02/12/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 34:1-35:9, Matthew 27:15-31, Psalms 33:12-22, Proverbs 9:1-6

Today is the 12th day of…February…I had a brain freeze…February, that’s where we are and we’re just about to the middle of the month in a couple of days when we experience Valentine’s Day. And it’s great to be here with you for the next step forward in our adventure through the Scriptures this year. And this week we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version and in the Old Testament we’re reading through the book of Exodus, which we will conclude before this week is out. But today, Exodus chapter 34 verse 1 through 35 verse 9.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we’ve been watching some erratic movement back and forth in the children of Israel’s existence in the book of Exodus, so erratic that they’re bowing in worship to a golden calf and then we have the conspiracy to kill Jesus in the book of Matthew. And, so, kind of some dark territory that we’re moving through but we have to consider ourselves in these stories. Like, where are our hearts in these stories? Who would we be if we were living in those stories, right? Would we be bowing to a golden calf wondering what happened to the man of God who disappeared on the mountain? Would we be yelling nail Him to a cross in the throng of people who had been whipped into a frenzy by the trusted religious leaders? We’ll read these stories and consider ourselves maybe above the disciples, “no we wouldn't…we wouldn’t run away, no we wouldn’t deny.” Or we might read the Old Testament story and think of ourselves more along with the priests and with Moses not…we would be the people going, “what are we supposed to do now? Give us a God so that we can be led forward in our lives.” And, so, trying to put ourselves in the story, this can be disruptive, but it exposes us, it invites us forward because we have to consider how patient God is with humanity, how patient God is with us, how intentional He is, how long-suffering He is. We do not deserve it. And that’s the thing because we began to think that we do. We don’t deserve God’s compassion and grace. Why does He love us at all?

In our reading from Psalms today we got some clues. We read, “the Lord looks at the world from His throne in heaven and He watches us all. The Lord gave us each a mind, and nothing we do can be hidden from Him.” In other words, God sees and He understands and it’s a pretty radical thing to know that we’re are understood when we’re so often screaming just the opposite into the face of the Lord, but He his understand, right? Every atom, every molecule, everything that makes us who we are, every good conviction and emotion that fills our hearts finds its essence in God because we were created in His image after His likeness. Of course He understands, He’s our Father. And, so, as we continue forward and we see God giving the law we have to understand that He’s not vengefully, angrily laying down the law. Instead, He’s weaving into the fabric of this new culture the story of who He is and what it means to be set apart by Him.

And as we watch Jesus, as we watch for the first time, Jesus go to the cross in the book of Matthew, we have to acknowledge just how committed God is to setting us apart.

The Psalm goes on to say, “the Lord watches over all who honor Him and trust His kindness.” In other words, we are being fathered by God under His watchful eye. He understands us, and He was willing to come and give His life so that we could know Him intimately, so that we could come close.

The proverb told us to leave our simple ways behind and begin to live. Maybe it’s time to do that. Maybe it’s time to own our part of the relationship as we’ve talked about already this year. God has done His part. Maybe it’s time that we grow up and do our part. God does understand us, and we are loved more than we can comprehend. Maybe we should give everything we’ve got and love Him with all of our heart and our mind and our strength in return.

Prayer:

Father, we begin by humbly acknowledging Your patience, Your long-suffering, Your kindness, Your goodness to us. We acknowledge that You are our Father, and that You love us. And then next we humbly repent for the ways in which we haven’t lived as if that were true, for the ways that we’ve lived as if that were not true and have thrashed about screaming and yelling about the circumstances that we’ve navigated ourselves into. Forgive us God. You are present. We acknowledge that You wouldn’t leave us. You died for us. You wouldn’t abandon us. You are with us every moment, every breath, and You love us, and You have bestowed upon us Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth. We acknowledge that we’re just not always paying attention. In fact, maybe we’re paying attention far less than we think. So, come Holy Spirit. Once again, we open ourselves to You and Your power of sanctification and transformation within us. Come Holy Spirit we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

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

The Prayer Wall is at dailyaudiobible.com where people are praying for one another on an ongoing basis. So, check that out, it’s in the Community section or if you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the little drawer icon in the upper left-hand corner and get to the Prayer Wall.

The Daily Audio Bible Shop is also available dailyaudiobible.com and there are resources for this journey as we continue to step our way through the year. So, check that out.

And then continue, of course, to pray for the upcoming adventure that we’re about to go on as we visit the land of the Bible and visit so many of the places that we’ve already visited so far this year. We’ll bring them to life. A bunch of us will be there in person but it’s a virtual trip that we go on together. So, make sure your bags packed and don’t back to heavy, I’ve got to fit all of you in my suitcase, so, as light is you can and off we’ll go to the land of the Bible. And thank you for your prayers over that are coming up next week.

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

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, I’m calling in today because I have been feeling that I’ve been needing to make this call for several weeks, but I was out of the country for part of that time so now I’m finally doing it. But I’ve been feeling that…I’ve been feeling the urge to ask everyone to think about how much does Daily Audio Bible mean to you? I know for me it’s meant so much. I’ve been listening to it for about a year now and it’s been incredible, the change that is made in my life. Finally, I understand the word of God and I can talk about it and I can understand things and it’s given me a power and a knowledge that is incredible. And, so, I started donating once a month. I set up a payment where it sends payment once a month and I think that it’s something important that we should all do if it’s valuable to you. It must cost a lot of money and time and effort to make this all happen and it’s wonderful that is free and accessible to all of us but if we want this to continue I think you need to make sure that we, that we, you know, support this financially as well…as well as, you know, all the other ways that we support it by being a community and by gathering together and supporting each other. So, I’m just asking if even if you don’t have a lot of money, I don’t, but even if you can donate $15 a month or if it’s $50 or $100 or whatever it is but just do something that’s every month because this community doesn’t just survive off of words it also requires financial backing. So, I’m just, you know, wanting to encourage you all to, if you haven’t already to go onto Daily Audio Bible __, you can set up a monthly donation so that you can…so that this can continue and more people in the future…

Hello Daily Audio Bible family. I’ve called in before and left a name but I’m not leaving my name because of a vicious family member. I just call myself in pain right now. I need you all to pray for me and my family. We’re going through a difficult time. My brother just called me, and we can’t find him. He tried to tell me that he wants to commit suicide and I don’t believe it’s gonna happen because I know God loves me and He loves him. And God’s gonna keep him because I lift him up and prayers. And I just need some more prayer to strengthen me as I go through this, not knowing where my brother is and all the things that he’s going through. He’s going through some really, really, really bad things right now. These things that he can even forgive himself for, but he knows God and he loves God. Please pray that God will reveal Himself to him right at this moment. I know this recording won’t be heard right now but I know God knows the schedule of time and I know your prayers, when they go up they don’t reach back in the past, they change everything. So, I’m asking that you pray for me, that I can be strong, for my brother. And I pray that you would have God keep my brother, keep him alive, and let him understand that this is not the end of the world, that things will get better so that he can forgive himself and that he can love himself like God loves him. Pray for his family, his wife and his children and that he would __ protect him. So, please pray my strength so I can be strong to him because I know God loves us unconditionally and He’s gonna take care of all of us unimaginably and I’m just waiting for that miracle. Let God get the glory…

Hello family, my name is Jill and I’m from the state of Washington. I am married to a wonderful man whose sexaholic. This has been a really difficult last two year transition for me as I discovered it. I was lied to and was more lied to and more lied to and now I feel like I am probably being told the truth. He is involved with multiple groups that are helping sexaholics and most importantly he’s reached out to God. That is something I shut down for quite a while because it was very difficult for me. I shut down my Lord, my Savior but I’m now reaching out to Him again and I would ask that you would pray for us, that God would just capture the heart of our home. We have all adult children, four adult children, and it’s been very trying as some of the blame has come back on me. That’s just been painful. But please family, pray for us that God would just capture our hearts, know how to respond and also that we would reach out for Him to heal us because I have been destroyed as a woman, as a partner, as an identity as a female. Thank you. I appreciate your prayers.

Hi, yeah, this is Joey from Missouri again. Sorry__ is February 8th, 2019 and it is a Friday afternoon. I just wanted to congratulate Beth from Canada on her on her legal permanent residence. Wow, congratulations, that is just wonderful. I just heard your phone call from the February 7th podcast and I just want to say that is just great. You know, sometimes…I think I mentioned I was in the final work…I’m in immigration…and it will take a while sometimes for…for applications to get approved. And sometimes we get that and it’s very easy to lose hope about that and I just want to say congratulations to Beth. And thank you to all of our __ others…so many of them. Duane from Wisconsin, Aright Holy Spirit let’s roll, Jay from New Jersey who is now from Nashville. Thank you for your encouragement. You’re a very special person and I just want to say thank you. And everybody calls, know who you are. Thank you and have a blessed day. I pray for of you. Love you.

