redeemed through Christ and therefore we each have become children of God. We are family. All too often we witness our brothers and sisters at war with each other or standing by silently, right, hands in your pockets as brothers and sisters suffer. And we might even smugly believe they are getting what they deserve. And the book of Obadiah rejects this posture outright and it gives us a picture of God’s displeasure with that kind of arrogance. And, so, we begin and will read it in its entirety the book of Obadiah. And we’re reading from the New International Version this week.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word, we thank you for another step forward in it, we thank you for community as we take this journey through it, we thank you for the book of Obadiah and what it represents. Yes, we have judged our brothers and sisters plenty and we see that that’s not helpful in any way. We thank you for the book of Proverbs that tells us, fear of man will prove to be a snare and this is probably our biggest snare, to be in comparison with and in fear of our fellow brothers and sisters in the world but we’re told that whoever trusts in you, whoever receives their identity from you and not by the fear of man or the comparison to each other, that person is kept safe. So come Holy Spirit because these are some of the biggest strongholds of our faith journey, judging and being in fear and in comparison with each other. So, you’ve touched on some of the A-list of things that we struggle with on this day alone. And, so, we invite you into this. Come Holy Spirit, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudibible.com is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s going on.

And it’s Christmas time. And, so, like yeah, in like two weeks. We’ve been talking about the annual Daily Audio Bible family Christmas Box for 2018. And that is available in the Daily Audio Bible Shop. And if you’re in the United States, we can still ship them to you to arrive in time for Christmas. So be sure to check it out. Its full of goodies and there’ll be things in there that you’ll want for your own personal library, resources that you will want to use as you continue your relationship with the Scriptures and then they’ll be things in there that you feel like you know exactly who needs to receive it. And, so, the Promised Land DVD set, the Essential Pilgrim’s edition, which is two DVDs, four hours of content allowing you to see for yourself with your own eyes the places where so many of the stories that we’ve spent so much time in in the Scriptures this year, where they actually happened, what it actually looks like. So, that’s in the box as well as two of my books, Reframe and Sneezing Jesus. And these are books that take a really hard look at some of the things that we say and some of the things that we believe as Christians. But what do we mean when we say them? And what is this faith of ours supposed to actually do beyond saving our souls for eternity? Like what is it supposed to do while we’re here, while we’re now? And, man it’s my best shot and I can’t think of a better way to approach the new year than to consider the conversations that are in those books. Also, my friend Robert has written a book called Going Solo and I’ve talked about that a number of times. I wrote the forward to that book because it is such an important topic. The book is called Going Solo and it’s about being a single parent, which is all…which are thousands of us here in this community. But it’s very unlikely that none of us, you know, like, aren’t touched by this. We all know someone that is that is wading through and trying to navigate that new normal. And this book does a good job of being a friend and a comforter and a counselor. It does a lot more than just give a pat on the back, it gives some practical advice and some practical tools for the way forward. And, so, you know, I mean, we put this resource in the Christmas box this year because it’s just an under supported topic and it needs to be supported. And, so, if you are a solo parent then this is for you. And if you know a solo parent in your life, then this could really help. So, that’s included in the box this year. The Daily Audio Bible Christmas bulb for 2018 with our word for the year which was “Hope” is in the Christmas box. And the Christmas Box is the only place to get this for your tree. It’s…what what we do in my family anyways…we certainly have them on our tree because it’s our way of welcoming the whole community into Christmas time around our Christmas tree. And I just look at those every year from the years gone by and just think of all of the different words the Lord is spoken, all of the different voices that we’ve encountered…just…they represent a whole year in the Bible so they represent a lot. So, those are available in the Christmas Box. You have your choice of our Windfarm coffee or tea as well a pack of the Christmas cards for the year, which have our word for the year, “Hope”, on the front of them and they’re beautiful ,beautiful cards and great for sending to your friends and family. And then the Black Wing. We have a Black Wing pencil, which we love around here. They’re great for journaling. They go so well with all of our writing instruments that we have in the Shop. So…but this year the Black Wing pencil is stamped with Daily Audio Bible on it and the folks at Black Wing were kind enough to do this for us. We can’t sell them but we can put them in the Christmas Box. So, there’s a Black Wing Daily Audio Bible pencil in the Christmas Box. You can check all this out at dailyaudiobible.com in the in the Shop in the Christmas section.

And you can get the Christmas cards separate. Also, the family Christmas music project that kind of grew up out of our community, just a lovely contemplative Christmas album. It’ the of record that you’ll wan to turn your Christmas lights on, shut every other light off, maybe get some hot cocoa or whatever and, you know, at the end of a long day just sit down and breathe and allow the music to set an atmosphere and just relax and contemplate the season of Advent and all of the festivities of Christmas and, of course, the arrival of the Savior and what it means to the world. It’s perfect for that, So, check that out. You can get the Christmas project wherever you can get music, Spotify, Apple music, iTunes, wherever, but you can also get it from Daily Audio Bible, if you want in physical form, at dailyaudiobible.com in the in the Christmas section.

We’re also talking about More Gathering for women, the final time that this gathering that was birthed in the mountains of North Georgia, thus will be the last time that it’s held in the mountains of North Georgia. And, so, it’s the end of an era. There’s a lot of energy around it this year. We’re really looking forward to it. And, so, it makes for a very unique and life-changing Christmas gift, which is why we usually bring it out around Christmas time. So, you can check that all out at moregathering.com or at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section.

I mentioned that there’s coffee and tea in the Christmas Box and there is but we have several different varieties of both coffee and tea and we roast fresh at altitude in the mountains of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and send it right to you. And, so, that makes for a great Christmas gift.

And also, you know, like I said a little bit ago about the journaling. Yeah, check out the Lifestyle section in the Shop and set yourself up for the new year. If God’s gonna speak to you through His word one way or the other best not to forget what was said. And the best way to do that is to journal your way through the Bible and through your life in a year and its amazing. It’s amazing the relationship that you get with a nice pencil and some good paper and what flows through you onto that page and what can be memorialized and remembered for years and years and years into the future, even into the future generations. And who knows what you write down, who that might help in future generations. So, we definitely encourage that. So, check it out at dailyaudiobible.com, there’s a whole set of writing things that make for fantastic gifts.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible here in the final days of the year then thank you humbly, profoundly, gratefully. Truly, thank you for your partnership. There’s a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

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

And I almost forgot…I almost forgot…the other thing that’s going on this week is your Christmas calls for our upcoming Daily Audio Bible family Christmas party, which will be hopefully next week. So, all this week, yeah, we’re taking your calls. You can call in using any of the prayer lines and wish your Daily Audio Bible family happy holidays, Merry Christmas. We’ve shared quite a journey together and so this is one way to come in kind of come and memorialize our trip through the Scriptures as we approach Christmas time. So, be sure to do that. If you…well…you can use any of the prayer lines. So, in the Americas, 877-942-4253. In the UK 44-20-3608-8078. And in Australia 61-3-8820-5459 is the number to dial. Of course, that’s the prayer line. So, the only rule about this particular time of year is, like, don’t call in a prayer request and then a happy holiday, like a Merry Christmas greeting in the same call because neither one of them will get to where they’re going. Like, so make those separate. This is the one time you can hang up and make a separate call because they’re for different reasons. So, yeah, call in your Christmas greetings this week and, of course, if you have a prayer request or comment, those numbers work. That’s what they’re for.

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

12/12/2018 DAB Transcript

Amos 7:1-9:15, Revelation 3:7-22, Psalms 131:1-3, Proverbs 29:23

Today is the 12th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure, a joy, an honor to be here with you as we take our next step forward. And, obviously, this will be our 12th step forward in this month and our 347th step this year. And, so, this week we’re taking our steps using the New International Version, which is, of course, what we’re gonna do today. And we’ll go back to the book of Amos chapter 7 verse 1 through 9:15 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as per usual we’re following a number of threads as we work our way through the Scriptures. And in the Old Testament, so, in the book of Amos, God gave the prophet visions of His plans and those plans were to send locusts and fire upon the land. And Amos interceded before the Lord – like, Lord, forgive us, like, if You do this we won’t survive, we’re too small. And this touches on some of the other times that we’ve talked about this angry God phenomenon, right? So, there’s this prediction of all of these bad things - locusts and fire upon the land - that are going to come, and we read them as if it did happen, but this is a prophetic word. This is what is coming. Amos interceded before the Lord, saying, like, we wouldn’t survive this, have mercy on us and God did and gave instead a third vision. And the third vision was of a plumb line and God revealed to Amos, I’m relenting from what was coming, but I’m going to test my people with this plumb line. I am not gonna ignore…I’m not gonna ignore the flagrant breaking of the covenant anymore.

And then we moved into the New Testament, to the book of Revelation where we have kind of concluded the first act or the first movement. I don’t think scholars would call it that but this first section of Revelation is interesting because we have been reading short letters for a while. And what we’ve just done in the first few chapters of the book of Revelation is read seven brief letters from Jesus, but to different churches, the churches of Ephesus, Smirnoff, Pergamum, fire Tyra, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Now, all those churches were in the province of Asia and these letters were offered to the churches to encourage them and to warn them and to give them a message from Jesus about endurance. So, like we said, lots of times this theme becomes really important in the New Testament and carries us into the end of the Bible.

