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Daily Bible Podcast Day 016 – Genesis 39-41 and Luke 16

November 16, 2012 in Podcasts

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Day 16
Scripture:
“Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.” ~Genesis 39:20-23

Observation:
Joseph was falsely accused and put into prison. He was there for several years. Despite this, God was using this situation to eventually put Joseph into a powerful position. Even though he wasn’t free, God still made him prosperous. God is using a bad situation to Joseph’s benefit.

Application:
I’ll likely never rule a country the way Joseph did, but God can still use my trials for my good. This is hard to keep in mind. When my wife got cancer, it was hard to see how any good could come from that. 6 months later and we’re starting to see some ways it has made us better people and exposed our strengths and weaknesses as well as drawing us closer together. I just hope I can be as faithful in my trials as Joseph was.

Prayer:
God, I don’t always get it. Ok, I seldom get it. I guess I just have to trust that somehow you will use my trials to make me better. I can’t promise to always like it, but I will try to be faithful whatever is going on. Help me to do that.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 015 – Genesis 37-38, Psalm 3, Luke 15

November 15, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
‘God will not deliver him.’

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.” ~Psalm 3

Observation:
David has actual human enemies who want him dead. His own son actually. He can live (or try to?) in confidence that God won’t let him be destroyed.

Application:
I don’t have David’s confidence. I’m not sure that David always has the confidence contained in his words. I don’t even have any actual enemies who are trying to kill me. I often wonder how often David switched between faith and insecurity, since I seem to a lot. My enemies are much less serious than David’s, but he still seems to have me beat in the faith department.

Prayer:
God, give me faith that you’ll protect me from whatever “enemies” I might have. My enemies seem to mostly reside in my own head. Things like doubt, fear, and lack of discipline. Help me to not only not fear my enemies, but to also prevail over them.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 008 – Genesis 20-22, Luke 8

November 8, 2012 in Podcasts

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Day 8
Scripture:
“Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.’ When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.” Genesis 22:2, 9-10

Observation:
Abraham is asked by God to do something amazingly difficult and completely inexplicable. He is asked to sacrifice the son he waited for until he was an old man. The verse doesn’t tell us Abraham’s mental state, but I can’t imagine that he wasn’t tormented. I don’t think I could have obeyed in this instance. But Abraham does. He is willing to give up anything in obedience to God.

Application:
I want to obey God’s will. At least most of the time I do. Am I willing to give up the things that dominate my time and energy in order to be obedient? Probably not always. I need to be aware of the things I might place ahead of God in importance and at least try to be willing to let go of a little control.

Prayer:
God, what are the things that You want me to give up in order to demonstrate my willingness to be obedient? Or, what are the things that You might not even want me to give up, just be willing to give up? Show me the things that are most important to me and help me surrender control to You.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 006 – Genesis 15-17, Luke 6

November 6, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.'” ~Luke 6:47-48

Observation:
Last week, a hurricane hit New England pretty hard. I live in hurricane country. The house with the firm foundation is the one that best able to weather the storms. The intention of the builder to build a strong house is irrelevant if the structure doesn’t begin with a proper concrete foundation.

(Luke 6 is full of Jesus’ teachings. I had trouble picking. Some are easier, like this one. Others are really challenging, like v20-26, 27-36, and 37-42. I’d love to hear some other’s thoughts on them!)

Application:
Knowing Jesus’ words and putting them into practice are not the same thing. Our house got hit pretty hard with a storm this year, and I’d like to think I weathered it okay, but I know I’m not putting Jesus’ words into practice as much as I could or should. This project is part of following Him, but I need to figure out where other of Jesus’ teachings can put into action.

Prayer:
Lord, you’ve asked us to be your hands and feet on earth. Please put people in my path who have needs that I can help meet. Connect me with ministries that are doing your work where I am, so that I can put your words into action. I don’t just want to be a hearer of your words, but a doer.

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