09/15/2014

09/15/2014

Isaiah 19:1-21:17 ~ Galatians 2:1-16 ~ Psalm 59:1-17 ~ Proverbs 23:13-14Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Today is September 14. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you on this beginning of a great new week. We’ll read from the God’s Word translation this week and continue in our journey through the book of Isaiah and then when we get to the New Testament, we’ll begin a new book. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Introduction of a New Book: Next up on our journey together through the scriptures this year is the book of Galatians, an epistle, a letter of the apostle Paul to the churches in Galatia. There were five churches in Galatia that we know of from Paul’s first missionary journey, the churches in...

Fierce, Wild, and Passionate

Fierce, Wild, and Passionate

00:00 God is a romantic at heart, and his jealousy is for the hearts of his people and for their freedom. As Francis Frangipane so truly states, “Rescue is the constant pattern of God’s activity.” For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch . . . As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. (Isa. 62:1, 5) And though she has committed adultery against him, though she has fallen captive to his enemy, God is willing to move heaven and earth to win her back. He will stop at nothing to set her free: Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday September 16, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday September 16, 2014 (NIV)

Isaiah 22-24 Judah Will Be Punished 22 This is the divine revelation about the valley of Vision. What’s the matter with you?Why do all of you go up on the roofs?2 You are a city filled with shouting,a town filled with noise and excitement.Your people weren’t killed with swords.Your dead didn’t die in battle.3 All your leaders fled togetherand were captured without their bows and arrows.All those who were found were taken prisonerbefore any of them could get far away.4 That is why I say,“Turn away from meso that I can cry bitterly.Don’t try to comfort mebecause of the destruction brought on my people.” 5 The Almighty Lord of Armies has chosen a special day.It will be a day of confusion and tramplingin the valley of Vision,a day...

The Connection of These Two Hearts

The Connection of These Two Hearts

00:00 The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face. [Sam] Are there some things we should do that might not come easy to build a relationship with God, or can we find him in whatever we prefer to do on our own and he will “meet us there”? [John] Again, because we live in such a subjective climate, where “spirituality” can mean anything, let’s be clear on what it is we want to cultivate. The Christian faith is at its center an invitation to intimacy with God. He is an actual person, with a personality and a heart just like you, and just as in any other relationship it is the connection of these two hearts that matters above all else. This is where we separate from...

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday September 15, 2014 (NIV)

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday September 15, 2014 (NIV)

Isaiah 19-21 Egypt Will Be Punished 19 This is the divine revelation about Egypt. The Lord is riding on a fast-moving cloud and is coming to Egypt.Egypt’s idols will tremble in his presence.Egypt’s courage will fail. 2 “I will turn one Egyptian against another.They will fight—brother against brother,neighbor against neighbor,city against city,kingdom against kingdom.3 The Egyptians will lose courage.I will unravel their plans.They will turn to idols, ghosts,mediums, and fortunetellers.4 I will hand over the Egyptians to a harsh master.A strong king will rule them,”declares the Almighty Lord of Armies. 5 The water in the Nile River will be dried up,[a]and the river will be dry and empty.6 The canals will stink.Egypt’s streams...

09/14/2014

09/14/2014

Isaiah 15:1-18:7 ~ Galatians 1:1-24 ~ Psalm 58:1-11 ~ Proverbs 23:12Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. Today is September 14. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you on this beginning of a great new week. We’ll read from the God’s Word translation this week and continue in our journey through the book of Isaiah and then when we get to the New Testament, we’ll begin a new book. (Bible verse references for today’s reading above.) Introduction of a New Book: Next up on our journey together through the scriptures this year is the book of Galatians, an epistle, a letter of the apostle Paul to the churches in Galatia. There were five churches in Galatia that we know of from Paul’s first missionary journey, the churches in Pisidia,...

The Spirit of Religion

The Spirit of Religion

00:00 The Religious Spirit has turned discipleship into a soul-killing exercise of principles. Most folks don’t even know they can walk with God, hear his voice. He’s stigmatized counseling as a profession for sick patients, and so the wounds of our hearts never get healed. He’s taken healing away from us almost entirely, so that we sit in pews as broken people feeling guilty because we can’t live the life we’re supposed to live. And he takes warfare and mocks it, stigmatizes it as well so that most of the church knows almost nothing about how to break strongholds, set captives free. Finally, the Religious Spirit makes it next to impossible for a person to break free by spreading the lie that there is no war. Be honest—how many...