And then in Psalms, King David offered us language for what a humble heart looks like. And we have to remember, David was a king, right? So, he had enormous power over pretty much everything and you can only imagine the pull toward pride and arrogance. And we understand from the Scriptures that David didn’t always win the battles but the pull toward pride would’ve been huge for someone in his position. And yet he writes, “my heart is not proud, my eyes aren’t haughty, I don’t concern myself with things that are too great r awesome for me to grasp.” “Instead”…and we should remember this image as we move through the rest of this holiday season, “Instead I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within.” And, so, these words from the poet, King David, offer the sense, the feeling of inner contentment that humility brings instead of the way of pride and pridefulness. So, David gives us up a poetic picture, a feeling.

Proverbs, on the other hand, gives us the facts. “Pride brings a person low but the lowly and spirit gain honor.” Right? So, the irony is that pride will eventually humble you, but if you will humble yourself you actually legitimately get the honor that your pride was after. So, let’s take the ancient wisdom to heart. It’s God’s word to us. And arrogance and pride, they will not bring us to a place like a weaned child, a content place of humility. Rather, it will lead us on a path that will humiliate us in the end. And if we want a life of honor then humility is the path that we have to walk.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that because our culture invites us to pride continually. It pits us against each other and makes everything a competition. And, so, everything is about comparison and it pulls us to pride, it pulls us to arrogance, it pulls us to envy, it pulls us to jealousy. And yet that is nothing like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. And the truth is we want to live a contented life. And the only way that this will happen is if we live a humble life. So, come Holy Spirit, show us how to do that in this season and in the cultures that we live in. Show us how to live as You did in this world. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudibible.com is the website and that’s home base. Of course, its where you certainly find out what’s happening around here.

And its Christmas time and I’ve been talking this week about the Daily Audio Bible family Christmas party that we have every year where we just really get together and spend some time hearing from each other and it’s such a heartwarming experience. So, don’t be left out of that. All you have to do is just call in. Call in your holiday greetings. And the rule about that is, just don’t call in a prayer request and a holiday greeting in the same call. Make them separate and keep them separate so that we can get them where they need to go. But, yeah, any of the prayer request lines that can be used and you can call in your holiday greeting, you can do it today, you can do it all the way through the end of this week. And then we’ll start about the process, and it’s a pretty hefty process of pulling it all together. But, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial if you’re in the Americas. If you’re in the UK or Europe 44-20-3608-8078 is the number to call. And if you are in Australia or that part of the world 61-3-8820-5459 is the number to dial. So, yeah, there’s a two-minute limit on all calls. Of course, it’s that’s how it’s been for a long, long, long time. But the only other rule is just make sure you’re not combining prayer requests and holiday greetings. And we’ll look forward to it.

Also, of the Daily Audio Bible Christmas box for 2018 is available, chock-full of fantastic resources for the journey, some things that you will want to keep, some things that you will want to give away. And you can see all of that at dailyaudiobible.com in the Shop.

And also, the More Gathering for women. Early registration is ongoing and it’s open right now. And there’s a lot of energy around this one. We’re really, really excited for it. So, hopefully you can be there. We announce the More Gathering each Christmas because it makes for really, truly a unique gift, but also a gift that really does keep on giving. Yeah, it’s in April but it comes as the seasons are changing and new life is coming to the earth at least here in the northern hemisphere and things are beginning to blossom and the hope for something more begins to abound inside. And, so, it’s the perfect time for this, but it’s the perfect gift that just keeps on giving throughout the rest of the year. Add friendships are formed that will last a lifetime there. So, you can find out all the details about the More Gathering at moregathering.com or at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section and we will certainly look forward to seeing you there.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible in the remaining days that we have in this in this year, thank you profoundly, humbly, with an open heart, 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. Of course, that goes for holiday greetings this week.

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

12/11/2018 DAB Transcript

Amos 4:1-6:14, Rev 2:18-3:6, Ps 130:1-8, Pr 29:21-22

Today is the 11th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and it’s a joy, one of the greatest joys of life to come together with you in community around this global campfire and take the next step forward. And that next step forward will take us back into the book of Amos, which we began yesterday. So, we’re reading from the New International Version this week. Amos chapter 4 verse 1 through 6 verse 14.

Prayer:

Thank you, Father for your word. Thank you for the beauty of your word and the way that it just touches so many different places that in the span of a year everything about us is touched and we are invited to be made new, we are invited to move forward. And so, in the Psalms today you gave us such a beautiful posture of repentance, language that allows us to confess and seek forgiveness. And sometimes this is because we feel like we’ve done something really really bad and sometimes it’s just we feel that, you now, that we feel like something’s between us. And, so, Father, we use the words of this Psalm to become the heart cry of our lives and our own prayer, “we cry to you, Lord. Lord, hear our voice. Let your ears be attentive to our cry for mercy. If you Lord kept a record of sins could stand, but with you there is forgiveness so that we can with reverence serve you. We wait for you Lord. Our whole being weights and in your word we put our hope.” Come Holy Spirit, forgive us of our sins, forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Help us to remember what we’ve learned father. Yes, we can cry out a prayer for mercy, a prayer for forgiveness, but if we are not willing to forgive then we will not be forgiven. And in this season that is so joyful and so disruptive at the same time there’s all kinds of stuff that gets kicked up, all kinds of things gets churned up to the surface of our lives, things that have been buried. So, we invite your Holy Spirit into that. Show us the ways that we need to offer forgiveness because we are under no illusion about how often and how much mercy and forgiveness we need each and every day. So, come Holy Spirit we thank you for the words of repentance in Psalm 130 and, in turn, we offer forgiveness as we ask for it. Come Jesus. We pray in your mighty name. Amen.

Announcements:

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

And, you know, certainly hard to miss the fact that itow,’s Christmas time the world over. And, so, that certainly comes into this community around this global campfire. And in my mind, you know, the global campfire is burning and we’re in the woods, but all of the nice trees that are all around us have lights on them because we’ve put all the lights up there and we just have…it’s beautiful….the global campfire around the world. And it’s time for our annual Christmas party. And that happens, of course, virtually every year and what you do is you call in your Christmas greeting to your Daily Audio Bible community from wherever you are in the world and just whatever it is the you have to say about Christmas time and about the journey that we’ve been on together. And we compile those all and we get together and have a Christmas party as you’ll see. And if you’ve been here for years you know that this is one of the wonderful, heartwarming things that we do. I am just always speechless over the Christmas party. I have never gotten through one of us Christmas parties without tears coming to my eyes. And, so, looking forward to this one. So, you can call in your Christmas greeting at any point during this week. And we’re kind of getting ourselves into the center of the week. So, don’t delay. You can use any of the prayer line numbers. 877-942-4253 if you are in the Americas. If you’re in Europe or the UK 44-20-3608-8078 is the number. And if you are in the lands down under in Australia, 61-3-8820-5459 is the number to call. And only a couple of rules. You know, all of the calls are two minutes. So, get it in in two minutes but don’t combine a prayer request and holiday greeting in the same call. This is like the one rare time of the year that you can hang up and call again. If you’ve got a prayer request, then certainly leave that. But if you are calling in for holiday greeting then make sure that’s a separate call. And I will get these altogether and get ready for the Daily Audio Bible family Christmas for 2018.

And speaking of family Christmas 2018, the Daily Audio Bible family Christmas Box that is chock full of resources, some things that you’ll want keep for yourself and other things that you’ll want to give away, that is available. And just a heads up, like the deadline for international shipping has passed. We’re still shipping them international because you’re still ordering them internationally, but the deadline for the United States is coming up next week on Monday the 17th. We, obviously, we’ll still keep shipping until they’re gone, but that’s when we feel like we’re pretty safe to get everything to you in time for Christmas if that’s what you want this for. And, so, you can check out all of that at dailyaudiobible.com in the Daily Audio Bible shop. And grab them while they’re available.

And also, the early registration for the More Gathering for women that’s coming up this April, and this will be our last one in the mountains of Georgia. And Jill’s already come on and talked about. Yeah, we feel like that’s what God has told us and that’s pretty much it. Like, we don’t know what comes next. And, so, although we’re not antsy about it. God will lead the way. He has since we started all of this. And, so, don’t think He was planning to stop leading His children like on New Year’s Eve at midnight we’ll be on our own next year. I’m sure He will lead us, but we do know that this is it those mountains of North Georgia. So, come and not be a part of something. This was the birthplace of the More Gathering. And, so, come and be a part of that. You can find all of the details at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section or just go to moregathering.com and it will take you to the same place.

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 and I thank you profoundly, profoundly for your partnership here at the end of the year. And if you are trying to look at your charitable giving for tax purposes for the end of the year, then make sure that you do that before the end of the year and, yes, the Daily Audio Bible is a nonprofit 501©(3). And, yes, we will certainly be sending you a receipt for your partnership. So, thank you so much.

And if you have a prayer request or comment or holiday greeting, 877-942-4253 is the number.

