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Daily Bible Podcast Day 358 – John 19-21

October 24, 2013 in Podcasts

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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 308 – Job 26-27, Mark 15-16

September 4, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.’ Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.” ~Mark 15:31-32

Observation:
In a way, the chief priests and teachers of the law are right. Jesus couldn’t save himself. Not if he wanted to be obedient and provide the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. Besides, assuming he did save himself, it’s not likely that they would have believed as they claimed. They’d seen him heal many people and his Biblical authority was well-established. If that wasn’t enough, neither would saving himself have been.

Application:
Sometimes I hope and pray for a sign of confirmation, but do I really need one? Like the chief priests, I have enough information to have faith, but I’m sometimes just being stubborn. Not as stubborn as the chief priests, but stubborn nonetheless. I have the faith that says that Jesus is the Messiah, but I don’t always have the faith to trust and follow Him.

Prayer:
Father, give me greater faith so that I might not be even a little bit as stubborn as those who heaped insults on Jesus. I know enough, now help me to have faith that things will turn out as You have promised. Help me also to follow Jesus better, with or without “signs and wonders”.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 283 – Nehemiah 3-4, Luke 23

August 10, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals — one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.'”

Observation:
Even as they are crucifying him, Jesus asks forgiveness for those who caused it.

Application:
If Jesus forgives those who are killing him, certainly I can try harder to forgive those who have done far less to me.

Prayer:
Father, give me a spirit of forgiveness, that no matter what wrongs I suffer, I will forgive those who wrong me. For anyone who wrongs me, I have done an equivalent wrong to You. Forgive my sins as I forgive those who sin against me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 229 – Jeremiah 23, 25, John 19

June 17, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord,
‘when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.'” ~Jeremiah 23:5-6

Observation:
Hundreds of years prior to the birth of Jesus, Jeremiah prophesies His arrival.

Application:
Every so often, I have doubts about the truth or accuracy of my beliefs. However, prophesies come true is one of the ways that we can know the truth of the Bible.

Prayer:
Father, I believe, help my unbelief. Remind me of the incredible predictions made by Your Book and how many of them have already come true. The rest are yet to come. Send the Holy Spirit to give me further assurance of the things that I believe and hope for.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 130 – 2 Samuel 18, Psalm 56, Matthew 27

March 11, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. ‘I have sinned,’ he said, ‘for I have betrayed innocent blood.’

‘What is that to us?’ they replied. ‘That’s your responsibility.’” ~Matthew 27:3-4

Observation:
Judas, having handed over Jesus is confessing his sin to the very people who he thinks should be sympathetic. They are not. They are supposed to be spiritual leaders, but they don’t care, even though what he did was largely for their benefit. Jesus is a threat to their power and Judas was their pawn. When confronted with the full weight of what he has done, Judas has no one to turn to.

Application:
The decisions I make are no one’s but my own. Sin is sin and if I commit it, even if at the order or suggestion of someone else, the responsibility is mine alone. The so-called Nuremberg Defense is no defense at all.

Prayer:
Father, let me never sin on the suggestion or even order of another. I know that I am fully responsible for my own actions. Thank you for Jesus’ sacrifice that covers my sin and that I have someone to turn to, even when I am guilty.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 067 – Deuteronomy 7-9, Mark 15

January 6, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, ‘The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.’ No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.” ~Deuteronomy 9:4-6

Observation:
One of the hard things about the Old Testament is knowing when something applies to the modern Christian. Things like animal sacrifices clearly do not, but other things are not so clear. I think it is safe to say that this passage still applies on a personal level. For instance, I did nothing to deserve being born where I was. How could I have deserved it? Because of this, it makes no sense for me to gloat about my nationality, since I had no part in it.

This also makes me wonder if our country is blessed due to our righteousness (I suspect not since we have relatively little), or if other countries are merely being punished for their wickedness. Or is God even in that business of using nations to punish wicked nations any longer?

Application:
Whatever the case is on the level of international relations, clearly I have no business being proud of where I was born. I had nothing to do with it. I can give thanks to God for the undeserved blessing he has shown by having me born where I was, but I certainly don’t deserve to be prideful. If there’s anything that this last year has taught me, it’s that no one deserves any good thing they have.

Prayer:
Father, thank you that for some reason you allowed me to be born where I was. So many people have it worse than I do and they didn’t deserve that either. I pray that I will never be prideful of my circumstances or my geographical location. I also pray that I will be merciful to others who find themselves in worse circumstances.

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