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...

10/22/2014

10/22/2014

Jeremiah 39:1-41:18 ~ 2 Timothy 1:1-18 ~ Psalm 90:1-91:16 ~ Proverbs 26:1-2Today is October 22nd. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today. Another day in the scriptures. Another day in community. Another day to be together. So we’re reading from The Voice this week and continuing our journey through the book of Jeremiah. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Introduction of a New Book: 2 Timothy is our next stop as we move our way through the scriptures this year. Obviously this is the second letter to Timothy, but it happens in a very short period of time. This is thought to be the apostle Paul’s last thing he writes in his life. Paul is back in prison in chains, in a dungeon....

10/18/2014

10/18/2014

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44 ~ 1 Timothy 3:1-16 ~ Psalm 88:1-18 ~ Proverbs 25:20-22Today is the 18th of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you today as we close down another of our weeks together going through the scriptures this year. We’ve been reading from the New Living Translation this week and that is what we’ll do today. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Commentary: So here again we encounter something in the Proverbs that seems counterintuitive and yet it seems exactly right. We encounter the same kind of thing from Jesus’ lips when he preaches the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain. And that is this. When your anger and your rage rise up, your sense of...

Freedom is What You Are Made For

Freedom is What You Are Made For

00:00 Stasi Eldredge’s book “Free to Be Me” helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be. Freedom is good; freedom is what you are made for. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 We have been given the greatest freedom of all: freedom of heart, freedom from sin, a freedom that enables us to live and love as Jesus did. We can be free from: Bondage Sin The fear of man Shame Regret Rage Disappointment Addiction Fear You name it We are not only free from; we are free to! We are free to be transformed into the very image of Christ. We are free to love in the face of hatred. Free to become the fullest expression of our unique...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday October 22, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday October 22, 2014 (NIV)

Jeremiah 39-41 39 This is how Jerusalem fell: When the Egyptian threat in the south was over, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon brought his army back to Jerusalem and resumed the siege. This began in the 10th month of the 9th year of Zedekiah’s reign as Judah’s king. 2 For the next 18 months, the siege continued until the 9th day of the 4th month of Zedekiah’s 11th year. On that sad summer day, Jerusalem finally fell when the Chaldeans broke through the city wall. 3 All the officials designated by Babylon’s king to exercise his authority entered the city and sat at the middle gate. These included Nergal-sar-ezer, Samgar-nebu, Sar-sekim (who was a chief officer), Nergal-sar-ezer (a high official), and all the other officials sent by the king...

10/21/2014

10/21/2014

Jeremiah 37:1-38:28 ~ 1 Timothy 6:1-21 ~ Psalm 89:38-52 ~ Proverbs 25:28Today is the 21st of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you. It is a pleasure. It is always a pleasure and an honor. I’m grateful today that we can spend this time together. We’re reading from The Voice translation this week and continuing to move through the book of Jeremiah. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Commentary: Some of these proverbs are so deep and so true and so on point that they strike to the center of heart, mind, will and identity. This is one of them and so was yesterday. We were talking about how it is we’re trying to find life by drinking from a cesspool. Now we’re thinking...