10/10/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 14:11-16:15, 1 Thessalonians 2:10-3:13, Psalms 80:1-19, Proverbs 25:1-5

Today is the 10th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is a pleasure and a joy to be here with you today around the global campfire where we can come in out of the cold coming out of whatever’s going on in the storms of our lives and just allow God’s word to speak, allow it to wash into whatever’s going on and speak life to us. So, we’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. We’ll pick up where we left off yesterday, Jeremiah chapter 14 verse 11 through 16 verse 15 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, at this point in our journey through the letter to the Thessalonians, the letter that we’re calling first Thessalonians, while Paul isn’t revealing like grand vistas of faith that we’ve grown accustomed to as we moved through some of the previous letters. And he’s not offering, like, complex theological understandings. Right now we’re simply reading an encouraging word to ordinary believers just like us. These new believers had formed a congregation together in Thessalonica and they had been experiencing opposition from the get-go. And Paul was concerned that persecution would eventually stamp out the work that had been done in their hearts, which was something that Paul was continually burdened about overall the churches. Paul told the believers in Thessalonica how deeply he and his companions had desire to spend more time with them if they could have and how they had been trying to get back to them, but unfortunately, they’d been unsuccessful. And, so, Paul writes in this letter, for this reason, when I could no longer endure the suspense I sent someone to find out about your faith how you are holding up under pressure for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our work among you would prove to be ineffective. So, Timothy coming back from Thessalonica with good and hopeful news inspired Paul to write this letter, in part, because he wanted the Thessalonian congregation to deeply understand that they were not alone. They were not the only ones facing opposition. I mean, it’s true. They were experiencing intimidation and they were being harassed from their own countrymen, but Jewish believers were experiencing the same thing from their own fellow Hebrews. And Paul wanted the Thessalonian believers to know that they had not been abandoned. Rather, they had locked arms and hearts in a struggle for spiritual freedom with thousands of other brothers and sisters going through the same thing. So, if you’re in a season where you feel like you’re facing spiritual opposition, maybe even marginalization, then the first thing to become aware of is that you’ve taken your place in a long and unbroken line of brothers and sisters who have all endured the same thing over all of these thousands of years. Opposition is how the gospel spread throughout the earth and the Scriptures repeatedly tell us not to be surprised by opposition. But the Scriptures also tell us repeatedly that we’re not alone. The brothers and sisters of the early church all faced this. And Jeremiah, 600 years earlier that we’re reading through in the Old Testament, faced this as well. Jeremiah cried out to God just like we do and he received comfort and context from the Lord when he cried out. And, so, we can receive from God the same words that were spoken to Jeremiah - if you repent and give up this mistaken attitude of despair and self-pity then I will restore you to a state of inner peace so that you may stand before me as my obedient representative. And if you separate the precious from the worthless, examining yourself and cleansing your heart from unwarranted doubt concerning my faithfulness you will become my spokesman. Let the people turn to you and learn to value my values. But you, you must not turn to them with regard for their idolatry and wickedness and I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze. They will fight against you but they will not prevail over you, for I am with you always to save you and protect you, says the Lord. Centuries later, Paul prayed a prayer over the Thessalonians who were facing similar obstacles, a prayer that we can also receive over ourselves. And may the Lord cause you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you so that He may strengthen and establish your hearts without blame in holiness in the sight of our God and Father of the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. So, remember this prayer from first Thessalonians. Remember God’s words spoken through Jeremiah when you’re feeling alone or overwhelmed or opposed. Come back to these things. There, sitting here. They’re in the Bible. You can find them every single day. Say out loud the words spoken by God. Say out loud the prayer of the apostle Paul, you are not alone. Do not mistake challenge for abandonment, right? Don’t mistake opposition for desertion by God. God’s presence and the presence of our brothers and sisters is not a recipe for making these easy, it’s the promise that we can rise to the challenge and become stronger through the challenge and we are not alone in any of it.

Prayer:

Father, we invite Your Holy Spirit into those places that are feeling like we’re walking alone, like we’ve been deserted, like we are abandoned. We know these things are false and yet sometimes they feel so true and they pull us in all kinds of directions. And, so, You have brought us through Your word, back to this bedrock truth, we are not alone. We will never be alone and we are the ones that have to reorient ourselves to that fact because we can go on living a lie that we have been abandoned and we can live that lie the rest of our lives and it was never true. We have never been abandoned. We are not alone. Your presence is here and You’ve given us the gift of each other to walk out this life in community. So, we thank You for this reminder in Your word and now the ball is in our court. Now we have some choices to make, whether to believe it or not, whether to walk in that direction of wholeness or not. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its where you find out what’s going on around here in Daily Audio Bible land, what’s happening at the global campfire. So, be sure to check it out.

Definitely pray for your brothers and sisters at the Prayer Wall. find the resources that are available in Daily Audio Bible shop.

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

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

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

10/09/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 12:1-14:10, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:9, Psalms 79:1-13, Proverbs 24:30-34

Today is the 9th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s always a pleasure to meet you here each and every day. So, I’m glad that we have this time. I’m glad that you showed up today. I’m glad that you show up ever d ay because this would be awfully lonely all by myself. Even though I’m an introvert, this wouldn’t be any fun without you. So, I’m glad that we can be here today and take the next step forward as we continue to move through the Scriptures. We’ll be picking up where we left off in Jeremiah, but when we get to the New Testament, we’ll be beginning a new book, another one of Paul’s letters known as 1 Thessalonians. So, we’ll talk about that when we get there, but we’re reading from the Amplified Bible this week. Jeremiah 12:1-14:10.

