05/13/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 14:1-52, John 7:31-53, Psalms 109:1-31, Proverbs 15:5-7

Today is the 13th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today as we begin our work week and work our way through the center of this month as we move our way through this week. So, we’ve been reading from the book of first Samuel and we’ve followed that trail all the way to discovering Israel’s first king. Of course, this King was named Saul and we have begun to see Saul has some tremendous character flaws, not the least of which being the fear of what everybody thinks about him, the fear of man, which is pretty devastating to his leadership. And we’ve already seen some of the repercussions of that and we’ll continue with the story today. First Samuel chapter 14. And we’re reading from the Voice Translation this week.

Commentary:

Okay, so let’s catch ourselves up on Israel’s first King, Saul. We began to get to know him over the weekend and our introduction to him started with a search for some donkeys and by the time he got home he was the anointed one of Israel and then shortly after that, he was to appear at his coronation. The people had been demanding a king, right? So, they had been asking Samuel to appoint a king over them. So, this was to be expected. And let’s remember that fairly horrible story that we read in the book of Judges that nearly annihilated the entire tribe of Benjamin. Well, it is the tribe of Benjamin that Saul comes from and it actually is from the city of Gibeah which is where this atrocity happened that caused Civil War. Saul is from this exact place. And, so, when his family is drawn by lot and then his name is drawn by lot all of a sudden here’s the anointed one of Israel only Saul is nowhere to be found. He’s hiding in all of the equipment, or the baggage, all of the support paraphernalia that is around leading up to this event. There’s so much in that alone for us. I mean, I mean, I mean when God calls us up and we have to step forward and be that person and we know we’re not equipped but we know that somehow this is the dream and somehow, we’re stepping into the next season and we have to either step into it boldly or go and hide in our baggage. And so often that’s exactly what we do, we cower, we hide in our baggage. And this gives us the first clue that Saul is afraid of what people think about him. He has a fear of man and this will grow up to be a fatal flaw for Saul, but we’ll continue to watch it. We saw it when Saul offered a sacrifice to God before a battle because the Army was slinking away from them and the prophet hadn’t arrived, right, by the time the prophet arrived, but Samuel confronted Saul about this. It was already a done deal. And this, according to Samuel, was going to strip the kingdom away from Saul. So, and Saul confessed that he was afraid of everybody, that this is why he took matters into his own hand because his army was deserting him. And then we get into the battle today against the Philistines and Jonathan’s gone out to start something and he’s been victorious and Saul, trying to be the strong man, the strong leader after all of this is going and he doesn’t even know this is gonna happen, but as their marching into battle he demands of his army, “nobody eat any sustenance”, right? Like, “don’t replenish your strength until this battles over”, which causes the men to be absolutely famished and they begin to break the Mosaic law in the process. And Saul puts Jonathan and himself together against the people to find out who has sinned, and he claims that if…even if it’s Jonathan, Jonathan’s gonna die. His son, heir to the throne is gonna be killed if he didn’t obey his father. Of course, Jonathan didn’t even know about eating. Like, he didn’t know about the fast. And yet, here’s Saul, not even defending his own son with this fear of man going on saying, “okay Jonathan, you have to die.” And it’s the people who rise up to save Jonathan. So, this is kind of where we are in Saul’s reign so far. Although he was successful in battle and was the king, he has this defect. He’s very afraid for people think about him and this becomes a tremendous problem, but all we have to do is look at our own lives to know that this is a tremendous problem.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You as we continue into this week and as we continue through this particular story, that Your word will become a mirror into our own souls, and that by the power of Your Holy Spirit, You will begin to confront by allowing us to see the ways that we operate with the fear of man and of comparison to everyone around us and how much of a plague that is and how much that slows us down in our relationship with You and in our mission to reveal Your kingdom in this world. Come Holy Spirit and teach us what we need to learn through the life of King Saul 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 tuned. Stay connected in any way that you can.

Visit the Community section of the website. You can do all this in the app as well by the way, but visit the community section where all the links to the different places where we are on social media can be found. The Prayer Wall can be found in the Community section where people are praying for each other on a continual basis, a wonderful way to stay connected.

While you’re there, you can visit the Daily Audio Bible shop. There are a number of resources that have been crafted and created for this journey through the Bible in a year. So, check that out.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, if what’s happening here is bringing life and good news into your life then thank you for your partnership. There is a link, it is on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

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

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

05/12/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 12:1-13:23, John 7:1-30, Psalms 108:1-13, Proverbs 15:4

Today is the 12th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is great to be here with you as we step our way through a threshold and into the brand-new week that is set before us. And often I remind us because I’m often reminding myself everything that happened last week happened last week. This is a brand-new week. We get to live into this week and we’re right here at the threshold. So, the decisions we make right here as we move into this week are going to dictate the posture of our heart because things are gonna keep flying at us, but when we’ve kind of decided how we’re going to position ourselves before God in advance…so helpful. So, we step through this threshold into the brand-new week and we’ll be reading from the Voice Translation this week and we will pick up in first Samuel today. We’ll read chapters 12 and 13. We now have a king in Israel. His name is Saul. He’s the first one to rule as a king over this people that we’ve been traveling with since the beginning of the year, right? All the way from a promise, through slavery, and emancipation from Egypt, all the way through the wilderness and across the Jordan River into the promised land, all the ways you the time of Joshua and the conquest of the promised land, all through the anarchy of the period of the judges, and here we are. We now have the king of Israel. We’ll pick up that story. First Samuel chapter 12.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and as we move into this new week we look forward to all that You have to speak to us through Your word and we take the little words that we just found in the book of Proverbs to heart as we move into this new week, “a word of encouragement heals the one who receives it.” May we bring many words of encouragement this week and through us may You heal many who receive those encouraging words. But You have also told us that deceit…a deceitful word…a lie breaks the spirit. And, so, may there be no untruth in us, no deceit or deception in us. May we not break our own spirit or anyone else’s as we move into this new week and we bring words of encouragement. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com, home base, its where you find what’s going on around here. So, be sure to stay tuned and, of course, connected.

The Prayer Wall lives at dailyaudiobible.com, a fantastic place to go and pray for your brothers and sisters. And maybe you’re in need of some prayer as well, just to know that you’re in community, you’re not alone in this, other people will agree with you, and pray along with you. So., you can check that out. Of course, if you’re of using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can get to the Prayer Wall by pushing the little Drawer icon in the upper left-hand corner of the app.

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

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey Daily Audio Bible family this is Dependent on Him. I haven’t called in a really long time. I’m just calling for prayer…for prayer…I’m still fighting for my marriage and I’m asking for prayer for God just to work a miracle for him to work a miracle. I’ve been fighting for so long. I hear God in all of this, I really but there’s some things in the natural it doesn’t look like it…it doesn’t look like it sometimes and I just need prayer for my heart because I just I don’t know how much more…more heartache I can take. And now that he’s gone…I’m just asking for prayer for him because he’s just is off __ the Lord and he was such a good man of God before this. I don’t understand. I’m just asking for prayers, a miracle prayer for my marriage and my family to be put back together. I thank you all for your prayers. I thank you all for your calls and this show and I’m thankful for this. God bless all of you.

Hi, this is a really difficult call to make because I truly honestly didn’t think I would ever…I knew that there was a possibility because I know what I’ve done in all my life and that my actions have consequences and I’m pregnant and I’m not married and me and the father of my soon-to-be child have not been __ for the last two weeks since before I found out today and I…I really don’t know what to say. I haven’t fully processed this at all yet. And so many things in my life for the last four years I’ve called this prayer line and I’ve been a part of this community and I just need you all to pray for me and pray for __ as well and please pray for the father and for myself that we’ll be great parents that will raise our child either together or separately according to the word of God. And I just pray for forgiveness for my sins, but I thank the Lord for this blessing and I thank you all for being my family and for your prayers.

