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Daily Bible Podcast Day 360 – Psalm 117, 119:81-176, 2 John, 3 John

October 26, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser than my enemies.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.
I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.” ~Psalm 119:97-104

Observation:
The Psalmist speaks of his love for God’s word and his discipline in studying and meditating on it. He not only studies, though, he obeys God’s commands.

Application:
Do I love God’s word? I’ve done a good job reading and journaling this year, but is God’s word “sweeter than honey to my mouth?” Do I feel that overwhelming desire to obey God’s commands?

Prayer:
Father, Your word is incredible. This has been and amazing year and I’ve learned a lot. Help me to continue to study and reflect on what I’m reading. Most of all, give me a strong impulse to follow Jesus and obey Your commands.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 339 – Ephesians 5-6, Psalm 119:1-80

October 5, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body.” ~Ephesians 5:28-30

Observation:
A husband should treat his wife the way he would treat himself. Even more, verse 25 says to love your wife as Christ loved the church, including all the sacrifice He made.

Application:
Any time that I am on a path that is likely to hurt my wife, I need to remember that I am to love her as I love myself and that I am to sacrifice for her, the way Jesus sacrificed for the church.

Prayer:
Father, help me to love my wife well. I am so thankful for who she is and am always always glad that for the gift of her. Help me to always think of her above myself and be willing to sacrifice in order to treat her properly. May I never hurt but always protect.

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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 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 318 – Psalm 149, 1 Corinthians 15-16

September 14, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” ~1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Observation:
Paul is finishing his first letter to the church at Corinth. He is giving them his last encouragements before closing.

Application:
How well do I heed Paul’s advice here? Am I on my guard? Firm? Courageous? Strong? Sometimes. I definitely have much progress to make toward acting in love at all times.

Prayer:
Father, too many times I am not strong or courageous or on my guard. Make me the kind of man Paul was. Make me someone willing to stand up the the Truth and to do my part to spread the Gospel, even against those who are in opposition. Paul always seems to know what to say; give me similar wisdom. Keep me on my guard against the evil in the world and help me to stand firm against temptation.

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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 310 – Job 30, Psalm 120, Galatians 3-4

September 6, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.’ Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because ‘the righteous will live by faith.'” ~Galatians 3:10-11

Observation:
Paul references the Old Testament in making his argument. the Galatians have turned from relying on faith to trying to follow the Law again. Paul points out that those who rely on the Law are condemned because it is impossible to keep the Law.

Application:
Do I live by faith, or am I trying to be sure that I “follow the rules?” I have to do a better job relying on faith in Jesus to make me better instead of doing my best (which isn’t great) to follow the rules.

Prayer:
Father, increase my faith, that I might live according to it instead of trying to observe the rules. I’ve tried and failed to “do what I’m supposed to.” Help me, through faith in Jesus to turn toward Your will and away from rules I will only break.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 305 – Psalm 121, Mark 9-10

September 1, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!’

The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’

The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, ‘Who then can be saved?’

Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'” ~Mark 10:23-27

Observation:
The disciples are quite surprised. Evidently people in that day believed the rich the more likely to be saved. But, even though Jesus says it is impossible for man, nothing is impossible for God. Again, Jesus is alluding to God’s grace.

Application:
I’m glad that it is possible for rich people to enter the kingdom of God due to His grace. See, anyone living in America is already likely to be in the richest 95% of the planet. So, I’m rich and often I am caught up in my material things or the pursuit of more material things. But with God, even my participation in His kingdom is possible.

Prayer:
Father, I know that I am rich and I know that I have trouble being preoccupied with my riches and obtaining more. Help me to be content with what I have and live within my means. If giving me more would help me further Your kingdom, give me more. If not, don’t. Help me to be preoccupied only with Your kingdom coming to earth and help me to trust You to take of the things that I and my family need.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 300 – Job 18, Psalm 114, Acts 27-28

August 27, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: ‘My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death. The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people. For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.'” ~Luke 28:17-20

Observation:
It’s interesting that when Paul finally arrives in Rome, the first he does after greeting the local believers is invite the local Jewish leaders to his home. In basically every other place Paul has been, the local Jewish leaders have tried to kill him or have him arrested or run him out of town. Yet, despite this, Paul makes no prejudgment against them, as we might expect. Paul has had very negative experiences with this “class” of people, yet he still starts with them.

Application:
How often do I prejudge a group of people based on my past experience? I know that I have held back talking about Jesus based on my preconception of whether a person who belongs to a particular group would be receptive or not.

Prayer:
Father, Paul seems to have had fresh eyes for people. He didn’t see them only as members of a group, even when he’d had bad experiences with that group. Give me Paul’s eyes and heart for people, especially people that I have preconceived ideas about. Someone in every group is receptive to the gospel; give me opportunities to share and see Your work in the hearts of others.

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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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