Introduction to 1 Thessalonians:

Okay. I mentioned at the beginning that we would be entering into a new letter from the Apostle Paul today. And at this point as we have made our way through the New Testament, we should be well aware of who the Apostle Paul was. And that it was his missionary journeys that established many churches throughout the Roman empire. And preserved for us in the New Testament are many of the letters that he wrote to the different churches that had been established. So, in just a couple minutes, we’ll begin Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica. And the story of the establishment of the church in Thessalonica can be found in the book of Acts. Paul had previously been in Philippi, but then the persecution had become severe and he travelled to Thessalonica, where in a very short and intense time, a church was planted. But then a mob was stirred up against it, and as with many early communities, persecution again broke out in Thessalonica as it had in Philippi. And Paul and his traveling companions had to flee away in the night to escape it. And this happened on Paul’s second missionary journey. And a few cities later, Paul found himself in Corinth where he stayed for a year and a half. And Corinth was probably where Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians. And this is probably in AD 51, maybe late in the year or early in the year of AD 52. So, Paul didn’t get to spend a lot of time in Thessalonica and he wanted to go back to encourage and bolster the faith of the community, but he wasn’t able. So, he sent Timothy. And when Timothy came back from Thessalonica and reported the good news that everyone was staying true, Paul was exhilarated. His relief and joy are noticeable in the words of the letter we’re about to read, making it a very encouraging and personal letter from the apostle to the Thessalonian believers. And through them, of course, encouraging us on our own journey. It was the persecution that made it impossible for Paul to spend much time among the Thessalonians and the forming community was under such duress that some of the believers had begun to question what Paul had taught them. It all happened in a very short period of time, so they especially questioned what he had taught them about the afterlife of a believer. So, this is one of the things that Paul addressed in this letter, giving a more solid theological foundation from which to grow. And just like Paul’s other letters, 1 Thessalonians is a fascinating glimpse into the early church because these letters are some of the earliest existing Christian documents. So, we’ll get going into this letter and we’ll find that we’re encouraged to live with one another well and to remain passionate for God even when we face the pressures of life and even the pressures of persecution. So, with all that being said, we begin. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:12 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for the many facets of it and the way that it speaks to all of the issues of our lives. We thank You for the letters of the Apostle Paul that we’re working our way through that give us a clear vision and example of Your kingdom and our place in it. And we fully embrace all that You are speaking to us as we walk with You today. Come, Holy Spirit, we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, its home base, its where you certainly do find out what’s going on around here. So, be sure to check in and check it out.

I’d like to announce the next update to the Daily Audio Bible app. 1.0.14. And I was just thinking about it. It’s been a year since we first introduced this new app with the global campfire initiative last year and we’ve been working all year. It’s amazing, frustrating and exhilarating all at the same time to do this. To create this technology from scratch. And it’s been an adventure to say the least. And this has been a learning year. It’s one thing to release an app into the wild with 500 people as beta testers. It’s another thing when you’ve got tens of thousands of people hitting the system every day. So, we have been working on improvements and efficiencies all year long and this is the next step. This particular release is aimed at better improving the offline management of downloaded episodes and just improving the download process itself. This release introduces progressive downloading so that you can be playing while downloading at the same time. That’s been very, very tricky, but it gets you into the Daily Audio Bible quicker. So, streaming has been dramatically improved and just some of the bugs that we find, they’ve been squashed and stepped on and eradicated. So, it is available now. You can update your iOS device from, of course, the Apple app store or your Android device or your Amazon device. So, be sure to update.

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 for your partnership with all of my heart. If you’re using this fantastic Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the give button in the upper right-hand corner. Or if you prefer, the mailing address is P.O. 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.

10/08/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 10:1-11:23, Colossians 3:18-4:18, Psalms 78:56-72, Proverbs 24:28-29

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi. This is Bremmer from London, the UK calling in for the call from Steve in Toulouse. Steve, I am so pleased that you are starting up a church in Toulouse, church 21 as you call it there. My wife is French. I’m quite familiar with the fact you can be quite __ in France when it comes to funding a family of faith. So, I will be praying for you, your efforts to get resourcing, and of course volunteers, that you’ll actually be able to run your services every week. God bless you Steve, Bremmer from London.

Hello DAB family this is Chantey calling from __ Detroit and I’m calling with a prayer request that is long overdue. It is for someone that is potentially my brother, his name is Raymond and he is 15 years old right now. He’s living in a boy’s home because his mother lost her right and my dad signed over his right and both of them are not for sure if he is my dad’s son. My dad had an opportunity to have a paternity test done but he didn’t show up, of course, to have it done. He has, like social, anxiety and it’s really hard to get him to go anywhere. So, long story short, I want to be there for him and I want him to come stay with us, but I have reservations about his behavior and the fact that we don’t know for sure that he’s my brother. And anyway, just pray for him because he’s really going through a hard time. He’s not able to speak with his parents and he’s able to speak with me only for 10 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And he’s just really struggling and he just…he needs comfort and just…he needs help right now with what he’s going through. So, I’ll be calling back in for more on that. But thank you all so much for your prayers.

Hey everybody, this is Pelham moving to Coleman, the Dough Master Addicted to Christ. That’s been my spiritual name from the beginning when I started calling in to the DAB about 10 years ago. It’s been a while and Brian’s reading today, which was Asaph, that’s what he talked about. When he started talking and he almost laughed to say, some of the stuff that Asaph is facing, we all do from time to time but I think Brian wanted to say we probably all are currently, if you’re listening to my voice. Brian does’t want to say that because that kind of sounds a little intense, but who’s not facing one of those six questions? And Brian, thank you. What an incredible word today. Like, you read my mail literally, said the two things that I was thinking. Thinking way back, some of the things that the Lord is done to sustain you, when you think maybe He’s giving up on you. Boy, if you want to look at my life guys, let’s see, I went to the Daily Audio Bible reunion because of Jesus. I didn’t have any money and I didn’t have the ability to do anything except…except wait on the Lord, who wanted me there apparently, to meet some wonderful people. And I was thinking about thanking a bunch of people with this call, but for me to make a thank you call, I need to start at one minute and 13 seconds to basically give me time to say hi and start lifting names, starting with Jesus and ending with Jesus but it would human names that would be lifted. And you could just say Jesus for everyone, cause when people do the things that they do for Jesus, it’s Jesus working through them and you can see it. I can see Jesus working through Annette in Oklahoma City. I can see Jesus through the big man himself down in Australia Mr. Mike, the big Australian. I can see Jesus through all these people, through the DAB, through people you work with, and see on the street. So, wow…

Good morning DABbers. Love lets the past die that moves people to new beginnings without settling the past. Love does not have to clear up all misunderstandings. Love prefers to tuck all the loose ends of the past rights and wrongs in the bosom of forgiveness. It pushes to a new start. Holy Father, we pray for the gift of forgiveness, so we’re not shackled to the past. Help us to absorb evil without calculating how to retaliate. Thank you for loving us first with Lord Jesus as our example. In His precious name. Amen. Love you DABbers, Diana, Arizona. Bye.

10/07/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 8:8-9:26, Colossians 3:1-17, Psalms 78:32-55, Proverbs 24:27

Today is the 7th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you as we turn the knob and, I don’t know if it’s a knob or not, but we turns the knob and open the door and walk through the threshold of a brand-new, shiny, sparkly week. We get to start over and live into this week, allowing God’s word to speak and inform our choices and decisions and postures of hearts and walk with God by the power of His Holy Spirit into all that we will encounter in this week. So, it’s all fresh and we begin by doing exactly that, letting God’s word speak to us. We’ll read from the Amplified Bible this week and we’ll pick up where we left off in Jeremiah. Today, chapter 8 verse 8 through 9 verse 26.

