02/26/2021 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 19:1-20:21, Mark 8:11-38, Psalms 42:1-11, Proverbs 10:17

Today is the 26th day of February welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it’s great to here with you today as we continue…well…we’ve kinda got a final push in this month now, a couple days left in this month. But as we continue our journey through the book of Feb…the book of February…I gotta like rewind the whole thing and start over, right? Hopefully I can…hopefully I can read today. So, it…it’s the month of February. It’s the 26th day of that month and we’re reading from the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament We’re reading from the New Living Translation this week. Leviticus 19 verse 1 through 20 verse 21.

Commentary:

Okay. Let’s talk about Caesarea Philippi today. This is a town in Israel north of the Sea of Galilee, about 15 miles and it's…it’s odd because normally at this time year, normally right now we would be in the land of the Bible leading pilgrimage. And I don’t know if this would be the day that we go to Caesarea Philippi but it would be somewhere around here and once we got to the Galilee. And, so, the Sea of Galilee is kind of in northern Israel. And then heading up toward the border with like Syria and Lebanon we would encounter Caesarea Philippi. Like I said, about 15 miles north of the Sea of Galilee, north of where Jesus kind of headquartered His ministry. This is a very pagan city. It was a Roman city so you kind of have…have special permission to get in there is a Jew. The kinds of things that we’re going on there, like the ritual…the ritual idol worship that was going on there was offensive, very offensive to Hebrew people. So, Hebrew clergy of any sort, they’re not gonna go anywhere near there. And yet here’s the Rabbi Jesus going there, going there to this place. And the point is this…it's…it’s not by accident. Like you don’t just walk on foot, 15 miles one way accidentally and go, “oh shucks, I didn’t know there was a city here. What is this place?” They knew this was a hub of Roman governance, this was a very Roman city and they worshiped…well…primarily they worship the God Pan there. And Pan is known for instilling Pan-ic in its enemies. And Pan was…well…a lot of fertility rites happened around the worship of Pan. Pan was thought to be half human and half goat. And, so, the kind of rituals that would happen in this type of worship we would…we would find them to be revolting and perverse. I guess you just have to imagine fertility, humans, goats all working together toward some sort of blessing of the deity Pan and you sort of get the idea. And, like I was saying this place, it’s ruins, it’s an archaeological ruin at this point, but it still exists. And, so, you know, it wasn’t just like ritual worship. That was one part of town, like the religious part of town where the temples were, where we go to…to worship but then there’s other parts of town as well. But in the area where the temples were there’s this massive cliff face. I want to say it’s a good hundred feet tall and it’s just kind of stark. It’s up a sheer cliff face. If you were up on top of it, you couldn’t climb down without ropes and stuff. You’d fall to your death but at the base of that…of that cliff face is a huge cave. And in previous times before the Romans, before Pan, this was side of Baal worship. And, of course, in the Old Testament we hear plenty about the Baals. This is a place of Baal worship and the cave was thought to be the place where Baal would enter this world from the underworld and then would return to the underworld from this world through that cave and that cave was known as the gates of hell. So, it’s a really really interesting place, but it’s also really interesting what’s happening here. So, Jesus and His disciples are doing this 15-mile walk, they’re getting near Caesarea Philippi and Jesus starts to inquire about assumptions. What are the assumptions about me, right? What are people saying about me? What do they…who do they say that I am? And that’s when they find out that the assumptions about Jesus are that He’s John the Baptist just resurrected from the dead, that he’s Elijah, the ancient prophet, that He’s one of the other prophets that is returned. Those are incorrect assumptions, but they are the assumptions, and they are the things that people were saying about Jesus. And then Jesus asks what I think is probably the most important question that a human being can…can be asked and that a human being can answer. Who do you say that I am? And that is when Peter declares, “you are the Messiah.” We’ve encountered this story once already. We’re in the second gospel in the book of Matthew. That’s when Jesus says, “Peter, my father revealed this to you.” And then He says, “upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” That is really important because now we are tying geography to a declaration of Christ. He’s in Caesarea Philippi where the gates of hell were thought to be. And maybe…maybe when we pass this territory again in the Gospels we’ll talk more about it, but let’s focus in on the conversation. Let’s focus in on the fact that Jesus was geographically located, making statements, but his question, “who do you say that I am? No matter what anybody else is saying about me” basically is what Jesus is saying. “No matter what anybody else is saying about me because everything else that’s being said is wrong. Who do you say that I am?” And that is something to take into our day-to-day. I have spent my entire life with the desire to know God deeply and I realize that people say all kinds of things about who Jesus is. And I realize that at the end of it all it isn’t Jesus looking at me asking me who Mary says He is or who Tom says He is, or who George says He is who Tiffany says He is, it’s who I say that He is that matters to Him and our relationship. And that is how it is for you too. Who do you say that Jesus is?

Prayer:

Father, we have the instant correct answers to that. Like, we could spout off the correct answer, but it’s far deeper than that. The questions way more probing than that. It goes down to the bedrock. It’s like our declaration of faith. And, so, Holy Spirit come before we just spout off the right answer. We want to sit in this. We want to marinate in this. We want to contemplate this. We want to meditate upon it. Who does our heart say that you are? Who does our lives say that you are? Come Holy Spirit into these questions we pray. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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02/25/2021 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 16:29-18:30, Mark 7:24-8:10, Psalms 41:1-13, Proverbs 10:15-16

Today is the 25th day of February welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am and Brian it’s great to be here with you today, taking the next step forward on the journey that we are on, which is the journey through the Bible in a year of life, a journey through a year together. And, so, let’s dive in, take that next step forward. We’re reading from the New Living Translation this week. We’ll move ourselves back into the book of Leviticus. Today chapter 16 verse 29 through 18 verse 30.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for bringing us this far into the year, and this far into the Scriptures. And we…we have gloried in it many times and we will many, many more times because Your word becomes a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths. It becomes a mirror into our souls. It actually does ask the deeper questions about why we’re doing the things that we’re doing, and what motivates that. We are grateful for that. We are grateful for the gospels. It feels like…it feels like we get to walk alongside You, Jesus, as You do ministry, and we get to know Your personality and we get to know the things that You care about. And this is so important because this is the goal, is that we become like You. This is…this is what we’re after, is to become Christlike and but we notice in You is perfection certainly. And certainly, we know in our own strength there is no perfection, but we’re just simply watching You, the first sinless person on planet earth since Adam and Eve. We’re watching You live. And what it reveals to us is what it’s supposed to look like for us, that the things that You are doing are the things that are supposed to be normal. And, so, we watch You living true and watch You taking command and we watch Your compassion, we watch Your kindness, and we see how far we fall short of that. And, so, Holy Spirit come, lead us deeper into Jesus, that it is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives within us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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02/24/2021 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 15:1-16:28, Mark 7:1-23, Psalms 40:11-17, Proverbs 10:13-14

