05/18/2022 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 22:1-23:29, John 10:1-21, Psalms 115:1-18, Proverbs 15:18-19

Today is the 18th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian and it is wonderful to be here with you together as we take the next step forward on the journey that we have embarked upon, the one that takes us through this year together, the one that takes us through the Bible together. And, so, let’s dive in. We’ve been working our way through the book of first Samuel, which is what we will continue to do today. And since the arrival of this young man named David who has become a national hero, we have watched king Saul, Israel’s first king become more and more unstable, which is certainly making David’s life incredibly unstable because he has to look…well he has to look in all directions, like he’s gotta stay on guard at all times because Saul has tried to kill him a number of times. So, let’s pick up the story. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. First Samuel chapters 22 and 23 today.


Okay. So, as we continue to move through the book of first Samuel, we continue to see the downward slide of Saul and really mental health issues. Like, he’s super paranoid and really kind of unhinged. We read of David. Once he knew that Saul would not stop until he was dead and he knew he was going to become a fugitive and he knew he had to go on the run. So, he went to the priest Ahimelech and got some supplies including the sword of Goliath and then went on the run, fleeing for his life hiding in place to place, wherever he can to stay alive. Eventually Saul, the king finds out that David has visited Ahimelech. And of course, Saul has it in his mind that nobody cares about him. Everybody’s being loyal and conspiring against the king and being loyal to David. And, so, Saul has Ahimelech and his entire household brought before the king. Accusations are made and an entire priestly family is executed. People who had nothing to do with it at all. 85 priests wearing their linen priestly robes are killed, which is…certainly that kind of news is going to spread throughout the land, which only further destabilizes Saul. And, so, we see David hiding places like the cave of the Adullam which is a place or hiding in the caves of En-Gedi which is actually a place near the Dead Sea. So, he’s moving all over the place to stay alive even though Saul the king is obsessed with killing him. And it’s becoming a problem. Saul is deteriorating.

Then when we flip over into the New Testament into the gospel of John, Jesus is talking and He’s talking about shepherding and sheep and being a shepherd and a sheep pen or sheepfold and how anybody who jumps over the wall to be among the sheep that doesn’t come in through the gate is a thief and a robber and that a true shepherd would enter the gate and call to the sheep and the sheep would hear his voice, and they would follow him. And Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd and I know my own and my own know me.” And it’s in our reading today that we come across a very, very quotable, very famous passage of Scripture. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” This very quoted, very famous verse of Scripture comes from a larger context of a conversation that Jesus is having about being the good Shepherd. And that passage that we quote all the time, “the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.” That passage is one of the most concise statements in Scripture about the context of our lives. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” The contrast about what the thief wants and what the Lord wants is pretty clear. Why we would at times find ourselves following after a thief who has come to steal, kill and destroy is a great mystery, but God’s intention toward us, “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance” gives us clarity on what God’s intention is for us. So, the question then becomes if we are the sheep of his pasture if we are sheep, which voice are we following out of the sheepfold because Jesus said, “my sheep know my voice”.


Father as we do every day, we invite You into all of this. It’s pretty clear that if we are one of Your sheep we should know Your voice and follow You. It’s also pretty clear that we navigate ourselves in places that are clearly not where You’re going and find ourselves in positions that are clearly not godly or Christlike. And, so, at times, there is a disconnect somewhere. And maybe that’s because we’ve stopped paying attention to who we’re listening to. Holy Spirit help us to examine that today. Help us to see that in our lives today and to consider where that sort of erratic back-and-forth will lead us. We’re seeing the extremes of it in King Saul’s life. And, so, we are grateful for these examples that show us what can happen and where roads go. We don’t want to be on that road. We want to be on the narrow path that leads to life, which will never happen if we are not following where You are leading. And, so, Holy Spirit come. We humble ourselves before You. We repent for listening to other voices and following them. May we hear Your voice and know You and follow You. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning DAB family my name is Kelly from South Carolina. I’m a nurse, I my high school teacher. I teach Health Science to high school kids. I am also the high school soccer coach and mother of three daughters and wife and I just really need prayers from y'all. Been a really overwhelming year. I’ve had some pretty significant issues with all of the girls at one point or another just things that really made me doubt myself. Just recently the oldest who’s 23 moved back home and really that is for the best but it’s been a major adjustment. So, everybody is living back at home. She came home with a brand-new puppy that she’s not hardly around to help with because of her job. So, that’s been in a new strain as well. But marriage has been under pressure just because of everything. My husband made a pretty significant job change years back and it really really strapped us financially. It was what he thought he needed to do at the time but without really a plan in place. And I struggle not to be resentful with that because we just can’t even make hands meet most of the time. And all that being said now here facing end of school year which is exciting but also very stressful to get everything wrapped up and just feel like I’m drowning. Can’t hardly keep my head above water and I just really need some prayer. I’ve tried to call in in the past. That wouldn’t work right. I think Satan just got the better of me and I gave up and didn’t even try again because I was frustrated. So, just want you to know I listen every day. I love you all. You bring smiles to my face. You bring tears to my eyes. I consider you family. And I just hope that you’ll pray for me. See you soon or talk to you soon.

You let me see a baby deer that was grazing beside the road
you’ve given me tremendous strength father to help me bear my load
not just me but my parents too
all my relationships have become just like new
buzzards are circling overhead there’s a carcass down below
life and death are always there no matter where you go
the Suns are marvel of bright orange light
it’s getting dark it’s almost night
my music has been turned off but inside I still sing
praises to you father and Jesus Christ our king
still no matter where I go your love for me you always show
insects crickets birds and frogs
sing from fields and hollow logs
jets leave contrails as they fly
and orange sherbet is the color of the sky
there’s a crescent moon but still no stars
and for the last 40 minutes I’ve heard absolutely no cars
it’s getting dark I should go home
but there’s a part of me father that just loves to room
and study your wonders as they unfold
that last ray of sunlight was the greenest purple gold
now that’s a color that Crayola could never design
with all their substantial but much limited mind
who in their manifold awareness always trying to think outside the box
something is stalking me it looks like a fox
forgive me and my father I sometimes detach
I try to think like the world but my thoughts just don’t match
I try to live holly and be a vessel for you
I desire your fellowship in all that I do
my music my garden my writings my life
you’ve even shown me lately how to live above the strife
the things that I’m lacking I can live without
because the Kingdom of God is why life’s really about
I sometimes get lonely but thy will be done
I’m back in my yard now and that bike ride was fun


Hello siblings. Psych! It’s your girl Val in Vegas. I know you guys thought I was someone else initially. I just gotta say shout out, shout out, shout out to everybody. I love peoples greetings how they come on and how they leave. But more importantly in this May 15th I gotta say the number one thing I love about this community, we pray. We pray. We pray for each other. We pray for ourselves. We pray for people we don’t know. But the bottom line is we pray. And you all know what, that’s the most powerful tool that we have. Please keep praying for me. I pray for this community every day. You all mean so much to me. So, let’s pray. Heavenly Father on this day Lord God May 15th, 2022 Lord everybody listening to this whatever they need right now Lord God I need You to rain on them. Give them a blessing Lord. How about a suddenly and immediately Lord. God I just want to thank You for this community and all the prayer warriors Lord. The ones that we hear are the ones that we don’t hear because oh I know there’s some people that are on their knees praying for this community that have never called in. Thank You. Please keep praying. God, we love You. We thank You for the ability to commune and to pray Lord. Oh God thank You for the knowledge of prayer. Thank You, Jesus. Now you all go, and you make it a great day. I love you it’s. It’s Val in Vegas. Until next time.

Hello everyone, I am listening to the Daily Audio Bible on May 15th from Maryland. I just heard some people call in that just really touched me. I heard from Justin who shared about work burnout and anxiety. I heard from Jesus in Florida who’s been calling recently to share encouragement and just pray for people which has been encouraging to hear and also from a guy, Michael in North Carolina who shared that he’s been dwelling in his sinful nature for the past few weeks and doesn’t like that and is seeking a grateful heart. And I really relate with these things. So, just thank you for calling in and asking for prayer and just sharing. And I would just like to pray with you guys now. Lord, thank You for the Daily Audio Bible and thank You for today’s message. Thank You for the opportunity to hear people stories as well. Lift up Justin to You and Michael as well. And You know each of these gentlemen’s respective situations. I just place these situations; I place these people in Your hands and ask that You would guide them right now through what they’re walking through and help them to set their hearts and their minds on You and to walk in the path that You would lead them on. I just pray that You would help them too maybe just live into the relationship You offer us through Jesus and that it would be a blessing to You and to people around them as well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I’m calling to pray for Philippians 4:6 who is desperate for God’s love and wants guidance as how to navigate dating and job hunting. Lord heavenly Father I thank You oh God. I thank You oh God for Philippians 4:6 oh God. And I thank You oh  God that she has called and she has requested prayer oh God because You are a God who is concerned about everything that we are concerned about oh God, even the small things. Lord, You have said that we are to cast our cares upon You because You care for us oh God. Oh Lord You have said in Your word the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. God, I pray that You will rest in her during this time. Lord, I pray that she oh Lord will rest in Your love, on Your love oh God and be guided by You and all that she does. Holy Spirit have Your way. Holy Spirit encompass her with Your love oh God even now that she would know that You are there and that You care for her. Oh God I pray that You will give her good success in job hunting. God, I pray that You would lead her to the one job that You have for her. God, I pray that You would open her eyes at the right timing and for the person that You have desired for her life. Oh Lord, You will do it oh God because You were the one who makes everything beautiful in Your time. So, Lord, have Your way. Be upon our sister. Oh God give her a surety and guidance oh God and confirmation through You as she reads Your word and be comforted oh God. Have Your way oh God. May she not be dismayed or discouraged but may she stand firm on Your promises and on Your word in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

5/17/2022 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 20:1-21:15, John 9:1-41, Psalm 113:1-114:8, Proverbs 15:15-17

Today is the 17th day of May, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today, as we dive in and take the next step forward together in the Scriptures. And that next step forward is gonna lead us right back to the place where we left off, which happens to be in the Book of first Samuel, where we are watching the intertwining of lives, between King Saul and this new national hero, who is risen up to prominence because he killed the giant. His name is David. David’s presence and actually even his goodness, which has attracted the attention of the people, is very much unsettling Saul who pretty much wants David just out of the picture, just dead. And so, we’ll pick up that story. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week, first Samuel 20 and 21.