Hi, this is Pam from Wisconsin today is February 8th. My husband was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and we’re just feeling the overwhelming chaos regarding all the decisions that need to be made very rapidly. I do need to get the bills together today, something I’ve been avoiding because I don’t know how they’re going to get to get paid. I ask Jesus to calm my heart and keep my head clear. I had today’s Daily Audio Bible on in the background. Bob from Michigan called with a message for Tyler and gave him 2 Corinthians 1:9-10. That message dear Bob was also a message for us from the Holy Spirit and I thank you. I’ve supported Daily Audio Bible monthly as part of my missions giving for some time. Please believe me when I say your blessings for this community will far outweigh what you give. Please bring us to the Father in prayer as we walk down this road together with Him. Thank you.

02/11/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 32:1-33:23, Matthew 26:69-27:14, Psalms 33:1-11, Proverbs 8:33-36

Today is the 11th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian, of course, like I am every day and you are you like you are every day and here we are together like we are every day surrounding the global campfire as we come together to take the next step and get ourselves into this work week. So, we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week and we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday, of course, and there is some drama brewing in the wilderness. Exodus chapter 32 and 33 today.

Commentary:

Alright. So, in the book of Exodus we witnessed…I mean…events that should make us speechless, at least in relation to the story, like, jaw-dropping stuff. Here the children of Israel have been brought out of Egypt in miraculous fashion, have walked across the Red Sea, are in the wilderness around Mount Sinai where God has come down to meet with His people and Moses has been gone 40 days and their antsy that he’s not coming back. And, so they decide to create an idol and bow in worship to the idol that they watched being made and worship this golden calf as if it was the deity that brought them out of Egypt. That’s pretty staggering stuff. Unfortunately, it won’t will be the last time in the Bible that we see a golden calf. And for that matter, cows are still worshiped among certain cultures today by millions of people. But I mean in the story that we have been tracking since the beginning of the year we come to this point where God has by his strong arm set a people apart and brought them miraculously out where he could reshape them and give them a new identity and this is what we find, idol worship? How could this happen, right? After all that God had brought them through, how could this happen? And that’s what God thought, right? Go down the mountain right now, He’s telling Moses, your people that you brought from Egypt have corrupted themselves, right? They’re worshiping a golden calf and claiming that the golden calf brought them out of Egypt. So, I mean on one hand, this would almost be funny if it weren’t so heartbreaking. God had moved heaven and earth to put in motion a promise that took generations, centuries to develop and He hadn’t just shown His existence, but also His power in Egypt and He’d been feeding the people in the wilderness while leading them by a pillar of fire in the night and a cloud in the day. So, God was obviously in their midst and He had obviously chosen them. They had not only been told of their ancient story but of the story that they were currently living. In fact, they were at that mountain to meet with God and they made a false God at that mountain to worship. So, this might even be funny in our own lives too if we saw ourselves behaving this way until we actually do see ourselves behaving this way. And then it’s equally heartbreaking. And when God seems distant to us or the path is fogged in and we don’t know which way to go, we often find ourselves ignoring the obvious, that God has not departed, He would not abandon us, that He is present, that He has been sustaining us in ways that we’ve chosen to ignore and then we get obsessed and we get compulsive and we start looking for anything that’s gonna promise life, even if it’s only going to bring death, even if it’s only idolatry. So, let’s remember that the things that we give our hearts in search of life that is not God, that is idol and we find ourselves bowing before these idols perhaps more than we might realize and this is a big, big deal. Our tendency toward idolatry explains so much about our lives and the condition of our lives. And we have to pay attention because God is a jealous God, which doesn’t mean God is an insecure God, right, or a manipulative God. God is faithful and loyal and good and it breaks His heart when we betray Him. And let’s pause. If we are being faithful and loyal and good in a relationship only to find out that the person we have given our hearts to have been disloyal and unfaithful our hearts would be broken too and we would probably start acting very erratically very quickly. So, this isn’t something that we do not understand it. It’s actually a pretty sobering reality which we press into, that we can affect the heart of God like that, through our disloyalty and unfaithfulness. That should be pretty stark because it is pretty stark.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite You to come into this. What are the ways that we’ve been searching for life that isn’t You and that we’ve been giving our hearts in worship to that person, that thing, that goal, that expectation, what are the ways, what are the things that we’ve been turning to for life that aren’t You? Things that may not be bad in and of themselves, but that we are turning to in access in hope for comfort that only You can provide. This exposes idolatry and that is a stark thing because we would never think that we are practicing idolatry in any way. We would never bow down to some kind of golden calf, that’s part of our culture. That’s not something we can even really relate very well to. Oh, but we can bow to bank accounts. We can bow to food. We can bow to people. We can look outside of our relationship with You and try to find a little life on the side. The thing is, if we tried that kind of behavior in our daily lives it would wreak havoc. And yet we don’t realize the havoc that we wreak on our lives spiritually that then back fills into our daily lives by behaving this way. So, we take some time to press into this today. Yes, we would rather end today with some great word of encouragement that would help us navigate forcefully and confidently through this day, but You are leading us today to consider what we are giving our hearts to that aren’t You. And, so, we’ll follow the path where You lead. What are those things Holy Spirit? We give ourselves to contemplating that today and opening ourselves to repentance. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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

Continue to pray into and over this upcoming pilgrimage that is speeding our way where we will get on a big plane and fly across the ocean and experience the land of the Bible. And many of us will be there physically in person taking this journey but all of us will be taking this journey virtually. And, so, certainly asking for God’s people to intercede over this travel.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link on the homepage. Thank you humbly, profoundly for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible, 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.

02/10/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 30:11-31:18, Matthew 26:47-68, Psalms 32:1-11, Proverbs 8:27-32

Today is the 10th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and here we are, we reach out together and twist the knob, swing wide the gates, and walk into a shiny, sparkly new week together as we continue our journey that, day by day, will lead us…well…will lead us week by week and then week by week will lead us month by month through the entire Bible this year. And what a journey it has already been. So, we’re in a brand-new week, we’ll read from a new translation, this week the Contemporary English Version. And we’re on the same path, so we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday. Exodus chapter 30 verse 11 to 31 verse 18.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for bringing us here to the beginning of this, the seventh week of the year. And that in itself is hard to believe. It seems like yesterday, yet this kind of how porous time is and yet one thing that is constant is this rhythm where we come together around the global campfire as a community each and every day and allow Your word to wash over us and speak to us and inform us and give us counsel for the day. And, so, we thank You for this gift and we thank You for this week out in front of us. We invite Your Holy Spirit now in advance before any missteps. Come Holy Spirit and lead us on the path that we should walk this week and we certainly won’t be blaming You for the times that we choose not to listen, but we also commit ourselves to listening. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

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

Definitely been asking the community to begin to pray into the upcoming pilgrimage that we’ll be taking to the land of the Bible. There’ll be a couple of buses of us and we’ll be traveling all over the land and all of the logistics of traveling in from all over the world are very near. We’ll be heading out in week. So, thank you for your prayers.

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

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi Nonny. I’m calling in actually to encourage you. I just wanted to remind you of the story in the Bible that occurred when Moses and Aaron went to go speak to Pharaoh __ situation __ and Moses told God, “look, I did what you told me to do. I had the right approach to it, the right expectation, I was confident, but it did work out and it got worse.” What I love about that, that verse that it showed __ that God had a plan for even that moment, that moment of despair and confusion of why certain things are happening in our lives and we try to have the right approach to it. God has a plan for even your situation. God is lifting you up, He’s pulling you up and He’s just telling you to keep holding onto that robe, the hem of his garment. In Philippians chapter 1 verse 6 it says, “be confident of this very thing that he who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” God will not abandon you, He will bring you through, He will keep that good work that is within. He will keep progressing you and evolving you and the word will bring you through. He loves you so much. He has not forgotten you. So, keep seeking after Him, going after Him relentlessly. Whatever it takes to get closer to Jesus. If you need to spend hours in your car just talking to God, do it. Just don’t let go of Jesus. He’s not letting go of you. We love you at the DAB and so does God. Bless you honey.

Yes, hi my name…I’m from New Jersey…I’m calling, this is my first time calling in, this is my first time following Daily Audio Bible. I’m calling to ask if you guys could please pray for me. I’m looking for a full-time permanent job. I’m in my late 50s and it’s been difficult to find even though I’m a nurse. I also would like to ask if you would pray for a person that I’m working with. I work as a substitute. I work with an autistic student that I know is very smart and I just pray that God will open up his brain so that he can show the place that he goes to school and home all the things that he knows. Also, if you can just pray for my…I have two girls that are not talking to each other right now. If you can just pray for them I really appreciate it. And just continue to pray for me so I can continue follow Daily Audio Bible, daily. Thank you. God bless.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible brothers and sisters, this is Amazed by Grace in Massachusetts. I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible about three years and am so excited of how God has blessed me and given me the opportunity to be part of so many of your lives as you share and we are able to pray for one another. I was so happy to hear your call this morning Margo and that you are doing better in your adjustment to this huge change in your life. I just praise the Lord that you and your husband are taking this next up. And I want Jane to know in New York that we’re praying for her and that you will find friendships in the church where you can be encouraged and we continue to pray for Margaret Ray and for others who are struggling in loneliness. And so good to hear from the Prodigal that you’re doing better and persevering. It’s so wonderful to be part of this community. This morning I’m on my way to __ to help care for some little people while their moms are busy and I just so thankful for this and other ways that we can serve him. Blessings on all of you today. Thank you again to the Hardin’s and all the team that make this ministry possible. Bye-bye for now. Gld bless.

