The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday September 26, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday September 26, 2016 (NIV)

Isaiah 48:12-50:11 12-13 “Listen, Jacob. Listen, Israel—I’m the One who named you!I’m the One.I got things started and, yes, I’ll wrap them up.Earth is my work, handmade.And the skies—I made them, too, horizon to horizon.When I speak, they’re on their feet, at attention. 14-16 “Come everybody, gather around, listen:Who among the gods has delivered the news?I, God, love this man Cyrus, and I’m using himto do what I want with Babylon.I, yes I, have spoken. I’ve called him.I’ve brought him here. He’ll be successful.Come close, listen carefully:I’ve never kept secrets from you.I’ve always been present with you.” Your Progeny, Like Grains of Sand 16-19 And now, the Master, God, sends me and his Spiritwith...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday September 25, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday September 25, 2016 (NIV)

Isaiah 45:11-48 11-13 Thus God, The Holy of Israel, Israel’s Maker, says:“Do you question who or what I’m making?Are you telling me what I can or cannot do?I made earth,and I created man and woman to live on it.I handcrafted the skiesand direct all the constellations in their turnings.And now I’ve got Cyrus on the move.I’ve rolled out the red carpet before him.He will build my city.He will bring home my exiles.I didn’t hire him to do this. I told him.I, God-of-the-Angel-Armies.” 14 God says: “The workers of Egypt, the merchants of Ethiopia,and those statuesque SabeansWill all come over to you—all yours.Docile in chains, they’ll follow you,Hands folded in reverence, praying before you:‘Amazing! God is with you!There is no other...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday September 24, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday September 24, 2016 (NIV)

Isaiah 43:14-45:10 You Didn’t Even Do the Minimum 14-15 God, your Redeemer,The Holy of Israel, says:“Just for you, I will march on Babylon.I’ll turn the tables on the Babylonians.Instead of whooping it up,they’ll be wailing.I am God, your Holy One,Creator of Israel, your King.” 16-21 This is what God says,the God who builds a road right through the ocean,who carves a path through pounding waves,The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—they lie down and then can’t get up;they’re snuffed out like so many candles:“Forget about what’s happened;don’t keep going over old history.Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?There it is! I’m making...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday September 23, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday September 23, 2016 (NIV)

Isaiah 41:17-43:13 17 The poor and the needy seek water, but there is none;their tongues are parched with thirst.I, Yahweh, will answer them;(A)I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.18 I will open rivers on the barren heights,(B)and springs in the middle of the plains.I will turn the desert into a pool of waterand dry land into springs of water.(C)19 I will plant cedars in the desert,acacias, myrtles, and olive trees.(D)I will put juniper trees in the desert,elms and cypress trees together,20 so that all may see and know,consider and understand,that the hand of the Lord has done this,(E)the Holy One of Israel has created(F) it. 21 “Submit your case,” says the Lord.“Present your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.22 “Let them come and tell uswhat will...

Hope

Hope

00:00 Having abandoned desire, we have lost hope. C. S. Lewis summed it up: “We can only hope for what we desire.” No desire, no hope. Now, desire doesn’t always translate into hope. There are many things I desire that I have little hope for. I desire to have lots more money than I do, but I see little reason to think it will come. But there isn’t one thing I hope for that I don’t also desire. This is Lewis’s point. Bland assurances of the sweet by-and-by don’t inflame the soul. Our hopes are deeply tied to our real desires, and so killing desire has meant a hopeless life for too many. It’s as if we’ve already entered Dante’s Inferno, where the sign over hell reads, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday September 22, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday September 22, 2016 (NIV)

Isaiah 39:1-41:16 Hezekiah’s Folly 39 At that time(A) Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah since he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. 2 Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them his treasure house—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil—and all his armory, and everything that was found in his treasuries.(B) There was nothing in his palace and in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.(C) 3 Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and asked him, “Where did these men come from and what did they say to you?” Hezekiah replied, “They came to me from a distant country, from Babylon.” 4 Isaiah asked, “What have they seen in your palace?” Hezekiah answered, “They have...

Jesus Will Never Betray You

Jesus Will Never Betray You

00:00 Who among us has not suffered betrayal at the hands of a trusted friend? Who among us has not shrunk away in response to being hurt? Which one of us has not been responsible for wounding another? We all have. We all have. We need Jesus. We need mercy. We need healing. We are not meant to live this life alone, and we won’t get very far along on our journey if we try. We don’t have the luxury of insisting we never be hurt again. We don’t get to insist on anything, really. Except maybe we can insist on continuing to press in to Jesus, no matter what. He’s here. He’s waiting. He has never betrayed you, and he never will. He is the source of our true identity. He is the one we must look to first to fill us with truth, acceptance,...