11/27/2022 DAB Transcript

Daniel 4:1-37, 2 Peter 1:1-21, Psalm 119:97-112, Proverbs 28:17-18

Today is the 27th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian, welcome to a brand-new, shiny, sparkly week. 

And today, today’s a special day as we begin this new week. Today is the first day, the first Sunday in the season of Advent. Advent begins today. That means we’re about 40 days out from Christmas Day. There’s four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Those are the Sundays of Advent, that’s the season of Advent. And you may have…you may have observed Advent your entire life, you kind of just grew up with Advent calendars and just everything that goes around that, you also may be somebody that has heard the name Advent before, but don’t really, have never observed it, it’s not part of your tradition in the church that you belong to. That’s fine, it’s all fine. Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means arrival and is simply a season designated on the Christian calendar, to allow our hearts to begin to prepare for the arrival of the Savior into the world. And obviously, that’s happened a while back, but we commemorate that as we celebrate Christmas each year. And so, to have a season of Advent, very similar to the fact that we have the season of Lent, leading up to Easter, really is simply a time to immerse ourselves, to give special focus to what is going on and that is preparing our hearts to celebrate the arrival of…of Jesus, which is a very different story than the arrival of say Santa Claus. And Advent, Advent is meant to put our hearts in part in the place that the people were in, as they longed for change, longed for a Savior. They were waiting, expecting, hoping that some things would change and that God would restore them and then He came. So, we…we put ourselves, as Christian people, in the same position, we…we think about that, that there was a time where this story hadn’t been told yet. People were longing for restoration and hope, the people were longing for a Savior, a Redeemer, a Restorer and we focus on that and even embrace that longing, as we consider it. Because we’re still longing, Jesus came and then promised to come again. So, we kind of in between the two arrivals, the two Advents if you will, find ourselves longing for that, for the arrival of the Savior, for full hope to be restored, for every need to bow and every tongue to confess. And so, we too have our own longing. And as we move toward the season and Christmas day, we embrace that, knowing that He came for us, knowing that He will come again, knowing that we are in between those two things and knowing that we are longing for the day of His arrival. So, if that sounds meaningful than there are all kinds of ways to embrace Advent but it really is just a season of preparation in our hearts, to prepare us for Christmas. I never grew up this way, like that’s not part of my story. I knew about it. I had heard of it, for some reason I thought it was suspicious. I don’t know, like something that people do, but we don’t do. And so, there must be something weird about it, but as I became a grown man, understood what was going on, especially understanding the sort of formation of the church and how some of the traditions have developed over the years, it’s become very meaningful to me, become very meaningful to Jill and I and our family. We have an Advent wreath and each Sunday we light the candle and we don’t keep it burning like constantly, but we at least do it. So that like, there are Advent calendars, there are Advent wreaths that have candles in them. You may be going to church today and there will be an Advent candle and it will be lit, the first of the four candles will be lit. Today’s candle is the hope candle and it allows us to have a whole week, as we are preparing for the arrival of Christmas and the celebration of Jesus arrival, to focus on our hope. What is our hope in? Where does our hope lie? Where has our hope failed us? Where are we lacking in hope? And putting our hope utterly and completely in God. So, there you go, there’s a little bit of where we are, it’s like, what a whirlwind. We went through last week, Thanksgiving Day in the United States and then Black Friday and all the shopping, and the festivities and then China’s birthday yesterday, and now here we are, beginning the season of Advent. So, a lot is going on and that is how this part of the year typically works for each one of us.

Nevertheless, no matter what is going on, we gather around the Global Campfire for many reasons but one primary reason and that is to take the next step forward together, as we continue our journey through the Scriptures this year. And so, we have begun the book of Daniel, which we will continue to work our way through. We finished first Peter yesterday, which brings us to second Peter, when we get to the New Testament, and we’ll talk about that then. But this week we’ll read from The Voice Translation, Daniel chapter 4.

Introduction to the Book of 2 Peter:

Okay so, this brings us to the opening lines of another letter, this one called second Peter and we just finished first Peter. Second Peter is thought to be the last of the writings of the old St. Peter. Although it’s important to at least acknowledge and point out that has been disputed and not within the last decade with modern scholarship, but for centuries, that has been a question, all the way back into antiquity. The acceptance of Peter being the author of this letter is something that developed over time and by the fourth century it was fully considered Scripture. But scholars are still debating over these things, not whether or not it should be in the Bible, not whether or not it’s inspired, not whether or not it’s Scripture, but whether or not this is a letter from Peter. So, a lot of people consider second Peter very similarly to the book of Hebrews, like the author is not fully known. That doesn’t change the contents or the value of what’s being said, just not certain. A lot of this, well, a lot of any kind of biblical scholarship that causes debate, causes vigorous debate. That’s sort of the point is to vigorously debate and wrestle with and arrive at some convictions. And so, there many scholars would say like the writing between these two letters is a very, very different, like, very hard to believe that the same author wrote both of the letters. Then those who are like, no Peter did write both of these letters, would say Peter was doing what was customary and normal at this time, he was dictating a letter and a secretary an amanuensis, as it’s called, was taking the notes or taking the dictation and writing the letter down. And I guess there’s valid reasons, since the debate continues, to wrestle with it because there are compelling arguments, that are scholarly arguments, but there are very compelling reasons to consider that Peter did write this letter and so that’s how we’re going to approach this, as if Peter wrote second Peter and that this is the last thing preserved. He was martyred shortly after this. And we have church tradition, a long-running church tradition, that the peer was crucified, that’s how he died and that he…he requested that he not be crucified, like the Lord. And so, he was crucified upside down. There’s nothing about Peter’s death or his execution or any of his trial or anything like that, that’s found in the New Testament. So, that is just a long-running church tradition, which does not mean its only tradition, it just means it’s not in the Bible. The letter doesn’t explicitly say who it is to, he says that he’s writing to you who share the same precious faith that we have. So, I guess it’s safe to assume that this is another letter, probably written to the same people that he had written his first letter to, because he refers to the first letter in the second letter. And where first Peter’s mission was to bolster and lift up and kind of put some wind beneath the wings and instruct the believers how to endure, because they were getting crushing pressure and it was only amping up. Second Peter warns about false teachings and evil behavior, not from without, like not persecution coming from without but evil behavior coming from within the church. And it’s a short letter, we won’t take a lot a long time with it, but as we’re moving through, rather than just like going okay, he’s teaching against false doctrine and teaching us how to live better lives, which would be fine, we just need to kind of consider, in the same way that we considered second Timothy, as Paul’s farewell that he knows that he’s going to die, we can look at second Peter, kind of from the same perspective that Peter knows he’s going to die. And we’ve been journeying with Peter for the whole year. Like, we met him in the Gospels in January. This is, this is a disciple that was a fisherman that Jesus called on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Peter became a disciple of the Rabbi, of his Rabbi Jesus, and came to believe that Jesus was Lord, the son of the living God. And he had walked around following Jesus and seeing His ministry and seeing the miracles that He performed and just all of the private moments. I so long to know about just Jesus private time with His disciples, I wish that were all written down somewhere. I would love that. What were the things that they sat around the fire and laughed about cause Peter would’ve been there. What are the things that would have upset them and brought them to tears. Peter would’ve seen that. Peter would’ve lived alongside of Jesus. And we know that Peter ate his Last Supper with Jesus. And we know that Peter denied he even knew Jesus and then watched him die. But we also saw this remarkable transformation in Peter as Jesus restores him on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, at the end of the book of John, the gospel of John. And we saw in the Book of Acts, the Holy Spirit coming to the upper room and it’s Peter who preaches this first sermon after that, on Pentecost and 3000 people chose to follow Jesus then and there. And so, a massive transformation. This will be the last time we’ll hear the words of Peter this year, as we continue our journey forward. And so, let’s give it gravity, let’s give it the honor that it’s due and let’s begin second Peter chapter 1.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for a brand-new shiny, sparkly, week that we get to enjoy it and then thank You for this week, Lord, for another transition week. By the time this week is through, we will be in the 12th month of the year. Thank You for bringing us here. Thank You for bringing us this far. And thank You for seeing us through all the way, every day of this year, that we might delight in You and continue our journey together, through the Scriptures. We look forward with longing to all that You have yet to speak into our lives this year. And we ask, Holy Spirit, what we’ve been asking for weeks now, that we would lock in, we would not become distracted, that we would not get disrupted, that we would finish strong, we would finish well, so that we can begin strong and begin well. And we know that we can say all we want about finishing strong and well, but without You, we can’t do anything. And so, come, Holy Spirit, lead and guide us in the way that we should go in the paths of righteousness, on the narrow path that leads to life. We pray this in the mighty and victorious name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayer and Encouragements:

Morning everybody, this is God’s Smile, here, with Peter. Blind Tony, when you spoke about being with the Consultant and He’s heard, where be alright, we keep ahead of this. I couldn’t help but smile, thinking of Jesus, our Alpha and Omega, the One that goes ahead of us. Tony, the One that goes before you. The One that prepares the way for you, in this time of your life. We thank God, that everything you need, all your supplies, are within Christ Jesus. And it causes me to sing unto the Lord. I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditate shall of Him, shall be sweet. I will be glad; I will be glad in the Lord. Blessed thou the Lord, oh, my soul. Praise ye the Lord. Bless thou the Lord, oh, my soul. Praise ye the Lord. Blessed thou the Lord, oh, my soul. Praise ye the Lord. Bless thou the Lord, oh, my soul. Praise ye the Lord. Father, we bless You and we praise You. We thank You that Your will be done, in Blind Tony’s life. Thank You for Your love and Your care and Your provision. We love you Blind Tony, you’ve got many more poems to share. Kiss kiss, bye for now.

Hello DABers, this is Z1. I want to thank God for my family and for all the prayers you’ve done for my grandma, God’s Chosen One. And I also want to, and I also want to use this time to tell everyone to have a happy Thanksgiving and if you’ve already decorated for this upcoming season, a Merry Christmas to come. I pray this all in Jesus name. Amen. Amen. Bye.

Hey, my delightful DAB fam. This is Kingdom Seeker Daniel. Family, it’s day 285, I’m praying for our marriages and today, I want to pray for Sunshine. Oh, my dear sister Sunshine, I heard your heart. And I want you to know, God is with you. And He knows, He sees, and He cares. And I want to believe that God’s will is being performed, even in what seems to be impossible. So, Father, I come on behalf of Your daughter, Sunshine, whose husband left 5 years ago, for someone else. And is living in a wilderness kind of, lifestyle. The adult children are hurting, and they can’t make sense of it and are pretty hurt and devastated. Father, we ask that You would show up in this marriage, Lord, we know You hate divorce and it’s not Your will that man and woman should end up in divorce. However, because of the hardness of our hearts, You often allow it to be. But God if, if it’s possible, would you let this cup of divorce pass from Sunshine and her husband. And bring this man to his right mind, to return to You and then to his wife and family. We know You can and we’re asking that You would bring healing to this entire family, to Your glory. In Jesus name. Amen.

Wow, Daily Audio Bible, it’s Thanksgiving. I’m so thankful for you. But even more, I pour through the word of God, who convicts, who heals, covers my sins in His blood. All the readings from today, stabbed my heart, because they are true in my heart, but they don’t, they’re not put into practice. I guess I want it to be perfect but it’s never gonna be perfect, until I see the perfect one, until we see the perfect one. This is Laura Lee, Bouton Beach. I just was loving on my mom once again. Having my identity in her rejection and her abandonment and her not enjoying the children. It’s been passed on and I don’t wanna regret the authority and the gift of being a child of my mom’s. So, I just pray that God bless my mom, bless our time together. Don’t let me leave again in anger and disappointment, finding my identity in her. Anything because right now, in her dementia she really doesn’t know what’s she’s doing. And before, she didn’t either. So, please forgive her, I do as well. And give me strength to be present. It’s tough.