Hi, my name is Marge and I’m from Australia. My daughter is Margo from Australia. She’s in Uganda and is having trouble finding the DAB phone line right now and has asked me to phone for her. This is what she writes. “Hey everybody, it’s Margo from Australia still in Uganda. I’ve been here over three months and culture shock is brutal right now, but I am growing. The Lord is my ever present helper. Please pray that the Lord will help me have grace with the Muslim community. I’ll be honest, some days I don’t feel much tolerance. So, I’m praying for his grace and love. I’m still very homesick. I think part of the problem is that I know I’m not staying here in Uganda. Because I’m only here temporarily I can’t feel at home and I can’t put my roots down and settle. Consequently, I keep longing for my old home. We are waiting on the Ugandan civil aviation authority to issue my husband’s African pilots license. Please pray that we will get to Liberia as soon as possible. A woman needs a home, right? Could you also pray for our household items, which were supposed to be shipped four months ago? They are all still sitting in Brisbane. The Liberian authorities are being rather difficult, and the process has been very frustrating. I think it will really help me to settle if I have my own household belongings. So, please pray they will be shipped and arrived safely. I do have a huge praise point. After nearly 12 weeks of diarrhea it has finally stopped. Praise God. This has made a big difference to my life. Thank you for your prayers. I’m still listening and praying for you all daily…

Hello DAB family. I come to you today with an almost completely broken heart. My wife’s heart now belongs to another. It’s my fault. I started working third shifts for more money, but this left her lonely and isolated. She warned me. I didn’t listen. God saves marriages. He can save this one. I let the garden of my wife’s heart…I left the garden of her heart, which I was supposed to tend and protect slowly die. That’s on me. But God can change out hearts of stone new hearts of flesh. Oh Lord, please give me the chance to have her heart back and turn her away from her plans to leave. My prayer is for her to have a heart change and to be able to look upon me again with love in her eyes. Thank you DAB family. I appreciate everyone who’s there. From a brokenhearted husband. God, bless. Bye-bye.

05/11/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 10:1-11:15, John 6:43-71, Psalms 107:1-43, Proverbs 15:1-3

Today is the 11th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is a pleasure to be here with you every day. I say that most every day because it’s true, but it’s great to be here with you as we end another of our weeks together as we continue our journey through this year and through the 5th month of the year, which is the month we’re in, May. So, we’ve been working our way into and through the book of first Samuel and we’ve met Samuel and we understand who he is, and we understand the people want a king and that King is materializing as we make our journey through first Samuel. Today we’ll read chapters 10 and 11 and we’ve been reading from the New English Translation this week.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for another week in Your word. And as we begin to approach the center of this 5th month, we are reminded that the time goes by, day by day. And with every day the rhythm of Your word speaks life into our lives and with every day we are writing the story of our lives with our thoughts and our words and our deeds. And, so, as we release this week and it becomes a part of our history we look forward to all that You will do in the coming week. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, it’s home base, its where you find what’s going on around here. So, be sure to stay tuned and stay connected in any way that you will, anyway they want to.

You can find those links by just searching for Daily Audio Bible on your…whatever social media channel you are or just go to dailyaudiobible.com and go to the Community section and those links are there.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that dailyaudiobible.com. There is a 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 Springhill Tennessee 37174.

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello this is Brian from California, I’m a longtime listener, first time I’ve ever called. The May 7th podcast, the very first gentleman that called in for a prayer request, was a young man going to nursing school in Texas and he’s having a hard time and I just…I want to reach out and pray to him, pray for him, and pray for covering upon him. He didn’t give a name, but he doesn’t have to. He’s got an incredible family behind him that is praying for him and I lift him up in prayer. Blind Tony, I love you brother. I am so moved by every one of your prayers when you call in, it just absolutely blows me away. Lastly, the gentleman that called in and the last prayer request of the day, it touched me. It hit me right when I needed to be hit, and it got me…it my attention right when I needed my attention to be gotten. God touch me, and I just want to thank you for the call. I love you guys. This won’t be my last time calling in, I can guarantee, and I look forward to listening to Brian years and years out from here. I love you guys. I love you DAB family. Thank you.

Hi, this is Victoria Soldier just calling to pray for some of the DABbers. I want to pray for the marriages of a couple of brothers that’s been calling in and even…I don’t know of any sisters but I know we go to also. But some of the brothers that they’ve been calling in, their hearts seem so sincere and God wants to bless their marriage, God wants to work a miracle and I want you…I want you to pray with me for this miracle. And I also want to pray for Lester, he’s studying for…to be a nurse he’s going through the challenges. I’m asking God to just supernaturally bless him and just supernaturally strengthen him and bless him with flying colors. Gracious Father we just lift You up today, father in the name of Jesus we just praise You because You’re merciful, You’re mighty, You’re holy. Oh God You are wonderful You are wonderful Lord, we just praise Your name. Lord we ask You to touch Lester, we ask You to touch him Lord, strengthen him. You crown his head with Your wisdom and knowledge. Oh Lord in the name of Jesus You bless him with flying colors, You bless him with strength, strength like Samson Lord. You bless him with the strength to make it through. Lord let him soar like with the wings of an eagle Lord. Oh God You touch Lord, You touch Your people Lord, You touch those that are going through in their marriage. Oh Lord those that want to hold on and the other one…the other one don’t see…like they want to but God You will be in the midst. You come in the midst Lord and You bless Lord and You bless our men Lord, You bless our men to be strong, You bless them to be strong and hear from the Lord just as our…our…our men Lord. We want You to bless them Lord that they would be in position to hear from the Lord. hf Lord we need the men…our nation…we need the men our homes Lord. We need them to guide. Help them guide our children Lord in the name of Jesus Lord You…

Hello Daily Audio Bible family, this is scooter formerly of Yonkers now and Tuckahoe, still living in his presence. I called for several reasons but the biggest one is to give a praise report of sorts. I have mentioned the challenges that I have been dealing with for well over a decade at my job and God opened up a window for me to at least express my feelings, tell my story to someone who is in a position of superiority, someone over my boss. So, I’m calling for the family to pray for me when I have that sit down, to tell that story without malice, without judgment, without bitterness, resentment, without any of the things that we often…that often flareup when you’ve been holding something in for such a long period of time. I also want…I also need wisdom, discernment, understanding, sensitivity just as Joseph was before Pharaoh, that is how I want to…the spirit that I want to be speaking in and operating in. I think you all for always praying for those of us…even though I don’t call in as often as I would like…and that’s another thing…just…very quickly. Those of us who feel like our troubles are too small or that there’s just some form of shame or guilt or embarrassment or just low self-value or self-worth, self-esteem, whatever it is. I want…I’m praying for you to have boldness, strength to reach out. I love you all. God bless each and every one of you. Grace and peace.

