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Daily Bible Podcast Day 242 – Ezekiel 8-11, Revelation 4

June 30, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.'” ~Revelation 4:11

Observation:
The elders in heaven lay their crowns down in front of the throne. Those worthy of respect consider themselves nothing before the throne. They attribute all worth to the creator of the universe. The universe (“all things”) is incredible. It’s amazingly huge with incredibly large “structures” in it. The building blocks are unbelievably small and the math of everything, from the small to the large, is inconceivably fine-tuned. With all that, it is still run based on love and justice.

Application:
If the elders, those people most deserving of respect ascribe to God all honor and glory and power, certainly I, who am much less than they are should do so as well.

Prayer:
Father, Your full creating is amazing beyond any conception I could ever form of it. The scale, the beauty, the mathematics of it all is far past anyone’s full comprehension. Your power is enormous and still Your plan was to be in fellowship and family with us. I have to admit that I don’t understand what a Being capable of such capability could possibly want with me, but You were willing to go to incredible lengths to bring us back together. All the power and glory and honor are Yours, Creator.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 241 – Ezekiel 4-7, Revelation 3

June 29, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.” ~Revelation 3:17-18

Observation:
Some of the Laodiceans, every one of whom is hideously poor by today’s standards consider themselves to be rich. Jesus is saying to them that their riches are worthless when it comes to what really matters, righteousness. In those days, like today, there were many who assumed that being wealthy was a sign of righteousness and that being poor was a sign of the opposite.

Application:
I am ludicrously rich compared to everyone who lived when Revelation was written. Caesar himself could not have considered microwaves, automobiles, etc. But what is all that stuff worth in spiritual terms? Nothing. True riches is found in righteousness.

Prayer:
Father, I want to be clothed in “white clothes” and I want to become spiritually rich. Money and stuff is of no worth in heaven. Help me to value and acquire true wealth, which is righteousness and obedience to Your will.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 240 – Ezekiel 1-3, Revelation 2

June 28, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.” ~Revelation 2:19

Observation:
Jesus is commending the church in Thyatira for these things. He has some things against them, but these are the good things He chose to recognize them for.

Application:
This is a decent list of what the church and Christ-followers should be like: loving, faithful, serving, persevering.

Prayer:
Jesus, when You had a chance to send a message to this church, You made sure to commend them for these things. Give me these qualities also and opportunity to put them to work. Help me to avoid the problems that are so easy to fall into, so that I can serve You and others better.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 239 – Jeremiah 52, Revelation 1, Psalm 143, 144

June 27, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.” ~Psalm 143:10-11

Observation:
David’s request is to be saved, both from without and within. Not only are there those who would destroy him physically, his own tendency to waywardness would destroy him spiritually.

Application:
While I don’t have human enemies who are after my blood, I do have a spiritual enemy who, now that my soul can’t be his, is still out to destroy my spiritual effectiveness. My own natural tendencies also work against my doing God’s will.

Prayer:
Father, teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For Your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life; in Your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 238 – Jeremiah 50-51, 3 John

June 26, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.” ~3 John 1:9-10

Observation:
John doesn’t seem to have any problems calling out someone in the church who is prideful and trying the run the church by his own rules. There are still people like this today, who spread contentiousness in the church and prevent it from doing what it is supposed to do.

Application:
How should I as a church leader deal with those who are prideful and working at cross purposes to the mission of the church? What is the proper response to those within the church who actively oppose the church’s true mission and disciples?

Prayer:
Father, it seems that there are many in the church who don’t actually care about Your mission. They seem prideful and only interested in their own view of things. Help me and other church leaders to know how to confront these people. Also, prevent my own pride from ever taking over, so that I might never become one of these people. My comfort is always much less important than Your mission.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 237 – Jeremiah 37-39, Psalm 79, 2 John

June 25, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.” ~2 John 1:6-7

Observation:
Several criteria are given in different places for identifying those who are anti-Christ. Not acknowledging that Jesus came in the flesh is the one given here. The language of these verses seem mean that a denial of Jesus’ physical body isn’t necessary, just a failure to acknowledge it.

Application:
Care must be taken to be certain that nothing I say could be construed to not acknowledge that Jesus had a real, physical, human, earth body. I also must be sure that I don’t take the teaching of anyone who doesn’t acknowledge this as well.

Prayer:
Jesus, I’m not one-hundred percent sure why acknowledging that You had a real body is so important, but I suspect it has to do with the “realness” of the suffering You endured on my behalf. I will never deny and will do my best to always affirm my belief that You physically existed as a human. Help me through Your Spirit to obey Your commands and walk in love.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 236 – Jeremiah 33-34, Psalm 74, 1 John 5

June 24, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” ~1 John 5:1-5

Observation:
Everyone who believes Jesus is the Messiah is born of God and everyone born of God overcomes the world. Sounds simple enough.

Application:
But it doesn’t seem to be so easy. Keeping God’s commands seems difficult at times. I want to overcome the world and its issues, but it believing really enough? Does having difficulty mean that I need to work on my belief?

Prayer:
Father, if my belief is lacking, help me strengthen it. I want to conquer the world and its problems, help me to do so. I do believe, help me to believe more strongly and help me to show You my love by keeping Your commands.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 235 – Jeremiah 31-32, 1 John 4

June 23, 2013 in Podcasts

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“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” ~1 John 4:7-12

Observation:
God showed the example of what love is and we should love in the same way if necessary. Those who do not love do not know God.

Application:
Do I love enough? This chapter is saying that believers should love one another, but doesn’t seem to say much about non-believers. Sometimes believers are just as hard to love as non-believers. Maybe harder.

Prayer:
Father, help me to love. It’s hard to love people with all their “imperfections.” I know that I have my own, but that You loved me anyway. Help me to extend the same to others, who are no worse than I really.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 234 – Jeremiah 28-30, 1 John 3

June 22, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~1 John 3:17-18

Observation:
1 John is pretty challenging. This chapter in particular talks about the behavior of the one who is “born of God” vs. the one who is the child of the devil. Those who sin are said to be in the latter group. Yet, if we believe in Jesus resurrection, our sin is no longer held against us, so I’m a little confused. What about the previous chapter’s claim that those who acknowledge the Son have the Father also?

Application:
I still have some sin in my life, does this mean I am not a child of God? Or does Paul’s claim that “everything is lawful” absolve us? I wish I understood the relationship between salvation and being set free from sin.

Prayer:
Father, there is much in Your Word that I don’t understand. Does leftover sin mean that I don’t belong to You? If so, I pray again to remove my sin from me. I acknowledge Christ and ask for wisdom to understand all of this. Help me to love the brothers and sisters and act in a way that is in accordance with Your will and commands.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 233 – Jeremiah 21, 24, 27, Psalm 118, 1 John 2

June 21, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.” ~Psalm 118

Observation:
The rest of the Psalm recounts the ways in which God has come to the aid of the Psalmist. God is on the side of those who believe in Him. I also think the use of the word “endure” is interesting. Endurance is used when one is doing something difficult. I don’t know if God finds it “difficult” exactly (is anything hard for God?) but I suspect that if anything is hard for Him, it’s maintaining love for people who have trouble obeying Him.

Application:
No matter what I have done or will do, God’s love endures forever. In my moments of doubt and feelings of unworthiness, God’s love endures forever.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for Your love and Your patience. Thank You for enduring and not giving up. You could have cut mankind loose and we would have deserved it. Instead, in Your love, You endured the time and the frustration and in Christ endured the cross to bring me back to You. In my self-doubt, I remember Your endurance.

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