Okay so, in the gospel of John, Jesus has performed another miraculous sign, this one, the healing of a man who had been born blind. So, not who had become blind but who had always been blind since his birth. And so, this man had sort of been begging, just asking for any kind of contributions people give along the way, as he sat in different locations to well, to beg. Jesus comes along and heals this man by spitting in the dirt and making mud and wiping it out of his eyes and telling him to go to the pool of Siloam and washing it off and wash it off. So, the man goes to the pool of Siloam, washes his eyes off and he can see. And so, there are people that knew him as a beggar, going isn’t this the beggar, like were you faking all along, can you see, all of this stuff is going on, but the man is defending, no it’s me, it’s me, I was blind, I can see. I’m not somebody who looks like that guy, I am that guy and I can see. And so, that ends up being brought to the attention to the Pharisees who starts to dismantle the story because the story is not congruent with their understanding, theologically or traditionally. This Sabbath is a day that work isn’t supposed to be done, miracle working is work or healing is work so, they have determined and so, anyone who attempts to do this is breaking the Sabbath and that is something that Jesus does on a regular basis. And so, they’re talking to this guy and questioning and wanting to…wanting to know the whole story and what are the details and how this and how that and then they tell him, basically this guy is a sinner, this occurred on the Sabbath day, that is breaking the law of God, even though it was the religious leaders that interpreted it this way. So, the person who can see now is a bit perplexed, is even a little bit sarcastic in his dialogue, which eventually gets him thrown out of the synagogue but he asks a simple question. How can a sinner do such a miraculous sign? Like, I was born blind and I can see. How could someone that God does not favor, how could this even happen? It doesn’t make any sense. So, the Pharisees are questionings some more specifically, what did He do to you? What were the steps, exactly what did He do to make you see? Because they’re convinced that Jesus is a trickster. And then, maybe thinking that this man is a plant, is actually a disciple of Jesus, who was faking like he was blind and had been able to see all along. So, they call this person’s parents in for questioning. Now, at this point, the blind man, the former blind man is an adult and so his parents don’t want to speak on behalf of their son because they’re afraid of being outcast and thrown out of the synagogue, thrown out of society. And so, they attest to the fact that yes, this is our child, and yes, indeed he was born blind, that is a fact, that is the truth, how it is that he can see at this point is a question you’ll have to ask him. He’s an adult and we don’t know the answer. And so, then they go back to the formerly blind person with an accusation, we know that Jesus is a sinner, they tell him, and the man answers back really brilliantly actually, that’s like, that’s your territory, like you guys are the religious leaders. Whether He’s a sinner or not, I don’t know that I know the answer to that, or can judge that, what I do know though is that I was blind and now I can see. So, the religious leader’s kind of continue on and reaffirm their allegiance to Moses and the Mosaic law. And how they know where Moses came from, but Jesus, they don’t know where Jesus came from. And the man really answers brilliantly again, basically saying, how can you not know where he comes from, he opened my eyes, I have been blind since I was born and now, I can see and you don’t know where this person is from. Insinuating basically, how could He be from anywhere else but God. Who else deserves the glory for this miracle, who should we worship, because this doesn’t happen every day. Eventually, they dismiss the formerly blind person and eventually Jesus runs into him and they have a conversation. And Jesus tells him, I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will have their eyes open and be able to see and those who do see will not be able to see. And of course, Jesus is referring to spiritual sight or insight, being able to see what God is doing, what is happening and to be able to see his intentions in this world. Jesus is opening the eyes of the people, in some cases, miraculously, physically, opening their eyes, as is in the case of the miracle that we read about today, but also opening up their spiritual sight to be able to see that there is another way to look at this, that there is another way to live fully, appreciative and humbled in the fact, that we are utterly dependent upon God, instead of that we are our own God and we’ll make our own decisions. Of course, there’s still some Pharisees around hearing all this and so there like, you think we’re blind? You think, are you calling us blind? Jesus is like, if you were blind then, then it wouldn’t be a problem, it wouldn’t be sin, but you are claiming that you can see and you can’t see what God is doing right in front of you because it doesn’t fit into your theological framework and it especially doesn’t fit into the traditions that you have established. You lost the plot of the story; you’re missing the point. It’s funny how we can read this in the Gospels and see it so clearly, but when we look in the mirror, we can’t always see our own blindness. And about the time that we think we are seeing, we begin to realize that we still have blind spots. And like the Pharisees, often times we’re falling back onto our traditions, what we have been told we’re supposed to do and believe, not that those things are bad, but we’re falling back onto those things, to give us sight. When there is only One, who can make us see.


And Jesus, we declare that that is You and only You and without You, we are blind, we are wandering around in the dark, feeling among the shadows, trying to find where we’re going. But with You, we can see and we want to see. And so come, Holy Spirit into the places where we have blind spots or blindness in our lives, especially in our relationships and in our interactions with our fellow brothers and sisters and in our hearts and our lives, our spiritual lives, open our eyes so that we can see what’s going on around us and live from that place. We pray this in Your precious name Jesus, in Your name we ask. Amen


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Prayer and Encouragements:

Hello DAB, my heart is breaking. Oh my, it’s Friday the 13th, out of all days. Friday the 13th and as I was listening to a lady who called in, she was so over joyed about Owen calling in, cause she was expressing her heart to him. As she was speaking, God finally gave me my DAB name. I’ve been listening for a good while and this year, I promised myself that I would listen every day, all year. And I called in before but I always say, God, it doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t feel right, what’s my name, I used to say, I don’t have a name like everybody else. And as she was talking, God put in my heart. I’m God’s Butterfly. I just wanted to share that cause my heart is overjoyed. And I know exactly what He means when He says that I’m His butterfly. He knows my name. Well hello DAB, I’m God’s Butterfly and I don’t know if I’ll ever call in again. I’ve used other names before, I’ve used my real name, I’ve used other names but I know this is who I am. God’s Butterfly and I love my Father. And I love each and every one of you.

Hello DAB family, this is John from the UK. Just an update about my daughter Hannah, who I’ve asked you to pray for and thank you for those that have. She was admitted to hospital with an eating disorder. She was discharged and then got to the point of being dangerously ill, readmitted and had a feeding tube, that basically saved her life. So, she had 7 weeks, no, that was about 10 weeks on the tube and basically, she…she has just been discharged and now back home. But unfortunately, her anorexia is as strong as ever. So, just asking for your prayers about the next step. It would be lovely to be able to make it work at home. I just pray about this, _ she, doesn’t want to be around she’s in a __ and so we’re able to, she’s joined into that prayer, my wife and I. So that’s a plus. Like I said, she did give her heart to Jesus last summer. So, if you could pray for my daughter Hannah, for the next step, for help recovering from anorexia. Thank you all for your prayers and bless you all. And I love listening to all your prayers and I love listening to the Daily Audio Bible so thank you, Brian and the whole Hardin Family. Bye bye, from John from the UK.

Hi DAB family, this is Lily or God’s Girl from Bakersfield, CA. So, I’ve been asking for prayer for my daughter Logan who has been in labor since Wednesday and so today is Friday night and they’re taking the baby c-section. So, I’m asking for prayer for strength. I’ve had to do life pretty much on my own with my babies because my husband has bi-polar and unfortunately couldn’t handle the stress of life or challenges. And so, although I love him dearly, I’ve had to do life, pretty much on my own in raising of our children. And so, I know through it all I’ve always had God to strengthen me but at this moment I’m just worried and I shouldn’t

Hi, my name is Amy and I’ve been listening for about two years but this my first time calling. I just wanted to share my story. About two years ago in the beginning of 2020, I was learning how to make sour dough bread and just like everyone else, with the pandemic, but then I was listening to Exodus one night and it said that the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up on their cloaks. And I thought, oh my goodness they’re making sour dough back then and for those of you who don’t know, there’s this rhythm to making bread, this old biblical way. You mix, you stretch and fold, there’s a lot of rhythm to it. You save a little bit of dough from the time before you bake and then you start the process over. So, there’s this, it’s very rhythmic. And I hear Brian use that word a lot in our listening to the Bible every day. So, when Jesus says, I’m the bread of life, which we just heard in John, I think He’s also saying, that He wants to be in the rhythm of our daily lives, not just that He’s spiritual food, He wants to be in our everyday. And I think when he had the, we also see this in the Old Testament. God had the Israelites gather manna daily and that was teaching them to look to Him daily because we have this personal, hands-on God. So anyway, Brian and Hardin Family, thank you so much for this rhythm for us getting to listen to your word every day.  

Good morning DAB family, this is Thankful and Still and I’m lifting up God’s Yellow Flower. Today, Lord, I just bring God’s Yellow Flower before you and I pray that You bless her with healing post-surgery. And I pray also that You would help to provide the care that she needs during her healing process as well as her son, while he needs care as well. And I pray that You give them peace and comfort and that they would rely on You during this time and that You would surround them with Your Holy Spirit and Your angels, Lord, in Jesus’ name. And I want to give thanks and praise to the Lord for a very successful court hearing with my ex-husband. And so, I just praise God. Like, the best outcome that could have been, came and issues of the past were, like, I guess you could say that we buried the hatchet and things just went so ideal. And I think both of us had a real sense of peace and I pray that this bringing healing in our family. Especially with our…our children. And even extended family, that there would just be peace after many years of strife and contention. Not always outward but just a mistrust and not knowing people’s intentions. So, I’m just really excited and happy. I’m kind of, it hasn’t sunken in yet because it’s been such a long journey, you know, almost nine years of in-and-out of court and stuff. So, those of you that have court hearings and litigation, just know that God is in the middle of it all. And as hard and as desperate a situation may seem; God knows and He has a bigger plan than we can imagine. So, just go forward step-by-step allow God to hold you and guide you. Have a great day.    

05/16/2022 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 18:5-19:24, John 8:31-59, Psalms 112:1-10, Proverbs 15:12-14

Today is the 16th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you today as we do what we do and take the next step forward together on our adventure through the Scriptures this year. And we have worked our way all the way into the books of Samuel and the emerging time of the Kings. So, King Saul is Israel’s first king, and he’s the king right now where we’re reading. But another man has emerged and been anointed as King and his name is David. And David’s very presence unsettles and destabilizes Saul. And, so, let’s get into the story and see what unfolds before us today. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. First Samuel chapter 18 verse 5 through 19 verse 24.