Good morning family this is T from Salt Lake City Utah. First time calling, been listening since probably Thanksgiving of last year. So, this will be the first full year I’ve done. It’s been wonderful. To be honest to get to the point. I guess. I’m calling first of all just to thank everyone for just the prayers that they put out there for everyone else. The encouragement is wonderful to hear. I could use a bit myself to be honest. I would say over the last six months or so I just kind of felt an absence of the peace of God that I used to feel on a daily basis and I don’t know what’s happened or what’s changed. I, you know, I do, I’ve, I listen to the Bible, I don’t have a lot of time to read the Bible, but I do listen to every day. But I mean I just I don’t know, I’ve struggled with depression, with, you know, despair and thoughts of just not taking my life but rather just wanting it to end so to speak I mean if that makes sense. I just, I guess I just need prayer to have the strength to keep going and to know that this is probably a time when I’m in the waiting and I’m waiting for something but I just pray for…pray for me family. Pray for strength that I will continue to just get up and march forward even when it feels like I’m not…I don’t feel like He’s there sometimes. I thank you all so much. I love you guys. Keep it up. Bye.

02/09/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 29:1-30:10, Matthew 26:14-46, Psalms 31:19-24, Proverbs 8:14-26

Today is February 9th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is great to be here with you for sure as we end another week. And yeah, they just…they just don’t slow down…they just kind of keep coming day after day and we have accumulated another week together. So, well done! We’ve been reading from the Amplified Bible this week and we’ll continue to do that today since this is still this week and then we’ll switch to something else tomorrow. We are gonna go back out to Mount Sinai where God is speaking to Moses and establishing the ground rules for a new culture that is being formed in the wilderness. Today, Exodus chapter 29 verse 1 through 30 verse 10.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. Every day we basically thank You for Your word because it is a gift and we are grateful and we thank You for bringing us through another week and we thank You for all that You have spoken to us through Your word during this week. And today the voice of wisdom told us that she loves those who love her and those who seek her early and diligently will find her. Holy Spirit lead us on the paths of wisdom, that we might seek it early before there’s a problem and diligently so that we are living wise lives. We don’t propose that we can do this on our own. We need Your Holy Spirit’s guidance. So, come, we open ourselves to You. Lead us into all truth. Lead us into wisdom. Lead us on the narrow path that leads to life we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

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

I’ve mentioned, yeah, just a little over a week and we’ll be heading towards the land of the Bible. So, continue to pray over that. I mean when we do these kinds of trips I wouldn’t dare get on a plane without knowing…without knowing that we were surrounded by this community because this journey is for this community, it’s about this community. And, so, raising up a canopy of prayer and intercession over all that goes on in this kind of travel is so deeply appreciated and so comforting, it’s like a blanket around us when we’re so far in distant. And, so, thank you for your prayers for this upcoming journey.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link, it is on the homepage and 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, of course, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning DAB family this is Walta the Burning Bush that will not be Devoured for the Glory of our God and King. I’m  __ this morning…that’s my 11-year-old knocking on the door. Anyway, I’m back. We’re getting ready for school…and…I’m here family. I’m gonna pray. __ I heard your prayer on the program a while ago and wrote them down, he’s sick and this is impacting his marriage. Father God I pray for his salvation and I’m praying for him. I pray oh God that you will give him a Job like restoration in the name of Jesus. Pray for Jackie from St. Louis. Jackie I heard your request, your prayer and I wrote it down as a person problem with financial __. And Father God I pray that You will restore what the __ has __ . I pray oh God that You will hold Jackie’s hand and guide her through this valley of the shadow of death Lord and take her to the other side in the name of Jesus. Protect You as His Name called praying for her dad’s salvation and restoration and relationship with her Father. Father God we know You are the ultimate Father and a relationship between a Father and a child is precious to Father. So, whatever’s causing the separation between the two Lord, I pray that You will remove it in the name of Jesus and restore it and God I pray that You will bind them together in Your love Father. God, I pray for the salvation of all our family members __ that don’t know God. Lord, we pray that You will reach out and call them by their name. So, Holy Spirit, call them to Yourself. In Jesus name. Amen.

Hi family, this is Kim from Kentucky and it’s Tuesday, February the 5th and I just listened and I’ve been wanting to call and several times over the past several weeks with people’s prayer requests and things and I’ve just not done it, but jazz, I just listened to your praise report passing your boards. I’m a pediatrician and when you called a while back asking for prayer, I mean, I know how hard that is and how much worry and ache there can be while waiting for those test results. And, so, I just praise God for that. And I thought about calling in because I have a son that is just out of PA school last month and I thank you for praying for those that are facing challenges because he failed his first test in physiology but I’m praying for a turnaround that he just rises up and continues to excel from here. And my daughter is studying for the MCATs, to take it in April to apply to med school. So, you know all about that. And a couple of days ago Brian talked about Moses and the battle and sitting on the rock and Aaron and Herr and just reminded me of this community. Jesus is our rock. Brian, reading out the word every day is what we sit on, it’s our foundation, it’s what we stand on. And we and Aaron and Herr __ and sometimes we’re the Moses in the battle and we need others to be our Aaron and Herr. And we’re a good community for that. Everybody that feels hopeless, listen to those Christmas program. Love you all. Bye.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family or whatever time of the day it is where you’re at. This is Andrea Delane from Kentucky. Just wanted to say it’s so good to hear from you. I’ve been listening to your prayer requests and I just wanted to encourage you today if you’re lonely or if feel socially isolated. I read something the other day on Facebook from a neuroscientist, a __ neuroscientist and she wrote, “did you know that loneliness is one of the leading causes of death in our world today. Isolation is no joke. Loneliness actually increases the risk for premature mortality amongst all ages while one recent study indicates that social isolation and loneliness kill more people than obesity.” So, I just wanted to come on here because I know that this is definitely something that I have struggled with through the years and as I’m listening to a lot of the prayer requests I really feel the root of it is feeling alone, is feeling isolated. So, I just want to pray for you today, right now. I’ll just go ahead and pray for you. So, Father I just ask You right now…I just want to thank You, first of all, for Your friendship, that we can run to You, that You are closer than a brother, that You will never leave us or forsake us. That’s Your promise to those who believe and trust in You. And, so, Father I ask right now that the Holy Spirit would remind Your people that You are with them, but secondly that You would also like for us to reach out to one another and to visit the widows in their affliction, to visit the orphans. And Lord that the timing, time is so important even more important than money. And Father I ask that we would be able to have wisdom in knowing how to increase our relationship skills, being able to increase in developing deeper meaningful relationships so that we are not suffering in the needless thing of loneliness or isolation that affects our brains, that causes our mental health to decline. Father I pray a release of Your spirit and a release of Your wisdom in building new relationships all around us in Jesus name. Amen.

Hey everybody, this is Pelham from Birmingham apparently. So, now I’m looking for a place in Birmingham. Real quick getting that out there, that I need prayer for that. I’m calling because of you Prodigal. I’m calling cause your call played today. I couldn’t even get through your entire call in. I gotta go back and finish it. Dude! High-fives from Birmingham comin’ at you bro. You’re at war man. You’re at war man. He’s liftin’ you up though, he’s liftin’ us all up and the wheel turns. Man and we forget where we are often, don’t we? Woo. This last weekend I was in darker place than I thought I could go, more lonely, more afraid, more separated from my family, and isolated from my friends than I’d ever been, like out on a branch. And that’s all he wants to do is isolate us so he can get us alone with our thoughts and get us to turn against ourselves. We start agreeing to things that would never agree with if Jesus was standing right there next to us. And sometimes we forget that He’s always standing there. Sometimes we need an actual person to stand there. Prodigal, good job man. I’m salutin’ you over here. Guys pray for Italian ice because I’m gonna be the Italian Ice man apparently. __ Italian Ice wants to hire me full-time to run his truck in Birmingham, which is really good timing. I don’t know how that’s gonna work. Help! I’m calling out. I need help. Pelham needs help. I need prayer. Thank you.

Hey family this is Josh from Indiana a.k.a. Employed by God. I just want to call in and give a quick encouragement. One of the things that God’s been dealing with me on is sometimes having the feeling that I’ve missed my calling but that I’m reminded that we’re not bigger than God. He knew when he called you exactly the path that you would take. He knows how he will fulfill your calling. So, remember that promise and begin working towards your calling today.

