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Daily Bible Podcast Day 133 – 2 Samuel 24, 1 Chronicles 21, Psalm 30, 1 Thessalonians 2

March 13, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.” ~Psalm 30:4-5

Observation:
David experienced God’s rebuke. God’s punishments were severe on David and Israel in a few instances.

Application:
I am not likely to suffer consequences direct from God in the way that David did. Any punishment that I endure is likely the indirect result of my sin. Even so, if I turn from my sin as David did, God’s favor can rest on me for my lifetime.

Prayer:
Father, sometimes the “night” of my sorrow feels long. Please send the light of Your joy. Like David, I want to turn from my sin and experience Your favor. In either case, I’ll sing Your praises, knowing that even if I am sorrowful now, Your joy does not have to be far off.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 132 – 2 Samuel 21-23, 1 Thessalonians 1

March 12, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.'” ~1 Thessalonians 1:4-5

Observation:
This is Paul’s introduction to his first letter to the Thessalonian church. Paul knows that God chose the church in Thessalonica because the Gospel came to them with power.

Application:
This is my one area of occasional doubt. Where is the power of the gospel in the modern church? If we are chosen by God, should there be an attendant display of The Spirit’s Power?

Prayer:
Father, where is Your power? As far as I can tell, Your church, at least where I live in the world, is lacking Your power. Please show us where we are falling short of deserving Your power. Your early church grew through the power of Your Spirit. We live in an increasingly apostate and non-Christian culture. Send Your power that we might draw more people to You. Give us also the deep conviction and confidence that the Spirit brings.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 131 – 2 Samuel 19-20, Psalm 55, Matthew 28

March 11, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” ~Matthew 28:18-20

Observation:
These are the last instructions Jesus gives and the only instructions he gives the disciples following His resurrection.

Application:
It seems the first thing to know would be what Jesus’ commands were. The big one, love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself is the biggest. Jesus himself says so. As I’m reading the Bible I need to be more on the lookout for Jesus’ specific commands so that I can put them into practice. Only when I’m following Jesus can I really expect to help others become His disciples as well.

Prayer:
Father, making disciples is not really something I’ve done all that well. Please help me to learn and follow Jesus’ commands and to how to encourage others to become disciples as well. Help me to become both a disciple and a disciple-maker in whatever capacity You desire from me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 130 – 2 Samuel 18, Psalm 56, Matthew 27

March 11, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. ‘I have sinned,’ he said, ‘for I have betrayed innocent blood.’

‘What is that to us?’ they replied. ‘That’s your responsibility.’” ~Matthew 27:3-4

Observation:
Judas, having handed over Jesus is confessing his sin to the very people who he thinks should be sympathetic. They are not. They are supposed to be spiritual leaders, but they don’t care, even though what he did was largely for their benefit. Jesus is a threat to their power and Judas was their pawn. When confronted with the full weight of what he has done, Judas has no one to turn to.

Application:
The decisions I make are no one’s but my own. Sin is sin and if I commit it, even if at the order or suggestion of someone else, the responsibility is mine alone. The so-called Nuremberg Defense is no defense at all.

Prayer:
Father, let me never sin on the suggestion or even order of another. I know that I am fully responsible for my own actions. Thank you for Jesus’ sacrifice that covers my sin and that I have someone to turn to, even when I am guilty.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 129 – 2 Samuel 17, Psalm 71, Matthew 26

March 9, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Do not be far from me, my God;
come quickly, God, to help me.
May my accusers perish in shame;
may those who want to harm me
be covered with scorn and disgrace.

As for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.

My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
of your saving acts all day long—
though I know not how to relate them all.” ~Psalm 71:12-15

Observation:
David’s accusers are those trying to remove him from power. They are people who oppose his kingship over Israel.

Application:
My only accuser (that I know of) is Satan. He doesn’t oppose me in a political sense, but he does want to see that God’s power doesn’t have an effect in my life.

