The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday July 27, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday July 27, 2016 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 19-20 19 Jehoshaphat returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem. 2 But the prophet Jehu son of Hanani met him and said: By helping that wicked Ahab, you have made friends with someone who hates the Lord. Now the Lord God is angry at you! 3 But not everything about you is bad. You destroyed the sacred poles[a] used in worshiping the goddess Asherah—that shows you have tried to obey the Lord. Jehoshaphat Appoints Judges To Settle Cases 4 Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem, but he often traveled through his kingdom, from Beersheba in the south to the edge of the hill country of Ephraim in the north. He talked with the people and convinced them to turn back to the Lord God and worship him, just as their ancestors had done. 5 He assigned judges to each of the...

Eyes of the Heart

Eyes of the Heart

00:00 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor. 4:16-18) The first line grabs me by the throat. “Therefore we do not lose heart.” Somebody knows how not to lose heart? I’m all ears. For we are losing heart. All of us. Daily. It is the single most unifying quality shared by the human race on the planet at this time. We are losing—or we have already lost—heart. That glorious, resilient image of God in us is fading, fading, fading away. And this...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday July 26, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday July 26, 2016 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 17-18 King Jehoshaphat of Judah 17 Jehoshaphat son of Asa became king and strengthened his defenses against Israel. 2 He assigned troops to the fortified cities in Judah, as well as to other towns in Judah and to those towns in Ephraim that his father Asa had captured. 3-4 When Jehoshaphat’s father had first become king of Judah, he was faithful to the Lord and refused to worship the god Baal as the kings of Israel did. Jehoshaphat followed his father’s example and obeyed and worshiped the Lord. And so the Lord blessed Jehoshaphat 5 and helped him keep firm control of his kingdom. The people of Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, but even after he became very rich and respected, 6 he remained completely faithful to the Lord. He destroyed...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday July 25, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday July 25, 2016 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 14-16 King Asa of Judah 14 Abijah died and was buried in Jerusalem. Then his son Asa became king, and Judah had ten years of peace. 2 Asa obeyed the Lord his God and did right. 3 He destroyed the local shrines[a] and the altars to foreign gods. He smashed the stone images of gods and cut down the sacred poles[b] used in worshiping the goddess Asherah. 4 Then he told everyone in Judah to worship the Lord God, just as their ancestors had done, and to obey his laws and teachings. 5 He destroyed every local shrine and incense altar in Judah. 6 The Lord blessed Judah with peace while Asa was king, and so during that time, Asa fortified many of the towns. 7 He said to the people, “Let’s build walls and defense towers for these towns, and put in gates...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday July 24, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday July 24, 2016 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 11-13 Shemaiah the Prophet Warns Rehoboam 11 After Rehoboam returned to Jerusalem, he decided to attack Israel and regain control of the whole country. So he called together one hundred eighty thousand soldiers from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. 2 Meanwhile, the Lord had told Shemaiah the prophet 3 to tell Rehoboam and everyone from Judah and Benjamin, 4 “The Lord warns you not to go to war against the people from the northern tribes—they are your relatives. Go home! The Lord is the one who made these things happen.” Rehoboam and his army obeyed the Lord’s message and did not attack Jeroboam and his troops. Rehoboam Fortifies Cities in Judah 5 Rehoboam ruled from Jerusalem, and he had several cities in Judah turned into fortresses so he...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday July 23, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday July 23, 2016 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19 11 Solomon’s wife, the daughter of the king of Egypt, moved from the part of Jerusalem called David’s City to her new palace that Solomon had built. The sacred chest had been kept in David’s City, which made his palace sacred, and so Solomon’s wife could no longer live there. 12 Solomon offered sacrifices to the Lord on the altar he had built in front of the temple. 13 He followed the requirements that Moses had given for sacrifices offered on the Sabbath, on the first day of each month, the Festival of Thin Bread, the Harvest Festival, and the Festival of Shelters. 14 Solomon then assigned the priests and the Levites their duties at the temple, and he followed the instructions that his father David had given him....

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday July 22, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday July 22, 2016 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10 Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication 12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel, and he lifted his hands in prayer. 13 Now Solomon had made a bronze platform 7 1⁄2 feet long, 7 1⁄2 feet wide, and 4 1⁄2 feet high[a] and had placed it at the center of the Temple’s outer courtyard. He stood on the platform, and then he knelt in front of the entire community of Israel and lifted his hands toward heaven. 14 He prayed, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion. 15 You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own...