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This is the podcast that helps you achieve consistency in reading the Bible, and we have a new episode for you every day of the week. We will read the entire Bible in one year. Follow now so you won't miss an episode!



On Sunday we read from the Epistles, Monday we read from the Law, Tuesday from one of the books of History, Wednesday are readings from the Psalms, Thursday we read from one of the Poetry books, Friday is Prophecy and Saturday we read from the Gospels. Show length varies between 10 and 30 minutes.



After completing the day's chapters, host Steve Webb (the "O.G. Godcaster") shares a short commentary on that day's reading.



Love to have you along!

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This is the podcast that helps you achieve consistency in reading the Bible, and we have a new episode for you every day of the week. We will read the entire Bible in one year. Follow now so you won't miss an episode!



On Sunday we read from the Epistles, Monday we read from the Law, Tuesday from one of the books of History, Wednesday are readings from the Psalms, Thursday we read from one of the Poetry books, Friday is Prophecy and Saturday we read from the Gospels. Show length varies between 10 and 30 minutes.



After completing the day's chapters, host Steve Webb (the "O.G. Godcaster") shares a short commentary on that day's reading.



Love to have you along!

    Isaiah 1-6: Who Do You Trust?

    Isaiah 1-6: Who Do You Trust?

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    Podcast Introduction







    This is Prophecy Friday, and we’re going to read from the book of Isaiah, chapters 1-6, after which I’ll share some of my thoughts with you. I’m calling this episode “Who Do You Trust?”







    Before we begin reading, I’ll share a short introduction to the book of Isaiah.







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    Comments on Isaiah 2







    I like the way chapter two ends: 22Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed? The NIV says is a bit more clearly: 22Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?







    Beloved, I am as interested in politics as anybody else is. These days, it’s hard to escape political talk. But we need to keep in mind that no politician, no supposed “leader” is going to save us. No president, no governor, no prime minister, no king will ever come up with a plan to right the wrongs or save the economy. 







    The sooner we recognize this, the sooner we will be able to look to the One who has the answer. That One is the King of kings.







    Don’t misunderstand. I am not advocating for a theocracy run by religious zealots. When Jesus walked the earth, some of his followers thought He was going to establish an earthly kingdom, and when it became clear that his mission did not include that agenda, one of the twelve disciples, Judas, betrayed him into the hands of those who ultimately crucified Him.







    Jesus’ mission was to bring the message of salvation, not of conquest. His goal was to change hearts. And I believe that is our mission today. As a matter of fact, we know that is our mission, because He gave us that mission with his last words before ascending into Heaven. Here’s what He said: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,  baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”







    Jesus told us to go and make disciples. Our mission is to tell people the Good News that God came in human form, and He made a way for them to be reconciled with God and live with Him in eternity. 







    Beloved, when a heart is turned toward God, that is when peace begins. 







    As we read through Isaiah, and in many of the other Old Testament books, it’s important to keep in mind that when God speaks of, and brings judgement on Israel and other nations, it comes with a message of warning first, then a promise of restoration. So many people have the idea that the God we see in the Old Testament is angry and vengeful. But in reality, He is a God of second and third and tenth chances. He is a patient and loving and forgiving God. 







    You’ll see that as we make our way through the Bible this year together.







    Today's Bible Translation







    Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 1-6 NASB







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    • 28 min
    Job 1-2: A Really Bad Day

    Job 1-2: A Really Bad Day

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    Podcast Introduction







    Today, we are going to read from the book of Job, chapters 1 and 2. I’ll be reading from the NIV, after which I’ll share some comments. I’m calling today’s show “A Really Bad Day.”







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    Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 1-2 NIV







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    Steve Webb: A wisp of smoke on a windy day.







    Hi there, and welcome to the Lifespring Family Audio Bible. It's great to have you here today, and I think we've got a lot of newbies judging by what I've seen so far. This is so awesome. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you'll stick around for our entire journey through the Bible this year. This is the daily podcast where we will read the entire Bible in a year.







