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Daily Bible Podcast Day 356 – John 12-14

October 22, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” ~John 14:13-14

Observation:
Jesus is preparing His disciples for His departure.

Application:
Anything asked in Jesus name and according to God’s purposes will be granted.

Prayer:
Father, in Jesus’ name I ask that You help me to resist temptation and the schemes of the evil one. I also ask that You make me an effective worker in Your harvest field. I know that You have a purpose for me; show it to me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 329 – Matthew 20-22

September 25, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
” Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.'” ~Matthew 22:29

Observation:
Jesus is correcting the Sadducees, who believe there is no resurrection. Jesus is explaining to them why they are wrong. They are wrong because they don’t know God’s Word or His power. I suspect that all error might be because of these knowledge gaps.

Application:
I am currently studying so that I’ll better know God’s Word, but I also need to pray for the knowledge of God’s power. I don’t want to be in error because I don’t know these things.

Prayer:
Father, I am learning the scriptures to better understand You and Your will. Help me also to learn of and experience Your power. I don’t want to be caught in a position where I am in error because of my lack of knowledge. Help me to learn what I need to know, but mostly help me to do what I need to do.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 306 – Job 23-24, Mark 11-12

September 2, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.'” ~Mark 12:41-44

Observation:
Jesus is saying that, even though the monetary value is small, the spiritual value is high, because she gave all she possibly could have. The value of the gift is a result of the depth of the sacrifice.

Application:
One of the things I have the most trouble with is giving. I’m just not good at it. Money is a little tight for us right now and I feel like every dollar is important. But, like most people, we have things we don’t need and expenses that aren’t completely necessary.

Prayer:
Father, I want to be a better giver, but I don’t seem to be making much progress on my own. Give me Your heart for giving and give me the assurance that I will, in fact, be blessed when I give. I know Your blessing might or might not be monetary, but I know that You promise to give when we do. Help me to be obedient and to trust You with my riches.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 279 – Esther 9-10, Luke 19

August 6, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” ~Luke 19:10

Observation:
Zacchaeus is the lost one referenced here. Even though he was very successful, he was hated by the Jews for becoming wealthy at their expense by collecting the taxes that would go to the hated Romans. Zacchaeus repents, however, and is saved.

Application:
If I’m supposed to be like Jesus, what am I doing to seek and save the lost? Does the part that I play in the church contribute to that happening? Do the churches I serve do a good job at this? If not, what then?

Prayer:
Father, I know that part of my job as a Christian is to do my part in seeking and saving the lost. Give me a clear vision of how that works given my gifts and talents. Also, make me aware of ways that I can help lead the churches that I serve to do a better job as well. Whatever I am supposed to do, please make it clear to me through Your Spirit.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 222 – Jeremiah 5-6, John 12

June 10, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.” ~John 12:47-48

Observation:
Jesus is saying that the person who accepts Him will not be judged. Only those who reject Him will.

Application:
When I think about the sin that I still have in my life, I sometimes worry that this might mean that I’m still under judgment. Jesus says here that only those who reject Him are under judgment.

Prayer:
Jesus, I want to rededicate myself to Your words. I accept You and Your teaching; please help me to do a better job following Your will. Thank You that even my failings don’t bring me under judgment.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 124 – 2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18-19, Matthew 21

March 4, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Jesus replied, ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.'” ~Matthew 21:21-22

Observation:
Jesus says have faith and don’t doubt. He gives a (seemingly) preposterous example of what faith can do. Anything we ask in prayer will be received.

Application:
I wish it were easy to not doubt. I don’t want to move a mountain, just the mountain that my heart seems to be. How do I believe without doubting? I don’t seem to be able to do so much of the time.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to create some huge spectacle with my faith, like throwing a mountain into the sea. I want my faith to move my heart away from my sin and closer to You. Yet I often doubt if even this is possible. All I know to do is ask Your Spirit for more faith. I believe, Lord, help my unbelief.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 063 – Numbers 34-36, Mark 11

January 2, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

‘Hosanna!’

‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’

‘Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!’

‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!'” ~Mark 11:9-10

Observation:
Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem as prophecy said He would and the people clearly know who he is. Less than a week later, the same people are demanding He be crucified. Despite their worship of Jesus on Sunday, by Thursday they are acting completely contrary.

Application:
How many times do I acknowledge Jesus on Sunday only to “betray” Him with sin during the week? Maybe my “betrayal” isn’t a call to have Him put to death, but my sin is the reason that He was crucified, so maybe there’s no difference between my betrayal and that of the inhabitants of Jerusalem at that time.

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, give me the strength to resist betraying the Son in my heart by willfully sinning. I don’t want to just confess Christ on Sundays while going against Him during the week. Help me to live a life more consistent with what I profess.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 019 – Genesis 47-48, Psalm 10, Luke 19

November 19, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.” ~Psalm 10:1, 14

Observation:
Even David, who we so often assume had a close relationship with God, feels alone in his troubles. But after noting that those who defy God seem to prosper, David reveals that God does see the the “trouble of the afflicted.”

Application:
I’ve had some times where I was facing something I had no power over and felt abdandoned by God. David tells me that is not the case. Deliverance may not be immediate, but God is the defender of the defenseless.

Prayer:
God, there are so many troubles I have no control over. Come to my rescue in Your time and to suit Your purposes. Help me to keep faith and not lose heart in the meantime.

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