12/22/2014

12/22/2014

Zechariah 2:1-3:10 ~ Revelation 12:18-13:18 ~ Psalm 141:1-10 ~ Proverbs 30:18-20Today is December 22nd. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is my pleasure to be here with you on this fine day. I hope that is what it is, a fine day wherever you are or evening or morning or whatever it is that you’re up to today this Christmas week. The New Living Translation is what we’re reading from this particular week and we’ve settled into the book of Zechariah. Prayer Thank you again, Lord, for your Word. Thank you again for its counsel, its correction, its reproof, its friendship, the way that you form us through it day by day. Day after day it is systematically changing us from the inside out. This is what you have done through your Word...

Jesus Is Our Life

Jesus Is Our Life

00:00 We need Jesus like we need oxygen. Like we need water. Like the branch needs the vine. Jesus is not merely a figure for devotions. He is the missing essence of your existence. Whether we know it or not, we are desperate for Jesus. To have his life, joy, love, and presence cannot be compared. To know him as he is, is to come home. A true knowledge of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness. The purpose of your being here on this planet, at this moment in time, comes down to three things: 1. To love Jesus with all that is within you. This is the first and greatest command. Everything else flows from here. 2. To share your daily life with him; to let him be himself with you. On the beach, at supper, along the road—just as the disciples did....

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday December 22, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday December 22, 2014 (NIV)

Zechariah 2-3 Future Prosperity of Jerusalem 2 [a]When I looked again, I saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2 “Where are you going?” I asked. He replied, “I am going to measure Jerusalem, to see how wide and how long it is.” 3 Then the angel who was with me went to meet a second angel who was coming toward him. 4 The other angel said, “Hurry, and say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem will someday be so full of people and livestock that there won’t be room enough for everyone! Many will live outside the city walls. 5 Then I, myself, will be a protective wall of fire around Jerusalem, says the Lord. And I will be the glory inside the city!’” The Exiles Are Called Home 6 The Lord says, “Come away!...

12/21/2014

12/21/2014

Zechariah 1:1-21 ~ Revelation 12:1-17 ~ Psalm 140:1-13 ~ Proverbs 30:17Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Today is December 21st. Welcome to a brand new week and this, the final Sunday in the season of Advent. This month we’ve been considering the mystery that God, the Eternal One, would bind himself to time and space and come, wrap himself in flesh as a helpless baby to grow and be among us and with us to rescue us, to identify with us in every conceivable way, to once again show his profound connection to us and love for us, this season where we’ve been placing ourselves in that mystery and longing for that, and also considering the fact that we are waiting, we are still waiting for his second advent, his arrival to rule and reign forever This Sunday...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday December 21, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday December 21, 2014 (NIV)

Zechariah 1 A Call to Return to the Lord 1 In November[a] of the second year of King Darius’s reign, the Lord gave this message to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah and grandson of Iddo: 2 “I, the Lord, was very angry with your ancestors. 3 Therefore, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.’ 4 Don’t be like your ancestors who would not listen or pay attention when the earlier prophets said to them, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Turn from your evil ways, and stop all your evil practices.’ 5 “Where are your ancestors now? They and the prophets are long dead. 6 But everything I...

12/20/2014

12/20/2014

Haggai 1:1-2:23 ~ Revelation 11:1-19 ~ Psalm 139:1-24 ~ Proverbs 30:15-16Today is December 20th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s good to be here with you as we’re closing down another week and are about to turn the corner into Christmas week. It has arrived. Not quite, but we’re right on the cusp of a beautiful celebration and Christmas Day for this year. I can hardly believe it. I’m sure you’re in the same boat. Here we are almost at Christmas. But before we get to that, we have a few days and we are here closing this week down together by entering another of the minor prophets, the book of Haggai. Introduction of a New Book: Here’s the deal. Israel was carried away into exile by the Babylonians and...

Healing the Wound

Healing the Wound

00:00 If you wanted to learn how to heal the blind and you thought that following Christ around and watching how he did it would make things clear, you’d wind up pretty frustrated. He never does it the same way twice. He spits on one guy; for another, he spits on the ground and makes mud and puts that on his eyes. To a third he simply speaks, a fourth he touches, and for a fifth he kicks out a demon. There are no formulas with God. The way in which God heals our wound is a deeply personal process. He is a person and he insists on working personally. For some, it comes in a moment of divine touch. For others, it takes place over time and through the help of another, maybe several others. As Agnes Sanford says, “There are in many of us wounds so deep...