Prayer:
God, come quickly to save me from my accuser. Help me to resist him and always keep Your praise in my words. Like David, I don’t know how to tell the things you have done, but I will do my best. I hope in you, God, help me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 128 – 2 Samuel 15-16, Psalm 32, Matthew 25

March 8, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”” ~Matthew 25:21

Observation:
The servant in question wisely invested the resources his master had entrusted him with. Upon his return, the master rewards the faithful servant with even more resources. Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven will be like this. The money seems to represent all the gifts (money, talent, spiritual gifts) that God gives.

Application:
I suspect that I am not using the resources I have been given, either money or gifts, as wisely as the faithful servants in the parable. I’m not irresponsible with money, but am I investing it as I should? Also, I don’t use my gifts and talents as often as I likely could.

Prayer:
Father, I want to be a good and faithful servant. Please show me opportunities to use my gifts and talents to further Your kingdom. Also, help me to manage my money in a way that pleases You; to invest it for Your kingdom, not mine. I want to be able to be trusted with more, and I want You to consider me good and faithful.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 127 – 2 Samuel 13-14, Matthew 24

March 7, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.'” ~Matthew 24:42-43

Observation:
Jesus is telling the disciples that no one but God knows when the end times will come. Jesus uses the thief (Satan) analogy that is mentioned also in the book of John, so we know Jesus used this analogy several times. The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus is warning us to be on our guard; to be spiritually ready for his coming, so that we are not surprised by the thief and destroyed.

Application:
Am I ready for Jesus’ coming right this minute? I have tried to surrender to Him and am trying to bring my life in line with His teaching, but I don’t know if I am sufficiently “keeping watch.”

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, please give me either assurance that I am prepared for Jesus’ coming or let me know where I need to keep watch. Also, help me to keep watch for those areas of my life that might be an entry point for the thief. Also, help me yearn for Your return, Jesus.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 126 – 2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51, Matthew 23

March 6, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: ‘The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” ~Matthew 23:1-3

Observation:
Jesus then goes on to excoriate them as “blind” and hypocritical. As far as I’ve read so far, the Pharisees and teachers of the law are the only people Jesus openly passes judgement on. He says they are children of hell.

Application:
How good a job do I do of practicing what I preach? I know there are areas where my public church life and my private life don’t line up, but I also try hard not to judge others, especially those outside the church. I will continue working to bring my public and private lives into congruence.

Prayer:
Father, I want to be a child of heaven, not hell. I know there are areas where my public and private lives don’t always match. Help me to work through those and bring them into alignment. In as much as I ever am a religious leader, help me not to earn Your wrath the way the hypocritical Pharisees and teachers of the law did.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 125 – 2 Samuel 10, 1 Chronicles 20, Psalm 20, Matthew 22

March 5, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.’

‘So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.'” ~Matthew 22:2-3,9

Observation:
Jesus is using a parable to explain what the kingdom of heaven is like. He is saying that God has invited people, but that not only will many who are invited not come, they will actively abuse God’s messengers. Those who end up in the kingdom of heaven are simply those who accept the invitation.

Application:
I have accepted my place in the kingdom of heaven that was offered through Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. At, the same time, am I also not a messenger meant to tell others about their place at the banquet table? If so, I should also be prepared for the abuse that may fall on those who are messengers for God.

Prayer:
Father, I want to reaffirm my acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection and accept again my place at Your table. Please allow me to be a messenger for you. I gladly accept whatever abuse I will suffer at the hands of those who refuse to accept Your invitation.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 124 – 2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18-19, Matthew 21

March 4, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Jesus replied, ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.'” ~Matthew 21:21-22

Observation:
Jesus says have faith and don’t doubt. He gives a (seemingly) preposterous example of what faith can do. Anything we ask in prayer will be received.

Application:
I wish it were easy to not doubt. I don’t want to move a mountain, just the mountain that my heart seems to be. How do I believe without doubting? I don’t seem to be able to do so much of the time.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to create some huge spectacle with my faith, like throwing a mountain into the sea. I want my faith to move my heart away from my sin and closer to You. Yet I often doubt if even this is possible. All I know to do is ask Your Spirit for more faith. I believe, Lord, help my unbelief.

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