08/29/2014

08/29/2014

Job 31:1-33:33 ~ 2 Corinthians 3:1-18 ~ Psalm 43:1-5 ~ Proverbs 22:8-9Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Today is August 29th. I’m Brian and I’m happy to be here with you today. It is a great honor that we can spend our time, this time, this part of our lives sharing, living life together and feasting on the Word of God. So, with that said, we’re reading from the New English Translation this week, the NET Bible. We’re in the book of Job. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Commentary: Let’s go back to the book of Job. Obviously we have a new voice coming in to give an explanation today, but before all of that, before Elihu starts to speak, Job is continuing to explain himself. He is essentially saying look, if I...

Following Him into the Unknown

Following Him into the Unknown

00:00 Either we wake to tackle our “to do” list, get things done, guided by our morals and whatever clarity we may at the moment have (both rather lacking to the need, I might add); or we wake in the midst of a dangerous Story, as God’s intimate ally, following him into the unknown. If you’re not pursuing a dangerous quest with your life, well, then, you don’t need a Guide. If you haven’t found yourself in the midst of a ferocious war, then you won’t need a seasoned Captain. If you’ve settled in your mind to live as though this is a fairly neutral world and you are simply trying to live your life as best you can, then you can probably get by with the Christianity of tips and techniques. Maybe. I’ll give you...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday August 29, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday August 29, 2014 (NIV)

Job 31-33 Job Vindicates Himself 31 “I made a covenant with my eyes;how then could I entertain thoughts against a virgin?2 What then would be one’s lot from God above,one’s heritage from the Almighty on high?3 Is it not misfortune for the unjust,and disaster for those who work iniquity?4 Does he not see my waysand count all my steps?5 If I have walked in falsehood,and if my foot has hastened to deceit—6 let him weigh me with honest scales;then God will discover my integrity.7 If my footsteps have strayed from the way,if my heart has gone after my eyes,or if anything has defiled my hands,8 then let me sow and let another eat,and let my crops be uprooted.9 If my heart has been enticed by a woman,and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s...

08/28/2014

08/28/2014

Job 28:1-30:31 ~ 2 Corinthians 2:12-17 ~ Psalm 42:1-11 ~ Proverbs 22:7Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Today is August 28th. I’m Brian and its great be here with you today, spending time in the scriptures, orienting ourselves to God as we move to the latter part of the week. This week we’re reading from the New English Translation and we’re in the book of Job. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Commentary: In the book of Psalms today, we see some of the same themes, the same heart as that coming out of Job’s mouth as we continue reading his story. Psalm 42 is a beautiful psalm of context, one that forces us to understand our sense of timing and our sense of expectation as it relates to the Lord. The psalmist is...

The Thwarter

The Thwarter

00:00 It seems at times that God will go to any length to thwart the very thing we most deeply want. We can’t get a job. Our attempt to find a spouse never pans out. The doctors aren’t able to help us with our infertility. Isn’t this precisely the reason we fear to desire in the first place? Life is hard enough as it is, but to think that God himself is working against us is more than disheartening. As Job cried out, “What do you gain by oppressing me? . . . You hunt me like a lion and display your awesome power against me” (10:3, 16 NLT). I want to state very clearly that not every trial in our life is specially arranged for us by God. Much of the heartache we know comes from living in a broken world filled with broken people. But...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday August 28, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday August 28, 2014 (NIV)

Job 28-30 III. Job’s Search for Wisdom (28:1-28) No Known Road to Wisdom 28 “Surely there is a mine for silver,and a place where gold is refined.2 Iron is taken from the ground,and rock is poured out as copper.3 Man puts an end to the darkness;he searches the farthest recessesfor the ore in the deepest darkness.4 Far from where people live he sinks a shaft,in places travelers have long forgotten,far from other people he dangles and sways.5 The earth, from which food comes,is overturned below as though by fire;6 a place whose stones are sapphiresand which contains dust of gold;7 a hidden path no bird of prey knows—no falcon’s eye has spotted it.8 Proud beasts have not set foot on it,and no lion has passed along it.9 On the flinty rock man...

08/27/2014

08/27/2014

Job 23:1-27:23 ~ 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11 ~ Psalm 41:1-13 ~ Proverbs 22:5-6Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Today is the 27th day of August. I’m Brian and I’m honored to be here with you today like every day. That’s why I keep saying it. Glad to be here with you here in the center of the week, pressing through the week, pressing through the book of Job. We’ll read from the New English Translation today. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Commentary: So we’ve heard a lot of back and forth in the book of Job and you can feel the weightiness in the words. There is something about the narrative in the book of Job that is commanding, commands our attention and pulls us into the story. Even when euphemisms are used...