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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.



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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!

    Psalms 143-145: Reasons To Praise

    Psalms 143-145: Reasons To Praise

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    Podcast Introduction







    This is Psalms Wednesday and our reading will be chapters 143-145. I’m calling today’s episode “Reasons To Praise.” 







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    Comments on Psalm 145







    Have you ever sat down and made a list of all the blessings in your life? All the good things from your past and from the present, and even your future? It's a great exercise. 







    You might feel as if there isn't much to put on your list. Maybe life has been difficult for you. I have some very close friends who have had severe health problems for decades. Recurring cancer, multiple sclerosis, cognitive decline, diabetes, heart attacks. And yet, they praise God for their blessings. They have family that loves and supports them. They live in an area that has always been their dream, though in a humble home. Their faith is strong. The God that David praised in this Psalm is their God, and He is as faithful to them as He was to David. The same God who was with Daniel in the lion's den is with them. And the same God who forgave the thief who was on the cross next to Him forgives my friends. And he forgives me, and he forgives you if you have asked Him to forgive you and to be your Savior.







    Beloved, oh my goodness we have so much to be thankful for, and to praise God for. I really like the way David closed this Psalm: I will praise the Lord. Let everyone praise his holy name forever.







    Today's Bible Translation







    Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 143-145 NCV







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    Steve Webb 0:00Oh my goodness, we have so much to be thankful for and to praise God for.







    Steve Webb 0:12Coming to you from Riverside, California, this is the Lifespring family Audio Bible and podcasting since 2004. I'm your OG God caster Steve Webb. This is the daily show where we're reading through the entire Bible in a year and it's Psalms Wednesday. Our reading today will be chapters 143 through 145. And I'm calling the episode reasons to praise. Of course, since it is the Psalms, I'll have a brief intro to each chapter before reading them. The shownotes pages at Lifespring media.com/s 12 e 343. In case you'd like to comment on today's show, and my email address is Steve at Lifespring media.com. Let's get going.







    Steve Webb 0:52Psalm 143 is another of the psalms simply entitled A Psalm of David. It comes from a time when David was again in need of God's help and strength because his enemies were again seeking to harm him. This is another of the penitential Psalms along with psalms 630 230-850-1102 and 130. They're called this because their psalms of confession and of humility.







    Steve Webb 1:19Psalms chapter 143. Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for mercy. Answer me because you are loyal and good. Don't judge me your servant because no one alive is right before you. My enemies are chasing me. They crushed me to the ground. They made me live in darkness like those long dead. I am afraid my courage is gone.

    • 12 min
    Nehemiah 5-9: Is This Okay?

    Nehemiah 5-9: Is This Okay?

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    Podcast Introduction







    This is History Tuesday. and we’ll read Nehemiah 5-9, and  I’m calling today’s episode “Is This Okay?”







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    Comments on Nehemiah 5







    In the New Living Translation, this is how verse 19 reads: "Remember, O my God, all that I have done for these people, and bless me for it."







    When I read "...and bless me for it" I raised my eyebrows just a bit. That seems a bit presumptuous, don't you think?







    But then I thought of the prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:10: “He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.”







    God granted Jabez's request, which tells us that God did not think Jabez's prayer was out of line. Jabez asked God to give him more, and God did it. Why? We don't have a lot to go on, except for the verse previous to what we just read. Verse 9 says: "There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful." So now we know that Jabez was an honorable man.







    And so was Nehemiah. This we know because everything we read of him here in the book that bears his name testifies to that fact. He did not take on this task of rebuilding the walls for personal gain. He did it to honor God and to help the people. 







    God knows our heart, beloved. You cannot fool Him. And if our heart is pure, if our motivations are right and honorable, we can come to God in confidence and humbly ask Him to bless us. 







    Today's Bible Translation







    Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 5-6 NLT; Ch 7-8 NIRV; Ch. 9 NCV







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    Steve Webb 0:00I kind of raised my eyebrows just a bit.







    Steve Webb 0:10Coming to you from Riverside, California, this is the Lifespring family Audio Bible and podcasting since 2004. I'm your OG God Gaster Steve Webb. This is the daily show where we're reading through the entire Bible in a year. And today is history. Tuesday, we'll read Nehemiah five through nine and I'm calling Today's episode is this okay? The show notes page for today's episode is at Lifespring media.com/s 12 e 342. And my email address is Steve at Lifespring media.com. Let's get started.







    Steve Webb 0:42Nehemiah chapter five. About this time, some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews. They were saying, we have such large families we need more food to survive. Others said we have mortgaged our fields, vineyards and homes to get food during the famine. And others said, we've had to borrow money on our fields and vineyards to pay our taxes. We belong to the same family as those who are wealthy, and our children are just like theirs. Yet we must sell our children into slavery just to get enough money to live.