Today is the 24th day of February welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is a joy and a privilege and an honor to be here with you today as we continue this journey that we got ourselves into on the 1st of January and what a journey it’s…it’s been so far. So glad that we can come together around this Global Campfire, just be together with…with…with one intention, to allow the Scriptures to speak into our lives and transform us and to be in community while we’re doing it praying for one another and loving each other. So, let’s dive in. we’re reading from the book of Leviticus today. Chapter 15 verse 1 through 16 verse 28. And just reminding us, this is the law being given and the law that will govern this newly forming people out in the wilderness as they continue their journey toward the land of promise.

Commentary:

Okay. As odd as it might be because of what we just read in the book of Leviticus we need to talk about what we read in the book of Leviticus. Odd because maybe we don’t normally talk about discharge…you know….bodily discharges, especially…especially sexually reproductive bodily oriented discharges and rules and laws that govern such things. So, let’s first just simply consider the context. Let’s consider the reality. We gotta go back thousands and thousands of years in human development and technology and culture. We gotta go back, way back, but we also have to go into the wilderness and become more nomadic. If you are a culture and the Bible tells us there’s like a million people, so you are moving around like that, like a moving, touring city, almost, but you’re moving around the wilderness, and you also have livestock, you have all of the support systems of this culture and you are moving around and you…you have no way to get something called an antibiotic because it hasn’t been invented yet, you can’t get a tetanus shot, you can’t get some sort of vaccine or some sort of treatment for whatever ails you, then you much more begin to understand you are interconnected with everybody else in your culture and you are depending upon each other because if plague breaks out in some sort of way it could affect everybody. So, in terms of some of the body bodily discharges we read about today…like we can…like sexually transmitted diseases…like…we…that’s in the world today, but if that were able to spread without any sort of treatment then you have a compounding problem. So, even today if you come into contact with somebody else’s blood and you don’t know what’s going on, you don’t know the origin, you know, you could get sick. It…it…it would be considered a biohazard if you were at the doctor. Like everybody protects themselves from each other’s blood in that kind of a scenario. So, we can understand the practicalities that are going on here. And it should be pretty immediate to us because what is a sneeze, if not a bodily discharge? And haven’t we spent the last year understanding that a sneeze can theoretically be a deadly thing based on the climate that we’re in with all of our technology, with all of the advancements of the last several thousand years. So, we should be able to see the practicalities of what is being laid out here. This is pulling a culture forward because underneath all of it is something very important - clean and unclean. This a very important distinction that God is placing inside of this culture. There is clean and there is unclean and it’s all aspects of your existence. You can have an unclean mind, even though you just took a shower, and your body is clean. So, what’s being rooted in here is that there is clean and there is unclean in body and mind and attitude and motivation in spirit in every way. And what is God doing? Certainly, He’s protecting people from spreading diseases to each other that will kill them, but He’s teaching them how to be clean, clean, not dirty, not unclean, clean, in every aspect of their lives. It’s really not that different friends. It’s really not that different for us because clean and unclean exist and we know that. We’ve already mentioned this, but this is the territory that we are moving through in the Bible and it’s important that we embrace these concepts. It’s important that we…we understand like if we become ceremonially unclean, we don’t have to sacrifice a turtledove or something like that but there is clean and there is unclean and unclean leads to dis-ease, right? Disease, whether us in spirit, or whether in body. And God is basically saying, “I am holy and so you’re going to be holy as well. Be clean.”

Prayer:

Holy Spirit come into this. It's…it’s been a few days that we’ve kind of been settling or hovering here in this…this territory that we’re moving through in the Bible here…but what it’s bringing up. And, so, we are inviting You because this is what the Scriptures are bringing up, to help us grasp and hold tight to the fact that there is clean and there is unclean and it’s basically a choice. We have the freedom to be either one, but to be clean before You, this is our desire. So, come again Holy Spirit, show us the areas, the ways in which we need to let go of uncleanness so that we might be clean. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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02/23/2021 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 13:1-59, Mark 6:1-29, Psalms 39:1-13, Proverbs 10:10

Today is the 23rd day of February welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we take the next step forward in the Scriptures this week and this month. We’re reading from the New Living Translation this week and we’ll just pick up where we left off yesterday, the book of Leviticus. Today we will read chapter 14.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the book of Leviticus we were continuing to talk about skin and skin diseases and mold and mildew and…and, you know, plaster and mold in the plaster and tearing out the stones. And we spoke…we spoke about this yesterday and it bears repeating it. The sentiment of what we’re talking about here bears repeating because…because we have work to do. We all have work to do in this particular area. But it’s interesting to note that in this brand-new culture that’s being woven together, that how central the priests, the anointed of God were inside the culture. Like you probably could hardly imagine the idea of going to your pastor today and saying, like could you check out this skin rash, the skin rash on my arm? That…that’s not what we would do. We would go to a doctor. We would go to a specialist for those things. And, so, when we need spiritual help we go to a pastor where…this is a very…the spirituality of these earliest Hebrew people, it’s all integrated. It’s not like they’re thinking this is…this is a spiritual matter, this is an emotional matter, this is a physical matter, its life and its integrated. And, so, that’s why we’re able to look at something like…like a skin rash or like mold and know like, behind this is a spiritual component, there’s a spiritual application here. And, so, we talked about like what is below the surface, right, what is more than skin deep yesterday. What is growing in the dank and dark basements of our lives. What are we letting to continue to sort of thrive and spread simply because we don’t want to go deal with it or its seemingly too painful to go deal with? I kinda know how this goes. You let something go and it goes, and the problem continues to grow until you eventually have to deal with it, but it’s a much bigger problem than it had to be. So, if you notice some mold or something in your house it’s better to deal with it as quickly as it’s discovered, right? Because if you don’t then you might have to tear a part of your house down or all of it down. And, so, what we’re seeing here in…in Leviticus, like you can go in and if it’s below the plaster and its deeper then you have to tear out some of the stones and replace them with clean stones and re-plaster. So, from a spiritual perspective it’s time in the year to pay attention to these things because we probably came into this adventure in the Bible thinking that the Bible would transform us if we just show up. And it does because it invites us to participate and be here, be present in our own lives and deal with things because freedom is where we’re headed. And we can’t carry all this stuff along with us. It’s always been poison. It’s what brought us to the place that we got to. And, so, it’s time to kind of look around the walls of our heart, essentially inviting the Holy Spirit to go down into the basement and shine the light of truth down there even though we may not have been down there in years. It’s like…it…the ultimate question is, do we want to be free? Like, what would it be like to not carry chains around our ankles anymore? What would it be like to not have any offenses between us and anyone else? Like imagine the freedom that is available if we do the work and walk with God.