    If you're like a lot of people, you've tried to read through it before, but for one reason or another you didn't complete it. I know that in my own case I tried several times but never made it through until I completed the first year of the Lifespring Family Audio Bible way back in December of 2007. So this is the 13th season of the show, and you know what?







    Every time I read it again, I get something new out of it. My prayer is that you'll have that experience as well. Oh, by the way, my name is Steve Webb. I'm your host. Well, today we're going to read from the book of Job chapters one and two. I'll be reading from the NIV today, after which I will share some comments.







    So let's get started.







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    Steve Webb: Job chapter. in the land of us there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright. He feared God in sh evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned 7,000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yo of oxen, and 500 donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man Among all the people of the.







    His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of fasting at run its course job would make arrangements for them to be purified early in the morning, he would sacrifice at burnt offering for each of them, thinking perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.







    This was Job's regular, custom. One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord in Satan also came with. The Lord said to Satan, Where have you come from? Satan answered the Lord from roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it. Then the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered my servant job?







    There is no one on Earth like him. He is blameless at Upright, a man who fears God and Shs evil. Does Job fear God for nothing? Satan replied, Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands so that his flocks and herds are spread ...

    • 15 min
    Psalms 1-2: How To Be Blessed

    Psalms 1-2: How To Be Blessed

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    Podcast Introduction







    Today is Psalms Wednesday and we’ll read chapters 1 and 2. Before I read the chapters, I’ll give you brief introduction to the book of Psalms, and after the reading, I’ll share  some of my thoughts. 







    I’m calling today’s show “How To Be Blessed”







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    Comments on Psalms 1-2







    The first chapter of Psalms is really a great place to start reading the Bible. I read from the King James because it sounds so beautiful, but let’s break it down a little in the New Living Translation: “1Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.”







    As we get into the Word of God together, beloved, as it becomes part of our daily lives, we *will* learn to find joy (or delight) in it. We will be instructed by it, we will be challenged by it, we will see ourselves in it, and we will learn more about who God is. Really, the Bible is a love letter to us. You see, Christianity is more than just a religion. It is a relationship with the One who created all that is. And how is a relationship built? By spending time together. We’ll be spending time with God by reading His Word. 







    As an extra bonus, you and I will be spending time together. On the show, I’ll be sharing what’s happening in my life, and I hope you will do the same, by way of email comments and prayer requests.







    Quickly, chapter two shows the futility of the world system thinking that they can ignore or scoff at God. It gives a warning to those who do that, and it gives a promise of joy to those who take refuge in Him. This is a theme that we will see all the way through the Bible. 







    And as we look at the political landscape in the world today, it could be very easy to be discouraged. It seems as if everything is falling apart, doesn’t it. So how do we cope with all of this? 







    We put our faith in the King of kings and the Lord of lords. If you’ve never read the Bible before, I have a spoiler for you. God wins. As a matter of fact, God has already won! He is on the throne, and nothing that is happening in the world today is a surprise to Him. 







    Stick with me over the next weeks and months, and we will talk much more about how God is active in the world around us. He is not a God who created the universe and then walked away. He cares very deeply about you, and about me. He loves you. He wants to spend eternity with you, and He paid an enormous price to make that possible. He sent His son, Jesus, to live a perfect, sinless life so that He could take my sins and yours upon Himself. And He was sacrificed on a cross. He died, but was raised back to life three days later, proving that He truly was God and able to forgive our sins. And He offers that forgiveness if we will only believe, and follow Him. It’s a free gift for us, but it cost Him His life.







    Today's Bible Translation







    Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 1-2 KJV







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    • 16 min
    Joshua 1-5: A New Leader

    Joshua 1-5: A New Leader

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    Podcast Introduction







    Today, we are going to read from the book of Joshua. Chapters 1 through 5. Before I read the chapters, I’ll give you brief introduction to the book of Joshua, and after the reading, I’ll share  some of my thoughts on those chapters. I’m calling today’s show "A New Leader."







