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Daily Bible Podcast Day 057 – Numbers 19-20, Psalm 28, Mark 5

December 27, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Hear my cry for mercy
as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
toward your Most Holy Place.” ~Psalm 28:2

Observation:
David lifts his hands to the Lord as a cry for mercy. I think of it kind of like when my young sons want my help so they raise their hands for daddy to pick them up.

Application:
Sometimes in worship I am reluctant to raise my hands. Perhaps thinking of it as a way of asking for mercy will help me overcome my reluctance.

Prayer:
Father, help me overcome any reluctance I feel in worship. I need your mercy as much as David and I pray to be lifted up by You.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 056 – Numbers 17-18, Psalm 29, Mark 4

December 26, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.’” ~Mark 4:14-20

Observation:
Jesus is explaining a parable he told the crowd about seeds that were sown on different soils.

Application:
I don’t think that I’m like seed sown on either the path or in rocky places. I worry that too often I am like seed sown among thorns and that my own desires and worries prevent me from bearing fruit. I suspect that I’m also sometimes like seed sown in good soil, but I don’t think that’s me often enough.

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, keep working in my heart so that I can be a seed sown in good soil. Don’t let worry or my own desires choke out the crop You want from me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 055 – Numbers 14-16 and Mark 3

December 25, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
~Numbers 14-16

Observation:
I usually pick a few verses to focus on, but the thing that struck me in this reading was the sheer hard-headedness of the Israelites shown in these 3 chapters. Despite having seen amazing signs and wonders, they still grumble and doubt and rebel. God speaks directly to Moses and they know he does. Still they defy Moses and God.

Application:
I wonder if this is why God doesn’t choose to speak directly to us as He did to Moses. It doesn’t seem to have worked for them. I would like to think that I am not as hard-headed as they were, but I suspect I often am. It’s not like I don’t know what the Bible says or what God would have me do, yet I often do something else.

Prayer:
Father, let the grumbling and rebellion of the Israelites serve as a warning against my own tendencies that way. Even if You don’t speak audibly to me, make clear the direction You’d have me go through Your word and the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 054 – Numbers 12-13, Psalm 90, Mark 2

December 24, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” ~Mark 2:16-17

Observation:
Whenever I see Jesus use the word, I wonder if Jesus is saying “righteous” sarcastically. It is pretty clear throughout the Gospels that Jesus has little respect for the “righteousness” of the Pharisees. In other spots Jesus makes it clear that the “righteousness” of the Pharisees isn’t righteous at all.

Application:
One of the temptations of the Christian life is in passing judgment on those “less righteous” than me. The Pharisees were all about this and I need to not be like them. Also, the fact that Jesus has called me is good news. While it means I’m “sick” it also means that Jesus has redemption for me.

Prayer:
Father, thank You that even though I am sick in your eyes, You still sent Jesus to call and redeem me. Please hold me back from judgment against those less righteous than I am and encourage me through the Holy Spirit to make Your call known to them as well.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 053 – Numbers 10-11, Psalm 27, Mark 1

December 23, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.’ Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.” ~Mark 1:44-45

Observation:
If anybody deserves to be famous, it’s Jesus. And yet, he very often makes a point of telling people he’s healed not to tell anyone else. Usually they don’t listen and tell everyone anyway. The result is that Jesus is unable to move freely and must stay out of the towns. All the same, people still come looking for him. It seems that this makes His mission more difficult and solitude (which he often seeks) more scarce.

Application:
I’ll obviously never have a following anything close to Jesus, no matter what I do. If Jesus isn’t a self-promoter, then neither should I be, even in my small circles of influence.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want be a self-promoter, even if my accomplishments are your will. Help me to promote only You and Your son Jesus. May any boasting be only in You.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 052 – Numbers 8-9, Acts 28

December 22, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Go to this people and say,
“You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’” ~Acts 28:26-27

Observation:
Paul is speaking about Jews who do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, even when presented with evidence. Their hearts are calloused and so they are not receptive to the message of life. This reminds of Pharaoh’s heart being hardened so that he wouldn’t relent despite hardship on himself and his people.

Application:
Sometimes I worry that my heart could become calloused and that I wouldn’t turn toward life in the times that I need to. It seems that this could be particularly tough because how would I even know if my heart was calloused? I suppose being able to reflect on the condition of my heart means it isn’t, but I still never want it to become that way.

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, please do not let my heart become calloused. I always want to be turned toward Life. I never want to be in a situation where I should be turning away from sin, but am unwilling to do so.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 051 – Numbers 7, Psalm 23, Acts 27

December 21, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.” ~Psalm 23

Observation:
In the midst of his trials, David pens this Psalm. He has faith that God will sustain and ultimately reward him.

Application:
This Psalm is one that I will keep close to read during times of trouble, especially if pain or sickness is involved.

Prayer:
Father, when life is painful, lead me beside Your still waters and refresh my soul. Even when I’m in the shadow of death, help me to not be afraid but full of faith and peace.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 050 – Numbers 5-6, Psalm 22, Acts 26

December 20, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?

All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.

Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.

They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.” ~Psalm 22:1, 7, 16, 18

Observation:
This Psalm of anguish is actually a prophesy regarding how the Messiah will die. It was written hundreds of years prior to Jesus, yet it gives details of His death. On the cross, Jesus quotes verse 1. Every Jew in earshot would have known exactly what He was quoting.

Application:
God knows what He is doing. The circumstances of Jesus life and death were known to God well before they ever happened. I can trust the accuracy and source of the Bible because of fulfilled predictions like this one and many others too specific to be coincidence. I can also trust that God’s purposes will be taken care of.

Prayer:
God, please don’t let me forget that You already have this planned out. I just need to trust that Your will is what will eventually be done and obey You.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 049 – Numbers 3-4, Acts 25

December 19, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem, where the chief priests and the Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul. They requested Festus, as a favor to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way. Festus answered, ‘Paul is being held at Caesarea, and I myself am going there soon. Let some of your leaders come with me, and if the man has done anything wrong, they can press charges against him there.’” ~Acts 25:1-5

Observation:
Paul is being held in jail, but if he were to be let go, the Jewish leaders would have had him killed. It wasn’t time in God’s plan for this to happen, so the extended prison stay actuall served to protect Paul until his job could be completed.

Application:
Sometimes what may appear to be a curse (prison in this case) may actually be God’s protection and blessing.

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, help me to interpret the events in my life. Let me discern if something that I view as negative is actually a blessing or protection, the way Paul was protected from death while in prison.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 048 – Numbers 1-2, Acts 24

December 18, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“”We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him.’

The other Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.” ~Acts 24:5-9

Observation:
The High Priest and his cronies are basically falsely accusing Paul before the legal authorities. Paul is happy to give a defense, but this chapter ends with Paul basically being forgotten in prison for 2 years. However, all these things are moving Paul toward Rome, which is where God intends to send him.

Application:
It could very well be that, like Paul, I would have to face hardship on my way to where God wants me to be. I likely won’t be falsely accused and imprisoned, but it’s possible. The lesson of this chapter is that some hardship might be necessary in order to arrive at God’s destination for me.

Prayer:
Father, no matter what difficulties I face, I pray that I’ll always be headed the direction You would have me go. Even if it doesn’t seem like I’m moving forward, as when Paul sat in prison. Help me to be patient and keep the end in mind.

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