Prayer:

And, so, Holy Spirit we invite You today, and this is like the second day where we’re kind of here in the same subject matter. So, Jesus we are asking You as our great high priest to come and examine the walls, to come and look at the rashes on our skin, to come and show us what is more than skin deep and what is just gonna go away and heal itself. Show us the work that we need to begin to do so that as we were talking about last week, we tend the garden of our lives, we become the good soil. We need all the structures of our lives to be sound and built on solid rock so that we might experience the stability of walking with You, but also the freedom of bringing the gift of the good news into the world. And, so, we’re slowing down a little bit here and just inviting You. In fact, even as we’re praying this prayer things are coming to mind. We already know some of the big ones that we’ve been avoiding, things that we just don’t want to mend, things that we don’t want to participate in. We want them mended but we don’t want to have to do the work. And You are inviting us this year to do the work of mending. And, so, we look at the structures of our lives. Show us where the mold is. Show us where the mildew is. Show us what’s more than skin deep. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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02/22/2021 DAB Transcript

Lev 13:1-59, Mark 6:1-29, Ps 39:1-13, Pr 10:10

Today is the 22nd day of February welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is a joy and a privilege to be here with you today as we begin moving into our workweek, continue our journey through the Bible this year. We are well underway…well…in both Old and New Testaments with our new books - the book of Leviticus in the book of Mark. So, we will continue on our journey through that territory, obviously, beginning with the Old Testament, the book of Leviticus. And today we’re gonna learn about skin diseases. Leviticus chapter 13.

Commentary:

Okay. So, did…did you enjoy the skin disease portion of our reading today, like to look if the flaking is turning white or if the hair has turned white or if it’s yellow or if it’s red-ish, yeah, all of that stuff, we have to remember a couple of things. Number one there’s always a spiritual component to everything we’re gonna read in the Scriptures, especially…especially here as God is laying out the laws that will govern this people, like establishing an entire culture but we also have to remember where we are. We are in the wilderness. We are…I mean have you been in the desert before? If you have ever been out in a actual desert you know that that…there’s nothing out there. It’s empty wasteland as far as you can see in any direction and…and they don’t have antibiotics and they can’t run down to the drugstore. There is nothing there. So, a skin disease that begins to spread can become a huge problem. It can bring death to the community. Or what about the section about mildew and mold. Again, like we can go, “what is this doing in the Bible like just get something and spray it off and wipe it down and you’ll be fine.” They couldn’t do that. And I mean even until this very day you get mold in your house and you got a problem. Depending on what kind of mold it is it could be like a devastating problem requiring deconstruction of a portion or all of the structured, right, if it is allowed to run. That’s even today with all the stuff we have to fight against. They didn’t have anything. So, yeah, you let mold creep up your walls and don’t do anything about it, you’re gonna have a problem in the end. So, that gives us a little bit of a context about why we would find something like this here. These are important things. It is important to be clean because cleanliness in body or in a building is important to its long-term survival and its place within a community. But that brings up the larger story here. What were ultimately talking about is clean and unclean, and this is being built into the fabric, that there is clean and there is unclean in body, in building, in society, in spirit. There is clean and unclean. So, we can glaze over and go like, “I don’t know why we gotta read about skin rashes in the Bible”, but we do still have to pay attention to the fact that there is clean and there is unclean in everything including our thoughts, including our spiritual lives and our motivations. So yes indeed, If you have a rash or a bump on your skin and it’s determined that that rash is more than skin deep, in other words, it’s below the surface, it’s a much bigger problem. If you have essentially a spiritual rash, if there’s unforgiveness or bitterness, or envy or just competition or rebellion, you name it, and it’s more than skin deep, it’s a problem. We all know that. And now, even skin diseases and mold becomes a mirror out of the Bible and forces us to look at ourselves. We can’t leave the structures of our lives with mildew and mold growing in the corners in the dark, dank places. That’s gotta be cleaned out. That’s not gonna lead us on the narrow path that leads to life. That’s not gonna lead us on a path where we can reveal God’s kingdom because we can see God at work. It’s just gonna poison us just like it would’ve poisoned them. And, so, all the sudden we see that there’s a spiritual component to every component that is baked into the fabric of their culture and we should pay attention to these things because although we have disinfectants and antibiotics our hearts are the same as their hearts were and we can be infected and it can become poison and it can become a disease that’s below the surface, that’s beyond skin or that’s more than skin deep, and it can become a real problem and we know it. And, so, let’s take this little lesson about being clean and keeping things clean so that it doesn’t pollute the entire community and understand that there’s a spiritual component and it’s just as relevant.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit as we move into our workweek, may we have eyes to see and ears to hear, may we pay attention to the fact that there is clean and there is unclean, and we know the difference. Help us to pay attention that we might not become unclean. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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02/21/2021 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 11:1-12:8, Mark 5:21-43, Psalms 38:1-22, Proverbs 10:8-9

Today is the 21st day of February welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian welcome to a brand-new shiny sparkly week another one of the weeks that we get to begin together, another opportunity for us to consider reset, restart. This week is out in front of us. Yeah, there may be some things that are gonna carry over from the last week, but this week is pretty much in our future and we get to decide how we’re going to live into it and we’re doing the right thing by continuing the rhythm of the Scripture in our lives to inform the choices and decisions and motivations that are in front of us. And, so, brand-new week. Of course, we pick up right where we left off, which will bring us back into the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament and the gospel of Mark in the New Testament. But this…this week we’ll read from the New Living Translation. And, so, let’s dive in. Leviticus chapters 11 and 12 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for this brand-new week, this final full week of the second month of the year. And we’re asking father that even as we mark the time by saying it’s a shiny sparkly new week because it is that we might follow you every step of the way, that we might pause and consider what the Scriptures are teaching us about our motives, about the…the reasons that we do the things that we do. What we realize is that if we will consider if we will meditate, if we will contemplate the things, the choices, if we will put a space between reacting, even if just for a second that is space for you to work in our lives, leading us, guiding us that we might make right correct decision. And, so, come Holy Spirit continue to lead us with your word. Continue to show us how to garden the soil of our lives so that we are good soil. Continue to show us the paths of wisdom, that we might walk in her shadow and continue to lead us into all truth we pray. In the mighty name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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