11/25/2022 DAB Transcript

Daniel 1:1-2:23, 1 Peter 3:8-4:6, Psalm 119:65-80, Proverbs 28:14

Today is the 25th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian, it’s great to be here with you today. On a day all over the world, I think it’s all over the world, known as Black Friday, definitely is known that way around…around these parts, big shopping day. Big sales. It’s like…it’s like Christmas just descends upon us, and now…now here we are. We’re one month from today, is Christmas day. So that’s where we are in the year, that’s where we locate ourselves and gather around the Global Campfire and well, let’s take the next step forward together.

Introduction to the Book of Daniel:

And our next step has us squarely at the threshold of a brand-new book, the book of Daniel. Which is really one of the most interesting books in the Old Testament, it's…it’s because of its imagery. So, Daniel is respected for its historical account but it’s very, very famous for the sweeping prophetic visions that are contained in the book and those prophetic visions have been poured over and studied and consulted over thousands of years, in the studies of the end times, eschatology. And Daniel is a hotly debated book, in that regard. There are biblical scholars that would argue that the things that Daniel are writing about are things that he has experience of and is speaking to. And so, Daniel than is rooted in the Babylonian exile because that’s the perspective that the story is written from. Then there are other biblical scholars would argue very convincingly and like all biblical scholars, very passionately, that Daniel is a much more recent book than the Babylonian exile and this debate even crosses over to Hebrew biblical scholars and not only Christian biblical scholars. And if it’s more recent and that is the argument, then the interpretation for Daniel saying then becomes a product of debate. If it’s a more recent writing and when I say more recent, I’m like, not like last year or in the last decade, I’m like, within a century-ish of Jesus, as opposed to centuries earlier than that, at the time of Babylon. And there are a huge amount of debates about, is what Daniel saw, no matter when he saw it, is what he saw about the future, like distant future as an like, it’s been thousands of years since this book has been written, are we still looking to the future for what he is…is saying symbolically, or was he speaking more to a more immediate context and using symbolic apocalyptic language that would be apparent to the reader, what the symbols are. And way, way, way smarter people than me continue the debate. Nevertheless, the imagery in Daniel is written about the time of the exile, contemporary with books like we just read, the book of Ezekiel. We know from history, as well as from the Bible, that when exile, when Jerusalem fell and was destroyed and the people were carried into exile, that was very, very difficult and Daniel is one of the exiles, who remarkably finds favor. He finds favor with God, but he finds favor with those around him. He was a gifted man who became an influential advisor in the Babylonian kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar and then beyond. But here’s where it kinda gets interesting, Daniel was in exile, he was a Hebrew, he was prophetic, but he wasn’t a prophet for or against Israel. The things that Daniel sees that we’re going to read, the visions that he sees aren’t Jewish, particularly. Which makes Daniel have a unique voice in the Bible. So, as we begin the book of Daniel, the first half of the book roughly we’ll be reading the story of Daniel’s life. And within that retelling, are some of the most famous stories, like stories that are Sunday school stories, stories that I have well, I don’t know when I learned them. But I can’t remember not having heard them. Stories, like Daniel in the lion’s den, right. Stories like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. That kind of famous. And then, kinda as we move toward the back half of the book, we shift to these prophetic visions of great world empires. And if you are a student of eschatology and the end times is the thing that you feast upon the most, then there is no way to avoid Daniel. Daniel has been part of that discussion for a long time. But whether you’re trying to figure that out or you’re not, Daniel shows us, regardless of what we’re looking for in the book of Daniel, that God is sovereign over all the kingdoms of the world. This is His world. He made this world. He is sovereign overall. And so, we’re gonna begin. By the time we get out of the book of Daniel, we’ll be in the final month of the year. And as we’ve talked about a number of times along the way leading up to kind of this point in the year, this is…this is when rhythms change. We’re in the holiday season and it’s just very, very easy to find all the distractions in the world to pull us away from finishing well, what we’ve begun, this journey, so many days ago. That it brought us to this point. But the rhythm of the Scriptures in our lives, should be something that, by now, we’ve noticed. And that we’ve valued and although things may get disruptive, this is the last thing we should let go of. W need the Scriptures in our lives every day. They make a massive amount a difference. So, let’s finish well, as we begin Daniel chapter 1 verse 1, through two verse 23 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. Thank You for another day, another week, another year we’re always moving through all of those things, and we thank You that Your word is present in all of it. And now, as we are turning toward the end of week, but also really the inauguration of the busiest season of the year and it’s a blessed season. It's…it’s a season where we celebrate Your arrival, where we long for it and wait for it and then rejoice over it and give gifts to each other in celebration of it. That the world has changed irreversibly because You came. It’s also a busy season, very busy, it can be very disruptive, it changes up our rhythms, and we need You in it. And we’ve learned by walking through the Scriptures that disruption is a part of the story, and we can fight against it, or we can embrace it and look for You in it. And that’s what we want to do. We don’t want to get bulled over and upside down and full of anxiety and all kinds of conflict, we want to look for You in all of the adventure that is ahead. Come, Holy Spirit, into this time, into this season and into this present moment, leading and guiding us forward into all truth. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is home base, that is the website, that is where you find out what’s going on around here. Today is the day known as Black Friday in the world, big shopping day, big kind of opening day for the holiday festivities that are all around us and all around the world. And I guess it’s not all that different here at Daily Audio Bible. The Daily Audio Bible Family Christmas box for 2022 is now available, you can find that at dailyaudiobible.com or in the Daily Audio Bible app. Just go to the Shop Section and in the Shop Section you will find a Christmas category and the Christmas box is in that category, and we have packed the Christmas box full, we actually had to get a bigger box this year, to pack it full. And so, in the Christmas box this year: Promised Land, Photographs From the Land of the Bible, which is a coffee table addition, the God of Your Story, which is another hardbound beautiful book that we published and it is, it was, most of the things in the Daily Audio Bible take years to make but this one, for sure did because it was kind of mining the gold of all of the things that we’ve talked about throughout all of the years of the Daily Audio Bible and trying to put that in written form, in a daily form, so that it can be reviewed or if we’re away from the Internet we can continue kind of our rhythm and our journey around the Global Campfire. And so, that is the God of Your Story. Also, Reframe, From the God We’ve Made to God with Us and Sneezing Jesus, How God Redeems our Humanity. Those are all included in the box this year, as well as your choice of the wind farm DAB blend whole bean coffee or the honey motion rooibos boutique wind farm tea. You get to take your pick there. The Daily Audio Bible Christmas ornament for 2022, which can only be found in the annual Christmas box, is included in the Christmas box. So, that has our word rooted as well as Daily Audio Bible 2022, on it. And I have that hanging on my tree as…as we speak, even though I can’t see it right this minute, I know it’s there, I put it there myself. So, that’s hanging on the tree with all the other years. We’re also including the Global Campfire candle, that indeed gives off the aroma of campfire and is just beautiful room filling aroma, that reminds us of the community that we share as we move through the Scriptures each and every day. So, that’s in the Christmas box. A Global Campfire pop socket, as well as two Global Campfire stickers. And you could see all that, right where I said, in the Christmas Section of the Daily Audio Bible Shop, so check that out.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Hey family, it’s Valiant Val a.k.a. Val in Vegas. Right now, we gonna gather around this campfire for our sweet Jasmine in New York. Oh family, she’s going through her senior year in high school, and she feels like she does the right thing in the summer but then when it comes to school there’s, she strays a bit. She’s going through that human experience, as we all go through. Jasmine, I need you know that you girl, you just ministered to my heart in such a way. Please forgive me, ya’ll know I’m a crier. God just renamed me Valiant because He says I’m courageous and brave. And like you Jasmine, I don’t feel courageous and brave all the time. Heavenly Father, send my friend, my sister, my beloved sister, Jasmine in New York, in her senior year, Lord. Send her somebody that chases after Your heart God. Like she does, Lord Jesus. Lord, Your word says the one can get 1,000 but two can get 10,000. So, God, send her two. Lord, send her a friend that loves the Lord. Someone that she can be bold and courageous with, Heavenly Father. I see you starting an amazing Bible study in your senior year at your high school, Jasmine. I see great things in your future, girl. And you don’t wait a year to call in. We need to hear from you. Lord, go and be with my sister Jasmine, in Jesus name, Father. Give her the courageousness and the braveness that she needs, Lord, to pronounce You, Lord. In Jesus name.

Hi, Daily Audio Bible, this is Paul from Houston. And I’m just calling to pray for Chris-Ann who called in on the 22nd of November for her marriage. She had I guess, going through a divorce for 13 years. And I just want to encourage you, you said you had a court date on Friday. And I just want you to believe, to realize that God is with you. And as you’re going into the courtroom, that you realize His presence is with you. Cause wherever you step, that He is there with you. And so, let’s pray. Thank you, Jesus for Christ, Lord, for her, her marriage. I know she’s gone through so much, for so many years and she’s stood in faith and believed in different things but Lord, as things change Lord, we ask God, that Your will, will be done. And that Your presence will be there with her. And I thank You Lord, that You take her even through this, this challenge and taking care of kids, you know, it being alone and different things Lord. That You would just anoint her and just be with her and just thank You Lord for blessing her. Even though she’s walking through these very challenging places, God. And I just ask Lord, that You would be with her and help her to, help her to feel your presence, Lord. Help her to know on a tangible way, Lord, that You are there with her. That You know all the different circumstances in her life, Lord. And I thank You, Lord, for being with her and anyone that’s walking through a divorce or through a separation and things. And Lord, I thank You, Lord, that You accept up, Lord. You accept those people that have been hurt and rejected by other partners, Lord. And Lord, I thank You love us. When sometimes we can’t love ourselves, Lord. And I just thank You, Lord,

Hello DAB family, Pastor Steve from Southeast Ohio. Just calling in to pray and trust all of you have the joys and blessed Thanksgiving. I know there are many out there that probably are looking for a place to be with someone that would care enough to have them sit at their table. So, I’m praying for those people today. Just, we have so much to be thankful for. And He is a good, good Father, as the Psalm would tell us. But I’m also asking that the Lord be with all those people that call in everyday, that have many, many needs, that God is right there to answer. Been there and still there myself. So, I give Him praise. Praise the Lord, everyone. And Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus and by the help and the anointing of Your Holy Spirit, I just ask that You would touch each name and each person and every soul, that is in special need today, that have called in. And I know You have it and You’ll take care of it. And I give You the glory for it. Thank You, in Jesus name, Heavenly Father. And also, thank you all DAB family for your prayers for me and my family also. Take care and have a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving. Bye Bye.

Hello DAB family. I want to leave a prayer for the children in Haiti. The orphanages and their caretakers. I’m sorry, I don’t remember the names. But I do want to leave a message. Holy God, Holy Father, You are the God of all things, Lord God. Everything is in Your control, Lord God. All power, Father, and glory and might and honor, Lord God. There is not one thing that is beyond Your control. Lord God, those children need their food and their medication, Lord God. They need to stay safe, Lord God. And we ask that You would put a hedge of protection around them, Lord God. Many mighty angels. Mimi, whatcha doing? I’m praying buddy. Why? Because the children in Haiti need it, so shush, shush for a minute. Anyway, Lord God, we pray Father that Your mighty banner of Holy angels would surround them, and You would bring the schemes of the enemy to nothing. I also lift up Jesse from Washington and his children, his daughters 7 and his son, 3. Lord God, who are also in danger, Lord God. There is abuse happening there, both physical and verbal Lord God. Father, please, God, put this to an end, Lord God. Allow the truth to come out, Father. Help the reporters to see the truth, Lord God. In Jesus name. Amen.

Hello, this is World Changing Mom, in the Bay Area, California. I am excited to share how reading the Bible has changed my life. Growing up in the church I just thought maybe reading the Bible once through, was this impossibility that just hung over me. I had no idea how I would ever be able to do it. And now, that I’ve been a part of the Daily Audio Bible community about ten years, it is one of the joys of my life, to see how the word of God has just infiltrated every part of every aspect of my life. I’m so grateful for how the word of God has come to life through the meetings here. And my deepest gratitude and appreciation go to the Hardin Family and all who make this the beautiful place that it is to grow and enjoy the word of God. Thank you.

