What Makes Them Heroes?

What Makes Them Heroes?

00:00 That strength so essential to men is also what makes them heroes. If a neighborhood is safe, it’s because of the strength of men. Slavery was stopped by the strength of men, at a terrible price to them and their families. The Nazis were stopped by men. Apartheid wasn’t defeated by women. Who gave their seats up on the lifeboats leaving the Titanic, so that women and children would be saved? And have we forgotten–it was a Man who let himself be nailed to Calvary’s Cross. This isn’t to say women can’t be heroic. I know many heroic women. It’s simply to remind us that God made men the way they are because we desperately need them to be the way they are. Yes, a man is a dangerous thing. So is a scalpel. It can wound or...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday May 25, 2015 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday May 25, 2015 (NIV)

2 Samuel 7-8 David Plans to Build the Temple(A) 7 After the king had settled down in his palace and the Lord had given him respite from all of his surrounding enemies, 2 he[a] told the prophet Nathan, “Look now, I’m living in a cedar palace, but the Ark of God resides behind[b] a tent© curtain.” 3 Nathan replied to the king, “Go do everything you have in mind,[d] because the Lord is with you.” 4 But later that same night, this message came to Nathan from the Lord: 5 “Go tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: “‘“Are you going to build a house[e] for me to inhabit? 6 After all, I haven’t lived in a house since the day I brought up the Israelis from Egypt until now. Instead, I’ve moved around in a tent that served as my[f]...

05/24/2015

05/24/2015

2 Samuel 4:1-6:23 ~ John 13:31-14:14 ~ Psalm 119:17-32 ~ Proverbs 15:31-32Today is the 24th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you at the threshold of a brand new week. I’m excited. I’m excited for the stories, how we’ll wind our way into this week in the scriptures. We’ll read from the International Standard Version this week, and we have launched ourselves into 2 Samuel and the story of King David. Commentary: So about, I don’t know, maybe a month ago we were getting ourselves into the book of Luke and we were talking about saying this is the last of the synoptic gospels and we go from Luke into John and we have this opportunity to press into the message of Jesus, to press...

Parents Will Often Wonder . . .

Parents Will Often Wonder . . .

00:00 Parents will often wonder where their toddlers learned to lie or how they came into the world so self-centered. It doesn’t need to be taught to them; it is inherent to human nature. Paul makes clear in Romans, “Sin entered the world through one man . . . through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners” (5:12, 19). Of course, I am simply restating the doctrine of original sin, a core tenet of Christianity essential to Scripture. But that is not the end of the Story, thank God. The first Adam was only “a pattern of the one to come” (Rom. 5:14). He would foreshadow another man, the head of a new race, the firstborn of a new creation, whose life would mean transformation to those who would become joined to him: “For just as through the...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday May 24, 2015 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday May 24, 2015 (NIV)

2 Samuel 4-6 The Murder of Ish-bosheth 4 When Saul’s son heard that Abner had died in Hebron, his courage[a] failed and all of Israel was disturbed. 2 Now Saul’s son had two officers in charge of some raiding parties. One was named Baanah and the other was named Rechab. They were sons of Rimmon, a descendant of Benjamin from Beeroth, which was considered to belong to the tribe of[b] Benjamin. 3 (The residents of Beeroth had evacuated to Gittaim and live there as resident aliens to this day.) 4 Meanwhile, Saul’s son Jonathan had a son whose feet were crippled. When he was five years old, news had arrived about Saul and Jonathan from Jezreel, and his nurse picked him up to flee, but in her hurry to leave, he happened to fall and became lame. His...

05/23/2015

05/23/2015

2 Samuel 2:12-3:39 ~ John 13:1-30 ~ Psalm 119:1-16 ~ Proverbs 15:29-30Today is the 23rd of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is my pleasure to be here with you today as we sit at the end of another week, kind of closing the books on another week and preparing for the week ahead. There is really no better way to prepare for anything than to orient ourselves to God and one of the ways that we do that is through his Word. So that is what we’ll do. We’ll just kind of stop what is going on, center ourselves for a minute, focus, breathe, relax and kind of devote this time to him and not all the obligations and stuff and all the distractions. They’ll wait. Life isn’t going to fall apart in the next little while, while we...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday May 23, 2015 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday May 23, 2015 (NIV)

2 Samuel 2:12-3:39 12 Ner’s son Abner and the servants of Saul’s son Ish-bosheth set out from Mahanaim for Gibeon. 13 Zeruiah’s son Joab and some of David’s staff went out to meet them at the pool of Gibeon. One side encamped on one side of the pool while the other encamped on the other side of the pool. 14 Abner told Joab, “Let’s have the young men get up and fight in our presence.” Joab replied, “Let them come.” 15 So they got up and twelve were counted to represent Benjamin and Saul’s son Ish-bosheth and twelve to represent members of David’s staff. 16 Each man grabbed his opponent by the head, plunged[a] his sword into his opponent’s side, and then they both fell together. That’s why the place at Gibeon...