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Daily Bible Podcast Day 307 – Job 25, Mark 13-14

September 3, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.'” ~Mark 13:32-33

Observation:
Jesus is telling the disciples about the Second Coming. He stresses several times that no one knows when this will happen, but many will be deceived by those claiming to know.

Application:
Am I living my life as if Jesus could come back any moment? Who do I know that is not prepared for that to happen? Do I have a sense of urgency about reaching these people?

Prayer:
Jesus, Your disciples clearly had a sense of urgency about Your return. They wanted as many as possible to be ready for You. Give me their same view. Help me to remember and live in a way that acknowledges that You could come back at any moment. Help me to fill up name cards at Your banquet table.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 300 – Job 18, Psalm 114, Acts 27-28

August 27, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: ‘My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death. The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people. For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.'” ~Luke 28:17-20

Observation:
It’s interesting that when Paul finally arrives in Rome, the first he does after greeting the local believers is invite the local Jewish leaders to his home. In basically every other place Paul has been, the local Jewish leaders have tried to kill him or have him arrested or run him out of town. Yet, despite this, Paul makes no prejudgment against them, as we might expect. Paul has had very negative experiences with this “class” of people, yet he still starts with them.

Application:
How often do I prejudge a group of people based on my past experience? I know that I have held back talking about Jesus based on my preconception of whether a person who belongs to a particular group would be receptive or not.

Prayer:
Father, Paul seems to have had fresh eyes for people. He didn’t see them only as members of a group, even when he’d had bad experiences with that group. Give me Paul’s eyes and heart for people, especially people that I have preconceived ideas about. Someone in every group is receptive to the gospel; give me opportunities to share and see Your work in the hearts of others.

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