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Daily Bible Podcast Day 322 – Psalm 124, 2 Corinthians 11-13

September 18, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” ~2 Corinthians 13:11

Observation:
I don’t know if this actually happened in the Corinthian church, but what an awesome idea, that a church could be so united. I’ve been part of churches that were somewhat united, and part of churches that didn’t seem united at all. I can only imagine the kind of things a church like that could accomplish.

Application:
What can I do to start encouraging unity in my church?

Prayer:
Father, the unity that Paul calls for sounds great. Help me to know how to encourage that unity. Help me be unifier, not a divider. Start by helping me to be agreeable and encouraging. Show me how to encourage others to do the same. The church should be in agreement and on-mission to bring change in people’s lives. Help me to play my part.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 315 – Psalm 122, 1 Corinthians 9-11

September 11, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” ~1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Observation:
Paul is obviously comparing the Christian life to a foot race. He brings up the fact that runners have a goal and train hard for a very temporary prize. We should run with purpose and train just as hard, since our prize is far more valuable.

Application:
Am I running with a purpose or am I running aimlessly? Am I even running sometimes? What does training look like for the Christian “race”?

Prayer:
Father, I confess that I am not always running, and even when I am I don’t always run with purpose. I’m trying to be better about training, but I need Your help to impress Your thoughts into my head, so that I will run the way You would have me run. Help me so I might be worthy of a prize in the race You have ordained for me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 292 – Job 5, Psalm 108, Acts 10-11

August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Scripture:
“Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” ~Job 5:17

Observation:
The chapter goes on to state how God will protect the one He corrects, from famine, sword, ridicule, destruction, and even wild animals. The blessings include a secure house, property, many children, and long life.

Application:
There are times I can point to where I believe God was disciplining me. I continue to pray that His discipline takes hold and that I do not ignore it.

Prayer:
Father, I want all of those things. I want Your blessing. Please help me to not ignore or avoid Your correction. Help me to recognize my failings before they become trouble and to heed Your words, so that my family and I might be blessed in whatever ways You see fit to bless us.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 282 – Nehemiah 1-2, Psalm 133, Luke 22

August 9, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.'” ~Luke 22:42

Observation:
Jesus knows what’s coming. He’s facing a slow, painful death on a cross, after He’s tortured for hours prior. It’s His choice. He even asks for a different way, but ultimately He submits. Jesus does God’s will no matter what.

Application:
I need to make this a regular prayer in my life as a reminder of what I’m supposed to be working toward. “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Prayer:
Father, as long as I’m on earth, I won’t have Jesus’ faith. Even so, I want to do Your will, not mine, so help me to be obedient as Jesus was. I’ll probably never go to a cross, but I’d like to think that I’d be willing. Increase my faith and obedience.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 281 – Ezra 9-10, Psalm 131, Luke 21

August 8, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.'” ~Luke 21:12-19

Observation:
Jesus is letting His followers know that they will face trials on account of Him. He promises that they will be given the right things to say.

Application:
One of the things I wonder is that if I’m not facing persecution, am I really following Jesus? He seems to suggest that following Him will be the source of hatred on the part of many. In the moments where I am confronted, do I trust God to speak through me to those who are against Jesus?

Prayer:
Father, I don’t exactly want to pray for persecution, but I do ask that You help me to act on behalf of Jesus. If that means opposition, then I pray that You will give me the irresistible words that You promised to Your first disciples. Above all, help me to do and say what You want, so that I can fulfill Your purpose for me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 276 – Ezra 5-6, Psalm 138, Luke 16

August 3, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.'” ~Luke 16:10-13

Observation:
Jesus has just taught that “people of the light” are not very shrewd in dealing with others and that we should use worldly wealth to gain friends. The Pharisees loved money and likely thought they deserved it due to their own righteousness. Jesus disagreed.

Application:
Which do I love more, God or money? Giving is always something that has been tough for me. I need to loosen my grip on my money.

Prayer:
Father, help me to put You before my finances. I don’t want the worries of my family’s material provision to rob me of the joy of trusting You and experiencing Your blessing. You’ve already protected us so much financially this year. Thank You and help us to learn to be better givers so that we can then be trusted with more to the benefit of Your kingdom.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 258 – Ezekiel 38-39, Psalm 145, Revelation 20

July 16, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.” ~Psalm 145:8-9

Observation:
God is good to everyone he has created, even those who reject Him. Despite this rejection, He withholds His anger for a time and loves enough to try and reconcile everyone to Him.

Application:
God was and is patient with me. He has given me many blessings, even when I sin against Him.

Prayer:
Father, You are rich in love and slow to anger. You are compassionate to everyone You have created, even those who don’t deserve it. Even when I don’t deserve it. Never let me forget how deep Your love is and help me to have the same attitude of compassion and patience with others, even those who are against You.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 257 – Ezekiel 36-37, Psalm 110, Revelation 19

July 15, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.'”

Observation:
God is telling the Israelites in exile about returning them to their land, but He does not do so primarily for their benefit. He is doing it in order that His Name might be glorified.

Application:
If much of the grace that God has shown me is not even for my benefit (even though it does benefit me) then I am missing much of the point when I fail to live for God’s purposes. God’s actions are for His own glory, not mine. I am just fortunate that God shows His glory through His mercy.

Prayer:
Father, this is a hard idea to grasp, that while the grace You have shown me is for my benefit and because of Your love, it is also not just or even primarily for my benefit. I don’t pretend to understand, but You are God and You have a claim to everything You have created. Thank You that Your love leads to grace and redemption. I will try to make my life more and more about You and not miss the point so much.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 244 – Ezekiel 15-16, Psalm 70, Revelation 6

July 2, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“But as for me, I am poor and needy;
come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Lord, do not delay.” ~Psalm 70:5

Observation:
David is voicing something common to all of us. We are all poor and needy when it comes to our spiritual condition. When David is in trouble, he doesn’t hesitate to call to God for help. By saying “You are” David means that God responds.

Application:
Like David, when I am under spiritual attack, I can and should call for God’s quick deliverance.

Prayer:
Father, deliver me from temptation. When temptation comes, come quickly to protect me. I am poor and needy. Help me to avoid spiritual attack.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 239 – Jeremiah 52, Revelation 1, Psalm 143, 144

June 27, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.” ~Psalm 143:10-11

Observation:
David’s request is to be saved, both from without and within. Not only are there those who would destroy him physically, his own tendency to waywardness would destroy him spiritually.

Application:
While I don’t have human enemies who are after my blood, I do have a spiritual enemy who, now that my soul can’t be his, is still out to destroy my spiritual effectiveness. My own natural tendencies also work against my doing God’s will.

Prayer:
Father, teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For Your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life; in Your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.

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