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Daily Bible Podcast Day 120 – 2 Samuel 6, 1 Chronicles 13, Psalm 68, Matthew 17

February 28, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens.” ~Psalm 68:19

Observation:
David and others say on several occasions that God bears the burdens of His people; that we are to “cast our cares on the Lord.”

Application:
I often feel like I’m bearing my burdens alone. I also feel like my wife is often burdened, certainly we had much to worry about last year. I don’t if this is a failure on our part to consciously give up our cares to God.

Prayer:
Lord God, I throw my burdens onto Your shoulders. Take my worries from me and give me a mind for what You would have me be preoccupied with. Also, take my wife’s worry and replace it with a sense of peace. Help me to support her and point her to You. Also, help her to point me to You in those moments that I need her to. Remind us to give up our worry to You, and that we don’t have to bear it alone.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 119 – 2 Samuel 4-5, Psalm 139, Matthew 16

February 27, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?'” ~Matthew 16:24-26

Observation:
This verse comes right after Peter’s trying to deny that Jesus would be crucified and Jesus’ famous “Get thee behind me, Satan” reply to him. God’s plan often runs counter to what makes sense to us. Jesus is clearly insistent that any denial of the crucifixion is of Satan.

Application:
I don’t know how often I do a good job of denying myself and taking up my cross. I’m not even sure what my cross is. There are circumstances where it’s more obvious what the sacrificial choice is, but not often enough for me to feel confident.

Prayer:
Father, help me to know better how to deny myself and follow Jesus. I will do my best to take up my cross, I just want to know what my cross is only a daily basis.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 118 – 2 Samuel 3, 1 Chronicles 12, Matthew 15

February 26, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” ~Matthew 15:18-19

Observation:
Jesus is making the pharisees angry again (those who place rules above love). His disciples come asking for clarification. As in Luke, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Application:
Sometimes things come out of my mouth and I know where they come from. Jesus would say, “it came from your heart.” What is coming out of my mouth most often? What is more abundant in my heart? Good things or bad?

Prayer:
Father, I know my heart isn’t completely full of good things. There’s enough bad there that my speech is definitely not what You would desire. Help me to purge my heart of the evil that is there and fill me with an abundance of Your thoughts.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 117 – 2 Samuel 2, 1 Chronicles 11, Psalm 142, Matthew 14

February 25, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me.” ~Psalm 142:7

Observation:
David’s prison is a cave as he is hiding from his pursuers.

Application:
My prison isn’t anything so tangible as a cave. Mine is patterns of behavior that I seem to be unable to shake. Pride, judgmentalness.

Prayer:
Father, I often feel captive to unresolved sin. Please set me free and if it is Your will, I can be an example to others of the freedom only You can give. Hear my prayer.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 116 – 2 Samuel 1, Psalm 140, Matthew 13

February 24, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” ~Matthew 13:7-8

Observation:
The choked out seed is the believer who gets preoccupied with the cares of this life. The seed that fall on good soil represents the believer who produces a crop.

Application:
I’m in both of these categories at different times. Too often I am preoccupied with the cares of this world. Other times I am focused. It’s also hard to know where I am because sometimes the fruit we produce isn’t obvious to us. Sometimes we plant seeds that others harvest.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want your word to choked out by the weeds of my earthly concerns. Help me to be faithful in producing fruit and please reassure me that I am producing it. I also thank you for the roots that I have and that Satan has not prevented me from understanding.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 115 – 1 Samuel 30-31, 1 Chronicles 10, Matthew 12

February 23, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.’”

Observation:
Even though we believe that belief in Christ’s resurrection and his atonement for our sin covers us on judgement day, Jesus says that we will have to give an account for our words.

Application:
This is a little scary. I don’t even remember everything I’ve ever said and I know that I’ve certainly said things that I’d love to take back. My only hope is that Jesus really has forgiven my past and that Jesus’ atonement does erase my transgressions from the “record.”

Prayer:
Father, I know that I still have some mess in my heart and that my words sometimes reflect this. Take any residual evil that I have left and give me a clean, good heart. I repent again of my bad words and ask for forgiveness. Help me to turn away from them.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 114 – 1 Samuel 28-29, Psalm 109, Matthew 11

February 22, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Help me, Lord my God;
save me according to your unfailing love.

Let them know that it is your hand,
that you, Lord, have done it.” ~Psalm 109:26-27

Observation:
David is at great physical risk. There people hunting him to kill him when he writes this Psalm.

Application:
As far as I know, there isn’t a king who is trying to hunt me down and kill me. However, there are spiritual forces at work that are pursuing me to harm me and my family. David calls for help against the physical forces of wickedness. I call for help from the spiritual forces of wickedness.

Prayer:
Father, there are strong forces in the world that seek my spiritual destruction. Deception, temptation, over-busyness. Some of the forces of wickedness are so engrained in the culture of the world, they are hard to even identify. Save me God from all these according to Your unfailing love and may others know that it is Your hand that saves.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 113 – 1 Samuel 27, Psalm 141, 1 Chronicles 9, Matthew 10

February 21, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
hear me when I call to you.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” ~Psalm 141:1

Observation:
The sacrifices are a pleasing aroma to God. David is asking that his hands, raised to heaven, also be pleasing to God.

Application:
Do I call to God when I need His help, or do I more likely try to rely on my own devices? I need to call on God more often and more quickly, perhaps especially when I am trying to figure things out on my own.

Prayer:
Father, come quickly to me in my time of need, even if I am trying to work things out on my own. The things that I am able to solve on my own are few. Also, let my prayer and worship be an “aroma” that is pleasing to You. Hear my cries and hear my prayer.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 112 – 1 Samuel 25-26, Psalm 63, Matthew 9

February 20, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.” ~Psalm 63:1

Observation:
David is literally in a desert when he is writing these words. He uses his thirst for water as a parallel to his thirst for God. I wonder how much of David’s longing for God is due to the physical peril he is in.

Application:
My desire for God is not usually as strong as my thirst for water when I am parched. My longings isn’t the same as for a cold glass of water when I’ve been in the sun. My spiritual peril is at least as great as David’s physical peril, so why do I not display the same intensity of need as David?

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, my thirst for God is not often as strong as what David displays in this Psalm. I am thankful that I am not in physical peril, but I often forget that there is spiritual peril as well. Help me to hunger and thirst for righteousness so that I will pursue it more diligently.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 111 – 1 Samuel 24, Psalm 57-58, 1 Chronicles 8, Matthew 8

February 19, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.” ~Matthew 8:1-3

Observation:
The man has faith that Jesus can heal him. Likely he has seen or heard other healings.

Application:
Jesus has the power to heal what afflicts me. Have I ever prayed the way the man with leprosy spoke to Jesus?

Prayer:
Jesus, if you are willing, You can make me clean. The weight of my sin is heavy at times. Please clean me up. Either way, I’ll follow You.

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