This is Leslie in Oklahoma I’m a first-time caller. I’ve been listening faithfully to DAB since October 2nd, 2018 and I absolutely love it. It has changed my life so much. And I’ve read through the Bible several times using another Bible app but I didn’t have a connection that I have of the DAB. You guys are such a blessing and I thank God for Brian Hardin and his family and the DAB family and I pray along with all of you when you call in and I also pray for people who don’t call him. I’m calling in now because I want to give a testimony of what God did for me. I came from a very dysfunctional family and my mother died when I was 16 months old. And, so, for years I would ask God, “why did you take my mother from me, didn’t you know that I needed her?” I didn’t understand. God answered my prayer when I was about 30 years old. I was having chest pains and my husband took me to the emergency room. And my doctor met me there and he did an EKG and told me I had a heart attack and he was gonna put me in the hospital. I told him I couldn’t go in the hospital because my husband was also…due to a medical couldn’t work and I was the only one working. So, I asked the doctor if we could do something else and he told me to wait out in the waiting room while they finished running the tests and while I’m sitting there I’m thinking, “if I die who’s gonna raise my kids? Who’s gonna tell them about Jesus? Who’s going to love my kids?” And all the sudden I thought, “that’s what my mother went through when she knew she was dying, that’s all she cared about were her 10 children.” I felt like I was…I felt like I bonded with her and it was amazing what God did for me. And that’s something that I will remember for the rest of my life and I just wanted to call you and tell you because Mother’s Day is Sunday and this was such a blessing…

05/10/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 8:1-9:27, John 6:22-42, Psalms 106:32-48, Proverbs 14:34-35

Today is the 10th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is a joy and an honor to come around this global campfire together with you and our brothers and sisters all over the world and just kind of come into this place where it’s safe, where we can allow the distractions and even the things that are insisting on stealing our attention, we can let them diminish just for little while here and just calm down and allow God’s word to speak to us. Whatever’s going on, it can wait for a few minutes, it’ll still be there, but we may come out of this time with a totally different perspective because we’ve allowed God to begin to work in our hearts and feed our souls with His word. And, so, we’re reading from the New English Translation this week and we are in the midst of the dramatic story that is known as first Samuel and we’re learning about Samuel, the prophet and the final judge of Israel. So, today we’ll read first Samuel, chapters 8 and 9.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in first Samuel, I mean, we’re already reaching the end of Samuel’s life. And, so, it’s kind of moved quickly but Samuel brings us to the era of the monarchy, right? So, the people, obviously in today’s reading, have asked for a king. Samuel is not pleased. God is not pleased. But this is what they want and so this is what they’re going to get. And we met this man named Saul today on journey looking for some donkeys, but he will obviously become the first king of Israel. That’s probably not a spoiler, but there is so much for us to learn in the days ahead from Saul. I mean, certainly, we will travel through the narrative of the story of the things that happened during Saul’s rise to power and through his reign, but underneath all that Saul will be a mirror into our own soul and our own motivations. And, so, let’s just kind of keep an eye on this and we’ll talk about this in the coming days.

And then Jesus actually has some things to say today that, perhaps, could simplify the complexities that we have made of our faith. So, Jesus walks back to Capernaum on the water. The people had seen the disciples leave in a boat but not Jesus and then the next day they realize none of them are there. And, so, they head toward Capernaum, which is Jesus hometown to see if they could find him. And they have questions. What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires? Which is a fundamental question we kinda ask ourselves consciously or subconsciously, continually. What am I supposed to be doing and how is it that I’m supposed to be positioning my heart in my life so that it pleases God? What does He require of me? And Jesus answers the question. This is the deed God requires, right? This is the work He wants you to do – to believe in the one that he sent. Can I point out that what he didn’t say is, “listen over the next several thousand years there’s going to be so much theology written about me and I want you to continually struggle against each other the best that you can and the winner will be the one who’s right and you should do that and then maybe, maybe, maybe you will be doing what God requires of you.” Like, that’s just not…that not how he laid it out. In fact, that was more the climate that he had dropped into. That’s more what was going on among the religious leaders of the time. And we’re continually trying to figure out if we’re in God’s will. Are we doing the right thing? Are we doing it right? What is it God wants for me? According to Jesus all God wants is that you believe. And He didn’t put a lot of baggage on that. He didn’t say, “and this is exactly how you do that”, right? Back into the why don’t you struggle with each other for thousands of years to try to figure that out. All he said is, “believe” or quoting him. “This is the deed God requires, to believe in the One whom He sent.” So, maybe we have drastically overcomplicated things. These words are foundational to our lives and our faith, right? So, it’s hard to love somebody you don’t believe in. It’s impossible to have a relationship with somebody you don’t believe in. So, maybe this is the foundational question isn’t which strain of theological persuasion do I need to find and then try to chase down. Maybe it’s whether or not we truly believe in Jesus or not. Because when Jesus said this is all you’ve gotta do, “all you gotta do is believe that God sent me.” Their response when Jesus said this is, “show us what you can do. Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? I might add, that they had just been fed from five loaves and two fishes. So, kind of a seemingly arrogant response until the mirror comes before our own lives. Aren’t we always asking God to prove himself to us? Aren’t we often offering our belief in exchange for some sort of sign or some sort of benefit. And, if so, then it’s like an exchange. That’s not a relationship, it’s not true love. That’s let’s like us being these people and saying, “what can you do? Show me what you can do and then I’ll believe. So, let’s think about these things today and invite Jesus to peel it back, peel the layers of why it is we’re following this path to begin with.

Prayer:

We invite You into that Jesus. All You’ve asked us to do is to believe You and to believe in You. And, so, we declare that we do and we do believe You and believe in You and we invite Your Holy Spirit to lead us forward. Come, Holy Spirit, You promised that You would lead us into all truth. And, so, we submit ourselves to that. Come, lead us into all truth, lead us deeper into Jesus, lead us onto the narrow path that leads to life. We pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, which means it is home base, its where you stay connected in any way that you can, any way that you want to. So, stay connected.

Check out the resources that are available in the Daily Audio Bible Shop. Visit the Prayer Wall while you’re at it. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Yeah, this is the journey, the journey that we’re on together.

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. Thank you for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer the mail, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Springhill Tennessee 37174.

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi this is Anna calling from the Midwest and I was just calling because a brother in Christ left a message that he was feeling stressed over back-to-back exams in nursing school. And, so, I just wanted to lift him up in prayer. I’m in the same boat. I’m in school for psychology and it definitely can be stressful at times but you’re not alone. So, Jesus I just ask that You would fill my brother up with peace, with rest, God, that You would remind him of the promise of the fruit to come as he’s worked so hard and he sows in this season. You will be faithful, and he does have amazing times ahead to look forward to, that he’ll get to minister to people in his vocation of nursing. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Keep at it, you’ve got this, you’re not alone, and I’m so excited for you.

Hello, my name is Sonja, I’m in San Antonio Texas, I am a nursing student and I am calling on behalf of the young man that called in, the broadcast I heard it was on May 7th, today. He’s in nursing school and he was asking for prayer. I am calling to encourage you, to strengthen you, to remind you who you are and whose you are. You can get through this. You’ve gotten this far, you’re almost done. Don’t give up now. You can finish this race. I’m here to encourage you. Just press forward. And I understand being tired and feeling overwhelmed and overworked and such, but it will pay off. I promise my brother in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hello DAB, my name is Sorry and I’m calling from New Mexico. And I’m calling to ask for prayer. I just…I’ve been going through a lot mentally, emotionally, physically and sometimes spiritually. I ask you all for your prayers. I’ve been dealing with weight loss goals and trying to overcome excessive weight for a very long time now and I’m just like…I’m to the point where I’m done with praying for myself…I’m done with asking God for help and trying to figure out what my body needs to reduce this weight. It seems so easy for everyone else but it’s been a very difficult journey for myself. I’m 39 years old and I really, really want to be the best me, not only for myself but for my family, you know. We have goals for the future and I really don’t want my way to be an issue. And I know I’m not alone out there. I know there are people out there that are just like me. So, if you guys could just please lift me up, I would really appreciate it. I listen to Daily Audio Bible since January 1st, but I’ve actually listened before. I think it was about a couple years ago and then something in me just told me to start again. And not only myself, but my husband has joined, our children and…

Hi Brian, it’s Angie from West Winchester Virginia. First of all, I just want to say thank you for such an amazing job on Daily Audio Bible. I just love this app and I listen to it every day going to work. I am a nurse and I just wanted to let the young man that called in from Texas, I didn’t get his name, that is a nursing school that is struggling now. I quit a 35-year career in obedience to God to become a nurse six years ago. And don’t give up brother. God will get you through this. If He is calling you into nursing He will get you through this. I have got to say, nursing school was the most difficult thing I’ve ever been through in my life, but through prayer and support from my family I got through it. So, don’t give up from Texas. Keep going and striving to do what God is calling you to do. He will get you through this. Brian, God bless you. The young man from Texas that’s in nursing school that’s struggling, God bless you and God will get you…

05/09/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 5:1-7:17, John 6:1-21, Psalms 106:13-31, Proverbs 14:32-33

Today is the 9th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure to be here with you to take the next step forward on our journey through this week and through this month and through this year and through the Bible. And in the Old Testament, we are taking our steps through the book of first Samuel and getting to understand who Samuel was and what was going on when he came onto the scene and we have experienced the loss of the Ark of the Covenant in battle to the Philistines. And, so, we’ll pick up the story today. First Samuel chapters 5, 6, and 7. And we’re reading from the New English Translation this week.