02/08/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 28:1-43, Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalms 31:9-18, Proverbs 8:12-13

Today is the 8th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it, of course, is great to be here with you every day including today as we round the corner on another work week. So, we’ve been reading from the Amplified Bible this week and we’ll continue to do that until this week is over. And we’re reading our way through the book of Exodus right now, and the formation of a culture, and the shift of an identity from that of a slave to that of a chosen people. So, God has been telling Moses about the tabernacle, the place that would be in the center of the culture, the center of the camp, the Place where God would dwell with His people and how He would like that to be set up and the proper care for it as they moved around. So, we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday. Today, Exodus chapter 28.

Commentary:

Okay. So, for the last several days as we’ve been moving through the gospel of Matthew Jesus has been holding a discourse on the end times and we conclude that conversation in today’s reading. And it was a lengthy conversation with a lot to chew on. But as Jesus concludes this final discussion He describes the final judgment and he talks about sitting on His glorious throne and then all the nations are brought into His presence and then separated, right? Some to His right and some to His left. The sheep on the right, the goats on the left. And can we pause here and understand that Jesus is holding a conversation about the end times and the final judgment. So, it would not be a bad idea to pay attention to what He’s saying. And what He’s saying is, “He will sit on a throne and the nations of the world will come before Him and He will separate them into two camps, the sheep and the goats.” So, what’s the difference between the sheep and the goats? It’s the way that they cared for other people, right? So, to the sheep Jesus would be like, “come, your blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom that has been made for you from the beginning of the world because I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink, right, stranger and you invited me in your home, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you cared for me, I was in prison and you visited me.” And in the story the sheep respond like, “when did we ever do that”? And the response is, “you did it when you did it for the least of these”. The goats on the other hand were sent away. Same kind of conversation happens only they did not care for others in the way that Jesus is describing. So, from Jesus teaching on the end times and His teaching on God’s kingdom, we learn that our ability to see and participate is directly connected to whether we’re paying attention or not and maintaining the posture of a servant. And if there’s one thing that Jesus gave us an example of its being a servant. And if there’s one thing that Jesus was outspoken about it is that we are to follow that example and be a servant. And that can only happen out of a relationship with Jesus. I mean, our actions will align themselves with the most important relationships in our lives. So, we have to be awake and aware and vigilant, which we were talking about yesterday because God’s kingdom matters to us more than any other distraction and we’ll steward what we’ve been given because we understand that everything we have is wholly dependent on God’s grace and we’ll work on behalf of the Master by seeing the world through His eyes and caring for those who need a touch from Jesus because when we touch someone we can be giving them the touch of Jesus. We are, after all, the body of Christ in this world, His hands and feet. So, when we do these things on behalf of the least of these we’re doing it to Jesus.

Prayer:

Jesus, we acknowledge that we’re often not paying attention, especially to those who might need a touch from You, those who are the least of these. And when we think of the least of these we think of the poorest of the poor and that matters greatly because You speak about caring for the less fortunate throughout the Scriptures, but a person can gain the whole world and lose their soul, so some of the poorest of the poor among us are perhaps even those who have plenty of worldly goods, but they do not know You. And what You are suggesting here is really a change of posture, that we simply become more aware as we move through this world, that we simply become less self-focused on what we’re dealing with and equally focused on what others are dealing with because we’re all dealing with things. So, show us how to shift our hearts and begin to look outward with love at everyone around us. So, practically, rather than being angry at somebody who’s not paying attention to their driving or something like that, give us the eyes and ears to understand that they may be going through something that we can’t even imagine having to endure. Give us a heart to bless those who curse us, whether with their mouths or with their erratic driving. Help us Jesus to change the way that we look outwardly because we spend so much of our lives looking at ourselves and what we’re experiencing as if we’re the only people here when You’ve actually given us permission and empowered us with Your Spirit to do in this world the things that You did and continue to do. Show us how we fit into that story. Show us how our attitudes and postures need to change. Show us how to find Your face in the least of these. We ask this in Your precious name. Amen.

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I have mentioned a couple times this week that…man…little over a week from now and we will be off on our annual pilgrimage to the to the Promise Land where we will experience the land of the Bible and contextualize the Bible by its geography. And, yeah, those of us who are going a person, it will be epic, no doubt, but this is a community experience. And, so, whether you’re going physically our or not, you still get to go, you still get to go virtually. This is a good time to follow Daily Audio Bible on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram if you just want to see kind of the posts that are coming sometimes even hourly. We try to post as often as we can. Sometimes there’s, you know, not as much connectivity and we have to wait until we’re in some zone where we have cell, but we’re continually kind of making this a virtual experience. And I will obviously be discussing and describing the things that we are seeing and doing as we take this journey. So, this is kind of a time when the Bible begins to come alive inside the community as we’re journeying forward toward springtime. So, my request of this community, is that we pray, that we ask God for strength and stamina and traveling mercies and health and jet lag, and all of these things that kind of go along with basically going to the other side of the world. So, if we can begin to pray into that, it gives us as we leave an enormous amount of comfort to know that we are not alone and that our brothers and sisters all over the world are praying. So, thank you, thank you for your prayers over the upcoming trip to Israel.

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

02/07/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 26:1-27:21, Matthew 25:1-30, Psalms 31:1-8, Proverbs 8:1-11

Today is the 7th day of the month of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and every day we come together like this and every day it’s a pleasure to be in your presence and have this time to take the next step forward in our adventure through the Scriptures. And our current adventure leads us back into the book of Exodus where an entire culture is being built up from scratch. We’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. Exodus chapter 26 and 27.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the gospel of Matthew for the last couple days we’ve been talking about the end times because that’s what Jesus is talking about. And, so, we’ve been kind of moving our way through that. We touched on apocalyptic worldview and the fact that Jesus tells us that when these things do begin to happen the way that we are supposed to look at them is to understand that this is birthing pains and it will give birth to all things being made new again. And we were also counsel not to basically live in panic mode. Actually, we’re supposed to live opposite of panic mode. We’re supposed to be aware and vigilant and perceptive and see what’s going on. And as for dating the end of the world, as we’re like trying to figure that out, is it is a going to be 2019, is going to be 2029, will be 2129? As for that, Jesus basically puts an end to it by saying, “nobody knows, nobody but the Father.” So, that’s some of the territory that we’ve navigated through and Jesus is continuing that conversation in today’s reading by using a couple of stories, parables, that are designed to illustrate what he’s talking about and also what the kingdom of God is like. And these parables they basically seal the deal in showing us that our posture for the kingdom of heaven should be no different than the posture toward the end of days. So, in the first story Jesus told the parable of the 10 bridesmaids who went to a wedding feast and the bridegroom hadn’t arrived yet, so the women had to wait. And as they waited the differences between them were revealed. Half of them were ready. Half of them had been vigilant. Half of them had been aware and they brought extra oil for their lamps while the other half didn’t. And when the oil ran out the unprepared bridesmaids had to go in search of more but while they were gone the bridegroom arrived. So, those who were prepared, who had been vigilant, who understood what was going on were allowed into the celebration and those who were not missed out on it. And then in the second story Jesus told of a master who was planning to go away for a while and he provided resources to three of his servants with an understanding that they would steward those resources while he was gone. And, so, he went and then he came back and when he returned he asked for an accounting and two of the servants had doubled what they’d been given, right? So, they were vigilant and they were aware and astute and wise and they received very encouraging words from the master, “well done my good and faithful servant”, because those servants had taken a risk and they put the resources to good and profitable use. And, so, he invited them. “You’ve been faithful in handling small things and now I’m gonna give you…I’m gonna let you handle larger things. Come in and let’s celebrate.” Oh…but there was the third…the third of the three. And that servant was fearful. And, so, he took what he’d been given, and he hid it in the ground. So, he didn’t lose anything, but he didn’t gain anything, and he didn’t risk anything. Like, even if he had risked and lost that would be an attempt but he buried in the ground and the master didn’t respond as favorably to him. He says, “to those who use well what they’re given then even more will be given and they’ll have an abundance but for those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” So, as we’re kind of rounding the bend on this discourse about the end times, from the lips of the master we’re reminded that we really don’t have another choice but to stay prepared and aware. And we don’t really have another choice but to be vigilant because everything that we have has been given to us to steward on behalf of the master. And it doesn’t matter how much or how little we have, we’re to use whatever we have. And this isn’t just about dollars, right, or Euro’s or whatever the currency is in your country. This isn’t about money. This is about everything. We’ve got to get our minds around this. As we move forward into the message of Jesus, we are going to come face-to-face with the stark reality that this is all or nothing. So, it doesn’t matter what we have, and it doesn’t matter if we don’t feel prepared or that we don’t have enough. We’re to use what we have whether it’s our time or our talent or our money in the service of the master. He will provide more if we steward what we are given well, which is summed up pretty nicely in our reading from Proverbs today. “Take my instruction rather than seeking silver and take knowledge rather than choicest gold for wisdom is better than rubies, and all desirable things cannot compare with her.” And we talked about wisdom on a number of occasions already this year and it won’t be the last time because we’re not going to get anywhere if we don’t make it the goal to achieve wisdom over anything else and understand that if we are wise there’s not much we cannot achieve. And one of the things we must achieve through wisdom is this preparedness, this vigilance, this awareness of what is going on that Jesus is speaking about in the gospel of Matthew today.