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

12/10/2018 DAB Transcript

Amos 1:1-3:15, Revelation 2:1-17, Psalms 129:1-8, Proverbs 29:19-20

Today is the 10th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we dive into our work week and just keep taking these steps forward. Yesterday we began books in the old and New Testament. So, the book of Joel and the book of Revelation, which happens to be the final book of the Bible and, obviously, the final book of the New Testament. So, we talked about both of those as we got going and obviously we’ll be spending the rest of our time in the New Testament in the book of Revelation. But we read Joel all the way through yesterday, which brings us to another book of minor prophecy in the Old Testament, the book of Amos.

Introduction to the Book of Amos:

Interestingly enough, Amos is probably the earliest collection of written prophetic utterances found in all of the Bible. Amos prophesied in the mid eighth century BC at a time when the northern and the southern kingdoms were both intact, like neither one of them had been attacked and carried into exile and they were experiencing widespread peace and prosperity. And ironically, Amos wasn’t a person trained for religious orders. Like, he wasn’t a priest or scribe or anything like that. It seems like…it seems he was an ordinary person, living the ordinary life of a shepherd and farmer. What’s not known is whether he was like a common laborer, like he just cared for someone else’s sheep or something like or   whether he actually own flocks and groves but it’s certain that he was educated and it’s certain that he was aware of the times, aware of his culture, aware of what was happening in the world. Amos lived in a city called Toccoa, which is about 10 miles south of Jerusalem, placing his home in the southern kingdom of Judah but oddly his mission was to prophesy in the northern kingdom of Israel. And that was probably just across the border in Bethel because Bethel was the border and there was a golden calf set up in Bethel and profits were sent into Bethel to prophesy against it. So, that’s not too far of a stretch. He probably went into the northern kingdom prophesying in Bethel because it was a hub for idol worship and commerce. As we just talked about, the northern and southern kingdoms were experiencing a kind of peace and prosperity that they hadn’t seen since the days of Solomon. So, I mean, it could seem odd that God would send an ordinary person to deliver such a severe message of impending judgment. In such a time of peace and prosperity it would have been undoubtedly a difficult message to deliver but this is what Amos was instructed to do. And, so, peace and prosperity had open the door for corruption which was running rampant and the poor were being misused out, marginalized, and oppressed, and greed ruled the hearts of the nation’s leaders. So, Amos comes along at with a word from the Lord that effectively communicated that praying upon the less fortunate was at absolutely unacceptable, which makes social justice a major theme in the book of Amos. And it would seem like after these many thousands of years, like we would understand the cycle, but it seems like we’re still grappling with the same kinds of issues. Amos vividly reveals that we’re nowhere near as powerful as we think we are and God is a much more powerful than we could possibly even understand. And we have no right to mistreat or misuse any of his creation whether that be a people created in His image or the world that He created for the people He created in His image to live on because, as Amos reveals, the world belongs to God and He is indeed sovereign over it all, including all people and all things. So, as we read the book of Amos, let’s consider our own path and choose to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. So, reading from the New International Version this week. Amos chapter 1 verse 1 through 3 verse 15 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. It’s a common prayer in our community to thank You for Your word because the community is centered around Your word and centered around the rhythm of being in Your word. And, so, we love Your word and we thank You for Your word and we thank You for the way that it transforms us from within even when we don’t know it. It is just in our lives, in our hearts, and our minds continually speaking truth. And when truth is spoken over and over and over it has a cumulative effect and we thank You for that because You are changing us and ridding us of what is false within us, so that all that remains is true. All that can shake will shake and what remains will be unshakable and will be true. Come, Holy Spirit into what we’ve read today and into all that we will read and consider and meditate upon this week. We love You Lord and thank You for Your guidance, the guidance of Your Holy Spirit, the guidance of the Scriptures. We love You Jesus. We pray these things in Your name. Amen. 

 Announcements:

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

And what’s going on around here is it’s time to get ready for our annual family Christmas party and that’s just a beautiful tradition that we’ve had for many many years where we’ll read the Christmas story and Jill and I will kind of talk about…just look back at the year and look forward together and then we hear from each other, our holiday wishes, our Christmas wishes from all over the world. And, so, it’s your time to participate and every year…every year after…as we’re putting it together…there’s people still calling in. Don’t wait. Just go ahead and call in and say whatever it is that you want to say to wish your Daily Audio Bible family a Merry Christmas. The number that you can use is the prayer line number and there’s only really one rule for the most part and that is, don’t call in a prayer request and a Christmas greeting in the same call or neither one of those things will get to where they need to go. So, if you have a prayer request, certainly call that in. If you want to call a Merry Christmas call in, then call that in separate. So, you can use any of the prayer lines. If you are in the Americas, 877-942-4253 is the number. If you are in the UK or Europe 44-20-3608-8078 is the number. If you are in Australia or the lands down under 61-3-8820-5459 is the number to dial. So, yeah, we’ll do that all this week and then we’ll start putting that together so we can enjoy a family Christmas party this year.

Also, the More Gathering for women, registration is open for that, and we’ve been talking about that for a week. And don’t miss this opportunity for the end of an era up in the mountains of Georgia. This is gonna be fantastic and the enthusiasm…Jill and I were talking about this the other day because so many of you that haven’t come before are coming…and so the enthusiasm around this…we’re just really looking forward to it. So, you can find out all the details for the More Gathering for women at moregathering.com or dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section.

And then, of course, we still have some Daily Audio Bible family Christmas Boxes for 2018 available as well in the 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, it 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 this is Lisa in Capistrano Beach. Family I love you all and I just want to let everyone know that as I’m listening, and I hear your prayer requests I’m praying for you right then and there. I pray for you throughout the day in the beginning and at the end and I just ask that the Lord will bless you and that His will will be done in your lives. Today I heard Margaret May out of New York and Margaret your call just stopped me in my tracks. I was cooking, and I just stopped. Tears came to my eyes as I listened to your plea for prayer. And I want you to know that I am praying for you. I know you feel alone and that you don’t have any friends, but we will pray for you. I know that so many others will pray for you as well Margaret. And then I believe the young girls name…I’m gonna say is Jordan…but you’ll know who you are. Your sister left home, and your horse died, and you felt that we might think that’s trivial but some of us don’t. I can appreciate the love that you have for a companion animal that God gave us. And, so, my heart goes out to you and I’m praying for you as well. Dear family I pray for all of you even if I’m not mentioning you by name. I hear your requests and I’m praying and I love you all. Thank you, Brian and the rest of the Daily Audio Bible ministry. I just love these podcasts every day and I listen to you…it’s been 12 years. Love you all. Take care. God bless you, bye bye.

Margaret May you have been prayed for. What you have said is not unique to you. I have struggled with much of what you have said. Do not let Satan this deceive you further. You are a child of God most high. Ask the Father to fill you and cover you with the Holy Spirit. Say out loud, I am a child of God, what He says about me is true. And remember that God does not give us the Spirit of fear. That’s in Timothy 1 and 7 - greater is he that is in me. You are of God’s little children and have overcome. First John 4. Fear started in the garden and has been with us since. God tells us to fear not many times in the Bible. Seek God’s word and speak it aloud so your own ears can hear it and take it in. Show me God’s love.

Hi, my name is Julia I’m calling from Los Angeles. I’ve been listening since July of this year. I listen every day and I just…I love the family and I’m praying for every prayer request that comes in daily but I was really moved by one of the women that called in today. She called in from Syracuse New York and I’m sorry that I missed your name when you were calling about the spirit of fear and thoughtfulness and that you had been in the room. It just like you thought it was getting worse and I just wanted to call and pray for you. So, Lord I just come before You thanking You for today, thanking You for this community that we get to be so close together even though we’re physical so far apart. And Lord I just…I come before You interceding for this woman, this daughter of Yours Lord. I pray Holy Spirit that You would come in and that You would swallow up that loneliness, and that You would swallow up that fear, I come against every demonic attack of the enemy right now and I command You to stand down and stay down by the blood of Jesus. I pray the Lord You would loosen peace in her mind and in her heart Lord. I pray that You and give her the strength Lord to come out of that room and to seek help Lord. I pray Lord a Psalms 91 covering over her that You would give her refuge under the shadow of Your wings Lord, that You would cover her with Your feathers. I pray for a dispatching of angels right now Lord to be at every doorpost and at every window Lord, covering her Lord and protecting her so that they would lift her up in their hands tonight and __ her fall on a stone Lord. Father, You say that You are the King of glory, the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. So, I pray that You would be her defender in this battle Lord, that the weapons that the enemy has used against us will not prevail. I pray the armor of Lord to be over her, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the sandals of…

Hello this is Carrie from China and now from Australia. Today’s 7th of December. I’ve been meaning to call in for quite a while with a praise report but that’s going to have to wait now because I was galvanized into action by a call from Margaret May from New York this morning. Margaret May, what a brave girl you are. You’ve being tormented with fears and yet you dialed in to call for help. I’m so proud of you. That was the very best thing you could do and now you have a worldwide prayer team behind you. In the name of Jesus, I command those tormenting spirits to cease their activity and come out of Margaret now. Loose her and set her free. I plead the blood of Jesus over you in the name of Jesus. Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away our sin and make us whole again. I command your digestive system to work normally and except food again in Jesus’ name. And now let the peace of God guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Margaret May, if you are able fill your room with praise and worship all day, radio, tapes, whatever it takes. It will create an atmosphere that the demons will hate and finally, know that I am praying for you along with all your brothers and sisters from the DAB. Many blessings.

