Daily Bible Podcast Day 355 – John 9-11

October 21, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“He replied, ‘Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!'” ~John 9:25

Observation:
The man blind from birth has been healed by Jesus. The Pharisees are questioning him about what happened and claiming that Jesus is a sinner. The formerly blind man offers the only witness he can.

Application:
Sometimes I hesistate to share the Good news because I worry that I don’t know well enough how to talk about it. However, I can always do what the unblinded man did and tell others what Jesus has done for me.

Prayer:
Father, help me to, at the very least, share what You have done for me through Jesus. I want to be a witness for You, so help me to know how I need to change my routine to be in contact with those who need to hear Your message. Then, may I simply share what Jesus has done.

Daily Bible Podcast Day 354 – John 7-8

October 20, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“’Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.’” ~John 7:48-49

Observation:
The teachers of the law are arrogant in their knowledge. They are the most educated people in their society. They have their entire Bible memorized and think they know enough to judge correctly. Yet, in their pride, they turn out to be blind. They hear Jesus’ words, but are too “smart” and proud to listen and obey.

Application:
I place great value on being intelligent, well-read, and knowledgeable. I must be careful that, like the Pharisees, I don’t equate those things with spiritual wisdom. That I don’t become proud or conceited, but that I listen and obey.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to just be someone who knows a lot about Jesus. I want to be someone who follows Jesus. Show me opportunities to follow Him and I will do my best to obey. I will try to not value knowledge above obedience, so that I will be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer.

Daily Bible Podcast Day 353 – John 5-6

October 19, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” ~John 5:24

Observation:
Jesus is speaking about the source of His message and authority.

Application:
Belief is the source of salvation. I worry that my sins might disqualify me from reconciliation, but Jesus and Paul assure us that salvation is through faith, not works.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for the assurance here and Jesus that judgment is avoided through faith. I didn’t do anything and couldn’t do anything to deserve this. Help me have assurance of my eternal destiny, but also work in me to remove the last traces of sin from my life. I want to bear fruit and so live up to what You have called me to. Help me to know what form that calling is to take.

Daily Bible Podcast Day 352 – John 2-4

October 18, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“He must become greater; I must become less.” ~John 3:30

Observation:
Some of John the Baptist’s disciples have come to him telling him about how Jesus is attracting everyone. They seem concerned that John is losing followers. John is happy that he had a part to play and that Jesus is getting the attention.

Application:
Just like John, my agenda, my desires, my esteem, my wishes must decrease in importance in my own life as compared with the will of God. I must consider myself less important and Him more important.

Prayer:
Father, help me to look less to my own wants and more to Yours. Help me to think less of myself and more of You. Help me to care less and less about what happens to me and more and more about what You can do through me.

Daily Bible Podcast Day 351 – 2 Peter 1-3, John 1

October 17, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” ~2 Peter 3:9

Observation:
This verse takes the common complaint that God seems slow to fulfill His promise and flips it on its head by reminding us that He is also “slow” to condemn us. Thank God!

Application:
There are things that I wish God would just go ahead and get on with. This verse is reminder that God works in His own time, often for our benefit and the benefit of others who need to repent, even when we don’t see it.

Prayer:
Father, thank You that, in Your “slowness”, You chose not to condemn me for my sin. Help me to remain patient while You fulfill Your promises in Your time. Help me to work diligently in the meantime so that I might have a part in the repentance of others for whom you are also withholding Your judgment, and thank You for my own repentance (daily!) and redemption.

Daily Bible Podcast Day 350 – 1 Peter 1-5

October 16, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.” ~1 Peter 2:15

Observation:
Foolish people have only bad things to say about Christ, Christians, and the church. By doing good, we take away any validation these people might have. Our good deeds would basically force them to keep their mouths shut. Unfortunately, we have not done such a good job of this and have even provided our critics with ammo to use against us.

Application:
In my own life, my good deeds can serve to silence those who oppose Christ and even offer a form of proof about faith in Christ.

Prayer:
Father, help me to bring glory to Your Son by my good deeds. How many are held back from faith by foolishness or the talk of the foolish? May I no longer provide them with “verification” of their negative beliefs, but may my obedience in good works take away their arguments and force them to confront You honestly.

Daily Bible Podcast Day 349 – James 1-5

October 15, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” ~James 1:22-25

Observation:
The implication is that the believer who doesn’t obey the word is forgetting who he (the believer) is. That is, we have a new identity but are living as if we didn’t.

Application:
This one often seems hard. I need to be daily reminded what I’m supposed to be doing and do them. I also need to avoid those things I shouldn’t be doing.

Prayer:
Father, help. Self-discipline is often something I have difficulty with. Give me Your power to not only do what I should be doing, but to avoid those that I should not be doing. I need Your hands on my shoulders to turn me the way that I should go.

Daily Bible Podcast Day 348 – Hebrews 12-13, Jude

October 14, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” ~Hebrews 13:15-16

Observation:
A sacrifice is a gift that costs us something significant. Paul is saying that we should praise God in a sacrificial way, likely because in his day, openly praising Jesus could bring real consequences. It is the same today, even though prison and torture for the Name of Jesus is less likely.

Application:
Am I willing for my praise of Jesus to cost me something, or do I shrink back in those cases?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, forgive me those times where I was too timid to openly praise You; those times it might have cost me some small amount of opinion or prestige. Help me to do better and I will try to have more courage in acknowledging You before others. Help me to have a harvest as I do my best to be faithful.

Daily Bible Podcast Day 347 – Hebrews 9-11

October 13, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ~Hebrews 10:23-25

Observation:
Paul encourages the reader to spend some time thinking about how believers are to encourage one another to love and good deeds. Many times in the church, we spend very little time thinking about doing this. Love and good deeds are what “bought” the early church goodwill, which led to conversions. Could the lack of new Christians in our churches have something to do with this?

Application:
How will this verse affect what I do and say on Sunday morning? How am I going to encourage others to love and good deeds? How am I going to cajole myself?

Prayer:
Father, I have a small role in a local church. Help me to goad my fellow believers on to love and good works. Help me to set a good example in this as well. Grow Your church as we serve and love others.

Daily Bible Podcast Day 346 – Hebrews 5-8

October 12, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” ~Hebrews 6:10-12

Observation:
Being diligent consists in showing love toward and helping people. There are rewards in store for those who do so.

Application:
I am not always diligent in showing love or offering help. The worries of life and my busyness often distract me from what I should be doing.

Prayer:
Father, please give me more assurance whether what I am doing is enough. I serve You and Your people, but do I serve You and Your people enough? I will look for more opportunities, please help me to see what You would have me do.

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