Prayer:

Father, we acknowledge that we have a role to play in this, that we must seek wisdom, and actually that it must be something that we seek and try to attain more than any other thing that we’re trying to achieve or obtain. So, we realize we have to do our part by opening our eyes and seeking out wisdom; however, we also understand that we won’t know how to implement wisdom into our lives without Your Holy Spirit. And, so, we’ll do our part because You have commanded that we do our part, You’ve told us that getting wisdom is going to alter the trajectory of our lives in a good way. And, so, we heed that and we seek it and we invite Your Holy Spirit to lead us to it. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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02/06/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 23:14-25:40, Matthew 24:29-51, Psalms 30:1-12, Proverbs 7:24-27

Today is the 6th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is great to be here with you today as we take our next step forward into this month and through the Bible. And we’ve been reading from the Amplified Bible this week, which is what we’ll continue to do. We’re in the book of Exodus in our Old Testament reading. Today we’ll read chapter 23 verse 14 through 25 verse 40. And we’re reading some of the first laws to be given.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the book of Matthew today Jesus is continuing a conversation that He started yesterday as He’s walking with His disciples by the Temple complex and they’re kind of marveling about the construction of the whole thing and Jesus says, “the whole thing’s coming down” basically and then He begins this conversation about the end times. So, He’s like, “the sun will be darkened and the moon isn’t gonna have any light and the stars are gonna fall from the sky and the powers of the heavens are gonna be shaken and then at last the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens and there’ll be deep mourning among the peoples of the earth.” This is Jesus actually quoting Isaiah chapter 13 and Joel chapter 2 as He’s discussing the time of the end. And as we talked about yesterday when we began this conversation, Jesus is…He’s revealing that the thing that we deeply long for, right, the rebirth of everything, when all things are made new. So, what we long for is preceded by things that we’d probably rather skip, right? We want the baby without the labor pains but it’s only the labor pains that bring the new birth. So, for millennia we’ve been trying to, you know, observe the signs of the times and make the predictions on where we are, and an apocalyptic worldview kind of leaves a sense of unease just kind of permeating everything, but Jesus actually pulled us away from that fear and hysteria and asked us to look from a different perspective. Jesus said, “nobody knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven, not even the Son Himself. Only the Father knows. So, see you gotta keep watch because you don’t know the day when your Lord is coming.” That could change our lives if we would embrace that because it involves every moment of our lives starting like right now. So, Jesus said, “yeah, I mean it’s gonna get rocky out there and there’s going to be some tumultuous situations to go through but we’re not supposed to be pulled toward fear or panic, instead we’re supposed to live with awareness and hope, awareness of what’s going on so that were not blindsided and surprised and hope for what is actually happening. Even though at first it’s gonna look hard and bad, it’s actually birth pains, new life comes out the other side of this story.” And we aren’t gonna figure out…we’re not gonna figure out something in Jesus Himself from His own lips is claiming not to know. What we’re supposed to do is be ready, be prepared, is the whole story that Jesus told, the last of our reading today where a master has put a servant in charge of caring for the other servants and then goes away, and he expects that servant to care for his other servants until he gets back. And if he does then the master will put them in charge of all his possessions but if he doesn’t and he says in his heart, and this is where it gets a really, really familiar, “it’s taking a long time, he’s not going to return for a long while.” If the servant in the story takes that perspective, then he will stop being vigilant about how he cares for the other servants and may even begin to be abusive toward them and may begin to be seduced into what…in Jesus vernacular, “drink with drunkards”, right? So, be seduced into a worldly lifestyle that’s full of partying and no vigilance, well then, the servant wasn’t paying attention, wasn’t aware, and the master will show up unexpected. So, basically the posture Jesus is suggesting that we espouse and live into is to approach…is to approach the future as if it’s already underway. And if we’ll heed this then we will be ready, not just like for whenever the end times may be truly upon the human race we’ll be ready to participate and collaborate with God in the redemption of the world wherever we are on the continuum. And watch as I tell you this, these themes of vigilance, of awareness of endurance, and stamina, preparedness, they’re gonna run through the rest of the whole Bible. The Bible will continually shake us awake because we’re not supposed to go through life asleep, we’re supposed to be participating.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for this, another day to kind of contemplate these things, these matters of vigilance and preparedness in the context of the end times, which is what You were speaking of today Jesus. And, so, we thank You for this opportunity and we invite Your Holy Spirit to begin to speak to us about what it looks like to be ready and prepared, what it looks like to live as if the coming of the kingdom is underway, is happening, is now, and is moving forward, and we are a part of the story. Come Holy Spirit we pray in the mighty name of Jesus we ask. Amen.

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

02/05/2018 DAB Transcript

Exodus 21:22-23:13, Matthew 24:1-28, Psalms 29:1-11, Proverbs 7:6-23

Today is the 5th day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is wonderful to be here with you today as we take our next step forward through the Scriptures this year. And we’ve worked our way all the way through the book of Genesis and are well into the book of Exodus. And that’s where we find ourselves for this next step. We’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. Exodus chapter 21 verse 22 through 23 verse 13.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the Old Testament we’re moving into the territory where the law is being given and although there will be many dramatic stories and fascinating people that we’re gonna meet over the next span of several weeks, we will also be spending quite a bit of time with the giving of the law. And the Mosaic law, which is what is being given here is gonna grow up to become the law that judges Jesus. And we’ve mentioned that. But here we are at the very beginning of it and just the giving of it. So, this is a holy thing that is happening here. God has gone and rescued His enslaved people who He had covenanted and promised to bring into a land that He would give to them. He went and got them and then He led them into the wilderness and the wilderness is definitely not the fastest route to the Promised Land, like geographically, but God led them into the wilderness because some very, very, very, very important lessons needed to happen. One of those lessons was the fact that these people needed to learn to be utterly and completely dependent upon God because He was setting them apart as holy to be His own possession. And, so, they needed to learn that their only hope for any kind of future and hope, for any kind of provision, for any kind of defense or offense would come from God. And this in part was because the people had only ever known slavery. Everyone that was out in the wilderness at that point had only ever known the identity of a slave because the people had been in the land of Egypt for 430 years, right? So, only the people alive were obviously out in the wilderness and those people had only ever been slaves. So, if God is saying to you, “I choose you to be My special possession. I am setting you aside”, that’s a different identity than, “you are enslaved, you are a slave, you will do what you are told.” And it was gonna take the harshness of the wilderness to get that point across, which is a fair opportunity for us to understand that the same is true in our lives, right? When God comes for us to rescue us from what has enslaved us we may not be on the fast track to the promised land because we will not know what to do when we’re there. It may swallow us completely as would’ve happened to the children of Israel as God will articulate as we go along. Sometimes the path will lead us out of slavery and into the wilderness and we may thrash around and say the same things that the children of Israel did. “Don’t you remember when we were slaves we got to eat cucumbers, we got to have fires around our huts and eat meet. Let’s go back.” Sometimes we’re in the wilderness and we can’t go back, we can’t go anywhere. So, we can only surrender and when we do our identity shifts. So, remember what’s going on here as we go through the law because as we go through the law we’re going to be reading a law book. A law book isn’t the same as like a narrative story, which is far more interesting to listen to, right, because we want to know what happens next, what happens next, what happens next. Whereas with a law book, we’re reading statutes and behaviors and we may look at some of them and go like, “I don't…like I don’t know how to contextualize this into my world.” And we’ve already talked about that, but as we go through the law, look at what the laws are trying to shape. For example, all that we read today was about how people are supposed to behave toward one another and what is supposed to happen when they don’t. We have such laws today. No matter where we live. Like no matter where you are on this planet hearing my voice, there are laws that govern how we are supposed to behave toward one another as a society. This is what is being laid out for a people who have only ever known slavery and the lack of any voice whatsoever in their world, like, completely without rights. And what is being established here is rights and protections and expectations and there will be times where we look at those and say, “but those aren’t like…those are…are those really rights?” Yes, when we’re zooming back to a time where human dignity isn’t really even on the radar, yes, dramatic steps forward are being taken here.

