03/22/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 33:40-35:34, Luke 5:12-28, Psalms 65:1-13, Proverbs 11:23

Today is the 22nd day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s always a pleasure, always a joy, always exciting to come around the global campfire, be together in community and let God’s word speak on its own behalf. So, we’re reading from the God’s Word Translation this week and we’ll go back into the book of Numbers and we’ll be concluding the book of Numbers tomorrow, but that is tomorrow and today is today. And the book of numbers has been telling us the path, basically the way that the children of Israel moved around in the wilderness and we began that yesterday and we’ll conclude that today. Numbers chapter 33 verse 40 through 35 verse 34.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we end our work and prepare to move into the weekend our reading from Numbers completed the recap of the different locations that the Israelites had moved around and camped within during their wilderness journey. And then we saw preparations being made for when they did go into the promised land. So, tribal leaders were appointed to distribute the land grants that would be bestowed on the tribes. And the priestly class of the Levites, they were told they wouldn’t inherit any land, but they would reside in the communities and care for the spiritual health of the people. So, Levitical towns would be established and this concept of manslaughter basically, cities of refuge, were also established. This is a dramatic move forward in human governance where a distinction is being made between accidental death and like premeditated murder.

And then in the gospel of Luke, Jesus continued to do exactly what He said He was going to do, what He said He came to do and in the process, He continued to call together the disciples, right? So, we talked about the disciples along with you Galilee leaving everything yesterday, but in today’s reading we come across Matthew who’s sitting basically in his tax office collecting taxes. He leaves everything as well. So, it’s really interesting because you have people who are seeing Jesus say and do what He’s doing, who are willing to leave everything in their life behind to follow this man and yet at the same time we have the religious establishment listening to Jesus say the same words, watching Him do the same things and have a completely different interpretation of it, which exasperates Jesus on a number of occasions. And in today’s reading, you know, He’s like, “what’s easier to say, your sins are forgiven or get up and walk?” Like this guy is crippled ad he’s paralyzed. So, if he gets up and starts walking, who are we going to praise and who are we going to condemn? Like, what is there can to condemn here? This is a work of God, but the religious leaders were much more interested in the letter of the law than the spirit of the law, right? So, they could watch God in the flesh perform a miraculous sign and still deny it. And these are the keepers of the religion. Now, before we do what we usually do and look at them as the antagonists we gotta understand we do this kind of stuff too and it usually happens when it appears that God might be doing something that is out of our comfort zone or that we do not understand either in our own wisdom and experience or theologically. Like something is happening that we can’t explain and so we turn back to what we think we can control and start quoting versus and all this kind of stuff when if we would read the Bible and understand the context of the Bible, God has never ever ever ever had a problem blowing that stuff up. God, according to Him, according to His own word. God is who he is. Like, there’s not a whole lot more to say and what we think we know of Him is not even the tip of the iceberg, not even scratching the surface. He is so far beyond us. He will do what He wills. He will use whoever He chooses. And He will accomplish His will today and ultimately. And whether we can understand how or why or what makes no difference. We don’t get stand in judgment of God. How scary would that be? And yet how often do we try to do it? How often are our prayers full of things that He is or is not going to do? Like how often are our prayers full of us telling God who He is as if He’s forgotten and what He will do as if He’s forgotten. So, here’s Jesus just doing exactly what He announced He was sent to do and then we see the religious establishment coming to check Jesus out and interpret what He’s doing. Rather then looking at the miraculous right in front of their eyes, they look at stuff like, “well He associates with sinners. He doesn’t make his disciples fast. He claims to forgive sins.” So, they can’t get their mind around Jesus, even though the presence of God is obviously among them, people are being set free, people are being healed, God is doing a new thing, but they cannot formulate it, they cannot get their minds around it theologically. And, so, so they decide to kill him. And we can be like, yea, yeah, yeah, that’s in the Bible, I’ve heard that my whole life, like I know this story until we realize that the seeds of this are in us because we are notorious for cursing and trying to destroy things that we do not understand, especially as believers. Read your church history. There have been long, long seasons where we have been every bit as pharisaical as the Pharisees and a lot of times we still are. And, so we have to challenge ourselves if we are praying for God to do a new thing in us. If we are rejoicing and worshiping that God is doing a new thing in the world in our church services. If we are using this kind of language and asking this of God, then we better not find ourselves fighting Him when He does. This is what we’re gonna watch play out in the rest of the Gospels. This is what we’re gonna watch play out in the rest of the New Testament because this is what’s still playing out today. It’s gonna be the religious people that want to destroy Jesus. And so often it’s we, the religious people who want to destroy each other because God certainly couldn’t do a new thing that we don’t understand and if we don’t get it, if it’s different, if it’s stretching us, then a lot of times our first reaction is to start quoting Bible verses that would disprove. Friends, that is what the Pharisees are doing in the gospel of Luke. They’re saying, “this guy can’t forgive sins. Who does He think he is?” So, some things to think about as we move into the weekend.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we come in Your presence because we need Your Holy Spirit to help us think these things through rightly. Obviously, we want to defend the truth, we want to defend the gospel, we want to live into the truth of the gospel, we want to share the unadulterated good news with the world. And yet, just like the Pharisees, so often we’re trying to defend the walls, we’re trying to defend the fences, we’re trying to defend the territory even as we ask You to do something new. So, help us Holy Spirit, help us realize when we are turning to judgment in an unhealthy way. Forgive us when we’re judging others and their journey with You simply because we don’t understand. Come Holy Spirit, help us keep our eyes on our own lives in our own relationship with You and offer grace in our differences. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning this is James from Oshawa. First-time caller. I began listening to the Daily Audio Bible this year and I want to say thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m calling specifically to pray for Troy who called in on Saturday about…he stated that there was things in his life that were so horrible about drug use and alcohol and I just called to pray. And dear Lord God I give thanks, I give thanks for this opportunity to share, I give thanks for this opportunity to let Troy know that there’s other people who have gone down that road. And God by His grace and by His glory has brought myself out of that path of drugs alcohol debauchery and I give thanks for the global campfire in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hi this is Toni from Germany and I’m calling in because…just with a thought that I had. You know how we are all…we have all our trials and there’ll always be those people who are going to be pushing our buttons and so forth and it can be so easy for those, you know, negative thoughts that we may have about other people, just kinda disturb us and pull us away from the path, basically. And one of the things that I do is I do is I listen to the community prayer line and that can be, you know, two hours or three hours and I just put it on. And it’s amazing that when I do that, when I do that it’s those negative thoughts just dissipate. So, I’m just gonna encourage people to…who are not listening to the community prayer line to consider that as a resource. Also I want to reach out to Tony Carpenter…Tony the Carpenter from England. I know you’ve gone through some tough times. We haven’t been hearing from you that much but I want you to know I’m praying for you. And the other thing I would like to say is for those people with the unspoken requests. One of the things I try to do when somebody calls in with a particular prayer request, I do remember them, but I also try to remember anybody else in our community that may be dealing with the same. So, I just…because I know there’s a lot of people who are not calling in. So, that’s all I have for now except for to say, “hi mom and dad.” Take care everyone. Love you.

Hey DAB family this is Dash from Indiana again. I’ve been meaning to call in for a while now, but today’s been really tough on me. I’ve struggled with feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of suicide for almost half my life now. I know I’ll never go through with it but it’s no less miserable being stuck with the thoughts. I’ve been in a pretty awful place of work but until now it’s been paying the bills while my wife and I are expecting a little girl in July and then I definitely won’t be making enough to support our family. I’ve been trying to find better employment but no matter how hard I look or how much we pray I can’t seem to…can’t seem to find a position that pays enough. So, I feel like a failure and today the depression has been really bad and just happens to be my baby boys first birthday. I should be with my family enjoying it and instead I locked myself away because daddy hates himself and feels like a failure and I’m just mad at myself that I can’t be happy on my son’s birthday and I can’t be excited, I can’t be as excited as a want to be about the little one that we’ve got on the way. I don’t even know what prayers to really ask for, but I do know I need prayers. So, I just ask you guys just pray for me. I love you all. Thanks for listening. Dash from Indiana.