Okay. Let’s take a look at what’s going on in the book of first Samuel because now there is a king, his name is Saul. We know that, and we’ve been watching him, and we’ve seen that he’s not a very stable person because he is a supreme insecurity issue and definitely is afraid of what people think about him. And now his life is intertwined with David who is a really good looking young man, but is a commoner, is a shepherd, wasn't…I mean, he’s like the youngest in his family. There…he wasn’t on any kind of trajectory to bring him into any kind of fame or fortune or notoriety of any sort. It’s just that he killed the giant, Goliath and that does not go unnoticed. He initiated a great victory for Israel. The armies of Israel were present and saw this happen. As the armies returned back to their villages and their homes like the word spreads about what happened. And, so, this lowly shepherd boy, although he has character and integrity and is good-looking and well-built and everything, he’s still a lowly person in his family and he is thrust into the spotlight. Like, he has to learn some things really fast because he’s gone from being sort of like an isolated shepherd, a person who spends a lot of time alone, a lot of time among the animals and now he’s a national hero. And one of the things we should start to observe right from the get go as we get to know David is his posture. He…he is a national hero. He did defeat the giant, Goliath, but he knows that it wasn’t in his own strength, that God allowed him to do this. And, so, he is in no way puffing himself up like he’s the new thing and that he’s gotta maximize on the traction and get as many followers to follow him as he possibly can. And when he issues decrees…and this sounds a whole lot like social media…but when he issues decrease, people listen. Like, he’s not doing that. He’s trying to stay low to the ground and look at his surroundings because all he’s known is like introverted, shepherding, and now he’s gotta navigate things that…he's…he’s coming into contact with people he would’ve never met. And then there’s the song of the women. “Saul has killed his thousands but David is killed is tens of thousands.” That’s not a good sign. That’s not a good sign in Saul’s mind either. And that gets in his mind and starts working in his mind and his mind starts concocting all kinds of scenarios and he starts to spin. And, so, just in what we read today Saul tried to kill David by spearing him while David was playing music. David had to like…in a hand-to-hand combat, close quarter sort of way, escape. And then Saul decided to send David into battle and like…kinda like honor him, but send him into a battle where he would probably be killed so that that would be the end of David and Saul wouldn’t have to worry about David anymore and Saul didn’t lift a hand against him. It was the enemy who killed him. He died in battle. He can be a great remembered hero, but he won’t have a future. But David was successful in everything that he did in his humility, and the people are starting to follow David because they see that he’s not trying to play the politics here, he’s just trying to survive and understand what’s going on and honor God in what he does and honor his king in what he does. And, so, then Saul, after trying to spear David, after trying to send him into battle to get killed decides to bring him even closer and invites him to marry his daughter. And he ends up marrying his daughter, Michal, Michal, the one who loved to David, but even in this there’s trickery, hoping that David will be unsuccessful. And, so, David being a commoner, he doesn’t have a lot of money, he can’t pay the bride price, he can’t enter into royalty, but what the king wants is 100 foreskins from the Philistines. We know what we’re talking about here, right? We’re talking about David and his men going and killing 100 of the enemy and then, you know, taking their manhood as it were, and bringing it back in, I don’t know, a baggie or basket or whatever, something to display to the king that…here…here are your foreskins. And, so, David goes out and…and doubles the price and brings back 200. And, so, David is once again successful instead of being dead. And then Jonathan, David’s friend, dear friend, is pulled into an assassination plot, but Jonathan will go along which further destabilizes Saul. And then Saul tried to kill David with his spear again. And then Saul sends troops to David’s house where his daughter is so that they can get David. And then Michal has to conspire with David to get him…to save his life, which only serves to further destabilize Saul. Now he feels like the walls are falling down around him because nobody’s loyal to him. But everybody’s looking at what he’s doing and sees it as erratic and sinful, wrong, because David’s posture hasn’t been to try to assume the throne or create some sort of military coup to take over or anything like that. He’s trying to stay low to the ground and figure out what he’s doing. He’s trying to be humble and loyal understanding that God is his only hope. Now that…even though he is for the king, the king wants him dead. So, what hope does he have? God. God is his only hope and he knows it. And here’s what’s interesting. Saul, king Saul, and David both know Samuel the prophet and both know God and worship God. Saul is being led into insecurity and paranoia. His jealousy and envy about David and his fear about what he looks like, his fear of his image are pulling him away from God. We’ve watched this since we met him. These things are pulling him away from God. But Saul’s erratic behavior and his insecurities and his paranoia are affecting David and they are pushing him toward God because David understands God is his only hope for survival. And we have all had these kinds of feelings on both sides before. And when we look into the things that David wrote, for example in the Psalms, we see David’s heart cry all of the time - my enemies are coming down upon me, deliver me, you are my only hope, defeat them. So, if we want to boil this down to just the basics, we can see that the attributes that are being displayed in Saul’s life are leading him away from God and the attributes that are present in David’s life are leading him to God. And we can see this in black-and-white in the story and then find this to be a mirror into our own hearts. Probably none of us are trying to pin somebody to the wall with a sword. But my goodness, we have pinned people to the wall with word swords plenty. None of us or most of us aren’t royalty with that kind of authority and so it’s taken out on the inside of us and it comes out in our words or in our malicious behavior’s. But as we can see pretty clear from the life of Saul from the Bible from the book of first Samuel, it’s not going anywhere. It’s not improving things. Saul falling into the darkness and trying to assassinate David isn’t making Saul better. Saul thinks if David’s just dead everything will be better, but it won’t because the problems were inside Saul before he ever made David. David is just the focus of his anger at this point. There is a lot there for us to think about and there is a lot that we can find in Saul inside of us. But thankfully, there’s a lot that we can see in David that is also within us. And, so, this war that sort of wages leads us to our own strength and our own erratic behavior or our complete surrender and understanding that God is our only hope, which is something that the Bible has been teaching us almost from the very beginning.


Father, we thank You for Your word and what it brings up innocent and brings up a lot, especially in stories like this where we have these contrasts because we realize we can be Saul and we can be David in the same day. And that shows us how destabilized perhaps we are in certain areas when certain things flip a trigger, a switch comes on then we immediately go into a certain mode. And maybe if we were able to examine it that mode has never worked well, maybe it’s only ever been destructive. But regardless of our behaviors or our patterns, what we begin to realize is when we try to navigate on our own no matter what phobia or no matter what illness or no matter what thing might be coming against our minds, invariably if we follow those paths, we are being pulled away from You. When we humble ourselves and see ourselves as we really are in our own strength, we are nothing. We are like the smallest member of the smallest clan in the smallest tribe. Like, we are nothing. All that we have is what You have given us, and that gives us a heart of gratitude, and that gives us a heart of trust knowing that You will provide what we need. And that allows us to stay true to You and loyal to You rather than in the erratic nature of trying to navigate things on our own and discern what everybody thinks about everything and how that affects us. Holy Spirit, come into this because this hits us where we live. Help us we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. 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 and I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi DAB family this is Chris from Virginia I’m calling for prayer for God’s Yellow flower as she recovers from colon surgery. Please pray with me Jeremiah 17:14. Heal me O Lord and I will be healed. Save me and I will be saved for you are the one I praise. Father God, we come to You now asking for healing for God’s Yellow flower. Father she’s been there for us over the years praying hard for this family and loving You Father. Father, we ask for complete healing and we pray that this situation bring glory to this __. I thank You Father for __ in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Good morning from beautiful Cincinnati OH it’s Daniel Johnson junior, how are you right now? It’s been quite a month for me. The last four weeks have been ups and downs and a lot of downs but to me I think that getting to a place of surrender has been so helpful, so important. Have had hospital…my mom’s been in a hospital stay. I’ve had reduced capacity for work because of injuries, personal injuries to my foot to my lower back and God’s been working through it all. And I guess I felt inspired to come up with something off the top of my head this morning that I’m going to share with you.

Oh the sweet sweet surrender that which I desperately need
The giving over completely to Your will may I heed
to that sweet sweet surrender it’s what I longed to feel
because to You oh Lord I now must fully kneel
It’s definitely not so easy at first but to do it so I must
Please help me oh Lord with my lack of trust
for in that sweet sweet surrender I truly find my rest
and in that sweet surrender I’m finally my best.

So, God bless you from beautiful Cincinnati OH it’s Daniel Johnson junior your brother here listening to your prayers, longing to be with you in person but knowing that we have that heavenly home waiting for us. Make it…

Good morning this is Donna Longing to be God’s Light in Pennsylvania, and this is a prayer for God’s Yellow Flower who called in this morning to report she’s recovering from surgery, emergency surgery to repair a ruptured colon. So, Father God I lift up God’s yellow flower who has blessed us with her wisdom and faith when she calls in and I ask that You would bless her today, magnify her faith, bless and heal her body completely and quickly, relieve any pain or discomfort. I ask that You would bless those who care for her, bless her family and bless others through her, through her faith and through the Holy Spirit that works in her. I pray all these things in Your precious name. Jesus’ name…

Good morning DAB family. Hi. I’d like to share something and ask for prayer. I have a strong tendency to solve problems, at least try to and I insert myself into family situations and even though I am not asked for help or my opinion. Instead, I need to lay the situations down at the feet of Jesus, pray, and do spiritual warfare. I need to shut up and be still and know that He is God. I ask for prayer you guys. God is for us He’s not against us and He’ll fight our battles for us. He says so in his word. So, as I try to make a life change, I ask for your prayers in Jesus’ name. Amen. Thank you, you guys. Big hugs to all of you.

Hi family this is Melody Faith calling from Canada. I haven’t called for a while but I’m sending a turn SOS to the aid of my DAB family to please pray for my son who’s having some big problems. They’re just too big for me to talk about right now, for my husband who has just been diagnosed with some tumors. I feel kind of overwhelmed but it’s not about me it’s about them and the fact that we need an intervention. We need God to come through. We are just asking that you guys just remember us in prayer. Thank you so much. Love you all.