Prayer:

Father, we do indeed thank You for Your word and we thank You for bringing us this far into the year as we continue to move forward and we thank You for this new week to live into. We thank You that You have greeted us here at the threshold of a new week and invited us into it, forward with You for Your will and Your purposes, which are our destiny and our reason and our meaning. And we confess Lord, that we put our faith and our hopes and our trust and our affirmation and our identity in so many other things, and we repent Lord. Come Holy Spirit, we want to walk purely and upright before You in this new week in every way. May this week be a joyful celebration of our union, of our relationship, and may we collaborate with You in Your kingdom in this coming week. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is the website, which makes it home base, which means you can find out what’s going on around here.

The Prayer Wall lives there and you can certainly pray for your brothers and sisters continually around the clock there. You can also access the Prayer Wall, of course, from the Daily Audio Bible app. You cn visit the Daily Audio Bible Shop on both the app and the website as well. So, check that out.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. We…literally we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t do this together. So, thank you. There’s a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill, TN 37174.

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi this is Bay the Bay Area and I am an eight year listener to Daily Audio Bible. It’s been a light to me and it’s definitely taken me through difficult times and encouraged me every morning. I am…I’m a teacher and a mom of two and am a divorced for two years and really feel like thankful, thankful to God that I’ve had those two years to spend some time really healing and seeking God. And I’m calling today because I’m…I am desiring not to be…not to walk alone in the rest of…in the rest of my life and just praying before God that he would bring a godly man to me and wanting to be an example of integrity for my daughter’s and not wanting to settle in any component and to seek a man who truly is walking with God and seeking to serve Him. I feel like God has called me to do some outreach, you know, during the rest of my life and I really don’t want to make the mistake of getting off that track or settling. So, if you would just pray for me, that in God’s timing that He would bring someone to partner with me and me to partner with them so that we could be a strong force for Him in this world. And I don’t make mistakes this time. And, so, if you could pray for me I would really appreciate it. Thank you very, very much family. Thank you.

Hello, this is Michael Jean Elmore from way out west. Don’t take much to be Michael Jean Elmore, as Michael Jean Elmore ain’t so great. So anyway, listening to the October 4th podcast and reading in the Old Testament was referring to return, a lot of return in it today. And it occurred to me at that time that that is what repentance…lined up with a lot of our anger issues, and porn issues, addiction issues and all these things, wrapped up in this return and repentance thing. And it reminded me of that a few years ago we had return as our word of the year. I’m still stuck on return. I return all the time. I thought I had anger totally conquered for years and then the other day I just blew up on somebody man. It was not good but turned and repented. And God made something good out of something bad. So, I was gonna tell you how huge a part of my life this Daily Audio Bible is. It’s like most of my life because I’m in the truck all the time…I listen to a lot. So, you people, I prayer along with each and every one of your prayers.

Hi DABbers, it’s Donna from Seattle. Just wanted to lift up Kaylee. She had an 11-year-old son that’s being prosecuted. Kaylee, I want to let you know that I’m standing in the gap for you and your son. I’m praying for your son, that he has favor, he does not have any charges that would indefinitely hurt him, but that he will receive a verbal warning from the judge, and that he would walk clean and have learned from this. Also, a shout out to Sonja in Tampa. The chicken story was amazing. It had an impact on me. I have thought about it for several days. I would love it if more DABbers would call in with their stories about how God touched them and spoke to them because it just put so much faith in me. That brought me to tears. Sonja, I’m praying for your grandson, that he has deliverance. You called back on September 25th. I am there. I have you guys on my prayer list, everyone that I mentioned I wrote down and I’m praying for you here in Seattle. The husband that called in about his wife Kelly in North Carolina, you have IVF and you’re hoping to __ and I just pray that you are fruitful and that God would bless your room and that you would have this baby. And for Breanna, you called in about being in rehab for anorexia and I just want to let you know, sister, I struggled with anorexia when I was in high school and I understand how fearful it is to gain weight and how stressful that is and how you feel, that even though you lost weight you still seem like you feel like you’re in the same shape, just a miniature version of it. You don’t feel like you’ve changed your shape. And I remember that feeling and I remember just how it changes your chemistry and I’m just believing and praying with you, standing in the gap. My arm is around you. I just walk through the valley of recovery and I claim your healing and that you will have full recovery and that your kidneys and your liver and that will not be harmed. I love you DABbers and am so excited to call in to just pray for everybody else today rather than my own issues. And thank you for praying for me. Bye.

Hey DAB family it’s Dr. John in Jordan New York. I need urgent prayer coverage over my daughter Phoebe. She is doing an internal medicine rotation in the hospital on hematology/ oncology and it is really getting her down. I just got off the phone and she was crying and feeling so inadequate and feeling just like she can’t do medicine, medicine’s not the right place for her. And this is just Satan attacking her and I need…I need prayer covering over Phoebe. I need you guys to help her to be able to fight back. I need prayers for her faith, that she can use God’s covering to protect herself, that she can have the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, to be in God’s will, and have peace, and have joy that she should have in the situation, that he’s attacking her in terms of her confidence and competence and all these things that come against us in medicine. So, please, please pray for Phoebe and I appreciate it. I love you guys. Take care. Bye-bye.

10/06/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 6:15-8:7, Colossians 2:8-23, Psalms 78:1-31, Proverbs 24:26

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello DAB family, this is Linda In Alberta calling. I just wanted to call in. I hope I don’t go on rambling here. I hear a lot of calls, as we all do, people asking for prayer for their children who have gone astray. And I just always feel for you being a parent myself. Three and a half years ago or so when I first called in the DAB with concerns for my daughter who has mental health and addiction in her life, you people prayed for her and really, the DAB was the safest place I found to share our story. At that time, I remember that, one time in particular, I went to meet my daughter somewhere and I had to meet her in kind of like a part at a picnic table because she had got herself previously involved with a bunch of bad people. And anyway, this time my daughter didn’t resemble herself at all. She was so skinny, she was shaking, she was hiding from these bad people. I wasn’t allowed to know her address for protection __. During that time our phones were bugged by detectives. We were followed, she was followed when they knew where she was. One time we had our front door kicked in and within a matter of seconds or minutes we had all these police cars surrounding our house. And anyways, my daughter now lives in another city, has a full-time job, she’s going to school, the bad people are in jail. She was spared. And I just want to give all of you hope. I want to encourage you to listen to the Daily Prayer that Brian has recorded and it’s on the podcast. And I listen to that day and night and I __ to God through that day and night for my daughter. And anyway, my times almost up. I just want to know that I pray for you and I know how bad this is but just have hope and we have God on our side. Thank you. Bye-bye.