Hello DAB family community, this is Michael from Texas, Fort Worth Texas and it is March the 19th and I just wanted to call in for…I heard a sister Amica, it was on the weekend prayer, it wasn’t this past weekend but weekend before, I’m a little behind probably, I’m almost caught up, about four or five days behind now but I was gonna call in a couple days ago and just didn’t. But anyway, I just want to call and lift her up. She is…every time she calls in she sounds like she’s really got a lot going on and she needs… she needs…she needs prayer family, she needs us praying for. She sounds a little broken and things aren’t…aren’t going…going the way that she wants them to go or whatever. Anyways, things, you know, things happen and I just want to pray for her Lord and lift her up to You and Lord I just pray that You give Amica strength and courage and wisdom and You wrap Your arms around her Lord and just…just to guide her and direct her just where she needs to be Lord and that she have the Holy Spirit, that she’d feel the love of You Father, Father God that she would be so full of Your love that she wouldn’t feel alone or she wouldn’t be accused, she would know that You are there with her at all times Lord. I just pray for Christian fellowship, that she would maybe find a good church to be in or Christian friends or even a group or something that she could be involved with and that people would come around to help support her Lord. I just pray for that in Lord and I lift all this up in Jesus’ name with Amica. Love You sister. We’re praying for ya. Talk to You again Fam.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible today is the 19th of March and I was listening to the 16th of March. I’m a little bit behind. I heard a gentleman call in, his name was Scotty. I just connected with him because Scotty, your struggles are the same as mine. I struggle with mental health and I struggle with compulsive eating. And, so, I just understand and just to hear your voice I know how…how deep the struggles go. So, I just wanted to pray for you, for me, for anyone else that’s having trouble with their mental health who feels like they need something to cope with it. I pray for freedom. So, I’ll do that now. Lord, thank You for this community. It’s one of many gifts that You give us in this life Lord, that we could come and be healed, that we could come and take another step and transform just a little bit more each day. Lord I pray that You would give light in darkness, that we would see Your light Lord, that we wouldn’t be just afraid and worried as it’s so easy to be in this world. Lord I pray that we would be satisfied by You and Your word Lord, that it would just fill up that emptiness we might feel sometimes. God, I thank You, I pray again for healing, that You would come in our minds and Lord if it’s an a…

03/21/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 32:1-33:39, Luke 4:31-5:11, Psalms 64:1-10, Proverbs 11:22

Today is the 21st day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is a pleasure always every day to take the next step forward in the Scriptures together with you and it’s no different today. It’s a pleasure to be here with you taking the next step forward through our week and forward through the Scriptures. We’re reading from the Gods Word Translation this week and we’ll pick up where we left off in the book of numbers and we’re just a couple of days away from concluding the book of Numbers. So, let’s dive in and take the next step. Numbers chapter 32 verse 1 through 33 verse 39 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the gospel of Luke, and again, the gospel of Luke is one of the synoptic Gospels, which means it shares some of the same stories with Matthew and Mark, which are the other synoptic Gospels but Luke is written probably the tightest and most narrative and perhaps most complete of the Gospels. And, so, we read the story of John the Baptist and of Jesus coming and now Jesus has begun His ministry and we, of course, watched Jesus be tempted in the wilderness and then we watched Jesus come to His hometown and walk right through the voices of those who wanted denounce what He’s saying but also throw Him off a cliff. Now Jesus is in Capernaum. So, roughly an hour drive between Capernaum and Nazareth. Capernaum sits on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, it’s like a lake village and Nazareth and I haven’t looked this up on a map but somewhere in this vicinity, it’s about 50 miles to the west. So, Jesus has made his way from Nazareth back to the Sea of Galilee as we encounter Him in the stories that we read today. This is taking place around Capernaum. And, of course, of the ruins of ancient Capernaum still exist. We were just here a month ago. And Jesus begins to call his disciples together, the people that will journey with him during His ministry. An interesting, interesting, interesting thing happens today that is very, very poignant to our own decision to follow Jesus. You know, a lot of the times we think Jesus is walking around, He sees people, He says come, follow me, they come follow him. That’s how they become disciples. And a lot of these people were fishermen. So, He’s walking around the lake. Come, follow me. They come follow him and they become His band of brothers, His disciples but they were poor and backward and uneducated and didn’t know any better and didn’t have anything anyway. And, so, you know to follow a rabbi, to be called by a rabbi, and to follow the rabbi around as a disciple, this was not an unknown thing. So, it’s easy to assume Jesus comes along and offers a better proposition. And, so, they follow him. But that’s not how it worked and that’s definitely not how it worked in the calling of those disciples, the sons of Zebedee, James and John as well as Peter. The way that this story goes is quite beautiful but also quite penetrating into our own hearts. So, the first thing that we’ve got to notice is that these partners and they had a couple of boats and they were partners in a fishing business and they had been out fishing all night and they had not caught anything. So, they were there in the morning cleaning off their nets. Jesus sees the two boats, walks out and climbs into one, okay, and then asks Peter Simon to row out so he can…so he can use the acoustics basically and that’s what most scholars think. Jesus goes out a little way into the water. He’s got the boat, He’s in the boat and water is…water conducts sound as natural sound reinforcement. You know how you can be at the lake in the summertime and you can be on the other side of the lake, but you can hear the kids playing on the other side of the lake, that’s because sound travels across water naturally. So, Jesus says has natural way of amplifying his voice. He can sit there, He can speak to the people on shore who cannot crowd him. So, it’s a good situation other than the fact that Jesus has stepped into somebody else’s boat, right? And, so, you can imagine what that would be like. You know, you’re walking out of the hardware store and somebody’s sitting in your car, right, and saying, can you drive me across the street? But Jesus wasn’t unknown to this little group of people. Jesus had healed Peter’s mother in law. So, as the story continues Jesus invites them to go and fish again and they, as experienced fishermen who are in business together and are professionals at this, tell Jesus that they’ve already finished and there’s nothing and Jesus invites them to do it anyway, and they choose to do it anyway, and they carry in enough fish to just about capsize both of the boats. Okay. So, they for sure got paid back for the use of the boat that Jesus used to preach His message to the people, but this has such an impact on Peter that he’s just…he’s like on his knees before Jesus saying I can’t be around you, like you…you…you are something so good that I don’t even…I don’t even know what to say, I don’t even know what to do. Leave me, I’m sinful. You don’t need to be around me. So, Peter, James and John are all absolutely flabbergasted. They’ve just seen something they had never seen in their life and they’ve just got one of the biggest windfalls of their career probably. There boats are as full of fish as their boats can hold. So, finally, maybe they can get another boat. Finally, maybe they can get ahead. Finally, maybe they can get caught up on some things. Finally, maybe they can maintain their lives instead of always playing catch-up, which makes for a really really great story. It’s just not the story. What the Bible says, according to the book of Luke is that…and I’m quoting the Bible, “Simon and his partners brought the boat to shore, left everything, and followed Jesus.” So, in other words, they left everything at the moment that they were finally about to maybe get ahead in life they left it all on the shore, two boats full of fish and followed Jesus. Where this gets poignant is when we consider why it is that we headed the words come, follow me. Why are we following Jesus? Because a lot of times what happened to James and John and Peter is why we’re following Jesus. We are trying to get the windfall. We are trying to get the wind at our back. We’re trying to experience prosperity and blessing and that’s what these disciples had received. And yet in the presence of Jesus understanding what they were experiencing they left it all behind to follow Him. And we may recognize that this is this is the theme of the faith, but in this story we can see that it is…not that God is not unwilling to bless and prosper it’s just these fishermen, even though they were blessed and had been given something that would prosper them, they saw something far more valuable in the presence of Jesus than anything that could be given to them. So, where this becomes poignant is when we begin to consider how we would react if it were we who were in this story. And there’s probably plenty of examples in our own lives when we can consider…when we’re praying and praying and praying and believing and believing and believing to get over some certain kind of hump and we’re believing in God to come through for us on some kind of situation in our lives. And it’s not that He won’t and it’s not that He doesn’t. He does but when he does, what happens? Do we go, “thank you” and give him a hug and then move on with our lives or do we realize the presence of God and the invitation into the adventure of life where we don’t look at the situation and go, “there, all is well in my life, God came through for me. Now I have what I want.” Are we able to look at it and go, “there’s nothing compared to the presence of God. I can walk away from this no problem.” All I want is to be in the presence of Jesus. There’s some things to think about today. And if we will allow ourselves to think about them today and invite the Holy Spirit to lead us in thinking about them today we may realize that in some ways we’re using our relationship with God like a relationship with Santa Claus and that’s not a relationship that’s gonna work because that’s not really a relationship. So, maybe an even more poignant question is, what would you not leave behind to follow Jesus?

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite you into that. It’s a pretty penetrating thing, a pretty penetrating question. And, so, we invite you into it because we want to move forward on the narrow path that leads to life, so that the day does arrive that we can have two bountiful boats full of fish and prosperity and the promise for a better life, only to see your eyes and your presence and say, wherever you’re going is where I’m going. If you want me to have this, great. If this can be used for your kingdom great. If you’ve got some purposes for this that you want to use my hands and feet for, great. But wherever you go I am going on and whatever you choose to give me to work with, that’s what I’ll work with. Father, we acknowledge that this is a bit countercultural because most of us are in Western cultures where it really is individualistic and very much…how much can we amass in one way or another. When we’re learning in the Scripture has a lot less to do with what we have and a lot more to do with who we are in covenant with. With you there is no lack. It’s yours. The world and everything in its belong to you. There is no lack with you. And, so, we run to you. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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03/20/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 30:1-31:54, Luke 4:1-30, Psalms 63:1-11, Proverbs 11:20-21

Today is March 20th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is a joy, an honor, it is a pleasure to come around the global campfire, come in out of the cold, come in out of the dark and just see the fire glow all around the campfire where we’ve come to take the next step forward together in community. So, we’re reading from the God’s word Translation this week and we will go back out into the wilderness, into the book of Numbers, chapter 30 and 31 today and we will listen to more of the law.