5/15/2022 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 17:1-18:4, John 8:21-30, Psalm 111:1-10, Proverbs 15:11

Today is the 15th day of May, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great, wonderful to be here with you, as we throw open the door and walk into a brand-new week together, that is just calling us forward. We’ll write the story of our lives on this week, at least for the week of this year and this year of our lives. So, let’s choose wisely, let’s choose wisdom, let’s slow down and realize that she is at every crossroads. And one of the ways we seek wisdom is to immerse ourselves in the Scriptures each day and so let’s do that. We’re working through the Book of first Samuel and through the life of Israel’s first king, and we’ve seen some of the weaknesses that are really debilitating to Samuel and it’s kinda amping up, he’s getting more and more erratic as, well, as his image becomes more important than obeying God. It is leading him into some pretty dark places and it leads us in the same direction. But we have also met this young, good-looking, sturdy boy named David, who has been anointed king by Samuel to replace Saul, which, as you can imagine in Saul’s state, he’s not going to just be like oh good, good, now I can just go back to whatever I was doing before. He’s certainly gonna try to protect his kingdom and his dynasty. And so, it is inevitable that David and Saul are on a collision course. Today, we will see how David rises to prominence from obscurity, first Samuel chapter 17 verse 1 through 18 verse 4, today and we’ll read from the Christian Standard Bible this week.


Father, we thank You for Your word and this brand-new week that we are entering into and all of the things that we are learning and have yet to learn. And as we see the entanglement beginning in Saul’s life between David and Saul, may we find wisdom there, as we watch the story unfold, as we look into it and find situations that we understand, from situations that we’ve been in. We need Your counsel and You’ve given us the counsel of the Scriptures. We thank You for that, lead us into all truth, Holy Spirit, as we devote ourselves to the Scriptures and understanding. Lead us into all truth, we pray in the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

Prayer and Encouragements:

Hi, this is Victorious Soldier, just calling to pray for some of the DABers. I want to pray for Walking in the Light in Tennessee, she’s going through some challenges with her roof and with her son and with the father, she lost her father in the ministry. I’m gonna pray for my precious sister. I also want to pray for Radio Man, I wanna pray for him and the challenges that he’s going through. I want to pray for David, whose wife had a break down. I wanna pray for him. I also want to pray for the gentleman, who, I think it was his brother who was in the hospital, who was a welder and he’s gonna be in the hospital but I want to also pray for that gentleman. And give life and favor, pray life and favor to the DABers, that God will open doors and break down strong holds in life and in their children and family’s life. Gracious Father, we praise You, Lord we just ask you to touch Your, to touch my sister Walking in the Light, to touch Radio Man and to also touch David and his wife from Budapest. Father, I ask that You touch, I ask that You heal, I ask that You deliver as only You can. You are a God that can do anything but fail. I ask You to have Your way Lord. That You open doors that no man can close and that You close doors that no man can open. Father, You have Your way. You heal and You deliver. You set the captives free. Oh Father, we just ask You to have Your way in the sons light. In the name of Jesus. Oh Lord, You have Your way. Let Your precious will be done and we’ll give You the glory. We ask You to touch Brian also, and tell him thank you for the podcast and give You all the glory and honor and the praise for the victor has been won. In Jesus name. Amen.

Hello family, this is Justin. It’s May 12th and this is the first time I’ve called in. I discovered the podcast and I would just hope you all could pray for me. I’m struggling with some work burnout and anxiety and bitterness. It’s been a rough couple of months, there was a lot of disappointment, a lot of anger. In many ways it pushed me away from God. But now, that I’m coming back, I’m finding that I really, I have a lot of burnout, I’ve got a lot of anxiety and sometimes on edge. Kind of small things that would normally just you know, not lead to issues or getting me to panic, almost. I sometimes wake up at night you know, thinking about work. I’m just praying that you would help me to heal from these anxieties, these stresses, the burnout from anger and all these other things. And that God would either make my job more bearable, a list of these burdens or you know, open the door to something new that would bring life to me and help me to honor and glorify Him. So, I’m not sure if anyone else has been in this situation but I would appreciate your prayers because you know, it’s kind of rough and I thank you for your time and I thank you for your prayers.

Good morning, Daily Bible Audio, my name is Jesus, I’m calling from South Florida. And this morning I would like to pray for as sister who called on yesterday’s podcast May 10th. Her name, she goes by Light in Tennessee. And my sister, I am on my knees now praying, asking God to give you the strength to be strong for what you’re going through. To part the waters and help you remove the mountains that you face in front of you. My sister, I also am an recovering alcoholic. Just like you are being there for your son, the only support I have is my mother. They say a mother’s prayer is the closest we got from the blessings from God. Keep praying for your son. I pray that the Lord restores everything that you lost. With your car, with work, and everything. May you be restored. May the glory of God restore everything, everything that has been put aside from you, my sister. I pray this in the Holy name of Jesus. I myself, am in recovery. And I seek, I seek to be able to bring this light to many. Thank you so much for listening and pray for you, my sister, Light in Tennessee. Keep that light shining. Keep the light shining. Dark don’t know light unless we bring it in. In the name of Lord Jesus Christ, I pray restoration in your life. I pray for recovery, for abundance, that the Lord will sustain you under water, blessings just flow in your life. And that you and your faith continue to be strong. Light in Tennessee, shine, shine, shine as bright as you can. Brian, thank you so much for this Daily Audio, thank you for this podcast. Like you say every day after every podcast is done, I love you. That means …

Hello everyone, my name is Michael in North Carolina. Today, I’m calling on Thursday, May 12th 2022. To ask if ya’ll could please pray for me. For the last couple of weeks, I feel like I have just been dwelling in a sinful nature a lot and I don’t like it when I feel like it when I’ve been dwelling in a sinful nature. And it just feels like I’ve been, kind of rebelling against the Lord. And I just do not like those feelings at all, the dwelling in sin and you know, just like I feel like I’ve abandoned God even though I’ve been trying to tune into the Daily Audio Bible here every day but. Yeah, like I said, if ya’ll could please pray for me on that and also, I feel like sometimes I’ve been taking what the Lord has all the amazing things that God has done in my life for granted. So, if ya’ll could please pray that I just, you know, try to have a grateful heart. I’m just, you know, I really appreciate what you know, God has done and He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. I’m really happy that you know, we can freely repent and you know, you know, turn back towards you know, focusing on God. And so, yeah, I can’t really think of anything else to say but I love hearing your guy’s prayers and you know, I’m trying to keep you all in prayers too. So, you know, yeah, I really appreciate this community. Thank you Brian, Jill, everyone else in the Daily Audio Bible family, than you God almighty. Peace out.

05/14/2022 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 15:1-16:23, John 8:1-20, Psalms 110:1-7, Proverbs 15:8-10

Today is the 14th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is great to be here with you as we bring another one of our weeks to a close together. So, congratulations on that. We were looking out over this week just a week ago saying it was all new and how we have lived it and told the story and we just keep moving forward together. And, so, let’s do that. We’re working our way through the book of first Samuel and immersing ourselves in the life and times of Israel’s first king, king Saul. Today first Samuel 15 and 16.


Father, we thank you for your word and another week as we continue this journey and make our way into the center of another month. And we just keep moving day by day and you keep speaking, day by day through the Scriptures, through the guidance of your Holy Spirit, through the fellowship of brothers and sisters around us. We thank you. We thank you for what you have begun to speak to us in the book of first Samuel as we look into Saul’s life and as we watch and be more concerned with his image than with who he actually is or could be. May that be our story Father we pray. May we be image bearers of the most high God, and nothing else. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi Daily Audio Bible it’s Laura Lee in Boynton Beach I’m calling in to encourage and pray for Jeremiah in Michigan, Giver of Good Gifts. Jeremiah, I totally want to ask the Lord to continue to empower you to walk out that simple step of obedience to reach out after a season of boundaries that needed to be…I come from a lot of abuse, a lot of manipulation, control, greed, all of that. And with my mom having the dementia now that…that unforgiveness tries to raise itself up against the will of God __ nothing to love Him. And that looks different with parents, it looks different with siblings. And I just…Lord, heavenly Father You are able, and You are willing, and You will guide and strengthen each step of what that looks like. We have given up our rights to hold anyone accountable against what they do to us and we’re not responsible for their change but when they see what You’ve done in our lives may it be a great witness of Your great power, Your love, Your mercy and Your strength to do what reconciles, what restores, and what empowers love, which is always sacrificial because Your Son and His sacrifice and Your sacrifice of giving Him to us and the work of the Holy Spirit. All of that on our behalf when we didn’t deserve it, nor could we earn it. So, yes, I pray You bless the meeting with his parents. I pray that his parents have open hearts and open minds and open eyes in Jesus’…

Good morning DAB my name is Jesus I’m calling from South Florida and this morning I am calling on a prayer request for my sister Jones from upstate New York. She called for the prodigal children. I myself and in a waiting time and trusting God that He will bring my daughter back home. The situation at home where my wife and her couldn’t get along and that’s our daughter, that’s our blood daughter and she left…and she left, and she has been out of contact with us for a while. But anyway, sister Jones from upstate New York I am thankful that you called. Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you. And I want to thank you so much sister Jones for having the heart and patience and trust in the Lord God that he would bring your children home. My children also, my daughter also has two boys and a girl and but she also knows the Lord and was just derailed by the ways of this world, you know. I pray…I pray for all the parents especially mothers who patiently wait on the Lord in the name of their prodigal children back home. And the Lord will give us the trust that we need and help and the power of the Holy Spirit to be able to pray not just for our needs for the parents that are waiting on the return of their children. Dear God oh Holy Spirit you’re the one left behind to guide us. I pray that you’d be the lead that we need, the guidance that we seek. As you hold within us the trust that we need to have in God to know that one way or another whether our children come back, may they just be safe in his presence God. I pray this with my heart wide open and…and thank you sister Jones for upstate New York for bringing your message and may the Lord guide your children back home…

Dear family and friends this is Heather from California. Just wanted to let you know couple things. First, my husband Dike who’s been at the hospital in rehab for a month, he’s coming home tomorrow praise the Lord thank You Lord and thank you for praying for us. And pray for him to be able to get home and be relaxed and help us with the caregiver and, yeah, that the Lord will watch out for Dike because I have a long room with my mom. Praise God her white count has got up. But we do have some issues that are going on with her liver now. The enzymes are pretty high. So, we need prayer on that that the enzymes…that the medicine works so that way she doesn’t have to be off of chemo for too long. And, so, I’m just so thankful to you guys. I can’t even sign you how blessed. Like 13 weeks has been so crazy and it’s gonna be crazy still because…anyways…it’s been crazy because my husband’s gonna be here and I gotta go take care of my mom and thank God for my sister-in-law Becky that she’s gonna help me with my mom because caregivers are very expensive. Oh, my goodness. Thank You Lord for family. I just want to let you guys know that I get up every morning and read with you guys, so I feel like I’m not alone. And I know that God is always there and always with me, and my family and I just want to tell you guys how much I love you. And thanks Brian. You are the best bud. I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate your daily “I love you. We’ll see you tomorrow.” Thank you, guys. Love you.