Hello this is Afel from __ . Today is Wednesday, October 3rd and I’m just calling and after hearing Brian’s commentary today. It was something that really spoke to me especially. Especially just want to reference Philippians 4:6-7, Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. So, having said that, you know, I just want to say, really thankful for so many things. Thankful to be blessed with the children, to be blessed with family, and to be blessed with so many comforts, and so much favor from God. I want to ask for a prayer request for my daughter in first grade. She’s having a challenge where she’s not able to speak in public. We’re seeing a specialist but I just want to ask for prayers, that God can see her through the situation, whatever anxiety or whatever obstacle is stopping her to be able to speak in public, we pray that God just lifts that and allows her to speak and communicate freely with her classmates and her teachers. I also want to pray for Duane from Wisconsin for his son up in prison. It’s a really tough situation but I just pray brother that you continue to be steadfast and I’m just thankful to God for the hope that your son will come through this situation. Thank you.

Hi this is Victoria Soldier just calling to pray for some of the DABbers. I want to pray for Sally from the UK. I want to pray for, I think it’s Barry from California, with his daughter…his goddaughter Angeline. I want to pray for her for insight. I want to pray for Daniel with a series of things going on in his marriage. And the other thing, I want to pray for Jay. And I want to pray for Robert and Ambrosia and our big sister Judy for the things that they are going through. Gracious Father we just praise You today for an opportunity to pray for Your people Lord, that they can see how wonderful and how awesome and how great You are, that You are a God that answers prayers, that You’re a God that can do anything but fail, that You’re a God that is good through the good times and even the bad, that You’re a God that is always there. You said You would never leave us or forsake us, Lord, and that You are with us every step of the way. Sometimes we be ready to call on You and You’ve already taken care of the problem. Lord we just ask You right now to touch the names I called Lord. You know what they’re going through. Father, You know all about them Lord. You open up the windows of heaven and You pour out their blessings Lord. You open up the windows of heaven and You heal them Lord. You touch whatever way You do it Lord. Your ways are not our ways and Your thoughts are not our thoughts, but we know that You will not hold any good thing from those who love You. Oh Lord we just thank You for Your people. We thank You for Brian and his family Lord. We thank You for pastor Gene and blind Tony Lord. We thank You for Sharon and her mother Lord and we pray that her mother gets to be with her daughter and …

Dear family, this is Shannon from Oregon. And Shannon from Texas, I am praying for Jadrian for his deliverance and for his healing and for you for your hope and perseverance. Family, I am asking for prayer for my daughter Serena. She is 11 years old and just started sixth grade and it is quite a time of transition as it is for any kiddo at that age. But I’m just already seeing some real challenges develop and today we had a really, really difficult experience. And it left me feeling really baffled and, honestly, kind of inadequate as a parent. And I just don’t know really where to go from here. And I know I need some help. And I’m just not even sure what doors to push on right now. We had a really great conversation and prayed with her as I tucked her to bed and I just really encouraged her to talk to the Lord too and really seek His wisdom because He knows her, He knows how he made her. And anyway, I just would love for you to pray for my sweet Serena and for me and my husband to have wisdom and to raise her in a way that she can see Jesus __ her. Thank you, family. I love you all. Bye.

10/05/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 4:19-6:14, Colossians 1:21-2:7, Psalms 77:1-20, Proverbs 24:23-25

Today is October 5th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today from the lovely rolling hill of Tennessee. And I hope it’s a lovely day in the rolling hills of wherever you are or the mountains or the planes or the valleys or the desserts or the coastland of wherever you are. I’m excited that wherever we are we have a place that we can all go around the global campfire as we allow God’s word to come washing into our lives for today. So, we’re reading from the Common English Bible this week and we’ll continue our journey in Jeremiah today. Chapter 4 verse 19 through 6:15.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in our reading from Psalm 77 today we saw, in poetic fashion, Asaph who was the author, in great distress as he cried out to God for comfort and for some resolution to what was going on his life. And this Psalm is pertinent to us because, I mean, because we’ve all likely walked through those same kinds of emotional seasons in our lives and in this Psalm six questions were asked. Will my Lord reject me forever? Will He never be pleased again? Has His faithful love come to a complete end? Is His promise over for future generations? Has God forgotten how to be gracious? Has He angrily stopped up His compassion? Okay. So, once again we see the Bible saying out loud the things that we sometimes feel inside, but do not give voice because it will seem ungrateful. But these questions, whether we speak them out loud or whether we just like stuff them deep inside, they find their way into our lives. And it usually happens when we’re feeling the discomfort of crisis, right? Or we’re going through hardship or we’re suffering from loss or from pain or whatever is coming against us. We never ask those kinds of questions, right? Those six questions. We never ask them when things have turned out, right? When things turn out the way you wanted them to turn out, when we think things are going well for us. But when we’re suffering, Asaph’s conclusions often do become our own. His conclusion was, this is…this is my misfortune. It’s my misfortune that the strong hand of the most high seems different now. Seems like He's…God’s turned against me. So, if this is sounding eerily familiar, then the Bibles speaking. What are we to do when we feel downcast and bewildered like this. The psalmist suggests something that might seem counterintuitive or even unproductive but it’s essential. We must stop and remember. In Asaph’s words, I will remember the Lord’s deeds. Yes, I will remember Your wondrous acts from times long past. I will meditate on all Your works. I will ponder Your deeds. So, Asaph is suggesting that focusing our energy on remembering God’s faithfulness will bring back context, right? Will give us our balance back. And this is not unlike what the apostle said about the peace that passes all understanding. Right? When we closed the letter to the Philippians a couple days ago. Asaph used the remainder of the Psalm to bring his emotions into balance by worshiping God and remembering His faithfulness. So the next time one of those six questions or all of those six questions start filtering into our life experience, go back to your old journals you’ve kept or just sit quietly, still yourself, and remember times when God undoubtedly carried you through a difficult time because He’s doing that right now. It’s just hard to see when you’re in the thick of it, but it’s much easier to see in hindsight. Surely, I thought I was going down but surely I’m still standing here today because God was faithful and brought me through. He will never leave us. We will not be forsaken. The Bible tells us over and over and over and over, His faithful love endures forever. So, that’s either true or it’s not true. It is true however. And it’s true whether we believe it or not. So, we can embrace this, His faithful love endures forever or we can deny it but it’s still true. When we deny it in thought, word, or deed we’re simply not participating, we’re not partaking of the gift that is available to us.

