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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 308 – Job 26-27, Mark 15-16

September 4, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.’ Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.” ~Mark 15:31-32

Observation:
In a way, the chief priests and teachers of the law are right. Jesus couldn’t save himself. Not if he wanted to be obedient and provide the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. Besides, assuming he did save himself, it’s not likely that they would have believed as they claimed. They’d seen him heal many people and his Biblical authority was well-established. If that wasn’t enough, neither would saving himself have been.

Application:
Sometimes I hope and pray for a sign of confirmation, but do I really need one? Like the chief priests, I have enough information to have faith, but I’m sometimes just being stubborn. Not as stubborn as the chief priests, but stubborn nonetheless. I have the faith that says that Jesus is the Messiah, but I don’t always have the faith to trust and follow Him.

Prayer:
Father, give me greater faith so that I might not be even a little bit as stubborn as those who heaped insults on Jesus. I know enough, now help me to have faith that things will turn out as You have promised. Help me also to follow Jesus better, with or without “signs and wonders”.

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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 130 – 2 Samuel 18, Psalm 56, Matthew 27

March 11, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. ‘I have sinned,’ he said, ‘for I have betrayed innocent blood.’

‘What is that to us?’ they replied. ‘That’s your responsibility.’” ~Matthew 27:3-4

Observation:
Judas, having handed over Jesus is confessing his sin to the very people who he thinks should be sympathetic. They are not. They are supposed to be spiritual leaders, but they don’t care, even though what he did was largely for their benefit. Jesus is a threat to their power and Judas was their pawn. When confronted with the full weight of what he has done, Judas has no one to turn to.

Application:
The decisions I make are no one’s but my own. Sin is sin and if I commit it, even if at the order or suggestion of someone else, the responsibility is mine alone. The so-called Nuremberg Defense is no defense at all.

Prayer:
Father, let me never sin on the suggestion or even order of another. I know that I am fully responsible for my own actions. Thank you for Jesus’ sacrifice that covers my sin and that I have someone to turn to, even when I am guilty.

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