    • 30 min
    Deuteronomy 23-25: Taking A Mulligan

    Deuteronomy 23-25: Taking A Mulligan

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    Podcast Introduction







    This is Monday, so we’ll read from the Law, Deuteronomy 23-25. That’s the reading for the day, but I’m going to call a mulligan on yesterday’s commentary. You know what a mulligan is? It’s a do over. I’ve never done this on the show, but I think this one is important. I’ll tell you why after the reading. So I’m calling today’s episode “Taking A Mulligan.”  







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    A Different Episode







    Brother Paul of Seattle commented on my remarks on yesterday's reading, "1 John 4-5: The Prayer We Should Not Pray", and what he said was important enough that I would like to take some time to respond.Listen to the episode for the comments.







    Today's Bible Translation







    Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 23 CEB; Ch. 24 NKJV; Ch. 25 GNT







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    Steve Webb 0:00I'm going to do something today I've never done on the show.







    Steve Webb 0:11Coming to you from Riverside, California, this is the Lifespring family Audio Bible and podcasting since 2004. I'm your OG God caster, Steve Webb. This is the daily show where we're reading through the entire Bible in a year, which is almost over. This is Monday. So we're going to read from the law, we'll read Deuteronomy 23 through 25. Now, that's the reading for the day, but I'm going to call a mulligan on yesterday's commentary. You know what a mulligan is right? It's a do over. I've never done this on the show. But I think this one is important. I'll tell you why after the reading. So I'm calling today's episode, taking a mulligan. But before we start, I want to thank those of you who have sent a the next step email to me, each email I've gotten has been very thoughtful and helpful. And I appreciate each one of you for doing that. But there are many more of you who have not yet written. And I sure do wish you would. If for nothing else, then for me to see exactly how much or how little interest there is in doing anything with this show in the future or any other show. Yes, I have decided that I can no longer produce the Daily Show. But if the interest is there, I will happily and willingly continue to podcast. But I need to know you'll be there to listen, I want to hear from you. Even if you've never written in before, send that email to Steve at Lifespring media.com. And in the subject line, put the next step. And I'll thank you very much for doing that. Now, the show notes page for today's episode is at Lifespring media.com/s 12. E 341. And as I said, my email address is Steve at Lifespring media.com. And yes, it is working. I've gotten some emails in to that address. So it's working well. With all that preamble. I say it's time to get started. How about you? Here we go.







    Steve Webb 2:01Deuteronomy chapter 23. No man whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off can belong to the Lord's assembly. No one born of an illegitimate marriage can belong to the Lord's assembly either. Not even the 10th generation of such children can belong to the Lord's assembly,

    • 31 min
    1 John 4-5: The Prayer We Should Not Pray

    1 John 4-5: The Prayer We Should Not Pray

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    Podcast Introduction







    This is Epistles Sunday 1 John 4-5. I’m calling today’s episode “The Prayer We Should Not Pray.”  







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    Comments on 1 John 5







    As in chapters 1-3, there are many great truths taught in today’s chapters. But chapter five, verses 16-18 need a closer look, I think.







    Let me read it to you again. “If you see another believer committing a sin that doesn’t lead to death, you should pray that God would give that person life. This is true for those who commit sins that don’t lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I’m not telling you to pray about that. 17 Every kind of wrongdoing is sin, yet there are sins that don’t lead to death.







    18 We know that those who have been born from God don’t go on sinning. Rather, the Son of God protects them, and the evil one can’t harm them.”







    So what is this sin that leads to death, and the sin that does not lead to death?







    I read several commentaries, and as is often the case with these difficult passages, there is some disagreement among scholars. But let me give you my understanding of the passage in a somewhat simplified way. Which works since I’m a simple guy.







    To give these verses context, in this passage John is talking about prayer. He’s talking about how God hears the prayers of the believer, and how, if we ask according to His will, He will grant our prayers.







    But, then John includes this statement that I just read.







    So my understanding of what John was saying is this. If we see a Christian brother or sister sinning, we should pray for them, that God would forgive them. A person who is living for Christ, who loves the Lord, will sometimes sin. We all do. But since we *do* love God, the blood of Jesus covers that sin. And the Holy Spirit *will* speak to our heart and we *will* confess that sin to God and ask forgiveness. This is a sin that does not lead to death, because as we read in the last episode, God is faithful and just to forgive us when we confess.







    However, a person who rejects God, who has no relationship with Jesus, is already condemned to death. His sin is a sin unto death already. John is, in this passage, telling us that we should not pray that God would forgive them, because for God to do so would be asking Him to circumvent His justice. Scripture says that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. Believers are covered by that blood, but those who reject Christ are not, so they cannot be forgiven, and we should not ask God to do so.







    We can, however pray that they would soften their hearts and come into relationship with God through Jesus so that *all* of their sins will be forgiven.







    Does that make sense?







    Today's Bible Translation







    Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 4-5 GWT







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    • 13 min
    Acts 21-22: What To Do

    Acts 21-22: What To Do

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    Podcast Introduction







    This is Gospel Saturday and we’ll read Acts 21-22. I’m calling today’s episode “What To Do.”  