Prayer:

Father, we definitely confess that we’ve had these postures of heart that we read from Asaph in the psalms. We definitely felt this way before. And we take the counsel to stop and remember, slow it down and remember that You have been faithful that You have carried us through difficulties before and You are continuing to carry us now. And in the future we’ll be able to look back on this time and see that You were faithful because Your faithful love endures forever. Come Holy Spirit, bring Your comfort into our lives today. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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We were just talking about remembering and journaling and that’s something that we’re big on around here. So, we make our way through the Bible, the Bible speaks an awful lot of things into our lives. And it’s important that we remember them. But we don’t. I mean, we think we’ll never forget but then we forget 10 minutes later. And, so, when we take a few moments out of our day, write down some thoughts, some of the things that stuck out in the Scriptures, some of the interesting things that happened in our lives, we’re creating the story of our lives, we’re telling it as it happens. And we can look at previous chapters, right? We can look back at other seasons exactly like Asaph is suggesting and remember God’s faithfulness to us. So, we have the Daily Audio Bible Journal and some great writing utensils in the shop for exactly this, to take this journey through the year and to write down what God speaks to us so that we don’t forget and so that we can remember. So, you can check that out in the Daily Audio Bible shop.

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10/04/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 2:31-4:18, Colossians 1:1-20, Psalms 76:1-12, Proverbs 24:21-22

Today is the 4th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it is always great to be here with you as we come around the global campfire. Just threw some logs on. Got a nice fresh pot of coffee going. And off we go into the wild frontier that is the Scriptures and is our journey through the Scriptures this year. We’re reading from the common English Bible. We just began the book of Jeremiah, so, we’ll continue forward in Jeremiah and then when we get to the New Testament we’ll start another of Paul’s letters, the letter to the Colossians. But first Jeremiah 2:31 through 4:18.

Introduction to the letter from Paul to the Colossians:

Okay. So, like we mentioned at the beginning, we’re moving into some new territory, a new letter, an epistle from the apostle Paul to the Colossians. And Colossae was not an unfamiliar city to Paul. It was about 100 miles from Ephesus where Paul spent a considerable amount of time. And, the ancient ruins of Colossae, they have been identified. They’re in the western part of modern-day Turkey but there hasn’t been any major excavation to this point. But ancient Colossae has definitely been identified. During Paul’s life, Colossae wasn’t a ruin, it was a cultural melting pot that brought a lot of people together and mingled them. And, so, a lot of philosophical and religious ideas were flowing into the city and these had made their way into the Colossian church. And so, Paul’s letter was written as a response. Like Ephesians and Philippians, Colossians is widely considered to be another of the letters that Paul wrote while he was in prison in Rome while awaiting trial before the Emperor. And this letter breaks down kind of into two halves, in two sections. The first is a doctrinal issue. Individuals had come into the church were teaching angel worship and, you know, other foreign rituals. And Paul addressed this by reiterating Jesus is supreme over all of creation, that the universe itself was created by and through Him and is sustained through His Lordship. And then Paul had to deal with an issue that that we see appearing over and over in the New Testament, circumcision versus on the circumcision. And this had become quite a controversy in the early church and we’ve already seen it many times. This issue had also found its way into the church at Colossae. And of course, Paul’s shared his views. He had no problem doing that. So, we see in the early church that some of some of these fundamental issues, they keep showing up in different letters and in different places and contexts because they were widespread and controversial issues of the early church. Ironically, many of these challenges are still with us today in one form or another, making it possible for us to experience growth and correction in our own contexts through these letters. And understanding the Colossians was written by man awaiting a life or death judgment, right? Allows the letter to carry a certain amount of gravity and we should give it the gravity that it deserves. Colossians is a magnificent testament to the Lordship of Jesus in our lives and presents the overwhelming reality of what that Lordship offers to all of humanity. And, so, we begin. Colossians 1 verses 1 through 17.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for the letter to the Colossians we’ve just begun that shows us how Almighty, how sovereign Your Lordship is and how much we can rest in that. And, so, come Holy Spirit and plant these words in our lives as we continue our journey forward. You are the sovereign God. We return to You as we were reading about in Jeremiah. We come back to You. We humble ourselves before You. We want to walk with You in every moment of this day, in every choice that we need to make, in every conversation that’s going to happen in every intent of our hearts, we invite You to be present in it all. Come Holy Spirit align us with Your will and Your ways. We trust You. You will only lead us into all truth. You will only guide us on the narrow path that leads to life and we can’t find this without You. We can navigate this without You. And, so, we surrender to Your Lordship and Your authority. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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10/03/2018 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 1:1-2:30, Philippians 4:1-23, Psalms 75:1-10 , Proverbs 24:17-20