11/24/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, 1 Peter 2:11-3:7, Psalms 119:49-64, Proverbs 28:12-13

Today is the 24th day of November welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is a wonderful to be here with you today. Here in the United States this is Thanksgiving Day. That’s one of our major holidays. So, happy Thanksgiving to everybody. Actually, everybody. Doesn’t have to be a specific holiday in a specific country for us to have gratitude, right, for us to give thanks? And, so, happy Thanksgiving Day because it’s a holiday but happy Thanksgiving Day because it’s a day that we get to be here, and we get to rejoice and we get to take the next step forward on our journey through the Scriptures. That journey leads us back into the book of Ezekiel. We should be concluding the book of Ezekiel today. We’ve been reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. That’s what will continue to do while it’s this week. Today, Ezekiel chapters 47 and 48.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in first Peter today, Peter lays out a framework for the posture of a Christian life and he touches every major category of the Christian life while he’s doing it. And one builds upon another. And, so, to get at this, we kinda need to revisit a bit of the text that we just read from first Peter and just kinda go back through it piece by piece really quick understanding that each piece builds on the next piece. And, so, I quote from what we’ve…actually we’re pretty much gonna read everything we read today from first Peter chapter 2. “Dear friends, I urge you, as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul”, right? So, we’re being urged to avoid the things that will do war against our souls, the sinful desires. And that can be different for each of us, but we understand what’s being said here. Avoid these things. That’s like a general default position. “Abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. Conduct your cells honorably among the Gentiles, so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day He visits.” Okay. So, the posture in the first couple sentences is, “abstain from the things that will wage war against your soul and be honorable”, in this case among the Gentiles because Peter’s speaking to Jewish people. Most of us are Gentiles. And, so, we could say among the nonbelievers to give ourselves a bit of application here, “so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and glorify God on the day he visits.” So, what Peter’s saying is, when they slander you don’t live up to what they’re saying. Be the opposite of that so that their words fall flat. That’s not who you are. And this was not uncommon. Christian people were being marginalized. There was definitely tension among the Hebrew people against Christian believers. There was definitely a marginalization in the Roman Empire toward the Christians. And, so, derogatory things were being set against them. That’s a lot of the time how persecution starts, right? First with the information warfare, stereotyping, a group of people as a bad group of people and then dehumanizing that group of people until a mass is amassed enough to destroy that group of people. We can be of any of the racial slurs that we have heard around the world that are meant to be derogatory toward a people group. This was going on in the first century in certain areas marginalizing Christian believers. Peter’s saying that the way that we will combat this is not be the stereotype. Then he goes on. “Submit to every human authority because of the Lord weather to the Emperor as the supreme authority, or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil, and to praise those who do what is good. For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.” “Silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.” Not silence the ignorance of foolish people by posting nasty things on social media to combat them. Not silence the ignorance of foolish people by dismissing them and re-stereotyping them yourself. And I mean in our church history and our Christian history we have the story of deep terrible marginalization and we also have the story of being deep and terrible marginaliz-ers. Peter says, “we silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. Submit as free people not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the Emperor.” This is what Peter is suggesting our normal lives should look like. This is the posture of life. Then he goes on. “Household slaves, submit to your masters with all reverence” Ad let me just stop here for a second, because, you know, slavery is definitely still in the world today, but sort of legalized slavery is not permissible in most of the world, at least most the people who are here today speaking English listening to the Bible. But most of us have a job and most of us have a boss and we have an environment that we have to do our work in. And, so, while we have freedom to go find a different job if we can find one, if we find ourselves in a bad situation. Most of us have to work for a living, to buy food and gasoline, and shelter etc. etc. So, if we put ourselves in that frame of mind then we can better understand the posture. “Submit to your masters with all reverence not only to the good and gentle ones but also to the cruel, for it brings favor if because of a consciousness of God someone endures grief from suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if when you do wrong and are beaten, you endure it, right?” If you get what you deserve. Why is that…like is that enduring something? You got what you deserve. And Peter goes on, “but when you do what is good and suffer, if you endure it this brings favor with God. And then Peter just simply goes on to say, look, this is the example of Christ. This is how He lived. And, so, therefore this is how we are to live. So, he’s touching are generalized and the temptations of our lives and is telling us to avoid, to abstain from things that will do war against our souls and to not be the stereotype when we are stereotyped to rise up and be who we really are to simply be better than that. People can say a lot of things, but character ultimately shines and brings glory to God. And if we are marginalized and if we do have to suffer injustice in some sort of way how we deal with that actually matters. When we understand that we are enduring something that we may be receiving something that is not just but we are enduring for the sake of Jesus and the sake of the world and the sake of the gospel to stand there and be the light, despite what comes our way we are saying a lot and good is going into the world because of it. And then he moves into the house. “In the same way”, and that’s the important thing here because he’s going to wives and then he’s going to husbands. “In the same way”, so everything we’ve talked about so far. “In the same way wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, so that even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by the way their wives live when they observe your pure, reverent lives.” And he goes on to say, like, you know, making yourself beautiful on the outside, that may be fine and good but that’s not the thing. That's…that’s not who you are. It’s what’s inside your heart. “Develop an imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” And then he moves to husbands. “Husbands, in the same way”, so living this comprehensive posture of faith in this world, “in the same way”, everything that we’ve been talking about, “live with your wives in an understanding way as with the weaker partner showing them honor as co-heirs of the grace of life so that your prayers will not be hindered.” Man, there’s so much there. We could go back through and through and through and apply it to our own lives, but there is a posture here, a way of living that we are to espouse because it is a godly way to live, so that our prayers will not be hindered. Man, that would explain a lot wouldn’t it if we took some time to do inventory in our own lives? Is Peter describing what our lives look like? Because he's…he’s describing a flow of life, a posture that we live within, a way that we look at the world that not only tells us what we’re doing and why, in our own lives, but also the big picture of what is going on. And, so, there’s plenty for us to think about on this Thanksgiving Day as we move through the festivities. And this posture of life that’s being laid out in first Peter may very well be challenged on this very very day, but we’ve been given some advanced words. We can go back to it, maybe read it differently. I mean, you can go back to First Peter two and read it yourself and apply it to yourself this day, but we are being given tools today that can be put into practice today and then should be put into practice tomorrow and all throughout the holiday season into next year and for the rest of our lives. This is the shape of life according to the apostle Peter. And fundamentally, Peter is simply saying what we’ve been being told all along. Imitate Jesus. That’s how you do this. That’s how life is supposed to look. Imitate Jesus.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that. We confess that sometimes we do, and we confess that sometimes we don’t. And there are many challenges that come our way and all kinds of things swirling around us and most of the time we’re not paying attention until after we’ve acted. And we’re just asking for Your help. Even this very day, asking for Your help that we take a pause, we take a beat, we re-center ourselves in You understanding that what we do and what we say represents who You are. Holy Spirit, help us to feel the gravity of that as we give thanks. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Announcements:

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Coming soon… Happy Thanksgiving!

11/23/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 45:13-46:24, 1 Peter 1:13-2:10, Psalm 119:33-48, Proverbs 28:11

Today is the 23rd day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s wonderful to be here with you around the Global Campfire today as we gather and move forward together. Another step forward in front of us. And our next step forward will lead us back into the book of Ezekiel. We are nearing the end of the book of Ezekiel, couple more days. And then yesterday, we began first Peter which we will continue forward in today. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. Today, Ezekiel chapter 45 verse 13 through 46 verse 24.

Commentary:

Okay so, here in the United States of America tomorrow, is Thanksgiving Day, that is a really, really major holiday here in this country. And then the day following that, is called Black Friday and everybody shops and shops and shops, right. And it’s Christmas season from that point forward. So were in a time of year, we’ve mentioned it a couple of times along the way, like things speed up, our rhythms shift and change. And most of that’s been said in the context of finishing well, like, day-by-day, step-by-step. This is how we will finish well and that the Scriptures are there in the chaos, if we hadn’t figured that out yet. Like, we see the chaos in the Bible, and we see God working among it. And then we see in our own lives, how disrupted things can be, and the Scriptures are there to lead and guide us and give us perspective. And so, we have some perspective, from Peter’s letter, known as first Peter, today. Although Peter wasn’t making any kind of commentary on, you know, the holiday traditions that may exist in the world 2000 years in the future. He’s speaking about what every day Christian life should look like, but he did say some things today that are particularly poignant for the season that we actually are heading into, 2000 years in the future, celebrating the holidays that we celebrate now. I mean, you just watch, if you got to make a bunch of trips to the grocery store because you’re trying to cook your Thanksgiving dinner and you find things are not in stock. I mean, this can be crazy. Or trying to find a parking place and fighting for your parking place at the grocery store, at the mall or wherever. And then it only amp up right, it’s gonna be Christmas season and we will have goodwill toward all people, like that just ascends upon the earth. But underneath that, we still are trying to not have to walk 4 miles to get to the mall, we really want that front parking place and if we can get it, we’re gonna take it. And if we were about to pull into it and somebody took it from us, well, peace on earth, goodwill toward men, takes on a different complexion. So, if we think about how chaotic it can get to try to come up with a budget for the holiday season and buy everything and run everywhere, and park here and go there and interact with these people and let’s not even get started on family traveling in from out of town and just how we can all get together and be so joyous, that we’re finally together as a family and it’s been a while, and it’s so good to be here and how quickly we just fall into the role that we’ve always played in our family. And it’s so easy for the jokes and the kind of ridicule, and the kind of stuff that all happened when we were kids to just materialize because we don’t know it any other way. But it’s amping things up inside of us, making us feel anxiety and the swirl inside of us. Peter kinda speaks words that are really, really helpful for this season, and I quote, “as obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance, but as the One who called you is Holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct. For it is written, be holy, because I am Holy.” So, again, Peter’s not talking about the holiday season in years that are millennia from when he wrote this letter. He’s talking about what our every day is supposed to look like. But there isn’t really a better time to get into that rhythm and practice this stuff, than the times that we find that our rhythms are disrupted. Think about it. You’re making stuffing in the kitchen. The cousins are running all over the place. Your siblings are in and out, everybody’s saying what they’re saying, somebody says something a little sideways about the stuffing. Oh, that doesn’t … I don’t know if you put enough sage in that. And how easily we can just flip over into a different…different zone and just start fighting back or holding bitterness in our hearts. We get, I mean, I can’t even think of how many examples we could use. Anything from stolen parking places, the family feuds. We can feel like we have walked with the Holy Spirit during this year, and he has grown us so much and we are so in a different place than we were when the beginning of the year started, but we can be around that table and something gets said and we’re just, it’s like we’re a little kid again. Just trapped in a place that we left a long, long time ago, but pulled right back into. And it’s very, very easy for us to retaliate, even if we don’t say anything out loud, we’re like, thinking it, but maybe we’re saying it. But maybe we should say something, before we say anything. Maybe we should say, you must be holy, because I am Holy. Like, what would that change? If the voice of criticism or ridicule comes our way and our reaction is typically to ball up our fists and start swinging. Right, or to start spewing angry, hurtful words. Just a small pause, you must be holy, because I am Holy, immediately resets are posture. And Peter says some other things that are supposed to be our normal everyday life but also, give us a particularly good opportunity to practice them as we’re in this, disrupted season. So, Peter says, since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, because you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. So, if we’re sitting around the table and I don’t know, easy things to talk about like politics comes up and we’re hearing things that we don’t ascribe to or like that this is about to blow up, like the Thanksgiving table is about to be set on fire. But remembering you must be holy, because I am holy, can rescue us. Remembering what we just read, from a pure heart, love one another constantly or from our reading today, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all slander, like newborn infants desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation. So much there just from a little bit that we read today from this letter that can be applied to the season that we’re in because it’s supposed to be applied to the totality of our lives. And the beautiful thing is that, as we continue through, from now through the end of the year, almost every day, we’re going to be given things from the Scriptures that we need to live through the day, to navigate the day properly, if we’re paying attention, just like today. So, let’s take these things to heart, brothers and sisters, because we can change the complexion of what this holiday season looks like in our families. Like, we’re out in front and it’s just like when we come to the beginning of a shiny, sparkly, new week every week and we talk about how it’s all out in front of us and nothing good or bad has happened yet and the choices that we make, and the words that we say, and the actions that we commit, that will tell the story of the week. It’s the same for us now in this season, our thoughts, words and deeds will tell what the story of the holiday season this year is going to look like. Maybe we can sit around waiting for things to happen and maybe we just react to those things. Or maybe we decide, in advance, to love deeply, to rid ourselves of all malice and deceit, to not be an actor are a hypocrite, to not envy, not slander people, but rather to be like a newborn infant desiring the pure milk of the word. If we decide in advance and commit to a course of action that will allow us to be obedient to what is being told to us in the Scriptures; we will bring good into all the situations that we encounter. And if we get blindsided and we’re about to fall into an old trap, just remember, you must be holy, because I am holy, can reset us. And so, let’s put it into practice.

