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Daily Bible Podcast Day 347 – Hebrews 9-11

October 13, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ~Hebrews 10:23-25

Observation:
Paul encourages the reader to spend some time thinking about how believers are to encourage one another to love and good deeds. Many times in the church, we spend very little time thinking about doing this. Love and good deeds are what “bought” the early church goodwill, which led to conversions. Could the lack of new Christians in our churches have something to do with this?

Application:
How will this verse affect what I do and say on Sunday morning? How am I going to encourage others to love and good deeds? How am I going to cajole myself?

Prayer:
Father, I have a small role in a local church. Help me to goad my fellow believers on to love and good works. Help me to set a good example in this as well. Grow Your church as we serve and love others.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 345 – Philemon, Hebrews 1-4

October 11, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.” ~Hebrews 4:1-2

Observation:
Paul seems to be saying that those who are disobedient do not have the faith of those who are. I can’t decide if it seems to call into question the salvation of those who are disobedient.

Application:
Passages like this scare me. I am sometimes obedient, but sometimes not. I worry that my disobedience might cause me to fall short of God’s promises.

Prayer:
Father, help me to obey. It isn’t always easy and I can’t do it on my own. My nature makes that impossible. But with You, nothing is impossible. I don’t want to be disqualified because of disobedience. Help me to obey. Holy Spirit, invade my life and drive out any impulse toward disobedience.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 344 – 2 Timothy 1-4

October 10, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” ~2 Timothy 3:16-17

Observation:
Scripture comes from God and is therefore useful for helping us to do good. The equipped believer is the one who has been trained in the Scriptures.

Application:
I have not always been good about applying the Scriptures to my own life, nor have I always done a good job committing them to my heart so that they are a part of me.

Prayer:
Father, help me to be trained by Your Scripture. I don’t just want to read or hear Your word, but to have it become a part of who I am. I want to be an equipped servant and do Your work. I will keep studying. Please keep writing Your Word on my heart.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 341 – Colossians 1-4

October 7, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” ~Colossians 3:5-10

Observation:
Paul is telling us to be done with the sins of our old nature.

Application:
I’m not always free of some of the things on this list.

Prayer:
Father, help me to put to death any attitudes or actions that belong to my old nature. I’ve tried on my own to be disciplined enough to avoid them, but that doesn’t always work. I need You to make that happen. Help me to put on the new self that is in Your image and knowledge.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 338 – Ephesians 1-4

October 4, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” ~Ephesians 4:1-3

Observation:
Paul, as Jesus does, encourages believers to live in a way that brings peace and unity. The Christian isn’t to look out for their own interest, but the unity of the whole body.

Application:
How well do these adjectives describe me? Am I humble, gentle, patient, forbearing?

Prayer:
Father, being part of the church can be difficult. Acting humbly, gently, and lovingly toward people who seem to be looking out for themselves is hard. Give me the wisdom and strength to lead and speak to me that I might know what my eventual role is to be. Keep me humble, gentle, and patient and I will do my best to bear with others in the love You require.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 321 – 2 Corinthians 7-10

September 17, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” ~2 Corinthians 9:10-13

Observation:
Generosity on our parts leads to God’s blessing and results in thanksgiving to God. When we give, not only do we receive blessing from God, but God gets the credit. The blessing we receive is most likely spiritual, but God is certainly capable of creating material blessing as well. I just don’t subscribe to the idea that giving to God must necessarily result in increased financial prosperity.

Application:
I have difficulty with generosity. I don’t usually feel like a “giver”.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t feel like a very generous person. I don’t give as much as I should to Your people or Your work. Give me a spirit of giving; I don’t want to miss out on the blessings You have for me, be they material, spiritual, or whatever. Break my heart, if needed, for those places and people that I am supposed to support.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 181 – Amos 7-9, Psalm 104, Titus 2

April 30, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” ~Titus 2:6-8

Observation:
Paul is saying that we in the church should give no one outside the church any way to discredit the gospel because of our behavior.

Application:
Am I providing others with excuses they can use against the message? Shouldn’t I be a better reflection of God to those outside who see my actions?

Prayer:
Father, I don’t always act in a way that brings credit to the gospel or in a way that is a reflection of who You are or what You are doing in my life. Help me bring my life in line so that those on the outside won’t be turned away from You because of me. Just the opposite, I hope that others might be attracted to You because of the hope and self-control that I display.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 174 – 2 Kings 10, 2 Chronicles 22-23, 1 Timothy 5

April 23, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.” ~1 Timothy 5:24-25

Observation:
Paul is saying that not all deeds (good or bad) are recognized by others immediately. Some are, but others exist on a time-delay of sorts.

Application:
Reflecting on this verse makes me wonder if my persistent sins are just waiting to catch up with me, like a wave about to crash over my head from behind.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to be overtaken by sin. I want them out of my life as much as that is possible this side of heaven. And make my good deeds obvious to others, so that others may see them and praise You, my father in heaven. I want to see Your rewards, not be overtaken by my own failings.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 173 – 2 Kings 8-9, 2 Chronicles 21, 1 Timothy 4

April 22, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” ~1 Timothy 4:7-8

Observation:
Spiritual training is much better than physical training. The original Olympics were still going at the time of Paul’s writing, so his Greek audience may very well have been sports fans, cheering those with great physical skill.

Application:
Soon I will start training for an athletic event that I plan on participating in. It involves regular workouts and a change to my diet. I am normally not very disciplined when it comes to spiritual training. This Bible reading project that I am doing is the best I have ever done at regular Bible study. I need to think about what kind of spiritual training I’ll be doing once this year is over.

Prayer:
Father, give me the discipline both to train my body and my spirit. Help me to know what good spiritual training consists of and help me to work diligently at it. I want to be in “good shape” in all aspects of this life and the life to come.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 170 – 2 Kings 1-3, Psalm 82, 1 Timothy 1

April 19, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” ~1 Timothy 15-16

Observation:
Paul is saying that since he is the worst offender, God is showing His incredible mercy by forgiving even Paul. That he also commissioned Paul to write so much of the New Testament is further proof of his forgiveness and willingness to use even those formerly the worst.

Application:
No matter how bad I think my sin might be, God still had and has patience to forgive and use me to further His kingdom. I can be an example of God’s patience and love to others.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for Your incredible patience. Thank You that my sin wasn’t too much for You to forgive. Keep working in me to remove the vestiges of sin still in my life and lead me to become a better witness to Your patience and grace.

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