Today is the 3rd day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. And it’s great to be here with you today as we take the next step forward. And I was just realizing, man, this is my thirteenth October 3rd. Which means this will be the thirteenth time we’ve started the book of Jeremiah together, which is what we’re going to do today because that would be what the next step forward would look like. So Jeremiah is one of the most intriguing books of prophecy in the Old Testament. And this is in part because of who Jeremiah presents himself to be. He’s just very authentic. He was committed to obeying God, but he did not like everything he was asked to do by God. He didn’t like saying everything God told him to say. And at times he wanted to just wash his hands of it all because it appeared that no one was listening anyway. And in part, that was true. Jeremiah’s frustration wasn’t all in his head. Israel had turned its back on God. And for more than two decades, Jeremiah was this lone voice warning that where they were headed was not going anywhere pleasant or prosperous. And this often led to conflict and even imprisonment for Jeremiah. What he was saying was simply not good for business and powerful people were fed up with his interference. At one point, as we’ll see when we get to the later parts of this book, he was thrown into a pit to die. But through all these experiences, Jeremiah stayed faithful to God and sure enough, his warnings were accurate. The Babylonian Empire invaded the land of Judah in 587 BC. Jerusalem fell in the conquest. Solomon’s stunning palace that we journeyed through, watched it being built, watched it being dedicated, this great temple of God was utterly destroyed. And the remnants of Israel’s finest city and monuments were left in rubble and ash and people were carried away. And so, that’s the territory that we’re heading into. And as with all of the Scriptures we’ll find them raising up a mirror and allowing us to look into our own lives and examine our own paths as we continue forward. So we’re reading from the Common English Bible this week. Jeremiah 1:1-2:30 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we finished Paul’s letter to the Philippians today, as was probably fairly apparent as he closed the letter. But Paul led us into some very famous portions of the New Testament and told us some very important things. For example, don’t worry about anything. Let that sit there for a second. That’s a pretty important thing. Don’t worry about anything. So, all together now. Don’t worry about anything. Instead, right? So, rather than worrying about stuff, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. So, Paul’s taking us through this process. This is not just a manic, tell God what you need. If you don’t come through for me right now, I’m gonna go down. Now this is a process of asking God for what you need as you thank him for all he has done. So, you’re looking back and seeing God’s faithfulness in your life, knowing that that has not been discontinued. That will continue forward. According to Paul, if we’ll do this, then we’ll experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. So, this famous portion of scripture, mostly because it promises an unexplainable peace, this unexplainable peace that we very rarely get to experience, but maybe that’s because we’re not paying attention to the process. If we’re gonna keep worrying about everything and not approach God with gratitude for all that he’s done on our behalf, than we can’t expect to experience peace beyond our understanding. So, my little guy, Ezekiel, he started school for the first time just a couple weeks ago. And that’s been quite a bit of an adjustment for him. Those first days, those first couple weeks, he was worried a lot. In fact, he would come home from school and kind of start whimpering and it would go all the way till bedtime. He didn’t want to go back. All the disruption that was coming into his life, all of the unknowns, all of the new faces, all of the commotion, all of the new rituals, all of the new noises. Everything was out of his control. And so he would worry inside. And yes, we can sit down and explain to him that there’s nothing to worry about. And no one was going to let anything happen to him. That we are there. That Jesus is with him whatever he goes. All of these things. But he was choosing to worry because it’s something that he could get his mind around. Everything else was too big. Until he began to understand that many people were caring for him. Many people were protecting him, and this wasn’t a bad thing. This was an opportunity to learn how to read. That this was a gift instead of an obstacle. Once he settled in, understanding that there’s no where he can go that Jesus isn’t gonna be with him and that there’s no one against him, this is just a new experience, he did settle down. Paul’s telling us- I know this is like a kindergarten example, maybe not the best example for the kinds of things that we face in our lives, but we do have to remember it’s the faith of a child that unlocks the kingdom. And these principles, whether we learn them early or young, they have to be learned. And Paul is telling us, there’s a way to unlock this posture where you’re not worried all the time. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right and pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. So, if we’ll focus our energy there on the things that are going right instead of the things that are going wrong. And by the way, for most of us, if we actually had to add that up, way more is going right than is going wrong. So, if we’ll focus our energy with gratitude toward the Lord, these things that are going right, the deficits that we feel, whether they’re inside of us or they’re the circumstances that we’re facing, they can no longer distract us from the union that we have with Jesus, the collaborative relationship that we’re enjoying in this world, which is our destiny. And Paul summed this up for us as we concluded Philippians by telling us that, here’s how he worked it out. And in his words, I’ve learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with plenty. I’ve learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it’s with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. So, the bottom line is that the anxiety, the worry, the obsessive behavior, this is simply indicating to us that we are not doing what Paul is suggesting we try. And at some point we have to say, What do I exactly have to lose by fully trusting in God and what his word is telling me? What if I did focus all of my energy on things that are true and honorable and right and pure and lovely and admirable? What if that’s what I was thinking about instead of this obsession about all the disruptions in my life? What if I did believe that there was a peace available that’s beyond my understanding and somehow supersedes the circumstances that I see around me. What would happen if I stopped worrying about anything and instead prayed about everything and trusted God? Because I can look back and see that he’s been faithful. And I know that he will continue to be faithful. And that may not look like what I have prescribed for myself, but I’m surrendering. This is not about my choices and my decisions. I’m not trying to create my own life outside of God. What if I fall face first into him and trust him completely? What do I have to lose here? Paul’s saying that the peace that passes understanding is available if we’ll do these things. Which means that we have to set aside our agendas and our outcomes and trust God, understanding that this is a great adventure through this life. And we’re going to be okay.

Prayer:

So, Holy Spirit, come into that because it’s a daily struggle. There’s always plenty to worry about. There’s always things that need to be maintained and fixed. There’s always not enough time to do all of the things that we need to do. It’s never not an opportunity to feel like we’re falling further and further behind. But this is because we’re trying to do everything in our own strength when You have invited us to live differently, to stop worrying about all this, to commune with You, to talk with You about everything, to move through life with You in a grateful way because You have been faithful every day of our lives. You’re telling us that we can experience a peace that exceeds anything that we can understand. And that that peace will guard our hearts and minds as we live in You. And so we’re turning towards You and confessing that we don’t know exactly how to practically live that out in every moment, but this is the moment we need to be responsible for. And so we’re being responsible in this moment to surrender to You and open our hearts fully to You, asking You to help us in the moments that become crazy when we think that we’ve gotta grab for control again. Help us Holy Spirit to trust You in all things so that we might experience the peace that You bring, the comfort, the guida nce that You bring. Come, Holy Spirit, we pray. In Jesus name. Amen.

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10/02/2018 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 66:1-24, Philippians 3:5-21, Psalms 74:1-23, Proverbs 24:15-16

Today is the 2nd day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is always a joy to come around global campfire together and just be together and allow God’s word to wash into our lives and speak to us and reorient our hearts to God. We’re just getting going in this brand new month but we will complete a book today. And it’s been a book we’ve been in for a while. The book of Isaiah. So, we’re reading from the Common English Bible this week. Isaiah 66: 1-24.