Commentary:

Okay. So, from what we read in the book of Numbers today, we can piece kinda two pieces of a story together that will bring some context for the territory that we’re in and then we’ll talk about the gospel of Luke because what we read there today gives us some pretty significant advice for how to conduct ourselves in a specific situation. So, first the book of numbers. God told Moses to attack the Midianites for what they had done to the Israelites and that kinda comes right out of some laws. So, we have to go back a few days. Remember Balak and Moab. Remember Balaam, son of Beor, this Oracle that God spoke to who was supposed to go back to King Balak but only say what God said to say. Remember the angel with the drawn sword, that whole story. He shows back up in Midian today and he is killed in this battle and tying the two pieces of the story together with maybe a little bit of conjecture, what it seems happened is that Balaam could not curse Israel on behalf of Moab. He could not curse Israel on behalf of anyone, but at some point some advice was given on a way maybe that could undermine the Israelites without a curse and that would be to seduce the men with the women. And already we’ve seen that the intermingling with surrounding nations has already been going on and it has only led the people into idolatry. This is the reason for the battle today and perhaps why the women were named as enemies in the battle today because they had waged a war of their own on Israel through sex. Perhaps a totally different kind of weapon, but no less mortal or harmful in this case. So, that’s what we have going on here. The children of Israel are still trying to get regrouped and get themselves together so that they can actually cross the Jordan River into the promised land. Like, we’ve been chasing the promised land since January and we’re still not there. Like for us, we’re following a story that’s leading us toward the promised land but it’s taking a while because it took a long time for this promise to come to fruition. So, while the children of Israel are out in the wilderness a million strong, so a formidable society. Yeah, all the surrounding nations are freaked out by them and trying to figure out how to destroy them. And yeah, there are times that they gotta fight back. So, that’s what we see going on in the book of numbers.

Now in the book of Luke, Jesus is baptized, He goes into the wilderness, the Judean wilderness, He is tempted by the devil and then He continues His journey out of the wilderness, north into the Galilee region where He begins his ministry. He eventually makes his way to His hometown. He begins to do the same things He was doing in every other village but He’s not able to because of their lack of faith, because they watched Him grow up, they don’t have any respect for what God might be doing. He announces what His mission is from the prophet Isaiah, from the scroll of Isaiah. And then He announces that He in their hearing is fulfilling that prophecy. So, this is happening in His hometown. They are all enraged, like, “no, we saw You grow up, we saw You when You were peeing Your pants, like You’re not a prophet. And then they decide…it’s so funny…the herd mentality you can kinda see in the Bible and you scratch your head, but the same stuff still happens today. They decide that, even though they watched Him grow up and even though He’s announcing that the Spirit of the Lord is upon Him and He has been doing some pretty miraculous things in the region, they’re just gonna throw Him off a cliff and be done with it. And, so, they attempted to do that and Jesus walks right through them and goes on His. So listen, in your Christian life there are going to be times when you feel like you’re being tempted, tempted of the devil. You may feel like you’re in the wilderness when this is happening. It may be confusing to you and you will have to resist the devil because you will have to fight for your life and you may be successful, you may defeat the enemies taunts and temptations and you may move out of the wilderness and into your hometown and you may be called by God to step out and do something only to find out that nobody believes in you at all and are only taunting you. And you may continue to press forward in your calling doing everything that you know to do and staying humble before the Lord as he leads and directs your steps. And the result might be that the people who are closest to you decide to throw you off a cliff. Now that’s a metaphor in this situation. I doubt any of your family or friends again actually try to throw you off a cliff, but proverbially you may be written off, you may be abandoned, you may be walked away from, you may feel like you’ve been thrown aside. Here’s what you need to do, walk right through the crowd and go on your way. That’s what Jesus did. He went somewhere else and healed the sick, healed the brokenhearted, set the captives free, restored site to the blind, brought hearing back to those who were deaf, healed the lame, raised the dead and spoke the good news to anyone with ears to hear or eyes to see. If God has instructed you and invited you into a dance that you and He are to do together and start dancing and stop paying attention to who’s watching. Lose yourself in his eyes. Walk through the crowd and go on your way.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite you into that. It can mean many things to many people in many context and yet its central truth rings true for each of us. We get lost and distracted so often and in so many ways that we our often focusing on why something you may have invited us into can’t be a reality, can’t be You, can’t happen. We get distracted by the taunts and it feels like we’re rejected, abandoned, and thrown off a cliff when what we need to do is walk right through it and move on our way. Show us what that looks like in our stories Holy Spirit as we continue to move through this season of Lent, this season where we continue to contemplate what it cost to give us our freedom for free and how our lives should be oriented as an act of worship because of this in everything we do and say. And one of the things we must learn to do is listen to you above all other voices. So, come Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth, lead us forward on the way that we should go. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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And speaking of women, the women’s gathering, the More Gathering for women, which will take place April 11th through 14th. It’s coming up, it’s right out in front of us and registrations about to close. So, if it has been on your mind, you have been kinda giving it some thought, then don’t procrastinate. Check it out, moregathering.com or you go to dailyaudiobible.com and click the Initiatives section and that will take you to the same place.

In the Initiatives section you’ll also see Israel 2020 and registration is open for next year’s pilgrimage to the land of the Bible. That’ll take place in February and you can get all the details about that in the Initiatives section.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, if we have a mission together and that common mission to bring God’s spoken word to anyone who will listen to it anywhere on this planet, anytime of day or night and to build community around that rhythm so that we know were not alone. If that has been life-giving to you, then thank you for your partnership. Thank you for being life-giving back. There is 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.

03/19/2018 DAB Transcript

Numbers 28:16-29:40, Luke 3:23-38, Psalms 62:1-12, Proverbs 11:18-19

Today is the 19th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it is always a joy to come around the global campfire and spend these moments together as we take another step and move further and deeper into the story that leads us through the Bible in a year. So, to take the next step, we will continue to read from the God’s word Translation, which is what we’re reading from this week and we will obviously pick up where we left off yesterday, which will take us back into the book of Numbers and today we will read chapter 28 verse 16 through 29 verse 40.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the Old Testament today in the book of numbers we had quite a bit of repetition over celebrations, festivals. And, so, you see how in the book of numbers we’re moving from narrative and then back into law. So, when the narrative pieces happen we’re telling the story - they moved here, they did this, this person came to curse them, this is what God said. That’s the narrative style. And, so, we’re used to the following that kind of style, that’s how we speak to each other, we tell each other stories. But when you’re reading something legal then, yeah, it can get monotonous because it’s very repetitive so that there is nothing left to chance basically, so that it’s very, very abundantly clear. Even still though, right, in court every day the nuances of the law are being argued over and judged by a judge. So, we see the need for this this kind of language that is very specific and very thorough.

And we get to the New Testament today and we dive into a genealogy and spend our whole time basically starting with Jesus and working our way back all the way to Adam. And, so, reading genealogies like the one found in Luke can also seem monotonous and uninteresting. But think of it like this. That list, those names we called out is as wide ranging of a story as can be imagined filled with all of those generations. Think about what has changed in the world since your birth. And some of you are like, you know, it was like 15 years ago and some of you that was like 85 years ago, but within your lifetime even if you’re 15 years old a lot has changed in the world. Every single one of those names that we called out was a generation. Imagine what happened in their lifetimes in the world. Every single one of those names had wide-ranging things happening around them in their lifetime carrying the story forward. Those names, they represent millions of lives who lived in that generation. And, so, believe it or not, if we were able to trace our own ancestry all the way back, somewhere along the line we would intersect with that story, right, because we all descend from Adam and Eve. We’re all part of the same story and it’s a story that continues forward and we’re going to tell a part of that story with the way that we live our lives today. So, these genealogies, they serve as a reminder that God is with us throughout the generations throughout all time and He wants to know and be known by us. He’s our Father.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for life and consciousness, we thank You that we can perceive and understand Your word and that Your Holy Spirit pulls us forward deeper into intimacy with You and that we are a part of the same story that has been being told since the beginning and You’ve allowed us to be a part of Your story. We fall to our knees, we are humbled, we are grateful, we are created in Your image. You allowed us to live because You desire to know us, and You desire to be known by us. We are humbled, we fall to our knees, we worship You. Come Holy Spirit we pray, may we live Your story today. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s going on around here. So, you know, always stay connected in any way that you can, in any way that you desire, any way that you need to.

The Prayer Wall is dailyaudiobible.com. All the different social media links are at dailyaudiobible.com in the Community section. You can find out all the places that you can go to find out what’s going on or interact with other listeners.