12/09/2019 DAB Transcript

Joel 1:1-3:21, Revelation 1:1-20, Psalms 128:1-6, Proverbs 29:18

Today is the 9th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you, of course, at the threshold of a shiny, sparkly, new week, but this also happens to be the second Sunday in the season of Advent. Of course, Advent is the season that leads us into Christmas but gives us the opportunity to contemplate the implications of God…God…our God…the Almighty Creator of all things seen and unseen, right, the Creator of the universe condescending himself and becoming a human being to rescue humanity. That is something to contemplate. And on this second Sunday of Advent, and if you’re lighting the Advent wreath at your church or at home, lighting the second candle, the Bethlehem candle and this week we contemplate the faith that it took this couple, Mary and Joseph to become a part of the story, and we contemplate how it requires faith on our part to enter this story.

Song:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Phil Keaggy

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray

Oh, whoa
Tidings of comfort and joy

From God our heavenly Father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings to the same
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name

Whoa, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Whoa, tidings of comfort and joy

Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day

Whoa, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Whoa, tidings of comfort and joy

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
(Comfort and joy)
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day 

So, we’ve got a brand-new week out in front of us as we move forward in this month, as we move toward the end of this year, as we move deeper into the Christmas season. And in terms of being shiny and sparkly and new we’re beginning new books in the Old and in the new Testaments today. So, we’ll talk about that as we as we get there, but we are there in terms of the Old Testament. As we continue through our journey that is the final push through the minor prophets in the Old Testament we’ll read the entire book of Joel in its entirety today. This will become a theme. We will be reading books in their entirety often as we continue the journey in the steps forward each day into the end of the year.

Introduction to the book of Joel:

The irony about Joel is that nobody really knows who Joel was. I mean there are other people in the Bible with the same name, but biblical scholars don’t believe any of those people are the author of this prophetic book and the text itself doesn’t help. There are no historical clues within the text, which makes dating Joel very difficult for biblical scholars and biblical historians, which has led many to come to different conclusions over the centuries. But in very general terms, Joel is probably dated somewhere between 500 and 800 B.C., you know, but dating the book, although it’s helpful for context, it’s not unnecessary for the text to retain its impact. And it’s been observed that Joel shares a similar language style with some of the other prophets like Ezekiel or Jeremiah our Amos or Micah or Zephaniah and that’s led some scholars to argue that Joel may be the work of more than one prophet. But on the other hand, others consider that the similarities are a byproduct of the shared culture and tradition of the prophets, that they knew each other and they kind of spoke a common language or had a vocabulary that was understood to be prophetic in nature. Joel wrote of a vast horde of locusts that invaded the land and obliterated everything that was living, every green thing, including the crops and a great famine followed the plague of locusts. And Joel uses natural disasters as a backdrop to call the children of Israel to repentance. And most biblical scholars consider the event, the locust invasion, to be to be an actual event, not an allegory or a symbol, even though Joel used the event to speak an apocalyptic message of judgment. That as it is the case with so much of the Bible, Joel’s words were intended to reveal that a fork in the road had been reached where a choice must be made and the path of repentance, if they were to take that fork, that would lead to blessing and restoration. Continuing to reject God and take the other fork would lead to, what Joel calls, the great and terrible day of the Lord. And even though the judgment that’s described in Joel would certainly be great, the path of repentance would lead to an even greater restoration. Some of the most well-known and beautiful passages of restoration are found in the book of Joel. So, for example, Joel tells us, “I will pour out my spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” So, obviously very, very famous portions of Scripture. So, let’s dive in and embrace the message of the book of Joel and consider how we are invariably and continually brought to forks in the road where a decision has to be made. And let’s remember from the book of Joel that, no matter what the locusts have eaten in the past, there is always a path to restoration. And, so, we begin. We’re reading from the new International version this week. Joel chapter 1 verse 1 through 3 verse 21 today.

Introduction to the book of Revelation:

Okay. So, that concludes the book of Joel in its entirety, which brings us now to, obviously, our New Testament portion, which brings us also into new territory, the final book of the Bible, the final book of the New Testament, the book of Revelation. And Revelation…oh…come on…the book of Revelation has captured the fascination of readers in ways that really no other book has and it’s been interpreted through many lenses over thousands of years, some of them fantastic, and some of them pragmatic. The book of revelations self identifies the author as John and, unfortunately, which John isn’t clearly specified. So, traditionally the accepted author’s been the apostle John who obviously wrote the gospel of John as well as some of the territory we just walked through, first, second and third John. But the reality is that this has been questioned since at least the third century and it continues all the way until today, but there is no clear evidence in any other direction. So, based on the evidence, most hold to the tradition of the apostle John was probably the author. If this is the case, then the apostle John had been banished to the island of Patmos where Revelation was written. And it’s believed that Patmos was…I’ve got to learn how to talk…Patmos was a Roman…like a prison colony…like an island where you would be dropped off to do your time and criminals and political prisoners were exiled there. And the island exists. It sits out in the ocean between modern-day Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea and it’s not that far from Ephesus where it’s thought that John spent his elderly years. So, here’s the deal about Revelation. Revelation is considered a work of a specific literary genre called apocalyptic literature. And this is one of the reasons for such intrigue because that genre is highly symbolic. So, fantastic things. If we think of Ezekiel with the wheel within the wheel and the spirits moving back and forth, forward and backward, up and down, with…you know…like remember that story…or some of the things that we saw and in the book of Daniel. This is apocalyptic literature, highly symbolic. And, so, the reader has to discern what it is that is to be taken literally and at what is to be considered allegoric or symbolic. So, what makes Revelation is so intriguing in this regard is because of the subject matter, right? It appears that the subject matter is the end of the world as we know it and the beginning of a new era for humanity. So, intriguing to say the least and yet highly symbolic apocalyptic literature. So, interpreting Revelation can lead to widely diverse conclusions and this has literally been the case for the last couple thousand years. Some view the work from an entirely first century perspective, from the time that it was written and conclude that the events spoken of in Revelation are events that have already taken place while others see the book outlining the chain of events beginning in the first century and lasting all the way until the end of the world. And then still others believe that the symbolism found in Revelation is timeless, it describes the cosmic struggle between good and evil. And the truth is, any of these views are legitimate but getting overly intrigued by the details and then then trying to overlay them with the current time, trying to smash them in and make them all fit, that might prove unfulfilling because that’s been the custom of nearly every generation since this was written and everybody’s been incorrect up until now. One thing is certain though, the theme that we have been working toward that we have been noticing, as we moved into the autumn, as the seasons changed, the theme of endurance that has followed us through the New Testament is a fundamental, primary theme in the book of Revelation. It’s really almost as if we we’ve been following the theme all the way to Revelation so that we can see that endurance is irreplaceable in the ultimate battle between darkness and light. And Revelation ultimately tells us that those who stay faithful to the testimony of Jesus and endure until the end, right, “by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony”, those people will be eternally victorious. And one of the things, if we’re looking for it, we’ll find in Revelation is that endurance, it’s not a passive thing. Like, we think of it that way, “I’m can just enduring”, which means I’m putting up with something. So, “I’m passively just stuffing it inside and in dealing with it.” Or we treat it like a defensive posture, like, “I just gotta get through this.” But endurance isn’t passive or defensive. To remain true in the context we’re talking about here, when the entire world is against you, if you’re staying true, if you’re standing true when everything is against you, then you are absolutely making a defining, powerful statement. And in this case, those who endure are making a statement against deception. And deception has always been the greatest force set against mankind and Revelation will show us that. We are to remain true and be a witness to the truth and a light in the darkness until the very end. And that very end, according to the book of Revelation, is a new beginning. And, so, we begin the final book of the Bible, Revelation, chapter 1.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for this brand-new week out in front of us. We think You for this season of contemplation and the true rejoicing in Your arrival to rescue and save us. So, come Holy Spirit into this week and everything that we do and everything that we hear and everything that we say. Plant Your word deep in our lives, transforming us from within. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

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

And there’s something new going on around here starting right now. So, here we are its December 9th, the second Sunday in the season of Advent and we have another tradition here in the Daily Audio Bible family and that is our family Christmas episode. And that happens every year. We do a reading of the entire Christmas story, my family. We read the Christmas story together, but this is your opportunity to call in your holiday greetings to your brothers and sisters all over the world, those who have traveled with you, whether silently or whether you’ve met in person at an event or whether you just know them by voice. This is the opportunity to send your holiday greetings to the Daily Audio Bible family and the way that you do that is that you call into the prayer line and wish everybody a happy holiday, whatever it is that you want to say. There’s only really…there’s two rules about this. One, I mean all the calls have a two-minute limit, but the other rule is, if you have a prayer request don’t call that in combined with a holiday greeting. Like, it’s one time that you can actually make two calls back to back if that’s what you need to do. Just make sure that your holiday greetings are all on their own call and your prayer requests are all on their own call otherwise neither one of them are going to get where they need to go because there’s just too many and there’s no way chop that all up and put it where it needs to go. So, that’s the rule for this week. So, from today all the way until Saturday we’ll be taking those calls, your Daily Audio Bible family…it’s like our Christmas party, like our community Christmas party that happens here every year and I love it since we’ve done it and we’ve been doing it a long time, over a decade. I never…I’m always in tears…I’m note an outwardly emotional person. I have deep feelings but I’m an introvert but these…this just brings me to tears because just to hear the stories coming together…the journey and holiday wishes and all of the familiar voices and just centered around this beautiful season of Christmas is a wonderful thing. So, call in your Christmas greetings this week. The numbers to use are 877-942-4253 if you’re if you’re in the United States. In the UK or Europe, 44-20-3608-8078 or if you’re in Australia, 61-3-8820-5459 is the number to call. So, do and don’t procrastinate. I know there’s procrastinators out there because your calls over the years have kind of come in late and that’s sad because they don’t get included in the family Christmas. But…well…don’t procrastinate. Pick up that line, dial it, and off you go. And we’ll look forward to our Daily Audio Bible family Christmas coming up a little later in the month.