Commentary:

Okay. Let’s talk about the book of Philippians - the letter to the Philippians today. And let’s try to focus in and get this very clear for ourselves. A lot of us are married people. And a lot of us aspire to be married people. So, if you’re married, you probably have a wedding ring and you’re probably wearing your wedding ring. So, just look at the wedding ring for a second on your hand. Is that ring your marriage? I mean, it’s not really a trick question. Is the ring your marriage? No matter how many karats of rock you have on your finger or no matter how simple it is, none of us could call our wedding ring our marriage. Instead, it’s a symbol representing the fact that we’ve entered into marriage. A symbol that we receive e during a ritualistic ceremony commonly understood as a wedding. However, those of us who are married understand that being married is quite a bit different than having a symbol wrapped around our finger, which is fundamentally Paul’s point in today’s reading and then pretty much throughout all of his ministry. The covenantal relationship that God offered his people had become empty ritual, like a ring without a marriage. The heart and soul of the relationship had become about rules. So, for Paul, obeying the rules in order to be made righteous before God had proven incomplete. Unless we assume that Paul was only half into his faith, like just sort of culturally participating in his faith, that wasn’t the case. He had obeyed the rules with all of his effort and still could not find a relationship with God in those rules. And that’s exactly what he said today. So, quoting Paul, We don’t put our confidence in rituals performed on the body, though I have good reason to have this kind of confidence. If anyone else has reason to put their confidence in physical advantages, I have even more. Then he goes down the list. I was circumcised on the eighth day. I’m from the people of Israel, the tribe of Benjamin. I’m a Hebrew of Hebrews. With respect to observing the law, I’m a Pharisee. With respect to devotion to the faith, I persecuted the church. With respect to righteousness under the law, I’m blameless. These things were my assets, but I wrote them off as a loss for the sake of Christ. So, Paul’s saying a lot there. He’s saying, I spent my life in utter and absolute devotion, moving on one specific path to become righteous for God and I have thrown it all out as meaningless. That’s saying a lot. Paul was convinced that only the righteous could ever hope to see God, so he applied himself to becoming righteousness through the rituals and ceremonies of his faith. Unfortunately, it didn’t make him righteous. It only revealed his inability to be righteous. Until someone fulfilled the law- Jesus. So, Paul diligently searched the Scriptures. And then through direct revelation from Jesus, Paul realized that faith started the whole story for Abraham. And God counted that faith as righteousness. And therefore, faith could make a person righteous, but obeying the rules and the rituals and the ceremonies could not. Which compelled Paul to put all his faith in Jesus, believing that God was doing a new thing in the world and bringing humanity back into full fellowship with himself through Jesus. This is such a paradigm shift. It’s like the basics of the Christian faith that we take for granted, but this is such a paradigm shift. This is so monumental that Paul was willing to consider all of his previous efforts at being righteous to be a total loss. In Paul’s own words, I consider everything a loss in comparison with the superior value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have lost everything for him. But what I lost I think of as sewer trash, so that I might gain Christ and be found in him. In Christ, I have righteousness that is not my own. And it does not come from the law, but rather from the faithfulness of Christ. It is the righteousness of God that is based on faith. So, like I was saying, this is fundamental truths of the Christian faith and they permeate Paul’s writings. But, aside from the fact that there’s some repetition here, we still need the repetition because we often mistake the ring for the relationship as we strive to obey the rules so that God will notice us. So, was Paul just on this massive campaign to do away with the rules? Do the tenants of our faith have any value? Do the rules that we try to observe matter? If our salvation is a gift that we can never earn, than what’s the point in trying to live by any rule of life? Well, let’s look at our wedding ring again. Can you make your spouse love you? You cannot. It’s a gift. And since you can’t earn that gift, are you then permitted to do whatever you want to in the marriage? Well, I suppose you could do whatever you want, but it will have repercussions. You can hardly do whatever you want. The exchange of love between two people involves a lot risk and a lot of loyalty. And if the relationship’s healthy, then all of the rules become apparent. We’re not following them out of coercion, but the rules, the respect, the boundaries, they define our love. This was always Paul’s point and he was absolutely convinced that we are on a journey to wholeness and restoration through this relationship with Christ. But if we’re gonna be in love with Jesus, then we need to act like it. It’d be pretty difficult to be honestly claiming we are involved in a thriving marriage while we are betraying our spouse. It’s not that mistakes aren’t made in marriage. We all make mistakes. It’s that we’re going somewhere together and that somewhere is called union. In marriage, we two are becoming one in Christ, in the same way that each of us as individuals are becoming one with Christ. And so with that in mind, Paul gives us some language not only for how to think about our relationship with Jesus, but for that matter, how to think about our relationship with each other, our spouses. Paul said, it’s not that I have already reached this goal or have already been perfected, but I pursue it so that I may grab hold of it because Christ grabbed hold of me for just this purpose. Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and I reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.

Prayer:

So, Father, we thank You. We thank You for Your word and all that You are speaking to us as we move fully into this new month. And all that this touches inside of us. Yes, we have to confess that, in some ways, we have gotten the cart before the horse in the same way that the audience that Paul was speaking to had. We’ve thought if we could just get our act together and get shiny and sparkly enough, than maybe You’ll pay attention to us when it was never about the rules, but always about being in love, in covenant, in relationship, in union with You. And this is the invitation. We keep trying to clean ourselves up so that You might pay attention to us and You’re saying, I love You as You are. If You will come to me, You don’t  have to clean Yourself up. I will wash it all away. There’s nothing behind You You need to look at.  It’s only out in front of us. This vista of an eternal relationship and covenant that we get to enjoy together. So, Father this has straightened us out for right now. We can see this right this minute. But the world has a way of trying to steal it from us. So,, Holy Spirit, protect these realities. Plant them deep within our hearts and may they  yield bountiful fruit for Your kingdom. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello my DAB family, this is Mark Street from Sydney Australia, today is Sunday the 1st October. I’m calling today…it’s a very hard call for me because I feel like…I know the enemy is getting to me. I’ve gotta be honest my family, I’ve fallen back into sexual sin but not only that __ getting into talk about other people, rumors, and I’ve been back sliding a bit this last month. and I feel like now I’m taking too much of the __ and I’ve not given back enough and I just want to…I’m using you my lovely family as an accountability partner and I want to be honest with you. Please just ask God to help me to put the…put on the armor of God each day so that I can be stronger. __ earlier this month…I don’t want to wallow in my sorrow and backslide even more, but I want to come to you to confess my sin and move forward again. And keep praying for me DAB family because I love God, I do. And it upsets me a lot that I’m back __ and I really want to keep moving forward. Thank you family. And I’m hopefully calling with better things soon. Love you all very much. Thank you. Mark Street from Sydney Australia.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family. This is Grandma Love and I want to thank Victoria Soldier for praying so verbally and vocally and worldwide for my dad and for him to feel the Spirit of the Lord around him in this important time in his life. It’s a passage we all go through. It’s also quite amazing to me how the Lord has put obstacles in my way and all kinds of diversions and I have ended up right here by his bedside taking care of him. So, __ I’m the one to  __ side. He’s somewhat neglected here at the __ a nursing home. And they have trouble feeding him, hydrating, bathing him and changing him…just cause it’s busy. So, __ the Lord has showed me that  need to be my father’s advocate during this time because he’s unable to advocate for himself __. __ wonderful blessings. And I also wanted to reach out to the lady…I can’t remember her name…that called in on the program and had just buried her dad and is going through a grief period. __ 20 people __. And just know that there’s a time and a place the Lord has placed us in, that He will direct your steps. And give yourself permission to be angry but underneath the anger is the grief, the sorrow. And, so, if anger does tend to tip over then you don’t want to feel the loss…but just remember your husband is waiting for you…

