10/19/2014

10/19/2014

Jeremiah 33:1-34:22 ~ 1 Timothy 4:1-16 ~ Psalm 89:1-13 ~ Proverbs 25:23-24Today is the 19th of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you on this, the beginning of a new week. Thrilled that we can spend this time together and looking forward to all that God has in store for us as we move through this week. We’ll read from The Voice this week, continuing in the book of Jeremiah. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Prayer: Heavenly Father, again and again and again, so often we pray this prayer. Thank you for your Word, for the gift that you have given us. We say it again because there aren’t enough times that we could say it. Thank you for your Word and the gift that it is, the...

10/20/2014

10/20/2014

Jeremiah 35:1-36:32 ~ 1 Timothy 5:1-25 ~ Psalm 89:14-37 ~ Proverbs 25:25-27Today is the 20th of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is, as always, a pleasure to greet a new week with you as we continue with the rhythm of our lives centered around the rhythms of the scriptures. We’re reading from The Voice translation this week. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Commentary: God continues to pursue his people in the book of Jeremiah. He has used Jeremiah and Jeremiah is this somewhat unwilling person who does not want to be saying the things he’s saying but they burn inside him if he doesn’t so he continues to warn God’s people even though it is frustrating because nobody is listening. Now...

A Little Bit of Clarity

A Little Bit of Clarity

00:00 What exactly are you perfectly clear on these days? How about your life—why have things gone the way they have? Where was God in all that? And do you know what you ought to do next, with a deep, settled confidence that it will work out? Neither do I. Oh, I’d love to wake each morning knowing exactly who I am and where God is taking me. Zeroed in on all my relationships, undaunted in my calling. It’s awesome when I do see. But for most of us, life seems more like driving along with a dirty windshield and then turning into the sun. I can sort of make out the shapes ahead, and I think the light is green. Wouldn’t a little bit of clarity go a long way right now? Let’s start with why life is so dang hard. You try to lose a little...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday October 20, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday October 20, 2014 (NIV)

Jeremiah 35-36 35 This word from the Eternal came to Jeremiah when Jehoiakim (son of Josiah) was king of Judah. The next two chapters are a flashback to earlier times and circumstances. Jehoiakim is in the last years of his reign as king of Judah. Babylon, along with Aram, is raiding Judean villages. These raids cause many to seek refuge in Jerusalem, which is not yet under attack. Among those who run to the capital city is a nomadic clan known as the Rechabites. Their customs are simple and austere; their lifestyles are not suited to city living. However, they now find themselves in Jerusalem. Their faithfulness to those strict customs is held up as an example for the rest of Judah. Eternal One: 2 Go to where the Rechabites are now staying and invite them to My...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday October 19, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday October 19, 2014 (NIV)

Jeremiah 33-34 33 1-2 For a second time the message of the Eternal came to Jeremiah as he was being held in the court of the guard. The Eternal who made the earth, who formed and fashioned it, the One whose name is the Eternal, has this to say: Time is growing short; the city is being squeezed, and the dreaded enemy is one step closer to victory. Some hope Egypt might come to Jerusalem’s rescue, but nothing can stop her inevitable defeat. In these dark days just before the fall of Jerusalem, Jeremiah is still a prisoner of the king. People come to Jeremiah as he sits shackled in a courtyard, surrounded by guards. In this humiliating scene, another message comes to the prophet from God. Once again, Jeremiah is looking past the city’s present despair to...

Life Wins Out

Life Wins Out

00:00 Stasi Eldredge’s book “Free to Be Me” helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be. Most little girls at some point dream of living in a fairy tale. The big surprise when we grow up is not that the fairy tale was a myth but that it is far more dangerous than we thought. We do live in a fairy tale, but it often seems as if both the dragon and the wicked witch are winning. (Sometimes we feel that we are the dragon—that’s the internal monthly battle, usually around week three.) But let me say with utmost seriousness, there is a battle going on around us every single moment of our waking and sleeping. The external landscape that we share is in the midst of a battle not only between good and evil but between life...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday October 18, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday October 18, 2014 (NIV)

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44 27 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will greatly increase the human population and the number of animals here in Israel and Judah. 28 In the past I deliberately uprooted and tore down this nation. I overthrew it, destroyed it, and brought disaster upon it. But in the future I will just as deliberately plant it and build it up. I, the Lord, have spoken! 29 “The people will no longer quote this proverb: ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes,but their children’s mouths pucker at the taste.’ 30 All people will die for their own sins—those who eat the sour grapes will be the ones whose mouths will pucker. 31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new...