The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday August 30, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday August 30, 2016 (NIV)

Job 34-36 34 Then Elihu said: 2 “Hear my words, you wise men;listen to me,(A) you men of learning.3 For the ear tests wordsas the tongue tastes food.(B)4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right;(C)let us learn together what is good.(D) 5 “Job says, ‘I am innocent,(E)but God denies me justice.(F)6 Although I am right,I am considered a liar;(G)although I am guiltless,(H)his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.’(I)7 Is there anyone like Job,who drinks scorn like water?(J)8 He keeps company with evildoers;he associates with the wicked.(K)9 For he says, ‘There is no profitin trying to please God.’(L) 10 “So listen to me,(M) you men of understanding.(N)Far be it from God to do evil,(O)from the Almighty to do wrong.(P)11 He repays everyone for what they...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday August 29, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday August 29, 2016 (NIV)

Job 31-33 31 “I made a covenant with my eyes(A)not to look lustfully at a young woman.(B)2 For what is our lot(C) from God above,our heritage from the Almighty on high?(D)3 Is it not ruin(E) for the wicked,disaster(F) for those who do wrong?(G)4 Does he not see my ways(H)and count my every step?(I) 5 “If I have walked with falsehoodor my foot has hurried after deceit(J)—6 let God weigh me(K) in honest scales(L)and he will know that I am blameless(M)—7 if my steps have turned from the path,(N)if my heart has been led by my eyes,or if my hands(O) have been defiled,(P)8 then may others eat what I have sown,(Q)and may my crops be uprooted.(R) 9 “If my heart has been enticed(S) by a woman,(T)or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,10 then may my wife grind(U)...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday August 28, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday August 28, 2016 (NIV)

Job 28-30 Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found 28 There is a mine for silverand a place where gold is refined.(A)2 Iron is taken from the earth,and copper is smelted from ore.(B)3 Mortals put an end to the darkness;(C)they search out the farthest recessesfor ore in the blackest darkness.(D)4 Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft,(E)in places untouched by human feet;far from other people they dangle and sway.5 The earth, from which food comes,(F)is transformed below as by fire;6 lapis lazuli(G) comes from its rocks,and its dust contains nuggets of gold.(H)7 No bird of prey knows that hidden path,no falcon’s eye has seen it.(I)8 Proud beasts(J) do not set foot on it,and no lion prowls there.(K)9 People assault the flinty rock(L) with their handsand lay bare...

Shaping Our Character

Shaping Our Character

00:00 How does God shape our character? We hate the answer but we know it to be true: affliction. If you say that God does not intend to use affliction, then what in your mind does he then use? Joy does wonderful things for our souls—it soothes, and strengthens, and heals. But joy does not transform people’s characters in the same way affliction does. You do not grow when life is good. Any parent knows this. The child wants ice cream and video games. But the child will grow to be a narcissist if they are allowed nothing but ice cream and video games. The most radiant holiness, the most genuine and glorious love is expressed by those whose lives have known affliction. Jesus best among them. Our longing for life keeps confusing us about the purpose of life....

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday August 27, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday August 27, 2016 (NIV)

Job 23-27 Job 23 Then Job replied: 2 “Even today my complaint(A) is bitter;(B)his hand[a] is heavy in spite of[b] my groaning.(C)3 If only I knew where to find him;if only I could go to his dwelling!(D)4 I would state my case(E) before himand fill my mouth with arguments.(F)5 I would find out what he would answer me,(G)and consider what he would say to me.6 Would he vigorously oppose me?(H)No, he would not press charges against me.(I)7 There the upright(J) can establish their innocence before him,(K)and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.(L) 8 “But if I go to the east, he is not there;if I go to the west, I do not find him.9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see him;when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.(M)10 But he knows the...

Healing Is Possible

Healing Is Possible

00:00 John and I talk, of course, but we’ve found that it’s best for a husband and wife not to take on the role of counselor. (We’ve both been to counseling in the past—once during the early years of our marriage, and then both of us separately around fourteen years ago.) God provided a gifted and Spirit-filled woman who was willing and able to be strong and truthful to me, all the while staying connected in love. Reentering the counseling office this year was a great gift. God timed it in such a way that I started in the early spring, in what became a year of unprecedented loss, grief, growth, repentance, healing and change. God is changing me, and I praise him for it. I can actually say the rage is mostly gone, and with it my destructive style...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday August 26, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday August 26, 2016 (NIV)

Job 20-22 20 1-2 Job, you upset me. Now I’m impatient to answer.3 What you have said is an insult,but I know how to reply to you. 4 Surely you know that from ancient times,when we humans were first placed on earth,5 no wicked people have been happy for long.6 They may grow great, towering to the sky,so great that their heads reach the clouds,7 but they will be blown away like dust.Those who used to know themwill wonder where they have gone.8 (A)They will vanish like a dream, like a vision at night,and never be seen again.9 The wicked will disappear from the place where they used to live;10 and their children will make good what they stole from the poor.11 Their bodies used to be young and vigorous,but soon they will turn to dust. 12-13 Evil tastes so good...