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. Thank you profoundly and humbly for your partnership. That’s no joke. It’s no joke. This would all be gone. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t do this together. So, thank you. There’s a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

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

And that’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 for Margaret May from Syracuse. My name is Carla and I just wanted to say that your call touched me very deeply and I know what it’s like to feel like I don’t know how to pray. And I’m like I’m overcome by fear and loss and sorrow. And I’ve also felt just such a deep agony in my spirit that at times I didn’t even want to live. And I know how horrible loneliness can be and it can feel like you’re dead inside. And I’d actually discovered that my pain was not just a spiritual attack from demons but also mental health issues. And I’m not saying demonic spirits and principalities don’t move in this world but also as easily as Satan may afflict a man with arthritis or a woman with kidney stones, he can afflict our minds and our brains with deep depression and anxiety, which is my story. And your fears sound like they might be as well. And God in my life has used good Christian therapists and psychiatrists blessed with skills to help me heal and it’s improve my relationship with Him and improved my life all around. And I just encourage you to open your mind and your heart to the possibility that God may be leading you to seek healing for the mind and brain as well as for the spirit. And God I just thank You so much for Margaret May and just surround her with Your love and with our love from the DAB and with the love people in her community. Please build her with community and friends and family with a church because we aren’t meant to be alone. And also, help her with her pain and healing. Lead her down that path and remind her that You look on her with only love and no anger at all. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Hi, good morning, I’m Denise from Canada and this is my first time calling for prayer. So, I wrote it out so that I don’t ramble. I would like to thank you for being willing to pray and especially for those for people you don’t know. I’m asking for prayer this morning for my sister and her daughter, my niece. They’re in great need. There’s trauma, anxiety, depression, isolation, hopelessness and fear. Mostly they need Jesus. Trying to make it in this life without Him is ludicrous. So, I’m asking you if you’d please pray for them. I really appreciated and thank you so so much. And I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you again. Bye.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family, Happy December. I hope you are having a good day. I was just listening to the Daily Audio Bible this morning and I just heard the call from Margaret May in Syracuse New York. And I heard her fear, her isolation, her loneliness and I am so thankful that she reached out, that she called us to let us know that she needs us to pray for her. And Margaret, I wanted you to know that I am praying for the Holy Spirit to comfort you, to fill you, to give you peace, to give you a sound mind and to give you the strength that you need to return to living, to reach out, to expect friendship, and to be able to eat, and to drink, and to go about your daily life. I would love to hear from you. I will leave my email, but I just want you to know that I understand. I understand that loneliness, that fear, that deep dark hole that you’re in. And I am praying for you. I’m praying that you, that will be healed. Please contact me and we can be friends even though I live in Illinois. My name is Nancy and my email addresses nancygolian@gmail.com. I love you Margaret. You take care. Have a good day. Bye.

Good morning all my Daily Audio Bible friends, this is Diane Olive Brown calling you from Newburgh Indiana. It is 9:14 in the morning on December the 6th, Thursday. And I got my Christmas Box and I sent when I was a gift and I love it, love it, love it. I love being in this community. I love feeling like I just put a great big log on the campfire and gathered around together with the Scriptures and I love the Scriptures, the reading today. Today’ December the 6th was just really amazing and the Lord is just warming of my heart, warming my heart. I had some pretty big disappointments this year, but it was all good because, you know, where most disappointments come and you just got set back and you feel like the rug got pulled right out from under you then…boom…you get back with the Lord and you start all over again. It doesn’t matter if you start all over again. Shalom, shalom. Nothing is missing, nothing is broken. And I want to first call out to a girl who called. I don’t know your name, but you called and you’re a first-time caller and you’re in desperate desperate, desperate need of a friend, you don’t have a friend, you don’t have a church. You’ve been in a room, it seems like a room, just by yourself and when you got so desperate and I just want to let you know that I’m praying for you. You have a friend in me…and I’m your friend…

12/08/2018 DAB Transcript

Hosea 10:1-14:9, Jude 1:1-25, Ps 127:1-5, Pr 29:15-17

Today is the 8th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you as we prepare to close the books, right, close the books on another week and allow it to become a part of our history, but before all that we have to take the next, well, we have to live through this day, but we have to take the next step forward as we move through the Scriptures. And I’ve been mentioning along the way, you know, kind of as we move into the latter part of October and then through November that things kind of speed up. We’re going to the minor prophets which are short. We’re going through some short letters in the New Testament. So, we’re kind of moving rapidly as we move toward the end of the year. So, we’ll complete the book of Hosea today in the Old Testament. And then when we get to the New Testament we’ll talk about Jude because that’s a letter we’re about to read. And we will read Jude in its entirety today, which will pave the way tomorrow for the beginning of the final book of the New Testament. So, that’s the lay of the land and that’s where we are in the year. So, we’ve been reading from the God’s word translation all of this week, which is what we’ll do today. Hosea chapter 10 verse 1 through 14 verse 9.

Introduction to the Letter of Jude:

Okay. So, like we mentioned at the beginning, we just concluded the book of Hosea and we will now be beginning the book or the letter the epistle of Jude and will read it in its entirety. It’s 25 verses long and it may sound a little familiar. Many biblical scholars accept the idea that Second Peter, a letter that we read, just days ago, actually imitates Jude’s letter. And if this is true, then Jude’s letter predates Second Peter, which would mean that Juda dates somewhere into the mid 60s A.D. And if this is not the case then the letter could be as late as the end of Jude’s life, which would be somewhere around maybe 80 A.D. But that might be getting a little ahead of ourselves. I mean, like, who is Jude, and this questions actually been raised throughout the entirety of church history. And it continues to be examined among scholars all the way up until now but if we’re moving in the direction of consensus then the majority of traditional scholars agree that Jude, or the Jude that wrote this letter, was the brother of James and the brother of Jesus. But even though he is the brother of Jesus he wasn’t an apostle, he didn’t believe in Jesus during His ministry. It’s interesting what resurrection will do to your belief. But anyway, no matter the trajectory, Jude definitely did become a part of the church and a voice in the church but it’s just not clear who this letter was addressed to. Like, Jude says that he’s writing to all who have been called by God the Father who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. And that’s who he’s writing this letter to. So, that could basically be any believe any time ever. And, so, we can certainly apply this to ourselves but we can see like specifically identifying exactly who the intended reader was, that’s a bit ambiguous. If the similarities between Second Peter and Jude are correct then Jude was likely writing the same people that Peter wrote to and that would be the displaced believers who were fleeing persecution or people who had been exiled in generations past, like the stuff that we’re reading about in the books of prophecy, right, the Assyrian and Babylonian exiles when the kingdoms fell. So, here’s the interesting thing about Jude. Jude had been planning on writing a completely different letter than the one that he actually did write. And he says that in his greeting. So, instead of writing a letter of encouragement and rejoicing words of salvation he had to write about defending the faith. And this was brought up because of an issue that was a widespread and it was a false teaching like some of the other letters were aimed at. And this was a teaching about God’s grace. I mean, this particular issue is addressed many, many times in many letters in the New Testament. So, basically what was going on was that the teaching of an unmerited favor, which is grace, bestowed upon us by God has always been a core understanding of the Christian faith. Like, we’re taught in Scripture, this is a gift, it’s not something we can earn. It’s grace, It’s God’s mercy. So, some people began to twist the concept into a license to do whatever they wanted with whomever they chose whenever they liked because, after all, sins no longer held against us and God’s grace can’t be earned anyway. So, we’re good. Like, we can to whatever we want. Jude forcefully opposes this idea throughout most of the letter. And it’s not as if this behavior isn’t still with us. Jude clearly warns us away from that notion, that path. And then in closing, we’re instructed to remember that false teachings we’re something that were foretold, they were predicted. And, so, the community of faith needs to build each other up in the power of the Holy Spirit. And for those who had unfortunately been deceived, then the community was to be cautious but merciful. And, so, like I said, this is the last stop before we move into the final book of the Bible which is known as the book of Revelation. And then that will be moving us in completely different directions. So, let’s remember because this is like our last stop. These letters that we’ve been kind of moving through for a little while, let’s remember what they have told us because they have told us that the story of radical unspeakable grace is actually true but when we partake of that grace we are entering into a covenantal relationship. So, it matters what we do, it matters how we conduct ourselves because our actions are the true statement of our love for one another and for our faith in Jesus. And, so, we begin, and we’ll read in its entirety the book or letter of Jude.

