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Daily Bible Podcast Day 256 – Ezekiel 33-35, Revelation 18

July 14, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.'” ~Ezekiel 33:6

Observation:
God is speaking to Ezekiel, telling him that if he doesn’t warn the people, their blood will be on his hands. While I don’t believe this to be true regarding Christians and our attempts (or not) to warn and convert our neighbors, I still suspect that there could be some sorrow over opportunities missed.

Application:
I don’t want to come to the end of my life and be confronted with the people that I could have helped repent but didn’t. Even though I don’t think I’ll be held accountable for those people, I still don’t want to see that happen.

Prayer:
Father, help me to feel a sense of urgency about Your service and my part in it. I don’t want to miss opportunities to lead others to repentance. Help me to make the most of my time and not waste it chasing after things that aren’t as important as the souls of those around me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 248 – Ezekiel 25-28, Revelation 10

July 6, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“By your great skill in trading
you have increased your wealth,
and because of your wealth
your heart has grown proud.” ~Ezekiel 28:5

Observation:
Tyre and its king were rich because of their trade. Their wealth made them proud and sinful and gloat over the destruction of Israel. Because of these things, God intends to destroy them as well. The verse says that they grew proud because of their wealth.

Application:
I (and really everyone in America today) is wealthy beyond the king the Tyre’s wildest dreams. He could never never have imagined the amount of food from far off places and incredible modes of transportation, the technology, etc. Has my wealth made me proud? Jesus elsewhere certainly suggests that wealth is not a road to salvation and may indeed be the opposite under many circumstances.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t ever want my wealth to get in the way of obeying Your will. Help me to live within my means and not take for granted my blessings. I know that it is only Your mercy that kept me from being born in a much poorer place and/or time. Protect me from any pride that might flare up in my heart and may I always remember that “my” wealth can’t buy me anything of eternal spiritual value.

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Daily Bible Podcast Da 195 – Isaiah 19-21, Hebrews 11

May 14, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.” ~Hebrews 11:1-2

Observation:
What follows is a list of Old Testament heroes and the faith they displayed. Their faith is why they are, in fact, heroes. They did what God asked them to do, even though what was promised couldn’t be seen yet.

Application:
Do I have faith in God’s promises? There is spiritual healing that I’m hoping and praying for, but do I have faith that it will happen? What actions do I need to take to show God that I have the faith to obey even if I don’t see the benefits now?

Prayer:
Father, help my unbelief. You’ve promised direction and healing and by faith I want to claim both. Help me to both know and obey Your commands, that I might be found faithful. I have faith in Your command over the cosmic things and I will work on my faith for the spiritual changes I want to see.

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