The More Gathering for women is coming up this April 11th – 14th and probably have it memorized right now. This is gonna take place in the mountains, the southern Appalachian mountains of North Georgia about an hour out of Atlanta. And it’s gonna be epic and it’s filling up. So, if it’s kind of…you’ve been hearing it talked about and you’ve been thinking, “sure, I could use a little dose of more. I could use a few days to kind of recalibrate”, then then maybe this is for you. And maybe we Jesus is inviting you away for a weekend. Maybe He has desired to get you alone to Himself where the two of you can have some time because the chaos of life, right, the obligations…and believe me…I understand this, right, when you can’t have five straight minutes without being interrupted with something, like it’s just constant. Yeah, maybe Jesus is saying come away with me my love. And maybe you need to. And the More Gathering is definitely designed for that for that kind of time. So, anyway, you can get the details at moregathering.com or just go to dailyaudiobible.com and go to the initiatives section. It’ll take you to the same place and you can get all of the details and all of your questions answered there.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, if what we’ve been doing…well…now for…for over two and a half months…like we’re well outside of shore mow, we’re out in the deep sailing across…across this year as we make our way through the Bible. If that has been a life-giving rhythm to you, if coming together and knowing that this is happening every day and that there’s a community around this, and we’re not alone in this and not only are we not alone in life, this is not a solitary devotional thing, like our quiet time that we have to make time for and drudge our way through every day. This is a dynamic thing. The Bible is speaking to us. This is happening every day. If that has brought life and good news to you, then and thank you. Thank you for your partnership. So, there’s a link on the homepage of dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

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

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

03/18/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 26:52-28:15, Luke 3:1-22, Psalms 61:1-8, Proverbs 11:16-17

Today is the 18th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you as we take a step forward into the week and launch into our work week this week. And we’re reading from the God’s Word Translation. And, so, we’ll pick up where we left off. That’ll take us back into the book of Numbers and then in the gospel of Luke when we get to the New Testament, Jesus…well…Jesus has just stayed in Jerusalem when his family left they and they had to go back and search for him and we’ll pick up the story when we get there, but first, Numbers chapter 26 verse 52 through 28 verse 15 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the gospel of Luke today we got a pretty good glimpse at the ministry of John the Baptist and the kinds of things that he was saying, and we can see that the kinds of things that he was saying certainly would bring hope and encouragement to those who were downtrodden and who were in a situation that was kind of like a no-win situation. So, you know, for Hebrew people they’re in a land that was their former ancestral homeland but the land now is a part of the Roman Empire, is a part of the province of Syria. And, so, there are Romans and Roman authorities, right, the police as it were, in the region because it’s part of the Roman Empire. But truth be told, Romans didn’t like being in Syria. Like it’s the farthest east outpost of the Empire, pretty far away from ground zero, which would’ve been Rome itself. So, their kind of in this backwater and they got these people who have these strange beliefs about their former ancestral homeland. And, so, they don’t get along, they don’t mix. These people who are known as Hebrews they like stay to themselves a lot, they don’t associate with anyone, they’re very exclusive. So, this isn’t a particularly awesome time for anybody in the region. And, truth be told, people are manipulating and getting away with whatever they can possibly get away with, right, doing whatever they possibly can and to get a leg up. And, so, John comes to the Jordan River inviting everybody who hears him to repent and turn to God. And they’re listening them and saying, “what we do” and he begins to speak a message of turning life outward. So, some people are like, “what are we supposed to do? Like, if condemned, like how do we repent? Functionally, what is this look like?” And John’s like, “whoever has two shirts should share with the person that doesn’t have any. Whoever has food shared it too.” And the tax collectors are like, “what we supposed to do?” And he’s like, “don’t extort, right? Don’t take money that’s not yours. Collect what you are ordered to collect by the government and don’t pad it and collect for yourself”. Right? So, the first people he’s talking to would be Hebrew people, the second people he’s talking to would be Hebrew people who are working for the Roman government, right, and hated, despised by the Hebrew people because they’re Hebrew, but they’re perceived as traitors. And then some soldiers talk to him, right? The Romans themselves are saying, “what are we supposed to do?” And he tells them, “just be satisfied with what you have. Like, the governments paying you to the keep peace. Be satisfied with that pay and stop like suppressing, threatening, blackmailing people to pad your own pockets, right? So, we see that John was speaking to his own fellow Hebrews. He was speaking to people who were Hebrew but who were kind of half in with the Romans, and then he was also speaking to the Gentiles, the Roman soldiers. So, his message was for anyone would listen as Jesus’s was, for anyone with ears to hear and eyes to see. Now, a couple days ago we talked about how it was that John came on the radar. You know, he wasn’t just somebody who came out of the desert looking foolish or looking crazy and starting shouting messages and people started flooding out into the desert to see him. There was prophetic words over John’s life spoken by his father Zechariah who was a priest of God who had seen an angel in the temple of God in Jerusalem foretelling this. This would have been some of what John grew up around. So, when he does start to say things publicly people then remember this is that kid, this is that baby. He grew up. This is what he has to say. There were prophetic utterances about him. We should listen to him and they do, and they begin to repent, and revival is happening. It’s just the religious leaders are not fully on board, they’re not like completely condoning what John is doing. As the story goes, was John’s mission was to pave the way, right, to announce the coming, the arrival of the Messiah, of the Savior who is Jesus. Jesus is also alive at this time. So, when Jesus comes in the Jordan River, was it John’s endorsement, was it John saying, you know, you shouldn’t…I shouldn’t be baptizing You, You should be baptizing me. Was it this that gave Jesus the momentum? Was it the Father’s voice of approval over Jesus that gave Him the momentum? We could say it was all of these things, but Jesus had also shown up on the radar previously, right? So, yesterday, we read the story of Jesus being 12 years old and going to Jerusalem for Passover as was the annual custom of his family. So, Jesus had been to Jerusalem many times, 90 miles uphill to Jerusalem and then 90 miles back to Nazareth. And it’s a famous story, right? We know the story. His parents leave. And you can think like, “how could his parents leave? Like, how did they leave without knowing where Jesus was?” But that’s just it. It would’ve been a whole caravan coming out of Galilee, whole families, friends, entire community traveling together. And, so, they, you know, I don’t know, they probably saw Jesus that morning or whatever and then they’re heading out. And Jesus is gonna make one more stop at the temple and he stays. So, Mary and Joseph get a whole day away before they realize Jesus is missing. I’m a parent and a lot of you are parents and so you put yourself in this position where you have assumed your kid is with his friends or with his cousins or whatever and you get a day’s journey away from where you were only…like what if you went to Disneyland and you got a day away from Disneyland and realized your kid was still at Disneyland. That would just be insane. So, you can only imagine Mary and Joseph walking a day’s journey, like taking another day just to get back. So, there two days removed from Jesus and then they gotta a search in one of the biggest metropolises in the world, a hub where  people from all over the world are coming and going and they’re searching all over this big city for three days. So, they’re five days removed before they ever see their son. Oh my gosh! Yeah. So, they find him in the temple and he’s been there asking questions and having conversation with the most elite of the religious leaders in all of Judaism among all of the Hebrew people, right? So, there may be Pharisees all over the country but we’re talking about these of the scholars who work in the temple in Jerusalem, the best of the best, cream of the crop. This is where Jesus is hanging out and he’s asking questions and they’re pouring into his life story and the traditions and He’s speaking back to them and they are amazed by Him, right? So, that’s not like just a passing thing. Jesus is among the influencers of the Jewish faith and He’s speaking to them and they are amazed by Him. So, when he does go back to Galilee He’s not going back to obscurity. They know who he is now. They might even have considered Him at that point to be someone to watch, right, a rising star, a potentially powerful rabbi of some sort in the making. So, after Jesus is baptized and after His time in the wilderness and He goes back to Galilee and does begin his ministry what we see in the Gospels is that people are not antagonistic to Him. They may have questions for Him, but they are not antagonistic toward Him at first. And He begins to gain some momentum to the point of that the Bible tells us, even the scribes and Pharisees would come from Jerusalem to hear Him, right? So they’re making a long journey to hear this man because He had shown up on the radar when He was a little kid and now He’s all grown up and now He has something to say. The only time things went sideways, and they went sideways bad enough to get Jesus killed, is when he began to critique the religion centered around Him, when He began to critique the behavior and confront the religious leaders, when He began to essentially say we’ve lost the plot of the story, the spirit of the law is gone, we only have the letter of the law, that we are using these rules and regulations to enslave people. And they were never meant to be a cage, they were meant to be the parameters that would lead to freedom, right? We turn the page back into the Old Testament and that’s where we find ourselves right now, the law is being given so that the people have a context for how to live in a land that they have been promised, right? God didn’t set his people free from slavery only to re-enslave them. He gave them the rules and regulations and their context that would lead them to freedom and dramatic advancement forward, right? So, like, even in today’s reading in the Old Testament we have a story of three daughters who had lost their father and who’s his name was about to be left off or disappear from history, the history of his family. And, so, they go before Moses and we look at this society as a patriarchal society and we bristle in this particular day in age and political climate, but that is how the world was. But here are these daughters saying should our father’s name disappear? What does Moses Do? He goes to God. What does God say? “Give them the land among their brethren” and then that gets written into the law, right? If a father has no son to pass his inheritance down to, and in this case, a father passing that authority and those resources down to his firstborn son would be him saying, “you are now responsible for this entire family.” So, yeah, you may have control over things, but you are responsible for every life in this family.” But in this case God wrpote it into the law, “if there is no son to take over the family leadership and watch out for the lives of the rest of the family, then the land passes to the daughters.” At this time in world history, that is a huge step forward. We’re talking thousands and thousands of years ago God wrote it into the law that women could own property. Dude, in our country…in the country I live in, the United States, women couldn’t even vote. So, lest we think we are so advanced, and the Bible is so antiquated, yeah, I mean we gotta read through some cultural stuff here, but the Bible is revealing to us that God was moving a culture that He was building in the wilderness dramatically forward, huge steps in human interaction and governance were moving dramatically forward. So, God didn’t give the law to enslave people who had just walked out of slavery but Jesus critique was that the religious leaders had used the law to enslave the people and He had to come that they might have life and have it more abundantly, that he could set the captives free. That would just ultimately require a complete retooling of the entire system and they fought against Jesus. But now we have a little bit of context for what is going on as we continue to move forward in the gospel. And hopefully this context will give us some background for some of these well-worn stories that we’re very familiar with. Sometimes having context changes the entire dynamic.