Commentary:

Alright. We have quite a dramatic story beginning to unfold in front of us as we roll out first Samuel and work our way through it. So, the ark of the covenant, this symbol of the people had been lost in battle to the Philistines. The Philistines had certainly brought it rejoicing back to their Capital Cities. It first began it’s moving around in the city of Ashdod. And Ashdod is a place that I’ve been many times. Ashdod is the place that we normally begin our pilgrimage when we go to the holy land. It’s our first night. And, so, it’s a place that exists. And when the ark of the covenant was captured it was taken to Ashdod. But, I mean, as demoralizing as losing the ark of the covenant would’ve been for the children of Israel, the Philistines, they didn’t have the celebration that they were looking for. And, you know, at first it seemed like the Philistines god, Dagon, had defeated the God of the Hebrews, Yahweh, right? And, so, they got the ark, they got the symbol and they’re transporting it back to Dagon’s temple but then Dagon falls over, right, for two consecutive days and the second day his heads broke off and his hands are broken off and then like skin tumors begin breaking out on the people. And, so, in fear for their lives they decide to move the ark inland away from the coast to the city of Gath, another one of their capital cities. And Gath was the home city of the giant Goliath and it also exists today. Actually, it’s still very much an active archaeological site where many things are being discovered about the Philistine people. But anyway, I mean, the people of Gath experienced the same thing the people of Ashdod experienced, this plague, this outbreak against them. And, so, then the ark was taken north to Ekron, which is a Philistine city I haven’t been…I’ve tried to get there. We have tried to film Ekron twice and it’s not an easy place to get to at all. It’s like not a place…you have to…you have to access it by four-wheel-drive and we’ve been stuck…I mean you have to cross fields and everything. So, we’ve been stuck in mud two different times in an attempt but it’s there and eventually…eventually we’re getting gonna get there. But anyway, the ark of the covenant is on his way to Ekron and the people are freaking out about what Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews might do to them. And, so, they begin bagging that the ark should probably back to the Hebrew people before the Philistine people are destroyed and that’s what happened. So, the Philistines prepare this guilt offering, right? So, golden images of their tumors, golden rat, basically just acknowledging the plagues that have broken out and then they loaded the ark onto an ox cart and sent it away. And they thought, like, if the cattle know where to go, like if the cattle just wander away aimlessly then we’ll know this wasn’t the God of Israel doing this, but if they follow the road, if they just…if they know where to go, then we’ll know it was the God of Israel. And the cows go straight back into Israeli territory ending at Beth Shemesh, which is also in existence today as a modern developing settlement but also as ancient ruins. I’ve been there many times, filmed there many times as well. I was shocked this past year at how much new discoveries were happening in Beth Shemesh that aren’t even open to the public. There just on the side of the road, you can see them, and I was shocked. So, yeah, Beth Shemesh where the ark of the covenant returned is also an active archaeological site today. So, obviously, as the ark of the covenant came back to Beth Shemesh the people are overjoyed, the national treasure has returned, the emblem of their heritage has come back. The power of the Lord, the presence of the Lord they feel has come back but after they sacrifice and worship the Lord and some people try to look inside the ark, which is supremely forbidden, and they died. And, so, yeah. So, I mean, the ark of the covenant out in the wild, people are trying to figure out the secret of the mystery and it’s just not working well. And, so, they’re like, “who is able to stand in the presence of the Lord?” So, as interesting and intriguing and dramatic as the situation was for the Philistines and then for the inhabitants of Beth Shemesh, this entire episode solidified Samuel’s leadership clearly. And as we read toward the end of our reading in the Old Testament because of that leadership the false idol worship was cleansed from Israel and the Philistines were subdued and the children of Israel had once again returned to the God who had called them out of Egypt and planted them in their homeland.

Now in our reading from Proverbs today we’re told that our hearts are the resting place for wisdom. Some translations even use like shrine language like wisdom is enshrined in the heart. So, in other words, an understanding heart is a resting place, a revered, sought after place for wisdom. And, so, we have to wonder. We have to allow the penetrating question. Are we actively seeking out wisdom in our lives? Is it an important enough thing that we have it enshrined in our heart, that it’s a resting place, that it has a place to rest within us or is the chaos of life just leading us to be reactionary and all we’re doing is running in circles just trying to keep all the balls up in the air or have we carved out some sacred place for wisdom to find rest within us? Because like everything that’s good and valuable in life, gaining wisdom isn’t going to just happen to us. Like, It’s not in default. Wisdom is something that we have to seek and treasure and cultivate and create space for it to rest, for it to be enshrined in our hearts. And all that’s done by the choices that we make. The choices that we make today in our thoughts and in our words and in our deeds are either going to be creating a place, a revered sacred space for wisdom to rest or not. We’ll fill that sacred space with other things.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite You into that because we’re not going to get anywhere without becoming continually more and more wise. And that’s not going to happen by experience alone. We need Your guidance because we don’t know all that’s going on. As much as we like to think that we have a handle on reality, we don’t. There’s much more going on than we are ever aware of. You are fully aware and have invited us into a collaboration of life. And one of the ways that we build a collaboration is through cultivating an ear for wisdom. So, come Holy Spirit and give us eyes to see and ears to hear we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, it is home base, its where you find out what’s going on around here. So, be sure to stay tuned and stay connected in all the ways that you can, any way that you want to stay connected.

The Prayer Wall is at dailyaudiobible.com, which is wonderful, wonderful place to connect and pray for each other. So, check that out. The Daily Audio Bible shop is at dailyaudiobible.com as well. Check out the resources there that are available for this journey as we continue to walk our way through the Bible.

Also, man, we just like…we keep encountering places that are real places in the Bible. And if you want to see some of these places for yourself you can check that out at dailyaudiobible.com for our 2020 pilgrimage. All the details can be found in the Initiatives section at dailyaudiobible.com. Just look for Israel 2020 and all your questions can be answered there. These tours, they all fill up and they all fill up well in advance. And, so, this one’s well on its way to being full. So, you may want to check into that if it’s kind of on your list, something that’s been in the back of your mind.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link, it lives on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. I humbly and with a heart of gratitude thank…thank you for clicking that link. If you’re using the daily by app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Springhill Tennessee 37174.