Hi DAB family this is Joanna from this Pacific Northwest, and I am on a sick day today which is actually kind of nice. I’m just sitting at home drinking tea and listening to the DAB. And this morning I was struck by just how beautiful this community is that we’re from all different backgrounds and cultures and political sides and whatnot but we all can come together on our love for Jesus and our pursuit of His word and I just…I love that. So, I just wanted to pray and encourage you all this morning. Jesus thank You so much that Your…Your community is founded on I love for You Lord. Thank You that You have blessed You us beyond what we see in this world, beyond the limits that our culture and our understanding of each other has but Lord Your Spirit comes in unites us. You give us love and peace and joy and gentleness for each other. You give us healing and insight and such tenderness and compassion from You that we can share with each other. So, Jesus I’m just so glad to…so glad follow You, so glad for this community and for my church community. And we just praise You this morning Jesus. I pray this in Your name Lord. Amen.

5/13/2022 DAB Transcript

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

Today is the 13th day of May, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian, and it’s wonderful to be here with you today. Just like it’s wonderful to be together any day. Especially, centered around what we’re doing, which is to take the next step forward in the Scriptures, together. And so, truly, wonderful to be with you today, around the Global Campfire. We are working our way through the Book of 1st Samuel. 1st Samuel introduced us to Samuel and his leadership as the final judge of Israel. And then, we were introduced to Israel’s first king, that Samuel anointed, and his name is King Saul. And so, we’ll spend the rest of the time that we have in 1st Samuel reviewing the life of King Saul and some of his interactions with Samuel. And so, let’s pick up the story. We’re reading from the New International Version this week, 1st Samuel chapter 14.


Okay, so again, in the Book of 1st Samuel we are watching Saul and his reign and his style of leadership and once again, we’ve seen that he’s navigated himself into a really awkward position. And we know that Saul has a pretty profound fear of man, we’ve already been able to witness this day-by-day and today is no different. It’s just that the thing that he was trying to avoid, which is to look weak before his men, is the very thing that he navigates himself into. And so, Jonathan, the Prince of Israel, the son of Saul, decides to go check out what’s going on with the Philistines and he believes that the Lord has handed them into the hands of Israel. And so, they have this criteria and there’s a cliff and they climb up this cliff and a battle begins and Jonathan slays a bunch of Philistines, and that begins to cause an up roaring of the Philistine camp. And so, that amps up until the Israelites, including Saul, can hear that there’s commotion in the Philistine camp. And so, something’s going on. And eventually, they realize that they have a military opportunity to defeat the Philistines in this battle. And so, Saul makes all of his troop’s vow not to eat a thing until the enemy has been vanquished. It just turns out that fighting in hand-to-hand combat burns a lot of calories. And so, the men become exhausted and in capable of pressing into this battle further because they don’t have any energy. And eventually they’re so famished that you know, they’re killing livestock and just eating the livestock with the blood still in it, which is obviously against the Mosaic Law. So, Saul’s decision to be like, decisive in his leadership position, actually limits what is possible and what is capable to be done by…by the Army. Meanwhile, Jonathan, who started this skirmish, got the whole thing going, and initiating the victory for Israel, he doesn’t know about this vow. And so, he eats some honey and he is refreshed and restored until he finds out that there was a vow and he wasn’t supposed to eat anything. This ultimately comes down to Saul deciding that somebody in the camp has sinned and must die because they have sinned against the Lord in a way that is worthy of capital punishment. And in the end, the fact that Jonathan had eaten some honey comes out. And now, Saul is in this really awkward position because he has vowed that the sinner was going to die even if it was his own son, which it turned out to be in this case. And so, Saul is going to kill his son, the heir to the throne of Israel in order to remain this decisive leader. It’s just that, the men know that Jonathan brought about the victory, this all began with Jonathan and he didn’t know about the vow. And so, they stand against their king and say “surely as the Lord lives, not a hair on his head will be touched, it was God, through Jonathan, that brough about the victory”. So, Saul, probably was relieved that he didn’t have to watch his be executed but he also, ends up, looking weak, which is something that he’s trying to avoid, even if it would cost him his son. And so, we can see that these issues are pretty deep in Saul’s life and we’re not finished experiencing them. In fact, if we’re paying attention, this mantle of leadership that is on Saul, is beginning to really destabilize him. And it’s not to much of a stretch for us to consider what we would do to avoid humiliation or looking weak. And what kind of insecurities are destabilizing us.


Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for the story of King Saul. And we thank You for what it surfaces in our own lives as we consider. Certainly, we don’t have the type of decision to make like a king would, but we definitely experience the kinds of insecurities that Saul seems to have. And so, Holy Spirit, come and speak to us in those places. The erratic things that we will go to in order to avoid looking weak. The things that destabilize us to the point that we are constantly pretending to be something different that who we are. You have created us to be who we are. It matters that we are, who we are, in Your Kingdom. Help us to realize that we don’t have to pretend. You’ve invited us into freedom, may we walk in it. And we ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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05/12/2022 DAB Transcript

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

Today is May 12th welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it’s great to be here with you around the Global Campfire. Come on in. Find a place. There’s always room. And we gather here to take the next step forward like we do every day through the Bible, next day forward in life and in this year. And our next step leads us back into the book of first Samuel, where we have met Israel’s first king. His name is Saul, and we will be spending some time now moving through the stories of Saul’s life and there are plenty of things for us to learn along the way. So, let’s dive in. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. First Samuel 12 and 13.


Okay. So, we’re getting to know Israel’s first king, king Saul and I mentioned that there’s a bunch of stuff for us to examine in his life because it becomes a mirror into our own lives. And Saul as the king as a leader has a bit of weakness and that is the fear of man. He is very interested in what people are thinking about him, how things are appearing and that clouds his leadership. And that is not to say that leaders shouldn’t be aware or even concerned with what people that their leading think or feel. Like, that’s important. But Saul is the king. His loyalty is supposed to be to God on behalf of the people. But he’s more concerned with what the people are thinking and saying, then obeying God, which is not going to work out. Like, if there’s anything we’ve learned so far from our time in the Bible is that following those pathways, they don’t end up anywhere good. So, yesterday as Saul is anointed the king of Israel we found that the tribes…the tribe of Benjamin was called forward then the clan then the family and then Saul and Saul’s hiding. In today’s reading Saul’s son Jonathan, the prince of Israel has stirred up some trouble with the Philistines and so there’s going to be a battle and Saul has assembled some troops and they are preparing but Samuel had said wait until I get there for a sacrifice. Saul waits a week, notices that some of his men are beginning to withdraw. Maybe they have a little bit of a gossip session going around. Who knows, but Saul sees that his strength seems to be diminishing as the king while they wait for the prophet Samuel. And, so, Saul decides to offer these sacrifices to God in front of his men to sort of hold things together. About the time that he completes the sacrifice Samuel shows up and is wondering what in the world is going on, because God had commanded Saul to wait for Samuel. And, so, Samuel inquires, like what’s happening and that’s where we see in Saul’s defense. That’s where we see what’s motivating him. So, Saul says, and I quote, “when I saw that the men were scattering and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash I thought now the Philistines will come down against me and Gilgal and I have not sought the Lord’s favor, so I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering. And, so, Saul basically gives his recipe for disobeying God, right? I mean, he saw that the men were scattering, that Samuel didn’t show up at the time he said, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash and those three things together whipped up into his mind, allowed him to make a decision to disobey the Almighty God who had made him king of Israel. What is the recipe for us? What sets of circumstances would need to happen in order for us to override what we know is right in disobey God? What has to happen to trigger us to start doing things in our own strength again? Probably a lot less than an assembling army of Philistines. We are all guilty, but if we look into Saul’s life, if we see what happens right here we see that it goes nowhere good. Samuel replies to Saul, you have done a foolish thing. You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. If you had, He would’ve established your kingdom over Israel for all time, but now your kingdom will not endure. And he goes on to tell him that the Lord is looking for someone pure in heart, someone after God’s own heart, someone who won’t have a recipe for disobedience. And that is what’s going to happen. So, Saul just got anointed in yesterday’s reading as the king and in today’s reading it’s all over. Now, from today’s reading week we learn that Saul was 30 years old we he became the king and he reigned for 42 years. And, so, what Samuel is telling Saul that is going to happen didn’t happen that very day. It took some time to happen, but the idea that Saul would have a dynasty and that his son would sit in his place on the throne as king and then his grandson and then his great-grandson, and so on and so forth, Saul will be the only one of his family to ever be king. And, so, it allows us to just kind of wonder, what if Saul didn’t have that weakness? What if his heart was after God and obeying God above all things? What would this story look like? Which allows us to look at our own story and wonder the same kinds of things and those are worthy of considering. We’ll get to sort of see the answer to that question. It’s gonna take some time, but there’s gonna be another king, and the next king is a very flawed very human person but is a man after God’s own heart. So, not only do we have Saul as a mirror into our own lives and the things that we fear in the things that kind of pull us in all sorts of directions, but we’ll be able to contrast that with the next king. And it’s gonna to take it little bit of time like I said, but his name will be David and we’ll meet him soon and we’ll get to know him long before he ever becomes King.