Prayer:

Jesus, we thank you, thank you for the opportunity to talk about what was going on when you chose to come to earth and change the entire paradigm and we thank you for the long view that we can go all the way back thousands of years even before that and see how you were at work. This tells us clearly that you are still at work and we are still telling the story of God with us and we haven’t irreplaceable role to play in that story today. So, come Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth. This is your promise. Lead us on the narrow path that leads to life. This is our desire. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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

One of the things that are coming up pretty quickly here is the More Gathering for women. That’s April 11th through the 14th and that will be where we’ve always done it, but this will be the last time we’ll be doing it there, up on Sharp Top mountain. Those are in the northern Appalachia…well…they’re actually in the southern Appalachian Mountains, but they live in in the mountains of North Georgia. That’s about an hour out of Atlanta. So, you can get all the details for that. If you’re a woman and more…more…if you’re just in your heart you feel like there’s got to be more than this, then this is for you and you can get all of the details at moregathering.com or you can go to dailyaudiobible.com and click the Initiatives section and you’ll get the details there.

And speaking of the initiatives section, while you’re there you will also see Israel 2020. And if you are interested in going back to the land of the Bible…I know we just came back from their…it was a month ago yesterday that we left. So, we’ve been back a while…couple weeks anyway, but if you are interested in going in 2020, you can get all the details at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link and it just lives on the homepage. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always if you have a prayer request or comment, there are a number of numbers you can use. If you are in the Americas, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial. If you are in the UK or Europe 44-20-3608-8078 is the number to call. If you are in Australia 61-3-8820-5459 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.

03/17/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 26:1-51, Luke 2:36-52, Psalms 60:1-12, Proverbs 11:15

Today is the 17th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is always a pleasure to be here with you and its a special pleasure to be here with you today as we step into a brand-new week together and we like…at least I like stepping into these shiny, sparkly weeks because every Sunday I remember we’re starting over, and everything is out in front of us and it’s a new adventure. And, so, this new adventure for this new week will have us reading from the God’s Word Translation and we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday the book of Numbers today chapter 26 verses 1 through 51.

Prayer:

Thank You, Father for the opening of another week and that the promise of another week out in front of us. We thank You for Your word. We commit to the fact that Your word will be a part of this coming week. We invite Your Holy Spirit to speak through Your word planting the fruit of the spirit in our lives and yielding a bountiful harvest that gets poured out into the world through us because of the work of sanctification that You are doing each and every day in our lives. And one of the ways that that happens is through interaction with Your word and contemplation about Your word and inviting Your Holy Spirit in and all of the places that we may have walled off even from ourselves. Come Holy Spirit, make us whole, we want to be well, we want to see. We pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

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

If you go to the community section of the website, you can find all the links to the different social media channels that we are involved in. That’s a good way to stay connected. In the Community section you can also press the Prayer Wall. That’s a great place to go for prayer and to stay connected. So, do. Stay connected.

Looking at the calendar, the upcoming More Gathering for women is the next upcoming event and that is a little bit less than a month away. This will take place April 11th through 14th and it will be in the mountains of North Georgia just about an hour out of Atlanta and it is going to be spectacular. And I think I’ve shared plenty enough about it is as has my wife Jill. So, you kind of know the lay of the land but if it’s been something that’s calling to you then registration is still open for a couple more weeks and you can get all the details at moregathering.com or go to dailyaudiobible.com and click the Initiatives section and it’ll 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, that link lives on the homepage. I thank you humbly and profoundly for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And 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, my name is Luke. I would like the Daily Audio Bible listeners to pray for my deliverance. Today I pray deliverance prayers for the spirit of Jezebel and the spirit of narcissism as well as a bunch of other things, like a lot of things. It seems like almost hopeless because the list was so long and the reality of my situation of things that I need to be delivered of is so big and I just have a lot going on mentally right now and just need a lot of prayer and just thankful for this program and, you know, pray that I can just continue to grow, not be fake because that is what the spirit of narcissism…and just some of the things that I have going on mentally from…I’ve sinned so much in my lifetime and, you know, I was involved in drugs and all kinds of things and just really bad, really bad. So, the list of things that I need to be delivered from is deeper than what I actually knew and it’s really tough and it’s a mental battle every day, but God’s been giving me the grace to get through it and his program is helping a lot. My friend…shout out to my brother Leonard for showing this program and I just thank you guys for praying for me and I’m praying the people that I hear on the prayer request line. So, yeah, just, you know, deliverance all around the board, mental stability. I’ve had God show up so much in my life especially in the past few months. I don’t know how doubt or unbelief whatever creeps in my brain, but it does somehow sometimes. So…

This is Kathy from Kentucky and I want to thank Blind Tony for praying for my nephew today. Also let you know he continues to need prayer for his addiction problem but also my brother has less a week to live. He could go at any time he’s in hospice care. It’s very hard on me and the rest of the family, but for me personally it means giving up the first childhood buddy I had, and I’ll always have those memories but just pray for my brother to go in peace, that he can go in his sleep. And Lord he’s suffering right now, and we ask you to send Lord we just ask you to send my brother to his people in peace. Sorry, I’, mixing up my prayer with a prayer request but that’s how I do it. Anyways, Kathy from Kentucky, pray for a peaceful death for my brother. Thank you. Bye.

Hi, it’s Nicola from California and I have a praise report. So, 2018 and the beginning of 2019 were a rough time for me. I basically was in the wilderness. I moved cross country for a job and I ended up being emotionally abused and exploited by a by employer and it was a dream job, so I had to quit that, and I moved in with my parents and was unemployed for several months. I was just feeling very lost and I unfortunately grumbled like the Israelites, yet God provided for me in so many ways. I had a home to stay in, I had food. He even found a way to __ free therapy. I had someone sponsor me so I could go to free sessions with a therapist who has been so incredible. He has even provided travel for me and I grumbled either way, but I have now entered the promised land. I was applying to jobs and things weren’t working out and I was getting very frustrated __ but then my dad had the brilliant idea about applying to grad school in Scotland. I’ve always wanted to study in the UK. Since my father is British I’ve always wanted to do that and within three weeks of deciding to apply and applying I have already been admitted and I’m moving to Scotland which is a dream come true. So, I just want to say, if you’re in the wilderness right now I know it’s so hard not to grumble and not to complain but know that your promised land is coming soon and that is gonna be bigger and better than you expected and as hard as it is just trust the Lord. He is going to take care of you and everything is going to work out greater than expected as it has for me. Thank you. Bye.

Hi, my name is Claire calling from Bloomington Minnesota. I’ve been listening for well probably around nine months now and I make it a part of my day every day __. My prayer request is for both of our daughters. I have a daughter that’s 22 and a daughter that 17 and both for the last five years have gone through some really tough stuff. My older daughter was in an abusive relationship for about __ we were finally able to get her out about a year ago. She has almost __. And my other daughter is 17 and a great athlete have her world pretty much taken away by suffering three ACL knee injuries in a row and never really found her way back or her plan for her life and I feel both daughters struggle with feelings of low self-esteem and sadness. If you could pray for both of them, Gabby is my older daughter and __ is my younger daughter, that the Holy Spirit would just fill them up and they look to the Lord with great joy __ for them and that they are among __ kids their age and people that can mentor them and guide them and help them and just so much __ the Holy Spirit to come upon their lives and that their on fire for the Lord. Thank you, family. We love you all. And I look forward to hearing and praying, continuing every day. And thank you Brian reading every day. You’re a great voice to listen to and so calming…

03/16/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 24:1-25:18, Luke 2:1-35, Psalms 59:1-17, Proverbs 11:14

Today is the 16th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is great to be here with you today and every day. It’s great to be here with you on the weekend as we’re closing down another week. I am enjoying having an extra hour of daylight for this past week. Hopefully you are too no that daylight savings time has switched back, at least where we are. And…man…in the wintertime when that change is over, here where I…here we’re Nashville is…when the days get short around Christmas time, it’s dark at 4:30 in the afternoon. Not my favorite, but I know some of you have like months of darkness at one time, but then you get months of daylight. And, I don’t know…I don’t know that would be like, but I am digressing, but it is the weekend, so we can have a little chat now and then right? Anyway, let’s dive in and take the next step forward and end our week strong and well. We’ve been reading this story of Balaam and Balak and we kind of unpacked that yesterday because it is a kick in the pants in some of the ways that we are manipulative in our lives. But let’s pick up and conclude that story. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. Numbers chapter 24 and 25 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for another week in your word. And each time we come to the last day of the week we’re reminded of your faithfulness behind us and we have faith in your faithfulness before us, which leaves us here, right now, in the middle of your faithfulness and this is where we always are, we’re just not always paying attention. And, so, we find ourselves confused, but you haven’t gone anywhere. It’s usually that we’ve walked away in some way. And, so, here we are, closing down another week and considering your faithfulness in all things at all times knowing that tomorrow will begin a shiny, sparkly, new week and we get to live into it with you. And we thank you for all you have spoken into our lives throughout this this past week, the ways that you have touched areas that need correction, areas that we need to be rebuked on because they’re not going anywhere, but also for your comfort and for the way that you father us. So, we open ourselves up to you as we close this week down and look forward with great anticipation for all that you have yet to do in our lives. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi Daily Audio Bible my name is Scotty. I have felt…felt an urge to call for a while but I’ve been putting it off. I would like to ask prayer for my mental and emotional health. I have been struggling with depression and anxiety and compulsive eating for a while now. I’ve been wrestling to…to address negative thinking and deal with my behaviors but it has been a rough struggle and my emotions have seemed to be a little bit overwhelming at times. Anyways, thank you for your prayers. Take care.