Prayer:

And father, we are coming into a busy season. We are indeed coming into a time when we need to put this into practice, but this should be our daily practice. And if it hasn’t been our daily practice, then we ask for Your forgiveness. We’re starting to practice right now and we’re going to practice through a season that’s going to give us plenty of opportunity to practice and then we’re gonna keep practicing, because You will lead us into all truth and it is Your desire that your sons and daughters grow up and be mature in Your kingdom, representing You as an ambassador in this world, being a witness to the light. This is our desire, that we be a witness to the light and the light will not be overcome by the darkness, because we are choosing in advance to not go into the darkness. Holy Spirit, come, we will not do this on our own and succeed. We don’t do anything on our own and succeed, we need Your help, and we ask for it and we rejoice in it in advance and thank You for it in advance. So, that we can sit back, move forward and watch You at work in our lives. Come Holy Spirit, we pray in the name of Jesus into this season. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is home base, it is the website, it is where you can find out what’s going on around here. And so, what is going on around here. So, if you live in the United States. Then tomorrow will be a national holiday that we call Thanksgiving. And there are Thanksgiving celebrations and gratitude celebrations throughout the earth. This just happens to be the one happening in the country that I live in. And what happens is, we have Thanksgiving and then the day after Thanksgiving is black Friday. And so, like all day during Thanksgiving Day, will be being festive and enjoying our families and doing whatever were gonna do. Meanwhile our inboxes are getting cram full of Black Friday deals, so that we get in the swing of things. And I just want to be out in front of that and just let you know that the Daily Audio Bible Christmas Box for the year 2022, is now available now. Now, like you go to dailyaudiobible.com or go into the app and go to the Daily Audio Bible Shop and you will find a Christmas Section there and in the Christmas Section you will find the annual Daily Audio Bible family Christmas box. This is the biggest, I think the biggest we’ve packed this one this year. We have for the very first time in the Christmas box this year, Promised Land, Photographs from the Land of the Bible, which is a beautiful photographic journey through the land of the Bible. It’s like a coffee table size addition. It’s something that is displayable in your home and a joy to kind of peruse as we’re going through the Bible. So, that is in the Christmas box this year. The God of Your Story is also included in the Christmas box this year. So, Promised Land and The God of Your Story both beautiful, hardbound, high-quality additions in the Christmas box this year. We are also including Reframe: From the God We’ve Made to God with Us, which is another written resource that that I’ve been able to write. As well as Sneezing Jesus, How God Redeems our Humanity. So, we’ve been able to put all of those together in the…in the Christmas box for the first time. So that’s exciting. Also, your choice of wind farm DAB blend coffee or we’re doing honey bush and ribose tea this year. So, your choice coffee or tea. We have the Global Campfire candle in the Christmas box this year. Love this candle, loved a couple years ago working with a perfumer, just like getting the aroma right so, that it would smell like a candle, but it would smell like a campfire, I just, yeah, the Global Campfire, just kind of bringing it right…right in, as we move through the Scriptures each day. So, the Global Campfire candle is in the Christmas box this year. The Daily Audio Bible 2022 Christmas Ornaments, with our word for the year, Rooted, on it, is in the Christmas box. And you can only get the ornaments in the Christmas box. And we have, well I have a tree, that has all of the different years going back to when we began ornaments, probably a decade ago now. And, so each year, I put a new ornament on my tree. I look at those ornaments and I’m humbled by them because each one of them represents a year in community, in the Bible. So easy to look at an ornament go well, that represents a year, even though that took a whole year to navigate. And all of the issues of life, that come in a year but it’s nice to be able to look at it and go, we’re still here, we made it through another year. So, the 2022 ornament, is in the Christmas box this year, as well as a Global Campfire pop socket, for your, well, whatever it is you need a pop socket for, for your phone, for your tablet, little way to hold it in your hand, a little way to keep it in your hand, if you are the pop socket type that’s in the Christmas box. And then two Global Campfire stickers, to put wherever…wherever you like. So, it is a jampacked full Christmas box this year. Super-duper excited. I remember when we went through COVID and trying to figure out how we would even do a Christmas box. And then being able to get back to it last year, but this this year, we’ve got it all planned out and packed full and so excited for that. You can find the Christmas box for 2022 in the Christmas section of either a dailyaudiobible.com or by going to the Shop from within the Daily Audio Bible app, and you should have no problem finding it. So, check that out.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible. Thank you, humbly, we wouldn’t be here, we wouldn’t be around a Global Campfire, if we were not in this together and so thank you, humbly for your partnership. There is a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or the mailing address is P.O. Box 1996 Springhill, Tennessee 37174.

And as always, if ever prayer request or encouragement, you can hit the Hotline button in the app, that’s the little red button up at the top or you can dial 877-942-4253.

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

Prayer and Encouragements:

Father, I come humbly and prayer before your throne, once again
Because you’re all mighty God and the deliverer of all men
There is so many people among us who are hurting and in pain
With very serious problems Father, with few options, there tears fall like rain
You said you’re keeping a skin bag, each and every one of our tears
You said every hair on our head is numbered and you know the sum of all our hairs
You said you’ve written down in your book, every one of our parts, before even one of them was ever formed and only you know our hearts
And on top of that you offered us adoption as sons, once our hearts had been conformed
So, we come to you through Jesus humble, tired and worn
Walking by faith, to this place that we consider to be safe
But then we have all these problems that don’t go away
Even though we cry out to you day-after-day
Like people with cancer, people who need a liver
And so many other problems father from which only you can deliver
Strengthen us Father so we can endure to the end
And if our faith gets a little bit shaky, please revive us again
And help us to see that when we’re under such strong attack
That it’s really just the wicked ones, trying hard to turn us back
Help us Father, to commit ourselves anew
Help us to surrender all, everyday unto you
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Good morning Daily Audio Bible. I am a member of the Daily Audio Bible and I’ve been a member since 2011 but this is just the second time, I got a chance to call in. Just wanted to touch bases with everyone and let you know I am fighting with you and praying daily. And I might not call in but I’m sending prayers us for each and every one. But this morning, I have a prayer request. Well, I call myself Waters in Virginia. Well, this morning I wake up and I have swelling all in my lower cheek. I’ve had this going on and off for about two months, maybe a little longer. And I went to doctors and they don’t know what it is. They say that it’s nothing to be worried about. Not allergy because we went through the allergy testing. But not the allergy but they actually do the allergy puncture where they do samples. They just did blood tests. But anyway, I want you guys to keep me in prayer that the Lord, I’m believing God for my healing. And I’m thanking him and praising him each and every day. I know God is an answer to all things. And prayer can never fail meaning. Just want you to keep me in prayer, that this healing ceases in the name of Jesus. And my health be restored. And I’m praying that everyone be blessed. All the calls that call in, I’m praying with you. Can’t just name each and every one of you right now. But I am with you and I know God is with all of us and God is the healer and I know God is with us and in us and we just believe, receive from God. Have a blessed day in the name of Jesus. Thank you.

Hello, my Daily Audio Family. I’m listening to all the prayer requests. It breaks my heart to hear so many that I need, the girl that’s sad. And she’s tired of being sad. I pray God, that You, in Jesus name, give her the joy of the Lord. That You’ll let her know, Father, show her Lord, why she is so sad, Father God. Father, speak to her rest, she sleeps Father God. And resting, Holy Spirit, speak to her life. Father, breath joy in her life, Father. In Jesus name. I pray for the husband who’s in that big, that has a bad addiction to drugs. Lord God, I pray that You speak to him as he sleeps, as he rests and he’ll hear your voice, Father. Heal him, show him your way, Father. Make a way Father God. To all of my friends that are with Christ in Prayer, the Father. I ask you this in Jesus name. There’s nothing impossible for you, dear Father. You sent Jesus to cure the sick, to heal them all, to rescue them, to restore them, Father God. Give them the joy of salvation, Father. Reach down to those that are in need, Father God. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

Hi Shawn, I heard you and you are in my prayers. I battled addiction from 26 years old, to 41 years old, so 15 years. In my experience, and to overcome, I did four things. I stopped drinking because even the more we drink, led to drug use. This required a mindset change. I also had the support system, in my case, my wife, who assisted me to understand the reasons for my actions: past trauma, lifestyle and so on. Three, I changed the places I went to and I adopted a healthier lifestyle. I exercised frequently and felt more joy. I stopped going to locations that drug use. For example, bars, until I had the strength. I diligently studied the Bible, using the DAB platform and to apply it to my life. I have now been sober for over three years. I never felt better. I wish the same for you brother. God bless.

Good morning, this is Nobody Gets Left Behind, in Colorado. I’m thankful for all my DAB family, the multitude from around the world. That we’ll gather one day before the throne of our Father God, a throne near the sea of glass, with our mighty King Jesus, seated at his right hand. I have a praise report for you. My brother Jeremy was freed from prison, he was there for almost 20 years. He’s now able to listen to the DAB every morning with me. We get to Bible study in fellowship and go over it together. I also wanted to let you know that my daughter Halo, she’s being recorded in a music studio. She’s singing worship music that God gave me to write. I also want to give a praise report for the Wednesday Bible group that we have, that’s based off the DAB studies. It’s still going strong. Shout out to all my brothers and sisters in Colorado that are in that group that are listening. I did want to thank the gentlemen that said the prayer for the baby Storm, that has cancer. Brother, your prayer and your words just touched my heart. I just want you to know I’m very thankful for that. I’m thankful for all of your words and prayers family. It just always touches my heart; it always just fills me with so much love and gratitude. I do have one quick praise or prayer request. If you can please pray for my mother Katherine who’s been homeless since January. She lives in a tent. It’s pretty cold here in Colorado now, below freezing. And every day I wake up, I just pray that she’s not dead. But if you could just pray for that, I would really appreciate that. I love you guys so much. Until next time.

11/22/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 44:1-45:12, 1 Peter 1:1-12, Psalms 119:17-32, Proverbs 28:8-10

Today is the 22nd day of November welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is great to be here with you all cozy around the Global Campfire as we move forward together like every day the next step forward. That step forward will lead us back into the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament, and then we get to the New Testament we have some brand-new territory to move into, the letters of Peter. And, of course, we’ll begin with first Peter, and we’ll talk about that when we get there. But first, we’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. And today Ezekiel chapter 44 verse 1 through 45 verse 12.