And then the last thing that I want to mention today is from the New Testament because Jesus is…He’s in Jerusalem, the weight of the world is upon his shoulders, like, we’re moving into the passion narrative and Jesus crucifixion and this will be the first-time we experience this this year but, you know, His disciples are looking at the temple complex, marveling at it and Jesus says, “you know, every stone is gonna…like the whole thing will be dismantled”, oh my gosh, which is so symbolic. Obviously, this physically happened in A.D. 70. The Romans absolutely leveled Jerusalem and destroyed the temple. It did happen, but reading this spiritually, looking at it through spiritual eyes what Jesus is saying unbelievably dramatic because what He’s talking about is the dismantling of an entire system and the icon, the temple, the icon that represented that system. And it wouldn’t be the first time it had happened. Now, we’re moving between Testaments here, right, so, like we’re jumping thousands of years and that can get a little disconcerting, but in the Old Testament, we haven’t even got to the Promise Land, so, we certainly haven’t even gotten to the first Temple being built, but that Temple got destroyed too, and these are the repercussions of people walking away from God basically saying, “I don’t want to be set apart as holy do you anymore. I don’t want to be your special possession anymore. I want to serve Baal, like, I want to serve a different God than you. I want to be that God’s special possession”. But this launched Jesus into a discussion on the end times. And, so, as we read the words of Jesus today and He’s talking about some pretty dark situations that are out in front of the human race. And when we come to discussions about the future or the end times we are brushing up against what is called an apocalyptic worldview and that view basically says that the world as we know it is moving towards some type of conclusion, perhaps even catastrophic but on the other side of that something new will be reborn. But the apocalyptic language, even though it’s highly symbolic usually, that kind of brings about unease and even hysteria and fear about what comes next. Like, “how is this gonna happen” and “where are we on the continuum of this” and, you know, like, “how do I prepare”? And Jesus speaks into that, give actual…a practical posture of heart so that we know how we’re supposed to be feeling about this kind of stuff. What Jesus is saying is, “when you see this stuff beginning to happen you should understand that these are the birth pains, like, this is what has to happen to give birth to what comes next. So, don’t be freaked out about it.” And then Jesus says, “the one who endures and bears up under suffering to the end will be saved.” Now, I’m just pointing this out now because this won’t be the last time we talk about an apocalyptic worldview as we go through the New Testament. And we’ll have more to say about what Jesus has to say about the end times as we go forward too, but I’m just pointing this out because we can read today’s reading and go like, “okay, the law, hmmm, yeah, I don’t know, that’s I don’t know what to make of that” and then we’ve got Jesus talking about the end of the world and we’re like, “okay, how do I apply this to my life today”? But Jesus is giving us the counsel to understand that, yes, the world is headed somewhere, it’s headed to a rebirth and anybody who’s ever been a part of childbirth, whether you have actually given birth or whether you are the father of a child and experienced birth, you understand. Like, once the birth is over and the baby’s here, like there is incredible joy and everything is changed, right? There’s new life but getting to that point is quite a bit of work and includes pain and all that goes along with it. So, Jesus is giving us an example that we can understand.

Prayer:

Father, thank You, thank You for bringing us here, thank You for giving us so much context today. Usually when we find ourselves in a season of wilderness, the first thing that we think is, “how can I get out of here and God why did You let me get here in the first place, get me out of here” when the first thing we might need to be thinking about is “God, what have You brought me here to free me from? How am I not utterly depending on You”? because that will be the fastest way out of the wilderness. And from the New Testament, from Your own lips Jesus, You gave us a posture and the beginnings of an understanding for where this story is headed. And, so, the quicker that we can understand that all stories lead to utter dependence on You the better and quicker we’ll be able to relax and through this life looking at the world through Your eyes. So, come Holy Spirit into all of this we ask and we ask these things in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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Whew…I’m looking at the calendar and it’s just under two weeks before we will be departing for the land of the Bible for our 2019 pilgrimage to the Promise Land. And this is always a community experience. Yes, several buses from all over the world of people will be along for the ride from the community here as we take this journey. But as were there and as we’re kind of traveling through the land of the Bible this becomes a community experience because we’ll talking about it every day, the things that we saw, what we were feeling, connecting the different places that we will visit to the different stories that happen in the Bible. This is a time where, actually, I have noticed over the years that through going to the land of the Bible our community sort of settles in for the year and that once we’re back from Israel, like the community that exists at that point is the community that will go all the way through the year together. So, yes, a bunch of us will we physically there and we’ll be posting pictures to our social media channels several times a day. We’ll be broadcasting live from the Sea of Galilee and we’ll get you information about when that will take place as we get forward…as we get a little closer. And, so, whether you’re going actually, physically, or whether you’re going virtually, we’re all going to the land of the Bible and we’re all gonna immerse ourselves in that land because we’re immersing ourselves in the Bible. And, so kind of understanding the lay of the land is an important part of having context. So, we will certainly talk about that as we get closer, but I’m mentioning it now because where a community and it’s a long way and a lot of people are traveling from very, very far distances. And, so, I’m asking us as a community to begin to raise a canopy of prayer over this pilgrimage, over all of the travel, over all that we will experience and all that we will see, over jet lag, which is a big issue, over safety and travel, there’s a lot of miles to be covered. We literally go as far south as you can go, as far north as you can go, as far east as you can go, and as far west as you can go in the land and it’s breathtaking, but there’s a lot of logistics and significant amount of moving parts to move everyone around the like we are, and we love it but wouldn’t dare try to do it without a canopy of prayer being raised by this community over it. So, let’s begin to pray into that because its coming up and that’s gonna be exciting. It always is. Whether it’s virtual or in person, it’s always exciting because so many of the stories the Bible begin to come alive when you can look at social media posts and see what’s going on and go, “ oh my gosh, I know that story, like I know exactly what is happening here.” So, get ready for that.

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

02/04/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 19:16-21:21, Matthew 23:13-39, Psalms 28:1-9, Proverbs 7:1-5

Today is February 4th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you today as we sail forward into our work week and continue the rhythm of the Scripture in our lives each and every day. And, of course, we pick up where we left off every day and in the Old Testament we’re with the children of Israel out in the wilderness and, you know, it’s kind of a tumultuous journey for them but now God has summoned them to Mount Sinai and He plans to have a conversation and we’ll pick up with that story. We’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. Exodus chapter 19 verse 16 through 21 verse 21.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in an Exodus today God instructed the children of Israel to consecrate themselves because He was gonna come and meet with them. And, so, they camped around Mount Sinai and God came and thunder and lightning and clouds and shook the mountain and people were terrified and it’s here that they ask kind of pivotal and turning point question. They ask Moses to speak on behalf of God, because they’re too terrified to hear from God for themselves. And, so, Moses reassures them that God coming in the way that He’s coming with such authority and such power and such an awe-inspiring visual was to give them a sense of awe and wonder and fear, the fear of the Lord. Quoting Moses, “God has come in this way to test you so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning.” And this this is a pivotal moment, God was about to begin giving customs and rituals and rules and regulations showing them what a people set apart were supposed to look like. And we have to remember, this is a people that had only known one thing, right, slavery. This is all they had known. They don’t have any natural understanding of like how to govern themselves or what a society should be shaped like, other than how they had lived in Egypt. And, you know, with the plaques we see that, you know, God wasn’t affirming the culture that the children of Israel were enslaved in. And, so, this is this is new territory for them, how they’re to behave toward one another and we see some of that being laid out today. And it’s so interesting because, you know, like one of the things God talked about in our reading today was how to treat servants or slaves and that we start back reading and open up a can of worms and try back read what happen 3500 years ago into today’s more modern culture where we would denounce slavery of any kind or the treatment of a wife. That was touched on today. And we can look at this and go, “this is so archaic, like this so…we don’t live…we wouldn’t live like this now. So, why is this like being memorialized as these are the new rules and customs for this people of God. Like, why?” But what we have to begin to understand is that this the point where things begin to turn in human history that lead us until today. This culture that God is beginning to implement and tell these people how to behave, for the first time gave someone who was a servant rights, someone who was a wife, rights. This, even though we are many, many, many, many steps forward these thousands of years into the future, these are dramatic steps forward in the culture of the time. Like, for the first time to codify rights in a fairly barbaric time in the world where, you know, different clans would invade other clans to steal people…I mean all of this kind of stuff. Like, for example what we watched in the life of Joseph. So, we are taking dramatic steps forward at this point and it’ll take some time for all these instructions to unfold in the Scriptures but as we read, what we’re witnessing is a complete reshaping of worldview and identity for the Hebrew people and we began that with the 10 Commandments.

Then in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus is in Jerusalem and this isn’t just another Festival visit, this is the visit, THE visit. Jesus won’t be leaving Jerusalem before He dies. And what’s happening in Matthew is like about 1500 years after Moses. And, so, Jesus gave a glimpse of what had become of this law that we’re just at the very beginning of reading in the Old Testament and how God through Jesus thought about it. Quoting Jesus, “what sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves and you don’t let others enter either.” That is a pretty serious indictment of the religious system by Jesus, who is One with the Father. So, what Jesus is saying is a pretty big deal, which gives us a moment to pause and just to consider the territory that we are about to head into because as we move into the giving of the law we’re gonna have to understand the difference between like, the exact words and sentences that make up the law, like the order of the words and the spirit of the law, right, the reason, the circumstances that created the need for the law in the first place and all the underlying concepts that informed the way that the laws are written. In Jesus time the Mosaic law had lost its spirit and had become a device for control and devotion by force, by rote. And as devout as the religious leaders may have been, they kind of…they lost the plot…the underlying reasons for why things would shape us the way that they do and how they would inform how a holy people, a set apart people would behave. Here’s the irony. We’re about to move into our first account of Jesus death and it would be the Mosaic law that would judge and condemn Jesus to death, a law that He had given to Moses so long ago at Mount Sinai where we are in the Old Testament. So, as we go forward between the Testaments we’re going to have this unique view of both the law and what became of it. Oddly we’re gonna often find ourselves looking a lot more like the religious leaders of Jesus time. We’re so busy trying to understand the letter of the law, like, “how do…even in the Christian faith, okay, what are the rules, how do I do this exactly right” that we forget the spirit, the plot of the story. So, let’s remember, the rules were not given as a cage. In Exodus God had just delivered His people from slavery. So, as He’s handing out His intentions and what the cultures supposed to look like, His intention wasn’t to move them from slavery in Egypt to just another form of slavery. And that is not God’s intention with us. God’s objective then and now is to set people apart as holy and to set those holy people free. And this is what God continues to do in our lives.