Prayer:

Father, as we close this week we acknowledge that we have three weeks that remain in this year a year of hope and we acknowledge the words in the Psalms today and we take them to heart, we place them deep within ourselves and ask Your Holy Spirit to continually remind us of this. If You don’t build the house it’s useless to work on it. If You don’t protect city. It’s useless to work hard and get up early and go to bed late in our own strength when it is You who feeds us, it is You who loves us and gives us sleep. So, come Holy Spirit we pray as we release another week into our history and look forward to the weeks ahead that remain in this year because we’re not checking out, we’re just acknowledging where we are in the grand scheme of things as we’re moving toward the end of the year, but we’re not checking out. We know that You have much to speak to us and we cling to You. We find our rest in You. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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

And I’ve if you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app you can find out what’s going on around here as well. All of the other things I’m talking about are in the app. But it’s Christmas time. And, so, a few things happen around Christmas time. One is the More Gathering for women that happens every April. Registration opens because it is the most unique and life impacting gift that we know of. Ahhh…when you give this to your wife or your mom and send her and offer her the opportunity to have some time to breathe, a place to go that’s safe but where there’s no obligations or responsibilities and the opportunity to just feel one’s heart beating again and just consider what the future might hold and invite Jesus into that…ohhh…well…that’s the recipe for More and it’s the More Gathering for women. And come. Come. This will be the last time…the end of an era…the last time we’ll be doing this in Georgia. And we’re just praying and waiting on the Lord for what comes next. But this is following the leading of the Lord, to bring to bring that location to an end. So, let’s celebrate together at Sharptop Cove on the top of the mountain one more time. You can get all the details at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section or visit moregathering.com and that’ll take you to the same place.

Also, great gift idea for this year is our writing kits. Check those out in the Daily Audio Bible shop in the Lifestyle section for the journaler in your life or maybe that’s you. You’ll just…you’ll fall in love with these items. They’re items that I personally use every day. I mean, I don’t want to say 100% but most every single day of my life I am using these resources. So, I love them, and I think you will too. I know you will. So, check those out in the lifestyle section.

And then also in the Christmas section, that’s where you’ll find the Daily Audio Bible family Christmas Box for 2018. And you can see all that’s in there and we’ve been talking about that. There’s some powerful resources, strong medicine in that box and some things for you and some things for you to give away. And we love that, and we pray over these as we send them out expecting that that God will do what He says. His word will not return void. So, that’s available.

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. And I thank you. I thank you because there wouldn’t be a homepage if we didn’t do this together, there wouldn’t be any of this if we didn’t do this together. And I thank you that we are and we have done this together. So, if you want to partner, thank you. 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.

12/07/2018 DAB Transcript

Hosea 6:1-9:17, 3 John 1:1-15, Psalms 126:1-6, Proverbs 29:12-14

Today is the 7th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s always the joy of the day to sit down in front of the microphone and know that we’re gathering around the word of God and around our global campfire in community for the next step forward. And the next step forward’s gonna take us into some new some new territory in the New Testament. We have a new letter to explore together. But first we’ll take the next step forward in the book of Hosea. Si, we’re reading from the God’s Word Translation this week. Hosea chapter 6 verse 1 through 9 17 today.

Introduction to Third John:

Alright. So, we read the entirety of Second John yesterday, the second letter of John and we’re gonna do the same thing today, only it will be Third John. And this letter was probably written around the same time that the other two letters were written, and it was also likely written from Ephesus, where church tradition tells us that John spent the latter part of his life. But Third John is a bit different than John’s other two letters because of one specific thing. Like the apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon, Third John is a personal letter and it was written to a man named Gaius. And Gaius was a respected believer within the network of churches that John had leadership over. And John wrote this letter as a word of personal encouragement to Gaius for his passion for the gospel and his willingness to put that passion into action and his willingness to serve and support traveling teachers who were sent out by John throughout the churches. And this was not an uncommon thing in that day and it’s not an uncommon thing now, the custom of welcoming itinerant ministers and caring for their needs. This has been a common thing in the church and John saw this letter as a necessary communication because another church leader named Diotrephes had distanced himself from John and in the process, he refused to offer hospitality to the traveling missionaries and to make this even a worse situation, Diotrephes was throwing people out of the church who disagreed with him and assisted these itinerant ministers. So, John wrote to Gaius because Gaius wasn’t going along with that story. So, John wrote to commend him for his care in showing hospitality to those who were traveling around sharing the gospel and building up and encouraging in the faith the churches. So, this letter from John would’ve affirmed Gaius and that would’ve put it in writing, that Gaius was doing the right thing. And you can only imagine that a personal letter from one of the 12 disciples of Jesus would’ve carried a lot of weight with the churches involved. So, we’re gonna read the whole thing in just a second. But Third John does give us a glimpse into some of the tensions that existed during the formative years of the church. We so often look through rose colored glasses into the time of the book of Acts and think that, you know, everything just went perfectly and swimmingly and smoothly. But then we read the Bible and realize, oh, all of the struggles that that we face in our time may be contextualized different, they may be wearing different clothes, but the struggle existed. And, so, there’s plenty to learn from that. And, so, we begin. And we will also end Third John.

Prayer:

Father as we end this, another work week, and move into the weekend, we recall what we’ve read today, the encouragement that we were given today from the book of Hosea. Let’s learn about the Lord. Let’s get to know the Lord. He will come to us as sure as the morning comes. He will come to us like the autumn rains and the spring rains that water the ground. We believe that father, you have always come for us. It is only that so often when you come for us we’re not there, we’re somewhere else, we’re distracted by the future or we’re distracted by our past and we’re not here when you come for us. And this season that we’re in, as things speed up and we go running toward Christmas and we go running toward the new year, it’s so easy to be distracted from the fact that you are coming for us, that you are near, that you want to fellowship and have intimacy with us. And that’s ironic because of the season that we’re in. If there’s one season of the year that we should slow down and rest in you and marvel that you would draw near, that you would come for us, it’s this season. And, so, we confess these things, we acknowledge these challenges and we invite your Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit, rejuvenate us with rest and calm and shalom as we move into the weekend. Come Jesus we pray. In your mighty name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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And, you know, it’s Christmas time. And, so, we’ve been talking about the Daily Audio Bible family Christmas Box. We still have some available. They’re still shipping, and we have about a week and a half before we have to cut off for shipping. Like, I mean, you can order them as long as you want but we think about a week and a half and we can still ship them and they’ll still arrive inside the domestic United States in time for Christmas. If you’re outside the United States that windows kind of past. Certainly, you can still order and certainly we will ship promptly…just not sure…we’re talking international and we’re talking Christmas time…so…but if you want these resources, definitely order them and we will ship them immediately. The Christmas boxes this year is a fantastic one. It’s full of fantastic resources. There are three books in there that are all, I think, powerful resources. The Promise Land double DVD set, over four hours of content that just allows you to go and see the land of the Bible virtually. Some…I mean…every major place that we’ve experienced in the Bible this year is the place that you can see for yourself in Promise Land. So that’s in there. Your choice of the Daily Audio Bible Windfarm coffee or our boutique windfarm tea, your choice. 20 of our Daily Audio Bible Christmas cards for this year that have “Hope”, which was our word for the year, on the front of them. They’re beautiful. A black wing Daily Audio Bible, one-of-a-kind pencil, and that’s a fact, they’re only in the box. And they’ll be gone, we’re not allowed to sell them. So, we were allowed to put them in the box. But they’re a Black Wing pencil with the Daily Audio Bible embossed on it. I love that because I love these pencils. And I’ve mentioned the last couple of days, check out in the Shop, check out the Lifestyle section. Check out our writing kits, especially if you’re a journaler or there’s a journaler in your life or you are an artist and maybe you like to sketch or you just like to write. Check that out. Check out all of the writing kits in the Daily Audio Bible shop. Of course, the annual Daily Audio Bible Christmas bulb is also in the box this year. And a mystery…everyone’s getting a mystery item. Every box is getting a mystery item as well, some resources that we didn’t have enough of to put in every box, but if we pulled them together, we can give everyone else…we could give something else to everyone in this box. So, it’s available dailyaudiobible.com in the Shop.

Also, the More Gathering registration is now open and you can find out all of the details for the More Gathering that’s coming up this April at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section or just go to moregathering.com.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, I cannot possibly thank you enough because truly the Daily Audio Bible is a community experience from top to bottom. And we’re able to get up every day and push play because we’ve partnered together to do this. And, so, thank you for your partnership. There’s a link on the homepage dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer the mail, 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.