Introduction to First Peter:

Okay. So, this brings us to our New Testament reading for today and it’s new territory that we are moving into, first Peter. And, so, like Peter is not somebody we don’t know. In fact, Peter’ somebody that we kind of met at the very beginning of the year and he was one of the disciples of Jesus. And, so, we followed along with Jesus and Peter was there many many times and many many famous stories include Peter in the Gospels. And then we get to the book of Acts, and we learned more about Peter’s transformation and how it was that he kind of move from a fisherman into a very very powerful speaker and ambassador for the kingdom and church leader. And, so, we know who Peter is and we know some of his comings and goings but this is going to be the first time that we can hear his passion in a written form, And if we’re still kind of getting over James, which we just went through. And James, kinda comes out of nowhere and smacks us upside the head and says basically you can’t read a script. If you’ve been given a Christian script and you’re reading the lines but you’re just acting, like you’re an actor carrying out the script, that’s nothing. Your changed life tells the truth about who you are, not so much what you say. Anybody can say anything, among other things that James had to tell us. So, if we’re still kinda moving past that going, wow, that was a spanking, we remember getting to know Peter a bit in the Gospels. We know that he can be feisty. So, it’s like we’re ready to dish out a second helping of what James was teaching, and we will have some more direct, forthright, look us in the face, look us right in the eyes and tell us the truth coming out of first Peter. And, so, we just need to be ready and embrace that, Now, Peter…Peter’s name is given name was Simon maybe Simeon, Simon Peter, right? But by the time Peter was a part of the inner circle of Jesus disciples Jesus was calling him Cephas. And Cephas in the Aramaic language means rock. And, so, when Aramaic is then translated into the more common Greek of the New Testament the word is Petros. Petros in Greek means rock. And this is how we get to the sort of modern day name Peter. It’s a translation out of the Greek. But having the in the advantage of knowing Peter’s story from the Gospels we know that Peter reached a very very very low moment, denying three times that he knew Jesus, that he even knew Jesus. This is taking place in the courtyard of the high priest as Jesus is being tried, and then subsequently crucified. And, so, we watched this happen to Peter. We watched Peter realize what he was doing and what he had done. We watched him weep in repentance. We watched Jesus by the shores of the Sea of Galilee restore Peter. And we have followed Peter all the way from there to the upper room in Jerusalem where the Holy Spirit came with what appeared to be tongues of fire, the coming of the Holy Spirit. And in the book of Acts we saw that pretty quickly after that. Because people were hearing people in this upper room speak in languages that they understood but not languages that they should be able to speak., And, so they’re saying these guys are just drunk. And it’s Peter that steps forward and says they’re not drunk, it’s 9 o'clock in the morning. And then he proceeds to share the gospel in a very very powerful way. Now, or later in the development of the church, Peter is a church leader. I mean there so many other things we can talk about Peter. Like we’re just skimming the surface of what we know from the New Testament. But this is who Peter is and by the time that he is writing now the church has developed a little bit. And Peter writes this letter and identifies the location as Babylon. Most scholars find that to be synonymous with Rome. And Peter addresses the letter to the chosen people of God who are foreigners living in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. And these were provinces of the Roman empire all now located within modern day Turkey. And Peter’s using this term God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners, that’s something that everybody, every Jewish person would’ve understand, understood. Those who had been cast away, moved away, on the way in many exiles in fleeing from persecution looking for safety and peace. Basically, the foreigners in the diaspora, those who had been dispersed all over the world. Peter is forthright, he is direct, he is not afraid to say what he needs to say, but he’s not trying to be mean or condemning. He is trying to be encouraging and lift up those who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus and to encourage them that there is hope. And it’s a glorious hope, but endurance is necessary. Endurance is necessary becomes such an important early church theme that permeates the New Testament, something that so often we think were absolved from. We don’t have to struggle. We have a mighty God. But our brothers and sisters who were founding this movement, they had to endure and endurance is part of the story. And, so, just understanding that it’s a part of the story should reframe the categories in our minds because we think that all hard things are bad things when actually sometimes there just endurance, they’re just things we have to move through. There are lessons there for us to learn. And this is certainly true of the lessons that Peter has for us to learn. And, so, with that we begin. First Peter chapter 1 verses 1 through 12.

Prayer:

Thank You, Father, for Your word. Thank You for this new territory that we are in in the letters of Peter. Holy Spirit, come and lead and guide and direct and correct. Move us forward. Let these letters that are straightforward and forthright speak directly the truth into our lives causing us to change, to repent, to move in new directions. We love You and You have no problem guiding us. We have problems following You. This has been the human story. This is the story that we read of through the Bible. We want to go our own way and then we hate when we get there and then we blame You that we got there. May we follow where You are leading so that wherever we go, we are with You and wherever that ends up that is good. Come Holy Spirit, we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello from beautiful Cincinnati OH this is Daniel Johnson junior. I am speaking this to you on Thursday November 17th, 2022. Today 31 years ago I was sick and tired of my life. I repented and made Jesus Lord. And I have worked and been working to make Jesus Lord every day, every moment since that time that I first made Jesus Lord and was baptized. I’ve done good day…good days and then I’ve had other days that are not so good. And more than anything it’s just continual repentance and my hope is that by the time I’m done with my journey it will be sad of me that he made Jesus Lord every day. So, I’m excited about that and of course every day in the Daily Audio Bible when we come to this day I’m reminded that we of this and also the favorite scripture that really goes along with a rebirth day is Psalm 16, which we read today. And I don’t know by heart the NIV version which is what we read today but I know the Message version and verse 12 verse through 14. What can I give back to God for all the blessing He’s poured out on me I will lift high the cup of salvation and follow through and follow the promises I have made to Him. So, Amen Lord, make it so. From beautiful Cincinnati OH this is Daniel Johnson junior God bless you and let’s make it a great day.

Hello DAB family it’s Widespread Jesus oh out of Omaha NE. I was calling regarding a couple prayer requests that I have. First is for my niece. She’s 19 years old. She’s living on her own. She’s having roommate issues where her roommate left her so now, she’s in some financial trouble. She’s having a lot of anxiety, having migraines, you know, filled with stress at that age and she’s seeking wisdom and discernment from me as her uncle, and I want to be there for her, but I don’t know exactly what…what to do for her or how to support her. So, I pray for this whole situation. I pray for relief and breakthrough for her and I pray for wisdom and discernment and for me and the whole situation to help her out. And I also have a prayer request for my job situation. It’s been a pretty struggle lately over the past few months and I have an opportunity to make a pivot within the same company which I do love. So, I really do think this is God’s calling for me but I wanna make sure that it is the right…the right move for me for the future. So, if you could look me up in prayer and that I could have clarity and the decision and I just greatly appreciate the prayers for that. And then also an update on our friend Nick who’s battling liver failure. He’s still in the ICU which is unbelievable. I mean it’s been going on five six months. There’s little progress but not major strides. So, I appreciate continued prayers for him. I thank you DAB family. I love you and I just thank you for all…all the prayers and thank you for this community and I lift up Jesus and all praise and glory to Him. Amen.

Hey DAB family, this is Jasmine calling in from New York. I haven’t called since like September of 2021 the beginning of my junior in high school. And I’m just calling in. This is my senior year in high school at the moment and I’ve been going through the same thing since last school year we’re up strong in my faith and my devotions to God during the summer but once school gets here I start to fall back on it and start to procrastinate only…not only with just getting closer with God and meditating on His word day and night but also with school work because I am a determined student and I’ve been just going through procrastination and even anxiety and low self-esteem, like all of it just hitting in all directions. And I just ask for prayer. I ask you guys to pray for me so that I would be able to just keep walking in faith and have the courage to keep moving and the strength and the…the power that the Lord has given me because I really lost the courage that I’ve had. I don’t…I feel like I don’t have anyone like around me to just uplift me and like brothers and sisters in Christ who just influence me to do what I should be doing. So, I just pray and I thank you guys for…well…I…yeah…I thank you guys for just praying for me and I’ve been praying in the background as well. Like Val in Vegas, you make us…you make me smile every single day and Blind Tony as well. So, I thank you as well. And yeah. Bye

Hi everyone, it’s David from California. I just wanted to say hello to all the DABbers out there. I haven’t called in a while but for some reason it’s been on my mind, and I just have not been able to get it out of my mind. And also, my heart, I think. So, I just want to pray. There's…there’s four people that stand out to me that I just want to pray for two of those. One of those gentlemen and the other one was a woman who one of them said that you wanted to be wiped away from existence and the other woman said she’d wanted to not wake up ever again and the gentleman had said that he’s given, and he’s talked to churches and then he said that he’s doing something wrong and everything else like that. And I just gotta say brother, you know, for…for anybody to say that you’re doing something wrong, even if it’s somebody that’s a pastor or anything like that, yes, we hold them up to a higher standard but they’re still human and they’re still not God and only God can be the one to tell you that. So, I pray for you and the woman who wanted to not ever wake up again, sister I just I pray that God is able to touch you. And then there’s the woman who I’m sorry I’m not remembering your name whose husband passed away at 1:00 o'clock in the morning after a marriage of 41 years who still called in for someone else. Man…I…it just it floors me that that you…you had the heart to call even though your husband had just passed away…

Good evening Daily Audio Bible this is Chris Ann and some of you may have heard my prayers asking for prayers in the past several years and I’m really needing them again. So, on Friday I will be going to court with my husband for our divorce that I’ve been praying for nine years that wouldn’t happen. The Lord stopped it several years ago and nothing happened until he recently and my husband filed papers again. Because everyone may know that he had an affair and left, and I have been faithful and praying and believing and trusting that we can reconcile and come back together. He has been in my life for almost 38 years, and I am absolutely just heartbroken. And as it’s getting closer it’s getting harder and I’m just asking for your prayers that I could get through this and that the Lord would hear my prayers in all of this. And even now still praying for reconciliation but I need prayers to be able to get through this. Thank you and God bless.

11/21/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 42:1-43:27, James 5:1-20, Psalm 119:1-16, Proverbs 28:6-7

Today is the 21st day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you around the Global Campfire as we continue day-by-day, step-by-step. This is that week, where at least in my life like, it’s Thanksgiving week in the United States. That doesn’t necessarily mean something to everybody all over the world, but it’s pretty major holiday here in the United States. And then that’s always on Thursday right. And then, the day after Thanksgiving is black Friday and it’s on, all the way on, the holiday season is upon us and so here we are. And I am especially grateful that we have the Global Campfire, that there is this kind of constant. This place that we can gather, this oasis of peace that we can come into and just allow the Scriptures to wash into our lives and kind of be together and at least have this place of serenity. Everything else can be a little bit chaotic, not that we want it that way, but things can be chaotic, but we at least have an oasis that we can come to each day and feast upon the Scriptures and enjoy the fact that we are not alone, that we are in this together with our brothers and sisters all over the world. So, it’s wonderful to be here at the Global Campfire with you today. And let’s do what we do, let’s take the next step forward together. The next step forward leads us back out into the book of Ezekiel. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week, Ezekiel chapters 42 and 43 today.

Commentary:

Okay so, we concluded the letter of James today. And I mentioned it’s unflinching and it is, I even said, it’s a butt kicker because it is, because it’s unflinching. And we could take that directness and you know, think like, it’s condemning or brings condemnation. Or we could say, James has been honest with us and actually James coming at this point in the year is profoundly helpful for us. In fact, I encourage you to go back and read James in its entirety, it will take you like 20 minutes. It’s not a superlong letter, maybe half an hour, if you’re just kind of going slow and really, really trying to digest what is…is being told to us. So many of these things apply to this season that we’re going into, even today, brothers and sisters do not complain about one another so that you will not be judged. That is the timely word, sometimes we can come around the Thanksgiving table and give thanks and then spend the rest of the day complaining about everything else in life and everybody else in life, but it was James who looked us in the face and said, look, you can burn your life down around you with the things that are coming out of your mouth. And this is true and it’s definitely true this time of year and so spending just a little bit more time in James with that in mind, like just okay, I’m gonna read through the letter of James again with the intent of getting advanced words for the season that I'm…that I’m going into, the season of the year that it is and make some decisions in advance. Because typically, in a chaotic season, it’s the stuff that comes up unexpectedly that we then respond to inappropriately, that then sets off all kinds of chain reactions that make all kinds of things a lot more difficult than they need to be.