Father, we thank You. We thank You for where we are in the Scriptures, we thank You for where we are in the yearly and we thank You for Your love and kindness and graciousness and compassion for us as we take this journey. And Holy Spirit as we consider even what we were just talking about today, what three things would need to happen for us to decide that the best move in our lives is to be disobedient to You and willingly do what we know is not right? That’s a hard question. It’s a very situational thing but the answer should be, we would never do anything. It would be the most unsafe thing to do, to openly rebel against You. And yet we’ve done that so many times we wouldn’t even be able to keep track. And thankfully You’re not keeping track either or we would be utterly doomed. But You have loved us and forgiven us and restored us and You continue to restore us, and You continue to sanctify us and set us apart. And, so, as we embrace that process, part of that is to reflect upon our own lives and our own motivations. What are we afraid of that would make us disobey You? Holy Spirit, we invite You into that question as we consider today, and we pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning DABber family this is the Burning Bush that we not be devoured for the glory of our God and king. I’m calling to wish China Jill and all the DABber family moms happy Mother’s Day. I pray to God that you’re having a blessed day, that you’re acknowledging the blessing that God has given to you to be able to birth humans on this planet or to parent humans on this planet. So, God bless you. For those who are estranged from their kids right now, I am praying for you that God will fill that gap in your heart and that God will warm the hearts of your kids towards you. I pray for healing in those relationships. For those of us who have lost our mothers and are struggling how to celebrate this day, I pray for all of you and all of us that God will continue to assure us of His presence and that He’s a parent of all the parentless. But anyway, I just wanted to share that with all my family today. I love you guys. Love you, love you. May God bless and keep you. Amen.

Hey, my DAB family this is big shoes tiny feet from Norway. I just want to thank you for the work you’re doing Harden family and also DABC for doing an amazing job. And it brings me really closer to God and it changes me every day. And also, I just want to shout out to God’s Smile in Cheeky Peter. You guys, you lift my spirit every time. It doesn’t matter how bad of a day I’m having you guys just cheer me up. So, just thank you for calling in and being who you are. Bye.

Mother’s days coming to a close and I hope that all you mothers out there have had a very blessed day, any mother who is not just biological there have been those who have been adopted moms. Some are waiting to be moms, and some are care givers for other children. Whatever kind of a mom you are may the Lord bless you and keep you strong as you continue to care for the children you love. Today I’m asking for prayer for my friend and sister, God’s Yellow Flower. She had to be taken to hospital by ambulance this afternoon and she may have had or in the process of having surgery at this moment. Her daughter and son-in-law are away on a cruise and it’s her son Keith with the fourth stage cancer and her two grandsons that are at home. She may be in hospital anywhere from two to five days. Could you please send a concert prayer up to our heavenly Father for her? This is a difficult moment. And, you know, she will be concerned about Keith and Keith will be concerned about her. But please just pray with me for her.

Father God thank You for this day You have given us. Thank You for the weekend. Thank You for all of the ways in which You have blessed us and all the opportunities we have had to serve. Open our eyes Lord to see what You are doing and how we can help. Help us to be salt and light. Help us to be Your ambassadors and to be a good witness to our communities and our work colleagues and our family. Please be at work in their hearts and minds. Lord, we lift up the care givers to You thinking especially of our brother David and his wife penny and son Zach. Thank You, Lord for their love and desire to help and to care. Please be giving them what they need. Lord, please be giving guidance and wisdom on what to do. We ask You just to be at work in the whole situation. We do pray for healing Lord and for restoration. Please be blessing their marriage and the other caring relationships out there. Please be at work Lord in just giving them what they need and restoring them and guiding them. In Jesus’ holy and precious name. Amen.

Good morning. First, I’d just like to say what a blessing and a gift from God this ministry is to me and how thankful I am to hear the word of God being read to me in this season of life. It’s just bringing great understanding and teaching me to really listen and pay attention. So, I’m so thankful Brian for your gift in this ministry to read the word to us. Thank you. Praying for many of you as I hear your voices and your hearts and believing and standing in agreement as you lift your prayer requests up to us and the praises. Just so thankful I can rejoice when we hear the praises and the testimonies. This morning as I heard the little girl call in about her brother, they had called a while back, and I just thought of the scripture, out of the mouth of babes God has ordained praise. And, so, this morning I stand with this little girl as she’s asking prayer for her brother who it sounds is a prodigal, that he would come home. And I was reminded that the Lord sees her brother and knows exactly where he’s at. And, so, Father, we thank you this morning that you hear the hearts of this little girl and her family, their prayers. You hear them. There’s not one thing that they care about that you don’t care about. And, so, we stand with her and her family today believing for the return of the brother, that his heart will be totally surrendered to you, living for you, and there will be a testimony behind their prodigal life that says you reached into the depths of his darkness and brought him back into the light. And, so, we thank you this morning God for his return in Jesus’ name. Amen.

5/11/2022 DAB Transcript

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

Today is the 11th day of May, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian, it’s great to be here with you today as we continue…continue forward in the Scriptures, which leads us back into a pivotal book in the Old Testament. We’re reading the books of Samuel; we’re reading first Samuel right now. And Samuel is in the process of appointing Israel’s first king. That’s where you pick up the story. First Samuel 10 and 11, today.


Okay so, we have met Israel’s first king, King Saul. And there’s many fascinating things about King Saul, not the least of which is, that he was Israel’s first king and we saw that coronation. We say that everybody wasn’t on board until he took them into battle the first time, we watched all of that. But we also watched Samuel call forth the tribes to appoint a king and it gets really interesting here because, as he’s looking over the 12 tribes of Israel, it’s the tribe of Benjamin that was chosen and in the end Saul from Gibeah is chosen to be the king of Israel and that could be like well, whatever, that’s no big deal, but let’s go back to the Book of Judges. The last story that we read in Judges is of the annihilation of the tribe of Benjamin. We remember, all of the people came together at Mizpah and then went into battle against Gibeah, a city of the tribe of Benjamin. Now, there back at Mizpah anointing of Benjaminite, a person from a tribe that had been nearly wiped off the map all together, there were only 600 men left. It is from this tribe that came Israel’s first king, King Saul. Saul’s gonna teach us a lot. There’s a lot of ourselves that we’re going to see and a lot of things that Saul does because Saul is tremendously afraid of what people think of him. He is far more interested in what things look like, then in doing what is right and this is gonna cost him and it’s gonna cost the people. And it cost us when that’s our story. And we see the first clues of this at the ceremony to anoint him king because, you know, the tribe of Benjamin gets called forward and then the clan gets called forward, then the family gets called forward and then the person gets called forward and when Saul gets called forward, he can’t be found, he is hiding. He is hiding. They have to go find him to bring him to be coronated king. Samuel had told him he was the anointed one, much before that, in private. So, now this is all happening and Saul is to step into his destiny, his calling, his anointing. And he’s hiding. And that right there, is probably a lesson for some of us, even now, even as we’re just getting to know Saul, at least as a king. And so, let’s watch this story closely in the coming days, we have much to learn about ourselves, even as we learn about the times of ancient Israel.


So, Father, we invite You into that, often, when we feel like we’re supposed to step forward, we’re the ones that are hiding. Often, when there’s the destiny in front of us, but there’s also the risk and there’s also the danger, then we’re hiding. That obviously looks different for every single one of us based on the stories that we have told thus far in our lives. We don’t want that to be our story going forward, though. And so, Holy Spirit, come, into this, help us to consider the ways that we are hiding out from the very, very thing we are supposed to be stepping into. Come Jesus, we ask in Your precious name we pray. Amen.


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Prayer and Encouragements:

Greetings to you, my DAB family, this is Walking in the Light in Tennessee. God is so good and He is so merciful and we get to depend on Him, His grace and His mercy. I’m calling with some prayer request, just been going through a storm, a terrible time of one issue, after another, after another. I’m not going to go into all of them, I’ll name a few. My, a tree hit the roof of my house, didn’t go, penetrate into the roof, but damaged still. My son, my oldest son, who is an alcoholic has come home to live with me and I’m working with the grace of the Lord and the help of the Lord, to restore him to wholeness and to health. My car, I had some kind of an issue and has gone to the dealership to be repaired, it’s now in the third week and they can’t get the part and, at least they say they can’t get the part, and so I’m having to rent a car. All of these are financially stressful. I lost one of my fathers in the ministry this past, over the last two weeks and it’s just been a very, very stressful time. I still have two other sons, great sons. One of them won’t visit the home as long as the other son is here. And then, of course, my younger son is in another city. So, I need your prayers, just feeling the stress of it all. I know that God is good. Love you all and ask that you would lift me up. Walking in the Light in Tennessee. And let my heart be encouraged as your hearts encouraged, in the precious name of Jesus. Love you all and God is still good. Amen, Amen, Amen.

Hello, is there anybody else out there who is a day behind on your Daily Audio Bible app? Every so often, I have to catch up. And that’s what I did this morning. Today is the 7th and yesterday was the 6th and that’s when we finished the Book of Ruth. Oh my goodness, what a gem. What a glorious, wonderful book. And that woman, Ruth, she was a woman after God’s own heart. I just get such a treat out of that meeting. I just wanted to say with tomorrow being Mother’s Day, for all of you young mamas out there, mine our grown and I have grandchildren now. I just want to tell you, hold on tight. Read God’s word. Trust in Him daily. Take those moments to be at His feet cause you need that strength. You are raising our future children and you want them to desire and to see you, to be like you, a woman of God. And when things get rough in the home, children are going crazy, the laundry is piling up, dishes in the sink, your husbands frustrated, remember, when it’s a whirlwind, a storm in your home, be the temperature. Calm it down. Be kind and loving and patient. I know it’s hard but just trust the Lord, be the temperature. And Jill and Brian, thank you, this is my 7th year reading and listening to the Daily Audio Bible, thank you so much for giving us this daily gift and yearly, continuous doing this. God Bless you all and Happy Mother’s Day mamas.

Good morning DAB family. This is year seven and this is your sister Ashley from California. And I was just coming to respond to a couple people from today. So, Richard the Radio Manager, God Bless you brother. I can relate to the overwhelming work situation and how the emotional life can be hard to return to the songs that give us hope and strength to move forward before. But, in Psalm 40 verse 3, God promises us to give us a new song. And I just want to encourage you brother, to keep leaning into Him, keep remembering His goodness. Your new song will be a light to others to see God’s goodness and trust Him. And I just also wanted to come on here and thank Victorious Soldier for that encouragement and hope. And I also wanted to thank Nurse Joy and you both encouraged my weary heart. You are both blessings. And tomorrow is Mother’s Day, here in the United States and so, I just wanted to come on here and wish all the moms a Happy Mother’s Day. Those that are hurting, those who are joyful and those who are longing to be mothers. God Bless you all and God will, God will provide if it is, in His perfect timing. So, I love you all. I am continually praying for you all. Thank you. Bye.