02/20/2021 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 9:7-10:20, Mark 4:26-5:20, Psalms 37:30-40, Proverbs 10:6-7

Today is the 20th day of February, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is wonderful to be here with you as we bring another week to a close. And if I’m counting right we’re about 7 and a ½ weeks into this year. And, so, we are well underway on this journey. We have been reading from the Common English Bible this week and we’ll continue to do that because it’s still this week. We began the book of Leviticus and the book of Mark this week, so we’ll continue those journeys today. Leviticus chapter 9 verse 7 through 10 verse 20. And simply by way of reminder we are now…we are now being…being given the law and this will eventually be known as the Mosaic law and these are the statutes and ordinances and rituals and customs and holidays that knit together this people known as the Hebrews. So, let’s continue that journey was Leviticus chapter 9.

Prayer:

Father we thank you for your word and thank you for bringing us through another week. We are grateful. We love you we love wow how your word works in our lives, how it…it’s a friend it’s a companion. It just comes and speaks the honest truth to us and then allows us to consider. And if we will follow the way ways that are laid out in the Scriptures that we will be on the narrow path that leads to life. And, so, come Holy Spirit and continue to lead us into all truth. This is a promise that were hanging onto. Lead us deeper into our relationship with the Savior, we pray in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

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

02/19/2021 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 7:28-9:6, Mark 3:31-4:25, Psalms 37:12-29, Proverbs 10:5

Today is the 19th day of February welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you today as we round the corner here. We’re at the end of another week just about and we’ve transitioned into two new books this week and we’re getting’ moved into those and enjoying that. So, let’s…let’s continue…let’s continue with the journey. We’re reading from the Common English Bible this week. Leviticus chapter 7 verse 28 through 9 verse 6.

Commentary:

Okay. Let's…well…let’s talk about harvest today. Jesus talked about it. And, you know, harvest…harvest is definitely a scriptural…a scriptural term that Jesus talks about, being the Lord of the harvest or sending workers, the laborers are few to go into the harvest. So, this is definitely a scriptural term but it’s…it’s an agricultural term as well. We understand that seedtime and harvest that's…that’s how we get our food. And, so, if you are a farmer you want to seed to go into the soil, you want it to…to yield fully to its full potential, and we understand these things. So, Jesus is talking about different kinds of soil that the seed gets planted into and depending on the kind of soil really dictates the kind of harvest. So, the seed can be awesome seed but planted in not so awesome soil it’s not gonna be an awesome harvest, but good seed planted in good soil does produce a great harvest. Jesus was teaching this in a story, in story form, in parable form, as He often did. And it’s easy enough, and this is a popular…popular enough parable that we sort of understand the lay of the land. And Jesus was pretty explicit in giving an interpretation of the parable that He had given. We all want that 100-fold harvest, right? We all want a bountiful harvest in our lives. Maybe we need to start thinking about gardening. Maybe this is the point in our journey through the year and our journey in life that we need to turn inward and see our heart, see our hearts as a field of soil. What kind of soil is there? Because whatever kind of soil is there is going to dictate the harvest, no matter how good the seed is. So, God is nourishing us through His word every day here as we take this journey through the Bible. This is good seed we could say, but are we, are our hearts good soil for this good seed. So, if the seed falls and cannot take roots then it’s just gonna lay there on the surface and it’s gonna get snatched away. If…if our hearts are hard and stony and difficult, then there’s nowhere for the seed to take root. And if we’re just distracted and anxious and full of worry or we’re just distracted and chasing other things, other desires…well…then the soil of our heart is thorny and it’s gonna choke the seed out. We can understand this. We can even…we should be able to visualize this. We’ve seen rocky ground we’ve seen thorny ground. Like, we should understand this and we can even visualize how difficult it would be for a bountiful harvest to grow under those conditions. If our hearts are in that condition than they are not going to yield the bountiful harvest, we are hoping for. In other words, God’s gonna do His part here, but we have some gardening to do. We have our part. Our role to play in. And maybe it’s time to dig up the stony ground and do away with the thorn bushes and make ourselves fertile and ready for anything that God wants to bring in this adventure that we call life, this dance that we are in together with Him.

Prayer:

Jesus, thank You. Thank You for this wisdom. It’s very clear. It’s abundantly clear. We know the hard places in our lives. We know the thorny places in our lives. We know the shallow places in our lives. And we just need help. We need You to guide us and show us how to become good soil. So, come Holy Spirit as we contemplate this, as we consider, as we meditate upon this, show us the areas in our heart that need some gardening. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

H family it’s Mica I haven’t called for over a year. So much as has happened I could never catch you up in about a minute and 30 seconds; however, I…I did really need you guys help. You’re the closest thing I have to a family for a long long time. And I’ve spent a year homeless and been in a domestic violence shelter and lost all my stuff add my car and I was put in jail and you name it. Right now I’m out because of an injury from work and because there’s some hold up and misunderstanding about the last time I was on unemployment. I am waiting for the determination so that I can get my workman’s comp and things like that because I was injured back on January 7th. I haven’t been working since. I’ve been borrowing money from people and leaning on people and I am just tired of it. I need I…need things to go right and I need __ things to stay away from me. Most of all I…I need to be right with God again and I need a family too. Please family help me __.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is Natalie. I’m calling because I just wanted to leave a quick prayer for… I’ve been listening to a lot of the prayers of the people and I just wanted to just do a little prayer for each and every person. I may not know the name or the…where you’re from but I know we are all connected in God’s family and the spirit of God is with us and…and He can intercede on our behalf. So, heavenly Father I thank You Lord this day for each and every person who’s called in who had a prayer or who had a concern Father. You tell us Lord Jesus that Lord we are connected as a family and we can come boldly before Your throne to ask for mercy in our times of need oh God. Father I pray for those that are sick Lord. There was one gentleman who said he had a heart attack, and he was struggling…they diagnosed him with bipolar Father and we…we…we come against that Father because we know Lord God that You are the author and finisher of our faith and we know that by Your stripes we are healed Father and I pray for healing on those people Father God. What man says is one thing but what God says the final authority. Father I pray for those people that are struggling with their jobs, with their families, those that are not saved Lord. I ask Lord God that You Father God Lord You said that we just need to plant the seed and You would do the growing Father. Father I pray over those people Lord Jesus that have…have…have been one Young lady said that her…her Father committed suicide in December of 2020. Father I pray for peace in that family Lord Jesus. Father You said that You would work all things together for the good of those that love You and are called according to Your purpose. And, so, I pray Father God that everything that we go through in our lives, everything that she is going through and her families going through that Lord You would…You would receive the glory from at all. You said what the enemy meant for evil You will turn it around…

Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is Ethan of Ashburnham MA in the USA. I have a prayer request that I’ve been meaning to ask for…for a long time. I have a friend his name is Chris he’s going through some sort of crisis that I won’t go into detail here. He…he’s walked away from Christ and truth be told I am really scared for his future. I know I shouldn’t be. I’m not responsible for his future but I am. I just…without Christ there’s this void in him that he’s trying to fill with everything money can buy, physical items, but as we all know those don’t fill us up. And also, I’m starting to become concerned that this is becoming an unhealthy relationship for me. I feel like I have to be in his life to just try and bring him back to Christ but that’s not my responsibility. I shouldn’t be doing that and subjecting myself. Please pray for my friend Chris. God knows who I’m talking about. He’s been my dear friend for over 15 years, and he was one of the few people I thought with absolute certainty would never abandon me during a time in middle school when I thought nobody liked me. He’s been one of my closest friends for over 15 years and I’m heartbroken of the way that he’s becoming but I choose to trust in Christ and His strength.

Hi guys this is Margaret from Southern California. I’m calling in for Tiffany and Tony of Cleveland. Tiffany had called again asking prayer for joy after the loss of her daughter Gianna. And I remember your original first call and my heart sank because I can relate to this loss of your precious daughter. I lost my baby girl 11 years ago. She was a full-term stillborn baby girl, 9-pound beautiful baby and I delivered her still. And I know she went to heaven when she was in my tummy but at the time, I couldn’t see straight for anything and I absolutely lost all joy. And I just want to encourage you guys that God has brought me alone and my husband so far these past 11 years and we truly have joy. We feel that God has done everything for us and as far as healing and mending our hearts and giving us more children after that and…but mostly I think that He’s giving us a perspective of knowing that she’s in heaven and we’re going to be with her again. And I want to encourage you guys. Gianna, you’re going to be with her again. And one day down on earth is one day closer to heaven for eternity and perfection with Jesus and I just can’t wait for that day. And I just want you guys so badly to be able to experience that. And you know what, it may not be tomorrow but just keep…keep on keeping on and have that faith that the Lord will deliver you from this despair. I love you friends.

Good morning DAB family today is the 16th day of February and I’m just sitting in my car. I just finished listening to Daily Audio Bible for the 15th. Again, Brian it’s just amazing listening to you. So, this is Janet from…from the UK and I’m just calling to ask for prayer for my mom. It’s been 2 weeks. She’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. And even though she lives in America I live in the UK I do have a sister and brother that’s in the US also but they’re not really active in her life and she’s literally at the house by herself, but thanks be to God we do have friends that are taking care, helping to take care of her. But I’m going to try to go over to the UK. So, I’m asking for prayers, journey mercies as I leave from the UK to go to America to help take care of my mom. And I also pray for my mom because she has like diabetes and all these other stuff that…other combabilities as they call it. But I’m asking for prayer because I know I have the best…I have the best family, the most prayerful family powerful in prayer. So, I’m asking family that you help me pray that God will see us through, that He would just give us one day at a time as He normally does and that we’ll appreciate it and that my mom would be OK. Thanks family. Thank you so much for your prayers. God bless.

Hi family this is Melissa from Albertville Alabama. Brian, Jill, and Ezekiel bless you for all that you do for the body of Christ. I have a…a…a couple of prayer requests. And my sisters pastor his name is Darrell Davis his son was shot and he’s not doing well, and he’s developed Covid. Please pray for that family. And my nephew Elijah, I’ve called in several times. He has alopecia and he’s suffering from mental illness. He has left home and said he didn’t want to anything to do with our family or God. He’s somewhere in California. We have no idea where he is. Please pray for him. Kingdom Seeker Daniel, Lord your call. I’m praying for you brother. I’m praying. God is so able. My sister who has metastatic breast cancer I didn’t catch your name. God knows who you are. You said you had a compression fracture, I think. I’m praying for you. Jeremy Neph, please call if you can let us know how you’re doing. So many calls have been so heavy on my heart. Just y'all just keep praying. Don’t stop praying. God has us. I’m going through some health issues right now. I can’t even go to church. But God is good. I love you family. You all keep us prayed up. Bye-bye.

02/18/2021 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 6:1-7:27, Mark 3:7-30, Psalms 37:1-11, Proverbs 10:3-4

Today is the 18th day of February welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today like every day. What a joy. What a privilege that we can come together like this no matter what’s going on, no matter where we are, no matter where we are on earth we can step into this different place, this safe peaceful place around the Global Campfire and just be together, knowing we’re not alone, knowing we’re on the same journey and knowing that…that the Father delights in us being on this journey together as we learn, as we grow, as things challenge us to change, which in effect is the essence of what repenting even is, to change, to change your mind,. And, so, we’re doing that a lot, we’re done that a lot already this year. And, so, let’s dive in today, take the next step forward. We’re reading from the Common English Bible this week. Leviticus chapter 6 verse 1 through 7 verse 27.