Prayer:

And so, Father, we thank You for Your word. We confess our utter dependence upon You and need for You. We need You to help us do the right thing and we collaborate in that by paying attention and submitting ourselves, humbling ourselves before You, knowing that You will raise us up. But a very important thing that James teaches us is that we can say anything, how we live is actually the truth and that we can use our words to bring comfort, or we can use them for destruction, and we can even do that all on the same day. We can worship You from our lips and then curse one another from those same lips. And as James said this, this is not, like this is not how it’s supposed to be, this shouldn’t be happening. So, we’re paying attention and we’re taking heed and we need Your help to make corrections. Come Holy Spirit, we pray, lead us into all truth, we ask, in the name of Jesus, we ask expectantly, knowing that You want to help us with these things, that You desire our maturity, that You love it when we grow, that You look at us as Your children and You celebrate the little victories that we have a long way, as we celebrate our own children. Thank You for your kindness. Thank You for your patience, may we represent You well in this season, we ask. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Good morning Daily Audio Bible Family, this is Karen from Florida. So, thankful Loreli that you are okay from your experience on the I-95. I used to go to church with you and you were the one that introduced me to Daily Audio Bible Family, many years ago. I was reintroduced this year from another friend from our same fellowship. And I’m very grateful and I’m so grateful that you’re okay. God bless you sister. You are true woman of God. I would also like to request prayer for my daughter today and myself. I am visiting with her in Canada, right now. She just had my first grandson and I’m so grateful. His name is Nikolai. My daughter is not a believer. She walked away from the word years ago. And now her sinful life has created a wall between her and our Lord. I just ask that you keep my daughter, Richelle, in your prayers. And her husband James, who’s the father of this beautiful little boy. So much fear in her heart, yet she won’t turn to the Lord, who can set her free. So, I just ask for your prayers for Richelle and James and Nikolai, today. Thank you DAB Family. God bless every one of you today.

Hey DAB brother and sisters. This is Byron out in Florida. Calling for Shawn from London, England. Shawn, I heard your call, and I heard your heart breaking over how you have fallen into addiction again. And I wanna give you a word of encouragement brother. You’re disgusted with yourself, but God is not disgusted with you. You’re disappointed in yourself; God is not disappointed in you. Anything that you’ve done, that was a surprise or shock to you, not a surprise, not a shock to God. And He still sent His Son to die on the cross for you, He still extends His grace, His love, and His presence. None of it changed because none of it depended upon you. I encourage you brother, take the focus off of yourself and put it onto Christ. The day your called aired, right before, another lady called in and talked about a verse that was lined in her grandmothers Bible. I forget the verse, but the point was, God is good, glory to Him. Even in your situation now, Shawn, in the midst of your despair, look up. Look at Him, take your eyes off yourself, off your circumstances and put it on Christ. And give Him the glory that He deserves because He loves you in spite of you and wants you, in spite of your mistakes. His presence is there for you, right now, and there’s nothing standing in the way of it. Give Him praise, give Him glory and get to you moving forward, one step at a time. Love you brother.

Hi, family. I’m just calling to pray for Shawn Rodgers from the UK. He phoned on the 16th of November asking for prayer and deliverance from alcohol and drug abuse. I heard your prayer and then I’ve just been thinking about you and praying for you, this morning. And then I heard a message. And I just wanted to quote to you, Billy Graham. He once said, the closer you get to Christ, the more sinful you are going to feel. The fact that you are aware of your sin and feel guilty about it, is a sign of a spiritual life. Everyone who has ever seen a true reflection of God, is deeply convicted of his own sin. And I think that is such a important message for you Shawn. Yes, you are going through a very difficult time. And it can’t be easy, struggling and battling this type of alcohol and drug dependence or addiction. But just remember that, as you are getting closer to God, you are becoming more and more aware of your sin. And so, it’s a sign of a spiritual life. So, praise be to God. Continue listening to the word and continue growing in your faith and leaning on God, every day, no matter how many times you fall, just get back up again. Just remember that the devil wants you to think that you’re failing. When, in fact, you are succeeding, and you will succeed, and you will be delivered from this. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Hi, DAB Family, this is God’s Gal, Minnesota. And it is Wednesday, November 16th. I’m calling today, to pray for Shawn, I believe it’s Rodgers. Shawn, from London, England in the UK. And I heard his call-in request for prayer. He is struggling with alcohol and sometimes drugs but alcohol primarily. And he just can’t seem to quit, he said, on his own. It’s an addiction. And I’m not gonna offer any advice because I’m not a professional. But and I know you just want prayer Shawn, so, that’s what I’m gonna do, right now. DABers please join me at the campfire, and we’ll pray for Shawn, in London, England. Father God, You are all knowing, all powerful, omniscient. And we’re so glad that we have You in our lives. Across the pond, Lord, I ask for You to meet Shawn, right where he is. And lift him up Lord. Help him to conquer this disease of alcoholism in any way he can. If that means, help, or, however. Lord, give him Your Holy Spirit and a peace in him that directs him to the way he should go. Let him know that we are with him, and we love him, and that You love him, Father. And I thank You Lord for watching over Shawn. In Your Holy name Father. Amen. Signing off. This is God’s Gal, Minnesota. Goodbye, DABers.

This is Victorious Soldier calling to pray for Susan in Haiti and also Shawn, dealing with drug and alcohol abuse. Gracious Father, we just ask You to touch Susan in Haiti, we just ask You to work a miracle. Father, we just ask You to have Your way. We just ask You to open doors that no man can close and ask You to bless. I ask You to touch Shawn. Father, in the name of Jesus, he’s having problems with alcohol. Rebuke that…that demon of…of, we rebuke that demon inside him Lord. Rebuke that spider of desire and cast out the cobwebs of life in him. Father, in the name of Jesus, and You give him the strength. Father, in the name of Jesus, to say no to it. Father, in the name Jesus, as You cast out that spider. And Lord, give him the desires of his heart. Put his trust in You. Fill him with Your Holy Ghost and Your fire. In the mighty name of Jesus. And Lord, we’ll give You the glory. In Jesus name. Thank you DABers. Have a good day. Bye Bye.

11/20/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 40:28-41:26, James 4:1-17, Psalms 118:19-29, Proverbs 28:3-5

Today is the 20th day of November welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is great to be here with you today as we greet a brand-new shiny sparkly week. And I mean this is Thanksgiving week here in the United States, typically travel, typically new…not new people, but like family that maybe we don’t get to see all the time. And then by the time the week is over its Black Friday and all the sudden we are in the thick of the Christmas season. And, so, here we are. This is the week. And as we’ve talked about before things get more and more busy, things speed up. This is a very different time of year than any other time of year, and it kinda…it changes, and it doesn’t really let up until we’re kind of in that week before the new year, like between Christmas and New Year’s and then we launch into a brand-new year. So, let’s remember we started this journey, and we will finish this journey and we will finish this journey strong and well. And if there is a time to stay rooted in the Scriptures it is this time of the year as we push toward the end of the year. And that’s not to say that every day isn’t a day to stay rooted in the Scriptures. Like if we’ve traveled this far then we know that the Bible makes a profound difference in many of our days and is there to speak truth when we need it. But we definitely need it at this time of the year because all of our rhythms start to shift a little bit and our interactions are with maybe people that are…like I said…family or friends or just different people that we’re not used to associating with all during the year that become part of the Christmas season and we start to feel the good will toward men and we start paying attention to each other in different ways. So, let’s just invite God into all of that as we continue forward and allow His word to continue to speak into our lives. And, so, let’s dive in. We will read from the Christian Standard Bible this week and we are moving back out into the book of Ezekiel, and we’ll actually be finishing Ezekiel by the end of this week. We are in the letter to James in the New Testament. We will be moving into new territory in the New Testament this week as well. So, let’s dive in. Ezekiel chapter 40 verse 28 through 41 verse 26.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word. We thank you for this brand-new week and we invite your Holy Spirit into all the festivities of a week like this and the transition into the holiday season. And here we go once again. It’s a beautiful beautiful time of year, the most wonderful time of the year, and yet it can get very very discombobulated very very quickly and we can find ourselves kind of all over the map emotionally and just feel like we’re kinda getting pulled in a lot of different directions. So, we want to ask for your peace and your truth to hover and permeate this season. We learned from the book of James today that we don’t have because we don’t ask and then we do ask it’s…it’s with selfish motivations, it’s with the wrong motives so that it can kind of enhance our own pleasure. But we’re not asking for that purpose. We’re asking because we need you. We won’t navigate this well this this holiday season or any of the rest of our lives. We won’t navigate well on our own. We have already very well proven that to ourselves, and you know very well that we are not capable on our own, of navigating much of anything. And what we want to navigate is your will and your ways in revealing…the revealing of your kingdom in this world, the good news that all are welcome. And as we are learning very clearly from the book of James, we can say those words all we want but if that’s not how we live, if that’s not what our lives look like then then there is no authority behind our words. We need you. We humble ourselves before you. We submit ourselves to you and resist the evil one. This is what James is telling us to do. We need your help with both of these things. Even our own submission requires our attentiveness and our alertness and this season that we’re in can pull us in all kinds of directions so that we’re not paying attention until there’s a crisis. Help us. We submit ourselves to you. You will help us to navigate appropriately. Come Holy Spirit into this season, into this week, we pray in the precious powerful mighty beautiful name of Jesus. Amen.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello good morning I’m a listener in Washington and I’ve been listening for probably 10 to 12 years. I would love to have prayer for my husband who has for about 10 years struggled with addiction. And the latest is that he ran away to Las Vegas and he’s staying in our condo, and he is on drugs and they are convincing him to take his life. And I…he’s a Christian and he…he says he’s waiting for the Lord to talk to him. And I know that there are so many people that will pray for him. And everything inside of me wants to go and get him and run to him but I feel the Lord telling me to wait like in Hosea. And then I…I just pray that he gets healed from the drugs and that he gets on a program that a doctor can oversee him and start there. And I just pray that he is healed from this drug addiction forever for his whole life. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. And I listen to your prayers every single day and I love them. And I…I’d like to pray for somebody, her name was Taylor. It was just very sad, and I wrote it down. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. And I love you.

Good morning my DAB Family this is Judy from Georgia. To Laura Lee who spun out on I-95, praise the Lord you and no one else was harmed in this incident. Although you were shaken up, all praise and glory to the Lord for your safety. Prayers to Susie from Colorado in her mission to assist others in need in Haiti, that they were pre protected as they bring provisions to the ones in need. May God shield all of you in this mission so that those in need will be provided for and protected. To the woman feeling sad. I pray for you my dear sister. May the Lord comfort you and bring you out of this feeling of sadness. Please Lord give all of us Your strength, guidance, and wisdom and keep our faith strong as we go through our earthly life and help us see, here, and know all that You need us to see, here, and know. Keep us on the narrow path that leads us to You. Have a great God blessed day my DAB family. I pray for them love you all. Bye.

Good morning my DAB family today is November 16th. I’m calling regarding all of the calls at the end of today’s broadcast. So, for the young lady who called in who said she was tired of being sad. Oh my God sister I am praying for you. I know so many people who battle with depression and don’t know where to go. Please know that there’s a whole family here praying for you. Susie from Colorado, your entire story just broke my heart. The reality of the gangs or just knowing that there are people that are starving and hungry and as you said just 90 minutes away, you know, there’s a whole part of Florida, Miami, that’s just thriving. The world seems so imbalanced at times but please know that I am along with a whole DAB family of praying for you and your safety of your staff and that these children are getting this food and the help that they need, and that the UN would actually do something about these gangs. Lori from Boynton Beach what a praise report. Thank God that you are here and what a powerful statement that you made when you said I’m ready to meet Jesus. You know, that’s a question that we all can ask ourselves on a daily basis. Are we ready to see the Lord. But I’m so glad that you’re here to give that testimony. And my brother Sean Rogers, you know, in the Bible people that walk with Jesus didn’t know Jesus. You know who knew Jesus? The devil. The demons knew Jesus. And you have to understand that the word is in you. You’re reciting the word. You’re a powerhouse, my brother. And because of the God that lives you and you the enemies gonna always try you. Please know that I am praying for you and I’m praying that your mission is so great because the world needs you. The world needs people who are not perfect. And because of that God is using you and I need you to know that. I love you, brother. Stay in there. We’re praying.