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    Sometimes people will say, God can't save me. He can't forgive me. I've lived a terrible life. Or God could never use me. You don't know what I've done. In chapter two, we read of the spies that Joshua sent into the town of Jericho, and these spies stayed at the house of a prostitute by the name of Rehab. We read how she hid them and saved their lives and made a deal with them that they would save her life.







    There's a long story about that, of course. Well, here's the rest of her story. Rahab married Salman, an Israelite from the tribe of Judah. Her son was Boaz, who we'll read about later, the husband of Ruth, who we will also read about later. Joseph, the legal father of Jesus is her direct descendant. That's right.







    In Jesus' genealogy is a prostitute. And true, Jesus is not Joseph's biological son. But it would be understandable if God chose not to use a family line for Jesus' stepfather that included a prostitute. Right? Well, here's the lesson for us all. Rehab's sinful life was forgiven because of her faith in God.







    And when God forgives, that sin is as if it never existed. And besides that, what family doesn't include those who have sinned? There isn't one, is there? As Paul says in Romans, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. No one is without sin. It's what we do with God that determines whether that sin defines us.







    I learned several years ago from a, uh, a great aunt of mine that my family line, I am descended from a murderer. Yeah, so, you know, I, I don't know anything about that man's life other than, uh, he committed this murder somewhere in Arkansas and, uh, then ran away, moved from that area and changed his name. And that's why all of a sudden in my family line, we go from one last family name to another.







    So you never know. No family line for sure is without sin. And knowing that, it seems silly to me that some Bible commentators in the past have tried to say that Rahab was an inkeeper, not a prostitute. She had them into her house because, well she was an inkeeper, it was her job. These commentators thought it was shameful that a prostitute would be in the lineage of Jesus.







    But when you read it in the original language, there's no mistaking it. Rahab was a prostitute. And as we read through the Bible this year, you'll see that God does not pull punches in describing real life and real sin. That Rahab was a prostitute is lightweight compared to some of the things we'll read.







    Today's Bible Translation







    Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 1-2 GW, Ch. 3-4 GNT, Ch. 5 NIV







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    • 26 min
    Genesis 1-3: The Beginning Begins

    Genesis 1-3: The Beginning Begins

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    Podcast Introduction







    This is the daily podcast where we will read the entire Bible in a year. Stick around, and before you know it, you’ll be able to say you’ve read the entire Bible, in the process, I hope you will be inspired, informed and maybe even entertained.







    Today, we are going to read from the beginning, the book of Genesis. Chapters 1 through 3, I’ll give you some of my thoughts on those chapters.







    Introduction to Genesis







    Genesis begins with an assumption. The assumption is that God exists. 







    How can we know God exists? I know He exists because of how He has worked in my life. I know how I was before I knew Him, and how I am since dedicating my life to Him. I am not the man I would have been if were not for God’s presence in my life.







    But there is much more than that. A great many excellent logical and philosophical arguments can be made for the existence of God, which I’ll not talk about here. I’ll leave that to others who are much better equipped to do that. I am more a student of the Bible than a student of philosophy. I don’t discount that field of study, it’s just not where my passions are.







    No, the Bible is my source of truth. And Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” And yesterday we read in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” In other words, creation itself speaks clearly of the existence of the Creator. Look at the order of the universe. The intricate detail of all that exists. This kind of order cannot evolve out of chaos. And even if it could, where did the building blocks of the universe come from? The fact that things do exist at all speaks loudly for the fact that there is a Creator. And the order of the universe demands an intelligent Creator.  







    Genesis is about the creation of the universe, and it’s about the beginning of the nation of people of Israel, and how God has interacted with them throughout history.







    It is believed that God used Moses to write Genesis, in addition to the other first five books of the Bible, namely Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. 







