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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 354 – John 7-8

October 20, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“’Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.’” ~John 7:48-49

Observation:
The teachers of the law are arrogant in their knowledge. They are the most educated people in their society. They have their entire Bible memorized and think they know enough to judge correctly. Yet, in their pride, they turn out to be blind. They hear Jesus’ words, but are too “smart” and proud to listen and obey.

Application:
I place great value on being intelligent, well-read, and knowledgeable. I must be careful that, like the Pharisees, I don’t equate those things with spiritual wisdom. That I don’t become proud or conceited, but that I listen and obey.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to just be someone who knows a lot about Jesus. I want to be someone who follows Jesus. Show me opportunities to follow Him and I will do my best to obey. I will try to not value knowledge above obedience, so that I will be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 353 – John 5-6

October 19, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” ~John 5:24

Observation:
Jesus is speaking about the source of His message and authority.

Application:
Belief is the source of salvation. I worry that my sins might disqualify me from reconciliation, but Jesus and Paul assure us that salvation is through faith, not works.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for the assurance here and Jesus that judgment is avoided through faith. I didn’t do anything and couldn’t do anything to deserve this. Help me have assurance of my eternal destiny, but also work in me to remove the last traces of sin from my life. I want to bear fruit and so live up to what You have called me to. Help me to know what form that calling is to take.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 352 – John 2-4

October 18, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“He must become greater; I must become less.” ~John 3:30

Observation:
Some of John the Baptist’s disciples have come to him telling him about how Jesus is attracting everyone. They seem concerned that John is losing followers. John is happy that he had a part to play and that Jesus is getting the attention.

Application:
Just like John, my agenda, my desires, my esteem, my wishes must decrease in importance in my own life as compared with the will of God. I must consider myself less important and Him more important.

Prayer:
Father, help me to look less to my own wants and more to Yours. Help me to think less of myself and more of You. Help me to care less and less about what happens to me and more and more about what You can do through me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 332 – Matthew 28, 1 Thessalonians 1-3

September 28, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.” ~1 Thessalonians 2:2-4

Observation:
Paul, Silas, and Timothy write that they have been mistreated for the Gospel but that they don’t preach to please people. They are willing to face suffering on earth because they are looking forward to a heavenly reward.

Application:
It’s unlikely that I’ll face the same kind of physical danger that the apostles faced for the Gospel, but am I even willing to endure ostracism or social persecution?

Prayer:
Father, give me the boldness that the apostles had so that I can do Your will no matter the earthly consequences. Help me to seek only Your approval, because I do want to please You, even I am sometimes distracted or worried about what others think. You have entrusted me with the Gospel as well, may I prove myself worthy.

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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 330 – Matthew 23-25

September 26, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” ~Matthew 23:27-28

Observation:
Jesus is calling out the Pharisees and teachers of the law for looking good on the outside but harboring sin on the inside.

Application:
Sometimes I feel like a Pharisee. My public life looks pretty good, but my inside life isn’t always.

Prayer:
Father, help me to bring my private and public lives into congruence. I confess that I am not always the man that others see. Root out my sin and help me to become righteous in Your sight.

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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 328 – Matthew 17-19

September 24, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” ~Matthew 18:32-35

Observation:
As in the Lord’s Prayer, we are forgiven as we forgive.

Application:
I don’t think that I am harboring resentment toward anyone, but I will be on the lookout for anyone that I haven’t forgiven but need to.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to miss out on anything that You have for me as a result of failing to forgive. Help me to know if there is anyone I need to offer forgiveness. I have the willingness, help me to know if there is anyone. Thank You for Your extension of mercy to my debt; I will do my best to extend the same to others.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 327 – Matthew 14-16

September 23, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’” ~Matthew 15:7-9

Observation:
Jesus certainly does not seem to be a fan of the religious leaders and this exchange is no different. They have come to challenge Jesus about tradition, but Jesus lets them have it about breaking the commands of God for the sake of that tradition.

Application:
While I would like to think that I am better that the Pharisees, are there places where I am disobeying a command of God’s because of a tradition? Is my heart from God while my mouth honors Him.

Prayer:
Father, I know that tradition isn’t always bad, but can become so if merely repeated without examination. Help me to examine what I do, so that I won’t fall into forsaking Your commands for the sake of “how things have always been done.” Much of the church, and my job in the church, is surrounded with tradition. Help me to know what is contrary to Your will and give me the courage to effectively and lovingly oppose both it and those who would elevate it above Your commands.

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