Prayer:

Father, come Holy Spirit. We’re moving into some territory where the stories are beginning to shift. We’ve settled in and followed the journey until we got here but now…now we’re kinda moving to some pivotal stuff and we need Your Holy Spirit to come, guide, lead us. Help us to not only understand the Scriptures but understand what You are saying to us through the Scriptures because for each of us there will be commonalities and there will be uniqueness because we are all unique and have our own stories. So, come Holy Spirit as we move into this new month and into this new season in the Scriptures. We ask in the mighty 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, be sure to stay connected in any way that you can, in any way that you want to. Just always be aware, you’re not alone. Like, that’s really the point of going through the Scriptures in community as we are. It lets us know, like, every day I show up here this is fresh, this is something that’s happening, this wasn’t recorded a decade ago, this is happening now. There are a community of brothers and sisters that may be separated from us geographically but they’re there, and we are brothers and sisters and we are the body of Christ and we are here to reveal the kingdom of God together and we’re not alone in this. And, so, that’s such an important part of this rhythm as we go through this year in the Bible. So, dailyaudiobible.com is home base.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There’s 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.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey, it’s Kayla in Nashville. I wanted to call in and…it’s the 29th of January. Just got done listening…like three in the morning…but I just got done listening and to the prayers and Stanley from Maryland, I think, or Massachusetts, one of those East Coast states…but it was Maryland…I think. I want to say thank you Stanley…first to just having the courage to follow that pull, that leading of you know, calling in, of God wanting, the Holy Spirit wanting you to call in and, yeah, I appreciate it, I appreciate it very much. Just hit the nail on the head for me. I mean, again, I have trouble finding words quite often. So, I appreciate that very much. Don’t hold back. That’s all I can say to you. Don’t hold back. In the future, just, you know, anyways, thank you, God bless. Love all you all. Bye-bye.

Hi, my name is Nelly and I’m calling from California. I just recently joined the Audio Bible community. I actually found the app on a podcast that had different apps. And, so, I really started to listen to it and I just really started to be really encouraged by a lot of prayer requests and encouragement which were being sent from different people. It’s just amazing to see the love of God from everyone calling in around the world. And, so, I’m calling because I just wanted to ask for prayer. I’m a single mom and I have three kids. I work a 40-hour a week job and on top of that I am involved in a lot of different ministries. So, I just called to ask prayers for strength and wisdom and guidance on this season of my life with my children. I feel like I’m on a roll and I get excited about the word of God and I’m just excited about what God’s doing and then I start to see that I get weak and I get, you know, tired and then that joy to starts to dim. And, so, I’m like, “God I really want to stay on fire for You”. And I’m just calling to see if you guys could just pray for strength, for God to give me strength and wisdom and guidance this year as I continue my journey and my walk with Him, to become closer to Him. So, I just want to say thanks everyone and it’s just great to be part of a community where people love God and, you know, they really care about each other. God bless everyone.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family, this is Treasured Possession coming to you from cold Minnetonka Minnesota where we could possibly get up to 29 below in the next couple days. And I’m thinking about what it takes to be a woman of excellence and what it takes to maintain my attitude and confidence in God. And I’m thinking when Job said, “yet so you slay me I will wait for and trust Him” and when Jesus said “you’ve gotta pick up your cross and follow after me”. The one thing that I have to really work on is picking up my own cross and quit trying to pick up everbody else’s cross. And I think that comes from living in a family of alcoholism and being married to alcoholics. So, I’m just asking for prayer, I’m asking for strength in my inner man, that God would continue to do His work in me and continue it until the day of Jesus Christ. And all these things Lord, I just…I praise and thank You because You promised them to me and I know You’re gonna do it. And that’s what gives me confidence Lord, is because I’m in You and You don’t let me down, You don’t discourage me, You don’t drop the ball. You’re speaking of words of encouragement into my soul no matter what’s going on around me. So, I pray these things father God for all the people that need encouragement today and I just praise You Lord for Your son Jesus Christ. And thank you Brian Hardin for your dedication to bringing the word to me and basically saving my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hi DAB family, it’s Jane in New York. I’m just really overwhelmed inside today and I’m just calling in for prayer because life is just hard, too hard. I don’t have family. I don’t have someone to help me with all the hard feelings of my son. And now yesterday we got a letter from our friends in Switzerland and all about the accomplishments of their kids and stuff and Joshua just let loose about, you know, why did I leave there and why did I come here to New York and, you know, he had family there. And I can only explain that it was in obedience because I felt I needed to be back here. So, right now I don’t have any work. I’m back to calling in every day. And life is just hard. I don’t have any interest in anything and then I hear people tell me about their Holy Spirit, you know, when they felt filled with the Holy Spirit and I’ve never had one of those and I think, when does that happen? Is that what’s gonna give me my super strength that I can make it through all this? I just, anyway, I thought I would call for prayer because I’m sitting here in my kitchen and just, you know, sobbing and, yeah, I just need prayer because I don’t know how to take care of all this hard stuff and I don’t have any family to just, you know, count on except for my Christian brothers and sisters. So, I’m reaching out. Thanks guys. My time is up. Bless.

Hi DAB family my name is Sachon and I’m from Ohio. I have played soccer professional in Europe for three years now and I can feel the Lord’s calling on my life to continue to play and to share the gospel with the players there, most of whom are atheists or agnostics who all worship themselves by hundreds of thousands of people each week. As such they often will only listen to other players who are at the same level and there are easily less than 300 strong gospel focused top-level players on the entire continent of Europe not one of whom is American. There are many more Christian players but they’re either not at the top level of the or are not outspoken about their faith. I feel the Lord has called me to be both. The only problem is that for the past eight months my agent and I have not received one actual offer for many clubs in Europe despite entering negotiations on more than one occasion and time is running out in more ways than one. I’ve also suffered multiple untimely injuries of the course of my personal training these last few months which have really slowed by preparations to the point that even though I want nothing more than to get that call, if I got it today I don’t know that I’d be ready even though I’ve been training for eight months, which is obviously very frustrating. There are so many factors outside of my control that has to line up, the only thing I can do besides continue to train is to pray and to ask for prayer. Please know that this is not a fleeting passion. And at 24 years old I have dedicated my entire from the age of 4 to the pursuit of tis dream. And the way the politics work in European soccer, if I don’t get over there soon given my age and my nationality I may never get back over. So, please pray that the right team in the right place with the right coach makes the right offer at the right time and that I am fully healthy and prepared spiritually, mentally, physically, technically and tactically to make Jesus famous wherever I am planted. And, if in a few months you see or hear about soccer player putting the cross up with his arms after he scores then I guess your prayers were answered. Thank you again thank you in advance God bless.

Hi this is Monique from Virginia. I haven’t called for so long but I’m still listening to every day podcast that Brian is reading. To me, with a heavy heart I’m requesting prayer for my son who got three years from jail last year in February. This year, February the 12th it will be a year that he has been home with me, but he hasn’t been attending church regularly and not focusing in God’s __ . Please pray for him that he could follow God in his life. I also want to request you to pray for my daughter who is getting ready to marry a nonbeliever guy. It is very sad that I have raised my kids taking him to church from their childhood but now they are making wrong choices in their lives. I would appreciate your prayers. Thank you.