    Genesis is divided into twelve parts, with each part being introduced with the phrase “this is the account of”, or some variation of that, depending on which translation of the Bible you are reading. Each of the twelve sections tells about the life and family of the person named, and the sections, when taken together, tell the story of humanity’s history and God’s plan to restore mankind and our place in His world through Israel.







    Thoughts on Genesis 1







    Again, because of the Labor Day holiday, I’ll make my comments short today. There are so many events packed into these first three chapters that it’s difficult to decide what to talk about, but decide I must.







    So I’ll talk about the first sentence. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”







    Actually, I’ll just talk about the word “God”.







    The original language for Genesis is Hebrew. The Hebrew word that is translated as God in nearly all English translations is Elohim, which is a plural word, not singular. Being plural, the pronouns and verbs used with Elohim should also be plural. But they are not. They are singular. 







    Second century Rabbi Simeon ben Joachi said: “Come and see the mystery of the word Elohim; there are&nb...

    • 18 min
    Romans 1-2: Something Is Broken

    Romans 1-2: Something Is Broken

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    Podcast Introduction







    Hello! and welcome to the first episode of season 13 of the Lifespring Family Audio Bible. This is the daily podcast where we’ll read through the entire Bible in one year, and podcasting since 2004, I am YOUR OG Godcaster, Steve Webb. 







    I’m so glad you’re here today! If you’ve been with me before, welcome back!. If this is your first time, WOW, I am glad you found the show! I hope you like what you hear, and that you’ll be with me for the entire journey through God’s word this year.







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    Comments on Romans 1-2







    Thoughts on Romans 1







    Paul's epistle, or letter to the Romans is probably the most eloquent and developed presentation of God's plan of salvation in the entire Bible. It begins with an introduction here in the first chapter up to verse 15, then moves into presenting the Gospel in all of its intricacies through to the end of chapter 11. From chapter 12 through most of chapter 15, Paul shows how we are transformed by the power of God, and then the final verses of the book are some closing thoughts of a personal nature and a blessing.







    Here in the first chapter, Paul opens by introducing himself and how Jesus called him to be an apostle, which means messenger. Then he tells the Romans how much affection he has for them and how he wants to visit them, and then he says how God accepts *anyone* who has faith. Later on he'll talk much more about that, but here in the introduction, it is noted that the message is that God has made a way of saving all people, whether Jew or Gentile.







    Then Paul wastes little time in showing the broken nature of mankind, and the trouble they bring on themselves when they turn their heart on God. He says they have no excuse, because God has revealed Himself in so many ways. But they reject Him, and because of their insistence and stubbornness, He has turned them over to do as they will. Once God lets go, it doesn't take long to begin circling the drain into a life of depravity. He lists several specific sins, and it's a list that if we were to give each one a rating from 1 to 10, with a 1 rating being the most vile,  the list might include sins with ratings of 9 or 10 all the way to 1. 







    But that rating scale is a human construct. Each of those sins is something that God hates. Murder? Sure, we all agree on that. But arguing? Gossiping? Do those really belong in the same list? Yessir, they do. 







    The point Paul is making is that we are all in desperate trouble, and a holy God is angry because of rebellious people who reject him.







    Now, as a warning, I'll tell you that the next couple of chapters will consist somewhat of more of the same. He's addressed the Gentiles here in verses 18-32, then in Chapter 2 and the beginning of chapter 3 he'll address the Jews, and he'll talk about all mankind in the remaining verses of chapter 3.







    Of course the reason he spends so much time talking about the brokenness of mankind is to establish the need for the sacrifice of Jesus, and the entire plan of salvation brought to us by a forgiving and loving God. If you've never read Romans, stick with me through the entire book. I think you'll come out the other side loving God more than you ever have.







    Thoughts on Romans 2







    In Romans 2, the apostle Paul is focusing his attention on the Jew.







    Understandably, the typical Jew felt that he was better than any non-Jew, or Greek as today's translation says, or Gentile as is commonly used.

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