12/06/2018 DAB Transcript

Hosea 4:1-5:15, 2 John 1:1-13, Psalms 125:1-5, Proverbs 29:9-11

Today is the 6th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you today as we continue to take these steps forward that lead us to the end of the year and the final pages of the Bible. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Even though we don’t have a lot of days left we have a lot of territory to cover. And, so we began the book of Hosea yesterday in the Old Testament, which we will continue with today. We concluded the apostle John’s first letter, known as First John yesterday, which means we will begin Second John when we get to the New Testament and we’ll talk about that when we get there. But first we’re reading from the God’s Word Translation this week. Hosea chapter 4 verse 1 through 5 verse 15 today.

Introduction to Second John:

Okay. So, as we mentioned at the top of our time together, when we get to the New Testament we will be beginning a new letter and it’s known as Second John. And that’s what we’ll do. And we’ll read second John in its entirety today. And second John was probably written very shortly after First John was written and it was likely written to the same people because of its similarities. And, incidentally, it is those similarities that are reasons most scholars accept John as the authentic writer of these letters. And since it’s believe that John spent the latter part of his life in the city of Ephesus, then that is the likely origin of second John. So, this letter contains a whopping thirteen versus and the first three of them are our words of greeting and then the next three remind us of the importance of love, specifically loving each other, which was so much of the focus of first John. And then the next three verses speak against the false teaching of Docetism like the first one did. And then the next two verses offer instruction now found in the first letter, and these verses advise the readers how to behave toward a itinerant teacher who attempts to introduce false teaching into the church. And they’re specifically encouraged not to offer encouragement or hospitality. And then the final two verses conclude the letter. And it would be easy to allow first and second John a blur together because it’s like the same kind of terrain and subject matter. But if we just take a deep breath, because we’re gonna read this all one sitting. And just imagine, like, between yesterday and today, between first John and second John, imagine that months have gone by, and that the impact of first John is diminishing because of all the challenges that are being faced in the church. And that will put us in the right head-space to read second John because this would’ve come several months later as a reminder and an encouragement of what had been written before. And, so, we begin, Second John.

Prayer:

Father, every day we thank you for your word because it speaks into our lives into the deepest parts of our motives and our hearts posture. And, so, we thank you for that and we take to heart what we read today in the Psalms, that those who trust you are like a mountain that can’t be shaken. And as the mountains surrounding Jerusalem, and they certainly do, so You surround your people now and forever. And, so, we take comfort in that, knowing that you are present, that you are surrounding us, that we are in a bubble surrounded by you. What exactly is it that we have to fear? Come Holy Spirit into this question. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

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The Prayer Wall is there, continual prayer is happening there, all of the ways to connect with your brothers and sisters who are on this journey on social media, those links are available at dailyaudiobible.com as well as the Daily Audio Bible shop where it’s Christmas time.

So, the Daily Audio Bible family Christmas Box for 2018 is available and it’s crammed as full as we can get it, full of goodies and resources that you’ll want for yourself and some things that you’ll want to give away. And you can see all of the contents of the Christmas Box in the Daily Audio Bible Shop in the Christmas section. So, check that out.

Also, great gift idea in the lifestyle section of the Daily Audio Bible shop is all of our writing kits. They make for fantastic gifts. I couldn’t love them any more than I do because I use them every day. And, so, if your journaler, if you’re a writer, if you’re an artist, if you like to draw, if you…I mean..if you just want to be a little more tactile and intentional in your life, and that’s funny because we’re very digital, and I had a digital journal for a long time but it’s not the same. It’d not the same as writing things down with your own hand and, you know, having those to refer back to at some point in your life or to save them for future generations, written in your own hand, the story of your own life. Yeah, that’s hard to beat and it’s not the same when you type it out, you know, in digital form. So, some fantastic selections in the Lifestyle section at dailyaudiobible.com.

Also, the More Gathering registration is open now as well for the a More Gathering coming up this April in the mountains of north Georgia just outside of Atlanta. We were doing women’s events before we went to the mountaintop at Sharp Top Cove there in the mountains, but the More Gathering was kind of birthed…it’s only ever been there, and this is the last time it will be there. We’re feeling like God is saying this is the last year. And really not exactly sure…we don’t have like the whole story. I don’t like that. Like, that’s not my thing. I usually like to hear from the Lord and Him say, okay, this season is ending because this other season is beginning. And here’s where you’re to head. We don't…we just…we just know that this season is ending, and this is it. So, if you’ve been up to Sharp Top before then come back. This is your chance to end strong and well up there. If you’ve never been but you’ve wanted to come all of these years, you’ve gotta see it. It’s absolutely fantastic. And this is the year. We have we cut the pricing to the bare bare bone. Like we are at cost. The cost is $350 but that’s for nine cooked meals and three nights of lodging and all of the resources, all of the teaching, and just to be able to witness the team in action is magnificent. So, yeah, I mean, just can’t make it a better deal because that’s bone cost for us. Like, there’s nothing in this for the Daily Audio Bible other than that we love to build community around the rhythm of the Bible and this builds community, lifelong friendships. I mean there are groups of women that come every year because this is where they get back together because they live all over the world. The friendships that are formed at the More Gathering, they’re the kinds of friendships that last because the things that you go through together and the things that you can remind each other of are so necessary, that sisterhood is so necessary. So, yeah, More Gathering registration is open now and you can find that at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section or moregathering.com.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible here in the waning moments of the year 2018, then I thank you humbly and profoundly, of course. All of your contributions to the global campfire and the community that we are are tax deductible and you will certainly get an end of the year receipt. So, I thank you profoundly as you are considering your charitable giving at the end of the year to…well I mean…bottom line is, if what’s happening here is life and light and good news to you then thank you for helping that light and life and good news to continue to burn on into the new year where we will great tens of thousands of new friends who are on a collision course with the Scriptures. They just don’t know it yet. It’s this time of year those, you know, those little pangs of contemplation are starting to settle in and then the holidays usually mask all that because we’re very, very busy but then we’ll get between the holidays and that’s when we start thinking about our spirituality and what comes next for us and how much weight we’re gonna lose…and yeah…that’s when people who have been on a collision course with the Scriptures find the Scriptures and become a part of this community and we take another revolution around the sun together. So, if that has been something that’s meaningful to you, then thank you. Thank you for your partnership. We really, truly wouldn’t be here, would have been long gone if we didn’t do this together. So, there’s a link on the homepage of dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

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

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

12/05/2018 DAB Transcript

Daniel 11:36-12:13, 1 John 4:1-21, Psalms 123:1-4, Proverbs 29:2-4

Today is the 5th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is an honor and a pleasure to be here with you today. I’m kind of chuckling because these are the first words I’ve spoken out of my mouth today. Usually I have conversations before Daily Audio Bible but this is it, like, your the first person I’m talking to today out loud. So, it’s great to be here with you for the midweek as we take the next step forward in our adventure through the Scriptures this year. Yesterday, from the Old Testament reading, we concluded the book of Daniel, which means that we’ll be beginning a new book in the Old Testament today and that will be the book of Hosea, which will bring us, right now, into the final grouping of books that we will encounter in the Old Testament this year. And this grouping of books is called the minor prophets. And lest we tune out and think, well, these are less important books, that’s not why they’re called the minor prophets. They’re called the minor prophets because they’re shorter in length, compared with, like, longer books of prophecy like Isaiah or Ezekiel. So, in terms of the territory ahead in the Old Testament, this is where we’ll be camping out, in the minor prophets. And there are 12 books beginning with Hosea and ending with the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi. So, obviously it’s December 5th and we have 25 days left in this year. So, we’ll be moving through these 12 books rapidly as we make this final push into the end of the year. But let’s talk about the territory that we’re immediately heading into. the book of Hosea.

Introduction to the book of Hosea:

Hosea as a prophet probably lived in the eighth century BC and was able to see firsthand the disintegration and the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel, which happened to be his homeland. But even though his homeland had been the northern kingdom, many biblical scholars believe that Hosea’s prophecies were collected together in the southern kingdom of Judah after the Assyrians had destroyed Israel, the northern kingdom, and carried the 10 tribes and exile. Now, one of the most poignant themes that are in the Bible we also encounter in the book of Hosea and that is the theme of marriage. And the theme of marriage in the Scripture is often used to represent God’s love for the people that He entered into covenant with. And this theme is vividly captured in Hosea and it’s a fitting metaphor because we’ve been through a number of books of prophecy and we’ve observed God’s people chasing other gods over and over and over committing spiritual adultery. So, obviously the theme of marriage is poignant and that when placed in the context of marriage, God’s reaction to the betrayal of his people is totally understandable. He behaves like a scorned lover who is heartbroken and shocked and longs for His lost love. And that is portrayed more clearly in the book of Hosea than pretty much anywhere else in the Bible because God instructed Hosea to use his actual living life to speak as living prophecy. God instructed Hosea to marry a prostitute and her name was Gomer. And this represented the idolatry and the adultery and harlotry of Israel. And, as the story goes, Gomer and Hosea had children together and at God’s instruction each of the children was given a prophetic name that spoke directly to Israel. And then Gomer was unfaithful to Hosea he divorced her, representing God’s casting away of Israel. And then at God’s instruction, in an about-face, Hosea was sent in pursuit of Gomer once again. And the irony is that Hosea had to buy back the woman that had been his wife and who had played the harlot and committed adultery. And he did, he bought her back, representing the lengths God was willing to go to in order to be reunited with those He loves. So, the portrayal of God’s love is potent in the book of Hosea because it’s a picture of His love for each of us individually and it forces us to look at the ways that we continue to betray the lover of our soul and it forces us to see the impact that this has because so often we’re moving through life as if whatever we do has no impact on God, but the book of Hosea shows us otherwise. And most of us, you know, you live long enough, and you experience a broken heart at some point or other in your life, usually. Abs, so, most of us have probably experienced what it’s like to have you heart broken or to have like a sense of betrayal. And the book of Hosea provides us with a good picture of what that looks like through God’s eyes. And, so, we begin. We’re reading from the God’s Word Translation this week. Hosea chapter 1 verse 1 through 3 verse 5.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word and we thank you for the promise that the person who has the son is the person who has eternal life because eternal life is found in the son. And, so, Jesus, we thank you that this is something that we have already begun to participate in. Like, so often we are thinking that our eternal life is something that begins after we die. And yet we are alive and we will not die because you have come for us, which means that our eternal life has begun and we are living within it now. And this promise found in this little letter of first John is a game changer and should alter our perspective and give us such a wide view of what we are participating in as we move through life here on earth in collaboration with you. So, come Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth, this is Your promise. Show us the narrow path that leads to life and may we follow you all the days of our lives, which is forever. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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

