The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday May 1, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday May 1, 2016 (NIV)

Judges 13-14 Birth of Samson, the Last Judge 13 The Israelites again did what was evil in the Lord’s sight,(A) so the Lord handed them over to the Philistines 40 years. 2 There was a certain man from Zorah,(B) from the family of Dan, whose name was Manoah; his wife was unable to conceive and had no children. 3 The Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “It is true that you are unable to conceive and have no children, but you will conceive and give birth to a son. 4 Now please be careful not to drink wine or beer,(C) or to eat anything unclean;(D) 5 for indeed, you will conceive and give birth to a son. You must never cut his hair,[a] because the boy will be a Nazirite(E) to God from birth, and he will begin to save Israel from the power of...

Interceding For Us

Interceding For Us

00:00 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died— more than that, who was raised to life— is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Rom. 8:34) Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Heb. 7:24–25) These passages intrigue me deeply. It is a source of enormous comfort to know that Jesus is interceding for me. (Did you know that Jesus prays for you?!) But to be honest, it is also a little sobering to know that I am living in a story where Jesus needs to pray for me! Wouldn’t you love to know what Jesus is praying over your life right now? Imagine you could agree in prayer with the...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday April 30, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday April 30, 2016 (NIV)

Judges 11-12 Jephthah Becomes Israel’s Leader 11 Jephthah(A) the Gileadite was a great warrior,(B) but he was the son of a prostitute, and Gilead was his father. 2 Gilead’s wife bore him sons, and when they grew up, they drove Jephthah out and said to him, “You will have no inheritance in our father’s house, because you are the son of another woman.” 3 So Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob.(C) Then some lawless men joined Jephthah and traveled with him. 4 Some time later, the Ammonites fought against Israel. 5 When the Ammonites made war with Israel, the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. 6 They said to him, “Come, be our commander, and let’s fight against the Ammonites.” 7 Jephthah...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday April 29, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday April 29, 2016 (NIV)

Judges 9:22-10:18 22 Abimelech was king over Israel for three years. 23 Then the one True God sent an evil spirit to stir up dissension between Abimelech and the leaders of Shechem. Consequently the leaders of Shechem acted with treachery against Abimelech; 24 and all of this happened so that the brutal murder of Jerubbaal’s 70 sons might be avenged and their bloodguilt laid upon their brother Abimelech, who had ordered their deaths, and on the leaders of Shechem who had lent their strength to his cause. 25 As a result of their new hatred for Abimelech, the leaders of Shechem began to ambush travelers along the mountain roads, robbing everyone who passed by, and these robberies were reported to Abimelech. 26 When Gaal, the son of Ebed, arrived in Shechem...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday April 28, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday April 28, 2016 (NIV)

Judges 8:18-9:21 18 Then Gideon approached the two kings, Zebah and Zalmunna. Gideon: What can you tell me about the men you killed at Tabor? Zebah and Zalmunna: They were just like you—like the sons of a king. Gideon: 19 They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the Eternal lives, if you had let them live, I would not kill you now. 20 Gideon directed his firstborn son, Jether, to kill them, but Jether was afraid and couldn’t draw his sword since he was only a boy. Zebah and Zalmunna: 21 Come and kill us yourself for a man is measured by his strength. So Gideon executed them, and he took the crescents that had adorned the necks of their camels. 22 Then the people of Israel spoke to Gideon. People: Rule over us—you, your son, and then your grandson,...

Disappointed

Disappointed

00:00 The human heart has an infinite capacity for happiness and an unending need for love, because it is created for an infinite God who is unending love. The desperate turn is when we bring the aching abyss of our hearts to one another with the hope, the plea, “Make me happy. Fill this ache.” And often out of love we do try to make one another happy, and then we wonder why it never lasts. It can’t be done. You will kill yourself trying. We are broken people, with a famished craving in our hearts. We are fallen, all of us. It happened so long ago, back in the Garden of Eden, so early in our story that most of us don’t even realize it happened. But the effects of the Fall are something we live with every day, and it’d be best for both of you if...

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

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

Judges 7:1-8:17 7 So then Jerubbaal (Gideon) and all the troops with him rose early, and they camped beside the spring of Harod. The camp of the Midianites was to their north, in the valley below the hill of Moreh. Eternal One (to Gideon): 2 You have too many warriors for Me to allow you to defeat the Midianites. As it is now, the people of Israel would just deny Me the credit and claim they had won the victory on their own. 3 So go out and tell your army, “Any of you who are afraid and trembling are free to leave Mount Gilead.” After this announcement, 22,000 left, so Gideon reduced his army to 10,000. Eternal One: 4 You still have too many warriors. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you. When I say, “This one will fight for you,” he will go...