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    Thoughts on Acts 21







    In today's reading, we get a bit of a travelogue of part of Paul's journey, and the part that I would like to bring to your attention is when they arrived in Caesarea. 







    They stayed at the home of Philip the evangelist. He, by the way, is the same one who baptized the  the eunuch in chapter eight of Acts. We're told that Philip had four unmarried daughters who were what we might call today "P.K.s" or "preacher's kids", and they also proclaimed God's message. How blessed Philip was, that his kids loved the Lord as much as he did. 







    In addition to raising his kids to know and serve God, he was evidently an effective messenger of the Gospel because there was a thriving community of believers in Caesarea. We know this because when Agabus prophesied and delivered the message from the Holy Spirit that Paul would be bound hand and feet in Jerusalem, a group of them begged Paul not to go.







    And this is what I think we should consider today. These good and loving people, who cared so much for Paul that they begged him not to go where he would be harmed, were asking him to turn away from what God had called him to do. Did you notice that?







    Their motives were good, in that they did not want to see their friend and in some ways, their pastor, come to harm. And their pleadings were effective enough that they broke Paul's heart. He agonized with them, and maybe was even a bit tempted to heed their cries. 







    However, his reply to them revealed an even higher and better motive. "I am ready not only to be tied up in Jerusalem but even to die there for the sake of the Lord Jesus." His aim was to follow God's leading. The Holy Spirit's message to Paul through Agabus was not to dissuade Paul from continuing on, but to prepare Paul for what lay ahead. God wanted Paul and the other believers to know that when he was bound and delivered to the Gentiles, it was all part of His plan. 







    And their response was what I hope ours is when we face difficult times, "May the Lord's will be done." There really is no better way to live than this. May the Lord's will be done. 







    Thoughts on Acts 22







    One of the aspects of God and Christianity that some non believers have a really hard time reconciling is forgiveness, especially that of particularly heinous crimes. And on one level, I understand the difficulty. 







    Today, we read of Paul's confession to the Lord that he had been responsible for the arrest of believers, and even held the cloaks of those who stoned Stephen to death. But in spite of those terrible crimes, Jesus forgave Paul and even made him one of the linchpins of the church. 







    We cannot explain completely the depth of God's love for us, or His enormous capacity for forgiveness, but we do have ample evidence of its reality. If not in Paul, then in each one of us. None of us is deserving of the gift of grace that God offers, but offer it He does. If we will accept it, He takes the pieces of our broken lives and creates something so much more that we could have ever thought possible. I'm sure it never entered Paul's mind that he would play the role that he has in human and church history. I wonder what God will do with your life.







    Today's Bible Translation

    • 19 min
    Revelation 1-6: It Begins

    Revelation 1-6: It Begins

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    Podcast Introduction







    This is Prophecy Friday and today we’ll begin the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation. Chapters 1-6. I’m calling today’s episode “It Begins."







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    Introduction to Revelation







    The book of Revelation is the only book in the Bible that promises a blessing for those who read it and who hear and heed it. Listen to the first three verses of chapter 1 from the ESV: "1The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 ]Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near."







    The "John" mentioned in verse 1 is the Apostle John. John, the one who Jesus loved. John, the brother of James...Jesus called James and John Boanerges, "sons of thunder." John, the disciple who was at the foot of the cross with Mary, the mother of Jesus when Jesus was crucified, and into whose care Jesus placed his mother on that day. John, the writer of the Gospel of John, the three epistles bearing his name, and the book of Revelation.







    Thoughts on Revelation 1







    John is either shown a vision of Heaven, or he is taken there. We can’t really tell from his description.







    And when he is there, a voice tells him to write down what he sees. When he turns to see who was speaking to him, he sees someone who looked like a son of man. He didn’t know who it was, and no wonder. John says, “He was dressed in a long robe with a gold strip of cloth around his chest. 14The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze metal glowing in a furnace. His voice sounded like rushing waters. 16He held seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth came a sharp sword that had two edges. His face was like the sun shining in all of its brightness.”







    What would you do if you saw someone or something like that? Probably what John did. He fainted. 







    But this awe inspiring person puts his right hand on John and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18I am the Living One. I was dead. But look! I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys to Death and Hell.”







    It was Jesus! And he told John not to be afraid. Despite His appearance, despite the fact that He holds the keys to Death and Hell, He tells John not to be afraid.







    If we are in Christ Jesus, if we are His, we have no cause for fear. We don’t need to fear what is in the past, we don’t need to fear what is in the present, we don’t need to fear what is in the future. We are His. We are in Him, and He is in us. And greater is He that is in us than he that is the world. 







    Do not be afraid. 







    Thoughts on Revelation 2 and 3







    The Lord told John to write to the seven churches which were spoken of in the first chapter as the seven golden lampstands. What does a lampstand do? It brings light into darkness, and the church is meant to bring light into a dark world.







    As we read here in chapters 2 and 3, each of the seven churches is singled out by Jesus, and He has a message for each. Of the seven, only two receive commendations with no negative comments.

    • 33 min

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