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

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

05/08/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 2:22-4:22, John 5:24-47, Psalms 106:1-12, Proverbs 14:30-31

Today is the 8th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s great to be here with you today and move ourselves through the center of our week together. And yesterday we started the book of first Samuel and we talked about all of that and how these books were grouped and how they were split apart and changed and stuff all over time and then we got into the story and we ended up meeting Samuel as a boy and that’s kind of where we left him. His mother Hannah had cried out to God at the tabernacle at Shiloh for a child and the Lord gave her Samuel and she dedicated Samuel to the Lord. And, so, Samuel is now growing up at the Tabernacle in Shiloh. And a lot of times we think about the temple in Jerusalem but before there was a temple in Jerusalem there was a Tabernacle in Shiloh and that lasted for over three centuries. So, Shiloh was sort of like the heartbeat in the capital of the people, the heartbeat of their spiritual existence was in Shiloh. And, so, Samuel is growing up there. And, so, we’ll pick up the story where we left off yesterday. We’re reading from the New English Translation this week. First Samuel chapter 2 verse 22 through chapter 4 verse 22 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, our reading today gave us plenty to think about. So, in the story of Samuel in the book of first Samuel that we’re navigating through, we read of the story of Samuel’s calling and the first time he heard from God and his rise to prominence in spite of all the unethical stuff that was going on in Shiloh, right? So, Eli was the high priest. He had grown old and fat. His sons were supposed to be the next generation of priests, but they were too busy like pilfering the best of the sacrificial food and having sex with the women who assisted at the tabernacle. So, God called Samuel away from the example that he was being given and then his first prophetic word was difficult to say the least. It was the judgment upon Eli and his sons which we read about today, which happened shortly after that, the Philistines captured the ark of the covenant in battle. So, this symbol of their society and of God with them was captured. And, so, Eli’s sons were killed. Eli was old, and he had become blind and he was, according to the Scriptures, severely overweight. And, so, he fell backward and broke his neck. And, so, yeah, good times. But we’ll pick up the story tomorrow.

And then in John’s gospel Jesus spoke clearly and directly, and we should listen to Him because He starts out by saying, “like, I’m solemnly telling the truth. Like, listen, this is the truth. Those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me, have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins.” May I repeat that? “They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” That is for those who listen to Jesus message and believe in God who sent Him. The implications of what He is saying if He is telling the truth, and He swears that He’s telling the truth, and I believe Him, the implications are profound, right? If we listen to Jesus words and believe in the God who sent His son. We will never ever be condemned for sin. That is good news. It is the good news that we’re supposed to live within. It’s the good news that we’re supposed to be spreading to the ends of the earth, like there’s a way out of the chaos and madness. So, may we rejoice in that simple fact today.

And in our reading from Proverbs kinda spoke practically about our health, “a tranquil spirit revives the body”. And there’s actually a lot more being said there then we may realize because so often the stresses of our lives send us toward meltdown, send us toward the medical community where we’re looking for the pill to cure how we’re feeling of the pill to cure our ales or diminish the anxiety or whatever, or we’re looking for a procedure to correct whatever has begun to fail within us. And even though science and medicine, these are beautiful gifts from God, intentionally seeking peace within is a preventative medicine that is always available and can profoundly affect our health. Being tranquil, being still, being silent is medicine. I know this is true from personal experience. I know that this wisdom of the ages is true, but the Proverb goes on to tell us that “envy is rottenness to the bones.” And then some translators even equate it to cancer in the bones, which is kind of a big deal, right? I mean, the Bible is equating rivalry, envy, competition, like vengeful competition, jealousy, resentment, and suspicion, like the way that we kind of live a lot, the Bible’s equating that to cancer or rottenness in the bones. I mean, who signs up…who signs up for that? And yet, I mean, we…nobody does, right, except for we have to put our hands up and say, “I do. I do it all the time. I sign up for that all the time when I’m drawn into trying to compare my life to somebody else’s life. And that envy, that…that bitterness that wells up from within me about what I do not have but I think that I deserve.” That’s like signing up to get cancer at least…at least according to the wisdom of Proverbs. So, let’s invite the Holy Spirit into the areas so where we are just full of envy, where we’re just jealous or its just stewing inside of us and we won’t confess it and we won’t name it and it’s just a part of who we are. We get up in the morning and go through our day trying to compare ourselves to each other and we’re invariably coming up short or we wouldn’t be envious. According to the Bible that will eat you alive. And if you just take second here and think about it, you can feel the truth of that, right? If you think about what anxiety and envy…like all of the things that are associated…when you think about what they feel like…when you experience them in your body…when your emotions cause your body to experience these things…it feels like you’re being eaten alive. But thankfully, the Proverb at first had already given us the cure, “ask God to show what a peaceful, tranquil heart looks like and feels like acts like today. And as you release this bitterness, this bitterness in the bones the Bible talks about, as you release the bitterness of envy and jealousy, then it will be borne out in your body as well. That’s some pretty big stuff to think about today.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that, especially what we’re talking about here in the Proverbs because it’s something that’s like so immediate to our experience most every day. We’ve lost the plot of the story when we’re looking to each other to give us an identity. You are our Father and it is only in You that we can find our identity and ourselves. So, Holy Spirit, help us…help us to check ourselves. Help us to realize every time we are turning towards jealousy, every time we are turning toward envy, and help us to remember that when we participate in that and follow it through, we’re signing up for bitterness in our bones. It’s like signing up for cancer. Help us to remember this Father we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s going on around here. And there’s always something. So, check it out.

Like I’m just thinking of the Daily Audio Bible shop today because some of the things that we read in the Scriptures, these are places. Like this place Shiloh, that was the capital, like the spiritual capital, the heartbeat of the people for these centuries before there ever was a temple. That’s a place and we go to that place It was very rainy when we went to that place a couple months ago. But I’ve been there in the rain and I’ve been there in the sun and we’ve filmed all that and you can see Shiloh for yourself in the Promised Land films that are available in the Daily Audio Bible shop. So, yeah, check that out. I mean…it's…these resources that we create are created to bring context to the journey through the Scriptures in a year. And, so, when you can kind of read the story of Samuel and when you think about Hannah, his mother crying out to God for a son, and you think about God coming to Samuel with the words about what’s gonna happen, Hophni and Phinehas and Eli. And, I mean, just to be able to zoom in and kind of look around a little bit, see the place. It’s helpful to just go, “okay, so this is where that happened.” So, all of that is available in the Promised Land films in the Daily Audio Bible shop. So, check that out.

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

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number that you can dial if you are in the Americas. You can dial that number from anywhere in the world of course, but if you are in the UK we have a number for you, anywhere in Europe, 44-20-3608-8078. And if you are in Australia or that part of the world, 61-3-8820-5459 is the number to dial.

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

05/07/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 1:1-2:21, John 5:1-23, Psalms 105:37-45, Proverbs 14:28-29

Today is the 7th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is wonderful, a pleasure, an honor, a joy to be in your presence, to come around the global campfire together and come into the Lord’s presence together and allow His word to speak to us. And that’s what we’ve come to do and that’s what we will do. We concluded the book of Ruth yesterday and what a beautiful, beautiful story and it comes at such a good time. Just a needed exhale. And now we’re moving into the books of Samuel.

Introduction to the book of Samuel:

Samuel was the final judge of Israel and Samuel will lead us into the time of the monarchy. So, a time when there were kings in Israel. And theres two books of Samuel, the books of first and second Samuel, but they probably weren’t authored by the prophet Samuel. It’s not clear who the author is. Historically it seems that these…that this work…was written somewhere when the kingdom divided. So, if this your first trip through the Bible some of these references, you can be like, “I don’t know what we’re talking about.” We haven’t even come into the kingdom yet, right? So, Samuel’s gonna bring us to a time where kings rule in Israel, but after a time that gets a little bit convoluted as we will see, and the kingdom of Israel divides into two different kingdoms. It’s thought that this is kind of around the time that maybe when the story of Samuel was written down. A lot of scholars believe that this material was recorded by three different prophets of Israel - Samuel, Nathan and Gad - but we don’t know that for certain. We do know that the books of Samuel were written in Hebrew and they weren’t written as two different texts originally. Actually, first and second Samuel and first and second Kings were all grouped together as one continuous text. And then when the Old Testament was translated into Greek, which is called the Septuagint, the texts were then divided into four books and at that time they were known as the books of the kingdoms. And when the Old Testament was translated into Latin, which is called the Vulgate, then they became the books of the kings. So, at this time in the Bible we had first and second and third and fourth kings. So, kind of confusing to follow along with. But there’s more. What is now known as first and second Samuel was actually first and second Kings in the Latin translations and what we know as first, and second Kings was known as the third and fourth kings during that era. And then this was all changed to what we now understand, the books of Samuel, first and second Samuel, and the books of Kings, first and second Kings by those who translated and created the King James Bible in 1611. So, in terms of like ancient history, this change is more recent. So, Samuel, as we will see, was a very influential person. Last judge of Israel. He was also a prophet of God and he served before the Lord as a priest. And as we saw reading through the book of Judges, the land had kinda fallen into a form of anarchy. Everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes. And then Samuel steps in as a prophet and that begins to alleviate some of the anarchy because Samuel is speaking directly for God. And this is something that the children of Israel are more accustomed to historically. Now Israel desires to have a king. They don’t have one, but they desire one and Samuel will introduce kingship into the civilization and culture of Israel. And the first thing that will meet as you probably know, is named Saul. And then we’ll meet this boy, actually, named David who will later become a king and we’ll see up close and personal the conflict between Saul and David. And God warns the children of Israel not to take a king to rule over them, but, you know, as is usual and is as is often the case in our own lives, they’ll choose their own path and introduce kings into their culture. And, so, we’ll see spiritual guidance coming from the prophets, and national guidance coming from the king, but throughout the entire book what’s really happening here is that a man-made kingdom is being established with a king to rule over it, the kingdom of Israel. And from this point on that’s how it will be looked at until there are no kingdoms left. But we’ll get there. For now, we’ll begin the book of first Samuel and we’ll read chapter 1 verse 1 through chapter 2 verse 21 today. And we’re reading from the New English Translation, the NET Bible this week.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for bringing us into this new era in Your word where we will meet some men along the way. Right now, we are learning of Samuel. We were just introduced to him and as we take the journey forward and we learn of these kings, we will find so much of ourselves along the way. And, so, we look forward to that and the way that this mother, Hannah, gave her son to Your service and how, in spite of all of all of the evil going on around Samuel, he grew up righteous before You. And, so, we also look forward to all that You will speak to us through Samuel’s life. We invite You to come Holy Spirit. Plant the words that were spoken in Your word into our hearts today and as we meditate on them we ask that You give us clarity and direction in our choices and decisions. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s going on around here. So, stay tuned and stay connected like I say every day because it’s important. It’s important to know that we’re not alone on our journey through the Scriptures. It’s important that we’re not alone on our journey through life. So, stay connected in any way you can, any way that you want to.

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

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey Brian, hey Daily Audio Bible family. I am in nursing school and I am having such a hard time this semester. I am in my fourth or fifth semester I have one whole semester left after this one and I’m having such a hard time. I am stressed, and I am sorry. I’m stressed, and I am just trying to get through the finals. We’ve had a final every other day for three weeks now. My body is tired. My mind is tired but…but I want to push through. So, please pray for me. Give me strength. Give me…something. I will continue pushing forward. I’m not too sure whether or not this message will be heard or played but if it is, please pray for me and wish me well. I wish everyone else, you know, well as well. Not just for me, for my classmates as well because we’re all in this together and no one wants to be left behind. So, please send your prayers to me and my classmates in Texas. Thank you.

Hello friends this is Turtle from Oregon. I was listening to today’s podcast on May 4th. While Brian was claiming about God bringing a disruption to our lives there was a disruption in the audio and even though I’m sure it was unintended from a human perspective I think that God made a purposeful disruption to show us something…at least to me. He showed me His sense of humor for one thing. I love that about Him and He’s reminding us that disruptions are a part of life and in order to hear the right voice we have to keep our attention on the Lord God who loves us. Let us keep our attention on the One whose voice is truth. Lord, please help us to ignore the voices of the world and allow Your word to disrupt us and to lead us where we need to be, in a relationship with You. Thank You God. Thank You for this wonderful family. Amen.

Lord as I walk in your spirit today
please keep my pride and my ego at bay
They oft times surface and get in the way
negatively affecting the things that I say
lead me and guide me I don’t want to stray
I long to be yours Lord I want to obey
cause Satan is watching just waiting to slay
being cut off from you God is too much to pay
help me stay humble and spiritually led
it’s not just the words Lord it’s how they are said
and it’s not just the how Lord please teach me when
if the timing is not right in then the message won’t get in
the flow from my lips to the listener’s ear
may inflate my ego but the listener won’t hear
he’ll just get resentful and throw my words back
anger will enter in and we’ll both go off track
Lord what is my purpose as I go through this day
that’s a rhetorical question Lord show me the way
help me keep ego and pride out of the way
Place on my lips Lord the right words to say
help me walk upright and continually pray
I want to be yours Lord come whatever may

blindtony1016@gmail.com. I’d like to give a shout out to Victoria soldier, Pelham and along with Molly and Anderson, and Terry the truck driver and Lee from New Jersey. I hope all of you are well. Know you’re loved very much, prayed for daily, and thought of often. And once again Brian, I thank you for this wonderful podcast for God’s Holy Spirit to flow. Keep it flowin’ y’all. All right. Bye-bye.

Hey you, yeah, you. Hey, I’m talking to you. Don’t be looking around trying to figure out…I’m talking to you. Why are you worrying? What are you worrying about…why are you worried? You know we serve a good, good Father who only gives good gifts, who commanded us not to worry about our lives. What are you worrying about? Whatever it is, God will take care of it. Correction, God has taken care of it. So, stop your worrying. You, by worrying, are not gonna fix anything. Name one thing that you worried about that through your worry was corrected. Instead, pray. Pray and believe and what you ask you shall receive.

05/06/2019 DAB Transcript

Ruth 2:1-4:22, John 4:43-54, Psalms 105:16-36, Proverbs 14:26-27

Today is the 6th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Sorry I sounded so surprised that it was the month of May. I didn’t mean to. It’s just that these are my first words of the day and I don’t have all my inflections, you know, I’m not all woke up yet. Probably cause I haven’t had a sip of my Wind Farm coffee. Hold on. There. Now. Now we’re in good shape to take the next step forward in our adventure through the Scriptures this year. And yesterday we began the book of Ruth. And, so, we finished the book of Judges and entered the book of Ruth. Today we will conclude the book of Ruth before continuing forward in the Gospel of John in the New Testament. So, we’re reading from the New English Translation this week. Ruth chapter 2 through chapter 4.

Commentary:

Okay. So, Ruth was a Moabite woman, which would put her in modern day Jordan, across the Jordan River, and her mother-in-law, Naomi, was a Hebrew and their fates brought them together because of loss. Naomi’s husband and two sons died in the land of Moab where they had gone because of famine, which left Naomi a widow in a foreign land, a bitter pill to swallow for sure. And one of the sons happen to be the husband of Ruth. And, so, when Naomi decided to take her bitterness and return to her homeland Ruth wouldn’t leave. And this allegiance was remarkable because Ruth was leaving everything behind that would give her any hope for a future or any kind of identity and devoting her life to Naomi. And, so, when they arrived back in Israel Ruth’s story of devotion had significant weight among the Hebrew people because it’s such an honorable thing, but…so a good reputation doesn’t always put food on the table. And as we read, Ruth began to work in the fields gathering what was left over or dropped by the harvesters and we saw this provision made in the Mosaic law when we were moving through that territory. So, now we are actually seeing is scenario where this is helpful. So, Naomi realized pretty quickly that Ruth was working in the fields belonging to one of the close relatives named Boaz, a close relative of her deceased husband. And ironically the traditional site of these fields for gleaning, they still exist near Bethlehem today and they’re synonymous with the shepherd’s fields where shepherds were keeping watch over their flocks by night and the angels appeared to them when Jesus was born. And shepherds are still using these fields today even though they’re kinda surrounded by urban sprawl. So, as the story goes, Boaz was very kind to Ruth as she gleaned the leftovers from his field and he began to kinda provide for her. And it didn’t take too long before Naomi kinda of saw maybe what could happen here. And, so, she then guided Ruth through the process of showing that she was available to Boaz while keeping her dignity and it worked. Boaz and Ruth were married as we read today and then when Ruth conceived and gave birth to a son named Obed, Naomi’s grief, the bitterness, the marrah of her life was replaced with joy. And then Obed would grow up and become a father himself and his son would be named Jesse and then Jesse would grow up and become a father himself of several sons, one of which became King David. It’s a beautiful story, how God arranged the lives of Ruth and Boaz, and Naomi and how He turned famine and death and loss into abundance and joy and redemption. So, we can sure find heartbreak and bitterness in this story, but we can also see how character and dignity and loyalty and trust in God lead toward a new life, rather than deeper into the bitterness, deeper into the darkness. So, no matter how bitter things might be right now, no matter what it is we’re facing that is bringing bitterness into our lives, this story isn’t over. And if we’ll take what we’re learning here from Ruth, if w’’ll be people of character in spite of it, and faith in spite of it, then we’ll be following this path and remarkable good can come out of tremendous hardship. King David came from this tremendous hardship and, as we mentioned yesterday, through King David came Jesus.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for this story and this reminder to persevere and to persevere without complaining, like to persevere as if the story isn’t over and we’re simply waiting for the page to turn. Often our bitterness will keep us stuck on the same page reading the same lines over and over and repeating the same progression when actually our loyalty and our character and our faith in You will allow the page to turn. So, 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

Visit the prayer wall where people are praying for each other on a regular basis. That’s a wonderful place to stay connected. Stay connected at any of the different social media channels that we’re on. That’s also a good place to stay connected. You can find all of this in the Community section of the website.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, if what we’re doing as a community here together bringing God’s spoken word read fresh every day to anyone who will listen to it anywhere on this planet any time of day or night, if that’s brought life to you, thank you for being life-giving. It’s our mission to build community around that rhythm so that no one has to feel alone. We’re not alone in our struggle. We are in this together. If that brings enrichment to your life then thank you for your partnership. So, there’s a link on the homepage. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Springhill Tennessee 37174.

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

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

05/05/2019 DAB Transcript

Judges 21:1- Ruth 1:22, John 4:4-42, Psalms 105:1-15, Proverbs 14:24-25

Today is the 5th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we step into a new week together. And as we step into this new week we will also be stepping into a new book and we’ll talk about that when we get there, the book of Ruth. But we have…well…we started reading this pretty dark story in the book of Judges, the final story in the book of Judges yesterday that culminated with the near annihilation of the tribe of Benjamin over some atrocities that happened in Benjamin in the city of Gibeon in the land of Benjamin. And the outcry caused Civil War, which caused a lot of the loss of life on both sides and like I said, and the near annihilation of the tribe of Benjamin. And, so, we’ll conclude that story as we conclude the book of Judges and then we will move ourselves into the book of Ruth but first, Judges chapter 21. And we will read from the New English translation, the NET Bible this week.

Introduction to the Book of Ruth:

Okay, so that concludes the book of Judges, the 13 people who led Israel after Joshua. And, yeah, we’ve gone through this book and we can see that, the summary, the final sentence of the book pretty much summarizes what was going on. “In those days Israel had no king. Each man did what he considered to be right”, which now brings us to the book of Ruth. And you, know, as I take this particular trail, this path through the Scriptures, every year there are certain moments in the year that I look forward to arriving at and maybe you do too, and this is one of them. This story comes at a time where, you know, we’ve gone through the conquest, we’ve followed Joshua across the Jordan River into the promised land. We went through all of that and then we moved into the book of Judges and how it kind of all began to disintegrate. And, so, we come to the book of Ruth and it’s like a breath of fresh air here in the springtime. And we don’t get spend a lot of time in the book of Ruth. We’ll get to read it today and tomorrow, but it is really a breathtaking story and at its heart it’s an account of God’s faithfulness through three specific lives, through three specific people chose to do the right thing and be honorable. And through their faithfulness came king David. Now as we conclude the book of Judges, Israel has no king and everyone’s doing what they think is right. But we will enter into the time where there are kings and we will meet King David. And he comes to be, in part, because of the story that we’re about to read. And through the line of King David came Jesus. So, Ruth is an important story. To be sure, Ruth will show us that when people who have character use that character to make the right and correct decisions regardless of the circumstance, God’s faithfulness is there. And on the heels of our conclusion of the book of Judges, the book of Ruth comes and gives a really beautiful picture of valiant women of character. And nobody really knows who wrote the book of Ruth. There’s a Hebrew Jewish tradition that talks about Samuel maybe writing it although most scholars of biblical history don’t think that’s possible. This would’ve been written after Samuel died in the time of King David and yet refers to the time of the Judges. Actually, there was a point in history where Ruth was a part of the book of Judges, but then later was given its own delineation. So, we’ve seen some really hard things happen, some usually difficult situations over the last month reading, colossal mistakes that people made as they walked away from God and the consequences and the circumstances that swirled toward anarchy as a result. So, we arrive here and breathe the fresh air of springtime. People still have character. People aren’t only doing what they think it is right in their own eyes. God shows up in His faithfulness. And we begin. Ruth, chapter 1.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for this new week in Your word. And even as we see the transitions continuing to happen in the seasons as the things begin to warm up here in the northern hemisphere and cool down in the southern hemisphere we also recognize the transition that we’re in as we move into the book of Ruth, which will transition us into new eras in the story that we’re being told as we move our way through the Old Testament. So, come Holy Spirit as we mark this time of transition. And even as we mark our own transitions in our own lives, come Holy Spirit to lead us forward we ask. In Jesus’ name we pray. 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 tuned, stay connected in any way that you can, any way that you want to, anyway that you will.

In the community section at dailyaudiobible.com, you can find all the links to the different places to stay connected on social media, etc. So, check that out. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app you can just press the Drawer icon that’s in the upper left-hand corner and that will take you to the same place.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. I thank you humbly and profoundly for your partnership as we continue our journey together through this year and through the Bible. So, there’s a link on the homepage. If you’re using the app, you can press the Give button in the upper righthand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Springhill Tennessee 37174.