Blessings DAB family this is Lee from New Jersey and today is March 13th if I’m not mistaken. So, Mark Street, you called in my brother from down under. Hey quick thing. Think of your blessings from God as a coin. Right? And the coin that God gives you, both sides are clean but the evil one is actually up to his trickery again. He wants you to believe that one side is clean, and the other side is dirty. So, he’s trying to keep you focused on the dirty side. So, how about this. How about you tell the evil one that he’s a liar? All those feelings that you have are just from past experiences because we all have them, but you have been wiped clean. Your coin is clean. So, the evil one is lying again, he’s up to his trickery, he wants us to fall back because that is his way of making God look foolish, that His plan is not the right plan. So, givin’ it to him where he deserves it, if you know what I mean. All right my brother. Call in and let us know how you’re feeling. Today is day 29 praying against gluttony. Here we go. Father God, thank You Lord. Thank You God for this new day of life, this new day of opportunity to learn about You and about ourselves and about the things around us Lord. Thank You for the bounties of food of nutrition that You give us Lord how we’re able to take care of ourselves because of that, ow we’re able to continue to survive and to see and to love each other through that. May we never abuse of Your bounty Lord as a means of entertainment Lord, as a means of healing wounds that don’t even exist Lord, wounds that are made up in our band mind Lord, that the only one that can remove these wounds or heal these wounds is You, is Your Holy Spirit, the blood of the Lamb that can pour over us and wash away all of our wounds and help us to be whole. And we pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family this Jay from Nashville. I just wanted to call in for Mark Street. Praying for your brother. I heard your call on the 13th about how, you know, during the lent season you get a little down. Listen, I totally understand that and my biggest recommendation to you is to just try to focus on positive things because, you know I struggle with depression and what I’ve noticed is if I focus on the things that are causing the sadness for too long I can find myself in a little bit of a depression ditch if you know what I mean. Well, heavenly Father we thank You for today. Lord we thank You for Your love and Your grace and mercy. We thank You for Mark Street and we thank You for all of these people that are a part of this worldwide family that we call the Daily Audio Bible family. Lord we pray for those that are dealing with depression right now and we pray Father that You will beam in a ray of sunshine with Your love during this time that they struggle with. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray.

Good morning this is Bridget from New York City. I’m calling, today is March 13th, I’m calling to pray from Isabella from Nebraska and __ . So, Isabella, I just want to lift you up sweet sister. I remember you saying you have been struggling with mental health issues and that is something that is very near and dear to my heart as my family has struggled with that for many, many, many years and the Lord has covered me to not fall into what is called a nervous breakdown. So, heavenly Father Lord, I lift up Isabella to You. I thank You for her mind and I thank You that You have given her sound mind Lord and I just pray Father that as she continues to hear Your word Lord on this beautiful Daily Audio Bible that Father God she would be washed in Your word Lord, that she would will know that no weapon formed against her will prosper, that she will know that You give her the mind of Christ, that greater is he in me than he that is in this world Father, and Lord that she would know that You are with her through every step of the way, that she would know that You give her sound mind Father God. I pray that she would receive that from You Lord and that she would be blessed by Your word Father and know that Your word watches her Lord God in truth Father God and in spirit Father God. I pray also for Mark. Mark You shared about Your marriage. I ask You Father God Lord to heal the broken wounds in this marriage Father the way You healed my marriage Father God. Lord there is nothing that anyone of us can go too far deep into that You cannot dig into deeply and heal. In Jesus precious, precious name I pray. Amen.

03/15/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 22:21-23:30, Luke 1:57-80, Psalms 58:1-11, Proverbs 11:12-13

Today is the 15th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and a joy to be here with you as we prepare end another work week and head into the weekend and this week we’ve been reading from the English Standard Version, which is what we will do all the way through tomorrow. And obviously, we’re gonna pick up where we left off yesterday with this drama, this guy Balaam whose been called in by this king named Balak to curse his hoard of people that seems to be moving in around him. So, we’ll pick up that story. Numbers chapter 22 verse 21 through 23 verse 30 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, there’s a lot that we covered today. Where do we start? Let’s start the Old Testament. So, we’ve got this drama going on between Balak who’s the king of Moab and Balaam whose some sort of prophetic person, a person who has the ability to curse and bless. And he’s not from among the people of Israel and yet, as we’re reading it in the Scriptures he is communicating with God and God is speaking to him. So, lest we think, as we’re reading the Old Testament, the only people God ever spoke to were the Hebrew slaves, the children of Israel who were delivered from Egypt, that would not be the case. And we have a pretty valuable lesson to learn from Balaam. So, Balak sent an entourage to Balaam, a high-ranking entourage to Balaam and asked him to come curse Israel. God told him, “don’t go”. So, he didn’t go. So, the people returned. And, so, Balak, the king, sent an even more prestigious entourage to Balaam with a message and essentially the promise of wealth, riches, prestige and honor. And, so, Balaam prayed and God said, “go back with them, but only say what I tell you to say.” So, Balaam spent the night and there’s this…this thought of, “well God wouldn’t let me go the first time but He is telling me I can go this second time as long as I say only the things that He says, but if he’s letting me go then He must be gonna let me go to say good things.” And, so, “I’m about to get rich maybe. Maybe God is gonna let me get rich off of this.” So, the next day Balaam gets up and gets on his donkey and we have the three incidents where an angel with a drawn sword is standing in the path not wanting Balaam to go. So, it’s like, what is going on here? First God says don’t go then God says do go and then God sends an angel with a drawn sword in the path to keep him from going. What’s happening here? It all gets revealed as we go through the story. The angel is blocking the path. The donkey is veering aside. Finally, the donkey sits down. Balaam is so mad that he would kill the donkey and then the donkey speaks to Balaam and Balaam answers the donkey as if this is a normal thing. All I can figure is that he’s so mad he doesn't…he’s like so enraged he doesn’t understand what’s happening. He’s talking to a donkey and in effect the donkey’s saying, “have I ever done anything like this before? Why are you so mad at me?” Balaam then reveals his heart, “because you have made a fool of me”. And there it is. Balak sent high ranking officials of Moab with the promise of honor and prestige and wealth. Balaam went and his donkey’s acting unruly and Balaam doesn’t want to look stupid in front of these people. That is a profound weakness that could have undid Balaam had he got before the king of Moab with all of the royalty and all of the nobles. He wouldn’t want to look like a fool and only say what God told him to say. And, so, his weakness was being exposed along the way so that when he got to do the mission that God wanted him to do he was very clear on his instructions. So, we can look for ourselves in Balaam’s story and find ourselves in Balaam’s story when we find ourselves conforming to an environment even when we’ve been sent by God to do something, find ourselves conforming to an environment and all of the sudden find ourselves doing things that we would not otherwise even consider. And before you know it we’re in the mud pit again, but the story isn’t over and the parallels to our lives aren’t over. We can certainly find ourselves in the early parts of Balaam’s story, but now let’s go to Balak and become Balak for a second. There’s a problem for Balak. There’s a horde of people that are very powerful moving into his territory. He would like to get rid of them, but other people who have tried to get rid of them have lost. He calls for a man of God. The man of God finally comes. So, he’s excited about that and he takes the man of God to covertly view a part of this horde and they make sacrifices and God blesses them. And, so, Balak is mad and what does he do? He takes him to another place to look at God’s people and God isn’t going to curse His own people. And, so, Balaam informs Balak that these people are not cursed, and no curse is going to work. And, so, what does Balak do? He takes him to another place. We do this too. We might ask God for something. We might hear God say, “no that’s not healthy for you”, and so where like, “well come over here and look at it from this angle” and the answer’s still no…and so “come over here and look at it from this angle”, right? We’ll keep going until we get what we want. And God is kind and He is a gentleman and one of the ways that we are created in His image is that we are allowed to make choices. And, so, at some point He’ll say if that’s what you’re going to do then that’s what you’re going to do and then we go and do it thinking that we’ve convinced God from some special angle, it doesn’t work out, its destructive and then we blame God. This is such a mess when we do this. It’s so unfair. Thankfully in this story Balaam got the message and he wouldn’t be persuaded to speak outside of what God told him to say because he had a good memory of an angel with a drawn sword. So, he probably felt like he wouldn’t be making it home if he didn’t obey God, but we sure watch Balak try to change the story by looking at things from a different view. And sometimes friends, no means no. Sometimes when the Lord is not in something we’re not going to convince Him to get on board and when we go off on our own, I mean, how many more times we gotta go around that track before we get it through our heads that it never works out? So, there is plenty for us to put in our cup and stir around as we move into the weekend from the Old Testament.