Hey everybody, it’s Tony the Narrator here. Father God Lord, we pray for everybody who’s working in Port-au-Prince in Haiti. Lord we…we pray that the food will be able to get through. We pray for your miraculous protection. Be a shield to all of the people doing the work over there. But Lord, also I wanna pray for the hearts of people in this world. We’re a people who are already bored of looking at Ukraine and we’re sick of hearing about Zelinsky and Vladimir Putin’s the evil one that we can all hate. And nobody has a heart left for suffering and for the pain and for the struggle that goes through. So Lord, I pray that you will soften the hearts of everyone so that stories like the…the deaths and the pain that’s going that’s happening due to gangs in Haiti can actually get recognition, can be seen and understood. But Lord we live in a world that seems to be governed by misdirection. So, Lord we just pray that Your sanity will come upon this world and soon because we can’t do this Lord. It's…it’s coming to a close and we need You back soon. And it’s in Jesus’ precious name we pray, and we praise you. Amen.

11/19/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 39:1-40:27, James 2:18-3:18, Psalm 118:1-18, Proverbs 28:2

Today is the 19th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s great to be here with you today, as we bring to a close another one of the well, actually dwindling weeks now. Not too many more of these left before we reach the end of the year. But even recognizing that, we want to get ahead of ourselves, we are here, and we are here today, and we are around the Global Campfire together and we’re here for the next step forward. And so, we don’t take steps a week at a time, we take them a day at a time. And so, here we go. We’ve been reading from the New International Version this week; we will continue to do that today and move back into the book of Ezekiel. Today, chapter 39 verse 1 through 40 verse 27.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word, we thank You for the beautiful Scriptures and how they speak into every part of our lives. We thank You for another week to spend together in Your word and we thank You for almost a capstone here, at the end of the week from the letter of James, speaking frankly to us, that we can burn our entire lifetime with our mouth. And…and any of us who have been around much, know that this is true. We can find ourselves in situations where we are saying things that can’t be unsaid and shouldn’t be said and aren’t what we mean, which simply reinforces what James is saying. Lots of things can be tamed, but the tongue, we struggle there. And yet, there, is one of the ways that we are created in Your image. You speak and things get created, we speak and although we create…can’t create something out of nothing, matter out of nothing, our words create things inside of each other and we can set things on fire, and they burn a long time. So, we have been told this throughout the year, that what we say matters. So very poignantly laid out for us today as we bring this week to a close, what we say matters and it matters on a number of levels, because our faith, whatever we claim with our mouths to be our faith, is reinforced by what we do. And so, Holy Spirit, come, may our words and our deeds be in sync with each other and may both of those, our words and our deeds, bring glory to You. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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

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

Prayer and Encouragements:

Hey, DAB, and specifically Brian, this is Joyfully Jo. And I just wanted to say, thank you, for your message on Hebrews 12:18-29 today on the 15th. I listened to it last night in the middle of the night and it riveted me in my night watches. And when I woke up, I listened to it again because it was just so good and so apropos to my life. My life has been shaking. God has been shaking me for, since 19…2016 when my dad passed away. And the buffer between my dad and my mom and I was gone. And…and I became her caregiver. And it has been the hardest thing I’ve done, and I’ve done a lot of hard things. Anyway, I loved what you said about when you come out of the other side of the shaking, all that will be left in you, will be that which is unshakable. And I see God doing that in my life. Cause I haven’t turned back. Although, I do want the shaking to stop. It’s not time. So, I am going to stand firm in my resolve to keep my eyes on Jesus. Thank you, Brian, so much.

Hello, this is Prodigal Princess from Massachusetts. Going something right now involving someone from my past. It’s a restraining order. And I’ve been in fear, I’m still in fear. I can use prayer. Trying to walk in faith. Feeling very alone. Thank you.

Good morning, everybody. It’s God’s Smile here. I serve a risen savior, his in the world today. I know that He is living, whatever man may say. I see His hand of mercy; I hear His voice of cheer. And just the time I need Him, His always near. He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me, and talks with me, along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives, He lives, within my heart. Oh, I’m so thankful that each day, He walks with me, and He talks with me and His voice I hear each day. He leads me and teaches me and guides me. I cry and I smile at His goodness and mercy. His word, sometimes, it brings me to tears and sometimes to laughter. And sometimes causes a pause and a thought. His word is active, His word is life, it’s nourishment to our bodies, our minds, our spirits, our very being. He’s our life, He’s our living, risen savior. Oh, hahahaha, what a joy it is to be called a child of God. Kiss kiss, everybody.

Good afternoon, DAB family. This is John Opara again, calling in from South Sudan. I didn’t quite get the name of the gentlemen who came on and said what is the point of all this. That he doesn’t get it. Thank you for your candor. Thank you for the question that you have asked. And I believe that there are so many of us, even people who listen, that would like to ask the same question. But all I can tell you is I would not insult you with canned answers. But keep listening, keep listening to this podcast. And I believe at some point God will speak to you personally, speak to you directly and that is what matters most. All the interpretations of people, all the preaching, none of that, just listen to the reading of the word. Keep listening to it, be patient. And let God speak to you, completely. And God is able to do it and He wants so badly that you get it. And…

11/18/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 37:1-38:23, James 1:19-2:17, Psalms 117:1-2, Proverbs 28:1

Today is the 18th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am it’s great to be here with you today as we move forward together one step at a time, day by day. And, so, our next step forward, the one we’re taking today leads us back into the book of Ezekiel. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. Ezekiel chapters 37 and 38 today.

Commentary:

Okay, a couple of things today. We read Ezekiel chapter 37 today and that is the story of The Valley of the dry bones and it’s like a visionary experience that the prophet Ezekiel has. And it’s just…it’s been a poignant passage of Scripture in my life for so very long now. Like, one of the earliest things that really stuck out to me in the early years of Daily Audio Bible, I would look forward to getting to Ezekiel 37 because there’s this valley of dry bones. And yes, this valley of dry bones represents Israel, but just look out across the world today, right? And it feels like we’re…we’re just so beaten down in different areas of our lives. It’s like it’s strewn all across a valley. It’s just these bones. And it’s a visionary experience, but for a valley to be full of dry bones meant probably a battle happened there and, you know, the bones are the people who were the casualties and it’s been a long time because their skeletons now. And, so, they’ve decomposed, and they’ve baked out in the sun, and now their skeletons of dry bones. So, like, that’s as dead as dead gets, right? I think that’s what the imagery is supposed to be telling us. Like this is as dead as dead gets. And the Lord comes to the prophet and says, can these bones live? It’s almost like it’s a trick question. But Ezekiel answers like really well, I think you’re the only one that could possibly know that Lord. And the Lord tells him to prophesy and ultimately tells him to call to the four winds, the breath of life. And that which was as dead as dead gets was restored to life again. That imagery, that hope, that no matter how dry, how we may get in our lives there is always hope to be restored. That has really stuck with me and hopefully it sticks with you. There is always hope. Actually, this is kind of where our coffee brand, Windfarm. I know that’s like such a weird transition, but that term, Windfarm is really inspired by Ezekiel chapter 37 and the prophet calling to the four winds, the breath of life. And I just thought, what if that were happening all of the time. What if it was like a Windfarm calling to the four winds, the breath of life all the time because I was seeing these wind farms all over…well…actually all over the world, but definitely all over the country that I live in here the United States. Gigantic windmills, like so big, and just valleys of them I’ve seen in different places in this country. Hundreds and hundreds of them harvesting from the wind and that’s just always stuck with me. What if we knew that this was available, that we could call to the four winds and ask God to send the breath of life into a world that needs the breath of life’s so badly. And, so, I love when we come to Ezekiel 37 each and every year

We’re also reading other books though. We’re reading through the letter of James and we talked about that yesterday. And James is a butt kicker. If there is a butt kicker in the Bible, James at least to me, is that…well…at least me…my butt gets kicked every year. He’s unflinching. He’s not mean, he’s not arrogant, he’s not abusive, he’s just unflinching. So, today we read from that letter, and I quote, “do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it, not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it, they will be blessed in what they do.” I’m pretty sure we get the point. Feasting on the Scriptures and then not incorporating them in any way in life, what good is that? Like, that doesn’t change anything. So, that should allow us to take a step back and pause and reflect upon our lives. Like, are we hearing and not in any way doing? Are we hearing so that we can have knowledge, but it doesn’t actually do anything within us, our lives are not transformed in any way? What good is that? What is the point of accumulating biblical knowledge if it’s not going to be used in any way? James is leading to a point and his point is direct. And I quote, “what good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds. Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them go in peace, keep warm, be well fed, but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way”…in this same way, James says, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead, dead faith.” So, do we have this weird letter in the New Testament that is not in sync with everything else in the New Testament? Are we needing to work for our salvation all of the sudden now that we’ve gotten to the book of James? No. You can’t save yourself. Nothing you could possibly do could save you. Only God’s mercy upon you, saves you. But if that happens to you, you have one the…the cosmic victory of victories. You got what everyone is searching for. If that doesn’t change how you live, what is that saying? Because Christ inside of us transforming us through faith should change everything about everything, because we have been made new. Like we are no longer who we were. That person died and was resurrected in Christ, a new creation. Everything should actually be different. Our faith should be borne out by the very actions of our lives. That’s not working to achieve something that is the overflow of a transformed person. If your life completely changes then your lifestyle completely changes as well, which gives us plenty. Like James has looked us in the eyes through this letter and challenged us to reflect upon ourselves very carefully. And maybe not make claims that are not borne out in our lives at all. Can’t get much more direct than that.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit come into that, come into that, come into the places where we are hearers, but not doers and come into the places that are just valleys of dry bones within us. You have promised that You are making all things new, which means You are putting things back together again, and that includes us. May we not interfere and may the very gratefulness of our hearts be borne out in the way that we care for one another, in the way that we treat each other, in the way that we treat our world, and in the way that we treat ourselves. Come Holy Spirit we pray into all of this we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey…sorry…hey DAB family. So, I have been struggling with losing my two aunts from a year ago. I can’t get over the fact that they both died around the same time. One was closer but I had a strong connection with both. And I want you to pray for me to help me overcome the fear of them dying and me losing other people. Thank you so much. You are amazing and I love listening to you guys. So, love you.

Hi, this is Sunshine and I’m just calling. I just got through doing all of my listening and I’ve been listening probably for two years now. I’ve called in a couple of times. I’m Sunshine. I’m just going through a really hard time in my life. I have been for the last, gosh, five years. My husband has…has left and been living in the wilderness for years now and I’ve been raising our children. They’re adult children. There’s five of them. But it’s been very difficult. They’ve been so full of pain, and they don’t understand their dad and why he’s doing what he’s doing and living a very sinful lifestyle with another. And I’m just standing and asking the Lord to just intervene. And I feel like I’m in the middle trying to pray for his heart to love the Lord as well as pray for my children and to pray for my stand and justice, to love him and forgive him and to forgive others. And also just trying to find joy in…regardless of my circumstances, trying to teach my children conservative morals and first of all faith and to love the Lord because He’s victorious and faith is…is #1 as well as love. So, if I could just ask for you guys to for your prayers for restoration…

Hey guys this is Brooke from Texas. I was just calling in to ask for prayer. I’ve been just kind of in a rut with a Lord for about the past five years, which was kind of spurred on from just a really bad and confusing breakup that just led to a lot of questioning. And I’ve always been someone that has struggled with anxiety and fear and it just feels like in these past few years any fears and anxieties I’ve felt like I’ve conquered in the past have just kind of come back in different ways and a little bit stronger. And it’s just been really hard to…to trust in the Lord. And I don’t know, I just feel like I’m getting everything wrong or I don’t even know but just being riddled with…with fear and anxiety. And the other night I actually woke up after a horrible nightmare and having a bit of a panic attack and I put on the Sleep resource from Brian and I just remember hearing Psalm 34 four through five which says I pray to the Lord and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy. No shadow or shame will darken their faces, which was actually the verse of the day that I saw the next morning. And that’s just my prayer right now. And if you guys could just join me in praying that over me that I would be freed from all of these fears and just be able to live in freedom and in joy with the Lord. Thanks.