Good day all, this is Robert Learning to Serve in San Antonio Texas. I sure would like a big group hug with all of you. I’m calling to have a praise report, of course, and I should probably call the minute I after I hung up asking for your prayers my sister Jeannie. You know, in 12 years or 11 years, I guess, every time I’ve called for a prayer request it seems like it’s instantaneous, it’s just amazing. God’s gifts are just unmeasurable…and it’s just amazing. I thank you for praying for me with my rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve got my medicine back and for about the last couple weeks it was really difficult but He carried me through it and showed me what to do. And all of your prayers, everything is just…it’s…it’s all of us…it really…it’s so important and it’s so much love it can’t be measured. And I love you all so very, very much and I so appreciate you Brian, so much. You’re so awesome. Well, I’ll see you all later and thank you.

Hi this is Sonja calling from Tampa. I believe it was the September 11th podcast that spoke about putting your hope in God and in God alone for your survival. Being independent since the 15 and always working, I found the wilderness at age 32 very scary. But it was through this journey that I learned how to put my hope and trust in God for my complete survival. As a single parent with two children it was very challenging but I would not trade it for the world because it was through the wilderness that I truly learned the meaning of what it meant to trust God. I remember as if it were yesterday while I was praying the Holy Spirit kept prompting me to go to the store and I kept telling God that I did not want to waste my gas. I only had $15 in my pocket but I kept hearing that soft voice over and over so I finally gave in and drove to the store. Mind you, I’m walking around with an empty shopping cart down each aisle wondering why God prompted me to come. I finally chalk it up to a test of obedience as I get ready to head home. Then in front of me is a manager special and I’m baffled it’s $4 dollars off. That means the chicken breast would only be $0.59. I’m blown away about the price and I check with the staff and they tell me is right. I check the expiration date and load the grocery cart with 16 pounds chicken ranging from $0.39 two $0.59 a pack. I get in the car and I begin to cry and praise God for His greatness. Needless to say I blessed my mom, my neighbors, and everybody else I could think of with chicken and still have plenty in the freezer to create every chicken recipe known to man.

10/01/2018 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 62:6-65:25, Philippians 2:19-3:4, Psalms 73:1-28, Proverbs 24:13-14

Community Prayer and Praise:

All is well. Thank You Father for Your mercy. Thank You Father for this child of God __ the body of Christ. We pray to You through Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ for Your guidance, strength, justice, heavy favor, and wisdom, for friends, this moment, today. Thank You Father for Your faith and the eyes of faith You have given us to focus on that which we do not see in the natural yet can see clearly believing in and through the promises You have already spoken in the living word of God, living this day You made inside our hearts. Father, You said Your name is, I am that I am. Father, You said we can do all things through Christ. Father, You said all things work together for good and those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. Father, thank You that You already answered this prayer for Freddy. Thank You Father that I can type this message to Your child of God here in faith because I just know Father in Your perfect will all is well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hi everybody this is Lisa the Encourager. I just wanted to call in tonight to pray for Elizabeth and I also wanted to welcome her and her. And she also who wanted us to pray for her husband, Jason. But I just want to welcome you, Elizabeth, to the Daily Audio Bible and release some virtual balloons in celebration of your two weeks of being with us. I’m so happy that you have joined such a wonderful group. And we just want to know I just…I admire you for calling in and having the courage to pray for your husband and…or ask us to pray for your husband. And I definitely will be playing for Jason. And also, that he’ll be able to, like you said, just bring down the walls of the things are that are affecting his life and having an impact on his temper. And I just pray that the Lord will help him have a breakthrough there. And I think you are doing such a wonderful lovely thing for your husband just by praying for him. Even the small prayer that you prayed over him when you called in your request, I thought it was really beautiful. And I will pray for your husband. And I think if you continue to have a faith and pray for him that will…your righteousness and faith will help them in that area. Also wanted to pray most especially from Melody and her son, Melody in Canada and her son is living on the streets right now because of an addiction that has pulled him back out into the world of this horrible addiction. And Melody I just want you to know I love you and I’m sorry for what you’re going through with your son and I’m really gonna be praying for him. And I pray that you will have…you will be able to just give him over to God and hopefully that will help you with the fears and the unsettledness that you have when he’s away from you. And the unknown…

Hey Daily Audio Bible. My name’s Levi. I’m from Dallas Texas. I’m calling because I’ve been hearing a lot of voicemails of mothers and they’re praying for the sons to come home. And I felt like, I just wanted to call and encourage. I’m 24 years old and I ran away from home and from God for, you know, between three to five years. And my parents were really by covering. My mom was constantly praying for me. I’m sure I kept her up a lot at night time. But she was constantly praying and she never gave up and she was strong and her faith is the covering that protected me because I refused to have the Lord’s covering. And because of her prayers I really believe she saved my life. So, I just wanted to do a quick encouragement and say, just do not give up on your sons. Keep praying. The Lord is fighting with you and for you. He will never abandon you and He is there for your son. And we’re calling all of the sons, all the prodigal sons. My mom will probably even hear this one day. I love you guys and thank you. Bye.

Hi family, this is Laura calling from San Diego. I was listening to the prayer from Saturday the 28th…29th and I heard Miguel from Santa Rosa praying as he bandaged his foot over sexual sin. And I just want to pray along with him and with our community. I’m so thankful that we have this place where we can bring everything to bear in front of God. And, so, let’s play together. Holy Spirit, we come before You and we commit the deepest places of our hearts and our desires into Your hands. I pray for my brothers and sisters Lord. This is an area we don’t talk about much in the church and in our day it’s so rampant that people are doing things. I think it probably always has been Lord. But we bring these deepest places of our hearts before You and we confess Lord that our desire has been toward wanting to be in relationship and in pleasure and these are things that You give us, but Lord we ask that You would put our hearts and our minds set on You, that we know that You are the source of fulfillment for our lives and these things are not, and we believe the truth that we don’t believe the lie. And we trust You and when our mind starts to think that those other things are desirable, I pray Lord that You would help us take captive those dots and put them down and put our minds on You and put our minds on the fulfillment that You bring. And I know Lord from practice and from experience Lord that Your Holy Spirit ministers in those moments and that Lord You bring us back into…