The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday October 25, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday October 25, 2014 (NIV)

Jeremiah 48-49:22 48 This is what the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies and God of Israel, has to say about Moab. Next is Moab, a familiar enemy of Israel. Despite Jeremiah’s warning they will answer for their trust in themselves, their material wealth, and their god Chemosh. Eternal One: Woe to the city of Nebo, for she is in ruins.So, too, will Kiriathaim be put to shame when she is captured.The proud fortress of Moab will be humbled and shattered into pieces.2 No one will praise you, Moab—that time has gone.Instead, in places like Heshbon, men are planning your destruction.“Come,” they will say, “and let us finish off that nation.”Indeed, the town of Madmen will be silenced,for war will surely find you.3 Do you hear the...

10/24/2014

10/24/2014

Jeremiah 44:24-47:7 ~ 2 Timothy 3:1-17 ~ Psalm 94:1-23 ~ Proverbs 26:6-8Today is October 24. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is my pleasure to have a few minutes together with you as we link arms, lock hands, wrap ourselves around the world, come in out of the cold that life can sometimes be and just center ourselves in the peace and order of God, the shalom that he offers us in our lives through his Word. We’re reading from The Voice translation this week. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Commentary: Jeremiah prophesies against the Philistine city of Ashkelon today that it will be no more. Understanding the Philistines is really interesting because they are so prominent in the scriptures. They are always the...

Whole Box of Chocolate

Whole Box of Chocolate

00:00 Everything in you may be saying, “But you don’t understand. I want to eat that whole box of chocolates (or sleep with my boyfriend, or let my anger really fly). That’s what really seems like life to me right now.” God says, “I know you do, but it’ll kill you in the end. What you think is life is not. That’s not the comfort (or the love, or the significance) you are seeking. You’ll wind up destroying yourself.” The commands of God become our tutor in the healing of our desire. We need the Law because our instrument is out of tune; we’re not clear all the time on what it is we really desire. And so the first command comes first. God tells us to love him with all our hearts and all our souls, with all...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday October 24, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday October 24, 2014 (NIV)

Jeremiah 44:24-47:7 24 (to the entire assembly) Hear the word of the Eternal! You people of Judah who live in Egypt, 25 the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies and God of Israel, has a message for you: “You and your wives have shown where your true devotion lies with both your words and your actions! You say, ‘We will keep our vows to the queen of heaven; we will continue to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to her.’ Well I say, ‘Go ahead. Keep your vows! Do exactly what you promised!’” 26 But hear what the Eternal now says to the Judeans now living in Egypt: “I swear by My great name that no man or woman of Judah now living in Egypt will ever again invoke My name or begin an oath with the words ‘As the...

10/23/2014

10/23/2014

Jeremiah 42:1-44:23 ~ 2 Timothy 2:1-21 ~ Psalm 92:1-93:5 ~ Proverbs 26:3-5Today is the 23rd of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian, locked and loaded with my steamy cup of coffee to my right and ready to dive into the scriptures for today as we all come in from whatever we’re doing, center ourselves, take a deep breath, exhale and allow God to speak to us through his Word. We’re reading from The Voice translation this week. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Commentary: We’re working our way through Paul’s final writing in his life just prior to his martyrdom and he is sending this letter to Timothy, his son in the faith and trying to bestow and impart his last piece of fatherly advice. It is...

Moderation and a Clarity That Never Comes

Moderation and a Clarity That Never Comes

00:00 G.K. Chesterton thought that everybody ought to get drunk once a year because if that didn’t do you good, the repentance in the morning would. There’s nothing like waking up to what you’ve done, whether it’s too much to drink or eat, or letting your anger fly. The remorse after a flagrant sin often does bring a sense of clarity and resolution. (How many New Year’s resolutions are made the morning after?) But if we don’t quite overdo it, if we keep our indulgence at a more moderate level, such clarity never comes. We never see it in black and white, for we’re always under the influence. No one stops to think about it. Pleasure isn’t nearly so much about true enjoyment as it is about anesthetizing ourselves....

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday October 23, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday October 23, 2014 (NIV)

Jeremiah 42-44:23 42 At this point, all the army leaders, Johanan (son of Kareah), Jezaniah (son of Hoshaiah), and the rest of the Judeans from the least to the greatest, came 2 to the prophet Jeremiah. People: Please hear our request and pray to the Eternal your God for the few of us who are still here. As you can see, what used to be many people is now just a remnant. 3 Pray that the Eternal your God will tell us where to go and what to do. Jeremiah: 4 I have heard your request, and you can be assured that I will pray to the Eternal, just as you asked. I will tell you everything He says. I will hold nothing back. People: 5 May the Eternal be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not obey every word He speaks to us through you. 6 Whether we like the...