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Daily Bible Podcast Day 181 – Amos 7-9, Psalm 104, Titus 2

April 30, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” ~Titus 2:6-8

Observation:
Paul is saying that we in the church should give no one outside the church any way to discredit the gospel because of our behavior.

Application:
Am I providing others with excuses they can use against the message? Shouldn’t I be a better reflection of God to those outside who see my actions?

Prayer:
Father, I don’t always act in a way that brings credit to the gospel or in a way that is a reflection of who You are or what You are doing in my life. Help me bring my life in line so that those on the outside won’t be turned away from You because of me. Just the opposite, I hope that others might be attracted to You because of the hope and self-control that I display.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 180 – Amos 4-6, Psalm 86, Titus 1

April 29, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.” ~Psalm 86:4-7

Observation:
This Psalm is very much about David calling out to God in his distress. God is faithful and hears David’s cries for help and intervenes on his behalf.

Application:
I can pray as David did. Even though I don’t have political and military enemies, I still face difficulties that I can be delivered from.

Prayer:
Father, I’m trying to put my trust in You, but it is often difficult. Hear my prayers and my cries for mercy and show me Your love. As David did, I ask for joy because there’s too often little to be even happy about. I’m calling, please answer.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 179 – Amos 1-3, Psalm 80, 2 Timothy 4

April 28, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” ~2 Timothy 4:2-5

Observation:
It seems to me that we live in the time when people listen to those who tell them what they want to hear. What is a US election other than that? Clearly this is not a new phenomenon, which is encouraging. Paul tells Timothy to be prepared for such times and continue to do what is right.

Application:
I must be on my guard that I am not just listening to people who are telling me what I want to hear. I must also be sure that I am not simply telling people what they want to hear. Paul exhorts us to great patience and careful instruction.

Prayer:
Father, patience is not my strongest attribute, especially with those who are listening to “yes men” and following myths. Please protect me from only listening to what I would want to hear and stop me from telling others only what they want to hear. Give me Your patience and instruction, that I might pass it along to others and help me to discharge the duties of my ministry.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 178 – 2 Kings 13-14, 2 Chronicles 25, 2 Timothy 3

April 27, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” ~2 Timothy 3:1-5

Observation:
I feel like verses 2 through 4 pretty well describe modern America in many ways, myself included all-to-often. The thing I’m curious about is the phrase, “having a form of godliness but denying its power.” What does that mean?

Application:
Too often, the adjectives in verses 2-4 describe me. Not all of them, but certainly some of them. I also worry that I might be somehow denying God’s power. Does my doubt about whether God will produce change in my life qualify as a denial of God’s power?

Prayer:
Father, help me to affirm Your power in my life. Work Your power in my life. I sometimes have doubts about whether You will work in my life, even though I have no doubt that You can. Help me to love the things You love and despise what You despise. Help me to know and avoid those You would have me avoid.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 177 – Jonah 1-4, 2 Timothy 2

April 26, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, ‘Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.’” ~Jonah 4:1-3

Observation:
God ends up having to force Jonah to obey. Then, God decides not to destroy the Ninevites after they repent and stop their evil ways. Jonah is upset. He wanted the Ninevites destroyed, which is why he avoided going to Nineveh in the first place. God even asks Jonah if it is right for him to be angry. God is the one with standing to be upset with the Ninevites, not Jonah. Yet God is merciful. Jonah’s lack of mercy is in opposition to God’s abundance of it.

Application:
How often am I like Jonah? I suspect that I am usually quicker to judgment than God is. I want evildoers punished, God wants them to change their hearts and experience His mercy. God wants repentance, while too often we want retribution.

Prayer:
God, help me to turn from my own wicked ways and repent. Thank You for the mercy You have already shown me. Help me to not wish that same mercy denied to others. Also, if it is Your will, I am willing to be a messenger to call others to repentance. I’ll do my best to stop acting like Jonah and have Your heart for those far from You.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 176 – Joel 1-3, 2 Timothy 1

April 25, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” ~2 Timothy 1:7

Observation:
Paul encourages Timothy not to be ashamed of the testimony about Jesus or Paul himself. He invites Timothy to suffer for the same.

Application:
Am I too timid? I don’t think of myself as a timid person, but am I bold for the gospel? Where is my power, love, and self-discipline. All to often I feel like I lack all three.

Prayer:
Father, give me Your Spirit that I may experience and display power, love, and self-discipline from You. You know that I lack and need these qualities. As hard as it is to do so, I also want to submit to suffering for the gospel if I must. Give me a heart of submission to Your will.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 175 – 2 Kings 11-12, 2 Chronicles 24, 1 Timothy 6

April 24, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” ~1 Timothy 6:17-19

Observation:
Nearly everyone alive in the US today is many times richer than nearly anyone alive when Paul was writing these words. Cars, microwaves, fast food, air conditioning, Aspirin, and any number of other things would have been unimaginable luxuries to even the richest people alive at the time.

Application:
Now that I have firmly established that I am incredibly wealthy by Paul’s standards, I need to be sure that I’m not putting my hope in my comfort and wealth, but in God. I also need to work on my generosity with those in our society who do lack basics like food and shelter. I also should better support my church, which exists to serve those who are spiritually poor.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want all my riches to be here on earth. Help me to be generous and willing to share with the physically and spiritually poor. Help lessen my anxiety about finances, as this is one way of “trusting in money”. Thank You for the many amazing things that You have already provided for my enjoyment. May I be a good steward.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 174 – 2 Kings 10, 2 Chronicles 22-23, 1 Timothy 5

April 23, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.” ~1 Timothy 5:24-25

Observation:
Paul is saying that not all deeds (good or bad) are recognized by others immediately. Some are, but others exist on a time-delay of sorts.

Application:
Reflecting on this verse makes me wonder if my persistent sins are just waiting to catch up with me, like a wave about to crash over my head from behind.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to be overtaken by sin. I want them out of my life as much as that is possible this side of heaven. And make my good deeds obvious to others, so that others may see them and praise You, my father in heaven. I want to see Your rewards, not be overtaken by my own failings.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 173 – 2 Kings 8-9, 2 Chronicles 21, 1 Timothy 4

April 22, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” ~1 Timothy 4:7-8

Observation:
Spiritual training is much better than physical training. The original Olympics were still going at the time of Paul’s writing, so his Greek audience may very well have been sports fans, cheering those with great physical skill.

Application:
Soon I will start training for an athletic event that I plan on participating in. It involves regular workouts and a change to my diet. I am normally not very disciplined when it comes to spiritual training. This Bible reading project that I am doing is the best I have ever done at regular Bible study. I need to think about what kind of spiritual training I’ll be doing once this year is over.

Prayer:
Father, give me the discipline both to train my body and my spirit. Help me to know what good spiritual training consists of and help me to work diligently at it. I want to be in “good shape” in all aspects of this life and the life to come.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 172 – 2 Kings 6-7, 2 Chronicles 20, 1 Timothy 3

April 21, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.” ~1 Timothy 3:2-4

Observation:
Paul gives the qualifications for leaders in the church. They are often called elders in our churches, but these attributes likely should apply to anyone in a position of significant leadership in the church.

Application:
I’d love to be able to say that I possess the qualities on this list. I do have some of them, but probably not as many as I should if I desire to lead at a higher level than I do now.

Prayer:
Father, I feel like so many of my prayers are the same. I desire to have some quality so that I can serve You better, so I ask that You work in me to produce that quality. Today is no different, but I feel like a broken record. It’s hard to see if change is happening in my life. Please conform me to the image of Jesus.

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