Hello DABers, Bubba D from Tennessee. May 7th, submitting another prayer request. Richard the Radio Station Manager, Father, lift up my brother asking that You would give him true Sabbath, true understanding of what it means to give all the cares to You. And he’s expressed that the burden has not been light, the yoke has not been easy. Father, I pray that You would help him to disconnect from a anything, everything, one day a week, just to reflect, just get centered back into that first Sabbath of Adam and Eve, no sin, nothing. Spending there day, realizing what’s really, truly means, the commandment resting in God, resting with God, walking with God, still creating things because the relationship is creative. Restoring life, just like Yushua, Jesus was doing on Sabbath days, restoring life. Father, I pray that Richard would just have that deep revelation from You, maybe even go through some the verses in the Bible about what it means to restore life, his own, in this case, Father. That he would realize that burnout is not Your will, but walking in restful communion with You and knowing the priorities is only 20% of what he does that actually when amount to 80% of things in his life that will matter most for him and his loved ones. In Jesus name we ask. Amen. God bless everyone.

This is John Ransom calling from Budapest with a message for David from the UK, who phoned in on 8th of May. David, my heart really goes out to you, to have your wife with a mental breakdown. And with all that collateral damage, all around the orbit of her life and your life, I can only imagine how distressing and absolutely dark, it has to be in so many moments. And yet, I just want to encourage you that the Lord is with you in every moment. You know, there’s a song that says that I could go down to the depths of the sea and You would still be there. You know, where there is light there is no darkness. I just want to encourage you, that He truly is with you and will not forsake you in this moment, that’s the first thing. And then, I would just like to pray for you right now and ask everyone listening to pray and give their Amen. Father God Abba, you know, You know what the situation is. You know the causes, You know the history, You know everything. I just ask that you would envelope David and his wife with Your peace, with Your love, with, give him hope in his heart, give him clarity in his mind, give him that peace which passes all understanding that we can only know if we set our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. I pray that You would just lavish him with resources, open doors of resources, people stepping forward to help him. And many, many different ways during his day, during the visits in the hospital, that you would strew love notes across his path, so that he could see in very personal way how close you are indeed, with to him or with him and his wife and we ask this in Jesus name. Be encouraged my brother and we just hope and pray for the healing of your wife. Amen.

05/10/2022 DAB Transcript

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

Today is May 10th welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian and it’s always great, always. It’s wonderful to be here together today as we gather around the Global Campfire and move forward together in the Bible in the year in our lives. And as we move back in, we’re of course going back into the book of first Samuel. We have learned who Samuel…well…like I said yesterday, we knew of Samuel before Samuel was born and we’ve gone all the way through his life and now he is the final judge of Israel and is leading the children of Israel. But a person can only live so long, and Samuel is aging and his sons are not the kind of people that the children of Israel would like to succeed Samuel. They aren’t like their dad. And, so, they want a king over them so they can be like the nations that are around them and that is the territory that we are heading into. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. First Samuel chapters 8 and 9.


Alright. So, in the book of John today we read something very simple but very profound, like so profound that it’s bedrock, its core, it’s essential. So, Jesus had just miraculously fed the 5000. The next day they can’t find Jesus. And, so, they go looking for Him and then they find Him, and they have a conversation and Jesus basically says, you’re looking for me because you got fed. I fed you and you’re looking for me, not not because of the signs and wonders that I’ve been doing but because I filled your tummy. And then Jesus says like, don’t work for food that’ going to spoil work for food that’s going to bring you into eternal life. And this conversation leads to a very important question that they ask Jesus. “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Like, we just push pause on that for a second. That is a question that whether spoken or unspoken is a part of every day. What do I need to do to do the work of God? What do I need to do to do what God requires of me? And if we think about it we can think of all of the activity that we believe we are doing on behalf of God. And these are probably very very good things to do, right? Like, read your Bible. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Be kind, be aware. Go to church. Listen to Christian music. Be faithful to your faith community. Any number of things. All good things. We could say, yeah that’s what I do to do what God requires of me because that’s kind of how I’ve been taught. But Jesus answers this question very simply, and it is profound. To finally understand clearly what God requires, what the work of God requires. So, they ask Jesus, “what must we do to do the work God requires” and Jesus answered, “the work of God is this, to believe in the one He has sent.” Like, I’m pausing on purpose. That’s what we’re supposed to do. That’s the requirement. All of the other things are byproducts of our belief in the one that God has sent. In other words, to believe in the one He has sent is the activator to any of the other things that we would do on our faith journey. But we can get ourselves so wrapped up in obligations and requirements and all of the things we’re failing at and feel as if we’re nowhere near the work of God and we’re not even close to what we should be doing. And, so, condemnation comes, and we can get buried in it like we will never measure up. And that is true. We will never measure up. Jesus has already measured up. And the thing that we have to do is believe that. And it’s funny how the people respond after Jesus says such a simple thing that is required. They then respond by saying well what sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Ironically, He had just fed them, like the day before, miraculously. So, you start getting the idea that there’s nothing that He could do that would make them believe. They either do or they don’t. And we run around looking for these kinds of signs to. We need the proof when faith itself is the proof. Faith gives substance to what we hope for and evidence to what we cannot see, at least according to the Scriptures. It all boils down to; do we believe or not? And no matter what we do to try to seek this proof it is always going to lead us back to a place of faith in what we can’t prove and in what we can’t see, but that we hope in. We’re going to have to believe.


Jesus, we do believe. And this is so fundamental that we might think, I already know that. Of course, everybody knows that’s how You do this, You believe. But then we spend so much of our time and energy trying to figure out what You want. You want us to believe and that faith changes everything. And, so, as fundamental and foundational as this is we realize that we say we believe but then functionally can be all over the map. And, so, we declare we believe. We believe that You came to rescue us and that the Father sent You to do just that and everything else is an outpouring from that place of belief. You are the Son of the living God. There is no other hope, but You and we believe and we declare this in Your name, the name above every name, the name of Jesus. Amen.


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Community Prayer and Praise:

This is __ from Florida calling on May 6th in response to the last prayer request was for the fine husband who’s calling for the __ of his wife who just had his kid and is suffering from, you know, hormonal imbalances and stuff following that birth. So, Father God I lift up that family to You right now and I ask Lord God that You would heal that wife’s body and __ her hormones so she can start enjoying the family that they are creating with a new child and that You will restore joy in their home. And Lord Jesus, help that husband recognize that for the sake of his wife and to calm her heart down and to love her…love her in a way in a way that he’s trying to. And thank You so much for that Lord God, that he’s hanging in there and that he’s reaching out to us, reaching out to this community for help and prayer. Father God, I thank You for answering this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Good morning, DABbers this is I am Michael in Scottsdale AZ and I just was so touched today listening to this trucker who called in. I’m sorry I can’t remember your name my brother, but you were calling to ask for prayer about your brother who passed out at work with pneumonia, and they discovered that he had some kind of very contagious disease. And I just want to lift him up. Father, I want to lift up James in the name of Jesus, Father. You are in control. This situation it’s not a surprise to You and we all know and believe that You’re gonna work all things together for James’s good and the whole family through this situation. And Father in the name of Jesus I just pray Father God You would send Your angels and put a hedge of protection around all the doctors that are working on him, all the nurses and all the staff that are around him Father, that none of them will contract this disease and it will not spread, it will stay right where James is and be extinguished and exterminated and that he will have a full recovery in the name of Jesus. And we just declare, enemy what You meant for harm God is on the throne, He has the final say and He’s gonna turn this thing around for good in the name of Jesus. God bless You My brother and have a wonderful…

Good morning DAB family this is Joan from upstate New York. In two days, we celebrate Mother’s Day here in the United States and this is a message for all parents but especially at this time of year for moms who have been standing in the gap for their prodigals. In my case it has been close to 30 years as a stand in the gap for my children who were introduced to Jesus in their middle school years but as time passed, they chose to have lifestyles that were not actually God’s plan and design. And early on I had conversations with them and yet one son in the midst of this decided to distance himself from me and I haven’t seen or talked to him in 13 years. It’s really painful because he was a delight to raise as well as his brother and sister. But I encourage myself and you other moms in this time period to find a verse that boosts your spirit. Mine is Isaiah 54:13 - all my children will be taught of the Lord and great will be their peace. And that’s what we want for our children, the piece of Jesus. So, at this time of year although it’s wearisome at times in the waiting and I admit that, we still we remain confident that Jesus is Lord and we have not been forgotten. So, happy Mother’s Day as we stand in the gap. Thank you, Hardin family, for all you do. It’s an amazing encounter every day.

Good morning my name is Claudia I’d like to…I’m calling…I just listened to today’s broadcast…podcast and heard Terry the Trucker come on and afterwards and ask for prayers for his brother-in-law James. Terry, I want you to know that I will…will continue to pray for you and for James and your sister. I pray that the same God who made you, made her, made him we’ll reach down and touch every part of his body that’s been affected by this infection. Like the lady who came up behind Jesus in the crowd and touched Him, just the hem of His coat, that he will receive His healing. His family needs him, you need him. God loves him. Terry, you have my word as your sister in Christ. I will continue to pray. I ask for his complete recovery in Jesus’ precious name. Amen. I love you, Terry. I love you family. I appreciate all you do in your job. I appreciate you as a brother. Amen. In Jesus’ name.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is Jeremiah from Michigan God Gives Good Gifts. I’m calling in today to ask for prayer. It’s a long story but there’s been a lot of abuse in my family – control, manipulation, lies, fear - and with my parents and with my brother in particular. And the last year or two I’ve had to put up some pretty big boundaries with them to protect myself and to protect my family. And this last few weeks God’s led me through a beautiful season of forgiveness and has taken out some roots of bitterness and indebtedness in my heart. And now He’s been challenging me to a simple step of obedience to reach out to my parents and have a meeting with them and my family. And I’m just asking for your prayers and support. There’s a lot of strongholds of the enemy - pride, fear, manipulation, control, greed - and I don’t wanna fall back into those things. But God’s been challenging me to owe no man anything but love. And, so, I want to reach out who would love and forgiveness and peace. And I don’t really have a lot of expectations except for that the Lord’s will would be done and that I would be able to be obedient to Him. Thank you for your prayers. I’m praying for you daily. God bless you all.

