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Daily Bible Podcast Day 357 – John 15-18

October 23, 2013 in Podcasts

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 331 – Psalm 125, Matthew 26-27

September 27, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, ‘Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.’

Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, ‘I don’t know the man!’

Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: ‘Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.” ~Matthew 26:73-75

Observation:
Just as Jesus had predicted, Peter disowns Jesus in public. Despite this, Jesus ultimately doesn’t hold it against him, and Peter goes on to be a great leader in the early church.

Application:
I have disowned Jesus, not with words, but with actions; by failing to do what Jesus would have had me do. I have also failed to acknowledge Him when I should have.

Prayer:
Father, like Peter, I have “disowned” Jesus. I know that You don’t hold that against me any more than You held it against Peter. Empower me to complete my mission as You empowered him. Help me to be more faithful in the future than I have been in the past and I will do my best to acknowledge Jesus when given the chance.

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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 282 – Nehemiah 1-2, Psalm 133, Luke 22

August 9, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.'” ~Luke 22:42

Observation:
Jesus knows what’s coming. He’s facing a slow, painful death on a cross, after He’s tortured for hours prior. It’s His choice. He even asks for a different way, but ultimately He submits. Jesus does God’s will no matter what.

Application:
I need to make this a regular prayer in my life as a reminder of what I’m supposed to be working toward. “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Prayer:
Father, as long as I’m on earth, I won’t have Jesus’ faith. Even so, I want to do Your will, not mine, so help me to be obedient as Jesus was. I’ll probably never go to a cross, but I’d like to think that I’d be willing. Increase my faith and obedience.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 228 – 2 Kings 24, Jeremiah 22, Psalm 112, John 18

June 16, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘You are a king, then!’ said Pilate.

Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’

‘What is truth?’ retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, ‘I find no basis for a charge against him. ‘” ~John 18:37-38

Observation:
Jesus has an interesting discussion with Pilate, where Pilate tries to get Jesus to admit to being a King. Pilate ends this conversation with the question, “what is truth?” Pilate doesn’t seem to be asking this question in any honest way, since he doesn’t wait for Jesus’ answer. This is a question that people still ask today and it’s likely that Pilate had frist encountered this question during some study of philosophy. The implication may be that Pilate rejects any claims that a “Truth” exists.

Application:
Many in today’s world also reject that there is any such thing as a moral or spiritual Truth that holds for all people at all times. Jesus never got a chance to answer Pilate’s retort (Pilate didn’t want an answer), but I have had this discussion before and had a chance to respond. This exchange is a reminder to be prepared with answers to the hard questions that others might ask.

Prayer:
Father, give me wisdom through Your Spirit to know how to answer those who question me about Jesus. Help me to respond in the way that best reaches each person. Also, if You desire, put me into contact with more people asking these questions. As it is now, I don’t often have these conversations. Loving You is a mind activity as well and I pray for opportunities to engage the minds of others with Your Truth.

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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 066 – Deuteronomy 5-6, Psalm 43, Mark 14

January 5, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.'” ~Mark 14:38

Observation:
Jesus has asked the disciples to keep watch while he goes off to pray. Each time, they fall asleep. It isn’t that they don’t want to be obedient, it’s that their bodies betray them. They are exhausted, so they are unable to do as Jesus asks.

Application:
I know that my flesh is likely to lead me into temptation. Like the disciples, when I am tired I am more likely to not do things I should. I know that my church needs my talents, but when I am tired, I am less likely to give them.

Prayer:
Father, help me to minimize those things in my life that make me unnecessarily tired. I don’t want to miss opportunities to serve and bless others because I am tired from something that perhaps is less important to Your kingdom. Help me to know which activities deserve my energy and which don’t.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 022 – Exodus 3-5, Luke 22

November 22, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.'” ~ Luke 22:24-26

Observation:
Jesus is telling his followers not to exercise authority the way the rulers of the Gentiles do. Anyone who wants to be great in God Kingdom should serve others. I wonder if Jesus would caution us today against things like running for office.

Application:
I have roles in my life where I am certainly tempted to use my authority to boss others around to follow my agenda. Jesus would say I need to serve those people, but my own mind says that would undermine me. I need to better serve my wife and friends as well.

Prayer:
God, show me the opportunities to serve others and give me the courage to follow through. Let me remember that even if serving might undermine some earthly authority that I have, I shouldn’t be worried about my clout, but Yours.

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