Good morning DABC family, this is Rodney from Atlanta. Blessings to all of you. And I want to pray for the lady that called in about the little baby that was sick. She’s very sick apparently. The baby’s name is Storm. I want to pray for that little child. Jesus really concerned about children. He told the disciples, let the children come to me. Forbid them not. Because He is concerned about children. He loves children. I wanna encourage the young lady that called in, maybe talk to the parents and ask them to consider not calling her Storm. The Bible says we have what we say. Maybe consider changing the name or calling her by another name and maybe the deliverance will come. But I want to pray. Father, I thank the Lord right now for touching this baby. Lord lay your nail scarred hands on that baby now. They put 39 stripes on your back. You were wounded for our transgression, You were bruised for our iniquity. The chastisement of our peace was upon You and with Your stripes you are healed. Heal that baby now from the crown of her head to the soles of her feet. I curse the spirit of cancer to die in her body. And God raise this baby up for your glory for a great testimony that she will have in the name of the Lord Jesus. Touch the parents. Give them wisdom Father in how to minister this baby. And Lord we praise you in advance for what you’re going to do. We know you are concerned about children. You love children. So, God heal this little baby. Touch her, heal her. Raise her up for your glory. And God we will praise you in advance. It’s in the matchless, the mighty, the marvelous, and majestic name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Hello, this is iris from Sun City AZ and I’m calling on behalf of John from Florida who has lost everything in the terrible hurricane. Lord God, I pray that You would come through for John and You would send him help in Jesus’ wholly powerful and precious name. Amen.

11/17/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 35:1-36:38, James 1:1-18, Psalm 116:1-19, Proverbs 27:23-27

Today is the 17th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian, it is great to be here with you today as we gather around the Global Campfire and move forward together. And moving forward, will lead us back into the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament and then we completed Hebrews yesterday in the New Testament, which brings us to some brand-new territory. The book of James, and we’ll talk about James when we get there. But first, Ezekiel chapter 35 and 36.

Introduction to the Book of James:

Okay, so like we talked about at the beginning, we have new territory that we have come upon the epistle of James, the letter of James. We’ve heard of James before, but we’ve never really heard from James, like in James’s voice. So, this is a new voice for us, brand-new territory for us. Although this letter, the letter of James has had its share of scrutiny over the millennia since it was written. So, like one of the problems is who, which James, like what James wrote this letter, who wrote this named James, so that makes dating James difficult. But there is kind of a scenario that has stood the test of time and that is that this letter probably was written by James, who was the half-brother of Jesus, who did not believe in Jesus during his earthly ministry, but after Jesus resurrection. Then James became a pillar of the early church in the church of Jerusalem, the mother church. And so, it’s James presiding over, like world changing fundamental choices, like the one that was held at the Jerusalem Council, when it was decided that Gentiles could be accepted into the faith, and we’ve talked about this many times and we’ll probably to talk about it many more times before the years over. That was a controversy, and it was a big controversy. So, James is a candidate for writing this letter, that’s pretty solid, if he’s leading the Jerusalem church and he is related to Jesus the Savior, then yeah, something that he wrote would probably be preserved and treated accordingly. Now we just finished Hebrews and we talked about Hebrews being written to Hebrews, so Hebrews being very rooted in a Hebrew context, James is very much written from a Hebrew perspective. Like when we start this letter, we’ll see that it’s addressed to the 12 tribes, to the Jewish believers in the Diaspora: people who have been spread and scattered all around, which gives us at least a clue about who this was sent to, and it may have been addressed this way because of the persecution that was beginning to arise, causing people to move away to look for safe places to practice their faith. Maybe the stoning of Stephen, that we read about in the Book of Acts was a catalyst for this. And if these things are true then…then this letter was written to believers who had fled in all directions to find peace, but who felt connected, not only to Jesus, but felt connected to their faith community, the Jerusalem church. So, a letter that was passed around and arrived from the Jerusalem church, this would’ve been a treasure, especially if James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote it. And that being the case, James preserves for us some of the earliest traditions and thought in the faith in Jesus, in what we now know as Christianity. And it preserves in ways that no other letter or book in the New Testament does, some of the postures of the Hebrew, the earliest Hebrew believers. So, James teaches that how we actually live, says the most about our faith. In fact, people can say anything but how they live, this is more true to who they are. And so, James tells us that faith without works is dead and that idea…that idea is at its detractors and has been fought about for a very, very long time. Even though those in the Protestant persuasion who look back to people like Martin Luther as kind of a leader in the Protestant Reformation, should understand that Martin Luther did not like the letter to James because sola fide right, by faith alone. And here we have James saying, yeah but faith without works is dead. The funny thing, like when we read James and we start to understand the personality of the writing here, we would realize that James couldn’t care less who was his detractor in the future, like he didn’t care that someday some Protestant reformer would not like his letter. His letter was written because it’s what he wanted to say, it’s what he was convicted to say and it needed to be said and it needs, it needs to be said today, because in our world today, anybody can say anything about anything and do. How we actually live is telling more truth about us than anything we say. And so, I come to the book of James every year and I come here for the purpose of getting my butt kicked and I’ve mentioned many times this is the butt kicker. It’s not the only one, we have some more territory that will be forthright and direct and look us right in the eyes and confront us. But James definitely does that. It is bold, it is direct, it can be confrontational, it does have a tendency to kick our butts, and make us question our motives for why we do what we do. But James wasn’t mad and just needed to be forthright and direct and wanted to write something mean. Like, that’s not the point, it’s really underneath all of it is a plea, a plea begging followers of Jesus to live by faith and to live out our faith through what we do. So, it’s interesting that this is a couple thousand years old and that this was going on in the early church and so much so, that this letter needed to be written and that this needed to be said. Because James could have been written, really at any point in church history, but it could have been written last week and still hold its power for who we are today. So, here we go, James chapter 1 verses 1 to 18.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word, we love You, Lord, we thank You for bringing us this far into the year. We are definitely in a place where we’re about to hit warp speed on this year and so, we look back with gratitude for all that You have brought us through, all that You have spoken to us. We thank You for this new territory that we’ve entered into today and that we’ll spend the next few days in, this letter of James. We open ourselves to your correction, Holy Spirit, and we invite You to speak to us very clearly about…about our actions and our words being in alignment. That our thoughts, words and deeds are saying the same thing, and that they are speaking the truth about You. We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

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dailyaudiobible.com is home base, that’s the website, that is where you can find out what is happening around here. The Daily Audio Bible app does that as well and you can get that from the App Store that works with your device, that puts it in the palm of your hand, as well as a bunch more stuff. Check that out and while you’re checking out, check out the Community Section. This is where links to different social media channels that we participate in are, this is also where the Prayer Wall, that we talk often about, is, lives there in the Community Section, so check that out. Check out the Daily Audio Bible Shop. There are resources in the Daily Audio Bible Shop that are tailored for the, for the journey that we are on, they’re here for the Global Campfire community to take our journey deeper and wider as we navigate every day through the Bible in a year, in community, so check that out.

And if you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible. Thank you, we would not be a Global Campfire if we were not in this together and so thank you, humbly for your partnership. There is a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner, or the mailing address is P.O. Box 1996 Springhill, Tennessee 37174.

And as always, if you have a prayer request or encouragement, you can hit the Hotline button in the app, that’s the little red button up, little red button up at the top or there are a number of numbers you can call. In the Americas 877-942-4253. In the UK or Europe 44 2036 088078. And in Australia or that part of the world 61 3 8820 5459, is the number to call.

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

Prayer and Encouragement:

Hey DAB Family, this is Michael from ___ Texas. I haven’t called in a quite a long time, but I do listen everyday with you guys. I just heard a guy call in, Vincent. Very distraught. I guess he was talking about love, and he was questioning the Lord, our God. Didn’t know why the Lord would take something away but Vincent, just wanted to tell you sir, it’s not the Lord. That’s Satan talking to you, tell you that. God is only good, and He can only do good. But the world we live in is full of sin because of the fall out in the garden. So, God is good and always good. So, don’t blame God for love that has been lost.

Hi this is Audrie from Reno Valley, California. Want to thank you first Brian, for this platform. And thank you fellow DABers who have continued to pray for myself and my son Christian. We appreciate your prayers greatly. Hey DABers, this is Christian Smith. And I was fighting with addiction and just to give you guys an update, I’m 142 days clean today. So, your prayers worked. Continue to pray for me and my mother and our journey of getting to love each other more and getting to know each other better. And just to give you guys an update it is amazing being home, clean and sober. And spending this time with my mom watching tv shows, football games, watching her yell at the tv. And thank you guys. And we just wanna let you know that we’re praying for those of you, who have lost loved ones, those of you who are struggling, yourself in addiction, those of you who love those who struggle with addiction. And we just pray for all of them, as I listen, I pray. And I want you to know that I do, even though I may not shout you out by name. Thank you for your prayers, we covet them. Continue to pray for us, we continue to pray for you. God is good, He’s faithful, He’s true to His word and His promises. His timing may not be our timing, but it is perfect timing. And so, DAB on DABers. Have a blessed evening everyone. Thank you and we love you.

Hi, this is Right Ellen in New Jersey, and I would like to pray for Kathy in Kentucky. She called; I heard her prayer today. And she’s, she, she works, and she lives alone. And she’s getting her house ready for wintertime. And you know, she seems to be older cause it’s tough for her to be working at her age. And she’s, she lost a lot of family members. So, I would like to pray for her. Dear Lord, I lift Kathy from Kentucky. Lord, I just pray that You bless her efforts and working that you know, that’s she’s able to keep up with inflation. And bless her health, Lord. And she often says that’s she’s lonely Lord, and in Your wisdom, I pray, and I may not be right but maybe she needs to take steps of faith to be more socialful with other people. And so, Lord, just, I just praise her that she seems to really have the will to live, it’s just you know, in her, you know, give her the encouragement that she needs to put out the effort that cause, you know, we have to seek You every day. Okay. I thank you, bye.

Hi, this is Carlo from the Philippines. Yeah, I liked to pray for Kathy from Kentucky. First of all, I’d like to say that you are not alone. The DAB family is with you, they always pray with you, they always pray for you. And that, you are with us spiritual. But nonetheless, I pray that you…you are able to find friends, you’re able to find a community in the place where you live. I pray that God blesses you financially, that you are able to do your work well, without any injuries and yeah. And that you find comfort and peace and joy in the daily trials that you face. Thank you, thank you family. Thank you, bye.

Hi, this is Anita, praising God. I’m calling in to asking you all for, for prayer for me for. I call in before about my grandson, that they found him dead at the lake. Love will, and detective called last that he committed suicide. So, I’m asking you to please lift us up again, we need your prayers. Today, is November 14 or 15. And I called in before, I called in before and I left a message about prayer for my daughter and me for strength. I want to thank you for all the prayer warriors that lift us before. And now, I thank you for you Brian Hardin and your family and this broadcast system that is lifting us up. I’ve been on this broadcast system for a long time. And I really enjoy it and I thank you that we can come into this broadcast and lay out our burdens and ask all you people for to pray for us. And I ask God forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thank you very much for your love and support in this time of sorrow. Thank you, I love you all.