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

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

05/04/2019 DAB Transcript

Judges 19:1-20:48, John 3:22-4:3, Psalms 104:24-35, Proverbs 14:22-23

Today is the 4th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian, it is wonderful to be here with you as we move toward the end of our week today and enjoy our weekend. It’s an honor to be able to take the next step forward on our journey through the Scriptures. We take 365 steps and boom we’re at the end of the Bible. And today we’ll be taking the 124th step forward. And we’ve been reading from the Common English Bible this week, which is what we’ll do today. And we have been working our way through the book of Judges, meeting the 13 different judges that are named in this book who led Israel after Joshua died and we’ll be concluding that look tomorrow and there’s one more story to tell. And buckle up. It’s a doozy. So, today, Judges chapters 19 and 20.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we move our way to the conclusion of the book of Judges we end with a story of carnage, one of my least favorite stories to read actually, because it talks about the Civil War and pretty much the entire annihilation of the tribe of Benjamin. And as we conclude the book of Judges tomorrow we’ll see that as this fact settles on the people it’s profound as they realize or we’re basically not 12 tribes anymore, we’re 11. And it’s a pretty hard story with some pretty hard choices that were made that systematically culminated in this civil war. I mean we began the story hearing about a guy in the Ephraim Highlands, who had a concubine who left her husband and returned to her father in Bethlehem. And from there we hear of the choices that were systematically made that led to this catastrophic thing happening. And, you know, it’s a disruptive story. It’s supposed to be a disruptive story. Like, when you are disrupted by the Bible, when you’re like, “ooo…like…I don’t wanna think about that…like…I don’t like how this makes me feel. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do this. Where is God in the story? Why is this story in the Bible?” When that’s happening, it’s happening on purpose. The Bible doesn’t just exist to somehow give you every instruction for every detail of your life. The Bible is inviting you to press through to God, the God of the Bible and Bible is going to disrupt you in ways that make you wrestle because this is how we grow. This is how life works. This is how we grow. So, what can we possibly learn from such a dark story? There’s plenty of things to learn. We can see the anarchy that had befallen the people. This city of Gibeah where all of the concubine…you know…where this concubine was essentially abused to death, its ruins still exists. We filmed them, what is there, and they can be found in the Promised Land films. It’s not really an accessible place. It’s definitely not a place you can go and tour. And really even though archaeologically Gibeah has been identified it’s not an archaeological site. It’s kind of a contentious place because, if you kind of know a little bit about the about the modern story of Israel’s formation then there was time when Jordan controlled have of Jerusalem, which also encompassed the area of Gibeah and there was a palace that was being built on the site of Gibeah of Benjamin and then war broke out and the Israelis were able to be victorious and take the rest of Jerusalem and this territory where this palace was being built was abandoned then and then it’s just kind of been sitting there since the 60s. So, it’s not really an archaeological site and it’s not really in the safest of places to tour it, but we have filmed it. Yeah, there’s places that you can go to look down upon Gibeon and we’ve done that on different Israel tours that we’ve been a part. It’s just such a sad story and, you know, it’s rooted in geography and it’s the kind of story that goes viral, right? So, even as the events in Gibeah happened and the man divided the concubine and sent parts of her to 12 tribes, that went viral and brought, you know, almost a half million people together to talk about it. And if you go back through the story once again, when we find these problematic pieces of Scripture, we start blaming God for all this stuff. And then we look back into the Scripture and we find like, no God didn’t command any of this to happen. The story just begins in the backwaters of Ephraim somewhere far away and then we watch compounding decisions that seem insignificant that eventually lead to this kind of an outcome and we have to wonder about the carnage that we’ve inflicted upon the world through the systematic seemingly meaningful choices that we’ve made. Now, not to the degree that we’re talking about in Gibeah. Man, that one slighted word, that one false lie, that one mean look. One thing leads to another and before you know it like you can be walking in from work, say hi to your spouse, everything’s fine. Five minutes later for seemingly no reason it can be World War III because somebody said something the wrong way. And we can see like just the simplest decisions, they can lead to things and it gives us a sense of the weightiness that everything we do matters in some way or another. Every choice that we make is creating our day. Every decision and interaction that we have is creating our world and everything matters. And we’ll see if there’s any redemption in this story. In fact, I’ll just tell you. There is redemption in the story. We’ll begin to see that redemption as we conclude the book of Judges tomorrow as the reality that a tribe is missing from Israel due to Civil War, as that begins to settle in, then plans can be made to try to save Benjamin. But then as we move forward out of the time of the judges and into the time of the monarchy, into the time of Kings, we’ll see that Israel has a first king, his name is Saul. He’s not the greatest of Kings and he has a lot to teach us about ourselves as we get into his story. But what we will find is that the first king of Israel comes from the tribe of Benjamin from the city of Gibeah.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your words. We thank You that it’s willing to disrupt us. It’s not trying to be false to us, it’s trying to be a friend that speaks the truth into our lives and sometimes that requires us to be disrupted so that we are set off of our even balance and we have to invite You to come and lead us. And, so, we thank You for these kinds of disruptions and we ask that You help us to slow down and pay attention to what we’re doing and what we’re saying, slowing down enough to walk with You in all things because everything matters, everything adds up to something and we have watched how small meaningless, seemingly meaningless, things do add up to conflict in our own lives and we’re just seeing this at a macro level in the Scriptures. And, so Holy Spirit come, help us to choose well what we do and what we say today. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

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

The Prayer Wall also lives at dailyaudiobible.com where people are praying for each other on a continual basis. You can access all of these things including the Prayer Wall in the Daily Audio Bible app by pressing the drawer icon that’s in the upper left-hand corner of the app. So, stay connected and pray for one another. That’s one of the distinctives about the Daily Audio Bible that’s so beautiful.

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. Thank you…thank you for those who have clicked that link profoundly and humbly. 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, TN 37174.

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello DAB family, this is Steve from Texas. I’m calling to congratulate Ben and China and their wedding, and I’ve come to pray that God as a hedge of protection around this couple at all times and that God be in the midst of their marriage above all, that God unites them above all, keep this family together above all in Jesus Christ name, I bless this marriage. In Jesus Christ name I cast the enemy out of this marriage. In Jesus Christ name may the Holy Spirit be the primary guide and the wisdom __, and the wisdom of how they will raise their children, and the wisdom in every situation and every move. I seal this marriage in the blood of Jesus. I seal this marriage in Jesus Christ. Amen. And thanks Jesus. Praise the Lord for China. I praise the Lord for Ben. I praise the Lord for the DAB family.

Hello this is Not Shaken. I’m calling for my son. I’m calling again for my son Bryan and his drug use…drug abuse that is ruining his life and hurting his family. His two little girls that I’ve been concerned about for being cared for by a family member, but they still need him. And he has gotten himself locked up. He went into a store without a shirt on and they…they wouldn’t allow him to come in and he became combative and was fighting. And I’m just glad no one was hurt. But he’s in jail and I’m just praying that everyone would please pray for him. It’s been so long, and I feel so alone. __ he’s been going through this and he is…when he’s off drugs he’s an amazing person. He just isn’t able to stick with it and I just pray that this is the last time, that once and for all he will decide what he needs to do a stick with it and that God will bless him and that he can be a father again. Lord Jesus please help us. Amen. This is Not Shaken. You for your prayers.

Hi DAB family, this is John from Montréal calling in. First of all, I want to thank Brian and Jill for this amazing place for everyone who listens and calls in and makes this community what it is. I’ve been listening for over ten years now and it’s an integral part of my walk with God as I listen daily on commutes. Today I’m calling to ask for help. I’m in a serious situation. My marriage is on the verge of failure and I’m at a loss as where to go from here. Communication is completely broken down between my wife and I am just really lost. And just to compound the issue, my position was eliminated last week. And, so, now I find myself also without a job and a family to support. So, it’s an extremely trying time for me. I’m holding onto God, but things just look so dark right now and it’s hard to see the other side of the situation. So, I’m asking for all of you to pray for me and my wife and my children, that God would just give us wisdom and discernment and also that he would just break through the lies that Satan has just placed in our lives about who we are, about our relationship and where we go from here. So, I thank you all for praying. I’m praying for you all and God bless.

Family, hi, this Erin from Michigan. Let’s pray please. Father God, oh I need You. I need You to lift up my friend, the man I teach with. Lord, wrap Your arms around him. His daughter has died. His daughter has died of a drug overdose Lord God and I can’t…I can’t even…I can’t even imagine how he’s feeling, I can’t imagine what’s running through his head. He’s been raising her child as a grandpa Father, You know, because she just wouldn’t do it. She wasn’t taking care of him. He wasn’t gonna get what he needed to be a strong good boy and now she’s dead. And now…and now that little boy doesn’t have a mother and my friend, this man I teach with, he doesn’t know You Lord and I want You to reach through his fog of not knowing what to do or what he needs. Lord, just reach through that and wrap Yourself around him. Send Your Holy Spirit Lord God to comfort him. He won’t accept it if he knows it’s coming from You Lord God but just do it anyway, just wrap him up Lord God and help my friend. Let my friend know that You are real and that You have him, You’re holding him. Lord God, help me to be a support to my friend. Help me know what to say. Help me know how to support him and Lord God most of all, help me be a picture of Your love for my friend. In Your holy and precious name to You be all the glory. Amen. Thanks family. I love You.