Healing Is Possible

Healing Is Possible

00:00 John and I talk, of course, but we’ve found that it’s best for a husband and wife not to take on the role of counselor. (We’ve both been to counseling in the past—once during the early years of our marriage, and then both of us separately around fourteen years ago.) God provided a gifted and Spirit-filled woman who was willing and able to be strong and truthful to me, all the while staying connected in love. Reentering the counseling office this year was a great gift. God timed it in such a way that I started in the early spring, in what became a year of unprecedented loss, grief, growth, repentance, healing and change. God is changing me, and I praise him for it. I can actually say the rage is mostly gone, and with it my destructive style...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday August 26, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday August 26, 2016 (NIV)

Job 20-22 20 1-2 Job, you upset me. Now I’m impatient to answer.3 What you have said is an insult,but I know how to reply to you. 4 Surely you know that from ancient times,when we humans were first placed on earth,5 no wicked people have been happy for long.6 They may grow great, towering to the sky,so great that their heads reach the clouds,7 but they will be blown away like dust.Those who used to know themwill wonder where they have gone.8 (A)They will vanish like a dream, like a vision at night,and never be seen again.9 The wicked will disappear from the place where they used to live;10 and their children will make good what they stole from the poor.11 Their bodies used to be young and vigorous,but soon they will turn to dust. 12-13 Evil tastes so good...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday August 25, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday August 25, 2016 (NIV)

Job 16-19 16 1-2 I have heard words like that before;the comfort you give is only torment.3 Are you going to keep on talking forever?Do you always have to have the last word?4 If you were in my place and I in yours,I could say everything you are saying.I could shake my head wiselyand drown you with a flood of words.5 I could strengthen you with adviceand keep talking to comfort you. 6 But nothing I say helps,and being silent does not calm my pain.7 You have worn me out, God;you have let my family be killed.8 You have seized me; you are my enemy.I am skin and bones,and people take that as proof of my guilt.[a] 9 In anger God tears me limb from limb;he glares at me with hate.10 People sneer at me;they crowd around me and slap my face.11 God has handed me over to...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday August 24, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday August 24, 2016 (NIV)

Job 12-15 12 1-2 Yes, you are the voice of the people.When you die, wisdom will die with you.3 But I have as much sense as you have;I am in no way inferior to you;everyone knows all that you have said.4 Even my friends laugh at me now;they laugh, although I am righteous and blameless;but there was a time when God answered my prayers.5 You have no troubles, and yet you make fun of me;you hit someone who is about to fall.6 But thieves and godless people live in peace,though their only god is their own strength. 7 Even birds and animals have much they could teach you;8 ask the creatures of earth and sea for their wisdom.9 All of them know that the Lord’s hand made them.10 It is God who directs the lives of his creatures;everyone’s life is in his power.11...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday August 23, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday August 23, 2016 (NIV)

Job 8-11 8 1-2 Are you finally through with your windy speech?3 God never twists justice;he never fails to do what is right.4 Your children must have sinned against God,and so he punished them as they deserved.5 But turn now and plead with Almighty God;6 if you are so honest and pure,then God will come and help youand restore your household as your reward.7 All the wealth you lost will be nothingcompared with what God will give you then. 8 (A)Look for a moment at ancient wisdom;consider the truths our ancestors learned.9 Our life is short, we know nothing at all;we pass like shadows across the earth.10 But let the ancient wise people teach you;listen to what they had to say: 11 “Reeds can’t grow where there is no water;they are never found outside a...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday August 22, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday August 22, 2016 (NIV)

Job 4-7 The First Dialogue(A) 4 1-2 Job, will you be annoyed if I speak?I can’t keep quiet any longer.3 You have taught many peopleand given strength to feeble hands.4 When someone stumbled, weak and tired,your words encouraged him to stand.5 Now it’s your turn to be in trouble,and you are too stunned to face it.6 You worshiped God, and your life was blameless;and so you should have confidence and hope.7 Think back now. Name a single casewhere someone righteous met with disaster.8 I have seen people plow fields of eviland plant wickedness like seed;now they harvest wickedness and evil.9 Like a storm, God destroys them in his anger.10 The wicked roar and growl like lions,but God silences them and breaks their teeth.11 Like lions with nothing to kill...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday August 21, 2016 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday August 21, 2016 (NIV)

Job 1-3 Satan Tests Job 1 There was a man named Job, living in the land of Uz,[a] who worshiped God and was faithful to him. He was a good man, careful not to do anything evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, one thousand head of cattle, and five hundred donkeys. He also had a large number of servants and was the richest man in the East. 4 Job’s sons used to take turns giving a feast, to which all the others would come, and they always invited their three sisters to join them. 5 The morning after each feast, Job would get up early and offer sacrifices for each of his children in order to purify them. He always did this because he thought that one of them might have sinned by insulting God...