5/9/2022 DAB Transcript

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

Today is the ninth day of May, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian is great to be here with you today, from the rolling hills of Tennessee and to wherever you are, I hope it is a wonderful day as we gather to take the next step forward together. And that next step, leads us back into the new territory that we’re just getting into, the Books of Samuel and the story of the prophet Samuel’s life and he’s a very influential person in the story of the ancient Hebrew people. And we’ve already talked about that, quite a bit and gotten into the story and found Samuel’s family, his mother Hannah and how Samuel came to be and came to live in the Tabernacle in Shiloh and how the high priest Eli had some evil sons, how those evil sons to the Ark of the Covenant into battle with the Philistines and all was lost. The Ark of the Covenant was captured by the Philistines and then the high priest Eli found out about it, he fell over dead, broke his neck. So, that’s kind of what we are in right now as Samuel emerges, like this is sort of the backdrop for his life, this is how we grew up. And so, let’s pick up the story, we’re reading from the New International Version this week, 1st Samuel chapters 5, 6 and 7, today.


Okay so, as we continue to move into the Book of first Samuel, we’re certainly watching the story unfold, before our eyes. We started the story before Samuel was born and now Samuel is an adult. And in today’s reading, we see Samuel ascending to power, due to the great respect of the children of Israel of him, as a prophet of God. So basically, the children of Israel or the Israelites, and the Philistines were continually jostling for position in being in control. We see them in the Scriptures as one of the great enemies of the children of Israel and that’s because they bordered each other, the territory bordered Israel and Philistia, bordered each other and so, there were all kinds of skirmishes along these border towns. So, it was in one of these battles that the Ark of the Covenant was lost and it wasn’t the custom to bring the Ark of the Covenant into battle but they did and they lost and they also lost the Ark of the Covenant. And we read the whole story of how the Philistines captured it and then started taking it to their different major capital cities, there were like five main cities of the Philistines: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ekron, Gath and Gaza. And I’ve personally have been to four of those five, if there are ruins in Gaza, I have never been to Gaza, it’s not safe to go there but I have talked to people who have been there and they say there’s really not much archaeology to be found there. But the ruins of the other four Philistine Capital Cities do exists, some of them in better archaeological situations than others. And I have like, personally, found a fascination with the Philistines because they appear so much in the Bible. But nevertheless, they take the Ark of God to their capital city of Ashdod and put them in the temple of Dagon and Ashdod has been, there are, there is archaeology there, but that…that is a modern city in Israel, right on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and that’s when Dagon falls down right, a couple of times and the second time he’s broken up into pieces and then kinda, plague begins to break out and obviously from the narrative in the story of first Samuel we know that the Philistines are aware of the God of Israel and the God of Israel is legendary for what happened in Egypt. So, as a Philistines start moving the Ark from city to city, because plague breaks out, the people, the Philistines are starting to freak out and they don’t want anything to do with this Ark and just the presence of the Ark and Dagon’s statue falling over and being broken and plague breaking out, they have a pretty clear understanding that they are offending a very powerful God, which ultimately is what has them sending the Ark of the Covenant back to Israel. And we read that story of the cows and how they went not to the left or the right just straight to Beth Shemesh and Beth Semesh is also well, it's…it’s a place where people live, it’s modern but there’s also ongoing excavation and it’s definitely becoming a major archaeological site and of course the children of Israel are thrilled to have the Ark of the Covenant back. It’s a symbol of who they are. It’s something that has been traveling with them for centuries, all the way back to Moses and so they rejoice, but they also, some of them, 70 of them, want to take a peek and that does not work out. They had been forbidden. And so, it didn’t work out, they died. And so, that brings a bit of dread and a certain, certainly a great amount of respect for the Lord and for the Ark of the Covenant and the people of Beth Shemesh eventually and by the…the people of Kiriath Jearim to come get the Ark of the Covenant, which they do. That whole set of circumstances there, and all of the backdrop, turns the people’s hearts back to the Lord. They weren’t against the God of Israel, they just had other gods as well, which is like spiritual adultery. In fact, that’s the language that God uses about idolatry. So, if the children of Israel were a bride and God was the husband, then they were also fooling around with other lovers on the side. Samuel’s presence, the return of the Ark, creates a climate in which they reconsider. And so, from our reading today, then all the people of Israel turned back to the Lord. So, Samuel said to all the Israelites, if you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then get rid of the foreign God’s and commit yourself to the Lord, and serve Him only and He will deliver you out of the hands of the Philistines, and that’s what they did. Samuel summoned them to Mizpah and interceded for them. And the Philistines came to wage battle and under Samuel’s leadership, then the children of Israel defeated the Philistines, which elevates Samuel, clearly, as the leader or as the judge. A judge of Israelis, he’s the final judge of Israel. Before we and our extensive time with Samuel, we will be introduced to Israel’s first king and that is certainly coming in the days ahead.


And so, Father, we thank You for Your word, we thank You, we thank You, as we have before for all of the people that are in the Scriptures, all of the lives, all of the situations, all of the times. And we can look back at some of these things and really, from where we sit, they look incredibly antiquated. The world isn’t like that anymore, for the most part. We don’t do things the way that we did in the past, for the most part, and yet, when we look deeply into these stories, what we see are human beings, with human hearts, and human emotions, and human impulses, and we realize, it may look different, the way that they did things back then, but the things that drove them to do the things that they did, are very, very much still with us today, it just looks a little different. We have different technology, in different clothes, but our hearts and what motivates our hearts, remains the same. So, as we continue into these stories, come, Holy Spirit, and help us find ourselves in these stories, allow Your word to be a mirror into our own souls, changing us. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, if the mission here is life-giving, brings good news and hope, then thank you for your partnership. This has always been a community affair and we wouldn’t be here, if we weren’t in this together and so thank you. 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 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:

I’m still a little behind but I just listened to May 2nd and wow! You guys have blessed me so much. It, I think I took up about every single one of your call-ins. That was just, I almost had a loss for words that you guys were just thinking about me so much. I’m just so blessed that God was able to talk me through all you guys. I just kept on hearing my name, I was like, whoa, they’re actually praying about me. But I just, you guys have given me so much more assurance and peace in what you guys have said. I can’t, I’ll have to go back and listen, I can’t, like, remember it all on the top of my head. But you guys have blessed me so much. I know that God, God’s got me. And ah, you guys have made my day, so much, made my week. Thank you guys so much.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m Vicki from the desert and I want to give a praise report and I also want to encourage any families or people who are struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. I was involved in the drug world and drank alcoholically for many years. I started probably at 13 and continued until I was about 35. Today, May 5th, I am celebrating 31 years of being clean and sober and I’m so grateful. And I have used twelve-step programs but at the heart of it is, that there was no human power that could help me. The only power that helped me was my God, my Jesus and I prayed for Him to lift this obsession, to set me free from the binds of alcoholism and drug addiction and He has. And He has kept clean and sober for the last 31 years and it is possible, all things are possible with God. And I’d like to say that that’s really the only way that’s possible. We need to cry out to God and we need to ask Him to remove this obsession, to drink and use drugs and destroy ourselves. Thank you, Daily Audio Bible, love you all. Bye Bye.

Good morning, everyone, this is Kelly from the High Desert in California. First time calling and I’m calling because my spirit was prompted after listening to the May 5th recording of a gentleman asking for prayer for his wife. They just became parents; they have a 4-month-old baby girl. And his wife is going through some post-partum depression. I can totally relate and I understand, I went through that myself. After having two babied, back-to-back. I can totally understand what she’s going through. And I wanted to uplift her and her husband in prayer. I’m sorry I did not quite catch the name. Heavenly Father, we just come before You, Lord God, to give You the praise and the glory Father. We thank you Lord God, for Your mercies are new everyday Lord. I just come before You Lord God, to uplift this new mother, Lord. Father, she has a new baby at home Lord God, a four-month-old baby girl Father. A gift from You to her, Lord. Father, and I just want to lift her up to You and lay her at Your feet, Lord God. Father, we come against the spirit of anxiety, Lord. We come against the spirit of fear, Father. In Your name, Lord God, we bind those spirits, right now, in the name of Jesus. We send them back to the pit of Hell, Lord. They have no room in this mother’s heart or this mothers faith. Father, I ask that You would encourage her, Lord. To comfort her, Lord God, and to hold her in the palm of Your hands, Father. Father, we just ask, Lord God, that You continue to reveal Yourself to her in Scriptures, in dreams Lord God. Even when she stares out into the, just stares out of the window, Lord God, that she she’s You, Lord God, in the air, in the sky, in the clouds, Lord God. Let You be a reminder that she is loved and Father, You are there with her in each and every step of this and You strengthen her as a mother, Lord.

Hi, I’m Borrowed Wisdom. This prayer is for Kathy from Kentucky. Heavenly Father, we are glorified under your name with thanksgiving in my heart. I pray to Thee for Kathy. Lord, she’s dealing with shame because of an addiction and that’s the past. Being in recovery and getting help is the first start of victory. And I thank You Lord, that Thou has given her the strength to go ahead and seek for help and to go forwards and not backwards. Lord Jesus, You went to the cross on Calvary for us all. And Thou word says to look unto Thee, Lord Jesus. The author and finisher of our faith. Who for the joy, that was set before us, endured the cross despite the shame and He’s set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heavenly Father, I just bless, praise, honor and worship Your holy name. I thank You for victory in all that You have done for us. I pray that Kath, oh God, would remember that the prize for the high __ in Thee Christ Jesus is worthy and that shame takes no form in her mind, body, soul and spirit. We rebuke the spirit of fear, we rebuke the spirit of despising, deception, manipulation, and anything that is coming against her in the name of Jesus Christ. And we proclaim the joy of the Lord, which is her strength and for her to hold on, carry on and be strong, not in herself but in You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Hello DAB family, this is Saved by Grace from California. Just want to pray for the gentleman who is asking for prayer for his brother who has a rare disease and he’s in the hospital. Father, in the name of Jesus, we just come to You, thanking You and praising You for Your healing power. Lord, we lift our brother up to You and we pray for Your healing power to restore his whole body, whole. Father, we pray that You would touch him from the top of his head to the very souls of his feet. Let Your healing power, just penetrate through him, removing all sickness and disease. We pray that You give wisdom to the CDC to the doctors, that they would know and find a cure or a treatment, Father, that would bring, that would restore his body, Lord. We believe, Father God, and we thank You. And we give You the glory in advance for this victory over this situation, Lord. Be with the family, give them peace and comfort them and help them to look to You, Father God, and not the circumstance or the situation. These things we pray, in Jesus name. Amen.