02/03/2019 DAB Transcript

Exodus 15:19-17:7, Matthew 22:1-33, Psalms 27:1-6, Proverbs 6:20-26

Today is the 3rd day of February. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and its wonderful to be here with you today as we cross the threshold into a shiny and sparkly, new week. And this will be our first full week in the 2nd month of the year. And, as is our custom, we read from a new translation each week and this week will read from the Amplified Bible we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday, Exodus chapter 17 verse 8 through 19 verse 15.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for this brand-new week that we are entering into and this first full week of this second year or second month of February. We thank You God for bringing us this far. We thank You for all that You are speaking to us through Your word and all that You have yet to speak and all the ways that You are transforming us from within. We open ourselves to You fully. We announce, there’s nothing off-limits to You, in fact we say this aloud, there’s nothing off limits to You. We open ourselves fully to You. We trust You fully. Come Holy Spirit we pray into this coming week. We ask for Your guidance, Your counsel, Your protection, Your comfort, even Your rebuke if necessary. Come Holy Spirit we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

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Let me also remind you about the other Daily Audio Bible channels that exist. Of course, this is the Daily Audio Bible. There’s also Daily Audio Bible Chronological going through the entire Bible in a year in chronological order, so, in the order that things happened in time. And China, my daughter, is leading that community over there. There’s also the Daily Audio Proverb, which goes through the book of Proverbs once each month. There’s 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. And, man, I couldn’t suggest that enough. It’s like a five minute a day commitment but it’s five minutes of wisdom of all the ages. It’s the greatest wisdom that had been collected and this wisdom is thousands of years old. So, this is the wisdom that has stood the test of time. And I mean, I’m telling you, and you’ll see this as we go forward, it’s already happened, but we’ll see it often, just a verse of Proverbs can speak volumes to a situation or to a posture of heart that we’re holding. So, poring that continually over and over and over into your life…I mean…that’s a way to get wise. And, so, it’s worth it. There’s also the Daily Audio Bible Psalm. And that takes like two minutes but it moves back through the Psalms, just like what we’re doing here on the Daily Audio Bible but it serves as a reminder of comfort. The Psalms are so beautiful and they speak so deeply to our humanity. So, those resources are available as well as Daily Audio Bible kids. So, going through the New Testament for kids by kids in a year. Then if English is not your native tongue, there’s Daily Audio Bible and En Español. So, the Spanish team going through the entire Bible just like we do at Daily Audio Bible, only in Spanish. And they also have Proverbios and Pslamos, Psalms and Proverb just like we do in English. There’s Daily Audio Bible Japanese, Daily Audio Bible Arabic, French and the French team also has Psalms and Proverbs and then there’s Portuguese and Chinese. So, you may want to check out those channels or let a native speaker know that these resources are available.

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. Thank you 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 DAB family, this is to give you an update on Bill Berryman. I had contact with Bill the last time at the beginning of 2018. He’d sent me a message asking me how I was doing and told me that he had some medical problems, that he was at home. He told me a little bit about his boys, how much he missed his boys and just asked for continued prayers. And since then I haven’t heard anything from him, but we do have a mutual friend and that friend contacted me a couple weeks ago to let me know that Bill is, yeah, he has dementia. His memory is not all there. He has a little bouts here and there that he remembers the boys in Africa. But as many of you know how dementia works, his memory is just, it’s going unfortunately and he’s now in a permanent home. I don’t know if he has biological children. I know that he loved his boys, him and his wife. His wife passed away some years ago. So, for all of you that have called in while he may not mentally know it, God knows that we are all praying for him. You can find him on Facebook. If you’ve written him don’t be surprised that he’s not written back. He doesn’t have the capacity anymore. So, let’s just continue to lift our brother Bill Berryman up in prayer. And I personally thank everyone of you who have asked about him and continue to pray for him. It’s amazing thing in this community when people come in and have no idea of the family that they are adopting in Christ the Lord. So, I want to thank you all also for continuing to pray for me and my family. Brian and the entire Hardin family, everyone behind the scenes that make this happen, thank you. I can’t believe it’s going on 13 years. It’s changed my life, it continues to change my life. I thank you all who have been praying for me and a second baby G, but more important, that God just continue to be first in my life. I love you all. Continue to keep your eyes on the Lord. Cheers. Asia…

Hi, my name is Kay calling from sunny Southern California. I just wanted to call in and lift up Brian and his family in prayer. I am so thankful for coming across this podcast. It has been so beneficial for me at this time of my life. The word is so important and it’s so important for me and everyone to be filled with God’s word and this is…it’s important to me because I’m a blind. And, so, this is a good opportunity for me to get the word. And I have other health issues too. And I’m just so thankful to God that he put Brian and China in my path to receive the word every day. I can rephrase the word now and it is so beautiful to have that opportunity, so wonderful and I’m thankful to God and I pray that God continues to bless Brian and his family for being so faithful to what they’re doing. And I’m new to DAB. This just…I started on October…

Good morning DABbers, this is Walta from Charlotte, I’m a Burning Bush that will not be Devoured for the Glory of our God and King. I just heard sister Angela calling from California about thoughts been going through her mind and works in her head and just the suicidal…she’s battling suicidal thoughts. And, so, I want to tell you, today is the 28th January. I’m actually listening to the 24th today and I don’t believe it’s by mistake because for those…Angela, I want you to know I’m praying for you…but I also want to share for all those who think you’re running behind on listening to the DAB and sometimes you want to skip the prayers, don’t skip the prayers because God is intentionally allowing you to listen on that particular day. So, four days ago or whenever it was, somebody listened to her prayer and prayed for her and then the day after somebody else is going to be listening to the 24th and they’ll listen to Angela’s prayer and they’ll pray for her. And today Angela, I am covering you with the blood of Jesus. And I come against and every attack of the enemy on your life. You are chosen. You are chosen by God and the fact that you called and is indeed a miracle because you are not the only person struggling with suicidal thoughts. There are other people listening who are struggling with the same things and it makes it even harder for them because they feel like they’re the only person on the planet struggling with it. So, as Brian always says, “well done for calling in.” And I cover you with the blood of Jesus, I cover your family right now. There is no problem too big or too small for God to solve. I speak life over you in the name of Jesus. Father God, I pour the oil of joy over her. I speak from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. Father God, you pour Your oil and anointing upon your daughter right now in the name of Jesus. You are covered, you are loved Angela. I will pray for you every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Love you guys.

Hi, this is Joanne of Happy Valley with a prayer request. I’m currently reading Brian’s book Passages, which talks about how DAB came to be, and I am on page 145 where we’re talking about God’s love and he says, “__ in this profound aspect of Gods story. God truly and deeply loves you.” And here’s my response. Dear Lord, help me. I can’t do this myself. I’ve never experienced love I could trust. My parents abandoned me by dying. I took my children’s love for granted and ended up putting them in harm’s way even though in a broken I loved them, and I loved my grandchildren. I am uncomfortable with the concept of love and just can’t comprehend your loving me Lord. Please help me. That it. Thanks. Love you all in my own broken way. Signing off now. Bye.

Hello this is the Norwegian from North Dakota calling in. I’ve been listening to Daily Audio Bible for about six years. Mike called in the other day from London and he challenged us and said, “pray, lean on God, God takes care of all those things and God’s prayers don’t go unanswered” and he said, “be patient”. And I want to address Grace, who was aired on January 13th. Grace, you talked about up poor marriage and had a hard time getting along I want to first give you my email, pa53muri@gmail.com. I understand poor marriage, hard getting along. I had 35 years of it Grace. And three years ago we had a breakthrough and I want to talk to you, I want to encourage you, I want to let you know that I heard what you had to say and I want to talk to women out there totally. This is when my turnaround point came. My husband said to me one day, get this lady’s, listen, “I’m tired of you saying things to me to intentionally make me feel stupid.” Ouch. Big time. Hard spiritual spanking that I got from God. Oh, I couldn’t sit for a long time and I know you’re not pointing fingers at me because there’s 55,000 of you women out there that have been possibly saying things to make your husbands feel stupid. And that’s what we’re going to stop doing because God’s not pleased with that. Praise God and I know that Jill does not do that otherwise Brian couldn’t come on the air and do such a phenomenal job. So, God has convicted me a that, our marriage has turned around, and I’m excited. And grace, I pray that you’ll have time to call me or email me and that we can connect. And last thing I want to say is, I’m so thankful for this ministry. I write in my journal every day, I love the teas, I love listening to everybody and I thank you, thank you, thank you for what you’re all doing. Amen. Let’s go for…

My beautiful family, this is Pastor Gene from Bradenton Florida. Before I came to the United States I practiced law in Panama, my country of national origin, for eight years. When I graduated law school I majored in international law and one of the __ topics of interest in international law was preemptive strikes. And Preemptive strikes are when you know when a country claims that an attack is imminent, and they attack first because they know it’s only a matter of time before the enemy attacks them. So, they are preemptive, they preemptively strike their enemies. I bring this up because I’m feeling this sense of urgency as I pray for so many of our families and I want to encourage you today whether your husband a wife or a child a brother or sister to launch a preemptive attack against the enemy of our souls. Family, let’s not wait for our marriage to be about to end up in divorce, let’s not wait to see our kids suffering or bothers are sisters. Let’s not wait for those of us that are already in those situations. There’s absolutely nothing we can do but fight on our knees and trust God to bring a resolution to the situation. So, for those of us that are experiencing a period of peace and comfort, let’s face it family, it’s not going to stay that way if we are not careful. We need to preemptively attack, and we do that by praying with our Father. We do that by having kindness and attention towards our __ . We do that by __ and writing love notes and being kind and spending time together and spending time on our needs together and opening the word and speaking to our kids and being respectful. Let’s preemptively attack the enemy before it’s too late. I love you family. Pastor Gene from Bradenton Florida. Bye.