Commentary:

Okay. Let’s look in the book of Mark for a second. Let me just…let me just quote Jesus out of the book of Mark. “A kingdom involved in the civil war will collapse” and “a house torn apart by divisions will collapse.” Like there’s a part of me that feels like there’s nothing else that needs to be said. A family, whether a national family or an immediate family that is splintered and fractured and divided by feuding is gonna collapse. It’s standalone solid wisdom but why is Jesus even saying this? He’s saying this because the religious people who are trying to be the leaders, the…the spiritual caretakers of the people are spreading false information about Jesus by saying, “He can do what He can do because He’s empowered by the devil to do it.” Jesus simply responds basically, “how can…how does that even make any sense? If the devil’s divided against himself then the whole things going to come down, the whole thing will fall apart.” But then He goes on to talk about blaspheming the Holy Spirit. And the thing is, Jesus and the Pharisees and the Sadducees, they’re supposed to be on the same team. Jesus is a rabbi teaching Torah just like they are. Obviously, God is working through Him because He’s performing miraculous healings and He is teaching with authority in a way that the people haven’t heard before. They’re supposed to be moving in the same direction, but instead they have gotten the Pharisees, the Sanhedrin, the leaders, the religious leaders of the people have gotten so sideways that the whole thing has become about control. The whole thing is about controlling people’s behaviors. And they’ve been looking for reasons to accuse Jesus, but a couple of the reasons are the things that He does on the Sabbath. He breaks the rules in their minds. And, so, He disqualifies himself in their minds. And, so, Jesus is basically like, “yeah. You can curse all kinds of things. You can say…you can spout off your mouth and run it as much as you want but when you curse the Spirit of God, when you blaspheme the Holy Spirit, that doesn’t bode well, which is exactly what the religious people are doing. They are calling the Spirit of God within Jesus, they are calling God’s Spirit the devil, in part because they’re jealous and envious of the way that the crowds are following Jesus and in part because they don’t understand what’s going on. They don’t have eyes to see her ears to hear. And, so, they’re calling a move of God, like not just a move of God, they’re calling God in the flesh who is moving, they’re calling Him Satan, they’re calling Him the devil. This is where He gets His power. It’s easy enough to look at that and go, “okay…well…you know…that’s Jesus and I would never do anything like that.” But when we curse people…when we call them of the devil because their theology doesn’t line up with ours, or their agenda, whether that be political or vocational or just life choices, if those aren’t in agreement with…with us and we start calling things the devil, it's…it’s tricky waters because we can do the same thing by calling the Spirit of God within them the devil because we can’t stand them, or we don’t agree with them or we don’t agree with some of the ways that they believe or we don’t agree with some of the things that they do or want to do. We have to be particularly careful about people who are…who are brothers and sisters who…who will claim the name of Jesus and then we curse them. A house divided against itself will collapse. And I’m not saying that we’re not observant or that we can’t look at the fruit. Like, Jesus says you’ll know by the fruit. But God works in counterintuitive ways and He does not care. He does not care what we think when it comes to do with His will. He’s going to perform His will through whoever He chooses however He chooses whenever He chooses. He is the Almighty God, and we have nothing to say about it. But labeling people as being empowered by evil, by the devil, if they aren’t explicitly claiming that we should be very careful. And the point of all this is that it should bring us to a place of humility. It’s important that we guard our own heart and our own mind, that we keep our eyes on our own lives. Are we walking the narrow path that leads to life? If we are then it’s gonna be very difficult for us to throw labels on people, labels that may be cursing the Spirit of God within them.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, the last thing that we want to do is that. It’s the last thing that we want to participate in. And, so, we just ask for forgiveness for the things that happen to us that we react to that just have us moving in destructive ways. We need to keep our eyes on our heart. We need to keep our eyes on You. You will lead us into all truth. Nobody else is gonna do that because nobody else can, no matter what news channels we watch. You are the only one that’s gonna lead us into all truth. And, so, that’s where our focus is, not on making up names and labeling and all of the kinds of stuff that lead us into a house divided. Come Holy Spirit, that we might not be divided inside of ourselves, that we might be wholehearted and give our whole heart to You. The rest isn’t our responsibility. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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And, as always, if you have a prayer request or encouragement, you can hit the Hotline button in the app, which is the little red button at the top or you can dial 877-942-4253.

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning DAB family. I want to just thank God for your lives. May His blessings continue to follow you wherever you go. Also, again thank you so much to the Hardin family for this amazing ministry and those working behind the scenes. It’s February the 14th and I just want to just say that I love you all because you are my brothers and sisters in Christ. And I want to read something from first John chapter 4 verse 9 to 13. God showed how much he loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends since God loved us that much, we surely should ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God, but if we love each other God lives in us and His love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us His Spirit as a proof that we live in Him and He in us. God bless you all. Love you all. Stay blessed and have a blessed week ahead. Take care. Sarah from London.

Hey siblings it’s your little sis his little Cherry in Canada and I find myself praying a lot for people who are in chronic pain who are suffering. And tonight, I have been rereading second Corinthians 1 and I just want to pray for the suffering ones from second Corinthians 1 8 through 11. Daddy I want to pray for those who are crushed and overwhelmed beyond their ability to endure, those who think they’ll never live through it, those expecting to die, those who don’t have any hope left. I pray Daddy that Your plan and Your purpose would be fulfilled, that they would stop relying on themselves and learn to rely only on You who raise the dead. So, I’m praying for resurrection, resurrection of hope, that You would make a way where there seems to be no way, that You would part the sea, that You would make a road in the wilderness, Lord that You would answer their prayers in ways they haven’t even considered. Daddy, that You would rescue them from mortal danger and rescue them again and continue to rescue them, that their confidence would be in You and that all those who would…who are praying for them would give thanks to You for graciously answering so many prayers. So, Lord I add my prayers for those who are suffering.