From the gospel of Luke, John the Baptist is born today and I don’t necessarily have something to apply to our lives about this other than I just want to point out some context because often when we read the Gospels we think John the Baptist just showed up out of the wilderness eating grasshoppers and wild honey and had some kind of, you know, loin cloth made out of fur and he’s just this odd dude coming in out of the wilderness and the people are coming down to be baptized and he just shows up. He didn’t just show up. His father was a priest. His father was in the temple of God when an angel appeared to him foretelling the birth of John. When he came out of the temple everybody knew something had happened because he couldn’t speak. Zechariah, who was John’s father, could not talk, right? This is happening in Jerusalem in the temple. This was not an obscure unknown thing. So, when the baby is born, and the baby is born in their old age and they name him John and Zechariah’s mouth is open so that he can prophesy about his son, this is not an unknown thing. So, later on John will be arrested by the king, by Herod, for political reasons because Herod was having an affair and married his brother Philip’s wife. So, John condemned that, and that got John killed, but the religious elite, now let us remember, Zechariah, John’s father, was a priest, one of the religious leaders. Later on they distanced themselves from John, right? They won’t declare that he was a prophet of God but the people view him as a prophet of God, not only because of the power that is in his words and in his call to repentance, but because of his heritage, because of his story. And Jesus has a similar story when he showed up on the radar and we’ll talk about that when we come to it, but the point is, something was buzzing around John and Zechariah and Elizabeth before John was ever born. So, John would’ve grown up under that shadow where people would have wondered his whole life, “what is going to become of him” because that’s what the Scriptures say they were doing at his birth. So, sometimes we might wonder…I mean…we can read the Gospels and not even ever wonder this - like John showed up and then Jesus showed up and that was that and they were famous and it was because of miracles, but actually there’s a story before the story and we can see glimpses of it if we’re looking for it just like we’re doing with John today. He wasn’t some random dude coming in out of the wilderness, preparing the way of the Lord and baptizing people. There were prophecies over his life from his father who was a priest who had been serving in the temple. So, this was a known thing.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word and we thank you for the way that it will penetrate and expose our behaviors and make us look in the mirror at ourselves as it has done in the Old Testament in the book of numbers today and we thank you for the repetition, for the times we read through the Gospels and the more and more that the story begins to unfold before us and we feel a part of how things came to be because this is our story too. So, come Holy Spirit, plant the word of God in our lives today changing us irreversibly from within. We pray in Jesus name. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi family, this is Stanley from Maryland. I’m reaching out to pray for Elisa’s daughter Lisa from Illinois. You said you have a daughter and she’s 16 and she’s struggling with drug use and I want to pray for her. Father, thank You for Elisa’s daughter. Father, I remember when I struggled with marijuana, taking drugs, trying to fit in be cool and be social and it wasn’t…it wasn’t all that fun after a while. And so, I thank You for giving me the opportunity to not be around that any longer. I just want to thank You for Elisa and Elisa’s daughter. And Your word says in 2 Peter 3:9 that You’re not really being slow about Your promise as some people think. No, You are…You are being patient for our sake and You don’t want anyone to be destroyed but You want everyone __. So, God on behalf of Elisa’s daughter from Illinois we pray that…we pray that her daughter can repent. I don’t know who’s gonna come into her life or what’s gonna happen that may change. Maybe someone…a friend she meets will help her to change her, help her to see that she doesn’t have to do these things or something will happen that will help Elisa’s daughter to see that she doesn’t have to do this anymore, this is taking the place of God in her life. We pray for that. I know for me it was someone reaching out to me and inviting me into their life who was a Christian. So, God we thank You that it’s already done and we continue praying and seeking Your face for Elisa’s daughter in Jesus’ name.

Hello Daily Audio Bible. I want to pray for my sister and my friend Luca. They both have a fever and my sister stayed home today from school and she slept almost the whole day and my friend Luca, he didn’t go to school today and I want to pray for them.

Hey everybody, this is Linda from New Hampshire. I hope you can hear me alright I’m in my car on my way to work but I just finished listening to the March 12th podcast and I just want to thank you Candace for sharing so beautifully your relationship with Brad. You know, that really touched my heart. As sad as this may sound, I have never known that kind of love from my man. I’ve been married twice and they’ve both been abusive unfortunately. So, I just really __ my husband. It’s so sad, it may be long for experiencing that someday by God’s grace, God’s will. And if not, I will continue to hold on to him as my husband and my partner and trusting Him. So, thank you for sharing that. And I just wanted to wish everyone a very blessed, blessed week. I’m praying for each of you and little Noah, praying against those seizures and I appreciate everybody who calls in asking for prayer but also those who call in and pray because sometimes I don’t have the words. I can hear someone’s prayer request and I just don’t have the words and a couple days later I’ll hear somebody call in and pray and I’ll say like, “yes that’s it, that’s exactly what it needed here.” And, so, love you all. Have a great day. Keep me in your prayers please. Things are still happening but I’m keeping my eyes on the Lord. Blessings to everyone.

Hi there, my name’s Jake. I live in Utah and I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible basically since the start of the year. I’ve been a Christian since…well…I was raised Christian but really Jesus converted me and put his Holy Spirit in me in 2012 and brought me out a lot of dark stuff, a lot of hard core drugs and addiction and this last year I’ve had a pretty pretty tough time, I’ve relapsed and I can’t get a hold of my struggles. I’m essentially…I used a lot of LSD and I feel so alone…I work in a Christian company. I’ve talked to my friends about this but I keep falling back into it. I’m very active in my church and I just…I don’t know what to do, I don’t know people that…yeah, yeah, just yeah, just pray for me. I’m pretty…pretty frustrated and despairing at times. I trust the Lord. I know who He is and what He’s done to my heart and life, but sometimes it really freaks me out that I’ve resubmitted myself to these fleshly patterns and that I can’t seem to find a way out. So, yeah, pray for me. I pray for you guys, listen to it every day. So, thanks. Bye.

Hi daily audio Bible it’s Megan Kelly from London. I called, oh, I think a couple of weeks ago and just calling again. I’ve got a prayer request and a praise report. Best get to it quickly. First with a prayer request. Unfortunately, one of my colleague’s dear friends actually, she went to a __ day and she went out for the weekend and in a nearby city __ she went with her friends and I don’t know the details but I know her friend went missing. Obviously, we’re all very concerned for her to be missing for two days now. So, just pray that you’re keeping, her friends and family all in your prayers so that they hopefully find her, but in the meantime also feel the presence and find all the peace they can. So, that’s the prayer request. I also have a praise report. And I actually for Lent decided to try and really focus on listening a  bit more to the community prayers and I have been listening to the Daily Audio Bible on my commute to work every day. So, I manage to listen five days a week and I realize that the buildup of the community prayers was getting quite big and I wasn’t sure how I was going to listen to them all. I think they’re fantastic. And, so I finally started listening to them just in tiny little bursts so when I walking to the station or if I’m popping out of the office to buy lunch and I’m finding I’m actually getting through it quite quickly and finding I want to listen more __ I just feel connected to you guys. So, yeah, I just wanted to thank the Lord that I found this, and it’s given me more inner peace, which I was really needing. I was __ broken for the last year and I just hope that the same can be done for the rest of you. I know a lot of people having hard times and will keep you all in my prayers. Okay.

03/14/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 21:1-22:20, Luke 1:26-56, Psalms 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11

Today is the 14th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you. It is great to have this opportunity to take the next step forward and that next step forward will take us back out into the wilderness in the book of Numbers. And then of course, yesterday we began the third gospel, the gospel of Luke and we left off learning about John the Baptist and we’ll pick up that story when we get there, but first from the English Standard Version this week, Numbers chapter 21 verse 1 through 22 verse 20 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the book of Numbers the children of Israel asked a couple of other nations if they could just stay on the main road and go through. Like, they needed to get somewhere else. Could they just pass through? And they were denied. And so king Sihon of the Amorites and king Og of Bushon they attacked and the Israelites defeated them, which gave them a little bit of land that they could at least temporarily kind of sojourn in but these victories unsettled the power distribution of the region. And, so, that caused a lot of anxiety in king Balak of Moab. Now, the land of Moab is just on the other side of the Dead Sea. So, directly to the east of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a high point. And, so, the land slopes down from Jerusalem, all the way down to the lowest point on the earth, the Dead Sea and then out on the other side of the Dead Sea is modern day Jordan, which is ancient Moab. So king Balak sent for a man named Balaam to curse God’s people for him because he’s freaked out about these people. And at first God told Balaam not to go but then Balak, the king, sent a more distinguished entourage and God told Balaam to return with them, but to only speak what he was told to say. And we will watch how that unfolds in the coming days.

And then here the gospel of Luke, we have probably the most developed narrative of the birth story of Jesus. And, so, we have the angel Gabriel visiting Mary, Mary going to visit her relative Elizabeth, Mary breaks out into worship, “my soul magnifies the Lord and my Spirit rejoices in God my Savior for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold from now on all generations will call me blessed, for He who His mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name.” Of course, her outburst of worship is now known as the Magnificat.

