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Daily Bible Podcast Day 360 – Psalm 117, 119:81-176, 2 John, 3 John

October 26, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser than my enemies.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.
I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.” ~Psalm 119:97-104

Observation:
The Psalmist speaks of his love for God’s word and his discipline in studying and meditating on it. He not only studies, though, he obeys God’s commands.

Application:
Do I love God’s word? I’ve done a good job reading and journaling this year, but is God’s word “sweeter than honey to my mouth?” Do I feel that overwhelming desire to obey God’s commands?

Prayer:
Father, Your word is incredible. This has been and amazing year and I’ve learned a lot. Help me to continue to study and reflect on what I’m reading. Most of all, give me a strong impulse to follow Jesus and obey Your commands.

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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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