Hi Daily Audio Bible family this is Renzo from Maryland. I just heard somebody called in on February 13th about just struggling with forgiveness and her name was Diana. And I just want to really like just pray that that can just go against that, we can just go against that spirit because that’s something that I struggle with myself. There was a time in my life where I struggled with an addiction to pornography and I got freed from it but then right after the same…like right after that season was over and God just gave me His everlasting love and He just helped me not struggle with that anymore I struggled with unforgiveness toward the people that made me fall into that and influenced me. And it got so bad where I didn’t even want to be in my own neighborhood, I didn’t want to be in my own area. It was really really bad. But I just want to pray that we can go against that because just like you said even…even Jesus forgave Judas Iscariot. And let’s just pray. Father God I just thank You for everything You bless us with Lord. And just please just help us to get closer and closer to You Lord and I just please pray for Diana that she just please just You help her with her unforgiveness Lord and whatever she’s going through God just please help her to get closer and closer to You Lord and we love You and we thank You Jesus for everything You do and thank for dying on the cross in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Hey Daily Audio Bible family this is John calling from Bethlehem it’s been a few weeks I feel like at least anyway since I called in but I just wanted to say hi and let you guys know that the Corrado’s are doing well here in Pennsylvania. We’re thinking of and praying of so many of you. I just wanted you to…to know that. And also, I just wanted to mention today as I got through listening to the 15th of February’s program and started to do the transcripts, just the very tail end of Exodus is just something that blows my mind. When we hear about God and His dwelling place and His presence filling the dwelling. It just reminded me so much of…well…here’s the scripture, right? The Lord’s cloud stayed over the dwelling during the day with lightning in it at night clearly visible to the whole household of Israel at every stage of the journey. And to me when I heard that, in so many…in so many aspects of Exodus really and all the work that we’re seeing go into the tent, the Tabernacle - God’s presence staying over the dwelling I just relayed that or related that to God’s presence in our own dwelling during the day with lightning at night like gods lightning power to heal us in the evening as we rest clearly visible to the whole household of Israel every stage of the journey us being light in the world for everyone to see. And Lord Jesus right now I just thank You so much for the opportunity to be able to be in Your word and as we as we seek You that You are always there for us Father God that You found us first and we just thank You for that and then we thank You for Your word and how it brings to light so much of Your goodness in Your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I pray everyone who is connected on social media that they will have discernment Lord. I pray that…that technology will not rule the lives of…of Your people, that they will that people will not be deceived, will be able to just connect themselves from that and seek You and be productive in their lives in a more personal here and now in the moment way I just pray that You will intervene and that You will break the addictions around technology Lord. In Jesus’ name.

02/17/2021 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 4:1-5:19, Mark 2:13-3:6, Psalms 36:1-12, Proverbs 10:1-2

Today is the 17th day of February welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you, hump day, as we move to the center of one of the 52 weeks that we have. I guess there’s 52 hump days, 52 centers of every week and here we are at another one crossing through the middle, heading into the back half. It’s wonderful to be able to share some time together around this Global Campfire to just step in, step in and out of all the other stuff that’s going on, and just take our place, relax, exhale, allow God’s word to speak into our lives. And, so, let’s continue the journey. We began the book of Leviticus yesterday. We will continue that journey today. Leviticus 4 and 5 and we’re reading from the Common English Bible this week.

Commentary:

Okay. Well…I got a great idea. Let’s talk…let’s talk about something we like to talk about. Let’s talk about sin. Let’s talk about sin, our probably favorite, one of our top favorite subjects to talk about, right? Sin. It’s like a confusing word. We know when we’ve done but it but it’s unclear like exactly what the parameters are. So, let’s begin by just trying to come to some sort of maybe common understanding about what we’re even talking about because there’s plenty of definitions for sin and…but…but it seems like from a biblical perspective sin is basically doing what we know we’re not supposed to do before God. And maybe even a better way of understanding that is simply asking ourselves, “could I have done that in the name of Jesus? Like, could I have done that representing the king and the kingdom?” And that makes it stark enough for us to go, “okay, now I know what we’re talkn’ about. Now I have some handholds here to understand what we’re talking about.” God has an order to things. We see it in the Scriptures, but we see it in the natural rhythms of life itself. And this perfect order, like if we were to say, “the way things were supposed to be” or “the way things that…the way things are supposed to be”, like perfectly in order according to the Lord’s will, then that would be called shalom. So, in effect. Sin is willingly interrupting shalom, whether in our own lives or whether in the lives of others, but sin is destructive, it leads to destruction because it separates us from God. And, so, if we want to perpetually live separated from God, then we are talking about the worst possible scenario that could ever happen. So, it actually is a big deal, it will kill us and separate us from God. So, kind of like a very, very toxic poison. If you have children you probably…like if they’re young children, like toddlers, you probably don’t let them play under the kitchen sink, right? Probably because there’s some toxic poison under there of some sort that is to be used for different purposes besides ingesting. And, so, we would want to impress upon our toddler that that’s off limits, that opening those cabinets is not allowed and if they persist we might even spank their hands, or we might even put them in a timeout, like we might punish them in some way so that they get clear because if they get into that cabinet and we don’t catch it, and they drink that poison it’s gonna destroy them. So, hopefully we’re kind of on the same page here. This is largely what we’re talking about in the book of Leviticus today. It just comes in the form of sacrifice, and we just have no way really to relate to animal sacrifice in most of the cultures that we live in. And, so, we come to this point in the Bible, this kind of notorious point in the Bible we’re you’re like, “what is going on here? I don’ relate any of this. What does this have to do with my life? This is so boring. This is like laws and rules and customs that nobody lives by anymore. What’s the big deal here?” And, so, this is where a lot of checking out happens and so we miss what’s actually going on, a discussion about the results of sin. And as God is weaving this into the culture it’s tedious, it’s a tedious thing. So, we can just glaze over, yawn, and go, “I don't…we don’t have to sacrifice animals. Thank God. Jesus is the last sacrifice” and just brush the whole thing off not understanding that there’s something really really deep going on here. Imagine that you did discover that you were…you were sinning whether unintentionally or whether you absolutely in rebellion did something that you knew you were not supposed to do and that you definitely could not do in the name of God. If…I…I mean I was gonna use like our…our…our pets as an example because that would be the closest example, we can get to to bring context, but let’s just skip that. Let’s just say we had goats or we had sheep or whatever and we fed them every day and we talked to them every day and we brushed them and we knew them and they were kind of part of the fabric of our family culture and they were…they were part of the story, like we got milk for our children or we made cheese whatever…whatever…whatever. Imagine that you have to go select one and that you…you have to select the perfect one, like your favorite one, like the best one, the most perfect thing of them all, and you have to take that and you have to put your hand on it before the priest, you have to put your hand on its head, and you gotta take a big blade and you have to slice its throat, right? And you have to bleed the blood out and the life leaves them and then…then it’s brought before the altar. Like if you had to do that it would be a stark reminder that sin is costing something. It’s costing something beautiful and perfect. It’s costing because it's…because it’s destroying. And, so, this animal serves as a stand in for what is deserved. So, I don’t know how to make this more clear other than like that would be hard to do right? Sin is the blade at your own throat. We’re not beginning to read the story of the bloodthirsty, angry, vengeful God. We’re reading the story of a God who wants us to starkly, clearly understand what will destroy us and separate us from Him, which is the last thing that either one of us wants. It’s a deterrent. It’s a…it’s like a road closed sign - don’t go down this path that leads to destruction. And let’s remember, nobody had to sacrifice anything if there wasn’t sin. And let’s remember that that is the work of Christ. And we can think about animal sacrifices as barbaric, but didn’t we just read the crucifixion a couple days ago in the book of Matthew for the first time this year? How much more barbaric can we get? And what we are observing is the last sacrifice for sin once and for all. So, as we continue this journey let's…let’s do…let’s stay rooted to the story. Like, I know we’re reading the law in the book of Leviticus and I know that the law is like I said, it’s not riveting reading, but it is not purposeless reading either. So, let’s stay rooted to where the journey is taking us and where God is leading us.