Then in our reading from Proverbs we’re confronted again. And we’ll be confronted, actually, again and again and again about this topic, the way that we use our words. Our words can destroy our friendships, they can destroy our relationships, and we probably already know this, but according to the Scriptures using our words this way is “godless behavior” - a sobering thought that should have us catching ourselves today before we speak what we can’t un-say, In fact, we’re counseled that wicked speech can even tear whole communities apart and we may have even seen that happening around us. What we say, what we say today, actually matters. Like, our relationships could undergo a complete transformation if we would submit our tongues to the power of the Holy Spirit, rather than using them as weapons in relationship wars that can’t be won. If we’ll heed the council of the Proverbs then we will be the ones who reap the benefits.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for your word and we thank You for the different nuances and the different places that it takes us today - personal places, places of worship and reflection of your coming for us in the story of your birth, and the drama brewing in the desert in the book of Numbers. Come Holy Spirit plant the words that we’ve read today or heard today deep in our souls. May they be fertile soil for the fruit of the Spirit to grow within us. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the mighty name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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And now the jetlag has abated and kinda back to normal again. I think back to all of the things we did in Israel just less than a month ago, all of the things that we saw, some of these areas that we’re wandering through the book of Numbers are places that we wandered through. So, I’ll remind us all that the intention is to go back in 2020 and registration for that pilgrimage to the land of the Bible is open and you get all the details at dailyaudiobible.com in the Initiatives section. You’ll find Israel 2020 there. Everything that you would want to know is there.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link that lives on the homepage. If Daily Audio Bible and what we mean to each other is bringing light and good news and life into your world, then thank you for your partnership. So, there’s a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 19 6 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.

03/13/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 19:1-20:29, Luke 1:1-25, Psalms 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8

Today is the 13th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and that it is great to be here with you today and all gathered around the global campfire for the next step forward, which will take us back into the book of Numbers, but when we get to the New Testament we’ll be beginning the third gospel, the gospel of Luke as we finished the gospel of Mark yesterday. So, we’ll talk about Luke when we get to Luke but first numbers, chapter 19 and 20. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week.

Introduction to the Book of Luke:

Okay. So, we are about to begin the third book of the New Testament, which is the third gospel known as the book of Luke or the gospel of Luke. And Luke has a little bit more of an intriguing story regarding its place in history. So, we’ve been reading Matthew and Mark and now we are going to read Luke and Luke is the third of what is known as the synoptic Gospels Matthew Mark and Luke. Now, they’re called the synoptic Gospels because they’re very familiar in the stories that they tell and the way that there composed. There so similar that it’s widely believed among biblical scholars that one couldn’t really exist without the other, that they were written at different times, but they were used…they were known and so they were used as source material for each other. So, it’s believed that the gospel of Mark, the gospel that we just completed was the first gospel ever written down about Jesus with Matthew coming next maybe about a decade later-ish and with the gospel of Luke that we’re about to read now perhaps within five years of that. Of course, like specifically dating these books, right down to the month and year, that’s pretty impossible, but there is compelling evidence that the gospel of Luke may have been the last of the synoptic Gospels because of the way it’s written. And it’s not…I mean it is the skill of Luke, the writer, but it’s as if these stories have been fleshed out over time. And, so, it’s tightly written and its concise and it flows narratively well. So, scholarly opinion is that Luke not only wrote the gospel of Luke, but he was also the writer of the book of Acts and that Luke and Acts are two volumes of the same work and that each of these volumes were written to a man named Theophilus. So, there’s been some debate about that in trying to date Luke because there was a high priest in Jerusalem named Theophilus between A.D. 37. and the early 40s, but I would say that most scholars would date Luke later than that and the material in the gospel of Luke, you know, whereas the gospel of Matthew is very Hebrews centric, right, Jesus is fulfilling Hebrew prophecies basically on every page, the gospel of Luke is written more from a Gentile perspective and it shows the gospel of Jesus as an inclusive thing, not only a Hebrew centric thing.  It includes the whole world and welcomes us all into the family of God. So, that gives us a little bit of an overview of the territory that we are about to head into, the third gospel, the third book of the New Testament, Luke. Today, chapter 1 verses 1 through 25.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for your word and Father, we thank You for bringing us to the gospel of Luke. And now that we have entered into the third of the Gospels we pay attention to the fact that we’re moving through this story during a season that is leading us toward Easter. And, so, Father, we commit ourselves to paying even more close attention to the words coming off the pages and into our ears in the gospel of Luke and we invite your Holy Spirit to come, reveal things that we perhaps hadn’t understood before, been aware of before, all in pursuit of intimacy with You, Jesus. It’s You, we seek it’s You we want to walk with, it’s You that we want to become like. So, in this season where we are inviting your Holy Spirit to rearrange whatever needs to be rearranged in our lives and to insert or pull out of our lives things that do or do not belong all in the pursuit of intimacy with You and becoming more like You, well then, we commit ourselves to paying close attention to the words that come off the page and into our ears. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

I used to make a lot of plans and then I’d ask God to bless them
but I never stopped to seek His face so I know I used to test Him
and still He wouldn’t let me down He’d let me do things my own way
and when I’d fail He’d pick me up
He knew I’d get it right someday
He changed my pride to humility
He changed my doubt to faith
my desires now have purity
and within His plans I’m safe
in everything I seek His face I let Him make all the plans
I trust in Him to give me strength
because the whole world’s in His hands

blindony1016@gmail.com. I’d like to give a shout out to Annette Allison. I heard your prayer for Lloyd your husband. I’m praying for his renewed strength and for God’s perfect peace to reside in his heart. Also, Kathy I heard you, from, I think it was Kentucky, you’re gettin’ tired, you’re about ready to give up. I pray for your strength to be renewed too and that’s concerning your nephews addiction. Alright. And Brian and the Hardin family, once again thank you for this wonderful podcast for God’s Holy Spirit to flow. Alright. Keep it flowing y’all. Alright. Bye-bye.

Lord, Lord, I thank You for your word so that we can rest in confident trust when You say be overcome by the power of your blood in our testimony. Thank You for taking all our sin, all sin committed by any human for all time upon yourself so that we can experience the presence of our wonderful heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit and You Jesus our Emmanuelle. Lord, I bring before a daughter great sin has been perpetrated against your daughter by early Father who was ordained to respect You glory and be an example of your righteousness and mercy to mankind and He violated the trust of His daughter and sinned against You Lord and I hear this and I’m reminded of my own violation and I’m so grateful God that You have redeemed the last treasure of my virginity, my future as a beloved wife, my relationship o myself and my ability to trust those in authority because Lord, You have revealed to me how much You love me, how much You, yourself suffered at the hands of sinful men and that miraculously in You I am born again. In You Christ Jesus is my identity. Not in the sin perpetrated against me, Satan’s lies, his __, his __ because he has no power over me. God, Your word stands alone as true. The cross is the final truth and Jesus is alive and living in me. Alleluia. Thank You, Jesus that in You our Father can redeem the stone upon our hearts so we can receive clarity, truth, confidence, hope and be ever filled with a love of the Almighty God who claims us as His own, His own treasured possession to be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. Lord, I pray all this mercy, grace, and truth established in this blessed daughter that her life and anyone else’s life who the devil has attempted to destroy through sexual violation, please forgive us Father God all of us for all our sin. Only in the Lord are remade holy and righteous and it’s in…

Hey Daily Audio Bible family, this is Cherished One in Chicago and I have a couple praises and a prayer request. One praise is that winter is almost over in Chicago, which is a big deal because Chicago winters are no joke. Another thing is God provided money for a ticket for me to go visit a family member down south and he provided a ticket that’s not super expensive. So, that’s a really big praise. My prayer request, I guess I’ll just pray it out. Jesus, thank You for today, thank You that You gave me an idea to call the Daily Audio Bible, so I won’t feel so alone tonight. I ask that You would encourage my heart and anybody else’s who really struggles, especially on Sunday nights. It’s just…intense loneliness. I ask that You would help us to not believe the lie that a person can fill that even though that You know my heart so longs to have a mate. I ask that You would just prepare my heart for a future whatever that is gonna look like and help me not push so hard and search so much for that. I ask that for anybody listening to this that they want to give up on life that You would just give them a new sense of hope and peace and joy in You and that You’d remind each one of us of the gospel and how beautiful it is. Jesus I’ve forgotten, I really have forgotten, but please remind me and give me heart soft enough to hear it. Amen.

Hi Daily Audio Bible family this is Jackie calling from Colorado and I have a prayer request today for my son and myself. My son’s name is Justin, I’m Jackie and he’s from…he’s being released from prison in nine days and he is coming to stay with me. His father’s driving him here from eastern Colorado. And Justin and I get along very well. And it was my decision to move to Colorado so I can be here for his release and so he would have some stability…lots of stability and support. And I just pray and I ask for the Daily Audio Bible family to pray for myself and for Justin, that I will know how to…not be so much…that I will be the woman that I should be when I’m dealing with him. I know I tend to be motherly and he’s a grown man and I just don’t want to…how can I say this…I just want to treat him with love and respect and that how God would want me to treat him. And, so, just pray that the Spirit of the Lord just comes down upon me heavily, that I get wisdom and the fruits of the Spirit will be manifested in my life and that I can treat my son with respect that God would have __…

Hello, my DAB family this is Mark Street from Sydney Australia. Today is Monday the 11th of March and on, you know, family, look, I’m just calling in for myself today. This time of the year I think I told you during the last year that in the lent season I become…always seem very depressed and I feel other things and there’s no logical reason for it. I’m just asking for you lift me up in prayer. I know this family is so wonderful and I just need God’s help through this season. There’s no reason I should feel like this but I just feel helpless at the moment. I thank you family. I love you and hopefully I will pull myself out of this very quickly. Love you. Bye.