1 Samuel 5:1-7:17, John 6:1-21, Psalm 106:13-31, Proverbs 14:32-33
Today is the 9th day of May, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s a joy here to greet a brand-new shiny sparkly new week and we get to mark every time we get here. It’s out in front of us and we’re going to live it. There’s only one way to go and that’s forward. And so, we’ll go forward into this week. But we come to the beginning of every week and just look out over it. Realize that it’s waiting for us and our decisions are going to tell the story. And, so let’s be wise, let’s listen to the voice of wisdom as we go into this week and one of the ways that we use wisdom is we seek out the counsel of the scriptures each and every day. So, continue to do that obviously, or there’s no point in being here. This week we will read from the voice translation. We’re just getting moved in, just a couple of days into this book of 1 Samuel and we’ve learned his origin story, the story of his mom, Hannah and his dad, Elkanah. They were devout, they went to Shiloh to worship God every year but Hannah didn’t have a kid and she prayed for a son. She received Samuel whom she dedicated to God and he was raised up there in the tabernacle, which is where God called to him directly. So, Samuel has grown up hearing the voice of God. He’s a prophet, he’s becoming a priest. He’s a judge and the people that were around him like the high priest Eli and Eli’s sons Hophni and Phinehas, now they’ve all died. Hophni and Phinehas in the battle with the Philistines and Eli, he fell over dead when he found out that the arc of the covenant had been captured by the Philistines, which is where we pick up the story. 1 Samuel 5, 6 and 7 today.
Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for this brand-new week and we enter into and it’s sparkly and shiny and we like that and we ask Holy Spirit that You guide our steps and that we pay attention to what the scriptures are teaching us. And we would slow down listen to the voice of wisdom as we walk further and further into this week. As we tell the story of this week a week in our lives will it be a week of selfishness, will it be a week of service? Will we be open to Your leading and guidance? These are all choices that we can make beforehand, which is what we’re learning that if we slow down and take a beat, wisdom is there, the guidance of the Holy Spirit is there, if we will slow down and listen. So, help us to do that very thing as we navigate all the issues of life this week. We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
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Here in the United States, today is Mother’s Day. And I realize that mothers are celebrated in different cultures on different days around the world. Today here, it’s Mother’s Day and paying specific attention to it because this is China’s first Mother’s Day now that Reagan has been born and so our celebrating that today and just one wish all the mothers … it doesn’t mean that every day can’t be Mother’s Day. None of us would be here without her mother’s nothing would be happening on this earth without our mothers. So, we certainly should have a day any way to stop and reflect and I’m certainly doing that now with my daughter but I’m thinking of my own mother who I’ve lost and I’m so deeply, deeply grateful and am continually aware of the empty space in my life that even though I know that she is safe in the presence of the Lord. I miss her and it doesn’t really go away, I miss her. And so, these days help us to celebrate the mothers that we have, to remember the mothers that are no longer with us and to rejoice as motherhood comes and new life comes to the earth, and I guess we got all that going on in our family. So, happy Mother’s Day to all of you mothers all over the world. We love you, we love you so much, we … well I guess the best way to say it is truthfully, we wouldn’t be here without you and so thank you and may the Lord bless and keep you on this day in the name of Jesus. We as a community all over the world tens of thousands of us strongly say yes and amen to a blessing over our mothers today in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Community Prayer and Praise:
Hi family, I’m calling because I’m just so thankful. I’m mostly thankful for Brian and Jill, their faithfulness, their dedication to come to us every day. And the other reason is because I know you. When I think of your names, I hear your prayer requests, I hear your voice and it’s like I know you to where I could sit down with you and it was like I could share with you my heart and we could just start a conversation without any hesitation because I know you. I want you to know how much I love you, how much I appreciate each one of you and how special each one of you are. I’m so thankful that God has brought us together and I want you to know that even when I hear your name that God brings to mind, I can remember the prayer requests that you’ve called in like months ago and then I’ll continue to pray for that situation. So, I just want you to know. And this is Sally in North Dakota one who loves to worship, worship the One who loves us and keeps us in perfect peace.
Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is Audi from everywhere across America calling. Of course, I’m on the road as I usually am and I’m calling in response to Stephanie from Bangalore. Stephanie, thank you so much for calling and thank you for giving us an update. I’ve been praying for India. I know so many of us have been and it’s definitely scary what we see on the news. And so, you know we’re keeping you in our prayers. And so, I just wanted to tell you that we’re sending love, we’re sending resources, sending money, and of course more than anything sending our prayers. God, we pray that you touch the nation of India right now, that you would send healing, that you would send miraculous healing, across the country God. We pray that you would empower the leaders there to make wise decisions about how to support the people. And God, we pray that people would come to know you through this process. So, Stephanie, I’m praying for your family. I’m praying for you and praying for your church and praying for all of India. I also wanted to offer my own congratulations to China and Ben and everybody for the arrival of baby Reagan. We’re so excited and happy that she’s here safely and that China is safe as well. And I also, wanted to just shout out to a couple people. Eva from Munich I haven’t heard from you for a while. Pastor Jenny. There’s just so many people here that I’ve grown to love and I still remember you. So, I hope you’re all doing well. And finally, I’ll just say, you know, you know in this season I just think so many of us are celebrating with people as they exit kind of this time of COVID and they start having babies and they start getting married and they’re just so many of us are still in the wave. So, I’m praying for all of us who are waiting for our joy. Love you family.
Hey guys my name is Charisse. I’ve called before, I’m from South Carolina. I’ve called in before to pray for other people but I need to ask for a prayer request right now. My uncle Joey, his name is Joey, is an alcoholic and has been one for a long time. He grew up in the church but was very rebellious. He grew up with six other siblings. So, he’s had a hard life and he has finally made something of himself. He’s a great chef but alcohol has kind of always been his fall back and it has really ruined his life multiple times and we really think he’s hit rock bottom at this point because he keeps going back to it. And so, I just want to ask for prayers for him that he would turn away from that and he would turn to God. I don’t believe he is saved. He refuses to even listen to us when we try to talk to him about God. So, yeah, please just pray for him. Pray that God would save him. Pray that he would be humbled. Thanks. Bye.
Daily Audio Bible family this is Benjamin the Sower calling. It’s May 5th today. I want to thank you Brian for your talk today just about sowing and reaping and the harvest. The woman in Samaria. It is just a beautiful reminder for me about why I actually picked my name in the first place for the Daily Audio Bible. Yeah, just that I want to be a person that is planting seeds in people’s lives especially as I think about my neighbors and those around me that don’t know Jesus, don’t know about his love. So would you continue to pray for me and that I’m lifting you guys up to. It’s just so cool that we can harvest what others have planted and vice versa. Angie, first time caller, thank you for calling in and being vulnerable. I just want you to know I’m praying for you as you seek to have a deeper relationship with Jesus. And just as you called I just I was thinking about how Jesus is actually the one that pursues us. God’s love chases us down. He’s the one that grows that in us just as we experience him more, as He and His spirit produces fruit in us. You know I think of in Christ alone there’s the song where it says “when fears are stilled and when striving cease, my comforter, my all in all, here in the love of Christ I stand”. I just encourage you to listen to that song and you know let it wash over you that it’s not just about us trying to make things happen and us trying to get a better relationship with God that He is coming after us. Real quick, Stephanie from Bangalore thank you for opening up our eyes to the impacts of COVID around the world and India. We are with you. We are praying. Yeah, we love you. We know that God is working. Alright, love you guys talk to you soon.
Congratulations to the Brown’s and the Hardin’s for precious little Reagan who’s come into this world. And congratulations to Brian and Jill for the next grandbaby coming a little bit later I think you said September another girl. This is Candace from Oregon. I’m calling on the day when Brian said as he’s probably said a lot of times, that we are utterly dependent on God, that we already have everything, He’s given us everything and because we’re utterly dependent we don’t have to worry about anything. No matter how messy your personal situation or even the thoughts in your head might be you can give them to God. You can take them all captive to Him who loves you, you know, so much from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. He knows all about it. He knows all about it and he has decided to bless us. Let’s pray together. Lord, I just want to thank you for all of my brothers and sisters here who are listening and for all the prayers that you are answering Lord. We’re in a really troubled world and this is no surprise to you and it’s really nothing new as we heard from the book of Judges. And you came Lord to our huge mess that we’ve made and you brought grace and mercy. Thank you so much.
Hello my name is Karla I’m calling from California. I would just love to leave this message for all of our community. I just want to say thank you so much for acknowledging Cinco de Mayo especially for our Latino and Hispanic community, Mexicans specialty Americans for acknowledging that. I just want to say thank you so much for your message today regarding the seed, the harvest. It means so much more the way that Brian explained it also. So, thank you for that. I want to send this special prayer to India and all of our Indian community. I hope that COVID does get better. You know, it’s been a war zone here in California as well and I feel as if like we’re just getting through this right now. Please know that God is with us and God will get you through this. I just want to say a special prayer and blessing to Brian and thank you so much for this resource and thank you for the word of God and praise Jesus and praise His Holy Spirit who guides us through every day life. I pray for everyone who is going through COVID right now for healing and especially for families that are going through this right now. Remember that God is a healer and that he is the ultimate physician in Jesus name. Thank you. Amen.