And I use that as a dovetail. Can we talk about something else for a quick minute? I know we’ve been talking already for a few minutes but today…today is a very important day that ties in with all of this, a very important day on the Christian calendar. Today is known as Ash Wednesday and this inaugurates a season known as Lent, a season that leads us right up to the day before Easter, 40 days from now. And most years I point this out and I say generally the same story, which is I didn’t grow up knowing anything other than the name Lent. And Ash Wednesday, I mean, I grew up seeing people with black smudges on their foreheads, occasionally moving around a city or a store or whatever, but not really even understanding what the point was. Maybe you have that smudge on your forehead today because you’ve gone to an Ash Wednesday service somewhere or maybe you’re familiar with the fact that this day inaugurates a season of repentance and lamentation of considering deeply what sin cost and where it leads. Everything that we just talked about. Jesus becoming that final sacrifice, that it cost the life of the precious beloved Savior is something that we should contemplate and meditate upon because it’s our sin. So, for centuries and centuries and centuries brothers and sisters all over the world have entered into this time of lamentation of fasting of repentance. And we may…you know…if we’ve never observed Lent or ever even understood really what the…what’s going on, then we may consider…well…it’s when you fast something, right? You decide you’re…you’re not gonna eat chocolate. That was like the most popular thing that…that I had I ever heard…like I’m not gonna eat a candy bar, I’m not gonna eat sugar for Lent. Or fasting social media for Lent. Or I’m going to fast certain foods for Lent or certain behaviors for Lent. That’s great, that’s fine, it’s important even. When we fast something that we crave then every time we crave what we are fasting it is an inherent reminder of why we are fasting, and we can press in to that. But I have to tell you, it’s maybe even less about fasting candy bars and more about understanding that this is a season in the year that is leading us to resurrection day. And resurrection day represents all things being made new within us again, that the resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead, restored us to God, but sin separates us from God. And, so, really, to embrace Lent is to put everything on the table, not just candy bars. It’s to put everything on the table with open hands and say, “God I embrace this season that is leading me to all things being made new, but a season that reminds me that sin leads to death. And, so, I’m opening my hands and I’m loosening control over my life and saying what is here that is separating me from you? Identify that and show me how to walk away from it. Even things that I think, or thought were good habits and behaviors. Like Anything that is distracting me in some sort of way. I'm…I’m allowing you to take out of my life whatever needs to take…be taken and I’m allowing you to put into my life what needs to be there. And I’m allowing you to rearrange the things that are in my life so that they are aligned with the way that you would have me go in this next season of life.” So, this is a season to slow some things down and not be so frantic, to give some space to contemplation, some space to consideration, quiet consideration about what it took to give us the freedoms that we take for granted and still understanding that sin only leads one place and that is death. So, that’s a little about Lent. Maybe you’ve never observed Lent in any way before, it was a little weird or whatever. Maybe it’s not so weird. Maybe that the trajectory that the Christian calendar gives us, to contemplate the…the important parts of our lives helps us after the same fashion that the law that we’re reading the book of Leviticus, where everything that these people do reminds them of something deeper. Lent actually does this. And, so, maybe something to consider as we move through the next weeks toward new life toward resurrection through the end of the winter and moving into the springtime here in the northern hemisphere. Lent let’s us sit with where we are and hope for where were going.

Prayer:

Jesus, we thank You. We thank You in advance, we thank You continually for Your sacrifice, for Your love that is so profound that it is really impossible to articulate. We’ve been trying to find the right words for thousands of years and we’ve said many many beautiful things, but it’s still beyond us, Your beautiful life sacrificed in exchange for our rebellion. And as we enter into this season, we want to sit with it. We…we ask Your Holy Spirit to make it stark and clear to us what’s happening when we when…when we participate in sin, because when we participate in sin against our brothers and sisters, against You, we are perpetuating darkness, we are bringing the darkness and allowing it to have its way with us. Your sacrifice informs us that that is not how it has to be. So, come Holy Spirit. Show us where we are. Show us what’s going on inside. Show us the things that are drawing us away from You and toward destruction. Help us to own these things instead of blaming somebody else or some other set of circumstances. Help us to own our lives, own our sin and repent because we know that we are ashes to ashes and dust to dust. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Song:

Worlds Apart - Jars of Clay

I am the only one to blame for this
Somehow it all ends up the same
Soaring on the wings of selfish pride
I flew too high and like Icarus I collide

With a world I try so hard to leave behind
To rid myself of all but love, to give and die

To turn away and not become
Another nail to pierce the skin of One who loves
More deeply than the oceans
More abundant than the tears
Of a world embracing every heartache

Can I be the one to sacrifice
Or grip the spear and watch the blood and water flow

To love you - Take my world apart
To need you - I am on my knees
To love you - Take my world apart
To need you - Broken on my knees

All said and done I stand alone
Amongst remains of a life I should not own
It takes all I am to believe
In the mercy that covers me

Did You really have to die for me
All I am for all You are
What I need and what I believe are worlds apart
And I pray

To love you - Take my world apart
To need you - I am on my knees
To love you - Take my world apart
To need you - Broken on my knees
On my knees

I look beyond the empty cross
Forgetting what my life has cost
Wipe away the crimson stains
Dull the nails that still remain
More and more I need you now
I owe you more each passing hour
Battles between grace and pride
I gave up not so long ago
So steal my heart and take the pain
And wash the feet and cleanse my pride
Take the selfish, take the weak
And all the things I cannot hide

Take the beauty, take my tears
Sin-soaked heart, make it yours
Take my world all apart
Take it now, take it now
And serve the ones that I despise
Speak the words I can’t deny
Watch the world I used to love
Fall to dust and blow away

I look beyond the empty cross
Forgetting what my life has cost
Wipe away the crimson stains
Dull the nails that still remain
So steal my heart and take the pain
Take the selfish, take the weak
And all the things i cannot hide
Take the beauty, take my tears
Take my world apart, take my world apart
I pray, and I pray, and I pray
Take my world apart

Worlds apart