And it’s hard to miss that it’s Christmas time. And, so, that means it’s Christmas time around here too and so are Christmas traditions. They come out as we decorate, you know, we have our traditions here around the global campfire.

One of those traditions is the announcement of the More Gathering for women because we believe, and not only do we believe, we have heard that the More Gathering given as a gift has been one of the most profound gifts ever received by many. And we know why, because we see it every year. So, the More Gathering early registration is open now. And, yeah, this is a fantastic thing to sew into the life of your wife or your mother or your sister or your sisters or your best friend. Just come and bring them along and in enjoy, not only the beauty of being on the mountaintop there in North Georgia, but also the mountaintop experience that it is with God and the reset that it that it becomes in life. So, I registration is open and available. You find out all of the details at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section or you can visit moregathering.com. That’ll take you to the same place.

Also, the Daily Audio Bible family Christmas Box for 2018, and those are flyin’ out the door, is available. We have packed it chock-full of resources, things that you will want for yourself, things that you will want to give away, all of them worthy gifts that can be life-changing resources. So, the Promise Land DVD set, just a virtual tour of the land of the Bible where you can see and allow the geography of the places where the stories that we’ve spent so much time in the Scriptures actually happened. And then there are three books included in the boxes here. Two are mine, Sneezing Jesus and Reframe and then the third is for my friend Robert, who was written what I believe to be the most impactful book on the solo parenting journey on just being a single parent. And it pours into the life of that unique experience in way that it is so needed right now. So, you may be a single parent and you may need this, but whether you are or not, I seriously doubt that you have someone in your life that could. That’s in there. And then you’ll have your choice of our Windfarm fresh roasted coffee at altitude in the Rocky Mountains. I mean, what gets more Christmasy than that? Or our boutique tea. This year its honey motion rooibos that we’re putting in the box. It’s delicious. I drink it often. And, you know, I’m kind of partial to coffee, but tea is something that, especially in the cold weather, it’s something that’s in my life most every day. And, so, I drink…I mean…Windfarm brand is our brand and it represents exactly what we do as community – call to the four winds the breath of life. And we are a praying community. And that’s what we’re building, a spiritual windfarm that calls life into the world every day. And, so, yeah, your choice of our Windfarm coffee or our Windfarm tea is in the box this year. And 20 of our Christmas cards for this year that say “Hope” on them. There beautiful. You can see them at dailyaudiobible.com along with their matching envelopes. The Daily Audio Bible Christmas bulb is in there and a Black Wing pencil.

And I need to say, yes, definitely order your Christmas boxes, but also check out the Lifestyle section at dailyaudiobible.com for all of our…I mean…our writing kits are fantastic gifts because it’s the best of the best. I mean we went to painstaking troubled to create the journal. We went to painstaking trouble to find the right paper and the right writing instruments and it's…yeah…just check it out at dailyaudiobible.com in the Lifestyle section.

Okay. If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link on the homepage. I thank you profoundly for those of you who’ve clicked that link. 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.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey family, this is Judy in Salt Lake. I’m calling for Sharon. Sharon, I heard your call. Steve and I have been praying for you nonstop. I can’t even begin to imagine the heartache and suffering that you’re going through, but I want to pray for you now. Father in heaven, first I ask You to forgive for my sins, that You hear my prayer. Father, I hold up Sharon to You. I hold up her entire family but mostly her right now. Lord, wrap Your arms around her. Don’t let her go. Let her know that You are there for her no matter what. Don’t let her second-guess herself. Father, we know that You only hold us accountable for what we know. We don’t know what her daughter knew or didn’t know but we do know that she was suffering, or she wouldn’t have done what she did. Father, don’t hold it against her. Don’t hold it to her charge. Whatever it is I ask forgiveness for her, that she can meet her mom someday in the kingdom. Father, please bless the family. It’s such a tragedy, a loss of a child. And a loss of any life is tragic but when it’s Your child Lord. You know, You watched Your own child die on the cross. Father, please, please comfort Sharon in her distress, in her anguish. Father, all of our hearts go out to her.

Hi, this is Victoria Soldier, just calling and wanted to pray for one of the DABbers and some of the DABbers. I wanted to pray for this beautiful mother who lost her baby who committed suicide. I wanted to…she said her name was Sharon and was victorious and she didn’t feel like she was victorious any longer. Lord, You touch my sister. You touch her in a mightily in special way. Oh Lord in the name of Jesus You help her to be victorious Lord. Oh Lord You speak to her and let her know that her baby is fine, that her baby made her peace with You Lord. Oh Lord she need You Lord. She needs You. She lost this beautiful baby that You entrusted her with. And Lord, let her not feel the guilt of the depression or whatever that the Young woman goes going through Lord. It’s just sin that hangs around and tries to take over our lives, but Lord I pray the victory in that Young girl’s life, that she reaches heaven, that her mom would get to be with her again. Lord, touch that mom and that family Lord of that Young girl Lord. In the name of Jesus touch her Lord, touch that mom to hold on Lord. Touch that mom and that family to hold on in the name of Jesus. Lord, You have Your way. Lord we pray for this nation and we pray for our Young people who are going through things and are going through depression Lord. We ask that You be with them Lord. We ask that You be with them every step of the way and help us to be there with them in the name of Jesus. And Lord we ask You that You have Your way in that woman’s life. You strength her Lord and You give her some peace Father in the name of Jesus. And Lord I would be ever so careful to give Your name the glory and the honor and the praise. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. Have a good day DABbers. I just wanted to say hi to Brian and Jill and…

Hi, my name is Eva Armstrong, I’m calling from Pennsylvania. I’m calling for Sharon victorious in Northern California. Your call just struck my heart about losing your daughter because Sharon, I lost my son. It’s been 20 years ago but he’s my firstborn son. So, I know where you’re coming from. I wanted to tell you that you can still be victorious. Don’t give up the name because that’s what God says you are. I know I felt like Satan had left me bleeding on my doorstep after my son died of his own doing. It was probably accidental, but it was one of those things teenagers do. Anyway, you are victorious. You are much loved, and I want you to know that I’m going to be praying for you and please, go easy on yourself. Don’t take on too many extra tasks. Don’t punish yourself for things you didn’t say or do. Take every little bit of encouragement that people give you, every scripture, every song. If you can, maybe write them down. God will bring something good out of it. Let’s just go to the Lord for a minute. Heavenly Father, I pray that You would put Your arms around Sharon, that You would comfort her, that You would guide her step-by-step. when she’s too weak to walk Lord pick her up and carry her because this is a very difficult time. And You know what it was like to be wounded Lord. We just put ourselves in Your arms and Your hands. We ask these things in Jesus’ name. Karen, if you can I am ema94rn@gmail.com. I’d be happy to share with you some more. Bye.

Hi everyone, it Sharon in St. Louis. Sharon the Victorious one and you are still victorious because your victory is in Jesus. Your call yesterday, oh gosh, I cried and sister I am grieving with you and I can’t even imagine, I can’t even imagine what you’re going through sister. And I pray for salvation is mine. It’s so good to hear from you. Father God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Jesus who’s interceding for us right now, for You right now, I just pray that You would show up, that You would come quickly Lord in a miraculous way Father God to minister to Sharon’s heart, to minister to salvation is mine’s heart, to minister to those hearts of all those in the DAB family that are hurting. And I pray Lord that You would rule Your people to be around them and about them. Lord, that You would show up in such a supernatural way that they would just know, that You would encourage their hearts Lord, that You love them because You do love them in spite of these horrible things that happen, that You are a good good Father. So, I just pray that You would come quickly Lord Jesus. I pray for this pain to be lifted from salvation is mine. I pray that You would direct her to a good doctor. And I pray for this little __ Father, that You would make Sharon’s grand-daughter or grandson just resilient in this Lord. And we thank You Father God. We thank You Lord that You are Lord of all, that our hope is in You. In Jesus’ name.